VANCOUVER, CANADA - May 6, 2020 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Fuel Cell Stock News Bites - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) announced consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. All amounts are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted and have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
"Our top priority, always, is the health and safety of our people, customers and partners," said Randy MacEwen, President and CEO. "We have taken important precautions to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our people and our business. Notwithstanding this extraordinary backdrop, we delivered record Q1 revenue of $24.0 million, gross margin of 22% and ending cash reserves of $181.6 million. We further fortified our balance sheet, with the execution of an At-The-Market Equity Program."
Mr. MacEwen stated, "Although we are not seeing a pull-back in long-term demand as a result of COVID-19, there are now some uncertainties on the timelines for vehicle deployments by end-customers. As a result, we believe it is prudent and responsible for us to withdraw our 2020 revenue outlook at this time."
Mr. MacEwen commented, "As we look past possible delays due to near-term uncertainties, we believe the post-COVID-19 'new normal' will offer opportunities to accelerate and further deepen our market penetration. We expect increased calls globally to address urban air quality, as recent studies have demonstrated a link between long-term exposure to particulate matter below 2.5 microns, or PM2.5, and COVID-19 mortality rates. We also expect the European Green Deal, as well as infrastructure stimulus packages in key markets, to promote the adoption of zero-emission mobility in a green recovery. The new paradigm will also likely see increased e-commerce, with a resultant increase in long-term demand for zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty logistics trucks - a market that has traditionally been difficult to decarbonize and a market where we expect fuel cell electrification to be the zero-emission powertrain of choice."
Mr. MacEwen further concluded, "The recent announcement by Daimler Truck and Volvo Group to collaborate on sustainable transportation by forming a joint venture for large-scale production of fuel cells is yet another validation of our strategic view of the market. We believe mass commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles will occur first in medium and heavy-duty motive use cases - including bus, truck, train and marine - where there are zero-emission requirements for heavy payload, long range and rapid refueling. Many of these use cases feature return-to-base duty cycles, where vehicles can be quickly refueled at a centralized hydrogen refueling station, consistent with the current user experience with legacy diesel. These use cases also disproportionately contribute to emissions, including carbon dioxide and PM2.5."
Q1 2020 Financial Highlights
(all comparisons are to Q1 2019 unless otherwise noted)
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