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FTC Solar Announces Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Leadership Transition

Third Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments

  • Revenue of $30.5 million up 84% y/y, down 5.6% q/q
  • Continue to improve cost structure, as evidenced by gross margin on sub-scale revenue levels
  • Project backlog of approximately $1.6 billion, with approximately $60 million added since August 9
  • Leadership transition announced with Sean Hunkler and Phelps Morris departing

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FTC Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FTCI), a leading provider of solar tracker systems, software and engineering services, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023, as well as a leadership transition in which Sean Hunkler and Phelps Morris have departed their roles as CEO and CFO, respectively, and will be leaving the company in December 2023.

Leadership Transition
“Much of the last two years has been about repositioning the company to be in the right markets with the right technology and cost structure to enable our profitable return to above-market growth rates,” said Shaker Sadasivam, Chairman of the Board of FTC Solar. “We have made progress on that front and improved our positioning. With a healthy and profitable tracker market, it’s time for FTC’s results to reflect its improved positioning with healthy, profitable growth. As the Board evaluated opportunities to accelerate momentum, we’ve agreed that now is the right time to bring new leadership to FTC Solar as we enter our next phase of growth and execution. On behalf of the Board of Directors and everyone at FTC Solar, I want to sincerely thank Sean and Phelps for their contributions and wish them all the best in their next endeavors.”

Cathy Behnen, who has served as the company’s Chief Accounting Officer since 2020, has been named CFO on an interim basis. Behnen has more than 20 years of financial leadership experience, including serving as CFO and VP of Finance at Penn National Gaming Hollywood Casino San Diego prior to joining FTC Solar. Prior to that role, she served in various finance and operations roles and as a Partner at the accounting firm RubinBrown. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA from St. Louis University.

The combination of Executive Leadership members Patrick Cook, Chief Commercial Officer, Sasan Aminpour, Chief Operating Officer, and Behnen will provide steady leadership of the day-to-day management of the company. To further ensure a smooth transition for the Company and its employees and customers during this interim period, the Board will provide increased oversight of those leaders and be engaged on a more frequent basis.

“We’re confident that this team and structure has the capability, along with the right blend of organizational history and new perspectives, to ensure that not only do we not miss a beat but that we accelerate toward our long-term goals. While today’s news represents a change, it also represents a tremendous opportunity for us to accelerate our momentum,” Sadasivam concluded.

Third Quarter Results
The company’s third-quarter revenue was in line with expectations. Of note, the company showed a fourth consecutive quarter of gross margin improvement, as our manufacturing cost reduction efforts continue to bear fruit. Excluding $1 million in benefits to gross margin and a $4 million credit loss charge in operating expense in the quarter that were not contemplated in our guidance ranges, gross margin, operating expenses and Adjusted EBITDA would all have been at the high-end or better than our target ranges for the quarter.

The company’s efforts to improve our product cost structure, which are a key driver for margin improvement, are only one aspect of our initiative to improve our competitive positioning. We continue to see a strong response to our new and differentiated 1P tracker solution, Pioneer, which significantly expands our market opportunity. Our international business continues to gain traction with awards in more than a dozen countries to date. And we are focused on controlling expenses while investing in areas that support and accelerate our long-term growth. The improvements in our competitive positioning, along with a strong backlog, provide a healthy foundation from which to accelerate growth and profitability in 2024 and beyond.

Approximately $60 million has been added to backlog1 since August 9, with total backlog now standing at approximately $1.6 billion.

Summary Financial Performance: Q3 2023 compared to Q3 2022

  U.S. GAAP  Non-GAAP 
  Three months ended September 30, 
(in thousands, except per share data) 2023  2022  2023  2022 
Revenue $30,548  $16,572  $30,548  $16,572 
Gross margin percentage  11.1%  (57.4%)  12.8%  (49.8%)
Total operating expenses $19,656  $17,179  $13,222  $9,147 
Loss from operations(a) $(16,277) $(26,694) $(9,706) $(17,734)
Net loss $(16,937) $(25,636) $(10,008) $(17,748)
Diluted loss per share $(0.14) $(0.25) $(0.08) $(0.17)

(a)Adjusted EBITDA for Non-GAAP

Total third-quarter revenue was $30.5 million, coming in above the mid-point of our target range. This revenue level represents a decrease of 5.6% compared to the prior quarter, on lower logistics volumes. Compared to the year-earlier quarter, revenue increased 84.3%, driven primarily by higher product volume.

