LEWIS CENTER, OH, Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. (OTCQB: MEEC) ("ME2C" or the "Company"), a leader in mercury emissions control in North America, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.
Second Quarter and Recent Company Highlights
- In July 2019, the Company announced that it had initiated patent litigation against defendants in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware for infringement of certain patents which relate to the Company’s two-part Sorbent Enhancement Additive (SEA®) process for mercury removal from coal-fired power plants.
- During Q2 2019, the Company raised $1.3 million in a private placement offering of unsecured convertible promissory notes.
- During Q2 2019, the Company announced a multi-year renewal with a long-term customer expected to generate approximately $3.0 million annually in product sales. In July 2019, the Company announced a two-year contract extension with another long-term customer expected to generate approximately $1.0 million annually in product sales.
- Revenues increased 2.4% in Q2 2019 compared to Q2 2018, primarily due to the increase in customers.
- Restructured debt completed in Q1 2019 enables the Company to have a solid financial footing going forward. The restructured debt does not mature until August 2022.
“At the end of the first quarter of 2019, we announced that we were operating across the board in a new manner which included customer growth and new business development, supported by a restructuring of our debt,” stated Richard MacPherson, President, and CEO of ME2C. “This has continued into the second quarter with a supply contract renewal for a long-term customer and the extension of a contract with another long-term customer.”
“In addition, in July 2019, we initiated patent litigation against multiple defendants which action has been taken in order to protect our patented technologies,” stated Mr. MacPherson.
Mr. MacPherson continued, “We remain focused on driving increased organic growth with current customers and new business opportunities while protecting our intellectual properties which we believe will collectively enhance shareholder value. We look forward to further growth this year as we continue to implement our strategies.”
Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Total revenue in the second quarter of 2019 was $2.51 million compared to $2.45 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase from the prior-year period is primarily due to the increase in customer EGUs (electric generating units), despite lower capacity factors achieved by most of our clients during the second quarter.
Costs and expenses were $5.3 million during the three months ended June 30, 2019 compared to $4.2 million in the same prior year quarter. Such increase is primarily attributable to a non-cash charge of $1.8 million for stock-based compensation, partially offset by decreases in employee compensation expenses as the Company effectively managed its costs in alignment with its growth strategies for 2019.
Net loss in the second quarter of 2019 was $2.8 million, or $(0.04) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $1.7 million, or $(0.02) per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2018. This change was primarily due to the non-cash charge for stock-based compensation described above.
The Company’s cash balance on June 30, 2019, was $1.3 million, an increase from the balance as of December 31, 2018, of $0.6 million.
Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2019 improved $840,000 over the prior 2018 comparable period. Adjusted EBITDA was negative $68,000 in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to negative $908,000 in the same period of 2018.
Company Conference Call and Webcast
The Company is planning to host a conference call in September 2019 to provide a detailed corporate update including current developments that are underway and a discussion of the Company’s financial results for the second quarter of 2019. The date and time of the call will be announced in September.
About Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. (ME2C®)
Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. (OTCQB: MEEC) delivers patented and proprietary solutions to the global coal-power industry to remove mercury from power plant emissions, providing performance guarantees, and leading-edge emissions services. ME2C has developed patented technology and proprietary products that have been shown to achieve mercury removal at a significantly lower cost and with less operational impact than currently used methods, while maintaining and/or increasing unit output and preserving the marketability of fly-ash for beneficial use. For more information, please visit www.midwestemissions.com.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To provide investors with additional information regarding our financial results, this press release includes references to Adjusted EBITDA, a Non-GAAP financial measure. We view Adjusted EBITDA as an operating performance measure and, as such, we believe that the GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to it is net income (loss). We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income adjusted for interest and financing fees, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, and other non-cash income and expenses. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides us an important measure of operating performance. Our use of Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and this measure should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for an analysis of our results as reported under GAAP, as the excluded items may have significant effects on our operating results and financial condition. Additionally, our measure of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from other companies' measure of Adjusted EBITDA. When evaluating our performance, Adjusted EBITDA should be considered with other financial performance measures, including various cash flow metrics, net income and other GAAP results. In the future, we may disclose different non-GAAP financial measures to help our investors and others more meaningfully evaluate and compare our future results of operations to our previously reported results of operations.
