Tecogen Announces First Quarter 2020 Results

Increase in Product and Services Revenues of 4% Year over Year

WALTHAM, MA / ACCESSWIRE / May 14, 2020 / Tecogen Inc. (NASDAQ:TGEN), a leading manufacturer of clean energy products, reported revenues of $7.96 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 compared to $8.18 million for the same period in 2019, a 3% decrease. Product revenue was adversely impacted in the first quarter by the return of three chillers shipped in the fourth quarter of 2019 for $655 thousand due to the customer losing financing. Product and services revenues, in aggregate, were up 4% for the quarter compared to the same period in 2019.

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2020 was $2.79 million compared to $2.96 million in the first quarter of 2019. Gross margin for the first quarter of 2020 was 35% compared to 36% for the same period in 2019.

Operating expenses decreased by 38% or $2.4 million for the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period of 2019, due mostly to the goodwill impairment and gain on sale of assets in 2019. Research and development costs increased by 6% to $364 thousand, while selling expenses rose 23% to $856 thousand. The first quarter of 2020 included a non-recurring, non-cash intangible asset adjustment of approximately $180 thousand.

Net loss was $1.20 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $3.28 million for the same period in 2019, an improvement of $2.08 million, or 63% year over year.

Adjusted EBITDA(1) was negative $817 thousand for the first quarter of 2020 compared to positive $678 thousand for the first quarter of 2019. Q1 2019 included a one-time gain of $1.1 million from the sale of some energy producing assets. (Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income or loss attributable to Tecogen, adjusted for interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, unrealized gain or loss on equity securities, goodwill impairment charges and other non-cash non-recurring charges due to the abandonment of certain intangible assets. See table following the statements of operations for a reconciliation from net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA as well as important disclosures about the company’s use of Adjusted EBITDA).

On April 17, 2020, the Company obtained a Paycheck Protection Program loan of $1,874,200 pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”). The proceeds will be used for payroll, rent and utilities and we anticipate requesting forgiveness of the loan.

“The first quarter saw continued strength in our core business areas despite the challenging economic environment,” commented Benjamin Locke, Tecogen Chief Executive Officer, “Product sales were strong for the quarter and expected to stay strong in the second quarter. Our energy production assets provide steady and reliable margins, and our service revenues continue to grow each quarter. We are confident that our core business is still strong despite the unprecedented business environment, and I am committed to our goal of becoming profitable in 2020.”

Major Highlights:


  • Product and services revenues grew by $276 thousand or 4.0% while energy production revenues decreased by $490 thousand due to the sale of energy producing assets that occurred during the comparative quarter of 2019 and in December of 2018.
  • Product revenue for the quarter was reduced by $655 thousand due to the return of three chillers from a customer who lost their financing.
  • Service revenue for the first quarter of 2020 rose by 14% to $4.46 million compared to the same period in 2019. Service contract revenue rose by 5% to $2.47 million while installation revenue increased by 28% to $2.00 million compared to that of the first quarter of 2019.
  • Overall gross margin for the first quarter of 2020 was 35%, compared to 36% for the same period in 2019.
  • Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $1.20 million compared to $3.28 million for the same period in 2019, an improvement of $2.08 million or 63%, year over year due to the goodwill impairment charge taken in the first quarter of 2019.
  • Net loss per share was $0.05 for the first quarter of 2020 and $0.13 for the first quarter of 2019.
  • Generated cash flow provided by operations of $1.1 million compared to cash flows used by operations of $0.6 million for the same period in 2019.
  • On May 11, 2020, the Company terminated its Credit Agreement with Webster Business Credit Corporation and paid an early termination fee in the amount of $25,000. The Company plans to continue using cash management services provided by Webster Bank. There was no outstanding balance on the line of credit at the time of termination.
  • As of May 13, 2020, following the termination of the Webster line of credit, the Company’s cash balance was $2.1 million, providing sufficient capital to maintain operations through 2020.

Sales & Operations

  • Maintained manufacturing and service operations through COVID-19 crisis by providing essential services for electrical generation.
  • Established 11th factory service center in Toronto, Canada to facilitate installation, service, and sales in the Toronto area.
  • Sold seven (7) InVerde e+ microgrid enabled cogeneration units to a school district in upstate New York including a 5-year contract.
  • Sold three (3) 200-ton Tecochill™ chillers to a cannabis cultivation facility located in New Jersey with additional orders expected as the facility plans expansion.
  • Recognized in a Wood Mackenzie study entitled, “U.S. Microgrid Developer Landscape 2019: Market Shares and Competitive Strategies” ranking Tecogen #3 for number of operational microgrids in the US and #41 in terms of microgrid operational capacity.
  • Current sales backlog of equipment and installations as of May 13, 2020 is $12.7 million, comprised of $10.2 million of products and $2.5 million of installation services.

