Press Release

Ormat Technologies Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Revenue Increases 8.2%; Management Reiterates Full-Year Guidance And Expectation To Reopen Puna By Year-End

Company Release - 5/6/2019 5:00 PM ET

RENO, Nev., May 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RENO, Nev. May 6, 2019, Ormat Technologies, Inc.1 (NYSE: ORA) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

($ millions, except per share amounts)Q1 2019 Q1 2018 % Change 
Revenues   
Electricity142.9 132.5 7.9%
Product52.1 48.7 7.1%
Other4.0 2.9 39.8%
Total Revenues199.0 184.0 8.2%
Gross margin (%)   
Electricity45.7%44.5% 
Product19.2%30.7% 
Other(30.2)%(20.3)% 
Gross margin (%)37.3%39.9% 
Operating income53.7 54.6 (1.6)%
Net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders225.9 69.5 (62.7)%
Diluted EPS0.51 1.36 (62.5)%
    
Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders225.9 25.1 3.4%
Adjusted Diluted EPS0.51 0.49 4.1%
Adjusted EBITDA1101.8 98.4 3.4%
       

“Ormat delivered another strong quarter, with continued growth across our diversified portfolio of operations helping us to overcome the loss of revenue and profit resulting from the temporary shutdown of our Puna power plant in Hawaii,” commented Isaac Angel, Chief Executive Officer. “Our Electricity segment revenue grew 7.9% and generation increased 11.0% in Q1 2019 vs Q1 2018, reflecting the contribution of new and expanded power plants as well as the continuing growth resulting from our recent USG acquisition.  Gross margin for this segment also expanded to 45.7%, despite the overhang of Puna’s ongoing fixed expenses, demonstrating our continuing commitment to expanding the operating efficiency of our core Electricity generation business.  Furthermore, progress to bring Puna back online is continuing, and we remain optimistic that this important power plant will be ready to resume operation by year-end.”

Mr. Angel continued, “Our Product division also delivered solid revenue growth, and although two larges but lower-margin Turkish contracts impacted our gross margin in this segment during the quarter, we expect margin performance in Products to be stronger for the balance of the year.”

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1 Ormat Technologies, Inc. is also referred to herein as the “Company”, “Ormat”, “we” or “us”
2 Reconciliation is set forth below in this release

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2019

  • Total revenues of $199.0 million, up 8.2% compared to the first quarter of 2018 despite the volcano-related shutdown of Ormat’s Puna power plant in Hawaii;
  • Electricity segment revenues of $142.9 million, up 7.9% compared to Q1 2018, as the growth resulting from recently expanded operations at McGuinness Hills and Olkaria, as well as contributions from recently acquired USG, combined to mitigate the loss of revenues resulting from the temporary shutdown of the Puna power plant;
  • Electricity segment gross margin was 45.7% compared to 44.5% for Q1 2018. Excluding the impact from Puna, Electricity segment gross margin would have been 48.2% in Q1 2019 and 44.8% in Q1 2018;
  • Product segment backlog was $226.4 million as of May 6, 2019;
  • Net income was $28.1 million in Q1 2019 compared to net income of $74.3 million in Q1 2018. Net income for Q1 2018 included one-time tax income of $44.4 million, resulting in a net tax benefit of $26.9 million for that quarter, compared to a provision for income taxes of $14.0 million in Q1 2019;
  • Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders in Q1 2019 was $25.9 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, compared to $69.5 million, or $1.36 per diluted share, in Q1 2018; Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders, was $25.9 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, compared to $25.1 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, Q1 20183 ;
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 3.4% to $101.8 million, from $98.4 million in Q1 2018.  Adjusted EBITDA includes approximately $1.2 million expense related to Puna, net of $1.3 million insurance proceeds received for business interruption; Adjusted EBITDA excluding any impact from Puna was $103.0 million3;
  • Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.11 per share for the first quarter of 2019.

