Press Release

Ormat Technologies Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Company Release - 11/6/2018 6:00 AM ET

Total Revenue Of $166.5 Million, Electricity Revenue Up 5.4%; Reaffirms 2018 Full Year Guidance

RENO, Nev., Nov. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ormat Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”, “we”, “Ormat” or “us”) (NYSE: ORA) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

“Total revenues increased nearly 6% and electricity revenues increased more than 5%,” commented Isaac Angel, Chief Executive Officer. “This steady growth was achieved despite the recent shutdown of our operations at Puna and highlights the diversification we have built into the Ormat operating model and the strength of our overall portfolio of projects around the world.  Now that the lava flow near Puna has ceased, we are working to bring that plant back online, and are confident that Ormat is well positioned for continued growth.”

($ millions, except per share amounts)Q3

2018
Q3

2017
Change

(%)
Revenues   
Electricity116.9 110.9 5.4%
Product48.4 44.9 7.9%
Other1.1 1.4 (17.7%)
Total Revenues166.5 157.2 5.9%
Gross margin (%)   
Electricity31.7%41.9% 
Product26.4%28.3% 
Other(89.0%)4.8% 
Total Gross Margin (%)29.3%37.7% 
Operating income25.9 44.0 (41.1%)
Net Income10.1 27.6 (63.3%)
Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders10.6 24.0 (55.8%)
Diluted EPS0.21 0.47  
Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders 115.6 25.9 (39.9%)
Diluted Adjusted EPS1 0.31  0.51   
Adjusted EBITDA1 75.6  76.4 (1.1%)
         

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1 Reconciliations of Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholder, Diluted Adjusted EPS and Adjusted EBITDA is set forth below in this release

“The Puna shutdown, coupled with a larger than average number of production pump replacements required in this quarter, impacted our overall margins,” added Mr. Angel. “Nevertheless, Ormat delivered $75.6 million in Adjusted EBITDA. Our solid, continued profitability despite significant unforeseen events like the Kīlauea volcano eruption, further demonstrates the strength and resilience of our business model. We have made significant efforts to expedite the commencement of the 48MW McGinness Hills 3 power plant now planned for early December 2018. The contribution of McGinness Hills 3, as well as high generation and margins expected in the fourth quarter, should result in strong financial performance of the Electricity segment that will support our full year 2018 guidance.”

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Total revenues of $166.5 million in the quarter, up 5.9% compared to the third quarter of 2017;
  • Electricity segment revenues of $116.9 million in the quarter, up 5.4% compared to the third quarter of 2017;
  • Electricity generation in the quarter increased 7.1%, compared to the third quarter of 2017, from 1.24 million MWh to 1.32 million MWh;
  • Electricity segment gross margin in the quarter was 31.7% compared to 41.9% in the year ago quarter. The decrease is mainly due to the impact of the shutdown in the Puna power plant in Hawaii, higher maintenance expenses mainly due to above average production pump failures in some of our power plants, a decrease in generation related to higher than average ambient temperature and grid operator curtailments;
  • Excluding the Puna shutdown, the electricity segment gross margin in the third quarter of 2018 was 35.3% and the nine-month margin, excluding the Puna impact, was 39.3%;
  • Product segment revenues in the quarter of $48.4 million, up 7.9% compared to the third quarter of 2017;
  • Product segment backlog amounts to $226.4 million as of November 1, 2018;
  • Total gross margin in the quarter was 29.3% compared to 37.7% in the third quarter of 2017;
  • Net income in the quarter was $10.1 million compared to Net income of $27.6 million in the third quarter of 2017;
  • Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders in the quarter was $10.6 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to $24.0 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2017; excluding the termination fee of $5 million or $0.10 per diluted share related to the Galena 2 PPA, Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders, was $15.6 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, compared to $25.9 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 20172 ;
  • Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter was $75.6 million, excluding the $5 million termination fee, compared to $76.4 million in the third quarter of 2017; and
  • Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share for the third quarter of 2018.