GAAP gross profit was $3.4 million, or 11.1% of revenue, compared to gross profit of $2.2 million, or 6.8% of revenue, in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP gross profit was $3.9 million or 12.8% of revenue and includes $1 million in benefits not contemplated in our guidance related to better-than-expected margins on a closed project and lower-than-expected inventory costs that we don’t expect will reoccur in future periods. If those benefits were excluded, or on the same basis of our guidance, non-GAAP gross margin would have been 9.5%, relative to our guidance range of 3% to 9%. The result for this quarter compares to a non-GAAP gross loss of $8.2 million in the prior-year period, with the difference driven primarily by significantly improved product direct margins and lower warranty, retrofit and other indirect costs.

GAAP operating expenses were $19.7 million. On a non-GAAP basis, excluding stock-based compensation and certain other costs, operating expenses were $13.2 million, which includes a $4 million credit loss provision relating to a specific customer account that was not included in our guidance ranges. Excluding this charge, our non-GAAP operating expenses would have been $9.2 million. This result compares to operating expenses of $9.1 million in the year-ago quarter.

GAAP net loss was $16.9 million or $0.14 per share, compared to a loss of $10.4 million or $0.09 per share in the prior quarter and a net loss of $25.6 million or $0.25 per share in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA loss, which excludes approximately $7.2 million, including stock-based compensation expense and other non-cash items, was $9.7 million, compared to losses of $7.2 million in the prior quarter and $17.7 million in the year-ago quarter.

We expect fourth quarter revenue to be down from the third quarter with gross margin reflecting lower cost absorption. We expect this to be followed in the first quarter by a fairly substantial revenue and margin recovery as projects ramp.

(in millions) 3Q'23 Guidance 3Q'23 Actual2 4Q'23 Guidance1Q'24 Guidance
Revenue $24.0 - $34.0 $30.5 $18.0 - $28.0$40.0 - $50.0
Non-GAAP Gross Profit $0.7 - $3.1 $3.9 $(1.3) - $2.0$3.2 - $6.3
Non-GAAP Gross Margin 3% - 9% 12.8% (7%) – 7%8% - 13%
Non-GAAP operating expenses $10 - $11 $13.2 $10 - $11$9 - $10
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA $(10.3) - $(6.9) $(9.7) $(13.0) - $(2.5)$(7.3) - $(3.0)

We continue to be optimistic about our growth prospects, supported by our large and growing backlog and improved competitive positioning and expect to cross into profitability in 2024.

Third Quarter 2023 Earnings Conference Call
FTC Solar’s senior management will host a conference call for members of the investment community at 8:30 a.m. E.T. today, during which the company will discuss its third quarter results, its outlook and other business items. This call will be webcast and can be accessed within the Investor Relations section of FTC Solar's website at A replay of the conference call will also be available on the website for 30 days following the webcast.

About FTC Solar Inc.
Founded in 2017 by a group of renewable energy industry veterans, FTC Solar is a leading provider of solar tracker systems, technology, software, and engineering services. Solar trackers significantly increase energy production at solar power installations by dynamically optimizing solar panel orientation to the sun. FTC Solar’s innovative tracker designs provide compelling performance and reliability, with an industry-leading installation cost-per-watt advantage.

