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Filed: 8 Nov 21, 4:57pm

EXHIBIT 99.1

TPI Composites, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Results – Added New Lines in China for Vestas and Secures Strategic Investment from Oaktree Capital Management of up to $600 Million

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TPI Composites, Inc. (Nasdaq: TPIC), the only independent manufacturer of composite wind blades with a global footprint, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Highlights

For the quarter ended September 30, 2021:

  • Net sales of $479.6 million
  • Net loss of $30.7 million or ($0.83) per diluted share
  • EBITDA loss of $6.5 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $0.2 million
KPIs 3Q’213Q’20 
 Sets18301,037 
 Estimated megawatts²3,3953,571 
 Utilization376%93% 
 Dedicated manufacturing lines45455 
 Manufacturing lines installed55454 
  1. Number of wind blade sets (which consist of three wind blades) produced worldwide during the period.
  2. Estimated megawatts of energy capacity to be generated by wind blade sets produced during the period.
  3. Utilization represents the percentage of wind blades produced during the period compared to the total potential wind blade capacity of manufacturing lines installed during the period.
  4. Number of wind blade manufacturing lines that are dedicated to our customers under long-term supply agreements at the end of the period.
  5. Number of wind blade manufacturing lines installed and either in operation, startup, or transition during the period.

“We are diligently navigating through a challenging macroeconomic backdrop that is adversely impacting the wind industry on a global scale,” said Bill Siwek, President and CEO of TPI Composites. “While we are pleased to achieve revenue growth in the quarter, near-term challenges have hindered the profitability in the business. We have witnessed volume declines from our OEM customers as many of their customers are in a wait-and-see mode with the impending federal legislation pertaining to the Build Back Better Plan (BBB), the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the tax credit incentives to be included in the BBB plan. We believe that final passage of this bill will help bring clarity to our future demand outlook. In addition, I’m extremely proud of the efforts of our team to mitigate the supply chain pressures which have led to rising input and freight costs as well as limited the availability of certain raw materials. We expect these challenges to persist through most of 2022. We also experienced production delays at the manufacturing facility that we recently took over from Nordex in Matamoros, Mexico during the third quarter and at one of our manufacturing facilities in Juarez, Mexico, where we are in the startup phase of producing an innovative new blade model for one of our customers. We expect these production delays will be resolved by the end of this year.

“Although these near-term headwinds present a challenge to TPI, we continue to work closely with and deliver to our customer base. In the quarter, we added new lines in China for Vestas and extended a couple of lines in Turkey with Nordex. We remain excited about the long-term prospects for our industry.

“As we have communicated in the past, we expect the overall wind market to be relatively flat in 2022. We believe that these near-term challenges will eventually abate, and, that we are well positioned as a trusted partner for our customers and with our global footprint to capitalize on the long-term growth opportunity in the wind industry.

“We also announced today that we entered into a stock purchase agreement to issue and sell $400 million of Series A Preferred Stock to investment funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management (“Oaktree”). Under the terms of the stock purchase agreement, TPI will issue and sell $350 million of Series A Preferred Stock to Oaktree, subject to customary closing conditions. TPI also may elect at its option to require Oaktree to purchase an additional $50 million of Series A Preferred Stock upon the same terms and conditions as the initial issuance of the Series A Preferred Stock during the two-year period following the closing of the initial issuance. Oaktree is a seasoned investor across the energy value chain and this investment is a strong endorsement of our strategy and long-term growth prospects. We believe the closing of this strategic transaction will strengthen our balance sheet significantly and better position TPI to navigate a rapidly evolving market and operating environment in the near-term while providing the flexibility to take advantage of longer-term growth opportunities,” concluded Mr. Siwek.

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Net sales for the three months ended September 30, 2021, increased by $5.5 million or 1.2% to $479.6 million as compared to $474.1 million in the same period in 2020. Net sales of wind blades increased by $0.6 million or 0.1% to $450.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $450.1 million in the same period in 2020. Net sales were positively impacted by an increase in the average selling price due to the mix of wind blade models produced, offset by a 20% decrease in the number of wind blades produced primarily due to reductions in manufacturing lines under contract in China. The three months ended September 30, 2021 were also impacted by the transition to an innovative blade in Juarez, Mexico, the impact on our production due to shortages of raw material supplied by our customers, and a temporary shutdown of our Yangzhou manufacturing facility due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Yangzhou City. U.S. dollar fluctuations against the Euro in our Turkey operations and the Chinese Renminbi in our China operations had a favorable impact of 0.3% on consolidated net sales for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to the 2020 period.

