FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL)

FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL) Preferred Stock Pricing Rattles Investors

FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL)

FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL) slumped 3.75% after announcing the pricing of a $33.5 million convertible preferred stock transaction. Investors sent the stock lower even after the company announced a new 20 megawatt fuel cell project in South Korea.

FuelCell Stock Performance

The sell-off is already arousing concerns as to whether it will mark the end of a bullish run that began in May. FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL) is currently trading in a $1.45 – $1.63 trading range with a 52-week low of $0.80 a share.

FuelCell Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:FCEL) has struggled to rise above the $1.55 mark which acts as a key resistance level. The stock closing above the $1.63 could fuel a run to the $2.00 a share mark, which appears to be another resistance level.

FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL)
One month stock price chart for FCEL.

However, investor’s sentiments on the stock is waning after the pricing of the new stock offering. A point of concern is that the offering could plummet the company into more debt.

FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL) plans to offer 33,500 shares of convertible stock with a stated face value of $1,000 a share. The shares carry a 0.0% dividend and can be converted into common shares at $1.84 per common share. Each preferred share is being sold at $895.52 for gross proceeds of $30.0 million.

The company plans to use net proceeds from the offering for working capital purposes as well as financing of a number projects already underway. The offering should close on or about September 8, 2017.

20 Megawatt Fuel Cell Project

Part of the funds from the proposed offering are to be used to finance 20-megawatt fuel cell project that FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL) is working on, in conjunction with Korea Southern Power Company. Works on the project should begin before the end of the year with the facility poised to be fully operational next year.

The SureSource 3000 power plant is to produce clean electricity and thermal energy for use in district heating systems. Hanyang Industrial Development Company is to provide the engineering procurement and construction services for the project.

“This is the first fuel cell project for KOSPO and we are pleased that the value proposition of our SureSource solutions meets the exacting needs of KOSPO, one of Korea’s largest utilities. Our multi megawatt, scalable easy-to-site clean energy solutions are well-suited for utility-scale applications such as this project,” said FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL) CEO, Chip Bottone.

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FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL) Reports Grid Resiliency Assignment With PSEG Long Island

FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL)

FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL) reported the finalization of a power purchase agreement with PSEG Long Island to offer a current electrical substation with power produced by a SureSource 1500™ fuel cell facility. The fuel cell facility will be based at an industrial base on Long Island that will use the high grade heat for production process, minimizing both emissions and operating costs.

The update

Chip Bottone, the CEO and President of FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL) reported that they are delighted to offer this affordable and clean energy offering to advance Long Island’s electric grid with foreseeable power that evades harmful emissions, functions quietly, and utilizes minimal land. Fuel cells come in the list of the land-efficient clean power technologies and this deal will help demonstrate numerous advantages of integrating fuel cells into energy mix.

Using this fuel cell power facility will reduce emissions by as much as 3,300 tons of CO₂ yearly, which is comparable to the emissions from 650 vehicles. It will also minimize smog resulting NOx emissions by 5 tons annually, and the SOx emissions, which leads to acid rain, by as much as one ton annually and avoid particulate emissions, helping public health.

This assignment supports the acceptance of clean on-island power production to improve grid resiliency and reliability. Fuel cells utilize chemistry to turn a fuel source into heat and electricity in an extremely efficient process that releases virtually no chemicals as the resource is not burned. In fact, the combination of modest land-use needs, the quiet operating nature of immobile fuel cell power facilities, and near-zero pollutants supports installation in urban sites where the power is utilized.

FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL) reported that customers gain with reduced operating costs delivered in a manner that boosts sustainability goals and improves power reliability. With capacity factors and high availability, fuel cell power facilities make meaningful offerings to Renewable Portfolio Standard marks.

In the last trading session, FCEL gained more than 5% to close at $1.45. Roth Capital reaffirmed their ‘Neutral’ rating on FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL) shares in a research note released to investors this week. Roth Capital has a target of $1.50 price on FCEL, down from their previous target of $2. However, Zacks Investment Research has upgraded the stock to ‘Hold’ rating from its earlier rating of ‘Sell’. FBR & Co lowered their price target to $2.50 from $3.00 and set a rating of market perform in its latest research report.

Ticker Symbol FCEL
Last Price a/o 3:21 PM EST  $1.45
Average Volume 607.72K
Market Cap (mlns)  $ 58.30M
Shares Outstanding (mlns) 40.21M
Share Float (mlns) 37.90M
Inside Ownership
Short Float 11.19%
Short Interest Ratio 6.98
Quarterly Return -23.68%
YTD Return -17.14%
Year Return -78.16%

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About the author: Monica Gray has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA – earned with Honors. She has six years of experience in the financial markets and has been a securities analyst for the past two years.