Ormat Technologies Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2023 Financial Results

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DELIVERED A 77.8% INCREASE IN ANNUAL DILUTED EPS AND A 25.0% INCREASE IN ANNUAL ADJUSTED DILUTED EPS COMPARED TO PRIOR YEAR

COMPANY ON TRACK TO MEET 2026 GENERATING CAPACITY GOALS OF 2.1 TO 2.3 GW

HIGHLIGHTS

  • TOTAL REVENUES FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER INCREASED BY 17.4% YEAR-OVER-YEAR DRIVEN BY GROWTH IN BOTH THE ELECTRICITY AND PRODUCT SEGMENTS
  • OPERATING INCOME INCREASED BY 70.8% FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER AND 9.0% FOR THE FULL YEAR COMPARED TO 2022
  • ORMAT ANNOUNCES FULL YEAR 2024 ADJUSTED EBITDA OUTLOOK OF $515 TO $545 MILLION, WITH ADDITIONAL $40 MILLION EXPECTED THROUGH REDUCED TAX EXPENSE AS A RESULT OF ITC BENEFITS

RENO, Nev., Feb. 21, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ORA) (the “Company,” “Ormat,” “we” or “us”),  a leading renewable energy company, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2023.

KEY FINANCIAL RESULTS

(Dollars in millions, except per share)Q4 2023Q4 2022Change (%)FY 2023FY 2022 Change (%)    
GAAP Measures        
Revenues        
Electricity183.9 165.2 11.3%666.8 631.7 5.5%
Product50.4 32.2 56.7%133.8 71.4 87.3%
Energy Storage & Management Services7.0 8.1 (14.0)%28.9 31.0 (6.8)%
Total Revenues241.3 205.5 17.4%829.4 734.1 13.0%
         
Gross margin (%)        
Electricity39.5%43.5% 36.6%39.8% 
Product12.6%22.8% 13.4%15.3% 
Energy Storage & Management Services(8.9)%11.7% 6.4%21.0% 
Gross margin (%)32.5%39.0% 31.8%36.6% 
         
Operating income51.6 30.2 70.8%166.6 152.8 9.0%
Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders35.7 18.0 98.0%124.4 65.8 88.9%
Diluted EPS ($)0.59 0.32 84.4%2.08 1.17 77.8%
           
Non-GAAP Measures 1          
Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders40.5 41.2 (1.7)%121.9 92.2 32.2%
Adjusted Diluted EPS ($)0.67 0.73   (8.2)%2.05 1.63 25.0%
Adjusted EBITDA1 139.0 124.7    11.5%481.7 435.5      10.6%

1 Reconciliation is set forth below in this release

“I am pleased to report that Ormat delivered another quarter of solid results, marking a strong conclusion to a successful year in 2023,” said Doron Blachar, Chief Executive Officer of Ormat. “Our core Electricity segment achieved record quarterly revenues of $183.9 million, while robust growth of 56.7% in our Product segment boosted Adjusted EBITDA, driving growth of 11.5% compared to the same period last year, establishing positive momentum as we enter 2024.”

“Our annual net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders increased by 88.9% and our annual Adjusted EBITDA results increased by 10.6%. These strong results were the result of our successful operation of new projects launched in 2022, which contributed to 2023 results, and the commercial operation of our geothermal, solar PV and energy storage portfolio throughout the year, supplemented by the successful recovery of operations at our Heber 1 geothermal power plant that went online in May 2023.”

“The escalating demand for sustainable electricity continues to support Ormat's multi-year growth trajectory. From the beginning of 2023 and to this point in 2024 we have added 239MW of new capacity through development and acquisition, of which 157MW was added to the Electricity segment, including 100MW of geothermal and solar PV assets acquired in January 2024, and 82MW from five new storage facilities in our Storage segment.  This growth helps further advance our efforts towards meeting our 2026 capacity expansion targets, which we believe should help to increase our EBITDA and earnings generation in 2024 and beyond.”

