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Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. Announces 2019 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results


iCrowd Newswire - Feb 27, 2020

OAKVILLE, ON, Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (TSX/NYSE: AQN) (“APUC” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year-ended December 31, 2019.  All amounts are shown in United States dollars unless otherwise noted.

“We are pleased to report strong fourth quarter and full year 2019 results reflecting another successful year of growth and execution across our business groups. In 2019, we welcomed nearly 30,000 new customers through the completion of two gas utility acquisitions, made significant progress on our Mid-West wind development project as part of our ‘Greening the Fleet’ initiative, and announced definitive agreements to acquire two new regulated utilities, Bermuda Electric Light Company and New York American Water,” said Ian Robertson, Chief Executive Officer of APUC. “Looking into 2020 and beyond, we remain committed to delivering on our recently-announced five-year, $9.2 billion growth plan to drive growth in earnings and cash flows which will, in turn, support a growing dividend and compelling returns for our shareholders.”

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Highlights

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results Table

In USD millions or on a per share basis unless
otherwise noted

Quarter ended December 31

Year ended December 31

2019

2018

Variance

2019

2018

Variance

Revenue

$439.7

$421.9

4%

$1,624.9

$1,648.5

(1)%

Net earnings attributable to shareholders

$172.1

$44.0

291%

$530.9

$185.0

187%

Per share

$0.34

$0.09

278%

$1.05

$0.38

176%

Adjusted net earnings1

$103.6

$70.5

47%

$321.3

$312.2

3%

Per share

$0.20

$0.14

43%

$0.63

$0.66

(5)%

Adjusted EBITDA1

$231.5

$198.9

16%

$838.6

$804.4

4%

Adjusted Funds from Operations1

$144.1

$132.5

9%

$566.2

$554.1

2%

Dividend per share

$0.1410

$0.1282

10%

$0.5512

$0.5011

10%

 

1.

Please refer to Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures at the end of this document for further details.

Business and Financial Highlights Summary

Regulated Services Group Highlights

Renewable Energy Group Highlights

2.

Power from the project will be sold, in part, to Facebook Operations, LLC pursuant to a power purchase agreement.

APUC Corporate Highlights

APUC to Host Conference Call

APUC will hold an earnings conference call at 10:00 a.m. eastern time on Friday, February 28, 2020, hosted by Chief Executive Officer, Ian Robertson and Chief Financial Officer, David Bronicheski.

Earnings Conference Call Details:

 

APUC’s financial statements and management discussion and analysis (“MD&A”) are available on our corporate website at www.algonquinpowerandutilities.com and in our corporate filings on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

About Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

APUC is a diversified international generation, transmission and distribution utility with approximately U.S. $11 billion of total assets. Through its two business groups, APUC is committed to providing safe, reliable and cost effective rate-regulated natural gas, water, and electricity generation, transmission and distribution utility services to approximately 804,000 connections in the United States and Canada, and is a global leader in renewable energy through its portfolio of long-term contracted wind, solar and hydroelectric generating facilities representing over 2 GW of installed capacity and more than 1.4 GW of incremental renewable energy capacity under construction.

APUC strives to deliver continuing growth through an expanding global pipeline of renewable energy, electric transmission, and water infrastructure development projects, organic growth within its rate‐regulated generation, distribution and transmission businesses, and the pursuit of accretive acquisitions. APUC’s common shares, Series A preferred shares, and Series D preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols AQN, AQN.PR.A, and AQN.PR.D. APUC’s common shares, Series 2018‐A subordinated notes and Series 2019‐A  subordinated notes are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols AQN, AQNA and AQNB.