             

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

  • Ormat completed the closing of the first tranche under the previously announced finance agreement totaling up to $124.7 million for the 35 MW Platanares geothermal power plant in Honduras, with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (“OPIC”), United States government’s development finance institution, as the sole lender. Following the closing, Ormat received a disbursement of $114.7 million representing the full amount of Tranche I of the OPIC non-recourse project finance loan that carries a fixed interest rate of 7.02% per annum with a maturity of approximately 14 years. The closing of the second tranche of up to $10 million is expected during the first half of 2019.
  • In Puna, Hawaii, before the lava recently stopped flowing, the lava covered the wellheads of three geothermal wells, the substation of the Puna complex and an adjacent warehouse that stored a drilling rig. The Company is currently assessing the damages to the Puna facilities and continues to coordinate with Hawaii Electric Light Company and local authorities to bring the power plant back to operation. The Company is in the process of building access roads to the site, removing the plugs from the production wells and rebuilding the electrical substation. Management is in ongoing discussions with its insurance companies, working to secure a business interruption claim for the income loss from the shutdown.
  • Ormat opted out of the Galena 2 PPA with NV Energy Inc., and reported a one-time $5 million termination fee, recorded in selling and marketing expenses, in the third quarter of 2018. In March 2019, Ormat will start selling power from Galena 2 under its existing Southern California Public Power Authority portfolio PPA at $75.5 per MWh replacing lower pricing under the Galena 2 PPA.

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2 Reconciliation is set forth below in this release

GUIDANCE  

Mr. Angel added, “We are reaffirming our full-year 2018 guidance for the Electricity segment revenues to be between $500 million and $510 million. We expect Product segment revenues to be between $190 million and $200 million and revenues from energy storage and demand response activity to be between $8 million and $12 million. As such, our guidance for total revenues is between $698 million and $722 million. Our 2018 Adjusted EBITDA guidance is expected to be between $370 million and $380 million for the full year, assuming successful resolution of our insurance claim for our losses relating to Puna situation by the end of 2018.

In the event we do not reach a resolution of our insurance claim by the end of 2018, the 2018 Adjusted EBITDA might be negatively impacted by approximately $20 million.

We expect annual Adjusted EBITDA attributable to minority interest to be approximately $30 million. The minority interest includes our partners share in the insurance claim for the Puna Plant.”

The Company provides a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018. However, the Company is unable to provide a reconciliation for its Adjusted EBITDA guidance range due to high variability and complexity with respect to estimating forward looking amounts for impairments and disposition and acquisition of business interests, income taxes including the tax impact of the repatriation of proceeds from sales in foreign jurisdictions and tax benefit or expense related to effects of the recently-enacted tax law reform in the United States and other non-cash expenses and adjusting items which are excluded from the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA.

THIRD QUARTER 2018 FINANCIAL RESULTS

For the three months ended September 30, 2018, total revenues were $166.5 million, up 5.9% compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Electricity segment revenues increased 5.4% to $116.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018, up from $110.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017. The increase was mainly attributable to the Platanares, Tungsten Mountain and Olkaria III expansion projects, which came online in the last twelve months, as well as the U.S. Geothermal acquisition, offset by the shutdown of the Puna plant as well as lower generation in other power plants due to maintenance issues and enhancements, high ambient temperature and grid operator curtailments.

Product segment revenues increased 7.9% to $48.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018, up from $44.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017. Other segment revenues were $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $1.4 million in the third quarter of 2017.

During the third quarter, Ormat recorded under selling and marketing expenses a non-recurring $5 million charge for a termination fee paid to NV Energy related to the termination of the Galena 2 PPA. Ormat intends to sell power from Galena 2 under its SCAPPA Portfolio PPA at $75.5 per MWh starting March 2019.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2018 were $13.6 million, or 8.2% of total revenues, compared to $10.9 million, or 6.9% of total revenues, for the three months ended September 30, 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to stock-based compensation costs associated with grants made to the CEO, senior management and employees as well as higher legal and auditing costs associated with the remediation plan for the previously reported material weakness.

Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2018 was $10.1 million compared to Net income of $27.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017.

Ormat reported Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders Inclusive of the $5 million non-recurring termination fee, of $10.6 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to $24.0 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, for the same period a year ago.

