Energy Recovery Reports Third Quarter Financial Results
October 29, 2020 at 16:00 PM EDT
SAN LEANDRO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / October 29, 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 third quarter ended September 30, 2020.
Third Quarter 2020 Highlights:
Year-to-Date 2020 Highlights:
"We surpassed our previous year's quarterly product revenue record by 26 percent this quarter, which is a testament to our singular focus on meeting customer demand while keeping our employees safe. We remain on pace to achieve 25 percent year-over-year revenue growth in our water division this year, and we are preparing for further growth in 2021 and beyond. The desalination industry remains robust despite global economic uncertainty because affordable desalination is critical to meet growing water demand for people around the world. We are proud of the impact our technology has in making desalination more energy efficient and sustainable and believe the time has come to introduce pressure exchanger technology to other industries where we can drive efficiency improvements," said Bob Mao, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Recovery.
Mr. Mao continued, "Today we are advancing new products built on our pressure exchanger technology platform: the VorTeq, as well as incubation initiatives including a solution to improve the energy efficiency of wastewater treatment. We did not have an opportunity to go to a live well with the VorTeq last quarter, but we are ready to deploy and continue to pursue live well opportunities. While we remain confident in our ability to clear the hurdles that remain before full commercial deployment of the VorTeq, we have not lost sight of the need to produce results or stop investing. This same principle holds for all of our incubation initiatives, and I believe this disciplined approach will allow us to more rapidly achieve our profit and ROI objectives and deliver shareholder value."
The Company's production remained strong during the third quarter, with minimal impacts on production outputs due to the COVID-19 pandemic ("COVID-19"). COVID-19 has similarly had a limited effect on Energy Recovery's financials; however, the Company's gross margin for the nine months of 2020 was negatively affected due to reduced production output while its San Leandro facility was underutilized due to temporary suspension of manufacturing activities at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Enhanced safety measures for employees remain in effect today in the Company's facilities, 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 2020, weekly COVID-19 testing of employees working on-site.
The Company successfully overcame challenges posed by COVID-19 to commission its Tracy, California production facility in July 2020, which further strengthens the Company's ability to fulfill its strong backlog of orders through the remainder of fiscal year 2020 and beyond.
Third Quarter 2020
For the third quarter ended September 30, 2020, the Water segment generated total product revenue of $27.4 million, an all-time quarterly record, and an increase of $5.7 million, or 26%, compared to $21.8 million in the third quarter ended September 30, 2019. This increase was due primarily to higher Mega-Project Development ("MPD") shipments, offset by lower Original Equipment Manufacturer ("OEM") and Aftermarket ("AM") shipments.
For the third quarter ended September 30, 2020, there was no license and development revenue recognized as a result of the termination of the license agreement between the Company and Schlumberger.
Product Gross Margin
For the third quarter ended September 30, 2020, product gross margin was 71.5%, a decrease of 360 basis points from 75.1% in the third quarter ended September 30, 2019. The decrease in gross margin was due primarily to lower average selling prices due to higher MPD channel mix and costs related to reduced utilization of our manufacturing facilities related to COVID-19, partially offset by product mix.
For the third quarter ended September 30, 2020, operating expenses were $13.5 million, a decrease of $1.3 million, or (9%), compared to $14.9 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019. This decrease was due primarily to lower Oil & Gas testing expenditures as we reduce VorTeq related testing activities, lower depreciation expense related to long-lived assets, and lower travel expenses, partially offset by higher personnel-related costs and other R&D costs to support our incubation initiatives.
COVID-19 did not have a material effect on operating expenditures during the three months ended September 30, 2020.
Bottom Line Summary
To summarize the Company's financial performance, on a quarterly basis, the Company reported a net income of $5.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020, compared to a net income of $5.1 million, or $0.09 per diluted share for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.
Cash Flow Highlights
The Company finished the third quarter ended September 30, 2020 with cash and cash equivalents of $80.1 million, and short-term and long-term investments of $25.8 million, which represents a combined total of $105.9 million.
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 will achieve 25 percent year-over-year revenue growth in its water division in 2020; that the Company will achieve further growth in 2021 and beyond; and that the Company will be able to clear the hurdles that remain before full commercial deployment of the VorTeq. 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, 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 Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results
LIVE CONFERENCE CALL:
Thursday, October 29, 2020, 2:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM EDT
CONFERENCE CALL REPLAY:
Expiration: Sunday, November 29, 2020
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.
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.
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