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Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2024 Results

Dec 13, 2023 at 4:45 PM EST
Achieved First Multi-Buoy and Multi-Vessel Orders

MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J., Dec. 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. ("OPT" or "the Company") (NYSE American: OPTT), today announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended October 31, 2023 (“Q224”), including year-over-year revenue, gross profit, and pipeline growth.

Financial Highlights from the second quarter:

  • OPT’s pipeline at October 31, 2023 (“Q224”) was approximately $93 million, representing a 221% year-over-year increase over the pipeline of approximately $42 million at October 31, 2022. The pipeline continues to grow, reflecting a significant increase in defense and security activity as well as an expansion of commercial opportunities.
  • Revenues of $0.9 million for Q224 grew $0.6 million over revenues of $0.3 million for the fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2022 (“Q223”). Revenue for the six months ended October 31, 2023, was $2.2 million, an increase of $1.2 million over the six months ended October 31, 2022, of $1.0 million.
  • Gross profit for Q224 was $0.5 million, compared to gross profit of $39 thousand in Q223. Gross profit was $1.2 million for the six months ended October 31, 2023, compared to a gross profit of $0.2 million for the six months ended October 31, 2022.
  • The gross margin rate was 54.9% and 12.9%, for the quarters ended Q224 and Q223, respectively. The gross margin rate was 53.3% and 22.9%, for the six months ended October 31, 2023, and 2022, respectively.
  • In October 2023 OPT was awarded a volume order from Sulmara, a prominent player in offshore services, of WAM-V 16 uncrewed surface vehicles making this the largest single order of WAM-Vs to date. The order, valued at $1.6 million, underscores the recognition by customers of OPT’s ability to provide innovative and sustainable solutions for the offshore industry. Due to demand, production is already underway to fulfill the order in alignment with the delivery schedule and will allow for revenue recognition this fiscal year.
  • In October 2023 OPT was awarded a contract in support of foreign law enforcement. This collaboration aims to protect vital marine species and combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing activities in critical habitats. It uses OPT’s state-of-the-art uncrewed technologies and demonstrates unprecedented, networked surveillance capabilities and evidence collection. This allows authorities to gather critical information and support legal actions while keeping personnel safely out of harm's way until the precise time and conditions favor interdiction efforts.

Recent Operational and Other Highlights:

  • In November 2023 OPT announced that it retained Rear Admiral Victorino “Vic” G. Mercado (Retired) as a special advisor to the Company’s Board of Directors. OPT plans to leverage Admiral Mercado's (Ret) experience, expertise, and networks as OPT builds on its momentum in providing intelligent maritime solutions to the U.S. Government and defense and security sectors, and carefully navigate the challenges of securing access to and protecting highly sensitive and confidential information.
  • In November 2023 OPT announced that it had substantially completed its research and development phase and is now primarily focused on commercial activities. OPT has built a suite of products (more fully described below) that it believes will be the basis for its current and future commercial success resulting in meaningful progress in orders, pipeline, and backlog, with backlog increasing from $3.1 million on July 31, 2023, to $4.5 million at October 31, 2023. This pivot to commercial activities has enabled a reduction and reallocation of headcount and a material reduction in third-party expenditures. As a result, the majority of OPT’s employees are now dedicated to customer delivery. We expect that recent meaningful contract wins, the growth in our commercial pipeline, and the corresponding savings noted above will enable us to reach profitability during calendar year 2025 using current capital resources. This expectation does not account for extraordinary expenses such as those related to the Paragon litigation that could cause OPT to seek additional capital from financing sources.
  • In November 2023 OPT appointed Matt Burdyny, its previous Vice President, Sales & Marketing, to the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer. Matt will drive the next phase of OPT’s growth and the commercialization of its cutting-edge products, particularly for the national security and defense markets.
  • In December 2023 OPT announced the receipt of a letter subcontract for up to $6.5 million from a U.S. based prime contractor for multiple maritime domain awareness buoys advancing its commitment to national security and intelligence. This collaboration between OPT and the prime contractor will focus on providing multidomain marine solutions in support of U.S. government agencies. OPT’s PowerBuoy’s® will play a pivotal role in enhancing surveillance capabilities above and below the waterline, contributing significantly to maritime domain awareness initiatives.

