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VISTA, Calif., May 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Flux Power Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: FLUX), a developer of advanced lithium batteries for industrial applications including electric forklifts and airport ground support equipment (GSE), today reported results for its fiscal 2019 third quarter (Q3 ‘19) and nine months ended March 31, 2019.
Flux CEO, Ron Dutt, commented, “Our quarterly performance shows solid growth in both breadth of our customer base and new business prospects. Timing of major customer orders, and their decision-making processes, has impeded the improvement we anticipated. These delays in some orders held our third quarter revenue growth over prior quarter to 6%, and our pipeline and year-to-date performance confirm that we are well on track to achieve our goal of more than doubling revenue in our fiscal year ending June 30th.
“Last month the Flux team returned from ProMat 2019, the global materials handling industry’s largest convention held every other year, with strong confidence and new customer leads. Lithium power was one of a few prominent themes at Promat this year, with widespread evidence of substantially expanded awareness and engagement in the performance, energy efficiency and cost benefits of lithium battery solutions as an alternative to lead-acid chemistry. This growing engagement in lithium solutions, combined with our full offering of lithium-ion solutions across all forklift classes, positions Flux well to continue our growth trajectory in the coming fiscal year.”
Q3 ‘19 revenue rose 6% to $1,751,000 compared to $1,666,000 in Q3’18, principally due to continued solid demand for Flux’s walkie LiFT Pack solutions and initial shipments of Class 2 narrow aisle LiFT Packs.
Q3 ‘19 cost of sales decreased 7% to $1,690,000 compared to $1,816,000 in Q3 ’18, principally due to improved workforce efficiencies and to bill of material cost reductions. Flux’s gross profit rose to $61,000 in Q3’19 from a gross profit loss of ($105,000) in Q3’18, reflecting increasing purchasing and production efficiencies resulting from Flux’s ongoing margin enhancement plan. The plan involves staged improvements in design, production, procurement and pricing initiatives, in addition to expected efficiency improvements through higher production volumes, that should drive ongoing improvements in gross margins over the next several quarters.
Selling and administrative expenses increased to $2,421,000 in Q3 ‘19 from $909,000 in Q3 ’18, primarily due to the addition of sales and support staff required to develop and service both our full product line rollout and significantly higher customer activity, which includes a $1.0M increase in stock-based compensation related to option grants for both new and existing employees.
Research & development expenses increased to $1,364,000 in Q3 ‘19, compared to $483,000 in Q3 ‘18, as Flux invested in completing development of its larger Class 1 and Class 2 battery solutions and comprehensive UL certification processes for both its Class 1 LiFT Pack and next generation BMS. R&D expenses are expected to remain significant as Flux addresses specific partner and customer design requests supporting customer demand, develops solutions for other potential motive power markets, and invests in new capabilities and features to strengthen margins and customer demand.
Flux’s Q3 ‘19 operating loss increased to $3.7M from $1.5M in Q3 ‘18, principally due to higher operating expenses supporting future growth and its full product line rollout, including $1.1M in stock based compensation. Net loss in Q3 ‘19 increased to $3.8M, or ($0.08) per basic share, from $1.8M, or ($0.07) per basic share, in Q3 ‘18, reflecting the higher operating loss offset by a decrease in interest expense due to lower average borrowings.
In support of its operations, growth and new product initiatives, Flux raised a total of $4.4M from the private placement of common stock at $1.10 per share, with closings in December 2018 and January 2019.
On March 28, 2019, Flux entered into an amended and restated credit facility agreement with Esenjay Investments, LLC, owned by the Company’s largest shareholder, and Cleveland Capital to extend the maturity date from March 31, 2019 to December 31, 2019 and to increase the maximum principal amount available from $5M to $7M. Total borrowings outstanding under this credit facility were $3.4M at March 31, 2019.
About Flux Power Holdings, Inc. (www.fluxpower.com)
Flux Power develops advanced lithium-ion batteries for industrial uses, including its first-ever UL 2271 Listed lithium-ion “LiFT Pack” forklift batteries. Flux solutions utilize its proprietary battery management system and in-house engineering and product design. Flux batteries deliver improved performance, extended cycle life and lower total cost of ownership than legacy lead-acid solutions. Flux sells primarily to lift equipment OEM’s, their dealers and battery distributors. Current products include advanced battery packs for motive power in the lift equipment and airport ground support markets.
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|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|Three months ended March 31,||Nine months ended March 31,|
|Cost of sales||1,690,000||1,816,000||5,968,000||3,728,000|
|Gross profit (loss)||61,000||(150,000||)||329,000||(708,000||)|
|Selling and administrative expenses||2,421,000||909,000||5,518,000||2,378,000|
|Research and development||1,364,000||483,000||2,892,000||1,441,000|
|Total operating expenses||3,785,000||1,392,000||8,410,000||3,819,000|
|Other income (expense):|
|Net loss per share - basic and diluted||$||(0.08||)||$||(0.07||)||$||(0.22||)||$||(0.20||)|
|Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - basic and diluted||50,769,673||25,112,349||41,054,334||25,142,039|
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