Azure Power Announces Results for Second Fiscal Quarter 2017

EBENE, Mauritius--()--Azure Power Global Limited (NYSE:AZRE), one of the leaders in the Indian solar industry, today announced its consolidated results under United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) for the second quarter period ended September 30, 2016.

Second Quarter 2017 Period Ended September 30, 2016 Operating Highlights:

  • Operating & Committed Megawatts were at 1,021 MW, as of September 30, 2016 an increase of 111% over the same date last year
  • Revenue for the quarter was INR 895 million (US$13 million), an increase of 40% over the same quarter last year
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was INR 561 million (US$8 million), an increase of approximately 44% over the same quarter last year

Key Operating Metrics

Electricity generation increased by 112.8 million kWh during the six months periods ended September 30, 2016 to 275.1 million kWh as compared to the same period in 2015 as a result of the increase in operational capacity during the period.

Total revenue grew to INR 1,916.6 million (US$28.8 million) during the six months ended September 30, 2016 from INR 1,211.1 million in the six months ended September 30, 2015, an increase of 58% over the same period in the previous year. The increase in revenue was driven by the commissioning of new projects.

The project cost per megawatt operating for the six months ended September 30, 2016 decreased by INR 2.9 million (US$0.1 million) to INR 58.1 million (US$0.87 million), as compared to the same period in the previous year. The project cost per megawatt has declined in line with decreasing solar module prices and reduction in balance of plant costs. Project cost per megawatt operating consists of costs incurred for one megawatt of new solar power plant capacity during the reporting period.

Operating and committed megawatts increased, as of September 30, 2016, by 536 MW to 1,021 MW as a result of the increase in new projects won since September 30, 2015.

Nominal Contracted Payments

The Company’s PPAs create long-term recurring customer payments. Nominal contracted payments equal the sum of the estimated payments that the customer is likely to make, subject to discounts or rebates, over the remaining term of the PPAs. When calculating nominal contracted payments, the company includes those PPAs for projects that are operating or committed.

The following table sets forth, with respect to our PPAs, the aggregate nominal contracted payments and total estimated energy output as of the reporting dates. These nominal contracted payments have not been discounted to arrive at the present value.

 

      As of September 30,
2015       2016
INR INR       US$
Nominal contracted payments (in thousands) 123,566,324 247,388,527 3,715,658

Total estimated energy output (kilowatt hours
in millions)

19,964 43,345

Nominal contracted payments increased from September 30, 2015 to September 30, 2016 as a result of entering into additional PPAs. Over time, the Company has seen a trend towards a decline in the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission benchmark tariff for solar power procurement. For fiscal year 2011, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission benchmark tariff for solar power procurement was INR 17.91 per kilowatt hour. It was reduced to INR 10.39 per kilowatt hour for fiscal year 2013, which was further reduced to INR 7.72 per kilowatt hour for fiscal year 2015 and INR 5.68 per kilowatt hour for fiscal year 2016. The overall trend of solar power tariffs is that the tariffs are declining in line with the solar module prices.

Portfolio Run-Rate

Portfolio run-rate equals annualized payments from customers extrapolated based on the operating and committed capacity as of the reporting date. In estimating the portfolio run-rate, the Company multiplies the PPA contract price per kilowatt hour by the estimated annual energy output for all operating and committed solar projects as of the reporting date. The estimated annual energy output of the Company’s solar projects is calculated using power generation simulation software and validated by independent engineering firms. The main assumption used in the calculation is the project location, which enables the software to derive the estimated annual energy output from certain meteorological data, including the temperature, wind speed and solar radiation based on the project location.

The following table sets forth, with respect to the Company’s PPAs, the aggregate portfolio run-rate and estimated annual energy output as of the reporting dates. The portfolio run-rate has not been discounted to arrive at the present value.

      As of September 30,
2015       2016
INR INR       US$
Portfolio run-rate (in thousands) 5,422,172 10,560,382 158,612

Estimated annual energy output (kilowatt
hours in millions)

791 1,856

Portfolio run-rate increased by INR 5,138 million (US$77.2 million) to INR 10,560 million (US$159 million) as of September 30, 2016 as compared to September 30, 2015, due to increase in operational and committed capacity during the period.

Second Quarter Period ended September 30, 2016 Consolidated Financial Results:

Operating Revenue

Operating revenue grew to INR 894.9 million (US$13.4 million) in the second quarter period ended September 30, 2016 from INR 640.9 million in the second quarter period ended September 30, 2015, an increase of 40% over the same period in the previous year. The increase in revenue was driven by the commissioning of new projects.

Cost of Operations

Cost of operations increased to INR 75.4 million (US$1.1 million) in the second quarter period ended September 30, 2016, from INR 43.0 million in the second quarter period ended September 30, 2015, an increase of 75% over the same period previous year. The increase was primarily due to increase in plant maintenance cost related to new commissioned projects.

