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Advent Technologies Reports Q4 2021 Results

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March 28, 2022 |

Fuel Cells Works, Advent Technologies Reports Q4 2021 Results
  • Q4 revenue up 714% versus prior year to $2.9 million, on increased customer demand for fuel cell components, and, fuel cell systems from UltraCell (now Advent LLC), SerEnergy (now Advent Technologies A/S), SerEnergy Philippines, Inc. (now Advent Green Energy Philippines, Inc.), and fischer eco solutions (now Advent Technologies GmbH). The Company also collected $3.0 million from SerEnergy customers during Q4 related to pre-acquisition revenue.
  • Full year 2021 revenue of $7.1 million; on a pro forma basis as if SerEnergy and fischer eco solutions had been acquired at the beginning of the year, 2021 revenue would have been $16.0 million.
  • Net loss in Q4 of $(9.0) million or $(0.18) per share.
  • Company holds cash reserves of $79.8 million as of December 31, 2021

BOSTON–Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADN) (“Advent” or the “Company”), an innovation-driven leader in the fuel cell and hydrogen technology space, today announced consolidated financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2021. All amounts are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted and have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”).

Q4 2021 Financial Highlights

(all comparisons are to Q4 2020, unless otherwise stated)

  • Revenue of $2.9 million, a 714% year-over-year increase, the result of increased customer demand for Advent’s products across the board and through the acquisitions of UltraCell, SerEnergy, SerEnergy Philippines, Inc. and fischer eco solutions.
  • Operating expenses of $16.3 million, a year-over-year increase of $14.4 million, primarily due to costs related to the accelerated growth of the Company from the acquired businesses; increased staffing and costs to operate as a public company; higher R&D costs; and incentive and stock-based compensation expenses.
  • Net loss was $(9.0) million, and adjusted net loss was $(15.9) million. Adjusted net loss excludes a $6.9 million gain from the change in the fair value of outstanding warrants.
  • Net loss per share was $(0.18).
  • Cash reserves were $79.8 million as of December 31, 2021, a decrease of $12.7 million from September 30, 2021, driven by the increased level of R&D and administrative and selling expenses.

“This solid revenue growth versus the prior year authenticates our business model, while the consolidation of the operations of UltraCell, SerEnergy, SerEnergy Philippines and fischer eco solutions has accelerated our growth and focus across the value chain from fuel cell components to fuel cell systems,” said Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou, Chairman and CEO of Advent Technologies. “We are seeing strong demand for our products across the portable and stationary off-grid power markets and remain confident that we are on a firm path for growth as we deliver efficient solutions for clean energy and decarbonization to a variety of end markets. Our product pipeline is increasing month on month, and this will be reflected in future sales as we convert this pipeline to final supply contracts.”

Q4 2021 Financial Summary

(in Millions of US dollars, except per share data)

Three Months Ended December 31,

2021

2020

$ Change

Revenue, net

$

2.90

$

0.36

$

2.55

Gross Profit

$

0.16

$

0.22

$

(0.06)

Gross Margin (%)

5%

61%

Operating Income/(Loss)

$

(16.66)

$

(1.66)

$

(15.00)

Net Income/(Loss)

$

(9.01)

$

(1.70)

$

(7.30)

Net Income/(Loss) Per Share

$

(0.18)

$

(0.07)

$

(0.11)

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA – Excl Warrant Adjustment

$

(15.57)

$

(1.65)

$

(13.92)

Adjusted Net Income/(Loss) – Excl Warrant Adjustment

$

(15.91)

$

(1.70)

$

(14.21)

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

79.8

For a more detailed discussion of Advent’s fourth quarter 2021 results, please see the Company’s financial statements and management’s discussion & analysis, which are available at ir.advent.energy.

The financial results include non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP measures are more fully described and are reconciled from the respective measures determined under GAAP in “Presentation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the attached appendix tables.

Q4 2021 Business Updates:

Rapid Integration of SerEnergy: On October 7, 2021, Advent announced that a new order was placed in September 2021 for Advent’s “SereneU” 5kW fuel cells to roll-out in the Asian market. The new fuel cell stacks and reformers are intended to support internal testing set-ups to evaluate performance and to showcase results with Thai telecom operators. Advent Technologies A/S has been a partner of Thailand-based Alright Combination Centric Co., Ltd. (“ALCC”) since 2017. ALCC is a product distributor and service provider to Thailand’s ICT industry. Advent’s 5kW fuel cell will address the multi-million USD telecom sector in Thailand as well as support ALCC’s government projects for microgrids on remote islands and for back-up at the Marine Security Center of the Royal Thai Navy. Advent SereneU fuel cells are 4th generation fuel cells, which provide customers a lifetime extension to minimize maintenance and leverage profitability. This new generation introduces advantages, including longer lifetime, less service and maintenance fees, and improved total cost of ownership. The product upgrade places Advent fuel cells in a pivotal position to respond to an increasing global demand for sustainable energy. Additional benefits of SereneU include an increase in overall lifetime by more than 30% from the 3rd generation fuel cells; embedded unit swap technology that secures zero or short downtime during power failures; and, a wider temperature operation from -20°C to 50°C, reinforcing climate resilience.

