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Energy Recovery Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

04 November 2021

Energy Recovery, Inc. (NASDAQ:ERII) today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

"2021 is playing out as expected, and we are well positioned to end the year in record fashion. Our desalination business continues to demonstrate strength, and we are building our pipeline of new industrial wastewater orders, two sides of our commitment to helping to address the growing global need for freshwater. We believe the solution to the rapidly increasing freshwater gap requires both increasing supply and better stewardship of water we already have," said Robert Mao, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Recovery.

Mr. Mao continued, "Beyond water, our growth initiative in refrigeration is gaining strong momentum. We have had many fruitful conversations with U.S. and international grocery chains, and have recently signed an agreement to install our PX G1300 energy recovery device in a Vallarta Supermarkets grocery store in California, and signed a letter of intent with another chain in Europe. In addition, we are in discussions with multiple refrigeration manufacturers to help design the next generation of CO 2 refrigeration systems featuring our PX G1300 technology at its core. We believe our PX G1300 has the potential to maximize the savings offered by this next generation system, thus transforming the multi-billion dollar refrigeration market by making CO 2 refrigeration systems more financially attractive versus incumbent CO2 solutions."

Financial Results

 
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2021 2020 Variance 2021 2020 Variance
 
(In millions, except net income per share, percentages and basis points)
Product revenue
$20.8 $27.4  (24%) $70.3 $65.7  7%
License and development revenue (1)
 -  -  -%  -  26.9  (100%)
Total revenue
$20.8 $27.4  (24%) $70.3 $92.6  (24%)
 
                 
Product gross profit
$14.7 $19.6  (25%) $48.1 $45.6  5%
Product gross margin
 70.6%  71.5% (90) bps  68.4%  69.5% (110) bps
 
                 
Operating expense
$13.3 $13.5  (2%) $40.2 $45.0  (11%)
Operating income
$1.4 $6.1  (77%) $7.9 $27.5  (71%)
 
                 
Net income
$1.1 $5.4  (80%) $9.0 $22.9  (61%)
Diluted net income per share
$0.02 $0.10 $(0.08) $0.15 $0.41 $(0.26)
 
                 
Operating cash flow
$(4.2) $10.6 $(14.9) $7.3 $10.4 $(3.1)
Cash and investments
$108.4 $105.9  2% $108.4 $105.9  2%

(1) In June 2020, the Company terminated the VorTeq License Agreement with Schlumberger Technology Corporation. As there were no future performance obligations to be recognized under the VorTeq License Agreement after the effective date, the Company recognized in full the remaining deferred revenue balance of $24.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020. In addition, no future license and development revenue was recognized under the VorTeq License Agreement after the second quarter of fiscal year 2020.

Product Channel Revenue

 
Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2021 2020 Variance  2021 2020 Variance
 
(In millions, except percentages)
Megaproject
$13.3 $20.7  (36%)  $50.3 $47.2  7%
Original equipment manufacturer
 4.8  4.1  19%   11.9  11.7  2%
Aftermarket
 2.7  2.6  2%   8.1  6.8  19%
Total product revenue
$20.8 $27.4  (24%)  $70.3 $65.7  7%

"We remain on track to finish our year with strong revenue results as we have guided since October last year, with the fourth quarter expected to be a historic revenue quarter," said Joshua Ballard, Chief Financial Officer of Energy Recovery. "While we are not immune to the ongoing global supply chain crisis and inflationary pressures, our team began preparing for this eventuality last year. We are in a strong position as we look to 2022 in our ability to both manufacture and deliver products to our customers. We continued to invest in increased levels of raw materials and finished goods to mitigate, or even avoid, exogenous shocks. Cash and security balances remain high due to our lower spend and strong collections even while executing over $21 million in cumulative share buybacks through the end of October."

Third Quarter 2021 Business Highlights

Water Segment

  1. Product revenue of $20.8 million was in-line with management's guidance. We continued to experience rebounding sales in the original equipment manufacturer channel and saw growth in the aftermarket channel. The megaproject channel saw an expected decrease but is projected to rebound strongly in the fourth quarter.
  2. A sixth purchase order was received in our industrial wastewater business, further strengthening our first full year in this market.
  3. Our gross margin increased to 70.6% from our low in the second quarter. We have largely avoided raw material cost increases due to our timely build up of raw material inventory starting in 2020, as well as internal cost optimization efforts.

Emerging Technologies Segment

  1. Our outreach efforts in the commercial refrigeration space have generated a positive response from industry leaders. In late October, we entered into an agreement to deploy the PX G1300 in a grocery store in California. We are targeting first commercial deployments of the PX G1300 in the first half of 2022.
  2. During the quarter, we joined the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (the "NASRC"). The NASRC is an action-oriented non-profit charity, as defined under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3), working in partnership with the supermarket industry to create a climate-friendly future for refrigeration by eliminating the barriers to natural refrigerant adoption in supermarkets. Natural refrigerants, such as CO 2 , have near-zero Global Warming Potential ("GWP"), making it the safest climate-friendly alternative to hydrofluorocarbons which have a GWP into the thousands.
  3. Operating expenses in this segment decreased quarter-over-quarter, due primarily to reduced research and development expenditures related to the VorTeq.

