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Form 10-Q for CAPSTONE TURBINE CORP


11-Feb-2013

Quarterly Report


Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the condensed consolidated financial statements and notes included in this Form 10-Q and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2012. When used in this Form 10-Q, and in the following discussion, the words "believes", "anticipates", "expects" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include those under Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for Fiscal 2012 and in other reports we file with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. All dollar amounts are approximate.

Overview

Capstone is the market leader in microturbines based on the number of microturbines sold. We increased revenues during the third quarter of Fiscal 2013 compared to the third quarter of Fiscal 2012 despite the challenging economic conditions worldwide. Management believes that our ongoing efforts to grow and broaden our distribution network along with continued market acceptance of our 200 kW ("C200") microturbine and 1000 kW ("C1000 Series") microturbines products were the primary reasons for our revenue growth during the quarter compared to the third quarter of Fiscal 2012.The first nine months of Fiscal 2013 were characterized by strong demand for C200 and C1000 Series microturbines led by the North American natural resources vertical market, while weakness continued in the European market as a result of uncertain global economic conditions. Management believes that sales in the natural resources vertical market will continue to grow while it expects the European market for our products will remain weak for the remainder of Fiscal 2013. During the third quarter of Fiscal 2013 we received three orders totaling approximately 15.5 megawatts from key oil and gas customers in the U.S., Mexico and Australia. During the third quarter of Fiscal 2013, we continued to experience a higher rate of warranty claims than expected for C200 and C1000 Series systems. However, warranty claims in the third quarter of Fiscal 2013 were lower compared to the second quarter of Fiscal 2013. Management expects warranty claims levels for C200 and C1000 Series systems to continue to decline as reliability repair programs are completed and the products mature.

Capstone products continue to gain interest in all five of the major vertical markets (energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural resources, critical power supply and transportation products). In the energy efficiency market, we continue to expand our market share in hotels, office buildings, hospitals, retail and industrial applications globally. The renewable energy market continues to be a significant portion of our business as we shipped products around the globe for applications fueled by landfill gas, biodiesel, biogas such as food processing and agricultural waste, referred to as green waste, and cow, pig and chicken manure. Our C1000 Series microturbine continues to drive our near term business success in the oil and gas and other natural resource markets as we gain product acceptance in U.S. shale plays and Russian oil fields. Our critical power supply data center product is performing well, and we continue to focus efforts on gaining market share with this new product. Capstone's transportation products market, utilizing microturbines for electric vehicles, is gaining interest for use of our products as range extenders in electric buses, trucks and the marine industry.

We continue to focus on improving our products based on customer input, building brand awareness and new channels to market by developing a diversified network of strategic distribution partners. Our focus is on products and solutions that provide near-term opportunities to drive repeatable business rather than discrete projects for niche markets. In addition, management closely manages operating expenses and strives to improve manufacturing efficiencies while simultaneously lowering direct material costs and increasing average selling prices. The key drivers to Capstone's success are continued increase in C200 microturbine engine production rates, higher average selling prices, lower direct material costs, positive new order flow and reduced cash usage.

On February 1, 2010, we entered into an asset purchase agreement ("APA") with Calnetix Power Solutions, Inc. ("CPS") pursuant to which we acquired, subject to an existing license retained by CPS, all of the rights and assets related to the manufacture and sale of the 100 kW ("TA100") microturbine generator, including intellectual property, design, tooling, drawings, patents, know-how, distribution agreements and supply agreements. Pursuant to the APA, the Company issued to CPS 1,550,387 shares of common stock at the closing date on February 1, 2010 and agreed to pay additional consideration of $3.1 million on July 30, 2010 (the "Second Funding Date"). The additional consideration was to be paid, at the Company's discretion, in shares of the Company's common stock or cash. The Company elected to satisfy the amount due on the Second Funding Date with common stock and issued 3,131,313 shares to CPS.

To support our opportunities to grow in our targeted markets, we continue to enhance the reliability and performance of our products by regularly developing new processes and enhancing training to assist those who apply, install and use our products.

