LED Lighting, Maintenance and EV Charging Solutions Provider Orion Reports FY 2023 Revenue of $77.4M and Reiterates FY 2024 30% Revenue Growth Outlook

LED Lighting, Maintenance and EV Charging Solutions Provider Orion Reports FY 2023 Revenue of $77.4M and Reiterates FY 2024 30% Revenue Growth Outlook

June 6, 2023 at 7:03 AM EDT

MANITOWOC, Wis., June 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (NASDAQ: OESX) (Orion Lighting), a provider of energy-efficient LED lighting, maintenance services and electric vehicle (EV) charging station solutions, today reported results for its fiscal 2023 fourth quarter (Q4’23) and full year (FY 2023) ended March 31, 2023. Orion will hold an investor call today at 10:00 a.m. ET – details below.

Q4 Financial Summary FY 2023 Financial Summary
$ in millions except
per share figures
Q4’23Q4’22Change FY 2023FY 2022Change
Revenue $21.6$22.1($0.5) $77.4$124.4($47.0)
Gross profit $4.7$5.3($0.6) $17.5$33.9($16.4)
Gross profit %21.9%23.8%(190 bps) 22.6%27.3%(470 bps)
Net (loss) (1)(2)($5.1)($1.2)($3.9) ($34.3)$6.1($40.3)
Net (loss) per share
($0.16)($0.04)($0.12) ($1.08)$0.19($1.27)
Adjusted EBITDA (3)($1.6)($0.4)($1.2) ($7.6)$9.7($17.3)
Cash & cash
$16.0$14.5$1.5 $16.0$14.5$1.5
(1) Q4’23 Net Loss and net loss per share reflect a $2.5M Voltrek earnout accrual.
(2) FY 2023 Net Loss and net loss per share reflect a $17.8M non-cash charge to record a valuation allowance against Deferred Tax Assets and a $4.0M Voltrek earnout accrual.
(3) See Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation below.

Financial Highlights

  • As expected, FY 2023 revenue of $77.4M declined from $124.4M in FY 2022, due primarily to lower revenue from the company’s largest customer and a global online retailer, as well as from delays in the start of certain large LED retrofit projects, some of which commenced in Q4’23 and Q1’24.
  • Orion grew FY 2023 revenue outside of its largest customer and a global online retailer by approximately 11% versus FY 2022. This performance reflected progress in diversifying Orion’s customer base and revenues across its LED Lighting, electrical maintenance, and EV charging solutions businesses.
  • Maintenance services revenue rose 152% to $14.6M in FY 2023 versus $5.8M in FY 2022.
  • EV charging solutions contributed initial revenue of $6.3M in Orion’s FY 2023 second half, reflecting the Voltrek acquisition in the first week of Q3’23.
  • Orion’s FY 2023 net loss of ($34.3M), or ($1.08) per share, included a $17.8M non-cash tax charge to record a valuation allowance against Deferred Tax Assets and a $4.0M accrual for the earnout associated with the Voltrek acquisition.
  • Orion closed FY 2023 with $23.2M of financial liquidity, comprised of $16.0M of cash and cash equivalents and $7.2M available on its credit facility.

CEO Commentary
Orion CEO Mike Jenkins commented, “Orion finished FY 2023 with our strongest quarter of the year and as our FY 2024 outlook suggests, we believe our business is poised for solid growth in the coming quarters.

“We believe Orion is now well positioned with a more diversified base of solutions and customers. Demand is being driven by the substantial cost savings and environmental benefits we deliver, as well as our deep expertise and proven ability to deliver complex turnkey product and service solutions to enterprises with hundreds or even thousands of locations.

“Our customers are increasingly challenged by the growing complexity of integrating LED lighting, controls and Internet of Things solutions, pressing new demands for EV charging infrastructure, and the technical expertise required to integrate and maintain these electrical systems.

“Building off our core expertise in lighting and controls, over the last two years Orion has diversified its business to include electrical maintenance solutions – both preventative and reactive – and also expanded into the rapidly growing market for commercial EV charging solutions. We are working to build out the national capabilities of these new businesses, both of which we expect to play an important role in our growth in FY 2024 and years to come.

“Orion’s maintenance services are an ideal complement to our LED lighting and EV charging businesses that should provide a growing base of annual recurring service revenue, as we build out our customer and service network. Demand for EV charging solutions is growing rapidly as enterprises of all types work to assess their current and future needs. Our Voltrek acquisition is off to a very strong start as the business delivered revenue of $6.3M in the second half of FY 2023, easily outpacing our goal of $3-$5M. We anticipate very substantial growth at Voltrek over the next several years and are working to leverage Orion’s national service and project management capabilities and reach in order to provide turnkey EV charging solutions across the country. We are already in dialogue with a growing base of large national accounts and expect to see the initial benefit of our investments in the second half of FY 2024.

