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Ormat Technologies Reports 2015 Third Quarter Results

Total Revenues increase 16.1% to a quarterly record of $162.9 million;
 Adjusted EBITDA increased 14.3% to a quarterly record of $79.0 million;
 Company Increases Full-Year 2015 Total Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA Guidance

RENO, Nev., Nov. 03, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:ORA) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Third Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments:

  • Total revenues increased 16.1% to a quarterly record of $162.9 million, compared to $140.2 million in the third quarter of 2014;
  • Product segment revenues increased 73.9% to $65.6 million, compared to $37.7 million in the third quarter of 2014;
  • Electricity revenues of $97.2 million, compared to $102.5 million in the third quarter of 2014;  reduction is mainly due to lower oil and natural gas prices offset by higher generation from new projects that came online;
  • The Company recorded income tax benefit that includes deferred tax asset and related expenses of $48.7 million relating to a new tax law in Kenya which extended the period of utilizing investment deductions for the Olkaria 3 power plant from five years to 10 years;
  • Total book equity exceeded $1 billion;
  • Net income attributable to the company's shareholders of $72.1 million or $1.41 per diluted share; excluding the deferred tax asset and related expenses, net income was $23.4 million or $0.46 per diluted share compares to $16.5 million or $0.36 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014;
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 14.3% to a quarterly record of $79.0 million, compared to $69.1 million in the third quarter of 2014;
  • Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.06 per share for the third quarter of 2015;
  • Began commercial operation of Don A. Campbell Phase 2 geothermal power plant in Nevada ahead of schedule; and
  • Signed a collaboration agreement with Toshiba Corporation to develop strategic opportunities for collaboration in the areas of geothermal power generation systems and related equipment.

Isaac Angel, chief executive officer of Ormat, stated, “This was a very strong quarter for Ormat, as our balanced business model enabled us to deliver 16% revenue growth and a 14% improvement in Adjusted EBITDA, overcoming headwinds related to oil and natural gas prices impacting our electricity segment. Our Product Segment delivered another strong quarter as we benefited from new contracts, including the EPC contract related to a geothermal project in Chile as well as progress in the Sarulla project in Indonesia.

During the quarter our Don A. Campbell Phase 2 plant reached commercial operation, just 10 months after we broke ground and six months ahead of schedule, doubling the generating capacity of the geothermal complex. This expansion, along with the contribution of our McGinness Hills power plant, drove a 10% increase in power generation. We continue to improve construction lead time and expect an earlier completion of plant 4 at the Olkaria 3 complex, which was initially expected in mid-2016 and currently planned to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.”

“We recently announced our collaboration agreement with Toshiba, the world’s leading supplier of geothermal steam turbines, to develop strategic opportunities for collaboration in the areas of geothermal power generation systems and related equipment,” continued Mr. Angel. “We view this agreement as the next major step in our stated goal to expand our presence in the geothermal space and ultimately target the larger renewable energy market. This collaboration will expand our addressable market, create incremental growth opportunities and further strengthen our leadership position.”

Guidance

Mr. Angel added, “We increase and narrow the range of our 2015 total revenue guidance and increase the adjusted EBITDA guidance. We expect total revenue of between $570.0 million and 585.0 million, though the composition to be more heavily weighted towards our product segment. We expect to see stronger performance of our product segment and expect revenue to be between $195.0 million and $205.0 million. For the electricity segment, we expect revenues to be between $375.0 million and $380.0 million. The Electricity segment revenue guidance assumes the continued impact of low oil and natural gas prices, which translates to approximately $28 million reduction in revenues compared to last year. We expect 2015 Adjusted EBITDA guidance of $282.0 to $292.0 million for the full year, which is also impacted by current oil and natural gas prices. We expect annual adjusted EBITDA attributable to minority’s interest to be approximately $13.0 million.”

Third Quarter Financial Summary

Total revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2015 were $162.9 million, an increase of 16.1% compared to $140.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014. Electricity revenues were $97.2 million for the quarter compared to $102.5 million in the third quarter last year, with the decrease primarily related to lower oil and gas prices. Product revenues increased 73.9% to $65.6 million for the third quarter of 2015, from $37.7 million in the third quarter last year.

The decrease in the Electricity segment revenue was primarily attributable to lower energy rates under some of the PPAs that are impacted by oil and natural gas prices and a reduction in net gain on derivative contracts on oil and natural gas prices from $4.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2014 to $0.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015. The decrease was partially offset by operations of the second phase of the McGinness Hills power plant in Nevada, which commenced commercial operation in February 2015 and drove overall generation increase to 10.0% quarter over quarter.

Income tax benefit for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was $38.2 million, compared to income tax provision of $6.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014. Income tax benefit for the three months ended September 30, 2015, includes a $48.7 million deferred tax asset and related expenses relating to the release of the valuation allowance for the additional 50% investment deduction for our Olkaria 3 power plant in Kenya based on amendments to the Kenya Income Tax Act that came into effect on September 11, 2015 and which extended the period to utilize such investment deduction from five years to ten years.

