Energous Corporation

Q1 2023 Earnings Conference Call


spk03: Good day and welcome to the InGeneris Corporation first quarter 2023 financial results conference call. All participants will be in a listen-only mode. Should you need assistance, please signal a conference specialist by pressing the star key followed by zero. After today's presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. To ask a question, you may press star then one on a touch-tone phone. To withdraw your question, Please press star, then two. Please note, this event is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to Craig McPhail, Investor Relations. Please go ahead.
spk00: Thank you, and welcome, everyone. Before we begin, I would like to remind participants that today's call, the company will make forward-looking statements. These statements, whether in prepared remarks or during the Q&A session, are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. that are detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as otherwise required by federal laws, Energist disclaims any obligation or undertaking to publicly release updates or revisions to the forward-looking statements contained herein, or elsewhere to reflect changes in expectations with regard to those events, conditions, and circumstances. Also, please note that during this call, Energist will be discussing non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the SEC Regulation G. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included in today's press release, which is posted on the company's website, and SEC filings. Now, I would like to turn the call over to Cesar Johnston, CEO of Energist. Please go ahead, Cesar.
spk04: Thanks, Craig. Good afternoon and welcome to the ENERGYS 2023 first quarter conference call. Joining me is Bill Manina, our acting chief financial officer. ENERGYS started this year, 2023, with a solid foundation based on partnerships and initial business momentum. As we reported, our first 10 IoT proof of concept installations or what we refer to as POC installations using our WADAP technology. Our focus on increasing the number of energy technology installations continues to show promising results, and we are glad to announce that we have now expanded that number to a total of 14 in Q1 2023 across the retail, industrial, and healthcare markets in three different regions, including the U.S., the European Union, and in Asia. We believe that the increase in POCs is a strong product indicator in the adoption of our technologies and solutions. We will continue to report on POC status in the coming quarters as we feel it is the best metric to track the growth of our business. As the leader in the emerging IoT wireless power network market, we continue to execute our focused strategy to energize IoT devices in RF tags, electronic shelf labels, and sensor applications across the smart home, smart office, industrial, and retail and healthcare markets. We are focused on energizing a new generation of IoT devices, reducing the need for wires and batteries, and supporting device mobility and freedom of placement. We aim to enable ubiquitous receiver installations which can use the higher levels of available receiver power to support integrated artificial intelligence capabilities with the support from the next generation wireless power network infrastructure that our proven concept customers are installing using Energes power bridges and Energes semiconductor technologies. Yesterday, we announced the expansion of our portfolio with the availability of a new two watt power bridge transmitter pushing our technology and product leadership in IoT wireless power networks to a new level. The two-watt power bridge brings into the industry a level of performance and innovation designed to enable a new generation of charging devices using the latest Part 18 regulations in the U.S. and the latest international certification rules that now recognize wireless power networks as an emerging technology across the world. The new two-watt transmitter provides extended range, better coverage, and RF signal penetration, and it is built using Energia's intellectual property, semiconductor, and firmware capabilities. Customers will now be able to access and optimize their networks with one-watt and two-watt power bridge transmitters to safely provide them a high-range energy level resolution as required for their specific applications. The EnerGIS team is executing an IoT-based business strategy within a worldwide IoT market. The strategy is based on three fundamental pillars intended to ignite the wireless power network ecosystem. The first pillar has been a significant focus for our team. It consists of multiple technology partner companies that complement our technology capabilities to support the applications that we're focused on. That is, our TACs, electronic shape labels, and IoT sensors. Today, we work with 14 companies that support our technology partnership plans and whose technologies can be used as system blocks for our solutions. The other business strategic pillars are critical to delivering our products to the hands of potential end customers. Our second pillar includes distribution partners who facilitate our technology delivery through our semiconductor evaluation kit products to customers to evaluate, design, and build their IoT wireless power network solutions. As of today, we have announced two partners that are strategic to the markets on which we focus. We continue to identify more potential strategic companies to help us expand our customer reach. Finally, our third strategic pillar, which will be fundamental to support customers installing our products is establishing a global network of IoT system integrators with strong technical backgrounds and well-established business relationships. We are expanding our system integrator network, which we hope will lead to future further installations in the field. Let's now move our discussion to update our Q1 2023 specific progress. This past quarter, we welcomed three new IoT system integrator partners, SATO, ThinAir, and InnoTractor. SATO is a global IOID solutions provider for leading manufacturing, logistics, retail, food and beverage, and healthcare companies. ThinAir is a leading provider of IoT and indoor location services that enable organizations to optimize operations, improve their bottom line, and unlock new value from their assets. InnoTractor is