Energous Corporation Reports 2016 Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/08/17 -- Energous Corporation (NASDAQ: WATT), the developer of WattUp®, a revolutionary wire-free charging technology that provides over-the-air power at a distance, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016, and provided an update on its operational progress.

Recent Highlights
In recent months, Energous has:

  • Announced that a number of early-stage customers are in various phases of integrating WattUp technology into their consumer products. Energous chose these customers from 100 current active sales engagements because of their focus on innovation, high quality products, ability to quickly integrate the WattUp technology and short product cycles.
  • Made significant integration progress with Dialog Semiconductor(XETRA: DLG), whereby all WattUp chipsets will be ordered through Dialog, carry the Dialog brand and be shipped and supported by Dialog.
  • Said that the company expects to receive orders for WattUp chipsets in the second and third quarters of 2017, which will be filled by Dialog. Energous anticipates recognizing revenues in the quarter during which these chipsets are shipped from Dialog to its customers.
  • Successfully completed milestone projects with the company's tier-one strategic partner, resulting in the recognition of $130,000 in engineering services revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016, and anticipated recognition of an additional $500,000 in revenue during the first quarter of 2017.
  • Said it was on track to complete FCC certification of its mid field transmitter, with a goal of completing certification by the end the second quarter of 2017, in time for the currently scheduled first release of mid field WattUp transmitters in late 2017.

"Energous is on track to develop and successfully commercialize a new technology that has never before been available, and that will have what we believe is a far-reaching impact on the consumer and enterprise markets," said Stephen R. Rizzone, President and CEO. "The company is working toward shipping fully commercialized WattUp chipsets, expanding its customer base, and securing FCC approval for its longer range charging solutions. We are singularly focused on building a highly relevant and valuable company for the long-term, and firmly believe we will exit this year positioned for significant, ongoing growth."

Unaudited 2016 Fourth-Quarter Financial Results
For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016, Energous recorded:

  • Revenue of approximately $130,000.
  • Operating expenses of $14.7 million, comprised of $9.7 million in research and development, $4.0 million in general and administrative costs, and $1.0 million in sales and marketing.
  • Net loss of $14.6 million, or a loss of $0.75 per basic and diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) loss of $10.2 million.
  • $31.3 million in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the fourth quarter, with no debt.

Unaudited 2016 Full-Year Financial Results
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, Energous recorded:

  • Revenue of approximately $1.5 million.
  • Operating expenses of $47.3 million, comprised of $32.8 million in research and development, $11.2 million in general and administrative costs, and $3.2 million in sales and marketing.
  • Net loss of $45.8 million, or a loss of $2.60 per basic and diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) loss of $35.4 million.

2016 Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Conference Call
Energous will host a conference call to discuss its financial results, recent progress and prospects for the future.

When:   Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time:   1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET)
Phone:   866-235-9911 (domestic); 412-317-1083 (international)
Replay:   Accessible through March 15, 2017
    877-344-7529 (domestic); 412-317-0088 (international); passcode 10101698
Webcast:   Accessible at Energous.com; archive available for approximately one year

Note about Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to the unaudited results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, in this press release, Energous presents adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA is determined by taking net loss and eliminating the impacts of interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation. The company's definition of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to the definitions of similarly-titled measures used by other companies. Energous believes that this non-GAAP financial measure, viewed in addition to and not in lieu of its reported GAAP results, provides useful information to investors by providing a more focused measure of operating results. This metric is used as part of the company's internal reporting to evaluate its operations and the performance of senior management. A table reconciling this measure to the comparable GAAP measure is available in the accompanying financial tables below.

