Enphase Energy Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter of 2018

February 26, 2019 at 4:05 PM EST

FREMONT, Calif., Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world’s leading supplier of solar microinverters, announced today financial results for the fourth quarter and year-ended 2018, which included the summary below from its President and CEO, Badri Kothandaraman.

Highlights for the quarter included:

  • Revenue of $92.3 million; IQ 7 shipments at 84% of all microinverters
  • GAAP gross margin of 30.5%; non-GAAP gross margin of 30.7%
  • GAAP operating expenses of $23.2 million; non-GAAP operating expenses of $19.7 million
  • GAAP operating income of $5.0 million; non-GAAP operating income of $8.6 million
  • GAAP net income of $0.7 million; non-GAAP net income of $5.1 million
  • GAAP diluted EPS of $0.01; non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.04
  • Ending cash balance of $106.2 million, net of a $10 million final payment to SunPower

Our revenue and earnings for the fourth quarter are given below, compared with those of the prior quarter and the year ago quarter:

(In thousands, except per share data and percentages)

  GAAP   Non-GAAP
  Q4 2018   Q3 2018   Q4 2017   Q4 2018   Q3 2018   Q4 2017
Revenue $ 92,289     $ 78,002     $ 79,674     $ 92,289     $ 78,002     $ 79,674  
Gross margin 30.5 %   32.4 %   23.8 %   30.7 %   32.8 %   24.2 %
Operating income (loss) $ 5,003     $ (374 )   $ (2,133 )   $ 8,565     $ 6,975     $ 1,307  
Net income (loss) $ 709     $ (3,470 )   $ (2,940 )   $ 5,092     $ 4,626     $ 683  
Basic EPS $ 0.01     $ (0.03 )   $ (0.03 )   $ 0.05     $ 0.05     $ 0.01  
Diluted EPS $ 0.01     $ (0.03 )   $ (0.03 )   $ 0.04     $ 0.04     $ 0.01  

Our revenue and earnings for the fiscal year 2018 are given below, compared with those of the prior year:

(In thousands, except per share data and percentages)

  GAAP   Non-GAAP
  FY 2018   FY 2017   FY 2018   FY 2017
Revenue $ 316,159     $ 286,166     $ 316,159     $ 286,166  
Gross margin 29.9 %   19.6 %   30.2 %   20.0 %
Operating income (loss) $ 1,596     $ (39,378 )   $ 20,535     $ (15,733 )
Net income (loss) $ (11,627 )   $ (45,192 )   $ 10,013     $ (20,530 )
Basic EPS $ (0.12 )   $ (0.54 )   $ 0.10     $ (0.25 )
Diluted EPS $ (0.12 )   $ (0.54 )   $ 0.10     $ (0.25 )

Our fourth quarter revenue was $92.3 million, an increase of 18% sequentially and an increase of 16% year-over year. We shipped 257 megawatts DC, or approximately 820,000 microinverters. Our non-GAAP gross margin was 30.7%, a decrease of 210 basis points from 32.8% in the third quarter. The non-GAAP gross margin was negatively impacted by 4.3%, due to expedite fees related to component shortages. The expedite fees were in the form of air shipments that we chose to make in order to service our customers. Non-GAAP operating expenses were $19.7 million, compared to $18.6 million in the prior quarter. 

We exited the fourth quarter with $106.2 million in cash, net of a $10 million final payment to SunPower. Inventory was $16.3 million in the fourth quarter, compared to $17.9 million in the third quarter and $26.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.

We experienced component shortages on high voltage transistors which constrained our revenue in Q4’18. The additional capacity based on an investment we made with one of our suppliers is now online. This has allowed us to increase our microinverter supply for Q1’19, but with the strong growth that we are experiencing, our lead times are still around 13 to 15 weeks. We have signed two new long-term contracts for additional high voltage transistors. We expect this additional supply to turn on in the second half of this year and help to bring down microinverter lead times to around 6 to 8 weeks.

In June 2017, we held an Analyst Day and set a target financial model of 30% Gross Margin, 20% Operating Expenses and 10% Operating Income to be achieved in the following 18 months. We made significant progress in making that model a reality as we exited 2018. This was possible due to the hard work of our employees and strong support from our partners and customers. Product innovation and customer experience remain the cornerstones of our growth strategy as we march towards our next milestone of creating grid-agnostic energy management systems.