Smart Communications Inc.: In October 2021, Advent announced that with its partner, Smart Communications Inc. (”Smart”), the Company successfully completed the first installation of its HG 5000 fuel cell systems across the Philippines. The delivery agreement was made earlier in 2021 between Smart in the Philippines and Advent Technologies A/S in Denmark. Smart’s partnership with Advent follows its commitment to the United Nations Race to Zero Campaign with the GSM Association, as a member of the trade alliance’s Climate Action Task Force. The movement of the global industry of mobile network operators highlights its broad-based commitment to zero emissions from all stakeholders. Race to Zero is a global campaign that aims to mobilize leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, and investors for net zero carbon emissions by 2050. As the wireless arm of the Philippines’ largest fully integrated telecommunications company, PLDT Inc., Smart’s shift to green energy follows the announcement of the Philippines Department of Energy in Q4 2020 that the government will no longer accept proposals to build new coal power plants, from the new Energy Conservation and Efficiency Act signed into law in 2019. These significant policy shifts support the deployment of cleaner energy sources to help ensure more sustainable growth for the country.

Advent and BASF New Business GmbH (“BASF”) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”): On December 13, 2021, it was announced that the MoU aims to develop and increase the manufacturing scale of advanced fuel cell membranes designed for long-term operations under extreme conditions. BASF intends to improve the long-term stability of its Celtec® membrane and to increase production capacity with advanced technical capabilities to enable further improved and competitive Advent fuel cell systems and membrane electrode assembly (“MEA”). Under the agreement the two companies will explore the implementation of high-volume manufacturing for the Celtec® membranes, utilize Advent’s fuel cell stack and system testing facilities to assess and qualify the new Celtec® membrane for the SereneU (telecom power), M-ZERØ (methane emissions reduction), and Honey Badger (portable power, defense) Advent product families. Furthermore, BASF supports the realization of large-scale Important Projects of Common European Interests (“IPCEIs”) White Dragon and Green HiPo (pending EU approval), through materials for power generation, hydrogen generation, and power storage. The goal of the two projects as submitted by Advent and the White Dragon consortium of companies is to replace Greece’s largest coal-fired power plants with renewable solar energy parks, which will be supported by CO2-free hydrogen production (4.65GW), and fuel cell heat and power production (400MW). In addition, BASF will also evaluate the producibility of the ion-pair membrane developed in collaboration by Advent and the U.S. Department of Energy. Advent has substantial experience in the development of high-temperature PEM fuel cell systems namely for stationary and portable applications as well as critical components such as MEAs and Gas Diffusion Electrodes (“GDEs”). Advent is working to increase the performance and scope of its products to satisfy the requirements of its customers and to address new applications. BASF has substantial experience in the manufacturing and development of proton-conducting membranes, GDEs, HT-PEM MEAs and the pertinent chemicals, catalysts, and compositions for their application in hydrogen separation and fuel cells. BASF is constantly improving the quality, robustness and performance of its products to support growth in fuel cell systems applications.

Advent Fuel Cell for the Maritime Sector: On December 20, 2021, Advent announced that its fuel cell unit for the Maritime Sector, developed within the framework of the RiverCell Consortium, had passed safety testing, as well as a safety assessment completed by DNV, one of the world’s leading classification societies. RiverCell, a demonstration project supported by a consortium of partners, was initiated in 2015. Funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport and led by Meyer Werft, it consists of a range of experienced partners throughout the maritime sector, including DNV, HADAG, Helm Proman Methanol, Neptun Werft, Pella Sietas, Technische Universität Berlin, Viking River Technical Cruises, and Advent. The project is dedicated to the design and development of a fuel cell hybrid system for inland vessels, and its realization has provided valuable insights in terms of the suitability, practical use, and economic efficiency of hybrid powertrains. In addition to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the hybrid concept – featuring energy storage combined with sustainable fuel cell-powered energy production – demonstrated an increase to both safety and efficiency in shipping. As part of the demonstration, a section of a river cruise vessel was set up on dryland at Neptun Werft, in Rostock, Germany. There, the prototype of Advent’s SereneU marine fuel cell unit was successfully integrated into a modern hybrid DC electric energy grid, which was equipped with all relevant ship systems, including battery storage as well as a conventional diesel genset. With current regulations still based on the traditional use of diesel-powered energy sources, another core objective of the demonstrations has been to encourage the development of new global regulatory frameworks for the shipping sector, thus paving the way for future use of sustainable technologies.

Dr. Gregoriou concluded, “We continue to build on the strength of our business with a focus to expand and to grow strategic initiatives. In 2022, we will further consolidate the acquired businesses to maximize efficiency and effectiveness throughout our global operations. The White Dragon and Green HiPo projects are progressing and we believe that, if approved, they will have a significant impact on the implementation of green energy in southeastern Europe, thus shifting the reliability away from the sources of traditional fuels. The acquisitions we completed during 2021 have expanded our growing revenue base in full fuel cell stacks and systems and position Advent with the expertise to be a leader in clean energy production. I am confident in the potential for Advent and our technologies, and very optimistic that we will continue to increase market share as the world moves towards clean energy and decarbonization.”

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call on Monday, March 28, 2022, at 9:00 AM ET to discuss its results.

To access the call please dial (844) 200-6205 from the United States, or (929) 526-1599 from outside the U.S. The conference call I.D. number is 442422. Participants should dial in 5 to 10 minutes before the scheduled time.

A replay of the call can also be accessed via phone through April 11, 2022, by dialing (866) 813-9403 from the U.S., or (204) 525-0658 from outside the U.S. The conference I.D. number is 661424.

About Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc.

Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. is a U.S. corporation that develops, manufactures, and assembles complete fuel cell systems, and the critical components for fuel cells in the renewable energy sector. Advent is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in California, Greece, Denmark, Germany, and the Philippines. With more than 100 patents issued for its fuel cell technology, Advent holds the IP for next-generation HT-PEM that enable various fuels to function at high temperatures and under extreme conditions – offering a flexible “Any Fuel. Anywhere.” option for the automotive, aviation, defense, oil and gas, marine, and power generation sectors. For more information, please visit www.advent.energy.

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