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Synthesis Energy Systems Reports Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Financial Results

HOUSTON, Feb. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (SES) (NASDAQ:SES), a global leader in the clean and efficient production of low-cost synthesis gas for high value energy and chemical products, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2018 second quarter ended December 31, 2017.

“We are pleased to report that during our fiscal second quarter our SES global initiatives continue to move in a positive direction. We are advancing towards achieving our first SGT customer order outside of China -- an important goal we believe we can achieve during this current fiscal year ending June 30 and one that will deliver cash,” said DeLome Fair, SES’s President and CEO. “Australian Future Energy (AFE) continues to progress two clean energy gasification projects in Queensland. Following the completion of AFE’s current capital raise, these projects are expected to accelerate and move into preliminary engineering and permitting, resulting in cash payments from AFE to SES. Additionally, the AFE team is making progress towards securing creditworthy product off-take agreements related to SGT gasification projects, and have commenced the development and preparation to begin the permitting process for AFE’s wholly owned 270MM metric ton Pentland coal resource.

“Batchfire Resources, a spin-off from AFE’s successful development efforts in 2016, has accomplished a great turnaround of the Callide mine. According to Batchfire, they have increased coal production from 6.5MM metric tons per annum since acquiring the mine from Anglo American in October of 2016 to the current production run rate of 10MM metric tons annually, with all of the additional production being sold into the Asia export market. Additionally, Batchfire’s lease extension at Callide’s Boundary Hill South Project was recently approved by the Queensland government for mining production through 2043 – a very exciting accomplishment for Batchfire,” added Ms. Fair. “We will share additional information regarding our activities in Australia and their anticipated financial benefit to SES at the upcoming 30th Annual ROTH Conference, March 11-13, in Laguna Niguel, California.

“Equally exciting are our developments in Poland. Poland’s Institute of Coal Chemistry is progressing a feasibility study for converting coal-burning power boilers into cleaner energy projects using SGT’s clean syngas with the support of our joint venture partnership, SEE EnCoal Energy (SEE). The study is sponsored by a potential customer, TAURON Wytwarzanie S. A., one of Poland’s largest energy companies, and was initiated this past quarter on the heels of TAURON’s site evaluations at both our Yima JV plant and Aluminum Corporation of China’s industrial syngas facility,” stated Ms. Fair. “The study is scheduled to conclude next month and, due to the preliminary results presented by the institute that have shown that converting power boilers to clean syngas via SGT technology can be both economically attractive and environmentally beneficial, we believe that the final study results will show that SGT power boiler conversion is a novel clean energy solution for Poland’s power generation sector. When the study is completed, TAURON intends to move forward with detailed engineering and commercial negotiations on a license order for SGT. Further, with its blended feedstock of locally sourced coal, coal wastes and renewable Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), we believe our technology will be shown to be capable of meeting European Union’s Industrial Emissions Directive targets.”

Ms. Fair continued: “Together with our global DRI partner, Midrex, we are expanding the technical and commercial definition of our combined first-in-class DRI solution for specific opportunities in India. Midrex has engaged SES to complete a package of engineering deliverables for the gasification island associated with our proposed combined technologies’ MXCOL®-SES Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) facility. We expect to deliver the study for the first of multiple identified potential customers at the end of this quarter. While the decision to construct a facility ultimately lies with the project owners, we believe that upon completion of this work we will be well positioned in India for an order commitment related to MXCOL®-SES DRI technology.

“In China, our Yima Joint Venture continues to improve their financial and operations position. The JV has demonstrated a reduction in losses for the calendar year 2017, and the Yima JV management team has stated that they believe that the JV can achieve positive cash flow in this calendar year. SES has received the first payments of approximately 2.15MM Yuan (approximately $342,000) related to outstanding invoice payments. The JV has agreed to pay an additional 12MM Yuan (approximately $1.9MM) in the upcoming year. These developments bode well in our continuing drive to achieve positive financial results from our 25% ownership in the plant,” concluded Ms. Fair.

