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Ram Power publishes operating results for 2014

Plant in San Jacinto Tizate, Nicaragua (source: PowerEngineers)
Francisco Rojas Francisco Rojas 31 Mar 2015

For the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company had net operating cash inflows of $13.2 million, net investing cash outflows of $2.7 million and net financing cash outflows of $17.7 million, which combined for a net decrease in cash of $7.2 million

The following is an update of Ram Power’s projects and its operating results for 2014 according to a press release by the company.

Ram Power, Corp. (“Ram Power” or the “Company”), a renewable energy company focused on the development, production and sale of electricity from geothermal energy, is pleased to announce its operating results for the year ended December 31, 2014. This earnings release should be read in conjunction with Ram Power’s financial statements, and management’s discussion and analysis (“MD&A”), which are available on the Company’s website at www.ram-power.com and have been posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

HIGHLIGHTS

San Jacinto-Tizate Project Overview

  • The San Jacinto-Tizate Power Plant generated 429,740 (net) MWh resulting in revenue of $48.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 (an increase of 4% over the same period in 2013) compared to revenue of $46.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. The revenue increase was caused by the 3% annual tariff increase coupled with a slight increase in production as a result of wells being offline for the San Jacinto drilling remediation program in 2013.
  • The plant generated operating income in 2014 of $7.4 million, a 23% increase ($1.4 million) from $6 million generated in 2013, and cash flows from operations of $13.2 million increased 56% ($4.7 million) from $8.4 million in 2013.

Ram Power Corporate Update

  • As previously disclosed, Ram Power formed a Mergers and Acquisitions Committee to explore and evaluate a broad range of strategic alternatives for the Company to enhance shareholder value. The Mergers and Acquisitions Committee is tasked with exploring opportunities to increase operational efficiencies, strategic partnerships, asset sales or purchases, joint ventures, the sale of the Company, alternative operating models, or continuing with the current business plan, among other potential alternatives. The Company has received a number of proposals from interested third parties and continues to work with its stakeholders and potential investors to bring a transaction to conclusion.

Phase I and II Subordinated Debt Facilities

  • The Company has not made the aggregate US$3,833,323 principal and interest payments required to be made on September 15, December 15, 2014 and March 15, 2015 in respect of its Phase I and Phase II subordinated debt facilities. As the Company has previously disclosed, we continue to work alongside our Phase I and Phase II Senior and Subordinated Lenders, and both parties are interested in bringing to close a transaction in early 2015. As a result of the fact that the subordinated debt payments were not made, the amounts outstanding under these agreements have been classified by the Company as short-term liabilities.

FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

The financial results of Ram Power for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 are summarized below:

Year ended
(all figures in U.S dollars) December 31, 2014 December 31, 2013
49 MW (net) 48.4 MW (net)
Total revenue $ 48,183,646 $ 46,210,054
Other direct costs (6,630,440) (6,164,893)
Depreciation and amortization of plant assets (26,143,794) (24,500,650)
General and administrative expenses (7,014,601) (9,609,351)
Other operating costs (982,070) 96,295
Operating income 7,412,741 6,031,455
Loss on impairment (20,348,852)
Gain on warrant liability valuation 1,340,785 4,431,225
Loss on prepayment option valuation (1,357,000) (4,624,518)
Other gains 5,984,206 847,075
Current and deferred tax expense (11,854,713) (8,224,431)
Total loss and comprehensive loss (23,948,518) (50,935,278)
Total loss and comprehensive loss per share ($0.06) ($0.17)
As at December 31, 2014 As at December 31, 2013
Total assets $ 422,500,655 $ 457,959,404
Long-term debt 44,636,776 239,841,360
Total liabilities 283,891,348 295,537,930
Cash 15,291,540 22,549,994
Working capital (179,405,527) 6,329,850

For the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company reported revenue of $48.1 million and a total loss and comprehensive loss of $23.9 million, or $(0.06) per share, compared to revenue of $46.2 million and a total loss and comprehensive loss of $50.9 million, or $(0.17) per share, for 2013. The 4% increase in revenue resulted from the 3% annual tariff increase coupled with a slight increase in production as a result of wells being offline for the San Jacinto drilling remediation program in 2013. Total loss and comprehensive loss for year ended December 31, 2014 was the result of non-cash depreciation and amortization expense of $26.1 million and deferred tax expense of $11.9 million, offset by unrealized foreign exchange gains on translation of the Company’s debentures of $3.6 million and a gain on the sale of the Geysers project of $2.4 million.

For the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company had net operating cash inflows of $13.2 million, net investing cash outflows of $2.7 million and net financing cash outflows of $17.7 million, which combined for a net decrease in cash of $7.2 million. The Company expended $9.9 million for additions to geothermal properties, principally related to San Jacinto drilling and turbine overhaul costs. At December 31, 2014, the Company had cash of $15.3 million, of which $14.1 million was held for current use in the San Jacinto project.

The Company will need to raise additional capital through the strategic process in order to continue funding operating and exploration and development expenditures. However, it is not possible to predict whether financing efforts will be successful on terms acceptable to the Company (or at all) or if the Company will attain profitable levels of operations. The audited annual consolidated financial statements being released today do not give effect to adjustments that would be necessary should the Company be unable to continue as a going concern.

The Company believes sales of assets, capital raises and future activities of the Company will be sufficient to allow the Company to fulfill its current obligations and continue to operate for the foreseeable future. Should additional capital requirements or the replacement of debt be necessary, the Company expects it could satisfy these requirements through debt restructurings, capital raises or asset sales. However, the outcome of these matters cannot be predicted with certainty at this time.

“We appreciate the patience of our shareholders while we continue to have productive discussions with all of our stakeholders regarding the strategic process for the Company,” stated Antony Mitchell, Executive Chairman of Ram Power. “We hope to have an announcement in the near future.”

As a result of the continuing strategic process of the Company, there will not be an annual earnings call with management for the year-end results. The Company will provide an update with respect to the strategic process at such time as developments require disclosure in accordance with applicable securities laws.

Source: Press Release by Ram Power via StockHouse