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Boralex announces a substantial 62% increase in net earnings and continued disciplined development of highly promising projects

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Financial results

  • Higher EBITDA(A)1, operating income and net earnings than in Q1-2023
    • Increases mainly attributable to higher wind farm production in North America, the contribution from new facilities commissioned and strategy to optimize electricity selling prices in France.
    • EBITDA(A)1 of $195 million ($218 million on a Combined2 basis)3 in Q1-2024, up $28 million ($28 million) from Q1-2023.
    • Operating income of $106 million ($134 million) in Q1-2024, up $29 million ($32 million) from Q1-2023.
    • Net earnings of $73 million in Q1-2024, up $28 million from Q1-2023.
  • Higher discretionary cash flows2 and more financial flexibility to finance growth
    • Discretionary cash flows of $78 million in Q1-2024, up $12 million from Q1-2023.
    • $230 million in net cash flows related to operating activities in Q1-2024.
    • $575 million in available cash resources and authorized financing2 as at March 31, 2024, $28 million more than in the previous quarter.

Development and construction

  • Secured, under construction and ready-to-build projects progressing according to plan
    • Commissioning of a 21 MW wind farm in France.
    • Ongoing construction at the Apuiat wind project in Québec and the Limekiln wind project in Scotland, with commissioning scheduled for late 2024.
    • Two storage projects in Ontario and the Des Neiges Sud wind project in Quebec progressing as planned, with commissioning expected in 2025 and 2026.
  • 239 MW added to the early stage project pipeline
    • 171 MW for a solar project and a storage project in North America.
    • 68 MW for solar and wind projects in Europe.

MONTREAL, May 15, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Boralex Inc. (“Boralex” or the “Company”) (TSX: BLX) is pleased to report significantly higher first quarter results for 2024.

“Boralex has once again demonstrated its ability to deliver strong results quarter after quarter, as illustrated by a 17% increase in our EBITDA(A) and a 62% increase in our net earnings for the first three months of the year. This growth can mainly be attributed to higher wind farm production in North America, the contribution of new facilities commissioned and our strategy to optimize electricity selling prices in France,” said Patrick Decostre, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boralex.

“In the coming quarters, we will continue to pursue growth in our various target markets, where there are ample opportunities. Our teams are busy preparing responses to upcoming tender calls in Quebec, Ontario, New York State, the United Kingdom and France. This considerable diversity will allow us to pace our growth and focus on the most profitable markets,” Mr. Decostre added.

1 EBITDA(A) is a total of segment measures. For more details, see the Non-IFRS and other financial measures section of this press release.
2 “Combined”, “discretionary cash flows” and “available cash resources and authorized financing facilities” are non-GAAP financial measures and do not have a standardized definition under IFRS. Therefore, these measures may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. For more details, see the Non- IFRS financial measures and other financial measures section of this press release.
3 Figures in brackets indicate results on a Combined basis as opposed to a Consolidated basis.

1st quarter highlights

Three-month periods ended March 31

    Consolidated        Combined 1    
  2024   2023   Change    2024   2023   Change  
(in millions of Canadians dollars, unless otherwise specified) (unaudited)                $   %                  $   %  
Power production (GWh)2 
1,767   1,696   71   4   2,355   2,286   69   3  
Revenues from energy sales and
feed-in premium
259   298   (39 ) (13 ) 291   328   (37 ) (11 )
Operating income  106   77   29   38   134   102   32   31  
EBITDA(A)3 195   167   28   17   218   190   28   14  
Net earnings (loss) 73   45   28   62   73   45   28   62  
Net earnings attributable to shareholders of Boralex 55   33   22   69   55   33   22   69  
Per share - basic and diluted 0.53 $ 0.31 $ 0.22 $         68   0.53 $ 0.31 $ 0.22 $ 68  
Net cash flows related to operating activities 230   244   (14 ) (6 )        
Cash flows from operations1  157   141   16   12          
Discretionary cash flows1 78   66   12   16          

In the first quarter of 2024, Boralex produced 1,767 GWh (2,355 GWh) of electricity, 4% (3%) more than the 1,696 GWh (2,286 GWh) produced in the same quarter of 2023. The increase was mainly attributable to commissionings in France and strong wind farm performance. Boralex ended the quarter with total production in line with anticipated production4.

