updated 11/9/2010 7:16:55 PM ET 2010-11-10T00:16:55

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Nov. 9, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capstone Turbine Corporation ( www.capstoneturbine.com ) (Nasdaq:CPST) reported operating results for its second quarter ended September 30, 2010 in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 9, 2010.

Financial Summary

Revenue for the second quarter of Fiscal 2011 was $18.9 million, an increase of 22% from the second quarter of Fiscal 2010. Capstone shipped 174 units in the second quarter of Fiscal 2011, compared to 138 units in the same period last year. Average revenue per unit during each of the second quarters of Fiscal 2011 and 2010 was approximately $90,000. The product mix in the second quarter of Fiscal 2011 was composed primarily of C30 and C65 units.

Capstone's backlog as of September 30, 2010 was $83.5 million, increased 41% from September 30, 2009.

The gross margin for the second quarter of Fiscal 2011 was $0.1 million, or 1% of revenue, compared to a gross loss of $3.0 million, or 19% of revenue, during the second quarter of Fiscal 2010. The second quarter marks the first time that Capstone has generated a positive gross margin in its 22-year history. The improvement in gross margin was the result of $2.6 million related to a change in product mix. In addition, the C200 and C1000 series systems have a higher margin compared to the same period last year, when these products had low introductory pricing and higher than planned product cost. In addition, the $3.1 million improvement included reduced warranty expense and inventory charges compared to the same period last year.

"In the second quarter we achieved one of our near-term strategic objectives when Capstone generated positive gross margin for the first time in the Company's history on record quarterly sales," said Darren Jamison, Capstone's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The Capstone management team and Board of Directors have been extremely focused on lowering overall direct material costs, increasing average selling prices, and building revenues to achieve this important milestone," added Jamison.

Research and development expenses were $2.0 million for the second quarter of Fiscal 2011, a decrease of $0.3 million, or 13%, from the second quarter of Fiscal 2010. R&D expenses are reported net of benefits from cost-sharing programs. There were approximately $0.2 million of such benefits this quarter and no such benefits for the same period last year. The overall decrease in R&D expenses was the result of decreased spending for supplies.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $6.6 million for the second quarter of Fiscal 2011, a decrease of $0.2 million, or 3%, from the second quarter of Fiscal 2010. The net decrease in SG&A expenses was comprised primarily of a decrease in consulting and professional services expenses offset by an increase in facilities and travel expenses.

Capstone's net loss was $1.9 million, or $0.01 per share, for the second quarter of Fiscal 2011, compared to a net loss of $31.9 million, or $0.17 per share, reported for the second quarter of Fiscal 2010. The improvement in net loss was primarily the result of the adoption of Accounting Standards Codification 815 "Derivatives and Hedging" which affects the Company's accounting for warrants with certain anti-dilution provisions. The Company recorded a non-cash benefit of $6.9 million to change in fair value of warrant liability during the second quarter of Fiscal 2011. Capstone's net loss for the second quarter of Fiscal 2011 before considering the non-cash warrant liability benefit would have been $8.8 million (calculated by adding the $6.9 million warrant liability benefit to the $1.9 million reported net loss), or $0.04 per share (calculated by adding a $0.03 gain per share attributable to the warrant liability benefit to the $0.01 loss per share reported). The Company recorded a non-cash charge of $19.6 million to change in fair value of warrant liability during the second quarter of Fiscal 2010. Capstone's net loss for the second quarter of Fiscal 2010 before considering the non-cash warrant liability charge would have been $12.3 million (calculated by subtracting the $19.6 million warrant liability charge from the $31.9 million reported net loss), or $0.07 per share (calculated by subtracting a $0.10 loss per share attributable to the warrant liability charge from the $0.17 loss per share reported). Capstone's loss from operations for the second quarter of Fiscal 2011 was $8.5 million, or 30% lower than the $12.1 million loss from operations for the second quarter of Fiscal 2010.

Cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash, for the second quarter of Fiscal 2011 were $25.3 million, a decrease of $6.5 million from the first quarter of Fiscal 2011.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, Tuesday, November 9, at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time. Access to the live broadcast and a replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days through the Investor Relations page on the Company's website: www.capstoneturbine.com.

About Capstone Turbine

Capstone Turbine Corporation ( www.capstoneturbine.com ) (Nasdaq:CPST) is the world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems, and was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone Turbine has shipped over 5,000 Capstone MicroTurbine(R) systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone Turbine is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Combined Heat and Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation's energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company, Capstone is headquartered in the Los Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in the New York Metro Area, Mexico City, Nottingham, Shanghai and Singapore.

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