Visit APUC at www.algonquinpowerandutilities.com and follow us on Twitter @AQN_Utilities.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements included in this news release constitute ”forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws in each of the provinces of Canada and the respective policies, regulations and rules under such laws and ”forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (collectively, ”forward-looking statements”). The words “will”, “intends”, “expects” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Specific forward-looking statements contained in this news release include, but are not limited to: expectations with respect to the timing and amounts of APUC’s growth plans, earnings, cash flow and dividend amounts; expectations regarding the timing for closing the acquisition of Ascendant and New York American Water; and expectations and plans with respect to current and planned capital projects. These statements are based on factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection, including assumptions based on historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments. Since forward-looking statements relate to future events and conditions, by their very nature they require making assumptions and involve inherent risks and uncertainties. APUC cautions that although it is believed that the assumptions are reasonable in the circumstances, these risks and uncertainties give rise to the possibility that actual results may differ materially from the expectations set out in the forward-looking statements. Material risk factors include those set out in APUC’s MD&A and annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2019. Given these risks, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date hereof. Other than as specifically required by law, APUC undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The terms “Adjusted Net Earnings”, “Adjusted EBITDA”, and “Adjusted Funds from Operations” are used in this press release. The terms “Adjusted Net Earnings”, “Adjusted EBITDA”, and “Adjusted Funds from Operations” are not recognized measures under U.S. GAAP. There is no standardized measure of “Adjusted Net Earnings”, “Adjusted EBITDA”, and “Adjusted Funds from Operations” and consequently APUC’s method of calculating these measures may differ from methods used by other companies and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. A calculation, analysis and reconciliation to the nearest U.S. GAAP measure of “Adjusted Net Earnings”, “Adjusted EBITDA”, and “Adjusted Funds from Operations” can be found below and in APUC’s MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2019.

Adjusted Net Earnings

Adjusted Net Earnings is a non-GAAP measure used by many investors to compare net earnings from operations without the effects of certain volatile primarily non-cash items that generally have no current economic impact or items such as acquisition expenses or litigation expenses that are viewed as not directly related to a company’s operating performance. APUC uses Adjusted Net Earnings to assess its performance without the effects of (as applicable): gains or losses on foreign exchange, foreign exchange forward contracts, interest rate swaps, acquisition costs, one-time costs of arranging tax equity financing, litigation expenses and write down of intangibles and property, plant and equipment, earnings or loss from discontinued operations, unrealized mark-to-market revaluation impacts (other than those realized in connection with the sales of development assets), changes in value of investments carried at fair value, and other typically non-recurring items as these are not reflective of the performance of the underlying business of APUC. The non-cash accounting charge related to the revaluation of U.S. deferred income tax assets and liabilities as a result of implementation of the effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“U.S. Tax Reform”) is adjusted as it is also considered a non-recurring item not reflective of the performance of the underlying business of APUC. APUC believes that analysis and presentation of net earnings or loss on this basis will enhance an investor’s understanding of the operating performance of its businesses. Adjusted Net Earnings is not intended to be representative of net earnings or loss determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and can be impacted positively or negatively by these items.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure used by many investors to compare companies on the basis of ability to generate cash from operations. APUC uses these calculations to monitor the amount of cash generated by APUC as compared to the amount of dividends paid by APUC. APUC uses Adjusted EBITDA to assess the operating performance of APUC without the effects of (as applicable): depreciation and amortization expense, income tax expense or recoveries, acquisition costs, litigation expenses, interest expense, gain or loss on derivative financial instruments, write down of intangibles and property, plant and equipment, earnings attributable to non-controlling interests, non-service pension and post-employment costs, cost related to tax equity financing,  gain or loss on foreign exchange, earnings or loss from discontinued operations, changes in value of investments carried at fair value, and other typically non-recurring items. APUC adjusts for these factors as they may be non-cash, unusual in nature and are not factors used by management for evaluating the operating performance of the Company. APUC believes that presentation of this measure will enhance an investor’s understanding of APUC’s operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to be representative of cash provided by operating activities or results of operations determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and can be impacted positively or negatively by these items.

Adjusted Funds from Operations

Adjusted Funds from Operations is a non-GAAP measure used by investors to compare cash flows from operating activities without the effects of certain volatile items that generally have no current economic impact or items such as acquisition expenses that are viewed as not directly related to a company’s operating performance. APUC uses Adjusted Funds from Operations to assess its performance without the effects of (as applicable): changes in working capital balances, acquisition expenses, litigation expenses, cash provided by or used in discontinued operations and other typically non-recurring items affecting cash from operations as these are not reflective of the long-term performance of the underlying businesses of APUC. APUC believes that analysis and presentation of funds from operations on this basis will enhance an investor’s understanding of the operating performance of its businesses. Adjusted Funds from Operations is not intended to be representative of cash flows from operating activities as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and can be impacted positively or negatively by these items.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Earnings

The following table is derived from and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated statement of operations.  This supplementary disclosure is intended to more fully explain disclosures related to Adjusted EBITDA and provides additional information related to the operating performance of APUC.  Investors are cautioned that this measure should not be construed as an alternative to U.S. GAAP consolidated net earnings.

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