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Ormat Technologies Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

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TOTAL REVENUE OF $178.3 MILLION
ELECTRICITY REVENUE UP 10.2%, DESPITE VOLCANO-RELATED OUTAGE AT PUNA PLANT

RENO, Nev., Aug. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ORA) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018. The financial results were impacted by two main events. First, the shutdown of the Puna Power Plant in Hawaii (the “Puna Plant”) on May 3, 2018 following the nearby Kilauea volcano eruption and second, the consolidation of U.S. Geothermal Inc. (“USG”), following the close of its acquisition on April 24, 2018.

($ millions, except per share amounts) Q2 2018 Q2 2017 Change (%)
Revenues      
Electricity   122.2     110.9   10.2 %
Product   54.9     67.6   (18.7 %)
Other   1.2     0.9   36.8 %
Total Revenues   178.3     179.4   (0.6 %)
Gross margin (%)      
Electricity   33.5     43.0    
Product   31.6     35.7    
Other   (68.3 )   (154.6 )  
Gross margin (%)   32.2     39.3    
Operating income   36.6     53.2   (31.2 %)
Net income (loss) attributable to the Company’s shareholders   (0.3 )   8.6    
Diluted EPS $ (0.01 ) $ 0.17    
       
Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders1   16.6     29.5    
Diluted Adjusted EPS   0.32     0.58    
Adjusted EBITDA   80.8     88.1   (8.3 %)

1 A reconciliation of Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders is set forth below in this release

SECOND QUARTER FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Total revenues of $178.3 million, down 0.6% compared to the second quarter of 2017.
  • Electricity segment revenues of $122.2 million, up 10.2% compared to the second quarter of 2017 despite the outage of the Puna Plant since May 3, 2018 following the Kilauea volcano eruption.
  • Electricity generation increased 7.7%, compared to the second quarter of 2017, from 1.33 million MWh to 1.43 million MWh.
  • Electricity segment gross margin was 33.5% compared to 43.0% last year. The reduction is mainly related to the outage of the Puna Plant, resulting in a reduction of approximately $5.7 million in gross profit. Gross margin was also impacted by planned maintenance activity at USG power plants that required their shut down as part of the operational integration plan and took longer than planned.
  • Electricity segment gross margin for the second quarter of 2018 excluding Puna and USG plants:

    Q2 2018 Q2 2017 H1 2018 H1 2017
Gross Margin (%) Excluding Puna and USG Plants          
Electricity segment   40.7 % 43.0 % 42.9 % 43.0 %

  • Product segment revenues of $54.9 million, down 18.7% compared to the second quarter of 2017.
  • Product segment backlog amounts to $229.0 million as of August 1, 20182.
  • Other segment revenue was $1.2 million in the quarter compared to $0.9 million last year.
  • Total gross margin was 32.2% compared to 39.3% in the second quarter of 2017; excluding the impact of the Kilauea volcano eruption near the Puna Plant and the planned maintenance activity at the USG power plants, gross margin was 37.0%.
  • Net loss attributable to the Company's shareholders was $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to a net income attributable to the Company's shareholders of $8.6 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $80.8 million, compared to $88.1 million in the second quarter of 2017. The reduction was due to an expected reduction in revenue and profitability of the Product segment and gross loss in the Puna Plant and in USG. This reduction was partially offset by an increase in the Electricity segment revenues from new projects and by an increase in Ormat’s proportionate share in the EBITDA of Sarulla Geothermal Power Plant (“Sarulla”).
  • In the second quarter 2018, we recorded a non-cash a tax expense of $16.9 million. This expense represents a partial reverse, as expected, of the tax benefit of $44.4 million that was recorded in the first quarter of 2018 for the reduction of the valuation allowance related to foreign tax credits and production tax credits.
  • Adjusted net income attributable to the Company's shareholders of $16.6 million, or $0.32 per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $29.5 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share for the second quarter of 2018.