Total cost of goods sold for the three months ended September 30, 2021, was $486.7 million and included $4.5 million of costs related to lines in startup and $10.0 million of costs related to lines in transition during the period. This compares to total cost of goods sold for the three months ended September 30, 2020, of $433.6 million and included $5.1 million of costs related to lines in startup and $3.4 million of costs related to lines in transition during the period. Total cost of goods sold as a percentage of net sales increased by approximately ten percentage points during the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to the same period in 2020, driven primarily by increases in direct material costs, direct labor costs and foreign currency fluctuations. The fluctuating U.S. dollar against the Euro, Turkish Lira, Chinese Renminbi and Mexican Peso had an unfavorable impact of 0.5% on consolidated cost of goods sold for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to the 2020 period.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2021, totaled $8.2 million, or 1.7% of net sales, compared to $9.3 million, or 2.0% of net sales, for the same period in 2020.

Income taxes reflected a provision of $8.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to a benefit of $32.3 million for the same period in 2020. The increase in the provision was primarily due to the change in the mix of earnings of foreign jurisdictions and U.S. tax on foreign earnings in the comparable periods.

Net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2021, was $30.7 million as compared to net income of $42.4 million in the same period in 2020. The decrease in the net income was primarily due to the reasons set forth above. The diluted net loss per share was $0.83 for the three months ended September 30, 2021, compared to diluted net income per share of $1.13 for the three months ended September 30, 2020.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2021, decreased to $0.2 million as compared to $49.1 million during the same period in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased to zero as compared to 10.4% during the same period in 2020.

Capital expenditures were $3.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, as compared to $11.4 million during the same period in 2020. Our capital expenditures primarily relate to machinery and equipment at our new facilities and expansion and improvements at our existing facilities.

We ended the quarter with $119.0 million of cash and cash equivalents, and net debt of $143.8 million as compared to $88.1 million as of December 31, 2020. We used $25.0 million of cash from operating activities and had negative free cash flow of $28.1 million during the three months ended September 30, 2021.

As of September 30, 2021, we were not in compliance with our Total Net Leverage Ratio financial covenant (as defined in our Credit Agreement) and as a result the lender would have the right to request immediate payment of the senior revolving loan. Our liquidity and capital resources were adversely affected by certain events that occurred during the three months ended September 30, 2021. We experienced significant production delays that occurred at the Matamoros, Mexico manufacturing facility that we took over from Nordex in July 2021, as well as significant production delays in one of our Juarez, Mexico manufacturing facilities in connection with the ongoing transition to an innovative new blade for one of our customers. Although we expect that production will be stabilized in both of these manufacturing facilities by the end of the year, we expect that these transitions will continue to have an adverse impact on our liquidity for the remainder of the year. We also expect decreased demand for our wind blades from our customers during the remainder of 2021 and 2022. We believe this decrease in demand is due to the continued global renewable energy regulatory and policy uncertainty and raw material cost increases and constraints. We believe this decreased demand will also adversely impact our profitability and liquidity for the remainder of 2021 and 2022.

In response to these conditions, we entered into (i) a $400 million Series A Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement with funds managed by Oaktree , and (ii) executed a limited 30-day credit agreement waiver through December 8, 2021. We intend to use the net proceeds from the initial $350 million Series A Preferred Stock investment to repay in full all amounts outstanding under the Credit Agreement and the remainder for general corporate purposes.

2021 Guidance

For the full year ending December 31, 2021, we update our guidance to the following:

Guidance (1)Full Year 2021
Net Sales$1.72 billion to $1.74 billion
Adjusted EBITDA (2)$30 million to $40 million
Dedicated Manufacturing Lines54
Utilization %Approximately 76%
Wind Blade Set Capacity4,260
Average Selling Price per BladeApproximately $165,000
Non-Blade Sales$120 million to $125 million
Capital Expenditures$40 million to $45 million
Startup Costs$17 million to $20 million
Restructuring CostsApproximately $30 million

      (1)   These numbers could be significantly impacted by COVID-19.
      (2)   See Table Four for the reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial data.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

TPI Composites will host an investor conference call this afternoon, Monday, November 8, at 5:00 pm ET. Interested parties are invited to listen to the conference call which can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 1-877-407-9208, or for international callers, 1-201-493-6784. A replay will be available two hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921, or for international callers, 1-412-317-6671. The passcode for the live call and the replay is 13723790. The replay will be available until November 15, 2021. Interested investors and other parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto the Investors section of the Company’s website at www.tpicomposites.com. The online replay will be available for a limited time beginning immediately following the call.

