Tel-Aviv, Israel, September 30, 2021 – Ellomay Capital Ltd. (NYSE American; TASE: ELLO) (“Ellomay” or the “Company”), a renewable energy and power generator and developer of
renewable energy and power projects in Europe and Israel, today reported its unaudited financial results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2021.
• Revenues were approximately €19.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to approximately €4.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The increase in
revenues is mainly attributable to the achievement of PAC (preliminary acceptance certificate) of the photovoltaic plant held by Talasol Solar S.L. (the “Talasol PV Plant”) on January 27,
2021, upon which the Company commenced recognition of revenues. The increase is also attributable to the acquisition of the Groen Gas Gelderland B.V. biogas facility (the “Gelderland
Biogas Plant”), in December 2020 and to improved operational efficiency at the Company’s biogas plants in the Netherlands.
• Operating expenses were approximately €7.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to approximately €2.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The increase
in operating expenses is mainly attributable to the achievement of PAC of the Talasol PV Plant on January 27, 2021 and the acquisition of the Gelderland Biogas Plant in December 2020.
Depreciation expenses were approximately €7.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to approximately €1.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020.
• Project development costs were approximately €1.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to approximately €2.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The
decrease in project development costs is mainly due to capitalization of expenses in connection with the project to construct a 156 MW pumped storage hydro power plant in the Manara
• General and administrative expenses were approximately €2.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to approximately €2.2 million for the six months ended June 30,
- The increase is mostly due to increased D&O liability insurance costs and to the Talasol PV Plant’s expenses following the achievement of PAC of the Talasol PV Plant on January 27,
• Company’s share of loss of equity accounted investee, after elimination of intercompany transactions, was approximately €0.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to a
profit of approximately €0.9 million in the six months ended June 30, 2020. The decrease in the Company’s share of profit of equity accounted investee is mainly attributable to the decrease
in revenues of Dorad Energy Ltd. (“Dorad”) and higher financing expenses incurred by Dorad for the period as a result of the CPI indexation of loans from banks.
• Financing expenses, net was approximately €6.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to approximately €1.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The
increase in financing expenses, net, was mainly due to €0.8 million of expenses in connection with the early repayment of the Company’s Series B Debentures and financing expenses in
connection with the Talasol PV Plant previously capitalized to fixed assets that are recognized in profit and loss starting from PAC, including approximately €1.1 million of interest on bank
loans, €0.6 million of swap related payments, €0.7 million of expenses in connection with the Talasol PV Plant project finance and approximately €0.9 million of interest accrued on
shareholder loans granted by the minority shareholders of Talasol.
• Taxes on income was approximately €0.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020.
• Net loss was approximately €5.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to approximately €4.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020.
• Total other comprehensive loss was approximately €4.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to a loss of approximately €9.2 million for the six months ended June 30,
- The change was mainly due to changes in fair value of cash flow hedges and from foreign currency translation differences on NIS denominated operations, as a result of fluctuations in
the euro/NIS exchange rates.
• Total comprehensive loss was approximately €10.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to approximately €13.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020.
• EBITDA was approximately €7.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to negative EBITDA of approximately €(1.6) million for the six months ended June 30, 2020.
• Net cash provided by operating activities was approximately €6.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to net cash used in operating activities of approximately €1.9
million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The increase in net cash from operating activities is mainly attributable to the achievement of PAC of the Talasol PV Plant on January 27,
2021, upon which the Company commenced recognition of revenues and expenses.
• As of September 1, 2021, the Company held approximately €72.5 million in cash and cash equivalents and approximately €7.2 million in restricted short-term and long-term cash.
Second Quarter 2021 CEO Review
Ran Fridrich, CEO and a board member of the Company, provided the following CEO review:
The results of the first half reflect the continuation of the Company’s projected business plan and are in line with the Company’s forecasts. The main efforts of the Company are in three levels: (a)
operation and improvement of the existing asset portfolio, (b) supervision and management of the construction of the various projects (pumped storage in the Manara Cliff, Israel and a 28 MW
photovoltaic plant in Spain) and (c) development of new projects, mainly photovoltaic projects in Italy, Spain and Israel (in the aggregate of approximately 450 MW in advanced stages and
approximately 800 MW in the preliminary stages).