Revenues from energy sales and feed-in premiums for the three-month period ended March 31, 2024, amounted to $259 million ($291 million), 13% (11% on a combined basis) lower than in the first quarter of 2023. The decrease was mainly attributable to lower selling prices in France. EBITDA(A)3 amounted to $195 million ($218 million), up 17% (14%) compared to the first quarter of 2023. Operating income totalled $106 million ($134 million), compared to $77 million ($102 million) for the same quarter of 2023. The strength of the quarterly results is primarily a reflection of higher production in North America, commissionings, and our strategy to optimize electricity selling prices in France. Net earnings amounted to $73 million, up $28 million from $45 million in the first quarter in 2023.

Outlook

Boralex’s 2025 Strategic Plan is built around the same four strategic directions as the plan launched in 2019 – growth, diversification, customers and optimization – and six corporate targets. The details of the plan, which also sets out Boralex’s corporate social responsibility strategy, are found in the Corporation’s annual report. Highlights of the main achievements of the quarter ended on March 31, 2024 in relation to the 2025 Strategic Plan can be found in the 2024 Interim Report 1, which is available in the Investors section of the Boralex website.

In the coming quarters, Boralex will continue to work on its various initiatives under the strategic plan, including project development, analysis of acquisition targets and optimization of power sales and operating costs.

Finally, to fuel its organic growth, the Corporation has a pipeline of projects at various stages of development defined on the basis of clearly identified criteria, totaling 6.7 GW of wind, solar and energy storage projects.

Dividend declaration

The Company’s Board of Directors has authorized and announced a quarterly dividend of $0.1650 per common share. This dividend will be paid on June 17, 2024, to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 31, 2024. Boralex designates this dividend as an “eligible dividend” pursuant to paragraph 89 (14) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and all provincial legislation applicable to eligible dividends.

1 “Combined”, “Cash flows from operations” and “Discretionary cash flows” are non-GAAP financial measures and do not have a standardized definition under IFRS. Therefore, these measures may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. For more details, see the Non-IFRS financial measures and other financial measures section of this press release.
2 Power production includes the production for which Boralex received financial compensation following power generation limitations imposed by its customers since management uses this measure to evaluate the Corporation’s performance. This adjustment facilitates the correlation between power production and revenues from energy sales and feed-in premium.
3 EBITDA(A) is a total of sector measures. For more details, see the Non-IFRS financial measures and other financial measures section of this press release.
4 Anticipated production is an additional financial measure, For more details see the Non-IFRS financial measures and other financial measures section of this press release.

About Boralex

At Boralex, we have been providing affordable renewable energy accessible to everyone for over 30 years. As a leader in the Canadian market and France’s largest independent producer of onshore wind power, we also have facilities in the United States and development projects in the United Kingdom. Over the past five years, our installed capacity has more than doubled to over 3 GW. We are developing a portfolio of projects in development and construction of close to 6.7 GW in wind, solar and storage projects, guided by our values and our corporate social responsibility (CSR) approach. Through profitable and sustainable growth, Boralex is actively participating in the fight against global warming. Thanks to our fearlessness, our discipline, our expertise and our diversity, we continue to be an industry leader. Boralex’s shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BLX.

For more information, visit www.boralex.com or www.sedarplus.ca. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Non-IFRS measures

Performance measures

In order to assess the performance of its assets and reporting segments, Boralex uses performance measures. Management believes that these measures are widely accepted financial indicators used by investors to assess the operational performance of a company and its ability to generate cash through operations. The non-IFRS and other financial measures also provide investors with insight into the Corporation’s decision making as the Corporation uses these non-IFRS financial measures to make financial, strategic and operating decisions. The non-IFRS and other financial measures should not be considered as substitutes for IFRS measures.

