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Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. Reports Unaudited Financial Results for First Half of Fiscal Year 2017

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HONG KONG, Sept. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SKYS) ("Sky Solar" or "the Company"), a global developer, owner and operator of solar parks, today announced its financial results for the first six months ended June 30, 2017.

First Half 2017 Highlights

  • Revenue of $30.6 million, up 6.6% from 1H 2016
  • Electricity revenue of $27.9 million, up 9.0% from 1H 2016
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $18.5 million, up 32% from 1H 2016
  • 136.8 MW of IPP assets in operation as of June 30, 2017, compared to 159.6 MW as of December 31, 2016
  • As of June 30, 2017, pipeline consisting of 68.1 MW under construction, 167.1 MW of shovel-ready projects, and nearly 260 MW of earlier-stage projects

Business Updates

During the first half of 2017, the company completed multiple strategic transactions including:

  • Sale of 23 MW of Greek assets for a total consideration of $41.9 million.
  • Issuance of preferred shares in the Canadian portfolio with an existing strategic financial partner
  • Monetized 19.4 MW of assets in Japan in which the Company has a 30% stake
  • Closed project financing and began draw down to continue constructing 63.6MW of projects in Uruguay, which were completed and connected in September
  • Selectively expanded presence in distributed generation market in Chile, signing a letter of intent to acquire 18MW of project permits in Chile
  • Ongoing work to get 15MW of projects in Canada and more than 10MW of projects in the US to the "notice to proceed" stage
  • Evaluating multiple high return combined heat/power investment opportunities in the North America.

Mr. Hao Wu, Chairman of Sky Solar, commented, "We accomplished a tremendous amount of progress in the first half of the year, despite leadership changes.  Our revenue and adjusted EBITDA increased substantially, and continued to develop more of our pipeline.  Our pipeline under construction now is over 50% of our operating assets, setting us up for meaningful growth in the months ahead."

Mr. Sanjay Shrestha, Chief Investment Officer of Sky Solar, and President of Sky Capital America commented, "We are pleased to have recently connected the 63.6MW of projects in Uruguay, which are now generating power and revenue.  During the first half and subsequently, we signed Letters of Intent ("LOIs") and Share Purchase Agreements ("SPAs") to secure a total of 40 MW of Distributed Generation ("DG") project permits in Chile.  We also continued to gradually expand our presence in the US."

First Half 2017 Financial Results

Revenue was $30.6 million, up 6.6% from $28.7 million in the same period of 2016.

Electricity sales were $27.9 million in the first half of 2017, up 9.0% from $25.6 million in the same period of 2016. The year-over-year increase in electricity sales was primarily due to the increased average   operational IPP assets in the first half year of 2017.  

Systems and other sales were $2.7 million in the first half of 2017, down 13.1% from $3.2 million in the same period of 2016.  The year-over-year decrease in systems and other sales was due to the Company's continued shift in business model toward IPP electricity sales. 

The following table shows the Company's sequential and year-over-year change in revenue for each category, geographic region and period indicated. 

                         
    1st Half
2017
  Year-To-
Year
Change
    1st Half
2016
  Sequential
Change
  2nd Half
2016
 
    (US$ in thousands, except percentages)  
                         
Asia   20,877   16 %   18,003     5.7 % 19,754  
IPP   20,677   27.7 %   16,193   28.2 % 16,125  
System and other sales   200   -89 %   1,810   -94.5 % 3,629  
Europe   3,336   -52.3 %   6,999     -46.4 % 6,225  
IPP   2,223   -63 %   6,009   -59.3 % 5,460  
System and other sales   1,113   12.4 %   990   45.5 % 765  
South America   2,788   137.7 %   1,173     122.9 % 1,251  
IPP   1,473   65.3 %   891   55.5 % 947  
System and other sales   1,315   366.3 %   282   332.6 % 304  
North America   3,618   41.6 %   2,555     -63.7 % 9,964  
IPP   3,505   41.1 %   2,484   -36.6 % 5,533  
System and other sales   113   59.2 %   71   -97.4 % 4,431  
                         
IPP   27,878   9 %   25,577     -0.7 % 28,065  
System and other sales   2,741   -13.1 %   3,153     -70.0 % 9,129  
Total   30,619   6.6 %   28,730     -17.7 % 37,194  

Cost of sales and services was $12.8 million, compared to $11.8 million in the same period in 2016. The increase was mainly a result of the increase in average capacity of operating assets in the first half of 2017.

