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Hyliion Holdings Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2023 Financial Results

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Key Business Highlights

  • Announced today, the KARNOTM generator is expected to qualify for up to a 40% tax credit under the Inflation Reduction Act’s Infrastructure Tax Credit (ITC)
  • Announced today, Detmar Logistics executed a letter of intent for an initial KARNO unit to be deployed in the Permian Basin to operate on waste flare gas
  • Executed a letter of intent to provide KARNO generators to GTL Leasing
  • Confirmed plans to deliver initial KARNO generator units to customers in late 2024
  • Began printing production-intent design components of the KARNO generator
  • Successfully tested KARNO reactor technology on unprocessed Permian Basin gas; results surpassed emissions standards by 98% for CO and 76% for NOx
  • Appointed Govindaraj Ramasamy as Chief Commercial Officer
  • Announced $20 million Stock Repurchase Program
  • Ended the year with $291 million of total cash and investments
  • Guidance of $40 to $50 million cash expenditures for KARNO development in 2024

Executive Commentary

“I’m pleased to report that the company’s strategic shift to wind down powertrain operations and focus on our KARNO generator is on track, with significant achievements made in advancing our generator technology and engaging prospective customers during the quarter,” said Hyliion’s Founder and CEO, Thomas Healy. “We expect to deliver the initial KARNO generator deployment units with customers late in 2024 followed by a ramp-up in production and additional deliveries in 2025.”

KARNO Commercial Updates

Today, the company announced that, under the Inflation Reduction Act, the KARNO generator is expected to be characterized the same as a fuel cell, enabling customers to qualify for up to a 40% tax credit under the current ITC.

Hyliion is addressing the commercial power market first with a locally-deployable 200kW generating system which it intends to deliver to initial deployment customers in late 2024. To lead these efforts, Hyliion recently hired former Cummins powergen executive, Govi Ramasamy, as Chief Commercial Officer.

Hyliion also announced today that Detmar Logistics has executed a non-binding letter of intent for a KARNO generator and to be part of Hyliion’s early adopter program. Detmar, who supplied Hyliion with test gas from the Permian Basin, intends to operate their unit on waste flare gas to produce electricity at oil & gas sites, without the need for pre-treating the gas.

In addition to Detmar, Hyliion also announced a non-binding letter of intent with GTL Leasing to deliver two KARNO generators for their portable electric vehicle recharging business. Other customers’ letters of intent are in place or being finalized to represent the remaining planned deployments in 2024 and initial deliveries in 2025. Hyliion plans for initial deployments to represent a broad range of applications, including vehicle charging, waste gas fuel sourcing, and prime power generation.

KARNO Generator Development

Hyliion is developing a revolutionary new electrical generator powered by a linear heat motor that is expected to deliver step-change improvements in performance characteristics compared to conventional generating systems, including efficiency, emissions, maintenance requirements, noise levels and fuel flexibility. The KARNO generator is enabled by the latest advances in additive manufacturing technology. Hyliion hosted a Technology Fireside Chat in December 2023 during which Thomas Healy and Josh Mook, Chief Technology Officer, explained the capabilities and advantages of the generator.

Recent technological advancements include beginning to print production-intent design parts of the BETA design of the KARNO generator. The BETA generator design will go through validation throughout 2024 and then is expected to be ready for customer deployments later this year.

The company also tested unprocessed flare gas that was collected from the Permian Basin and confirmed the ability for the KARNO reactor to operate on this fuel, showcasing the fuel agnostic characteristics of the generator. Recent test results on this fuel highlight that the KARNO’s flameless oxidation process is expected to surpass current EPA Tier 4 emissions standards by 98% for CO and 76% for NOx with no additional aftertreatment or catalyst needed.

Powertrain Wind-Down

In November 2023, Hyliion announced that it was winding down its powertrain business segment to maintain the company’s strong cash position as it furthers development of the KARNO generator technology. The company intends to retain the powertrain technology, enabling it to explore future use or sale of the technology and tangible assets. Most wind-down activities are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2024 while efforts to monetize powertrain assets and technology continue.

Financial Highlights and Guidance

Fourth quarter operating expenses totaled $32.6 million, compared to $31.6 million in the prior-year quarter as the company initiated powertrain wind-down actions. Fourth quarter expenses include $11.5 million of charges directly related to the wind-down, including employee severance, contract cancellation costs, and accelerated depreciation of assets.

