The Globe and Mail

Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

Globe Investor

News Sources

Take control of your investments with the latest investing news and analysis

Press release from Marketwire

Northland Power Announces 2012 Full Year and Fourth Quarter Results

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Northland Power Announces 2012 Full Year and Fourth Quarter Results19:09 EST Thursday, February 21, 2013TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2013) -NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES OR ITS POSSESSIONS. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RESTRICTION MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF U.S. SECURITIES LAW.Northland Power Inc. ("Northland") (TSX:NPI)(TSX:NPI.PR.A)(TSX:NPI.PR.C)(TSX:NPI.DB.A) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. Total cash dividends declared to shareholders for the year amounted to $1.08 per share. "Northland had a successful year in 2012," said John Brace, Northland's President and CEO. "Our diverse fleet of operating facilities largely performed according to expectations, construction progressed on our North Battleford and first six ground-mounted solar projects, and we delivered a 10% annual return to our shareholders. Looking ahead, Northland is well-positioned to deliver another year of strong growth and stable returns as we complete our current construction projects, break ground on our McLean's Mountain wind project, the next phase of solar projects, and advance our pipeline of new development opportunities." Significant Events During the fourth quarter and until the date of this release, Northland achieved a number of milestones in its construction and development programs.Construction of Northland's 260 megawatt (MW) North Battleford project proceeded as expected, with approximately 97% of the construction contractor's milestones completed by December 31, 2012. All major equipment is installed, the balance-of-plant ancillary equipment has been completed and the utility interconnections are in place. Subsequent to year end, first fire of the gas turbine, an important commissioning milestone, was completed on January 26, 2013. McLean's Mountain completed its environmental permitting with the receipt of its renewable energy approval on October 31, 2012. The $190 million project has a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Ontario Power Authority under Ontario's renewable energy Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program. In December 2012, 24 wind turbines were ordered and site clearing commenced with major construction activities planned for early spring 2013. Commercial operation is scheduled for early 2014.Construction of the ground-mounted solar projects commenced in April of 2012 and all foundations are nearly complete and construction of the substation, electrical cabling and utility interconnections are on schedule. All six projects are expected to be on-budget and achieve commercial operations sequentially from early to mid 2013. Subsequent Events On January 21, 2013, Northland announced the closing of a $156.3 million 4.14% senior secured amortizing Series A bond issue offered by its wholly owned subsidiary, Spy Hill Power L.P. ("Spy Hill"). The bonds have been provisionally rated A (stable) by DBRS and will be fully amortized by their maturity in March 2036. The proceeds were used to repay Spy Hill's existing bank debt; the remainder will be used by Northland for general corporate purposes. Summary of Financial Results 3 Months Ended Dec. 3112 Months Ended Dec. 312012201120122011FINANCIAL (in thousands of dollars, except per share and energy unit amounts)Sales93,24698,848362,303356,221Gross profit60,05359,302230,811203,301EBITDA(1)43,46245,256178,620150,704Operating income28,59230,784114,79194,410Net loss(2,538)(23,243)(9,913)(63,109)Free cash flow(1)17,73322,77563,72354,850Cash Dividends paid to common and Class A shareholders22,45818,77188,73480,727Total Dividends paid to common and Class A shareholders(2)31,13822,717121,55184,673Per shareFree cash flow0.150.290.550.71Dividends declared to shareholders(2)0.270.271.081.08Energy VolumesElectricity sales volume (megawatt hours)777,443973,0043,139,0313,137,548(1)See "Non-IFRS measures" (2)Total dividends to common and Class A Shareholders represent cash dividends plus dividends re-invested in common shares issued as part of Northland's dividend re-investment planThe following comments are made with reference to the attached unaudited consolidated financial statements of Northland. Full Year 2012 ResultsEarnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)In 2012 all facilities operated within management's expectations and EBITDA exceeded the prior year by $27.9 million. The operating facilities contributed $19.7 million higher EBITDA in 2012 due to a full year of operations at Mont Louis and Spy Hill, favourable operating results from Kingston due to PPA rate increases related to the pass-through of 2011 TransCanada toll increases, partially offset by lower results at Iroquois Falls and Thorold. Management and performance incentive fees from Kirkland Lake and Cochrane, Northland's managed facilities, were up $14.6 million. Management and administration expenses in 2012 increased by $5.5 million largely due to increased head-count and professional fees associated with on-going operations and development activities on early-stage prospects. Northland also expensed $1.7 million of previously deferred development costs for a project which no longer qualifies for capitalization under Northland's deferred development policy.Net IncomeThe net loss for 2012 at $9.9 million includes the following significant items:Depreciation of property, plant and equipment at $62.6 million was $5.6 million higher due to the inclusion of charges related to Mont Louis. Non-cash fair value adjustments recorded during 2012 were $13.9 million and comprised: (i) a $2 million gain on the change in fair value of Northland's interest rate swaps associated with non-recourse project debt, offset by: (ii) a $14.2 million loss in the fair value of Northland's Class B Convertible Shares due to an increase in Northland's common share price and a shorter discounting period and (iii) a $1.7 million expense of deferred development costs, as previously discussed.Non-cash impairments of $23.1 million were lower than 2011 and relate to Northland's contracts and other intangible assets, goodwill and Panda equity investment. It is anticipated that there will be annual impairments as future cash flows (which are used to determine an asset's recoverable amount) are realized, unless there are changes in discount rates or updates to long-term forecasts and market estimates are made.Finance lease income of $14.1 million was up $10.6 million as a result of the inclusion of Spy Hill for a full year. Finance costs, primarily interest expense, at $63.2 million increased by $8.9 million from 2011 due to the recognition of a full year of interest charges on the Spy Hill and Mont Louis debt. A substantial portion of the 2011 interest on these facilities was capitalized during the construction period. The increase in interest expense was partially offset by lower convertible debenture interest due to conversions of the 2014 debentures into Shares. Amortization of contracts and other intangible assets at $19.4 million decreased during the year largely as a result of the impairments to contracts identified in 2011. Other income decreased $0.9 million due to proceeds from the sale of Northland's South Kent wind development project recognized in 2011.The factors described above, combined with a current tax provision of $5 million, a $2 million increase from 2011 associated with the additional preferred share dividends from the May 2012 issuance of the Series 3 Preferred Shares, and a $3.2 million deferred tax provision resulted in the $9.9 million net loss for the year.Free Cash Flow, Payout Ratio and Dividends to ShareholdersFree cash flow of $63.7 million was $8.9 million higher than in 2011; significant factors increasing and decreasing free cash flow for the year are described below.Factors increasing free cash flow in 2012 compared to 2011:$19.7 million of higher EBITDA from Northland's operating facilities; $3.7 million net change in major maintenance cash reserves related to Kingston utilizing a significant portion of its maintenance reserve in 2012 to partially fund its planned major outage; and $14.6 million increase in management and performance incentive fees from Northland's managed facilities. Factors decreasing free cash flow in 2012 compared to 2011:$11.7 million higher net interest expense and scheduled loan repayments, largely due to a full year inclusion of Spy Hill and Mont Louis; $3.6 million increase in preferred share dividends due to the issuance of the Series 3 Preferred Shares; $6.5 million net, higher corporate management and administration costs, which includes increased development prospecting expenditures. In addition, 2011 included a $0.9 million gain on the South Kent project; $3.2 million increase in operations-related capital expenditures, largely associated with Kingston's planned major outage; $2.4 million reduction in long term liabilities associated with Kingston's GE milestone payment related to its gas turbine maintenance agreement; and $1.7 million of other items, including higher current income taxes associated with the Series 3 Preferred Shares. For 2012, Northland's dividend payments were 139% of free cash flow, or 191% on an all-cash dividend basis (if the