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Polaris Infrastructure Announces 2019 Third Quarter Results

CNW Group - Thu Nov 7, 6:00AM CST

Polaris Infrastructure Inc. (TSX:PIF.TO) ("Polaris Infrastructure" or the "Company"), a Toronto-based company engaged in the operation, acquisition and development of renewable energy projects in Latin America, is pleased to report its financial and operating results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. This earnings release should be read in conjunction with Polaris Infrastructure's financial statements and management's discussion and analysis, which are available on the Company's website at www.polarisinfrastructure.com and have been posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The dollar figures below are denominated in US Dollars unless noted otherwise.

HIGHLIGHTS

--  Continued Strong Power Generation: The San Jacinto project
        generated 133 GWh (net) (an average of 60.2 MW (net)),
        resulting in revenue of $17.2 million for the three months
        ended September 30, 2019, versus revenue of $18.2 million on
        generation of 144 GWh (net) (an average of 65.4 MW (net)) in
        the prior year period. For the nine months ended September 30,
        2019 the San Jacinto project generated 401 GWh (net), resulting
        in revenue of $52.3 million versus revenue of $50.5 million on
        generation of 400 GWh (net) for the same period the prior year.



        The 5 MW capacity Canchayllo facility contributed $0.4 million
        of revenue for the quarter with net generation of 9.4 MWh and
        revenue of $1.1 million for the for the nine months ending
        September 30, 2019 on net generation of 25.4 MWh.

    --  Continued Cash Flow Generation: The Company generated Adjusted
        EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) of $14.3 million in the three
        months ended September 30, 2019, down $1.2 million from the
        prior year period, primarily as a result of lower net
        generation at the San Jacinto project noted above and an
        increase in general and administrative costs associated with
        the anticipated completion of the two hydro projects in Peru.
        See Use of Non-GAAP Measures section below for reconciliation
        of Adjusted EBITDA to Total income (loss) and comprehensive
        income (loss).


        For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 the Adjusted
        EBITDA was $44.6 million versus $43.0 million for the same
        period in 2018, which represents an increase of $1.7 million or
        3.9%.


        For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 the Company
        generated operating cash flow of $31.7 million, of which $10.8
        million was used to repay debt, $7.1 million for dividends to
        common shareholders, with the remainder being invested in the
        construction of the hydro projects in Peru.

    --  Construction Completion in Peru: The Company completed the
        construction works on the El Carmen and 8 de Agosto projects in
        late October 2019. El Carmen declared Commercial Operation on
        November 4, 2019 and has commenced the delivery of electricity
        to the grid. Certification of Commercial Operation of the El
        Carmen facility will be issued by the National Interconnected
        System Operations Committee ("COES") upon completion of its
        review of the project's technical requirements compliance. As
        part of the process of finalizing grid synchronization tests
        for 8 de Agosto, it was observed that certain operational
        parameters of the turbines were not within specifications
        required for grid connection. We are in the process of
        remedying this and anticipate the commissioning process will be
        finalized by December 2019.

FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

The financial results of Polaris Infrastructure for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 are summarized below:

Three months ended
            Nine months ended




              (all $ figures in thousands except income (loss) per share) September 30, 2019            September 30, 2018      September 30, 2019            September 30, 2018

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       Total revenue                                                                                          $
            17,586                                       $
            18,151     $
       53,456 $
     50,538



       Adjusted EBITDA (1)                                                                14,282                         15,538                   44,586                         43,023



       Finance costs                                                                     (4,812)                       (4,108)                (13,494)                      (12,197)



       Net earnings (loss) attributable to owners of the Company                           2,634                          3,980                    (945)                         8,402





       Basic earnings per share attributable to owners of the Company                      $0.16                          $0.25                  ($0.06)                         $0.54





       Diluted earnings per share attributable to owners of the Company                    $0.16                          $0.25                  ($0.06)                         $0.54





            As at
            As at
                                                                                                                                 September 30, 2019            December 31, 2018



       Total assets                                                                                                                                                $
            460,033    $
       465,552



       Long-term debt                                                                                                                          169,905                        165,676



       Total liabilities                                                                                                                       265,932                        262,062



       Cash                                                                                                                                     40,102                         37,809



       Working capital                                                                                                                          25,361                         14,035

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(1)              Refer to Use of Non-GAAP
                                  Measures section for
                                  further details with
                                  respect to calculation of
                                  Adjusted EBITDA.

For the three months ended September 30, 2019, the Company reported revenue of $17.6 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $14.3 million, compared to revenue of $18.2 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $15.5 million, for the same period in 2018. The revenue decrease is mainly due to anticipated natural declines, an increase in cycling of well SJ 9-3 as well as the stabilization of the field after sufficient time for well SJ 12-5 having been online. Earnings attributable to owners of the Company was $2.6 million, compared to $4.0 million in the same period of 2018. The decrease was driven by lower revenue reported by San Jacinto, coupled with an increase in general and administrative expenses, arising from the increase in insurance costs and other administrative expenses associated with the increase in activities in Peru after the acquisition of UEG in late October 2018. See Use of Non-GAAP Measures section below for reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Total earnings (loss) and comprehensive earnings (loss).

