Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. Announces Financial Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2013
HOUSTON, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYMX), a global energy and gasification technology company that provides products and solutions to the energy and chemicals industries, today announced financial and operating results for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, ended December 31, 2012.
“We are keenly focused on delivering key objectives for the Company intended to provide revenue, earnings and operating cash flows in 2013,” stated Robert Rigdon, President and CEO. “Our Yima JV plant is now in the very early stages of producing methanol, which is a much anticipated milestone for SES. Through our cooperation with Crystal Vision Energy, we are actively engaged in financing and M&A activities in China designed to deliver near term financial results. We have also completed two important technology engineering agreements with potential partners related to applying our technology into business vertical segments of steel and waste feedstocks to chemicals, and we believe we are successfully positioning ourselves to turn the corner toward profitability during calendar 2013.”
Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results (Unaudited)
Total revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2012, was $13,000 versus $183,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2011.
Technology licensing and related services revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2012 were $13,000 versus $164,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2011 due to less technology related services performed during the period. The Company has recently received orders from customers totaling $850,000 for technology services that are expected to be recognized as revenue for the quarters ending March and June of 2013.
There were no product sales for the three months ended December 31, 2012 as the Company has continued to keep the ZZ joint venture plant idle since September 2011 to resolve nonpayment of contractual capacity fees of approximately $6.8 million owed by Xuecheng Energy (previously Hai Hua) and to restructure the commercial arrangements for the joint venture. Discussions regarding the nonpayment and restructuring are ongoing. In the event that the Company is not successful reaching agreement with Xuecheng Energy, the Company will seek to recover the outstanding capacity fees through binding arbitration.
The operating loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was $3.9 million versus an operating loss of $4.8 million for the second quarter of 2012. The improvement in operating loss was primarily due to holding the ZZ Joint Venture plant idle.
The net loss attributable to stockholders for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was $4.4 million, or $0.07 per share, versus a loss of $5.0 million, or $0.10 per share, for the prior year’s second quarter.
At December 31, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $23.3 million and working capital of $15.6 million.
- After over three years of development and construction, the Yima Joint Venture plant achieved a very significant milestone by producing its first methanol in late December 2012 and also its first simultaneous operation of two of the three gasification systems. The plant is designed to produce 300,000 tonnes per year of methanol from two operating gasifiers. Successful operating achievements such as these are moving the plant much closer to full scale, steady-state operation and methanol production, which is expected to occur by early summer.
- On December 21, 2012, the Company entered into an agreement with a global leader in iron ore processing and steel production to define a product that integrates the SES gasification technology into production of steel. The integration of SES technology with this process would allow use of low cost, low quality coal as the energy feedstock for steel production in an environmentally favorable way. The Company will be assisted in this effort by Fluor Enterprises.
- Effective January 1, 2013, the Company entered into a new agreement to continue and expand our relationship with Crystal Vision Energy Limited (“CVE”), which provides leadership and management services for our China operations. The Company and CVE will focus on growth of SES China, the Company’s China business platform including the operations of the Yima Joint Venture plant and the ZZ Joint Venture plant, capital raising, M&A, and management services.
- On January 15, 2013, the Company announced an agreement with a U.S.-based customer to assess the feasibility and optimal uses of SES’ gasification technology for the production of valuable ‘green’ chemicals. The Company will lead an engineering study, commissioned and funded by the customer, which will define an optimal use of potential feedstock combinations that may include used tires, auto shredder residue and refuse-derived fuel to efficiently and cost-effectively produce commercially viable chemicals such as methanol and methanol derivatives. Fluor Enterprises will also be assisting the Company in this effort.
Conference Call Information
Senior management will hold a conference call to review the Company’s financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 and provide a corporate update this morning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.
To access the live webcast, please log on to the Company’s website at www.synthesisenergy.com. Alternatively, domestic callers may participate in the live telephone conference call by dialing (800) 860-2442 and international callers should dial (412) 858-4600.
An archived version of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website through March 6, 2013. A telephone replay of the conference call will be available beginning approximately one hour after the completion of the call and will be available through March 6, 2013. Domestic callers can access the telephonic replay by dialling (877) 344-7529. International callers should dial (412) 317-0088. The PIN access code for the live call and the replay is 10024318#.
About Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc.
SES provides technology, equipment and engineering services for the conversion of low rank, low cost coal and biomass feedstocks into energy and chemical products. Its strategy is to create value through providing technology and equipment in regions where low rank coals and biomass feedstocks can be profitably converted into high value products through its proprietary U-GAS(®) fluidized bed gasification technology, which SES licenses from the Gas Technology Institute. U-GAS(®) gasifies coal cost effectively, without many of the harmful emissions normally associated with coal combustion plants. The primary advantages of U-GAS(®) relative to other gasification technologies are (a) greater fuel flexibility provided by the ability of SES to use all ranks of coal (including low rank, high ash and high moisture coals, which are significantly cheaper than higher grade coals), many coal waste products and biomass feed stocks; and (b) the ability of SES to operate efficiently on a smaller scale, which enables the construction of plants more quickly, at a lower capital cost, and, in many cases, in closer proximity to coal sources. SES currently has offices in Houston, Texas, and Shanghai, China. For more information on SES, please visit www.synthesisenergy.com or call (713) 579-0600.
