CICERO, Ill., March 09, 2023 — Broadwind, Inc. (Nasdaq: BWEN, “Broadwind” or the “Company”), a diversified precision manufacturer of specialized components and solutions serving global markets, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2022.
FOURTH QUARTER 2022 RESULTS
(As compared to the fourth quarter 2021)
- Total revenue of $40.1 million, +54.0% y/y
- Total gross profit of $2.6 million, +$1.6 million y/y
- Total non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $0.2 million, +$1.4 million y/y
- Total orders of $204.8 million, +$149.1 million y/y
- Total backlog of $297.2 million, +$190.8 million y/y
- Total cash and excess availability of $40.1 million, +$25.2 million y/y
FULL-YEAR 2022 RESULTS
(As compared to the full-year 2021)
- Total revenue of $176.8 million, +21.4% y/y
- Total gross profit of $10.7 million, +94.3% y/y
- Total non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $2.4 million, +$5.3 million y/y excluding the 2021 benefit of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Employee Retention Credit (ERC)
FULL-YEAR 2023 FINANCIAL GUIDANCE
- Total revenue of between $200 million to $220 million
- Total non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of between $14 million to $16 million
For the three months ended December 31, 2022, Broadwind reported total revenue of $40.1 million, an increase of 54.0% when compared to the prior year period. The Company reported a net loss of ($2.9) million, or ($0.14) per basic share in the fourth quarter 2022, compared to a net loss ($4.1) million, or ($0.21) per basic share, in the fourth quarter 2021. The Company reported adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, of $0.2 million in the fourth quarter 2022, compared to ($1.2) million in the prior-year period.
Fourth quarter results benefited from a combination of broad-based demand growth and improved operating leverage, partially offset by lower-margin project activity that commenced during the fourth quarter 2022. Each of the Company’s reporting segments reported positive year-over-year growth in both revenue and non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA during the fourth quarter 2022. Total gross margin increased 270 basis points on a year-over-year basis to 6.4%, primarily driven by improved price discipline and improved sales mix. Total operating cash flow increased by $28.9 million versus the prior-year period to $26.9 million, due to significant deposits received from a major customer.
Fourth quarter orders increased nearly 270% versus the prior-year period, while total backlog at year-end 2022 reached a near-record $297.2 million, supported by improved demand conditions across the Company’s diverse end-markets.
As of December 31, 2022, Broadwind had total cash on hand and availability under the Company’s credit facility of $40.1 million, up from $14.8 million at the end of the third quarter 2022. The significant, sequential increase in available liquidity was the result of more favorable terms on customer orders with respect to deposits, which will better optimize the Company’s working capital management moving forward.
Broadwind has continued to demonstrate strong operational excellence and commercial execution, consistent with a multi-year focus on building a market-leading precision manufacturing platform. Broadwind remains focused on organic growth within existing and adjacent markets; further revenue mix diversification beyond its core wind business; improved asset optimization; ratable growth in orders and backlog; and disciplined capital management to support the requirements of the business.
- New business development. During the last three years, Broadwind has pursued an aggressive development strategy designed to both increase its share-of-wallet with its existing customers, while expanding into complementary adjacent markets – and new customer relationships. In January 2023, the Company announced the receipt of approximately $175 million in new tower orders from a leading global wind turbine manufacturer. The transformational, two-year order, which was the primary driver of the sequential improvement in our year-end backlog, secures significant tower production capacity across Broadwind’s facilities in both 2023 and 2024.
- Revenue mix diversification. Since 2018, Broadwind has grown its non-wind precision manufacturing revenue by nearly 45% and expanded relationships with both new and existing customers. In the full year 2022, non-wind revenue increased by nearly 60% on a year-over-year basis to a record $91.6 million, supported by broad-based share gains across most end-markets. Included in non-wind revenue is $7 million generated from sales of Broadwind’s new line of proprietary pressure reducing systems (“PRS”).
- Drive asset optimization. As of December 31, 2022, Broadwind has secured approximately 50% of its optimal tower production capacity across its facilities in both 2023 and 2024. During 2023, the Company expects to further optimize plant utilization, resulting in improved economies of scale. Broadwind has deployed a lean operating approach across all divisions which includes continuous improvement efforts designed to improve throughput and asset optimization. The base load of orders in backlog allows the Company to focus these efforts on specific manufacturing processes offering the highest return on the resources invested.
