Revolution Lighting Lands New CFO, Large Contract

On Thursday, LED lightbulb and signage  manufacturer Revolution Lighting Technologies (NASDAQ: RVLT  ) announced it has hired former Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT  ) and L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL  ) exec Charles J. Schafer to serve as its new president and chief financial officer, effective Jan. 29. Simultaneously, company President and CEO Mike Bauer will resign from the company to pursue "new opportunities."

Commenting on his new job, Schafer noted that "this is an exciting time to join the team at Revolution Lighting." In an illustration of why that's so, the company revealed in a separate announcement today that it has just landed an order for a minimum $5 million worth of LED lighting products, and with a potential value of $10 million. For context, the company sold only $4.7 million worth of LED products over the past 12 months.

The buyer, while not named, appears to be an unnamed operator of "retail stores, office complexes, warehouses, and storage facilities."

Revolution Lighting indicated that the majority of the order will be installed this quarter. A follow-on order, for the hoped-for additional $5 million, could then be placed "immediately thereafter."

Shares of the company closed up 31.4% Thursday at $0.92 per share.


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