NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Aspen Aerogels, Inc. ASPN, -2.28% (“Aspen”) today provided a business update, basic 2019 banking after-effects and a 2020 banking outlook.
Array Abstracts Initiative
During 2019, Aspen launched its array abstracts affairs to advantage the altered backdrop of its proprietary and patented carbon aerogels to advance the achievement and amount of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. Aligned with Aspen’s action to advantage its aerogel technology platform, Aspen is agreeable with companies throughout the array accumulation alternation to focus abstruse development and advance commercialization of these carbon aerogel materials. In November 2019, Aspen active an appraisal acceding with a accessory of Evonik Industries AG (“Evonik”), an avant-garde $16 billion specialty chemicals company, to appraise the abeyant of accumulation Evonik’s silicon-based nanoparticles in Aspen’s carbon aerogel anode materials. In addition, in January 2020, Aspen entered into a Joint Appraisal Acceding with SKC Co., Ltd. (“SKC”) to analyze the abeyant use of Aspen’s silicon-rich carbon aerogel abstracts in the anode of lithium-ion batteries. SKC is allotment of SK Group, a $200 billion Korean amassed and a baton in the development and auction of lithium-ion batteries for the electric agent market.
“We are aflame to assignment with Evonik and SKC to advance the acceptance of our aerogel technology aural the array abstracts market. Our antecedent cold with these ally is to optimize our carbon aerogel abstracts to advance the performance, cost, backbone and assurance of lithium-ion batteries. We will abide to appoint with industry arch companies to advice us apprehend the abounding abeyant of our aerogel technology in the arising electric agent market,” declared Don Young, Aspen’s President and CEO.
IP Administration Win
In December 2019, the Mannheim Regional Cloister in Germany begin that Guangdong Alison Hi-Tech Co. (“Alison”) abandoned two of Aspen’s patents and issued an admonition prohibiting Alison from agreeable in added infringement. The two judgments aggrandize aloft a above-mentioned accommodation of the Mannheim Regional Cloister in March 2019 that begin Alison had additionally abandoned accession of Aspen’s patents. While the judgments abide accountable to appeal, Alison has been begin accountable at present to Aspen for amercement and defined cloister costs as allotment of the judgments.
“Our connected success in the German courts, forth with our above-mentioned victories at the U.S. International Trade Commission and in the U.S. courts, reinforces the ambit and backbone of Aspen’s common aerogel apparent portfolio. From the outset, we accept maintained our well-supported position that both Alison and Nano Tech Co., Ltd. (“Nano”) borrow our patents. We accept these contempo cloister decisions accept accustomed that the Chinese manufacturers breach the law,” said Mr. Young.
“Our amount action is to advance in the research, development, and commercialization of our aerogel technology platform. We seek to accomplice with industry leaders to accompany these agitative technologies to market. In abutment of our ally and customers, we intend to aggressively advance our patents adjoin Alison, Nano or any added manufacturer, benefactor or end-user that infringes our technology worldwide,” connected Mr. Young.
Basic Fourth Division and Abounding Year 2019 Banking After-effects
Aspen expects to advertise advance in absolute acquirement for the fourth division of about 30% to about $46.5 actor against $35.7 actor in the fourth division of 2018. Aspen additionally expects to address advance in absolute acquirement for the abounding year of about 34% to about $139.4 actor against $104.4 actor in 2018. Fourth division and abounding year 2019 absolute acquirement are anniversary accustomed to represent a new almanac acquirement akin for Aspen.
Fourth division net accident is accustomed to be about $1.0 actor against $14.1 actor in the fourth division of 2018. Net accident for the abounding year is accustomed to be about $14.6 actor against $34.4 actor in 2018.
Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth division is accustomed to be about $2.6 actor compared to $(3.2) actor in the fourth division of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA for the abounding year is accustomed to be $(0.2) actor compared to $(11.5) actor in 2018. A adaptation of non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA to net accident is provided in the banking schedules that are allotment of this columnist release. An account of this non-GAAP banking admeasurement is additionally included beneath beneath the branch “Non-GAAP Banking Measures.”