Doron Blachar, continued, “Looking forward, we are on track with our capacity expansions in both the Electricity and the Storage segments, with the potential to reach capacity of between 2.1 GW to 2.3 GW by the end of 2026. We anticipate an increase of 7% and 10% in total revenues and Adjusted EBITDA, respectively, for 2024. Our commitment to strategic execution combined with our investment in high-quality geothermal and energy storage assets positions Ormat for continued growth, while also contributing to the global push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We remain firm in our dedication to delivering value to our shareholders and advancing sustainable communities and economies in the regions in which we operate.”

FINANCIAL AND RECENT BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders for the fourth quarter and for the year 2023 was $35.7 million and $124.4 million, respectively, an increase of 98.0% and 88.9%, respectively, compared to last year. Diluted EPS for the fourth quarter and for the year 2023 were $0.59 and $2.08 per share, respectively, an increase of 84.4% and 77.8%, respectively, compared to last year.
  • Adjusted net income attributable to the Company's stockholders and diluted adjusted EPS for the fourth quarter decreased 1.7% and 8.2% compared to last year due to higher tax rates during Q4 2023 compared to income tax benefits for the same period last year, in addition to the fact that Electricity Segment gross margin and adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2022 included $6.4 million of business interruption income related to Heber 1.
  • Adjusted net income attributable to the Company's stockholders and diluted adjusted EPS for the full year 2023 increased 32.2% and 25.0% compared to the previous year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter and for the year 2023 were $139.0 million, and $481.7 million, respectively, an increase of 11.5% and 10.6%, respectively, compared to 2022. Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter increased mainly due to the recovery of the Heber complex and Puna power plant, the contribution from the new North Valley power plant and the new PTCs associated with our new geothermal assets.
  • Electricity segment revenues increased 11.3% for the fourth quarter and 5.5% for the year compared to 2022, supported in the quarter by contributions from new projects added early in 2023, as well as improved generation at the Heber and Puna power plants.
  • Product segment revenues increased 56.7% for the fourth quarter and 87.3% for the year compared to 2022, supported by higher backlog and the timing of revenue recognition.
  • Product segment backlog stands at $152.0 million as of February 21, 2024.
  • Energy Storage segment revenues decreased 14.0% for the fourth quarter and 6.8% for the year compared to 2022, driven mainly by lower merchant rates at PJM and CAISO.

IN ADDITION:

  • Received Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission’s approval of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) and Hawaiian Electric. The approval follows PGV’s completion and submission of its final environmental impact statement for operations in Puna, Hawai’i.
  • Completed the acquisition of contracted operating geothermal and solar assets from Enel Green Power North America, helping advance Ormat’s Electricity segment growth plans and further strengthening the Company’s presence in the U.S. renewable energy sector.
  • Signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Dominica Electricity Services Ltd. (DOMLEC) for the development of a 10MW binary geothermal power plant in the Caribbean country of Dominica.
  • Secured a 15-year Energy Storage service agreement with San Diego Community Power (SDCP) for the 20MW/40MWh Pomona 2 Energy Storage System (BESS) located in Los Angeles County, California.

2024 GUIDANCE

  • Total revenues of between $860 million and $910 million.
  • Electricity segment revenues between $710 million and $730 million.
  • Product segment revenues of between $115 million and $135 million.
  • Energy Storage revenues of between $35 million and $45 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA to be between $515 million and $545 million.
    • Adjusted EBITDA attributable to minority interest of approximately $18 million.

The Company provides a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2023. However, the Company does not provide guidance on net income and is unable to provide a reconciliation for its Adjusted EBITDA guidance range to net income without unreasonable efforts due to high variability and complexity with respect to estimating certain forward-looking amounts. These include impairments and disposition and acquisition of business interests, income tax expense, and other non-cash expenses and adjusting items that are excluded from the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA.

