Losses grow at supercapacitor maker Maxwell

February 16, 2018 //By Nick Flaherty
Losses grow at supercapacitor maker Maxwell
Supercapacitor pioneer Maxwell has seen losses grow to $43m, up from $23m last year, as it develops new battery technology.

For the full year to December 31, 2017, net revenues were $130.4m, up 8% on $121.2m for the previous year. The net loss for 2017 was $43.1 million, compared to a net loss of $23.7 million for the prior year.

This came from the acquisition of the core business and operating entities of Nesscap Energy to create a comprehensive ultracapacitor product portfolio, and the company says it has reduced operating expenses by 5%, achieving the lowest operating expense in six years.

This also came from a focus on new battery technology alongside supercapacitors. It has successfully completed a dry battery electrode "proof of concept" technology program, achieving an energy density milestone of approximately 300 Wh/kg, as compared to an average of 250 Wh/kg for current batteries in the market.

"2017 was a year in which we delivered many significant accomplishments to further advance our business transformation and to better position us to capitalize on the coming inflection points and next phase of growth," said Dr Franz Fink, Maxwell's President and Chief Executive Officer. "As I look at 2018, I am excited as we enter the year with the strongest opportunity pipeline and design win momentum ever and we are expecting year over year revenue growth. By capitalizing on this growth and improving gross margins as well as our continued attention to expense management, we expect improved financial performance, targeting breakeven adjusted EBITDA for the full year. Most importantly, we believe that 2018 will be the year that advancements with our revolutionary dry battery electrode position us for strategic partnerships to accelerate the commercialization of this technology."

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