Charles Dunleavy - Chief Executive Officer and Director
Brian Posner - Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, Secretary and Treasurer
Robert Littlehale - Bear Stearns
Ocean Power Technologies, Inc (OPTT) Q3 2011 Earnings Call March 14, 2011 10:00 AM ET
Good day, everyone, and welcome to Ocean Power Technologies Audio Webcast for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011. [Operator Instructions] At this time, for opening remarks, I would like to turn the call over to the Chief Financial Officer of Ocean Power Technologies, Mr. Brian Posner. Please proceed.
Thank you. Welcome to Ocean Power Technologies Audio Webcast for the Third Quarter ended January 31, 2011 of our fiscal year ending April 30, 2011.
Today, we issued our earnings press release and will file our quarterly report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our public filings can be viewed on the SEC website at sec.gov, or you may go to our website, oceanpowertechnologies.com. I will be joined on today's webcast by Charles Dunleavy, our Chief Executive Officer.
Please advance to Slide 2. During the course of this conference call, management may make projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or financial performance of the company within the meaning of the Safe Harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. As indicated in the slide, these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions made by management regarding future circumstances over which the company may have little or no control and involve risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. We refer you to the company's Form 10-K and other recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a description of these and other risk factors. I'll now turn the call over to Charles Dunleavy.
Thank you, Brian, and thanks to everyone who has joined us for today's webcast. Brian and I will be available to answer questions following our prepared statements.
On Slide 3, I'd like to note some of the highlights of the third quarter of this fiscal year. We continued to make significant progress in developing our core PowerBuoy technology and executing our business strategy. We announced the expansion of our relationship with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding; received independent certification from Lloyd's Register for our PB150 PowerBuoy; and just after the end of the third quarter, announced the completion of the first of our new generation utility PowerBuoy, the PB150.
OPT achieved strong top line growth with reported increases of 78% and 73% in revenue for the three and nine months ended January 31, 2011 compared to the respective periods last year. Let me now take you through these developments in more detail.
Moving to Slide 4. OPT has identified two application-driven markets for its core PowerBuoy technology: The utility or grid-connected market, which needs large amounts of power; and the non grid-connected autonomous market, where lower levels of power output are needed for various applications out in the deep ocean. Much of this quarter's operational activity was focused on the development of our PB150 utility PowerBuoy system.
Construction of our first 150kW-rated PowerBuoy in Scotland is complete. This is the largest and most powerful device developed and built by us to date. The development of the PB150, built and assembled at Invergordon, Scotland, has utilized the skills of local firms and represents a multi-million pound-sterling investment in the region. It is currently being prepared for ocean trials at a site approximately 33 nautical miles from Invergordon, off Scotland's northeast coast. The sea trials are expected to commence as soon as weather conditions permit deployment.
The ocean trials off Scotland have been fully consented by the Scottish government. In addition, Marine Scotland, the directorate of the Scottish government responsible for regulating marine and fisheries matters, consulted with many interested parties and stakeholder groups, covering areas such as local wildlife, shipping, oil & gas and fishing interests.
The company is seeking additional funding for the commercial utilization of the buoy after the trial phase is completed, including its possible deployment at various potential sites. It is the first test system for our PB150 product line and a significant engineering achievement. As we have progressed during the construction phase, it has already provided valuable data for the advancement of our technology and its manufacturability.
Slide 5 shows the integration of the spar and the first half of the float during the final assembly process. On Slide 6, the picture on the left side shows the buoy with the second half of the float being assembled. The picture on the right side shows the integration of the bridge and the float.
Moving to Slide 7. We see a picture of the assembled PB150 PowerBuoy. It is 135 feet in length and has a maximum diameter of 36 feet near the ocean's surface. For reference, you can see one of our technicians on the far right side of the picture.
Moving to Slide 8. Our second PB150 for our project in Reedsport, Oregon has benefited from the experience of building the Scottish system. Fabrication of the power take-off and control system as well as the steel structure is now complete. Testing of the power take-off, or PTO, and the control system has commenced in OPT's production facility. Following this initial testing of its subassemblies, the complete PTO system will commence cycle testing under simulations of varying wave conditions. Ocean trials of this PB150 are expected to commence off the coast of Oregon in the second half of calendar year 2011.