About TPI Composites, Inc.

TPI Composites, Inc. is the only independent manufacturer of composite wind blades for the wind energy market with a global manufacturing footprint. TPI delivers high-quality, cost-effective composite solutions through long-term relationships with leading OEMs in the wind and transportation markets. TPI is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and operates manufacturing facilities in the U.S., China, Mexico, Turkey and India. TPI operates additional engineering development centers in Denmark and Germany.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements, among other things, concerning: the closing of the Series A Preferred Stock financing and the proposed amendment to our senior credit facility; our updated guidance for 2021; growth of the wind energy and electric vehicle markets and our addressable markets for our products and services; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, effects on our financial statements and our financial outlook; our business strategy, including anticipated trends and developments in and management plans for our business and the wind industry and other markets in which we operate; our projected annual revenue growth; competition; future financial results, operating results, revenues, gross margin, operating expenses, profitability, products, projected costs, warranties, our ability to improve our operating margins, and capital expenditures. These forward-looking statements are often characterized by the use of words such as “estimate,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “plan,” “intend,” “seek,” “believe,” “forecast,” “foresee,” “likely,” “may,” “should,” “goal,” “target,” “might,” “will,” “could,” “predict,” “continue” and the negative or plural of these words and other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and our projections about future events. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements for any reason. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the matters discussed in “Risk Factors,” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports that we will file with the SEC.

Non-GAAP Definitions

This press release includes unaudited non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, net cash (debt) and free cash flow. We define EBITDA as net income (loss) plus interest expense (including losses on the extinguishment of debt and net of interest income), income taxes and depreciation and amortization. We define adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA plus any share-based compensation expense, any foreign currency income or losses, any gains or losses on the sale of assets and asset impairments and any restructuring charges. We define net cash (debt) as the total unrestricted cash and cash equivalents less the total principal amount of debt outstanding. We define free cash flow as net cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditures. We present non-GAAP measures when we believe that the additional information is useful and meaningful to investors. Non-GAAP financial measures do not have any standardized meaning and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be a substitute for, and should not be considered in isolation from, the financial measures reported in accordance with GAAP. See Table Four for a reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP measures.

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TPI COMPOSITES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
TABLE ONE - CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 
(UNAUDITED) 
  
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
(in thousands, except per share data)  2021  2020   2021  2020  
Net sales $479,599 $474,113  $1,343,120 $1,204,566  
Cost of sales  472,188  425,064   1,295,660  1,141,183  
Startup and transition costs  14,541  8,576   38,994  31,530  
Total cost of goods sold  486,729  433,640   1,334,654  1,172,713  
Gross profit (loss)  (7,130) 40,473   8,466  31,853  
General and administrative expenses  8,185  9,263   23,819  25,646  
Loss on sale of assets and asset impairments  7,250  2,160   9,998  5,518  
Restructuring charges, net  1,422  45   3,876  343  
Income (loss) from operations  (23,987) 29,005   (29,227) 346  
Other income (expense):       
  Interest expense, net  (2,662) (3,093)  (8,057) (7,409) 
  Foreign currency income (loss)  3,958  (17,127)  (6,273) (18,095) 
  Miscellaneous income  262  1,259   1,322  2,893  
Total other income (expense)  1,558  (18,961)  (13,008) (22,611) 
Income (loss) before income taxes  (22,429) 10,044   (42,235) (22,265) 
Income tax benefit (provision)  (8,248) 32,338   (30,036) (1,946) 
Net income (loss) $(30,677)$42,382  $(72,271)$(24,211) 
        
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:       
Basic  37,052  35,546   36,846  35,354  
Diluted  37,052  37,423   36,846  35,354  
        
Net income (loss) per common share:       
Basic $(0.83)$1.19  $(1.96)$(0.68) 
Diluted $(0.83)$1.13  $(1.96)$(0.68) 
        
