“During the first quarter of 2024, Ormat delivered exceptional growth, driving a 21.0% increase in total revenue, a 25.5% rise in earnings per diluted share, and a 14.4% increase in Adjusted EBITDA, supported by our strong performance across all segments,”

said Doron Blachar, Chief Executive Officer of Ormat Technologies.

“This performance was fueled by our organic growth that includes the successful execution of our strategic plan and enhanced operational efficiency at existing facilities, which together contributed more than 50% of the increase in Revenues and in EBITDA. In addition, our results were positively impactedby our recently acquired Enel Green Power North America asset portfolio. Further, our first quarter gross margin and Adjusted EBITDA performance would have seen even stronger relative comparisons on a year-over-year basis when considering for the $6.7 million of business interruption insurance proceeds that were embedded in the previous year’s results.”

“The Electricity segment achieved a new quarterly revenue record, driven by improved performance at Puna, now operating above 30 MW, and the contributions from Heber, which was partially operational in the first quarter of 2023. Our Energy Storage business also experienced significant growth, with revenue increasing nearly 66% and gross margin improving by more than 1,100 bp year-over-year, thanks to new projects launched in 2023 and the stable revenue from the Pomona 2 tolling agreement. These factors combined to drive meaningful growth”.

Blachar continued,

“Our strong start to the year further strengthens our confidence in our growth trajectory. Since the beginning of the year, we have added across segments 130 MW of new capacity, which includes the purchased Enel assets, commercial operation of two solar facilities, and the East Flemington Energy Storage facility. Combined with the remaining projects we expect to bring online during 2024 and the potential uplift from our recent successful drilling program in Kenya, we reiterate our 2024 guidance. We remain on track to meet our operating capacity goals and long-term financial targets. We continue to believe that our compelling and diversified portfolio, unique growth strategy, and our successful track record that demonstrates our ability to develop attractive projects with long-term PPAs puts us in a position for continued success, and will drive and expand significant shareholder value as we progress through 2024 and beyond, supported by favorable macro drivers such as the increasing demand for renewable energy from data centers, attractive power purchase agreements, and declining battery prices.”


Financial and recent business highlights
  • Net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders for the first quarter was $38.6 million, an increase of 32.9% compared to last year. Diluted EPS for the first quarter was $0.64, an increase of 25.5% compared to the prior year period.
  • Adjusted net income attributable to the Company’s stockholders and diluted adjusted EPS for the first quarter increased 36.5% and 27.5%, respectively, versus the prior year period, due to new assets added in the first quarter and a lower tax rate as we continue to benefit from the IRA tax credits.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter was $141.2 million, an increase of 14.4% compared to 2023. The year-over-year increase in Adjusted EBITDA was driven by the growth in the Electricity segment as a result of the Enel Green Power North America asset acquisition (“Enel acquisition”), the improved performance of Puna and Heber and a larger contribution from tax equity transactions. The year-over-year increase was offset by $6.7 million of insurance proceeds related to Puna which were recorded in the first quarter of 2023.
  • Electricity segment revenues increased 12.3% year over year. Higher generation from Puna, Heber 1, and North Valley, as well as new revenue contributions from the Enel acquisition, were the main drivers behind electricity growth during the first quarter. Gross margin in the segment reduced by 540 basis points mainly due to the $6.7 million insurance proceeds recorded in the first quarter last year.
  • Product segment revenues exhibited a material increase of 147.3% and gross margin improved by 790 bp in the first quarter compared to 2023, supported by a higher backlog, the timing of revenue recognition and increased profitability of our contracts.
  • Product segment backlog stands at approximately $130.0 million as of May 8, 2024.
  • Energy Storage segment revenues increased 65.6% and gross margin increased from a negative margin to a positive 7.5% for the first quarter 2024, driven largely by the impact of the CODs for storage facilities that the Company achieved in the second half of 2023 and in the first quarter 2024, and higher merchant prices in the PJM region.

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