From the Wires
Alterra Power Announces Results for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2012
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 14, 2012 09:15 PM
(under IFRS and all amounts in US dollars unless otherwise stated)
VANCOUVER, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Alterra Power Corp. (TSX: AXY) ("Alterra") today provided an update on its operations and reported its financial and operating results for the three months ended September 30, 2012 ("the current quarter"). For further information on these results please see Alterra's Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements ("consolidated results") and Management's Discussion and Analysis.
Under IFRS, Alterra consolidates 100% of the HS Orka and Soda Lake operations, while Alterra's interests in the Toba Montrose run of river hydro facility and the Dokie 1 wind facility are accounted for as equity investments. In certain statements in this news release, Alterra's results are disclosed as Alterra's "net interest", which means the effective portion of results that Alterra would have reported if each of HS Orka (66.6%), Toba Montrose (40%), Dokie 1 (51%) and Soda Lake (100%) had been reported in accordance with Alterra's actual share of ownership at September 30, 2012 and for the three months then ended. Management believes that net interest reporting provides the clearest view of the Company's performance.
Highlights for the current quarter and subsequently include:
John Carson, Alterra's CEO, said, "I'm pleased with the progress we made this period with both the Upper Toba hydro project and the South American geothermal assets. Our advancement of all our other development assets is underpinned by our continued on-track operating performance, which is a tribute to our operating teams."
The results for Toba Montrose and Dokie 1 have been included since May 13, 2011, the date of their acquisition. The results for the current quarter are now fully comparable to the comparative quarter ended September 30, 2011 ("the comparative quarter").
The following table shows Alterra's net interest in selected operating and financial results for the current quarter, in addition to key financial information extracted from the consolidated results.
(expressed in thousands of US dollars, except for production)
Net interest for the three months ended September 30, 2012 by entity has been broken out below:
(a) EBITDA is defined by Alterra as earnings before interest, taxes, foreign exchange, depreciation and amortization, as well as before deductions for other gains and losses, amortization of below market contracts, and value assigned to options granted less share of income (loss) of equity accounted investees plus the Company's interest in EBITDA of its equity accounted investees. Alterra discloses EBITDA as it is a measure used by analysts and by management to evaluate Alterra's performance. As EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure, it may not be comparable to EBITDA calculated by others. In addition, as EBITDA is not a substitute for net earnings, readers should consider net earnings in evaluating Alterra's performance.
Alterra's net interest in EBITDA for the current quarter totaled $17.8 million compared to $20.5 million in the comparative quarter while net interest in revenue was $29.2 million compared to $36.1 in the comparative quarter. The decrease in both was primarily due to a reduction in our net interest in HS Orka from 75% to 66.6%, devaluation of the Icelandic Krona and aluminium linked power sales contracts, lower than expected winds at Dokie 1 and higher costs of sales at Soda Lake for pump repairs and maintenance.
Consolidated revenue for the current quarter was $13.3 million compared to $17.0 million in the comparative quarter. Gross profit was $2.2 million for the current quarter, compared to $4.9 million for the comparative quarter, due to lower revenue offset by lower production costs.
Alterra recorded consolidated net income of $14.7 million for the current quarter compared to a net loss of $11.4 million for the comparative quarter. The improvement in the quarter is largely attributable to $1.4 million of savings in general and administrative costs as well as a number of non-cash items including:
At September 30, 2012, Alterra had consolidated cash and cash equivalents of $42.3 million (December 31, 2011: $22.2 million) and our net interest in cash and cash equivalents was $35.0 million. Alterra ended the quarter with consolidated working capital of $28.8 million (December 31, 2011: $4.6 million), $32.6 million on a net interest basis. The increase in both cash and working capital occurred in the first quarter of 2012 and was primarily due to the investment of $37.5 million in HS Orka by Alterra's pension fund partners (Jarðvarmi slhf) and the receipt of the US government grant of $2.1 million by Soda Lake.
Iceland Operations (66.6% Interest)
The 100 MW Reykjanes plant generated 182,431 MWh of electricity (104% of budget), and the 72 MW Svartsengi plant generated 115,476 MWh of electricity (110% of budget), and continued to supply thermal energy for district heating.
