FuelCell Energy (NASDAQ:FCEL) stock fell nearly 20% on Tuesday on a wider-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings loss. Now, shares are back in the green by more than 7% as of this writing. What do you need to know about FCEL stock today?
Well, on Tuesday, the battery maker released its Q4 financial results. The company failed to meet both top and bottom line estimates, despite strong sales growth.
In its earnings call, FuelCell revealed an EPS loss of 11 cents, compared to the expected EPS loss of 7 cents. The company also failed to meet sales expectations, booking just $39.2 million in revenue compared to estimates of $43.8 million, a more than 11% miss. That marks the fourth-straight quarter the company has failed to meet consensus EPS expectations.
According to Jason Few, President and CEO of FuelCell, the company is in something of a transition period.
“FuelCell Energy is in a period of transition, investing across our business to support the strong market opportunity that we believe exists for our Company. Growth investment was reflected in the fiscal year 2022 results as we advanced platform commercialization and investment, increased engineering capability, as well as expanded sales and marketing talent and activities. As we transition into fiscal year 2023, these investments will grow and accelerate as we deploy capital for plant, equipment and the talent needed to meaningfully increase the total manufacturing capacity across our technology platforms.”
FCEL Stock Slides on Growing Losses
Even despite the company’s many shortcomings this year, FuelCell still managed to grow sales more than 180% since the same quarter last year. Unfortunately, the company has seemingly managed to increase costs at an accelerating rate as well, leaving many analysts wondering when it can expect to turn a profit. According to one S&P Global Market Intelligence poll, the earliest investors can expect FuelCell to start making a profit is 2028 or 2029.
For many investors, this is clearly too far out to merit an investment in FCEL stock. After all, FuelCell’s EPS losses increased by 23% to 38 cents for full-year 2022. It’s hard to imagine the company in the green when it continues to tread further in the red.
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