Westport Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Results
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (“Westport”) (TSX:WPRT / Nasdaq:WPRT) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2022 and provided an update on operations. All figures are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.
- Revenue of $305.7 million for 2022 and $78.0 million for the fourth quarter, down slightly over comparable periods in 2021 due to the weakening of the Euro against the U.S dollar.
- Net loss of $(32.7) million or $(0.19) per share, compared to net income of $13.7 million in the prior year. For the fourth quarter 2022 net loss was $(16.9) million.
- Adjusted EBITDA1 of $(27.8) million, compared to $17.5 million in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter was $(12.9) million.
- Cash and cash equivalents were $86.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2022. Cash used in operating activities during the year was $31.6 million.
- Awarded two programs to develop and supply LPG systems to a global original equipment manufacturer ("OEM") accommodating several Euro 6 and Euro 7 vehicle platforms.
- Announced significant H2 HPDI test results with Scania, that demonstrated the tremendous value and best-in-class performance of our proprietary technology.
- Announced a collaboration with Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, to develop an emissions after treatment system for H2 HPDI.
- Announced expanded global manufacturing footprint in China to support ongoing and future growth in hydrogen.
- Announced collaboration with a global OEM to evaluate the performance, efficiency and emissions of the OEMs engine equipped with our H2 HPDI fuel system, Westport’s third collaboration of its kind to date.
- Successfully marketed H2 HPDI to a broad global audience of industry participants, OEMs, policymakers, and investors at leading industry events in Brussels, California, Hanover and Washington.
"Amid a challenging macro environment in 2022, Westport was transitioning past its partnership with Cummins towards growth and a hydrogen future. The termination and sale of the Cummins Westport joint venture along with the impact of foreign exchange negatively impacted both top and bottom line results. Absent the impact of foreign exchange, revenue would have increased by 9% year-over-year, a significant improvement given the environment our industry has faced. Our delayed OEM business, fuel storage, hydrogen components, and electronics products all saw significant sales growth in addition to growth in volumes to our OEM customers in India. Unfortunately, these strengths were offset by the impact of high natural gas prices on European market sales to light-duty and heavy-duty OEMs.
Looking to 2023, and supported by strengthening fundamentals, our focus is on what we can control: driving margin expansion, revenue growth and technology development will drive our success in the future. We remain focused on growth in our key markets – Europe, India, and China which helps us achieve sustainable profitability as the demand for clean, affordable low emissions transportation solutions grows.
As innovation and technology development is a cornerstone of our business, we plan to build on the success we saw in 2022 introducing, and educating our customers, and the market about our H2 HPDI™ solution. We will continue to work directly with key OEMs to advance evaluation of our solution for long-haul, heavy-duty transport. Westport is part of the solution with products that are accelerating the reduction of GHG emissions, now."
David M. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer
|($ in millions, except per share amounts)||Over / (Under)%||Over / (Under)%|
|Gross Margin %(2)||6||%||11||%||—||12||%||15||%||—|
|Income from investments accounted for by the equity method(1)||—||15.0||(100)||%||0.9||33.7||(97)||%|
|Net Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations||(16.9)||5.4||(411)||%||(32.7)||13.7||(339)||%|
|Net Income (Loss) per Share from Continuing Operations||(0.10)||0.04||(350)||%||(0.19)||0.09||(311)||%|
(1) This includes income primarily from our Minda Westport and Westport Weichai Inc. joint ventures.(2) These financial measures and ratios are non-GAAP measures. Please refer to GAAP and NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES for the reconciliation.
4Q22 and Full Year 2022 Operations
We generated revenues of $78.0 million and $305.7 million in the three months and year ended December 31, 2022, compared to $82.7 million and $312.4 million for three months and year ended December 31, 2021, respectively.
Revenues for the full year 2022 decreased primarily due to the weakening of the Euro against the U.S. dollar. Excluding foreign currency translation, total revenues would have increased by $27.7 million or 9%. The full year impact of the acquisition of our fuel storage business in June 2021, increased sales volume of our hydrogen and electronics products, higher delayed-OEM volumes and increased sales volumes to OEMs in India of our light-duty OEM products contributed to the growth in revenues, which were negatively impacted by the fuel price volatility, lower sales volume to Russian customers in the independent aftermarket and OEM businesses from the ongoing Russian-Ukraine conflict, and lower sales of CNG and LNG products due to higher natural gas prices in the European market.
