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CICERO, Ill., Sept. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Broadwind Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWEN) today announced that its short-term outlook for tower deliveries has declined, resulting in lower second half revenues and earnings. The reduction reflects slower tower production rates triggered in part by delays in receiving steel for fabrication. Growth in the heavy fabrications product line and stronger gearing shipments are partially offsetting. The Company has reduced its third quarter revenue guidance to $31-32 million from the $34-36 million previously communicated.
Stephanie Kushner, President and CEO stated, “The volatile steel supply situation has been extremely challenging for us. Although tower orders are firming up for the next several quarters, lead times for domestic steel have lengthened despite sharply higher prices, due to the uncertainty regarding available steel imports. Negotiations with new tower customers have been slow because of the significant domestic steel price increases, and the widening gap versus Asian tower imports. As trade flows normalize, we remain confident that plant utilization will grow late in the year, and into 2019.”
Kushner continued, “The performance of our gearing business has improved significantly, due to better inflow of materials, improved scheduling and higher labor productivity. Order intake remains robust, not only for oil and gas customers but in mining and wind as well. Through the end of August, Gearing orders totaled $33 million, up 20% from 2017, with a book-to-bill of approximately 1.4. Due to the improving outlook for Gears, we expect the Company to remain EBITDA positive in the third quarter despite the lower revenue.”
About Broadwind Energy, Inc.
Broadwind Energy (NASDAQ: BWEN) is a precision manufacturer of structures, equipment and components for clean tech and other specialized applications. From gears and gearing systems for wind, oil and gas and mining applications, to wind towers and industrial weldments, we have solutions for the clean tech, energy and infrastructure needs of the future. With facilities throughout the U.S., Broadwind Energy's talented team 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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