an IoT company with the vision of zero waste supply chains. InnoTractor implements digital technologies for a better world. It reduces waste and emissions in supply chains by using IoT, blockchain, cloud, and the latest wireless technologies. Our newly announced partners have installed our PowerBridge wireless power networks in proof-of-concept deployments. For example, Sato announced its dynamic inventory replacement solution aimed at providing real-time on-shelf inventory data to retailers and brands, following testing at a Japanese convenience store. Thinner has also installed a solution for the U.S. DoD designed to monitor assets in secure areas by deploying energy-powered bridges at entrances to classified areas. Similarly, InnoTractor, installed power bridges to track shipments from a supplier in Sweden to a production facility in the Netherlands. InnoTractor has also installed energy as power bridges at a mining company to view information about pallets that carry mine materials to customers and to ensure that those customers are properly charged for each delivery. Finally, InnoTractor is using power bridges with a company tracking its full of returnable transport items to ensure that they do not go missing and are correctly routed to prevent any shortages in the RTI supply ecosystem. We believe that installation reports by our partners using our technology are strong product indicators for the future adoption of our technologies. We look forward to providing additional updates as they become available in the future. In Q1 2023, We also announced that Japan's regulatory body approved our one watt power bridge for unlimited power distance transmission. As a result, this effort completes a series of significant market approvals for one watt power bridge with similar certifications previously obtained in South Korea, China, the United States, Canada, the UK, Europe, India, Australia, and New Zealand. Finally, On the financial side, we recognize revenue of $90,000 for Q1 2023. This is down from the prior quarter. However, the number of proof-of-concept customers moving along the path to final production has increased compared with the prior quarter, and we believe that this is an important indicator of future revenue potential. We have made good progress in the last year with 14 POC installations as of today. and we are working to secure additional POC installations and higher production volumes in the future. As we move forward with building out these global POC installations, we may see some revenue fluctuations in our business on a quarterly basis. However, I encourage you to look at the growing installations trend, which we believe is an indicator of our future growth potential and which I will continue to outline over the next quarters. I will now turn the call over to Bill.
spk01: Thanks, Cesar. Earlier today, we issued our Q1 earnings press release announcing the operating and financial results for our first quarter of fiscal 2023 ended March 31st. Revenue in the first quarter was approximately $97,000, a 55% decrease from the 216,000 we reported in Q1 2022. Sequentially, this compares to 179,000 in Q4 2022. Our revenue guidance for 2023 is unchanged at this time. Cost of revenue was 139,000 in Q1, a decrease of 244,000 compared to the prior quarter, and a $64,000 decrease compared to Q1 of 2022. The Q1 2023 cost of revenue included an inventory write-down, as did Q4 2022. For the quarter, total gap costs and expenses, which includes cost of revenue, decreased by 147,000 compared to the prior quarter, down to 6.4 million. primarily due to a decrease of $244,000 in cost of revenue and a decrease of $165,000 in severance expense, offset by an increase of $117,000 in trade show costs and a $122,000 increase in chip development costs. Year over year, total gap spending for Q1 decreased by approximately $1 million compared to the same quarter last year. which is primarily due to a $305,000 decrease in payroll expense, $275,000 decrease in stock compensation expense, and a $223,000 decrease in consulting costs. Net loss for the first quarter on a GAAP basis was approximately $6.7 million, or an $0.08 loss per share on approximately 81.4 million weighted average shares outstanding. This compares to a $6.1 million net loss in the prior quarter or an $0.08 loss per share on 78.3 million weighted average shares outstanding and a $7.2 million net loss or a $0.09 loss per share in Q1 of last year on 76.9 million weighted average shares outstanding. Let me now give you a non-GAAP view of our numbers for the first quarter, as we believe non-GAAP information provides a useful comparison for investors, especially for a company at our stage, when used with GAAP information. Excluding approximately $522,000 of stock compensation expense and $46,000 of depreciation expense from our total Q1 GAAP costs and expenses of $6.4 million, The net non-GAAP costs and expenses totaled approximately $5.8 million, approximately $90,000 more than the $5.7 million total non-GAAP costs and expenses in the prior quarter, and approximately $682,000 less compared to Q1 of last year. Our non-GAAP net loss for Q1 was $5.5 million, or $0.07 loss per share. This is an increase of approximately 158,000 compared to the prior quarter and a 793 decrease compared to Q1 of last year. We saw minor expense fluctuations across all areas in line with our expectations. Non-GAAP research and development expense was 2.8 million in Q1, which is an approximately 206,000 increase compared to the prior quarter and an approximately $309,000 decrease compared to Q1 of last year. Non-GAAP SG&A increased over the prior quarter by approximately $130,000, due primarily to increase in trade show costs. Compared to the same period last year, Q1 non-GAAP SG&A costs decreased by approximately $307,000, due primarily to payroll compensation, engineering supplies, and trade show costs. On the balance sheet, we ended the quarter with approximately $26.3 million in cash and cash equivalents and remained debt-free. We also added an approximately $3.1 million in warrant liability, which resulted from the warrants that were issued in our March 2023 financing. To close, we expect our GAAP and non-GAAP cash operating expenses for the full year to trend in the current range with our normal quarterly fluctuations as we continue to look for cost savings. I will now give the call back to the operator for the question and answer session.