OPT intends this PowerBuoy to be the first of a 10-PowerBuoy, 1.5-megawatt wave power station at the Reedsport site. After receipt of appropriate licensing from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and receipt of additional funding for the project, the 10-PowerBuoy wave power station would be America's first commercial scale grid-connected wave power station.
The foreground of the picture on Slide 9 is the float and the bridge of the PB150 in Oregon. In the background is the heave plate and truss. On Slide 10 is a picture of the fully assembled spar of the buoy.
Now turning to Slide 11. Our other utility projects also continued to move ahead steadily. In Hawaii, our PowerBuoy built in conjunction with the U.S. Navy continues to demonstrate the in-ocean survivability of the first grid-connected wave energy device in the United States. It has shown the ability of OPT's PowerBuoy to produce utility-grade, renewable energy that can be transmitted to the grid in a manner fully compliant with national and international standards.
The PowerBuoy has been in operation since December 2009 and has withstood a number of severe storms, including the tsunami wave conditions, which resulted from last year's earthquake in Chile, plus the earthquake just last week in Japan. The Hawaii PowerBuoy has produced power in accordance with model expectations for that location and PowerBuoy configuration.
Built under contract from the U.S. Navy, the Hawaii project's intent has been to demonstrate the survivability of OPT's PowerBuoy, as well as the capability of our product to meet design expectations. In addition, significant aspects of the success of Hawaii PowerBuoy are its delivery a grid-quality power and the validation of OPT's operating and performance models for scale-up to the PB150 and its progression to our next generation device, the PB500 PowerBuoy product.
While the PB150 will be our key product for the utility market over the next few years, the commercialization of our intellectual property is also being leveraged by the product development of the 500kW-rated PB500 PowerBuoy. Concept development and wave tank testing of this major larger scale system is already underway and aimed at further lowering the cost per kilowatt hour of wave power and making it more competitive with other energy sources.
Slide 12 shows a picture of the Hawaii PowerBuoy deployed off the Marine Corps Base in Oahu.
Now turning to Slide 13. In the third quarter, OPT achieved independent certification of its utility-scale PB150 structure and mooring system by the internationally respected Lloyd's Register. This certification confirms that the PB150 design complies with certain international standards promulgated for floating offshore installations. The process followed by Lloyd's included detailed design analysis and appraisals, adjusting the PB150 structure, its hydrodynamics, as well as its mooring and anchoring. This certification from Lloyd's is the latest validation of OPT's technology from independent parties.
OPT previously received an independent environmental assessment in Hawaii under the direction of the U.S. Navy, which resulted in a finding of no significant impact, which is the highest rating possible.
In July 2007, OPT announced that its PowerBuoy interface with the electrical utility power grid had been certified as compliant with international standards. This follows some work by a respected independent laboratory, Intertek Testing Services, which provided testing and evaluation services to certify OPT systems comply with designated standards, including UL1741 and IEEE1547.
OPT's PowerBuoys have been injured by Lloyd's syndicates for over 10 years for property loss and third-party liability. We believe OPT's technology has received more testing and validation by independent parties than any other wave energy company. As a result, this provides our customers, investors and project partners further confidence that our products are market ready and robust.
Now turning to Slide 14. In parallel with the significant activity of our utility projects, further progress was also made during the quarter in our Autonomous PowerBuoy business, which is targeting remote ocean applications where there is no access to grid-connected power.
Earlier in the fiscal year, the U.S. Navy awarded $2.75 million in additional funding to OPT for the second stage under its existing program to provide an autonomous PowerBuoy wave energy conversion system for the Navy's LEAP program. This is the Littoral Expeditionary Autonomous PowerBuoy program for Homeland protection and maritime security.
The new award follows the successful completion during the second quarter by OPT of the first stage of the LEAP program. During that first stage of the program, OPT successfully completed delivery in September 2010 of the design and on-land testing of a new power take-off system for its autonomous PowerBuoy.
In the second stage of the program, on which we are now working, the company will build and ocean-test a LEAP PowerBuoy structure, incorporating that new power take-off system off the coast of New Jersey. Design of that system is nearing completion and deployment of this PowerBuoy is expected to occur in the second half of calendar year 2011.