Bottom Line Summary

On a quarterly basis, we reported a net income of $1.1 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared to a net income of $5.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Cash Flow Highlights

The Company finished the first quarter ended September 30, 2021 with cash and cash equivalents of $65.7 million, and short-term and long-term investments of $42.7 million, which represents a combined total of $108.4 million.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release and on the conference call are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including the Company's belief that the Company's PX G1300 has the potential to maximize the savings offered by the next generation CO 2 system; that the Company's technology can transform the multi-billion dollar refrigeration market by making CO 2 refrigeration systems more financially attractive versus incumbent CO 2 solutions; the Company's belief that the fourth quarter revenue will be historic and that the Company will meet its revenue guidance; the Company's belief that the Company will be able to manufacture and deliver products to its customers in 2022; and the Company's expectation that the Company will deploy its PX G1300 in the first half of 2022. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to us and on management's beliefs, assumptions, estimates, or projections and are not guarantees of future events or results. Potential risks and uncertainties include any other factors that may have been discussed herein regarding the risks and uncertainties of the Company's business, and the risks discussed under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") for the year ended December 31, 2020, as well as other reports filed by the Company with the SEC from time to time. Because such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, the Company's actual results may differ materially from the predictions in these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are made as of today, and the Company assumes no obligation to update such statements.

Conference Call to Discuss Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

LIVE CONFERENCE CALL:

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 2:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM EDT

Listen-only, US / Canada Toll-Free: +1 (877) 709-8150

Listen-only, Local / International Toll: +1 (201) 689-8354

Access code: 13722959

CONFERENCE CALL REPLAY:

Expiration: Saturday, December 4, 2021

US / Canada Toll-Free: +1 (877) 660-6853

Local / International Toll: +1 (201) 612-7415

Access code: 13722959

Investors may also access the live call or the replay over the internet at ir.energyrecovery.com. The replay will be available approximately three hours after the live call concludes.

Disclosure Information

Energy Recovery uses the investor relations section on its website as means of complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Accordingly, investors should monitor Energy Recovery's investor relations website in addition to following Energy Recovery's press releases, SEC filings, and public conference calls and webcasts.

About Energy Recovery

Energy Recovery creates technologies that solve complex challenges for industrial fluid-flow markets worldwide. Building on our pressure exchanger technology platform, we design and manufacture solutions that make industrial processes more efficient and sustainable. What began as a game-changing invention for desalination has grown into a global business accelerating the environmental sustainability of customers' operations in multiple industries. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Energy Recovery has manufacturing, research and development facilities across California and Texas with sales and on-site technical support available globally. For more information, please visit www.energyrecovery.com.

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ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)

 September 30, 2021  December 31, 2020
 
(In thousands)
ASSETS
    
Current assets:
    
Cash and cash equivalents
$65,745  $94,255
Short-term investments
 41,900   20,446
Accounts receivable, net
 13,066   11,792
Inventories, net
 20,557   11,748
Prepaid expenses and other assets
 5,541   4,950
Total current assets
 146,809   143,191
Long-term investments
 765   -
Deferred tax assets, net
 12,093   11,030
Property and equipment, net
 20,905   20,176
Operating lease, right of use asset
 15,021   16,090
Goodwill and other intangible assets
 12,830   12,839
Other assets
 365   988
Total assets
$208,788  $204,314
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
      
Current liabilities:
      
Accounts payable
$3,663  $1,118
Accrued expenses and other liabilities
 9,582   11,816
Lease liabilities
 1,518   1,243
Contract liabilities
 1,452   1,552
Total current liabilities
 16,215   15,729
Lease liabilities
 15,284   16,443
Other liabilities
 550   518
Total liabilities
 32,049   32,690
 
      
Stockholders' equity:
      
Common stock
 63   62
Additional paid-in capital
 192,564   179,161
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income
 (86)  53
Treasury stock
 (47,642)  (30,486)
Retained earnings
 31,840   22,834
Total stockholders' equity
 176,739   171,624
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
$208,788  $204,314

 

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2021  2020  2021  2020
 
(In thousands, except per share data)
Product revenue
$20,781  $27,408  $70,328  $65,665
Product cost of revenue
 6,089   7,816   22,251   20,049
Product gross profit
 14,692   19,592   48,077   45,616
 
              
License and development revenue
 -   -   -   26,895
 
              
Operating expenses:
              
