Why Shares of Ballard Power Systems Inc. Popped 16% Today

By Travis HoiumMarketsFool.com

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What: Shares of fuel cell company Ballard Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: BLDP) jumped as much as 15.8% Wednesday after reporting earnings. At 1:00 p.m. EDT shares had settled slightly lower to a 8.8% gain on the day.

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So what: Revenue jumped 58% to $17.6 million in the second quarter as the power products platform experienced an 87% increase in revenue because of a shipment to China. Net loss improved 21% from a year ago but still stood at $5.8 million, or $0.04 per share. EPS met analysts' expectations, but revenue was short of the $18.2 million they expected.

Management touted new strategic partnerships that should add to revenue in the future and investors were buying the case for the stock after the numbers Wednesday.

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Now what: Fuel cells are a high potential industry and it's possible that new partnerships will add to revenue growth in the future. But keep in mind that Ballard still lost $5.8 million in the quarter and will need a lot more growth to be cash flow positive. That's a tough position for a company worth over $300 million and I'd like to see more progress on these partnerships contributing to the bottom line before jumping into shares.

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