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Sep 29, 2014
ZBB Energy Corporation Reports Fiscal Year 2014 Net Loss Decrease of $2.8 Million

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - Sep 29, 2014) - ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: ZBB), a leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy power platforms and hybrid vehicle control systems, today announced its financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2014 as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2013 were:

  • Total revenues increased 20.9% to $1,248,711 from $1,033,180.
  • Total revenue increased $215,531 as a result of a $275,000 increase in engineering and development revenues, partially offset by a $59,469 decrease in product sales as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2013.
  • Net loss increased to $4,176,221 compared to $3,088,356. The results of operations for the fourth quarter included a charge of approximately $1.7 million due to a product upgrade initiative established in the fourth quarter of 2014. Subsequent to commercialization, installation, and commissioning of units in the field the Company has garnered meaningful insights that have resulted in system design modifications and other general updates that have improved performance, efficiency, and reliability. In the interest of enhancing customer satisfaction, the Company launched the initiative to implement these improvements at certain locations of its installed base over fiscal 2015.
  • Loss per share declined to ($0.16) from ($0.17).

Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results

Financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014 as compared to the year ended June 30, 2013 were:

  • Total revenues increased $127,908 to $7,851,607 from $7,723,699.
  • Total increase in revenues is a result of a $906,817 increase in engineering and development revenues and a $3,000,000 increase in license revenues, partially offset by a $3,778,909 decrease in product sales as compared to the year ended June 30, 2013.
  • Net loss decreased to $9,077,427 compared to $11,878,915. The decrease in net loss is due primarily to revenues earned under the Lotte Chemical Research and Development Agreement and the Lotte Amended License Agreement.
  • Loss per share declined to ($0.46) from ($0.74).

Financial Position

The Company's backlog is currently $4.1 million compared to a backlog of $5.0 million on September 27, 2013. The Company ended fiscal 2014 with total assets of $20.1 million, including $10.4 million in cash and $1.1 million in accounts receivable. Incremental proceeds of $13.5 from the August 27, 2014 offering will be reflected in the Company's balance sheet cash position upon filing of the fiscal 2015 first quarter 10-Q. The auditors' report received from the Company's independent public accounting firm on its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014 contained a going concern explanatory note similar to the notes included in prior year financial statements.

"With the strengthening of our balance sheet and the acceleration of the utility scale storage market, we have made significant progress towards realizing a huge market opportunity." said Chief Executive Officer Eric C. Apfelbach. "We believe we have the right products for these markets and that our partnership strategy is demonstrating its value in our global position. In addition, the China market represents a multi-billion dollar opportunity that was reinforced recently by the continued valuation increase we have seen in our JV."

Fiscal Year 2014 Highlights

During the 2014 fiscal year, the Company's major accomplishments included:

  • Receiving third-party compliance validation of the ZBB EnerStore® battery as meeting the requirements of Standard GBZ2.1-2007 of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for use in the People's Republic of China through its joint venture partner, Meineng Energy.
  • Completing a private placement of Series B preferred stock resulting in gross proceeds of $3.0 million to the Company.
  • Crosspoint Kinetics announcing the introduction of their second generation S3000 hybrid system, which represents a sizable opportunity for the Company as ZBB developed and now manufactures the electronic controller for the S3000 hybrid system.
  • Signing a joint development agreement with Lotte Chemical to design and develop a 500 kWh battery and granting a non-exclusive license for Lotte to sell ZBB's zinc-bromide continuous flow battery outside of the United States and China.
  • Receiving $3 million in one-time up-front license fees from Lotte Chemical under the Amended License Agreement.
  • Completing an underwritten secondary offering of common stock for net proceeds of $13.1 million on March 19. 2014. National Securities Corporation acted as the sole book running manager of the offering
  • Advancing to the RFQ stage for the Imperial Irrigation District's 40-megawatt energy storage project.
  • Naming Bradley L. Hansen as the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer and also appointing him as a director of the Company.

Subsequent to the end of fiscal year 2014:

