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Bloom Energy Announces Fourth Quarter 2020 and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

By February 11, 2021 9   min read  (1389 words)

February 11, 2021 |

fuelcellsworks, Bloom Energy Announces Fourth Quarter 2020 and Full Year 2020 Financial Results
  • 4 Revenue of $249.4 million; an increase of 16.8% from Q419; 2020 Full Year Revenue of $794.2 million, an increase of 1.1% over 2019
  • Q4 GAAP Gross Margin of 25.5%; Non-GAAP Gross Margin of 27.0%
  • Q4 GAAP Operating Margin of (1.8%); Non-GAAP Operating Margin of 4.8%
  • Q4 GAAP EPS of ($0.16); Adjusted EPS of ($0.08)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Bloom Energy Corporation (NYSE: BE) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full year that ended December 31, 2020.

Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Revenue of $249.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 16.8% compared to revenue of $213.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, primarily driven by a 16.6% increase in acceptances.
  • 450 acceptances, or 45.0 megawatts (MW), a 16.6% increase year-over-year. Recall that an acceptance typically occurs when the system is turned on and producing full power. For orders where one of our partners performs the installation, our acceptance criteria are different. Those acceptances are generally achieved when the systems are shipped or delivered to our partner. Upon acceptance, the customer order is moved from product backlog and is recognized as revenue.
  • Gross margin of 25.5% in the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 13.8 percentage points compared to gross margin of 11.7% in the fourth quarter of 2019, primarily driven by an improvement in product gross margin from 10.5% to 38.8% over the same period. This improvement in product gross margins was driven by product cost reductions outpacing ASP reductions.
  • Excluding stock-based compensation, non-GAAP gross margin was 27.0% in the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 11.3 percentage points compared to non-GAAP gross margin of 15.7% in the fourth quarter of 2019, primarily driven by an improvement in product gross margin.
  • Operating margin of (1.8%) in the fourth quarter of 2020, an improvement of 20.6 percentage points compared to operating margin of (22.4%) in the fourth quarter of 2019, driven by the improvements in gross margin and a $14.6 million reduction in stock-based compensation expenses burdening operating expenses.
  • Excluding stock-based compensation, non-GAAP operating margin was 4.8% in the fourth quarter of 2020, an improvement of 10.3 percentage points compared to non-GAAP operating margin of (5.5%) in the fourth quarter of 2019, driven by an improvement in gross margin.
  • GAAP EPS of ($0.16) and Adjusted EPS of ($0.08) in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to GAAP EPS of ($0.58) and Adjusted EPS of ($0.29) in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Full Year 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue of $794.2 million in 2020, an increase of 1.1% compared to revenue of $785.2 million in 2019, primarily driven by an 11.1% increase in acceptances and offset by the favorable impact of the PPA II upgrade on revenue in 2019.
  • 1,326 acceptances, or 132.6 MW , an 11.1% increase versus full year 2019.
  • Gross margin of 20.9% in 2020, an increase of 8.5 percentage points compared to gross margin of 12.4% in 2019, primarily driven by an improvement in product gross margin from 21.9% to 35.8%. This improvement was driven by our product cost reductions outpacing ASP reductions.
  • Excluding stock-based compensation, non-GAAP gross margin of 23.1% in 2020, an increase of 4.9 percentage points compared to non-GAAP gross margin of 18.2% in 2019, driven primarily by an improvement in product gross margin.
  • Operating margin of (10.2%) in 2020, an improvement of 19.4 percentage points compared to operating margin of (29.6%) in 2019, driven by the improvement in gross margin and a $94.4 million reduction in stock-based compensation expenses burdening operating expenses.
  • Excluding stock-based compensation, non-GAAP operating margin of (0.9%) in 2020, an improvement of 3.8 percentage points compared to non-GAAP operating margin of (4.7%) in 2019, driven primarily by an improvement in gross margin.
  • GAAP EPS of ($1.14) and Adjusted EPS of ($0.67) in 2020, compared to GAAP EPS of ($2.67) and Adjusted EPS of ($1.07) in 2019.