- Consistent growth in order and backlog. Total orders increased by more than 130%, or $209 million, in the full year 2022 compared to 2021, supported by broad-based demand growth across new and existing customer accounts. Fourth quarter 2022 orders increased to $205 million, supported by strong order activity from within wind, mining, steel and other markets. Total backlog increased to $297 million at year-end 2022, versus $106 million at year-end 2021, representing the highest total year-end backlog since 2013.
- Capitalize on IRA tailwinds. The Inflation Reduction Act (“IRA”) passed into law in 2022 provides critical industries, including those supporting the energy transition, with tax credits designed to accelerate a generational shift in the energy production mix from fossil fuels toward renewable energy, including wind. Included within section 45x of the IRA is a provision for a new advanced manufacturing tax credit for which the recently announced $175 million tower order qualifies.
- Disciplined capital allocation. At year-end 2022, total cash and liquidity increased materially on both a sequential and year-over-year basis to $40.1 million, supported by growth in deposits on new customer orders. The Company’s ratio of net debt to trailing twelve-month non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was 0.7x as of December 31, 2022. Broadwind remains well-capitalized to support the ongoing growth of its business.
“We continued to advance our commercial strategy during the fourth quarter and full-year 2022, resulting in strong, year-over-year revenue growth across our diverse end-markets,” stated Eric Blashford, President and CEO of Broadwind. “For most of last year, persistent supply chain disruptions and elevated raw materials costs impacted customer activity levels, particularly within the domestic, onshore wind market. Beginning in the fourth quarter 2022, freight activity began to normalize, raw materials prices showed signs of returning toward historical levels and customer demand across both wind and non-wind markets began to increase. Recent actions we’ve taken to improve asset optimization and reduce fixed overhead have taken hold, positioning us to drive profitable, above-market growth into a recovery.”
“In January 2023, we announced $175 million in new tower orders from a leading global wind turbine manufacturer,” continued Blashford. “On a standalone basis, this transformational two-year order secures approximately 50% of our optimal tower production capacity across Broadwind’s manufacturing facilities during the full-year 2023 and 2024. In addition to providing significant order book visibility over the next two years, we expect this order will provide significant economies of scale across our organization. Ordered tower sections will be produced at both our Abilene and Manitowoc facilities.”
“Our backlog sits at a near-record high entering the first quarter 2023,” continued Blashford. “While the fourth quarter 2022 included some lower-margin, legacy project work, margin capture on our current-year backlog will benefit from IRA-related tax credits. Assuming full utilization of our wind tower manufacturing facilities, we believe the IRA could provide up to ~$30 million in incremental annual gross profit in future years.”
“At year-end 2022, we had $40.1 million of available cash and liquidity, given recent actions taken to further optimize our working capital management,” continued Blashford. “In 2023, our capital allocation priorities will include further debt reduction; organic investment in new intellectual property; and opportunistic investments in complementary, immediately-accretive bolt-on acquisitions that expand our capabilities within energy transition markets. As of December 31, 2022, our net leverage was 0.7x, well within our target range of at or below 2.0x.”
“Today, we introduced financial guidance for the full-year 2023,” concluded Blashford. “Our risk-adjusted guidance reflects expectations for a gradual recovery in customer demand this year, improved efficiencies resulting from economies of scale, together with improved margin realization resulting from the IRA’s 45x tax credit, pending final guidance from the Internal Revenue Service.”
Heavy Fabrications Segment
Broadwind provides large, complex and precision fabrications to customers in a broad range of industrial markets. Key products include wind towers and industrial fabrications, including mining and material handling components and other frames/structures.
Heavy Fabrications segment sales increased by 61.2% to $23.7 million in the fourth quarter 2022, as compared to the prior-year period, primarily driven by a 22% increase in towers sections sold and a 73% increase in industrial fabrication product line revenue as a result of higher recent order intake from industrial customers and additional revenue recognized from our PRS units. The segment reported an operating loss of ($1.0) million in the fourth quarter of 2022, as compared to an operating loss of ($1.3) million in the prior year period. Segment non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was $0.3 million in the fourth quarter 2022, as compared to ($0.04) million in the prior-year period.