spk03: We will now begin the question and answer session. To ask a question, you may press star then one on your touchtone phone. If you are using a speakerphone, please pick up your handset before pressing the keys. If at any time your question has been addressed and you would like to withdraw your question, please press star, then two. At this time, we will pause momentarily to assemble our roster. The first question today comes from Suji De Silva with Roth Capital. Please go ahead.
spk02: Hi, Cesar. Hi, Bill. Question first on the numbers. The guidance remains we're up 20% for the year, 23 versus 22. The first quarter was down. I'm wondering if It's a back-end loaded ramp to that million, and if the back-end implies a conversion of a POC to a production customer, or whether those are still POC revenues in the 20% guide.
spk04: We maintain our 20% guidance. That has not changed. And we're looking at POCs increasing, of course. which eventually will become production.
spk02: Okay. The two-watt product new one, Cesar, it sounds like you now, the customers have the ability to mix and match two-watt and one-watt. Can you just give me a sense of how the customers might use that for a topology of layouts and to their advantage? And I just presume you'll have higher-wattage products in the future. How that will all kind of map out the hybrid .
spk04: Definitely. I want to remind everyone that we are the leader in wireless power networks. We are the only company that has been able to get full certification by the FCC all the way up to 15 watts in the US. And we continue to do that. The 2-watt transmitter, power bridge transmitter, is a game changer. No other company has that capability. And most important, being able to, with this technology, to be able to effectively get the certification moving forward using PAR15 in the US, and also really use the latest certification efforts that we contributed all across the world to actually get wireless network power, or wireless power networks actually recognized as an emerging technology, because there was no recognition of that until now. Now, as far as the two-watt capability and the one-watt capability, the two-watt capability power bridge opens up the possibility to actually have more applications for our technology. It opens up also the possibility to support other potential markets that we will be looking into. Now as far as how you use that out there in the deployment, the two watt system allows you to have further range, allows you to have instantaneous power at a given time higher twice as much higher than we used to have. And most important, penetration in those applications where there is a need to have full visibility. This new transmitter actually can help. And what we foresee for the two watt and our two one watt product line is that both of them will be pretty much mixed and used accordingly depending on the application the customers have.
spk02: OK. That's helpful, Cesar. Thanks. And then for a typical customer, how much are they investing either in dollars or employees toward running a POC? Just understand their commitment as these POCs grow to 14 here.
spk04: I can talk, I can mention in general what a POC might look like. Some POCs can be single numbers and some POCs are hundreds of transmitters. It's all a function of the application. It's all a function of where and how it's being used and deployed. So just to give you a hundreds of units application, which we have already actually done as a PLC, there's the application of large USDOD warehouses, where pretty much it is important to have visibility of equipment. So again, it's all a function of how it's being used, where it's being used, and by who it's being used. So it's a mix of both. But I think what I really want to focus everyone is that if you were to really look at the large deployments out there and go into, let's say, large retail areas, you're talking about thousands of transmitters deployed not just in the ceiling but also all around the deployment areas as it is important to have penetration, it's important to have energy levels that are consistent and good to be able to have visibility over any of the receivers that are being charged.
spk02: Okay. One last clarification for me. The POC is 14. I'm just curious if a single customer has multiple sites like a retailer, do you count that as a single POC or is that multiple POCs? I'm trying to understand if POC is a 14 implies 14 customers or one to many.
spk04: In general, what we try to do here is to talk about the different sites that have been deployed most of them are individual some of them have multiple sites like for instance in the case of some early stuff we did on retail customers there were a couple of customers each one had a couple of sites in the case of let's say the warehousing hundreds of deployments That hundreds of deployments is in a large warehouse, but there's a number of other efforts all across the country to actually extend that. So we're seeing data as really the indicator that we should be tracking. It is showing that the strategy that we have taken is showing results. And we've gone really from two POCs two quarters ago to 10 POCs last quarter, and now 14. So it's a good indication the strategy and the fact that we're getting traction here. Thank you.
spk02: Yeah, definitely. All right, great. Thanks, Cesar. Thanks, Bill.
spk04: Thank you.
spk03: This concludes our question and answer session. I'd like to send the conference back over to Cesar Johnson for any closing remarks.
spk04: Great, thank you. So, energy continues to progress as we lead in the emergence of active energy harvesting IoT wireless power networks and towards removing the need for batteries and cables. We continue to innovate in developing novel solutions using our advanced technologies and robust intellectual property, resulting this quarter on the two-watt power bridge transmitter announcement, which positions the company as a leader in power charging solutions. Finally, we believe that a key progress indicator for potential revenue in future quarters is the number of IoT wireless power network proof-of-concept installations, which has grown over the past quarter. It is important to understand that as we move forward and progress in opening up the emerging active harvesting IoT wireless power network markets, we expect there to be lumpiness in our results. Thank you for to all our shareholders, stakeholders, and energies team members, and we look forward to updating you on the company's progress again.
spk03: The conference is now concluded. Thank you for attending today's presentation. You may now disconnect.

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