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Ormat Technologies Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

98 Days ago

Electricity Revenue Up 14% Reaching a Quarterly Record; Net Income Attributable to the Company’s Stockholders of $45 Million and Adjusted EBITDA of $98 Million

RENO, Nev. , May 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ORA) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

       
($ millions, except per share amounts) Q1 2018 Q1 2017 Change (%)
Revenues      
Electricity 132.5   115.8   14.4 %
Product 48.7   74.1   (34.3 %)
Other 2.8   -   -  
Total Revenues 184.0   189.9   (3.1 %)
Gross margin (%)      
Electricity 44.5 % 43.0 % -  
Product 30.7 % 33.3 % -  
Other (20.3 %) -   -  
Gross margin (%) 39.9 % 39.2 % -  
       
Operating income 54.6   59.5   (8.2 %)
       
Net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders 44.7   35.3   26.5 %
Diluted EPS 0.88   0.70   25.2 %
       
Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders 1 24.4   35.3   (30.9 %)
Diluted Adjusted EPS1 0.48   0.70   (31.4 %)
Adjusted EBITDA2 98.4   91.8   7.2 %
             

1 Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders and diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2018 excludes the $20.3 million tax benefits recorded for the reduction of the valuation allowance related to foreign tax credits
2 The way we compute Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation of GAAP net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA is set forth below in this release.

FIRST QUARTER 2018 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:

  • Total revenues of $184.0 million, down 3.1% compared to the first quarter of 2017;
  • Electricity segment revenues of $132.5 million, up 14.4% compared to the first quarter of 2017;
  • Electricity generation increased 6.7%, compared to the first quarter of 2017, from 1.43 million MWh to 1.52 million MWh;
  • Product segment revenues of $48.7 million, down 34.3% compared to the first quarter of 2017;
  • Product segment backlog increased 15.6% to $281.0 million as of May 7, 20183;
  • Other revenue, representing the contribution of Ormat’s energy storage initiatives, were $3.0 million in the quarter;
  • Gross margin was 39.9% of total revenues compared to 39.2% in the first quarter of 2017, due to improved efficiency in the Electricity segment; Electricity segment gross margin increased to 44.5% from 43.0%;
  • Net income attributable to the company's shareholders was $44.7 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, compared to $35.3 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2017;
  • Adjusted net income attributable to the company's shareholders of $24.4 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared to $35.3 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2017;
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $98.4 million, up 7.2% compared to $91.8 million in the first quarter of 2017;
  • Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share for the first quarter of 2018;
  • Closed a $100.0 million senior, unsecured loan to fund capital needs to support long-term growth plans.
  • Ormat’s Viridity Energy Solutions, Inc., remains on track to start construction of two 20MW/20MWh utility scale, in-front-of-the-meter battery energy storage systems (BESS) located in Plumsted Township and Alpha, New Jersey;
  • Ormat closed the acquisition of U.S. Geothermal, Inc. (USG) which became an indirect subsidiary of Ormat and Ormat indirectly acquired the interests held by USG and its subsidiaries in, among other assets, three power plants at Neal Hot Springs, Oregon, San Emidio, Nevada and Raft River, Idaho with a total net generating capacity of approximately 38 MW, which will be fully integrated into Ormat electricity segment;
  • Signed a finance agreement with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), United States government’s development finance institution, to provide an approximately $125.0 million loan (on a non-recourse basis) for the 35 MW Platanares geothermal power plant in Honduras;
  • On May 3, 2018, the Kilauea volcano located in close proximity to our Puna geothermal power plant in Hawaii erupted. Necessary steps to secure the Puna facilities, including, among others, taking electricity generation offline, were taken. The impact of the volcanic eruption is still under assessment and may have a material adverse impact on our business and results of operations. 

3 The Product segment backlog includes revenues for the period between April 1, 2018 and May 7, 2018. The increase in the backlog is compared with the Backlog of $243 million as of February 26, 2018.

