Wave energy developer based in the United States – Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) – has reported 7% higher net loss for the fiscal year 2018 when compared to year before.
The net loss booked by OPT for the year which ended on April 30, 2018, was $10.2 million, compared to a net loss of $9.5 million for the same period in fiscal 2017.
The higher net loss is primarily related to the decrease in gains from the change in the fair value of warrant liabilities and gross margins, partially offset by the increase in the income tax benefit, interest income, and foreign currency exchange impacts, the company said.
Revenue for the full twelve months of fiscal 2018 was $511,000, compared to revenue of $843,000 for the same period last year.
George H. Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of OPT, said: “So far we have signed two important new contracts where we will supply Power Buoys to the offshore oil and gas market, with Eni and with Premier Oil. We believe these new contracts are just the beginning of building a robust backlog toward sustainable revenues.”
Fourth Quarter Results
Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $222,000 for OPT – down from $250,000 recorded in the prior-year period.
The decrease in revenues over the prior year was due to near-year-end start of work on the Eni contract as compared to the contracts with Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding and Department of Defense Office of Naval Research that were underway during the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year, according to OPT.
OPT’s net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $3.3 million, compared to a net loss of $2.6 million in 2017.
The increase in net loss was mainly attributable to increased personnel and facility associated costs, a decrease in gains from the change in the fair value of warrant liabilities, increased interest income, and foreign currency exchange impacts, OPT noted.