SYNTHESIS ENERGY SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL RESULTS AND
CORPORATE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF FISCAL 2011
HOUSTON, May 10, 2011 Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYMX) (the Company or SES), a global energy and gasification technology company that provides products and solutions to the energy and chemicals industries, today announced financial results and corporate highlights for the third quarter of fiscal 2011, ended March 31, 2011.
The third quarter of 2011 was marked by a series of business development and technology achievements for us, including the signing of our agreement with ZJX and China Energy and further demonstrations of the efficiency and reliability of our U-GAS® technology at our Zao Zhuang joint venture plant, commented Robert Rigdon, President and CEO.
Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results (Unaudited)
Total revenue increased $0.5 million, or 19%, for the three months ended March 31, 2011, to $3.1 million, versus $2.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010.
Product sales from the Companys Zao Zhuang (ZZ) joint venture plant increased to $2.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, compared to $2.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010. For the three-month periods ended March 31, 2011 and 2010, the plant was available 100% and 96% of the time, respectively. ZZ operated for 72% of the third quarter of 2011 versus 78% in the third quarter of 2010.
Technology licensing and related services revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2011, were $0.5 million, versus $0.3 million for the three month ended March 31, 2010. The technology licensing and related services revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, resulted from the recognition of previously deferred revenues received under a license agreement entered into in April 2010 related to a U.S. based biomass to fuels project which has since been terminated due to the customers inability to finance the project.
The Company reduced its operating loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 to $3.6 million, a 31% improvement from the $5.2 million reported for the third quarter of fiscal 2010. The $1.6 million improvement was primarily due to the improved operating margin at its ZZ joint venture plant, the licensing and related services revenue increase and reductions in other operating costs.
The net loss attributable to stockholders for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 fell to $3.6 million, or $0.07 per share, versus a net loss attributable to stockholders of $5.3 million, or $0.11 per share, for the prior years third quarter.
At March 31, 2011, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $29.4 million and working capital of $27.2 million.
Conference Call Information
Senior management will hold a conference call to review the Companys financial results for this period and provide an update on corporate developments today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.
To access the live webcast, please log on to the Companys website at www.synthesisenergy.com. Alternatively, domestic callers may participate in the live conference call by dialing (800) 860-2442 and international callers should dial (412) 858-4600. An archived version of the webcast will be available on the Companys website through June 13, 2011. A telephone replay of the conference call will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call through June 13, 2011. Domestic callers can access the replay by dialing (877) 344-7529. International callers should dial (412) 317-0088. The PIN access number for the live call and the replay is 450545#.
About Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc.
SES provides technology, equipment and engineering services for the conversion of low rank, low cost coal and biomass feedstocks into energy and chemical products. Its strategy is to create value through providing technology and equipment in regions where low rank coals and biomass feedstocks can be profitably converted into high value products through its proprietary U-GAS® fluidized bed gasification technology, which SES licenses from the Gas Technology Institute. U-GAS® gasifies coal cost effectively, without many of the harmful emissions normally associated with coal combustion plants.
The primary advantages of U-GAS® relative to other gasification technologies are (a) greater fuel flexibility provided by the ability of SES to use all ranks of coal (including low rank, high ash and high moisture coals, which are significantly cheaper than higher grade coals), many coal waste products and biomass feed stocks; and (b) the ability of SES to operate efficiently on a smaller scale, which enables the construction of plants more quickly, at a lower capital cost, and, in many cases, in closer proximity to coal sources. SES currently has offices in Houston, Texas, and Shanghai, China. For more information on SES, visit www.synthesisenergy.com or call (713) 579-0600.
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 historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those risks, trends and uncertainties are the early stage of development of SES, its estimate of the sufficiency of existing capital sources, its ability to successfully develop its licensing business, its ability to raise additional capital to fund cash requirements for future investments and operations, its ability to reduce operating costs, the limited history and viability of its technology, the effect of the current international financial crisis on its business, commodity prices and the availability and terms of financing opportunities, its results of operations in foreign countries and its ability to diversify, its ability to maintain production from its first plant in the ZZ joint venture, its ability to complete the expansion of the ZZ project, its ability to obtain the necessary approvals and permits for its Yima project and other future projects, the estimated timetables for achieving mechanical completion and commencing commercial operations for the Yima project, its ability to negotiate the terms of the conversion of the Yima project from methanol to glycol, its ability to close the ZJX/China Energy transaction, its ability to grow its business as a result of the ZJX/China Energy transaction and the sufficiency of internal controls and procedures. Although SES believes that in making such forward-looking statements its expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions, such statements may be influenced by factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected. SES cannot assure you that the assumptions upon which these statements are based will prove to have been correct.
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