OAKVILLE, ON, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
(TSX: AQN), today announced financial results for the third quarter
ended September 30, 2011, with results showing increased revenue,
earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization
("EBITDA") and net earnings compared to the previous year.
For the third quarter of 2011, revenue was $66.0 million as compared to
$44.8 million in the third quarter of 2010. The increase in revenue
over 2010 is primarily the result of a subsidiary of Liberty Utilities
Co. ("Liberty Utilities") acquiring a California-based electricity
distribution utility and related generation assets ("CalPeco") at the
beginning of 2011, the effect of increased hydrologic resources
compared to the comparable period in 2010, and revenue increases from
rate case approvals for Liberty Utilities' rate regulated water
businesses. For the first nine months of 2011, APUC generated revenue
of $204.6 million as compared to $131.9 million in the first nine
months of 2010.
Adjusted EBITDA ("Adjusted EBITDA") was $25.8 million in the third
quarter of 2011 as compared to $17.7 million in the third quarter of
2010. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA is primarily related to the
acquisition of CalPeco, revenue increases from rate case approvals in
Liberty Utilities' rate regulated businesses, and improved hydrology at
Algonquin Power Co.'s ("APCo") renewable energy facilities. APUC
generated Adjusted EBITDA of $80.9 million for the first nine months of
2011 as compared to $54.3 million for the first nine months of 2010.
APUC reported net earnings in the third quarter of 2011 of $19.6 million
or $0.16 per share as compared to net earnings of $1.3 million or $0.01
per share for the third quarter of 2010. For the first nine months of
2011, APUC reported net earnings of $31.9 million or $0.29 per share as
compared to $2.3 million or $0.02 per share for the first nine months
APUC reported adjusted net earnings of $21.4 million or $0.18 per share
in Q3 2011 as compared to adjusted net earnings of $1.2 million or
$0.01 per share in Q3 2010. APUC reported adjusted net earnings of
$34.9 million or $0.31 per share for the first nine months of 2011 as
compared to adjusted net earnings of $4.3 million or $0.05 per share
for the first nine months of 2010.
Performance, Operational, and Growth Highlights:
In the third quarter of 2011, APCo's Maritime region experienced
hydrologic resources significantly higher than long-term averages,
resulting in electrical energy production which was approximately 166%
above production forecast based on long-term average resources, and the
Quebec, New York and New England regions also experienced hydrologic
resources higher than long-term averages, resulting in energy
production between 15 - 25% above long-term averages. The Manitoba
region experienced wind resources above long-term averages, producing
5% above long-term averages. The Western and Saskatchewan regions
experienced hydrologic and wind resources between 5 - 8% below
long-term averages and the Ontario region experienced hydrologic
resources of approximately 20% below the long-term average.
During the third quarter, the rate regulated water businesses owned by
Liberty Utilities experienced revenue increases in both its water
distribution and wastewater treatment business of 43% and 14%
respectively. The increases are primarily due to the implementation of
rate increases at several facilities in 2010.
During the third quarter, revenue generated by CalPeco from net energy
sales totalled U.S. $6.9 million. As CalPeco was acquired on January
1, 2011 there are no comparable results for 2010.
During the quarter on July 25, 2011, APCo issued $135 million in Senior
Unsecured Debentures. The net proceeds from the Senior Unsecured
Debentures were used to repay the outstanding senior debt at the St.
Leon wind facility and to reduce amounts outstanding under APCo's
senior revolving credit facility (the "Facility"). The Senior
Unsecured Debentures mature on July 25, 2018, and bear interest at a
rate of 5.50% per annum, calculated semi-annually payable on January 25
and July 25 each year, commencing on January 25, 2012.
On July 26, 2011, APCo announced the execution of a 25-year power
purchase agreement with Manitoba Hydro in respect of a 16.5MW expansion
of APCo's existing St. Leon wind energy project ("St Leon
II). Permitting for the expansion project was completed in 2010 with
construction having commenced in the third quarter of 2011. St. Leon II
is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2012 with total
estimated capital costs of approximately $29.5 million. In the first
full year of production following commissioning, APUC anticipates
generating annual gross revenues of $3.8 million.
