Romeo Power Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results and Business Update

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Romeo Power, Inc. (“Romeo Power” or the “Company”) (NYSE: RMO), an energy technology leader delivering large-scale electrification solutions for complex commercial applications, today announced its preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Business Highlights

  • Completed business combination with RMG Acquisition Corp. and related PIPE financing, providing an additional $346 million in net proceeds to fund future growth
  • Signed a multi-year, $234 million agreement with Lion Electric to supply battery modules and packs for Lion’s fleet of electric commercial vehicles
  • Generated revenues of $9.0 million for the full-year 2020
  • Cash or cash equivalents as of December 31, 2020 of $292.4 million
  • Cash paid for capital expenditures for the year ended December 31, 2020 of $1.3 million

Recent Business Updates

  • Signed an MOU with Ecellix to create advanced electrification solutions by combining Ecellix’s ultra-high capacity eCell technology with Romeo Power’s battery packs, modules and battery management system
  • Announced a strategic alliance with Republic Services to collaborate on the development of Romeo Power’s battery technology for use in Republic’s electric garbage trucks
  • Launched a commercial fleet electrification program with Heritage Environmental Services through which Romeo Power expects to electrify 500 Heritage trucks between 2022 and 2025
  • As global demand for raw materials outpaces supply, Romeo Power is subject to a significant shortfall in cell capacity industrywide, and now expects its revenue for 2021 to be in the range of $18-40 million

Management Commentary

Last year was a pivotal year for Romeo Power, as we completed our merger with RMG Acquisition Corp. in December, strengthened our balance sheet with more than $346 million of new capital and became a public company,” commented Lionel Selwood, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Romeo Power. “Our team continued to enhance our leading edge battery technology to a point of commercialization, evolving Romeo Power from a late-stage innovator to a commercial enterprise with significant capital inflows. Our achievements over the past year have demonstrated that our highly configurable Hermes module and sophisticated battery pack and battery management systems are the optimal solution for customers that are highly focused on safety, shortened charge times, increasing energy density and range, while maximizing profit per mile, and we are pleased with the commercial engagements signed to date.

Our public listing has raised Romeo Power’s profile and afforded us the resources to continue investing in our business as we methodically establish long-term, multi-year partnerships in the commercial vehicle sector. A notable win in the fourth quarter was our multi-year, $234 million production contract with Lion Electric. Our commercial momentum has continued throughout the first quarter. In January, we announced a program with Heritage Environmental Services, through which Romeo Power expects to electrify 500 battery electric vehicles purchased by Heritage and its affiliates between 2022 and 2025, and a Strategic Alliance Agreement with Republic Services to collaborate on the development of Romeo Power’s battery technology for use in Republic’s electric garbage trucks. We look forward to evolving these partnerships over the course of 2021.

Regarding our 2021 outlook, we expect that our near term production and revenues will be constrained by the shortage in supply of battery cells. As the electric vehicle industry has experienced massive acceleration in recent months, the demand for raw materials and cells has outpaced supply. We expect that this cell shortage will result in Romeo Power’s full year 2021 revenues being materially lower than originally projected. While frustrated, by this delay in bringing our solutions to market, we are working diligently with our preferred cell supply partners to secure allocation and continuous cell innovation for the near-intermediate and longer-term. However, Romeo Power’s long-term demand outlook remains strong and we do not expect short-term cell constraints to affect our committed order backlog.

Our dialogue with new prospective customers remains active and healthy. We remain committed to our current strategy and the work Romeo Power’s team has done over the last four years to build a strong foundation, develop leading technology solutions and commercialize and secure committed orders is beginning to produce notable results. By delivering superior vehicle range and fast charge capability, to complement leading safety and configurability, we believe Romeo Power remains well positioned to navigate current market headwinds and execute our long-term strategy.”

2021 Outlook

As global electrification of the powertrain has hit an inflection point, the industry is experiencing a massive acceleration in growth and the demand for raw materials is outpacing supply. Romeo Power is currently subject to these supply constraints and, as a result of the significant shortfall in battery cell capacity industrywide, Romeo Power now expects its revenue for 2021 to be in the range of $18-40 million. The Company is currently pursuing extensive discussions with several preferred providers regarding establishing long-term cell supply agreements. Romeo Power remains focused on procuring cells that have met its rigorous cell supply validation processes, as this is critical to ensuring that the Company can deliver a safer and better product with higher energy density and superior fast charge capability relative to the competition. Romeo Power’s commercial and strategic priorities remain unchanged and the current cell shortage is not expected to affect the Company’s contracted order backlog.