An overview of our direction, targets and key initiatives follows:

1. Focus on Vertical Markets - Within the distributed generation markets that we serve, we focus on vertical markets that we identify as having the greatest near-term potential. In our primary products and applications (energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural resources, critical power supply and transportation products), we identify specific targeted vertical market segments. Within each of these segments, we identify what we believe to be the critical factors to success and base our plans on those factors.


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Energy Efficiency-CHP/CCHP

Energy efficiency maximizes the use of energy produced by the microturbines, reduces emissions compared with traditional power generation and enhances the economic advantage to customers. Energy efficiency applications use both the heat and electric energy produced in the power generation process. Using the heat and electricity created from a single combustion process increases the efficiency of the system from approximately 30% to 75% or more. The increased operating efficiency reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions compared with traditional independent sources such as power generation and local thermal generation and, through displacement of other separate systems, can reduce variable production costs.

Renewable Energy

Our microturbines can use renewable methane gases from landfills, wastewater treatment facilities and other biogas applications such as food processing and agricultural waste, referred to as green waste, and cow, pig and chicken manure. Capstone's microturbines can burn these renewable waste gases with minimal emissions, thereby, in some cases, avoiding the imposition of penalties incurred for pollution while simultaneously producing electricity from this "free" renewable fuel for use at the site or in the surrounding area. Capstone's microturbines have demonstrated effectiveness in these applications and outperform conventional combustion engines in a number of situations, including when the gas contains a high amount of sulfur.

Natural Resources-Oil, Natural Gas, Shale Gas & Mining

On a worldwide basis, there are thousands of locations where the drilling, production, compression and transportation of natural resources and other extraction and production processes create fuel byproducts, which traditionally have been released or burned into the atmosphere. Our microturbines are installed in the natural resource market to be used in oil and gas exploration, production, compression and transmission sites both onshore and offshore as a highly reliable critical source of power generation. In addition, our microturbines can use flare gas as a fuel to provide prime power. Typically these oil and gas or mining operations have no access to an electric utility grid and rely solely on Capstone's microturbines for a reliable low emission power supply.

Critical Power Supply

Because of the potentially catastrophic consequences of even momentary system failure, certain power users, such as high technology and information systems companies, require particularly high levels of reliability in their power service. Management believes that Capstone's critical power supply offerings are the world's only microturbine powered Uninterruptible Power Source solutions that can offer clean, IT-grade power produced from microturbines, the utility or a combination of both.

Transportation Products-Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Our technology is also used in hybrid electric vehicle applications. Our customers have applied our products in hybrid electric mobile applications, including transit buses, trucks and boats. In these applications the microturbine acts as an onboard battery charger to recharge the battery system as needed. The benefits of microturbine hybrids include extended range, fuel economy gains, quieter operation, reduced emissions and higher reliability compared with traditional internal combustion engines.

Backlog

During the three months ended December 31, 2012, we booked total orders of $21.7 million for 137 units, or 22.4 megawatts, compared to $23.3 million for 102 units, or 26.5 megawatts, during the three months ended December 31, 2011. We shipped 166 units with an aggregate of 26.1 megawatts, generating revenue of $26.3 million compared to 136 units with an aggregate of 23.5 megawatts, generating revenue of $21.9 million during the three months ended December 31, 2011. Total backlog as of December 31, 2012 increased $21.4 million, or 19%, to $136.5 million from $115.1 million as of December 31, 2011. As of December 31, 2012, we had 646 units, or 152.0 megawatts, in total backlog compared to 641 units, or 129.8 megawatts, as of December 31, 2011. As of December 31, 2012, 632 units, or 149.8 megawatts, valued at $134.4 million, were current and expected to be shipped within the next twelve months. As of December 31, 2011, all of the backlog was current and expected to be shipped within the next twelve months. The increase in long-term backlog of $2.1 million was the result of changes in customer delivery schedules and general economic conditions, principally in Europe. In addition, $2.0 million of the current backlog includes orders