Net loss for the fourth quarter in 2022 was $(16.9) million, or $(0.10) per share, compared to net income of $5.4 million, or $0.04 per share, for the same period in 2021. Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2022 was $(32.7) million, or $(0.19) per share, compared to net income of $13.7 million for the prior year. The net loss was primarily attributed to lower gross margins a result of a combination of the foreign exchange rate and increasing material, manufacturing and labour costs and the loss of equity income from the termination and sale of the Cummins Westport Inc. ("CWI") joint venture.
We reported Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA"), see "Non-GAAP Measures" section in the MD&A) of $(27.8) million for the year ended December 31, 2022, compared to $17.5 million in the prior year.
Original Equipment Manufacturer
OEM revenue for the three months and year ended December 31, 2022 was $47.8 million and $198.0 million, respectively, compared with $57.4 million and $195.5 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2021. The decrease of $9.6 million as compared to the fourth quarter 2021 was primarily driven by the decrease in average Euro rate versus the U.S. dollar and a decrease in sales for our light-duty OEM business, partially offset by higher sales volumes of our fuel storage, delayed-OEM, hydrogen, and electronics businesses.
Our heavy-duty OEM sales volumes decreased by 50% in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to the prior year period mainly due to the unfavorable fuel price differential between LNG and diesel in Europe driven by the shortage of LNG supply, which caused a reduction in volumes.
Revenue for the OEM business segment increased by $2.5 million for the year, primarily driven increased sales volumes to OEMs in India of our light-duty CNG products where we continue to see strong government support and policies in place for the significant expansion of CNG vehicles, increased sales volumes of our electronics, fuel storage, hydrogen and delayed-OEM products. This was partially offset by lower sales volumes in Western Europe for our light-duty OEM products, lower year-over-year revenues in our heavy-duty OEM business, and foreign exchange impact from the strengthening of US dollar against the Euro when translating our financial statements.
Revenue for the three months and year ended December 31, 2022 was $30.2 million and $107.7 million, respectively, compared with $25.3 million and $116.9 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2021. The increase in revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2022 compared to the prior year period was primarily driven by increased sales to Eastern Europe, Western Europe particularly Italy, and Asia Pacific. This was partially offset by the aforementioned foreign exchange impact of the Euro versus U.S. dollars.
The decrease in revenue for the year ended December 31, 2022 compared to the prior year was primarily driven by lower sales volumes to the Russian market due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, lower sales volumes to Turkey and Argentina, and the aforementioned foreign exchange impact. Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2021 included a large one-time infrastructure project of $5.3 million in Tanzania to build fueling infrastructure to enable the sale and operation of gaseous fueled vehicles.
|Revenue||Operating income (loss)||Depreciation & amortization||Equity income|
|Revenue||Operating income (loss)||Depreciation &amortization||Equity income|
2023 is a year of change for Westport, as we continue to deliver sustainably in our existing markets while unlocking new and emerging markets through the delivery of our cleaner, affordable transportation solutions. Though headwinds still remain for our industry, including the Russia/Ukraine conflict, supply chain issues, and inflationary concerns, we remain confident in our ability to execute on our plans for 2023, focusing on what we can control, driving margin and revenue expansion and developing technology for the future.
Effecting change in our cost structure is a priority in 2023. New customer supply agreements have been secured and work is underway to enhance top line revenue further with additional volume expansion throughout the business which has the added benefit of driving economies of scale. On the cost side, a slate of efficiency improvements will be put in place throughout the year focused on optimizing various business units and improving financial performance, while working constantly to lower and mitigate input costs.
We remain prudent in our liquidity management. The capital program in place for 2023 of $12-$15 million is focused on advancing our work with hydrogen and adding test cell capacity.
In 2024 and beyond, we expected improved profitability and growth as we begin to benefit from the changes made in 2023, in addition to demonstrated growth in our core business. Adoption of alternative fuels for transportation applications continues to accelerate and is expected to experience a step change increase as the regulatory requirements become increasingly more stringent beginning in 2025 in many of our key markets, including Europe, India and China. Our HPDI fuel system solution using Bio LNG or hydrogen is one of Westport's clean, affordable products that addresses these regulatory requirements now and into the future.