Annual Report

Romeo Power also announced today that due to uncertainty regarding the accounting treatment for its public and private warrants it will not file its Annual Report on Form 10-K tomorrow, and will file a Form 12b-25 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result, the numbers presented here are currently preliminary and unaudited.

Conference Call Information

Romeo Power will host a conference call at 2:00 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time) today, March 30, 2021. Participating on the call will be Lionel Selwood, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, and Lauren Webb, Chief Financial Officer, of Romeo Power. To access the conference call, parties should visit the events section of the Investor Relations website at https://investors.romeopower.com/. A recording of the webcast will also be available following the conference call.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may constitute “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words “estimates,” “projected,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “intends,” “believes,” “seeks,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “future,” “propose” and variations of these words or similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, express or implied statements concerning the Company’s expectations regarding its future financial performance, revenues and capital expenditures, the Company’s expectations with respect to backlog and demand for its products, the magnitude and timing of future contracts, and the availability and pricing of battery cells, are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results, and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside Romeo Power’s management’s control, that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Important factors, among others, that may affect actual results or outcomes include: Romeo Power’s ability to execute on its plans to develop and market new products and the timing of these development programs; Romeo Power’s estimates of the size of the markets for its products; the rate and degree of market acceptance of Romeo Power’s products; the success of other competing technologies that may become available; Romeo Power’s ability to identify and integrate acquisitions; the performance of Romeo Power’s products and customers; potential litigation involving Romeo Power; demand for battery cells and supply shortages; the potential effects of COVID-19; and general economic and market conditions impacting demand for Romeo Power’s products. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s filings with the SEC. If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from those implied by our forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and Romeo Power undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. “EBITDA” is defined as earnings before interest income and expense, income tax expense or benefit, and depreciation and amortization. “Adjusted EBITDA” has been calculated using EBITDA adjusted for losses on the extinguishment of debt, stock-based compensation, settlement of certain legal matters, and forgiveness of a portion of stockholder notes receivable. The Company believes that both EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provide additional information for investors to use in (1) evaluating our ongoing operating results and trends and (2) comparing our financial performance with those of comparable companies, which may disclose similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors. These non-GAAP measures provide investors with incremental information for the evaluation of our performance after isolation of certain items deemed unrelated to our core business operations. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are presented as supplemental measures to our GAAP measures of performance. When evaluating EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that we may incur future expenses similar to those excluded when calculating these measures. In addition, our presentation of these measures should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. Furthermore, our computation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures computed by other companies, as the nature of the adjustments that other companies may include or exclude when calculating Adjusted EBITDA may differ from the adjustments reflected in our measure. Because of these limitations, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation, nor should these measures be viewed as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP measure, which is net loss. As appropriate, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and information reconciling these non-GAAP financial measures to the Company’s financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP are included in this press release.

About Romeo Power, Inc.

Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Romeo Power (NYSE: RMO) is an energy technology leader delivering large-scale electrification solutions for complex commercial applications. The Company’s suite of advanced hardware, combined with its innovative battery management system, delivers the safety, performance, reliability and configurability its customers need to succeed. Romeo Power’s 113,000 square-foot manufacturing facility brings its flexible design and development process in-house to pack the most energy dense modules on the market. To keep up with everything Romeo Power, please follow the Company on social @romeopowerinc or visit https://romeopower.com.

Financial Statements

Romeo Power

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Operations

(Dollar amount in thousands, except share and per share data)

 
Three Months Ended December 31, Years Ended December 31,

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

REVENUES:
Product revenues

$

813

 

$

1,750

 

$

2,910

 

$

4,847

 

Service revenues

 

2,720

 

 

614

 

 

2,922

 

 

1,665

 

Related party service revenues

 

1,115

 

 

767

 

 

3,142

 

 

1,976

 

Total revenues

 

4,648

 

 

3,131

 

 

8,974

 

 

8,488

 

 
COST OF REVENUES:
Product cost

 

4,815

 

 

3,924

 

 

9,997

 

 

12,703

 

Service cost

 

4,418

 

 

2,009

 

 

5,337

 

 

2,877

 

Related party service cost

 

881

 

 

629

 

 

2,631

 

 

1,657

 

Total cost of revenues

 

10,114

 

 

6,562

 

 

17,965

 

 

17,237

 

GROSS LOSS

 

(5,466

)

 

(3,431

)

 

(8,991

)

 

(8,749

)

 
OPERATING EXPENSES:
Research and development

 

2,782

 

 

1,545

 

 