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received from Greenvironment plc, one of our distributors in Europe, prior to their bankruptcy filing on August 31, 2012. We are working with the bankruptcy administrator and end-users to ship the open orders. Management believes that these orders will be shipped within the next twelve months either through direct sale to the end-user or through negotiations with the bankruptcy administrator. The timing of shipments is subject to change based on several variables (including customer payments and changes in customer delivery schedules), many of which are not in our control and can affect our quarterly revenue and backlog. Our actual product shipments during the three months ended December 31, 2012 were: 10% for use in energy efficiency applications, 9% for use in renewable energy applications, 66% for use in oil, gas & other natural resources applications, 14% for use in critical power supply applications and 1% for use in transportation products applications.

The following table summarizes our backlog:

                                         As of December 31,
                                      2012                2011
                                Megawatts   Units   Megawatts   Units
Current
C30                                   3.1     102         3.8     126
C65                                  20.7     319        21.8     336
TA100                                 2.3      23         2.7      27
C200                                 12.2      61         7.8      39
C600                                  7.8      13        12.6      21
C800                                  6.4       8         8.8      11
C1000                                96.0      96        71.0      71
Waste heat recovery generator         1.3      10         1.3      10
Total Current Backlog               149.8     632       129.8     641

Long-term
C30                                   0.1       4           -       -
C65                                   0.5       8           -       -
C600                                  0.6       1           -       -
C1000                                 1.0       1           -       -
Total Long-term Backlog               2.2      14           -       -

Total Backlog                       152.0     646       129.8     641

2. Sales and Distribution Channels - We seek out distributors that have business experience and capabilities to support our growth plans in our targeted markets. We have a total of 90 distributors and Original Equipment Manufacturers ("OEMs"). In North America, we currently have a total of 31 distributors and OEMs. Internationally, outside of North America, we currently have a total of 59 distributors and OEMs. We continue to refine our distribution channels to address our specific targeted markets.

3. Service - We serve our customers directly and through qualified distributors, who will perform service work using technicians specifically trained by Capstone. We offer a comprehensive Factory Protection Plan ("FPP") where Capstone charges a fixed annual fee to perform regularly scheduled maintenance, as well as other maintenance as needed. Capstone then performs the required maintenance directly with its own personnel, or contracts with one of its local distributors. In January 2011, we expanded the FPP to include total microturbine plant operations if required by the end use customer. Capstone provides factory and onsite training to certify all personnel that are allowed to perform service on our microturbines. FPPs are generally paid quarterly in advance. Our FPP backlog as of December 31, 2012 was $35.1 million which represents the value of the contractual agreements for FPP services that has not been earned and extends through Fiscal 2028.

4. Product Robustness and Life Cycle Maintenance Costs - To provide us with the ability to evaluate microturbine performance in the field we are developing an updated "real-time" internet-based remote monitoring and diagnostic feature to replace our previous Capstone Service Network system and take advantage of newer generation technology. This feature will allow us to monitor installed units and rapidly collect operating data on a continual basis, even in areas with limited or no landline internet connection. We will use this information to anticipate and more quickly respond to field performance issues, evaluate component robustness and identify areas for continuous improvement.


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5. New Product Development - Our new product development is targeted specifically to meet the needs of our selected vertical markets. We expect that our existing product platforms, the C30, C65, TA100, C200 and C1000 Series microturbines, will be our foundational product lines for the foreseeable future. Our product development efforts are centered on enhancing the features of these base products. We are currently focusing efforts on developing a more efficient microturbine Combined Heat and Power system. The first phase of the development program is expected to improve our existing C200 engine to increase power output and electrical efficiency, resulting in a system with a targeted power output of 250 kW and projected electrical efficiency of 35%. The second phase of the program is expected to incorporate further engine efficiency improvements, resulting in a product with a projected electrical efficiency of 42% and targeted power output of 370 kW. The DOE awarded us a grant of $5.0 million in support of this development program.

