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Acorn's OmniMetrix Subsidiary Delivers Q3 Revenue Growth of 23% in Industrial IoT, Remote Monitoring & Control

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WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Acorn Energy, Inc. (OTCQB:ACFN), a provider of remote monitoring and control systems and services for generators, pipelines and other industrial assets through its OmniMetrix subsidiary, today announced results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2018 (Q3'18). Acorn will host a conference call tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. EST (details below) to review its results and outlook.

Jan Loeb, President and CEO of Acorn, commented, "Revenue from our OmniMetrix monitoring and control business grew 23% in the third quarter, reflecting particular strength in pipeline monitoring, and the subsidiary achieved its first quarter of positive operating profit. Benefiting from this performance, Acorn's consolidated operating loss was reduced by more than half to $230,000 in the third quarter of 2018 compared to a loss of $531,000 in the third quarter of 2017.

"OmniMetrix also delivered a year-over-year improvement in gross margin, which rose to 62% in Q3'18 versus 58% in Q3'17, principally due to the rollout of new higher-margin, next generation solutions. We are confident that this business's ability to provide customers with significant operational, compliance, and financial benefits should support continued growth.

"To build on this solid operational base and to leverage Acorn's publicly-traded status and over $60 million in operating loss carryforwards, we have been evaluating complementary acquisition opportunities that would accelerate our growth and enhance our financial performance. Our goal is to complete an attractive acquisition to increase our size and presence in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) space."

Financial Results
OmniMetrix's third quarter 2018 revenue rose 23% to $1,337,000 from $1,085,000 in third quarter 2017, driven by increases in both monitoring and hardware revenue. Monitoring revenue reflects the continued increase in number of end points being monitored, more than 90% of which renew annually, and hardware revenue reflects increased sales of monitoring equipment versus the prior-year period.

($ in thousands) Q3'18 Q3'17 Increase
Monitoring revenue $   691   $   548   26 %
Hardware revenue $   646   $   537   20 %
Total revenue $   1,337   $ 1,085   23 %
Gross profit $   831   $   629   32 %
       

In the first nine months of 2018, revenue increased to $3,776,000, or 17% over the first nine months of 2017, reflecting growth in both monitoring revenue and, to a lesser extent, hardware revenue.

($ in thousands) Nine Months
2018
Nine Months
2017
Increase
Monitoring revenue $   1,990   $   1,635   22 %
Hardware revenue $   1,786   $   1,591   12 %
Total revenue $    3,776   $   3,226   17 %
Gross profit $    2,312   $   1,837   26 %
       

OmniMetrix's third quarter 2018 gross profit grew 32% to $831,000, reflecting an increase in both revenue and gross margin, compared to third quarter 2017 gross profit of $629,000.  Likewise, gross profit grew 26% to $2,312,000 in the first nine months of 2018, compared to gross profit of $1,837,000 in the first nine months of 2017.

Improved 2018 results reflect the benefit of OmniMetrix's product development efforts which have enhanced the capabilities of its hardware monitoring solutions while also providing improved margins. As a result, hardware gross margin increased to 36% in the first nine months of 2018 from 29% in the first nine months of 2017. Gross margin on monitoring was level at 84% in the first nine months of both 2018 and 2017.

OmniMetrix's third quarter 2018 operating expenses were $810,000 versus $811,000 in the third quarter of 2017, as higher R&D expenses were offset by lower SG&A costs.

Significant revenue and gross profit growth and stable operating costs allowed OmniMetrix to generate operating income of $21,000 in the third quarter of 2018 versus an operating loss of $182,000 in the third quarter of 2017. OmniMetrix also reduced its operating loss to $112,000 in the first nine months of 2018 from $578,000 in the first nine months of 2017.

Acorn's corporate SG&A costs decreased 28% to $251,000 in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $349,000 in the third quarter of 2017, due to continued reductions in corporate overhead including compensation expenses.

Acorn's consolidated operating loss was reduced by more than half to $230,000 in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $531,000 in the third quarter of 2017. For the first nine months of 2018, Acorn's consolidated operating loss was reduced by $233,000 to $1,142,000 compared to $1,375,000 in the first nine months of 2017.

Year-over-year comparisons of net income (loss) attributable to Acorn shareholders are impacted by gains or losses as well as income related to DSIT Solutions Ltd. and/or discontinued operations.

In August of 2018, Acorn received a refund of approximately $300,000 from the Israel tax authorities related to withholding taxes on the Company's April 2016 sale of shares in DSIT Solutions Ltd. This resulted in a gain of $222,000, or $0.01 per share, in the third quarter of 2018.

Acorn reported third quarter 2018 net income attributable to shareholders of $4,000, or $0.00 per share. Acorn had net income attributable to shareholders of $236,000, or $0.01 per share, in the third quarter of 2017. The prior-year period included $633,000, or $0.02 per share, of income from discontinued operations.

For the first nine months of 2018, Acorn reported a net loss attributable to shareholders of $1,756,000, or $0.06 per share versus a net loss attributable to shareholders of $475,000, or $0.02 per share, in the first nine months of 2017. The first nine months of 2018 reflect a charge of $607,000, or $0.02 per share, related to the disposition of DSIT interests, and the prior-year period benefited from income of discontinued operations of $698,000, or $0.02 per share, as well as $258,000, or $0.01 per share, of income related to DSIT's operations.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of September 30, 2018, Acorn had cash and cash equivalents of $1,722,000, including $300,000 of restricted cash. At September 30, 2018, OmniMetrix had $199,000 of short-term credit outstanding under its revolving credit facility. Management elected not to renew this facility beyond its October 31, 2018 contractual termination and subsequently repaid the facility in full. OmniMetrix is currently seeking a revolving credit line with more favorable terms and hopes to conclude the process over the next few months.

Conference Call Details
Date/Time:
Dial-in Number:
Online Replay/Transcript:
Email Option for Q&A:
  Thursday, November 15th at 11:00 am EST
1-844-834-0644 or 1-412-317-5190 (International)
Audio file and call transcript will be posted to the Investor section of Acorn's website when available.
acfn@catalyst-ir.com – before or after the call.
     

About Acorn (www.acornenergy.com) and OmniMetrix™ (www.omnimetrix.net)
Acorn Energy, Inc. owns an 80% equity stake in OmniMetrix, Inc., a pioneer and leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) wireless remote monitoring and control for gas pipelines and stand-by generators used in cell towers, medical facilities, data centers, public transportation systems and for other critical equipment, including at federal, state and municipal government facilities. OmniMetrix offers proven, cost-effective solutions for making critical systems more reliable with thousands of monitored assets and thousands of customers, including 24 in the Fortune 500 or Fortune Global 500.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. There is no assurance that Acorn will be successful in growing its business, reaching profitability, or maximizing the value of its operating company and other assets. A complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties that may affect Acorn Energy's business, including the business of its subsidiary, is included in "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Investor Relations Contacts
William Jones, 267-987-2082
David Collins, 212-924-9800
Catalyst IR
acfn@catalyst-ir.com

ACORN ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)

  Three months ended
September 30,
    Nine months ended
September 30,
 
  2018     2017     2018     2017  
                       
Revenue $ 1,337     $ 1,085     $ 3,776     $ 3,226  
Cost of sales   506       456       1,464       1,389  
Gross profit   831       629       2,312       1,837  
Operating expenses:                              
Research and development expenses   139       122       399       390  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   922       1,038       3,055       2,822  
Total operating expenses   1,061       1,160       3,454       3,212  
Operating loss   (230 )     (531 )     (1,142 )     (1,375 )
Finance expense, net   3       (53 )    
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