General and administrative
 5,851   6,271   18,632   18,751
Sales and marketing
 2,996   2,141   8,236   5,776
Research and development
 4,416   5,098   13,342   18,159
Amortization of intangible assets
 2   4   9   12
Impairment of long-lived assets
 -   -   -   2,332
Total operating expenses
 13,265   13,514   40,219   45,030
Income from operations
 1,427   6,078   7,858   27,481
 
              
Other income (expense):
              
Interest income
 36   134   179   809
Other non-operating (expense) income, net
 1   (29)  (21)  (59)
Total other income, net
 37   105   158   750
Income before income taxes
 1,464   6,183   8,016   28,231
(Benefit from) provision for income taxes
 393   796   (990)  5,297
Net income
$1,071  $5,387  $9,006  $22,934
 
              
Net income per share:
              
Basic
$0.02  $0.10  $0.16  $0.41
Diluted
$0.02  $0.10  $0.15  $0.41
 
              
Number of shares used in per share calculations:
              
Basic
 57,026   55,692   57,053   55,573
Diluted
 58,709   56,471   58,785   56,443

 

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)

 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2021  2020 
 
(In thousands) 
Cash flows from operating activities:
     
Net income
$9,006  $22,934 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by (used in) operating activities
       
Stock-based compensation
 4,574   3,672 
Depreciation and amortization
 4,141   3,963 
Amortization of premiums and discounts on investments
 340   311 
Deferred income taxes
 (1,063)  5,443 
Impairment of long-lived assets
 -   2,332 
Other non-cash adjustments
 161   316 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
       
Accounts receivable, net
 (1,274)  1,862 
Contract assets
 1,892   (747)
Inventories, net
 (8,874)  (506)
Prepaid and other assets
 (1,097)  295 
Accounts payable
 2,739   656 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities
 (3,132)  (2,579)
Contract liabilities
 (119)  (27,602)
Net cash provided by operating activities
 7,294   10,350 
Cash flows from investing activities:
       
Sales of marketable securities
 -   10,573 
Maturities of marketable securities
 20,686   50,467 
Purchases of marketable securities
 (43,339)  (12,855)
Capital expenditures
 (4,899)  (6,019)
Other
 5   - 
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities
 (27,547)  42,166 
Cash flows from financing activities:
       
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock
 8,939   1,260 
Tax payment for employee shares withheld
 -   (23)
Repurchase of common stock
 (17,156)  - 
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
 (8,217)  1,237 
Effect of exchange rate differences on cash and cash equivalents
 (40)  11 
Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
 (28,510)  53,764 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of year
 94,358   26,488 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period
$65,848  $80,252 

 

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2021 Three Months Ended September 30, 2020 (Recast)
 
Water Emerging Technologies Corporate Total  Water Emerging Technologies Corporate Total
 
(In thousands)
Product revenue
$20,767 $14 $- $20,781  $27,408 $- $- $27,408
Product cost of revenue
 6,089  -  -  6,089   7,816  -  -  7,816
Product gross profit
 14,678  14  -  14,692   19,592  -  -  19,592
 
                        
Operating expenses
                        
General and administrative
 1,435  1,373  3,043  5,851   2,371  1,359  2,541  6,271
Sales and marketing
 2,250  327  419  2,996   1,507  327  307  2,141
Research and development
 762  3,654  -  4,416   723  4,375  -  5,098
Amortization of intangible assets
 2  -  -  2   4  -  -  4
Total operating expenses
 4,449  5,354  3,462  13,265   4,605  6,061  2,848  13,514
Operating income (loss)
$10,229 $(5,340)$(3,462) 1,427  $14,987 $(6,061)$(2,848) 6,078
Other income, net
          37            105
Income before income taxes
         $1,464           $6,183
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021 Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020 (Recast)
 
Water Emerging Technologies Corporate Total  Water  Emerging Technologies  Corporate  Total
 (In thousands)
Product revenue
$70,275 $53 $- $70,328  $65,665  $-  $-  $65,665
Product cost of revenue
 22,251  -  -  22,251   20,049   -   -   20,049
Product gross profit
 48,024  53  -  48,077   45,616   -   -   45,616
 
                           
License and development revenue
 -  -  -  -   -   26,895   -   26,895
 
                           
Operating expenses
                           
General and administrative
 4,768  3,854  10,010  18,632   6,417   4,001   8,333   18,751
Sales and marketing
 6,535  735  966  8,236   4,307   901   568   5,776
Research and development
 1,858  11,484  -  13,342   2,585   15,574   -   18,159
Amortization of intangible assets
 9  -  -  9   12   -   -   12
Impairment of long-lived assets
 -  -  -  -   -   2,332   -   2,332
Total operating expenses
 13,170  16,073  10,976  40,219   13,321   22,808   8,901   45,030
Operating income (loss)
$34,854 $(16,020)$(10,976) 7,858  $32,295  $4,087  $(8,901)  27,481
Other income, net
          158               750
Income before income taxes
         $8,016              $28,231

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