These non-IFRS financial measures are derived primarily from the audited consolidated financial statements, but do not have a standardized meaning under IFRS; accordingly, they may not be comparable to similarly named measures used by other companies. Non-IFRS and other financial measures are not audited. They have important limitations as analytical tools and investors are cautioned not to consider them in isolation or place undue reliance on ratios or percentages calculated using these non-IFRS financial measures.

Non-IFRS financial measures

Specific financial measure

Use

Composition

Most directly comparable IFRS measure

Financial data - Combined (all disclosed financial data) To assess the operating performance and the ability of a company to generate cash from its operations.

The Interests represent significant investments by Boralex.
Results from the combination of the financial information of Boralex Inc. under IFRS and the share of the financial information of the Interests.

Interests in the Joint Ventures and associates, Share in earnings (losses) of the Joint Ventures and associates and Distributions received from the Joint Ventures and associates are then replaced with Boralex’s respective share in the financial statements of the Interests (revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities, etc.)
Respective financial data - Consolidated
Discretionary cash flows To assess the cash generated from operations and the amount available for future development or to be paid as dividends to common shareholders while preserving the long-term value of the business. Net cash flows related to operating activities before "change in non-cash items related to operating activities,” less
(i) distributions paid to non-controlling shareholders, (ii) additions to property, plant and equipment (maintenance of operations), (iii) repayments on non-current debt (projects) and repayments to tax equity investors; (iv) principal payments related to lease liabilities; (v) adjustments for non- operational items; plus (vi) development costs (from the statement of earnings).
Net cash flows related to operating activities
  Corporate objectives for 2025 from the strategic plan.    
Cash flows from operations To assess the cash generated by the Company's operations and its ability to finance its expansion from these funds. Net cash flows related to operating activities before changes in non-cash items related to operating activities. Net cash flows related to operating activities


Non-IFRS financial measures


Specific financial measure


Use


Composition

Most directly comparable IFRS measure

Available cash and cash equivalents To assess the cash and cash equivalents available, as at balance sheet date, to fund the Corporation's growth. Represents cash and cash equivalents, as stated on the balance sheet, from which known short-term cash requirements are excluded. Cash and cash equivalents
Available cash resources and authorized financing To assess the total cash resources available, as at balance sheet date, to fund the Corporation's growth. Results from the combination of credit facilities available to fund growth and the available cash and cash equivalents. Cash and cash equivalents


Other financial measures - Total of segments measure
Specific financial measure Most directly comparable IFRS measure
EBITDA(A) Operating income


Other financial measures - Supplementary Financial Measures
Specific financial measure Composition
Credit facilities available for growth The credit facilities available for growth include the unused tranche of the parent company's credit facility, apart from the accordion clause, as well as the unused tranche credit facilities of subsidiaries which includes the unused tranche of the credit facility- France and the unused tranche of the construction facility.
Anticipated production For older sites, anticipated production by the Corporation is based on adjusted historical averages, planned commissioning and shutdowns and, for all other sites, on the production studies carried out.

Combined

The following tables reconcile Consolidated financial data with data presented on a Combined basis: 

      2024     2023
(in millions of Canadian dollars) (unaudited) Consolidated Reconciliation(1) Combined Consolidated Reconciliation(1) Combined
Three-month periods ended March 31:            
Power production (GWh)(2) 1,767 588 2,355 1,696 590 2,286
Revenues from energy sales and feed-in            
premium 259 32 291 298 30 328
Operating income 106 28 134 77 25 102
EBITDA(A) 195 23 218 167 23 190
Net earnings 73 73 45 45


  As at March 31, 2024 As at December 31, 2023
Total assets 6,741 841 7,582 6,574 730 7,304
Debt - Principal balance 3,328 525 3,853 3,327 437 3,764

(1) Includes the respective contribution of joint ventures and associates as a percentage of Boralex's interest less adjustments to reverse recognition of these interests under IFRS. This contribution is attributable to the North America segment's wind farms and includes corporate expenses of $1 million under EBITDA(A) for the period ended March 31, 2024 ($1 million as at March 31, 2023).
(2) Includes financial compensation following electricity production limitations imposed by customers.

