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Ideal Power Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

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AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ideal Power Inc. (NASDAQ:IPWR), pioneering the development and commercialization of highly efficient and broadly patented B-TRAN™ bi-directional power switches, reported results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Key Third Quarter 2019 and Subsequent B-TRAN™ Division Highlights:

  • Sold our Power Conversion Systems (PCS) business and Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA™) technology to CE+T Energy Solutions.
    • Received a combination of cash, CE+T Energy Solutions equity and the assumption of certain liabilities; and
    • Reduced cash burn to approximately $700,000 per quarter, an approximately 60% reduction from our average quarterly cash burn in 2018.
  • Strengthened balance sheet through the completion of a $3.5 million private placement subsequent to the close of the third quarter 2019.  We are now solely focused on B-TRAN™ solid state switch commercialization.
  • Completed testing of double-sided B-TRAN™ dies.


    • Demonstrated bi-directional operation with symmetrical performance in both directions;

    • Measured forward voltage drop of 0.2V, consistent with our simulations. This value is substantially lower than the corresponding junction voltage drop of approximately 1.75V for an IGBT switch; and               

    • Measured breakdown voltages of up to 1200V, a characteristic required for commercial, industrial and military applications such as data centers, battery storage, renewable energy and traction drives.               

  • B-TRAN™ dies are being packaged for use with a bi-directional driver to characterize switching performance.               
     
  • Design basis and test results of initial B-TRAN™ devices meet the criteria for our engineering prototype sampling program.         
  • B-TRAN™ Patent Estate: Currently have 47 issued B-TRAN™ patents with 12 of those patents issued outside North America. Significantly, our geographic coverage now includes China, Japan and Europe. Our B-TRAN™ patent portfolio of approximately 36 patent filings includes pending applications that will enhance our coverage in the US, China, Japan and Europe and potentially expand our coverage to include Korea and India.

Management Commentary

"The third quarter of 2019 was highlighted by the completion of our PCS disposition allowing us to focus solely on our proprietary B-TRAN™ power switch technology commercialization," said Dr. Lon Bell, Chief Executive Officer of Ideal Power. "During the quarter we collaborated extensively with semiconductor fabrication partners to manufacture B-TRAN™ wafers for packaging and bench testing.

"Subsequent to the closing of the third quarter and in conjunction with the recent B-TRAN progress, the Company was able to fortify the balance sheet with $3.5 million in gross proceeds from institutional investors and company management. I personally contributed $500,000 to the offering, demonstrating my confidence in the immense opportunity for our repositioned Company. We look forward to sharing more on our commercial progress on our year-end earnings call and upcoming investor conferences," concluded Bell.

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

  • The company had no revenues from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2019.

  • Q3 2019 operating expenses were $0.7 million compared to $1.2 million in Q3 2018. The decrease in operating expense was primarily due to a decrease in our general and administrative expenses impacted by our cost reduction plan, inclusive of reduced headcount, and disposition of PCS business.

  • Q3 2019 net loss was $0.8 million, compared to $2.2 million in Q3 2018.

  • Q3 2019 cash used in operating activities in Q3 2019 was $0.7 million compared to $1.4 million in Q3 2018. Year-to-date Q3 2019 cash used in operating activities was $2.4 million compared to $4.3 million in year-to-date Q3 2018.

  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $0.8 million as of September 30, 2019, with no long-term debt outstanding.

  • Subsequent to the close of the third quarter, the company entered into definitive agreements with certain institutional and accredited investors, including Dr. Lon E. Bell, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Ideal Power, for a private placement of Ideal Power's common stock (or common stock equivalents) and warrants to purchase common stock for aggregate gross proceeds of $3.5 million.

Conference Call Details

Ideal Power Chairman, CEO and President Dr. Lon Bell, CFO Tim Burns and B-TRAN™ Chief Commercial Officer Dan Brdar will host the conference call, which will be accompanied by a presentation and followed by a question and answer period.

To access the call, please use the following information:

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. PT
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-800-458-4148
International dial-in number:              1-323-794-2597
Conference ID: 7385903
Presentation:  Events Section of IR website here

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact MZ Group at 1-949-491-8235.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay at http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=136767 and via the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.IdealPower.com.

A replay of the conference call will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern time through December 13, 2019.

Toll Free Replay Number: 1-844-512-2921
International Replay Number: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 7385903

About Ideal Power Inc.
Ideal Power (NASDAQ:IPWR) is pioneering the development of its broadly patented bi-directional power switches, creating highly efficient and ecofriendly energy control solutions for industrial, alternative energy, military and automotive applications. The company is focused on its patented Bi-directional, Bi-polar Junction Transistor (B-TRAN™) semiconductor technology. B-TRAN™ is a unique double-sided bi-directional AC switch able to deliver substantial performance improvements over today's conventional power semiconductors. Ideal Power believes B-TRAN™ modules will reduce conduction and switching losses, complexity of thermal management and operating cost in medium voltage AC power switching and control circuitry. For more information, visit www.IdealPower.com

Safe Harbor Statement
All statements in this release that are not based on historical fact are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. While Ideal Power's management has based any forward-looking statements included in this 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 that could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, but are not limited to, the success of our B-TRAN™ technology, whether the patents for our technology provide adequate protection and whether we can be successful in maintaining, enforcing and defending our patents, our inability to predict with precision or certainty the pace of development and commercialization of our B-TRAN™ technology and uncertainties set forth in our quarterly, annual and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Furthermore, we operate in a highly competitive and rapidly changing 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.
 
Ideal Power Investor Relations Contact: 
MZ North America
Chris Tyson 
949-491-8235
IPWR@mzgroup.us 
www.mzgroup.us


IDEAL POWER INC.
Balance Sheets

    September 30, 2019     December 31, 2018  
    (unaudited)        
ASSETS                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 769,833     $ 3,258,077  
Prepayments and other current assets     129,347       333,877  
Current assets of discontinued operations held for sale           1,096,323  
Total current assets     899,180       4,688,277  
                 
Property and equipment, net     52,879       63,214  
Intangible assets, net     1,645,555       1,396,409  
Right of use asset     303,246        
Other assets     17,920       17,920  
Total assets   $ 2,918,780     $ 6,165,820  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 195,540     $ 94,203  
Accrued expenses     178,720       167,755  
Current portion of lease liability     177,669        
Current liabilities of discontinued operations held for sale           877,755  
Total current liabilities     551,929       1,139,713  
                 
Long-term lease liability     129,995        
Other long-term liabilities     651,483       428,163  
Total liabilities     1,333,407       1,567,876  
                 
Commitments and contingencies                
                 
Stockholders' equity:                
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized;
810,000 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2019 and
1,518,430 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2018,
respectively
    810       1,518  
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized;
1,475,322 shares issued and 1,474,001 shares outstanding at
September 30 30, 2019 and 1,404,479 shares issued and 1,403,158
shares outstanding at December 31, 2018, respectively
   
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