Emissions Technology

  • Validated core patent for Ultera emissions reduction technology in 19 EU countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany and France, all key markets for potential commercialization.
  • Consolidated intellectual property for remaining Ultera patents while abandoning certain patent applications resulting in a write-off of $180 thousand.
  • Planned work with MCFA (Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America) on hold awaiting travel restrictions to be lifted from Japan to the United States

Conference Call Scheduled for Today at 11:00 am ET

Tecogen will host a conference call today to discuss the first quarter results beginning at 11:00 am eastern time. To listen to the call dial (877) 407-7186 within the U.S. and Canada, or (201) 689-8052 from other international locations. Participants should ask to be joined to the Tecogen First Quarter 2020 earnings call. Please begin dialing 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time. The earnings press release will be available on the Company website at www.Tecogen.com in the “News and Events” section under “About Us.” The earnings conference call will be webcast live. To view the associated slides, register for and listen to the webcast, go to https://ir.tecogen.com/ir.calendar. Following the call, the recording will be archived for 14 days.

The earnings conference call will be recorded and available for playback one hour after the end of the call. To listen to the playback, dial (877) 660-6853 within the U.S. and Canada, or (201) 612-7415 from other international locations and use Conference Call ID#: 13672659.

About Tecogen

Tecogen Inc. designs, manufactures, sells, installs, and maintains high efficiency, ultra-clean, cogeneration products including engine-driven combined heat and power, air conditioning systems, and high-efficiency water heaters for residential, commercial, recreational and industrial use. The company provides cost effective, environmentally friendly and reliable products for energy production that, through patented technology, nearly eliminate criteria pollutants and significantly reduce a customer’s carbon footprint.

In business for over 35 years, Tecogen has shipped more than 3,000 units, supported by an established network of engineering, sales, and service personnel across the United States. For more information, please visit www.tecogen.com or contact us for a free Site Assessment.

Tecogen, InVerde e+, Ilios, Tecochill, Tecopower, Tecofrost and Ultera are registered or pending trademarks of Tecogen Inc.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release and any accompanying documents, contain “forward-looking statements” which may describe strategies, goals, outlooks or other non-historical matters, or projected revenues, income, returns or other financial measures, that may include words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “project,” “target,” “potential,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “likely,” or “may” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Given these uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

In addition to those factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and on our Form 8-K filed on April 14, 2020, under “Risk Factors”, among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from past and projected future results are the following: fluctuations in demand for our products and services, competing technological developments, issues relating to research and development, the availability of incentives, rebates, and tax benefits relating to our products and services, changes in the regulatory environment relating to our products and services, integration of acquired business operations, and the ability to obtain financing on favorable terms to fund existing operations and anticipated growth.

In addition to GAAP financial measures, this press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted EBITDA which excludes certain expenses as described in the presentation. We use Adjusted EBITDA as an internal measure of business operating performance and believe that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures provides a meaningful perspective of the underlying operating performance of our current business and enables investors to better understand and evaluate our historical and prospective operating performance by eliminating items that vary from period to period without correlation to our core operating performance and highlights trends in our business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP financial measures.

Tecogen Media & Investor Relations Contact Information:

Benjamin Locke
P: 781-466-6402
E: Benjamin.Locke@tecogen.com


  March 31,
    December 31,
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 921,628     $ 877,676  
Accounts receivable, net
    12,106,440       14,569,397  
Unbilled revenue
    5,025,835       5,421,811  
Inventory, net
    7,471,346       6,405,229  
Prepaid and other current assets
    554,792       635,034  
Total current assets
    26,080,041       27,909,147  
Property, plant and equipment, net
    3,343,959       3,465,948  
Right of use assets
    2,042,269       2,173,951  
Intangible assets, net
    1,432,759       1,593,781  
    5,281,867       5,281,867  
Other assets
    274,567       691,941  
  $ 38,455,462     $ 41,116,635  
Current liabilities:
Revolving line of credit, bank
  $ 1,456,960     $ 2,402,384  
Accounts payable
    5,534,971       5,271,756  
Accrued expenses
    2,302,682       2,599,366  
Deferred revenue
    2,331,832       2,635,619  
Lease obligations, current
    531,875       536,443  
Total current liabilities
    12,158,320       13,445,568  
Long-term liabilities:
Deferred revenue, net of current portion
    179,106       145,464  
Lease obligations, long-term
    1,510,394       1,637,508  
Unfavorable contract liability, net
    2,424,979       2,534,818  
Total liabilities
    16,272,799       17,763,358  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 11)
Stockholders’ equity:
Tecogen Inc. stockholders’ equity:
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 24,850,261 and 24,849,261 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively
    24,850       24,849  
Additional paid-in capital
    56,665,319       56,622,285  
Accumulated deficit
    (34,581,501 )     (33,379,114 )
Total Tecogen Inc. stockholders’ equity
    22,108,668       23,268,020  
Noncontrolling interest
    73,995       85,257  
Total stockholders’ equity
    22,182,663       23,353,277  
  $ 38,455,462     $ 41,116,635  


