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Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

2016 Revenues Increase 156% to $32.3 Million; Drives Adjusted EBITDA of $4.1 Million; Company Reiterates Full Year 2017 Revenue Guidance of $60 Million to $70 Million, Representing an Increase of Between 85% to 116% over Full Year 2016 Revenue

/EINPresswire.com/ -- LEWIS CENTER, OH--(Marketwired - March 27, 2017) - Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. (OTCQB: MEEC) ("ME2C" or the "Company"), a leader in mercury emissions control for the North American power industry, has provided its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

 
Full Year 2016 Results
    FY 2016   FY 2015   CHANGE (%)
Revenues   $32.3 million   $12.6 million   156%
Operating Income (Loss)   $2.1 million   ($3.7) million   N/A
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)1   $4.1 million   ($1.2) million   N/A
GAAP Net Income (Loss)   ($16.9) million   ($14.3) million   N/A
Shares Outstanding (F/D)   94.0 million   111.0 million   (15%)
             
 
Fourth Quarter 2016 Results
    Q4 2016   Q4 2015   CHANGE (%)
Revenues   $7.8 million   $6.1 million   29%
Operating Income (Loss)   $0.2 million   ($1.5) million   N/A
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)1   $0.8 million   $0.1 million   665%
GAAP Net Income (Loss)   ($0.2) million   ($7.1) million   N/A
Shares Outstanding (F/D)   94.0 million   111.0 million   (15%)
             
1)   We define Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) as net income adjusted for interest and financing fees, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock based compensation and other non-cash income and expenses. Please see "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.
     

Management Commentary
"We expect the momentum we established in 2016 as it relates to customer acquisition, cash flow and revenue growth, to carry forward into 2017," said Richard MacPherson, President and CEO of ME2C. "2016 was a pivotal year for our Company, marked by several successful strategic initiatives, first of which was an improved balance sheet due to a $13.5 million equity private placement and debt restructuring. During the year we also continued the build-out of our core infrastructure to support a large increase in customer activity, and announced our intent to acquire our core IP from the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center. Finally, we expect new product introductions, such as our recently announced mercury control product for preventing scrubber reemission events, will ultimately help further position our technology as best available mercury control offering on the market."

MacPherson, continued: "As we have noted, we continue to experience some seasonal decline in winter months when our clients -- who are predominately based in the Southwest -- decrease capacity. That said, we expect this seasonality to smooth out as we secure customers in various geographic regions, such as Canada and other areas of the U.S., which we are aggressively pursuing. To this point, we currently have the most robust pipeline in the Company's history, with over 20 new units in varying stages of the sales process, and are actively focused on penetrating existing customer fleets, both of which present us with significant growth opportunities.

"We have not experienced any slowdown in interest at the utility level for our proprietary SEA™ Technology," continued MacPherson. "In fact, we believe coal fired EGUs are progressively recognizing our technology as a necessary solution that will immediately improve operational and economic efficiencies. As we move through 2017, we will continue to serve our current customers, further build our sales pipeline as a result of our growing line of products, and penetrate new markets, which we expect ultimately will allow us to deliver another record year for our shareholders."

Corporate Highlights
In November, ME2C reduced the Company's total outstanding shares on a fully diluted basis by 15.6 million via a debt exchange and raised gross proceeds of $13.5 million in a private placement of equity.

In January 2017, ME2C announced it would acquire all of the patents rights related to mercury control technology which the Company has been licensing from the Energy & Environmental Research Center Foundation (EERCF). Closing of the transaction is expected to occur by April 15, 2017.

Also in January, the Company announced that it added a new product to its proven, cost-effective mercury capture program that will reduce mercury emissions by preventing scrubber reemission events. The product is specifically designed for coal-fired power utilities with wet scrubbers to help remove mercury, as well as other metals, from the scrubber. This new product has been successfully demonstrated at several large coal-burning power facilities and has consistently proven to reduce mercury reemission from wet flue gas desulfurization systems, achieving greater than 95% mercury control, resulting in stack mercury emissions well below MATS compliance limits. The Company is moving forward aggressively with this product, as there are over 150 opportunities across the nation being targeted. ME2C's first, full-scale demonstration is expected to take place in April with a large fleet opportunity.

In March, ME2C secured an order in excess of $1,000,000 for a new injection system for a large fleet owner of electric generating units (EGUs) which uses ME2C's proprietary Sorbent Enhancement Additive (SEA™) Technology. It is expected that this order will lead to several other opportunities throughout this customer's fleet.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results
Total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016 increased 29% to $7.8 million, compared to $6.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. This growth is primarily attributed to the Company ending the fourth quarter of 2016 with 20 fully-operational Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) compliant electric generating units (EGUs) utilizing ME2C's technologies, compared to four fully-operational EGUs in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Total revenues for the full year 2016 were $32.3 million, an increase of 156% when compared to revenue of $12.6 million in 2015.