7,995

 

 

11,242

 

Selling, general, and administrative

 

7,035

 

 

2,685

 

 

17,338

 

 

13,890

 

Legal settlement expense

 

 

 

4,586

 

 

 

 

4,586

 

Total operating expenses

 

9,817

 

 

8,816

 

 

25,333

 

 

29,718

 

Operating loss

 

(15,283

)

 

(12,247

)

 

(34,324

)

 

(38,467

)

INTEREST EXPENSE

 

(328

)

 

(106

)

 

(1,111

)

 

(10,954

)

INTEREST INCOME

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

269

 

LOSS ON EXTINGUISHMENT OF DEBT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(9,181

)

OTHER EXPENSE

 

(2,254

)

 

 

 

(3,868

)

 

 

Net Loss before Income Taxes and Loss on Equity Method Investments

 

(17,865

)

 

(12,350

)

 

(39,303

)

 

(58,333

)

Loss on Equity Method Investments

 

(1,208

)

 

(851

)

 

(2,480

)

 

(1,520

)

Income Tax Expense

 

(2

)

 

 

 

(2

)

 

(1

)

Net loss

$

(19,075

)

$

(13,201

)

$

(41,785

)

$

(59,854

)

 
NET LOSS PER COMMON SHARE
Basic

$

(0.24

)

$

(0.18

)

$

(0.54

)

$

(1.02

)

Diluted

$

(0.24

)

$

(0.18

)

$

(0.54

)

$

(1.02

)

 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING
Basic

 

80,263,702

 

 

74,745,896

 

 

77,741,339

 

 

58,793,480

 

Diluted

 

80,263,702

 

 

74,745,896

 

 

77,741,339

 

 

58,793,480

 

 

Romeo Power

Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollar amount in thousands)

 
As of December 31,

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents

$

292,442

 

$

429

 

Accounts receivable—net of allowance for expected credit loss (2020—$238; 2019—$238)

 

841

 

 

307

 

Inventories—net

 

4,937

 

 

6,670

 

Insurance receivable

 

6,000

 

 

6,000

 

Prepaid expenses

 

1,269

 

 

1,616

 

Total current assets

 

305,489

 

 

15,022

 

 
RESTRICTED CASH

 

1,500

 

 

1,500

 

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT—Net

 

5,484

 

 

6,573

 

EQUITY METHOD INVESTMENTS

 

35,000

 

 

2,480

 

OPERATING RIGHT-OF-USE LEASE ASSETS

 

5,469

 

 

5,707

 

OTHER NONCURRENT ASSETS

 

3,100

 

 

1,296

 

Total Assets

 

356,042

 

 

32,578

 

 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Accounts payable

 

2,900

 

 

5,811

 

Accrued expenses

 

2,844

 

 

1,197

 

Contract liabilities

 

815

 

 

289

 

Current maturities of long-term debt

 

2,260

 

 

5,000

 

Current maturities of long-term debt to related parties

 

 

 

100

 

Operating lease liabilities—current

 

853

 

 

851

 

Legal settlement payable

 

6,000

 

 

6,000

 

Other current liabilities

 

383

 

 

315

 

Total current liabilities

 

16,055

 

 

19,563

 

 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
LONG-TERM DEBT—Net of current portion

 

1,082

 

 

5,225

 

OPERATING LEASE LIABILITIES—Noncurrent

 

4,723

 

 

4,949

 

OTHER NONCURRENT LIABILITIES

 

17

 

 

268

 

Total liabilities

 

21,877

 

 

30,005

 

 
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT):
Common stock ($0.0001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 126,911,861 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2020 and 250,000,000 shares authorized, 74,449,847 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019)

 

12

 

 

7

 

Preferred stock ($0.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2020 and 1,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at December 21, 2019)

 

 

 

 

Notes receivable from stockholders

 

 

 

(9,175

)

Additional paid-in capital

 

545,764

 

 

181,567

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(211,611

)

 

(169,826

)

Total stockholders’ equity (deficit)

 

334,165

 

 

2,573

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT)

$

356,042

 

$

32,578

 

 

 

 

 

Romeo Power

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

(Dollar amount in thousands)

 
Years Ended December 31,

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income (loss)

$

(41,785

)

$

(59,854

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used for operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization

 

1,988

 

 

1,871

 

Stock-based compensation

 

3,567

 

 

1,566

 

Inventory provision

 

3,105

 

 

1,743

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

9,181

 

Interest expense attributable to amortization of debt discount

 

 

 

5,585

 

Loss on equity method investment

 

