Pattern Energy Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

November 5, 2018 at 6:00 AM EST

- Declares dividend of $0.4220 per Class A common share for fourth quarter 2018 -

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Pattern Energy Group Inc. (the "Company" or "Pattern Energy") (NASDAQ & TSX: PEGI) today announced its financial results for the 2018 third quarter.

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Highlights
(Comparisons made between fiscal Q3 2018 and fiscal Q3 2017 results, unless otherwise noted)

  • Proportional gigawatt hours ("GWh") sold of 1,623 GWh, up 7%
  • Net cash provided by operating activities of $106.9 million
  • Cash available for distribution ("CAFD") of $31.7 million, up 235% and on track to meet full year guidance(1)
  • Net loss of $31.5 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $79.5 million, up 45%
  • Revenue of $118.4 million, up 29%
  • Declared a fourth quarter dividend of $0.4220 per Class A common share or $1.688 on an annualized basis, subsequent to the end of the period, unchanged from the previous quarter's dividend
  • Committed to a plan to repower the 283 MW Gulf Wind project starting in 2019
  • Acquired a 51% owned interest in the 143 MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite project in Québec, for a purchase price of $37.7 million, representing a 10x multiple of the five-year average CAFD(1) of the project
  • Completed the sale of the Company's operations in Chile, which principally consist of its 81 MW owned interest in the 115 MW El Arrayán project ("El Arrayán") for which Pattern Energy received cash proceeds of $70.4 million

"It was another solid quarter with CAFD up more than three times the same period last year, which puts us in a great position to achieve our targeted CAFD(1) for the year," said Mike Garland, President of Pattern Energy. "We continue to take proactive measures to increase our CAFD without issuing common equity including, asset recycling, repowering Gulf Wind and the implementation of cost savings. During the quarter we sold El Arrayán at a premium to the multiple at which we trade and we are in the final stages of a second sale. This asset recycling provides us additional flexibility to make new investments in accretive opportunities, like the Mont Sainte-Marguerite acquisition or the Gulf Wind repowering, which increase CAFD. As the opportunity set at Pattern Energy Group 2 LP ("Pattern Development 2.0") continues to mature and grow, especially in exciting markets like Japan, our material ownership interest in the development business is a clear differentiator to other players in the market."

(1) The forward looking measures of 2018 full year cash available for distribution (CAFD) and the five-year average annual purchase price multiple are non-GAAP measures that cannot be reconciled to net cash provided by operating activities as the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure without unreasonable effort primarily because of the uncertainties involved in estimating forward-looking changes in working capital balances which are added to earnings to arrive at cash provided by operations and subtracted therefrom to arrive at CAFD. A description of the adjustments to determine CAFD can be found within Item 2, Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Key Metrics, of Pattern Energy's 2018 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2018.

Financial and Operating Results

Pattern Energy sold 1,622,991 megawatt hours ("MWh") of electricity on a proportional basis in the third quarter of 2018 compared to 1,513,997 MWh sold in the same period last year. Pattern Energy sold 6,021,515 MWh of electricity on a proportional basis for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 ("YTD 2018") compared to 5,663,782 MWh sold in the same period last year. The 7% increase in the quarterly period was primarily due to volume increases as a result of acquisitions in 2017 and 2018, favorable wind and increased availability compared to last year. Production for the quarter was 8% below the long-term average forecast for the period with strength in Canada, Japan and Puerto Rico offset by weakness in the Eastern U.S.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $106.9 million for the third quarter of 2018 compared to $2.1 million for the same period last year. Net cash provided by operating activities was $230.5 million for YTD 2018 as compared to $159.3 million for the same period last year. The increase in the quarterly period of $104.8 million was primarily due to a $24.3 million increase in revenue (excluding unrealized loss on energy derivative and amortization included in electricity sales), a $33.8 million increase in advanced lease revenue, decreased payments of $26.7 million in payable, accrued and current liabilities, due primarily to the timing of payments, a $13.6 million increase in other current assets primarily due to a $7.7 million increase in sales tax receivable and a $7.3 million increase in related party receivable, a $6.5 million decrease in interest payments, and a $1.7 million  decrease in transmission costs. The increase to net cash provided by operating activities was partially offset by a decrease of $1.6 million in distributions from unconsolidated investments.