Operating income in the fourth quarter of 2016 improved significantly to $0.2 million, compared to an operating loss of $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Operating income for the full year 2016 was $2.1 million, compared to an operating loss of $3.7 million in 2015.

Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2016 increased by 665% to $0.8 million, compared to $0.1 million in the same year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2016 increased significantly to $4.1 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of ($1.2) million in 2015. These improvements were primarily due to the increase in revenues, as well as improved gross margin, decreased interest expense and the aforementioned non-cash change in warrant liabilities.

Net loss in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $0.2 million, or ($0.00) per diluted share, compared to net loss of $7.1 million, or ($0.06) per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2015. The net loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 was primarily due to a non-cash $0.4 million valuation increase of certain warrants, compared to a non-cash valuation increase of $4.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Net loss for the full year 2016 was $16.9 million, or ($0.18) per diluted share, compared to net loss of $14.3 million, or ($0.13) per diluted share, in 2015. The net loss in 2016 was primarily due to a non-cash $14.7 million valuation increase of certain warrants, compared to a non-cash valuation increase of $3.2 million in 2015.

On December 31, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $7.8 million, compared to $1.1 million on December 31, 2015.

Full Year 2017 Revenue Guidance
For the full year ending December 31, 2017, the Company reiterates expected revenues of between $60 to $70 million, an increase of 85% to 116%, respectively, when compared to revenue of $32.3 million for the full year ended December 31, 2016. This guidance is based on current power demand forecasts, plant projections and additional EGU's expected to be secured.

Conference Call and Webcast
Management will host a conference call today, March 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss ME2C's fourth quarter and year end 2016 results, provide a corporate update, and conclude with a Q&A from participants. To participate, please use the following information:

Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time
U.S. Dial-in: 1-888-600-4885
International Dial-in: 1-913-312-0381
Conference ID: 8414605
Webcast: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=123329

Please dial in at least 10 minutes before the start of the call to ensure timely participation. A playback of the call will be available through May 27, 2017. To listen, call 1-844-512-2921 within the United States or 1-412-317-6671 when calling internationally. Please use the replay pin number 8414605.

About Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. (ME2C)
Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. (OTCQB: MEEC) delivers patented and proprietary solutions to the global coal-power industry to remove mercury from power plant emissions, providing performance guarantees, and leading-edge emissions services. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) MATS rule requires that all coal- and oil-fired power plants in the U.S., larger than 25 mega-watts remove roughly 90% of mercury from their emissions starting April 15, 2015. ME2C has developed patented technology and proprietary products that have been shown to achieve mercury removal levels compliant with MATS at a significantly lower cost and with less operational impact than currently used methods, while preserving the marketability of fly-ash for beneficial use. For more information, please visit www.midwestemissions.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To provide investors with additional information regarding our financial results, this press release includes references to Adjusted EBITDA, a Non-GAAP financial measure. We view Adjusted EBITDA as an operating performance measure and, as such, we believe that the GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to it is net income (loss). We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income adjusted for interest and financing fees, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock based compensation, and other non-cash income and expenses. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides us an important measure of operating performance. Our use of Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and this measure should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for an analysis of our results as reported under GAAP, as the excluded items may have significant effects on our operating results and financial condition. Additionally, our measure of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from other companies' measure of Adjusted EBITDA. When evaluating our performance, Adjusted EBITDA should be considered with other financial performance measures, including various cash flow metrics, net income and other GAAP results. In the future, we may disclose different non-GAAP financial measures in order to help our investors and others more meaningfully evaluate and compare our future results of operations to our previously reported results of operations.

Safe Harbor Statement
With the exception of historical information contained in this press release, content herein may contain "forward-looking statements" that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally identified by using words such as "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "expect," "intend," "will," and similar expressions, but these words are not the exclusive means of identifying forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. Matters that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among other factors, the gain or loss of a major customer, change in environmental regulations, disruption in supply of materials, capacity factor fluctuations of power plant operations and power demands, a significant change in general economic conditions in any of the regions where our customer utilities might experience significant changes in electric demand, a significant disruption in the supply of coal to our customer units, the loss of key management personnel, availability of capital and any major litigation regarding the Company. In addition, this release contains time-sensitive information that reflects management's best analysis only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release. Further information concerning issues that could materially affect financial performance related to forward-looking statements contained in this release can be found in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

We prepare and publicly release yearly audited financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. The following table shows our reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA for the full year ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively:

       
    Year Ended December 31,  
    2016     2015  
       
    (in thousands)  
Net loss   $ (16,883 )   $ (14,262 )
                 
