02.11.17

Calpine steigert Umsatz, aber macht weniger Gewinn

Calpine, Betreiber von Gas- und Geothermiekraftwerken in den USA, hat den Umsatz im dritten Quartal und in den ersten neun Monaten von 2017 gesteigert. Allerdings ging der Gewinn im Vergleich zum Vorjahreszeitraum zurück, auf Sicht von neun Monaten erwirtschaftete Calpine sogar einen Verlust. Lesen Sie dazu die Meldung des Unternehmens mit Hauptsitz im US-Bundesstaat Texas im Wortlaut.

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Calpine Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

HOUSTON -- Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN): today reported Net Income (1) of $225 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2017 compared to $295 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, in the prior year period. The period-over-period decrease in Net Income was primarily due to an unfavorable variance in mark-to-market gain/loss, net, and increases in plant operating expense and depreciation and amortization expense, partially offset by higher Commodity Margin (2) associated with retail as well as higher regulatory capacity revenue. Cash provided by operating activities for the third quarter of 2017 was $561 million compared to $542 million in the prior year period. The increase in cash provided by operating activities in the third quarter of 2017 was primarily due to an increase in income from operations, adjusted for non-cash items.

Adjusted EBITDA (2) for the third quarter of 2017 was $669 million compared to $632 million in the prior year period. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to higher Commodity Margin (2), largely driven by hedge revenues from our retail operations and higher regulatory capacity revenue, partially offset by higher plant operating expense primarily associated with our retail acquisitions. Adjusted Unlevered Free Cash Flow (2) for the third quarter of 2017 was $604 million compared to $549 million in the prior year period, and Adjusted Free Cash Flow (2) was $442 million compared to $383 million in the prior year period. The increases in Adjusted Unlevered Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow were primarily driven by higher Adjusted EBITDA, as previously discussed, and lower major maintenance expense and capital expenditures due to the timing of our outage schedule.

Net Loss for the first nine months of 2017 was $47 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to Net Income of $68 million, or $0.19 per diluted share in the prior year period. The period-over-period decrease was primarily due to increases in plant operating expense and depreciation and amortization expense primarily associated with our retail acquisitions, partially offset by an increase in Commodity Margin largely driven by our retail acquisitions. Cash provided by operating activities for the first nine months of 2017 was $807 million compared to $667 million in the prior year period. The increase in cash provided by operating activities in the first nine months of 2017 was primarily due to a decrease in working capital employed resulting from the period-over-period change in net margining requirements associated with our commodity hedging activity, partially offset by a decrease in income from operations, adjusted for non-cash items.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2017 was $1,414 million compared to $1,458 million in the prior year period. The decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to the receipt of a $40 million natural gas transportation billing credit in the second quarter of 2016 that did not recur in 2017, while retail acquisitions offset a decline in our wholesale business. Adjusted Unlevered Free Cash Flow for the first nine months of 2017 was $1,074 million compared to $1,139 million in the prior year period, and Adjusted Free Cash Flow was $588 million compared to $643 million in the prior year period. The decreases in Adjusted Unlevered Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow were primarily driven by lower Adjusted EBITDA, as previously discussed, and higher major maintenance expense and capital expenditures due to the timing of our outage schedule.

“I am pleased to report that once again the Calpine team has risen to meet significant challenges,” said Thad Hill, Calpine’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Since our last earnings call, we endured Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the wildfires in Northern California safely and without any material damage to our facilities. I am particularly proud of team members on the front lines who kept our plants and operations going in the face of adversity. A number of our employees suffered personal losses, and we continue to support them as they rebuild.

“As we look to the balance of this year, we remain committed to achieving superior operational performance while we work to complete the previously announced merger, which remains on target for a first quarter of 2018 close.”

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1 Reported as Net Income (Loss) attributable to Calpine on our Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations.

2 Non-GAAP financial measure, see “Regulation G Reconciliations” for further details.

SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

Third Quarter Results

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2017 was $669 million compared to $632 million in the prior year period. The year-over-year increase in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily related to a $44 million increase in Commodity Margin, partially offset by a $12 million increase in plant operating expense (3), which was largely driven by net portfolio changes including our retail acquisitions. The increase in Commodity Margin was primarily due to:

+     increased contribution from our retail hedging activity following the acquisitions of Calpine Energy Solutions in December 2016 and North American Power in January 2017 and
+     higher regulatory capacity revenue, partially offset by
–     the net impact of our portfolio management activities, including the sales of Mankato Power Plant in October 2016 and Osprey Energy Center in January 2017,
–     lower market spark spreads in the East,
–     lower fleetwide generation and
–     the expiration of a PPA associated with our York Energy Center.

Adjusted Unlevered Free Cash Flow was $604 million in the third quarter of 2017 compared to $549 million in the prior year period. Adjusted Free Cash Flow was $442 million in the third quarter of 2017 compared to $383 million in the prior year period. Adjusted Unlevered Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow increased primarily due to higher Adjusted EBITDA, as previously discussed, and lower major maintenance expense and capital expenditures due to outage timing.

Year-to-Date Results

Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2017 was $1,414 million compared to $1,458 million in the prior year period. The year-over-year decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily related to the receipt of a $40 million natural gas transportation billing credit in the second quarter of 2016 that did not recur in 2017, while retail acquisitions offset a decline in our wholesale business.

Commodity Margin for the first nine months of 2017 increased by $12 million compared to the prior year period, primarily due to:
+     increased contribution from our retail hedging activity following the acquisitions of Calpine Energy Solutions in December 2016 and North American Power in January 2017 and
+     higher regulatory capacity revenue, partially offset by
–     the receipt of a $40 million natural gas transportation billing credit in the second quarter of 2016 that did not recur in 2017,
–     the net impact of our portfolio management activities, including the sales of Mankato Power Plant in October 2016 and Osprey Energy Center in January 2017,
–     lower market spark spreads in the East,
–     lower fleetwide generation and
–     the expiration of a PPA associated with our York Energy Center.

Adjusted Unlevered Free Cash Flow was $1,074 million for the first nine months of 2017 compared to $1,139 million in the prior year period. Adjusted Free Cash Flow was $588 million for the first nine months of 2017 compared to $643 million in the prior year period. Adjusted Unlevered Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow decreased primarily due to lower Adjusted EBITDA, as previously discussed, and higher major maintenance expense and capital expenditures due to outage timing.

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3 Increase in plant operating expense excludes changes in major maintenance expense, stock-based compensation expense, non-cash loss on disposition of assets and other costs. See the table titled “Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation” for the actual amounts of these items for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016.
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