Cash available for distribution increased 235% to $31.7 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared to $9.5 million for the same period last year. Cash available for distribution increased 28% to $133.4 million for YTD 2018 compared to $103.8 million for the same period in the prior year. The $22.2 million increase in the quarterly period was primarily due to a $24.3 million increase in revenues (excluding the unrealized loss on the energy derivative and amortization included in electricity sales) due to acquisitions in 2017 and 2018, a $5.9 million decrease in principal payments of project-level debt, a $1.7 million decrease in transmission costs and a $0.8 million increase in the release of restricted cash. These increases were partially offset by a $3.0 million increase in distributions to noncontrolling interests, a $4.0 million decrease in distributions from unconsolidated investments and $1.4 million of costs related to the sale of El Arrayán.

Net loss was $31.5 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to a net loss of $48.4 million for the same period last year. Net loss was $45.9 million for YTD 2018 compared to a net loss of $60.5 million in the same period last year. The improvement of $16.8 million in the quarterly period was primarily attributable to a $26.4 million increase in revenue due to 2017 and 2018 acquisitions and a $5.1 million decrease in other expense primarily due to gains on derivatives. These increases were partially offset by a $4.5 million increase in cost of revenue related to 2017 and 2018 acquisitions, a $3.3 million increase in operating expenses related to an impairment expense on the El Arrayán sale and a $6.9 million increase in tax provisions.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 45% to $79.5 million for the third quarter of 2018 compared to $54.7 million for the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA increased 19% to $292.2 million for YTD 2018 compared to $244.8 million for the same period last year. The $24.8 million increase in the quarterly period was primarily due to a $24.3 million increase in revenue (excluding unrealized loss on energy derivative and amortization included in electricity sales) primarily attributable to volume increases as a result of 2017 and 2018 acquisitions, favorable wind and increased availability compared to last year. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter also reflects a charge to earnings of approximately $4.3 million for the equity pick-up in the financial results of Pattern Development 2.0.

2018 Financial Guidance

Pattern Energy is re-confirming its targeted annual cash available for distribution(2) for 2018 within a range of $151 million to $181 million, representing an increase of 14% compared to cash available for distribution in 2017.

(2) The forward looking measure of 2018 full year cash available for distribution (CAFD) is a non-GAAP measure that cannot be reconciled to net cash provided by operating activities as the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure without unreasonable effort primarily because of the uncertainties involved in estimating forward-looking changes in working capital balances which are added to earnings to arrive at cash provided by operations and subtracted therefrom to arrive at CAFD. A description of the adjustments to determine CAFD can be found within Item 2, Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Key Metrics, of Pattern Energy's 2018 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2018.

Quarterly Dividend

Pattern Energy declared a dividend for the fourth quarter 2018, payable on January 31, 2019, to holders of record on December 31, 2018 in the amount of $0.4220 per Class A common share, which represents $1.688 on an annualized basis. The amount of the fourth quarter 2018 dividend is unchanged from the third quarter 2018 dividend.

Acquisition Pipeline

Pattern Energy Group LP ("Pattern Development 1.0") and Pattern Development 2.0 (together, the "Pattern Development Companies") have a pipeline of development projects totaling more than 10 GW. Pattern Energy has a ROFO on the pipeline of acquisition opportunities from the Pattern Development Companies. The identified ROFO list stands at 743 MW of potential owned capacity and represents a portion of the pipeline of development projects of the Pattern Development Companies, which are subject to Pattern Energy's ROFO. Since its IPO, Pattern Energy has purchased, or agreed to purchase, 1,564 MW from Pattern Development 1.0 and in aggregate grown the identified ROFO list from 746 MW to more than 2 GW.

Below is a summary of the identified ROFO projects that Pattern Energy has the right to purchase from the Pattern Development Companies in connection with its respective purchase rights:













Capacity (MW)

Identified
ROFO Projects


Status


Location


Construction
Start (1)


Commercial
Operations (2)


Contract
Type


Rated (3)


Pattern
Development-
Owned (4)

Pattern Development 1.0 Projects













Belle River


Operational


Ontario


2016


2017


PPA


100


43

North Kent


Operational


Ontario


2017


2018


PPA


100


35

Henvey Inlet


In construction


Ontario


2017


2019


PPA


300


150

Pattern Development 2.0 Projects













Stillwater Big Sky


Operational


Montana


2018


2018


PPA


80


80

Crazy Mountain


Late stage development


Montana


2019


2019


PPA


80


80

Grady


In construction


New Mexico


2018


2019


PPA


220


188

Sumita


Late stage development


Japan


2019


2022


PPA


99


55

Ishikari


Late stage development


Japan


2020


2022


PPA


112


112













1,091


743



(1)

Represents year of actual or anticipated commencement of construction.



