SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TPI Composites, Inc. (Nasdaq:TPIC), the only independent manufacturer of composite wind blades with a global footprint, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Highlights

For the quarter ended September 30, 2017:
  • Net sales of $243.4 million
  • Total billings of $256.4 million
  • Net income of $20.4 million or $0.58 per diluted share
  • EBITDA of $29.1 million, with an EBITDA margin of 12.0%
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $30.1 million, with an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 12.4%
       
KPIs   Q3'17 Q3'16
  Sets¹ 739 581
  Estimated megawatts² 1,796 1,321
  Dedicated manufacturing lines³ 48 38
  Total manufacturing lines installed4 38 32
  Manufacturing lines in startup5 10 2
  Manufacturing lines in transition6
  1. Number of wind blade sets (which consist of three wind blades) invoiced worldwide in the period.
  2. Estimated megawatts of energy capacity to be generated by wind blade sets invoiced in the period.
  3. Number of wind blade manufacturing lines that are dedicated to our customers under long-term supply agreements.
  4. Number of wind blade manufacturing lines installed and either in operation, startup or transition.
  5. Number of wind blade manufacturing lines in a startup phase during the period.
  6. Number of wind blade manufacturing lines that were being transitioned to a new wind blade model during the period.

"We are pleased with our strong operational and financial performance in the third quarter of 2017 in which we again exceeded our adjusted EBITDA targets," said Steve Lockard, TPI Composites' President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our results were driven by a 21% increase in blades delivered, reductions in manufacturing cycle times, improvements in productivity and shared gain from material cost out efforts. We reported another quarter of year-over-year increases in net sales, total billings, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA."

"We also announced today the signing of a new, five-year supply agreement with Proterra, Inc. to be the supplier of composite bus bodies for Proterra's Catalyst® zero-emission electric buses from our existing Rhode Island manufacturing facility and from a new U.S. manufacturing facility in Newton, Iowa that TPI expects to open in the first half of 2018. Under the new supply agreement, that includes exclusivity for a portion of the term, TPI has committed to providing up to 3,350 composite bus bodies over the term of the agreement. We are very pleased to be expanding and extending our relationship with Proterra."

"We expect to finish the year strong and are narrowing our full year guidance on total billings to between $945 million to $950 million. We currently have approximately $4.4 billion in contract value through 2023, including 48 wind blade manufacturing lines and our transportation production lines along with a strong pipeline of global opportunities including current and new customers, and both onshore and offshore blades, all of which support our growth targets. As we discussed last quarter, there are some industry headwinds that will meaningfully lower our year-over-year growth in 2018 and will have a residual impact on our growth through 2019 including the trend in some non-U.S. markets of transitioning to auction-based systems and U.S. market demand shifts driven by the current PTC cycle. However, the most significant driver of our lower growth in 2018 will be the unusually high number of lines in transition, expected to be 14, along with the ramp up of the backfill lines in Turkey and China and lines currently under contract that won't be installed until the second half of 2018. In addition to driving down LCOE in 2019 and 2020, we expect these transitions and startups will position us nicely for strong growth in 2019 and beyond. Notwithstanding, we are revising our revenue CAGR target to 20% to 25% through 2019."

Third Quarter 2017 Financial ResultsNet sales for the quarter increased 22.3% to $243.4 million compared to the same period in 2016. Net sales of wind blades increased by 20.3% to $233.5 million for the third quarter of 2017 as compared to the third quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily driven by a 21% increase in the number of wind blades delivered during the third quarter compared to the same period in 2016 primarily from our China, Mexico and Turkey plants, partially offset by a decline in the average sales prices of the same blade models delivered in both periods as a result of geographic mix and savings in raw material costs, a portion of which we share with our customers. Total billings for the third quarter increased by $60.3 million or 30.8% to $256.4 million compared to the same period in 2016. The favorable impact of the currency movements on consolidated net sales and total billings were 1.0% and 0.9%, respectively, for the quarter.

Gross profit for the quarter totaled $32.9 million, an increase of $10.7 million over the same period of 2016 and our gross profit margin increased by 230 basis points to 13.5%, notwithstanding the fact that we had 10 manufacturing lines in startup during the third quarter of 2017 compared to just 2 lines in the third quarter of 2016. The increase in gross margin was driven primarily by continued operating efficiencies, the impact of savings in raw materials costs and the net benefit of a stronger U.S. dollar.

Startup and transition costs in the third quarter were $12.4 million as compared to $5.1 million during the same period a year ago. The increase in Q3 2017 relates to our new plants in Mexico and Turkey and the startup of new wind blade models for certain of our customers in Turkey and Dafeng, China.

Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2017 was $20.4 million as compared to $2.8 million in the same period in 2016. The increase was primarily due to the reasons set forth above.

Net income attributable to preferred shareholders was $0.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 and there was none in the 2017 period as following our IPO in July 2016, all of the previously outstanding preferred shares were converted to common shares.

Net income attributable to common shareholders was $20.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to $2.2 million in the same period in 2016. This increase was primarily due to the improved operating results discussed above. Diluted earnings per share was $0.58 for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to $0.08 for the three months ended September 30, 2016.