Fiscal Second Quarter 2018 Operations Update

Australia

Australian Future Energy Pty Ltd (AFE)SES’s pre-raise ownership position is approximately 39% of this SGT Australian platform company

Two Queensland SES Gasification Technology (SGT) projects and the Pentland coal resource, with a total planned investment of approximately A$1.7B, are in initial development. AFE’s SGT projects are targeted to produce a combination of syngas and methane for industrial fuel gas, as well as ammonia, urea, and electric power. AFE has initiated the development and preparation to begin the permitting process on its wholly owned 270MM metric ton Pentland coal resource, for feedstock supply. AFE believes it is on target to complete its capital raise by March 31, and is progressing discussions with industry, product offtake, and strategic partners as part of the current fundraising. The funds are earmarked to complete the next phase of project development for the three projects. Additionally, AFE has made its first formal submission to the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), which is offering low interest, long-term loans for projects approved for investment by NAIF prior to June 30, 2021, totaling A$5B in aggregate, to encourage and complement private sector investment in economic infrastructure that benefits Northern Australia. AFE projects are now in NAIF’s Strategic Assessment Stage, the second step of its four-step process.

Batchfire Resources Pty LTDSES’s ownership position is 11.4% of this AFE spin-off company that operates the Callide Mine

According to Batchfire, the Callide Mine operation is running at a rate of approximately 10MM metric tons annual coal sales. Domestic Australian sales account for up to approximately 6.5 million metric tons per annum, used primarily for power generation and alumina refining, with the balance of production sold to Asian markets. The Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy has approved the mining lease for Callide’s Boundary Hill South Project. According to Batchfire, the Callide mining tenure extends across 180 square kilometers and contains an estimated coal resource of up to 1.7B metric tons.

Poland

In October, SES and Warsaw-based EnCoal Gasification Ltd. (ECG), a wholly owned subsidiary of EnInvestments sp. z o.o., formed the 50/50 joint venture partnership: SES EnCoal Energy sp. z o.o. (SEE), a Polish limited liability company based in Warsaw. SEE’s goal is to establish efficient clean energy projects that provide Polish industries superior economic benefits from domestic resources; to develop these projects alongside Polish partners, and to own equity positions in a build, own and operate model. With the support of SEE, Poland’s Institute of Coal Chemistry is progressing a feasibility study for conventional power boiler clean energy conversion projects for TAURON Wytwarzanie S. A., one of Poland’s largest energy companies. The study, begun in September, is scheduled to conclude in March. When the study is completed, TAURON intends to move forward with detailed engineering and commercial negotiations on a license order for SGT.

Brazil

Following legislative advancements in Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul in the fall, Copelmi Mineração Ltda is focused on developing and implementing a financing strategy for its US $1.7 billion substitute natural gas (SNG) project. We believe that Copelmi is seriously considering the use of SES’s technology for the project. Vamtec has indicated publicly that it intends to use SGT for its planned US $500MM coal-to-methanol gasification plant, also to be located in Rio Grande do Sul.

China

China resources remain focused on deriving revenues from self-funding China operations. The coal-to-methanol plant of the Yima Joint Venture, in which SES holds a 25% ownership, continues to show operational improvement. This three-SGT-system plant has a design capacity of 300,000MT of methanol. The JV continues to improve their financial and operations position, and has demonstrated a reduction in losses for the calendar year 2017. Yima JV management has stated that they believe that the JV can achieve positive cash flow in 2018. Additionally, SES has successfully completed discussions regarding outstanding invoice payments and the Yima JV has committed to make payments to SES. SES has received the first payments of approximately 2.15MM Yuan (approximately $342,000) related to outstanding invoice payments, and the JV has agreed to pay an additional 12MM Yuan (approximately $1.9MM) in the upcoming year.

SES’s 25%-owned Chinese joint venture, Tianwo-SES Clean Energy Technologies Co., Ltd., continues to work towards advancing SGT projects in China, where SES has successfully commercialized five plants with 12 systems.

India

Midrex Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Kobe Steel, Ltd., has engaged SES to complete a package of engineering deliverables for the gasification island that is focused on expanding the technical and commercial definition of the combined first-in-class MXCOL®-SES Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) facility. This exercise is scheduled to be completed by the end of this quarter, and is necessary to make proposals for specific opportunities in India. The global DRI market partners are developing an implementation strategy that will be consistent with the government’s “Make in India” campaign.