2 The Product segment backlog includes revenues for the period between July 1, 2018 and August 1, 2018. The increase in the backlog is compared with the Backlog of $281.0 million as of May 7, 2018.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

  • Completed testing and commenced commercial operation of the 11 MW Plant I expansion project in the Olkaria III complex in Kenya increasing the total generating capacity of the complex to 150 MW.
  • Closed a $33.4 million tax equity partnership transaction for Tungsten Mountain geothermal power plant whereby Ormat will continue to operate and maintain the power plant and will receive substantially all of the distributable cash flow generated by the power plant.
  • Commenced commercial operation of the third and final unit of Sarulla bringing the project to its full capacity of 330 MW.

“In the second quarter we delivered a 10.2% increase in Electricity segment revenue and a 7.7% increase in generation despite the significant impact of the Puna Plant outage following the Kilauea Volcano eruption,” commented Isaac Angel, Chief Executive Officer. “This speaks to the strength of our Electricity segment. The growth we delivered in the recent 12 months from organic growth and by acquisitions mitigated the impact of the shutdown in the Puna Plant and enabled us to increase the Electricity segment revenue and maintain a constant level of total revenues quarter over quarter by compensating for the expected reduction in the Product segment.

The outage we had this quarter in the Puna Plant and the planned maintenance activity in the USG plants impacted our profitability. However, despite this outage and planned maintenance and assuming we will receive the insurance payouts related to Puna Plant’s loss of profits by the end of the year, we expect that the profitability in the Electricity segment in the full year to be in line with profitability last year.”

Mr. Angel continued: “In Hawaii, lava continues to flow near our Puna Plant, and it is not yet possible to anticipate a timeline for the lava flow resolution. This impacts our financials, but we are in discussion with our insurers and expect to be reimbursed for loss of profits and property damages. Assuming the insurance reimbursement will be in line with our expectations we will meet our Adjusted EBITDA targets for the year. However, the timing of insurance commitment and payouts can impact this as we navigate the event.” 

Mr. Angel added, “We continued with our growth plans in the second quarter. From the beginning of the year we added approximately 70 MW to our portfolio including 11 MW that were added in the second quarter to our Olkaria III complex in Kenya, bringing our total portfolio to 862 MW. We are on track with our near-term growth target and plan to add between 115 and 125 MW by the end of 2020.”

GUIDANCE 

Mr. Angel added, “In light of the continued lava flow near the Puna Plant and the accounting treatment that does not allow to record insurance payouts in revenues, we are adjusting our full-year 2018 guidance for the Electricity segment revenues to be between $500 million and $510 million to reflect the Puna Plant shutdown. We are increasing our guidance for the Product segment revenues to be between $190 million and $200 million. There is no change to Revenues from energy storage and demand response activity which are expected to be between $8 million and $12 million. As such, guidance for the total revenues is between $698 million and $722 million. We increased our 2018 guidance for Adjusted EBITDA to be between $370 million and $380 million for the full year, assuming successful resolution by the end of 2018 of our insurance claim for loss of profits at the Puna Plant.

In the event we do not reach a resolution of our insurance claim by the end of 2018, the 2018 Adjusted EBITDA will be negatively impacted by approximately $20.0 million dollars.

We expect annual Adjusted EBITDA attributable to minority interest to be approximately $30.0 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 six months ended June 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..

SECOND QUARTER 2018 FINANCIAL RESULTS

For the three months ended June 30, 2018, total revenues were $178.3 million, down 0.6% compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2017. Electricity segment revenues increased 10.2% to $122.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, up from $110.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The increase was mainly attributable to the commencement of new power plants and the consolidation of USG and was offset by the outage at the Puna Plant. Product segment revenues decreased 18.7% to $54.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, from $67.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. Other segment revenue were $1.2 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to $0.9 million in 2017.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $15.9 million, or 8.9% of total revenues, compared to $12.2 million, or 6.8% of total revenues, for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The increase was primarily attributable to expenses of approximately $2.0 million related to USG consolidation that was acquired on April 24, 2018 and higher costs associated with the identified restatement of our second and third quarter of 2017 financial statements and our full-year 2017 financial statements and the associated work related to the restatement.  

Other non-operating income (expense), net for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were $7.4 million reflecting insurance proceeds that we received for the loss of a rig at the Puna Plant.