Operation of the Existing Asset Portfolio
Revenues in the photovoltaic segments exceeded the Company’s forecasts. The revenues of the Spanish portfolio under government subsidy (approximately 7.9 MW) were higher by 6.6% higher
than the forecast, the revenues of the Talasol PV Plant (including income derived during the period before the achievement of PAC) were 3% higher than the forecast and the revenues of the
Talmei Yosef PV Plant (under the fixed asset model) were 4% higher than the forecast.
Revenues of the biogas segment in the Netherlands were 4% lower than the forecast mainly due to the subsidy method used in the Netherlands, which is paid based on the average price in the
year preceding the year of payment. The low gas prices in 2020 caused a deduction of approximately €1 million from revenues in 2021. In light of gas prices in 2021, the Company expects that in
2022 the subsidy will increase and will be paid in accordance with the forecasts. Despite the impact on the subsidy in the first half of 2021, the Company estimates that the revenue gap will
decrease during the remainder of 2021.
The Dorad Power Station contributed a loss of €0.7 million in the first half of 2021 compared to a profit of €0.8 million in the corresponding half last year. The majority of the loss is attributed to
an increase in financing expenses due to the linkage of the debt to the Israeli consumer price index. In addition, a regulatory change that increased the fines for deviating from the production plan
requires Dorad to exercise caution in assessing the demand of existing customers, thereby reducing payments from the Israel Electric Company. Moreover, the majority of Dorad’s profit is
derived during July and August, and this is expected to be the case this year as well.
The total operating expenses of the various projects were 4.5% lower than forecast.
Projects under Construction
Pumped Storage Project in the Manara Cliff, Israel: The construction of the project is progressing as planned. Excavation of the main access tunnel is expected to begin in the coming days and
extensive earthworks are being carried out in the area of the upper and lower reservoirs and in the area designated for the transformation station.
Ellomay Solar 28 MW PV Project in Spain: Construction work began a few months ago and is progressing as planned. The connection to the grid is expected at the end of 2021.
Projects under Development
Advanced Stage Development of 450 MW PV in Italy: The development of the projects is progressing as planned, a tender is currently being completed for contractors to carry out the first 3
projects with a total capacity of approximately 120 MW. The current estimate for the commencement of construction is the first quarter of 2022. In parallel, the licensing process of the remainder
of the portfolio continues, which is expected to mature in 2022 and 2023 (the price of a quality license ready for construction in Italy is more than €200,000 per MW).
Initial Stage Development of 800 MW PV in Italy and Spain: the development of these projects continues.
Development of PV plus Storage PV Projects in Israel: land contracts have been executed and the projects are in licensing process with the relevant regulatory authorities.
The financing expenses item includes for the first time the financing expenses of the Talasol PV Plant in the amount of approximately €3.3 million (including the cost of an interest swap
transaction in the amount of €0.6 million and interest on the shareholders’ loan of the minority shareholders in the amount of €0.9 million (a non-cash expenses that creates a tax shield for the
project). The financing expenses item also includes a one-time expense of approximately €0.8 million on early redemption of the Series B Debentures, which is expected to be returned to the
Company through the interest savings achieved in the transition to Series C Debentures).
The financing expenses of the Company in connection with Debentures (excluding expenses in connection with the early repayment of Series B Debentures) were approximately €1.9 million.
Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted FFO
The Adjusted EBITDA for the six month period ended June 30, 2021 was €13 million and the Adjusted FFO for the six month period ended June 30, 2021 was €9.6 million.
