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Ormat reports record revenues for 2017 driven by electricity sales

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Alexander Richter 4 Mar 2018

Ormat Technologies reports record revenues for 2017 largely driven by its electricity segment, which grew by 7.3% over 2016 to $468.3 million.

In a release this week, Ormat Technologies has shared its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017.

The company reports record revenues, largely driven by its electricity sales which grew 7.3% to $468.3 million compared to 2017 numbers, while the product segment of the company contracted by 0.8% to $224.5 million for 2017. Ormat increased its adjusted EBITDA by 6.2% to $343.8 million.

“Ormat enters 2018 in its strongest competitive position ever, with a growing portfolio of operating power plants, a robust pipeline, and new opportunities as a result of strategic M&A activity,” commented Isaac Angel, Chief Executive Officer. “During 2017, we added approximately 90 MW of new capacity from our Platanares and Tungsten Mountain power plants, and our share of the Sarulla power plants, and reached a total portfolio of approximately 800 MW. The new power plants will contribute to our earnings growth and margin expansion in 2018 and beyond. Looking ahead, our pipeline remains strong, and we are targeting an incremental 190-200 MW from organic growth by the end of 2020.”

Mr. Angel added, “Our product segment continues to benefit from our industry leadership, with new contracts in Turkey, New Zealand and the Philippines. These contracts and others increased our backlog to $243.0 million which will support our revenues in 2018 and 2019.”

“The acquisition of the Viridity business has positioned us to strengthen and expand our presence in the energy storage market,” Mr. Angel noted. “With integration efforts squarely behind us, we have advanced a new offering and are developing three Battery Storage systems in New Jersey: a 1MW/1MWh behind the meter energy storage system that is expected to come on line in the first quarter of 2018 and two 20MW/20MWh In-Front-of-the-Meter energy storage systems expected by the end of this year.”

“In addition, we recently announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which we will acquire U.S. Geothermal Inc.,” Mr. Angel continued. “This acquisition, which we expect to close in the second quarter of 2018, will diversify our operations in the United States, and will create additional opportunities to expand our development pipeline. Upon closing of the transaction, we are confident that we can leverage our unique core capabilities to improve the generation and efficiency of U.S. Geothermal’s operating portfolio and increase its profitability in 2019”.

“As we previously stated, we are focused on increasing the portion of revenues from the Electricity segment,” added Mr. Angel. “In 2018, we expect that the increase in profitability of the Electricity segment will mainly come from the full contribution of the new capacity that came on line in 2017, including Platanares and Tunsgten Mountain as well as Sarulla (SIL and NIL), which is accounted under the equity method and is expected to have a notable contribution to our EBITDA in 2018 and beyond. We expect that this increase in revenues and margin expansion in the Electricity segment will mitigate the expected reduction in Product segment sales, increase total EBITDA margins and contribute to our profitable growth.”

Source: Ormat