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Ellomay Capital Reports Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2018
Ellomay Capital Reports Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2018Revenues up 20% compared to Q1 2017 and strong cash flow from operating activitiesPR NewswireTEL AVIV, Israel, June 21, 2018TEL AVIV, Israel, June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ellomay Capital Ltd. (NYSE:ELLO) (TASE: ELLO) ("Ellomay" or the "Company"), a renewable energy and power generator and developer of renewable energy and power projects in Europe and Israel, today reported its unaudited financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2018.Financial Highlights Revenues were approximately €3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to approximately €2.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, representing an increase of 20%. The increase in revenues reflects the commencement of operations of a waste-to-energy project in the Netherlands and the results of the Talmei Yosef project, acquired in October 2017, for the first quarter of 2018. As a result of the accounting treatment of the Talmei Yosef project as a financial asset, out of total proceeds from the sale of electricity of approximately €0.8 million for the first quarter of 2018, only revenues related to the ongoing operation of the plant in the amount of approximately €0.2 million are recognized as revenues.Operating expenses were approximately €0.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to approximately €0.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The increase in operating expenses is mainly attributable to additional operating expenses resulting from the commencement of operations of a waste-to-energy project in the Netherlands and from the Talmei Yosef project. Depreciation expenses were approximately €1.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to approximately €1.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The increase reflects the commencement of operations of a waste-to-energy project in the Netherlands and depreciation expenses in connection with the Talmei Yosef project.Project development costs were approximately €0.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to approximately €0.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The increase in project development expenses is mainly attributable to consultancy expenses in connection with the Talasol project.General and administrative expenses were approximately €1.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to approximately €0.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The increase in general and administrative expenses resulted mainly from payment of approximately €0.4 million pursuant to a VAT assessment agreement in connection with previous years in Israel and from increased expenses resulting from the commencement of operations of a waste-to-energy project in the Netherlands and from the Talmei Yosef project.Share of profits of equity accounted investee, after elimination of intercompany transactions, was approximately €1.2 million in the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to approximately €0.8 million in the three months ended March 31, 2017. The increase in the Company's share of profit of equity accounted investee is mainly attributable to an increase in sales of electricity by Dorad due to increased production and lower financing expenses incurred by Dorad for the three months ended March 31, 2018 as a result of the CPI indexation of loans from banks and related parties.Financing expenses, net was approximately €0.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to approximately €2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The decrease in financing expenses was mainly due to income in connection with exchange rate differences amounting to approximately €0.9 million in the three months ended March 31, 2018, mainly in connection with the New Israeli Shekel denominated Series A Debentures and Series B Debentures and the loan to an equity accounted investee, caused by the 4% revaluation of the euro against the NIS during the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to expenses of approximately €1.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, caused by the 4% devaluation of the euro against the NIS during the three months ended March 31, 2017. This decrease was partially offset by expenses in connection with the reevaluation of the Company's euro/ US$ forward transactions of approximately €0.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to expenses of 0 for the three months ended March 31, 2017.Loss for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was approximately €0.4 million, compared to approximately €1.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017.Total other comprehensive loss was approximately €1.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to a profit of approximately €0.7 million in the three months ended March 31, 2017. The change was mainly due to changes in fair value of cash flow hedges and from foreign currency translation differences on New Israeli Shekel denominated operations, as a result of fluctuations in the euro/NIS exchange rates.Total comprehensive loss was approximately €1.9 million in the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to total comprehensive loss of approximately €1 million in the three months ended March 31, 2017.EBITDA was approximately €1.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to approximately €1.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017.Net cash from operating activities was approximately €2.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to approximately €1.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The increase in net cash from operating activities is mainly due to interest payment received during 2018 on a loan to an equity accounted investee and from increased cash flow resulting from the commencement of operations of a waste-to-energy project in the Netherlands and Talmei Yosef project.In May 2018, several of the Company's Italian subsidiaries (the "Subsidiaries") entered into a €35.9 million project finance Facility Agreement (the "Facility Agreement") with Mediocredito Italiano S.p.A and Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. (as account bank). The €35.9 million principal amount is divided into: (i) term loan facilities in the aggregate amount of €33.7 million with terms ending in May 2028, and (ii) revolving facilities, aimed to cover financial needs for the debt service coverage in case of liquidity shortfall, in the aggregate amount of € 2.2 million with terms ending in November 2027. The loans provided under the Facility Agreement bear an annual interest rate equal to the Euribor 6 month rate plus a margin of 185 basis points. The Subsidiaries entered into the swap agreements on May 29, 2018 with respect to approximately €25 million (with a decreasing notional principal amount based