25.02.15

Ormat Technologies: Q4 & Full Year 2014 Results

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RENO, Nevada - Ormat Technologies, Inc. (ORA) announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014.

Financial highlights for the full year:

    Total revenues of $559.5 million in 2014, an increase of 4.9% from 2013;
    Electricity segment revenues increased 15.9% to $382.3 million in 2014 from $329.7 million in 2013;
    Gross margin increased to 36.4% in 2014 compared to 30.0% for full year 2013;
    Operating income grew 48.0% to $143.5 million in 2014 from $97.0 million in 2013;
    Adjusted EBITDA grew 13.1% to $272.7 million in 2014;
    Net income attributable to the company's shareholders increased 31.4% compared to 2013 and reached $54.2 million, or $1.18 per share;
    Net income attributable to the company's shareholders excluding a $15.4 million write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities was $69.6 million, or $1.51 per share in 2014; and
    Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share for the fourth quarter of 2014.

Operational and business developments:

    Completed share exchange transaction to streamline the corporate structure and to increase float;
    Signed a definitive agreement to monetize operational assets at an attractive valuation by signing a $175.0 million agreement with Northleaf Capital Partners for a 40% equity investment in certain power plants at a valuation of $438.0 million;
    Signed an amendment to the Olkaria PPA in Kenya paving the way for a 24 MW expansion of the 110MW complex;
    Obtained $140.0 million in financing the McGinness Hills Phase 2 that recently completed construction and started operation;
    Signed 25-Year PPA and Steam Supply Agreements for the 35MW Menengai Geothermal Project in Kenya;
    Signed $22.3 million EPC contract with the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) for a Recovered Energy Generation Project;
    Closed a $1.17 billion financing agreement for the Sarulla consortium and commenced full construction of the 330MW project;
    Added the $254.0 million Sarulla supply contract to the Products backlog; and
    Sold Heber Solar PV project in California for approximately $35.3 million; recording a $7.6 million pre-tax gain in the second quarter of 2014.

Isaac Angel, chief executive officer of Ormat, stated, "This was an important year of progress and operational success. The recently announced share exchange transaction and the formation of the joint venture and the equity investment by Northleaf represent key milestones to increase shareholder value. We delivered growth and improved profitability, meeting our operational targets. We enter 2015 with a healthy balance sheet, a strong pipeline, a balanced portfolio of operational and emerging projects around the world, strengthened by the contribution of the Don A. Campbell, Olkaria -- Plant 3, and the recent initial operation of phase 2 of our McGinness Hills plant. This year, we will build upon the strong operating results within our electricity segment as we begin work on phase 2 of our Don A. Campbell plant, which we expect to complete by Q1 2016."

"I'm glad to report that Northleaf, our new joint venture partner, will purchase a minority interest and add the Don A. Campbell phase 2 to the existing joint venture once it is completed and tested, validating our expectation that this relationship will represent a long-term, mutual beneficial arrangement that also monetizes our operational assets at an attractive valuation."

"In the product segment, we have secured $41.0 million in new orders since the end of the third quarter, positioning our product backlog as of February 16, 2015 at approximately $326.0 million," continued Mr. Angel.

"In addition to our operational and business accomplishments this year, as new management, we also focus on enhancing shareholder value," continued Mr. Angel. "We completed a share exchange transaction and now our shares trade on multiple stock exchange markets. We believe that increasing the float to 76% of the total shares outstanding will help improve the liquidity of our common stock and better position Ormat to new investors."

Guidance

Mr. Angel added, "We expect our 2015 electricity revenues to be between $380.0 million and $390.0 million and our product segment revenues to be between $180.0 million and $190.0 million.

In addition, as we continue to make operational progress and monetize our assets, we felt it was an appropriate time to transition to a more traditional, operational-focused methodology for calculating Adjusted EBITDA. For 2015, we expect to generate Adjusted EBITDA of $280.0 to $290.0 million. On our call we will present the historical adjusted EBITDA based on this methodology."

Financial Summary

Annual Results

For the year ended December 31, 2014, total revenues increased 4.9% from $533.2 million in 2013 to $559.5 million in 2014. Electricity Segment revenues increased 15.9% from $329.7 million in 2013 to $382.3 million in 2014. This increase was primarily due to the contribution of the Olkaria III complex in Kenya and our Don A. Campbell power plant in Nevada. Additionally the increase was a result of higher energy rates under the SO#4 contracts and net gain on derivative contracts on oil and natural gas prices of $5.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to a net loss of $5.0 million over the corresponding period in 2013. Product revenues decreased 12.9% to $177.2 million in 2014 compared to $203.5 million in 2013.

Operating income for the full year 2014 was $143.5 million, up 48.0%, compared to $97.0 million in 2013.

The company reported that net income attributable to the company's shareholders increased 31.4% to $54.2 million or $1.18 per share in full year 2014 compared to $41.2 million or $0.91 per share.

Full-year results were impacted by a $15.4 million write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities related to our exploration activities in the Wister site in California and in the Mount Spurr site in Alaska. After conducting exploratory studies in those sites, management concluded that the geothermal resource as well as the commercial environment would not support commercial operations at the foreseeable future. Costs associated with exploration activities (including up-front bonus lease costs of approximately $3.5 million) at these sites were expensed accordingly. Excluding these costs net income attributable to the company's shareholders increased 68.8% to $69.6 million or $1.51 per share in full year 2014 compared to $41.3 million or $0.91 per share.

Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $272.7 million, compared to $241.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. The reconciliation of GAAP net cash provided by (used in) operating activities and net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA and additional cash flows information is set forth below in this release.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $213.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to $86.8 million in the year ended December 31, 2013.

As of December 31, 2014, cash, cash equivalents were $40.2 million. In addition, as of December 31, 2014, the company had $198.0 million of unused corporate borrowing capacity under existing lines of credit with different commercial banks.

Fourth Quarter Results

For the three months ended December 31, 2014, total revenues reached $149.8 million from $130.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of 14.0%. Electricity revenues increased 10.1% to $93.3 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $84.7 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013. Product revenues increased 21.2% to $56.0 million in the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $46.2 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013.

The three months ended December 31, 2014 results were mainly impacted by a $7.3 million write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities related to the Mount Spurr site in Alaska and approximately $3.0 million increase in income tax costs mainly due to the impact of the devaluation of the shekel against the dollar and its impact on the tax expense in Israel.

The company reported net income attributable to the company's shareholders of $7.0 million or $0.15 per share and $14.3 million or $0.31 per share excluding $7.3 million write-off of unsuccessful exploration work. For the three months ended December 31, 2013, the company reported net income attributable to the company's shareholders of $8.2 million or $0.18 per share and $12.3 million or $0.27 per share excluding $4.1 million write-off of unsuccessful exploration work.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2014 was $68.3 million, compared to $62.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013. The reconciliation of GAAP net cash provided by (used in) operating activities and net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA and additional cash flows information is set forth below in this release.

On February 24, 2015, ORMAT's Board of Directors approved a payment of a quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share pursuant to the company's dividend policy; the dividend paid targets an annual payoff ratio of at least 20% of the company's net income. The dividend will be paid on March 27, 2015 to shareholders of record as of closing of business on March 16, 2015. In addition, the company expects to pay quarterly dividends of $0.06 per share in the next three quarters.

 About Ormat Technologies

With over four 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). 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 1,900 MW of gross capacity. Ormat's current 647 MW generating portfolio is spread globally in the U.S., Guatemala and Kenya.


Contact:

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