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Energy Recovery Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

SAN LEANDRO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / July 30, 2020 / Energy Recovery Inc. (NASDAQ:ERII) ("Energy Recovery," "we," "our," or the "Company"), a leader in pressure energy technology for industrial fluid flows, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Second Quarter 2020 Highlights:

  • Product revenue of $19.3 million, flat year-over-year and a sign of stability of the desalination industry in a period of global uncertainty
  • License and development revenue of $24.4 million related to the termination of the license agreement between the Company and Schlumberger Technology Corporation ("Schlumberger")
  • Product gross margin of 66.0%, a decrease of 550 basis points year-over-year, of which 370 basis points are due to COVID-19 temporary reductions in manufacturing
  • Net income of $16.9 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.30, an increase of $0.23 year-over-year, including $17.2 million, net of tax related to the termination of the license agreement between the Company and Schlumberger and the impairment of related long-lived assets.

Year-to-Date 2020 Highlights:

  • Product revenue of $38.3 million, an increase of 8% year-over-year
  • License and development revenue of $26.9 million of which $24.4 million is related to the termination of the license agreement between the Company and Schlumberger
  • Product gross margin of 68.0%, a decrease of 250 basis points year-over-year
  • Net income of $17.5 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.31, an increase of $0.20 year-over-year, including $17.2 million, net of tax related to the termination of the license agreement between the Company and Schlumberger and the impairment of related long-lived assets.

"Our performance this quarter demonstrates the resiliency of our business and the capabilities of our team to adapt to unprecedented global circumstances. Despite these challenges, the continued growth of mega SWRO projects and conversion of thermal desalination facilities to SWRO is driving increased demand for our technology and concurrent growth in our revenue," said Bob Mao, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Energy Recovery.

Mr. Mao continued, "I am pleased with these results and continue to expect 20 to 25 percent year-over-year annual growth in our water segment. In addition, we remain focused on generating near-term shareholder value from our VorTeq technology. We are in a good place following our simulated frac test with Liberty Oilfield Services in June 2020, and we are approaching the challenges that remain, including completing two to three live well beta tests, in a disciplined manner. As with any R&D initiative, we will not hesitate to shelve or stop spending on efforts that do not meet the technical readiness, profit and ROI objectives that we have set."

COVID-19 Pandemic

In early April 2020, following the Company's decision to temporarily suspend manufacturing activities at its San Leandro headquarters the last two weeks of March, the Company commenced limited manufacturing in accordance with federal, state and local regulations and guidance with enhanced safety measures in place, including staggered shifts to ensure social distancing between workers, personal safety equipment for each worker, including masks and gloves, cleanings and disinfections between and during shifts, and starting in July weekly testing of employees working on site. The Company resumed full production in May 2020 with enhanced safety measures remaining in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to first of all ensure the health and safety of its employees, as well as to protect Energy Recovery's business in the future.

While any effect of the pandemic has had only a limited effect on the Company's financials to date, the Company's gross margin for the first half of 2020 was negatively affected due to reduced production output while the plant was underutilized. Based on the Company's current rate of production, the Company believes that it will be able to fulfill our existing delivery obligations in fiscal year 2020 and beyond.

Second Quarter 2020

Revenues

For the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, the Company generated total revenue of $43.6 million, an increase of $20.8 million, or 91%, compared to $22.8 million in the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

The Water segment generated total product revenue of $19.3 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, compared to $19.2 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. This increase was due primarily to higher Mega-Project Development ("MPD") and Aftermarket ("AM") shipments offset by lower Original Equipment Manufacturer ("OEM") shipments. We view this stability in the water segment as a real sign of strength as Energy Recovery, and the overall desalination industry, finds its way through this pandemic. MPD has been largely unaffected by global events and continues to be the driver of growth in the desalination industry, and for Energy Recovery.

The Oil & Gas ("O&G") segment generated total revenue of $24.4 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, an increase of $20.8 million, or 582%, compared to $3.6 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. During the three months ended June 30, 2020, the Company and Schlumberger entered into an agreement to terminate the VorTeq License Agreement effective June 1, 2020. As there were no future performance obligations to be recognized under the VorTeq License Agreement, the Company recognized in full the remaining deferred revenue balance of $24.4 million during the quarter. There will be no license and development revenue recognized in future quarters in relation to the VorTeq License Agreement. As a result of the termination of the VorTeq License Agreement, the Company is now free to market the VorTeq™ technology to all companies in the broader pressure pumping market.

Product Gross Margin

For the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, product gross margin was 66.0%, a decrease of 550 basis points from 71.5% in the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. This decrease was due primarily to an increase of $0.7 million, or 370 basis points, in cost of product revenue related to the reduced utilization of the Company's manufacturing facilities during the second quarter prior to the Company's return to full manufacturing in May 2020, as well as the increased overhead costs of the Company's Tracy, California facility. Based on current production levels, the Company does not at this time expect to continue to experience decreases in the product gross margin due to the pandemic.

