PIONEER POWER SOLUTIONS, INC. files 10-Q

PIONEER POWER SOLUTIONS, INC. files 10-Q in a filing on Wednesday, May 15 accessible here.

In connection with entry into the Merger Agreement, the Company and CleanSpark entered into a Contract Manufacturing Agreement (the ‘Contract Manufacturing Agreement’), dated as of January 22, 2019, pursuant to which the Company will manufacture paralleling switchgear, automatic transfer switches and related control and circuit protective equipment (collectively, ‘Products’) exclusively for purchase by CleanSpark. CleanSpark will purchase the Products via purchase orders issued to the Company at any time and from time to time. The price for the Products payable by CleanSpark to the Company will be negotiated on a case by case basis, but all purchases of Products will have a target price of 91% of the CleanSpark customer’s purchase order price and will not be more than 109% of the Company’s cost. The Contract Manufacturing Agreement has a term of 18 months and may be extended by mutual agreement of the Company and CleanSpark.

In December 2011 and January 2012, the Company made two secured loans, each in the amount of $300 to a developer of a renewable energy project in the U.S, secured by assets of the developer. The promissory notes accrue interest at a rate of 4.5% per annum with a final payment of all unpaid principal and interest becoming fully due and payable upon the earlier to occur of (i) the four year anniversary of the issuance date of the promissory notes, or (ii) an event of default. As defined in the promissory notes, an event of default includes, but is not limited to, the following: any bankruptcy, reorganization or similar proceeding involving the borrower, a sale or transfer of substantially all the assets of the borrower, a default by the borrower relating to any indebtedness due to third parties, the incurrence of additional indebtedness by the borrower without the Company’s written consent and failure of the borrower to perform its obligations pursuant to its other agreements with the Company, including its purchase order for pad mount transformers. The principal balance of the loan receivable is outstanding at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018. The Company expects to fully recover these amounts. At March 31, 2019 the Company has classified the principal of $600 as other assets as the Company does not anticipate the settlement of both notes in the next twelve months based upon ongoing negotiations with the debtor.

Facility A, as amended by the 2017 CAD ARCA Amendment and the 2018 CAD ARCA Amendment, is subject to margin criteria. Facility A, as amended by the 2017 CAD ARCA Amendment, bore interest at BMO’s prime rate plus 0.75% per annum on amounts borrowed in Canadian dollars, or BMO’s U.S. base rate plus 0.75% per annum or LIBOR plus 2.25% per annum on amounts borrowed in U.S. dollars. The 2018 CAD ARCA Amendment modified the interest rate on Facility A borrowings to BMO’s prime rate plus 0.50% per annum on amounts borrowed in Canadian dollars, or BMO’s U.S. base rate plus 0.50% per annum or LIBOR plus 2.0% per annum on amounts borrowed in U.S. dollars. Pursuant to the 2017 CAD ARCA Amendment, Facility A was to mature on July 31, 2018. The 2018 CAD ARCA Amendment extended the maturity of borrowings under Facility A to April 1, 2020. Consistent with the terms of the historical Facility A, including both a subjective acceleration clause and lockbox arrangement, will continue to be presented as a current liability. We believe based upon historical experience, that Facility A will remain in place to fund operations through maturity of this facility in April 2020.

Borrowings under Facility B, as amended by the 2017 CAD ARCA Amendment, bore interest at BMO’s prime rate plus 1.25% per annum with principal repayments becoming due on a five year amortization schedule. Pursuant to the CAD ARCA, quarterly principal repayments were reduced to $47 CAD, with a balloon payment of $141 CAD due on July 31, 2017. The 2017 CAD ARCA Amendment amended the payment schedules so that the quarterly principal payments of $47 CAD was to continue after July 31, 2017 until our borrowings under the facility is fully paid on April 30, 2018. The 2018 CAD ARCA Amendment did not modify the interest rate on Facility B borrowings, which remained at BMO’s prime rate plus 1.25% per annum. Pursuant to the 2018 CAD ARCA Amendment, we made the final principal payment of $47 under Facility B on April 30, 2018.