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

+ On  October 24, 2018, Enphase Energy announced that the Enphase Energized™ AC Modules (ACMs) have been installed by more than 330 contractors in the U.S. since their release in October 2017. Enphase Energized AC Modules are built by strategic partners who integrate Enphase microinverters with PV modules on the manufacturing line. These integrated systems allow installers to be more competitive through improved capital management, reduced labor costs and accelerated design and installation times.

+ On November 13, 2018, Enphase Energy announced over 1,000 homeowners have joined the Enphase Upgrade Program, a program that provides several options for upgrading to the latest, more efficient and reliable seventh-generation microinverter technology from Enphase Energy. The program represents our commitment to quality and service.

+ On January 28, 2019, Enphase Energy repaid in full its high interest bearing senior secured term loan with Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. The repayment included a principal amount of approximately $39.5 million plus accrued interest and fees and eliminated any future interest expenses and fees on this term loan. The repayment terminated all related liens on Enphase Energy’s assets, providing greater operating flexibility.

+ On February 7, 2019, Enphase Energy announced that the Company was awarded  the Top PV Brand 2019 Seal of Approval in Europe for the third consecutive year. Each year, EuPD Research conducts worldwide surveys and prepares an independent evaluation of installers' perceptions of different solar brands. Installers ranked Enphase Energy top notch in categories such as market penetration, brand awareness and customer recommendation.

+ On February 11, 2019, Enphase Energy announced the availability of its new Cellmodem-M1, which enables Enphase customers to stay always connected to their systems remotely without the need for a dedicated local network. This new device has an LTE Cat-M1 connectivity that is the next generation internet of things (IoT) for low bandwidth connectivity, enabling lower service costs.

+ On February 19, 2019Enphase Energy announced its microinverters are compliant with California Rule 21 requirements. California’s Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) updated Electric Rule 21 in September 2017, which requires advanced grid functionality (AGF) for smart inverters. A new Rule 21-compliant grid profile for Enphase Energy microinverters became available on February 22, 2019.

FIRST QUARTER 2019 FINANCIAL OUTLOOK

For the first quarter of 2019, Enphase Energy estimates both GAAP and non-GAAP financial results as follows:

  • Revenue to be within a range of $90.0 million to $95.0 million
  • GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin to be within a range of 31% to 34%
  • GAAP operating expenses to be within a range of $25.0 million to $26.0 million, including a total of approximately $4.5 million estimated for stock-based compensation expenses, additional restructuring expenses and acquisition related expenses and amortization
  • Non-GAAP operating expenses to be within a range of $20.5 million to $21.5 million, excluding a total of approximately $4.5 million estimated for stock-based compensation expenses, additional restructuring expenses and acquisition related expenses and amortization

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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company has presented certain non-GAAP financial measures in this press release. To view a description of non-GAAP financial measures used and the non-GAAP reconciliation schedule for the periods presented click here.

Conference Call Information

Enphase Energy will host a conference call for analysts and investors to discuss its fourth quarter 2018 results and first quarter 2019 business outlook today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (1:30 p.m. Pacific Time).  The call is open to the public by dialing (877) 644-1284; participant passcode 4352137.  A live webcast of the conference call will also be accessible from the “Investor Relations” section of the Company's website at investor.enphase.com. Following the webcast, an archived version will be available on the website for one year. In addition, an audio replay of the conference call will be available by calling (855) 859-2056; participant pass code 4352137, beginning approximately one hour after the call.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements related to Enphase Energy’s expected future financial performance, product performance, product shipments, timing of product introductions, product demand, component supply availability, manufacturing lead times, and operational flexibility. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and inherently involve significant risks and uncertainties. Enphase Energy’s actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of certain risks and uncertainties including those risks described in more detail in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents on file with the SEC and available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Enphase Energy undertakes no duty or obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or changes in its expectations, except as required by law.

A copy of this press release can be found on the investor relations page of Enphase Energy’s website at investor.enphase.com.

About Enphase Energy, Inc.

Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company, delivers smart, easy-to-use solutions that connect solar generation, storage and management on one intelligent platform. The Company revolutionized solar with its microinverter technology and produces the world’s only truly integrated solar plus storage solution. Enphase has shipped more than 19 million microinverters, and over 855,000 Enphase systems have been deployed in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit www.enphase.com.