on the amortization table) until May 2028 , replacing the Euribor 6 month rate with a fixed 6 month rate of 0.71%, resulting in a fixed annual interest rate of 2.56%.The Subsidiaries partially used the funds borrowed under the Facility Agreement to repay outstanding loans and leasing agreements in the aggregate amount of approximately €13.2 million.As of June 1, 2018, the Company held approximately €49 million in cash and cash equivalents, approximately €2.2 million in marketable securities and approximately €5.6 million in restricted short-term and long-term cash and marketable securities.Ran Fridrich, CEO and a board member of Ellomay commented: "The first quarter results were consistent with our forecasts for 2018. The results reflect an improvement in our profitability and a strong cash flow from operations of approximately € 3 million. We continue promoting our development activities, which include: (i) the 300 MW Talasol project in Spain, that is advancing towards financial closing; (ii) the Manara 156 MW pumped storage plant; and (iii) the Biogas projects in the Netherlands including a potential expansion of the first two biogas projects and possible additional projects."Information for the Company's Series A and Series B Debenture HoldersAs of March 31, 2018, the Company's Net Financial Debt (as such term is defined in the Deeds of Trust of the Company's Debentures) was approximately €36.5 million (consisting of approximately €53.2 million of short-term and long-term debt from banks and other interest bearing financial obligations and approximately €55.3 million in connection with the Series A Debentures issuances (in January and September 2014) and the Series B Debentures issuance (in March 2017), net of approximately €28 million of cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities and net of approximately €44 million of project finance and related hedging transactions of the Company's subsidiaries). Use of NON-IFRS Financial MeasuresEBITDA 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.About Ellomay Capital Ltd.Ellomay is an Israeli based company whose shares are registered with the NYSE American and with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the trading symbol "ELLO". Since 2009, Ellomay Capital focuses its business in the renewable energy and power sectors in Europe and Israel.To date, Ellomay has evaluated numerous opportunities and invested significant funds in the renewable, clean energy and natural resources industries in Israel, Italy and Spain, including: Approximately 22.6MW of photovoltaic power plants in Italy, approximately 7.9MW of photovoltaic power plants in Spain and a photovoltaic power plant of approximately 9 MW in Israel;9.375% indirect interest in Dorad Energy Ltd., which owns and operates one of Israel's largest private power plants with production capacity of approximately 850 MW, representing about 6%-8% of Israel's total current electricity consumption;75% of Chashgal Elyon Ltd., Agira Sheuva Electra, L.P. and Ellomay Pumped Storage (2014) Ltd., all of which are involved in a project to construct a 156 MW pumped storage hydro power plant in the Manara Cliff, Israel;51% of Groen Gas Goor B.V. and of Groen Gas Oude-Tonge B.V., project companies developing anaerobic digestion plants with a green gas production capacity of approximately 375 Nm3/h, in Goor, the Netherlands and 475 Nm3/h, in Oude Tonge, the Netherlands, respectively.Ellomay Capital is controlled by Mr. Shlomo Nehama, Mr. Hemi Raphael and Mr. Ran Fridrich. Mr. Nehama is one of Israel's prominent businessmen and the former Chairman of Israel's leading bank, Bank Hapohalim, and Messrs. Raphael and Fridrich both have vast experience in financial and industrial businesses. These controlling shareholders, along with Ellomay's dedicated professional management, accumulated extensive experience in recognizing suitable business opportunities worldwide. Ellomay believes the expertise of Ellomay's controlling shareholders and management enables the Company to access the capital markets, as well as assemble global institutional investors and other potential partners. As a result, we believe Ellomay is capable of considering significant and complex transactions, beyond its immediate financial resources.For more information about Ellomay, visit http://www.ellomay.com.Information Relating to Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties, including statements that are based on the current expectations and assumptions of the Company's management. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release regarding the Company's plans and objectives, expectations and assumptions of management are forward-looking statements. The use of certain words, including the words "estimate," "project," "intend," "expect," "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements. Various important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those that may be expressed or implied by the Company's forward-looking statements, including weather conditions, regulatory changes, changes in the supply and prices of resources required for the operation of our facilities (such as waste and natural gas), changes in demand and technical and other disruptions in the operations or construction of the power plants owned by us. These and other risks and uncertainties associated with the Company's business are described in greater detail in the filings the Company makes from time to time with Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 20-F. The forward-looking statements are made as of this date and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Ellomay Capital Ltd. and its SubsidiariesCondensed Consolidated Statements of Financial PositionMarch 31,December 31,March 31,201820172018UnauditedAuditedUnauditedConvenience Translation into US$ in thousands*€ in thousandsAssetsCurrent assets:Cash and cash equivalents25,96923,96231,990Marketable securities2,0622,1622,540Restricted cash and marketable securities3,1623,2653,895Receivable from concession project1,2071,2861,487Financial assets1,2031,2491,482Trade and other receivables10,05810,64512,39043,66142,56953,784Non-current assets:Investment in equity accounted investee26,93427,65533,179Advances on account of investments8,7918,82510,829Receivable from concession project26,38227,72532,499Fixed assets79,22578,83797,595Intangible asset5,0775,5056,254Restricted cash and deposits 3,4953,6604,305Deferred tax1,7791,7772,192Long term receivables1,3371,5351,647153,020155,519188,500Total assets196,681198,088242,284Liabilities and EquityCurrent liabilities:Current maturities of long term loans3,1723,1033,907Debentures4,4604,6445,494Trade payables2,2441,3492,763Other payables3,1172,1873,84012,99311,28316,004Non-current liabilities:Finance lease obligations3,6053,6904,441Long-term loans41,13842,09150,667Debentures50,87352,98762,669Deferred tax5,7825,9827,123Other long-term liabilities6,6674,5558,213Full story available on Benzinga.com
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