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Acorn Reports Improved Q2 Remote Monitoring and Control (IoT) Device and Services Results and Hosts Investor Call Today at 4:30 pm ET

/EINPresswire.com/ -- WILMINGTON, DE--(Marketwired - Aug 14, 2017) - Acorn Energy, Inc. (OTCQB: ACFN), a provider of machine-to-machine, Internet of Things (IoT) remote monitoring and control systems and services, announced results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2017. Acorn will host a conference call to review its results and outlook today at 4:30 p.m. EDT and an audio replay will be available thereafter (details below).

Jan Loeb, President and CEO of Acorn, commented, "Our OmniMetrix remote monitoring and control business continued to achieve growth and margin expansion during the second quarter. OmniMetrix's second quarter margin of 57% represents a continuing trend of increasing margins for the Company.

"Meanwhile we are seeking to monetize our interest in DSIT in order to enhance our financial position and become a more focused company. We are in the midst of dialogues with various parties, though nothing can be assured at this point. We also continue to seek acquisition opportunities that could accelerate our growth and improve our bottom line, preferably in monitoring and control or a similarly synergistic and attractive space. We remain optimistic about growth opportunities for our business in coming quarters and hope to report progress on the monetization of DSIT before year end.

"In February we announced $1.9 million of director loan commitments of which $0.9 million was funded immediately. We have not yet called on any of the remaining $1.0 million commitment. The loans are due the earlier of April 30, 2018 or upon the monetization of DSIT."

Acorn's Financial Results
Acorn's financial results reflect the deconsolidation DSIT's operating results following the sale of a portion of its ownership in April 2016. DSIT's operating results were fully consolidated for the period January 1 through April 21, 2016. Thereafter, Acorn records its share of DSIT's net income under the equity method as "Share of income in DSIT."

Principally reflecting the impact of the DSIT deconsolidation, Acorn's second quarter 2017 revenue decreased to $1,045,000 from $1,915,000 in the second quarter 2016. Second quarter 2016 revenue included $1,154,000 from DSIT. Acorn's revenue for the first six months of 2017 decreased to $2,141,000 from $6,676,000 in the first six months of 2016. First six months revenue of 2016 included $5,074,000 of DSIT revenue.

Acorn reported a second quarter 2017 net loss attributable to shareholders of $491,000, or $0.02 per share, compared to net income of $2,436,000, or $0.09 per share, in the second quarter of 2016. The second quarter of 2016 included a net gain of $3,543,000 on the sale of a portion of Acorn's interest in DSIT. For the first half of 2017, Acorn reported a net loss attributable to shareholders of $711,000, or $0.02 per share, versus a loss of $539,000, or $0.02 per share, in the first half of 2016.

OmniMetrix

 
OmniMetrix Revenue Summary
(dollars in thousands)
   

Q2 2017
 

Q2 2016
 
% increase
  % increase based on normalized 2016 revenue *
Hardware revenue   $ 500   $ 381   31%   31%
Monitoring revenue   $ 545   $ 380   43%   7%
Total revenue   $ 1,045   $ 761   37%   17%
                     
   

H1 2017
 

H1 2016
 
% increase
  % increase based on normalized 2016 revenue *
Hardware revenue   $ 1,054   $ 781   35%   35%
Monitoring revenue   $ 1,087   $ 821   32%   14%
Total revenue   $ 2,141   $ 1,602   34%   24%
                     
* 2016 monitoring revenue included a one-time negative adjustment of $130 in the second quarter of 2016. Normalized revenue removes the impact of that adjustment.
 

As noted in the table above, Acorn's OmniMetrix remote monitoring and control business revenue rose 37% to $1,045,000 in the second quarter of 2017 versus $761,000 in the second quarter of 2016. OmniMetrix's second quarter 2017 revenue improvement was driven by increases in revenue from the sale of hardware monitoring equipment and greater monitoring revenue from an expanded base of units being monitored, combined with a one-time deferred revenue adjustment that reduced monitoring revenue by $130,000 in the second quarter of 2016. Excluding the impact of the one-time adjustment, second quarter 2017 revenue growth would have been 17%.

Revenue recognized from hardware sales increased 31% in the second quarter to $500,000, while monitoring revenue improved 43% to $545,000 versus second quarter 2016 (monitoring revenue would have grown 7% excluding the impact of the one-time revenue adjustment).

First half 2017 revenue rose 34% to $2,141,000 from $1,602,000 in first half 2016. Excluding the impact of the second quarter 2016 revenue adjustment, first half 2017 revenue would have grown 24% over first half 2016.

