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Ormat Technologies (ORA) Q3 Earnings Miss, Revenues Up Y/Y

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Ormat Technologies (ORA) Q3 Earnings Miss, Revenues Up Y/Y

Ormat Technologies' (ORA) electricity segment's revenues during the third quarter increase, owing to various expansion projects and the U.S. Geothermal acquisition.

Ormat Technologies Inc.’s ORA third-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) came in at 31 cents, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 44 cents by 29.6%. Earnings also declined 39.2% from the prior-year quarter.

Barring one-time items, the company’s GAAP earnings were 21 cents per share compared with 47 cents in the year-ago quarter.

Revenues

In the quarter under review, Ormat Technologies generated revenues of $166.5 million, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $176 million by 5.4%. However, the top line improved 5.9% on a year-over-year basis.

Segment Revenues

Electricity Segment: Revenues increased 5.4% year over year to $116.9 million from $110.9 million. The increase was primarily attributable to the Platanares, Tungsten Mountain and Olkaria III expansion projects along with the U.S. Geothermal acquisition.

Product Segment: Segment revenues increased 7.9% year over year to $48.4 million from $44.9 million.

Other Segment: Revenues for this division stood at $1.1 million compared with $1.4 million in the prior-year quarter.

Operational Update

In the reported quarter, Ormat Technologies’ total operating expenses were $22.89 million, up 50.4% year over year.

The company’s total cost of revenues was $117.7 million, up 20% year over year.

Interest expenses were $18.7 million, up approximately 60% on a year-over-year basis.

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Highlights of the Quarter

In the quarter, Ormat completed the closing of the first tranche under the previously announced finance agreement, totaling $124.7 million for the 35 MW Platanares geothermal power plant in Honduras.

The company also opted out of the Galena 2 PPA with NV Energy Inc., and reported a one-time $5-million termination fee, recorded in selling and marketing expenses.

Financial Condition

Ormat Technologies had cash and cash equivalents of $72 million as of Sep 30, 2018 compared with $47.8 million as of Dec 31, 2017.

Total long-term debt was $959.6 million as of Sep 30, 2018 compared with $804.3 million as of Dec 31, 2017.

Guidance

Ormat Technologies has reaffirmed its 2018 guidance for revenues of $698-$722 million. Segment wise also, the company has reiterated its guidance for the Electricity segment revenues between $500 million and $510 million in 2018.

Likewise, the guidance for its Product segment revenues also remains unchanged at $190-$200 million. The company has also reaffirmed its adjusted EBITDA view of $370-380 million for 2018.

Zacks Rank

Ormat Technologies currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

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