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ClearSign Combustion Corporation Announces Preliminary Full Year 2018 Results

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SEATTLE, Feb. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ClearSign Combustion Corporation (NASDAQ:CLIR) ("ClearSign" or the "Company"), an emerging leader in industrial combustion technologies that improve energy and operational efficiencies while dramatically reducing emissions, today announced its preliminary results for the full year ended December 31, 2018.

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"2018 proved to be a quite a year of transition in terms of leadership and behind the scenes operational progress for ClearSign. While we have covered a lot of ground, we still have work ahead of us," said Rob Hoffman, Interim CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. "Thanks to the recent leadership changes, we remain optimistic about our ability to translate the continued industry interest in our Duplex™ technology into meaningful commercial traction."

Recent strategic and operational highlights during and subsequent to the full year 2018 include:

  • Completed Follow-On Installations in Key Business Segments: The Company successfully completed follow-on installations for customers in the once-through steam generator and flare segments.
  • Engaged and Advanced Work with Two Supermajors: The Company engaged a second supermajor oil and gas company to evaluate and consider standardizing ClearSign's Duplex technology to existing heaters. Additionally, work with the first announced supermajor, ExxonMobil, advanced to the selection of a site for the initial paid installation.
  • Secured Final Approval for Collaborative Project with Southern California Regulator and Refiner: The Company announced the final approval for World Oil to be a partner on the previously announced South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) project to demonstrate CLIR's Duplex technology as a solution to achieve ultralow emission levels in refinery process heaters and other types of fired equipment.
  • Refreshed Board of Directors:  The Company announced the appointment of experienced investors in small capitalization and emerging technology companies, including Susanne Meline, Rob Hoffman, Jim Simmons and Bruce A. Pate to the Company's Board of Directors.  Additionally Mr. Hoffman was elected to Chairman and serves as the interim CEO.
  • Recruited Industry Leader With Global Sales Experience as President: In January 2019, the Company named Colin James "Jim" Deller, Ph.D. as President, to transition to Chief Executive Officer in April 2019. Dr. Deller has twenty-eight years of burner experience and most recently led the Honeywell UOP Callidus burner business worldwide. 
  • Strengthened Balance Sheet: The Company closed a $12.94 million public offering of common stock in February 2018 and an $11.7 million equity investment from clirSPV, LLC in July 2018.

Revenue in 2018 was $530,000 compared to revenue of $540,000 for the full year 2017. The Company expects to report a net loss for 2018 of $9.5 million compared to $9.7 million a year ago.

Cash, cash equivalents and short term investments totaled $15,872,000 December 31, 2018.

Shares outstanding at December 31, 2018 total 26,697,261.

The company will be hosting a call at 5:00 PM ET today.  Investors interested in participating on the live call can dial 1-866-372-4653 within U.S. or 1-412-902-4217 from abroad. Investors can also access the call online through a listen-only webcast at https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/987/29359 or on the investor relations section of the Company's website at http://ir.clearsign.com/overview.

The webcast will be archived on the Company's investor relations website for at least 90 days and a telephonic playback of the conference call will be available by calling 1-877-344-7529 within U.S. or 1-412-317-0088 from abroad. Conference ID 10128744. The telephonic playback will be available for 7 days after the conference call.

About ClearSign Combustion Corporation

ClearSign Combustion Corporation designs and develops products and technologies for the purpose of improving key performance characteristics of combustion systems, including emissions and operational performance, energy efficiency and overall cost-effectiveness. Our patented Duplex™, Duplex Plug & Play® and Electrodynamic Combustion Control™ platform technologies enhance the performance of combustion systems in a broad range of markets, including the energy (upstream oil production and down-stream refining), commercial/industrial boiler, chemical, petrochemical, and power industries. For more information, please visit www.clearsign.com.

Cautionary note on forward-looking statements

All statements in this press release that are not based on historical fact are "forward-looking statements." You can find many (but not all) of these statements by looking for words such as "approximates," "believes," "hopes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "projects," "intends," "plans," "would," "should," "could," "may," "will" or other similar expressions. While management has based any forward-looking statements included in this press release on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, which could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, general business and economic conditions, the performance of management and our employees, our ability to obtain financing, competition, whether our technology will be accepted and other factors identified in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov and other factors that are to be detailed in our periodic and current reports available for review at www.sec.gov. Furthermore, we operate in a competitive environment where new and unanticipated risks may arise. Accordingly, investors should not place any reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. We disclaim any intention to, and undertake no obligation to, update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that subsequently occur or of which we hereafter become aware.

 

ClearSign Combustion Corporation and Subsidiary

Statements of Operations

(unaudited)



For the year ended December 31



2018


2017

Sales


$       530,000


$       540,000

Cost of goods sold


427,000


380,000

Gross profit (loss)


103,000


160,000

Operating expenses:





Research and development


4,036,000


4,712,000

General and administrative


5,689,000


5,160,000

Total operating expenses


9,725,000


9,872,000

Loss from operations 


(9,622,000)


(9,712,000)

Interest income, net


55,000


32,000

Net loss


$   (9,567,000)


$   (9,680,000)

Net Loss per share


$            (0.42)


$            (0.63)











Balance Sheets

(unaudited)



For the year ended December 31



2018


2017

ASSETS





Current Assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$    8,949,000


$    1,247,000

Short-term Investments


$    6,923,000


-

Contract assets


39,000


184,000

Prepaid expenses and other assets


500,000


366,000

Total current assets 


16,411,000


1,797,000






Fixed assets, net, and other assets


467,000


508,000

Patents and other intangible assets, net


1,692,000


1,856,000






Total Assets


$  18,570,000


$    4,161,000






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current Liabilities:





Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


$    1,080,000


$       768,000

Current portion of lease liabilities


216,000


159,000

Accrued compensation and taxes


341,000


607,000

Total current liabilities


1,637,000


1,534,000

Long Term Liabilities:





 Long term lease liabilities


91,000


195,000

Total liabilities


1,728,000


1,729,000






Stockholders' Equity:





Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 26,697,261 and 15,608,853 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively


3,000


2,000

Additional paid-in capital


76,417,000


52,441,000

Accumulated deficit


(59,578,000)


(50,011,000)

Total stockholders' equity


16,842,000


2,432,000






Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity


$  18,570,000


$    4,161,000

 

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