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Atlantica Yield Reports 2015 Financial Results

  • Revenue for the full year 2015 reached $790.9 million, more than double that achieved in the previous year.
  • Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates increased by 107% year-on-year to $636.5 million in 2015, compared with $308.0 million in 2014.
  • Very strong cash available for distribution of $178.5 million in the year, meeting our guidance.
  • While the business performance is strong, the Board of Directors decided that it is prudent to postpone the decision regarding Q4 2015 dividend until Q2 2016.

Financial Results 2015

NEW YORK, March 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atlantica Yield (Nasdaq:ABY), the sustainable total return company that owns a diversified portfolio of contracted assets in the energy and environment sectors, closed 2015 delivering very solid operating results, confirming the trend of previous quarters. Revenues amounted to $790.9 million, representing a 118% increase year-on-year and Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates (“FA EBITDA”) reached $636.5 million, a 107% increase compared to 2014. In the fourth quarter of 2015, cash available for distribution amounted to $36.8 million, representing a 30% increase versus the same quarter of the previous year. With this, our cash available for distribution in the full year reached $178.5 million, meeting our announced guidance.

2015 Highlights

Year ended December 31,
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)2015 2014
Revenue790,881 362,693
Further Adjusted EBITDA incl. unconsolidated affiliates1636,510 308,023
CAFD178,496 56,528

Key Performance Indicators

As of and for the year ended
December 31,
2015 2014
Renewable energy
MW in operation2 1,441 891
GWh produced 2,536 902
Conventional power
MW in operation2 300 300
GWh produced 2,465 2,474
Electric availability3 (%) 101.7% 101.9%
Electric transmission lines
Miles in operation 1,099 1,018
Availability3 (%) 99.9% 100.0%
Water
Capacity (Mft3/day)2 10.5 -
Availability3 (%) 101.5% -

1 Further Adjusted EBITDA includes the dividend from our preferred equity investment in Brazil and our share in EBITDA of unconsolidated affiliates (see reconciliation on page 12).
2 Represents total installed capacity in assets owned at the end of the period, regardless of our percentage of ownership in each of the assets.
3 Availability refers to actual availability divided by contracted availability.

Segment Results

(in thousands of U.S. dollars)Year ended December 31,
2015 2014
Revenue by Geography
North America$ 328,139 $ 195,508
South America 112,480 83,592
EMEA 350,262 83,593
Total revenue$ 790,881 $ 362,693
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)Year ended December 31,
2015 2014
Further Adjusted EBITDA incl. unconsolidated affiliates by Geography
North America$ 279,559 $ 175,398
South America 110,905 77,188
EMEA 246,046 55,437
Total Further Adjusted EBITDA incl. unconsolidated affiliates$ 636,510 $ 308,023
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)Year ended December 31,
2015 2014
Revenue by business sector
Renewable energy$ 543,012 $ 170,673
Conventional power 138,717 118,765
Electric transmission lines 86,393 73,255
Water 22,759 -
Total revenue$ 790,881 $ 362,693
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)Year ended December 31,
2015 2014
Further Adjusted EBITDA incl. unconsolidated affiliates by business sector
Renewable energy$ 417,157 $ 137,820
Conventional power 107,671 101,896
Electric transmission lines 89,047 68,307
Water 22,635 -
Total Further Adjusted EBITDA incl. unconsolidated affiliates$ 636,510 $ 308,023

2015 has been very important in terms of growth and the successful integration of our acquisitions. Growth has been particularly important in our Renewable energy segment, where we reached 1,441 MW of installed capacity. We produced 2,536 GWh of clean electricity during the year, which is nearly three times the 2014 production.

Performance in our renewable energy assets has been mixed in 2015, with assets such as Mojave and our Spanish plants performing at or above expectations, while Solana, our wind assets in South America and Kaxu should improve in 2016.

