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Abengoa Yield Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results and a Quarterly Dividend Above Guidance

  • Strong results for the period: Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates increased by 93% y-o-y to $264.8 million and CAFD generation remained solid, at $83.1 million in the first six months of 2015.
  • Quarterly dividend approved by the Board of Directors, for a total amount of $0.40 per share, an 18% increase over initial quarterly guidance.
  • Full year 2015 and 2016 guidance is reaffirmed and will be updated once the long-term financing of the fourth acquisition is closed.

Second quarter results

NEW YORK, July 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Abengoa Yield (NASDAQ:ABY), the sustainable total return company that owns a diversified portfolio of contracted assets in the energy and environment sectors, reported revenues of $308.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015, representing an 82% increase y-o-y and Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates of $264.8 million, representing a 93% increase compared to the same period of 2014. Cash Available for Distribution for the six months reached $83.1 million, with a contribution in the second quarter of $44.6 million.

Selected Financial Results

(in thousands of U.S. dollars) Six months ended June 30,
2015 2014
Revenue $ 308,569 $ 169,808
Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates 264,786 137,172
Net Income/ (loss) attributable to the parent company (673) (28,233)
CAFD $ 83,095 --

Key Performance Indicators

As of June 30,
2015 2014
Renewable energy
MW in operation1 1,241 430
GWh produced 1,083 418
Conventional power
MW in operation1 300 300
GWh produced 1,223 1,205
Availability (%) 101.8% 101.1%
Electric transmission lines
Miles in operation 1,099 1,018
Availability (%) 99.9% 100.0%
Water
Capacity (Mft3/day) 1 10.5 --
Availability (%) 100.7% --


Segment results

(in thousands of U.S. dollars) Six months ended June 30,
2015 2014
Revenue by Geography
North America $ 150,157 $ 96,822
South America 50,632 36,256
EMEA 107,780 36,730
Total revenue $ 308,569 $ 169,808

(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
Six months ended June 30,
2015 2014
Revenue by business sector
Renewable energy $ 193,427 $ 78,283
Conventional power 65,339 57,136
Electric transmission lines 39,238 34,389
Water 10,565 --
Total revenue $ 308,569 $ 169,808
(in thousands of U.S. dollars) Six months ended June 30,
2015 2014
Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates by Geography
North America $ 137,297 $ 83,687
South America 51,623 29,466
EMEA 75,866 24,019
Total Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates $ 264,786 $ 137,172
(in thousands of U.S. dollars) Six months ended June 30,
2015 2014
Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates by business sector
Renewable energy $ 159,164 $ 60,575
Conventional power 53,319 48,551
Electric transmission lines 41,855 28,046
Water 10,448 --
Total Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates $ 264,786 $ 137,172



Our assets have continued to perform well, resulting in Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates in the second quarter of 2015 of $159.6 million, operating cash flow of $41.9 million and Cash Available for Distribution of $44.6 million.

Solar assets have exceeded expectations due to better solar radiation levels than budget, especially in Europe. Wind assets in South America, representing a small portion of our portfolio, have experienced poorer than expected wind resource. Mojave is delivering systematically above 90% of the performance model of a fully optimized plant, which is very successful for a large plant with only seven months of operations. Solana is also performing in line with its target, having reached record daily production above 4 GWh per day.

In conventional power, performance continues being excellent, with availability levels above contractual requirements. Finally, our electric transmission lines continue to operate with very high levels of availability.

Closing of acquisitions

Since our last earnings call, we have closed the 450 MW acquisition announced in May comprised of Helios 1/2, Solnova 1/3/4, the remaining 70% stake in Helioenergy 1/2 and Kaxu. We have also closed the 5-year foreign exchange hedging agreement with Abengoa, which hedges CAFD generated by all the European assets in our portfolio. Integration of new assets in the portfolio has been very smooth.

Quarterly Dividend Announced

Abengoa Yield announced today that the Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend corresponding to the second quarter of 2015 amounting to $0.40 per share,2 which represents an 18% increase over initial guidance for the quarter. This dividend is expected to be paid on or about September 15, 2015 to shareholders of record on August 30, 2015.

Liquidity and Debt

As of June 30, 2015, Abengoa Yield had gross corporate debt of $377.0 million and a liquidity position of $154.8 million at the holding company level on an unconsolidated basis. This represents a Net Corporate Debt / CAFD pre-corporate debt service ratio of 1.3x3.

As of June 30, 2015, net project debt amounted to $4,867.9 million ($3,624.3 million as of December 31, 2014) and consolidated cash and cash equivalents amounted to $528.2 million ($354.2 million as of December 31, 2014).

Fourth asset acquisition review and guidance reaffirmed

Abengoa Yield announced on Monday July 27th that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Abengoa to acquire a fourth set of assets. The assets include Solaben 1/6, a 100 MW solar power complex in Spain, that has been in operation since 2013, showing a solid operational track record highly synergetic with our existing portfolio.