EBITDA(A)

EBITDA(A) is a total of segment financial measures and represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted to exclude other items such as acquisition and integration costs, other loss (gains), net loss (gain) on financial instruments and foreign exchange loss (gain), with the last two items included under Other.

EBITDA(A) is used to assess the performance of the Corporation's reporting segments.

EBITDA(A) is reconciled to the most comparable IFRS measure, namely, operating income, in the following table:

          2024            2023     Change
2024 vs 2023
(in millions of Canadian dollars) (unaudited) Consolidated   Reconciliation(1)  
Combined
  Consolidated      Reconciliation(1)   Combined   Consolidated    Combined
Three-month periods ended March 31:                              
EBITDA(A) 195   23   218   167   23    190   28   28
Amortization (73 ) (15 ) (88 ) (73 ) (15  ) (88 )  
Other gains 4     4     —      4   4
Share in earnings of joint ventures and                              
associates (19 ) 19     (15 ) 15      (4 )
Change in fair value of a derivative                              
included in the share in earnings of a                              
joint venture (1 ) 1     (2 )     1  
Operating income 106   28   134   77   25    102   29   32

(1) Includes the respective contribution of joint ventures and associates as a percentage of Boralex's interest less adjustments to reverse recognition of these interests under IFRS.

Cash flow from operations and discretionary cash flows

The Corporation computes the cash flow from operations and discretionary cash flows as follows:                

       Consolidated
  Three-month periods ended Twelve-month periods ended
  March 31, March 31, December 31,
(in millions of Canadian dollars) (unaudited) 2024   2023   2024   2023  
Net cash flows related to operating activities 230   244   482   496  
Change in non-cash items relating to operating activities (73 ) (103 ) (21 ) (51 )
Cash flows from operations 157   141   461   445  
Repayments on non-current debt (projects)(1) (65 ) (65 ) (232 ) (232 )
Adjustment for non-operating items(2)     6   6  
  92   76   235   219  
Principal payments related to lease liabilities(3) (6 ) (6 ) (17 ) (17 )
Distributions paid to non-controlling shareholders(4) (18 ) (13 ) (62 ) (57 )
Additions to property, plant and equipment        
(maintenance of operations)(5) (2 ) (3 ) (5 ) (6 )
Development costs (from statement of earnings) 12   12   45   45  
Discretionary cash flows 78   66   196   184  

(1) Includes repayments on non-current debt (projects) and repayments to tax equity investors, and excludes VAT bridge financing, early debt repayments and repayments under the construction facility - Boralex Energy Investments portfolio and the CDPQ Fixed Income Inc. term loan.
(2) For the twelve-month periods ended March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, favourable adjustment consisting mainly of acquisition, integration and transaction costs.
(3)  Excluding the principal payments related to lease liabilities for projects under development and construction.

(4) Comprises distributions paid to non-controlling shareholders as well as the portion of discretionary cash flows attributable to the non-controlling shareholder of Boralex Europe Sàrl.
(5) During the quarter, the Corporation reclassified the employee benefits related to its incentive plans, which were reported in full under Operating expenses in the consolidated statements of earnings. To better allocate these expenses to the Corporation's various functions and thus provide more relevant information to users of the financial statements, the Corporation is now allocating these costs to Operating, Administrative and Development expenses in the consolidated statements of earnings according to the breakdown of staff. This change resulted in a $1 million increase in development costs for the three-month period ended March 31, 2023 and a $5 million increase for the year ended December 31, 2023.

