• Strong commercial dynamics materialized by the 75% increase in firm order intake (1) in 2020
• Capital increase of €180 million to strengthen the Group’s financial capacity and consolidate the shareholder structure around strategic and industrial partners
• Operational ramp-up to accelerate positioning on increasingly large-scale projects and the development of cutting-edge technologies
• Objective to be among the leaders in equipment for the production and distribution of renewable hydrogen
La Motte-Fanjas — McPhy (Euronext Paris, C Compartment: MCPHY, FR0011742329), a specialist in zero-carbon hydrogen production and distribution equipment (electrolyzers and recharging stations), today announces its results for the financial year 2020, ended December 31, and approved today by the Company’s Board of Directors.
Thanks to this momentum and the tremendous commitment of its team, McPhy experienced in 2020 a very strong acceleration of its commercial and industrial development in 2020.
Laurent Carme, CEO of McPhy, states: “The year 2020 marked a decisive turning point for the entire hydrogen industry. The launch of major public projects in Europe with the hydrogen strategy unveiled by the Commission in June, and in France with the announcement in September of the €7 billion investment plan, made clear the fantastic potential of renewable hydrogen to succeed in the energy transition. Thanks to this momentum and the tremendous commitment of its team, McPhy experienced in 2020 a very strong acceleration of its commercial and industrial development in 2020. With more than 44 MW of electrolyzers and 35 hydrogen stations installed or in the process of being installed, orders up 75% to €23 million and €198 million following the €180 million fund-raising in October 2020, McPhy now has the means to achieve its ambitions: to successfully complete the major contracts signed in the past few months, to simultaneously develop the new generations of electrolyzers and stations needed to remain at the forefront of its market, and to move to industrial scale. Our ambition is to become a major European leader in hydrogen.”
2020 KEY HIGHLIGHTS
Sustained growth in revenue and soaring order book
McPhy’s revenue increased by 20% to €13.7 million in financial year 2020, compared to €11.4 million in 2019. Revenue is made up of 60% of electrolyzers sales (including 49% of large-capacity electrolyzers and 11% of smaller capacity electrolyzers) and 40% of hydrogen station sales.
Nearly 50% of the Group’s revenue in 2020 is generated by system solutions combining both electrolyzers and stations, demonstrating the relevance of McPhy’s strategic positioning in its two product segments. The backlog (2) increased by 153% over the year, from €6.0 million at December 31, 2019 to €15.2 million at December 31, 2020.
During the financial year, the commercial dynamic remained very strong despite the epidemic context. Order intake at 31 December 2020 was €23 million, an increase of 75% compared to the previous year. McPhy was able to position itself on projects in France and Europe that are increasingly significant in line with the Group’s strategy, and in particular:
- “Djewels” project(3), Netherlands: McPhy has been selected by Nouryon and Gasunie, two leading industrial players, to equip one of the largest zero-carbon hydrogen production units in an industrial environment (20 MW at the heart of a chemical park) in Europe;
- “Zero Emission Valley” project (4), France: McPhy has been selected, alongside Atawey and TSM-HRS, by the project company Hympulsion to equip the largest zero-emission hydrogen mobility deployment project in France and one of the most ambitious in Europe;
- “AUXR_H2″ project (5), France: McPhy was selected by Hynamics, an EDF Group subsidiary specializing in hydrogen, to install a complete chain of zero-carbon hydrogen to supply a fleet of buses in Auxerre;
- “Dijon Métropole Smart EnergHy” project (6), France: McPhy was selected by Rougeot Energie to equip two stations with a capacity of 400 kg / day, coupled with 1 MW of electrolysis;
- “Hyport” project (7), France: McPhy was selected by ENGIE Solutions to design, build and integrate 1 MW of high-power electrolysis and two hydrogen stations in the immediate surroundings of the Toulouse Blagnac airport runways and roadways.
McPhy has also concluded over the period agreements relating to significant new projects in France to equip the “mobility” component of a zero-emission hydrogen ecosystem in the Centre-Val de Loire region (8).
During the year, McPhy also deployed several major projects, including:
- A 2MW electrolysis platform with the German engineering and cleantech company Apex Energy (9); and
- A hydrogen station in Le Mans with Total (10).
- At the end of December 2020, the Group now has a fleet of more than 44 MW of high-power electrolyzers and 35 hydrogen stations installed or in the process of being installed.