  • ZBB PowerSav Holdings Limited, a majority owned subsidiary of ZBB Energy ("Hong Kong Holdco"), amended and restated the Management Services Agreement (the "Agreement") with Meineng Energy. Pursuant to the Agreement, Hong Kong Holdco will provide certain management services in exchange for a management services fee. The contractual start date for the management fee was amended to begin on the first day of the first quarter in which Meineng Energy achieves operational break-even, as defined in the Agreement.
  • Meineng Energy received a cash investment of 20,000,000 RMB (approximately $3.2 million) from Wuhu Fuhai-Haoyan Venture Investment, L.P., a branch of Shenzhen Oriental Fortune Capital Co., Ltd., for a post-closing equity position of 8%. Subject to receipt of required governmental approval for this investment, which is expected sometime in October or November 2014, this investment capital will be used to fund ongoing operations and development of the China market, and provides Meineng Energy a 250,000,000 RMB (approximately $42 million) post-closing valuation. Following this investment, the Company's indirect investment in Meineng Energy equals approximately 30%.
  • The Company provided notice to Aspire Capital Fund, LLC, an Illinois limited liability company ("Aspire Capital"), electing to terminate the Common Stock Purchase Agreement ("Purchase Agreement) entered into with Aspire Capital on March 13, 2013. The Purchase Agreement provided that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions and limitations set forth therein, Aspire Capital was committed to purchase up to an aggregate of $10 million of shares of the Company's common stock over the two-year term of the Purchase Agreement. 
  • On August 27, 2014 the Company completed an underwritten public offering of its common stock for approximately $13.5 million of net proceeds. Craig-Hallum acted as the sole book running manager of the offering

Conference call - September 29, 2014 - 4:30 p.m. EDT (3:30 p.m. CDT)

As previously announced, the Company will hold a conference call on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. EDT (3:30 p.m. CDT) to discuss results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2014. To participate in the call, please dial 1-888-801-6497 for domestic callers and 1-719-457-0820 for international callers. The participant passcode is 3896223.

The call will be available for replay at 1-888-203-1112 for domestic callers, and 1-719-457-0820, for international callers. The replay passcode is 3896223. The conference call will also be available for replay via the investor relations section of the Company's website at until December 31, 2014.

