BALLERUP, Denmark, Aug. 14, 2018 - LiqTech International, Inc. (NYSE AMERICAN: LIQT) ("LiqTech"), a clean technology company that manufactures and markets highly specialized filtration technologies, announced today its financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2018.
- Revenue in the second quarter of 2018 increased 23% to $3.6 million compared to the prior-year period, driven by $1.9 million from sales of water treatment systems.
- Revenue relating to the Company's marine business continues to improve and was the main driver for the growth in revenue.
- The Company is currently anticipating substantial new orders from the marine scrubber industry before the end of the year. We expect revenues from these orders to be recognized in 2018 and 2019.
- Second quarter 2018 net income was $(0.3 million), which included $0.3 million of cost related to the development of the company's recently launched Mark 6 filtration system.
- The Company expects to achieve operating profitability in 2018.
- Recent capital raise, efficient working capital structure on marine scrubber units, and achievement of breakeven operating results provide company with a strong balance sheet to meet growth plans.
"Our results for the second quarter were in line with our expectations, as we begin to ramp up shipments of our water filtration systems in our marine segment following the recent IMO decision to implement a new lower global cap on sulphur emissions from international shipping. This growth, which we expect to accelerate in the coming quarters, will put us on track to becoming profitable on an operating basis in 2018, a significant accomplishment for the Company," commented Sune Mathiesen, CEO of LiqTech International.
Mr. Mathiesen continued, "While it is still early in the marine scrubber adoption cycle, we are continuing to see increased activity in shipyards and orders placed with scrubber manufacturers that will ultimately drive utilization of our water filtration technology. Based on conversations with shipowners, shipyard operators, and scrubber manufacturers, we are anticipating substantial new orders received from the marine scrubber industry before the end of the year. Importantly, we think 2019 has the opportunity to demonstrate significant growth due to recent scrubber orders and shipyard reservations that will likely culminate in order intake next year. While we expect order intake and delivery to be uneven and challenging to predict on a quarterly basis due to the infancy of the industry, we are excited about our opportunity within this rapidly growing market where we maintain a leadership position."
"While we are spending considerable time and effort capitalizing on the growth within the marine market, we are finding new applications for growth within our legacy diesel particulate filters (DPF) business. Although this business has historically focused on traditional buses and trucks, we are now witnessing increased demand for applications in new and growth areas such as luxury yachts and off-road vehicles as well as power generators. We expect revenues within our legacy operations to stabilize in 2018, providing us a platform to grow from as the marine scrubber business accelerates."
"Based on our results to date in 2018 and outlook for the remainder of the year, which includes strong demand within the marine segment as well as new applications within our legacy diesel particulate filters (DPF) business, we expect to achieve operating profitability in 2018. These improved operating results, coupled with our solid balance sheet benefiting from the successful $6 million offering in April 2018, efficient working capital structure, improving gross margins due to the launch of our new Mark 6 filtration system, and increased order visibility, provide us confidence that we have positioned the company for historic growth," expanded Mr. Mathiesen.
Board and Management Appointments
As part of the LiqTech's long-term strategy moving forward, the Company recently announced Mark Vernon as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors, replacing Aldo Peterson. Mr. Vernon has been a Board member since May 2013 and has been serving as the Chairman of the Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committees as well as a member of the Audit Committee.
Additionally, effective August 15, 2018, Claus Toftegaard will become LiqTech's new Chief Financial Officer following Soren Degn's retirement. Mr. Toftegaard most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of Gabriel Holding A/S, a publicly traded fabric supply company in Denmark, since October of 2014, and as its Financial Manager from June of 2011 until his appointment as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Toftegaard previously served as the CFO of RTX A/S, a publicly traded wireless solutions company in Denmark, from August of 2006 to March of 2011, as the Financial Manager of Glenco A/S, a HVAC solutions company in Denmark, from January of 2005 to July of 2006 and as the Financial Manager of Intego (f.k.a. Thomas Pedersen A/S and Siemens Technology Services A/S), an electrical infrastructure technology company in Denmark, from November of 2000 to December of 2004. Mr. Toftegaard also previously worked as an auditor at Ernst and Young in Denmark for U.S. GAAP reporting. Mr. Toftegaard holds a MSc. in Business Economics and Auditing from Aalborg University.
Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Net sales for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $3.6 million compared to $2.9 million for the same period in 2017, representing an increase of $0.7 million, or 23%. The increase in sales was due to the continued growth in our marine segment, which had revenues of $1.9M in the second quarter, or a 100% increase compared to the prior-year period. Sales in our legacy DPF business were $1.7 million, a decline of $0.3 million compared to the second quarter of 2017, reflecting a decrease in market activity in the Company's traditional bus and truck industries.
Gross profit for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $0.7 million compared to $0.2 million for the same period in 2017. Gross margin increased 1,180 bps to 18.3% compared to 6.5% for the same period in 2017, reflecting strong sales of higher-margin marine products as well as positive operating leverage related to fixed costs. We expect gross margins to further improve as marine products become a larger part of the sales mix and further operating leverage is achieved.
Included in gross profit is depreciation of $0.2 million and $0.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
Total operating expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $1.2 million, an increase of 4.5% compared to the prior-year quarter. Selling expenses declined $70,361, or 13.2%, compared to the same period of 2017 due to a centralization of the sales structure. General and administrative expenses increased $81,118, or 146.5%, compared to the prior-year quarter, reflecting an increase in general costs, some timing issues and the general ramp-up of our business. Non-cash compensation expenses decreased $20,619, or 69.2%, compared to the prior-year period as a result of lower non-cash compensation expense for options, shares and warrants for employees. Research and development expenses increased $62,271, or 54.6%, compared to the same period of 2017 due to elevated costs to support the commercialization of our scrubber solution.
Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $(0.3 million) versus $(0.7 million) for the same period in 2017. Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2018 included $0.3 million of incremental costs related to the development of the Mark 6 system. Excluding these costs, net income for the second quarter of 2018 would have been approximately breakeven.
Cash on hand and restricted cash for the period ended June 30, 2018 was $4.5 million compared to $2.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2017, due to improved financial results and the $6 million capital raise in April 2018.
"We are pleased to note the positive development in our business. We have invested significant resources in the development of our new standardized Mark 6 water treatment system. The system is now ready for sale and will be marketed for treatment of scrubber water from marine and power plant applications. The system offers significant cost reductions as well as performance improvements. We believe that we are well positioned in the marine scrubber industry and that we are on track to meet our expectation of achieving operating profitability in 2018," Mr. Mathiesen concluded.
Conference Call Details
Date and Time: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 11:00am ET
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About LiqTech International, Inc.
LiqTech International, Inc., a Nevada corporation, is a clean technology company that for more than a decade has developed and provided state-of-the-art technologies for gas and liquid purification using ceramic silicon carbide filters, particularly highly specialized filters for the control of soot exhaust particles from diesel engines and for liquid filtration. Using nanotechnology, LiqTech develops products using proprietary silicon carbide technology.
LiqTech's products are based on unique silicon carbide membranes which facilitate new applications and improve existing technologies. In particular, Provital Solutions A/S (www.provital.dk), the Company's subsidiary, has developed a new standard of water filtration technology to meet the ever-increasing demand for higher water quality. By incorporating LiqTech's SiC liquid membrane technology with its long-standing systems design experience and capabilities, it offers solutions to the most difficult water pollution problems.
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Sune Mathiesen, Chief Executive Officer
LiqTech International, Inc.
Phone: +45 5197 0908