Evolution of the installed base or in the process of being installed
Results reflecting McPhy’s strategy in developing its capabilities
As of December 31, 2020, the Group’s 2020 recurring operating loss amounted to €8.8 million. The decline in profit from recurring operations over the year reflects the Company’s strong development and the structuring efforts undertaken in 2020.
Purchases consumed increased in proportion to revenue by 20%, reflecting the growth in activity.
The reinforcement and structuring of the teams resulted in a 24% increase in personnel expenses, including a 3% increase due to the non-cash IFRS2 restatement. The recruitment of 12 people over one year brings the number of employees to 110 at December 31, 2020.
External costs remained stable and the Company continued to invest and pursue its efforts in research and innovation. These efforts will continue and intensify in fiscal year 2021 to keep pace with market growth.
The Company was impacted by an unfavorable effect compared to fiscal year 2019, as nearly €3 million of repayable advances waiver had been recognized as revenue in 2019. Excluding this effect, the 2019 result would have been equivalent to the 2020 result, i.e. -€9.3 million.
Operating loss for the year ended December 31, 2020 was €9.0 million and net income was €9.3 million, reflecting the low level of financial expenses, which were mainly impacted by exchange rate fluctuations. This result reflects the strong investment strategy initiated by McPhy in 2020 for the recruitment of talent, the development of innovative solutions in electrolyzers and stations and the industrialization of its offer. This policy will continue over the financial year 2021 and the next years in line with the “use of proceed” of the October 2020 raising. This policy forms part of a strong acceleration in the hydrogen market and a generalized approach of investment in the future by all the stakeholders in the value chain.
As of December 31, 2020, McPhy had a cash position of €198 million.
In order to secure its growth and strengthen its partnerships through capital ties, the Group carried out a capital increase in October 2020. Several times oversubscribed, the Offer enabled McPhy to raise €180 million with a subscription price for the new shares representing a very limited discount. The Group has thus strengthened its shareholder base, on the one hand, by consolidating its relationship with the Group’s historical strategic shareholders:
- EDF through EDF Pulse Croissance Holding;
- Bpifrance through the Ecotechnologies Investment Fund;
And, on the other hand, by bringing into the capital two industrial partners, leaders in their respective fields, and who have signed an industrial partnership agreement with the Company on the occasion of their investment:
- Chart Industries: world leader in equipment for liquefaction (LNG and liquid hydrogen) and cryogenics;
- Technip Energies: international engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPC) group for the energy market, world leader in the installation of hydrogen production systems (SMR).
The success of this fund raising symbolizes both the confidence and commitment of the Group’s financial and industrial partners as well as the growing interest of investors in zero-carbon hydrogen solutions
Emilie Maschio, CFO of McPhy, comments: “Thanks to this transaction, McPhy has significantly strengthened its financial capabilities and attracted new, well-known shareholders. The success of this fund raising symbolizes both the confidence and commitment of the Group’s financial and industrial partners as well as the growing interest of investors in zero-carbon hydrogen solutions. At the end of the year, McPhy’s new stock market status enabled it to be included in two new prestigious indices: the MCSI World Small Cap and the SBF 120.”
VISION AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVES
Continued growth investments to accelerate the deployment of the Group’s strategy
The Group’s industrialization phase is a key step in increasing competitiveness and enabling profitability in the short to medium term. This transition to industrial scale will only be possible by continuing and accelerating investments in terms of development, recruitment, tools and equipment.
McPhy intends to remain at the technological forefront in its two equipment segments, continuing its R&D investments in order to meet the challenges of the massification of the hydrogen market and to develop the new generations of its equipment. The Group is focusing on developing its capacities both in electrolyzers in order to be able to position itself on projects over 100 MW and in hydrogen stations (>2 tons per day).
The Group is also stepping up its operational ramp-up and the industrialization of its production facilities in order to gain competitiveness and foster cost synergies. McPhy will acquire a new plant in France, enabling it to increase the capacity of its hydrogen stations from 20 stations to 100 stations per year by 2022. At the same time, the San Miniato site in Italy, after some investments, will in the first instance enable the Group to reach a capacity of 300 MW per year and the Group is already considering several possibilities for locating its future Giga Factory with an additional capacity of 1,000 MW per year.