EBITDA for three months ended September 30, 2017 increased to $29.1 million, compared to $11.3 million during the same period in 2016. The EBITDA margin increased to 12.0% compared to 5.7% in the 2016 period. Adjusted EBITDA for three months ended September 30, 2017 increased to $30.1 million compared to $19.6 million during the same period a year ago. The Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 12.4% in Q3 2017, compared to 9.9% during the same period a year ago.

Capital expenditures were $8.6 million for three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $4.7 million during the same period a year ago. Capex is primarily related to new facilities and expansion or improvements at existing facilities and costs to enhance our information technology systems.

We ended the quarter with $139.1 million of cash and cash equivalents and net cash was $3.6 million as compared to net debt of $6.4 million as of December 31, 2016.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

TPI Composites will host an investor conference call this afternoon, Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 5:00pm ET. Interested parties are invited to listen to the conference call which can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 1-877-407-9208, or for international callers, 1-201-493-6784. A replay will be available two hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921, or for international callers, 1-412-317-6671. The passcode for the live call and the replay is 13671605. The replay will be available until November 15, 2017. Interested investors and other parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.tpicomposites.com . The online replay will be available for a limited time beginning immediately following the call.

About TPI Composites, Inc.

TPI Composites, Inc. is the only independent manufacturer of composite wind blades for the wind energy market with a global manufacturing footprint. TPI delivers high-quality, cost-effective composite solutions through long-term relationships with leading global manufacturers. TPI is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and operates factories throughout the U.S., Mexico, China and Turkey.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements, among other things, concerning: effects on our financial statements and our financial outlook; our business strategy, including anticipated trends and developments in and management plans for our business and the wind industry and other markets in which we operate; our projected annual revenue growth; our ability to backfill molds with respect to GE supply contracts that are not renewed; competition; future financial results, operating results, revenues, gross margin, operating expenses, products, projected costs, warranties, our ability to improve our operating margins, and capital expenditures. These forward-looking statements are often characterized by the use of words such as "estimate," "expect," "anticipate," "project," "plan," "intend," "seek," "believe," "forecast," "foresee," "likely," "may," "should," "goal," "target," "might," "will," "could," "predict," "continue" and the negative or plural of these words and other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and our projections about future events. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements for any reason. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the matters discussed in "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports that we will file with the SEC.

Non-GAAP Definitions

This press release includes unaudited non-GAAP financial measures, including total billings, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, net debt and free cash flow. We define total billings as the total amounts we have invoiced our customers for products and services for which we are entitled to payment under the terms of our long-term supply agreements or other contractual arrangements. We define EBITDA as net income plus interest expense (including losses on extinguishment of debt and net of interest income), income taxes and depreciation and amortization. We define adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA plus any share-based compensation expense plus or minus any gains or losses from foreign currency transactions. We define net debt as the total principal amount of debt outstanding less unrestricted cash and cash equivalents. We define free cash flow as net cash flow generated from operating activities less capital expenditures. We present non-GAAP measures when we believe that the additional information is useful and meaningful to investors. Non-GAAP financial measures do not have any standardized meaning and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be a substitute for, and should not be considered in isolation from, the financial measures reported in accordance with GAAP. See below for a reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP measures.

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  TPI COMPOSITES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES      
  TABLE ONE - CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS      
  (UNAUDITED)      
    Three Months Ended September 30,     Nine Months Ended September 30,      
(in thousands, except per share data)     2017     2016       2017     2016      
                 
Net sales    $   243,354   $   198,938     $   683,142   $   569,303      
Cost of sales        198,141       171,648         568,659       499,896      
Startup and transition costs        12,352       5,088         29,051       11,449      
Total cost of goods sold       210,493       176,736         597,710       511,345      
Gross profit        32,861       22,202         85,432       57,958      
General and administrative expenses       9,315       14,065         28,373       24,154      
Income from operations       23,546       8,137         57,059       33,804      
Other income (expense):                
Interest income       48       27         78       76      
Interest expense       (3,254 )     (4,663 )       (9,215 )     (12,709 )    
Realized gain (loss) on foreign currency remeasurement        39       (243 )       (2,575 )     (700 )    
Miscellaneous income (expense)       390       (152 )       968       192      
Total other expense        (2,777 )     (5,031 )       (10,744 )     (13,141 )    
Income before income taxes       20,769       3,106         46,315       20,663      
Income tax provision       (371 )     (309 )       (8,514 )     (4,565 )    
Net income       20,398       2,797         37,801       16,098      
Net income attributable to preferred shareholders       -        596         -        5,471      
Net income attributable to common shareholders   $   20,398   $   2,201     $   37,801   $   10,627      
                 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:                
Basic       33,891       27,284         33,789       12,042      
Diluted       35,015       27,375         34,748       12,133      
Net income per common share:                
Basic   $   0.60   $   0.08     $   1.12   $   0.88      
Diluted   $   0.58   $   0.08     $   1.09   $   0.88      
                 
Non-GAAP Measures:                
Total billings   $   256,404   $   196,095     $   698,833   $   566,779      
EBITDA   $   29,114   $   11,272     $   69,074   $   42,999      
Adjusted EBITDA   $   30,118   $   19,632     $   76,443   $   51,816      
                 