“We are acutely admiring with the after-effects we accomplished during 2019. We ahead that we will decidedly beat our 2019 acquirement achievement objectives that included absolute acquirement advance of added than 20% and activity accompanying acquirement basic added than of 33% of absolute acquirement for the year. This solid achievement was apprenticed by able appeal in our amount North American petrochemical and refinery markets, and cogent advance in activity accompanying acquirement in the subsea market, in the Middle East and from the PTT LNG Nong Fab accepting terminal project,” declared Mr. Young.
“We ahead that the aggregate of our able acquirement advance and the appulse of our 2019 bill of absolute amount abridgement initiatives will drive an access in our fourth division gross allowance to about 24% from 16% in the fourth division of 2018 and to about 19% for the abounding year from 12% in 2018. As a result, we apprehend to address a abundant advance in both our net accident and Adjusted EBITDA against 2018,” connected Mr. Young.
Aspen’s basic 2019 banking after-effects are based alone on advice currently accessible to administration and are unaudited. This banking advice does not represent a absolute account of Aspen’s banking after-effects for the fourth division or abounding year 2019 and charcoal accountable to the achievement of Aspen’s banking closing procedures and centralized reviews. As a result, Aspen’s absolute after-effects for the fourth division and abounding year 2019 may alter materially from these basic estimates.
Aspen expects to absolution absolute banking after-effects for the fourth division on Thursday, February 20, 2020, afterward the bazaar close.
2020 Banking Angle
Aspen issues its antecedent 2020 abounding year banking angle as follows:
This 2020 banking angle assumes abrasion and acquittal of $10.3 million, stock-based advantage amount of $4.0 million, and absorption amount of $0.4 million for the year.
“After cogent advance in 2019, we apprehend our acquirement advance amount to abstinent in 2020 due principally to our apprehension that subsea acquirement will be afterpiece to our absolute boilerplate of $11 actor in 2020 against about $17 actor in 2019. We additionally apprehend to see little to no advance from the PTT LNG Nong Fab accepting terminal activity during 2020 as we complete the added bisected of the $35 to $40 actor adjustment during the year. In addition, we accept absitively to wind bottomward our government assay casework business in 2020 that contributed about $2.4 actor in acquirement in 2019. This accommodation reflects our admiration to focus our R&D assets on convalescent the advantage of our absolute business and leveraging our aerogel technology into new markets,” said Mr. Young.
“Importantly, we apprehend the advance amount in the butt of our business to ambit from the mid-single digits to the mid-teens during the year. We will additionally ambition our bartering efforts during 2020 to abide to body our activity activity with the aim of ensuring solid activity accompanying advance in 2021 and beyond. In addition, we will abide laser focused on convalescent our profitability. We apprehend that our advancing initiatives to abate raw absolute costs will advice to advance our gross allowance to the mid-20s for the abounding year from about 19% during 2019. As a result, we afresh apprehend to bear able year-over-year improvements in both net accident and Adjusted EBITDA in 2020,” connected Mr. Young.
“Consistent with our banking achievement over the accomplished three years, we apprehend amid 40% and 45% of our 2020 acquirement will be generated during the aboriginal bisected of the year. As a result, we ahead the projected advance in net accident and Adjusted EBITDA will be concentrated in the added bisected of the year,” assured Mr. Young.
A adaptation of non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA to net accident for the 2020 banking angle is provided in the banking schedules that are allotment of this columnist release. An account of this non-GAAP banking admeasurement is additionally included beneath beneath the branch “Non-GAAP Banking Measures.”
Aspen may acquire charges, apprehend assets or losses, acquire costs costs or absorption expense, or acquaintance added contest in 2020 that could account absolute after-effects to alter materially from this banking outlook. In addition, the timing of projects can be difficult to adumbrate and may accept a cogent appulse on anniversary and anniversary acquirement and profitability.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In accession to accouterment banking abstracts based on about accustomed accounting attempt in the United States of America (“GAAP”), Aspen provides added banking metrics that are not able in accordance with GAAP (“non-GAAP”). The non-GAAP banking admeasurement included in this columnist absolution is Adjusted EBITDA. Administration uses non-GAAP banking measures, in accession to GAAP banking measures, as a admeasurement of operating achievement because the non-GAAP banking measures do not accommodate the appulse of items that administration does not accede apocalyptic of Aspen’s amount operating performance. In addition, administration uses Adjusted EBITDA (i) for planning purposes, including the alertness of Aspen’s anniversary operating budget, (ii) to admeasure assets to enhance the banking achievement of its business, and (iii) as a achievement admeasurement beneath its benefit plan.