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Enphase Energy, Inc.
Investor Relations
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ENPHASE ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Years Ended
December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
Net revenues $ 92,289     $ 79,674     $ 316,159     $ 286,166  
Cost of revenues 64,124     60,685     221,714     230,123  
Gross profit 28,165     18,989     94,445     56,043  
Operating expenses:              
Research and development 7,340     8,208     32,587     33,157  
Sales and marketing 6,617     4,940     27,047     23,126  
General and administrative 7,664     5,983     29,086     22,221  
Restructuring charges 1,541     1,991     4,129     16,917  
Total operating expenses 23,162     21,122     92,849     95,421  
Income (loss) from operations 5,003     (2,133 )   1,596     (39,378 )
Other expense, net              
Interest expense, net (2,605 )   (1,957 )   (9,635 )   (7,936 )
Other income (expense), net (1,113 )   202     (2,190 )   1,973  
Total other expense, net (3,718 )   (1,755 )   (11,825 )   (5,963 )
Income (loss) before taxes 1,285     (3,888 )   (10,229 )   (45,341 )
(Provision) benefit from income tax (576 )   948     (1,398 )   149  
Net income (loss) $ 709     $ (2,940 )   $ (11,627 )   $ (45,192 )
Net income (loss) per share:              
Basic $ 0.01     $ (0.03 )   $ (0.12 )   $ (0.54 )
Diluted $ 0.01     $ (0.03 )   $ (0.12 )   $ (0.54 )
Shares used in per share calculation:              
Basic 106,638     85,689     99,619     82,939  
Diluted 113,888     85,689     99,619     82,939  
                       

 

 
ENPHASE ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
       
  December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 106,237     $ 29,144  
Accounts receivable 78,938     65,346  
Inventory 16,267     25,999  
Prepaid expenses and other 20,860     9,957  
Total current assets 222,302     130,446  
Property and equipment, net 20,998     26,483  
Intangible assets, net 35,306     515  
Goodwill 24,783     3,664  
Other assets 36,548     8,039  
Total assets $ 339,937     $ 169,147  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 48,794     $ 28,747  
Accrued liabilities 37,093     29,874  
Deferred revenues, current 33,119     15,691  
Debt, current 28,155     17,429  
Total current liabilities 147,161     91,741  
Long-term liabilities:      
Deferred revenues, noncurrent 76,911     29,941  
Warranty obligations, noncurrent 23,211     22,389  
Other liabilities 3,250     1,880  
Debt, noncurrent 81,628     32,322  
Total liabilities 332,161     178,273  
Total stockholders’ equity (deficit) 7,776     (9,126 )
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit) $ 339,937     $ 169,147  
               

 

 
ENPHASE ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  Years Ended
December 31,
  2018   2017
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss $ (11,627 )   $ (45,192 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization 9,667     9,004  
Provision for doubtful accounts 711     476  
Asset impairment 1,601     1,681  
Amortization of debt issuance costs 2,701     1,673  
Stock-based compensation 11,432     6,727  
Deferred income tax expense (benefit) 123     (1,394 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable (13,515 )   (4,803 )
Inventory 9,732     5,961  
Prepaid expenses and other assets (3,130 )   (1,227 )
Intangible assets (1) (10,000 )    
Accounts payable, accrued and other liabilities 23,082     (5,078 )
Warranty obligations 1,478     (1,598 )
Deferred revenues (6,123 )   5,328  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 16,132     (28,442 )
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Purchases of property and equipment (4,151 )   (4,121 )
Acquisition (1) (15,000 )    
Net cash used in investing activities (19,151 )   (4,121 )
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs 19,766     26,425  
Proceeds from debt 68,024     26,442  
Principal payments on debt (9,976 )    
Payments under revolving credit facility     (10,100 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock under employee stock plans 2,800     530  
Net cash provided by financing activities 80,614     43,297  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (502 )   646  
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 77,093     11,380  
Cash and cash equivalents—Beginning of period 29,144     17,764  
Cash and cash equivalents—End of period $ 106,237     $ 29,144  
               

 

(1) We made payments totaling $25.0 million for the acquisition of SunPower’s microinverter business, of which $10.0 million was allocated to cash flows from operating activities rather than investing activities. The allocation was for the intangible asset related to the acquired customer relationship, and it was based on the valuation of the customer relationship relative to the total consideration. The remaining $15.0 million was reported as cash flows from investing activities.