Ormat reported net income attributable to the company’s shareholders of $72.1 million, inclusive of the above deferred tax asset and related expenses, or $1.41 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2015 compared to $16.5 million or $0.36 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2014. Excluding the deferred tax asset and related expenses, net income attributable to the company’s shareholders was $23.4 million or $0.46 per diluted share compared to $16.5 million or $0.36 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was $79.0 million, compared to $69.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014 an increase of 14.3%. The reconciliation of GAAP net cash provided by operating activities and net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA and additional cash flow information is set forth below in this release.

On November 3, 2015, ORMAT’s Board of Directors approved a payment of a quarterly dividend of $0.06 per share. The dividend will be paid on December 2, 2015 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 18, 2015.

Webcast Conference Details

Ormat will host a listen-only webcast to discuss its financial results and other matters discussed in this press release at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. The live, listen-only webcast will be available at www.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 Events & Presentations in the Investor Relations section of Ormat's website.

An archive of the webcast will be made available on the website under Events & Presentations in the Investor Relations tab.

Participant Telephone Numbers

Participant Dial In (Toll Free): 1-877-511-6790
Participant International Dial In: 1-412-902-4141
Canada Toll Free1-855-669-9657
 
Please ask to be joined into the Ormat Technologies, Inc. call. 
 

CONFERENCE REPLAY

US Toll Free: 1-877-344-7529
International Toll: 1-412-317-0088
Replay Access Code: 10074547
  

About Ormat Technologies

With over five decades of experience, Ormat Technologies, Inc. is a leading geothermal company and the only vertically integrated company solely 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 69 U.S. patents, Ormat’s power solutions have been refined and perfected under the most grueling environmental conditions. Ormat has 470 employees in the United States and over 600 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 2,000 MW of gross capacity. Ormat’s current 666 MW generating portfolio is spread globally in the U.S., Guatemala and Kenya.

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 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 26, 2015.

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 Statements of Operations
For the Nine and Three-Month Period Ended September 30, 2015 and 2014
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
September 30
  Nine Months Ended
September 30
 2015 2014 2015 2014
            
  (In thousands, except per
share data)
  (In thousands, except per
share data)
Revenues:           
Electricity$ 97,245  $ 102,506   $ 278,124  $ 289,015 
Product  65,607    37,736    145,446    121,266 
Total revenues  162,852    140,242    423,570    410,281 
Cost of revenues:           
Electricity  61,501    61,727    179,604    186,083 
Product  42,019    23,040    89,826    75,307 
Total cost of revenues  103,520    84,767    269,430    261,390 
Gross margin  59,332    55,475    154,140    148,891 
Operating expenses:           
Research and development expenses (income)  335    250    1,112    395 
Selling and marketing expenses  4,383    4,258    12,099    10,853 
General and administrative expenses  7,950    7,179    25,597    20,847 
Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities  185        359    8,107 
Operating income  46,479    43,788    114,973    108,689 
Other income (expense):           
Interest income  53    35    106    236 
Interest expense, net  (17,748)   (22,494)   (54,435)   (65,084)
Foreign currency translation and transaction gains (losses)  1,296    (2,946)   (641)   (3,639)
Income attributable to sale of tax benefits  8,634    5,487    18,917    18,334 
Gain from sale of property, plant and equipment              7,628 
Other non-operating income (expense), net  (131)   243    (1,523)   649 
Income before income taxes and equity in           
losses of investees  38,583    24,113    77,397    66,813 
Income tax provision  38,211    (6,444)   26,696    (17,731)
Equity in losses of investees, net  (3,133)   (899)   (4,892)   (1,210)
Net income  73,661    16,770    99,201    47,872 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest  (1,522)   (256)   (2,616)   (670)
Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders $ 72,139   $ 16,514   $ 96,585   $ 47,202 
            
Earnings per share attributable to the Company's stockholders - Basic and diluted:           
Basic:           
Net Income (loss) $ 1.47   $ 0.36   $ 2.00   $ 1.04 
            
Diluted:           
Net Income $ 1.41   $ 0.36   $ 1.93   $ 1.03 
            
Weighted average number of shares used in computation of earnings per share attributable to the Company's stockholders:           
Basic  49,023    45,690    48,388    45,594 
Diluted  51,113    46,102    50,011    45,917 
                    

Ormat Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 
As of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 
(Unaudited)