In addition, Abengoa Yield also announced its first two acquisitions from third parties:

  • it has closed the acquisition of ATN2 from Abengoa including the stake in the project owned by a financial investor, which was not previously announced; and
  • it has agreed to acquire a 13% stake in Solacor 1/2 owned by JGC Corporation.

As announced, the total consideration for this acquisition is $370 million and Abengoa Yield expects this acquisition to generate incremental run rate cash available for distribution of approximately $31.5 million per year before debt service associated with acquisition financing.

The acquisition will be financed with the revolving credit facility recently increased by $290 million and cash on hand. Abengoa Yield expects to repay the revolving credit facility with long-term financing.

With this transaction, Abengoa Yield has acquired assets of approximately $1.5 billion since its initial public offering at an average acquisition yield of approximately 9%.

Abengoa Yield reaffirms its guidance on Dividend per Share of $1.60 for 2015 and Dividend per Share in the range of $2.10 to $2.15 for 2016 and expects to update this guidance when long term financing of the fourth acquisition is closed.

Details of the Results Presentation Conference

Abengoa Yield's CEO, Javier Garoz, and its CFO and COO, Eduard Soler, will hold a conference call today, July 30, at 8:30 am EDT.

In order to access the conference call participants should dial: +1 347 329 1282 (US) / +44 (0) 2034 262 845 (UK). A live webcast of the conference call will be available on Abengoa Yield's corporate website (www.abengoayield.com). Please visit the website at least 15 minutes early in order to register for the live webcast and download any necessary audio software.

About Abengoa Yield

Abengoa Yield is a total return company that owns a diversified portfolio of contracted renewable energy, power generation, electric transmission and water assets in North America, South America and certain markets in EMEA. We focus on providing a predictable and growing quarterly dividend to our shareholders.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, all statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this prospectus, including, without limitation, those regarding our future financial position and results of operations, our strategy, plans, objectives, goals and targets, future developments in the markets in which we operate or are seeking to operate or anticipated regulatory changes in the markets in which we operate or intend to operate. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "aim," "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "guidance," "intend," "is likely to," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "projected," "should" or "will" or the negative of such terms or other similar expressions or terminology. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. Our actual results of operations, financial condition and the development of events may differ materially from (and be more negative than) those made in, or suggested by, the forward-looking statements.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated above include, among others, general economic conditions, changes in government expenditure budgets, challenges in making acquisitions, changes in public support of renewable energy, weather conditions, legal challenges to regulations, changes to subsidies and incentives that support renewable energy sources, government regulations, the volatility of energy and fuel prices, counterparty credit risk, failure of customers to perform under contracts, our ability to enter into new contracts as existing contracts expire, reliance on third-party contractors and suppliers, failure of newly constructed assets to perform as expected, failure to receive dividends from assets, changes in our tax position, unanticipated outages at our generation facilities, the condition of capital markets generally, our ability to access capital markets, adverse results in current and future litigation and our ability to maintain and grow our quarterly dividends. Furthermore, any dividends are subject to available capital, market conditions, and compliance with associated laws and regulations. These factors should be considered in connection with information regarding risks and uncertainties that may affect Abengoa Yield's future results included in Abengoa Yield's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.

Abengoa Yield undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or developments or otherwise.

1 Represents total installed capacity in assets owned at the end of the period, regardless of the stake in each of the assets.

2 Dividend per share guidance for the year 2015 remains unchanged at $1.60, consisting of $0.34 per share for Q1, $0.40 per share for Q2 and $0.43 for Q3 and Q4.