1. The term ‘backlog’ refers to the combination of our executed contracts and awarded orders, which are orders that have been documented and signed through a contract, where we are in the process of documenting a contract but for which a contract has not yet been signed, or that have been awarded in writing or verbally with a mutual understanding that the order will be contracted in the future. In the case of certain projects, including those that are scheduled for delivery on later dates, we have not locked in binding pricing with customers, and we instead use estimated average selling price to calculate the revenue included in our contracted and awarded orders for such projects. Actual revenue for these projects could differ once contracts with binding pricing are executed, and there is also a risk that a contract may never be executed for an awarded but uncontracted project, or that a contract may be executed for an awarded but uncontracted project at a date that is later than anticipated, thus reducing anticipated revenues. Please refer to our SEC filings, including our Form 10-K, for more information on our contracted and awarded orders, including risk factors.
2. Includes $1 million benefit to gross margin and $4 million charge in operating expenses that were not contemplated in the company’s prior guidance ranges.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward looking statements. These statements are not historical facts but rather are based on our current expectations and projections regarding our business, operations and other factors relating thereto. Words such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “anticipate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. These statements are only predictions and as such are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. You should not rely on our forward-looking statements as predictions of future events, as actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements because of several factors, including those described in more detail above and in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the section entitled “Risk Factors” contained therein. FTC Solar 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.

FTC Solar Investor Contact:
Bill Michalek
Vice President, Investor Relations
FTC Solar
T: (737) 241-8618

FTC Solar, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss
  Three months ended
September 30,
  Nine months ended
September 30,
(in thousands, except shares and per share data) 2023  2022  2023  2022 
Product $27,274  $3,543  $80,927  $43,677 
Service  3,274   13,029   22,874   53,169 
Total revenue  30,548   16,572   103,801   96,846 
Cost of revenue:            
Product  22,775   11,411   73,694   62,800 
Service  4,394   14,676   22,492   59,360 
Total cost of revenue  27,169   26,087   96,186   122,160 
Gross profit (loss)  3,379   (9,515)  7,615   (25,314)
Operating expenses            
Research and development  1,921   2,126   5,716   7,538 
Selling and marketing  6,324   1,994   9,887   6,893 
General and administrative  11,411   13,059   31,053   39,966 
Total operating expenses  19,656   17,179   46,656   54,397 
Loss from operations  (16,277)  (26,694)  (39,041)  (79,711)
Interest expense, net  (108)  (160)  (194)  (882)
Gain from disposal of investment in unconsolidated subsidiary     1,408   898   1,745 
Other expense, net  (50)  (341)  (265)  (249)
Loss from unconsolidated subsidiary  (336)     (336)   
Loss before income taxes  (16,771)  (25,787)  (38,938)  (79,097)
(Provision for) benefit from income taxes  (166)  151   (175)  (15)
Net loss  (16,937)  (25,636)  (39,113)  (79,112)
Other comprehensive loss:            
Foreign currency translation adjustments  (38)  (474)  (451)  (357)
Comprehensive loss $(16,975) $(26,110) $(39,564) $(79,469)
Net loss per share:            
Basic and diluted $(0.14) $(0.25) $(0.35) $(0.79)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:            
Basic and diluted  119,793,821   102,164,455   112,794,562   100,642,126 

FTC Solar, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except shares and per share data) September 30,
  December 31,
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $31,520  $44,385 
Accounts receivable, net  71,375   49,052 
Inventories  4,655   14,949 
Prepaid and other current assets  13,468   10,304 
Total current assets  121,018   118,690 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  2,006   1,154 
Property and equipment, net  1,685   1,702 
Intangible assets, net  657   1,113 
Goodwill  7,143   7,538 
Equity method investment  564    
Other assets  3,186   4,201 
Total assets $136,259  $134,398 
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable $9,782  $15,801 
Accrued expenses  25,778   23,896 
Income taxes payable  262   443 
Deferred revenue  11,178   11,316 
Other current liabilities  8,589   8,884 
Total current liabilities  55,589   60,340 
Operating lease liability, net of current portion  1,310   786 
Other non-current liabilities  5,286   6,822 
Total liabilities  62,185   67,948 
Commitments and contingencies      
Stockholders’ equity      
Preferred stock par value of $0.0001 per share, 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022      
Common stock par value of $0.0001 per share, 850,000,000 shares authorized; 124,954,451 and 105,032,588 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022  12   11 
Treasury stock, at cost; 10,762,566 shares as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022      
Additional paid-in capital  362,532   315,345 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (512)  (61)
Accumulated deficit  (287,958)  (248,845)
Total stockholders’ equity  74,074   66,450 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $136,259  $134,398 

