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PLUG POWER ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2013 FINANCIAL RESULTS

PLUG POWER ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2013 FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

LATHAM, NY – May 14, 2013 – Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, today reported its financial results for the first quarter 2013.

 

Plug Power (the “Company”) business highlights in the first quarter of 2013 include product shipments to customers such as Lowes, P&G, and Sysco. The Lowes’ shipment was to support the opening of a brand new distribution center in Georgia. Also, the Company completed conversion of all the units at Walmart’s Washington Courthouse, Ohio, facility to fuel cell powered forklift trucks with over 250 units in operation. Plug Power, to date, has shipped over 4,000 GenDrive® units to over 23 different customers. These units consume more than 90% of the hydrogen fuel used to power fuel cell products in North America. This is a clear indication of Plug Power’s leadership position in the fuel cell industry.

 

A prime focus of Plug Power management in 2013 has been to strengthen its financial position to support all stakeholders. The Company recently announced a $6.5 million strategic investment from Air Liquide. An Air Liquide representative will also be joining the board of directors, which will provide the Company additional industrial insight. The Company also recently added Johannes Minho Roth, founder of 5T Capital, to the board of directors. Mr. Roth offers the Company financial depth and international experience.

 

“I am pleased with our business progress in 2013”, said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power. “We have dramatically improved our quality, have added to our customer list, and have enhanced our financial position. The sales prospects and funnel remain strong for the rest of the year, and we expect that the business steps taken over the past six months will result in increased customer traction.” Marsh concluded. “I remain upbeat about the future of Plug Power.”

 

 

Financial Results

 

Operating loss for the first quarter of 2013 was $6.4 million compared to an operating loss of $7.8 million for the first quarter 2012.

 

Total revenue for the first quarter 2013 was $6.4 million compared to total revenue of $7.8 million for the first quarter of 2012.  Product and service revenue for the first quarter 2013 was $6.0 million compared to   $7.2 million for the first quarter 2012. Research and development contract revenue for the first quarter 2013 was $0.4 million compared to $0.5 million for the first quarter 2012.

 

Total cost of revenue for the first quarter of 2013 was $8.6 million, comprised of $8.0 million for cost of product and service revenue and $0.6 million for cost of research and development contract revenue. Prior year comparable numbers for the first quarter were $9.8 million for total cost of revenue, comprised of $9.0 million for cost of product and service revenue and $0.8 million for cost of research and development contract revenue. 

 

Research and development expenses for the first quarter 2013 were $0.8 million compared to the first quarter of 2012 of $1.2 million.

 

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the first quarter 2013 were $2.9 million compared to SG&A expenses in the first quarter 2012 of $3.9 million. Additionally, $0.6 million was expensed for amortization of intangible assets during the first quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2012.

 

Net loss for the first quarter of 2013 was $8.6 million.  On a per share basis (basic and diluted), the loss for the quarter was $0.18.  This compares with a net loss of $6.6 million, or $0.28 per share (basic and diluted), for the first quarter of 2012. Included in the net loss for the first quarter of 2013 is a $2.1 million non-cash charge for the change in the fair value of the Company’s common stock warrants. This non-cash charge compares to an increase to income (non-cash) of $1.2 million during the first quarter of 2012.

 

 

Cash and Liquidity

 

Net cash used in operating activities for the first quarter 2013 was $5.9 million compared to $3.5 million for the first quarter 2012. On March 31, 2013, Plug Power had cash and cash equivalents of $4.5 million and net working capital of $7.9 million.  This compares to $9.4 million and $6.9 million, respectively, at December 31, 2012.

 

The accompanying financial information and reconciliation tables provide additional information on the Company’s year-to-date performance.

 

 

 

Conference Call

Plug Power has scheduled a conference call today at 10:00 am ET to review the Company’s results for the 2013 first quarter results. Interested parties are invited to listen to the conference call by calling 877.407.8291.

 

The webcast can be accessed by going directly to the Plug Power Web site (www.plugpower.com) and selecting the conference call link on the home page.  A playback of the call will be available online for a period following the call.

 

About Plug Power Inc.

The architects of modern fuel cell technology, Plug Power revolutionized the industry with cost-effective power solutions that increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints.  Long-standing relationships with industry leaders forged the path for Plug Power’s key accounts, including Walmart, Sysco and Coca-Cola.  With more than 4,000 GenDrive units shipped to material handling customers, accumulating over 10 million hours of runtime, Plug Power manufactures tomorrow’s incumbent power solutions today. Additional information about Plug Power is available at www.plugpower.com.

 

 

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Plug Power Inc. Safe Harbor Statement

 

This communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to Plug Power’s expected use of the net proceeds from the offering. These statements are based on current expectations that are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties, any of which are difficult to predict, are beyond Plug Power’s control and that may cause Plug Power’s actual results to differ materially from the expectations in Plug Power’s forward-looking statements including statements regarding the risk that we may not have sufficient cash to fund our operations to profitability and that we may be required to seek strategic alternatives, including but not limited to a potential business combination or a sale of the Company, or reduce and/or cease our operations, other risks and uncertainties related to satisfaction of the closing conditions of the offering, the estimated proceeds from the offering and the anticipated use of proceeds from the offering, the risk that unit orders will not ship, be installed and/or convert to revenue, in whole or in part; the cost and timing of developing Plug Power’s products and its ability to raise the necessary capital to fund such development costs; the ability to achieve the forecasted gross margin on the sale of Plug Power’s products; the actual net cash used for operating expenses may exceed the projected net cash for operating expenses; the cost and availability of fuel and fueling infrastructures for Plug Power’s products; market acceptance of Plug Power’s GenDrive system; Plug Power’s ability to establish and maintain relationships with third parties with respect to product development, manufacturing, distribution and servicing and the supply of key product components; the cost and availability of components and parts for Plug Power’s products; Plug Power’s ability to develop commercially viable products; Plug Power’s ability to reduce product and manufacturing costs; Plug Power’s ability to successfully expand its product lines; Plug Power’s ability to improve system reliability for GenDrive; competitive factors, such as price competition and competition from other traditional and alternative energy companies; Plug Power’s ability to manufacture products on a large-scale commercial basis; Plug Power’s ability to protect its intellectual property; the cost of complying with current and future governmental regulations; and other risks and uncertainties discussed in the reports Plug Power files from time to time with the SEC.  Plug Power does not intend to, and undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events.

 

Media & Investor Relations Contact:

Gerard L. Conway, Jr.

Plug Power Inc.

Phone: (518) 782-7700

media@plugpower.com

investors@plugpower.com


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