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Acorn Achieves Q2 Revenue Increase of 12% and Gross Margin and Bottomline Improvements in OmniMetrix Remote Monitoring & Control IoT Business; Investor Call Tomorrow at 11am ET - Dial 844-834-0644
[August 14, 2019]

Acorn Achieves Q2 Revenue Increase of 12% and Gross Margin and Bottomline Improvements in OmniMetrix Remote Monitoring & Control IoT Business; Investor Call Tomorrow at 11am ET - Dial 844-834-0644


WILMINGTON, Del., Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Acorn Energy, Inc. (OTCQB: ACFN), a provider of remote monitoring and control systems and services for generators, pipelines, compressors and other industrial equipment, through its OmniMetrix subsidiary, today announced results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2019 (Q2'19). Acorn will host an investor call tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. EDT (see details below for the call and Q&A session) to review its results and outlook.

Walter Czarnecki, President and CEO of OmniMetrix, commented, "OmniMetrix achieved continued revenue growth, improved gross margins, and an operating profit during Q2’19. We continued to deploy our next generation products, the Hero 2 Rectifier Monitor and AirGuard Compressor Monitor. We also made progress on new product development on both hardware and software products, which will further improve the customer experience we deliver and help us maintain our costs as we grow.

“We added several new customers in the quarter, including another Fortune 500 energy company. Our progress resulted in improved gross margins of 65% vs. 60% in the prior-year period and an operating profit of $40,000. Our ongoing product development initiatives and investments in additional sales and marketing resources are expected to fuel continued growth in the markets we serve.”

Jan Loeb, President and CEO of Acorn, added, "With steadily improving operating performance at OmniMetrix and overall cost controls, Acorn reduced its consolidated operating loss to $203,000 in Q2’19 versus $261,000 in Q1'19 and $544,000 in Q2'18. We also achieved a critical milestone in our strategic plan by using a portion of the proceeds of a rights offering to reacquire a 19% interest in OmniMetrix for $1.273 million, increasing Acorn’s ownership to 99% from 80%. We feel this is a very positive transaction for our shareholders given the continued growth and improving operating results at OmniMetrix and the attractive purchase terms for the ownership stake which were established in November 2015.

"We plan to make incremental investments in sales and marketing at OmniMetrix during 2019 in order to pursue growth opportunities while continuing to maintain discipline on overhead costs. We also continue to evaluate opportunities to expand our business and enhance value for shareholders."

OmniMetrix Summary Financial Results

($ in thousands)Q2'19
 Q2'18
 Change  1H 2019
 1H 2018
 Change 
Monitoring revenue$804 $657 22% $1,570 $1,299 21%
Hardware revenue$573 $573 0% $1,134 $1,140 -1%
Total revenue$  1,377 $ 1,230 12% $  2,704 $  2,439 11%
Gross profit$901 $736 22% $1,722 $1,481 16%
Gross margin 65% 60%   64% 61% 
                

OmniMetrix’s Q2'19 revenue rose 12% to $1,377,000 from $1,230,000 in Q2'18 due to strength in ongoing monitoring revenue which grew 22%. Monitoring revenue growth reflects an increase in the number of end points being monitored, more than 90% of which renew annually. Similarly, revenue rose 11% in the first six months of 2019 (1H’19) compared to the first six months of 2018, driven by monitoring revenue growth.

Gross profit grew 22% in Q2’19 to $901,000, compared to gross profit of $736,000 in Q2'18. Gross margin increased to 65% in Q2’19 from 60% in Q2’18 due to increased revenue, improved margins on hardware, and a more favorable sales mix, as monitoring revenue has a higher gross margin than hardware. The gross margin on hardware increased to 40% in Q2’19 from 34% in Q2'18. Gross margin on monitoring revenue was level at 83% in both periods.

OmniMetrix's Q2 total operating expenses increased 6% to $861,000 versus $814,000 in Q2'18, primarily due to higher selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) targeted at driving business growth. SG&A costs were flat in Q2’19 versus Q1’19.

Revenue and gross profit growth more than offset slightly higher operating expenses, allowing OmniMetrix to generate operating profit of $40,000 in Q2'19 versus a loss of $78,000 in Q2'18 and a loss of $52,000 in Q1’19. For the 1H’19, Omnimetrix was able to reduce its operating loss by over 90% to $12,000 vs. $133,000 in 1H’18.

Acorn Consolidated Financial Results
Acorn’s corporate SG&A costs decreased nearly 50% to $243,000 in Q2'19 compared to $466,000 in Q2'18, reflecting ongoing implementation of cost reduction initiatives including a material reduction in personnel costs, board fees and other public company costs, including professional service fees. SG&A costs in Q2’19 increased $34,000 or 16% from Q1’19 due to tax and other seasonal expenses. Corporate overhead is not expected to change materially except as needed to support growth in OmniMetrix.

Lower corporate expense coupled with revenue growth at OmniMetrix allowed Acorn to reduce its consolidated operating loss by 63% to $203,000 in Q2'19 versus $544,000 in Q2'18.

The net loss attributable to Acorn shareholders improved to $199,000, or $0.01 per share, in Q2'19 compared to $538,000, or $0.02 per share, in Q2'18.

Net loss attributable to Acorn shareholders was $436,000, or $0.01 per share, in 1H’19 versus $1.8 million, or $0.06 per share, in 1H’18. The prior-year period included a loss of $829,000 ($0.03 per share) on the sale of Acorn's remaining interest in DSIT.

Rights Offering
On June 28, 2019, the Company completed a rights offering, raising $2,206,000 in net proceeds after $188,000 in expenses. Pursuant to this offering 9,975,553 shares of Acorn common stock were purchased for $0.24 per share.

