BALLERUP, Denmark, Nov. 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 September 30, 2018.
- The Company currently has more than 50 confirmed orders expected to ship in 2019.
- In addition to the confirmed orders, the Company expects to deliver a significant number of systems in 2019 under the Framework Agreement announced on October 1, 2018.
- The Company expects revenue during the first quarter of 2019 to be a Company record, driven by fulfillment of orders from current backlog.
- The Company expects to be profitable in the first quarter of 2019.
- In anticipation of growing demand, the Company has placed new furnaces on order with delivery expected in late 2019.
- The Company´s current cash position combined with the working capital structure on our existing marine scrubber contracts provide sufficient near term confidence in our balance sheet.
"We have made significant progress during the quarter ramping up our order backlog and signing framework agreements for our proprietary ceramic silicon carbide water filtration systems for the marine scrubber systems," commented Sune Mathiesen, CEO of LiqTech International. "We currently have a solid order backlog set for delivery in 2019, and in addition to this we expect to deliver a significant number of systems in 2019 and onwards off our newly signed framework agreement on October 1, 2018. We believe we are in an excellent position to continue building backlog as marine vessels make their way towards shipyards in the coming quarters to meet the IMO 2020 mandate."
Mr. Mathiesen continued, "It is our expectation that we will continue to see a positive development in our business, and in anticipation of this, we have already placed orders for new furnaces utilized in the manufacturing of our ceramic silicon carbide filters which are expected to be ready during the fourth quarter of 2019 to allow for an orderly delivery of systems into 2020. Additionally, as we look to leverage our position within the marine industry, we are developing complementary new products that will further establish our leadership position."
"LiqTech is ideally positioned to capitalize on IMO 2020 with a superior product offering, attractive return on investment proposition to marine vessels compared to lower sulphur fuel, and key partnership agreements with the industry's leading scrubber manufacturers. We look forward to the continued ramp in our business over the coming years," concluded Mr. Mathiesen.
Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Net sales for the three months ended September 30, 2018 were $3.3 million compared to $2.5 million for the same period in 2017, representing an increase of $0.8 million, or 36%. The increase in sales was due to the continued growth in our marine segment, which had revenues of $1.4 million in the third quarter, or a 53% increase compared to the prior-year period. Sales in our legacy DPF business were $1.9 million, an increase of 26% compared to the third quarter of 2017.
Gross profit for the three months ended September 30, 2018 was $0.3 million compared to $(0.3) million for the same period in 2017. The improved gross profit reflects increased 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.
Total operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2018 were $1.2 million, an increase of 11.8% compared to the prior-year quarter. Selling expenses declined $107,000, or 20.5%, compared to the same period of 2017 due to a centralization of the sales structure. General and administrative expenses increased $224,000, or 51.8%, 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 $18,000, or 75.8%, 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 $31,000, or 25.6%, compared to the same period of 2017 due to elevated costs to support the commercialization of our scrubber solution.
Net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2018 was $(0.92) million, or $(0.01) per basic and diluted share, versus $(1.5) million, or $(0.03) per basic and diluted share for the same period in 2017.
Cash on hand and restricted cash for the period ended September 30, 2018 was $3.9 million compared to $2.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2017.
Conference Call Details
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 11:00am ET
Call-in Information: Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing (877) 270-2148 or (412) 902-6510.
Replay: A teleconference replay of the call will be available until November 21, 2018 at (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088, confirmation #10126144.
Transcript: A transcript of the call will be available on the investor relations section of the LiqTech website following the conclusion of the call at https://www.liqtech.com/investor-relations/.
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