TransAlta Renewables Inc.
TSX : RNW

TransAlta Renewables Inc.

August 09, 2016 16:51 ET

TransAlta Renewables Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Aug. 9, 2016) - TransAlta Renewables Inc. ("TransAlta Renewables" or the "Company") (TSX:RNW) today reported second quarter 2016 comparable EBITDA(1) of $89 million, an increase of $36 million over the same period in 2015, primarily due to the acquisition of economic interests in the Australian and Canadian Assets which occurred in May 2015 and January 2016 respectively. Comparable cash available for distribution(1) ("Comparable CAFD") totaled $38 million, a decrease of $1 million in the quarter compared to the same period last year. Comparable CAFD in the quarter included $17 million of scheduled debt payments and is also impacted by sustaining capital expenditures and current income taxes on assets acquired.

Year-to-date, comparable EBITDA was $203 million and comparable CAFD was $120 million compared to $108 million and $71 million, respectively, for the same period in 2015. Today, the Company also declared monthly dividends of $0.07333 per share for holders of record on September 1, 2016, October 3, 2016 and November 1, 2016 payable on each of September 30, 2016, October 31, 2016 and November 30, 2016, respectively.

"TransAlta Renewables delivered another solid quarter with strong performance from all assets. Our performance is tracking toward the upper end of the guidance we provided for 2016," said Brett Gellner, President of the Company. "During the quarter we also re-contracted the 10 MW Akolkolex hydro facility for 30 years with BC Hydro and executed against our plan of raising $400 to $600 million in project financing by closing a $159 million bond secured by our New Richmond wind facility located in Quebec."

We continue to advance the construction of the South Hedland facility. The bulk of major equipment has arrived at site. Installation of the new fuel gas interconnection and high voltage works progressed with the connection and energization of the new generator transformer. During the first half of 2016 TransAlta Renewables invested $48 million and anticipate investing approximately $87 million in 2016. To date we have invested $224 million in this project. We continue to expect the project to be delivered on schedule and on budget in mid-2017.

(1) Comparable EBITDA is comprised of our reported EBITDA adjusted to include Comparable EBITDA of the facilities in which we hold an economic interest, which is their reported EBTIDA adjusted for: (1) finance lease income and the change in the finance lease receivable amount; and, (2) contractually fixed management costs. Available Funds from Operation (AFFO) is calculated as the cash flow from operating activities before changes in working capital; less sustaining capital expenditures, distributions paid to subsidiaries' non-controlling interest, and finance income; plus AFFO of the assets owned through economic interests, which is calculated as Comparable EBITDA from the economic interests less long term receivable, sustaining capital expenditures, and current income tax expense. Comparable CAFD refers to AFFO less principal repayments of amortizing debt.

The following table depicts key financial results and statistical operating data:

Second Quarter 2016 Highlights

In $CAD millions, unless otherwise stated 3 months ended 6 months ended
June 30, 2016 June 30, 2015 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2015
Renewable energy production (GWh) (2) 804 698 1,885 1,656
Revenue 52 51 120 119
Comparable EBITDA(2) 89 53 203 108
Adjusted funds from operations(2) 55 39 137 82
Comparable cash available for distribution(2) 38 39 120 71
Net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders (15 ) 7 (51 ) 27
Net earnings (loss) per share attributable to common shareholders, basic and diluted (3) (0.07 ) 0.04 (0.23 ) 0.19
Adjusted funds from operations per share(2) (3) 0.25 0.24 0.61 0.59
Comparable cash available for distribution per share(2) (3) 0.17 0.24 0.54 0.51
Dividends declared per common share(3) 0.22 0.21 0.44 0.40
Dividends paid per common share(3) 0.22 0.20 0.44 0.39

The decrease in net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016, was caused by the change in fair value of Class B shares issued to TransAlta resulting from the increase in our share price.

The following tables provide further detail on the allocation of the comparable EBITDA between owned assets and assets in which TransAlta Renewables holds an economic interest; as well as a reconciliation to AFFO.

(1) Includes production from the Wyoming wind farm, Le Nordais, and Ragged Chute and excludes Australian and Canadian gas-fired generation.