Turning to Slide 15. One of our major target markets is Japan, where we have been working with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, or MES, for the development of wave energy in Japan. In the third quarter, OPT signed a new $220,000 contract with MES. Under this contract, MES and OPT will work together to develop a new mooring system for OPT's PowerBuoy, customized for wave power stations off the coast of Japan.
The companies intend to complete work on the mooring system and progress the identification of a project site for an in-ocean trial of the PowerBuoy system. Following from that work, the identification of a project site and completion of economic assessment, the parties plan to enter into an agreement to conduct ocean trials of a demonstration PowerBuoy system. The trial plant would provide the basis for the expected building of a commercial scale OPT wave power station with an initial capacity of several megawatts, scalable to 10 megawatts or more.
In Australia, a special-purpose company formed by Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd, or Leighton, previously received a AUD $66 million grant from the Commonwealth Government of Australia towards building a 19-megawatt OPT wave power station off the coast of Victoria, Australia. The award was one of four renewable energy projects approved by the Commonwealth Government after considering over 30 applications, and is the only wave energy venture to receive the grant.
The funding is intended to be used to advance the construction of the wave power station to be built in three phases to supply electricity to up to 10,000 homes in Victoria. The grant is conditional on the attainment of the balance of funding needed for the project, the procurement of which is being undertaken by Leighton.
I'll now turn the call over to Brian Posner who will discuss our financial performance for the third quarter and nine months.
Thank you, Chuck. As noted on Slide 15, our revenues increased approximately 78% for the third quarter fiscal 2011 to $1.5 million, compared to $900,000 for the same period in the prior year.
The growth in revenues primarily reflects an increase in revenues from OPT's PB150 PowerBuoy project in Reedsport, Oregon and revenues from OPT's PB500 development program. The growth in these projects was partially offset by a decline in revenue from OPT's utility PowerBuoy project with the U.S. Navy at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii, and DWADS project also with the Navy as these projects near completion.
OPT's contract backlog at January 31, 2011 was $5.8 million compared to $5.7 million at April 30, 2010, and $7.5 million at October 31, 2010. Reported contract backlog at January 31, 2011 excluded two new funding awards totaling $4.8 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for the deployment of one of OPT's PowerBuoys off the coast of Oregon and for the development of OPT's PB500, as the contracts for these two awards had not yet been received by the company. Subsequent to January 31, 2011, one of these contracts for $2.4 million was executed. OPT is in the process of obtaining the contract for the other grant.
Gross profit was approximately $70,000 for the quarter as compared to gross profit of approximately $165,000 for the third quarter of the prior year. The decrease was due principally to a decrease in gross profits from our DWADS projects. Our future gross profit will be dependent on the nature of new contracts, our success at increasing sales of our PowerBuoy system and our ability to manage costs incurred on fixed-price commercial contracts
Product development costs decreased to $2 million as compared to $3.7 million for the third quarter of the prior year. This decrease is primarily due to a decrease in spending related to our PB150 system in Scotland as construction of this PowerBuoy neared completion.
SG&A costs decreased by 26% to $1.9 million compared with $2.6 million for the previous year. This decrease was largely due to lower compensation and recruiting costs. Interest income for the quarter decreased to $148,000 compared with $232,000 for the same period last year. This decrease was largely due to the decline in average yield and in the total cash and marketable securities.
OPT recognized a foreign exchange loss of $38,000 for the quarter compared to a foreign exchange gain of $172,000 in the same period in the prior year. The difference was due to the relative change in value of the British pound sterling, euro and Australian dollar as compared to the U.S. dollar during the two periods.
During the three months ended January 31, 2011, OPT recognized an income tax benefit of $364,000 in connection with the sale of New Jersey net operating tax losses. Net loss was $3.4 million for the third quarter of the fiscal year ending April 30, 2011 compared to $5.7 million in fiscal 2010.
Turning to the nine-month period, our revenues were $4.8 million, a 73% increase compared to revenues of $2.7 million in the nine months ended January 31, 2010. The growth in revenues primarily reflects an increase in revenues from the U.S. Navy under the LEAP program. In addition, there was an increase in revenues from OPT's PB150 PowerBuoy project in Reedsport, Oregon, and the company's PB500 development program. The growth in these projects was partially offset by a decline in revenues from OPT's DWADS project with the U.S. Navy, our project in Spain and our PowerBuoy project with a U.S. Navy at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii as all these projects neared completion.