(2)

Represents year of actual or anticipated commencement of commercial operations.



(3)

Rated capacity represents the maximum electricity generating capacity of a project in MW. As a result of wind and other conditions, a project or a turbine will not operate at its rated capacity at all times and the amount of electricity generated will be less than its rated capacity. The amount of electricity generated may vary based on a variety of factors.



(4)

Pattern Development-Owned capacity represents the maximum, or rated, electricity generating capacity of the project in MW multiplied by Pattern Development 1.0's or Pattern Development 2.0's percentage ownership interest in the distributable cash flow of the project.

Cash Available for Distribution and Adjusted EBITDA Non-GAAP Reconciliations

The following tables reconcile non-GAAP net cash provided by operating activities to cash available for distribution and net loss to Adjusted EBITDA, respectively, for the periods presented (in thousands):


Three months ended
September 30,


Nine months ended
September 30,


2018


2017


2018


2017

Net cash provided by operating activities(1)

$

106,922



$

2,147



$

230,466



$

159,330


Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(54,936)



25,481



(36,439)



(22,475)


Network upgrade reimbursement

303



346



879



8,936


Release of restricted cash

759





3,247




Operations and maintenance capital expenditures

(169)



(254)



(440)



(517)


Distributions from unconsolidated investments

419



2,821



4,752



11,211


Other

(2,779)



598



228



1,974


Less:








Distributions to noncontrolling interests

(7,592)



(4,537)



(28,867)



(13,701)


Principal payments paid from operating cash flows

(11,255)



(17,140)



(40,432)



(40,911)


Cash available for distribution

$

31,672



$

9,462



$

133,394



$

103,847




(1)

Included in net cash provided by operating activities for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 are the portions of distributions from unconsolidated investments paid from cumulative earnings representing the return on investment.

 


Three months ended
September 30,


Nine months ended
September 30,


2018


2017


2018


2017

Net loss

$

(31,547)



$

(48,376)



$

(45,941)



$

(60,521)


Plus:








Interest expense, net of interest income

27,021



26,710



79,415



73,009


Tax provision (benefit)

3,043



(3,839)



14,237



5,477


Depreciation, amortization and accretion

63,013



56,650



188,429



156,629


EBITDA

61,530



31,145



236,140



174,594


Unrealized loss on energy derivative (1)

318



3,113



14,991



10,134


(Gain) loss on derivatives

(1,536)



6,288



(15,997)



11,687


Impairment expense

2,325





6,563




Other

2,180



466



2,180



1,585


Plus, proportionate share from unconsolidated investments:








Interest expense, net of interest income

9,306



10,270



28,280



29,108


Tax provision

1,142





935




Depreciation, amortization and accretion

8,888



9,361



26,397



26,390


Gain on derivatives

(4,619)



(5,908)



(7,333)



(8,696)


Adjusted EBITDA

$

79,534



$

54,735



$

292,156



$

244,802




(1)

Amount is included in electricity sales on the consolidated statements of operations.

Conference Call and Webcast

Pattern Energy will host a conference call and webcast to discuss these results at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, November 5, 2018. Mike Garland, President and CEO, and Mike Lyon, CFO, will co-chair the call. Participants should call (888) 231-8191 or (647) 427-7450 and ask an operator for the Pattern Energy earnings call. Please dial in 10 minutes prior to the call to secure a line. A replay will be available shortly after the call. To access the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056 or (416) 849-0833 and enter access code 4369558. The replay recording will be available until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, November 28, 2018.

A live webcast of the conference call will be also available on the events page in the investor section of Pattern Energy's website at www.patternenergy.com. An archived webcast will be available for one year.