Management believes that these non-GAAP banking measures reflect Aspen’s advancing business in a address that allows for allusive comparisons and assay of trends in its business, as they exclude costs and assets not cogitating of Aspen’s advancing operating after-effects or that may be exceptional and/or abnormal in nature. Administration additionally believes that these non-GAAP banking measures accommodate advantageous advice to investors in compassionate and evaluating Aspen’s operating after-effects and approaching affairs in the aforementioned address as administration and in comparing banking after-effects beyond accounting periods and to those of associate companies. These non-GAAP measures may not be commensurable to analogously blue-blooded measures presented by added companies.
The non-GAAP banking measures do not alter the presentation of Aspen’s GAAP banking after-effects and should alone be acclimated as a supplement to, not as a acting for, Aspen’s banking after-effects presented in accordance with GAAP. In this columnist release, Aspen has provided a adaptation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss, the best anon commensurable GAAP banking measure. Administration acerb encourages investors to analysis Aspen’s banking statements and publicly-filed letters in their absoluteness and not await on any distinct banking measure.
About Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
Aspen is the all-around baton in aerogel technology. The company’s mission is to accredit its barter and ally to accomplish their own objectives about the all-around megatrends of adeptness adeptness and sustainability. Aspen’s Cryogel [®] and Pyrogel [®] articles are admired by the world’s better activity basement companies. Aspen’s Spaceloft [®] articles accommodate architecture owners with industry-leading activity adeptness including options for a safe, non-combustible blaze rating. The company’s action is to accomplice with world-class industry leaders to advantage its aerogel technology belvedere into added markets. Headquartered in Northborough, Mass., Aspen articles its articles at its East Providence, R.I. facility. For added information, amuse appointment www.aerogel.com
Special Note Apropos Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
This columnist absolution and any accompanying altercation contains “forward-looking statements” aural the acceptation of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that absorb risks and uncertainties that could account absolute after-effects to be materially altered from absolute after-effects or from any approaching after-effects bidding or adumbrated by such advanced statements, including statements apropos to Aspen’s basic 2019 banking after-effects and 2020 banking outlook. These statements are not absolute facts but rather are based on Aspen’s accepted expectations, estimates and projections apropos Aspen’s business, operations and added factors apropos thereto, including with account to Aspen’s basic 2019 banking after-effects and 2020 banking outlook. Words such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “anticipate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” “believes,” “estimates,” “outlook,” “assumes,” and agnate expressions are acclimated to analyze these advanced statements. Such advanced statements accommodate statements regarding, amid added things, Aspen’s expectations about revenue, costs, expenses, profitability, gross margin, net loss, Adjusted EBITDA and accompanying variations, improvements, records, timing or trends; behavior about the accepted backbone or bloom of Aspen’s business; behavior about accepted or approaching trends in the energy, activity infrastructure, petrochemical, refinery, architecture materials, LNG, subsea, core, adjacent, U.S., North American, Asian, European, South American, Middle Eastern or added markets and the appulse of these trends on Aspen’s business; behavior about the government assay casework business; behavior about volume, timing, activity or trends of subsea, LNG or added projects, including the PTT LNG Nong Fab accepting terminal project, and their appulse on Aspen’s business; behavior about the appulse of appraisement actions, amount abridgement initiatives and the economics of Aspen’s business; behavior about Aspen’s cardinal initiatives and implementation; behavior about the abeyant to advance new bazaar opportunities from Aspen’s aerogel technology platform; behavior about the abeyant of new aerogel products, technologies, businesses and partnerships, behavior about the role of our technology and affiliation opportunities in the array abstracts or electric agent markets; behavior about Aspen’s relationships with Evonik and SKC, including the abeyant for activities associated with appraisal agreements to advance to any development, bartering or added arrange with Evonik or SKC, or to advance the development of new artefact opportunities in the array abstracts or electric agent markets, including the electric agent market; behavior about Aspen’s bookish acreage action and its implementation; behavior about the backbone of Aspen’s apparent portfolio; expectations about the cost, timing or likelihood of success of Aspen’s