Gross profit was $17.8 million, up 5.4% from $16.9 million in the same period in 2016.  Gross margin of 58.3% was flat compared to 58.9% in the same period last year.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $12.6 million, up 8.7% from $11.6 million in the same period in 2016 as a result of increased professional fees related to financing in core markets such as Japan, United States and Uruguay.

Gain on disposal of interest in subsidiaries of $1.5 million was mainly a result of issuance of preferred shares of Canadian projects to the existing strategic partner.

Operating profit was $6.8 million, down 8.4% from $7.4 million in the same period in 2016.

Financing costs were $5.5 million, compared to $2.9 million in the same period of 2016.

Other non-operating income was $8.4 million, compared to other non-operating expense of $3.8 million in the same period of 2016.  Other non-operating income was mainly a result of the disposal of 19.4 MW assets in Japan in which the Company has a 30% stake.

Net income in the first half of 2017 was $5.2 million, compared to a net loss of $2.2 million in the same period in 2016.

Basic and diluted income per share was $0.012 in the first half of 2017, compared to basic and diluted loss per share of $0.006 in the same period in 2016. 

Basic and diluted income per ADS in the first half of 2017 was $0.10 compared to basic and diluted loss per ADS of $0.05 in the same period in 2016.

Adjusted EBITDA was $18.5 million, up 32.4% from $14.0 million in the same period in 2016.

Pipeline

As of June 30, 2017, the Company owned and operated 136.8 MW of IPP assets, compared to 159.6 MW as of December 31, 2016.  The decline in IPP assets was mainly due to the previously noted sale of Greek assets.

The Company had 68.1 MW of projects under construction as of June 30, 2017, comprised of a 63.6 MW project in Uruguay and 4.5 MW project in Japan.  This compares to 84.5 MW under construction as of December 31, 2016.

The total pipeline was around 430 MW as of June 30, 2017.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of June 30, 2017, the Company had bank balances and cash of $54.5 million, restricted cash of $66.1 million, trade and other receivables of $48.6 million and IPP solar park assets of $285.7 million. Total borrowing was $239.0 million, including $15.5 million of borrowing due within one year.

Use of Non-IFRS Measures

To provide investors with additional information regarding the Company's financial results, the Company has disclosed Adjusted EBITDA and annualized Adjusted EBITDA return on equity ratio, non-IFRS financial measures, below. The Company presents these non-IFRS financial measures because they are used by the Company's management to evaluate its operating performance. The Company also believes that these non-IFRS financial measures provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating the Company's consolidated results of operations in the same manner as the Company's management does and in comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of its peers.

Adjusted EBITDA, as the Company presents it, represents profit or loss for the period before taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted to eliminate the impacts of share-based compensation expenses, impairment charges, interest expenses, fair value changes of financial liabilities, loss from hedge ineffectiveness on cash flow hedges and reversal of tax provision.

Annualized Adjusted EBITDA return on equity ratio is Adjusted EBITDA of the applicable quarter multiplied by four, and divided by total equity as of the applicable quarter end.

The use of Adjusted EBITDA and annualized Adjusted EBITDA return on equity ratio has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of the Company's financial results as reported under IFRS. Some of these limitations are: (a) although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash capital expenditure requirements for such replacements or for new capital expenditure requirements; (b) Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, the Company's working capital needs; (c) Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the potentially dilutive impact of equity-based compensation; (d) Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect tax payments that may represent a reduction in cash available to the Company; and (e) other companies, including companies in the Company's industry, may calculate Adjusted EBITDA or similarly titled measures differently, which reduces their usefulness as a comparative measure.  In addition, the annualized Adjusted EBITDA return on equity ratio does not take into account effects of seasonality from quarter to quarter.  Because of these and other limitations, you should consider Adjusted EBITDA and annualized Adjusted EBITDA return on equity alongside the Company's IFRS-based financial performance measures, such as profit (loss) for the period and the Company's other IFRS financial results.

The following table presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to profit (loss) for the year, the most directly comparable IFRS measure, for each of the periods indicated:

  Six Months ended in June 30,
  2017     2016  
  (US$ in Thousands)
Profit (loss) for the period 5,188     (2,202 )
Adjustments:      
Income tax expense 4,631     2,985  
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 6,277     5,899  
Share-based payment charged into profit or loss (691 )   625  
Interest expenses 5,529    
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