Full-year expenses totaled $136.3 million, compared to $152.4 million for the full year in 2022. Expenses in 2022 include $28.8 million of one-time charges associated with the purchase of KARNO generator technology from GE. Cash expenditures for 2023 were $131 million, including net losses and capital investments. The company ended the year with $291 million in unrestricted cash, and short-term and long-term investments.

For 2024, total cash consumed by the KARNO generator business is expected to be between $40 and $50 million, down compared to $131 million in capital consumed by the company in 2023. This estimate excludes cash payments associated with the stock repurchase program, payments associated with the ongoing wind-down of powertrain operations, and cash generated from the sale of powertrain assets and technology. Hyliion expects to achieve commercialization of the KARNO generator with the capital on hand.

Projections for 2025 include growth of KARNO generator deliveries with proceeds from sales in the low double-digit millions of dollars. The company also projects gross margins to be approximately break-even or slightly negative and cash spending to grow modestly compared to 2024.

About Hyliion

Hyliion is committed to creating innovative solutions that enable clean, flexible and affordable electricity production. The Company’s primary focus is to provide distributed power generators that can operate on various fuel sources to future-proof against an ever-changing energy economy. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, and with research and development in Cincinnati, OH, Hyliion is addressing the commercial space first with a locally-deployable generator that can offer prime power, peak shaving, and renewables matching. Beyond stationary power, Hyliion will address mobile applications such as vehicles and marine. The KARNO generator is a fuel-agnostic solution, enabled by additive manufacturing, that leverages a linear heat generator architecture. The Company aims to offer innovative, yet practical solutions that contribute positively to the environment in the energy economy. For further information, please visit www.hyliion.com.

Forward Looking Statements

The information in this press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of present or historical fact included in this press release, regarding Hyliion and its future financial and operational performance, as well as its strategy, future operations, estimated financial position, estimated revenues, and losses, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management are forward looking statements. When used in this press release, including any oral statements made in connection therewith, the words “could,” “should,” “will,” “may,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” the negative of such terms and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions about future events and are based on currently available information as to the outcome and timing of future events. Except as otherwise required by applicable law, Hyliion expressly disclaims any duty to update any forward-looking statements, all of which are expressly qualified by the statements herein, to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release. Hyliion cautions you that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the control of Hyliion. These risks include, but are not limited to, our status as an early stage the Company with a history of losses, and our expectation of incurring significant expenses and continuing losses for the foreseeable future; our ability to develop key commercial relationships with suppliers and customers; our ability to retain the services of Thomas Healy, our Chief Executive Officer; the expected performance of the KARNO generator and system; the execution of the strategic shift from our powertrain business to our KARNO business, and the other risks and uncertainties described under the heading “Risk Factors” in our SEC filings including in our Annual Report (See item 1A. Risk Factors) on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 13, 2024 for the year ended December 31, 2023. Given these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Should one or more of the risks or uncertainties described in this press release occur, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results and plans could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning these and other factors that may impact Hyliion’s operations and projections can be found in its filings with the SEC. Hyliion’s SEC Filings are available publicly on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, and readers are urged to carefully review and consider the various disclosures made in such filings.

 

HYLIION HOLDINGS CORP.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product sales and other

$

 

 

$

1,095

 

 

$

672

 

 

$

2,106

 

Total revenues

 

 

 

 

1,095

 

 

 

672

 

 

 

2,106

 

Cost of revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product sales and other

 

41

 

 

 

1,618

 

 

 

1,716

 

 

 

8,778

 

Total cost of revenues

 

41

 

 

 

1,618

 

 

 

1,716

 

 

 

8,778

 

Gross loss

 

(41

)

 

 

(523

)

 

 

(1,044

)

 

 

(6,672

)

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

8,768

 

 

 

21,827

 

 

 

82,240

 

 

 

110,370

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

12,346

 

 

 

9,733

 

 

 

42,611

 

 

 

41,988

 

Exit and termination costs

 

11,474

 

 

 

 

 

 

11,474

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

32,588

 

 

 

31,560

 

 

 

136,325

 

 

 

152,358

 