apparent administration accomplishments and aegis of challenges to the authority of its patents; behavior about Aspen’s adeptness to abide to armamentarium apparent administration or aegis accomplishments and to aggregate cloister costs and damages; behavior about the productivity, adeptness or achievement of Aspen’s accomplishment operations; behavior about raw abstracts costs and availability; behavior about the Aspen’s adeptness to armamentarium its operations; approaching operating achievement on an anniversary or added basis; and accounting and added assumptions complex in accession at the expectations. All such advanced statements are based on management’s present expectations and are accountable to assertive factors, risks and uncertainties that may account absolute results, aftereffect of events, timing and achievement to alter materially from those bidding or adumbrated by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not bound to, the following: an disability to actualize new product, affiliation and bazaar opportunities; any abiding abatement in the activity industry or activity prices; any abiding abatement in the petrochemical, refinery, architecture materials, subsea, LNG, core, adjacent, U.S., North American, Asian, European, South American, Middle Eastern or added market; any abortion to access project-based appeal in the subsea, LNG or added markets; any disruption or disability to accomplish accustomed accommodation levels in any of our three assembly curve or the accomplishment adeptness in which they are located; the abortion to accept all authoritative or added approvals appropriate to operate, advance or aggrandize our facilities; any abortion of appeal for Aspen’s products; any abortion to accomplish accustomed amount increases or boilerplate affairs prices for Aspen’s products; any cogent access in the amount of raw materials, utilities or any added accomplishment consumable; the abortion to abate the appulse of any cogent access in the amount of raw materials, utilities or added accomplishment consumable; shortages of raw materials, utilities or any added accomplishment consumable; the abortion to accomplish acceptable operating banknote breeze or to access cogent added basic to accompany Aspen’s strategy; the abortion of Aspen’s articles to become broadly adopted; the antagonism Aspen faces in its business; any abortion to accomplish any of Aspen’s patents; any abortion to assure or aggrandize Aspen’s aerogel technology platform; any approaching award of affliction of any apparent in any jurisdiction; any abortion to accomplish acceptable operating banknote breeze or to access acceptable added basic to abide to accompany Aspen’s new business, technology, apparent enforcement, or apparent aegis strategy; any abortion of Aspen’s articles to accommodated applicative blueprint and added performance, safety, abstruse and commitment requirements; the accepted bread-and-butter altitude and alternate demands in the markets that Aspen serves; the economic, operational and political risks associated with sales and amplification of operations in adopted countries; the accident of any absolute customer, including distributors, contractors and OEMs; acquiescence with bloom and assurance laws and regulations; the aliment and development of administration channels; and the added accident factors discussed beneath the branch “Risk Factors” in our Anniversary Address on Form 10-K for the year concluded December 31, 2018 and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 8, 2019, as able-bodied as any updates to those accident factors filed from time to time in our consecutive alternate and accepted letters filed with the SEC. All statements independent in this columnist absolution are fabricated alone as of the date of this columnist release, and Aspen does not intend to amend this advice unless appropriate by law.
Adaptation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The afterward tables present a adaptation of the non-GAAP financial admeasurement included in this columnist absolution to the best anon commensurable GAAP measure:
Adaptation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Assets (Loss)
We ascertain Adjusted EBITDA as net assets (loss) afore absorption expense, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based advantage amount and added items, which action from time to time and which we do not accept are apocalyptic of our amount operating performance. These added items accommodate an crime of architecture in action and accompanying items during the fourth division and year concluded December 31, 2018.
Our basic 2019 banking after-effects are based alone on advice currently accessible to administration and are unaudited. The afterward adaptation of basic Adjusted EBITDA to Net Accident for the three months and year concluded December 31, 2019 is almost and accountable to change.
For the three months and year concluded December 31, 2019 and 2018:
Three Months Ended
Depreciation and amortization
Impairment of architecture in process
Interest expense, net
For the 2020 banking outlook:
December 31, 2020
Depreciation and amortization
Interest expense, net
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