Shares in Energy Mad [NZX: MAD] were the biggest decliner on the stock exchange today after the energy efficient light bulb marketer more than doubled its full year loss and signalled it may lose access to $7.7 million of tax losses.
The Christchurch-based company made a loss of $5.7 million, or 13 cents a share, in the year ended March 31, from a loss of $2.5 million, or 7 cents, a year earlier, it said in a statement. Revenue fell 19 percent to $7.5 million. The company's shares dropped 9.1 percent to a four-month low of 30 cents.
In the past year, Energy Mad wrote down the value of its research and development by $1.4 million to $400,000, reflecting that its new range of Ecobulb LEDs supersede its compact fluorescent lamps, and wrote down the value of its existing lamp stock by $200,000.
The company also wrote down a $2 million deferred tax asset off its balance sheet and signalled it may lose access to that asset upon becoming profitable because one of its long-standing shareholders may sell their stake, meaning it will no longer comply with minimum shareholder continuity requirements.
The company is set to lose access to $7.7 million of its $12.4 million gross tax losses should the shareholder exit its stake, it said.
In the US, sales fell to $200,000 in the year through March from $2.5 million a year earlier as retailer Walgreens failed to order more stock. Walgreens has now placed two reorders for a total of $140,000 for the coming financial year, Energy Mad said.
In Australia, sales dropped to $4 million from $4.6 million the year earlier as a large customer reduced their order by $1.4 million, the company said. European revenue rose to $400,000 from $20,000 a year earlier, it said.
New Zealand direct installation revenue, where the company sells and installs Ecobulb downlights and associated insulation in homes, increased to $2.9 million from $2 million a year earlier.
The company said it plans to step up its New Zealand operation which will see an outsourced field force demonstrating LED Ecobulb light bulbs in homes and estimating savings to be made from making the switch.
The new LED Ecobulbs use as much as 90 percent less electricity than the inefficient light bulbs they replace, while lasting up to 25 times longer, the company said. Some 900,000 New Zealand homes use inefficient incandescent and halogen downlights, it said.
"The current low uptake of LEDs in New Zealand, combined with little competition in the direct to consumer space, creates a significant market opportunity that Energy Mad is well positioned to take advantage of," the company said.
Energy Mad plans to outsource elements of its operations to an international third party field force, it said.
The company won't pay a dividend, consistent with the year earlier.
This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags
- Xero directors Drury, Winkler and Morgan cash in on 35% share price rally
- iPredict closing down due to money laundering risk
- Sir Ralph Norris spells out reasons for Fonterra board departure
- Serco's prison report challenge: Hide and Davis go head-to-head
- MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares mixed; Spark, Fletcher join Asian rally, Xero drops as Drury trims stake
Most listened to
- “A very ballsy thing to do” – Rodney Hide and Kelvin Davis discuss Serco’s response to Correction’s Mt Eden Prison report
- “The response from shareholders has been overwhelming” — A2 Corporation chief executive Geoff Babidge
- Greg Gent says a board of 13 people is "prehistoric"
- Arvida CEO Bill McDonald on his company's half-year net profit
- Lance Wiggs on the future of food exports
- Auckland Councillor Chris Darby on the Council's alternative funding report
- Nevil Gibson discusses his latest Editor's Insight on oil prices
- Campbell Gibson, Nick Grant and Chelsea Armitage chat about the inner workings of New Zealand media
- Paul Brislen discusses the 'snake oil' sales tactics of SalesConcepts
- Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings reveals his ambitious China plan
- UDC Finance chief executive Wayne Percival talks about the company's profit
- Hamish McNicol discusses the latest court stories