(2) These items are not defined under IFRS and the way they are calculated changed in the third quarter of 2015. Comparative measures have been restated accordingly. Presenting these items from period to period provides management and investors with the ability to evaluate earnings and cash flow trends more readily in comparison with prior periods' results. Refer to the Non-IFRS Measures section of the MD&A for further discussion of these Items, including, where applicable, reconciliations to measures calculated in accordance with IFRS.

(3) Amounts in whole dollars to the nearest two decimals.


3 Months Ended June 30
($CAD millions)
2016 2015
Owned
Assets
Economic
Interest
Total Owned
Assets
Economic
Interest
Total
Comparable EBITDA 34 55 89 34 19 53
Interest Expense excluding accretion (12 ) - (12 ) (8 ) - (8 )
Long term receivable - (6 ) (6 ) - - -
Sustaining capital expenditures (3 ) (7 ) (10 ) (3 ) (1 ) (4 )
Current income tax expense (3 ) (3 ) (6 ) (1 ) - (1 )
Distributions paid to subsidiaries'non-controlling interest
(1
)
-

(1
)
(2
)
-

(2
)
Other 1 - 1 1 - 1
AFFO 16 39 55 21 18 39

6 Months Ended June 30
($CAD millions)
2016 2015
Owned
Assets
Economic
Interest
Total Owned
Assets
Economic
Interest
Total
Comparable EBITDA 84 119 203 85 23 108
Interest Expense excluding accretion (24 ) - (24 ) (17 ) - (17 )
Long term receivable - (15 ) (15 ) - - -
Sustaining capital expenditures (4 ) (11 ) (15 ) (5 ) (1 ) (6 )
Current income tax expense (3 ) (6 ) (9 ) (1 ) - (1 )
Distributions paid to subsidiaries'non-controlling interest (3 ) - (3 ) (3 ) - (3 )
Unrealized risk management gain - (1 ) (1 ) - - -
Currency adjustment - (1 ) (1 ) - - -
Other 2 - 2 1 - 1
AFFO 52 85 137 60 22 82

The complete copy of TransAlta Renewables' second quarter report which includes the MD&A and unaudited financial statements is available through TransAlta Renewables' website at www.transaltarenewables.com or at SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

About TransAlta Renewables Inc.

TransAlta Renewables is among the largest of any publicly traded renewable independent power producers ("IPP") in Canada. Our asset platform and economic interests are diversified in terms of geography, generation and counterparties and consist of interests in 18 wind facilities, 13 hydroelectric facilities, eight natural gas generation facilities (including one currently under construction) and one natural gas pipeline, representing an ownership interest of 2,441 MW of net generating capacity, located in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, the State of Wyoming and the State of Western Australia. Our objectives are to (i) provide stable, consistent returns for investors through the ownership of, and investment in, highly contracted renewable and natural gas power generation and other infrastructure assets that provide stable cash flow primarily through long-term contracts with strong counterparties; (ii) pursue and capitalize on strategic growth opportunities in the renewable and natural gas power generation and other infrastructure sectors; (iii) maintain diversity in terms of geography, generation and counterparties; and (iv) pay out 80 to 85 per cent of cash available for distribution to the shareholders of the Company on an annual basis.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Information

This news release contains forward looking statements, including statements regarding the business and anticipated financial performance of the Company that are based on the Company's current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "plans", "expects", "proposed", "will", "anticipates", "develop", "continue", and similar expressions suggesting future events or future performance. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements pertaining to, without limitation, the following: the timing and cost associated with commissioning of the South Hedland Power Station. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts but reflect the Company's current expectations concerning future plans, actions and results. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual plans, actions and results to differ materially from current expectations including, but not limited to: changes in tax, environmental, and other laws and regulations; competitive factors in the renewable power industry; operational breakdowns, failures, or other disruptions; changes in economic and market conditions; and other risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company's materials filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities from time to time and as also set forth in the Company's MD&A and Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2015. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company's expectations only as of the date of this news release. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Note: All financial figures are in Canadian dollars unless noted otherwise.

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