Safe Harbor Statement
With the exception of historical information contained in this press release, content herein may contain "forward-looking statements" that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally identified by using words such as "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "expect," "intend," "will," and similar expressions, but these words are not the exclusive means of identifying forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. Matters that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among other factors, the gain or loss of a major customer, change in environmental regulations, disruption in supply of materials, capacity factor fluctuations of power plant operations and power demands, a significant change in general economic conditions in any of the regions where our customer utilities might experience significant changes in electric demand, a significant disruption in the supply of coal to our customer units, the loss of key management personnel, availability of capital and any major litigation regarding the Company. In addition, this release contains time-sensitive information that reflects management's best analysis only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release. Further information concerning issues that could materially affect financial performance related to forward-looking statements contained in this release can be found in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
MIDWEST ENERGY EMISSIONS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETSJUNE 30, 2019 AND DECEMBER 31, 2018(UNAUDITED)
|June 30, 2019 (Unaudited)||December 31, 2018|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||143,957||136,628|
|Customer acquisition costs, net||-||34,467|
|Total current assets||3,276,537||2,907,514|
|Property and equipment, net||2,234,656||2,397,691|
|Right of use asset||1,295,995||-|
|Intellectual property, net||2,633,062||2,733,662|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT|
|Accounts payable and accrued expenses||$||1,890,080||$||1,858,326|
|Current portion of equipment notes payable||64,924||63,424|
|Current portion of operating lease liability||381,245||-|
|Total current liabilities||3,348,246||2,741,529|
|Equipment notes payable, less current portion||72,080||104,226|
|Operating lease liability||992,651||-|
|Convertible notes payable, net of discount and issuance costs||2,874,354||1,760,570|
|Secured note payable||271,686||271,686|
|Unsecured note payable, net of discount and issuance costs||9,095,119||11,781,952|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Note 11)|
|Preferred stock, $.001 par value: 2,000,000 shares authorized||-||-|
|Common stock; $.001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized;|
|76,710,630 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2019|
|76,246,113 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018||76,710||76,246|
|Additional paid-in capital||44,745,926||42,785,990|
|Total stockholders' deficit||(7,213,886||)||(8,621,096||)|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit||$||9,440,250||$||8,038,867|
MIDWEST ENERGY EMISSIONS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONSFOR THE THREE MONTHS AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2019 AND 2018(UNAUDITED)
|For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2019||For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2018||For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2019||For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2018|
|Costs and expenses:|
|Cost of sales||1,794,985||1,882,612||3,961,325||3,590,926|
|Selling, general & administrative expenses||2,790,013||1,709,763||3,930,206||3,491,130|
|Interest expense & letter of credit fees||763,873||516,082||1,293,067||1,058,583|
|(Gain)/Loss on debt restructuring||-||44,036||(3,412,204||)||44,036|
|Total costs and expenses||5,348,871||4,152,493||5,772,394||8,184,675|
|Net loss per common share - basic and diluted:||$||(0.04||)||$||(0.02||)||$||(0.01||)||$||(0.05||)|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding||76,278,400||76,246,113||76,327,455||76,246,113|
We prepare and publicly release yearly audited financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. The following table shows our reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter that ended on June 30, 2019:
|Quarter Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|(In thousands)||(In thousands)|
|Depreciation and amortization||249||149||511||398|
|Interest and letter of credit fees||764||516||1,293||1,058|
|Stock based compensation||1,758||84||1,758||385|
|(Gain)/Loss on debt exchange||-||44||(3,412||)||44|
Company Contact: Richard MacPhersonChief Executive OfficerMidwest Energy Emissions Corp.Main: 614-505-6115 firstname.lastname@example.orgMidwest Energy Emissions Corp.