Available cash and cash equivalents and available cash resources and authorized financing

The Corporation defines available cash and cash equivalents as well as available cash resources and authorized financing as follows:        

  Consolidated  
  As at March 31   As at December 31  


(in millions of Canadian dollars) (unaudited)
2024   2023  
Cash and cash equivalents 641   478  
Cash and cash equivalents held by entities subject to project debt agreements(1) (534 ) (388 )
Bank overdraft (14 ) (6 )
Available cash and cash equivalents 93   84  
Credit facilities available for growth 482   463  
Available cash resources and authorized financing 575   547  

(1) This cash can be used for the operations of the respective projects, but is subject to restrictions for non-project related purposes under the credit agreements.

Disclaimer regarding forward-looking statements

Certain statements contained in this release, including those related to results and performance for future periods, installed capacity targets, EBITDA(A) and discretionary cash flows, the Corporation's strategic plan, business model and growth strategy, organic growth and growth through mergers and acquisitions, obtaining an investment grade credit rating, payment of a quarterly dividend, the Corporation’s financial targets, the projects commissioning dates, the portfolio of renewable energy projects, the Corporation’s Growth Path, the bids for new storage and solar projects and its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives are forward-looking statements based on current forecasts, as defined by securities legislation. Positive or negative verbs such as “will,” “would,” “forecast,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “plan,” “project,” “continue,” “intend,” “assess,” “estimate” or “believe,” or expressions such as “toward,” “about,” “approximately,” “to be of the opinion,” “potential” or similar words or the negative thereof or other comparable terminology, are used to identify such statements.

Forward-looking statements are based on major assumptions, including those about the Corporation’s return on its projects, as projected by management with respect to wind and other factors, opportunities that may be available in the various sectors targeted for growth or diversification, assumptions made about EBITDA(A) margins, assumptions made about the sector realities and general economic conditions, competition, exchange rates as well as the availability of funding and partners. While the Corporation considers these factors and assumptions to be reasonable, based on the information currently available to the Corporation, they may prove to be inaccurate.

Boralex wishes to clarify that, by their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and that its results, or the measures it adopts, could be significantly different from those indicated or underlying those statements, or could affect the degree to which a given forward-looking statement is achieved. The main factors that may result in any significant discrepancy between the Corporation’s actual results and the forward-looking financial information or expectations expressed in forward- looking statements include the general impact of economic conditions, fluctuations in various currencies, fluctuations in energy prices, the risk of not renewing PPAs or being unable to sign new corporate PPA, the risk of not being able to capture the US or Canadian investment tax credit, counterparty risk, the Corporation’s financing capacity, cybersecurity risks, competition, changes in general market conditions, industry regulations and amendments thereto, particularly the legislation, regulations and emergency measures that could be implemented for time to time to address high energy prices in Europe, litigation and other regulatory issues related to projects in operation or under development, as well as certain other factors considered in the sections dealing with risk factors and uncertainties appearing in Boralex's MD&A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023.

Unless otherwise specified by the Corporation, forward-looking statements do not take into account the effect that transactions, non-recurring items or other exceptional items announced or occurring after such statements have been made may have on the Corporation’s activities. There is no guarantee that the results, performance or accomplishments, as expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, will materialize. Readers are therefore urged not to rely unduly on these forward-looking statements.

Unless required by applicable securities legislation, Boralex’s management assumes no obligation to update or revise forward- looking statements in light of new information, future events or other changes.

For more information: 

MEDIA INVESTOR RELATIONS
Camille Laventure Stéphane Milot
Advisor, Public Affairs and External Communications Vice President, Investor Relations
Boralex Inc. Boralex Inc.
438-883-8580 514-213-1045
camille.laventure@boralex.com stephane.milot@boralex.com

Source: Boralex Inc.


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