YVERDON LES BAINS, Switzerland, 4 April 2017: Leclanché SA (SIX: LECN), one of the world’s leading energy storage solution companies, announced today its annual financial results for the year ending 31 December 2016. Consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2016 were CHF 28.5 million, up by 56% year-on-year; the EBITDA loss for the year amounts to CHF (27.5) million compared with the loss of CHF (26.0) million in 2015. Excluding all one-off, exceptional and non-recurring items the loss was (18.6) million, representing a 54% improvement compared to 2015 in terms of net sales.
Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, said: “We are delighted to report that the Company met its financial guidance for the financial year 2016. We continued to substantially increase our revenues and decrease our EBITDA loss, 40% of which was accounted for by growth investment of CHF 10 million. The Company increased its order book by more than 100% in the year to reach 85 MWh and we have a pipeline of awarded and expected projects of over 450 MWh.
“2016 was another strong year for Leclanché. We continued to break new ground with our innovative and sustainable solutions across all three of our key markets: utility-scale generation and microgrids; eTransport; and commercial and industrial battery systems. Standout contracts included some of the world’s largest and most advanced utility scale energy storage projects that we are now building in North America and Europe, and the development of the world’s largest fully electric ferry in Denmark.”
Leclanché has been working with its financial advisers to complete a second round of private placement with existing and new shareholders and expects to add up to CHF 7 million of new capital. This fund raising follows the CHF 11.1 million private placement completed in August 2016.
Hubert Angleys, CFO of Leclanché, said: “While the company has delivered a revenue growth in line with the market, I am confident that this positive achievement is the first stage of our journey towards EBITDA breakeven, which we still expect to reach above 100 MWh of revenue in 2018.”
The Company is in advanced discussions with several organisations in China with regards to developing strategic partnerships in technology licensing, low-cost manufacturing and access to the Chinese domestic market, in particular the more than $100bn e-transport market.
Angleys added: “We have been working in parallel to solidify a partnership agreement with a Chinese industrial group for that important strategic market and to secure heads of terms for a debt facility of a significant amount for corporate working capital needs and for a deployment of our projects in Canada, Germany and the US. I remain confident that Leclanché will successfully fund its business plan by Q2 2017.”
Key customer milestones in 2016 included:
In addition, in March 2017 Leclanché received certifications recognising its LTO battery cell’s compliance with China’s latest standards, a pre-requisite to providing battery solutions to power electric vehicles in China.
According to Navigant Research, the Lithium-ion market for stationary and industrial mobility applications segments in which Leclanché offers its solutions, is forecast to grow 37% annually to 75.5 GWh by 2020: these markets include Residential Energy Storage, Commercial & Industrial Buildings, Micro-grids, Utility-Scale, Buses, Ferries and Materials-Handling Vehicles. According to the same study, Stationary Storage Systems is forecasted to grow 48% annually to 4.2 GWh, while Mobile Storage Systems is expected to grow 37% annually to 6 GWh and Specialty Battery Systems for the commercial and industrial markets to grow 48% annually to 11.3 GWh.
Growth targets are subject to a number of factors, including supply chain capacity and timely access to capital. The company maintains its focus on capital efficiency and limiting shareholder dilution in funding growth.
Headquartered in Switzerland, Leclanché SA is a leading provider of high-quality energy storage solutions designed to accelerate our progress towards a clean energy future. Leclanché’s history and heritage is rooted in over 100 years of battery and energy storage innovation and the Company is a trusted provider of energy storage solutions globally. This coupled with the Company’s culture of German engineering and Swiss precision and quality, continues to make Leclanché the partner of choice for both disruptors, established companies and governments who are pioneering positive changes in how energy is produced, distributed and consumed around the world. The energy transition is being driven primarily by changes in the management of our electricity networks and the electrification of transport, and these two end markets form the backbone of our strategy and business model. Leclanché is at the heart of the convergence of the electrification of transport and the changes in the distribution network. Leclanché is the only listed pure play energy storage company in the world, organised along three business units: stationary storage solutions, e-Transport solutions and specialty batteries systems. Leclanché is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX: LECN).
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