Voltus, Inc. Reports Full-Year 2021 Results Meaningfully Greater than Prior Guidance and Encourages Investors to Join Its Upcoming Investor Day
Company reports 2021 revenue and gross profit of $47 million and $19 million, respectively; both significantly above the prior-year period and 2021 guidance provided at merger announcement
Backlog and pipeline growth driving strong conviction regarding 2022 financial performance
Reaffirmation of previously provided financial forecasts for all future periods
Closing of proposed business combination with Broadscale Acquisition Corp. remains on track for the second quarter of 2022
Voltus encourages investors to participate in its Investor Day on March 22 at 10:00am eastern, to be followed by a Q&A session
SAN FRANCISCO & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Voltus, Inc. (“Voltus”), the leading Distributed Energy Resource (DER) software technology platform, today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2021.
For 2021, revenue was $47.4 million, which was 13% higher than the previous forecast of $42 million, and 94% higher than 2020’s revenue. The increase was supported by the growth in the Company’s DER portfolio from an average of 1,203 registered megawatts (MWs) in 2020 to 1,473 MWs in 2021. Average revenue/MW increased 58% from $20,311 in 2020 to $32,187 in 2021, driven by Voltus’s growth in higher value ancillary services programs and in regions such as California, Texas (ERCOT), New York and the Southwest Power Pool.
Reported annual gross profit in 2021 was approximately $19 million, which was 27% higher than the previous forecast of $15 million, and 98% higher compared to 2020. Voltus generated a 40% gross margin, as compared to guidance of 35%. Additionally, the Company’s contracted backlog and pipeline, as of February 2022, grew significantly since the transaction announcement, increasing from $272 million to $323 million and from $1.3 billion to $1.9 billion, respectively.
Gregg Dixon, Voltus CEO, said, “These results are made possible by our exceptional team of Voltans, who are focused on simplifying the complexity of electricity markets and delivering market-leading ROI to our customers. We continue to deliver on our targets, driven by our software technology platform that provides customers the most compelling value proposition in the DER industry. Our business model provides software-driven, recurring revenue supported by a robust contracted backlog and growing pipeline. We have little to no exposure to supply chain challenges, as we are focused on monetizing existing assets already owned by our customers. As proud as we are of our 2021 results, we’re more excited to seek to deliver on our previously announced projections for 2022 and beyond.
At our core, we remain intensely focused on our mission of unlocking the full value of DERs because we believe DERs are the most cost-effective, reliable, and clean energy solution that can be brought to market at scale to address today’s electricity grid challenges. We encourage investors to join us on this mission and participate in our investor day on March 22.”
Recent business highlights include:
- An amended S-4 was filed March 18, which provides additional information regarding Voltus’s 2021 results, among other items.
- Earlier this month, Voltus announced a partnership with Coinmint, one of the most environmentally committed blockchain datacenters in the world, which operates on an energy mix that is estimated to be 99% renewable, to support grid reliability by delivering 100 MWs of ancillary services to the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO).
- In March, Voltus was named one of ‘America’s Best Startup Employers’ in 2022, by Forbes, which recognizes innovative and high-growth startups that exceed employee satisfaction and foster a positive culture.
- Voltus recently announced it has partnered with Mawson (Nasdaq: MIGI), a digital infrastructure provider which works to reduce energy consumption and limit environmental impact, to deliver up to 100 MW of energy resources to the PJM grid in 2022. This project will support a new 100 MW Bitcoin mining facility in Midland, PA, and will also make the capacity available to PJM as a balancing resource 24/365.
- Voltus recently formed a partnership with energy technology provider WattTime, providing Voltus customers with visibility into the emissions reduction of their DER program participation.
- In 2021, Voltus cleared over 150 combined MW in the Ontario demand response market for the summer 2022 and winter 2022/2023 obligation periods. Despite only entering the market in 2019, Voltus is now the third-largest demand response aggregator in the province.
On December 1, 2021, Voltus announced its entry into a business combination agreement with Broadscale Acquisition Corp. (“Broadscale”) (Nasdaq: SCLE), a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), that is expected to result in Voltus becoming a publicly listed company. The transaction is currently expected to close in the second quarter of 2022 and requires the approval of Broadscale’s stockholders, the Registration Statement being declared effective by the SEC, and other customary closing conditions.
Voltus Virtual Investor Day
Voltus will be hosting a Virtual Investor Day on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 10 am EDT. To register click here. If you have questions for the management team, please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org before or during the event. Webcast and presentation materials, as well as a replay of the webcast following the event, will be available on the Voltus investor relations website (www.voltus.co/investors).
Voltus is the leading software technology platform connecting distributed energy resources to electricity markets, delivering less expensive, more reliable, and more sustainable electricity. Our commercial and industrial customers and DER partners generate cash by allowing Voltus to maximize the value of their flexible load, distributed generation, energy storage, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle resources in these markets. To learn more, visit www.voltus.co.
About Broadscale Acquisition Corp.
Broadscale is a blank check company sponsored by a joint venture between Broadscale Group (led by Andrew L. Shapiro) and HEPCO Capital Management, LLC (led by Jonathan Z. Cohen and Edward E. Cohen) that was formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. The Company has focused its search for a business combination target on opportunities that align with its mission of “Disruption for Good” -- that is, the transformation of traditional industries in positive ways that generate tangible improvements to the well-being of the global population. To learn more, visit www.broadscalespac.com.
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