The Company reported net loss attributable to the Company’s shareholders of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to net income attributable to the Company’s shareholders of $8.6 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the second quarter last year. Adjusted net income attributable to the Company's shareholders of $16.6 million, or $0.32 per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared to $29.5 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2017; Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders and diluted EPS for the second quarter of 2018 excludes an increase in the valuation allowance related to foreign tax credits and production tax credit, which is volatile between the periods in light of the evolving regulations in the tax code in the US following the new tax act and is not indicative to our long term operational results.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $80.8 million, compared to $88.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The reduction in Adjusted EBITDA is mainly related to the outage and planned maintenance described above and higher general and administrative expenses. The reconciliation of GAAP net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA is set forth below in this release.

DIVIDEND

On August 7, 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 August 29, 2018 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 21, 2018. In addition, the Company expects to pay quarterly dividends of $0.10 per share in the next quarter.

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

Ormat will host a conference call to discuss its financial results and other matters discussed in this press release on Wednesday, August 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.
Please ask to be joined into the Ormat Technologies, Inc. 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. 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 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 Technologies, Inc.'s Form 10-K/A and Form 10Q for the first quarter 2018, both filed with the SEC on June 19, 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 Balance Sheet
For the Periods Ended June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017
(Unaudited)

               
     June 30,     December 31,   
    2018     2017    
               
       (In thousands)   
ASSETS   
Current assets:               
  Cash and cash equivalents    $    66,696      $    47,818    
  Restricted cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities       76,041         48,825    
  Receivables:               
  Trade       109,061         110,410    
  Other       20,731         13,828    
  Inventories       36,696         19,551    
  Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts       46,573         40,945    
  Prepaid expenses and other       39,836         40,269    
  Total current assets       395,634         321,646    
Investment in an unconsolidated company       66,551         34,084    
Deposits and other       20,532         21,599    
Deferred income taxes       102,162         57,337    
Deferred charges       —         49,834    
Property, plant and equipment, net      1,840,558        1,734,691    
Construction-in-process       316,447         293,542    
Deferred financing and lease costs, net       4,926         4,674    
Intangible assets, net       207,206         85,420    
Goodwill       40,133         21,037    
  Total assets   $  2,994,149     $  2,623,864    
 LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   
 Current liabilities:               
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses    $    103,342      $    153,796    
  Short-term revolving credit lines with banks (full recourse)       158,600         51,500    
  Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts       16,136         20,241    
  Current portion of long-term debt:              
  Limited and non-recourse:              
  Senior secured notes       36,458         33,226    
  Other loans       21,495         21,495    
  Full recourse       5,000         3,087    
  Total current liabilities       341,031         283,345    
Long-term debt, net of current portion:              
  Limited and non-recourse:              
  Senior secured notes       391,047         311,668    
  Other loans       230,973         242,385    
  Full recourse:              
  Senior unsecured bonds       303,527         203,752    
  Other loans       44,030         46,489    
Liability associated with sale of tax benefits       70,574         44,634    
Deferred lease income       49,973         51,520    
Deferred income taxes       47,128         61,961    
Liability for unrecognized tax benefits       9,637         8,890    
Liabilities for severance pay       20,159         21,141    
Asset retirement obligation       37,188         27,110    
Other long-term liabilities       21,817         18,853    
  Total liabilities      1,567,084        1,321,748    
               
Redeemable non-controlling interest       8,268         6,416    
               
Equity:               
  The Company's stockholders' equity:               
  Common stock       51         51    
  Additional paid-in capital       892,601         888,778    
  Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)       405,353         327,255    
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)       (2,297 )       (4,706 )  
       1,295,708        1,211,378    
  Noncontrolling interest       123,089         84,322    
  Total equity      1,418,797        1,295,700    
  Total liabilities and equity    $   2,994,149      $   2,623,864    
               

Ormat Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Ormat Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
For the Three and Six Months Periods Ended June 30, 2018 and 2017
(Unaudited)

                         
     Three Months Ended June 30     Six Months Ended June 30 
    2018     2017     2018     2017  
                         
     (In thousands, except per
share data)
 
   (In thousands, except per
share data)
 