Gross loss was approximately $56,000 for the current nine-month period as compared to a gross profit of approximately $506,000 for the same period in the prior year. Gross loss for the current nine-month period was negatively impacted by a reduction in revenue of approximately $240,000 due to a change in estimated revenue to be recognized in connection with the completion of the current project in Spain.
In addition, gross profit for the nine months ended January 31, 2010 included approximately $400,000 from a favorable reduction in a provision for contract losses. Product development costs increased to $9.7 million as compared to $8.5 million for the first nine months of the prior year. This increase primarily relates to an increase in costs from OPT's PB150 PowerBuoy project in Reedsport.
SG&A costs for the nine months decreased by 12% to $6.1 million compared with $6.9 million for the previous year. This was largely due to a decrease in compensation and recruiting expenses.
Interest income for the nine months decreased to $547,000 compared with $764,000 for the same period last year. This was primarily due to the decline in total cash and marketable securities.
The nine-month comparison of other income reflects $549,000 received by OPT from a settlement of a claim against the supplier of engineering services during the first nine months of the prior fiscal year.
OPT recognized a foreign exchange loss of $206,000 for the first nine months of fiscal 2011 compared to a foreign exchange gain of $675,000 for the same period last year. The difference was due to the relative change in the value of the British pound sterling, euro and Australian dollar as compared to the U.S. dollar during the two periods.
As previously noted in the quarter-to-quarter analysis, OPT recognized an income tax benefit of $364,000 in connection with the sale of New Jersey net operating tax losses. Net loss was $15.1 million for the first nine months of the fiscal year ending April 30, 2011 compared to $12.9 million in the comparable period of fiscal 2010.
Turning to Slide 17. At January 31, 2011, total cash, cash equivalents and investments were $52.8 million. The company's cash equivalents and investments continue to be highly liquid investments consisting primarily of U.S. Treasury notes and term deposits with large commercial banks. We believe the rate of cash outflows will decrease in fiscal 2012, reflecting completion during the current fiscal year of significant milestones associated with the construction of our two PB150 systems for Oregon and Scotland. Now I'll turn the call back to Chuck for a summary of our view on OPT's near-term development.
Thank you, Brian. Turning to Slide 18. The Board and management of OPT are committed to the company achieving sustained profitability as soon as possible.
We believe we have paths to profitability with each of the two major market areas we mentioned earlier. The first path, with our utility PowerBuoy product, targets a market size of approximately $50 billion per annum. This utility market opportunity is driving our product development investment to increase the power output rating for PowerBuoy to 150kW and further to 500kW. As we stated earlier, we are pleased with the progress that we continue to make with this product.
We also have made very strong progress with our Autonomous PowerBuoy contracts. The ability of the PowerBuoys to operate autonomously in remote locations is truly an enabling technology. In addition to Homeland Security, we believe there is strong potential for our systems to be used for offshore oil and gas platforms, aquaculture or fish farming and ocean-based communication and data gathering, such as for tsunami warnings. We estimate this market size to be approximately $10 billion per annum worldwide.
It's important to note that the fundamental PowerBuoy technology is the same for both these markets. The difference in the PowerBuoys addressing the two market areas primarily lies in the size and rated power output of the systems. In this slide, we also show how our present projects for PowerBuoy deliveries as well as our ongoing marketing initiatives support progress along both paths to profitability. We believe that either of these paths alone can move us to profitability and positive cash generation from operations.
Please turn to the next slide. There are currently several factors driving customer demand for our products. The competitive advantages of our PowerBuoy, including our extensive in-ocean experience, the electronic tuning capability of our buoys to optimize output in changing wave conditions, and the independent environmental assessment plus certifications we received from such parties as Lloyd's and Intertek Testing Services all help differentiate OPT in the marketplace.
We have also achieved third-party commercial validation through our relationships with strong partners like the U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Energy, Iberdrola and Mitsui. Another major factor driving customer demand is the flexibility of our core technology, which is scalable for different power applications as evidenced by the autonomous PowerBuoy.
Wave energy is the most concentrated form of renewable energy. It's predictable and can be installed close to population centers with a small footprint. Because of the advantages of wave energy, the macro environment continues to foster growth in our sector. In fact, we see increasing evidence of interest in the wave energy sector on the part of a number of large companies.