FTC Solar, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
  Nine months ended
September 30,
(in thousands) 2023  2022 
Cash flows from operating activities      
Net loss $(39,113) $(79,112)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:      
Stock-based compensation  9,044   11,147 
Depreciation and amortization  1,004   582 
(Gain) loss from sale of property and equipment  (2)  183 
Amortization of debt issue costs  532   526 
Provision for obsolete and slow-moving inventory  1,261   129 
Loss from unconsolidated subsidiary  336    
Gain from disposal of investment in unconsolidated subsidiary  (898)  (1,745)
Warranty provision  3,938   7,374 
Warranty recoverable from manufacturer  45   (299)
Credit losses and bad debt expense  4,302   1,138 
Deferred income taxes  221   (331)
Lease expense and other  748   550 
Impact on cash from changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable, net  (26,625)  53,481 
Inventories  9,033   (8,574)
Prepaid and other current assets  (3,122)  4,948 
Other assets  67   (661)
Accounts payable  (6,160)  (11,867)
Accruals and other current liabilities  5,491   (25,507)
Deferred revenue  (138)  3,489 
Other non-current liabilities  (5,740)  (4,188)
Lease payments and other, net  (607)  (348)
Net cash used in operations  (46,383)  (49,085)
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Purchases of property and equipment  (460)  (814)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment     86 
Equity method investment in Alpha Steel  (900)   
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired     (5,093)
Proceeds from disposal of investment in unconsolidated subsidiary  898   1,745 
Net cash used in investing activities  (462)  (4,076)
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Sale of common stock  34,007    
Stock offering costs paid  (95)   
Proceeds from stock option exercises  221   788 
Net cash provided by financing activities  34,133   788 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  (153)  8 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents  (12,865)  (52,365)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  44,385   102,185 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $31,520  $49,820 

Notes to Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures
We present Non-GAAP gross profit (loss), Non-GAAP operating expense, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Loss and Adjusted EPS as supplemental measures of our performance. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net loss plus (i) provision for (benefit from) income taxes, (ii) interest expense, net (iii) depreciation expense, (iv) amortization of intangibles, (v) stock-based compensation, and (vi) non-routine legal fees, severance and certain other costs (credits). We also deduct the contingent gains from the disposal of our investment in an unconsolidated subsidiary from net loss in arriving at Adjusted EBITDA. We define Adjusted Net Loss as net loss plus (i) amortization of debt issue costs and intangibles, (ii) stock-based compensation, (iii) non-routine legal fees, severance and certain other costs (credits), and (iv) the income tax expense (benefit) of those adjustments, if any. We also deduct the contingent gains from the disposal of our investment in an unconsolidated subsidiary from net loss in arriving at Adjusted Net Loss. Adjusted EPS is defined as Adjusted Net Loss on a per share basis using our weighted average diluted shares outstanding.

Non-GAAP gross profit (loss), Non-GAAP operating expense, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Loss and Adjusted EPS are intended as supplemental measures of performance that are neither required by, nor presented in accordance with, U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). We present these non-GAAP measures, many of which are commonly used by investors and analysts, because we believe they assist those investors and analysts in comparing our performance across reporting periods on an ongoing basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance. In addition, we use Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Loss and Adjusted EPS to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies.

Non-GAAP gross profit (loss), Non-GAAP operating expense, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Loss and Adjusted EPS should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and you should not rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business. These Non-GAAP financial measures, when presented, are reconciled to the most closely applicable GAAP measure as disclosed below.