Loss from operations

 

(32,629

)

 

 

(32,083

)

 

 

(137,369

)

 

 

(159,030

)

Interest income

 

3,463

 

 

 

2,658

 

 

 

13,808

 

 

 

5,724

 

Gain (loss) on impairment and disposal of assets

 

 

 

 

70

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

(19

)

Other income (expense), net

 

36

 

 

 

(32

)

 

 

50

 

 

 

(32

)

Net loss

$

(29,130

)

 

$

(29,387

)

 

$

(123,510

)

 

$

(153,357

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss per share, basic and diluted

$

(0.16

)

 

$

(0.16

)

 

$

(0.68

)

 

$

(0.87

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted

 

182,885,328

 

 

 

179,719,018

 

 

 

181,411,069

 

 

 

175,400,486

 

HYLIION HOLDINGS CORP.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share data)

 

 

December 31,

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

12,881

 

 

$

119,468

Accounts receivable, net

 

40

 

 

 

1,136

Inventory

 

 

 

 

74

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

18,483

 

 

 

9,795

Short-term investments

 

150,297

 

 

 

193,740

Total current assets

 

181,701

 

 

 

324,213

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

9,987

 

 

 

5,606

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

7,070

 

 

 

6,470

Intangible assets, net

 

 

 

 

200

Other assets

 

1,439

 

 

 

1,686

Long-term investments

 

128,186

 

 

 

108,568

Total assets

$

328,383

 

 

$

446,743

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

4,224

 

 

$

2,800

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

 

847

 

 

 

347

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

10,051

 

 

 

11,535

Total current liabilities

 

15,122

 

 

 

14,682

 

 

 

 

Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

 

6,792

 

 

 

6,972

Other liabilities

 

203

 

 

 

1,515

Total liabilities

 

22,117

 

 

 

23,169

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 250,000,000 shares authorized; 183,071,317 and 179,826,309 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively

 

18

 

 

 

18

Additional paid-in capital

 

404,045

 

 

 

397,810

Treasury stock, at cost; 37,062 and no shares as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively

 

(33

)

 

 

(Accumulated deficit) retained earnings

 

(97,764

)

 

 

25,746

Total stockholders’ equity

 

306,266

 

 

 

423,574

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

328,383

 

 

$

446,743

HYLIION HOLDINGS CORP.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Dollar amounts in thousands)

 

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(123,510

)

 

$

(153,357

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

3,511

 

 

 

1,227

 

Amortization and accretion of investments, net

 

(2,868

)

 

 

1,250

 

Noncash lease expense

 

1,496

 

 

 

1,244

 

Inventory write-down

 

1,139

 

 

 

5,641

 

(Gain) loss on impairment and disposal of assets

 

(1

)

 

 

19

 

Share-based compensation

 

6,217

 

 

 

6,979

 

Provision for doubtful accounts

 

 

 

 

114

 

Acquired in-process research and development

 

 

 

 

28,752

 

Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of business acquisition:

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

1,096

 

 

 

(1,180

)

Inventory

 

(1,065

)

 

 

(5,601

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

463

 

 

 

(571

)

Accounts payable

 

1,356

 

 

 

(4,660

)

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

(3,020

)

 

 

4,571

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

(1,776

)

 

 

(1,305

)

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(116,962

)

 

 

(116,877

)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Purchase of property and equipment and other

 

(7,401

)

 

 

(2,885

)

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

 

2

 

 

 

152

 

Purchase of in-process research and development

 

 

 

 

(14,428

)

Payments for security deposit, net

 

(45

)

 

 

 

Purchase of investments

 

(189,670

)

 

 

(268,584

)

Proceeds from sale and maturity of investments

 

215,422

 

 

 

263,723

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

18,308

 

 

 

(22,022

)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Proceeds from exercise of common stock options

 

257

 

 

 

79

 

Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards

 

(239

)

 

 

(157

)

Repurchase of treasury stock

 

(33

)

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(15

)

 

 

(78

)

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

(98,669

)

 

 

(138,977

)

Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

 

120,133

 

 

 

259,110

 

Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$

21,464

 

 

$

120,133

 

Contacts

Hyliion Holdings Corp.
press@hyliion.com

Investor Relations
ir@hyliion.com

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