Ormat Technologies: Q3 Results
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RENO, Nevada - Ormat Technologies, Inc. (ORA) 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.”
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.
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.