Alterra Power Announces Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2015

(under IFRS and all amounts in US dollars unless otherwise stated)

VANCOUVER, Aug. 11, 2015 /CNW/ - Alterra Power Corp. (TSX: AXY) ("Alterra" or the "Company") is pleased to report its financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015. For further information on these results please see Alterra's Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2015, Alterra consolidated 100% of the results of operations at HS Orka, while Alterra's interests in the Toba Montrose run of river hydro facility and the Dokie 1 wind facility were 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%), and Dokie 1 (25.5%) had been reported in accordance with Alterra's actual share of ownership at June 30, 2015 and for the three months then ended. While management monitors the consolidated results closely, it believes that net interest reporting provides the clearest view of Alterra's performance.

Highlights for the quarter and subsequent period include:

  • Fleet generation: The Company's fleet-wide performance against budget was 103%, driven by strong quarterly generation at Toba Montrose (118%).

  • Shannon wind farm: 

    • Project financing completed: On June 30, 2015, the Company closed a $286.8 million non-recourse credit facility for the Shannon project. The facility was supplied by Citibank, N.A., Santander Bank, N.A. and the Royal Bank of Canada, and consists of a $212.2 million construction loan plus $74.6 million in various letters of credit. The loan is expected to be repaid from a $219 million tax equity investment commitment (subject to typical conditions precedent) supplied by subsidiaries of Citicorp North America, Inc. and Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

    • Partnership agreement executed: On June 30, 2015, the Company entered into a partnership agreement under which an affiliate of Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC ("Starwood") acquired a 50% interest in the Shannon project. Under the agreement, Alterra will continue to manage the project.

    • Construction activities: Road construction, turbine foundations and collector lines have been completed. Wind turbine delivery commenced in June 2015 and turbine erection commenced in July 2015. The Company expects commercial operations to commence in the fourth quarter of 2015 or early 2016.

  • Jimmie Creek hydro project:  Construction is ahead of schedule, with intake excavation complete, penstock installation 75% complete, concrete intake and rubber dam 50% complete, and the powerhouse and associated facilities well underway.  The facility is expected to commence generation in the summer of 2016.

  • Agreement signed for new hydro project: The Company signed an agreement with the Klahoose First Nation to jointly develop the 15 MW Tahumming hydro project in British Columbia, near the Toba Montrose and Jimmie Creek projects.

  • Distributions received:  The Company received distributions as follows:

    • Toba Montrose:   The project declared and paid a C$18 million distribution on August 4, 2015, the Company's share being C$7.2 million.

    • Dokie 1:  The project declared and paid a C$3.5 million distribution on July 31, 2015, the Company's share being C$0.9 million.

    • Blue Lagoon hf:  Blue Lagoon hf declared and paid a distribution during the quarter of which HS Orka's share was $2.7 million.

    • HS Orka:  HS Orka declared a distribution of $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2015.  The Company's 66.6% share is $1.6 million and was received in July 2015.  This distribution is a flow through of the 2014 Blue Lagoon hf distribution.

  • EBITDA and revenue: Consolidated EBITDA increased 17% against the comparative quarter to $11.6 million, reflecting increased generation at Toba Montrose and lower operating costs at HS Orka along with fluctuations in foreign exchange.  Consolidated revenue declined by 18% to $13.5 million predominantly due to the sale of the Soda Lake facility on January 30, 2015 ($1.1 million impact quarter on quarter) and the weakening of the Icelandic Krona (ISK), resulting in lower revenue at HS Orka.

Financial Results

The following table shows Alterra's net interest in selected operating and financial results for the quarter, in addition to key financial information extracted from the consolidated results.