The following table reconciles Non-GAAP gross profit (loss) to the most closely related GAAP measure for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively:

  Three months ended
September 30,
  Nine months ended
September 30,
(in thousands, except percentages) 2023  2022  2023  2022 
U.S. GAAP revenue $30,548  $16,572  $103,801  $96,846 
U.S. GAAP gross profit (loss) $3,379  $(9,515) $7,615  $(25,314)
Depreciation expense  90   116   339   272 
Stock-based compensation  181   1,153   1,313   2,521 
Severance  252      252    
Other costs           102 
Non-GAAP gross profit (loss) $3,902  $(8,246) $9,519  $(22,419)
Non-GAAP gross margin percentage  12.8%  (49.8%)  9.2%  (23.1%)

The following table reconciles Non-GAAP operating expenses to the most closely related GAAP measure for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively:

  Three months ended
September 30,
  Nine months ended
September 30,
(in thousands) 2023  2022  2023  2022 
U.S. GAAP operating expenses $19,656  $17,179  $46,656  $54,397 
Depreciation expense  (115)  (66)  (256)  (175)
Amortization expense  (133)  (135)  (409)  (135)
Stock-based compensation  (1,011)  (6,354)  (7,731)  (12,734)
Non-routine legal fees  (98)  (842)  (181)  (5,742)
Severance  (1,836)  (311)  (1,823)  (1,037)
Other costs  (3,241)  (324)  (3,241)  (1,802)
Non-GAAP operating expenses $13,222  $9,147  $33,015  $32,772 

The following table reconciles Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA to the related GAAP measure of loss from operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively:

  Three months ended
September 30,
  Nine months ended
September 30,
(in thousands) 2023  2022  2023  2022 
U.S. GAAP loss from operations $(16,277) $(26,694) $(39,041) $(79,711)
Depreciation expense  205   182   595   447 
Amortization expense  133   135   409   135 
Stock-based compensation  1,192   7,507   9,044   15,255 
Non-routine legal fees  98   842   181   5,742 
Severance  2,088   311   2,075   1,037 
Other costs  3,241   324   3,241   1,904 
Other expense, net  (50)  (341)  (265)  (249)
Loss from unconsolidated subsidiary  (336)     (336)   
Adjusted EBITDA $(9,706) $(17,734) $(24,097) $(55,440)

The following table reconciles Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Loss to the related GAAP measure of net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively:

  Three months ended September 30, 
  2023  2022 
(in thousands, except shares and per share data) Adjusted EBITDA  Adjusted Net Loss  Adjusted EBITDA  Adjusted Net Loss 
Net loss per U.S. GAAP $(16,937) $(16,937) $(25,636) $(25,636)
Reconciling items -            
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes  166      (151)   
Interest expense, net  108      160    
Amortization of debt issue costs in interest expense     177      177 
Depreciation expense  205      182    
Amortization of intangibles  133   133   135   135 
Stock-based compensation  1,192   1,192   7,507   7,507 
Gain from disposal of investment in unconsolidated subsidiary(a)        (1,408)  (1,408)
Non-routine legal fees(b)  98   98   842   842 
Severance(c)  2,088   2,088   311   311 
Other costs(d)  3,241   3,241   324   324 
Adjusted Non-GAAP amounts $(9,706) $(10,008) $(17,734) $(17,748)
Adjusted Non-GAAP net loss per share (Adjusted EPS):            
Basic and diluted N/A  $(0.08) N/A  $(0.17)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:            
Basic and diluted N/A   119,793,821  N/A   102,164,455 

(a)Our management excludes the gain from collections of contingent contractual amounts from the sale in 2021 of our investment in an unconsolidated subsidiary.
(b)Non-routine legal fees represent legal fees and other costs incurred for specific matters that were not ordinary or routine to the operations of the business.
(c)Severance costs were incurred in 2023 and 2022 due to restructuring changes.
(d)Other costs in 2023 included the write-off of remaining prepaid costs resulting from the termination of our consulting agreement with a related party. Other costs in 2022 included a second installment payment relating to a CEO transition event that occurred in 2021, as well as professional fees associated with our IPO.

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