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    Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. - ACQUISITIONS CONTINUING TO DELIVER ON PROMISES


    August 4, 2022 - ENP Newswire

     

      LONGUEUIL, QC - Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX: INE) ('Innergex' or the 'Corporation') released its operating and financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

      'The past few months were fruitful for Innergex with the completion of a significant acquisition of three wind farms in Chile, the commissioning of our first stand-alone battery energy storage project in France and the launch of construction of our first battery energy storage project coupled with solar in Chile,' said Michel Letellier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Innergex. 'Our strong and diversified portfolio of prospective projects along with all of our projects currently at an advanced stage of development or in construction bode well for the future growth of Innergex. We continue to work diligently to improve our payout ratio and to develop our business in a sustainable manner by continuing to seize and create the opportunities the clean energy transition brings in all of our markets.'

      OPERATING PERFORMANCE

      Production for the three-month period ended June 30, 2022 was 92% of LTA. Innergex's share of production of joint ventures and associates1 was 86% of LTA, translating into a Production Proportionate1 at 92% of LTA. Revenues were up 29% at $219.7 million compared with the same period last year. This increase is mainly explained by the contribution of the Curtis Palmer Acquisition, the acquisition of the remaining 50% interest in Energia Llaima, for which results are now included in Innergex's consolidated revenues, the commissioning of the Griffin Trail wind facility in Texas, higher selling prices at the Phoebe solar facility in Texas, the acquisition of Aela Generacion S.A. and Aela Energia SpA (together 'Aela') in Chile, higher revenues from the Quebec wind facilities resulting mainly from higher production, the acquisition of the San Andres solar facility in Chile and the commissioning of the Amazon Solar Farm Ohio - Hillcrest ('Hillcrest') facility. These items were partly offset by lower revenues from the hydro facilities in British Columbia from lower water flows due to cooler weather delaying the melting season ('freshet'), from lower wind regimes and lower exchange rate at the wind facilities in France and lower selling prices at the Salvador solar facility. Revenues Proportionate1 increased by 27% to $251.5 million over the same period last year.

      For the three-month period ended June 30, 2022, Operating, general, administrative and prospective projects expenses were up 40% at $66.9 million compared with the same period last year. The increase is mainly attributable to higher maintenance costs at some of the hydro facilities in British Columbia, the commissioning of the Griffin Trail wind facility, the acquisition of the remaining 50% interest in Energia Llaima, the Aela Acquisition, the Curtis Palmer Acquisition and the commissioning of the Hillcrest solar facility. The Adjusted EBITDA1 was 25% higher at $152.9 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2022, compared with the same period last year. The Adjusted EBITDA Proportionate1 reached $181.1 million, a 24% increase compared with the same period last year.

      Innergex recorded a net loss of $24.6 million ($0.13 loss per share - basic and diluted) for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, compared with net earnings of $50.2 million ($0.23 net earnings per share - basic and diluted) for the corresponding period in 2021. This was mainly due to a $45.2 million decrease in recovery of income tax stemming from the reversal of deferred tax liabilities in 2021 related to the Flat Top and Shannon joint venture facilities, due to the projects' assets and liabilities being classified as disposal groups held for sale; an unfavourable $25.6 million unrealized change in the fair value of financial instruments, mainly related to the increase in merchant power curves for the Phoebe power hedge and an unfavourable change in foreign exchange forward curves, and partly offset by a favourable change in interest rate curves, compared with the same period in 2021; a $19.9 million increase in depreciation and amortization; an $18.4 million increase in finance costs, mainly attributable to the Energia Llaima, Aela and Curtis Palmer acquisitions, and the Griffin Trail and Hillcrest commissioning in 2021 and and an unfavourable $10.0 million realized change in the fair value of financial instruments, mainly related to higher merchant prices in 2022 affecting the Phoebe power hedge. The increase in net loss is also explained by an unfavourable change in the mark to market of financial instruments and in the power hedge settlements, due to higher merchant prices. These items were partly offset by a $9.7 million increase in other net income, mainly related to the production tax credits and tax attributes allocated to the tax equity investors at the Griffin Trail wind facility, following its commissioning during the third quarter of 2021.

