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Ormat Technologies (ORA) Q1 Earnings Top, Revenues Rise Y/Y

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Shares of Ormat Technologies Inc. (ORA - Free Report) rose 6.8% to reach $81.46 on May 4, reflecting investors’ optimism following the company's first-quarter 2022 results.

The company’s first-quarter adjusted earnings per share came in at 35 cents, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 32 cents by 9.4%. However, earnings declined by 17% from the year-ago quarter’s figure of 42 cents per share.

The year-over-year decline can be attributed to higher interest expenses related to the TerraGen acquisition and a higher tax rate.

Ormat reported GAAP earnings of 33 cents per share compared with the 27 cents generated in the year-ago quarter.

Revenues

In the quarter under review, ORA generated revenues of $183.7 million, which exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $174 million by 5.5%. Moreover, the top line increased 10.4% on a year-over-year basis, driven by higher revenues from its Electricity and Product segments.

Ormat Technologies, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Ormat Technologies, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Segment Revenues

Electricity Segment: Revenues in this segment amounted to $162.5 million in the first quarter, which rose 12.1% year over year.

Product Segment: Revenues in this segment surged 69.2% to $14.6 million.

Energy Storage Segment: Revenues in this division amounted to $6.6 million, down 48.5% from the prior-year quarter’s figure.

Operational Update

In the reported quarter, Ormat Technologies’ total operating expenses were $24.8 million compared with the operating expenses of $23.8 million in the first quarter of 2021.

The company’s operating income decreased by 9.6% year over year to $45.1 million in the first quarter.

The company’s total cost of revenues was $113.8 million, up 22.8% year over year.

Net interest expenses were $21.1 million, which increased 10.9% year over year.

Financial Condition

Ormat Technologies had cash and cash equivalents of $130 million as of Mar 31, 2022 compared with $239.3 million as of Dec 31, 2021.

The company had long-term debt of $1477.1 million as of Mar 31, 2022 compared with $1,538.5 million as of Dec 31, 2021.

Guidance

Ormat Technologies currently projects to generate revenues in the range of $710-$735 million in 2022. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is currently pegged at $734.8 million, near the high end of the company’s guided range.

Adjusted electricity segment revenues are expected in the band of $630-$640 million, while product segment revenues are anticipated in the range of $50-$60 million. Energy Storage revenues are projected in the range of $30-$35 million.

The company anticipates the annual adjusted EBITDA in the band of $430-450 million for 2022.

Zacks Rank

Ormat Technologies currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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