Non-GAAP adjustments:                
  Depreciation and amortization     913       391  
  Interest     5,139       6,214  
  Income taxes     (473 )     41  
  Stock based compensation     1,159       789  
  Change in warrant liability     14,681       3,194  
  Settlement charges     -       1,335  
  Gain on restruturing     (407 )     -  
  Debt conversion costs     -       1,123  
                 
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 4,129     $ (1,175 )
                 

We are including below our unaudited reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA on a quarterly basis for the quarters ended March 31, 2016, June 30, 2016, September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2016:

       
    Quarter Ended (Unaudited)  
    12/31/2016     9/30/2016     6/30/2016     3/31/2016  
       
    (in thousands)  
                         
Net income (loss)   $ (246 )   $ (9,302 )   $ (8,243 )   $ 908  
                                 
Non-GAAP adjustments:                                
  Depreciation and amortization     271       249       229       164  
  Interest     1,060       973       1,033       2,073  
  Income taxes     (497 )     20       3       1  
  Stock based compensation     191       385       404       179  
  Change in warrant liability     439       9,985       7,566       (3,309 )
  Gain on restructuring     (407 )     -       -       -  
                                 
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 811     $ 2,310     $ 992     $ 16  
                                 
                                 
   
MIDWEST ENERGY EMISSIONS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015  
   
   
   
             
    December 31,
 2016
    December 31,
 2015
 
ASSETS                
Current assets                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 7,751,557     $ 1,083,280  
  Accounts receivable     3,553,096       1,150,602  
  Inventory     609,072       2,715,913  
  Prepaid expenses and other assets     199,495       161,813  
Total current assets     12,113,220       5,111,608  
                 
Property and equipment, net     2,569,354       1,243,450  
Deferred tax asset     500,000       -  
License, net     52,945       58,825  
Prepaid expenses and other assets     -       4,058  
Customer acquisition costs, net     642,203       897,428  
Total assets   $ 15,877,722     $ 7,315,369  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT                
                 
Current liabilities                
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 4,363,553     $ 1,235,162  
  Deferred revenue     -       2,281,760  
  Current portion of notes payable     1,500,000       -  
  Current portion of convertible notes payable     -       2,497,114  
  Current portion of equipment notes payable     39,499       20,979  
  Customer credits     590,206       936,500  
Total current liabilities     6,493,258       6,971,515  
                 
Notes payable, net of discount and issuance costs     11,678,669       -  
Convertible notes payable, net of discount and issuance costs     1,142,154       3,175,085  
Warrant liability     1,313,000       9,854,400  
Accrued interest     78,750       169,202  
Equipment notes payable     143,135       90,165  
Total liabilities     20,848,966       20,260,367  
                 
Stockholders' deficit                
  Preferred stock, $.001 par value: 2,000,000 shares authorized     -       -  
  Common stock; $.001 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized;                
    73,509,663 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2016                
    47,194,118 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2015     73,510       47,194  
  Additional paid-in capital     49,838,469       25,008,016  
  Accumulated deficit     (54,883,223 )     (38,000,208 )
                 
Total stockholders' deficit     (4,971,244 )     (12,944,998 )
                 
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit   $ 15,877,722     $ 7,315,369  
                 
                 
   
MIDWEST ENERGY EMISSIONS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015  
             
             
             
             
    2016     2015  
                 
Revenues                
  Product sales   $ 28,920,051     $ 5,028,184  
  Equipment sales     2,699,051       6,939,412  
  Demonstrations and consulting services     726,438       664,323  
                 
Total revenues:     32,345,540       12,631,919  
                 
Costs and expenses:                
  Cost of sales     23,030,404       10,764,835  
  Selling, general and administrative expenses     7,257,445       4,220,606  
  Settlement charges     -       1,335,394  
                 
Total costs and expenses     30,287,849       16,320,835  
                 
Operating profit (loss)     2,057,691       (3,688,916 )
                 
Other income (expense)                
  Interest expense     (4,912,855 )     (6,213,897 )
  Letter of credit fees     (226,000 )     -  
  Change in value of warrant liability     (14,681,311 )     (3,194,189 )
  Gain on debt restructuring     406,791       -  
  Debt conversion inducement expense     -       (1,123,380 )
                 
Total other expense     (19,413,375 )     (10,531,466 )
                 
Net loss before taxes     (17,355,684 )     (14,220,382 )
                 
Income tax benefit (expense)     472,669       (41,149 )
                 
Net loss   $ (16,883,015 )   $ (14,261,531 )
                 

Company Contact:
Richard MacPherson
Chief Executive Officer
Midwest Energy Emissions Corp.
Main: 614-505-6115
rmacpherson@midwestemissions.com

Investor Relations Contact:
Greg Falesnik
Managing Director
MZ Group - MZ North America
Main: 949-385-6449
greg.falesnik@mzgroup.us
www.mzgroup.us

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