About Pattern Energy

Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Pattern Energy) is an independent power company listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market and Toronto Stock Exchange. Pattern Energy has a portfolio of 24 wind and solar power facilities with a total owned interest of 2,861 MW in the United States, Canada and Japan that use proven, best-in-class technology. Pattern Energy's wind and solar power facilities generate stable long-term cash flows in attractive markets and provide a solid foundation for the continued growth of the business. For more information, visit www.patternenergy.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities laws, including statements regarding the ability to achieve the 2018 cash available for distribution target, the ability to consummate a repowering of the Gulf Wind project, the ability of the Company to consummate the second sale as part of its asset recycling strategy, the ability of the Company's measures to increase CAFD, the ability of the Company's ownership in Pattern Development 2.0 to differentiate it in the market, and the anticipated commencement date of construction and commercial operations of certain of the identified ROFO projects. These forward-looking statements represent the Company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this press release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of the Company's control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and, except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all such factors. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K and any quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The risk factors and other factors noted therein could cause actual events or the Company's actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.

Contacts:






Media Relations

Matt Dallas

917-363-1333

matt.dallas@patternenergy.com


Investor Relations

Ross Marshall

416-526-1563

ross.marshall@loderockadvisors.com

 

Pattern Energy Group Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands of U.S. Dollars, except share data)

(Unaudited)



September 30,


December 31,


2018


2017

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

125,689



$

116,753


Restricted cash

6,324



9,065


Counterparty collateral

5,855



29,780


Trade receivables

50,303



54,900


Derivative assets, current

15,842



19,445


Prepaid expenses

21,080



17,847


Deferred financing costs, current, net of accumulated amortization of $2,670 and $2,580 as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively

1,482



1,415


Other current assets

13,584



21,105


Total current assets

240,159



270,310


Restricted cash

13,899



12,162


Major construction advances

71,406




Construction in progress

221,185




Property, plant and equipment, net

4,109,864



3,965,121


Unconsolidated investments

372,380



311,223


Derivative assets

24,757



9,628


Deferred financing costs

8,797



7,784


Net deferred tax assets

1,616



6,349


Finite-lived intangible assets, net

221,183



136,048


Goodwill

56,453




Other assets

30,372



22,906


Total assets

$

5,372,071



$

4,741,531






Liabilities and equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

$

57,360



$

53,615


Accrued construction costs

38,442



1,369


Counterparty collateral liability

5,855



29,780


Accrued interest

7,621



16,460


Dividends payable

42,185



41,387


Derivative liabilities, current

2,190



8,409


Revolving credit facility, current

186,372




Current portion of long-term debt, net

63,671



51,996


Contingent liabilities, current

24,771



2,592


Other current liabilities

12,955



11,426


Total current liabilities

441,422



217,034


Revolving credit facility

23,760




Long-term debt, net

2,105,834



1,878,735


Derivative liabilities

14,985



20,972


Net deferred tax liabilities

120,104



56,491


Finite-lived intangible liabilities, net

57,039



51,194


Contingent liabilities

140,048



62,398


Asset retirement obligations

192,006



56,619


Other long-term liabilities

64,033



49,946


Advanced lease revenue

28,268




Total liabilities

3,187,499



2,393,389


Commitments and contingencies




Equity:




Class A common stock, $0.01 par value per share: 500,000,000 shares authorized; 98,095,886 and 97,860,048 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively

983



980


Additional paid-in capital

1,170,450



1,234,846


Accumulated loss

(12,595)



(112,175)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(15,716)



(25,691)


Treasury stock, at cost; 178,783 and 157,812 shares of Class A common stock as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively

(3,901)



(3,511)


Total equity before noncontrolling interest

1,139,221



1,094,449


Noncontrolling interest

1,045,351



1,253,693


Total equity

2,184,572



2,348,142


Total liabilities and equity

$

5,372,071



$

4,741,531


 

Pattern Energy Group Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



Three months ended
September 30,


Nine months ended
September 30,


2018


2017


2018


2017

Revenue:








Electricity sales

$

115,417



$

89,807



$

353,515



$

293,977


Other revenue

2,976



2,223



16,477



6,646


Total revenue

118,393



92,030



369,992



300,623


Cost of revenue:








Project expense

37,229



33,932



105,456



96,437


Transmission costs

5,700



7,421



20,533



12,213


Depreciation, amortization and accretion

55,267



52,379



165,698



144,637


Total cost of revenue

98,196



93,732



291,687



253,287


Gross profit (loss)

20,197



(1,702)



78,305



47,336


Operating expenses:








General and administrative

9,305



9,068



29,100



31,969


Related party general and administrative

4,285



3,587



12,016



10,589


Impairment expense

2,325





6,563




Total operating expenses

15,915



12,655



47,679



42,558


Operating income (loss)

