Company Continues Patent Portfolio Monetization; Announces Development of Next-Generation Environmental Technologies
CORSICANA, TX, April 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. (OTCQB: MEEC) (“ME2C Environmental” or the “Company”), a leading environmental technologies firm, has reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020.
Entered into agreements with four major power producers and defendants named in initial litigation relating to ME2C patents; such agreements provide these parties a non-exclusive license to certain ME2C patents
Secured new supply agreement for mercury emissions capture business with large utility and current customer valued in excess of $2 million annually
Announced new breakthrough environmental technologies under development, including methane gas emissions capture, rare earth element extraction technologies, and water and soil remediation; pilot scale testing to begin with energy industry partners in the coming months
Secured multi-year contract extensions for mercury emissions capture business with two major utility customers
Rebranded trade name to ME2C Environmental to reflect the Company’s dedication more effectively in combatting climate change with a growing suite of proprietary emissions control technologies
Strengthened balance sheet by eliminating approximately $1.8 million in convertible debt
“We concluded the year with significant momentum across our core business which continued into early 2021, having signed agreements between July 2020 and January 2021 with four major U.S. coal-fired power producers with the potential to produce substantial recurring revenue going forward,” said Richard MacPherson, President of ME2C Environmental. “These initial successes in our multi-pronged litigation strategy are a testament to the value that our patented technologies for mercury emissions bring to our partners’ operations and place us in a strong position to defend our patents with other utilities that we believe are benefitting from the ongoing use of our proprietary solutions. As we move through 2021, we will continue to monetize the value of our patents across the coal-fired industry, as well as with the remaining defendants in the refined coal sector named in our 2019 lawsuit.”
MacPherson continued, “Our core mercury emissions capture business will continue to provide a stable and growing foundation for our company going forward. With over two years of significant development already underway, we are ready to bring a suite of new environmental technologies to the pilot testing stage and eventually to market during the early part of 2022. We believe that these innovative new technologies, developed in collaboration with Dr. Scott A. Drummond, will dramatically improve rare earth element production, wastewater and soil remediation, and methane gas emissions control, from both economic and climate impact standpoints. These new verticals address and support the critical environmental concerns our planet is facing that is critical for the growth and infrastructure within the U.S.
“2021 is moving forward as expected to be an incredibly exciting year for ME2C Environmental and one that we believe will elevate our position as a leading cleantech enterprise across the U.S. power sector. I would like to thank our hardworking employees, customers, and other stakeholders for their support in our journey, and look forward to providing updates on our continued operational execution and growth opportunities in the quarters to come,” concluded MacPherson.
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results
Total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $2.3 million compared to $2.5 million in the year-ago quarter. Total revenue for the full year 2020 was $8.2 million compared to $11.4 million in 2019. The decrease from the prior-year period is primarily due to decreased generation in the coal-fired power sector principally due to renewables and low natural gas prices.
Total costs and expenses in the fourth quarter of 2020 were $4.4 million compared to $4.0 million in the year-ago quarter. Total costs and expenses for the full year 2020 were $14.0 million compared to $17.5 million in 2019. The is primarily attributable to the decrease in cost of sales.
Net loss in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $2.0 million, or $(0.03) per basic and diluted share compared to a net loss of $1.5 million, or $(0.02) per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2019. Net loss in 2020 was $5.8 million, or $(0.07) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $6.1 million, or $(0.08) per basic and diluted share, in 2019.
Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $(73,000), compared to $(515,000) in the same year-ago period. Adjusted EBITDA in 2020 was $(735,000), compared to $(953,000) in 2019.
About ME2C® Environmental
ME2C Environmental (OTCQB: MEEC) is a leading environmental technologies company developing and delivering patented and proprietary solutions to the global power industry. ME2C’s leading-edge services have been shown to achieve emissions removal at a significantly lower cost and with less operational impact than currently used methods, while maintaining and/or increasing power plant output and preserving the marketability of byproducts for beneficial use. ME2C Environmental is a trade name of Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. For more information, please visit http://www.me2cenvironmental.com/.
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