Repurchase of 19% Stake in OmniMetrix
On July 1, 2019 Acorn utilized proceeds from the rights offering to reacquire a 19% interest in its OMX Holdings, Inc. subsidiary (“Holdings”), which owns 100% of the membership interests of OmniMetrix, for $1,273,000, including $323,000 of accrued dividends. Acorn now controls 99% of Holdings.

Remaining proceeds from the rights offering will provide OmniMetrix with sales and marketing resources to facilitate expansion, as well as support next-generation product development and general working capital.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
On a consolidated basis, Acorn used cash of $423,000 in operating activities during 1H’19 versus $1.9 million used in the prior-year period. Of the $423,000 used in operating activities, $81,000 related to OmniMetrix and $342,000 related to Acorn corporate.

In March 2019, OmniMetrix negotiated a more favorable accounts receivable credit line which provides financing of the lesser of 75% of eligible receivables or $1 million. OmniMetrix had $191,000 outstanding on this credit line at June 30, 2019 and $312,000 was available to borrow.

As of August 9, 2019, giving effect to the repurchase of the OmniMetrix stake, Acorn had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $1,577,000 (excluding restricted cash of $304,000 held in a bank in Israel).

Management believes that its current cash plus any cash generated from operations and borrowings from available lines of credit should provide sufficient liquidity to finance the operating activities of Acorn and the operations of OmniMetrix for at least the next twelve months.

Conference Call Details
Date/Time:Thursday, August 15th at 11:00 am EDT
Dial-in Number:1-844-834-0644 or 1-412-317-5190 (International)
Online Replay/Transcript:Audio file and call transcript will be posted to the Investor section of Acorn's website when available.
Email Option for Q&A:acfn@catalyst-ir.com – before or after the call.

About Acorn (www.acornenergy.com) and OmniMetrix™ (www.omnimetrix.net)
Acorn Energy, Inc. owns a 99% equity stake in OmniMetrix, a pioneer and leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) wireless remote monitoring and control for gas pipelines and stand-by generators used in cell towers, medical facilities, data centers, public transportation systems and for other critical equipment, including at federal, state and municipal government facilities. OmniMetrix offers proven, cost-effective solutions for making critical systems more reliable with thousands of monitored assets and thousands of customers, including 25 in the Fortune 500 or Fortune Global 500.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties.  There is no assurance that Acorn will be successful in growing its business, reaching profitability, or maximizing the value of its operating company and other assets. A complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties that may affect Acorn Energy’s business, including the business of its subsidiary, is included in “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Investor Relations Contacts
William Jones, 267-987-2082
David Collins, 212-924-9800
Catalyst IR
acfn@catalyst-ir.com


ACORN ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)

  Six months ended
June 30,
  Three months ended
June 30,
 
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
             
Revenue $2,704  $2,439  $1,377  $1,230 
Cost of sales – products and services  952   958   476   494 
Cost of sales – other  30   ?   ?   ? 
Gross profit  1,722   1,481   901   736 
Operating expenses:                
Research and development expenses  283   260   139   131 
Selling, general and administrative expenses  1,903   2,133   965   1,149 
Total operating expenses  2,186   2,393   1,104   1,280 
Operating loss  (464)  (912)  (203)  (544)
Finance expense, net  (1)  (79)  (1)  (27)
Loss before income taxes  (465)  (991)  (204)  (571)
Income tax expense     ?      ? 
Net loss after income taxes  (465)  (991)  (204)  (571)
Share of income in DSIT  ?   33   ?   ? 
Impairment of investment in DSIT  ?   (33)  ?   ? 
Loss on sale of interest in DSIT, net of withholding taxes and transaction costs  ?   (829)  ?   ? 
Net loss  (465)  (1,820)  (204)  (571)
Non-controlling interest share of net loss  29   60   5   33 
Net loss attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders $(436) $(1,760) $(199) $(538)
                 
Basic and diluted net loss per share attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders: $(0.01) $(0.06) $(0.01) $(0.02)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders – basic  30,515   29,531   30,675   29,537 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders –diluted  30,515   29,531   30,675   29,537 
 




ACORN ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)


  As of
June 30, 2019
  As of
December 31, 2018
 
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $2,933  $973 
Restricted cash  304   290 
Accounts receivable, net  808   665 
Inventory, net  369   261 
Deferred charges  680   803 
Other current assets  144   144 
Total current assets  5,238   3,136 
Property and equipment, net  80   73 
Other assets  747   710 
Total assets $6,065  $3,919 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY(DEFICIT)        
Current liabilities:        
Short-term credit $191  $? 
Accounts payable  313   246 
Accrued expenses  467   430 
Deferred revenue  2,691   2,734 
Due to former Acorn director (resigned as of August 6, 2018)  323   250 
Other current liabilities  121   127 
Total current liabilities  4,106   3,787 
Non-current liabilities:        
Deferred revenue  1,445   1,327 
Due to former Acorn director (resigned as of August 6, 2018)  ?   33 
Other non-current liabilities  13   2 
Total non-current liabilities  1,458   1,362 
Commitments and contingencies        
Equity(deficit):        
Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders        
Common stock - $0.01 par value per share:        
Authorized – 42,000,000 shares; Issued – 39,591,339 and 30,357,706 shares at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively  396   304 
Additional paid-in capital  102,484   100,340 
Warrants  1,118   1,118 
Accumulated deficit  (100,500)  (100,064)
Treasury stock, at cost – 801,920 shares at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018  (3,036)  (3,036)
Total Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders’ equity(deficit)  462   (1,338)
Non-controlling interests  39   108 
Total equity(deficit)  501   (1,230)
Total liabilities and equity(deficit) $6,065  $3,919 

 

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