In parallel with these developments, McPhy is deploying its teams and strengthening its organization and processes. Thus, Mr. Antoine Ressicaud has joined the Company as Chief Manufacturing & Procurement Officer, Mr. Olivier Juino also joined the Company at the beginning of the year as Strategy director, Mr. Alexander Picco has been appointed as Project Management Officer in 2020. All three are members of McPhy’s Executive Committee, which was further structured by area of expertise in September 2020 (11).
As of December 31, 2020, McPhy counted 110 employees who are experts in zero-carbon hydrogen solutions. The acceleration of the strategic deployment should take shape in 2021, notably through the recruitment of some 50 new employees. The Group’s strength lies in its men and women, whose cultural diversity is represented by 20 different nationalities. This richness enables the Group to benefit from a great flexibility and agility
Deep integration into hydrogen ecosystems
In order to enhance its offer and participate in the promotion of renewable hydrogen, McPhy is deeply committed to its industry. Mr. Laurent Carme, its Chief Executive Officer, has just been appointed to the National Hydrogen Council, a French organization whose role is to structure exchanges between the State and the various stakeholders in the implementation of the national strategy for the development of decarbonated hydrogen. In France, McPhy is also a long-time active member of France Hydrogène (formerly Afhypac).
At the European level, McPhy is also active in Hydrogen Europe, the leading European association promoting zero-emission hydrogen with more than 185 members.
Finally, its commitment is also expressed at the international level through its participation in the Hydrogen Council, a global initiative bringing together leaders of major companies who share the idea that hydrogen is key to the energy transition.
In parallel with these commitments, McPhy is working to build strategic alliances that are real levers for its products and solutions. During this fiscal year, the Group collaborated with major partners in joint projects:
- Participation in the group of 30 energy companies that launched the “HyDeal Ambition” project, which prefigures the future European totally green hydrogen industry with the objective of producing decarbonated energy at a price equivalent to fossil fuels (€1.5/kg (12));
- Active industrial and commercial partnership for the development of zero-carbon hydrogen with Hynamics, a subsidiary of the EDF Group dedicated to low-carbon hydrogen;
- Industrial and commercial partnership with Chart Industries: world leader in liquefaction (LNG and liquid hydrogen) and cryogenics;
- Industrial and commercial partnership with Technip Energies: international engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPC) group for the energy market, world leader in the installation of hydrogen production systems (SMR);
- Technological partnership with De Nora: development of innovative high current density electrodes, integrated in the new generation of McPhy electrolyzers.
Positioning McPhy in ever-expanding markets
The development of hydrogen in the world experienced a real breakthrough in 2020. In a context of climate emergency made even more acute by the Covid-19 crisis, initiatives have been multiplied at both European and national levels, illustrating the new understanding of the role that the hydrogen sector will play in the energy transition. The Group’s offer is in line with European ambitions to meet market expectations, namely 6 GW by 2024 (13) and 750 station projects by 2025 (14).
In this promising context, strengthened by the emblematic contracts recently won, the growth of its installed base in France and internationally, and its technological lead, particularly in alkaline electrolysis, the most mature and competitive technology in the industry, McPhy aims to become one of the leaders in the production and distribution of hydrogen equipment.
(1) Orders materialized by signed purchase orders
(2) Order intakes not yet booked as revenue
(5) https://mcphy.com/en/press-releases/zero-carbon-hydrogen/ – Ademe is a partner in this project – This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking program as part of the European Union’s “Horizon 2020” research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 77956.
(12) Including transport and storage
(13) European Commission in the framework of the Green Deal
(14) 2019 FCH JU’s Hydrogen Roadmap
Next financial communication
2021 Half-Year Results, on July 27, 2021 (after market)
In the framework of the energy transition, and as a leading supplier of hydrogen production and distribution equipment, McPhy contributes to the deployment of zero-carbon hydrogen throughout the world.
Thanks to its wide range of products and services dedicated to the industrial, mobility and energy markets, McPhy provides turnkey solutions to its clients adapted to their applications in industrial raw material supply, fuel cell electric car refueling or renewable energy surplus storage and valorization.
As a designer, manufacturer and integrator of hydrogen equipment since 2008, McPhy has three development, engineering and production units based in Europe (France, Italy, Germany).
The company’s international subsidiaries ensure a global sales coverage of McPhy’s innovative hydrogen solutions.
McPhy is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (Segment C, ISIN code: FR0011742329; ticker: MCPHY).