Flux Power Reports Fiscal Full Year 2023 Financial Results
Flux Power Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLUX), a developer of advanced lithium-ion energy storage solutions for electrification of commercial and industrial equipment, has reported its financial and operational results for the fiscal fourth quarter and year ended June 30, 2023.
Key Financial & Operational Highlights for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2023
The backlog status is a point in time measure but in total reflects underlying pacing of orders:
"A high priority for us remains reaching cash flow breakeven, and we made good progress during fiscal 2023 by improving Adjusted EBITDA from a loss of $14.1 million in fiscal year 2022 to a loss of $3.7 million in fiscal year 2023, an improvement of $10.4 million. We executed on our initiatives to improve gross margins while continuing to grow our revenue at an annual rate of 57%. We added on average two new major customers each quarter while maintaining orders from existing customers.
"Managing our business growth and margin expansion has required careful priorities as part of our strategy to protect shareholder value. We migrated from our Silicon Valley Bank facility to a new $15 million credit facility with Gibraltar bank which provides lower interest rates, a two-year term, and the potential to expand the facility to $20 million to accommodate higher working capital needs as our business grows. This facility, along with our improvement in operating cash requirements, supports our current business growth. Additional credit support is provided by our unused $4.0 million subordinated line of credit ("Subordinated LOC").
"Turning to near-term developments, firstly, we are now working to implement Artificial Intelligence features and capabilities into our SkyBMS Telematics platform, which delivers insight into equipment fleet's usage so customers can make more informed decisions to maximize operational efficiency. With AI, we can anticipate and resolve issues before they happen, addressing the number one driver in fleet management - minimizing downtime of the equipment. Secondly, we have begun a staged launching of our updated product platform that includes the rollout of "heavy duty" models for more demanding performance, which should provide added revenue opportunities.
"To supplement our customer support for almost 20,000 lithium-ion battery packs deployed nationwide we recently announced the opening of our new Atlanta facility. This facility will enable faster response times to our customer base with an effective service and call center capability. Investment in the Atlanta office broadens our geographic footprint to bring comprehensive and responsive services to customers in the eastern half of the U.S. while also, and importantly, resulting in significantly lower service logistics costs.
"As global supply chain disruptions have lessened, we decreased our inventory balance to $19.0 million as of June 30, 2023. We did experience a lengthening of forklift OEM delivery timelines in the material handling sector that partially offset our reductions to inventory levels. To address disruptions and reduce excess inventory we have improved lean manufacturing processes and supply chain management. We have launched an automated cell module production initiative to streamline cell module SKU management and facilitate adoption of future cell suppliers that have lower costs and new technologies.
"Looking ahead, we believe our current growth and cash initiatives provide the solid operating base to build the scale necessary to be the leading provider to large Fortune 500 material handling fleets. To leverage this growth strategy we are in the early stages of exploring and developing partnerships with vendors, technology partners, and opportunities to expand our business footprint. I look forward to additional announcements in the months to come as we strive to create long-term sustainable growth and shareholder value," concluded Dutt.
Q4'23 Financial Results
Revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2023 increased by 7% to $16.3 million compared to $15.2 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2022, driven a higher volume of units sold with higher average selling prices, including a higher mix of Airport Ground Support Equipment "GSE" sales.
Gross profit for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2023 increased to $4.3 million compared to a gross profit of $3.0 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2022. Gross margin was 27% in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2023 as compared to 20% in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2022, reflecting higher volume of units sold with greater gross margin and lower cost of sales as a result of the gross margin improvement initiatives. Gross margin was sequentially lower in fiscal fourth quarter of 2023 than the third quarter, primarily reflecting a higher mix of lower margin products.
Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $0.6 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2023 as compared to a loss of $2.2 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2022, driven by the improved gross margins.
Selling & Administrative expenses remained unchanged at $4.1 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2023, reflecting improving operating leverage for our ongoing revenue growth.
Research & Development expenses decreased slightly to $1.3 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2023, compared to $1.4 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2022, primarily due to lower expenses related to the development of new products.
Net loss for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2023 was $1.5 million as compared with a net loss of $2.7 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2022, with improvement principally reflecting increased gross profit, slightly offset by increased operating expenses and interest expense.
FY'23 Financial Results
Revenue for the fiscal year 2023 increased by 57% to $66.3 million compared to $42.3 million in the fiscal year 2022, driven by sales of energy storage solutions with higher average selling prices and a higher volume of units sold, driven by significant increases in GSE sales.
Gross Profit for the fiscal year 2023 increased to $17.1 million compared to a gross profit of $7.3 million in the fiscal year 2022. Gross margin was 26% in the fiscal year 2023 as compared to 17% in the fiscal year 2022, reflecting a higher volume of units sold with greater gross margin and lower cost of sales as a result of the gross margin improvement initiatives.
Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $3.7 million in the fiscal year 2023 as compared to a loss of $14.1 million in the fiscal year 2022, driven by the improved gross margins.