Consolidated Statements of Operations  
    Three months ended June 30,     Year ended June 30,  
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
  Product sales   $ 873,711     $ 933,180     $ 3,526,607     $ 7,305,516  
  Engineering and development     375,000       100,000       1,325,000       418,183  
  License     -       -       3,000,000       -  
    Total Revenues     1,248,711       1,033,180       7,851,607       7,723,699  
Costs and Expenses                                
  Cost of product sales     1,196,785       755,917       2,895,547       6,275,277  
  Cost of engineering and development     96,906       46,579       206,102       153,762  
  Advanced engineering and development     1,844,635       1,437,732       5,244,953       5,266,418  
  Selling, general, and administrative     2,038,617       1,504,480       7,259,683       6,235,508  
  Depreciation and amortization     156,172       369,530       1,042,577       1,392,033  
    Total Costs and Expenses     5,333,116       4,114,238       16,648,862       19,322,998  
Income (Loss) from Operations     (4,084,404 )     (3,081,058 )     (8,797,255 )     (11,599,299 )
Other Income (Expense)                                
  Equity in loss of investee company     (353,972 )     (128,213 )     (657,882 )     (779,768 )
  Interest income     2,691       1,000       5,635       2,896  
  Interest expense     (22,437 )     (52,336 )     (147,105 )     (186,375 )
  Other income (expense)     -       -       896       (45,000 )
    Total Other Income (Expense)     (373,718 )     (179,549 )     (798,456 )     (1,008,247 )
Loss before benefit for Income Taxes     (4,458,122 )     (3,260,607 )     (9,595,711 )     (12,607,546 )
Benefit for Income Taxes     4,437       (44,038 )     (82,411 )     (154,904 )
  Net loss     (4,462,559 )     (3,216,569 )     (9,513,300 )     (12,452,642 )
  Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest     353,972       128,213       657,882       573,727  
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to ZBB Energy Corporation     (4,108,587 )     (3,088,356 )     (8,855,418 )     (11,878,915 )
Preferred Stock Dividend     (67,634 )     -       (222,009 )     -  
Net Loss Attributable to Common Shareholders   $ (4,176,221 )   $ (3,088,356 )   $ (9,077,427 )   $ (11,878,915 )
Net Loss per share                                
  Basic and diluted   $ (0.16 )   $ (0.17 )   $ (0.46 )   $ (0.74 )
Weighted average shares-basic and diluted     25,341,195       17,666,112       19,853,579       16,082,001  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
    June 30, 2014     June 30, 2013  
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 10,360,721     $ 1,096,621  
  Restricted cash on deposit     69,901       60,000  
  Accounts receivable, net     1,051,024       446,925  
  Inventories, net     1,352,970       2,459,776  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     295,814       224,542  
  Refundable income tax credit     91,191       137,228  
    Total current assets     13,221,621       4,425,092  
Long-term assets:                
  Property, plant and equipment, net     4,382,203       5,179,707  
  Investment in investee company     1,646,240       2,304,122  
  Intangible assets, net     -       411,073  
  Goodwill     803,079       803,079  
    Total assets   $ 20,053,143     $ 13,123,073  
Liabilities and Equity                
Current liabilities:                
  Bank loans and notes payable   $ 351,142     $ 885,786  
  Accounts payable     589,642       570,932  
  Accrued expenses     2,621,479       785,532  
  Customer deposits     741,145       2,194,262  
  Accrued compensation and benefits     195,181       164,437  
    Total current liabilities     4,498,589       4,600,949  
Long-term liabilities:                
  Bank loans and notes payable, net of current maturities     2,045,127       2,395,802  
    Total liabilities     6,543,716       6,996,751  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 12)                
  Series B redeemable convertible preferred stock ($0.01 par value, $1,000 face value) 10,000,000 authorized, 3,000 and 0 shares issued, 2,575 and 0 shares outstanding, preference in liquidation of $5,347,994 and $0 as of June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively     26       -  
  Common stock ($0.01 par value); 150,000,000 authorized, 25,651,389 and 17,707,341 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively     964,828       885,389  
  Additional paid-in capital     102,286,450       85,464,055  
  Accumulated deficit     (89,788,242 )     (80,932,824 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (1,599,875 )     (1,594,418 )
    Total ZBB Energy Corporation Equity     11,863,187       3,822,202  
  Noncontrolling interest     1,646,240       2,304,120  
    Total equity     13,509,427       6,126,322  
    Total liabilities and equity   $ 20,053,143     $ 13,123,073  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
    Year ended June 30,  
    2014     2013  
Cash flows from operating activities                
Net loss   $ (9,513,300 )   $ (12,452,642 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:                
  Depreciation of property, plant and equipment     736,551       798,424  
  Amortization of intangible assets     411,073       732,049  
  Stock-based compensation     962,361       785,260  
  Equity in loss of investee company     657,882       779,768  
  Amortization of discounts and debt issuance costs on notes payable     14,566       14,566  
  Non-cash expense attributed to accretion of note payable     -       45,000  
Changes in assets and liabilities                
  Accounts receivable, net     (604,099 )     33,638  
  Inventories     1,219,306       96,445  
  Prepaids and other current assets     (85,838 )     (51,660 )
  Refundable income taxes     46,037       48,317  
  Accounts payable     18,710       (1,328,097 )
  Accrued compensation and benefits     30,744       (170,932 )
  Accrued expenses     1,872,642       (467,475 )
  Customer deposits     (1,453,117 )     878,953  
Net cash used in operating activities     (5,686,482 )     (10,258,386 )
Cash flows from investing activities                
  Proceeds (expenditures) for property and equipment     (51,543 )     (137,601 )
  Deposits of restricted cash     (9,901 )     -  
Net cash used in investing activities     (61,444 )     (137,601 )
Cash flows from financing activities                
  Proceeds from issuance of notes payable     -       938,250  
  Repayments of bank loans and notes payable     (929,403 )     (1,654,593 )
  Debt issuance costs     -       (29,113 )
  Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock and warrants     3,000,000       -  
  Preferred stock issuance costs     (96,967 )     -  
  Proceeds from issuance of common stock     14,231,250       4,648,499  
  Common stock issuance costs     (1,194,786 )     (177,607 )
  Proceeds from noncontrolling interest     -       5,500  
Net cash provided by financing activities     15,010,094       3,730,936  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     1,932       (1,545 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     9,264,100       (6,666,596 )
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period     1,096,621       7,763,217  
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period   $ 10,360,721     $ 1,096,621  
Cash paid for interest   $ 147,106     $ 173,876  
Cash received from foreign income tax credit     133,996       198,309  
Supplemental non-cash investing and financing activities:                
  Inventory transferred to assets held for lease   $ -     $ 355,986  
  Interest deferred and added to principal balance of note payabe     -       44,084  

About ZBB Energy Corporation

ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: ZBB) designs, develops, licenses and manufactures advanced energy storage and power electronics systems, as well as engineered custom and semi-custom products targeted at the growing global need for distributed renewable energy, energy efficiency, power quality, and grid modernization. ZBB's portfolio includes integrated power management platforms that combine advanced power and energy controls plus energy storage to optimize renewable energy sources and conventional power inputs for grid connected and off-grid applications. ZBB's innovative platforms solve a wide range of electrical system challenges in global markets for utility, governmental, commercial, industrial and residential customers. In addition, the platforms ensure optimal efficiencies today, while offering the flexibility to adapt and scale to future requirements. ZBB's corporate offices, engineering and development, and production facilities are located in Menomonee Falls, WI, USA with a research facility also located in Perth, Western Australia. ZBB has a joint venture with Meineng Energy, a provider of leading-edge energy storage systems and solutions to the greater China market. For more information, visit:

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