KR Sridhar, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer, Bloom Energy, commented: “2020 was a year unlike any other in modern history as we dealt with the dual challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic and an uncertain economy. Yet, Bloom Energy’s management team and employees proved resilient in executing our business plan, delivering strong financial performance, solid operating results and significantly improving our balance sheet. We are well-positioned for growth as we implement our technology road map and build applications for the Bloom Energy Server that solve critical energy problems like resiliency, reducing carbon emissions and costs. As we enter 2021, there are many positive developments. The Biden Administration is embracing proactive climate change policies and continuing a low-interest environment while focusing on critical infrastructure investments that fit well with our strategic approach. And, beyond the United States, there is significant momentum in Asia and opportunities to grow in other markets around the world. We believe our work in 2020 provides a spring board for success in 2021 and beyond.”

Greg Cameron, EVP and chief financial officer, Bloom Energy, commented: “We were encouraged by the financial performance during the fourth quarter of 2020 across revenue, gross margin, operating income and cash. Our bookings in the second half of the year gained momentum, and we have a strong backlog for 2021 that provides high project visibility into our 2021 guidance framework and improving cash flow outlook. We continue to make significant progress on reducing our product costs, and our technology investments remain on track.”

Summary of Key Financial Metrics

Preliminary Summary GAAP Profit and Loss Statements

Preliminary Summary Non-GAAP Financial Information

Revenue and Margin Highlights

Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020 included $171.8 million of product revenue, $28.8 million of installation revenue, $32.1 million of service revenue, and $16.6 million of electricity revenue. For the full year 2020, Bloom Energy achieved $518.6 million of product revenue, $101.9 million of installation revenue, $109.6 million of service revenue and $64.1 million of electricity revenue.

GAAP gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2020 was 25.5%, up 13.8 percentage points compared to the fourth quarter of 2019 and 20.9% for the full year 2020, up 8.5 percentage points versus full year 2019. Non-GAAP gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2020 was 27.0%, up 11.3 percentage points compared to the fourth quarter of 2019 and 23.1% for the full year 2020, up 4.9 percentage points versus full year 2019. The improvement in margins for both the fourth quarter and full year 2020 was driven by lower product costs, better performance on installations and higher product margins.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Bloom Energy’s cash position, including restricted cash, as of December 31, 2020 was $416.7 million, compared to $504.4 million as of September 30, 2020. Bloom ended the year with $527.1 million of debt, a decrease of $180.1 million from the third quarter of 2020, which included a reduction of $175.5 million in recourse debt.

2021 Outlook

Bloom announced the following outlook for the full -year 2021:

  • Revenue:                                                                                          $950 million – $1 billion
  • Non-GAAP Gross Margin*:                                                                          ~25%
  • Non-GAAP Operating Margin*:                                                                   ~3%
  • Cash Flow from Operations:                                                         Approaching Positive

*Non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating margin only exclude stock-based compensation.

Conference Call Details

We will host a conference call today, February 10, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss its financial results. To participate in the live call, analysts and investors may call +1 (844) 828-0524 and enter the passcode: 5175667. Those calling from outside the United States may dial +1 (647) 689-5146 and enter the same passcode: 5175667. A simultaneous live webcast will also be available under the Investor Relations section on our website at https://investor.bloomenergy.com/. Following the webcast, an archived version will be available on our website for one year. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available for one week following the call, by dialing +1 (800) 585-8367 or +1 (416) 621-4642 and entering passcode 5175667.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These non-GAAP financial measures are in addition to, and not a substitute for or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. There are a number of limitations related to the use of these non-GAAP financial measures versus their nearest GAAP equivalents. For example, other companies may calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of our non-GAAP financial measures as tools for comparison. We urge you to review the reconciliations of our non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures set forth in this press release, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business. With respect to our expectations regarding our 2021 Outlook, we are not able to provide a quantitative reconciliation of non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating margin measures to the corresponding GAAP measures without unreasonable efforts.

About Bloom Energy

Bloom Energy’s mission is to make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone in the world. Bloom’s product, the Bloom Energy Server, delivers highly reliable and resilient, always-on electric power that is clean, cost-effective, and ideal for microgrid applications. Bloom’s customers include many Fortune 100 companies and leaders in manufacturing, data centers, healthcare, retail, higher education, utilities, and other industries. For more information, visit www.bloomenergy.com.

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