*This press release has been updated in accordance with the financial statements included in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 20, 2021.
- Q1 Revenue of $1.49 million exceeds total fiscal year 2020 revenue
- Net income of $2.91 million and Adjusted Net Loss of $0.99 million excluding one-time acquisition-related charges and net warrant valuation adjustment
- Company holds cash reserves of $124.97 million
- Strong market interest reflected in high level of commercial activity
BOSTON, Mass. – May 20, 2021 – Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADN) (“Advent”) today announced consolidated financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021. All amounts are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted and have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
Q1 2021 Financial Highlights
(all comparisons are to Q1 2020 unless otherwise noted)
- Total revenue was $1.49 million, a year-over-year increase of $1.39 million, the result of increased demand for our products across the board. Total Revenue for Q1 2021 exceeded the Total Revenue for all of Fiscal Year 2020, due to:
- Increased demand for HT-PEM based fuel cell materials;
- Increased demand for redox flow battery components;
- Increased shipments of our IoT sensors; and
- Addition of Advent’s UltraCell business solid revenue contribution.
- Gross Profit of $1.14 million, a year-over-year increase of $1.11 million primarily due to higher revenues and a favorable business mix.
- Operating costs of $8.14 million, a year-over-year increase of $7.79 million, due to One-Time Transaction Related Expenses as well as increased staffing, and public company costs.
- Net income and adjusted net loss were $2.91 million and ($0.99) million. Adjusted net loss excludes the impact from the change in the fair value of outstanding warrants as well as the one-time transaction-related expenses.
- Net income per share was $0.08.
- Cash reserves were $124.97 million on March 31, 2021, an increase of $124.45 million from December 31, 2020 driven by net $140.17 million of cash raised in the quarter from our business combination, including the $65.0 million PIPE, with AMCI that was consummated on February 4, 2021.
“Following our successful business combination with AMCI Acquisition Corp. and the subsequent acquisition of UltraCell LLC, we saw strong demand for our products from existing and new customers,” said Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou, Chairman and CEO of Advent Technologies. “The substantial increase in revenue in the quarter demonstrates a surge of market interest in high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) based products. We are confident that many of our customers are on a fast growth trajectory, and we are working closely with them to provide MEAs and fuel cell technology systems to serve their needs.”
Q1 2021 Financial Summary
|(in Millions of US dollars, except per share data)||Three Months Ended March 31,|
|Revenue, net||$ 1.49||$ 0.10||$ 1.39|
|Gross Profit||$ 1.14||$ 0.03||$ 1.11|
|Gross Margin (%)||77%||34%|
|Grants Income||$ 0.04||$ 0.23||$ (0.19)|
|Operating Income/(Loss)||$ (6.96)||$ (0.09)||$ (6.87)|
|Net Income/(Loss)||$ 2.91||$ (0.22)||$ 3.13|
|Net Income/(Loss) Per Share||$ 0.08||$ (0.01)||$ 0.09|
|Non-GAAP Financial Measures|
|Adjusted EBITDA||$ (0.90)||$ (0.10)||$ (0.80)|
|Adjusted Net Income/(Loss) – Excl Warrant Adjustment and One-Time Transaction Related Expenses||$ (0.99)||$ (0.22)||$ (0.77)|
|Cash Used in Operating Activities||$ (12.19)||$ (0.34)||$ (11.85)|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$ 124.97|
For a more detailed discussion of Advent’s first quarter 2021 results, please see the company’s financial statements and management’s discussion & analysis, which are available at ir.advent.energy.
The financial results include non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP measures are more fully described and are reconciled from the respective measures determined under GAAP in “Presentation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the attached appendix tables.
Q1 2021 Business Updates:
Key recent product development highlights include:
- Scale-up and commercialization of the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) next-generation MEA technology.
- Development of proprietary fuel cell stack technology for mobility applications, leveraging the know-how of UltraCell lightweight stacks.
- Production automation of MEA and fuel cell stack production.
- Development of materials for low-capex AEM electrolyzers and redox flow-batteries.
Dr. Gregoriou added, “We continue to find new use cases for our technology and becoming a public company with access to the financial markets has allowed us to accelerate this process. We are seeing strong demand for our products coming from all of our addressable markets.”
Order highlights include:
- Orders for MEAs (Membrane Electrode Assemblies, what we label “the heart of the fuel-cell”), from fuel cell developers in the markets of mobility and stationary applications in Asia.
- Orders for prototype fuel cell stacks from Europe, where we are witnessing a strong increase of major hydrogen projects across the European Union.
- Orders for redox flow battery materials that exceed significantly last year’s activity.