Broadwind provides custom gearboxes, loose gearing and heat treat services to a broad set of customers in diverse markets, including oil & gas production, surface and underground mining, wind energy, steel, material handling and other infrastructure markets.
Gearing segment sales increased by 41.5% to $11.7 million in the fourth quarter 2022, as compared to the prior year period, primarily driven by increased demand across the energy, industrial and steel end-markets. The segment reported operating income of $0.1 million in the fourth quarter 2022, compared to an operating loss of ($0.5) million in the prior year period. The segment reported non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $0.8 million in the fourth quarter 2022, versus $0.1 million in the fourth quarter 2021.
Industrial Solutions Segment
Broadwind provides supply chain solutions, light fabrication, inventory management, kitting and assembly services, primarily serving the combined cycle natural gas turbine market as well as other clean technology markets.
Industrial Solutions segment sales increased 53.2% to $4.7 million in the fourth quarter 2022, as compared to the prior year period, primarily driven by increased demand for natural gas turbine content. The segment reported operating income of $0.5 million in the fourth quarter 2022, compared to an operating loss of ($0.2) million in the prior year period. The segment reported non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of $0.7 million in the fourth quarter 2022, versus ($0.04) million in the prior year period.
The following financial guidance for the full year 2023 reflects the Company’s current expectations and beliefs. All guidance is current as of the time provided and is subject to change.
|Full Year 2023 Guidance|
|$ in millions||2022 Actual||2023 Low||2023 High|
|Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA||$||2.4||$||14.0||$||16.0|
FOURTH QUARTER 2022 CONFERENCE CALL
Broadwind will host a conference call today, March 9, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. ET to review its financial results, discuss recent events and conduct a question-and-answer session.
A webcast of the conference call and accompanying presentation materials will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s corporate website at https://investors.bwen.com/investors. To listen to the live broadcast, go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to register, download and install any necessary audio software.
To participate in the live teleconference:
To listen to a replay of the teleconference, which will be available through March 16, 2023:
Broadwind (NASDAQ: BWEN) is a precision manufacturer of structures, equipment and components for clean tech and other specialized applications. With facilities throughout the U.S., our talented team is committed to helping customers maximize performance of their investments—quicker, easier and smarter. Find out more at www.bwen.com
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
The Company provides non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation and other stock payments, restructuring costs, impairment charges and other non-cash gains and losses) as supplemental information regarding the Company’s business performance. The Company’s management uses this supplemental information when it internally evaluates its performance, reviews financial trends and makes operating and strategic decisions. The Company believes that this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors because it provides investors with a better understanding of the Company’s past financial performance and future results, which allows investors to evaluate the Company’s performance using the same methodology and information as used by the Company’s management. The Company’s definition of adjusted EBITDA may be different from similar non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies and/or analysts.
This release contains “forward looking statements”—that is, statements related to future, not past, events—as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that reflect our current expectations regarding our future growth, results of operations, financial condition, cash flows, performance, business prospects and opportunities, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, our management. Forward looking statements include any statement that does not directly relate to a current or historical fact. We have tried to identify forward looking statements by using words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “will,” “should,” “may,” “plan” and similar expressions, but these words are not the exclusive means of identifying forward looking statements.
