UPDATE 2-Fuel-cell maker Hydrogenics expects first-ever profit this year
* 2nd-qtr loss $0.01/shr vs est. loss $0.26/shr
* Expects positive adj EBIDTA for 2014
* Shares jump as much as 8 pct (Adds details from conference call, background, share movement)
By Sneha Banerjee
July 30 (Reuters) - Canada's Hydrogenics Corp reported a much smaller-than-expected quarterly loss and said it expects to post its first-ever profit on an adjusted basis this year, indicating a rise in demand for its fuel cells used in power backup systems.
Nasdaq-listed shares in Hydrogenics rose as much as 8 percent to $22.50 in morning trading.
The company's order backlog, often seen as a gauge of future sales, jumped 15 percent to $67.1 million in the second quarter ended June 30 from the first quarter.
Hydrogenics said the increase was mainly driven by a joint venture announced last month with a unit of South Korean conglomerate Kolon Corp to power its renewable energy projects in the Asian country.
"We are trying very hard to get our first shipment out this year; we believe that is possible," Chief Executive Daryl Wilson said on a post-earnings conference call, referring to the JV. Continued...