Orbital Energy Group Reports Record Revenues in First Quarter 2022 of $70.3 Million

Published: May. 16, 2022 at 7:30 AM EDT

Records Positive Adjusted EBITDA of $3.8 Million and Reiterates Full-Year 2022 Financial Guidance

HOUSTON, May 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Orbital Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: OEG) ("Orbital Energy" or the "Company") today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

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First Quarter Summary

  • Revenues of $70.3 million, compared to $41.0 million in the prior quarter and $5.6 million for the first quarter of 2021;
  • Gross profit of $11.6 million compared to a gross loss of $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2021;
  • Operating loss of $1.8 million, an improvement of $13.8 million from the first quarter of 2021;
  • Loss from continuing operations, net of income taxes of $36.7 million, including a non-cash charge of $26.0 million. Excluding this charge, loss from continuing operations would have been $10.4 million, a $5.3 million improvement from the prior quarter and a $5.9 million improvement from the first quarter of 2021;
  • Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was a positive $3.8 million compared to a loss of $1.2 million in the prior quarter and a loss of $9.6 million in the first quarter of 2021;
  • Backlog of $513.5 million as of March 31, 2022, with $294.6 million expected to be recognized in the next twelve months.

Items Subsequent to the End of First Quarter

  • Named Robert Burns as President of Orbital Solar Services
  • Extended maturity on portion of seller notes to December 31, 2022
  • Completed a registered direct offering of $21 million;
  • Completed the sale of Orbital Gas Systems Ltd.

"Our first quarter results reflect the continued progress of building out our infrastructure services platform, and we accomplished a significant milestone in achieving positive adjusted EBITDA for the first time since I joined the company," said Jim O'Neil, Vice Chairman and CEO of Orbital Energy Group. "Our backlog and end market drivers remain strong, as well as customer demand for our services and we believe we are well positioned to achieve our 2022 financial guidance provided on our year end call, which we are reiterating today."

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Total revenue was $70.3 million, compared to $41.0 million in the previous quarter and $5.6 million in the first quarter of 2021. The sequential and year-over-year improvement is primarily due to the acquisitions of GTS and Front Line Power last year.

Electric Power revenue for the first quarter was $39.7 million, compared to $23.3 million in the prior quarter and $3.2 million in the first quarter of 2021. The increase was primarily due to the acquisition of Front Line Power. Telecommunications revenue for the first quarter was $16.1 million, compared to $13.0 million in the prior quarter and zero revenue in the first quarter of 2021. Renewables revenue  for the first quarter was $14.5 million, compared to $4.8 million in the prior quarter and $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2021.

Gross profit in the first quarter was $11.6 million, compared to gross profit of $7.4 million in the prior quarter and gross loss of $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2021. Total operating expenses in the first quarter were $13.4 million, compared to $16.1 in the prior quarter and $13.1 million in the first quarter of 2021. Loss from continuing operations before taxes in the first quarter was $36.4 million, including a $26.0 million non-cash charge. Excluding this charge, loss from continuing operations would have been $10.4 million, compared to a loss of $15.2 million in the prior quarter and a loss of $16.3 million in the first quarter of 2021.

Full Year 2022 Outlook

The Company expects full year consolidated revenue to be in the range of $375M to $425M and adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $38M to $43M.  This reflects year-over-year revenue growth of 382% and an improvement of $67.5 million in Adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2022 compared to 2021 from the midpoint of the Company's guidance.  This revenue growth and improvement in adjusted EBITDA is expected to be led by strong double-digit organic growth in the Company's electric power and telecommunications segments largely due to projects under contract and the unprecedented demand for the Company's services in these segments.

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call today, May 16, 2022 at 8:30 am ET to discuss these results and recent corporate developments. After management's opening remarks, there will be a question-and-answer period. To access the call, please dial (678) 894-3054 and provide conference ID 3716707. A live webcast of the conference call and accompanying slide presentation can be accessed via the Investor Relations/Events & Presentations section of the Orbital Energy website (http://www.orbitalenergygroup.com).

For those unable to attend the live call, a telephonic replay will be available until June 1, 2022. To access the replay of the call dial (404) 537-3406 and provide conference ID 3716707. An archived copy of the webcast and slide presentation will also be available via the link referenced above.

About Orbital
Orbital Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: OEG) is a diversified infrastructure services platform, providing engineering, design, construction, and maintenance services to customers in the electric power, telecommunications, and renewable industries.