3 Based on debt as of June 30, 2015, and based on 2016 CAFD guidance pre corporate debt service.

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars)
For the six-month period ended June 30,
2015 2014
Revenue $ 308,569 $ 169,808
Other operating income 36,376 59,416
Raw materials and consumables used (24,201) (12,083)
Employee benefit expenses (1,794) (1,794)
Depreciation, amortization, and impairment charges (110,350) (57,196)
Other operating expenses (70,463) (78,175)
Operating profit/(loss) $ 138,137 $ 79,976
Financial income 3,517 1,342
Financial expense (136,285) (104,000)
Net exchange differences (1,473) (708)
Other financial income/(expense), net 4,331 (1,298)
Financial expense, net $ (129,910) $ (104,664)
Share of profit/(loss) of associates carried under the equity method 3,342 (429)
Profit/(loss) before income tax $ 11,569 $ (25,117)
Income tax (6,428) (2,706)
Profit/(loss) for the period $ 5,141 $ (27,823)
Loss/(profit) attributable to non-controlling interests (5,814) (410)
Profit/(loss) for the period attributable to the Company (673) (28,233)
Weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding (thousands) 85,279 n/a
Basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to Abengoa Yield plc (U.S. dollar per share) $ (0.01) n/a
Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
(Amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars)
Assets As of June 30, As of December
31,
2015 2014
Non-current assets
Contracted concessional assets $ 8,562,689 $ 6,725,178
Investments carried under the equity method 50,683 5,711
Financial investments 343,308 373,561
Deferred tax assets 195,161 124,210
Total non-current assets $ 9,151,841 $ 7,228,660
Current assets
Inventories 13,785 22,068
Clients and other receivables 232,813 129,696
Financial investments 608,167 229,417
Cash and cash equivalents 528,164 354,154
Total current assets $ 1,382,929 $ 735,335
Total assets $ 10,534,770 $ 7,963,995
Equity and liabilities As of June 30, As of December
31,
2015 2014
Equity attributable to the Company
Share capital $ 10,022 $ 8,000
Parent company reserves 2,398,612 1,790,135
Other reserves 9,349 (15,539)
Accumulated currency translation differences (55,062) (28,963)
Retained Earnings (78,547) (2,031)
Non-controlling interest 136,057 88,029
Total equity $ 2,420,431 $ 1,839,631
Non-current liabilities
Long-term corporate debt $ 374,685 $ 376,160
Long-term project debt 4,740,329 3,491,877
Grants and other liabilities 1,705,334 1,367,601
Related parties 67,538 77,961
Derivative liabilities 373,572 168,931
Deferred tax liabilities 56,971 60,818
Total non-current liabilities $ 7,318,429 $ 5,543,348
Current liabilities
Short-term corporate debt $ 2,409 $ 2,255
Short-term project debt 500,882 331,189
Trade payables and other current liabilities 270,361 231,132
Income and other tax payables 22,258 16,440
Total current liabilities $ 795,910 $ 581,016
Total equity and liabilities $ 10,534,770 $ 7,963,995
Consolidated Cash Flow Statements
(Amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars)
For the six-month period ended June 30,
2015 2014
Profit/(loss) for the period $ 5,141 $ (27,823)
Financial expense and non-monetary adjustments 206,103 155,265
Profit for the period adjusted by financial expense and non-monetary items $ 211,244 $ 127,442
Variations in working capital 379 (130,217)
Net interest and income tax paid (132,314) (66,721)
Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities $ 79,309 $ (69,496)
Investment in contracted concessional assets (93,170) (77,297)
Other non-current assets/liabilities 3,143 (2,283)
Acquisitions of subsidiaries (481,845) --
Net cash used in investing activities $ (571,872) $ (79,580)
Net cash provided by financing activities $ 674,960 $ 9,261
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents $ 182,397 $ (139,815)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 354,154 357,664
Translation differences in cash or cash equivalent (8,387) (504)
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 528,164 $ 217,345

Reconciliation of Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates to Profit/(loss) for the period attributable to the parent company

(in thousands of U.S. dollars) Six-month period ended June 30,
2015 2014
Profit/(loss) for the period attributable to the Company $ (673) $ (28,233)
Profit attributable to non-controlling interest 5,814 410
Income tax 6,428 2,706
Share of profit/(loss) of associates carried under the equity method (3,342) 429
Financial expense, net 129,910 104,664
Operating profit $ 138,137 $ 79,976
Depreciation, amortization, and impairment charges (110,350) 57,196
Dividend from exchangeable preferred equity investment in ACBH 9,200 --
Further Adjusted EBITDA $ 257,687 $ 137,172
Abengoa Yield's pro-rata share of EBITDA from Unconsolidated Affiliates 7,099 --
Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates $ 264,786 $ 137,172

Reconciliation of Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates to net cash provided by/ (used) in operating activities

(in thousands of U.S. dollars) For the six-month period ended June 30,
2015 2014
Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates $ 264,786 $ 137,172
Abengoa Yield's pro-rata share of EBITDA from Unconsolidated Affiliates 7,099 --
Further Adjusted EBITDA $ 257,687 $ 137,172
Net interest and income tax paid (132,314) (66,721)
Variations in working capital 379 (130,217)
Non-cash adjustments and other (46,443) (9,730)
Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities $ 79,309 $ (69,496)
Cash Available For Distribution Reconciliation
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
Six months ended
June 30, 2015
Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates $ 264,786
Abengoa Yield's pro-rata share of EBITDA from unconsolidated affiliates (7,099)
Non-monetary items (44,970)
Interest and income tax paid4 (99,856)
Principal amortization of indebtedness5 (37,300)
Deposits into/ withdrawals from debt service accounts (4,053)
Change in available cash at project level to be distributed in subsequent periods 24,598
Change in other assets and liabilities (13,010)
Cash Available For Distribution $ 83,095

4 Excludes interest payments from recently acquired entities for $32,458 thousand.

5 Excludes principal amortization of indebtedness from recently acquired entities amounting to $13,363 thousand.

CONTACT: CFO and COO Eduard Soler E-mail: ir@abengoayield.com Communication Department Patricia Malo de Molina Tel: +34 954 93 71 11 E-mail: communication@abengoa.com Investor Relations Leire Perez Tel: +44 20 7098 4384 E-mail: ir@abengoayield.comSource:Abengoa Yield