Selling & Administrative expenses increased to $17.6 million in the fiscal year 2023 from $15.5 million in the fiscal year 2022, primarily attributable to increases in outbound shipping costs, depreciation expense, insurance premiums, severance expenses, new hires, partially offset by decreases in commissions, bad debt expenses, consulting fees, public relations expenses, and stock-based compensation.
Research & Development expenses decreased to $4.9 million in the fiscal year 2023, compared to $7.1 million in the fiscal year 2022, primarily due to lower expenses related to the development of new products.
Net loss for the fiscal year 2023 was $6.7 million as compared with a net loss of $15.6 million in the fiscal year 2022, with improvement principally reflecting increased gross profit, partially offset by increased operating expenses and interest expense.
Cash was $2.4 million at June 30, 2023, as compared to $0.5 million at June 30, 2022. Available working capital includes: our line of credit as of September 8, 2023, under our $15.0 million credit facility from Gibraltar Business Capital with a remaining available balance of $4.0 million; and $4.0 million available under the subordinated line of credit ("Subordinated LOC").
Net cash used in operating activities decreased to $3.6 million in fiscal year 2023 compared to $23.9 million in fiscal year 2022, primarily due to a decrease in net loss and an increase in accounts payable.
Fourth Quarter & Full Fiscal Year 2023 Results Conference Call
Flux Power CEO Ron Dutt and CFO Chuck Scheiwe will host the conference call, followed by a question-and-answer session. The conference call will be accompanied by a presentation, which can be viewed during the webcast or accessed via the investor relations section of the Company's website here.
To access the call, please use the following information:
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The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay at https://viavid.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1622559&tp_key=bfd2206c1f and via the investor relations section of the Company's website here.
A replay of the webcast will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time through December 31, 2023.
Note about Non-GAAP Financial Measures
A non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position, or cash flows that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, or GAAP. Non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, nor are they a substitute for, GAAP measures. Other companies may use different non-GAAP measures and presentation of results.
In addition to financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, this press release presents adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP measure. Adjusted EBITDA is determined by taking net loss and adding interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expenses. The company believes that this non-GAAP measure, viewed in addition to and not in lieu of net loss, provides additional information to investors by providing a more focused measure of operating results. This metric is an integral part of the Company's internal reporting to evaluate its operations and the performance of senior management. A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net loss, the most comparable GAAP measure, is available in the accompanying financial tables below. The non-GAAP measure presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.
About Flux Power Holdings, Inc.
Flux Power (NASDAQ: FLUX) designs, manufactures, and sells advanced lithium-ion energy storage solutions for electrification of a range of industrial and commercial sectors including material handling, airport ground support equipment (GSE), and stationary energy storage. Flux Power's lithium-ion battery packs, including the proprietary battery management system (BMS) and telemetry, provide customers with a better performing, lower cost of ownership, and more environmentally friendly alternative, in many instances, to traditional lead acid and propane-based solutions. Lithium-ion battery packs reduce CO2 emissions and help improve sustainability and ESG metrics for fleets. For more information, please visit www.fluxpower.com.
This release contains projections and other "forward-looking statements" relating to Flux Power's business, that are often identified using "believes," "expects" or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve several estimates, assumptions, risks, and other uncertainties that may cause actual results to be materially different from those anticipated, believed, estimated, expected, etc. Such forward-looking statements include impact of COVID-19 on Flux Power's business, results and financial condition; Flux Power's ability to obtain raw materials and other supplies for its products at competitive prices and on a timely basis, particularly in light of the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its suppliers and supply chain; the development and success of new products, projected sales, cancellation of purchase orders, deferral of shipments, Flux Power's ability to improve its gross margins, or achieve breakeven cash flow or profitability, Flux Power's ability to fulfill backlog orders or realize profit from the contracts reflected in backlog sale; Flux Power's ability to fulfill backlog orders due to changes in orders reflected in backlog sales, Flux Power's ability to obtain the necessary funds under the credit facilities, Flux Power's ability to timely obtain UL Listing for its products, Flux Power's ability to fund its operations, distribution partnerships and business opportunities and the uncertainties of customer acceptance and purchase of current and new products, and changes in pricing, and Flux Power's ability to negotiate and enter into a definitive agreement in connection with the Letter of Intent. Actual results could differ from those projected due to numerous factors and uncertainties. Although Flux Power believes that the expectations, opinions, projections, and comments reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they can give no assurance that such statements will prove to be correct, and that the Flux Power's actual results of ?operations, financial condition and performance will not differ materially from the ?results of operations, financial condition and performance reflected or implied by these forward-?looking statements. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements and Investors should refer to the risk factors outlined in our Form 10-K, 10-Q and other reports filed with the SEC and available at www.sec.gov/edgar. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and Flux Power assumes no obligation to update these statements or the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected.
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