General and Administrative Expenses

General and administrative expenses during the second quarter period ended September 30, 2016 increased by INR 51.2 million (US$0.8 million), or 24.7%, to INR 258.4 million (US$3.9 million) compared to the same period in 2015. This was primarily due to legal expenses incurred on projects and lease rent expense incurred on under-construction projects during the three months ended September 30, 2016.

Depreciation and Amortization

Depreciation and amortization expenses during the second quarter period ended September 30, 2016 increased by INR 71.3 million (US$1.1 million), or 41%, to INR 246.5 million (US$3.7 million) compared to the same period in period ended September 30, 2015. The principal reason for the increase in depreciation was due to new projects which were capitalized during the period from September 30, 2015 to September 30, 2016.

Interest Expense, Net

Net interest expense during the second quarter period ended September 30, 2016 increased by INR 64.3 million (US$1.0 million), or 12%, to INR 583.3 million (US$8.7 million) compared to the same period in period ended September 30, 2015. Interest expense increased primarily as a result of borrowings for new solar power projects operating during the three months period ended September 30, 2016.

Loss on Foreign Currency Exchange

Foreign exchange loss during the second quarter period ended September 30, 2016 decreased by INR 246.4 million or 145% to INR 76.1 million (US$1.1 million) compared to the same period in the prior year.

The closing exchange rate of Indian rupees as of September 30, 2015 depreciated against the U.S. dollar by INR 1.9 to US$1.00 over the closing exchange rate as of June 30, 2015 while the closing exchange rate of Indian rupees as of September 30, 2016 appreciated against the U.S. dollar by INR 0.9 to US$1.00 over the closing exchange rate as of June 30, 2016, respectively.

Income Tax Expense

Income tax benefit increased during the second quarter period ended September 30, 2016 by INR 26.9 million to INR 53.8 million (US$0.8 million). The Company’s effective income tax rate for the second quarter period ended September 30, 2016 was 19% as compared to 7% for the same period in 2015. The increase in income tax benefit and the effective tax rate in the six months ended September 30, 2016 was a result of lower taxable profits generated by AZI, which provides certain engineering, procurement and construction services to its Indian subsidiaries, in the current period.

Net Loss

Net loss for the second quarter period ended September 30, 2016, was at INR 138.9 million (US$2.1 million), a decrease of INR 308.1 million (US$4.6 million) as compared to the same period in the previous year. This was primarily due to an increase in operating revenue by 40%.

Cash Flow and Working Capital

During the three months ended September 30, 2016, the Company generated INR 7,104.6 million (US$106.7 million) from financing activities. This cash inflow was primarily due to proceeds of INR 1,666.5 million (US$25.0 million) from issuance of Series I CCPS, new loan proceeds of INR 7,062.2 million (US$106.1 million) in the form of term loans from banks for the Karnataka 3 and Punjab 4 solar power plants. These inflows were offset in part by INR 1,624.1 million (US$24.4 million) in repayment of loans.

Liquidity Position

The Company raised equity of INR 1,666.5 million (US$ 25.0 million) during the quarter ended September 30, 2016 from a pre- IPO financing round. Subsequent to September 30, 2016, the Company has raised INR 9,081.5 million (US$136.4 million) from its initial public offering and concurrent private placement.

The Company has drawn INR4,970 million (US$74.7 million) of project debt during the quarter and has undrawn project debt commitment of INR17,557.1 million (US$263.7 million) as of the end of the quarter.

The company has secured financing for all committed and under construction projects of 663MW for the calendar year 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA was INR 561 million (US$8 million) for the second quarter period ended September 30, 2016, compared to INR 391 million in the second quarter period ended September 30, 2015. This was primarily due to the increase in revenue during the period.

Guidance for Fiscal Third Quarter 2017 and for the Fiscal Year 2017

The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. As of December 31, 2016, the Company expects 520 MW to be operational and it expects 950 – 1,050 MW operational by December 31, 2017. The Company expects revenue to be in the range of US$64 – 68 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

The Company will report financial results for the second quarter ended September 30, 2016, on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 and hold its quarterly conference call to discuss the results and updated outlook at 9:30 a.m. US Eastern Standard Time. Investors may access a live webcast of this conference call by visiting http://investors.azurepower.com/events-and-presentations. An archived webcast will be available through the same link following the call. The conference call can be accessed live by dialling 1-888-317-6003 (in the U.S.) and 1-412-317-6061 (outside the U.S.) and entering the passcode 5573341. A replay will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call till December 22, 2016 and can be accessed by dialling 1-877-344-7529 (in the U.S.) and 1-412-317-0088 (outside the U.S.) and entering the replay pass code 10096842.

