GENEVA, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2012) - Etrion Corporation ("Etrion" or the "Company") (ETX.TO)(ETX.ST), an independent solar power producer, today released its condensed consolidated interim financial statements and related management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A") for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012.
Second Quarter 2012 Highlights
-- Production: Produced 37.4 million (2011:29.3 million) and 57.4 million
(2011:42.1 million) kilowatt-hours of solar electricity for the three
and six months ended June 30, 2012, respectively, from seven solar power
projects, comprising seventeen solar power plants.
-- Revenue: Generated solar electricity revenues of US$19.2 million (2011:
US$17.8 million) and US$29.9 million (2011: US$25.1 million) for the
three and six months ended June 30, 2012, respectively.
-- EBITDA: Recognized earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and
amortization ("EBITDA") of US$16 million (2011: US$12.9 million) and
US$25.1 million (2011: US$17.9 million) for the three and six months
ended June 30, 2012, respectively.
-- Working Capital: Closed the second quarter of 2012 with a cash balance
of US$31.3 million and positive working capital of US$25.1 million.
Marco A. Northland, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, commented: "Etrion has a strong operating platform in Italy, which provides stable revenues and cash flows. Our team is committed to operational excellence and our plants continue to perform above plan."
Mr. Northland continued: "2012 continues to be an exciting year as we pursue our plans to diversify into new markets, evolving beyond the need for government incentives. With the cost of solar generation continuing to drop, we believe Etrion can provide competitive electricity solutions to industrial clients. We are making excellent progress on our development opportunities in Chile and are currently negotiating our first power purchase agreement for a solar power project expected to be constructed in 2013. Our focus is on markets with abundant renewable resources, high wholesale electricity prices and a large energy demand, which will enable Etrion to grow and diversify through new opportunities."
During the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company reported a net income of US$0.8 million (earnings per share of US$0.004) and a net loss of US$1.5 million (loss per share of US$0.008), respectively, compared to a net loss of US$2.1 million (loss per share of US$0.012) and US$3.6 million (loss per share of US$0.02) for the comparable periods in 2011.
The net results for the three months ended June 30, 2012, were adversely affected by non-cash items of US$5.1 million, including depreciation and amortization of US$4.9 million, unrealized fair value losses associated with derivative financial instruments of US$0.1 million and stock-based compensation of US$0.1 million. Excluding these non-cash items, the Company's net income for the three months ended June 30, 2012, would have been US$5.9 million.
Despite a weakening of the Euro against the US dollar by 7% during the quarter compared to the same quarter of the prior year, Etrion generated significant revenues from operations and performed above plan.
A conference call/webcast to present the Company's second quarter results will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) / 4:00 p.m. Central European Time (CET).
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A webcast will be available on the Company's website (www.etrion.com).
In addition, the presentation, along with the Company's condensed consolidated interim financial statements and related management's discussion and analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, will be available on the Company's website (www.etrion.com).
A replay of the telephone conference will also be available until September 15, 2012.
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Going forward, Etrion will hold an earnings call, immediately following the announcement of its interim and annual financial results.
Etrion Corporation is an independent power producer that owns and operates renewable assets. Etrion currently owns approximately 60 megawatts ("MW") of operational, ground-based solar photovoltaic power plants in Italy. The Company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada and the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm exchange in Sweden (ticker symbol "ETX"). Etrion's largest shareholder is the Lundin family, which owns approximately 22% of the Company's shares through various trusts.
Note: The capacity of power plants in this release is described in approximate MW on a direct current ("DC") basis, also referred to as megawatt-peak ("MWp").
This news release includes non-IFRS measures not defined under IFRS, specifically adjusted net income/loss. Non-IFRS measures have no standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS and therefore such measures may not be comparable with those used by other companies. Adjusted net income/loss represents the Company's performance during the period on a cash-flow basis, excluding non-cash items, such as depreciation, share-based compensation, non-recurring other income/expenses and fair value movements associated with derivative financial instruments. Refer to Etrion's MD&A for the three months ended March 31, 2012, for a reconciliation of the adjusted net income reported during the period.
This press release contains certain "forward-looking information". All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including, without limitation, statements relating to solar electricity revenue which is subject to confirmation of both the applicable feed-in-tariff ("FiT") to which the Company is entitled by the state-owned company Gestore Servizi Energetici and the applicable spot market price by the local utilities for electricity sales to the national grid and statements relating to the Company's growth plans) constitute forward-looking information. This forward-looking information reflects the current expectations or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to the Company as well as certain assumptions including, without limitation, confirmation of the applicable FiT and spot market price for electricity sales. Forward-looking information is subject to a number of significant risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking information, and even if such actual results are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on the Company. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, the lack of confirmation or reduction of the applicable FiT and the spot market price for electricity sales by the designated entities and the risk that the Company may not be able to identify and/or acquire additional renewable energy projects on economic terms.
Any forward-looking information speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Although the Company believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking information are reasonable, forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such information due to the inherent uncertainty therein.