Non-GAAP Measures (unaudited):       
EBITDA $(6,478)$27,168  $3,221 $21,819  
Adjusted EBITDA $179 $49,131  $30,635 $53,722  
        


TPI COMPOSITES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
TABLE TWO - CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
(UNAUDITED) 
  
 September 30,December 31, 
(in thousands) 2021 2020 
Assets   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$119,005$129,857 
Restricted cash 153 339 
Accounts receivable 178,104 132,768 
Contract assets 244,774 216,928 
Prepaid expenses 22,916 29,507 
Other current assets 22,613 27,921 
Inventories 11,251 10,839 
Total current assets 598,816 548,159 
Noncurrent assets:   
Property, plant, and equipment, net 192,326 209,001 
Operating lease right of use assets 146,794 158,827 
Other noncurrent assets 24,653 40,270 
Total assets$962,589$956,257 
    
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$346,272$295,992 
Accrued warranty 42,479 50,852 
Current maturities of long-term debt 70,409 32,551 
Current operating lease liabilities 22,939 26,099 
Contract liabilities - 614 
Total current liabilities 482,099 406,108 
Noncurrent liabilities:   
Long-term debt, net of current maturities 191,720 184,316 
Noncurrent operating lease liabilities 149,742 155,925 
Other noncurrent liabilities 7,964 8,873 
Total liabilities 831,525 755,222 
Total stockholders' equity 131,064 201,035 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$962,589$956,257 
    

        

TPI COMPOSITES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
TABLE THREE - CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
(UNAUDITED) 
  
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
(in thousands)  2021  2020   2021  2020  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities$(24,986)$60,870  $(28,241)$33,865  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (3,079) (11,398)  (30,138) (53,428) 
Net cash provided by financing activities  24,578  5,172   48,280  102,427  
Impact of foreign exchange rates on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  (616) (679)  (939) (3,204) 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period  123,261  97,444   130,196  71,749  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period $119,158 $151,409  $119,158 $151,409  
        


TPI COMPOSITES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
TABLE FOUR - RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES 
(UNAUDITED) 
       
EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are reconciled as follows:Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
(in thousands) 2021  2020   2021  2020  
Net income (loss)$(30,677)$42,382  $(72,271)$(24,211) 
Adjustments:      
       Depreciation and amortization 13,289  14,031   37,399  36,675  
       Interest expense, net 2,662  3,093   8,057  7,409  
       Income tax provision (benefit) 8,248  (32,338)  30,036  1,946  
EBITDA (6,478) 27,168   3,221  21,819  
       Share-based compensation expense 1,943  2,631   7,267  7,947  
       Foreign currency loss (income) (3,958) 17,127   6,273  18,095  
       Loss on sale of assets and asset impairments 7,250  2,160   9,998  5,518  
       Restructuring charges, net 1,422  45   3,876  343  
Adjusted EBITDA$179 $49,131  $30,635 $53,722  
       
Net debt is reconciled as follows:September 30,December 31,    
(in thousands) 2021  2020     
Cash and cash equivalents$119,005 $129,857     
Less total debt, net of debt issuance costs (262,129) (216,867)    
Less debt issuance costs (709) (1,051)    
Net debt$(143,833)$(88,061)    
       
       
Free cash flow is reconciled as follows:Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
(in thousands) 2021  2020   2021  2020  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities$(24,986)$60,870  $(28,241)$33,865  
Less capital expenditures (3,079) (11,398)  (30,138) (53,428) 
Free cash flow$(28,065)$49,472  $(58,379)$(19,563) 
       
       
       
       
A reconciliation of the low-end and high-end ranges of projected net loss to projected EBITDA and projected adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2021 is as follows: Full Year 2021
Guidance Range
(1)
 
(in thousands)   Low-EndHigh-End 
Projected net loss   $(155,000)$(148,500) 
Adjustments:      
  Projected depreciation and amortization    51,000  51,000  
  Projected interest expense, net    10,000  10,000  
  Projected income tax provision    69,000  70,000  
Projected EBITDA    (25,000) (17,500) 
  Projected share-based compensation expense    9,000  9,750  
  Projected foreign currency loss    6,000  6,250  
  Projected loss on sale of assets and asset impairments    10,000  11,500  
  Projected restructuring charges    30,000  30,000  
Projected Adjusted EBITDA   $30,000 $40,000  
       
(1) All figures presented are projected estimates for the full year ending December 31, 2021.