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3 Reconciliation is set forth below in this release

2019 GUIDANCE

Mr. Angel added, “We expect full-year 2019 total revenues between $720 million and $742 million with Electricity segment revenues between $530 million and $540 million, excluding any impact from Puna during 2019. We expect Product segment revenues between $180 million and $190 million.  Revenues from energy storage and demand response activity are expected to be between $10 million and $12 million. We expect 2019 Adjusted EBITDA between $370 million and $380 million for the full year, with no Puna-related EBITDA. We expect annual Adjusted EBITDA attributable to minority interest to be approximately $23 million, assuming no contribution from Puna during 2019.”

The Company provides a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure for the three months ended March 31, 2019. 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 still evolving tax law reform in the United States and other non-cash expenses and adjusting items which are excluded from the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA.

FIRST QUARTER 2019 FINANCIAL RESULTS (COMPARING THE QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31, 2019 TO THE QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31, 2018)

Total revenues for the quarter were $199.0 million, up 8.2% compared to the same quarter last year. Electricity segment revenues increased 7.9% to $142.9 million, up from $132.5 million last year. The increase was mainly attributable to the MGH phase 3 and Olkaria III expansion, which came online in the second half of 2018, as well as the USG acquisition in April 2018, partially offset by the temporary shutdown of the Puna plant. Product segment revenues increased 7.1% to $52.1 million, up from $48.7 in the same quarter last year. Other segment revenues were $4.0 million compared to $2.9 million.

General and administrative expenses were $15.7 million, or 7.9% of total revenues, compared to $13.8 million, or 7.5% of total revenues. This increase was mainly due to expenses related to legal settlements, increase in stock-based compensation and professional fees.

The Company reported net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders of $25.9 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, compared to $69.5 million, or $1.36 per diluted share. Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders was $25.9 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, compared to $25.1 million or, $0.49 per diluted share in the same quarter last year. In the first quarter of 2018, we recorded a one-time tax income of $44.4 million for the reduction of the valuation allowance related to foreign tax credits and production tax credits.

Adjusted EBITDA of $101.8 million, compared to $98.4 million. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA is mainly related to the increase in gross profit as a result of higher revenues. The reconciliation of GAAP net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA is set forth below in this release. Adjusted EBITDA excluding any impact from Puna was $103.0 million.

DIVIDEND

On May 6, 2019, the Company’s Board of Directors declared, approved and authorized payment of a quarterly dividend of $0.11 per share pursuant to the Company’s dividend policy. The dividend will be paid on May 28, 2019 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 20, 2019.

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 7, 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 60 minutes after the conclusion of the live call.

Investors may access the call by dialing:

Participant dial in (toll free):     1-877-511-6790
Participant international dial in: 1-412-902-4141
   
Conference replay
   
US Toll Free: 1-877-344-7529
International Toll: 1-412-317-0088
Replay Access Code: 10130752
   

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 584 employees in the United States and 762 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 2,900 MW of gross capacity. Ormat’s current 910 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.

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 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 1, 2019 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
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
For the Three-Month Periods Ended March 31, 2019 and 2018
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended March 31
 2019 2018
  (In thousands, except per share data)
Revenues:     
Electricity$142,908  $132,489 
Product 52,128   48,672 
Other 4,002   2,862 
Total revenues 199,038   184,023 
Cost of revenues:     
Electricity 77,543   73,482 
Product 42,106   33,726 
Other 5,210   3,443 
Total cost of revenues 124,859   110,651 
Gross profit 74,179   73,372 
Operating expenses:     
Research and development expenses 900   1,108 
Selling and marketing expenses 3,865   3,699 
General and administrative expenses 15,689   13,849 
Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities    123 
Operating income 53,725   54,593 
Other income (expense):     
Interest income 293   113 
Interest expense, net (21,223)  (14,344)
Derivatives and foreign currency transaction gains (losses) 472   (1,599)
Income attributable to sale of tax benefits 7,764   7,361 
Other non-operating expense, net 91   (20)
Income before income taxes and equity in losses of investees 41,122   46,104 
Income tax (provision) benefit (14,039)  26,942 
Equity in losses of investees, net 1,047   1,210 
      
Net income 28,130   74,256 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest (2,184)  (4,748)
Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders$25,946  $69,508 
      
Earnings per share attributable to the Company's stockholders - Basic and diluted:
Basic:     
Net Income$0.51  $1.37 
      
