Energous Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Financial Results

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energous Corporation (NASDAQ: WATT), the developer of WattUp®, a revolutionary wireless charging 2.0 technology, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018 and provided an update on its operational progress.

Recent Highlights

  • Entered into binding contracts to sell $25 million in a public offering of common stock
  • Demonstrated latest WattUp enabled products at 2019 CES from Delight/SK Telesys, Vuzix, Qubercomm, IDT, Austar and Deutsche Telekom
  • Demonstrated a new WattUp Near Field fast charging transmitter and receiver solution that delivers 20 watts of power, with the ability to scale higher
  • Announced a collaboration with vivo Global to explore integrating WattUp into smartphone designs that charge wirelessly over-the-air
  • Increased patent count to 202 (176 patents/26  allowed applications as of February 19, 2019)
  • Energous’ first customer product received FCC certification in December, 2018 for the Delight Oasis-RC personal sound amplification product
  • First customer EU approval on February 26, 2019 for the Delight Oasis-RC personal sound amplification product
  • Announced the availability of its smallest RF rectifier IC, the DA2223 receiver chip   

“The fourth quarter financial performance was under our expectations due to the delay in engineering services revenue and chip orders from two top tier consumer electronic companies, as a result of changes to their own internal schedules,” said Stephen R. Rizzone, president and CEO of Energous Corporation.  “While such a scenario is not uncommon when introducing a completely new, game changing technology to some of the largest consumer electronic companies in the world, we continue to drive toward commercialization of WattUp.  Fortunately, we are in a position to report a number of validation points including the first available WattUp product from Delight, the recently announced Vivo relationship, the strong reception to the new nearfield high power technology received at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, as well as a successful CES.  There are no less than 10 companies currently tracking for product launches to the consumer in 2019 with chip sales starting in the first half of the year and ramping in the second half.”

Unaudited 2018 Fourth Quarter Financial Results

For the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2018, Energous recorded:

  • Revenue of approximately $56,000
  • Operating expenses of $12.6 million (GAAP), comprised of $8.1 million in research and development, $2.9 million in general and administrative and $1.6 million in sales and marketing expenses
  • Net loss of $12.5 million, or $0.48 per basic and diluted share
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) loss of $8.3 million
  • $20.1 million in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the fourth quarter, with no debt

Unaudited 2018 Full-Year Financial Results

For the year ended December 31, 2018, Energous recorded:

  • Revenue of approximately $515,000
  • Operating expenses of $51.4 million, comprised of $32.9 million in research and development, $12.4 million in general and administrative costs, and $6.2 million in sales and marketing.
  • Net loss of $50.8 million, or a loss of $1.99 per basic and diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) loss of $33.1 million.

2018 Fourth Quarter and Year End Conference Call

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

When: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Time: 5:30 a.m. PT (8:30 a.m. ET)
Phone: 888-317-6003 (domestic); 412-317-6061 (international)
Passcode: 0832701
Telephonic replay: Accessible through March 27, 2019
877-344-7529 (domestic); 412-317-0088 (international); passcode 10128485
Webcast: Accessible at Energous.com; archive available for approximately one year

About Energous Corporation

Energous Corporation (NASDAQ: WATT) is leading the next generation of wireless charging – Wireless Charging 2.0 – with its award-winning WattUp® technology, which supports fast, efficient contact-based charging, as well as charging over-the-air. WattUp is a scalable, RF-based wireless charging technology that offers substantial improvements in contact-based charging efficiency, foreign object detection, orientation freedom and thermal performance compared to older, coil-based charging technologies. The technology can be designed into many different sized electronic devices for the home and office, as well as the medical, industrial, retail and automotive industries, and it ensures interoperability across products. As a systems solutions company, Energous develops silicon-based wireless power transfer (WPT) technologies and customizable reference designs. These include innovative silicon chips, antennas and software, for a large variety of applications, such as smartphones, fitness trackers, hearables, medical sensors and more. Energous received the world’s first FCC Part 18 certification for at-a-distance wireless charging, and the company has more than 150 awarded patents/allowed applications for its WattUp wireless charging technology to-date. For more information, please visit Energous.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that describe our future plans and expectations.  These statements generally use terms such as “believe,” “expect,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “seek,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “anticipate” or similar terms. Examples of our forward-looking statements in this release include our statements about FCC certification of our technology, regulatory approvals internationally, and customer releases of products utilizing our technology. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of this date; they are based on current expectations and we undertake no duty to update them. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from what we expect include: uncertain timing of necessary regulatory approvals; timing of customer product development and market success of customer products; our dependence on distribution partners; and intense industry competition. We urge you to consider those factors, and the other risks and uncertainties described in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, in evaluating our forward-looking statements.

-- Financial Tables Follow --

Energous Corporation
  As of  
  December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017  
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $   20,106,485   $   12,795,254  
Accounts receivable     44,550       -   
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     581,040       1,026,310  
Prepaid rent, current      56,668       80,784  
Total current assets     20,788,743       13,902,348  
Property and equipment, net     1,219,016       1,413,917  
Prepaid rent, non-current      -        56,668  
Other assets     2,410       32,512  
Total assets $   22,010,169   $   15,405,445  
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $   1,861,385   $   2,024,690  
Accrued expenses     1,778,349       1,622,025  
Total current liabilities     3,639,734       3,646,715  
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Preferred Stock, $0.00001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2018 and         
December 31, 2017; no shares issued or outstanding.     -        -   
Common Stock, $0.00001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2018 and         
December 31, 2017; 26,526,303 and 22,584,588 shares issued and outstanding at        
December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.     265       225  
Additional paid-in capital     243,111,741       185,659,954  
Accumulated deficit     (224,741,571)       (173,901,449)  
Total stockholders’ equity     18,370,435       11,758,730  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $   22,010,169   $   15,405,445  


 Energous Corporation   
    For the Three Months Ended December 31,   For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,  
     2018     2017     2018     2017   
Revenue   $   56,050   $   29,135   $   514,823   $   1,154,009  
Operating expenses:                  
Research and development        8,067,461       7,442,047       32,871,685       33,230,668  
Sales and marketing       1,564,399       1,283,129       6,185,159       5,207,746  
General and administrative       2,948,110       2,542,772       12,387,389       12,103,423  
  Total operating expenses       12,579,970       11,267,948       51,444,233       50,541,837  
           Loss from operations       (12,523,920)       (11,238,813)       (50,929,410)       (49,387,828)  
Other income (expense):                  
Interest income       70,917       2,336       89,288       11,679  
Loss on sales of property and equipment, net       -       -       -       (726)  
Total       70,917       2,336       89,288       10,953  
Net loss   $   (12,453,003)   $   (11,236,477)   $   (50,840,122)   $   (49,376,875)  
Basic and diluted net loss per common share   $   (0.48)   $   (0.50)   $   (1.99)   $   (2.31)  
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted       26,066,151       22,258,769       25,486,270       21,343,001  

 Energous Corporation   
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Information  
    For the Three Months Ended December 31,   For the Twelve Months Ended December 31,  
     2018     2017     2018     2017   
Net loss (GAAP)   $   (12,453,003)   $   (11,236,477)   $   (50,840,122)   $   (49,376,875)  
Add (subtract) the following items:                  
  Interest income       (70,917)       (2,336)       (89,288)       (11,679)  
  Income taxes       -        -        -        -   
  Depreciation and amortization       234,006       310,584       1,054,720       1,309,980  
  Stock-based compensation       3,949,010       3,329,949       16,753,754       15,802,819  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)   $   (8,340,904)   $   (7,598,280)   $   (33,120,936)   $   (32,275,755)  


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