Year-over-year, revenue recognized from hardware sales increased 35% in the first half of 2017 to $1,054,000, while first half 2017 monitoring revenue increased 32% to $1,087,000 (monitoring revenue would have grown 14% excluding the impact of the one-time revenue adjustment).

Gross profit grew by 66% to $594,000 in the second quarter of 2017, reflecting a gross margin of 57%, versus second quarter 2016 gross profit of $357,000 and gross margin of 47%. Excluding the impact of the one-time revenue adjustment, gross profit would have increased 22% in the second quarter 2017 over second quarter 2016.

First half 2017 gross profit of $1,208,000 reflected a gross margin of 56% and represented a significant increase from first half 2016 gross profit of $782,000 and gross margin of 49%. The increase in gross margin was due to a change in the sales mix to higher margin Power Generation products as well as to the aforementioned one-time revenue adjustment. 

OmniMetrix recorded $794,000 of operating costs during the second quarter of 2017, reflecting a 1% decrease versus second quarter 2016, as higher R&D costs were offset by lower SG&A expenses. OmniMetrix recorded $1,604,000 of operating costs during the first half of 2017, representing a 9% increase over first half 2016, due primarily to higher R&D costs related to the development of its next generation monitors.

OmniMetrix's second quarter 2017 operating loss was reduced to $200,000 from $446,000 in the second quarter of 2016. Higher revenue and gross profit led to a reduced operating loss of $396,000 for OmniMetrix in the first half of 2017 versus an operating loss of $694,000 in the first half of 2016.

OmniMetrix continues to develop and launch additional product functionality to stay at the leading edge of innovative solutions for its customers.

DSIT Solutions
DSIT's second quarter 2017 revenue increased to $4,001,000 versus $3,950,000 in second quarter 2016. First half 2017 revenue of $8,062,000 also improved over first half 2016 revenue of $7,870,000. Increased revenue for both periods were due primarily to revenue recognized from the $7.1 million Blackfish Hull Mounted Sonar systems contract secured in June 2016 as well as revenue from an initial fiber-optic border protection solution for an Eastern European country.

Second quarter 2017 gross profit increased to $1,452,000 compared to $1,300,000 in the second quarter of 2016, reflecting marginally higher revenue and an increase in gross margin to 36% in the second quarter of 2017 from 33% in the second quarter of 2016. The increase in gross margin was due to improved margins in historically lower-margin non-Naval projects and reduced material costs for certain Naval projects. DSIT's gross profit increased to $2,747,000 in the first half of 2017 from $2,506,000 in the first half of 2016. Gross profit increased as a result of both increased revenue and an increase in gross margin to 34% in the first half of 2017 from 32% in the first half of 2016.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of June 30, 2017, Acorn had net working capital of $1,421,000 ($2,283,000 in continuing operations). Working capital in continuing operations includes $317,000 of cash and cash equivalents and $579,000 of escrow deposits related to the April 2016 DSIT transaction which are expected to be released in October 2017. Net cash increased by $88,000 during the six months ended June 30, 2017, of which $50,000 was provided by investing activities and $809,000 was provided from financing activities, while $771,000 was used in operating activities ($764,000 in continuing operations).

In February 2017, Acorn received $900,000 in cash pursuant to $1.9 million of loan commitments provided by certain members of Acorn's Board of Directors. An additional $1.0 million remains available under that commitment. The Company has yet to call on that commitment for additional funds.

Conference Call Details

Date/Time: Monday, August 14th at 4:30 p.m. EDT
Dial-in Number: 844-834-0644 or 412-317-5190 Int'l
Online Replay/Transcript: The call audio file and transcript will be posted to the
Investor Relations section of Acorn's website when available.

Note: Questions can be emailed to acfn@catalyst-ir.com before or after the conference call.

About Acorn (www.acornenergy.com)
Acorn Energy, Inc. is a holding company with investments in two portfolio companies:

OmniMetrix™, Inc. (www.omnimetrix.net) - is a leader and pioneer in machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless remote monitoring and control for stand-by generators, gas pipelines, cell towers, medical facilities, data centers, public transportation systems, and other critical equipment, including at federal, state and municipal government facilities. OmniMetrix is a proven solution for making critical systems more reliable with thousands of monitored assets and many Fortune 500 customers. Acorn has an 80% equity stake in OmniMetrix and consolidates its assets, liabilities and results of operations.