Borrowings under Facility C, as amended by the 2017 CAD ARCA, bore interest at BMO’s prime rate plus 1.50% per annum on amounts borrowed in Canadian dollars, or BMO’s U.S. base rate plus 1.50% per annum or LIBOR plus 2.75% per annum on amounts borrowed in U.S. dollars. Pursuant to the CAD ARCA, a principal repayment of $72 USD was due on June 30, 2016, and the reduced quarterly principal repayments of $36 USD were to be made beginning on October 31, 2016, with a balloon payment of $496 USD due on July 31, 2017. The 2017 CAD ARCA Amendment amended the payment schedules so that the quarterly payments of $36 USD were to continue until July 31, 2018, with a balloon payment of $352 due on July 31, 2018. Pursuant to the 2018 CAD ARCA Amendment, quarterly principal repayments of $36 were to continue until January 31, 2020, with a balloon payment of $136 due on April 1, 2020. The 2018 CAD ARCA Amendment modified the interest rate on Facility C borrowings to BMO’s prime rate plus 1.25% per annum on amounts borrowed in Canadian dollars, or BMO’s U.S. base rate plus 1.25% per annum or LIBOR plus 2.50% per annum on amounts borrowed in U.S. dollars. In December 2018 we repaid the outstanding principal balance under Facility C of $316 CAD with proceeds received from the sale of the Farnham, Quebec, Canada building.

USD Facility A, as amended and restated per 2017 US ARCA, bore interest, at our option, at BMO’s prime rate plus 1.00% per annum on U.S. prime rate loans, or an adjusted LIBOR rate plus 2.25% per annum on Eurodollar loans. Pursuant to the 2018 US ARCA Amendment, borrowings under Facility A bears interest, at our option, at the BMO’s prime rate plus 0.75% per annum on U.S. prime rate loans, or an adjusted LIBOR rate plus 2.00% per annum on Eurodollar loans. USD Facility A had a maturity date of July 31, 2017, which was extended to July 31, 2018 pursuant to the 2017 US ARCA Amendment. The 2018 US ARCA Amendment extended the maturity of borrowings under USD Facility A to April 1, 2020. Consistent with the terms of the historical USD Facility A, including both a subjective acceleration clause and lockbox arrangement, will continue to be presented as a current liability. We believe based upon historical experience, that the USD Facility A will remain in place to fund operations through maturity in April 2020.

Borrowings under USD Facility B bear interest, at our option, at U.S. base rate plus 1.25% per annum on U.S. prime loans, or an adjusted LIBOR rate plus 2.50% per annum on Eurodollar loans. Pursuant to the US ARCA, our quarterly principal payments were reduced to $31 USD for calendar year 2016, with the original amortization schedule continuing to apply to all quarterly principal payments made after December 31, 2016, and the final maturity date of December 2, 2019. The 2017 US ARCA Amendment reduced the scheduled quarterly principal payments to $31 USD, commencing March 31, 2017, to continue until July 31, 2018, with a balloon payment of $4.4 million on July 31, 2018. Pursuant to the 2018 US ARCA Amendment, monthly principal repayments beginning on July 31, 2018 are increased to $100 and will continue until March 31, 2020, with a balloon payment of $2.3 million due on April 1, 2020. The 2018 US ARCA Amendment did not change the USD Facility B interest rate.

Our obligations under the U.S. Facilities are guaranteed by all our wholly-owned U.S. subsidiaries. In addition, we and our wholly-owned U.S. subsidiaries granted a security interest in substantially all of our assets, including 65% of the shares of Pioneer Electrogroup Canada Inc. held by us, to secure our obligations for borrowed money under the U.S. Facilities. The U.S. Facilities also restrict our ability to incur indebtedness, create or incur liens, make investments, make distributions or dividends and enter into merger agreements or agreements for the sale of any or all our assets.

The Company’s Canadian subsidiary sponsors a defined benefit pension plan at one of its locations in which a majority of its employees are members. The subsidiary funds 100% of all contributions to the plan. The benefits, or the rate per year of credit service, are established by the Company and updated at its discretion.

For the three months ended March 31, 2019, our consolidated revenue decreased by $2.5 million, or 9.1%, to $24.7 million, down from $27.2 million during the three months ended March 31, 2018.

T&D Solutions. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, revenue from our transformer product lines increased by $750, or 3.6%, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2018 due to higher sales of ‘liquid type’ transformers. During the three months ended March 31, 2019, revenue from switchgear decreased by $2.6 million, or 71.0%, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2018 due to customers delaying shipments of finished products.

Critical Power. Titan is the only business unit in the Critical Power segment. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, equipment sales decreased by $209, or 54.7%, as compared to the same period in the prior year, resulting from a reduced focus on equipment sales included in the Titan revenue stream.