Westport has scheduled a conference call for Tuesday March 14, 2023 at 7:00 am Pacific Time (10:00 am Eastern Time) to discuss these results. To access the conference call by telephone, please dial: 1-800-319-4610 (Canada & USA toll-free) or 604-638-5340. The live webcast of the conference call can be accessed through the Westport website at https://investors.wfsinc.com/
To access the conference call replay, please dial 1-800-319-6413 (Canada & USA toll-free) or 1-604-638-9010 using the pass code 9886. The telephone replay will be available until March 21, 2023. Shortly after the conference call, the webcast will be archived on the Westport Fuel Systems website and replay will be available in streaming audio and a downloadable MP3 file.
Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis
To view Westport full financials for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2022 please visit https://investors.wfsinc.com/financials/
2023 Annual General and Special Meeting
Westport will host its Annual General and Special Meeting of shareholders (the “Meeting”) virtually on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time. To streamline the virtual meeting process, Westport encourages shareholders to vote in advance of the Meeting using the voting instruction form or the form of proxy which will be emailed or mailed with the Meeting materials in the middle of March. Further instructions on voting and accessing the meeting will be contained in the Management Information Circular under “Section 1: Voting” – upon receipt, please review these materials carefully.
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Registered Shareholders or Duly Appointed Proxyholders Access:
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Please register at your earliest convenience as registration will close April 4, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time (48 hours prior to the meeting). Before the Meeting, shareholders of record at the close of business on March 7, 2023 may vote by completing the form of proxy or voting instruction form in accordance with the instructions provided.
Non-registered shareholders should carefully follow all instructions provided by their intermediaries to ensure that their Westport Fuel Systems voting shares are voted at the Meeting. Please refer to “Section 1: Voting” of Westport Fuel Systems Management Information Circular dated March 6, 2023 in respect of the Meeting for additional details on how to vote by proxy before the Meeting and the matters to be voted upon.
Votes placed prior to the Meeting must be received by our transfer agent, Computershare Investor Services Inc. by April 4, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
About Westport Fuel Systems
At Westport Fuel Systems, we are driving innovation to power a cleaner tomorrow. We are a leading supplier of advanced fuel delivery components and systems for clean, low-carbon fuels such as natural gas, renewable natural gas, propane, and hydrogen to the global transportation industry. Our technology delivers the performance and fuel efficiency required by transportation applications and the environmental benefits that address climate change and urban air quality challenges. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with operations in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America, we serve our customers in more than 70 countries with leading global transportation brands. At Westport Fuel Systems, we think ahead. For more information, visit www.wfsinc.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding revenue and cash usage expectations, future strategic initiatives and future growth, future of our development programs (including those relating to HPDI and Hydrogen), our focus for 2023 and the results of those activities (including those related to margin and revenue expansion and optimization of our business units and financial performance), our expectations for 2024 and beyond, the demand for our products, the future success of our business and technology strategies, intentions of partners and potential customers, the performance and competitiveness of Westport Fuel Systems' products and expansion of product coverage, future market opportunities, speed of adoption of natural gas for transportation and terms and timing of future agreements as well as Westport Fuel Systems management's response to any of the aforementioned factors. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on both the views of management and assumptions that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activities, performance or achievements expressed in or implied by these forward looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions include those related to our revenue growth, operating results, industry and products, the general economy, conditions of and access to the capital and debt markets, solvency, governmental policies and regulation, technology innovations, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, operating expenses, continued reduction in expenses, ability to successfully commercialize new products, the performance of our joint ventures, the availability and price of natural gas, global government stimulus packages and new environmental regulations, the acceptance of and shift to natural gas vehicles, the relaxation or waiver of fuel emission standards, the inability of fleets to access capital or government funding to purchase natural gas vehicles, the development of competing technologies, our ability to adequately develop and deploy our technology, the actions and determinations of our joint venture and development partners, the effects and duration of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, supply chain disruptions as well as other risk factors and assumptions that may affect our actual results, performance or achievements or financial position discussed in our most recent Annual Information Form and other filings with securities regulators. Readers should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. We disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise such statements to reflect any change in our expectations or in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those set forth in these forward looking statements except as required by National Instrument 51-102. The contents of any website, RSS feed or twitter account referenced in this press release are not incorporated by reference herein.