In our Renewable energy segment, Mojave achieved outstanding operating results during its first year of operation in 2015 and we expect this asset to maintain this solid operating momentum in order to reach its run rate in 2016. Solana, only in its second year of operating is expected to improve its performance in 2016, due to a number of initiatives implemented at the end of 2015 and the first part of 2016. Actually, these initiatives are already showing some significant improvements in the beginning of 2016. Solar assets in Spain have outperformed expectations, reflecting a very solid operating performance. Kaxu started its operations in early 2015 and is still going through its ramp up phase, however, it has already shown an improvement in 2016. Wind assets in Uruguay have shown a stable operating performance, in line with expectations, although the lower wind resource in the first half of the year resulted into a lower generation than forecasted.

Our availability-based assets have all delivered very good availability levels. Our Conventional power generating facility in Mexico, ACT, exceeded another year its contractual targets regarding electricity and thermal generation. In our Transmission line and Water segments our assets have either comfortably achieved or exceeded forecasted availability levels.

Net Income was negatively affected by a one-time non-cash impairment of our preferred equity investment in Brazil amounting to $210.4 million. Without considering this effect, Profit attributable to the company would have amounted to $1.4 million in the full year 2015.

Liquidity and Debt

As of December 31, 2015, consolidated cash and cash equivalents amounted to $514.7 million, of which $45.5 million was cash available at the Atlantica Yield corporate level. In addition, short-term financial investments at the project level amounted to $77.1 million. As a result, total liquidity including short-term financial investments amounted to $591.8 million as of December 31, 2015.

Net project debt and net corporate debt amounted to $5,001.4 million and $619.0 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2015. Net corporate debt / CAFD pre-corporate debt service ratio remains below our internal target of 3x.

Guidance

We have revised expectations for the year 2016 to reflect:

  • the existing uncertainty on the dividend from our preferred equity investment in Brazil;
  • potential one time delays in distributions in 2016 expected from certain assets due to the current situation of our current sponsor; and
  • expected operating performance as well as incremental expenses related to the process of separation from our current sponsor.

As a result, we expect CAFD for the year 2016 to be in the range of $170 million to $200 million and dividend per share to be in the range of $1.45 to $1.80 per share.

In addition, we are initiating guidance on FA EBITDA, with an expected FA EBITDA for 2016 in the range of $750 million to $800 million.

We expect 2016 to be a transition year and as such we do not expect 2016 to be representative of our run-rate, as some of the reasons which caused the lower guidance are one time events.

Dividend

Taking into consideration the above mentioned uncertainties derived from the current situation of our sponsor, the Board of Directors is taking a prudent approach and has decided to postpone the decision on the dividend corresponding to the fourth quarter of 2015, until the second quarter of 2016.

Strategic Objectives for 2016

Santiago Seage, Managing Director of Atlantica Yield said: “Atlantica Yield is facing a challenging moment, mainly due to the situation of our sponsor. In this context, we are very satisfied with the performance of our portfolio in 2015 including our latest acquisitions. Operating results for the year have been strong and we have met our CAFD guidance for the year. In 2016, we will continue to focus on operational excellence and on achieving further autonomy from our current sponsor. With this, we are confident that we will be able to show the value of our portfolio and grow again.”

Details of the Results Presentation Conference

Atlantica Yield’s Managing Director, Santiago Seage, and its CFO, Francisco Martinez-Davis, will hold a conference call today, February 29, at 4:30 am EST.

In order to access the conference call participants should dial: +1 855 402 7761 (U.S.) / +44 (0) 2031 474 609 (U.K.). A live webcast of the conference call will be available on Atlantica Yield's website. Please visit the website at least 15 minutes earlier in order to register for the live webcast and download any necessary audio software.

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 and for yieldcos in particular our ability to access capital markets, adverse results in current and future litigation, developments at Abengoa, S.A. 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 Atlantica Yield’s future results included in Atlantica Yield’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.

Atlantica 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.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We present non-GAAP financial measures because we believe that they and other similar measures are widely used by certain investors, securities analysts and other interested parties as supplemental measures of performance and liquidity. The non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies and have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our operating results as reported under IFRS as issued by the IASB. Non-GAAP financial measures and ratios are not measurements of our performance or liquidity under IFRS as issued by the IASB and should not be considered as alternatives to operating profit or profit for the year or any other performance measures derived in accordance with IFRS as issued by the IASB or any other generally accepted accounting principles or as alternatives to cash flow from operating, investing or financing activities.


Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars)
For the three-month period ended
December 31,
For the year ended December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenue$ 214,967 $ 93,380 $ 790,881 $ 362,693
Other operating income 14,081 10,721 68,857 79,913
Raw materials and consumables used (8,883) (2,762) (23,243) (9,462)
Employee benefit expenses (2,971) 198 (5,848) (1,664)
Depreciation, amortization, and impairment charges (77,309) (38,599) (261,301) (125,480)
Other operating expenses (71,790) (24,539) (224,828) (132,657)
Operating profit/(loss)$ 68,095 $ 38,399 $ 344,518 $ 173,343
Financial income() 1,711 3,464 4,911
Financial expense (99,069) (58,627) (333,921) (210,252)
Net exchange differences 2,565 (1,354) 3,852 2,054
Other financial income/(expense), net3 (205,891) 3,420 (200,153) 5,861
Financial expense, net$ (302,394) $ (54,850) $ (526,758) $ (197,426)
Share of profit/(loss) of associates carried under the equity method 3,214 (167) 7,844 (769)
Profit/(loss) before income tax$ (231,085) $ (16,618) $ (174,396) $ (24,852)
Income tax (1,381) (288) (23,790) (4,413)
Profit/(loss) for the period$ (232,466) $ (16,906) $ (198,186) $ (29,265)
Loss/(profit) attributable to non-controlling interests (1,734) (866) (10,819) (2,347)
Profit/(loss) for the period attributable to the Company4$ (234,200) $ (17,772) $ (209,005) $ (31,612)
Less: Predecessor Loss prior to Initial Public Offering on June 13, 2014 - (28,233)
Net profit attributable to the Company subsequent to Initial Public Offering (3,379)
Weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding (thousands) 100,217 80,000 92,795 80,000
Basic earnings per share attributable to the Company (U.S. dollar per share)$ (2.34) $ (0.22) $ (2.25) $ (0.04)

3 Includes non-cash impact of the impairment of our preferred equity investment in Brazil amounting to $210.4 million
4 Without considering the impact of the impairment of our preferred equity investment in Brazil, Profit attributable to the Company would have amounted to $1.4 million profit.


Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
(Amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars)
AssetsAs of December 31, As of December 31,
2015 2014
Non-current assets
Contracted concessional assets$ 9,300,897 $ 6,725,178
Investments carried under the equity method 56,181 5,711
Financial investments 93,791 373,561
Deferred tax assets 191,314 124,210
Total non-current assets$ 9,642,183 $ 7,228,660
Current assets
Inventories 14,913 22,068
Clients and other receivables 197,308 129,696
Financial investments 221,358 229,417
Cash and cash equivalents 514,712 354,154
Total current assets$ 948,291 $ 735,335
Total assets$ 10,590,474 $ 7,963,995


Equity and liabilitiesAs of December 31, As of December 31,
2015 2014
Equity attributable to the Company
Share capital$ 10,022 $ 8,000
Parent company reserves 2,313,855 1,790,135
Other reserves 24,831 (15,539)
Accumulated currency translation differences (109,582) (28,963)
Retained Earnings (356,524) (2,031)
Non-controlling interest 140,899 88,029
Total equity$ 2,023,501 $ 1,839,631
Non-current liabilities
Long-term corporate debt 661,341 376,160
Long-term project debt 3,574,464 3,491,877
Grants and other liabilities 1,646,748 1,367,601
Related parties 126,860 77,961
Derivative liabilities 385,095 168,931
Deferred tax liabilities 79,654 60,818
Total non-current liabilities$ 6,474,162 $ 5,543,348
Current liabilities
Short-term corporate debt 3,153 2,255
Short-term project debt 1,896,205 331,189
Trade payables and other current liabilities 104,404 126,576
Related parties 73,813 104,556
Income and other tax payables 15,236 16,440
Total current liabilities$ 2,092,811 $ 581,016
Total equity and liabilities$ 10,590,474 $ 7,963,995


