Ormat Technologies Considers Potential Restructuring With Its Parent Company

RENO, Nev., Oct. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ORA) announced today, following a report to that effect issued today to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and the Israeli Security Authority by its parent entity, Ormat Industries, Ltd. (OIL), that the two companies are considering a possible group corporate reorganization. Under the proposed transaction, Ormat Technologies would acquire OIL by issuing shares of common stock in Ormat Technologies to OIL's shareholders in exchange for all of the OIL shareholders' shares in OIL, based upon an exchange ratio to be agreed upon between the parties. If approved and consummated, the transaction would eliminate OIL's majority ownership interest in, and control of, Ormat Technologies.

The Company has established a special committee of independent directors with full authority to consider the proposed transaction, including to negotiate the exchange ratio and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors, or to reject the proposed transaction. The special committee has retained independent legal and financial advisors to assist the committee in considering the proposed transaction.

There can be no assurance at this stage whether the proposed transaction will be approved and consummated and, if consummated, what the terms (including the exchange ratio) thereof would be. Any potential transaction is subject to the negotiation and execution of definitive agreements, as well as to customary conditions and approvals, including (without limitation) regulatory approvals, an affirmative recommendation of the special committee of the Board of Directors, an approval of the full Board of Directors, and the approval of the shareholders of each of Ormat Technologies and OIL.

About Ormat Technologies, Inc.

With over four decades of experience, Ormat Technologies, Inc. is a leading geothermal company and the only vertically integrated company solely engaged in geothermal and recovered energy generation (REG). The company owns, operates, designs, manufactures and sells geothermal and REG power plants primarily based on the Ormat Energy Converter - a power generation unit that converts low-, medium- and high-temperature heat into electricity. With over 77 U.S. patents, Ormat's power solutions have been refined and perfected under the most grueling environmental conditions. Ormat has 480 employees in the United States and about 640 overseas. Ormat's flexible, modular solutions for geothermal power and REG are ideal for the vast range of resource characteristics. The company has engineered, manufactured and constructed power plants, which it currently owns or has supplied to utilities and developers worldwide, totaling more than 1,800 MW of gross capacity. Ormat's current generating portfolio of 626 MW (net) is spread globally in the U.S., Guatemala and Kenya.

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These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Ormat Technologies Contact: Smadar Lavi Investor Relations 775-356-9029 slavi@ormat.com Investor Relations Contact: Rob Fink/Brad Nelson KCSA Strategic Communications 212-896-1206 / 212-896-1217 rfink@kcsa.com / bnelson@kcsa.com

Source:Ormat Technologies, Inc.