Ottawa’s Thermal Energy keeps Q1 revenues rising coming off hot 2017

Thermal

Thermal Energy is staying hot in October.

After securing a large contract earlier this month, on Monday the Ottawa clean-tech firm announced revenue growth and a strong order backlog for its first quarter of fiscal 2018.

Revenues for the quarter ending Aug. 31 were $3.1 million for Thermal Energy (TSX-V:TMG), a full $1 million increase compared to the same period a year ago. A higher proportion of sales of its heat recovery systems led the firm’s rising revenues.

A lower gross margin and higher operating expenses deepened the firm’s quarterly loss to $181,000, roughly $100,000 more than last year.

In a release, CEO Bill Crossland pointed to more work with its existing Fortune 500 food and beverage customer (unnamed) as a continuing source of revenue in the future as two multimillion-dollar projects move towards completion.

Speaking of future revenues, Thermal Energy’s order backlog is up to $7.8 million. The Ottawa firm also recently announced it had secured a $1.3 million contract, providing heat recovery systems to an existing hospital customer.

Fiscal 2017 saw the firm set an all-time revenue record of $13.2 million.

Thermal Energy’s share price ended the day unchanged at nine cents on the TSX Venture Exchange.