Energous Corporation Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energous Corporation (NASDAQ:WATT), the developer of WattUp®, a revolutionary wire-free, over-the-air, power-at-a-distance charging technology, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 and provided an update on its operational progress.

Recent Highlights

  • Received FCC certification for Near Field wireless charging transmitter operating in the 900MHz band
  • Received first international Near Field certifications from the European Union and other countries. Combined with the recent FCC certification, represents a total of 38 countries in 5 regions that are now certified for Energous Near Field wireless charging transmitter and receiver technology
  • Sampled high-efficiency GaAs and GaN chipsets supporting high-power Near Field charging solutions with foreign object detection and coexistence capabilities
  • Expanded presence in the medical devices market by shipping pre-production quantities of chipsets to a new customer in April
  • Increased patent count to 135 (94 patents/41 allowed applications as of May 1, 2018)
  • Demonstrated WattUp technology at TCB Council workshop, attended by international regulatory test labs and regulators

First Quarter Highlights

  • Completed $40 million at-the-market equity offering
  • Booked a $50,000 order for engineering services, and completed the first milestone for revenue of $25,000
  • Shipped pre-production quantities of chipsets and evaluation kits to top tier customers in the hearable, hearing aid and wearables markets in preparation for anticipated customer product ramps in 2018
  • Appointed Robert Griffin as chairman of the board
  • Expanded the board with the addition of Dr. Nick Alexopoulos and Carol Lindstrom
  • Demonstrated latest WattUp technology at Mobile World Congress 2018 and at the AirFuel Wireless Power Conference and Developers Forum

“Energous continues to drive toward commercialization, having received orders for pre-production products, while continuing to work with a large roster of consumer electronics companies to incorporate WattUp into future devices,” said Stephen R. Rizzone, president and CEO. “We have made significant progress with our partners, advances in regulatory clearances and have built a solid foundation from which to grow revenue as we execute a go-to-market plan.”

Unaudited 2018 First Quarter Financial Results
For the first quarter ending March 31, 2018, Energous recorded:

  • Revenue of $25,000
  • Operating expenses of $13.5 million (GAAP), comprised of $8.7 million in research and development, $3.3 million in general and administrative costs and $1.5 million in sales and marketing expenses
  • Net loss of $13.4 million, or a loss of $0.55 per basic and diluted share
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) loss of $8.5 million
  • $44.9 million in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the first quarter, with no debt

2018 First Quarter 2018 Conference Call
Energous will host a conference call to discuss its financial results, recent progress and prospects for the future. 

When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET)
Phone: 888-317-6003 (domestic); 412-317-6061 (international)
Passcode: 6269170
Replay: Accessible through May 14, 2018
877-344-7529 (domestic); 412-317-0088 (international); passcode 10119110
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.

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 the timing of required regulatory approvals, number and timing of potential orders and customers' product launches, and commercialization of our technology. While management bases 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 commercially feasible technologies; receipt of necessary regulatory approvals; timing and amount of new orders and revenue recognition; dependence on our strategic relationship with Dialog; market acceptance of our technology; the extent of competition in our industry; our ability to protect our intellectual property; unplanned expenses associated with new product development; and 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 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  
  March 31, 2018   December 31, 2017  
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $   44,857,735     $   12,795,254    
Accounts receivable     25,000         -     
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     654,289         1,026,310    
Prepaid rent, current      80,784         80,784    
Total current assets     45,617,808         13,902,348    
Property and equipment, net     1,353,008         1,413,917    
Prepaid rent, non-current      36,472         56,668    
Other assets     32,512         32,512    
Total assets $   47,039,800     $   15,405,445    
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $   1,904,031     $   2,024,690    
Accrued expenses     2,182,485         1,622,025    
Total current liabilities     4,086,516         3,646,715    
Stockholders’ equity:        
Preferred Stock, $0.00001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2018 and         
December 31, 2017; no shares issued or outstanding.     -          -     
Common Stock, $0.00001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2018 and         
December 31, 2017; 25,415,798 and 22,584,588 shares issued and outstanding at        
March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.     253         225    
Additional paid-in capital     230,297,937         185,659,954    
Accumulated deficit     (187,344,906 )       (173,901,449 )  
Total stockholders’ equity     42,953,284         11,758,730    
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $   47,039,800     $   15,405,445    


 Energous Corporation   
    For the Three Months Ended March 31,    
      2018       2017      
Engineering product development   $   25,000     $   575,368      
  Total revenue       25,000         575,368      
Operating expenses:            
Research and development        8,721,552         8,353,184      
Sales and marketing       1,472,396         1,595,452      
General and administrative       3,280,215         3,102,751      
  Total operating expenses       13,474,163         13,051,387      
  Loss from operations       (13,449,163 )       (12,476,019 )    
Other income (expense):            
Loss on sales of property and equipment, net       -         (726 )    
Interest income       5,706         3,605      
Total       5,706         2,879      
Net loss   $   (13,443,457 )   $   (12,473,140 )    
Basic and diluted net loss per common share   $   (0.55 )   $   (0.61 )    
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted       24,536,274         20,484,987      


 Energous Corporation 
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Information
    For the Three Months Ended March 31,  
      2018       2017    
Net loss (GAAP)   $   (13,443,457 )   $   (12,473,140 )  
Add (subtract) the following items:          
  Interest income       (5,706 )       (3,605 )  
  Depreciation and amortization       299,520         326,563    
  Stock-based compensation       4,609,208         3,538,191    
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)   $   (8,540,435 )   $   (8,611,991 )  

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