Use of NON-IFRS Financial Measures
EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted FFO are non-IFRS measures. EBITDA is defined as earnings before financial expenses, net, taxes, depreciation and amortization and Adjusted FFO is
calculated by deducting interest expenses on bank loans and debentures from the Adjusted EBITDA. The Company uses the terms “Adjusted EBITDA” and “Adjusted FFO” to highlight the fact
that in the calculation of these Non-IFRS financial measures the Company presents the revenues from the Talmei Yosef PV Plant under the fixed asset model and not under IFRIC 12, presents its
share in Dorad based on distributions of profit and not on the basis of equity gain using the equity method and includes the financial results of the Talasol PV Plant for the period prior to
achievement of PAC that were not recognized in the profit and loss statement based on accounting rules. The Company presents these measures in order to enhance the understanding of
the Company’s operating performance and to enable comparability between periods. While the Company considers these non-IFRS measures to be important measures of comparative operating
performance, these non-IFRS measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or other statement of operations or cash flow data prepared in accordance with IFRS
as a measure of profitability or liquidity. These non-IFRS measures do not take into account the Company’s commitments, including capital expenditures and restricted cash and, accordingly, are
not necessarily indicative of amounts that may be available for discretionary uses. In addition, Adjusted FFO does not represent and is not an alternative to cash flow from operations as defined
by IFRS and is not an indication of cash available to fund all cash flow needs, including the ability to make distributions. Not all companies calculate EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA or Adjusted
FFO in the same manner, and the measures as presented may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures presented by other companies. The Company’s EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and
Adjusted FFO may not be indicative of the Company’s historic operating results; nor is it meant to be predictive of potential future results. The Company uses these measures internally as
performance measures and believes that when these measures are combined with IFRS measures they add useful information concerning the Company’s operating performance. A reconciliation
between results on an IFRS and non-IFRS basis is provided on page 13 of this press release.
About Ellomay Capital Ltd.
Ellomay is an Israeli based company whose shares are registered with the NYSE American and with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “ELLO”. Since 2009, Ellomay
Capital focuses its business in the renewable energy and power sectors in Europe and Israel.
To date, Ellomay has evaluated numerous opportunities and invested significant funds in the renewable, clean energy and natural resources industries in Israel, Italy and Spain, including:
• Approximately 7.9MW of photovoltaic power plants in Spain and a photovoltaic power plant of approximately 9MW in Israel;
• 9.375% indirect interest in Dorad Energy Ltd., which owns and operates one of Israel’s largest private power plants with production capacity of approximately 860MW, representing
about 6%-8% of Israel’s total current electricity consumption;
• 51% of Talasol, which owns a photovoltaic plant with installed capacity of 300MW in the municipality of Talaván, Cáceres, Spain;
• Groen Gas Goor B.V., Groen Gas Oude-Tonge B.V. and Groen Gas Gelderland B.V., project companies operating anaerobic digestion plants in the Netherlands, with a green gas
production capacity of approximately 3 million, 3.8 million and 9.5 million (with a license to produce 7.5 million) Nm3 per year, respectively;
• 83.333% of Ellomay Pumped Storage (2014) Ltd., which is involved in a project to construct a 156 MW pumped storage hydro power plant in the Manara Cliff, Israel.
For more information about Ellomay, visit http://www.ellomay.com.
Information Relating to Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties, including statements that are based on the current expectations and assumptions of the
Company’s management. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release regarding the Company’s plans and objectives, expectations and assumptions of
management are forward-looking statements. The use of certain words, including the words “estimate,” “project,” “intend,” “expect,” “believe” and similar expressions are intended to identify
forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in
the forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on the Company’s forward-looking statements. Various important factors could cause actual results or events to differ
materially from those that may be expressed or implied by the Company’s forward-looking statements, including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Company’s operations and projects,
including in connection with steps taken by authorities in countries in which the Company operates, changes in the market price of electricity and in demand, regulatory changes, changes in the
supply and prices of resources required for the operation of the Company’s facilities (such as waste and natural gas) and in the price of oil, and delays, technical and other disruptions in the
operations or construction of the power plants owned by the Company or in the development efforts of the projects under development by the Company. These and other risks and uncertainties
associated with the Company’s business are described in greater detail in the filings the Company makes from time to time with Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual
Report on Form 20-F. The forward-looking statements are made as of this date and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result
of new information, future events or otherwise.
Kalia Rubenbach (Weintraub)
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