“In summary, Orion’s mission is to help our customers achieve their energy efficiency and environmental goals. We approach this mission with a customer for life commitment, rooted in the highest levels of product and service quality available in the markets we serve. Our now diverse business portfolio of LED lighting, lighting and electrical maintenance, and EV charging solutions positions us as a trusted solution provider to our customers.”

Business Outlook

  • Orion continues to expect FY 2024 revenue growth of 30% or more to approximately $100M, with a greater proportion of revenue expected in the second half.
  • Orion’s FY 2024 revenue guidance is based on approximately $34M in aggregate revenue expected from maintenance services and EV charging solutions and the balance from LED lighting products and solutions, including national account projects, ESCO partners and distribution channel sales.

Financial Results
Orion’s Q4’23 revenue was $21.6M compared to $22.1M in Q4’22 and $20.3M in Q3’23, in line with expected year-end project activity. FY 2023 revenue decreased to $77.4M versus $124.4M in FY 2022, due primarily to the expected year-over-year decrease in activity with Orion’s largest customer and a global online retailer, as well as delays in the activation of certain large LED lighting projects. Excluding Orion’s largest customer and a global online retailer, Orion was able to grow FY 2023 revenues from new and existing customers by $6.5M or 11% over FY 2022.

Gross profit was $4.7M in Q4’23, compared to $5.3M in Q4’22, and gross profit percentage was 21.9% in Q4’23 vs. 23.8% in Q4’22, principally due to changes in the product and services mix. FY 2023 Gross profit was $17.5M compared to $33.9M in FY 2022, primarily due to lower revenue and the impact of certain fixed costs on the gross profit percentage.

Total operating expenses increased to $9.6M in Q4’23 vs. $6.6M in Q4’22, primarily due to acquisition-related costs of $2.5M for earnout accrual and increased G&A expenses of $0.9M, reflecting the addition of Voltrek operations since Q3’22. Operating expenses were $33.5M in FY 2023, as compared to $25.5M in FY 2022, reflecting Voltrek acquisition costs of $4.8M, as well as higher G&A expenses (of $3.8M) related to Voltrek and Stay-Lite Lighting, which was acquired in Q4’22.

Orion reported a Q4’23 net loss of ($5.1M), or ($0.16) per share versus a Q4’22 net loss of ($1.2M), or ($0.04) per share, primarily reflecting higher operating expenses as discussed above. Orion reported a FY 2023 net loss of ($34.2M), or ($1.08) per share, versus FY 2022 net income of $6.1M, or $0.19 per share, reflecting a $17.8M non-cash valuation allowance charge against Deferred Tax Assets, as well as lower revenue and higher operating costs in FY 2023.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Orion ended FY 2023 with $25.9M of working capital, including $16.0M of cash and cash equivalents and $18.2M of inventory. Orion’s year-end liquidity was $23.2M, including cash and $7.2M of availability on its credit facility. Orion had $10M of borrowings outstanding on its credit facility at year-end FY 2023.

Orion used cash of $2.3M in operating activities in FY 2023 with positive cash provided from operating activities in Q4’23, due to the timing of certain projects and strong cash receipts near fiscal year end. Orion plans to reduce LED lighting inventory by approximately [$5M] in the first half of FY 2024, reflecting a return to more normal supply chain conditions. Orion believes it is in good position to fund its operations and growth objectives across its business segments through FY 2024.

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About Orion Energy Systems
Orion provides energy efficiency and clean tech solutions, including LED lighting and controls, maintenance services and electrical vehicle (EV) charging solutions. Orion specializes in turnkey design-through-installation solutions for large national customers, with a commitment to helping customers achieve their business and environmental goals with healthy, safe and sustainable solutions that reduce their carbon footprint and enhance business performance.

Orion is committed to operating responsibly throughout all areas of our organization. Learn more about our ESG priorities, goals and progress here or visit our website at www.orionlighting.com.

Non-GAAP Measures
In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Orion has also included the non-GAAP measures, EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), and Adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA adjusted for stock-based compensation, payroll tax credit, and acquisition expenses). The Company has provided these non-GAAP measures to help investors better understand its core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to its competitors. Among other things, management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate performance of the business and believes these measurements enable it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and Orion compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Consistent with Regulation G under the U.S. federal securities laws, the non-GAAP measures in this press release have been reconciled to the nearest GAAP measures, and this reconciliation is located under the heading “Unaudited EBITDA Reconciliation” following the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows included in this press release.