About Energous Corporation
Energous Corporation is the developer of WattUp® -- an award-winning, wire-free charging technology that will transform the way consumers and industries charge and power electronic devices at home, in the office, in the car and beyond. WattUp is a revolutionary radio frequency (RF) based charging solution that delivers intelligent, scalable power via radio bands, similar to a Wi-Fi router. WattUp differs from older wireless charging systems in that it delivers contained power, at a distance, to multiple devices -- thus resulting in a wire-free experience that saves users from having to remember to plug in their devices. For more information, please visit Energous.com, or follow Energous on Twitter and Facebook.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that are intended to be covered by the "safe harbor" created by those sections. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as "believe," "expect," "may," "will," "should," "could," "seek," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "anticipate" or other comparable terms. All statements in this release that are not based on historical fact are "forward-looking statements." Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, our statements about our ability to develop and successfully commercialize important new technology , and the timing for receipt of required regulatory approvals, chipset orders and customers' product launches. While management has based its forward-looking statements in this release on its current expectations, the information on which those expectations were based may change. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, among others, the following: our ability to develop a commercially feasible technology; receipt of necessary regulatory approvals; timing and amount of new revenues; dependence on an exclusive component provider for WattUp technology for sales and distribution; ability to find and maintain development partners and licensees, market acceptance of our technology, the amount and nature of competition in our industry; our ability to protect our intellectual property; and the other risks and uncertainties described in the Risk Factors and in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations sections of our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. We urge you to consider those risks and uncertainties in evaluating our forward-looking statements. We caution readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, we disclaim any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein (or elsewhere) to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

-- Financial Tables Follow --
Energous Corporation
    As of
    December 31, 2016   December 31, 2015
Current assets:        
    Cash and cash equivalents   $ 31,258,637     $ 29,872,564  
    Accounts receivable     149,500       -  
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,374,585       722,249  
    Prepaid rent, current     80,784       80,784  
    Total current assets     32,863,506       30,675,597  
Property and equipment, net     2,209,475       1,730,365  
Prepaid rent, non-current     137,452       218,236  
Other assets     48,507       51,330  
    Total assets   $ 35,258,940     $ 32,675,528  
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 4,707,763     $ 2,324,973  
  Accrued expenses     1,867,995       1,075,879  
  Deferred revenue     131,959       -  
    Total current liabilities     6,707,717       3,400,852  
Stockholders' equity:                
  Preferred Stock, $0.00001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2016 and 2015; no shares issued or outstanding.     -       -  
  Common Stock, $0.00001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2016 and 2015; 20,367,929 and 16,298,208 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively.     202       161  
  Additional paid-in capital     153,075,595       107,981,695  
  Accumulated deficit     (124,524,574 )     (78,707,180 )
    Total stockholders' equity     28,551,223       29,274,676  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 35,258,940     $ 32,675,528  
Energous Corporation
    For the Three Months Ended December 31,   For the Year Ended December 31,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
  Engineering product development   $ 129,786     $ -     $ 1,451,941     $ 2,500,000  
    Total revenue     129,786       -       1,451,941       2,500,000  
Operating expenses:                                
  Research and development     9,751,759       5,816,851       32,832,677       18,825,041  
  Sales and marketing     1,011,554       703,189       3,201,549       3,221,303  
  General and administrative     3,981,592       2,367,412       11,248,435       8,030,995  
    Total operating expenses     14,744,905       8,887,452       47,282,661       30,077,339  
      Loss from operations     (14,615,119 )     (8,887,452 )     (45,830,720 )     (27,577,339 )
Other income:                                
  Interest income     3,885       3,272       13,326       15,637  
    Total     3,885       3,272       13,326       15,637  
Net loss   $ (14,611,234 )   $ (8,884,180 )   $ (45,817,394 )   $ (27,561,702 )
Basic and diluted net loss per common share   $ (0.75 )   $ (0.61 )   $ (2.60 )   $ (2.07 )
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted     19,532,158       14,478,221       17,649,013       13,303,715  
Energous Corporation
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Information
    For the Three Months Ended December 31,   For the Year Ended December 31,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
Net loss (GAAP)   $ (14,611,234 )   $ (8,884,180 )   $ (45,817,394 )   $ (27,561,702 )
Add (subtract) the following items:                                
  Interest income     (3,885 )     (3,272 )     (13,326 )     (15,637 )
  Depreciation and amortization     329,223       200,212       957,836       817,729  
  Stock-based compensation     4,102,267       1,644,979       9,508,175       5,951,414  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)   $ (10,183,629 )   $ (7,042,261 )   $ (35,364,709 )   $ (20,808,196 )

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Source: Energous Corporation