Orbital Energy Group is dedicated to maximizing shareholder value, by striving to exceed our customers' expectations, building a diverse workforce and making a positive difference in the lives of our employees and the communities in which we operate, and contributing to reducing the carbon footprint through the services we provide.

For more information please visit: www.orbitalenergygroup.com

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The financial measures not prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP) that are utilized in this press release are provided to enable investors, analysts and management to evaluate Orbital Energy's performance excluding the effects of certain items that management believes impact the comparability of operating results between reporting periods. In addition, management believes these measures are useful in comparing Orbital Energy's operating results with those of its competitors. These measures should be used in addition to, and not in lieu of, financial measures prepared in conformity with GAAP. Please see the accompanying tables for reconciliations of the following non-GAAP financial measures for Orbital Energy's current and historical results (as applicable): EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations (non-GAAP financial measures) to loss from continuing operations, net of income taxes.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, as amended, including those relating to the expected use of proceeds.  These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking expressions, including, but not limited to, "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "estimate," "potential," "predict," "project," "should," "would" and similar expressions and the negatives of those terms.  These statements relate to future events and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include the risk factors set forth in the Company's filings with the SEC, including, without limitation, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the years ended December 31, 2021, its periodic reports on Form 10-Q, and its Current Reports on Form 8-K filed in 2021 and 2022, as well as the risks identified in the shelf registration statement and the prospectus supplement relating to the offering. Prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Orbital undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Orbital Energy Group, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)




March 31,



December 31,


(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)


2022



2021











Assets:









Current Assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$

20,949



$

26,865


Restricted cash – current portion



146




150


Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance



52,670




48,752


Inventories



1,299




1,335


Contract assets



14,198




7,478


Note receivable, current portion



1,051




3,536


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



7,291




6,919


Assets held for sale, current portion



6,611




6,679


Total current assets



104,215




101,714




















Property and equipment, less accumulated depreciation



28,727




29,638


Investment



1,063




1,063


Right of use assets - Operating leases



20,040




18,247


Right of use assets - Financing leases



14,231




14,702


Goodwill



102,349




100,899


Other intangible assets, net



138,207




142,656


Restricted cash, noncurrent portion



1,026




1,026


Note receivable, noncurrent portion






836


Deposits and other assets



1,557




1,558


Total assets


$

411,415



$

412,339











Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:









Current Liabilities:









Accounts payable


$

17,853



$

10,111


Notes payable, current portion



68,563




72,774


Line of credit



4,000




2,500


Operating lease obligations - current portion



5,179




4,674


Financing lease obligations - current portion



5,048




4,939


Accrued expenses



30,524




28,301


Contract liabilities



6,470




6,503


Financial instrument liability, current portion



25,912




825


Liabilities held for sale, current portion



5,735




4,367


Total current liabilities



169,284




134,994











Financial instrument liability, noncurrent portion



1,753





Deferred tax liabilities



260




260


Notes payable, less current portion



153,414




156,605


Operating lease obligations, less current portion



14,878




13,555


Financing lease obligations, less current portion



9,455




9,939


Other long-term liabilities



720




720


Total liabilities



349,764




316,073











Commitments and contingencies


















Stockholders' Equity:









Preferred stock, par value $0.001; 10,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued at March 31, 2022 or December 31, 2021







Common stock, par value $0.001; 325,000,000 shares authorized; 85,887,514 shares issued and 85,409,451 shares outstanding at March 31, 2022 and 82,259,739 shares issued and 81,906,676 shares outstanding at December 31, 2021



86




82


Additional paid-in capital



314,485




311,487


Treasury stock at cost; 353,063 shares held at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021



(413)




(413)


Accumulated deficit



(248,535)




(210,934)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss



(3,989)




(3,995)


Total Orbital Energy Group, Inc.'s stockholders' equity



61,634




96,227


Noncontrolling interest



17




39


Total stockholders' equity



61,651




96,266


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

411,415



$

412,339


Orbital Energy Group, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)




For the Three Months


(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)


Ended March 31,




2022



2021











Revenues


$

70,254



$

5,561











Cost of revenues



58,671




8,082











Gross profit



11,583




(2,521)











Operating expenses:









Selling, general and administrative expense



8,126




12,019


Depreciation and amortization



5,323




1,082


Recovery of bad debt



(60)





Other operating expense



(18)














Total operating expenses



13,371




13,101











Loss from operations



(1,788)




(15,622)











Loss on extinguishment of debt



(26,019)




(250)


Other income (expense)



(583)




313


Interest expense



(8,039)




(734)











Loss from continuing operations before taxes



(36,429)




(16,293)











Income tax expense



241




16











Loss from continuing operations, net of income taxes



(36,670)




(16,309)











Discontinued operations









Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes



(953)




(1,643)











Net loss



(37,623)




(17,952)


Less: net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest



(22)





Net loss attributable to Orbital Energy Group, Inc.