Exchange Rate

This press release contains translations of certain Indian rupee amounts into U.S. dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of the reader. Unless otherwise stated, the translation of Indian rupees into U.S. dollars has been made at INR 66.58 to US$1.00, which is the noon buying rate in New York City for cable transfer in non-U.S. currencies as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on September 30, 2016. The Company makes no representation that the Indian rupee or U.S. dollar amounts referred to in this prospectus could have been converted into U.S. dollars or Indian rupees, as the case may be, at any particular rate or at all.

About Azure Power Global Limited

Azure Power is one of the leaders in the Indian solar industry. Azure Power developed India’s first private utility scale solar project in 2009 and has been at the forefront of developments in the sector as a developer, constructor and operator of utility scale, micro-grid and rooftop solar projects since its inception in 2008. With its in-house engineering, procurement and construction expertise and advanced in-house operations and maintenance capability, Azure Power manages the entire development and operation process, providing low-cost solar power solutions to customers throughout India.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company’s future financial and operating guidance, operational and financial results such as estimates of nominal contracted payments remaining and portfolio run rate, and the assumptions related to the calculation of the foregoing metrics. The risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include: the availability of additional financing on acceptable terms; changes in the commercial and retail prices of traditional utility generated electricity; changes in tariffs at which long term PPAs are entered into; changes in policies and regulations including net metering and interconnection limits or caps; the availability of rebates, tax credits and other incentives; the availability of solar panels and other raw materials; its limited operating history, particularly as a new public company; its ability to attract and retain its relationships with third parties, including its solar partners; our ability to meet the covenants in its investment funds and debt facilities; meteorological conditions and such other risks identified in the registration statements and reports that the Company has file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, from time to time. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure of its performance. This measurement is not recognized in accordance with GAAP and should not be viewed as an alternative to GAAP measures of performance. The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that the Company’s future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net loss (income) plus (a) income tax expense, (b) interest expense, net, (c) depreciation and amortization, and (d) loss (income) on foreign currency exchange. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because:

  • securities analysts and other interested parties use such calculations as a measure of financial performance and debt service capabilities; and
  • it is used by its management for internal reporting and planning purposes, including aspects of its consolidated operating budget and capital expenditures.

Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations include:

  • it does not reflect its cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments or foreign exchange gain/loss;
  • it does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital;
  • it does not reflect significant interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on its outstanding debt;
  • it does not reflect payments made or future requirements for income taxes; and
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced or paid in the future and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash requirements for such replacements or payments.

Investors are encouraged to evaluate each adjustment and the reasons the Company considers it appropriate for supplemental analysis. For more information, please see the table captioned “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures” at the end of this release.

AZURE POWER GLOBAL LIMITED
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

  As of March 31  

As of September 30
(Unaudited)

2016   2016   2016
INR INR US$
(in thousands, except per share data)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents 3,090,386 6,116,438 91,866
Restricted cash 821,891 2,361,501 35,469
Accounts receivable, net 556,755 640,440 9,619
Deferred IPO costs 208,731 311,350 4,676
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 308,007 360,679 5,417
Current investments - 157,563   2,367
Total current assets 4,985,770 9,947,971 149,414
 
Restricted cash 871,637 971,232 14,587
Property, plant and equipment, net 24,381,429 28,396,044 426,495
Software, net 14,657 12,332 185
Deferred income tax asset 34,661 228,988 3,439
Other assets 595,901 893,047 13,413
Non-current investments 6,785   6,956   105
Total assets 30,890,840   40,456,570   607,638
 
Liabilities, preferred shares and shareholders' deficit
Current liabilities:
Short-term debt 1,258,241 1,371,360 20,597
Accounts payable 1,899,488 2,713,654 40,757
Current portion of long term debt 4,477,696 6,611,068* 99,295*
Income taxes payable 45,215 47,276 710
Interest payable 126,122 117,364 1,763
Deferred revenue 80,201 80,081 1,203
Other liabilities 214,487 461,171 6,927
Total current liabilities 8,101,450 11,401,974 171,252
 
Non-current liabilities:
Long-term debt 18,352,714 21,996,497 330,377
Deferred revenue 1,190,142 1,376,008 20,667
Deferred income taxes 470,048 513,520 7,713
Asset retirement obligations 94,301 169,746 2,549
Other liabilities 39,936 67,959 1,021
Total liabilities 28,248,591 35,525,704 533,579
Convertible Preference Shares 9,733,272 11,594,432 174,143
Redeemable Non-Controlling Interest 346,754 368,851 5,540
Stockholders' deficit
Equity shares 68 68 1
Additional paid-in capital (2,958,166) (3,130,442) (47,018)
Accumulated deficit (4,508,156) (4,895,546) (73,529)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 28,807 32,351 486
Total APGL shareholders' deficit (7,437,447) (7,993,569) (120,060)
Non-controlling interest (330) 961,152 14,436
Total shareholders' deficit (7,437,777) (7,032,417) (105,624)
Total liabilities, preferred stock and stockholders' deficit 30,890,840 40,456,570 607,638

*Includes Compulsorily Convertible Debentures of INR 3,706,135 (US$ 55,664), which have been converted into equity shares pursuant to IPO on October 12, 2016.