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GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Our financial statements are prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S. GAAP"). These U.S. GAAP financial statements include non-cash charges and other charges and benefits that may be unusual or infrequent in nature or that we believe may make comparisons to our prior or future performance difficult. In addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, Westport and certain investors use EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as an indicator of our ability to generate liquidity by producing operating cash flow to fund working capital needs, service debt obligations and fund capital expenditures. Management also uses these non-GAAP measures in its review and evaluation of the financial performance of Westport. EBITDA is also frequently used by investors and analysts for valuation purposes whereby EBITDA is multiplied by a factor or "EBITDA multiple" that is based on an observed or inferred relationship between EBITDA and market values to determine the approximate total enterprise value of a company. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures also provide additional insight to investors and securities analysts as supplemental information to our U.S. GAAP results and as a basis to compare our financial performance period-over-period and to compare our financial performance with that of other companies. We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures facilitate comparisons of our core operating results from period to period and to other companies by, in the case of EBITDA, removing the effects of our capital structure (net interest income on cash deposits, interest expense on outstanding debt and debt facilities), asset base (depreciation and amortization) and tax consequences. Adjusted EBITDA provides this same indicator of Westports' EBITDA from continuing operations and removing such effects of our capital structure, asset base and tax consequences, but additionally excludes any unrealized foreign exchange gains or losses, stock-based compensation charges and other one-time impairments and costs which are not expected to be repeated in order to provide greater insight into the cash flow being produced from our operating business, without the influence of extraneous events.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are intended to provide additional information to investors and analysts and do not have any standardized definition under U.S. GAAP, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA exclude the impact of cash costs of financing activities and taxes, and the effects of changes in operating working capital balances, and therefore are not necessarily indicative of operating profit or cash flow from operations as determined under U.S. GAAP. Other companies may calculate EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES RECONCILIATION
|Years ended December 31,|
|(expressed in millions of U.S. dollars)|
|Less: Cost of revenue||$||269.5||$||264.2|
|Gross Margin as a percentage of Revenue|
|Years ended December 31,|
|(expressed in millions of U.S. dollars)|
|Gross Margin as a percentage of Revenue||12||%||15||%|
|EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA|
|Three months ended||31-Mar-21||30-Jun-21||30-Sep-21||31-Dec-21||31-Mar-22||30-Jun-22||30-Sep-22||31-Dec-22|
|Income (loss) before income taxes||$||(2.8||)||$||9.1||$||(5.4||)||$||4.6||$||7.6||$||(11.5||)||$||(11.0||)||$||(16.4||)|
|Interest expense, net||1.2||1.1||0.9||0.3||1.0||0.7||0.2||0.1|
|Depreciation and amortization||3.5||3.7||3.3||3.5||3.1||3.1||2.8||2.8|
|Stock based compensation||$||0.1||$||0.5||$||0.7||$||0.6||$||0.5||$||0.9||$||0.8||$||0.2|
|Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss||$||0.7||$||(2.3||)||$||(0.9||)||$||0.5||$||0.8||$||2.5||$||2.7||$||0.4|
|Bargain purchase gain||$||—||$||(5.9||)||$||—||$||—||$||—||$||—||$||—||$||—|
|(Gain) loss on sale of investments||$||—||$||—||$||—||$||—||$||(19.1||)||$||—||$||—|
|WESTPORT FUEL SYSTEMS INC.|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except share amounts)|
|December 31, 2022 and 2021|
|December 31, 2022||December 31, 2021|
|Cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash)||$||86,184||$||124,892|
|Current assets held for sale||—||22,039|
|Total current assets||277,219||338,564|
|Property, plant and equipment||62,641||64,420|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||23,727||28,830|
|Deferred income tax assets||10,430||11,653|
|Other long-term assets||18,030||11,615|
|Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||98,863||$||99,238|
|Current portion of operating lease liabilities||3,379||4,190|
|Current portion of long-term debt||11,698||10,590|
|Current portion of long-term royalty payable||1,162||5,200|
|Current portion of warranty liability||11,315||13,577|
|Total current liabilities||135,519||146,447|
|Long-term operating lease liabilities||20,080||24,362|
|Long-term royalty payable||4,376||4,747|
|Deferred income tax liabilities||3,282||3,392|
|Other long-term liabilities||5,080||5,607|
|Unlimited common and preferred shares, no par value|
|171,303,165 (2021 - 170,799,325) common shares issued and outstanding||1,243,272||1,242,006|
|Other equity instruments||9,212||8,412|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(35,318||)||(33,494||)|
|Total shareholders' equity||203,966||236,419|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||407,451||$||471,313|
|WESTPORT FUEL SYSTEMS INC.|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)|
|(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except share and per share amounts)|
|Years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021|
|Years ended December 31,|
|Cost of revenue and expenses:|
|Cost of revenue||269,496||264,260|
|Research and development||23,497||25,194|
|General and administrative||37,042||36,290|
|Sales and marketing||15,073||13,495|
|Foreign exchange loss (gain)||6,378||(1,984||)|
|Depreciation and amortization||4,416||5,390|
|Loss (gain) on sale of assets||62||(146||)|
|Impairment on long lived assets, net||—||459|
|Loss from operations||(50,266||)||(30,546||)|
|Income from investments accounted for by the equity method||930||33,741|
|Bargain purchase gain from acquisition||—||5,856|
|Gain on sale of investment||19,119||—|
|Interest on long-term debt and amortization of discount||(3,351||)||(4,937||)|
|Other income (loss), net||879||1,053|
|Interest income, net of bank charges||1,406||360|
|Income (loss) before income taxes||(31,283||)||5,527|
|Income tax expense (recovery):|
|Net income (loss) for the year||(32,695||)||13,658|
|Other comprehensive loss:|
|Cumulative translation adjustment||(1,824||)||(8,953||)|
|Income (loss) per share:|
|Net income (loss) per share - basic||$||(0.19||)||$||0.09|
|Net income (loss) per share - diluted||$||(0.19||)||$||0.08|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding:|
|WESTPORT FUEL SYSTEMS INC.|
|Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows|
|(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)|
|Years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021|
|Years ended December 31,|
|Net income (loss) for the year||$||(32,695||)||$||13,658|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:|
|Depreciation and amortization||11,800||14,035|
|Stock-based compensation expense||2,066||1,911|
|Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain)||6,378||(1,984||)|
|Deferred income tax||(440||)||(10,303||)|
|Income from investments accounted for by the equity method||(930||)||(33,741||)|
|Interest on long-term debt and accretion of royalty payable||3,351||4,937|
|Impairment on long lived assets, net||—||459|
|Change in inventory write-downs to net realizable value||722||914|
|Net gain on sale of investments||(19,119||)||—|
|Net (gain) loss on sale of assets||62||(146||)|
|Other (income) loss, net||(879||)||—|
|Bargain purchase gain from acquisition||—||(5,856||)|
|Change in bad debt expense||810||(326||)|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||122||11,313|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(31,578||)||(43,793||)|
|Purchase of property, plant and equipment||(14,242||)||(14,158||)|
|Purchase of intangible assets||(287||)||—|
|Acquisitions, net of acquired cash||—||(5,948||)|
|Proceeds on sale of investments||31,445||—|
|Proceeds on sale of assets||731||600|
|Dividends received from joint ventures||—||21,796|
|Net cash provided by investing activities||17,647||2,290|
|Drawings on operating lines of credit and long-term facilities||41,218||74,408|
|Repayment of operating lines of credit and long-term facilities||(58,478||)||(82,958||)|
|Proceeds from share issuance, net||—||120,727|
|Repayment of royalty payable||(5,200||)||(7,451||)|
|Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities||(22,460||)||104,726|
|Effect of foreign exchange on cash and cash equivalents||(2,317||)||(2,593||)|
|Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents||(38,708||)||60,630|
|Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year (including restricted cash)||124,892||64,262|
|Cash and cash equivalents, end of year (including restricted cash)||86,184||124,892|