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FuelCell Energy Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

January 14, 2011 | About:
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FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCEL) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-10-31.

Fuelcell Energy has a market cap of $242.2 million; its shares were traded at around $2 with and P/S ratio of 3.5. Fuelcell Energy had an annual average earning growth of 12.6% over the past 10 years.FCEL is in the portfolios of Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC, Paul Tudor Jones of The Tudor Group.

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As of April 30, 2010, the aggregate market value of the registrants common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant was $198,393,984 based on the closing sale price of $2.75 as reported on the NASDAQ Global Market.

The 16.4 MW of orders received during 2010 were concentrated in the second half of the year, with 12.7 MW received in the fourth quarter. Orders were primarily from U.S. customers in 2010 compared to order activity in 2009 and 2008 that included orders from POSCO Power, which we expect in 2011. Customers, primarily POSCO Power, ordered 32.8 MW of fuel cells in fiscal 2009 and 32.3 MW in fiscal 2008. We ended fiscal 2010 with 33.5 MW in backlog with 92 percent of the backlog representing multi-megawatt products, modules and module kits and 8 percent of the backlog representing sub-megawatt products. Product and service backlog totaled $154.3 million at the end of 2010, the highest backlog ever achieved. Comparable backlog was $90.7 million in 2009 and $87.6 million in 2008.

Our overall manufacturing process (module manufacturing, final assembly, testing and conditioning) has a production capacity of 70 MW per year. We are expecting to continue to increase production volume based on continued order flow. By investing $5 million to $7 million for upgrades and maintenance of production assets, maximizing existing assets, operating at full capacity (e.g multiple shifts 24 hours per day, up to 7 days a week) and making other improvements, we estimate that we can increase capacity from 70 MW to 90 MW of annual production. Depending on product mix, which would include full power plants, we may be able to reach profitability at 80 to 90 MW of annual production.

With increasing order flow, our plan has been to expand production capacity to 150 MW within our existing Torrington facility. This expansion would require the addition of equipment (e.g. furnaces, tapecasting and other equipment) to increase the capacity of certain operations. Due to the economies of scale and equipment required, we believe it is more cost effective to add capacity in large blocks. We estimate that the expansion to 150 MW will require additional capital investments of $35 to $45 million although, this expansion may occur in stages depending on the level of market demand.

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