                 

 
  TPI COMPOSITES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES    
  TABLE TWO - CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS    
       
  September 30, December 31,  
($ in thousands)   2017     2016  
  (unaudited)    
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $   139,065   $   119,066  
Restricted cash      3,802       2,259  
Accounts receivable     134,458       67,842  
Inventories     60,593       53,095  
Inventories held for customer orders      69,788       52,308  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets      29,776       30,657  
Total current assets     437,482       325,227  
Noncurrent assets:      
Property, plant, and equipment, net     119,635       91,166  
Other noncurrent assets     19,244       20,813  
Total assets $   576,361   $   437,206  
       
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $   160,858   $   112,281  
Accrued warranty      28,150       19,912  
Deferred revenue      87,294       69,568  
Customer deposits and customer advances     10,409       1,390  
Current maturities of long-term debt     44,498       33,403  
Total current liabilities     331,209       236,554  
Noncurrent liabilities:      
Long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs and      
current maturities     89,139       89,752  
Other noncurrent liabilities     4,245       4,393  
Total liabilities     424,593       330,699  
Total shareholders' equity     151,768       106,507  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $   576,361   $   437,206  
       
Non-GAAP Measure:      
Net debt  $   (3,568 ) $   6,379  

 
  TPI COMPOSITES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES      
  TABLE THREE - CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS      
  (UNAUDITED)      
    Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,    
($ in thousands)     2017     2016       2017     2016      
                 
Net cash provided by operating activities   $   17,590   $   17,801     $   51,523   $   27,976      
Net cash used in investing activities       (8,585 )     (4,673 )       (35,312 )     (18,917 )    
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities       (915 )     63,012         3,483       52,371      
Impact of foreign exchange rates on cash and cash                
equivalents       141       (395 )       305       (545 )    
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period       130,834       31,057         119,066       45,917      
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $   139,065   $   106,802     $   139,065   $   106,802      
                 
                 

 
  TPI COMPOSITES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES    
  TABLE FOUR - RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES    
  (UNAUDITED)    
             
             
Total billings is reconciled as follows: Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
($ in thousands)   2017     2016       2017     2016    
Net sales $   243,354   $   198,938     $   683,142   $   569,303    
Change in deferred revenue:            
  Blade-related deferred revenue at beginning of period (1)     (74,255 )     (65,656 )       (69,568 )     (65,520 )  
  Blade-related deferred revenue at end of period (1)     87,294       61,949         87,294       61,949    
  Foreign exchange impact (2)     11       864         (2,035 )     1,047    
    Change in deferred revenue     13,050       (2,843 )       15,691       (2,524 )  
Total billings $   256,404   $   196,095     $   698,833   $   566,779    
             
EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are reconciled as follows: Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
($ in thousands)   2017     2016       2017     2016    
             
Net income $   20,398   $   2,797     $   37,801   $   16,098    
Adjustments:            
  Depreciation and amortization      5,139       3,530         13,622       9,703    
  Interest expense (net of interest income)      3,206       4,636         9,137       12,633    
  Income tax provision     371       309         8,514       4,565    
EBITDA     29,114       11,272         69,074       42,999    
  Share-based compensation expense      1,043       8,117         4,794       8,117    
  Realized loss (gain) on foreign currency remeasurement      (39 )     243         2,575       700    
Adjusted EBITDA  $   30,118   $   19,632     $   76,443   $   51,816    
             
Free cash flow is reconciled as follows: Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
($ in thousands)   2017     2016       2017     2016    
Net cash provided by operating activities $   17,590   $   17,801     $   51,523   $   27,976    
Capital expenditures     (8,585 )     (4,673 )       (35,312 )     (18,917 )  
Free cash flow $   9,005   $   13,128     $   16,211   $   9,059    
             
Net debt is reconciled as follows: September 30, December 31,        
($ in thousands)   2017     2016          
Total debt, net of debt issuance costs $   133,637   $   123,155          
Add debt issuance costs     1,860       2,290          
Less cash and cash equivalents     (139,065 )     (119,066 )        
Net debt $   (3,568 ) $   6,379          
             
             
(1) Total billings is reconciled using the blade-related deferred revenue amounts at the beginning and the end of the period as follows:  
  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
($ in thousands)   2017     2016       2017     2016    
Blade-related deferred revenue at beginning of period  $   74,255   $   65,656     $   69,568   $   65,520    
Non-blade related deferred revenue at beginning of period      -        -          -        -     
Total current and noncurrent deferred revenue at beginning of period  $   74,255   $   65,656     $   69,568   $   65,520    
             
             
Blade-related deferred revenue at end of period  $   87,294   $   61,949     $   87,294   $   61,949    
Non-blade related deferred revenue at end of period      -        -          -        -     
Total current and noncurrent deferred revenue at end of period  $   87,294   $   61,949     $   87,294   $   61,949    
             
(2) Represents the effect of the difference between the exchange rate used by our various foreign subsidiaries on the invoice date versus the exchange rate used at the period-end balance sheet date.