Consolidated Cash Flow Statements
(Amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars)
For the three-month period ended
December 31,
For the year ended December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Profit/(loss) for the period$ (232,466) $ (16,906) $ (198,186) $ (29,265)
Financial expense and non-monetary adjustments 360,040 85,392 734,845 290,549
Profit for the period adjusted by financial expense and non-monetary adjustments$ 127,574 $ 68,486 $ 536,659 $ 261,284
Variations in working capital 66,378 45,029 73,061 (67,991)
Net interest and income tax paid (131,760) (67,886) (310,235) (149,685)
Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities$ 62,192 $ 45,629 $ 299,485 $ 43,608
Investment in contracted concessional assets (6,210) 24,977 (106,007) (56,960)
Other non-current assets/liabilities 2,274 (63,580) 10,131 (65,863)
Acquisitions of subsidiaries (76,831) (222,345) (833,974) (222,345)
Net cash used in investing activities$ (80,767) $ (260,948) $ (929,850) $ (345,168)
Net cash provided by/(used in) financing activities$ (117,511 ) $ 305,238 $ 810,931 $ 304,441
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents$ (136,086 ) $ 89,919 $ 180,566 $ 2,881
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period 662,508 265,106 354,154 357,664
Translation differences in cash or cash equivalent (11,710) (871) (20,008) (6,391)
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period$ 514,712 $ 354,154 $ 514,712 $ 354,154


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)Year ended December 31,
2015 2014
Profit/(loss) for the period attributable to the Company$ (209,005) $ (31,612)
Profit attributable to non-controlling interest 10,819 2,347
Income tax 23,790 4,413
Share of loss/(profit) of associates carried under the equity method (7,844) 769
Financial expense, net 526,758 197,426
Operating profit $ 344,518 $ 173,343
Depreciation, amortization, and impairment charges 261,301 125,480
Dividend from exchangeable preferred equity investment in ACBH 18,400 9,200
Further Adjusted EBITDA$ 624,219 $ 308,023
Atlantica Yield’s pro-rata share of EBITDA from Unconsolidated Affiliates 12,291 -
Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates$ 636,510 $ 308,023


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 year ended December 31,
2015 2014
Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates$ 636,510 $ 308,023
Atlantica Yield’s pro-rata share of EBITDA from Unconsolidated Affiliates (12,291) -
Further Adjusted EBITDA$ 624,219 $ 308,023
Net interest and income tax paid (310,235) (149,685)
Variations in working capital 73,061 (67,991)
Other non-cash adjustments and other (87,560) (46,739)
Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities $ 299,485 $ 43,608


Cash Available For Distribution Reconciliation (Historical)

(in thousands of U.S. dollars)Three months ended
December 31, 2015
Year ended
December 31, 2015
Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates$ 153,075 $ 636,510
Atlantica Yield’s pro-rata share of EBITDA from unconsolidated affiliates (3,071) (12,291)
Dividends from unconsolidated affiliates 254 4,417
Non-monetary ítems (24,993) (91,410)
Interest and income tax paid (131,759) (310,234)
Principal amortization of indebtedness (86,153) (175,389)
Deposits into/ withdrawals from debt service accounts (183) (16,837)
Change in available cash at project level 71,155 72,217
Changes in other assets and liabilities 58,500 71,513
Cash Available For Distribution$ 36,825 $ 178,496


Cash Available For Distribution Reconciliation (Guidance)

(in millions of U.S. dollars) 2016
Further Adjusted EBITDA including unconsolidated affiliates750 - 800
Atlantica Yield’s pro-rata share of EBITDA from unconsolidated affiliates (10)
Dividends from unconsolidated affiliates 5
Non-monetary ítems(65) – (75)
Interest and income tax paid (314)
Principal amortization of indebtedness (183)
Changes in other assets and liabilities and change in available cash at project level(13) – (23)
Cash Available For Distribution170 - 200

About Atlantica Yield

Atlantica Yield is the corporate brand for Abengoa Yield plc, a total return company that owns a diversified portfolio of contracted renewable energy, power generation, electric transmission and water assets in North & South America, and certain markets in EMEA (www.atlanticayield.com).

Chief Financial Officer Francisco Martinez-Davis E ir@atlanticayield.com Investor Relations & Communication Leire Perez E ir@atlanticayield.com T +44 20 3547 8055

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