impact of the DRIP was excluded). This payout in excess of free cash flow largely reflects the level of spending on growth initiatives and payments of dividends on equity capital raised for construction projects for which corresponding cash flows will not be received until future years. Fourth Quarter ResultsEBITDAIn the fourth quarter of 2012, EBITDA at $43.5 million decreased by $1.8 million as described below.Thermal FacilitiesNorthland's thermal facilities were down $5 million in EBITDA from 2011 as lower electricity production due to a scheduled major maintenance outage at Kingston in October 2012 and fewer dispatch hours at Thorold due to unseasonably warm weather and low spot gas prices reduced electricity prices and demand, combined with lower PPA prices at Iroquois Falls that were only partially offset by lower natural gas costs. Plant operating costs increased due to equipment inspections and repairs at Iroquois Falls and Thorold. Wind FacilitiesElectricity production and EBITDA at the wind farms during the three months ended December 31, 2012 exceeded the prior year by $1 million primarily due to a higher wind resource at Jardin and Mont Louis. Quarterly production was below the long-term forecasts due to: (i) calm winds at the Quebec wind farms; (ii) several outages at Mont Louis for Hydro-Québec to complete various system upgrades; and (iii) downtime at both Mont Louis and Jardin for equipment repairs and to complete end of warranty maintenance work, respectively. Operating expenses were down from the prior year largely due to lower insurance and GE warranty costs at Jardin and two gearbox repairs in 2011 at the German wind farms.Management, Administration and OtherNorthland's operations-related management and administration costs for the quarter were flat relative to 2011, while development related management and administration costs for the quarter were up $3.1 million largely due to the increased expenses related to development activity on early stage prospects, as well as higher 2012 compensation costs. Fourth quarter development activity in 2011 was more focused on advanced development projects which are capitalized as deferred development costs into contracts and other intangible assets, rather than expensed. As discussed previously, Northland also expensed $1.7 million of deferred development costs during the quarter. Northland's Kirkland Lake and Cochrane quarterly management and performance incentive fee income increased $5.3 million. Northland became eligible to receive performance incentive fees from Kirkland Lake during the fourth quarter of 2011. The performance incentive fee entitles Northland to share in Kirkland Lake's cash flows after all operating and financing expenditures. Net IncomeThe fourth quarter 2012 net loss of $2.5 million includes the following major items: Non-cash adjustments of: (i) $14.5 million in gains associated with changes in fair value, including $13.6 million related to Northland's interest rate swaps and a $0.9 million gain related to the Class B convertible Shares and (ii) a $0.7 million exchange gain on Northland's U.S. and euro foreign exchange contracts not designated as a part of a hedging relationship.Non-cash impairments of $23.1 million as discussed earlier were the result of forecasted cash flows being realized and continued updates to long term forecasts and other market estimates. Finance costs of $15.3 million decreased by $0.5 million largely due to 2014 Debentures being converted into common shares during the year.The above factors, combined with a $4.6 million provision for current and deferred taxes and $0.2 million of dividend income from Northland's Panda-Brandywine investment resulted in a net loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 being $20.7 million lower than the fourth quarter of 2011. Free Cash Flow, Payout Ratio and Dividends to ShareholdersFree cash flow of $17.7 million was $5 million lower than the same period in 2011. The factors affecting the quarter were: lower cash flows from the facilities ($4.1 million), higher corporate costs which were mainly development related ($3.1 million), and increased capital expenditures due to Kingston's major maintenance outage ($4.7 million), partially offset by increased management and performance incentive fees ($5.3 million), lower net finance costs ($0.6 million) and restricted cash funding ($1.3 million). For 2012, Northland's payout ratio in the fourth quarter was 127% of free cash flow (176% if the impact of the DRIP is excluded) compared to 82% in 2011. OUTLOOKNorthland actively pursues new power development opportunities that encompass a range of clean technologies, including natural gas, wind, solar, and hydro, to provide a sustainable source of energy in various geographic regions and political