Adjusted net income attributable to the Company's stockholders of $15.6 million, or $0.31 per diluted share. Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders and diluted EPS for the third quarter of 2017 of $25.9 million or, $0.51 per diluted share excludes $1.9 million or $0.04 per diluted share, attributable to a one-time make whole premium paid in connection with the prepayment of OFC senior secured notes and DEG loan.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2018 was $75.6 million, compared to $76.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017. The decrease in Adjusted EBITDA is mainly related to the shutdown in Puna offset by the contribution of Sarulla to the EBITDA. The reconciliation of GAAP net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA is set forth below in this release.

DIVIDEND

November 6, 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors declared, 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 December 4, 2018 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 20, 2018.

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

Ormat will host a conference call to discuss its financial results and other matters discussed in this press release on Tuesday, November 6, 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 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 862 MW generating portfolio is spread globally in the U.S., Kenya, Guatemala, Indonesia, Honduras, and Guadeloupe. 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 energy storage, demand response and energy management.

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’s Form 10-K/A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on June 19, 2018 and from time to time, in Ormat’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q that are filed with the SEC.

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 Statement of Operations
For the Three and Nine Months Periods Ended September 30, 2018 and 2017
(Unaudited)

          
  Three Months Ended
September 30 
  Nine Months Ended
September 30 
 2018 
 2017  2018 
 2017 
      
      
      
  (In thousands, except per share data) 
  (In thousands, except per share data) 
 Revenues:             
  Electricity$116,891 $110,876 $371,559 $337,548 
  Product 48,439  44,912  152,026  186,621 
  Other 1,150  1,397  5,217  2,278 
  Total revenues 166,480  157,185  528,802  526,447 
 Cost of revenues:         
  Electricity 79,845  64,444  234,563  193,676 
  Product 35,669  32,218  106,968  125,102 
  Other. 2,174  1,330  7,645  3,573 
  Total cost of revenues 117,688  97,992  349,176  322,351 
  Gross profit 48,792  59,193  179,626  204,096 
 Operating expenses:         
  Research and development expenses 706  716  3,065  2,368 
  Selling and marketing expenses 8,578  3,630  15,989  12,083 
  General and administrative expenses 13,606  10,877  43,325  33,027 
  Impairment charge        
  Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities     119   
  Operating income  25,902  43,970  117,128  156,618 
 Other income (expense):         
  Interest income 214  255  516  861 
  Interest expense, net (18,700) (11,692) (48,890) (41,155)
  Derivatives and foreign currency transaction gains (losses) (383) (1,001) (2,511) 2,040 
  Income attributable to sale of tax benefits 4,066  3,506  14,983  14,019 
  Other non-operating expense, net 309  (1,592) 7,662  (1,678)
  Income before income taxes and equity in    
  losses of investees 11,408  33,446  88,888  130,705 
Income tax (provision) benefit (1,184) (6,224) (3,347) (49,993)
 Equity in losses of investees, net (117) 337  1,481  (1,690)
  Net income  10,107  27,559  87,022  79,022 
  Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 474  (3,599) (7,276) (11,228)
  Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders$10,581 $23,960 $79,746 $67,794 
         
 Earnings per share attributable to the Company's stockholders - Basic and diluted:         
 Basic:         
  Net Income  $ 0.21  $ 0.48  $ 1.58  $ 1.36 
         
 Diluted:         
  Net Income  $ 0.21  $ 0.47  $ 1.56  $ 1.34 
         
 Weighted average number of shares used in computation of earnings per share
  attributable to the Company's stockholders: 
     
  Basic 50,645  50,367  50,627  49,942 
  Diluted 50,963  50,867  50,985  50,669 
             

 

Ormat Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Ormat Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
For the Periods Ended September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017
(Unaudited)

