Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (OTCMKTS:ASTID) has continued to move lower since affecting a 1 for 20 reverse stock split on June 2. The ticker symbol has been changed to ASTID to reflect the split and will be changed back to ASTI promptly.
ASTID has had several months that Investors would love to forget; the stock was delisted by the NASDAQ in February after the price dipped below $1 level due to continued massive dilution. Its too bad as ASTI has tons of potential; this is a company that manufactures battery and solar integrated phone cases designed for Apple and Samsung smartphones that recently announced a major breakthrough in power-to-weight ratio for its superlight solar module.
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (OTCMKTS:ASTID) is a solar company that manufactures solar integrated consumer products as well as portable power charging solutions. ASTI products are sold through the brand name EnerPlex online, through retail and a network of kiosks.
ASTI is the developer of award winning thin-film CIGS solar modules that are more flexible, versatile and rugged than traditional solar panels. They use plastic as their substrate rather than glass that’s used by tradition rooftop solar panels. The Company diversified into consumer goods as they could not compete with the low-cost Chinese solar panels in the traditional electricity generating segment.
Last month ASTI announced it has achieved a major breakthrough in power-to-weight ratio for its superlight solar module, delivering over 1700 watts of power per kilogram, operating at AM0, technically known as the space environment. At this performance, Ascent’s superlight module would weigh 66% less than a comparable PV system using the highest-quality crystalline silicon and with far less design complexity. The elimination of two-thirds of the weight is a critical improvement for satellites, space vehicles and space stations.
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For space and near-space applications, power-to-weight ratio is a key performance metric. In addition to simplicity, our modules could dramatically impact cost. Depending on the application, such as low earth orbit all the way to manned flights, including contemplated missions to Mars, the fully burdened cost can be anywhere from thousands of dollars to $1 Million per pound for a space launch. By creating this superior module with the best power-to-weight ratio of any available product, Ascent has enabled entrance into the rapidly growing space and near space markets.
In May ASTI reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016. Total net revenue for the first quarter of 2016 was $710,000, compared to $658,000 reported for the same period last year, which was an increase of about 8%. More importantly, net revenue for the period included $687,000 of product sales, compared to $533,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2015, representing a healthy increase of $154,000, or approximately 29%. The increase in product sales is a result of the Company’s expanded sales channels, growing acceptance of its product offerings, and increased recognition of the EnerPlex brand. Revenue from government research and development contracts decreased by $101,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2016 to $23,000.
On May 16 ASTI announced it has expanded its European retail footprint to include 95 Robert Dyas stores in the United Kingdom. Since its first store opened in London in 1872, Robert Dyas has consistently been at the forefront of new product and technology innovations, focused on products that are not just innovative but also enduring.
Justin R. Jacobs, Director of Marketing for Ascent Solar & EnerPlex said, “We are very pleased to bring our Mobility Power offering to an expanded group of British customers, EnerPlex’s innovative battery solutions are a perfect fit for the discerning Robert Dyas shopper. Our partnership with Robert Dyas further deepens EnerPlex’s footprint in the vital market of the United Kingdom, and will further serve as a launch-pad for additional business in the region.”
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Currently dropping lower ASTID is on exciting story in small caps that would be trading on the NASDAQ for multiple dollars a share if it were not for the massive dilution that has continued to plague shareholders and is the cause of the recent reverse stock split. ASTID recently completed a $7 million designated Series F 7% Convertible Preferred Stock offering to existing investor Redwood Management LLC. Once dilution is over there is a ton to get excited about here; ASTI manufactures battery and solar integrated phone cases designed for Apple and Samsung smartphones. We will be updating on ASTI as events unfold so make sure you are subscribed to Microcapdaily so you know what is going on with ASTI.
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Disclosure: we hold no position in ASTI either long or short and we have not been compensated for this article.