AZURE POWER GLOBAL LIMITED
UNAUDITED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

       
Three months ended September 30, Six months ended September 30,
2015   2016   2016 2015   2016   2016
INR INR   US$ INR INR   US$
(in thousands, except per share data)
Operating revenues:
Sale of power 640,894 894,911 13,441 1,211,089 1,916,604 28,786
Operating costs and expenses:

Cost of operations (exclusive of depreciation
and amortization shown separately below)

42,994 75,371 1,132 77,697 161,886 2,431
General and administrative 207,208 258,425 3,881 352,166 415,509 6,241
Depreciation and amortization 175,197 246,543 3,703 315,256 482,301 7,244

   Total operating cost and expenses

425,399 580,339 8,716 745,119 1,059,696 15,916
Operating income 215,495 314,572 4,725 465,970 856,908 12,870
Other expense:
Interest expense, net 519,070 583,390 8,762 922,408 1,250,388 18,780

(Gain) / Loss on foreign currency exchange,
net

170,283 (76,127) (1,143) 277,413 64,532 969

   Total other expenses

689,353 507,263 7,619 1,199,821 1,314,920 19,749
Loss before income tax (473,858) (192,691) (2,894) (733,851) (458,012) (6,879)
Income tax benefit / (expense) 26,900 53,820 808 45,312 87,468 1,314
Net loss (446,958) (138,871) (2,086) (688,539) (370,544) (5,565)
 

Net loss attributable to non-controlling
interest

(7,776) 4,223 63 (9,098) (1,561) (23)
Net loss attributable to APGL (439,182) (143,094) (2,149) (679,441) (368,983) (5,542)
Accretion to Mezzanine CCPS (378,439) (72,160) (1,084) (637,722) (194,670) (2,924)

Accretion to redeemable non-controlling
interest

(7,728) (11,109) (167) (7,728) (22,097) (332)

Net loss attributable to APGL equity
shareholders

(825,349) (226,363) (3,400) (1,324,89) (585,750) (8,798)

Net loss per share attributable to APGL equity
stockholders

   Basic and diluted

(470) (129) (1.94) (754) (333) (5.00)

Shares used in computing basic and diluted
per share amounts

Equity shares* 1,758,080 1,758,080 1,758,080 1,758,080

* Number of equity shares as on October 12, 2016 after Company’s Initial Public Offering and Concurrent Private Placement is 25,915,959.

AZURE POWER GLOBAL LIMITED
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

  Three months ended September 30,       Six months ended September 30,
2015   2016   2016 2015   2016   2016
INR   INR   US$ INR   INR   US$
(in thousands)

Net cash provided by operating
activities

(191,069)   308,509   4,634 (580,525)   190,116   2,855

Net cash used in investing
activities

294,736 (4,385,433) (65,867) (886,847) (5,494,626) (82,527)

Net cash provided by financing
activities

4,950,370 7,104,592 106,708 5,898,874 8,329,910 125,111

RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THE NEAREST COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES

The table below sets forth a reconciliation of our income from operations to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods indicated:

 

 

Three months ended September 30,

      Six months ended September 30,
2015  

2016

  2016 2015   2016   2016
INR   INR   US$       INR   INR   US$
(in thousands)
Net Loss (446,958)   (138,871)   (2,086) (688,539)   (370,544)   (5,565)
Income tax expense/(benefit) (26,900) (53,820) (808) (45,312) (87,468) (1,314)
Interest expense, net 519,070 583,390 8,762 922,408 1,250,388 18,780
Depreciation and amortization 175,197 246,543 3,703 315,256 482,301 7,244

(Gain)/Loss on Foreign currency exchange,
net

170,283 (76,127) (1,143) 277,413 64,532 969
Adjusted EBITDA 390,692 561,115 8,428 781,226 1,339,209 20,114

Contacts

Azure Power
Investor Relation Contacts:
Nathan Judge
ir@azurepower.com
or
Samitla Subba
pr@azurepower.com

Release Summary

Azure Power Global Limited, one of the leaders in the Indian solar industry,today announced its consolidated results under United States (“GAAP”) or the second quarter period ended September 30, 2016.

Contacts

Azure Power
Investor Relation Contacts:
Nathan Judge
ir@azurepower.com
or
Samitla Subba
pr@azurepower.com