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FuelCell Energy (FCEL) Posts Wider-Than-Expected Loss in Q3

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FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCEL - Free Report) reported an adjusted loss of 31 cents per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2017, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 23 cents. However, it was narrower than the loss of 38 cents in the year-ago period.

Total Revenue Fails to Impress

In the third quarter of fiscal 2017, FuelCell Energy’s total revenue was $10.4 million, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $19 million by 45.6%. Total revenue also dipped 52% from $21.7 million in the year-ago quarter.

The drop in the total revenue was primarily due to lower contribution from the product segment.

FuelCell Energy, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Highlights of the Release

As of Jul 31 2017, the company’s total backlog was $437 million, as against $392.1 million in the year-ago period.

In the quarter under review, the company’s cost of revenues was approximately $13 million, down 40% from $21.3 million in the prior-year quarter.

Operating expenses were $11.7 million, 9.3% lower than the year-ago quarter.

Financial Details

As of Jul 31, 2017, cash and cash equivalents were $35.7 million, down from $84.2 million as of Oct 31, 2016.

As of Jul 31, 2017, the long-term debt and other liabilities totaled $70.3 million, down from $80.9 million as of Oct 31, 2016.

Zacks Rank

FuelCell Energy currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Peers Release

NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NEP - Free Report) , a Zacks Rank #3 stock, delivered second-quarter 2017 earnings of 24 cents per unit, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 43 cents by 44.2%.

Dominion Midstream Partners, LP (DM - Free Report) , a Zacks Rank #3 stock, reported second-quarter 2017 earnings of 31 cents per unit, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 35 cents by 11.4%.

Ormat Technologies, Inc. (ORA - Free Report) , a Zacks Rank #3 stock, reported second-quarter 2017 earnings of 58 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 55 cents by 5.5%.

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