Ormat Technologies Reports 2017 Second Quarter Earnings

Total Revenues increased 12% and Net income attributable to the company's shareholders increased 44% Company Reiterates Full-Year Guidance

RENO, Nev. August 3, 2017 - Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ORA) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. 

Financial Summary:

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights and Recent Developments:
• Total revenues of $179.4 million, up 12.2% compared to the second quarter of 2016:
o Electricity segment revenues of $111.8 million, up 7.5% compared to the second quarter of 2016, mainly due to higher performance of our Puna plant as well as the consolidation of our Bouillante power plant in Guadeloupe;
o Product segment revenues of $67.6 million, up 21.0% compared to the second quarter of 2016;
• Electricity generation increased 2.4%, compared to the second quarter of 2017, from 1.30 million MWh to 1.33 million MWh;
• Gross margin was 39.3% of total revenues compared to 41.2% in the second quarter of 2016, due to lower margins in the product segment; Electricity segment margin increased to 41.5% from 40.2%;
• Operating income increased 2.4% to $53.2 million compared to $51.9 million in the second quarter of 2016;
• Net income attributable to the company's shareholders of $35.0 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, compared to $24.3 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016;
• Adjusted net income attributable to the company's shareholders of $29.5 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, compared to $24.3 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016;
• Adjusted EBITDA of $88.1 million, up 8.5% compared to $81.2 million in the second quarter of 2016;
• Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share for the second quarter of 2017;
• Product segment backlog remains strong at $192.0 million(2); added approximately $50.0 million of new orders;
• Executed a new portfolio power purchase agreement (portfolio PPA) with Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), under which SCPPA will purchase 150MW of power generated by a portfolio of Ormat’s new and existing geothermal power plants beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017 at a fixed price of $75.50 per MWh; and
• ORIX acquired 22% ownership stake in Ormat and the previously reported Commercial Cooperation Agreement entered into by Ormat and ORIX is now effective.

“Continued growth in our electricity segment and a strong quarter for our products segment enabled us to deliver 12.2% top-line growth in the second quarter,” commented Isaac Angel, Chief Executive Officer. “Our focus on streamlining our entire value chain over the past three years enabled us to increase electricity segment gross margin to 41.5% and to grow our Adjusted EBITDA by 8.5%, demonstrating the strength of our business.”

“During the second quarter we signed the new portfolio PPA with SCPPA. This portfolio PPA will enable both the development of multiple new projects as well as the sustainable operation of several of our existing geothermal power plants. With the SCPPA portfolio PPA in place, Ormat is well positioned for consistent growth in the US. Another recent noteworthy development is that with the closing of ORIX’s acquisition of an approximately 22% ownership stake in Ormat, the Commercial Cooperation Agreement that Ormat and ORIX executed in connection with that acquisition became effective last week, and we expect that it will expand our business opportunities in Asia and other key geographies and may also improve our access to capital,” added Mr. Angel.

Guidance

Mr. Angel added, “We reiterate our guidance and expect full-year 2017 total revenues between $680.0 million and $700.0 million with electricity segment revenues between $460.0 million and $470.0 million and product segment revenues between $220.0 million and $230.0 million. We expect 2017 Adjusted EBITDA between $340 million and $350 million for the full year. We expect annual Adjusted EBITDA attributable to non-controlling interest to be approximately $23.0 million.”

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

For the three months ended June 30, 2017, total revenues were $179.4 million, up from $159.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016, an increase of 12.2%. Electricity segment revenues increased 7.5% to $111.8 million in the three months ended June 30, 2017, up from $104.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. Product segment revenues increased 21.0% to $67.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, up from $55.9 million in the three months ended June 30, 2016.

General and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 were $12.2 million, or 6.8% of total revenues, compared to $8.8 million, or 5.5% of total revenues, for the three months ended June 30, 2016. The increase was mainly due to a $2.1 million non-cash charge for stock-based compensation expense associated with the acceleration of the vesting period of the stock options of the CEO and the CFO as part of ORIX’s acquisition of 22% of ownership stake in Ormat; and $0.9 million of costs associated with the ORIX transaction and Ormat’s M&A activities.

The company reported net income attributable to the company’s shareholders of $35.0 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, compared to net income attributable to the company’s shareholders of $24.3 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, for the same period last year. Adjusted net income attributable to the company’s shareholders was $29.5 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, which excludes $5.5 million and $0.11 per diluted share, respectively, of one-time benefit related to tax restructuring.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2017 was $88.1 million, compared to $81.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016, an increase of 8.5%. The reconciliation of GAAP net cash provided by (used in) operating activities and net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA and additional cash flow information is set forth below in this release.

Dividend

On August 3, 2017, ORMAT’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share pursuant to the company’s dividend policy. The dividend will be paid on August 29, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 15, 2017.

Conference Call Details

Ormat will host a conference call to discuss its financial results and other matters discussed in this press release at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, August 3, 2017. 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 Events & Presentations 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.

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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 73 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 720 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 2,200 MW of gross capacity. Ormat’s current 727 MW generating portfolio is spread globally in the U.S., Guatemala, Guadeloupe, Indonesia 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 March 1, 2017.

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.

(1) Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders and diluted EPS excludes $5.5 million and $0.11 per diluted share, respectively, of one-time benefit related to tax restructuring as will be fully described in our quarterly report on Form 10Q that will be filled with the SEC on August 4, 2017.
(2) Backlog as of August 3, 2017 includes revenues for the period between July 1, 2017 and August 3, 2017.

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The following tables reconcile net cash provided by (used in) operating activities and net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the three-month and six months periods ended June 30, 2017 and 2016.