   Revenues:                       
    Electricity $ 122,179     $ 110,896     $ 254,668     $ 226,672  
    Product   54,915       67,587       103,587       141,709  
    Other   1,205       881       4,067       881  
    Total revenues   178,299       179,364       362,322       369,262  
   Cost of revenues:                       
    Electricity   81,236       63,196       154,718       129,232  
    Product   37,573       43,432       71,299       92,884  
    Other   2,028       2,243       5,471       2,243  
    Total cost of revenues   120,837       108,871       231,488       224,359  
    Gross profit   57,462       70,493       130,834       144,903  
   Operating expenses:                       
    Research and development expenses   1,251       1,050       2,359       1,652  
    Selling and marketing expenses   3,712       4,090       7,411       8,453  
    General and administrative expenses   15,866       12,201       29,719       22,150  
    Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities               119        
    Operating income   36,633       53,152       91,226       112,648  
   Other income (expense):                       
    Interest income   189       362       302       606  
    Interest expense, net   (15,846 )     (14,540 )     (30,190 )     (29,463 )
    Derivatives and foreign currency transaction gains (losses)    (529 )     1,703       (2,128 )     3,041  
    Income attributable to sale of tax benefits   3,556       4,356       10,917       10,513  
    Other non-operating expense, net   7,373       6       7,353       (86 )
    Income before income taxes and equity in                       
    losses of investees   31,376       45,039       77,480       97,259  
  Income tax (provision) benefit   (29,105 )     (32,765 )     (2,163 )     (43,769 )
   Equity in losses of investees, net   388       (428 )     1,598       (2,027 )
                         
    Net income   2,659       11,846       76,915       51,463  
    Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest    (3,002 )     (3,206 )     (7,750 )     (7,629 )
    Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders  $ (343 )   $ 8,640     $ 69,165     $ 43,834  
                         
   Earnings per share attributable to the Company's stockholders - Basic and diluted:             
   Basic:                       
    Net Income  $  (0.01 )    $  0.17      $  1.37      $  0.88  
                         
   Diluted:                       
    Net Income   $  (0.01 )    $  0.17      $  1.36      $  0.87  
                         
   Weighted average number of shares used in computation of earnings per share
  attributable to the Company's stockholders: 
                     
    Basic   50,623       49,771       50,618       49,726  
    Diluted   50,958       50,624       51,001       50,559  
                         


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

                             
       Three Months Ended June 30     Six Months Ended June 30   
      2018     2017     2018     2017    
                             
       (in thousands)     (in thousands)   
  Net income    $    2,659      $    11,846      $    76,915      $    51,463    
  Adjusted for:                          
  Interest expense, net (including amortization                          
    of deferred financing costs)       15,657         14,178         29,888         28,857    
  Income tax provision       29,105         32,765         2,163         43,769    
  Adjustment to investment in unconsolidated company:                    —          —     
  our proportionate share in interest, tax and depreciation and amortization        4,454         —          7,984          
  Depreciation and amortization       31,859         25,749         61,296         51,290    
  EBITDA   $   83,734     $   84,538     $   178,246      $    175,379    
                             
  Mark-to-market gains or losses from accounting for derivatives       537         (940 )       1,499         (2,463 )  
  Stock-based compensation       2,116         3,630         3,823         5,343    
  Gain on sale of subsidiary and property, plant and equipment       —          —          —          —     
  Insurance proceeds in excess of assets carrying value       (7,150 )       —          (7,150 )       —     
  Losse from extinguishment of liability       —          —          —          —     
  Settlement expenses       —          —          —          —     
  Impairment of long-lived assets       —          —          —          —     
  Merger and acquisition transaction cost       1,571         900         2,670         1,700    
  Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities       —          —          119         —     
  Adjusted EBITDA   $   80,808      $    88,128     $   179,207      $    179,959    
                             

ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income Attributable to the Company's Shareholders
For the Three and Six Months Periods Ended June 30, 2018 and 2017
(Unaudited)

               
       Three Months Ended June 30 
      2018     2017
               
       (in thousands) 
  Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders    $    (0.3 )    $    8.6
               
  One-time settlement expenses            
               
  One-time prepayment fees            
               
  One-time tax Expense       16.9         20.9
               
  Adjusted net income attributable to the Company's stockholders   $   16.6     $   29.5
               
  Weighted average number of shares diluted used in computation of earnings per share attributable to the Company's stockholders:     51.0         50.6
               
  Adjusted EPS       0.32         0.58
               


   
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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