For the three months ended March 31, 2019, service revenue decreased by $390, or 18.0%, as compared to the same period in the prior year as a result of lower volume of service orders due to severe winter weather.

For the three months ended March 31, 2019, our consolidated gross margin was 16.6% of revenues, compared to 19.1% during the three months ended March 31, 2018. The decrease in our consolidated gross margin percentage is further explained below.

T&D Solutions. During the three months ended March 31, 2019 the gross margin decreased by 2.0% as compared to the same period in 2018 primarily due to lower gross margins in our switchgear business as a result of lower revenues.

Critical Power. During the three months ended March 31, 2019, the gross margin decreased by 8.7% when compared to the same period in 2018, primarily due to lower sales while the fixed costs remained comparable.

Selling, General and Administrative Expense. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, consolidated selling, general and administrative expense, before depreciation and amortization, decreased by $312, or 7.2%, to $4.0 million, as compared to $4.3 million during the three months ended March 31, 2018. As a percentage of our consolidated revenue, selling, general and administrative expense before depreciation and amortization increased to 16.3% in the 2019 period, as compared to 16.0% in 2018.

Depreciation and Amortization Expenses. Depreciation and amortization expense consists primarily of depreciation of fixed assets and amortization of definite-lived intangible assets and right-of-use assets related to our finance leases and excludes amounts included in cost of sales. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, depreciation and amortization expense decreased by $377, or 77.1%, when compared to the same period in 2018. Included in depreciation and amortization expense for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was amortization of customer relationships intangible assets of $270 related to acquisition of Titan. The Titan customer relationship intangible asset was fully amortized by December 31, 2018.

Foreign Exchange Loss/Gain. During the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, approximately 50% and 38%, respectively, of our consolidated operating revenues were denominated in Canadian dollars. Most of our expenses were denominated and disbursed in U.S. dollars during the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018. We have not historically engaged in currency hedging activities. Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates between the time we initiate and then settle transactions with our customers and suppliers can have an impact on our operating results. For the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, we recorded a gain of $632 and a loss of $74, respectively, due to currency fluctuations.

Unallocated Corporate Overhead Expenses. Our corporate expenses consist primarily of executive management, corporate accounting and human resources personnel, office expenses, financing and corporate development activities, payroll and benefits administration, treasury, tax compliance, legal, stock-based compensation and public reporting costs, and costs not specifically allocated to reportable business segments. During the three months ended March 31, 2019, our Unallocated Corporate Overhead Expenses decreased by $44 or 5.2% as compared to the same period in 2018 primarily due to lower professional fees.

Our effective income tax rate increased by 20.9% during the three months ended March 31, 2019 as compared to the same period of the prior year, primarily due to tax effect of the gain on the Merger of PCPI, CleanSpark and the Merger Sub. See Note 3 – Divestitures in our unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

Facility A, as amended by the 2017 CAD ARCA Amendment and the 2018 CAD ARCA Amendment, is subject to margin criteria. Facility A, as amended by the 2017 CAD ARCA Amendment, bore interest at BMO’s prime rate plus 0.75% per annum on amounts borrowed in Canadian dollars, or BMO’s U.S. base rate plus 0.75% per annum or LIBOR plus 2.25% per annum on amounts borrowed in U.S. dollars. The 2018 CAD ARCA Amendment modified the interest rate on Facility A borrowings to BMO’s prime rate plus 0.50% per annum on amounts borrowed in Canadian dollars, or BMO’s U.S. base rate plus 0.50% per annum or LIBOR plus 2.0% per annum on amounts borrowed in U.S. dollars. Pursuant to the 2017 CAD ARCA Amendment, Facility A was to mature on July 31, 2018. The 2018 CAD ARCA Amendment extended the maturity of borrowings under Facility A to April 1, 2020. Consistent with the terms of the historical Facility A, including both a subjective acceleration clause and lockbox arrangement, will continue to be presented as a current liability. We believe based upon historical experience, that Facility A will remain in place to fund operations through maturity of this facility in April 2020.