OPT is working hard on expanding its strategic relationships internationally. Further, there are renewable portfolio standards as well as government-sponsored grants, tax incentives, feed-in tariffs and loan guarantees in many of our target markets.
And finally, there continues to be a worldwide concern over climate change and the environment. We see this demonstrated in the media as well as in corporate, institutional and governmental dialogue. We believe these customer demand drivers will contribute greatly to OPT's growth in years to come.
Turning to Slide 20. We're very excited about our long-term prospects. We also believe OPT remains on track to achieve the near-term milestones we had set at the beginning of this fiscal year for a number of key projects. Let me give you a quick status report.
First, we are ready to conduct in-ocean trials of our first PB150 device off the coast of Scotland as soon as weather conditions permit deployment. We also continue to make progress with our second PB150, which we plan to deploy in the second half of 2011 off the coast of Reedsport, Oregon.
In September 2010, we accomplished grid connection of the Hawaii buoy at the Marine Corps base in Oahu. Our autonomous PowerBuoy projects with the U.S. Navy continue to make strong progress. We conducted near-shore ocean trials of our enhanced autonomous PowerBuoy for the DWADS program for deep ocean applications and also completed the design and testing of a new power take-off system under the first stage of the LEAP program.
We've added a near-term goal, which is the design, build and ocean testing of a PowerBuoy structure that will house the new power take-off system for the second stage of the LEAP program. As we noted a little bit earlier, deployment of this PowerBuoy for the U.S. Navy is expected to occur in the second half of calendar year 2011.
The primary focus of OPT's engineering and development efforts for the utility market area is to continue making improvements to the 150kW PowerBuoy system, which will be our workhorse over the forthcoming years and to facilitate our longer-term transition to the 500kW PowerBuoy.
With several key developments due to come to fruition in the near future, along with important steps being taken for the longer term, OPT has the momentum at many levels to accelerate the adoption of our PowerBuoy wave power technology in the years ahead.
This concludes our prepared statement for our third quarter review. I'll now turn to the operator to open the call for questions.
[Operator Instructions] And our first question comes from the line of Jason Feldman with UBS.
Hey guys, this is actually Dan Silver in for Jason. Two quick questions. The first, I wanted to just drill down a little bit about Scotland. And more specifically, how soon do you guys actually expect the PB150 to be in the water? And beyond just being in the water, in terms of actually having it turned on and then getting the feedback, the operational feasibility data, to then go ahead and either speak with potential customers or evaluate the prospects of it, what's the more specific timeline look like?
Sure. Based on a reading of weather and just having the system already, we have a full staff there right now, all ready to go with the system. But our best estimate is probably the latter part of this month, Dan, maybe first week of April. But we're targeting the last week of this month in terms of the lowering of the system into the water at dockside. At which point, it would then be towed out. Now that whole process of towing it out and commissioning it probably would occur over a two-day period, max. It would then immediately start producing power, to address that other question that you raised, and we would be getting data as soon as it starts producing power in real time. The data will be transmitted ashore, and we'll be monitoring not only power produced, but a great deal of other particular indications of performance of the system as well as the wave environment, wave conditions. What's neat about it is that it's going to have a grid-connection emulator on board. And as we conduct a very broad range of functional and operational testing sequences, we'll be able to test it in full grid-connection mode, even though it's not actually grid connected. We aren't running a cable to shore for the reasons associated with expense. But we'll get a very good read on the power output. And so we would look to report on that as soon as we get some initial data about it. Also, to another point you raised, which I think touches on the interest that the system may have, and certainly what we're seeing is a lot of interest as a result of the press release that we put out about two, three weeks ago on the status of the system, we received quite a few inquiries from the press, as well as some existing and prospective customers. We've had quite a few parties visit the system while it's still on land at dockside. So we think it will continue to gain a lot of traction in the marketplace. It's got to perform, and we will be reporting on the system as the events unfold.
That's very helpful and certainly very interesting, about the visits to dockside, that certainly bodes well. And if I can as a somewhat similar question, although slightly unrelated, in terms of Australia and the Australian project, any incremental or additional color or context on the project, the partnership? And how should we think about funding capital levels in relation to the milestones and the expected timeline in that market?
