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Ocean Power Technologies Management Discusses Q1 2013 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

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Now let me turn the call over to Brian Posner. Brian?

Brian M. Posner

Thanks, Chris, and good morning, everyone. I'll briefly review our quarterly results, and then Phil will discuss our ongoing technology initiatives and latest developments related to our Autonomous PowerBuoy business. Phil and I will be available to answer questions following our prepared remarks.

Turning to Slide 3, let me briefly provide an update of OPT's recent accomplishments. OPT got off to a strong start in fiscal 2013, making progress with both our utility and our Autonomous PowerBuoy. We are very pleased to have signed a teaming agreement with Lockheed Martin for the development of a proposed 19-megawatt energy project in Australia, and we are working actively with them to this end.

In August, we also announced that the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a full buildout of OPT's proposed 1.5 megawatt grid-connected wave power station off Reedsport, Oregon. Importantly, this is the first such license to be issued for a wave power station in the U.S. OPT is in the process of final assembly and inland testing of the initial PowerBuoy to be installed at the Reedsport site.

In addition, we've made progress with our Autonomous PowerBuoy, entering into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement or CRADA with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to enhance the technology for ocean surveillance. In conjunction with the CRADA, OPT was awarded a grant from the Maryland Technology Development Corporation to demonstrate how the APB can be used with multiple surveillance technology. We also reported a reduction in our net loss and cash earned during the first quarter of fiscal 2013 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2012.

Now, let me go into detail on some of our latest developments. As noted on Slide 4, OPT reported revenue of $1 million for the first quarter as compared to revenue of $1.9 million for the 3 months ended July 31, 2011. This decrease primarily reflects lower revenue related to the U.S. Navy's Littoral Expeditionary Autonomous PowerBuoy program as that program was successfully completed in fiscal 2012. This revenue decline was partially offset by an increase in revenue from the company's WavePort project under funding from the European Union. The net loss for the 3 months ended July 31, 2012, was $4.4 million as compared to a net loss of $5 million for the 3 months ended July 31, 2011. A favorable reduction in net loss year-over-year was due primarily to a decrease in product development cost, principally for the PB150 successfully deployed off Scotland in 2011 as well as lower cost related to the PowerBuoy now being prepared for deployment in Reedsport, Oregon.

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