DIVIDEND

On February 21, 2024, the Company’s Board of Directors declared, approved, and authorized payment of a quarterly dividend of $0.12 per share pursuant to the Company’s dividend policy. The dividend will be paid on March 20, 2024, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 6, 2024. In addition, the Company expects to pay a quarterly dividend of $0.12 per share in each of the next three quarters.

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

Ormat will host a conference call to discuss its financial results and other matters discussed in this press release on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Participants within the United States and Canada, please dial 1-888-770-2286, approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. If you are calling outside of the United States and Canada, please dial +1-646-960-0440. Access code for the call is 9122486. Please request the “Ormat Technologies, Inc. call” when prompted by the conference call operator. The conference call will also be accompanied by a webcast live on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website.

A replay will be available one hour after the end of the conference call. To access the replay within the United States and Canada, please dial 1-800-770-2030. From outside of the United States and Canada, please dial +1-647-362-9199. Please use the replay access code 9122486. The webcast will also be archived on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website.

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 robust plans to accelerate long-term growth in the energy storage market and to establish a leading position in the U.S. energy storage market. 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. The Company has engineered, manufactured and constructed power plants, which it currently owns or has installed for utilities and developers worldwide, totaling approximately 3,200 MW of gross capacity. Ormat leveraged its core capabilities in the geothermal and REG industries and its global presence to expand the Company’s activity into energy storage services, solar Photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage plus Solar PV. Ormat’s current total generating portfolio is 1,385 MW with a 1,215 MW geothermal and solar generation portfolio that is spread globally in the U.S., Kenya, Guatemala, Indonesia, Honduras, and Guadeloupe, and a 170 MW energy storage portfolio that is located in the U.S.

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. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will or may occur in the future, including such matters as our projections of annual revenues, expenses and debt service coverage with respect to our debt securities, future capital expenditures, business strategy, competitive strengths, goals, development or operation of generation assets, market and industry developments and the growth of our business and operations, are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the words “may”, “will”, “could”, “should”, “expects”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “estimates”, “predicts”, “projects”, “potential”, or “contemplate” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such words or expressions. 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. Although we believe that our plans and objectives reflected in or suggested by these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we may not achieve these plans or objectives.  Actual future results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties and other risks described under "Risk Factors" as described in Ormat’s annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 24, 2023, and in Ormat’s subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q that are filed from time to time with the SEC.

These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and, except as legally required, 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 SUBSIDIARIESCondensed Consolidated Statement of OperationsFor the Three-and Twelve-Month periods Ended December 31, 2023, and 2022

 Three Months Ended December 31,Twelve Months Ended December 31
 2023 2022 2023 2022 
 (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Revenues:    
Electricity183,921 165,187 666,767 631,727 
Product50,432 32,177 133,763 71,414 
Energy storage6,987 8,122 28,894 31,018 
Total revenues241,340 205,486 829,424 734,159 
Cost of revenues:    
Electricity111,201 93,270 422,549 380,361 
Product44,073 24,835 115,802 60,479 
Energy storage7,610 7,171 27,055 24,495 
Total cost of revenues162,884 125,276 565,406 465,335 
Gross profit78,456 80,210 264,018 268,824 
Operating expenses:    
Research and development expenses2,452 1,388 7,215 5,078 
Selling and marketing expenses4,307 3,783 18,306 16,193 
General and administrative expenses18,654 14,119 68,179 61,274 
Impairment charge 30,695  32,648 
Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities1,415  3,733 828 
Operating income51,628 30,224 166,585 152,803 
Other income (expense):    
Interest income2,363 1,237 11,983 3,417 
Interest expense, net(25,803)(23,841)(98,881)(87,743)
Derivatives and foreign currency transaction gains (losses)712 (2,013)(3,278)(6,044)
Income attributable to sale of tax benefits18,676 7,540 61,157 33,885 
Other non-operating income (expense), net1,272 (197)1,519 (709)
Income from operations before income tax and equity in earnings (losses) of investees48,848 12,950 139,085 95,609 
Income tax (provision) benefit(8,188)8,778 (5,983)(14,742)
Equity in earnings (losses) of investees, net(1,827)(1,498)35 (3,072)
Net income38,833 20,230 133,137 77,795 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest(3,107)(2,190)(8,738)(11,954)
Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders35,726 18,040 124,399 65,841 
Earnings per share attributable to the Company's stockholders:    
Basic:0.59 0.32 2.09 1.17 
Diluted:0.59 0.32 2.08 1.17 
Weighted average number of shares used in computation of earnings per share attributable to the Company's stockholders:    
Basic60,367 56,077 59,424 56,063 
Diluted60,505 56,501 59,762 56,503 

ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC AND SUBSIDIARIESCondensed Consolidated Balance SheetFor the Periods Ended December 31, 2023, and 2022

 December 31, 2023 December 31, 2022
ASSETS
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents195,808  95,872
Marketable securities at fair value  
Restricted cash and cash equivalents91,962  130,804
Receivables:   
Trade208,704  128,818
Other44,530  32,415
Inventories45,037  22,832
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts18,367  16,405
Prepaid expenses and other41,595  29,571
Total current assets646,003  456,717
Investment in unconsolidated companies125,439  115,693
Deposits and other44,631  39,762
Deferred income taxes152,570  161,365
Property, plant and equipment, net2,998,949  2,493,457
Construction-in-process814,967  893,198
Operating leases right of use24,057  23,411
Finance leases right of use3,510  3,806
Intangible assets, net307,609  333,845
Goodwill90,544  90,325
Total assets5,208,279  4,611,579
    
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable and accrued expenses214,518  149,423
Short term revolving credit lines with banks (full recourse)20,000  
Commercial paper99,971  
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts18,669  8,785
Current portion of long-term debt:   
Limited and non-recourse (primarily related to VIEs):57,207  64,044
Full recourse116,864  101,460
Financing Liability5,141  16,270
Operating lease liabilities3,329  2,347
Finance lease liabilities1,313  1,581
Total current liabilities537,012  343,910
Long-term debt, net of current portion:   
Limited and non-recourse:447,389  521,885
Full recourse:698,187  676,512
Convertible senior notes423,104  420,805
Financing liability220,619  225,759
Operating lease liabilities19,790  19,788
Finance lease liabilities2,238  2,262
Liability associated with sale of tax benefits184,612  166,259
Deferred income taxes66,748  83,465
Liability for unrecognized tax benefits8,673  6,559
Liabilities for severance pay11,844  12,833
Asset retirement obligation114,370  97,660
Other long-term liabilities22,107  3,317
Total liabilities2,756,693  2,581,014
    
Commitments and contingencies   
Redeemable noncontrolling interest10,599  9,590
    
Equity:   
The Company's stockholders' equity:   
Common stock60  56
Additional paid-in capital1,614,769  1,259,072
Treasury stock, at cost(17,964) -17,964
Retained earnings719,894  623,907
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)(1,332) 2,500
Total stockholders' equity attributable to Company's stockholders2,315,427  1,867,571
Noncontrolling interest125,560  153,404
Total equity2,440,987  2,020,975
Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and equity5,208,279  4,611,579

ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC AND SUBSIDIARIESReconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA For the three and twelve month period ended December 31, 2023 and 2022

We calculate EBITDA as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and accretion. We calculate Adjusted EBITDA as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and accretion, adjusted for (i) mark-to-market gains or losses from accounting for derivatives; (ii) stock-based compensation; (iii) merger and acquisition transaction costs; (iv) gain or loss from extinguishment of liabilities; (v) cost related to a settlement agreement; (vi) non-cash impairment charges; (vii) write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities; and (viii) other unusual or non-recurring items. We adjust for these factors as they may be non-cash, unusual in nature and/or are not factors used by management for evaluating operating performance. We believe that presentation of these measures will enhance an investor’s ability to evaluate our financial and operating performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measurements of financial performance or liquidity under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or U.S. GAAP, 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 U.S. GAAP. Our Board of Directors and senior management use EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate our financial performance. However, other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do.