Toba Montrose Operations (40% Interest)
The 146 MW East Toba River and 89 MW Montrose Creek run of river hydro plants generated 385,521 MWh of electricity, or 101% of budget.
Toba Montrose achieved a new daily production record in July of 5,504 MWh, and generated in excess of 5,000 MWh on five days in the current quarter.
Dokie 1 Operations (51% Interest)
The 144 MW Dokie 1 wind farm generated 71,909 MWh of electricity for the current quarter, or 93% of budget. The shortfall was primarily due to lower than expected wind.
Soda Lake Operations (100% Interest)
The 15 MW Soda Lake geothermal plant generated a net 12,308 MWh of electricity for the current quarter, or 80% of budget. The lower than expected performance was primarily attributable to higher than average ambient summer temperatures in Nevada, which reduced the plant's net production.
Expansion and Development Projects
Alterra has agreed to purchase for approximately $6.0 million, subject to a number of closing conditions, 10% of a 50 MW portfolio of five photovoltaic solar facilities being built in Ontario ("ABW Solar") by First Solar, Inc. Alterra will serve as the managing partner for the project. Construction has begun on the project and completion is expected by the end of 2012 for three of the facilities and by the end of January 2013 for the remaining two facilities. Long term fixed rate project debt financing arrangements are expected to be completed before the end of 2012.
Alterra is finalizing plant design of the Upper Toba Valley run of river hydro project and plans to commence construction in second quarter of 2013. Geotechnical investigations including drilling and seismic testing were performed in the current quarter at the powerhouse and intake locations on the Jimmie Creek and Upper Toba sites. The Company has entered into a development phase agreement with a contractor to perform project optimization and preliminary design work. The proposed facility would share much of the infrastructure already in place for Toba Montrose, and is currently configured for up to 124 MW of capacity and annual generation of up to 345,000 MWh, though final size and projected output are currently being optimized. The project has a 40 year PPA in place with BC Hydro.
Preparations continue for the two expansions at the Reykjanes plant that would increase capacity to 180 MW and annual average generation by approximately 700,000 MWh. The key issues remaining prior to construction are to conclude the ongoing PPA amendment negotiations and to obtain project financing.
Alterra holds a 51% interest in a planned expansion of the Dokie 1 wind farm ("Dokie 2") with projected additions to capacity of up to 156 MW and annual production of up to 357,000 MWh. During the current quarter Alterra continued to advance the resource assessment and planning of the project.
Alterra signed an agreement with EDC that outlines the terms of partnerships for the development of the Mariposa geothermal project in Chile and further exploration at five of Alterra's geothermal concessions in Peru (the South American projects). If EDC advances into a formal arrangement then they will be entitled to earn 70% interests in the partnerships by funding the next $58.3 million in project expenditures at Mariposa and the next $8.0 million in project expenditures on the five Peruvian concessions.
Alterra continued to advance its early stage geothermal exploration projects in Italy, British Columbia and Peru with field work, data assessment and continued community consultations.
Alterra also continued to advance its Bute Inlet project and other early stage run of river and pumped storage hydro projects in British Columbia.
Ross Beaty, Alterra's Chairman, said, "The third quarter was a good one for our operating assets. We have a strong clean energy platform in geothermal, wind and hydro and will soon add a solar business through ABW Solar. We are busy planning for more growth in 2013 through our Upper Toba and Iceland expansions, while also reviewing acquisition and divestment opportunities that result from today's market conditions. I look forward to executing on these opportunities in the near future."
Cautionary Note regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Information
Certain statements included in this news release may contain information that is forward-looking within the meaning of certain securities laws, including information and statements regarding prospective results of operations, financial position, cash flows or growth potential. These statements are based on factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection, including assumptions based on historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments. Since forward-looking statements relate to future events and conditions, by their very nature they require making assumptions and involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Alterra cautions that although it is believed that the assumptions are reasonable in the circumstances, these risks and uncertainties give rise to the possibility that actual results may differ materially from the expectations set out in the forward-looking statements. Material risk factors include those set out in the management's discussion and analysis section of Alterra's most recent annual report and quarterly report, and in Alterra's Annual Information Form. Given these risks, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of their dates. Other than as specifically required by law, Alterra undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise.
SOURCE Alterra Power Corp.
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