CICERO, Ill., Sept. 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Broadwind Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWEN) today announced that its revenue and loss per share for the quarter ending September 30, 2015 are expected to be below the Company’s previous estimates as a result of production difficulties and supplier quality issues in the Manitowoc tower facility.
Based on preliminary financial results, the Company now expects consolidated third-quarter revenue to be in the range of $52-53 million. The approximately $11 million shortfall from the previous estimate is due primarily to wind tower production difficulties in its Manitowoc, WI facility related to paint production challenges and steel supplier quality issues. The Company now expects consolidated third-quarter operating loss to be within the range of $3-4 million, and consolidated net loss per share of $.20-.27.
Peter C. Duprey, president and chief executive officer, stated, “We lowered our third-quarter estimates as a result of production issues in our Manitowoc, WI facility. We experienced paint quality issues that required significant rework to correct. In addition, we experienced steel quality issues from a long-standing, domestic steel supplier which impacted production. This is a disappointing setback for the Manitowoc plant which has been running ahead of production goals all year. We are working closely with the supplier to expedite the delivery of replacement steel to our plant to avoid a further disruption to our production schedule. We are also working closely with our customer to mitigate the impacts on their production schedule.”
About Broadwind Energy
Broadwind Energy (NASDAQ:BWEN) applies decades of deep industrial expertise to innovate integrated solutions for customers in the energy and infrastructure markets. From gears and gearing systems for wind, oil and gas and mining applications, to wind towers and specialty weldments, to comprehensive remanufacturing of gearboxes and blades, to operations and maintenance services, we have solutions for the energy needs of the future. With facilities throughout the U.S., Broadwind Energy’s talented team of nearly 800 employees is committed to helping customers maximize performance of their investments—quicker, easier and smarter. Find out more at www.bwen.com
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