DSIT Solutions Ltd. (www.dsit.co.il) - develops and produces sonar applications for defense, HLS, energy and commercial markets. DSIT employs a world-class multi-disciplinary professional team skilled in the latest sonar and real-time technologies. Products include: The Shield family of Diver Detection Sonars, Anti-Submarine Warfare and Hull Mounted Sonar systems, Portable Acoustic Ranges, Underwater Acoustic Signal Analysis applications and sonar simulators and trainers. Acorn has a 41.2% equity stake in DSIT that it accounts for under the equity method.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. There is no assurance that Acorn will be successful in growing its business; reaching profitability; or maximizing the value of its operating companies and other assets. A complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties, which may affect Acorn Energy's business, including the businesses of its subsidiaries is included in "Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

   
   
ACORN ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)  
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)  
   
    Six months ended
June 30,
    Three months ended June 30,  
    2017     2016     2017     2016  
                                 
Revenue   $ 2,141     $ 6,676     $ 1,045     $ 1,915  
Cost of sales     933       4,263       451       1,133  
    Gross profit     1,208       2,413       594       782  
Operating expenses:                                
  Research and development expenses, net of credits     268       658       176       293  
  Selling, general and administrative expenses     1,784       3,830       925       1,205  
    Total operating expenses     2,052       4,488       1,101       1,498  
      Operating loss     (844 )     (2,075 )     (507 )     (716 )
Finance expense, net     (86 )     (548 )     (52 )     (275 )
  Loss before income taxes     (930 )     (2,623 )     (559 )     (991 )
Income tax expense     --       (19 )     --       (11 )
  Net loss after income taxes     (930 )     (2,642 )     (559 )     (1,002 )
Gain on sale of interest in DSIT, net of income taxes and transaction costs     --       3,543       --       3,543  
Share of income in DSIT     69       25       33       25  
  Income (loss) before discontinued operations     (861 )     926       (526 )     2,566  
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes    
65
     
(1,610
)    
--
     
(224
)
  Net income (loss)     (796 )     (684 )     (526 )     2,342  
Non-controlling interest share of net (income) loss - continuing operations     85       145       35       94  
  Net income (loss) attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders   $ (711 )   $ (539 )   $ (491 )   $ 2,436  
                                 
Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders:                                
    Continuing operations   $ (0.02 )   $ 0.04     $ (0.02 )   $ 0.10  
    Discontinued operations     0.00       (0.06 )     --       (0.01 )
Total attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders   $ (0.02 )   $ (0.02 )   $ (0.02 )   $ 0.09  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders - basic     29,368       27,644       29,402       27,963  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding attributable to Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders - diluted     29,368       27,651       29,402       27,968  
                                 
   
   
ACORN ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)  
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)  
   
    As of
June 30,
2017
    As of
December 31, 2016
 
ASSETS                
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 317     $ 222  
  Escrow deposit     579       579  
  Accounts receivable, net of provisions for doubtful accounts of $11 at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016     591       1,005  
  Inventory, net     204       202  
  Investment in DSIT     5,727       5,658  
  Other current assets     921       932  
  Current assets - discontinued operations     62       119  
    Total current assets     8,401       8,717  
Property and equipment, net     174       214  
Other assets     323       309  
    Total assets   $ 8,898     $ 9,240  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
  Short-term credit   $ 285     $ 376  
  Accounts payable     376       708  
  Accrued payroll, payroll taxes and social benefits     65       327  
  Deferred revenue     2,229       2,149  
  Due to Acorn directors     1,163       --  
  Due to DSIT     1,429       --  
  Other current liabilities     509       629  
  Current liabilities - discontinued operations     924       997  
    Total current liabilities     6,980       5,186  
Non-current liabilities:                
  Due to Acorn directors     --       165  
  Due to DSIT     --       1,171  
  Other non-current liabilities     843       831  
    Total non-current liabilities     843       2,167  
Commitments and contingencies                
Equity:                
  Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders                
Common stock - $0.01 par value per share:                
Authorized - 42,000,000 shares; Issued - 30,213,383 and 30,124,494 shares at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively     302       301  
  Additional paid-in capital     99,800       99,767  
  Warrants     1,600       1,600  
  Accumulated deficit     (97,757 )     (97,046 )
  Treasury stock, at cost - 801,920 shares at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016     (3,036 )     (3,036 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (254 )     (254 )
    Total Acorn Energy, Inc. shareholders' equity     655       1,332  
  Non-controlling interests     420       555  
    Total equity     1,075       1,887  
      Total liabilities and equity   $ 8,898     $ 9,240  
                       

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