“This was a milestone quarter for Ormat, as we closed the acquisition of U.S. Geothermal, which broadens and diversifies our operations in the United States, expanding our presence into Idaho and Oregon and gives us additional opportunities to strengthen our development pipeline,” commented Isaac Angel, Chief Executive Officer. “The implementation of our growth plan combined with the efforts to improve efficiency and resource performance at our plants continues to drive enhanced financial performance. We had record results in the Electricity segment with 14.4% increase in revenues and 3.7% improvement in the segment’s gross margin, reaching 44.5% margin. This performance helped to largely offset the expected decline in revenue related to our products segment, ultimately driving a 7.2% increase in our Adjusted EBITDA to a quarterly record of $98.4 million. With the contribution of USG's 38 MW operating portfolio and the completion of the 4 MW enhancement at our Brady project, we increased our generation portfolio to approximately 837 MW and we are on track to achieve our growth target of between 186 MW and 196 MW by the end of 2020.”

Mr. Angel added, “I am encouraged with the increase in our product segment backlog. This $281.0 million backlog secures revenues for our product segment in 2019. We are also seeing progress in our energy storage initiatives. We remain on track to start construction of two 20MW/20MWh utility scale, in-front-of-the-meter battery energy storage systems (BESS) located in New Jersey. We continue to view energy storage, and our differentiated Battery Storage as a Service (BSAAS) offering as a long-term growth opportunity for Ormat, helping to further solidify our position as a leader in the broader renewable energy sector.”

GUIDANCE

Mr. Angel added, “We update our full-year 2018 guidance to include the financial contribution of U.S. Geothermal’s assets and now expect total revenues between $711.0 million and $735.0 million with electricity segment revenues between $523.0 million and $533.0 million and product segment revenues between $180.0 million and $190.0 million. Revenues from energy storage and demand response activity are expected to be between $8.0 million and $12.0 million. We expect 2018 Adjusted EBITDA between $368.0 million and $378.0 million for the full year. We expect annual Adjusted EBITDA attributable to minority interest to be approximately $28.0 million.”

FIRST QUARTER 2018 FINANCIAL RESULTS

For the three months ended March 31, 2018, total revenues were $184.0 million, down 3.1% compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Electricity segment revenues increased 14.4% to $132.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, up from $115.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017. Product segment revenues decreased 34.3% to $48.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, from $74.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017. Other revenue, representing the contribution of Ormat’s energy storage initiatives, were $3.0 million in the quarter.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2018 were $13.8 million, or 7.5% of total revenues, compared to $9.9 million, or 5.2% of total revenues, for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to general and administrative expenses from Viridity which was acquired on March 15, 2017; and an increase of approximately $2.0 million in costs associated with our tax material weakness that was identified in the fourth quarter of 2017 and the additional work and controls to compensate for that material weakness.

The Income tax benefit for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $2.1 million compared to income tax provision of $10.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017. Due to the continuous evolution of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" signed into law on December 22, 2017, certain estimates, as defined by Staff Accounting Bulletin 118 ("SAB 118"), were refined and will continue to be refined pursuant to potential legislative amendments and interpretations of the new law as they become available. As a result of amendments and interpretations during 2018, the Company recorded a tax benefits of $20.3 million for the reduction of the valuation allowance related to foreign tax credits.

The company reported net income attributable to the company’s shareholders of $44.7 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, compared to net income attributable to the company’s shareholders of $35.3 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, for the year ago period.

Adjusted net income attributable to the company's shareholders of $24.4 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared to $35.3 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2017; Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders and diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2018 excludes the $20.3 million tax benefits mentioned above.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $98.4 million, compared to $91.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, an increase of 7.2%. The reconciliation of GAAP net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA is set forth below in this release.

DIVIDEND

On May 7, 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors approved and authorized payment of a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share pursuant to the company’s dividend policy. The dividend will be paid on May 30, 2018 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 21, 2018. In addition, the company expects to pay quarterly dividends of $0.10 per share in the next two quarters.