The Company’s forward-looking statements may include or relate to our beliefs, expectations, plans and/or assumptions with respect to the following, many of which are, and will be, amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic: (i) the impact of global health concerns, including the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on the economies and financial markets and the demand for our products; (ii) state, local and federal regulatory frameworks affecting the industries in which we compete, including the wind energy industry, and the related extension, continuation or renewal of federal tax incentives and grants and state renewable portfolio standards as well as new or continuing tariffs on steel or other products imported into the United States; (iii) our customer relationships and our substantial dependency on a few significant customers and our efforts to diversify our customer base and sector focus and leverage relationships across business units; (iv) the economic and operational stability of our significant customers and suppliers, including their respective supply chains, and the ability to source alternative suppliers as necessary, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; (v) our ability to continue to grow our business organically and through acquisitions, and the impairment thereto by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; (vi) the production, sales, collections, customer deposits and revenues generated by new customer orders and our ability to realize the resulting cash flows; (vii) information technology failures, network disruptions, cybersecurity attacks or breaches in data security, including with respect to any remote work arrangements implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; (viii) the sufficiency of our liquidity and alternate sources of funding, if necessary; (ix) our ability to realize revenue from customer orders and backlog; (x) our ability to operate our business efficiently, comply with our debt obligations, manage capital expenditures and costs effectively, and generate cash flow; (xi) the economy, including its stability in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the potential impact it may have on our business, including our customers; (xii) the state of the wind energy market and other energy and industrial markets generally and the impact of competition and economic volatility in those markets; (xiii) the effects of market disruptions and regular market volatility, including fluctuations in the price of oil, gas and other commodities; (xiv) competition from new or existing industry participants including, in particular, increased competition from foreign tower manufacturers; (xv) the effects of the change of administrations in the U.S. federal government; (xvi) our ability to successfully integrate and operate acquired companies and to identify, negotiate and execute future acquisitions; (xvii) the potential loss of tax benefits if we experience an “ownership change” under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended; (xviii) our ability to utilize various relief options enabled by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act); (xix) the limited trading market for our securities and the volatility of market price for our securities; and (xx) the impact of future sales of our common stock or securities convertible into our common stock on our stock price. These statements are based on information currently available to us and are subject to various risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual growth, results of operations, financial condition, cash flows, performance, business prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements including, but not limited to, those set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A of our most recently filed Form 10-K and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). We are under no duty to update any of these statements. You should not consider any list of such factors to be an exhaustive statement of all of the risks, uncertainties or other factors that could cause our current beliefs, expectations, plans and/or assumptions to change. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as a predictor of actual results.
BROADWIND, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE DATA)
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Accounts receivable, net||17,018||13,802|
|Employee retention credit receivable||–||497|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||3,291||2,661|
|Total current assets||79,258||52,325|
|Property and equipment, net||45,319||43,655|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||16,396||18,029|
|Intangible assets, net||2,728||3,453|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Line of credit and current portion of long-term debt||$||1,170||$||6,650|
|Current portion of finance lease obligations||2,008||2,060|
|Current portion of operating lease obligations||1,882||1,775|
|Total current liabilities||70,178||42,683|
|Long-term debt, net of current maturities||7,141||177|
|Long-term finance lease obligations, net of current portion||4,226||2,481|
|Long-term operating lease obligations, net of current portion||16,696||18,405|
|Total long-term liabilities||28,089||21,230|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES|
|Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding||–||–|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value; 30,000,000 shares authorized; 21,127,130 and 19,859,650 shares issued as of December 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively||21||20|
|Treasury stock, at cost, 273,937 shares as of December 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively||(1,842||)||(1,842||)|
|Additional paid-in capital||397,240||395,372|
|Total stockholders’ equity||46,273||54,134|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY||$||144,540||$||118,047|