Well, certainly, at the very outset of that entire project, which we're seeking to develop in concert with Leighton Contractors, it started off very strongly, having been the beneficiary of a large grant from the Commonwealth Government that we talked about in the prepared text for this call. And Leighton formed a special-purpose company in the Commonwealth of Australia, and it was specifically that entity that got or received the award from the Commonwealth. Leighton is responsible for bringing in the financing for this project. And so, to one part of your question, which was with respect to just progress being made on that, they are working through their project finance group, which is based in Sydney, and have spent quite a bit of time focusing on the marketplace. And they have been typically very successful over quite a few years in infrastructure projects and raising the funding for that, on straight project finance deals. Certainly, our system carries with it a different risk profile than bridges and roads and highways as you might expect. It's also a new technology, let alone one that's based on in-ocean performance. So I think that difference in the risk profile associated with it, which is something that we point very quickly to the history of our systems, and we think that there's a lot of mitigators to that risk profile that I mentioned, which is different in the marketplace for infrastructure projects. So to date, we've received some interesting inquiries. We have some visits scheduled with Leighton, and along this regard, in order to try to bring the actual financing to a greater stage of finality. But the closing on this is still a ways off. As you know, it's a tough market out there in general for a lot of renewable energy companies to raise money. But the partners that OPT has had in the past to develop our technology, the survivability of our systems, as well as the more recent certification of our PB150 design, are all areas which we think go a long way to reducing what would otherwise be perceived as greater risk in the project finance sectors. So it's moving along. I'd have to say very candidly slower than we'd like and certainly, that Leighton would like. But we do see some interesting opportunities.
Our next question comes from the line of Robert Littlehale with JPMorgan.
Robert Littlehale - Bear Stearns
I have sort of a general question, but it's relating to customer demand. And the question centers on renewable energy credits. And the question specifically is on emission trading systems. And various markets around the world, obviously, have been set up to provide financial incentives to invest in renewables and disincentives to continue to admit greenhouse gases. And the question is basically your thoughts on the maturation of these various markets. Are they coming along the way you had hoped? Or just sort of give us a general sense of your thoughts on these subjects?
Sure, Bob. First of all, the answer varies by the areas of the world in which you might the seeking to develop a project. We see very active renewable obligation certificates. In the U.K., they call them ROCs, Renewable Obligation Certificates. In Australia, RECs, Renewable Energy Certificates, or green tags and carbon credits more prominently in the United States. I would say that in the European context, the market for carbon credit trading or green tag trading is probably among the most developed. It had been a very liquid market facilitated especially by ease of accessing data about the various traders and owners of positions. It's interesting, I was just reading over the weekend an article about a very serious disruption to the European market for carbon credits, which was caused by a number of hackers who were going in and actually stealing some positions, some carbon credit positions held by certain firms. As a result of that, they're tightening up right now, very considerably, the access to data about that. So I think the market will come back. Right now, it's taken a hit. But this is a very recent development and something that's quite grave. But the market administrators and regulators are right on top of it. I think they'll overcome that and that Europe will regain a very strong position with respect to carbon trading markets. And that certainly helps us in our efforts in Europe, and I think, around the world, where you do have markets such as that, which is more mature. As I said a little bit earlier, I think there has been market trading activity in the U.S. but not as robust as one might find in Europe. Also in Australia, another very important target market for us which I talked about a little bit earlier with Dan, that there is a lot of active trading going on there. And in fact, that's one of the reasons why Woodside Energy invested money in OPT a number of years ago and also did a deal with us, which involved OPT's sale. This is back in around 2002, so it's one of the first actual hard money deals done with respect to the forward selling of any carbon credits. We sold a call to Woodside at that time with respect to any kind of carbon credits that we would generate over the years, 2008 to 2012. So we, as a company, have participated very early on with the market even though in the early 2000s, it was also a very young market at the time. So it varies by area of the world. Certainly, the market is growing and expanding and getting, I think, a lot more traction. It is an important part of our customers' consideration of our systems and other companies in the renewable energy sector.
[Operator Instructions] Thank you very much. That concludes our questioning period.
With that, I'd like to thank you for attending today's webcast and for your continued support and interest. We certainly look forward to give you another update after the completion of our fiscal year.
Thank you, everyone. That concludes today's webcast. You may now disconnect, and everyone have a great day.
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