Operating Expenses

For the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, operating expenses were $15.8 million, an increase of $2.5 million, or 19%, compared to $13.3 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. This increase was due primarily to $2.3 million in impairment expenses of certain long-lived assets that were directly related to the VorTeq License Agreement, continued investment in research and development including O&G testing activities, offset by lower personnel-related costs and travel expenses.

COVID-19 did not have a material effect on operating expenditures during the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Bottom Line Summary

To summarize the Company's financial performance, on a quarterly basis, the Company reported a net income of $16.9 million, or $0.30 per diluted share for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, compared to a net income of $3.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Cash Flow Highlights

The Company finished the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 with cash and cash equivalents of $63.0 million, and short-term and long-term investments of $33.9 million, which represents a combined total of $96.9 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 there will be increased demand for our technology resulting in growth in our revenue; the Company will be able to generate near-term shareholder value from our VorTeq technology; the Company will be able to monetize the VorTeq technology; the Company we will be able to fulfill our existing delivery obligations in fiscal year 2020 and beyond; and at this time, we will not continue to experience decreases in the product gross margin due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 the Company's ability to achieve the milestones under the VorTeq license agreement, 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, 2019 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 Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

LIVE CONFERENCE CALL:
Thursday, July 30, 2020, 2:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM EDT
Listen-only, US / Canada Toll-Free: +1 (877) 709-8150
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CONFERENCE CALL REPLAY:
Expiration: Sunday, August 30, 2020
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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 Inc.

For more than 20 years, Energy Recovery, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERII) has created technologies that solve complex challenges in industrial fluid-flow markets. We design and manufacture solutions that reduce waste, improve operational efficiencies, and lower the production costs of clean water and oil and gas. What began as a game-changing invention for water desalination has grown into a global business delivering solutions that enable more affordable access to these critical resources. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Energy Recovery has manufacturing, research and development facilities across California and Texas. In addition, our worldwide sales and technical service organization provides on-site support for our line of water solutions. For more information, please visit www.energyrecovery.com.

Contact

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ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

       
   June 30,
2020
    December 31,
2019
 
   (In thousands) 
ASSETS         
Current assets:         
Cash and cash equivalents  62,970    26,387 
Short-term investments    28,409      58,736 
Accounts receivable, net    12,816      12,979 
Inventories, net    9,915      10,317 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets    4,987      4,548 
Total current assets    119,097      112,967 
Long-term investments    5,510      15,419 
Deferred tax assets, non-current    12,231      16,897 
Property and equipment, net    18,838      18,843 
Operating lease, right of use asset    16,810      11,195 
Goodwill    12,790      12,790 
Other intangible assets, net    57      65 
Other assets, non-current    639      598 
Total assets  185,972    188,774 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY               
Current liabilities:               
Accounts payable  1,860    1,192 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities    6,771      9,869 
Lease liabilities    1,196      1,023 
Contract liabilities    980      15,746 
Total current liabilities    10,807      27,830 
Lease liabilities, non-current    17,155      11,533 
Contract liabilities, non-current    97      13,120 
Other non-current liabilities    496      278 
Total liabilities    28,555      52,761 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 8)               
Stockholders' equity:               
Common stock    61      61 
Additional paid-in capital    173,729      170,028 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)    119      (37)
Treasury stock    (30,486)    (30,486)
Accumulated earnings (deficit)    13,994      (3,553)
Total stockholders' equity    157,417      136,013 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  185,972    188,774 
         

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

       
   Three Months Ended June 30,    Six Months Ended June 30, 
   2020    2019  2020    2019 
   (In thousands, except per share data) 
Product revenue  19,256    19,226    38,257    35,298 
Product cost of revenue    6,549      5,483      12,233      10,418 
Product gross profit    12,707      13,743      26,024      24,880 
                                
License and development revenue    24,352      3,570      26,895      7,293 
                                
Operating expenses:                               
General and administrative    5,599      5,500      12,480      11,079 
Sales and marketing    1,497      2,181      3,635      4,343 
Research and development    6,352      5,480      13,061      9,734 
Amortization of intangible assets    4      157      8      313 
Impairment of long-lived assets    2,332      -      2,332      - 
Total operating expenses    15,784      13,318      31,516      25,469 
Income from operations    21,275      3,995      21,403      6,704 
                                
Other income (expense):                               
Interest income    255      528      675      1,051 
Other non-operating expense, net    (18)    (48)    (30)    (72)
Total other income, net    237      480      645      979 
Income before income taxes    21,512      4,475      22,048      7,683 
Provision for income taxes    4,586      756      4,501      1,310 
Net income  16,926    3,719    17,547    6,373 
                                
