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Ellomay Capital Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2016

Ellomay Capital Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year of 2016

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Ellomay Capital Ltd. (“Ellomay” or the “Company”), an emerging operator in the renewable energy and energy infrastructure sector, today reported its financial results for the year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016.

Financial Highlights

Revenues were approximately $12.9 million (€11.6 million) for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to approximately $13.8 million (€12.5 million) for the year ended December 31, 2015. The decrease in revenues is mainly a result of relatively lower electricity spot prices and radiation levels during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015, which was characterized by relatively high levels of radiation.

Operating expenses were approximately $2.3 million (€2.1 million) for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to approximately $2.9 million (€2.6 million) for the year ended December 31, 2015. The decrease in operating expenses is mainly attributable to the reduction of municipal taxes paid by the Company’s Italian subsidiaries as a result of legislation adopted in 2016. Depreciation expenses were approximately $4.9 million (€4.4 million) for both the year ended December 31, 2016 and the year ended December 31, 2015.

General and administrative expenses were approximately $4.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to approximately $3.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase is mainly due to (i) expenses in connection with consulting services with respect to potential acquisitions and (ii) capital expenditures in the amount of $1.8 million in connection with the Manara Project, recorded in the general and administrative expenses. These amounts were partially offset by a decrease in salaries and related compensation costs following the termination of employment of one of the Company’s senior employees in October 2015.

Share of profits of equity accounted investee, after elimination of intercompany transactions, was approximately $1.5 million in the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to approximately $2.4 million in the year ended December 31, 2015. The decrease was mainly due to an update of the deferred taxes of Dorad resulting from the change in the applicable tax rates, the decrease in the electricity tariffs in February and September 2015, as well as the timing differences between the reduction in the tariffs and the decrease in the price of gas.

Other income, net was approximately $0.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to approximately $0.02 million in the year ended December 31, 2015. Other income was primarily attributable to compensation to be received in connection with a pumped storage project in the Gilboa, Israel initially recognized in 2014. The revaluation of such financial asset is recognized as other income for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2016.

Financing expenses, net was approximately $3.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to financing income, net of approximately $0.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The change in financing expenses was mainly due to income derived from the reevaluation of the Company’s EUR/USD forward transactions, the Company’s currency interest rate swap transactions and the Company’s interest rate swap transactions in the aggregate amount of approximately $3.5 million during the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to $0.7 million during the year ended December 31, 2016.

Taxes on income were approximately $0.6 million in the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to tax benefit of approximately $1.9 million in the year ended December 31, 2015. The tax benefit for the year ended December 31, 2015 resulted mainly from deferred tax income included in connection with the application of a tax incentive claimable upon filing the relevant tax return by reducing the amount of taxable profit.

Loss for the year was approximately $1.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to net income of approximately $7.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Total other comprehensive loss was approximately $1.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to approximately $7.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2015. The change was mainly due to presentation currency translation adjustments as a result of fluctuations in the Euro/USD exchange rates. Such loss is a result of the devaluation in the Euro against the U.S. Dollar of approximately 10.4% for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to approximately 3.4% for the year ended December 31, 2016.

Total comprehensive loss was approximately $2.9 million in the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to income of approximately $0.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2015.

EBITDA was approximately $7.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to approximately $9.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Net cash from operating activities was approximately $8.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $4.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in net cash from operating activities is mainly attributable to interest payment received on a loan to an equity accounted investee amounting to approximately $5 million.

As of March 1, 2017, we held approximately $27.9 million in cash and cash equivalents, approximately $0.2 million in short-term restricted cash, approximately $1 million in marketable securities and approximately $1.9 million in long-term restricted cash.

Ran Fridrich, CEO and a board member of Ellomay commented: “2016 was characterized by intensive project development activities, including the Manara pumped storage project, waste-to-energy projects in the Netherlands and other projects in the photovoltaic field in Israel and Europe. I expect that we will start to see the fruits of these efforts in 2017. We also continued the operational improvements in our PV assets in Italy and Spain and creating a strong cash flow, which services all of our needs with excess cash flow of approximately $3 million. We raised capital under convenient terms and have the means required to implement the investment plan for the coming year.”

Information for the Company’s Debenture Holders

As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s Net Financial Debt (as such term is defined in the Deeds of Trust of the Company’s Debentures) was approximately $11.7 million (consisting of approximately $22.6 million of short-term and long-term debt from banks and other interest bearing financial obligations and approximately $35.5 million in connection with the Series A Debentures issuances (in January and September 2014), net of approximately $24.7 million of cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities and net of approximately $21.8 million of project finance and related hedging transactions of the Company’s subsidiaries). As the Company’s Series B Debentures were issued after December 31, 2016, the Net Financial Debt information provided herein does not include the obligations in connection with the Series B Debentures.

Use of NON-IFRS Financial Measures

EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure and is defined as earnings before financial expenses, net, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The Company presents this measure in order to enhance the understanding of the Company’s historical financial performance and to enable comparability between periods. While the Company considers EBITDA to be an important measure of comparative operating performance, EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or other statement of operations or cash flow data prepared in accordance with IFRS as a measure of profitability or liquidity. EBITDA does not take into account the Company’s commitments, including capital expenditures, and restricted cash and, accordingly, is not necessarily indicative of amounts that may be available for discretionary uses. Not all companies calculate EBITDA in the same manner, and the measure as presented may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures presented by other companies. The Company’s EBITDA may not be indicative of the historic operating results of the Company; nor is it meant to be predictive of potential future results. A reconciliation between results on an IFRS and non-IFRS basis is provided in the last table of this press release.

Source:prnewswire
Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network

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