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Polaris Infrastructure continues increase in revenues from San Jacinto geothermal plant

Pipes at San Jacinto geothermal plant, Nicaragua (source: Polaris Infrastructure)
Alexander Richter 7 Nov 2019

Polaris Infrastructure reports positive financial results for the third quarter of 2019 with higher revenue reported for the San Jacinto-Tizate geothermal power plant.

In a release on its third quarter results for 2019, Canadian listed Polaris Infrastructure Inc. (TSX: PIF) provides details on its financial and operating results.

Continued Strong Power Generation

The San Jacinto project generated 133 GWh (net) (an average of 60.2 MW (net)), resulting in revenue of $17.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, versus revenue of $18.2 million on generation of 144 GWh (net) (an average of 65.4 MW (net)) in the prior year period. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 the San Jacinto project generated 401 GWh (net), resulting in revenue of $52.3 million versus revenue of $50.5 million on generation of 400 GWh (net) for the same period the prior year.The 5 MW capacity Canchayllo facility contributed $0.4 million of revenue for the quarter with net generation of 9.4 MWh and revenue of $1.1 million for the for the nine months ending September 30, 2019 on net generation of 25.4 MWh.

Continued Cash Flow Generation

The Company generated Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) of $14.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2019, down $1.2 million from the prior year period, primarily as a result of lower net generation at the San Jacinto project noted above and an increase in general and administrative costs associated with the anticipated completion of the two hydro projects in Peru.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 the Adjusted EBITDA was $44.6 million versus $43.0 million for the same period in 2018, which represents an increase of $1.7 million or 3.9%.For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 the Company generated operating cash flow of $31.7 million, of which $10.8 million was used to repay debt, $7.1 million for dividends to common shareholders, with the remainder being invested in the construction of the hydro projects in Peru.

Financial overview

The financial results of Polaris Infrastructure for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 are summarized below:For the three months ended September 30, 2019, the Company reported revenue of $17.6 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $14.3 million, compared to revenue of $18.2 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $15.5 million, for the same period in 2018. The revenue decrease is mainly due to anticipated natural declines, an increase in cycling of well SJ 9-3 as well as the stabilization of the field after sufficient time for well SJ 12-5 having been online.

Earnings attributable to owners of the Company was $2.6 million, compared to $4.0 million in the same period of 2018.  The decrease was driven by lower revenue reported by San Jacinto, coupled with an increase in general and administrative expenses, arising from the increase in insurance costs and other administrative expenses associated with the increase in activities in Peru after the acquisition of UEG in late October 2018.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the Company had net operating cash inflows of $31.7 million, net investing cash outflows of $29.2 million and net financing cash outflows of $0.3 million.

At September 30, 2019, the Company had cash of $40.1 million.

“The completion of the construction of the hydro projects in Peru is another important milestone for the Company.  The combination of strong cash flow generation at San Jacinto with additional revenue and cash flow from our hydro projects in Peru sets the Company up very well for 2020. The additional diversification of revenue and cash flow will enable the Company to continue to grow and diversify as well as return capital to shareholders,” noted Marc Murnaghan, Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Infrastructure.

Source: Company release via Newswire