Monday, May 11, 2009

Strong Earnings From Ormat Technologies

Well, the earnings for Ormat Technologies (ORA) are now out. A solid beat at 0.32 v 0.25 expected. The stock is shooting higher in the pre-market. Here are a couple of highlights:

  • For the three month period ended March 31, 2009, total revenues were $99.9 million, an increase of 44.0% from $69.4 million in the first quarter of 2008, consisting of a $3.1 million increase in revenues from the Electricity Segment, and a $27.4 million increase in revenues from the Products Segment.
  • For the quarter, the Company reported net income of $14.5 million or $0.32 per share (basic and diluted), as compared to net income of $10.0 million, or $0.24 per share (basic and diluted), for the same period a year ago. The increase in net income is primarily attributable to an increase in sales within the Products Segment primarily derived from EPC contracts for the construction of two large geothermal projects and additional energy generated year-over-year in our Electricity Segment.
  • Commenting on the quarter's results, Dita Bronicki, Chief Executive Officer of Ormat, stated: "Growth continued during the quarter with improvements in both our revenues and net income. Revenue from our Products Segment accounted for a significant portion of this quarter's growth. Revenues from our Products Segment are expected to continue to grow throughout the year with an expected increase of 20% to 30% compared to last year. An increase in generation in our Electricity Segment compared to last year also contributed to our record results but its impact was not fully reflected, primarily because of lower energy rates at our Puna facility, the only facility which is sensitive to oil prices. While North Brawley has not yet reached commercial operation, the 35 MW expansion of our Olkaria III power plant in Kenya, is operating as planned.
  • Commenting on the outlook for 2009, Ms. Bronicki said, "With regard to our Electricity Segment, due to the delays in the commercial operation of North Brawley we expect electricity revenues for 2009 to be between $265 million and $275 million. We also expect additional revenues of approximately $9 million from our share of electricity revenues generated by the Mammoth complex, the investment in which is accounted for under the equity method. With respect to our Products Segment, we currently expect that our 2009 revenue will be between $110 million and $120 million."

A good sign on these results. The stock has been priced to perfection, and will be even more so now. I do like this company a lot if you're looking for a geothermal play, but a good example that you have to pay up for quality. I'd also like to see the conference call to determine their outlook industry-wise, and see if they're hearing anything coming soon in terms of regulations/incentives etc. But as of now this looks good.

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