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

Ormat will host a conference call to discuss its financial results and other matters discussed in this press release on Tuesday, May 8, at 9 a.m. ET. The call will be available as a live, listen-only webcast at investor.ormat.com. During the webcast, management will refer to slides that will be posted on the website. The slides and accompanying webcast can be accessed through the News & Events in the Investor Relations section of Ormat’s website.

An archive of the webcast will be available approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the live call.
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ABOUT ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES

With over five decades of experience, Ormat Technologies, Inc. is a leading geothermal company and the only vertically integrated company engaged in geothermal and recovered energy generation (REG), with the objective of becoming a leading global provider of renewable energy. The company owns, operates, designs, manufactures and sells geothermal and REG power plants primarily based on the Ormat Energy Converter – a power generation unit that converts low-, medium- and high-temperature heat into electricity. With 77 U.S. patents, Ormat’s power solutions have been refined and perfected under the most grueling environmental conditions. Ormat has 530 employees in the United States and 770 overseas. Ormat’s flexible, modular solutions for geothermal power and REG are ideal for the vast range of resource characteristics. The company has engineered, manufactured and constructed power plants, which it currently owns or has installed to utilities and developers worldwide, totaling over 2,600 MW of gross capacity. Ormat’s current approximately 837 MW generating portfolio is spread globally in the U.S., Guatemala, Guadeloupe, Honduras, Indonesia and Kenya. In March 2017, Ormat expanded its operations to provide energy storage and energy management solutions, by leveraging its core capabilities and global presence as well as through its Viridity Energy Solutions, Inc. subsidiary, a Philadelphia-based company with nearly a decade of expertise and leadership in demand response, energy management and storage.

ORMAT’S SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

Information provided in this press release may contain statements relating to current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about future events that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally relate to Ormat's plans, objectives and expectations for future operations and are based upon its management's current estimates and projections of future results or trends. Actual future results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, see "Risk Factors" as described in Ormat Technologies, Inc.'s Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 16, 2018.

These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

           
ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES          
Ormat Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries          
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations          
For the Three-Month Periods Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017          
(Unaudited)          
           
    Three Months Ended March 31  
  2018   2017
           
    (In thousands, except per share data)  
Revenues:          
Electricity $ 132,489     $ 115,776  
Product   48,672       74,122  
Other   2,862        
Total revenues   184,023       189,898  
Cost of revenues:          
Electricity   73,482       66,036  
Product   33,726       49,452  
Other   3,443        
Total cost of revenues   110,651       115,488  
Gross profit   73,372       74,410  
Operating expenses:          
Research and development expenses   1,108       602  
Selling and marketing expenses   3,699       4,363  
General and administrative expenses   13,849       9,949  
Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities   123        
Operating income   54,593       59,496  
Other income (expense):          
Interest income   113       244  
Interest expense, net   (14,344 )     (14,923 )
Derivatives and foreign currency transaction gains (losses)   (1,599 )     1,338  
Income attributable to sale of tax benefits   7,361       6,157  
Other non-operating expense, net   (20 )     (92 )
Income before income taxes and equity in          
losses of investees   46,104       52,220  
Income tax (provision) benefit   2,121       (10,886 )
Equity in losses of investees, net   1,210       (1,599 )
           
Net income   49,435       39,735  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   (4,748 )     (4,423 )
Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders $ 44,687     $ 35,312  
           
Earnings per share attributable to the Company's stockholders - Basic and diluted:
Basic:          
Net Income $ 0.88     $ 0.71  
           
Diluted:          
Net Income $ 0.88     $ 0.70  
           
Weighted average number of shares used in computation of earnings per share          
attributable to the Company's stockholders:          
Basic   50,614       49,680  
Diluted   51,051       50,491  
           


             
ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES            
Ormat Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries            
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets            
As of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017            
(Unaudited)            
             