 

 
ENPHASE ENERGY, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
  December 31,
2018
  September 30,
2018
  December 31,
2017
  December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
Gross profit (GAAP) $ 28,165     $ 25,264     $ 18,989     $ 94,445     $ 56,043  
Stock-based compensation 126     330     275     1,071     1,072  
Gross profit (Non-GAAP) $ 28,291     $ 25,594     $ 19,264     $ 95,516     $ 57,115  
                   
Gross margin (GAAP) 30.5 %   32.4 %   23.8 %   29.9 %   19.6 %
Stock-based compensation 0.2 %   0.4 %   0.4 %   0.3 %   0.4 %
Gross margin (Non-GAAP) 30.7 %   32.8 %   24.2 %   30.2 %   20.0 %
                   
Operating expenses (GAAP) $ 23,162     $ 25,638     $ 21,122     $ 92,849     $ 95,421  
Stock-based compensation (1) (1,395 )   (3,721 )   (1,174 )   (10,361 )   (5,655 )
Restructuring and asset impairment charges (1,540 )   (2,588 )   (1,991 )   (4,128 )   (16,918 )
Reserve for non-recurring legal matter             (1,765 )    
Acquisition related expenses and amortization (501 )   (710 )       (1,614 )    
Operating expenses (Non-GAAP) $ 19,726     $ 18,619     $ 17,957     $ 74,981     $ 72,848  
                   
(1) Includes stock-based compensation as follows:                  
Research and development $ 295     $ 878     $ 579     $ 2,940     $ 2,573  
Sales and marketing 565     1,151     268     3,074     1,157  
General and administrative 535     1,692     327     4,347     1,925  
Total $ 1,395     $ 3,721     $ 1,174     $ 10,361     $ 5,655  
                   
Income (loss) from operations (GAAP) $ 5,003     $ (374 )   $ (2,133 )   $ 1,596     $ (39,378 )
Stock-based compensation 1,521     4,051     1,449     11,432     6,727  
Restructuring and asset impairment charges 1,540     2,588     1,991     4,128     16,918  
Reserve for non-recurring legal matter             1,765      
Acquisition related expenses and amortization 501     710         1,614      
Income (loss) from operations (Non-GAAP) $ 8,565     $ 6,975     $ 1,307     $ 20,535     $ (15,733 )
                   
Net income (loss) (GAAP) $ 709     $ (3,470 )   $ (2,940 )   $ (11,627 )   $ (45,192 )
Stock-based compensation 1,521     4,051     1,449     11,432     6,727  
Restructuring and asset impairment charges 1,540     2,588     1,991     4,128     16,918  
Reserve for non-recurring legal matter             1,765      
Acquisition related expenses and amortization 501     710         1,614      
Non-cash interest expense 821     747     183     2,701     1,017  
Net income (loss) (Non-GAAP) $ 5,092     $ 4,626     $ 683     $ 10,013     $ (20,530 )
                   
Net income (loss) per share, basic (GAAP) $ 0.01     $ (0.03 )   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.12 )   $ (0.54 )
Stock-based compensation 0.01     0.04     0.02     0.11     0.08  
Restructuring and asset impairment charges 0.01     0.02     0.02     0.04     0.20  
Reserve for non-recurring legal matter             0.02      
Acquisition related expenses and amortization 0.01     0.01         0.02      
Non-cash interest expense 0.01     0.01         0.03     0.01  
Net income (loss) per share, basic (Non-GAAP) $ 0.05     $ 0.05     $ 0.01     $ 0.10     $ (0.25 )
                   
Shares used in basic per share calculation GAAP and Non-GAAP 106,638     102,798     85,689     99,619     82,939  
                   
Net income (loss) per share, diluted (GAAP) $ 0.01     $ (0.03 )   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.12 )   $ (0.54 )
Stock-based compensation 0.01     0.03     0.02     0.11     0.08  
Restructuring and asset impairment charges 0.01     0.02     0.02     0.04     0.20  
Reserve for non-recurring legal matter             0.02      
Acquisition related expenses and amortization     0.01         0.02      
Non-cash interest expense 0.01     0.01         0.02     0.01  
Convertible note interest (2)             0.01      
Net income (loss) per share, diluted (Non-GAAP) (2) $ 0.04     $ 0.04     $ 0.01     $ 0.10     $ (0.25 )
                   
Shares used in diluted per share calculation GAAP 113,888     102,798     85,689     99,619     82,939  
Shares used in diluted per share calculation Non-GAAP 125,589     110,900     95,620     111,696     82,939  
                             

 

(2) Calculation of non-GAAP diluted net income per share for the three months and year ended December 31, 2018 excludes convertible note interest expense, net of tax of $0.5 million and $0.7 million, respectively, from non-GAAP net income.

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