American Superconductor Announces Workforce Reduction
American Superconductor Corp. announced that it has reduced its global workforce by approximately 30 percent and its annualized expenses by approximately $30 million since March 31, 2011. These reductions were made to better align costs with the company’s revenue expectations, which have been affected by business and contractual issues with AMSC’s largest customer, Sinovel Wind Group Co., Ltd. AMSC expects to report a significant net loss on revenues of less than $10 million for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2011.
As part of the action described above, the company announced that it is eliminating 150 positions across the organization. Upon completion of the action, AMSC expects to employ nearly 600 people worldwide. AMSC expects to incur restructuring charges of $3 million to $4 million for severance and related expenses in the quarter ended September 30, 2011.