For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, the Company had net operating cash inflows of $31.7 million, net investing cash outflows of $29.2 million and net financing cash outflows of $0.3 million. At September 30, 2019, the Company had cash of $40.1 million.

"The completion of the construction of the hydro projects in Peru is another important milestone for the Company. The combination of strong cash flow generation at San Jacinto with additional revenue and cash flow from our hydro projects in Peru sets the Company up very well for 2020. The additional diversification of revenue and cash flow will enable the Company to continue to grow and diversify as well as return capital to shareholders," noted Marc Murnaghan, Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Infrastructure.

Polaris Infrastructure will hold its
                             earnings call to discuss financial
                                and operating results for the
                                        quarter ended
                   September 30, 2019 on Thursday,
                 November 7th, 2019 at 10:00 am EST.
                      To listen to the call, please dial +1
                       (647) 427-7450 or +1 (888) 231-8191.

                       A digital recording of the earnings
                         call will be available for replay
                            two hours after the call's
                                 completion, until
                        November 21, 2019.  Please dial +1
                       (416) 849-0833 or +1 (855) 829-2056;
                              Conference ID: 9064148.

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About Polaris Infrastructure

Polaris Infrastructure is a Toronto-based company engaged in the operation, acquisition and development of renewable energy projects in Latin America. Currently, the Company operates a 72MW geothermal project located in Nicaragua and a 5MW run-of-river project in Peru. The Company completed the construction of another 28 MW of run-of-river projects also located in Peru.

USE OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

Certain measures in this document do not have any standardized meaning as prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and, therefore, are not considered generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") measures. Where non-GAAP measures or terms are used, definitions are provided. In this document and in the Company's consolidated financial statements, unless otherwise noted, all financial data is prepared in accordance with IFRS.

EBITDA is a non-GAAP metric used by many investors to compare companies on the basis of ability to generate cash from operations. The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA to assess its operating performance without the effects of (as applicable): current and deferred tax expense, finance costs, interest income, other gains and losses, impairment loss, depreciation and amortization of plant assets, share-based compensation and other non-recurring items. The Company adjusts for these factors as they may be non-cash, unusual in nature and are not factors used by management for evaluating the performance of the Company. The Company believes the presentation of this measure will enhance an investor's understanding of its operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to be representative of cash provided by operating activities or results of operations determined in accordance with GAAP. The table below reconciles between Adjusted EBITDA and Total earnings (loss) and comprehensive earnings (loss), calculated in accordance with IFRS.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Total earnings and comprehensive earnings attributable to Owners of the Company



              Three months ended
              Nine months ended




                (in thousands)                                                                                                       September 30, 2019              September 30, 2018  September 30, 2019              September 30, 2018

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       Total earnings (loss) attributable to Owners of the Company                                                                                                        $
              2,634                                    $
              3,980             $
      (945) $
     8,402



       Add (deduct):



       Net earnings (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest                                                                                                                                                                        30      (1,653)       62



       Income tax (expense) recovery                                                                                                                  1,885                            1,938                5,030                            6,000



       Finance costs                                                                                                                                  4,812                            4,108               13,494                           12,197



       Interest income                                                                                                                                (351)                           (247)               (867)                           (539)



       Other losses                                                                                                                                   (281)                             254                (205)                             439



       Acquisition costs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                199



       Impairment loss                                                                                                                                                                                                                               11,564



       Depreciation and amortization of plant assets                                                                                                  5,748                            5,721               17,535                           17,056



       Share-based compensation                                                                                                                       (165)                           (246)                 435                            (594)



       Adjusted EBITDA                                                                                                                                                   $
              14,282                                   $
              15,538            $
      44,586 $
     43,023

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Cautionary Statements

This news release contains certain "forward-looking information" which may include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to future events or future performance, management's expectations regarding the Company's growth, results of operations, estimated future revenue, future demand for and prices of electricity, business prospects and opportunities. In addition, statements relating to estimates of recoverable geothermal or hydroelectric energy "reserves" or "resources" or energy generation are forward-looking information, as they involve implied assessment, based on certain estimates and assumptions, that the geothermal or hydroelectric resources and reserves described can be profitably produced in the future. Such forward-looking information reflects management's current beliefs and is based on information currently available to management. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "predicts", "intends", "targets", "aims", "anticipates" or "believes" or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases or may be identified by statements to the effect that certain actions "may", "could", "should", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. A number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors may cause the actual results or performance to materially differ from any future results or performance expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Such factors include, among others, general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties; the actual results of current geothermal or hydroelectric energy production, development and/or exploration activities and the accuracy of probability simulations prepared to predict prospective geothermal and hydroelectric resources; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; possible variations of production rates; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; accidents, labor disputes and other risks of the geothermal and hydroelectric industries; political instability or insurrection or war; labor force availability and turnover; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or in the completion of development or construction activities, or in the commencement of operations; the ability of the Company to continue as a going concern and general economic conditions, as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form. These factors should be considered carefully and readers of this news release should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.

Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that such forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The information in this news release, including such forward-looking information, is made as of the date of this news release and, other than as required by applicable securities laws, Polaris Infrastructure assumes no obligation to update or revise such information to reflect new events or circumstances.

SOURCE Polaris Infrastructure Inc.

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