di , 06/05/2022

Quarterly revenue 29% above high end of guidance range

Reaffirm full-year 2022 guidance

AlsoEnergy commercial synergies on track for 2022 bookings

Expect minimal impact from AD/CVD inquiry in solar industry

First Quarter 2022 Financial and Operating Highlights

Financial Highlights

  • Revenue of $41.1 million, up from $15.4 million (+166%) in Q1 2021
  • GAAP Gross Margin of 9% versus (1)% in Q1 2021
  • Non-GAAP Gross Margin of 16% versus 13% in Q1 2021
  • Net Loss of $(22.5) million versus $(82.6) million in Q1 2021
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $(12.8) million versus $(3.2) million in Q1 2021
  • Ended Q1 2022 with $352 million in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments

Operating Highlights

  • 12-month Pipeline of $5.2 billion, up from $4.0 billion (+30%) at the end of Q4 2021
  • Bookings of $151 million, up from $51 million (+196%) in Q1 2021
  • Record contracted backlog of $565 million, up from $221 million (+156%) at the end of Q1 2021
  • Record contracted storage assets under management (AUM) of 1.8 gigawatt hours (GWh) up from 1.6 GWh (+13%) at the end of Q4 2021
  • Solar monitoring AUM of 32.4 gigawatts (GW)
  • Contracted Annual Recurring Revenue (CARR) of $51.5 million, up from $24.1 million (114%) at the end of Q4 2021

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stem (the “Company”) (NYSE: STEM), a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy software and services, announced today its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2022. Reported results in this press release reflect AlsoEnergy’s operations for the period from February 1, 2022 through March 31, 2022.

John Carrington, Chief Executive Officer of Stem, commented, “We are pleased to report a strong first quarter, with robust growth in revenue, backlog, pipeline, AUM, and CARR, all driven by our market-leading software platforms. Revenue for the quarter was above the high end of our guidance range, and we reaffirm our full-year 2022 guidance for all of our key financial and operational metrics.

Our contracted backlog grew 156% as compared to the period ended March 31, 2021, driven by $151 million in bookings, which nearly tripled versus first quarter 2021. That is the second-highest bookings performance in Company history after the fourth quarter 2021, underscoring our accelerating momentum.

We are also pleased with the increase in CARR to $51.5 million, reflecting our long-term focus on high-margin software and services revenue. As our AUM expands in both storage and solar monitoring, our AI-driven software can deliver improved economic optimization and asset management solutions to our renewable energy customers. We believe Stem’s differentiated software solutions, coupled with our customer-focused employees and strong balance sheet, will drive multi-year growth in high margin recurring software and services revenues, as evidenced by our 16% non-GAAP gross margin this quarter. The integration of AlsoEnergy is proceeding on track as we combine the commercial and technical strengths into one company focused on providing differentiated solutions for our customers. As we continue to drive additional customer value, we have been able to implement price increases for our solar asset performance software in the quarter, reflecting our unique capabilities in the market.

A recently announced U.S. Department of Commerce inquiry into anti-dumping and countervailing duties on solar modules has caused uncertainty for solar developers. Our diversity of customers and markets, including growing momentum in standalone storage and BTM solar projects, provides greater certainty into our near-term revenues. As of late April 2022, we estimate that recurring revenue and contracted standalone storage projects represent more than 85% of our remaining projected 2022 total revenue at the midpoint of guidance. Moreover, we believe the majority of our solar + storage customers have procured sufficient panel supply to execute their projects. As a result, we expect minimal impact from the inquiry on our 2022 revenue.

Supply chain constraints, permitting and interconnection delays, and potential tariffs have caused recent headwinds in the industry, but we continue to manage these risks and believe we are well-positioned to navigate these issues.”

Financial Results and Key Metrics

(in $ millions unless otherwise noted):



Three Months Ended


March 31,







Financial results






GAAP Gross Margin



GAAP Gross Margin (%)



Non-GAAP Gross Margin*



Non-GAAP Gross Margin (%)*



Net Loss



Adjusted EBITDA*









Key Operating metrics



12-Month Pipeline ($ billions)**






Contracted Backlog**



Contracted storage AUM (GWh)**



Solar Monitoring AUM (GW)**




*Non-GAAP financial measures. See the section below titled “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for details and the section below titled “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for reconciliations.