jurisdictions. Northland believes this diversified strategy will mitigate the risk of adverse changes to local demographics or governmental policies. Throughout 2012, Northland continued to execute on its strategy of expanding its earlier stage development pipeline in its targeted market areas. Examples of new initiatives include a working arrangement with a First Nations group in Quebec, and the acquisition of rights to develop two gas-fired peaking plants in Illinois. Additional progress has been made on wind power projects in both Quebec and British Columbia, and on additional hydroelectric power projects in British Columbia. Northland continues to seek opportunities for new natural gas-fired power projects and renewable energy projects in the U.S. Northland also continues to consider its Ontario developments, particularly the Oshawa and Queen's Quay cogeneration projects, the Marmora pumped storage project, and other projects to be excellent prospects in the medium to longer-term, despite the difficult political climate that has emerged over the last several months. Northland's approach continues to be one of ensuring a balance between pursuing and progressing development opportunities which meet the company's investment criteria, while prudently managing the company's cost exposure to early-stage projects.In 2013, management expects Northland to generate EBITDA of approximately $255 million to $265 million compared to $178.6 million in 2012. This estimate reflects the following anticipated changes:$80 to $85 million in additional EBITDA from North Battleford and the ground-mounted solar projects once they reach commercial operations; $2 to $5 million lower EBITDA from Northland's operating thermal facilities as higher EBTIDA from Kingston due to higher PPA prices and no planned major maintenance outages in 2013 will be more than offset by reduced EBITDA at Iroquois Falls due to lower PPA prices and higher gas costs and a 16-day outage at Thorold; $2 to $5 million higher EBITDA from Northland's wind farms as they are anticipated to operate closer to their long-term production forecasts and significant downtime in 2012 associated with Hydro-Québec system repairs and end of warranty inspections are not expected to recur; A net reduction in EBITDA from management and administration and other sales and income of $2 million, as management and performance incentive fees are anticipated to be lower and management expects slightly higher corporate management and administration costs; and 2012 EBITDA included a $1.7 million write off of deferred development costs. Management expects that EBITDA will increase to a range of $360 to $400 million on an annualized basis starting in 2014 once the projects in construction and advanced development are complete and begin commercial operations. Northland's 2013 dividend payments, on a total dividend basis are expected to exceed free cash flow due largely to the level of spending on growth initiatives and payments of dividends on equity capital raised for construction projects for which corresponding cash flows will not be received until future years. For 2013, management expects the cash dividends to be 75-85% of free cash flow including the impact of reinvested dividends, and 105-115% of free cash flow on a total dividend basis (compared to 139% and 191%, respectively, in 2012). Management expects the 2014 dividend payout ratio to drop below 100% on a total dividend basis. Dividend payments could continue to exceed free cash flow if significant additional equity investments are made as a result of future development successes.The 2013 payout ratio reflects the higher forecasted EBITDA as described previously, along with the following noteworthy changes in free cash flows and dividend payments: $40 to $45 million in free cash flow from North Battleford and ground-mounted solar projects once they reach commercial operations; $15 to $20 million higher free cash flow from the current Thermal facilities due to: (i) reduced debt service at Spy Hill related to its bond refinancing on January 21, 2013; and (ii) minimal debt service and reduced capital expenditures at Kingston due to its full loan repayment on January 23, 2013 and no planned major maintenance outages in 2013; $3 million lower free cash flow due to a full year of Series 3 Preferred Share dividends, including applicable taxes; An increase in cash and share dividends as a result of recognizing Replacement Rights, Class B and C Shares and LTIPs once North Battleford and the ground-mounted solar projects reach commercial operations; and Other items, including higher interest costs that are expected to negatively affect free cash flow up to approximately $2 million. Northland's board and management are committed to maintaining the current dividend of $1.08 per share on an annual basis, payable monthly. Northland's management and board have anticipated the impact of growth on the payout ratio and are confident that Northland has adequate access to funds to meet its dividend commitment, including operating cash flows, cash and cash equivalents on hand and, if necessary, use of its line of credit or external financing. Management expects the Company's improved DRIP (announced on November 9, 2011) to provide an additional source of liquidity. NON-IFRS MEASURESThis press release includes references to Northland's free cash flow and EBITDA which are not measures prescribed by IFRS. Free cash flow and EBITDA, as presented, may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. These measures should not be considered alternatives to net income, cash flow from operating activities or other measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with IFRS. Rather, these measures are provided to complement IFRS measures in the analysis of Northland's results of operations from management's perspective. Management believes that free cash flow and EBITDA are widely accepted financial indicators used by investors to assess the performance of a company and its ability to generate cash through operations.EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALLNorthland will hold an earnings conference call on February 22 at 10 a.m. EST to discuss its 2012 annual financial results. John Brace, Northland President and Chief Executive Officer and Paul Bradley, Chief Financial Officer will discuss the financial results and company developments before opening the call to questions from analysts and members of the media. Conference call details are as follows: Date: Friday, February 22, 2013Start Time: 10:00 a.m. eastern standard timePhone Number: Toll free within North America: 1-800-741-4871 or Local 416-641-6202For those unable to attend the live call, an audio recording will be available on Northland's website at (www.northlandpower.ca) from the afternoon of February 22 until March 15, 2013.ABOUT NORTHLANDNorthland Power is an independent power producer founded in 1987, and publicly traded since 1997. Northland produces 'clean' (natural gas) and 'green' (wind, solar, and hydro) energy, providing sustainable long-term value to shareholders, stakeholders, and host communities. The company owns or has a net economic interest in 1,005 MW of operating generating capacity, with an additional 380 MW of generating capacity currently in construction, and another 220 MW of wind, solar and run-of-river hydro projects with awarded power contracts. Northland's cash flows are diversified over five geographically separate regions and regulatory jurisdictions in Canada, Germany and the United States.Northland Power's common shares, Series 1 and Series 3 preferred shares and convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols NPI, NPI.PR.A, NPI.PR.C and NPI.DB.A, respectively.FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTSThis release contains certain forward-looking statements which are provided for the purpose of presenting information about management's current expectations and plans. Readers are cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or include words such as "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "believes," "estimates," "intends," "targets," "projects," "forecasts" or negative versions thereof and other similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as "may," "will," "should," "would" and "could." These statements may include, without limitation, statements regarding future EBITDA, cash flows and dividend payments, the construction, completion, attainment of commercial operations, cost and output of development projects, plans for raising capital, and the operations, business, financial condition, priorities, ongoing objectives, strategies and outlook of Northland and its subsidiaries. These statements are based upon certain material factors or assumptions that were applied in developing the forward-looking statements, including the design specifications of development projects, the provisions of contracts to which Northland or a subsidiary is a party, management's current plans, its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that are believed to be appropriate in the circumstances. Although these forward-looking statements are based upon management's current reasonable expectations and assumptions, they are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. Some of the factors that could cause results or events to differ from current expectations include, but are not limited to, construction risks, counterparty risks, operational risks, the variability of revenues from generating facilities powered by intermittent renewable resources and the other factors described in the "Risks and Uncertainties" section of Northland's 2011 Annual Report and Annual Information Form, both of which can be found at www.sedar.com under Northland's profile and on Northland's website www.northlandpower.ca. Northland's actual results could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are based on assumptions that were considered reasonable on February 21, 2013. Other than as specifically required by law, Northland undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after such date or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or otherwise.NORTHLAND POWER INC.Consolidated Balance Sheets(unaudited, stated in thousands of Canadian dollars)ASSETSDec. 