Management Commentary – Philipp Stratmann, OPT's President and Chief Executive Officer

“We continue to make progress with our strategy as evidenced by the continued growth in our backlog, increased opportunity pipeline, and delivery for our customers. Recent contract wins with large government prime contractors to service various U.S. Government Agencies are evidence of the growth of our government related backlog. Approximately 80% of our business is now with national security and defense customers, and our two primary platforms, WAM-V vehicles and PowerBuoys®, continue to see increased demand pull in these markets. Since the end of the quarter, we have substantially completed our research and development efforts, leading to reduced future annualized expenditures. As a result of these changes, combined with increased demand, we believe OPT will be cashflow positive within calendar year 2025. We remain steadfast in our commitment to drive value to our customers and deliver value to our shareholders and will continue to explore opportunities to accelerate value enhancement.”


Income Statement:

  • Revenues for Q224 were $0.9 million, compared to $0.3 million in Q223. Revenues for the six months ended October 31, 2023, were $2.2 million, compared to $1.0 million for the six months ended October 31, 2022. This growth was driven by sales of WAM-V autonomous vehicles, revenue from OPT’s previously announced contract with the Department of Energy (“DOE”) and strategic consulting services.
  • Gross profit for Q224 was $0.5 million, as compared to a gross profit of $39 thousand in Q223. Gross profit for the six months ended October 31, 2023, was $1.2 million, as compared to a gross profit of $0.2 million for the six months ended October 31, 2022. The improvement in gross margin has been driven by the Autonomous Vehicles business, primarily through an increase in OPT’s higher margin WAM-V leasing business, and its strategic consulting services.
  • Operating expenses were $8.0 million in Q224, down 1.4% sequentially from the previous quarter, however, up from $6.4 million in Q223. Operating expenses were $16.1 million for the six months ended October 31, 2023, up from $12.7 million for the six months ended October 31, 2022, reflecting disciplined investments to support long-term value creation. As noted above, OPT’s recent pivot to commercial activities has enabled a reduction in headcount and third-party expenditures, which OPT expects to materially decrease operating expenses going forward.
  • Net loss was $7.2 million for the Q224, as compared to a net loss of $4.8 million for the Q223. Net loss was $14.3 million for the six months ended October 31, 2023, compared to a net loss of $10.7 million for the six months ended October 31, 2022. The year over year increases in net loss was primarily driven by the incremental increases in operating expenses to support our growth in revenue, pipeline, and contract as noted above.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

  • Combined cash, restricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments as of October 31, 2023, was $18.9 million, compared to $46.4 million on October 31, 2022.
  • Bank debt remained at $0 as of October 31, 2023.
  • Net cash used in operating activities for the six months ended Q224 was $15.5 million, compared to $11.0 million for the same period in the prior year. This reflects the net loss noted above, payment of the earnout related to OPT’s autonomous vehicles business as a result of this business exceeding expectations, investment in inventory to satisfy growing backlog, and payment of employment bonuses that were accrued during fiscal year 2023.

Conference Call & Webcast

As announced on November 21, 2023, a conference call to discuss OPT’s financial results will be held tomorrow morning, Thursday, December 14, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Philipp Stratmann, CEO, Bob Powers, CFO, and Joseph DiPietro, Treasurer and Controller, will host the call.

  • The dial-in numbers for the conference call are 877-407-8291 or 201-689-8345.
  • Live Webcast: Webcast | Ocean Power Technologies FY2024 Q2 Earnings Conference Call (
  • Call Replay: Will be available by telephone approximately two hours after the call’s completion.
  • You may access the replay by dialing 877-660-6853 from the U.S. or 201-612-7415 for international callers and using the Conference ID 13742581.