** At period end.

First Quarter 2022 Financial and Operating Results

Financial Results

First quarter 2022 revenue increased 166% to $41.1 million, versus $15.4 million in the first quarter of 2021. Higher hardware revenue from Front-of-the-Meter (FTM) and Behind-the-Meter (BTM) partnership agreements drove a majority of the increase realized during the quarter, in addition to $9.6 million of revenue from the partial-quarter inclusion of AlsoEnergy.

First quarter 2022 GAAP Gross Margin was $3.6 million, or 9%, versus $(0.1) million, or (1)% in the first quarter of 2021. The year-over-year increase in GAAP Gross Margin resulted primarily from higher sales and additional higher-margin services revenues, including AlsoEnergy.

Beginning in first quarter 2022, management no longer reclassifies certain costs of goods sold to operating expenses, including communication and cloud service expenditures, in its calculation of Non-GAAP Gross Margin. First quarter 2021 Non-GAAP Gross Margin has been recalculated consistent with this treatment. The non-GAAP reconciliation table below includes important updates to these calculations for comparability.

First quarter 2022 Non-GAAP Gross Margin was $6.4 million, or 16% versus $2.0 million, or 13% in the first quarter of 2021. The year-over-year increase in Non-GAAP Gross Margin resulted from higher revenues. In percentage terms, the year-over-year increase in Non-GAAP Gross Margin resulted from a higher mix of software services, inclusive of AlsoEnergy, partially offset by lower hardware margins.

First quarter 2022 Net Loss was $(22.5) million versus first quarter 2021 Net Loss of $(82.6) million. The improvement was primarily driven by non-cash revaluation of warrants tied to changes in the value of the underlying common stock reported in the first quarter 2021. In June and September 2021 Stem redeemed all outstanding private and public warrants, respectively, resulting in a more streamlined capital structure and less quarter-to-quarter variability in the Company’s Net Income (Loss).

First quarter 2022 Adjusted EBITDA was $(12.8) million compared to $(3.2) million in the first quarter of 2021. Lower Adjusted EBITDA results were primarily driven by higher operating expenses resulting from increased personnel costs, continued investment in our growth initiatives, and costs associated with public reporting requirements.

The Company ended the first quarter of 2022 with $352 million in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments, consisting of $175 million in cash and cash equivalents and $177 million in short-term investments. The sequential decrease from $921 million in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments at the end of the fourth quarter 2021 was primarily the result of closing the AlsoEnergy acquisition, which included cash consideration of $533 million in cash (net of cash acquired), and strategic purchases of energy storage systems.

Operating Results

The Company’s 12-month forward pipeline was $5.2 billion at the end of the first quarter 2022 compared to $4.0 billion at the end of the fourth quarter 2021, representing 30% sequential growth. The increase in the 12-month forward pipeline was driven by increased FTM project opportunities, including significant expansions into new markets and continued growth in Stem’s partner channels.

Contracted Backlog was $565 million at the end of the first quarter of 2022 compared to $449 million as of the end of the fourth quarter 2021, representing a 26% sequential increase. The increase in Contracted Backlog resulted from bookings in the quarter of $151 million and contribution from the backlog associated with AlsoEnergy, partially offset by revenue recognition, contract cancellations, and amendments during the quarter. Bookings of $151 million in the first quarter 2022 grew 196% year-over-year from $51 million in first quarter 2021.

Contracted storage AUM increased 64% year-over-year and 12% sequentially to 1.8 GWh, driven by new contracts. Solar monitoring AUM ended the first quarter of 2022 at 32.4 GW.

CARR increased to $51.5 million as of the end of the first quarter of 2022, up from $24.1 million as of the end of the fourth quarter 2021, a 114% sequential increase, largely driven by the acquisition of AlsoEnergy.