Earnings per share:                               
Basic  0.30    0.07    0.32    0.12 
Diluted  0.30    0.07    0.31    0.11 
                                
Number of shares used in per share calculations:                               
Basic    55,614      54,681      55,513      54,400 
Diluted    56,371      56,110      56,438      55,764 
                 

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

    
   Six Months Ended June 30, 
   2020    2019 
   (In thousands) 
Cash flows from operating activities:         
Net income  17,547    6,373 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash (used in) provided by operating activities               
Stock-based compensation    2,595      3,071 
Depreciation and amortization    2,751      1,952 
Amortization (accretion) of premiums and discounts on investments    215      (30)
Deferred income taxes    4,666      1,285 
Provision for warranty claims    173      242 
Impairment of long-lived assets    2,332      - 
Other non-cash adjustments    55      259 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:               
Accounts receivable, net    101      (4,986)
Contract assets    (198)    2,147 
Inventories, net    260      (725)
Prepaid and other assets    (278)    1,026 
Accounts payable    1,285      14 
Accrued expenses and other liabilities    (4,012)    (2,942)
Income taxes    3      47 
Contract liabilities    (27,789)    (7,730)
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities    (294)    3 
Cash flows from investing activities:               
Sales of marketable securities    9,767      - 
Maturities of marketable securities    43,286      47,993 
Purchases of marketable securities    (12,855)    (46,549)
Capital expenditures    (4,410)    (4,685)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities    35,788      (3,241)
Cash flows from financing activities:               
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock    1,128      4,581 
Tax payment for employee shares withheld    (23)    (62)
Net cash provided by financing activities    1,105      4,519 
Effect of exchange rate differences on cash and cash equivalents    (15)    - 
Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash    36,584      1,281 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of year    26,488      22,138 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period  63,072    23,419 
         

ENERGY RECOVERY, INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(Unaudited)

       
   Three Months Ended June 30, 2020    Three Months Ended June 30, 2019 
   Water    Oil & Gas    Corporate    Total    Water    Oil & Gas    Corporate    Total 
   (In thousands) 
Product revenue  19,256    -    -    19,256    19,226    -    -    19,226 
Product cost of revenue    6,549      -      -      6,549      5,483      -      -      5,483 
Product gross profit    12,707      -      -      12,707      13,743      -      -      13,743 
                                                                
License and development revenue    -      24,352      -      24,352      -      3,570      -      3,570 
                                                                
Operating expenses                                                               
General and administrative    456      421      4,722      5,599      563      412      4,525      5,500 
Sales and marketing    1,124      18      355      1,497      1,559      319      303      2,181 
Research and development    960      4,517      875      6,352      1,103      4,305      72      5,480 
Amortization of intangible assets    4      -      -      4      157      -      -      157 
Impairment of long-lived assets    -      2,332      -      2,332      -      -      -      - 
Total operating expenses    2,544      7,288      5,952      15,784      3,382      5,036      4,900      13,318 
                                                                
Operating income (loss)  10,163    17,064    (5,952)    21,275    10,361    (1,466)  (4,900)    3,995 
Other income, net                            237                              480 
Income before income taxes                          21,512                            4,475 
                                 
                                 
   Six Months Ended June 30, 2020    Six Months Ended June 30, 2019 
   Water    Oil & Gas    Corporate    Total    Water    Oil & Gas    Corporate    Total 
   (In thousands) 
Product revenue  38,257    -    -    38,257    35,194    104    -    35,298 
Product cost of revenue    12,233      -      -      12,233      10,230      188      -      10,418 
Product gross profit (loss)    26,024      -      -      26,024      24,964      (84)    -      24,880 
                                                                
License and development revenue    -      26,895      -      26,895      -      7,293      -      7,293 
                                                                
Operating expenses                                                               
General and administrative    861      1,162      10,457      12,480      1,097      776      9,206      11,079 
Sales and marketing    2,800      76      759      3,635      3,208      582      553      4,343 
Research and development    1,862      9,764      1,435      13,061      1,908      7,668      158      9,734 
Amortization of intangible assets    8      -      -      8      313      -      -      313 
Impairment of long-lived assets    -      2,332      -      2,332      -      -      -      - 
Total operating expenses    5,531      13,334      12,651      31,516      6,526      9,026      9,917      25,469 
                                                                
Operating income (loss)  20,493    13,561    (12,651)    21,403    18,438    (1,817)  (9,917)    6,704 
Other income, net                            645                              979 
Income before income taxes                          22,048                            7,683 
                                 

SOURCE: Energy Recovery Inc.



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