In addition, we are developing and testing a fuel flexible microturbine system capable of operating on synthetic gas fuel mixtures containing varying amounts of hydrogen. The DOE awarded us a grant of $2.5 million in support of this development program.

6. Cost and Core Competencies - We are continuing to make progress towards achieving cost improvement goals through design and manufacturability changes, robotics, parts commonality, tier one suppliers and lower cost offshore suppliers. We continue to review avenues for cost reduction by sourcing to the best value supply chain option. We have made progress and plan to continue diversifying our suppliers internationally and within the United States. Management also expects to be able to continue leveraging our costs as product volumes increase.

Management believes that effective execution in each of these key areas will be necessary to leverage Capstone's promising technology and early market leadership into achieving positive cash flow with growing market presence and improving financial performance. Based on our recent progress and assuming achievement of targeted cost reductions, our financial model anticipates that we will achieve positive cash flow when we ship approximately 200 units in a quarter, dependent on an assumed product mix. Management believes our manufacturing facilities located in Chatsworth and Van Nuys, California have a combined production capacity of approximately 2,000 units per year, depending on product mix. Excluding working capital requirements, management believes we can expand our combined production capacity to approximately 4,000 units per year, depending on product mix, with approximately $10.0 to $15.0 million of capital expenditures. We have not committed to this expansion nor identified a source for its funding.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The preparation of our condensed consolidated financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses. Management believes the most complex and sensitive judgments, because of their significance to the condensed consolidated financial statements, result primarily from the need to make estimates about the effects of matters that are inherently uncertain. Actual results could differ from management's estimates. Management believes the critical accounting policies listed below affect our more significant accounting judgments and estimates used in the preparation of the condensed consolidated financial statements. These policies (except as noted below) are described in greater detail in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for Fiscal 2012 and continue to include the following areas:

Impairment of long-lived assets, including intangible assets with finite lives;

Inventory write-downs and classification of inventories;

Estimates of warranty obligations;

Allowance for doubtful accounts;

Deferred tax assets and valuation allowance;

Stock-based compensation expense;

Loss contingencies; and

Fair value of financial instruments.


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Results of Operations

Three Months Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011

Revenue - Revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2012 increased $5.8 million, or 21%, to $33.3 million from $27.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011. The change in revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2012 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2011 included increases in revenue of $8.1 million from the North American market, $2.0 million from the Australian market and $1.7 million from the Asian market. The increase in the North American market was primarily related to increased sales into the U.S. shale plays market. The increases in the Australian and Asian markets were primarily because of microturbine product sales for specific projects that did not occur during the same period last year. This overall increase in revenue was offset primarily by decreases in revenue of $4.9 million from the European market and $1.0 million from the African market. We expect revenues from the European market will continue to be soft as a result of general economic conditions. The decrease in the African market was primarily the result of non-recurring microturbine product sales for specific projects that had occurred in the same period last year.

For the three months ended December 31, 2012, revenue from microturbine products increased $4.4 million, or 20%, to $26.3 million from $21.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011. Microturbine megawatts shipped during the three months ended December 31, 2012 increased 2.6 megawatts, or 11%, to 26.1 megawatts from 23.5 megawatts for the three months ended December 31, 2011. Microturbine units shipped during the three months ended December 31, 2012 increased 30 units, or 22%, to 166 units from 136 units for the three months ended December 31, 2011. Microturbine megawatts shipped during the three months ended December 31, 2012 increased as a result of higher sales volume for our C30, TA100, and C1000 Series microturbines, offset by lower sales volume for our C65 and C200 microturbines. Average revenue per unit decreased for the three months ended December 31, 2012 to approximately $158,000 compared to approximately $161,000 per unit for the three months ended December 31, 2011. The decrease in average revenue per unit was primarily as the result of a different mix of C1000 Series products (sales of more C600 units and fewer C1000 units in the current quarter) and more C30 microturbines shipped during the three months ended December 31, 2012 compared to the same period last year.