Starting in the fourth quarter of 2022, we include accretion expenses related to asset retirement obligation in the adjustments to net income when calculating EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA. The presentation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA includes accretion expenses for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2023; however, the prior year has not been recast to include accretion expenses as the amounts were immaterial. 

The following table reconciles net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the three- and twelve-month period ended December 31, 2023 and 2022:

 Three Months Ended December 31, Year ended December 31,
 2023  2022  2023  2022 
 (Dollars in thousands) (Dollars in thousands)
Net income  38,833  20,230  133,137  77,795 
Adjusted for:       
Interest expense, net (including amortization of deferred financing costs)  23,440  22,604  86,898  84,326 
Income tax provision (benefit) 8,188  (8,778) 5,983  14,742 
Adjustment to investment in an unconsolidated company: our proportionate share in interest expense, tax and depreciation and amortization in Sarulla  5,243  3,758  16,069  13,199 
Depreciation and amortization59,331  55,637  221,415  198,603 
EBITDA  135,035  93,451  463,502  388,665 
Mark-to-market on derivative instruments(2,490) (1,064) (2,206) 1,613 
Stock-based compensation4,243  3,017  15,478  11,646 
Make-whole premium related to long-term debt prepayment      1,102 
Reversal of a contingent liability related to a business combination transaction  (1,829)   (1,829)
Impairment of long-lived assets  30,693    32,648 
Reversal of a contingent liability related to a business combination transaction      115 
Merger and acquisition transaction costs816  427  1,234  675 
Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities1,415    3,733  828 
Adjusted EBITDA139,019  124,695  481,741  435,463 

ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC AND SUBSIDIARIESReconciliation of Adjusted Net Income attributable to the Company's stockholders and Adjusted EPS For the Three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2023, and 2022

Adjusted Net Income attributable to the Company's stockholders and Adjusted EPS are adjusted for one-time expense items that are not representative of our ongoing business and operations. The use of Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders and Adjusted EPS is intended to enhance the usefulness of our financial information by providing measures to assess the overall performance of our ongoing business.

The following tables reconcile Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders and Adjusted EPS for the three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2023 and 2022.

 Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
 2023 2022  2023  2022 
        
GAAP Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders35.7 18.0  124.4  65.8 
Impact of changes in the Finance Law in Kenya2.0   (7.4)  
Impairment of long-lived assets 24.3    25.8 
Tax asset write-off in Sarulla, our unconsolidated company1.0   1.0   
Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities1.1   2.9  0.7 
M&A costs0.6 0.3  1.0  0.5 
Reversal of earn-out (1.4)   (1.4)
Make-whole premium related to repayment of long-term debt     0.8 
Adjusted Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders40.5 41.2  121.9  92.2 
GAAP diluted EPS0.59 0.32  2.08  1.17 
Impact of changes in the Finance Law in Kenya0.03   (0.12)  
Impairment of long-lived assets 0.43    0.46 
Tax asset write-off in Sarulla, our unconsolidated company0.02   0.02   
Write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities0.02   0.05  0.01 
M&A costs0.01 0.01  0.02  0.01 
Reversal of earn-out (0.03)   (0.03)
Make-whole premium related to repayment of long-term debt     0.01 
Diluted Adjusted EPS ($)0.67 0.73  2.05  1.63 

Ormat Technologies Contact: Smadar Lavi VP Head of IR and ESG Planning & Reporting 775-356-9029 (ext. 65726)slavi@ormat.com Investor Relations Agency Contact: Joseph Caminiti or Josh Carroll Alpha IR Group 312-445-2870ORA@alpha-ir.com

 

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