Broadwind Energy, Inc., supplier of solutions for the energy needs of the future, today announced that sales in the first quarter of 2011 were $43.5 million, which is approximately 100% greater than the $21.7 million reported for the first quarter of 2010. Broadwind Energy saw a huge increase in orders for production in the tower and gearing segments of its business. Broadwind specializes in the manufacturing of large and heavier wind turbine towers that are designed for 2 megawatt and larger wind turbines. Demand for tower sections drove sales to $28.2 million, up from $12.0 million a year ago. Further the sales in the production of gearing for the wind industry as well as the mining and oilfield segment rose from $7.7 million last year to $13.6 million in 2011.
Broadwind’s earnings report noted a net loss from continuing operations of $4.1 million, or $0.04 per share, in the first quarter of 2011 compared to a loss of $12.0 million, or $0.11 per share, during the first quarter of 2010. The improvement against the 2010 quarter was the result of the beneficial impact of higher sales, improved production flow and volume efficiencies, lower selling, general and administrative expenses and lower amortization expense.
The Company reported Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation) of $0.1 million during the first quarter of 2011 compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $7.2 million during the first quarter of 2010, due principally to the improved tower and gearing segment results, and lower corporate expenses.
“I am pleased to report a strong first quarter for Broadwind Energy. With our revenues doubling and order intake increasing by about 150% over first-quarter 2010, our capacity utilization in our towers and gearing business continued to improve. Our focus on larger towers and rebalancing our revenue stream between wind energy and industrial customers is paying off. We are expanding our sales force and ensuring that we are customer focused in delivering a quality product, on time,” Peter C. Duprey, president and chief executive officer for Broad Wind Energy, stated in the earnings report released on Friday.
To see the full report and learn more about Broadwind Energy, please visit www.bwen.com
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