On August 11, 2011, the Board of Directors of APUC approved a dividend
increase of $0.02 annually bringing the total annual dividend to $0.28,
paid quarterly at the rate of $0.07 per common share. This increase
follows a previous dividend increase of $0.02 annually in March of this
year. The dividend increase is consistent with APUC's stated strategy
of delivering total shareholder return comprised of attractive current
dividend yield and capital appreciation founded on increased earnings
and cash flows.
Subsequent to the end of the third quarter, APUC completed a public
offering (the "Offering") of 16,879,000 common shares at a price of
$5.65 per share, for gross proceeds of approximately $95.3 million.
The net proceeds of the Offering will be used to fund a portion of the
investment related to previously announced growth initiatives for both
Liberty Utilities and APCo to partially repay existing indebtedness and
for other general corporate purposes.
"In addition to delivering strong operational results from our existing
businesses, the third quarter has seen a continued focus on the
regulatory approval processes related to our committed power and
utility growth initiatives", commented Chief Executive Officer Ian
Robertson. "We are confident that these growth initiatives in both our
independent power and regulated utilities businesses will continue to
drive future earnings and cash flows."
APUC's supplemental information is available on the web site at www.algonquinpowerandutilities.com.
APUC will hold an earnings conference call at 9:00 a.m. eastern time on
Friday, November 11, 2011, hosted by Chief Executive Officer, Ian
Robertson and Chief Financial Officer, David Bronicheski.
Conference call details are as follows:
Date: Friday, November 11, 2011
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. eastern
Phone Number: Toll free within North America: 1-800-814-4859 or Local 416-644-3414.
Conference ID#: 4481633
For those unable to attend the live call, a digital recording will be
available for replay two hours after the call by dialing 1-877-289-8525
or 416-640-1917 access code 4481633# from November 11, 2011 until
November 25, 2011.
About Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
Through its distinct operating subsidiaries, APUC owns and operates a
diversified portfolio of $1.1 billion of clean renewable electric
generation and sustainable utility distribution businesses in North
America. Liberty Utilities Co., APUC's regulated distribution utility
business, provides regulated water and electric utility services to
more than 120,000 customers with a portfolio of 21 water and electric
utility systems. Pursuant to previously announced agreements, Liberty
Utilities Co. is committed to acquiring Granite State Electric Company,
a New Hampshire electric distribution company, EnergyNorth Natural Gas
Inc., a regulated natural gas distribution utility and certain
regulated natural gas distribution assets in Missouri, Illinois and
Iowa, which together serve approximately 213,000 customers. Algonquin
Power Co. (APCo), APUC's electric generation subsidiary, includes 45
renewable energy facilities and 12 thermal energy facilities
representing more than 460 MW of installed capacity. Pursuant to a
previously announced agreement APCo will be acquiring a partial
interest in an existing 370MW portfolio of New England and New York
wind projects and development opportunities representing an additional
1,200MW of wind generation projects. APUC and its operating
subsidiaries deliver continuing growth through an expanding pipeline of
greenfield and expansion renewable power and clean energy projects,
organic growth within its regulated utilities and the pursuit of
accretive acquisition opportunities. APUC's common shares and
convertible debentures are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under
the symbols AQN, AQN.DB.A and AQN.DB.B. Visit Algonquin Power &
Utilities Corp. at www.AlgonquinPowerandUtilities.com.
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Certain statements included in this news release contain information
that is forward-looking within the meaning of certain securities laws,
including information and statements regarding prospective results of
operations, financial position or cash flows. 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. APUC 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 APUC's most recent annual report, quarterly report,
and APUC'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,
APUC undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements
or information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise.
SOURCE Algonquin Power
For further information:
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
2845 Bristol Circle, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 7H7
Telephone: (905) 465-4500