About Ocean Power Technologies
OPT provides intelligent maritime solutions and services that enable safer, cleaner, and more productive ocean operations for the defense and security, oil and gas, science and research, and offshore wind markets. Our PowerBuoy® platforms provide clean and reliable electric power and real-time data communications for remote maritime and subsea applications. We also provide WAM-V® autonomous surface vessels (ASVs) and marine robotics services. The Company’s headquarters is located in Monroe Township, New Jersey and has an additional office in Richmond, California. To learn more, visit

Non GAAP Measures: Pipeline

Pipeline is not a term recognized under United States generally accepted accounting principles; however, it is a common measurement used in our industry. OPT’s methodology for determining pipeline may not be comparable to the methodologies used by other companies. Pipeline is a representation of the journey potential customers take from the moment they become aware of OPT’s products and service to the moment they become a paying customer. The sales pipeline is divided into a series of phases, each representing a different milestone in the customer journey. It is a tool OPT uses to track sales progress, identify potential roadblocks, and make data-driven decisions to improve its sales performance. Revenue estimates derived from its pipeline can be subject to change due to project accelerations, cancellations or delays due to various factors. These factors can also cause revenue amounts to be realized in periods and at levels different than originally projected.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements that are within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements in this release include, but are not limited to, those statements relating to OPT’s future operating and financial performance, the impact of OPT’s various initiatives on the enhancement of stockholder value and its future operating and financial performance, OPT’s expectation that it will be cashflow positive in calendar year 2025, the growth in OPT’s backlog and opportunity pipeline, OPT’s ability to monetize such opportunities into actual revenue, OPT’s ability to drive the next phase of its growth and the commercialization of its products, OPT’s ability to achieve commercial success from its suite of products and make meaningful progress in orders, pipeline, and backlog, OPT’s ability to continue its momentum in securing business from U.S. Government national security and defense customers, OPT’s ability to expand commercial opportunities, including with offshore wind companies, OPT’s ability to execute on its strategy and create value for its stockholders, the impact on OPT of substantially completing its research and development phase, other statements relating to OPT’s future economic and operating performance, plans, or objectives, and all other statements contained in this release that are not historical facts. Other forward-looking statements are identified by certain words or phrases such as “may”, “will”, “aim”, “will likely result”, “believe”, “expect”, “will continue”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “intend”, “plan”, “contemplate”, “seek to”, “future”, “objective”, “goal”, “project”, “should”, “will pursue” and similar expressions or variations of such expressions. These forward-looking statements reflect OPT’s current expectations about its future performance, plans, and objectives. By their nature, forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions and estimates that could be inaccurate and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to materially differ from those anticipated or expressed in any forward-looking statement. These estimates and assumptions reflect our best judgment based on currently known market conditions and other factors. Although we believe such estimates and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently uncertain and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are beyond our control, including, without limitation risks related to our ability to execute on our strategy, drive growth, and create value for our stockholders; our ability to develop, market, and commercialize our products; our ability to monetize our opportunity pipeline; our ability to achieve and, thereafter, sustain profitability; our ability to win government contracts, including in the defense and national security sectors; the possibility that we may not be able to obtain the necessary facility and personnel clearances to qualify for certain government contracts, including in the defense and security sectors; our ability to continue the development of our proprietary technologies; our expected continued use of cash from operating activities unless or until we achieve positive cash flow from the commercialization of our products and services; our ability to obtain additional funding, as and if needed; our history of operating losses, which we expect to continue for at least the short term and possibly longer; our ability to control our expenses; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, including executive management; our ability to manage and mitigate risks associated with our internal cyber security protocols and protection of the data we collect and distribute; our ability to protect our intellectual property portfolio; the impact of inflation related to the U.S. dollar on our business, operations, customers, suppliers and manufacturers, and personnel; our ability to meet product development, manufacturing and customer delivery deadlines; our ability to identify and penetrate markets for our products, services, and solutions; and the risks related to the actions of Paragon Technologies, Inc. in connection with its threatened proxy contest against OPT and the related litigation brought against OPT, including the amount of related costs incurred by OPT and the disruption caused to OPT’s business activities by these actions.

Many of these factors are beyond our ability to control or predict. These factors are not intended to represent a complete list of the general or specific factors that may affect us. Additional factors are described in OPT’s Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, and Form 8-K reports (including all amendments to those reports). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are made and OPT undertakes no obligation or intent to update such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after such date. OPT cautions investors not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. These cautionary statements qualify all forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf.