Safe Harbor Statement 
Certain matters discussed in this press release are "forward-looking statements" intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may generally be identified as such because the context of such statements will include words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "should," "will," "would" or words of similar import. Similarly, statements that describe our future outlook, plans, expectations, objectives or goals are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from those expected, including, but not limited to, the following: (i) our ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the Voltrek acquisition; (ii) we may encounter substantial difficulties, costs and delays involved in integrating our operations with Voltrek’s business; (iii) disruption of management’s attention from ongoing business operations due to the Voltrek acquisition; (iv) our ability to manage general economic, business and geopolitical conditions, including the impacts of natural disasters, pandemics and outbreaks of contagious diseases and other adverse public health developments, such as the COVID-19 pandemic; (v) the deterioration of market conditions, including our dependence on customers' capital budgets for sales of products and services, and adverse impacts on costs and the demand for our products as a result of factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of tariffs; (vi) our ability to adapt and respond to supply chain challenges, especially related to shipping and logistics issues, component availability, rising input costs, and a tight labor market; (vii) our ability to recruit, hire and retain talented individuals in all disciplines of our company; (viii) our ability to successfully launch, manage and maintain our refocused business strategy to successfully bring to market new and innovative product and service offerings; (ix) potential asset impairment charges and/or increases on our deferred tax asset reserve; (x) our dependence on a limited number of key customers, and the potential consequences of the loss of one or more key customers or suppliers, including key contacts at such customers; (xi) our ability to identify and successfully complete transactions with suitable acquisition candidates in the future as part of our growth strategy; (xii) the availability of additional debt financing and/or equity capital to pursue our evolving strategy and sustain our growth initiatives; (xiii) our risk of potential loss related to single or focused exposure within the current customer base and product offerings; (xiv) our ability to achieve and sustain profitability and positive cash flows; (xv) our ability to differentiate our products in a highly competitive and converging market, expand our customer base and gain market share; (xvi) our ability to manage and mitigate downward pressure on the average selling prices of our products as a result of competitive pressures in the LED market; (xvii) our ability to manage our inventory and avoid inventory obsolescence in a rapidly evolving LED market; (xviii) our increasing reliance on third parties for the manufacture and development of products, product components, as well as the provision of certain services; (xix) our increasing emphasis on selling more of our products through third party distributors and sales agents, including our ability to attract and retain effective third party distributors and sales agents to execute our sales model; (xx) our ability to develop and participate in new product and technology offerings or applications in a cost effective and timely manner; (xxi) our ability to maintain safe and secure information technology systems; (xxii) our failure to comply with the covenants in our credit agreement; (xxiii) our ability to balance customer demand and production capacity; (xxiv) our ability to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting; (xxv) price fluctuations (including as a result of tariffs), shortages or interruptions of component supplies and raw materials used to manufacture our products; (xxvi) our ability to defend our patent portfolio and license technology from third parties; (xxvii) a reduction in the price of electricity; (xxviii) the reduction or elimination of investments in, or incentives to adopt, LED lighting or the elimination of, or changes in, policies, incentives or rebates in certain states or countries that encourage the use of LEDs over some traditional lighting technologies; (xxix) the cost to comply with, and the effects of, any current and future industry and government regulations, laws and policies; (xxx) potential warranty claims in excess of our reserve estimates; and (xxxi) the other risks described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made herein are made only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. More detailed information about factors that may affect our performance may be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at http://www.sec.gov or at http://investor.oriones.com in the Investor Relations section of our Website.

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Investor Relations Contacts
Per Brodin, CFOWilliam Jones; David Collins
Orion Energy Systems, Inc.Catalyst IR
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(in thousands, except share amounts)
  March 31, 
  2023  2022 
Cash and cash equivalents $15,992  $14,466 
Accounts receivable, net  13,728   11,899 
Revenue earned but not billed  1,320   2,421 
Inventories, net  18,205   19,832 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  1,116   2,631 
Total current assets  50,361   51,249 
Property and equipment, net  10,470   11,466 
Goodwill  1,484   350 
Other intangible assets, net  6,004   2,404 
Deferred tax assets     17,805 
Other long-term assets  3,260   3,543 
Total assets $71,579  $86,817 
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity      
Accounts payable $13,405  $9,855 
Accrued expenses and other  10,552   8,427 
Deferred revenue, current  480   76 
Current maturities of long-term debt  17   16 
Total current liabilities  24,454   18,374 
Revolving credit facility  10,000    
Long-term debt, less current maturities  3   19 
Deferred revenue, long-term  489   564 
Other long-term liabilities  3,384   2,760 
Total liabilities  38,330   21,717 
Commitments and contingencies      
Shareholders’ equity:      
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value: Shares authorized: 30,000,000 shares at March 31, 2023 and 2022; no shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2023 and 2022      
Common stock, no par value: Shares authorized: 200,000,000 at March 31, 2023 and 2022; shares issued: 41,767,092 and 40,570,909 at March 31, 2023 and 2022; shares outstanding: 32,295,408 and 31,097,872 at March 31, 2023 and 2022      
Additional paid-in capital  160,907   158,419 
Treasury stock: 9,471,684 and 9,473,037 common shares at March 31, 2023 and 2022  (36,237)  (36,239)
Retained deficit  (91,421)  (57,080)
Total shareholders’ equity  33,249   65,100 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $71,579  $86,817 

