May 15, 2014 - Spire Corporation announced today revenues for the first-quarter ended March 31, 2014 of $4.1 million, a 26% increase from $3.2 million for the same quarter of 2013 primarily due to an increase in equipment research and development and an increase in solar module equipment.
Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the first-quarter of 2014 was $3.1 million, or $0.34 per share compared with net loss attributable to common stockholders of $2.6 million or $0.29 per share for the first-quarter of 2013. Net loss was $2.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014 compared to $2.6 million for the same quarter in 2013.
Gross margin for the first-quarter of 2014 was $0.5 million, or 12% of revenue, compared to $0.2 million, or 7% of revenue for the same period in 2013.
Net cash used in operating activities was $1.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014, as compared to net cash used in operating activities of $0.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013. As of March 31, 2014, Spire had $2.4 million in cash and cash equivalents.
These results include the completion of a transaction previously reported in which substantially all of the assets and assumption of certain liabilities related to Spire's biomedical business were acquired by N2 Biomedical, LLC. As this transaction is being identified as giving rise to a variable interest entity and Spire is determined to be the primary beneficiary, the assets, liabilities and results of operations of N2 Biomedical, LLC are consolidated into the Company's financial statements. In addition, the 2013 transaction gave rise to a deemed dividend in the amount of $9.5 million which is not reported as a gain for financial reporting purposes and is eliminated in consolidation.
Rodger W. LaFavre, President and CEO, stated, "We are seeing strong indications of realized and sustainable growth in the global PV market. There is evidence of heightened sales activity in specific geographies that Spire is well positioned to support. This quarter's revenue increase on a year over year basis is encouraging and we expect this to continue into the second half of 2014."
Mr. LaFavre continued, "With analyst's predictions of sequential PV equipment growth in key markets, coupled with the consumption of excess production capacity we have seen a notable increase in equipment sales to date and bookings of module line systems. We continue to focus on working capital, such that we can make prudent financial decisions while supporting a growing business."