For the three months ended

HS
Orka


Toba

Montrose


Dokie 1


Development

and Head

Office


Net

Interest

Total


Consolidated

Results

June 30, 2015 (a)

(66.6%)


(40%)


(25.5%)


Generation (MWh)

204,814


108,051


15,700



328,565


307,529

Total revenue

9,005


7,398


1,258



17,661


13,522

Gross profit

2,588


5,498


298



8,384


3,887

EBITDA (b)

4,364


6,011


650


(1,568)


9,457


11,645

 















For the three months ended

HS

Orka


Toba

Montrose


Dokie 1


Soda

Lake (c)


Development

and Head

Office


Net

Interest

Total


Consolidated

Results

June 30, 2014 (a)

(66.6%)


(40%)


(25.5%)


(100%)


Generation (MWh)

208,384


96,653


13,743


16,180



334,960


329,069

Total revenue

10,258


7,285


1,208


1,051



19,802


16,453

Gross profit (loss)

1,861


5,268


139


(90)



7,178


2,704

EBITDA (b)

3,805


5,450


494


114


(1,834)


8,029


9,955



(a) 

All tabular amounts in the table above are expressed in thousands of US dollars with the exception of generation

(b)

Here and elsewhere, Adjusted EBITDA ("EBITDA") is defined by Alterra as earnings before interest, taxes, foreign exchange, depreciation and amortization, as well as before deductions for change in fair value of bonds payable and derivatives, foreign exchange gain (loss), write off of development costs and goodwill, and other income (expense) except business interruption proceeds, 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. For a reconciliation of consolidated EBITDA to Alterra's condensed consolidated interim financial statements refer to the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015

(c)

The facility was sold on January 30, 2015

Consolidated Results

Revenue was $13.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, down 18% from the comparative quarter primarily due to the loss of revenue resulting from the sale of Soda Lake on January 30, 2015 ($1.1 million impact quarter on quarter) and unfavorable currency fluctuations.

The Company recorded net income of $6.8 million in the current quarter, compared to net income of $6.0 million in the comparative quarter.  The increase was primarily from changes to income from equity-accounted investees and non-cash items such as the change in fair value of bonds payable and the gain on deconsolidation of Shannon which includes the $1.5 million developer's fee.

Consolidated cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2015 was $25.8 million of which $23.0 million is held in the Company's Icelandic subsidiary ($63.2 million and $25.1 million respectively at December 31, 2014).

Net Interest Results

Alterra's net interest in revenue decreased by $2.1 million to $17.7 million against the comparative quarter due to the sale of Soda Lake on January 30, 2015 ($1.1 million impact quarter on quarter) and currency impacts, slightly offset by increased generation at Toba Montrose.  EBITDA increased by 18% to $9.5 million primarily due to higher generation at Toba Montrose and lower operating costs at HS Orka along with fluctuations in foreign exchange.

The net interest cash position at June 30, 2015 was $22.6 million.

Operating Results

For the quarter ended June 30, 2015, the Company's fleet wide generation was 103% of budget on a net interest basis.






Q2 2015 Generation (MWh)








Net Interest



Facility

Budget (a)


Actual


Budget (a)


Actual


% of Budget

Reykjanes

201,648


194,969


134,298


129,849


97%

Svartsengi

114,712


112,560


76,398


74,965


98%

Toba Montrose

228,551


270,127


91,420


108,051


118%

Dokie 1

68,131


61,569


17,373


15,700


90%

TOTAL

613,042


639,225


319,489


328,565


103%



(a)  

  Includes planned maintenance outages.

Outlook

"With construction fully underway at the Shannon and Jimmie Creek projects, we are on track to be over 50% larger in 2016 on an owned capacity basis," said Alterra's CEO, John Carson. "These new projects will join our existing fleet, which has now met or exceeded generation targets for four consecutive quarters. My thanks to our teams for enabling us to achieve these great successes."

Alterra Power will host a conference call to discuss financial and operating results on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 11:30 am ET (8:30 am PT).

North American participants dial 1-888-390-0605 and International participants dial 1-416-764-8609; the conference ID is 87937031

The call will also be broadcast live on the Internet at

http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=1027924&s=1&k=CAB094A2D1EB15E93432FD24040EF44D

The call will be available for replay for one week after the call by dialing 1-416-764-8677 and entering replay PIN 937031

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.

For further information: Peter Lekich, Corporate Communications, Alterra Power Corp., Phone: 604.235.6719, Email: info@alterrapower.ca

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