Diluted:     
Net Income$0.51  $1.36 
      
Weighted average number of shares used in computation of earnings per share attributable to the Company's stockholders:     
Basic 50,709   50,614 
Diluted 51,012   51,051 
        

ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
For the Periods Ended March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018
(Unaudited)

  March 31,   December 31,
 2019 2018
      
   (In thousands)
ASSETS        
Current assets:     
Cash and cash equivalents$79,366  $98,802 
Restricted cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities 93,098   78,693 
Receivables:     
Trade 139,870   137,581 
Other 18,319   19,393 
Inventories 42,982   45,024 
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts...... 29,762   42,130 
Prepaid expenses and other 18,224   51,441 
Total current assets 421,621   473,064 
Investment in an unconsolidated company 71,885   71,983 
Deposits and other 18,154   18,209 
Deferred income taxes 109,821   113,760 
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,962,580   1,959,578 
Construction-in-process 266,083   261,690 
Operating lease right of use 60,656    
Financing lease right of use 14,433    
Deferred financing and lease costs, net 1,733   3,242 
Intangible assets, net 196,125   199,874 
Goodwill 20,123   19,950 
Total assets$3,143,214  $3,121,350 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:     
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$108,309  $116,362 
Short-term revolving credit lines with banks (full recourse) 60,900   159,000 
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts 15,508   18,402 
Current portion of long-term debt:     
Limited and non-recourse:     
Senior secured notes 33,639   33,493 
Other loans 29,687   29,687 
Full recourse 9,368   5,000 
Operating lease liabilities 7,532    
Finance lease liabilities 3,147    
Total current liabilities 268,090   361,944 
Long-term debt, net of current portion:     
Limited and non-recourse:     
Senior secured notes 367,142   375,337 
Other loans 312,779   320,242 
Full recourse:     
Senior unsecured bonds 353,626   303,575 
Other loans 78,149   41,579 
Operating lease liabilities 17,667    
Finance lease liabilities 11,954    
Liability associated with sale of tax benefits 68,852   69,893 
Deferred lease income 47,658   48,433 
Deferred income taxes 68,005   61,323 
Liability for unrecognized tax benefits 12,482   11,769 
Liabilities for severance pay 18,400   17,994 
Asset retirement obligation 41,246   39,475 
Other long-term liabilities 5,464   16,087 
Total liabilities 1,671,514   1,667,651 
      
Redeemable non-controlling interest 8,705   8,603 
      
Equity:     
The Company's stockholders' equity:     
Common stock 51   51 
Additional paid-in capital 903,723   901,363 
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) 442,531   422,222 
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (5,956)  (3,799)
  1,340,349   1,319,837 
Noncontrolling interest 122,646   125,259 
Total equity 1,462,995   1,445,096 
Total liabilities and equity$3,143,214  $3,121,350 
        

ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
For the Three-Month Periods Ended March 31, 2019 and 2018
(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, 2019 and 2018.

  Three Months Ended March 31
 2019 2018
      
  (in thousands)
Net income $  28,130   $  74,256 
Adjusted for:     
Interest expense, net (including amortization of deferred financing costs)   20,930     14,231 
Income tax provision   14,039     (26,942)
Adjustment to investment in unconsolidated company:     
our proportionate share in interest, tax and depreciation and amortization   2,661     3,530 
Depreciation and amortization   34,866     29,437 
EBITDA$  100,626   $  94,512 
      
Mark-to-market gains or losses from accounting for derivatives   (1,209)    962 
Stock-based compensation   2,360     1,707 
Merger and acquisition transaction cost   —      1,095 
Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities   —      123 
Adjusted EBITDA$  101,777   $  98,399 
        

ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income attributable to the Company's stockholders
For the Three-Month Periods Ended March 31, 2019 and 2018
(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 March 31, 2019 and 2018.

 Three Months Ended March 31
 2019
 2018
       
 (in thousands)
Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders$25.9  $69.5 
       
One-time tax Income    (44.4)
       
Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders$25.9  $25.1 
       
Weighted average number of shares diluted used in computation of earnings per share attributable to the Company's stockholders: 51.0   51.1 
       
Adjusted EPS
 0.51   0.49 
        


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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