- Revenue from engineering fees in the area of electrochemical sensor development, where we are working closely with IoT companies to commercialize the technology.
- Orders for UltraCell defense-related systems.
Dr. Gregoriou continued, “Following our business combination on February 4, 2021, our team hit the ground running and the momentum continues. We expect to see both revenues and bookings increase as we move through the rest of 2021. In addition, we secured a new headquarters and technology manufacturing space in the highly competitive Boston market, helping us attract top-level talent in order to execute on our business plan.”
Q1 2021 Operating Highlights
- Selection of Advent’s Wearable Fuel Cell for the 2021 Validation Program: On March 31, 2021, Advent announced that UltraCell’s 50 W Reformed Methanol Wearable Fuel Cell Power System (“Honey Badger”) had been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Defense Center for Energy and Environment (“NDCEE”) to take part in its demonstration/validation program for 2021. The NDCEE is a Department of Defense program that addresses high-priority environmental, safety, occupational health, and energy technological challenges that are demonstrated and validated at active installations for military application. UltraCell’s “Honey Badger 50” fuel cell is the only fuel cell that is part of this program that supports the U.S. Army’s goal of having a technology-enabled force by 2028.
- Collaboration with the DOE: On March 1, 2021, Advent announced that it had entered into a joint development agreement (the “CRADA”) with the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Under this CRADA, along with support from the DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO), Advent’s team of scientists plan to work closely with its LANL, BNL, and NREL counterparts over the coming years to develop breakthrough materials to help strengthen U.S. manufacturing in the fuel cells sector and bring high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cells to the market.
- Acquisition of UltraCell LLC: On February 18, 2021, Advent acquired UltraCell LLC, the fuel cell business of Bren-Tronics, Inc. for $4.0 million and a maximum of $2.0 million upon the achievement of certain milestones. Those milestones were met and the additional $2.0 million was paid on April 16, 2021. This transaction was critical because it brings a full stack and systems business to Advent’s product portfolio. UltraCell is a leader in lightweight fuel cells for the portable power market with mature products and cutting-edge technology.
- New HQ and technology center in Boston, MA: On February 5, 2021, Advent leased 6,041 square feet of premier office space at 200 Clarendon Street in Boston, MA. This iconic building is in the heart of Boston and provides Advent with ample room to house its executive, technology, and administrative teams. On March 8, 2021, Advent also secured a new eight-year lease for 21,401 square feet in the heart of Boston’s technology and R&D community at Hood Park in Charlestown, MA as its technologies facility to accelerate product development on recent next-generation membrane electrode assembly (MEA) initiatives, including high-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cell technology for the automotive industry.
Dr. Gregoriou concluded, “I am confident the future for Advent Technologies has never been brighter. Our fuel-cell technology, allowing the use of multiple fuels, is an ideally suited solution for the defense and off-grid markets. We believe the “Any Fuel. Anywhere” products give us a clear advantage in a market for which very few companies compete and where hydrogen in its compressed gas form required by the low-temperature PEM competitors is not an economical option. In the mobility market, and particularly in the heavy-duty truck and aviation areas, we have strong validation that the high-temperature PEM technology is well-designed for achieving the total cost of ownership goals of our customers. Furthermore, we have recently seen increased interest in large-scale combined heat and power projects, where the heat produced by our PEM products is something that low-temp products cannot provide. Given that our value-add is in the MEA and fuel cell stack technology rather than in the end-system and application area, we plan to can address all these markets with the same MEA technology rather than completely independent efforts, which would prove very expensive. New policy goals across the developed and developing world are only accelerating this trend, and Advent is well positioned to take advantage of these dynamics.”
The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 9:00 AM ET to discuss its results.
To access the call please dial (866) 498-0631 from the United States, or (873) 415-0202 from outside the U.S. The conference call I.D. number is 2763459. Participants should dial in 5 to 10 minutes before the scheduled time.
A replay of the call can also be accessed via phone through June 3, 2021 by dialing (800) 585-8367 from the U.S., or (416) 621-4642 from outside the U.S. The conference I.D. number is 2763459.
About Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc.
Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. is a U.S. corporation that develops, manufactures, and assembles critical components for fuel cells and advanced energy systems in the renewable energy sector. Advent is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Europe. With 120-plus patents (issued and pending) for its fuel cell technology, Advent holds the IP for next-gen high-temperature proton exchange membranes (HT-PEM) that enable various fuels to function at high temperatures under extreme conditions – offering a flexible ‘Any Fuel. Anywhere’ option for the automotive, maritime, aviation, and power generation sectors. www.advent.energy
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