4,282



(14,357)



30,626



4,778


Other expense:








Interest expense

(27,460)



(27,147)



(80,613)



(74,541)


Gain (loss) on derivatives

1,536



(6,288)



15,997



(11,687)


Earnings (loss) in unconsolidated investments, net

(4,304)



(3,964)



13,166



27,431


Net earnings (loss) on transactions

1,130



(466)



(1,970)



(1,585)


Other income (expense), net

(3,688)



7



(8,910)



560


Total other expense

(32,786)



(37,858)



(62,330)



(59,822)


Net loss before income tax

(28,504)



(52,215)



(31,704)



(55,044)


Tax provision (benefit)

3,043



(3,839)



14,237



5,477


Net loss

(31,547)



(48,376)



(45,941)



(60,521)


Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

(18,952)



(18,548)



(201,986)



(50,566)


Net income (loss) attributable to Pattern Energy

$

(12,595)



$

(29,828)



$

156,045



$

(9,955)










Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding








Basic

97,460,492



87,370,979



97,464,012



87,146,465


Diluted

97,460,492



87,370,979



105,788,848



87,146,465


Earnings (loss) per share attributable to Pattern Energy








Basic

$

(0.13)



$

(0.34)



$

1.60



$

(0.12)


Diluted

$

(0.13)



$

(0.34)



$

1.58



$

(0.12)


 

Pattern Energy Group Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

(Unaudited)


Nine months ended
September 30,


2018


2017

Operating activities




Net loss

$

(45,941)



$

(60,521)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation, amortization and accretion

187,741



156,330


Impairment expense

6,563




Loss (gain) on derivatives

(3,236)



17,869


Stock-based compensation

3,517



4,085


Deferred taxes

13,910



9,133


Intraperiod tax allocation



(3,656)


Earnings in unconsolidated investments, net

(13,166)



(27,431)


Distributions from unconsolidated investments

42,838



43,093


Other reconciling items

1,802



(2,047)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Counterparty collateral asset

23,925



10,105


Trade receivables

(47)



(2,861)


Prepaid expenses

(1,241)



(3,187)


Other current assets

13,749



(9,790)


Other assets (non-current)

(4,173)



2,457


Advanced lease revenue

33,792




Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

(1,801)



16,389


Counterparty collateral liability

(23,925)



(10,105)


Accrued interest

(5,841)



(3,884)


Other current liabilities

(2,651)



6,650


Contingent liabilities, current

24,070



1,390


Long-term liabilities

7,366



14,569


Contingent liabilities

(27,013)



742


Derivatives

228




Net cash provided by operating activities

230,466



159,330


Investing activities




Cash paid for acquisitions, net of cash and restricted cash acquired

(188,527)



(229,329)


Proceeds from sale of subsidiaries, net of cash and restricted cash distributed

55,820




Payment for construction advances/deposits

(68,937)




Payment for construction in progress

(49,450)




Payment for property,plant and equipment

(10,212)



(44,295)


Distributions from unconsolidated investments

4,752



11,211


Other assets

(781)



7,607


Investment in Pattern Development 2.0

(86,254)



(60,000)


Net cash used in investing activities

(343,589)



(314,806)


Financing activities




Proceeds from public offerings, net of issuance costs

$



$

22,431


Dividends paid

(123,616)



(107,943)


Capital contributions - noncontrolling interest

3,383




Capital distributions - noncontrolling interest

(28,867)



(13,701)


Payment for financing fees

(7,478)



(7,763)


Proceeds from revolving credit facility

488,907



323,000


Repayment of revolving credit facility

(279,000)



(250,000)


Proceeds from long-term debt

164,673



404,395


Repayment of long-term debt

(53,274)



(192,109)


Repayment of note payable - related party

(909)




Repayment of short-term debt

(36,973)




Payment for termination of designated derivatives



(14,372)


Other financing activities

(2,771)



(3,712)


Net cash provided by financing activities

124,075



160,226


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(3,020)



3,952


Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

7,932



8,702


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

137,980



109,371


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

145,912



$

118,073


Supplemental disclosures




Cash payments for income taxes

$

490



$

335


Cash payments for interest expense

$

79,302



$

70,100


Schedule of non-cash activities




Change in major construction advances, construction in progress and property, plant and equipment

$

225,898



$

619


 

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