31, 2012Dec. 31, 2011CurrentCash and cash equivalents32,34849,505Restricted cash27,2859,613Trade and other receivables125,841120,819Inventories7,4687,249Prepayments11,18113,850Lease receivable2,9892,704Total current assets207,112203,740Lease receivable163,764166,655Investment in Panda-Brandywine3,5005,400Property, plant and equipment1,722,1231,419,095Contracts and other intangible assets199,608217,295Goodwill222,574241,843Total assets$2,518,681$2,254,028LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrentBank indebtedness1,0718,257Trade and other payables92,888101,378Interest-bearing loans and borrowings39,99876,355Dividends payable10,4307,022Total current liabilities144,387193,012Interest-bearing loans and borrowings1,225,132938,874Convertible debentures26,66836,405Other liabilities2,0562,636Provisions12,43712,040Derivative financial instruments215,566217,093Deferred tax liability44,89042,001Liabilities excluding those attributed to shareholders1,671,1361,442,061Convertible shares146,429132,230Liabilites attributed to shareholders146,429132,230Total liabilities1,817,5651,574,291Shareholders' equityPreferred shares262,195145,638Common shares964,311844,360Long-term incentive plan reserve9,3912,485Convertible shares499,033499,033Replacement Rights11,09888,169Accumulated other comprehensive income1,018752Deficit(1,045,930)(900,700)Total shareholders' equity701,116679,737Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$2,518,681$2,254,028NORTHLAND POWER INC.Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)(unaudited, stated in thousands of Canadian dollars except per share amounts)Three Months Ended Dec. 31,Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31,2012201120122011SalesElectricity82,59392,276326,349328,020Steam and natural gas3,1944,47215,67322,551Management fees and other7,4592,10020,2815,650Total sales93,24698,848362,303356,221Cost of sales33,19339,546131,492152,920Gross profit60,05359,302230,811203,301ExpensesPlant operating costs10,66610,03540,49633,526Management and administration costs - operations3,8883,86213,73612,911Management and administration costs - development5,0441,96713,7149,085Depreciation of property, plant and equipment15,56216,06462,55856,986Impairment of property, plant and equipment-164-16435,16032,092130,504112,672Investment income18916355223Finance lease income3,5103,55814,1293,558Operating income28,59230,784114,79194,410Finance costs15,29415,82263,96655,041Amortization of contracts and other intangible assets4,8554,85519,42220,077Write-off of deferred development costs1,6611,6971,6611,697Impairment of contracts and other intangible assets1,68425,4661,68425,466Impairment of goodwill19,2697,68919,2697,689Foreign exchange (gain) loss(690)2,547(55)(3,625)Finance (income)(215)(168)(815)(744)Fair value (gain) loss on interest rate swaps(13,603)27,496(1,955)129,000Fair value (gain) loss on convertible shares(888)5,08314,19914,308Write down in Panda-Brandywine equity investment2,100-2,100-Lease accounting (gain)(2,964)(35,003)(2,964)(35,003)Other (income)---(900)Income (loss) before income taxes2,089(24,700)(1,721)(118,596)Provision for (recovery of) income taxesCurrent1,4487114,9902,955Deferred3,179(2,168)3,202(58,442)4,627(1,457)8,192(55,487)Net (loss) for the year(2,538)(23,243)(9,913)(63,109)Weighted average number of shares outstanding - basic120,855117,992120,538117,037Weighted average number of shares outstanding - diluted120,855117,992120,538117,037(Loss) per share - basic$(0.05)$(0.21)$(0.18)$(0.61)(Loss) per share - diluted$(0.05)$(0.21)$(0.18)$(0.61)NORTHLAND POWER INC.Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(unaudited, stated in thousands of Canadian dollars except per share amounts)Three Months Ended Dec. 31,Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31,2012201120122011Operating activitiesNet (loss) for the year(2,538)(23,243)(9,913)(63,109)Items not involving cash or operating activities:Depreciation of property, plant and equipment15,56216,06462,55856,986Amortization of contracts and other intangible assets4,8554,85519,42220,077Impairment of property, plant and equipment, intangible assets and goodwill22,61435,01622,61435,016Finance costs, net19,1878,77764,11847,420Finance lease643(59)2,606(59)Lease accounting (gain)(2,964)(35,003)(2,964)(35,003)Foreign exchange (gain) loss(364)2,547271(3,625)Fair value (gain) loss of interest rate swaps(13,603)27,496(1,955)129,000Fair value (gain) loss on convertible shares(888)5,08314,19914,308Write down in Panda-Brandywine equity investment2,100-2,100-Deferred income tax (recovery)3,179(2,168)3,202(58,442)Other161(291)(1,489)947,94439,074174,769142,578Net change in non-cash working capital balances related to operating activities(2,361)(14,740)(13,092)(15,105)Cash provided by operating activities45,58324,334161,677127,473Investing activitiesPurchase of property, plant and equipment(132,088)(67,312)(303,738)(362,259)Restricted cash utilization (funding)18,5016,268(17,672)62,538Increase in intangible assets(5,529)(7,060)(60,705)(13,376)Interest received215168815744Net change in working capital related to investing activities4,824(8,157)7,200(23,647)Cash used in investing activities(114,077)(76,093)(374,100)(336,000)Financing activitiesPreferred share issuance, net--116,037-Proceeds from borrowings103,30064,400327,617300,400Repayment of borrowings(15,012)(3,570)(80,360)(28,637)Increase (decrease) in indebtedness1,0718,257(7,186)8,257Maturity of convertible debentures---(1,221)Interest paid(18,278)(7,876)(60,620)(43,731)Preferred share dividends(3,469)(1,969)(11,484)(7,875)Common share dividends(22,458)(18,771)(88,734)(80,727)Cash provided by financing activities45,15440,471195,270146,466Effect of exchange rate differences on cash and cash equivalents40(54)(4)20Net change in cash and cash equivalents(23,300)(11,342)(17,157)(62,041)Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year55,64860,84749,505111,546Cash and cash equivalents, end of year32,34849,50532,34849,505PER SHAREDividends declared to shareholders$0.27$0.27$1.08$1.08NORTHLAND POWER INC.FREE CASH FLOW AND DIVIDENDS TO SHAREHOLDERS(stated in thousands of Canadian dollars except per share amounts)Three Months ended Dec. 31,Twelve Months ended Dec. 31,2012201120122011Cash provided by operating activities45,58324,334161,677127,473Northland adjustments:Net change in non-cash working capital balances related to operations2,36114,74013,09215,105Capital expenditures, net-non-expansionary(5,140)(1,102)(6,281)(3,100)Interest paid, net(18,063)(7,709)(59,805)(42,988)Scheduled principal repayments on term loans(15,012)(3,569)(34,720)(28,636)Funds set aside for quarterly scheduled principal repayments9,653(1,669)1,669(1,669)Write-off of deferred development costs(1,661)(1,697)(1,661)(1,697)Perferred share dividends(3,469)(1,969)(11,484)(7,875)Restricted cash utilization (funding) for major maintenance2,7311,4161,986(1,763)Funds set aside for asset purchase750-(750)-Free cash flow17,73322,77563,72354,850Cash Dividends paid to common and Class A shareholders22,45818,77188,73480,727Free cash flow payout ratio (1)127%82%139%147%Total Dividends(2)paid to common and Class A shareholders31,13822,717121,55184,673Free cash flow payout ratio (1)176%100%191%154%Free cash flow payout ratio since inception101%97%Average number of shares - basic (thousands of share) (3)115,28877,818115,05876,863Average number of shares - fully diluted (thousands of shares) (4)115,28877,818115,05876,863Per share ($/share)Free cash flow - basic0.150.290.550.71Free cash flow - fully diluted0.150.290.550.71(1)A payout ratio in excess of free cash flow generally results from the payment of interest on subordinated convertible debt and dividends on preferred shares and common shares raised to fund construction projects prior to those projects generating cash flows, as well as the funding of development activities.(2)Total dividends to common and Class A shareholders represent cash dividends plus dividends re-invested in common shares issued as part of Northland's DRIP. (3)The number of shares and the related per share numbers for 2012 is the sum of the weighted average number of common shares and Class A shares of Northland, both of which are eligible to receive dividends and do not include any convertible debentures, Class B or Class C shares or contingent Replacement Rights. (4)Average number of shares diluted is the sum of the weighted average number of common shares and Class A shares in the basic calculation plus the number of common shares that would be issued assuming conversion of the convertible unsecured subordinated debentures.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Contact Information: Northland Power Inc.Barb BoklaManager, Investor Relations647-288-1438(416) 962-6266 (FAX)Northland Power Inc.Adam BeaumontDirector of Finance647-288-1929(416) 962-6266 (FAX)investorrelations@northlandpower.cawww.northlandpower.ca