   September 30,   December 31, 
  2018  2017 
         
 
  (In thousands) 
 ASSETS       
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents  $   71,965   $   47,818 
Restricted cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities    83,101     48,825 
Receivables:      
Trade    118,675     110,410 
Other    18,328     13,828 
Inventories    37,442     19,551 
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts    47,811     40,945 
Prepaid expenses and other    44,452     40,269 
Total current assets    421,774     321,646 
Investment in an unconsolidated company    67,739     34,084 
Deposits and other    20,109     21,599 
Deferred income taxes    113,363     57,337 
Deferred charges    —     49,834 
Property, plant and equipment, net    1,835,939     1,734,691 
Construction-in-process    351,288     293,542 
Deferred financing and lease costs, net    5,878     4,674 
Intangible assets, net    203,382     85,420 
Goodwill    40,111     21,037 
Total assets $  3,059,583  $  2,623,864 
 LIABILITIES AND EQUITY       
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $   105,351   $   153,796 
Short-term revolving credit lines with banks (full recourse)    209,500     51,500 
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts    21,760     20,241 
Current portion of long-term debt:      
Limited and non-recourse:      
Senior secured notes    33,259     33,226 
Other loans    21,495     21,495 
Full recourse    5,000     3,087 
Total current liabilities    396,365     283,345 
Long-term debt, net of current portion:      
Limited and non-recourse:      
Senior secured notes    386,379     311,668 
Other loans    225,782     242,385 
Full recourse:      
Senior unsecured bonds    303,528     203,752 
Other loans    43,942     46,489 
Liability associated with sale of tax benefits    69,071     44,634 
Deferred lease income    49,203     51,520 
Deferred income taxes    56,753     61,961 
Liability for unrecognized tax benefits    10,139     8,890 
Liabilities for severance pay    19,903     21,141 
Asset retirement obligation    37,946     27,110 
Other long-term liabilities    22,354     18,853 
Total liabilities    1,621,365     1,321,748 
       
Redeemable non-controlling interest    8,522     6,416 
       
Equity:      
The Company's stockholders' equity:      
Common stock    51     51 
Additional paid-in capital    896,160     888,778 
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)    410,870     327,255 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)    (1,386)    (4,706)
     1,305,695     1,211,378 
Noncontrolling interest    124,001     84,322 
Total equity    1,429,696     1,295,700 
Total liabilities and equity  $   3,059,583   $   2,623,864 
         


ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
For the Three and Nine Months Periods Ended September 30, 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 and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2018 and 2017.

       
   Three Months Ended September 30 
  Nine Months Ended September 30 
  2018 
 2017  2018 
 2017 
             
   (in thousands)   (in thousands) 
Net income   $   10,107   $   27,559  $   87,022   $   79,022 
Adjusted for:            
Interest expense, net (including amortization            
  of deferred financing costs)    18,486     11,437    48,374     40,294 
Income tax provision     1,184     6,224    3,347     49,993 
Adjustment to investment in unconsolidated company:             
our proportionate share in interest, tax and depreciation and amortization     3,784     —     11,768     —  
Depreciation and amortization    33,687     25,751    94,983     77,041 
EBITDA $  67,248  $  70,971 $  245,494   $   246,350 
             
Mark-to-market gains or losses from accounting for derivatives    (297)    1,663    1,202     (800)
Stock-based compensation    3,559     1,861    7,382     7,204 
Gain on sale of subsidiary and property, plant and equipment    —      —     —      —  
Insurance proceeds in excess of assets carrying value    —      —     (7,150)    —  
Loss from extinguishment of liability    —      1,950    —      1,950 
Termination fee    4,973     —     4,973     —  
Impairment of long-lived assets    —      —     —      —  
Merger and acquisition transaction cost    120     —     2,790     1,700 
Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities    —      —     119     —  
Adjusted EBITDA $  75,603   $   76,445 $  254,810   $   256,404 
                



ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income attributable to the Company's stockholders
For the Three-Month Periods Ended September 30, 2018 and 2017
(Unaudited)

Adjusted net income attributable to the Company's stockholders and Adjusted EPS are adjusted for one-time expense items that are not representative of our ongoing business and operations. The use of Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders and Adjusted EPS is intended to enhance the usefulness of our financial information by providing measures to assess the overall performance of our ongoing business.

The following table reconciles Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders and Adjusted EPS for the three -month periods ended September 30, 2018 and 2017.

 

   Three Months Ended September 30 
  2018  2017 
       
   (in millions) 
Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders  $   10.6  $   24.0
       
One-time termination fee    5.0    — 
       
One-time prepayment fees    —     1.9
       
One-time tax Expense    —     — 
       
Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders $  15.6 $  25.9
       
Weighted average number of shares diluted used in computation of earnings per share attributable to the Company's stockholders:  51.0    50.9
      
Adjusted EPS
    0.31    0.51
       

 

  
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
  

 

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