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Hydrogenics Provides Market Update And Confirms 2014 Outlook

Stock quotes in this article: HYG, HYGS

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, April 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hydrogenics Corporation (Nasdaq:HYGS) (TSX:HYG), ("Hydrogenics" or "the Company") a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, today announced that customer-driven timing of deliveries have impacted revenue for the first quarter of 2014. Hydrogenics expects to realize between $7.0 and $7.5 million of revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2014.

However, the Company re-iterates the previously announced 2014 outlook that it will exceed $50 million in revenue and will surpass break-even Adjusted EBITDA 1 for the year. This view is supported as follows:

  • The Company finished 2013 with $57 million in backlog;
  • Approximately $40 million of the current contracted backlog will be realized as revenue in calendar 2014; and
  • Other sales pipeline opportunities closing into backlog in the first and second quarters will have revenue potential for the second half of 2014.

The most recent analysis of contracted backlog and sales pipeline indicates that the revenue growth to achieve the targeted outlook will be predominantly in the second half of 2014 based on anticipated customer delivery requirements.

Hydrogenics also remains positive on larger scale opportunities that will provide order intake for 2014 and revenue for 2015 and future years. The Company has also provided proposals on multiple energy storage applications for installations in the 5-15 MW class size. The normal gestation on these projects is typically prolonged since the application is new to utility and industrial customers. For these larger opportunities it will not be possible to realize revenue in 2014 but rather will provide strong growth into 2015 and future years.

1 Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net loss excluding stock based compensation (both cash settled long term compensation indexed to share price and share based compensation), other finance income and expenses, depreciation and amortization. These items are considered by management to be outside of Hydrogenics' ongoing operational results. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies.

About Hydrogenics

Hydrogenics Corporation ( www.hydrogenics.com ) is a globally recognized developer and provider of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products and services, serving the growing industrial and clean energy markets of today and tomorrow. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Hydrogenics has operations in North America and Europe.

Forward-looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and under applicable Canadian securities law. These statements are based on management's current expectations and actual results may differ from these forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including: our inability to increase our revenues or raise additional funding to continue operations, execute our business plan, or to grow our business; inability to address a slow return to economic growth, and its impact on our business, results of operations and consolidated financial condition; our limited operating history; inability to implement our business strategy; fluctuations in our quarterly results; failure to maintain our customer base that generates the majority of our revenues; currency fluctuations; failure to maintain sufficient insurance coverage; changes in value of our goodwill; failure of a significant market to develop for our products; failure of hydrogen being readily available on a cost-effective basis; changes in government policies and regulations; failure of uniform codes and standards for hydrogen fuelled vehicles and related infrastructure to develop; liability for environmental damages resulting from our research, development or manufacturing operations; failure to compete with other developers and manufacturers of products in our industry; failure to compete with developers and manufacturers of traditional and alternative technologies; failure to develop partnerships with original equipment manufacturers, governments, systems integrators and other third parties; inability to obtain sufficient materials and components for our products from suppliers; failure to manage expansion of our operations; failure to manage foreign sales and operations; failure to recruit, train and retain key management personnel; inability to integrate acquisitions; failure to develop adequate manufacturing processes and capabilities; failure to complete the development of commercially viable products; failure to produce cost-competitive products; failure or delay in field testing of our products; failure to produce products free of defects or errors; inability to adapt to technological advances or new codes and standards; failure to protect our intellectual property; our involvement in intellectual property litigation; exposure to product liability claims; failure to meet rules regarding passive foreign investment companies; actions of our significant and principal shareholders; dilution as a result of significant issuances of our common shares and preferred shares; inability of US investors to enforce US civil liability judgments against us; volatility of our common share price; and dilution as a result of the exercise of options; and failure to meet continued listing requirements of Nasdaq. Readers should not place undue reliance on Hydrogenics' forward-looking statements. Investors are encouraged to review the section captioned "Risk Factors" in Hydrogenics' regulatory filings with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and the US Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of factors that could affect Hydrogenics' future performance. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date of this release, and Hydrogenics undertakes no obligations to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release, unless otherwise required by law. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are expressly qualified by this.

CONTACT: For further information, contact:
         Bob Motz, Chief Financial Officer
         (905) 361-3660
         investors@hydrogenics.com
         
         Chris Witty
         Hydrogenics Investor Relations
         (646) 438-9385
         cwitty@darrowir.com

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