SES Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those risks, trends and uncertainties are the development stage of the SES operations, its estimate of the sufficiency of existing capital sources, its ability to successfully develop its licensing business, its ability to raise additional capital to fund cash requirements for future investments and operations including its China platform initiative, its ability to reduce operating costs, the limited history and viability of its technology, commodity prices and the availability and terms of financing opportunities, its results of operations in foreign countries, its ability to diversify, its ability to complete the restructuring of the ZZ Joint Venture, its ability to obtain the necessary approvals and permits for its future projects, the estimated timetables for achieving mechanical completion and commencing commercial operations for the Yima project as well as the ability of the Yima project to produce revenues and earnings, the sufficiency of internal controls and procedures and the ability of SES to grow its business and generate revenues and earnings as a result of its proposed China and India platform initiatives and its relationship with Crystal Vision Energy, as well as its joint venture with Midas Resource Partners. Although SES believes that in making such forward-looking statements its expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions, such statements may be influenced by factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected. SES cannot assure you that the assumptions upon which these statements are based will prove to have been correct.
Important Notice from SES
In connection with the proposed ZJX/China Energy transaction, SES has filed a preliminary proxy statement, and intends to file a definitive proxy statement, with the SEC and intends to mail the definitive proxy statement to the stockholders of SES. SES and its directors and officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of SES in connection with the transaction. Information about the transaction is set forth in the preliminary proxy statement filed, and will be set forth in the definitive proxy statement to be filed by SES with the SEC.
You may obtain the preliminary statement and, when available, the definitive proxy statement, for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Investors should read the definitive proxy statement carefully before making any voting or investment decision because that document will contain important information.
SYNTHESIS ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC. (A Development Stage Enterprise) Consolidated Statements of Operations (In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended December 31, December 31, ------------ ------------ 2012 2011 2012 2011 ---- ---- ---- ---- Revenue: Product sales and other - related parties $ - $19 $ - $2,121 Technology licensing and related services 13 164 84 471 Other - - - 86 --- --- --- --- Total revenue 13 183 84 2,678 Costs and Expenses: Costs of sales and plant operating expenses 133 881 264 4,085 General and administrative expenses 3,141 3,174 6,223 6,199 Stock-based compensation expense 109 292 272 359 Depreciation and amortization 570 641 1,146 1,281 --- --- ----- ----- Total costs and expenses 3,953 4,988 7,905 11,924 ----- ----- ----- ------ Operating loss (3,940) (4,805) (7,821) (9,246) Non-operating (income) expense: Equity in losses of joint ventures 400 402 917 834 Foreign currency gains (85) (202) (48) (615) Interest income (15) (26) (28) (63) Interest expense 78 142 174 326 --- --- --- --- Net loss (4,318) (5,121) (8,836) (9,728) Less: net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests (85) 74 (52) 141 --- --- --- --- Net loss attributable to stockholders $(4,403) $(5,047) $(8,888) $(9,587) ======= ======= ======= ======= Net loss per share: Basic and diluted $(0.07) $(0.10) $(0.16) $(0.19) ====== ====== ====== ====== Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic and diluted 61,899 50,862 57,116 50,860 ====== ====== ====== ======
SYNTHESIS ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC. (A Development Stage Enterprise) Consolidated Balance Sheets (In thousands) (Unaudited) December 31, June 30, 2012 2012 ---- ---- ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $23,303 $18,035 Accounts receivable 102 316 Prepaid expenses and other currents assets 2,449 2,015 Inventory 23 23 --- --- Total current assets 25,877 20,389 Property, plant and equipment, net 33,115 33,942 Intangible assets, net 1,060 1,126 Investment in Yima joint ventures 33,164 33,340 Other long- term assets 3,830 4,050 ----- ----- Total assets $97,046 $92,847 ======= ======= LIABILITIES AND EQUITY Current liabilities: Accrued expenses and accounts payable $7,780 $8,080 Current portion of long-term bank loan 2,450 2,435 ----- ----- Total current liabilities 10,230 10,515 Long-term bank loan 1,161 2,372 ----- ----- Total liabilities 11,391 12,887 Equity: Common stock, $0.01 par value: 200,000 shares authorized: 62,577 and 52,022 shares issued and outstanding, respectively 626 520 Additional paid-in capital 221,590 207,345 Deficit accumulated during development stage (140,696) (131,808) Accumulated other comprehensive income 4,976 4,802 ----- ----- Total stockholders' equity 86,496 80,859 Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries (841) (899) ---- ---- Total equity 85,655 79,960 ------ ------ Total liabilities and equity $97,046 $92,847 ======= =======
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