   September 30,   December 31,
  2015 2014
       
    (In thousands)
 ASSETS
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents  $   171,541   $   40,230 
Restricted cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities     70,523      93,248 
Receivables:      
Trade     52,313      48,609 
Related entity         451 
Other     9,946      10,141 
Due from Parent         1,337 
Inventories     16,595      16,930 
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts     14,459      27,793 
Deferred income taxes     1,344      251 
Prepaid expenses and other     34,011      34,884 
Total current assets     370,732      273,874 
Deposits and other     17,506      20,044 
Deferred charges     36,235      37,567 
Property, plant and equipment, net     1,580,379      1,437,637 
Construction-in-process     230,561      296,722 
Deferred financing and lease costs, net     24,718      27,057 
Intangible assets, net     26,202      28,655 
Total assets $   2,286,333  $   2,121,556 
 LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $   85,226   $   88,276 
Deferred income taxes     975      974 
Short-term revolving credit lines with banks (full recourse)         20,300 
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts     22,616      24,724 
Current portion of long-term debt:      
Limited and non-recourse:      
Senior secured notes     33,197      34,368 
Other loans     21,495      17,995 
Full recourse     17,228      19,116 
Total current liabilities     180,737      205,753 
Long-term debt, net of current portion:      
Limited and non-recourse:      
Senior secured notes     317,909      360,366 
Other loans     288,753      264,625 
Full recourse:      
Senior unsecured bonds     250,058      250,289 
Other loans     23,070      34,351 
Unconsolidated investments     12,667      3,617 
Liability associated with sale of tax benefits     18,580      39,021 
Deferred lease income     58,325      60,560 
Deferred income taxes     31,360      66,220 
Liability for unrecognized tax benefits     7,112      7,511 
Liabilities for severance pay     18,826      20,399 
Asset retirement obligation     20,282      19,142 
Other long-term liabilities     697      2,956 
Total liabilities     1,228,376      1,334,810 
       
Equity:      
The Company's stockholders' equity:      
Common stock     49      46 
Additional paid-in capital     846,998      742,006 
Retained earnings     128,352      41,539 
Accumulated other comprehensive income     (12,844)     (8,668)
      962,555      774,923 
Noncontrolling interest     95,402      11,823 
Total equity     1,057,957      786,746 
Total liabilities and equity  $   2,286,333   $   2,121,556 
           

Ormat Technologies, Inc. and Subsidiaries 
Reconciliation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Additional Cash Flows Information 
For the Nine and Three-Month Period Ended September 30, 2015 and 2014 
(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 cost, (iv) stock-based compensation, and (vii) gain from extinguishment of liability. 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 tables reconcile net cash provided by operating activities and net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the nine and three-month period ended September 30, 2015 and September 30, 2014:

   Three Months Ended September 30   Nine Months Ended September 30
  2015 2014 2015 2014
             
   (in thousands)   (in thousands)
Net cash provided by operating activities  $   10,239   $   75,191   $   122,965   $   178,770 
Adjusted for:            
Interest expense, net (excluding amortization            
of deferred financing costs)     15,244      20,038      47,571      59,366 
Interest income     (53)     (35)     (106)     (236)
Income tax provision     (38,211)     6,444      (26,696)     17,731 
Adjustments to reconcile net income or loss to net cash            
provided by operating activities (excluding            
depreciation and amortization)     91,326      (32,404)     56,699      (56,062)
EBITDA  $   78,545   $   69,234   $   200,433    $    199,569  
             
Mark to market on derivative instruments which represents swap contracts on natural gas and oil prices           (4,165)     4,129      (4,467)
Stock-based compensation     921      1,502      3,077      4,308 
Gain on sale of a subsidiary and property, plant and equipment                       (7,628)
Loss from extinguishment of liability                 1,710       
Merger and Acquisition transactions costs               3,800       
Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities     185            359      8,107 
Mark to market on derivatives which represents currency forward contracts     (645)     2,537      (1,335)     4,473 
Adjusted EBITDA $   79,006    $    69,108   $   212,173    $    204,362  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities $   2,895   $   (106,423) $   (76,538)  $   (135,435)
Net cash provided by (used in)  financing activities $   20,742   $   (6,437) $   84,884   $   (58,238)
             
             
   Three Months Ended September 30   Nine Months Ended September 30
  2015 2014 2015 2014
             
   (in thousands)   (in thousands)
Net income  $   73,661   $   16,770   $   99,201   $   47,872 
Adjusted for:            
Interest expense, net (including amortization            
of deferred financing costs)     17,695      22,459      54,329      64,848 
Income tax provision     (38,211)     6,444      (26,696)     17,731 
Depreciation and amortization     25,400      23,561      73,599      69,118 
EBITDA  $   78,545   $   69,234   $   200,433    $    199,569  
             
Mark to market on derivative instruments which represents swap contracts on natural gas and oil prices         (4,165)     4,129      (4,467)
Stock-based compensation     921      1,502      3,077      4,308 
Gain on sale of a subsidiary and property, plant and equipment                       (7,628)
Loss from extinguishment of liability                 1,710       
Merger and Acquisition transactions costs                 3,800       
Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities     185            359      8,107 
Mark to market on derivatives which represents currency forward contracts     (645)     2,537      (1,335)     4,473 
Adjusted EBITDA $   79,006    $    69,108   $   212,173    $    204,362  

 

Ormat Technologies Contact:		
Smadar Lavi				
Investor Relations			
775-356-9029				
slavi@ormat.com			

Investor Relations Agency Contact:	
Miri Segal/Brett Maas
MS/Hayden - IR
917-607-8654/646-536-7331
msegal@ms-ir.com / brett@haydenir.com 	

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