Financial Tables Follow
Additional information may be found in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Form 10-Q is accessible at or the Investor Relations section of the Company's website (

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share data)
    October 31, 2023   April 30, 2023
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 3,292     $ 6,883  
Short term investments     15,427       27,790  
Restricted cash, short-term     219       65  
Accounts receivable     516       745  
Contract assets     326       152  
Inventory     2,546       1,044  
Other current assets     1,505       994  
Total current assets     23,831       37,673  
Property and equipment, net     1,806       1,280  
Intangibles, net     3,898       3,978  
Right-of-use asset, net     1,550       1,751  
Restricted cash, long-term           155  
Goodwill     8,537       8,537  
Total assets   $ 39,622     $ 53,374  
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 1,754     $ 952  
Earnout payable           1,500  
Accrued expenses     2,094       2,346  
Contingent liabilities     1,117       1,202  
Right-of-use liabilities, current portion     579       529  
Contract liabilities     1,164       1,378  
Total current liabilities     6,708       7,907  
Deferred tax liability     203       203  
Right-of-use liabilities, less current portion     1,060       1,311  
Total liabilities     7,971       9,421  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 14)        
Shareholders’ Equity:        
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; authorized 5,000,000 shares, none issued or outstanding; 100,000 designated as Series A            
Common stock, $0.001 par value; authorized 100,000,000 shares, issued 58,833,758 shares and 56,304,642 shares, respectively; outstanding 58,788,770 shares and 56,263,728 shares, respectively     59       56  
Treasury stock, at cost; 44,988 shares and 40,914 shares, respectively     (357 )     (355 )
Additional paid-in capital     326,342       324,393  
Accumulated deficit     (294,348 )     (280,096 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (45 )     (45 )
Total shareholders’ equity     31,651       43,953  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity   $ 39,622     $ 53,374  

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc., and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
    Three months ended October 31,   Six months ended October 31,
      2023       2022       2023       2022  
Revenues   $ 889     $ 303     $ 2,161     $ 1,017  
Cost of revenues     401       264       1,010       784  
Gross margin     488       39       1,151       233  
Gain from change in fair value of consideration     (23 )     (90 )     (86 )     (221 )
Operating expenses     7,995       6,409       16,100       12,727  
Operating loss     (7,484 )     (6,280 )     (14,863 )     (12,273 )
Interest income, net     270       234       610       375  
Other income, employee retention credit           1,202             1,202  
Foreign exchange gain     1             1        
Loss before income taxes     (7,213 )     (4,844 )     (14,252 )     (10,696 )
Provision for income taxes                        
Net loss   $ (7,213 )   $ (4,844 )   $ (14,252 )   $ (10,696 )
Basic and diluted net loss per share   $ (0.12 )   $ (0.09 )   $ (0.24 )   $ (0.19 )
Weighted average shares used to compute basic and diluted net loss per common share     58,781,505       55,898,528       58,752,291       55,894,090  

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
    Six months ended October 31,
      2023       2022  
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net loss   $ (14,252 )   $ (10,696 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:        
Depreciation of fixed assets     172       117  
Foreign exchange gain     1        
Amortization of intangible assets     80       79  
Amortization of right of use asset     201       152  
(Accretion of discount)/amortization of premium on investments     (211 )     191  
Change in contingent consideration liability     (86 )     (221 )
Stock based compensation     673       632  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable     229       (105 )
Contract assets     (174 )     85  
Inventory     (1,502 )     (586 )
Other assets     (511 )     (2,180 )
Accounts payable     802       (316 )
Earnout payable     (500 )      
Accrued expenses     (2 )     680  
Change in lease liability     (201 )     (166 )
Contract liabilities     (214 )     1,333  
Net cash used in operating activities   $ (15,495 )   $ (11,001 )
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Redemptions of short term investments     20,600       33,433  
Purchases of short term investments     (8,026 )     (20,108 )
Purchases of property and equipment     (698 )     (179 )
Net cash provided by investing activities   $ 11,876     $ 13,146  
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Cash paid for tax withholding related to shares withheld     (2 )      
Proceeds from issuance of common stock - Cantor At The Market offering, net of issuance costs   $ 29     $  
Net cash provided by financing activities   $ 27     $  
Net (decrease) / increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   $ (3,592 )   $ 2,145  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period   $ 7,103     $ 8,362  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period   $ 3,511     $ 10,507  
Supplemental disclosure of noncash investing and financing activities:        
Issuance of common stock for Marine Advanced Robotics earnout   $ 1,000     $  
Bonus paid through stock issuance   $ 250     $  

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