For the three months ended December 31, 2012, revenue from our accessories, parts and service increased $1.4 million, or 25%, to $7.0 million from $5.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011. The increase in revenue resulted primarily from higher sales of microturbine parts and microturbine service work.

The timing of shipments is subject to change based on several variables (including customer deposits, payments, availability of credit and delivery schedule changes), most of which are not in our control and can affect the timing of our revenue and shipment of our products from backlog. Therefore, we evaluate historical revenue in conjunction with backlog to anticipate the growth trend of our revenue.

The following table summarizes our revenue (revenue amounts in millions):

                                          Three Months Ended December 31,
                                      2012                               2011
                         Revenue    Megawatts    Units      Revenue    Megawatts    Units
C30                     $     2.5         1.6         54   $     1.1         0.8         26
C65                           5.3         4.8         73         5.4         5.1         79
TA100                         1.1         0.5          5           -           -          -
C200                          2.6         2.6         13         3.5         3.0         15
C600                          5.3         5.4          9         1.1         1.2          2
C800                          3.1         3.2          4         2.1         2.4          3
C1000                         6.4         8.0          8         8.7        11.0         11
Total from
Microturbine Products        26.3        26.1        166        21.9        23.5        136
Accessories, Parts
and Service                   7.0           -          -         5.6           -          -
Total                   $    33.3        26.1        166   $    27.5        23.5        136

Sales to Horizon Power Systems ("Horizon"), one of the Company's domestic distributors, and BPC Engineering ("BPC"), one of the Company's Russian distributors, accounted for 20% and 11%, respectively, of revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2012. Sales to BPC and Horizon accounted for 27% and 23%, respectively, of revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2011.

Gross Margin - Cost of goods sold includes direct material costs, production and service center labor and overhead, inventory charges and provision for estimated product warranty expenses. The gross margin was $4.6 million, or 14% of revenue, for the three months ended December 31, 2012 compared to a gross margin of $2.3 million, or 8% of revenue, for the three months ended December 31, 2011. The increase in gross margin was primarily related to a $3.0 million improvement


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from higher overall volume of product shipments, microturbine parts and service revenue, and lower direct material costs during the three months ended December 31, 2012. The $3.0 million improvement was offset by an increase in warranty expense of $0.4 million and production and service center labor and overhead expenses of $0.3 million. Management continues to implement initiatives to address warranty expense and to further reduce direct material costs as we work to achieve profitability.

Warranty expense is a combination of a standard warranty provision recorded at the time revenue is recognized and changes, if any, in estimates for reliability repair programs. Reliability repair programs are based upon estimates that are recorded in the period that new information becomes available, including design changes, cost of repair and product enhancements, which can include both in-warranty and out-of-warranty systems. The increase in warranty expense of $0.4 million reflects an increase in the standard warranty provision as a result of higher warranty claims related primarily to certain C200 and C1000 Series systems, an increase in reliability repair programs and higher volume of units under warranty during the three months ended December 31, 2012 compared to the prior year. Management expects warranty claims levels for C200 and C1000 Series systems to decline as reliability repair programs are completed and these products mature.

Production and service center labor and overhead expense increased $0.3 million during the three months ended December 31, 2012 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2011 as the result of increased salaries expense, freight expense and supplies expense.

Research and Development ("R&D") Expenses - R&D expenses include compensation, engineering department expenses, overhead allocations for administration and facilities, and materials costs associated with development. R&D expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2012 increased $0.4 million, or 22%, to $2.2 million from $1.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011. R&D expenses are reported net of benefits from cost-sharing programs, such as DOE grants. The overall increase in R&D expenses of $0.4 million resulted from increased salaries expense of $0.3 million and supplies expense of $0.1 million. There were approximately $0.3 million of cost-sharing benefits during each of the three months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011. Cost-sharing programs vary from period to period depending on the phase of the programs. Management expects . . .

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