2,480

 

 

1,520

 

Non-cash lease expense—operating leases

 

238

 

 

213

 

Non-cash lease expense—finance leases

 

283

 

 

(15

)

Loss on extinguishment of stockholder note receivable

 

3,868

 

 

 

Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable

 

(534

)

 

(249

)

Inventories

 

(1,372

)

 

(2,570

)

Prepaid expenses

 

(1,685

)

 

(1,428

)

Accounts payable

 

(2,556

)

 

(2,130

)

Interest accrued on notes payable

 

468

 

 

455

 

Accrued expenses

 

1,739

 

 

(1,768

)

Contract liabilities

 

526

 

 

(898

)

Operating lease liabilities

 

(224

)

 

(180

)

Other—net

 

15

 

 

(6

)

Net cash used for operating activities

 

(29,879

)

 

(46,964

)

 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Capital expenditures

 

(1,325

)

 

(1,099

)

Equity method investment

 

(35,000

)

 

 

Other—net

 

 

 

(72

)

Net cash used for investing activities

 

(36,325

)

 

(1,171

)

 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Issuance of convertible notes

 

1,924

 

 

5,450

 

Issuance of term notes

 

6,475

 

 

19,000

 

Proceeds from PPP loan

 

3,300

 

 

 

Proceeds from stockholder note receivable

 

5,307

 

 

 

Repayment of term notes

 

(11,575

)

 

(25,624

)

Issuance of line of credit

 

 

 

32,000

 

Repayment of line of credit

 

 

 

(32,000

)

Redemption of common stock

 

 

 

(8,136

)

Issuance of common stock, net of issuance costs

 

5,027

 

 

56,639

 

Recapitalization transaction, net of transaction costs (See Note 3)

 

345,831

 

 

 

Exercise of stock options

 

110

 

 

41

 

Exercise of stock warrants

 

2,102

 

 

2,565

 

Payment for financed capital expenditures

 

 

 

(187

)

Principal portion of finance lease liabilities

 

(284

)

 

(31

)

Rescission of common stock

 

 

 

(1,164

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

$

358,217

 

$

48,553

 

 
NET CHANGE IN CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS, AND RESTRICTED CASH

$

292,013

 

$

418

 

CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS, AND RESTRICTED CASH —Beginning of period

 

1,929

 

 

1,511

 

CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS, AND RESTRICTED CASH—End of period

$

293,942

 

$

1,929

 

 
RECONCILIATION OF CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS, AND RESTRICTED CASH TO THE CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS:
Cash and cash equivalents

$

292,442

 

$

429

 

Restricted cash

 

1,500

 

 

1,500

 

Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

$

293,942

 

$

1,929

 

 
SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION:
Cash paid for interest

$

595

 

$

4,486

 

Cash paid for income taxes

$

2

 

$

1

 

 

Romeo Power

Supplemental Disclosures of Non-Cash Investing and Financing Activities

(Dollar amount in thousands)

 
Years Ended December 31,

 

2020

 

 

2019

Purchases of property, plant and equipment in accounts payable at year end

$

583

 

$

1,030

Conversion of promissory notes and accrued interest to common stock

$

7,709

 

$

31,846

Allocation of debt proceeds to beneficial conversion feature

$

 

$

329

Allocation of debt proceeds to stock warrants

$

 

$

2,047

Exercise of warrants in exchange for note receivable

$

 

$

9,123

Investment in Joint Venture

$

 

$

4,000

Reverse recapitalization effect on additional paid-in capital

$

(145

)

$

Issuance of common stock

$

 

$

4,000

Transaction costs included in accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

172

 

$

 

Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA

(Dollar amount in thousands)

 
Three Months Ended December 31, Years Ended December 31,

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Net loss

 

(19,075

)

 

(13,201

)

 

(41,785

)

 

(59,854

)

Interest expense

 

328

 

 

106

 

 

1,111

 

 

10,954

 

Interest income

 

 

 

(3

)

 

 

 

(269

)

Income tax expense

 

2

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

1

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

 

 

484

 

 

1,988

 

 

1,871

 

EBITDA

$

(18,745

)

$

(12,614

)

$

(38,684

)

$

(47,297

)

Loss on debt extinguishment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9,181

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

617

 

 

3,567

 

 

1,566

 

Settlement for certain legal matters

 

 

 

4,586

 

 

 

 

4,586

 

Forgiveness of portion of stockholder notes receivable

 

2,254

 

 

 

 

3,868

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(16,491

)

$

(7,411

)

$

(31,249

)

$

(31,964

)