Ormat Technologies' CEO Discusses Q4 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Ormat Technologies (ORA)

Q4 2011 Earnings Call

February 23, 2012 10:00 am ET

Executives

Rob Fink - Account Director - Investor Relations

Yehudit Bronicki - Chief Executive Officer, Director, Chairman of Compensation Committee, Chief Executive Officer of Ormat Industries, President of Ormat Systems, General Manager of Ormat Industries and Director of Ormat Industries

Joseph Tenne - Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Ormat Industries Ltd

Yoram Bronicki - President, Chief Operating Officer, Director and Director of Ormat Industries

Analysts

Steven Milunovich - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division

Daniel J. Mannes - Avondale Partners, LLC, Research Division

Carter W. Driscoll - Capstone Investments, Research Division

JinMing Liu - Ardour Capital Investments, LLC, Research Division

Mark Barnett - Morningstar Inc., Research Division

Peter Christiansen - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division

Presentation

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the Ormat Technologies Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Earnings Call. [Operator Instructions] Thank you.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Mr. Rob Fink of KCSA Investor Relations. Sir, you may begin your conference.

Rob Fink

Thank you, and thank you everybody for joining us today. Hosting the call today are Dita Bronicki, Chief Executive Officer; Yoram Bronicki, President, Chief Operating Officer; Joseph Tenne, Chief Financial Officer; and Smadar Lavi, VP of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations.

Before beginning, we would like to remind you that the information provided during this call may contain forward-looking statements related to current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about future events that are forward-looking as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally relate to the company's plans, objectives and expectations for future operations, and are based on management's current estimates and projection of future results or trends. Actual future results may differ materially from these projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, please see risk factors as described in the annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 28, 2011.

In addition during this call, statements may include financial measures as defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the Securities and Exchange Commission such as EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA. The presentation of financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Management of Ormat Technology believes that adjusted EBITDA may provide meaningful supplemental information regarding liquidity measurements for both management and investors' benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing Ormat Technologies' liquidity and when planning and forecasting future periods. This non-GAAP financial measure may also facilitate management's internal comparisons to the company's historical liquidity.

Before I turn the call over to management, I would like to remind everyone that the slide presentation accompanying this call may be accessed on the company's website at ormat.com under the IR Event and Presentations link that's found in the Investor Relations tab.

With that said, I would now like to turn the call over to Dita. Dita, the call is yours.

Yehudit Bronicki

Thank you, Rob, and good morning to everyone. Thank you for joining us today for the presentation of our fourth quarter and full year 2011 results and outlook for the near future.

2011 was highlighted by increased revenue and increase in operating cash flow, steady growth in total generation and an exceptionally strong performance in the product segment. Our 2011 net income was negatively impacted by a noncash, tax-related valuation allowance of $61.5 million, which were recorded against the company's U.S. deferred tax assets. Realization of these deferred tax assets is dependent on generating sufficient taxable income in the U.S. prior to the expiration of the tax losses and credit. Although valuation allowances recorded against these deferred tax assets, no economic losses appeared in the underlying net operating loss carryforwards and other tax credits remain available to reduce future U.S. taxes to the extent income is generated.

We made operational improvements and enhancements in several plans, and we are continuing to move forward with our activities related to our organic growth.

Let me turn the call over to Joseph for a review of the financial. Yoram will review our operations and following my remarks, we will open the call up for Q&A. Joseph, please.

Joseph Tenne

Thank you, Dita and good morning, everyone.

Beginning in Slide 5, total revenues for the full year 2011 were $437 million, a 17.1% increase over revenues of $373.2 million in 2010. Total cost of revenue increased by 8.3% compared to last year. In our electricity segment on Slide 6, revenues for the full year were $323.8 million, an 11% increase over revenues of $291.8 million in 2010. The increase in electricity revenue is due to higher variable energy rate of our Amatitlan and Puna PPA, and increased in electricity generation of some of our parks.

In the product segment on the next slide, revenues for the full year were $113.2 million, an increase of 39% over revenues of $81.4 million in 2010. The increase in product revenues reflects the new customer orders that were secured in the first half of 2011.

Moving to Slide 8. The company's combined gross margins for the full year was 26.8% versus 20.8% in 2010. The electricity segment gross margin was 24.6% for the full year versus just 17% in 2010. Excluding North Brawley, the electricity gross margin would have been 34.4% compared to 26.8% in 2010. In the product segment, gross margin for the full year was 32.8% versus 34.6% last year. The decrease is due to the mix of products sold and margins associated with our customer orders. Operating income for the full year 2011 increased 172% from $23.6 million in 2010 to $64 million this year.

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