$

(37,601)



$

(17,952)











Basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding



83,126,709




44,564,868











Loss from continuing operations per common share - basic and diluted


$

(0.44)



$

(0.36)











Income from discontinued operations - basic and diluted



(0.01)




(0.04)











Loss per common share - basic and diluted


$

(0.45)



$

(0.40)


Orbital Energy Group, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)




For the Three Months


(in thousands)


Ended March 31,




2022



2021


CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:









Net loss


$

(37,623)



$

(17,952)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:









Depreciation



3,687




316


Amortization of intangibles



5,003




1,431


Amortization of debt discount



1,635




140


Amortization of note receivable discount



(63)




(74)


Stock-based compensation and expense, net of forfeitures



(3,050)




2,559


Fair value adjustment to liability for stock appreciation rights



(269)




1,908


Fair value adjustment to financial instrument liability



928





Loss on extinguishment of debt and debt modifications



26,019




250


Recovery of bad debt



31




(19)


Inventory reserve



(22)




(72)


Gain on sale of assets



(103)





Non-cash unrealized foreign currency (gain) loss



48




(100)











Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisition:









Trade accounts receivable



(3,935)




1,689


Inventories



20




225


Contract assets



(6,378)




156


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



(751)




783


Right of use assets/lease liabilities, net



35




(222)


Deposits and other assets



(26)





Accounts payable



7,929




(4,343)


Accrued expenses



4,175




1,286


Contract liabilities



1,145




(1,443)


NET CASH USED IN OPERATING ACTIVITIES



(1,565)




(13,482)











CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:









Cash paid for acquisition, net of cash received



(773)





Purchases of property and equipment



(1,351)




(2,946)


Deposits on financing lease property and equipment



26





Proceeds from sale of property and equipment



78





Purchase of other intangible assets



(51)




(692)


Proceeds from notes receivable



3,500




100


NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES



1,429




(3,538)











CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:









Proceeds from line of credit



3,500





Payments on line of credit



(2,000)




(441)


Payments on financing lease obligations



(1,212)




(1)


Proceeds from notes payable






9,701


Payments on notes payable



(5,804)




(3,238)


Proceeds from sales of common stock






42,376


NET CASH (USED IN) PROVIDED BY FINANCING ACTIVITIES



(5,516)




48,397











Effect of exchange rate changes on cash



(268)




11


Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash



(5,920)




31,388


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period



28,041




4,524











CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH AT END OF PERIOD


$

22,121



$

35,912


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
















EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA from Continuing Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2022 and 2021


The following table presents reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations to loss from continuing operations, net of taxes for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021. These reconciliations are intended to provide useful information to investors and analysts as they evaluate the Company's performance. EBITDA from continuing operations is defined as loss from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations is defined as EBITDA from continuing operations adjusted for certain other items as described below. We believe that the exclusion of these items from loss from continuing operations enables management and investors to more effectively evaluate the Company's operations period over period and to identify operating trends that might not be apparent when including the excluded items. However, these measures should not be considered as an alternative to loss from continuing operations or other measures of performance that are derived in accordance with GAAP. As to certain of the items below, (i) stock-based compensation and expense may vary from period to period due to fair value adjustments from changes in market conditions, forfeiture rates, accelerated vesting and amounts granted; (ii) acquisition costs vary from period to period depending on the Company's level of acquisition activity; (iii) gains and losses loss on disposal of assets varies from period to period depending on operational wear and tear and condition of the Company's fixed assets; (iv) gains and losses on extinguishment and modification of debt varies from period to period depending on changes in the Company's financing activities and the exercise of certain debt-to-equity conversion features; and (v) fair value adjustments to equity-linked financial instrument liabilities varies from period to period depending on changes in the market price of Orbital Energy's common stock and certain assumptions used in fair valuation calculations. Because EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, as defined, exclude some, but not all, items that affect loss from continuing operations, such measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. The most comparable GAAP financial measure, loss from continuing operations, net of income taxes and information reconciling the GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures, are included below. See notes to follow:











For the Three Months Ended


(In thousands)




March 31,


(Unaudited)




2022



2021


Loss from continuing operations, net of income taxes (GAAP)




$

(36,670)



$

(16,309)


Interest expense, net





7,961




653


Income tax expense (benefit)





241




16


Depreciation and amortization





8,690




1,315


EBITDA from continuing operations (a)





(19,778)




(14,325)


Stock-based compensation and expense, net of forfeitures (b)





(3,319)




4,467


Acquisition costs (c)





32





(Gain) loss on disposal of assets (d)





(103)





(Gain) loss on extinguishment and modification of debt (e)





26,019




250


Fair value adjustment to equity-linked financial instruments (f)





928





Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations (a)




$

3,779



$

(9,608)


(a)

The calculations of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2021 have been amended to conform to the current period calculations of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations.

(b)

The amounts include non-cash expenses recognized from the vesting of stock-based compensation awards issued to employees, executives, directors and consultants for services provided, net of forfeitures. The amount for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021 includes non-cash expenses recognized from modifications to executive stock appreciation rights (SARS) compensation awards that were exchanged for restricted stock units (RSUs).

(c)

The amounts for the three months ended March 31, 2022 includes certain acquisition-related costs incurred for the acquisition of Coax Fiber Solutions, Inc.

(d)

The amounts relate to net gains or losses recognized on the disposal of the Company's assets.

(e)

The amounts for the three months ended March 31, 2022 include the net gains and losses recognized for the modification of seller financed notes payable issued for the acquisition of Front Line Power Construction, LLC and the issuance of shares of common stock in exchange for payment on certain notes payable.

(f)

The amounts for the three months ended March 31, 2022 include fair value adjustments related to certain down-round and anti-dilutive protections on equity-linked financial instruments issued to the lenders of the Company's syndicated debt. 

Estimated EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA from Continuing Operations for the Full Year 2022


The following table presents reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations to loss from continuing operations, net of income taxes for the full year ending December 31, 2022. These reconciliations are intended to provide useful information to investors and analysts as they evaluate the Company's expected performance. EBITDA from continuing operations is defined as loss from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations is defined as EBITDA from continuing operations adjusted for certain other items as described below. We believe that the exclusion of these items from loss from continuing operations enables management and investors to more effectively evaluate the Company's operations period over period and to identify operating trends that might not be apparent when including the excluded items. However, these measures should not be considered as an alternative to loss from continuing operations or other measures of performance that are derived in accordance with GAAP. As to certain of the items below, stock-based compensation expense may vary from period to period due to fair value adjustments from changes in market conditions, forfeiture rates, accelerated vesting and amounts granted. Because EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, as defined, exclude some, but not all, items that affect loss from continuing operations, such measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. The most comparable GAAP financial measure, loss from continuing operations, net of income taxes and information reconciling the GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures, are included below. See notes to follow:



Estimated Range


(In thousands)

(Unaudited)


Full Year Ending
December 31, 2022


Loss from continuing operations, net of income taxes (as defined by GAAP) (a)


$

(21,616)



$

(16,816)


Interest expense, net



25,671




25,671


Income tax expense (benefit) (b)



300




500


Depreciation and amortization



28,445




28,445


EBITDA from continuing operations



32,800




37,800


Stock-based compensation and expense



5,200




5,200


Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations


$

38,000



$

43,000


(a)

The Company incurred a loss on extinguishment of $26.0 million as a result of non-cash losses incurred during the period ended March 31, 2022 from fair value adjustments made to certain equity-linked financial instruments. The estimated financial results are reflective of an expected net impact of $0 on the Company's financial results during the full year ending December 31, 2022 as the Company expects these factors will be offset by changes in market factors and estimated financial results from continuing operations during the full year ending December 31, 2022. Actual results of this non-cash item would not have an impact on Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations.

(b)

These amounts include estimated state minimum tax expenses determined using the statutory tax rates of the jurisdictions where taxable income is expected to be earned. These amounts do not include federal and foreign income tax expense (benefits) as the Company does not expect to generate taxable income related to its US and foreign jurisdictions and expects valuation allowance reserves to be recognized on any deferred tax assets realized during the full year 2022.

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