PENNINGTON, N.J., July 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPTT) today announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and the full fiscal year 2017 ended April 30, 2017.

George H. Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of OPT, stated, "Fiscal 2017 marked a year of substantial progress in our commercialization efforts.  We continue to see large interest in our PB3 PowerBuoy through communications with key decision-makers and end-users. During the fourth quarter, we accomplished some key milestones.  We announced the relocation of our corporate headquarters and manufacturing center that will occur during the latter part of calendar year 2017 to our new location in Monroe, New Jersey, which is more than double the size of our current facility in Pennington, New Jersey and which significantly expands our manufacturing capacity. The move will allow us to dramatically expand our manufacturing capabilities to support the increasing interest in our PB3.  We also shipped a PB3 to Japan to fulfill the requirements of our previously announced lease with Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (MES) and then later successfully deployed the buoy off of the coast of Kozushima Island.  The unit continues to meet all of its performance requirements, and our accelerated life testing program continues to increase our confidence level in the readiness of our design.  We have continued to advance our PB15 product design, and have undertaken initial steps of product life cycle management of our PB3 to define and implement cost removal initiatives.  We continue to aggressively pursue our markets and business opportunities by hiring market experts and business development personnel."

Mr. Kirby further stated, "After the close of the fourth quarter, OPT attended one of the largest global offshore oil and gas events in the world, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which took place in Houston, TX, in early May.  This was a tremendous business development and marketing opportunity for us, where we exhibited our second commercial PB3 unit to potential customers and end-users.  Also in early May, we closed on a public offering of 6,192,750 shares of common stock, which generated net proceeds of approximately $7.2 million."    

Results for the Fourth Fiscal Quarter Ended April 30, 2017

For the three months ended April 30, 2017, OPT reported revenue of $250,000 as compared to revenue of $100,000 for the three months ended April 30, 2016. The increase in revenues versus the prior year was due to higher revenue from our contracts with MES and the Department of Defense Office of Naval Research (ONR) in the current year, as compared to the revenue in the prior year from our WavePort contract with the European Union (EU) for our project in Spain and the billable work under our prior contracts with the Department of Energy (DOE).

The net loss for the three months ended April 30, 2017 was $2.6 million as compared to a net loss of $4.0 million for the three months ended April 30, 2016. The decrease in net loss is attributable to lower product development and legal costs compared to prior year period and the decline in the fair value of the warrants liability in the current year.  These were partially offset by slightly higher selling, general, and administrative expenses in the current year compared to the prior year period.

Results for the Year Ended April 30, 2017

For fiscal year 2017, OPT reported revenue of $843,000 as compared to revenue of $705,000 for fiscal year 2016. The increase in revenues as compared to the prior year period was due to higher revenue from our contracts with MES and ONR in the current year as compared to the revenue in the prior year from our WavePort contract with the EU for our project in Spain and the billable work under our prior contracts with DOE during fiscal year 2016.

The net loss for fiscal year 2017 was $9.5 million, as compared to a net loss of $13.1 million for fiscal year 2016. The decrease in the Company's net loss is due to lower selling, general, and administrative expenses, product development expense, the decline in the fair market value of the warrants liability, and lower income tax benefit in the current year as compared to the prior year.

Balance Sheet and Available Cash

As of April 30, 2017, total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $8.4 million, up from $6.8 million on April 30, 2016.  Restricted cash was $488,000 as of April 30, 2017 and $300,000 as of April 30, 2016. Net cash used in operating activities was $10.0 million for fiscal year 2017, compared with $10.9 million for fiscal year 2016.

Conclusion

Mr. Kirby concluded, "We continue to be excited by our commercial progress and the strong positive market feedback we have been receiving about the need for persistent offshore power and communications.  We are continuing to discuss new opportunities with potential customers as part of our business development and commercialization efforts. We are encouraged by the opportunities in our target markets, which we believe can derive significant benefits from our PB3 PowerBuoy power and real-time communications solutions."

Conference Call Details

The Company will host a conference call to review financial and operating results. The call will be held on Monday July 17, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. eastern time. Please call 844-473-0979 and enter pass code 51649776. A telephonic replay will be available from 6:30 p.m. eastern time the day of the teleconference until July 24, 2017. To listen to the archived call, dial 855-859-2056 and enter pass code 51649776, or access via the Company website at www.oceanpowertechnologies.com, where a transcript will be posted once available.

About Ocean Power Technologies

Headquartered in New Jersey, Ocean Power Technologies aspires to transform the world through durable, innovative and cost-effective ocean energy solutions.  Our PB3 PowerBuoy uses ocean waves to provide clean, reliable and persistent electric power and real-time communications for remote offshore applications in markets such as oil and gas, defense, security, ocean observing, and communications.