/EIN News/ -- Fiscal Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results (Unaudited)

Total revenue was $77,000 for the Current Quarter as compared to $5,000 for the Comparable Quarter. The increase was primarily due to technical consulting and engineering services provided to customers which included $52,000 provided to a related- party customer.

Total costs of sales and plant operating expenses were $55,000 for the Current Quarter as compared to $2,000 for the Comparable Quarter. The increase was primarily due to the costs of technical consulting and engineering services provided to customers.

The net gain on fair value adjustments of derivative liabilities was approximately $0.4 million for the Current Quarter compared with zero for the Comparable Quarter, which resulted from the lower fair market value for warrants issued to the Debenture investors and placement agent as of December 31, 2017 versus the fair market value as of the issuance date of October 24, 2017.  

The other gain was $1.7 million for the Current Quarter as compared to zero for the Comparable Quarter, which was primarily due to the restructuring of the Tianwo-SES Joint Venture.   

The Company's operating loss for the Current Quarter was $1.8 million versus an operating loss of $2.9 million for the Comparable Quarter. The decrease in operating loss was primarily due to a reduction in general administrative expenses during the Current Quarter.

The net income attributable to stockholders for the Current Quarter was $0.36 million, or $0.03 per share, versus a loss of $0.57 million, or $0.06 per share, for the Comparable Quarter.

As of December 31, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $10.3 million and working capital of $9.8 million.

About Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc.

Synthesis Energy Systems (SES) is a Houston-based technology company focused on generating clean, high-value energy from low-cost and low-grade coal, biomass and municipal solid waste through its proprietary technology for conversion of these resources into a clean synthesis gas (syngas) and methane. SES’s proprietary technology enables the production of clean, low-cost power, industrial fuel gas, chemicals, fertilizers, transportation fuels, and substitute natural gas, replacing expensive natural gas-based energy. SES’s technology can also produce high-purity hydrogen for cleaner transportation fuels. SES enables greater fuel flexibility for both large-scale and efficient small- to medium-scale operations close to fuel sources. Fuel sources include low-rank, low-cost high ash, high moisture coals, which are significantly cheaper than higher-grade coals, waste coals, biomass, and municipal solid waste feedstocks. SES: Growth With Blue Skies. For more information, please visit: www.synthesisenergy.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements and are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected.  Among those risks, trends and uncertainties are the ability of Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd (“BFR”) and Australian Future Energy Pty Ltd (“AFE”) management to successfully grow and develop their Australian assets and operations, including Callide and Pentland; the ability of BFR to produce earnings and pay dividends;  the ability of SES EnCoal Energy sp. z o. o. (“SEE”) management to successfully grow and develop projects, assets and operations in Poland; our ability to raise additional capital; our indebtedness and the amount of cash required to service our indebtedness; our ability to develop and expand business of the Tianwo-SES Joint Venture in the joint venture territory; our ability to develop our power business unit and our other business verticals, including DRI steel, through our marketing arrangement with Midrex Technologies, and renewables; our ability to successfully develop our licensing business; the ability of our project with Yima to produce earnings and pay dividends; the economic conditions of countries where we are operating; events or circumstances which result in an impairment of our assets; our ability to reduce operating costs; our ability to make distributions and repatriate earnings from our Chinese operations; our ability to maintain our listing on the NASDAQ Stock Market; our ability to successfully commercialize our technology at a larger scale and higher pressures; commodity prices, including in particular natural gas, crude oil, methanol and power, the availability and terms of financing; our customers’ and/or our ability to obtain the necessary approvals and permits for future projects; our ability to estimate the sufficiency of existing capital resources; the sufficiency of internal controls and procedures; and our results of operations in countries outside of the U.S., where we are continuing to pursue and develop projects.  Although SES believes that in making such forward-looking statements our expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions, such statements may be influenced by factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected by us. SES cannot assure you that the assumptions upon which these statements are based will prove to be correct. Please refer to our latest Form 10-K available on our website at www.synthesisenergy.com 

Contact:

MDC Group
Investor Relations:
David Castaneda
Arsen Mugurdumov
414.351.9758
IR@synthesisenergy.com

Media Relations:
Susan Roush
805.624.7624
PR@synthesisenergy.com

TABLES FOLLOW

SYNTHESIS ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
    2017       2016       2017       2016  
               