Borrowings under Facility B, as amended by the 2017 CAD ARCA Amendment, bore interest at BMO’s prime rate plus 1.25% per annum with principal repayments becoming due on a five year amortization schedule. Pursuant to the CAD ARCA, quarterly principal repayments were reduced to $47 CAD, with a balloon payment of $141 CAD due on July 31, 2017. The 2017 CAD ARCA Amendment amended the payment schedules so that the quarterly principal payments of $47 CAD was to continue after July 31, 2017 until our borrowings under the facility is fully paid on April 30, 2018. The 2018 CAD ARCA Amendment did not modify the interest rate on Facility B borrowings, which remained at BMO’s prime rate plus 1.25% per annum. Pursuant to the 2018 CAD ARCA Amendment, we made the final principal payment of $47 under Facility B on April 30, 2018.

Borrowings under Facility C, as amended by the 2017 CAD ARCA, bore interest at BMO’s prime rate plus 1.50% per annum on amounts borrowed in Canadian dollars, or BMO’s U.S. base rate plus 1.50% per annum or LIBOR plus 2.75% per annum on amounts borrowed in U.S. dollars. Pursuant to the CAD ARCA, a principal repayment of $72 USD was due on June 30, 2016, and the reduced quarterly principal repayments of $36 USD were to be made beginning on October 31, 2016, with a balloon payment of $496 USD due on July 31, 2017. The 2017 CAD ARCA Amendment amended the payment schedules so that the quarterly payments of $36 USD were to continue until July 31, 2018, with a balloon payment of $352 due on July 31, 2018. Pursuant to the 2018 CAD ARCA Amendment, quarterly principal repayments of $36 were to continue until January 31, 2020, with a balloon payment of $136 due on April 1, 2020. The 2018 CAD ARCA Amendment modified the interest rate on Facility C borrowings to BMO’s prime rate plus 1.25% per annum on amounts borrowed in Canadian dollars, or BMO’s U.S. base rate plus 1.25% per annum or LIBOR plus 2.50% per annum on amounts borrowed in U.S. dollars. In December 2018 we repaid the outstanding principal balance under Facility C of $316 CAD with proceeds received from the sale of the Farnham, Quebec, Canada building.

USD Facility A, as amended and restated per 2017 US ARCA, bore interest, at our option, at BMO’s prime rate plus 1.00% per annum on U.S. prime rate loans, or an adjusted LIBOR rate plus 2.25% per annum on Eurodollar loans. Pursuant to the 2018 US ARCA Amendment, borrowings under Facility A bears interest, at our option, at the BMO’s prime rate plus 0.75% per annum on U.S. prime rate loans, or an adjusted LIBOR rate plus 2.00% per annum on Eurodollar loans. USD Facility A had a maturity date of July 31, 2017, which was extended to July 31, 2018 pursuant to the 2017 US ARCA Amendment. The 2018 US ARCA Amendment extended the maturity of borrowings under USD Facility A to April 1, 2020. Consistent with the terms of the historical USD Facility A, including both a subjective acceleration clause and lockbox arrangement, will continue to be presented as a current liability. We believe based upon historical experience, that the USD Facility A will remain in place to fund operations through maturity in April 2020.

Borrowings under USD Facility B bear interest, at our option, at U.S. base rate plus 1.25% per annum on U.S. prime loans, or an adjusted LIBOR rate plus 2.50% per annum on Eurodollar loans. Pursuant to the US ARCA, our quarterly principal payments were reduced to $31 USD for calendar year 2016, with the original amortization schedule continuing to apply to all quarterly principal payments made after December 31, 2016, and the final maturity date of December 2, 2019. The 2017 US ARCA Amendment reduced the scheduled quarterly principal payments to $31 USD, commencing March 31, 2017, to continue until July 31, 2018, with a balloon payment of $4.4 million on July 31, 2018. Pursuant to the 2018 US ARCA Amendment, monthly principal repayments beginning on July 31, 2018 are increased to $100 and will continue until March 31, 2020, with a balloon payment of $2.3 million due on April 1, 2020. The 2018 US ARCA Amendment did not change the USD Facility B interest rate.

Our obligations under the U.S. Facilities are guaranteed by all our wholly-owned U.S. subsidiaries. In addition, we and our wholly-owned U.S. subsidiaries granted a security interest in substantially all of our assets, including 65% of the shares of Pioneer Electrogroup Canada Inc. held by us, to secure our obligations for borrowed money under the U.S. Facilities. The U.S. Facilities also restrict our ability to incur indebtedness, create or incur liens, make investments, make distributions or dividends and enter into merger agreements or agreements for the sale of any or all our assets.

We are not aware of any material proceedings in which any of our directors, officers or affiliates or any registered or beneficial shareholder of more than 5% of our common stock is an adverse party or has a material interest adverse to our interest.

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