To learn more, visit  www.oceanpowertechnologies.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW

Additional information may be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K that has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The Form 10-K may be accessed at www.sec.gov or at the Company's website in the Investor Relations section.
 
Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share data)
             
        April 30, 2017   April 30, 2016
             
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
  Cash and cash equivalents   $   8,421     $   6,730  
  Marketable securities       25         75  
  Restricted cash- short-term       334         300  
  Accounts Receivable       48         -   
  Unbilled receivables       296         37  
  Litigation receivable       -          2,500  
  Other current assets       622         117  
    Total current assets       9,746         9,759  
Property and equipment, net       170         273  
Restricted cash- long-term       154         -   
Other noncurrent assets       3         319  
    Total assets   $   10,073     $   10,351  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
  Accounts payable   $   586     $   373  
  Accrued expenses       3,059         2,675  
  Litigation payable       -          3,000  
  Unearned revenue       -          39  
  Warrant liabilities       323         -   
  Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations     35         81  
  Deferred credits payable current       600         -   
    Total current liabilities       4,603         6,168  
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations       23         55  
Deferred credits payable non-current       -          600  
    Total liabilities       4,626         6,823  
Commitments and contingencies        
Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. stockholders' equity:        
  Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; authorized 5,000,000 shares,        
  none issued or outstanding       -          -   
  Common stock, $0.001 par value; authorized 50,000,000 shares,      
  issued 6,313,996 and 2,352,100 shares, respectively       6         2  
  Treasury stock, at cost; 48,065 and 6,894 shares, respectively       (263 )       (138 )
  Additional paid-in capital       193,234         181,670  
  Accumulated deficit       (187,370 )       (177,884 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss       (160 )       (122 )
    Total stockholders' equity       5,447         3,528  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $   10,073     $   10,351  

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
                       
                       
          Three months ended April 30,   Twelve months ended April 30,
            2017       2016       2017       2016  
                       
Revenues     $   250     $   100     $   843     $   705  
Cost of revenues         324         63         938         668  
    Gross profit (loss)         (74 )       37         (95 )       37  
                       
Operating expenses:                  
  Product development costs         1,134         1,638         5,029         7,051  
  Selling, general and administrative costs         1,704         1,328         6,563         6,747  
  Litigation settlement         -          1,097         -          1,097  
    Total operating expenses         2,838         4,063         11,592         14,895  
Operating loss         (2,912 )       (4,026 )       (11,687 )       (14,858 )
                       
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities         330         -          1,491         -   
Interest income, net         2         (2 )       28         8  
Other income         -          1         -          241  
Foreign exchange gain (loss)         5         46         (16 )       (149 )
Loss before income taxes         (2,575 )       (3,981 )       (10,184 )       (14,758 )
  Income tax benefit         -          -          698         1,674  
Net loss     $   (2,575 )   $   (3,981 )   $   (9,486 )   $   (13,084 )

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
                 
            Twelve months ended April 30,
              2017       2016  
             
Cash flows from operating activities:        
  Net loss   $   (9,486 )   $   (13,084 )
  Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:        
    Foreign exchange loss       16         149  
    Depreciation and amortization       140         112  
    Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment       -          2  
    Compensation expense related to stock option grants and restricted stock       1,232         336  
    Change in fair value of warrant liabilities       (1,491 )       -   
    Common Stock issuance in settlement of lawsuit       -          597  
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
      Accounts receivable       (48 )       103  
      Unbilled receivable       (258 )       44  
      Other assets       (212 )       75  
      Accounts payable       213         22  
      Accrued expenses       395         175  
      Litigation payable       (500 )       500  
      Unearned revenues       (39 )       39  
        Net cash used in operating activities       (10,038 )       (10,930 )
Cash flows from investing activities:        
  Maturities of marketable securities       50         -   
  Restricted cash       (189 )       139  
  Purchases of equipment       (37 )       (24 )
        Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities       (176 )       115  
Cash flows from financing activities:        
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of costs       -          289  
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock and related warrants, net of costs       12,150         -   
  Payment of capital lease obligations       (28 )       (63 )
  Payment of debt       (50 )       -   
  Acquisition of treasury stock       (125 )       (6 )
        Net cash provided by financing activities       11,947         220  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents       (42 )       (11 )
        Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents       1,691         (10,606 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period       6,730         17,336  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $   8,421     $   6,730  
Company Contact:Matthew T. ShaferChief Financial Officer of OPTPhone: 609-730-0400Investor Relations Contact:Andrew BarwickiBarwicki Investor Relations Inc.Phone: 516-662-9461

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