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Energy Conversion Devices Reports Second Fiscal Quarter Financial Results

United Solar Revenue Increases 44% Over Prior YearReturns to Positive Cash Operating Performance (EBITDARS)Achieves World Record 12% Efficiency for Thin-Film Silicon
/ Source: GlobeNewswire

United Solar Revenue Increases 44% Over Prior Year
Returns to Positive Cash Operating Performance (EBITDARS)
Achieves World Record 12% Efficiency for Thin-Film Silicon

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) (Nasdaq:ENER), a leading global provider of thin-film flexible solar laminate products and systems to the building-integrated, commercial and residential rooftop markets, today reported financial results for its second fiscal quarter of 2011 ended December 31, 2010.

Total consolidated revenue for the quarter was $69.5 million, an increase of 31% over the second fiscal quarter of 2010, and an increase of 2% over the previous quarter. Solar product and system sales were $66.5 million, an increase of 44% over the second fiscal quarter of 2010, and an increase of 2% over the previous quarter. Consolidated gross margin was 21% as compared to (15%) in the year-ago quarter, and 18% in the first fiscal quarter of 2011. During the quarter, ECD shipped 28 megawatts of its UNI-SOLAR® brand PV products, and produced 33 megawatts.

The company reported a net loss of $7.6 million, or $0.16 per share. This compares to a net loss of $39.3 million, or $0.93 per share, in the second fiscal quarter of 2010, and a net loss of $13.5 million, or $0.29 per share, in the prior quarter. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and excluding restructuring and stock expense (EBITDARS) were $4.4 million in the quarter, compared to about zero in the prior quarter and ($20.4) million in the year-ago quarter.

As of December 31, 2010 the company had $182.6 million of cash, cash-equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments.

"ECD generated meaningfully positive EBITDARS for the first time in four quarters, which is an effective measure of the company's progress on our path to profitability. We demonstrated significant improvement in reducing our cost structure during the second quarter. Gross margin increased to 21% and operating expenses declined significantly," said Mark Morelli, ECD's President and Chief Executive Officer.

"We are achieving the milestones in our technology roadmap laid out last year. First, we are on track to begin production this summer of our new PowerBond product with our next-generation High Frequency technology and 10% aperture-area conversion efficiency. At full production, we expect to manufacture this technology at a cost of approximately $1.15 per watt. In addition, we recently announced NREL confirmation of our Nano-Crystalline technology with an initial conversion efficiency of 12% in a large-area encapsulated cell, a world record for thin-film silicon. Both of these technological advancements will enable us to deliver our flexible, lightweight PV products at lower prices, thereby positioning us amongst the best-in-class on the cost of solar energy."

"North America is rapidly growing as a large core market for us. For example, last quarter we sold 5.4 megawatts to Constellation Energy for a large rooftop project in New Jersey, further demonstrating our traction with large-scale projects in the United States," Morelli continued.

The company provided guidance for the second half and full fiscal year of 2011 as follows:

Morelli concluded, "Our guidance for the third quarter reflects a decrease in revenue but an increase in shipments compared to the second fiscal quarter. Specifically, we expect an increase in the relative amount of system shipments in the coming quarters. Due to the timing of project construction, revenue from system shipments is not recognized contemporaneously. Thus, the revenue for the system shipments in the third quarter will be recognized over subsequent quarters. Additionally, our fourth quarter guidance anticipates projects that include sourced products not included in our shipment guidance. Our fourth quarter revenue guidance and our increased full fiscal year revenue guidance reflect the shift in our business mix from product sales to system sales. As we continue to implement our technology roadmap and execute on our path to profitability, I am confident that we are doing the right things to continue moving the company forward."

Conference Call / Webcast Details

Management of Energy Conversion Devices will review these financial results on a conference call on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. ET. To participate in the conference call, please dial (800) 480-3596 or (706) 643-3219 (international) at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call. Callers will need to reference conference ID number 40062151. The conference call will be webcast live over the Internet and can be accessed in the Investor Relations – Events section of the company's website at

An audio replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call. The replay will remain available until 11:59 p.m. EST February 11, 2011 and can be accessed by dialing (800) 642-1687 or (706) 645-9291 (international) and providing conference ID number 40062151. The webcast will also be archived on the Company's website.

About Energy Conversion Devices

Energy Conversion Devices is a leading global provider of thin-film flexible solar laminate products and systems for the building integrated, commercial and residential rooftop markets. The company manufactures, sells and installs thin-film solar laminates that convert sunlight to clean, renewable energy using proprietary technology. ECD's UNI-SOLAR® brand products are unique because of their flexibility, light weight, ease of installation, durability, and real-world efficiency. The company also designs, manufactures and installs rooftop photovoltaic systems which enable customers to transform unused space on the rooftop into a value-generating asset. In addition, ECD's Ovonic Materials Division is the pioneer in NiMH battery technology and other material science technologies for the renewable energy industry. For more information, please visit

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning our plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, future net sales or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs, plans or intentions relating to expansions, business trends and other information that is not historical information. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us on the date of this release and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Risks that could cause such results to differ include: our ability to maintain our customer relationships and establish new relationships; the worldwide market for solar energy systems; changes to government incentives related to solar energy; our customers' ability to access capital to finance the purchase of our products; and our ability through technology improvements to reduce cost and improve the conversion efficiency of our solar products. The risk factors identified in the ECD filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, could impact any forward-looking statements contained in this release. Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. assumes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statements contained herein.

CONTACT: Michael E. Schostak Head of Investor Relations (248) 299-6063