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Hyzon Reports Strong Start to 2024 with Significant Advances in Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Trials and Expansion Plans

By May 14, 2024 7   min read  (1318 words)

May 14, 2024 |

Hyzon Financials

Hyzon Motors reveals a successful first quarter in 2024, marked by a sharp increase in revenue and strategic advances in vehicle trials, partnerships, and government support, positioning the company for further growth in the zero-emission vehicle sector.

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. Hyzon (Hyzon or the Company), a U.S.-based manufacturer and global supplier of high-performance hydrogen fuel cell systems focused on providing zero-emission power to decarbonize the most demanding industries, today announced its first quarter 2024 financial and operating results:

Recent Highlights

  • First quarter 2024 Revenue of $10.0 million as compared to no revenue in the prior-year period, demonstrating material progress in customer acceptance and completion of commercial cycle
  • Announced Joint Development Agreement with New Way Trucks, North America’s largest private refuse manufacturer, and unveiled first hydrogen-powered refuse truck for U.S. market at WasteExpo in May; trials with major refuse collection fleets expected to begin summer 2024
  • Completed five 200kW C-sample Fuel Cell Systems (FCS) in Q1 and five additional 200kW FCSs in April, remaining on track for Start of Production (SOP) of 200kW FCS in second half of 2024
  • Successfully completed four-month refuse truck trial with REMONDIS Australia, converting to full vehicle sale
  • Launched 200kW fuel cell system integrated in Australian heavy-duty cabover truck, with first SOP of Class 8 200kW Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) expected in second half of 2024
  • R&D, SG&A, and net cash burn, excluding the first SEC settlement payment and the proceeds from the sale of the Rochester facility, all came in at or below the low-end of Company guidance ranges for the first quarter of 2024

“I am pleased with our start to 2024, during which we have built upon the commercial and technology inflection points we achieved in 2023,” said Hyzon Chief Executive Officer Parker Meeks. “We’ve successfully completed the commercial cycle for vehicles deployed last year, evident in our quarterly revenue progression. We continue to receive positive data and feedback from initial vehicle deployments. Last week, we unveiled the first U.S. fuel cell refuse vehicle with New Way, and we eagerly anticipate commencing trials for this vehicle and the 200kW Class 8 fuel cell truck this summer. We remain on schedule for the SOP of our single stack 200kW fuel cell system in the latter half of this year, and are enhancing manufacturing efficiencies and expanding our facility capabilities. I am highly encouraged by the progress we have made and the strength of the Hyzon platform as we progress through the balance of 2024.”

First Quarter 2024 Business Highlights 

Commercial Progress

Hyzon unveiled the first fuel cell electric refuse truck for the U.S. market with New Way Trucks, the largest private refuse equipment manufacturer in North America, at the WasteExpo in Las Vegas, Nev. earlier this month. After seeing the strong operational performance of the Company’s Australian refuse truck over a four-month customer trial in the second half of 2023, Hyzon accelerated this vehicle development to bring the zero-emission platform to North America.

In Q1, Hyzon delivered one Class 8 fuel cell truck to a drayage customer at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the largest port drayage fleet in the U.S.

Hyzon continues to receive positive feedback from Performance Food Group (PFG) in California as they gain operational experience through the four FCEVs delivered to them in December 2023. Pending a successful 200kW vehicle trial planned for summer 2024, Hyzon expects to work with PFG on an expanded agreement for 15 200kW FCEVs, as well as a potential option for 30 more FCEVs.

In March, Hyzon launched its single stack 200kW fuel cell system and powertrain, integrated into a heavy-duty cabover vehicle, a familiar design for fleets in AustraliaNew Zealand, and Europe. The Company expects to deploy 200kW cabover vehicles in Australia and New Zealand and 200kW conventional vehicles in the U.S. later this year.

Growing Government Support for Clean Energy Initiatives

The Inflation Reduction Act earmarks $2.6 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Ports Program. As initial examples, Hyzon is actively supporting two of the top ten ports in the country in their applications under the Clean Ports Program which have the ambition to deploy up to 100 trucks in a single application.

The Department of Energy also awarded $750 million funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to companies advancing clean hydrogen technologies, including a project on which Hyzon is a partner. Hyzon has also recently submitted a concept paper as the lead applicant under an additional $425 million BIL funding program, which if selected, may provide up to $14 million to help fund future expansions of the Bolingbrook fuel cell facility.

Single Stack 200kW Fuel Cell System C-Sample Development Update

Hyzon continues to progress its C-sample development to meet all technical requirements to reach SOP for its single stack 200kW fuel cell system in the second half of 2024. The Company completed five C-sample systems in the first quarter using production tooling and an additional five systems in April, while continuing to advance rigorous durability testing to remain on track for SOP.

Concurrently, the Company has been working to drive greater efficiency in its manufacturing operations as it prepares for SOP at its Bolingbrook fuel cell facility. In the first quarter, it increased its daily single cell production rate by over 2.5 times.

Hyzon expects its 200kW FCS annual production capacity to be 700 systems on three shifts with less than $3 million of capital expenditures remaining to achieve SOP and the targeted initial capacity. Capital-efficient capacity expansions are planned as demand continues to grow.

First Quarter 2024 Financial Updates

“We recognized first quarter revenue of $10.0 million compared to no revenue in the comparable prior-year period. Hyzon believes that this reflects a significant customer and financial milestone for the Company – an amount this quarter approximately equal to the total revenue recorded prior to this quarter and since the Company’s inception,” said Hyzon Chief Financial Officer Stephen Weiland. “While an important validator and reflection of customer acceptance, we do expect near-term fluctuations in revenue recognition given the timing of deployments and contract terms. We were also pleased that R&D, SG&A, and net cash burn excluding the first SEC settlement payment and the proceeds from the sale of our Rochester facility, all came in at or below the low-end of our guidance ranges for the quarter.”

As of March 31, 2024, unrestricted cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments were $82.6 million, representing a net cash burn of $29.6 million from the December 31, 2024 balance of $112.3 million. Net cash burn, excluding the $8.5 million first SEC settlement payment and approximately $2.9 million in proceeds received from the sale of the Company’s Rochester facility, came to $24.0 million for the first quarter of 2024. Excluding these items, and consistent with Company guidance for the quarter, this represented the lowest quarterly net cash burn over the last ten quarters and the fifth consecutive quarter of declining net cash burn.

Conference Call Information

The Hyzon management team will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter financial results on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Participants can join the call at 1-888-800-7840 or international callers can use 1-646-307-1856 and enter the access code 5240234. To listen to the live audio webcast and Q&A, visit the Hyzon investor relations website at https://investors.hyzonfuelcell.com/.

About Hyzon

Hyzon is a global supplier of high-performance hydrogen fuel cell technology focused on providing zero-emission power to decarbonize demanding industries. With agile, high-power technology designed for heavy-duty applications, Hyzon is at the center of a new industrial revolution fueled by hydrogen, an abundant and clean energy source. Hyzon focuses on deploying its fuel cell technology in heavy-duty commercial vehicles across North AmericaEurope, and Australia/New Zealand today and in tomorrow’s power generation and energy storage, mining, construction, rail, marine, and airport ecosystems. To learn more about how Hyzon partners across the hydrogen value chain to accelerate the clean energy transition, visit www.hyzonfuelcell.com.

 

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