The following table provides a summary of backlog at the end of the first quarter of 2022, compared to the fourth quarter of 2021 backlog ($ millions):

Period ended 4Q21


Add: AlsoEnergy 2-1-22 Backlog




Less: Hardware revenue






Period ended 1Q22


The Company expects to continue to diversify its supply chain, adopt alternative technologies, and deploy its balance sheet to meet the expected significant growth in customer demand. COVID-19, potential import tariffs, and general macroeconomic conditions, including the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, continue to impact and cause uncertainty in the supply chain and project timelines, and the Company has been affected by inflation in the costs of equipment. The Company is actively working to mitigate these impacts on its financial and operational results, although there is no guarantee that we will be successful.


The Company reaffirms FY2022 financial and operational guidance as follows ($ millions, unless otherwise noted):


$350 – $425

Non-GAAP Gross Margin (%)*

15% – 20%

Adjusted EBITDA*

$(60) – $(20)


$650 – $750

CARR (year-end)

$60 – $80

*See the section below titled “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for information regarding why we are unable to reconcile Non-GAAP Gross Margin and Adjusted EBITDA) to their most comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

The Company reaffirms 2022 guidance indicating projected quarterly performance against the annual targets as follows:



















*Actuals in Q1A are calculated based on the midpoint of guidance.

Stem’s 2022 guidance includes the operations of AlsoEnergy after February 1, 2022.

Stem will hold a conference call to discuss this earnings press release and business outlook on Thursday, May 5, 2022 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call and accompanying slides may be accessed via a live webcast on a listen-only basis on the Events & Presentations page of the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://investors.stem.com/events-and-presentations. The call can also be accessed live over the telephone by dialing (844) 200-6205, or for international callers, (833) 950-0062 and using access code 015694. A replay of the conference call will be available shortly after the call and can be accessed by dialing (866) 813-9403 or for international callers by dialing +44 204 525 0658. The passcode for the replay is 676295. An archive of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website at https://investors.stem.com/overview for 12 months after the call.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial results determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), this earnings release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: Adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP gross margin. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, or superior to, other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. For reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP gross margin to their most comparable GAAP measures, see the section below entitled, “Reconciliations of non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

We use these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision-making and to evaluate our operating performance and prospects, develop internal budgets and financial goals, and to facilitate period-to-period comparisons. Our management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and liquidity by excluding certain expenses and expenditures that may not be indicative of our operating performance, such as stock-based compensation and other non-cash charges, as well as discrete cash charges that are infrequent in nature. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting, and analyzing future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management’s internal comparisons to our historical performance and liquidity as well as comparisons to our competitors’ operating results, to the extent that competitors define these metrics in the same manner that we do. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors both because they (1) allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making and (2) are used by our institutional investors and the analyst community to help them analyze the health of our business.

Definitions of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net loss before depreciation and amortization, including amortization of internally developed software, net interest expense, further adjusted to exclude stock-based compensation and other income and expense items, including transaction and acquisition-related charges, the change in fair value of warrants and embedded derivatives, and income tax provision or benefit. The expenses and other items that we exclude in our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from the expenses and other items, if any, that other companies may exclude when calculating Adjusted EBITDA.

We define non-GAAP gross margin as gross margin excluding amortization of capitalized software and impairments related to decommissioning of end-of-life systems. See the definitions of non-GAAP metrics at the end of the press release.