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended March 31,  Twelve Months Ended March 31, 
  2023  2022  2023  2022 
Product revenue $15,495  $13,629  $57,210  $91,889 
Service revenue  6,134   8,429   20,173   32,494 
Total revenue  21,629   22,058   77,383   124,383 
Cost of product revenue  11,827   10,525   42,979   65,249 
Cost of service revenue  5,061   6,280   16,893   25,222 
Total cost of revenue  16,888   16,805   59,872   90,471 
Gross profit  4,741   5,253   17,511   33,912 
Operating expenses:            
General and administrative  3,804   2,943   15,487   11,680 
Acquisition related costs  2,425   334   4,765   512 
Sales and marketing  2,871   2,834   11,392   11,628 
Research and development  478   532   1,852   1,701 
Total operating expenses  9,578   6,643   33,496   25,521 
(Loss) income from operations  (4,837)  (1,390)  (15,985)  8,391 
Other income (expense):            
Other income           1 
Interest expense  (242)  (21)  (339)  (80)
Amortization of debt issue costs  (26)  (16)  (73)  (62)
Interest income  34      34    
Total other expense  (234)  (37)  (378)  (141)
(Loss) income before income tax  (5,071)  (1,427)  (16,363)  8,250 
Income tax expense (benefit)  45   (247)  17,978   2,159 
Net (loss) income $(5,116) $(1,180) $(34,341) $6,091 
Basic net (loss) income per share attributable to common shareholders $(0.16) $(0.04) $(1.08) $0.20 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding  32,293,937   31,084,710   31,703,712   31,018,356 
Diluted net (loss) income  per share $(0.16) $(0.04) $(1.08) $0.19 
Weighted-average common shares and share equivalents outstanding  32,293,937   31,234,925   31,703,712   31,294,573 

 (in thousands)
  Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 
  2023  2022 
Operating activities      
Net (loss) income $(34,341) $6,091 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used in)      
operating activities:      
Depreciation  1,369   1,327 
Amortization of intangible assets  653   227 
Stock-based compensation  1,612   813 
Amortization of debt issue costs  73   62 
Deferred income tax benefit  17,805   1,980 
Loss (gain) on sale of property and equipment  27   (77)
Provision for inventory reserves  628   623 
Provision for bad debts  65   10 
Other  96   26 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:      
Accounts receivable  (586)  4,407 
Revenue earned but not billed  1,426   851 
Inventories  1,879   (420)
Prepaid expenses and other assets  2,017   (888)
Accounts payable  2,372   (8,125)
Accrued expenses and other liabilities  2,285   (6,933)
Deferred revenue, current and long-term  329   (87)
Net cash (used in) operating activities  (2,291)  (113)
Investing activities      
Cash to fund acquisitions, net of cash received  (5,600)  (4,012)
Cash paid for investment     (500)
Purchase of property and equipment  (586)  (518)
Additions to patents and licenses  (9)  (10)
Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment     122 
Net cash used in investing activities  (6,195)  (4,918)
Financing activities      
Payment of long-term debt  (15)  (14)
Proceeds from revolving credit facility  10,000    
Payment of revolving credit facility      
Payments to settle employee tax withholdings on stock-based compensation  (2)  (5)
Debt issue costs  (29)  (4)
Net proceeds from employee equity exercises  58   127 
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities  10,012   104 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  1,526   (4,927)

 (in thousands)
  Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended 
  March 31,
  Dec. 31,
  March 31,
  March 31,
  March 31,
Net (loss) income $(5,116) $(24,059) $(1,180) $(34,341) $6,091 
Interest  208   64   21   305   80 
Taxes  45   19,391   (247)  17,978   2,159 
Depreciation  395   311   391   1,369   1,327 
Amortization of intangible assets  280   269   69   653   227 
Amortization of debt issue costs  26   16   16   73   62 
   EBITDA $(4,162) $(4,008) $(930) $(13,963) $9,946 
Stock-based compensation  177   448   222   1,612   813 
Payroll tax credit              (1,587)
Acquisition related expenses  2,425   1,993   334   4,765   512 
  Adjusted EBITDA $(1,560) $(1,567) $(374) $(7,586) $9,684