  Three Months Ended  
  March 31,
    March 31,
  $ 2,750,479     $ 3,024,526  
    4,461,371       3,911,296  
Energy production
    750,850       1,240,809  
Total revenues
    7,962,700       8,176,631  
Cost of sales
    1,667,464       1,943,462  
    3,018,665       2,474,533  
Energy production
    484,404       799,877  
Total cost of sales
    5,170,533       5,217,872  
Gross profit
    2,792,167       2,958,759  
Operating expenses
General and administrative
    2,689,461       2,655,411  
    855,788       693,253  
Research and development
    364,336       345,083  
Gain on sale of assets
          (1,081,049 )
Goodwill impairment
Total operating expenses
    3,909,585       6,305,896  
Loss from operations
    (1,117,418 )     (3,347,137 )
Other income (expense)
Interest income
    11,727       532  
Interest expense
    (59,985 )     (28,026 )
Unrealized loss on investment securities
    (19,681 )     (39,361 )
Total other expense, net
    (67,939 )     (66,855 )
Loss before provision for state income taxes
    (1,185,357 )     (3,413,992 )
Provision for state income taxes
    5,222       (8,169 )
Consolidated net loss
    (1,190,579 )     (3,405,823 )
(Income) loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest
    (11,808 )     125,746  
Net loss attributable to Tecogen Inc.
  $ (1,202,387 )     (3,280,077 )
Net loss per share – basic and diluted
  $ (0.05 )   $ (0.13 )
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic and diluted
    24,850,250       24,818,979  
Non-GAAP financial disclosure (1)
Net loss attributable to Tecogen Inc.
  $ (1,202,387 )   $ (3,280,077 )
Interest & other expense, net
    48,258       27,494  
Income taxes
    5,222       (8,169 )
Depreciation & amortization, net
    90,152       168,244  
    (1,058,755 )     (3,092,508 )
Stock based compensation
    42,236       38,035  
Unrealized loss on marketable securities
    19,681       39,361  
Non-cash abandonment of intangible assets
Goodwill impairment
Adjusted EBITDA
  $ (816,894 )   $ 678,086  


  Three Months Ended  
  March 31,
    March 31,
Consolidated net loss
  $ (1,190,579 )   $ (3,405,823 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation, accretion and amortization, net
    90,152       168,244  
Stock-based compensation
    42,236       38,035  
Goodwill impairment
(Gain) loss on sale of assets
          (1,081,049 )
Abandonment of intangible assets
Non-cash interest expense
    9,750       12,499  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions
(Increase) decrease in:
Accounts receivable
    2,462,957       2,499,798  
Unbilled revenue
    395,976       (297,133 )
    (1,066,117 )     (372,705 )
Due from related party
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
    80,242       6,317  
Other non-current assets
    417,374       78,999  
Increase (decrease) in:
Accounts payable
    263,215       (1,239,241 )
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
    (296,684 )     4,154  
Deferred revenue
    (270,145 )     (725,902 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
    1,118,321       (611,204 )
Purchases of property and equipment
    (53,674 )     (24,788 )
Proceeds from sale of assets
Purchases of intangible assets
    (43,250 )     (15,780 )
Payment of stock issuance costs
    (401 )     (611 )
Distributions to noncontrolling interest
    (23,070 )      
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
    (120,395 )     4,958,821  
Proceeds (payments) on revolving line of credit, net
    (955,174 )     (2,021,934 )
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options
    1,200       12,000  
Net cash used in financing activities
    (953,974 )     (2,009,934 )
Change in cash and cash equivalents
    43,952       2,337,683  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period
    877,676       272,552  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period
  $ 921,628     $ 2,610,235  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flows information:
Cash paid for interest
  $ 36,326     $ 18,381  
Cash paid for taxes
  $ 5,222     $ 12,324  

(1) Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to reporting net income, a U.S. generally accepted accounting principle (“GAAP”) measure, this news release contains information about Adjusted EBITDA (net income (loss) attributable to Tecogen Inc adjusted for interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock based compensation expense, unrealized gain or loss on investment securities, goodwill impairment charges and other non-cash non-recurring charges due to abandonment of certain intangible assets), which is a non-GAAP measure. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA allows investors to view its performance in a manner similar to the methods used by management and provides additional insight into its operating results. Adjusted EBITDA is not calculated through the application of GAAP. Accordingly, it should not be considered as a substitute for the GAAP measure of net income and, therefore, should not be used in isolation of, but in conjunction with, the GAAP measure. The use of any non-GAAP measure may produce results that vary from the GAAP measure and may not be comparable to a similarly defined non-GAAP measure used by other companies.

SOURCE: Tecogen Inc.

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