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Hydrogenics Reports Third Quarter 2010 Results

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Nov. 10, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hydrogenics Corporation (Nasdaq:HYGS) (TSX:HYG), a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products, today reported third quarter 2010 results. Results are reported in U.S. dollars and are prepared in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles.

Financial Highlights

  • Finalized long-term strategic relationship with CommScope, Inc. ("CommScope") and closed the first two tranches of the related subscription agreement for common shares resulting in gross proceeds of $4.0 million.  
  • Posted revenues of $5.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010, an increase of 57% from the comparable period in 2009.  
  • Gross profit, expressed as a percentage of revenues, of 25.8% (16.2% in 2009), reflects increased gross profit in the Corporation's Power Systems business unit.  
  • Reported loss from operations of $2.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010, a decrease of 55% from the comparable period in 2009 reflecting increased revenues, improved gross profit and reduced operating expenses.  
  • Ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments of $11.7 million, a $1.4 million sequential quarterly increase from $10.3 million in the second quarter of 2010, reflecting: (i) $3.8 million of net proceeds from the first two tranches of the investment by CommScope, partially offset by; (ii) a $1.0 million net loss, excluding non-cash items; (iii) a $1.2 million increase in non-cash working capital; and (iv) $0.2 million of capital expenditures.

The Corporation's order backlog as of September 30, 2010 was $19.4 million.

"This has been a quarter of many accomplishments," said Daryl Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We grew revenues 57% over last year to $5.6 million, reduced our operating loss by 55%, and solidified a groundbreaking agreement with CommScope intended to bolster our Power Systems business unit and drive sales of telecom backup power modules in the quarters to come. Hydrogenics remains focused on managing costs while expanding our presence across all applicable end markets. We are encouraged by countries such as Germany, where there is a growing need for both energy storage and hydrogen fueling stations. Our leadership position in hydrogen generation – and partnership with CommScope for fuel cell commercialization – provides the basis for our confidence that Hydrogenics will see steady growth and improving performance going forward."

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