About Stem

Stem (NYSE: STEM) provides solutions that address the challenges of today’s dynamic energy market. By combining advanced energy storage solutions with Athena®, a world-class AI-powered analytics platform, Stem enables customers and partners to optimize energy use by automatically switching between battery power, onsite generation, and grid power. Stem’s solutions help enterprise customers benefit from a clean, adaptive energy infrastructure and achieve a wide variety of goals, including expense reduction, resilience, sustainability, environmental and corporate responsibility, and innovation. Stem also offers full support for solar partners interested in adding storage to standalone, community or commercial solar projects – both behind and in front of the meter. With the acquisition of AlsoEnergy, Stem is a leader in the solar asset management space, bringing project developers, asset owners, and commercial customers an integrated solution for solar and energy storage management and optimization. For more information, visit www.stem.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings press release, as well as other statements we make, contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws, which include any statements that are not historical facts. Such statements often contain words such as “expect,” “may,” “can,” “believe,” “predict,” “plan,” “potential,” “projected,” “projections,” “forecast,” “estimate,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “ambition,” “goal,” “target,” “think,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “will,” “hope” “see,” “likely,” and other similar words. Forward-looking statements address matters that are, to varying degrees, uncertain, such as statements about our financial and performance targets and other forecasts or expectations regarding, or dependent on, our business outlook; the expected synergies of the combined Stem/AlsoEnergy company; our ability to successfully integrate the combined companies; our joint ventures, partnerships and other alliances; reduction of greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions; the integration and optimization of energy resources; our business strategies and those of our customers; the global commitment to decarbonization; our ability to retain or upgrade current customers, further penetrate existing markets or expand into new markets; our ability to manage our supply chains and distribution channels and the effects of natural disasters and other events beyond our control, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and variants thereof, and government and business responses thereto; the impact of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine; our ability to meet contracted customer demand; and future results of operations, including revenue and Adjusted EBITDA. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to our ability to achieve our financial and performance targets and other forecasts and expectations; our ability to help reduce GHG emissions; our ability to integrate and optimize energy resources; our ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of our recent acquisition of AlsoEnergy; challenges, disruptions and costs of integrating the combined company and achieving anticipated synergies, or such synergies taking longer to realize than expected; risks that the integration disrupts current plans and operations that may harm our business; uncertainty as to the effects of the transaction on our financial performance; our ability to grow and manage growth profitably; our ability to retain or upgrade current customers, further penetrate existing markets or expand into new markets; our ability to attract and retain qualified employees and key personnel; our ability to comply with, and the effect on their businesses of, evolving legal standards and regulations, particularly concerning data protection and consumer privacy and evolving labor standards; risks relating to the development and performance of our energy storage systems and software-enabled services; the risk that the global commitment to decarbonization may not materialize as we predict, or even if it does, that we might not be able to benefit therefrom; our inability to secure sufficient inventory from our suppliers to meet customer demand, and provide us with contracted quantities of equipment; general economic, geopolitical and business conditions in key regions of the world; the ongoing conflict in Ukraine; supply chain interruptions and manufacturing or delivery delays; disruptions in sales, production, service or other business activities; the risk that our business, financial condition and results of operations may be adversely affected by other political, economic, business and competitive factors; and other risks and uncertainties discussed in this release and in our most recent Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K filed with or furnished to the SEC. If one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize (or the consequences of any such development changes), or should our underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those reflected in our forward-looking statements. Forward-looking and other statements in this release regarding our environmental, social, and other sustainability plans and goals are not an indication that these statements are necessarily material to investors or required to be disclosed in our filings with the SEC. In addition, historical, current, and forward-looking environmental, social, and sustainability-related statements may be based on standards for measuring progress that are still developing, internal controls and processes that continue to evolve, and assumptions that are subject to change in the future. Statements in this earnings press release are made as of the date of this release, and Stem disclaims any intention or obligation to update publicly or revise such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Source: Stem, Inc.




(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)


March 31, 2022


December 31, 2021





Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents








Short-term investments








Accounts receivable, net








Inventory, net








Other current assets (includes $207 and $213 due from related parties as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively)








Total current assets








Energy storage systems, net








Contract origination costs, net
















Intangible assets, net








Operating leases right-of-use assets








Other noncurrent assets








Total assets












Current liabilities:




Accounts payable








Accrued liabilities








Accrued payroll








Financing obligation, current portion








Deferred revenue, current portion








Other current liabilities (includes $179 and $306 due to related parties as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively)








Total current liabilities








Deferred revenue, noncurrent








Asset retirement obligation








Notes payable, noncurrent








Convertible notes, noncurrent








Financing obligation, noncurrent








Lease liability, noncurrent








Other liabilities







Total liabilities








Commitments and contingencies (Note 16)




Stockholders’ equity:




Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021; 0 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021






Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021; 153,717,797 and 144,671,624 issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively








Additional paid-in capital








Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)








Accumulated deficit








Total Stem’s stockholders’ equity








Non-controlling interests







Total stockholders’ equity








Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity









Stem Media Contacts

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Cory Ziskind, ICR


Stem Investor Contacts

Ted Durbin, Stem

Marc Silverberg, ICR

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