Revenue:              
Technology licensing-related party $     52     $     —     $     320     $     —   
Technology licensing and related services       25           5           25           5  
Total revenue     77         5         345         5  
               
Costs and Expenses:              
Costs of sales and operating     55         2         146         2  
General and administrative expenses     1,470         2,436         2,917         4,768  
Stock-based expense     305         476         550         733  
Depreciation and amortization       9           9           18           48  
Total costs and expenses       1,839           2,923           3,631           5,551  
               
Operating loss     (1,762 )       (2,918 )       (3,286 )       (5,546 )
Non-operating (income)/expense:              
Equity losses of Joint Ventures     206         0         321         0  
Foreign currency (gain)/ losses, net     (46 )       114         (107 )       140  
Interest expense      233         —         233         —  
Interest income     (8 )       (3 )       (10 )       (8 )
Gain on fair value adjustments of derivative liabilities   (439

)
          (439 )      
Other (gain)       (1,689 )         —           (1,689 )         —  
Loss from continuing operations     (19 )       (3,029 )       (1,595 )       (5,678 )
Income from discontinued operations       —           2,318           —           1,929  
                               
Net Loss     (19 )       (711 )       (1,595 )       (3,749 )
Less: net loss attributable to noncontrolling
interests
      (374 )         (142 )         (418 )         (233 )
Net income/(loss) attributable to SES stockholders $     355     $     (569 )   $     (1,177 )   $     (3,516 )
               
Net income/(loss) attributable to SES  stockholders:
  From continuing operations
    355         (2,887 )       (1,177 )       (5,454 )
  From discontinued operations       —           2,318           —           1,938  
Net income/(loss) attributable to SES stockholders $     355     $     (569 )   $     (1,177 )   $     (3,516 )
 

Net income/(loss) per share (Basic):
             
  From continuing operations     0.03         (0.27 )       (0.11 )       (0.50 )
  From discontinued operations       —           0.21           —           0.18  
  Net income/(loss) attributable to SES
  stockholders 
$     0.03     $     (0.06 )   $     (0.11 )   $     (0.32 )
Weighted average common shares              
  outstanding (Basic):      10,955             10,862          10,944             10,828  
 

Net income/(loss) per share (diluted):
             
  From continuing operations     0.03         —           —         —  
  From discontinued operations       —           —           —           —  
  Net income/(loss) attributable to SES
  stockholders 
$     0.03     $     —     $     —     $     —  
Weighted average common shares              
  outstanding (diluted):      10,973             10,862          10,944             10,828  


 

SYNTHESIS ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except per share amount)
 
  December 31,    June 30,
  2017
  2017 
  (Unaudited)      
ASSETS          
 
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,333     $ 4,988  
Accounts receivable, net   400       167  
Prepaid expenses and other currents assets   723       539  
Inventory   11       42  
           
Total current assets   11,467       5,736  
           
Property, plant and equipment, net   17       24  
Intangible asset, net   1,014       984  
Investment in joint ventures   8,632       8,539  
Other long-term assets   44       43  
           
Total assets $ 21,174     $ 15,326  
           
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY          
Current liabilities:          
Accrued expenses and accounts payable $ 1,662     $ 1,765  
           
Total current liabilities   1,662       1,765  
           
Senior secured debenture principal   8,000        
Less unamortized discount and debt issuance costs   (2,806      
Total senior secured debenture   5,194        
          1,651        
Derivative liabilities    
    6,845        
Total long-term liabilities     
           
Total liabilities   8,507       1,765  
           
Commitment and contingencies (Note 12)          
Stockholders’ equity:    
     
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value- 20,000 shares authorized – no          
shares issued and outstanding          
Common stock, $0.01 par value: 200,000 shares authorized: 10,966 shares and
  10,929 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017 and June 30, 2017
  respectively
  110       109  
Additional paid-in capital   264,359       263,809  
Accumulated deficit   (254,351     (253,174
Accumulated other comprehensive income   3,516       4,018  
Total stockholders’ equity   13,634       14,762  
 Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries   (967     (1,201
           
Total equity   12,667       13,561  
           
Total liabilities and equity $ 21,174     $ 15,326  


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