BROADWIND, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)
|Three Months Ended December 31,||Twelve Months Ended December 31,|
|Cost of sales||37,504||25,054||166,049||140,108|
|Selling, general and administrative||4,483||4,749||16,592||17,372|
|Total operating expenses||4,658||4,932||17,317||18,105|
|OTHER (EXPENSE) INCOME, net:|
|Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness||–||–||–||9,151|
|Interest expense, net||(863||)||(313||)||(3,218||)||(1,129||)|
|Total other (expense) income, net||(750||)||(191||)||(3,088||)||15,466|
|Net (loss) income before provision for income taxes||(2,852||)||(4,166||)||(9,695||)||2,872|
|(Benefit) provision for income taxes||(1||)||(76||)||35||25|
|NET (LOSS) INCOME||$||(2,851||)||$||(4,090||)||$||(9,730||)||$||2,847|
|NET (LOSS) INCOME PER COMMON SHARE – BASIC:|
|Net (loss) income||$||(0.14||)||$||(0.21||)||$||(0.48||)||$||0.15|
|WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING – BASIC||20,723||19,516||20,299||18,726|
|NET (LOSS) INCOME PER COMMON SHARE – DILUTED:|
|Net (loss) income||$||(0.14||)||$||(0.21||)||$||(0.48||)||$||0.15|
|WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING – DILUTED||20,723||19,516||20,299||19,388|
BROADWIND, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
|Twelve Months Ended December 31,|
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:|
|Net (loss) income||$||(9,730||)||$||2,847|
|Adjustments to reconcile net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization expense||6,060||6,336|
|Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness||–||(9,151||)|
|Deferred income taxes||(13||)||(2||)|
|Change in fair value of interest rate swap agreements||(27||)||23|
|Allowance for doubtful accounts||(30||)||(426||)|
|Common stock issued under defined contribution 401(k) plan||1,244||1,193|
|Loss (gain) on disposal of assets||3||(33||)|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Employee retention credit receivable||497||(497||)|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||(629||)||133|
|Other non-current assets and liabilities||135||(66||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities||16,643||(12,826||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:|
|Purchases of property and equipment||(3,098||)||(1,707||)|
|Proceeds from disposals of property and equipment||–||33|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(3,098||)||(1,674||)|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:|
|(Payments on) proceeds from line of credit, net||(6,350||)||5,105|
|Payments for deferred financing costs||(470||)||–|
|Proceeds from long-term debt||8,113||817|
|Payments on long-term debt||(863||)||(161||)|
|Principal payments on finance leases||(1,776||)||(1,672||)|
|Shares withheld for taxes in connection with issuance of restricted stock||(549||)||(1,423||)|
|Proceeds from sale of common stock, net||230||9,314|
|Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities||(1,665||)||11,980|
|NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH||11,880||(2,520||)|
|CASH beginning of the period||852||3,372|
|CASH end of the period||$||12,732||$||852|
|Supplemental cash flow information:|
|Income taxes paid||$||23||$||102|
|Non-cash investing and financing activities:|
|Equipment additions via finance lease||$||3,882||$||2,757|
|Non-cash purchases of property and equipment||$||134||$||18|
BROADWIND, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED SEGMENT FINANCIAL INFORMATION
|Three Months Ended||Twelve Months Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Corporate and Other||(20||)||(14||)||(839||)||(360||)|
|Corporate and Other||(1,673||)||(1,913||)||(5,726||)||(6,401||)|
|Total operating loss||$||(2,102||)||$||(3,975||)||$||(6,607||)||$||(12,594||)|
BROADWIND, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
|Consolidated||Three Months Ended December 31,||Twelve Months Ended December 31,|
|Net (Loss) Income||$||(2,851||)||$||(4,090||)||$||(9,730||)||$||2,847|
|Income Tax Provision||(1||)||(76||)||35||25|
|Depreciation and Amortization||1,478||1,577||6,060||6,336|
|Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments||695||1,067||2,861||2,872|
|Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)||$||184||$||(1,209||)||$||2,444||$||13,209|
|Heavy Fabrications Segment||Three Months Ended December 31,||Twelve Months Ended December 31,|
|Net (Loss) Income||$||(926||)||$||367||$||(1,935||)||$||6,996|
|Income Tax (Benefit) Provision||(330||)||(1,742||)||(579||)||382|
|Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments||331||244||1,028||975|
|Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)||$||265||$||(41||)||$||3,545||$||12,727|
|Gearing Segment||Three Months Ended December 31,||Twelve Months Ended December 31,|
|Net Income (Loss)||$||(5||)||$||(554||)||$||(190||)||$||1,280|
|Income Tax Provision||4||20||7||30|
|Depreciation and Amortization||471||472||1,978||1,855|
|Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments||192||173||589||531|
|Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)||$||779||$||141||$||2,633||$||3,758|
|Industrial Solutions Segment||Three Months Ended December 31,||Twelve Months Ended December 31,|
|Net (Loss) Income||$||410||$||(196||)||$||(130||)||$||488|
|Income Tax Provision||1||(34||)||22||21|
|Depreciation and Amortization||98||110||397||425|
|Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments||112||64||295||211|
|Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)||$||695||$||(43||)||$||805||$||1,201|
|Corporate and Other||Three Months Ended December 31,||Twelve Months Ended December 31,|
|Income Tax Provision (Benefit)||324||1,680||585||(408||)|
|Depreciation and Amortization||57||54||239||212|
|Share-based Compensation and Other Stock Payments||60||586||949||1,155|
|Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)||$||(1,555||)||$||(1,266||)||$||(4,539||)||$||(4,477||)|
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