      March 31,       December 31,  
    2018   2017
             
        (In thousands)  
ASSETS  
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 54,723     $ 47,818  
Restricted cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities     50,332       48,825  
Receivables:            
Trade     103,580       110,410  
Other     10,018       13,828  
Inventories     20,069       19,551  
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts     41,134       40,945  
Prepaid expenses and other     42,274       40,269  
Total current assets     322,130       321,646  
Investment in an unconsolidated company     63,109       34,084  
Deposits and other     21,205       21,599  
Deferred income taxes     83,868       20,135  
Deferred charges           49,834  
Property, plant and equipment, net     1,723,560       1,734,691  
Construction-in-process     345,563       293,542  
Deferred financing and lease costs, net     4,922       4,674  
Intangible assets, net     84,771       85,420  
Goodwill     21,253       21,037  
Total assets   $ 2,670,381     $ 2,586,662  
  LIABILITIES AND EQUITY  
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 103,551     $ 153,796  
Short-term revolving credit lines with banks (full recourse)     38,500       51,500  
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts     10,458       20,241  
Current portion of long-term debt:            
Limited and non-recourse:            
Senior secured notes     28,398       33,226  
Other loans     21,495       21,495  
Full recourse     2,809       3,087  
Total current liabilities     205,211       283,345  
Long-term debt, net of current portion:            
Limited and non-recourse:            
Senior secured notes     305,905       311,668  
Other loans     237,245       242,385  
Full recourse:            
Senior unsecured bonds     303,469       203,752  
Other loans     46,506       46,489  
Liability associated with sale of tax benefits     42,622       44,634  
Deferred lease income     50,745       51,520  
Liability for unrecognized tax benefits     9,074       8,890  
Liabilities for severance pay     20,874       21,141  
Asset retirement obligation     27,639       27,110  
Other long-term liabilities     21,625       18,853  
Total liabilities     1,270,915       1,259,787  
             
Redeemable non-controlling interest     6,943       6,416  
             
Equity:            
The Company's stockholders' equity:            
Common stock     51       51  
Additional paid-in capital     890,485       888,778  
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)     418,004       351,622  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     (517 )     (4,314 )
      1,308,023       1,236,137  
Noncontrolling interest     84,500       84,322  
Total equity     1,392,523       1,320,459  
Total liabilities and equity   $ 2,670,381     $ 2,586,662  
             


ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA 
For the Three-Month Periods Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017
(Unaudited)

We calculate EBITDA as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. We calculate Adjusted EBITDA as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted for (i) termination fees, (ii) impairment of long-lived assets, (iii) write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities, (iv) any mark-to-market gains or losses from accounting for derivatives, (v) merger and acquisition transaction costs, (vi) stock-based compensation, (vii) gain from extinguishment of liability, and (viii) gain on sale of subsidiary and property, plant and equipment. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not a measurement of financial performance or liquidity under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America and should not be considered as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities or as a measure of liquidity or an alternative to net earnings as indicators of our operating performance or any other measures of performance derived in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are presented because we believe they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of a Company’s ability to service and/or incur debt. However, other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do.

The following table reconciles net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2018 and 2017.

             
    Three Months Ended March 31
    2018   2017
             
    (in thousands)
Net income   $ 49,435     $ 39,735  
Adjusted for:            
Interest expense, net (including amortization            
of deferred financing costs)     14,231       14,679  
Income tax provision     (2,121 )     10,886  
Adjustment to investment in uncosolidated company:            
Our proportionate share in interest, tax and depreciation and amortization     3,530        
Depreciation and amortization     29,437       25,542  
EBITDA   $ 94,512     $ 90,842  
             
Mark-to-market on derivatives instruments     962       (1,523 )
Stock-based compensation     1,707       1,713  
Merger and acquisition transaction cost     1,095       800  
Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities     123        
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 98,399     $ 91,832  
             


Ormat Technologies Contact:

Smadar Lavi

VP Corporate Finance and Head of Investor Relations

775-356-9029 (ext. 65726)

slavi@ormat.com
      Investor Relations Agency Contact:

Rob Fink

Hayden - IR

646-415-8972

rob@haydenir.com