      Production for the six-month period ended June 30, 2022 was 93% of LTA. Innergex's share of production of joint ventures and associates1 was 92% of LTA, translating into a Production Proportionate1 at 93% of LTA. Revenues were up 34% at $408.5 million compared with the same period last year, for which Revenues were normalized to exclude the February 2021 Texas Events. This increase is mainly explained by the contribution of the Curtis Palmer Acquisition, the acquisition of the remaining 50% interest in Energia Llaima, for which results are now included in Innergex's consolidated revenues, the commissioning of the Griffin Trail wind facility, the BC Hydro Curtailment Payment2, higher revenues from the Quebec wind facilities resulting mainly from higher production, higher selling prices at the Phoebe solar facility in Texas, the commissioning of the Hillcrest facility and the acquisition of the Aela wind farms and the San Andres solar facility in Chile. These items were partly offset by lower revenues from lower average selling prices at the Foard City facility, from lower water flows due to cooler weather delaying freshet at the hydro facilities in British Columbia and from lower wind regimes and lower exchange rate at the wind facilities in France. Revenues Proportionate1 increased by 28% to $467.6 million over the same period last year, for which Revenues were normalized to exclude the February 2021 Texas Events.

      For the six-month period ended June 30, 2022, Operating, general, administrative and prospective projects expenses were up 32% at $125.1 million compared with the same period last year. The increase is mainly attributable to the acquisition of the remaining 50% interest in Energia Llaima, the commissioning of the Griffin Trail wind facility, higher maintenance costs at some of the hydro facilities in British Columbia, the Curtis Palmer Acquisition, the commissioning of the Hillcrest solar facility, the Aela Acquisition, and to the San Andres Acquisition. These items were partly offset by lower variable expenses following lower revenues at the Foard City facility. The Adjusted EBITDA1 was 34% higher at $283.4 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2022, compared with the same period last year, for which the Adjusted EBITDA1 was normalized to exclude the February 2021 Texas Events. The Adjusted EBITDA Proportionate1 reached $336.0 million, a 29% increase compared with the same period last year, for which the Adjusted EBITDA Proportionate1 was normalized to exclude the February 2021 Texas Events.

      Innergex recorded a net loss of $59.5 million ($0.31 loss per share - basic and diluted) for the six-month period ended June 30, 2022, compared with a net loss of $167.7 million ($1.01 loss per share - basic and diluted) for the corresponding period in 2021. This was mainly due to a $204.0 million decrease in the share of loss of joint ventures and associates, mainly related to the recognition of $112.6 million in impairment charges through the Corporation's share of loss of the Flat Top and Shannon joint venture facilities in 2021, the February 2021 Texas Events, resulting in a net unfavourable impact of $64.2 million on the Flat Top and Shannon joint venture facilities in 2021 (refer to the 'February 2021 Texas Events' section of the Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three- and six-month periods ended June 30, 2022 for more information), the recognition of a $26.9 million mark-to-market loss through the Corporation's share of loss of the Flat Top and Shannon joint venture facilities in 2021, compared to nil in 2022; a favourable $61.4 million realized change in the fair value of financial instruments, mainly stemming from the net unfavourable impact of the February 2021 Texas Events in 2021, partly offset by higher merchant prices in 2022 affecting the Phoebe power hedge; and a $17.9 million increase in other net income, mainly related to the production tax credits and tax attributes allocated to the tax equity investors at the Griffin Trail wind facility, following its commissioning during the third quarter of 2021. These items were partly offset by an $82.7 million decrease in recovery of income tax, mainly related to the impacts of the February 2021 Texas Events, the Flat Top and Shannon impairment charges in 2021 and the reversal of deferred tax liabilities related to the Flat Top and Shannon joint venture facilities, due to the projects' assets and liabilities being classified as disposal groups held for sale; an unfavourable $49.8 million unrealized change in the fair value of financial instruments, mainly related to the increase in merchant power curves for the Phoebe power hedge and an unfavourable movement in the unrealized portion of the change in fair value on the Phoebe basis hedge following its maturity in 2021, partly offset by a favourable change in interest rate curves, compared with the same period in 2021; a $41.3 million increase in depreciation and amortization, mainly attributable to the Energia Llaima, Aela and Curtis Palmer acquisitions and the Griffin Trail and Hillcrest commissionings in 2021 and a $25.2 million increase in finance costs mainly related to the Griffin Trail and Hillcrest facilities commissioned in 2021, the Energia Llaima and Aela acquisitions, and an increase in inflation compensation interests on the Harrison Hydro real return bonds.

      1. This is not a recognized measure under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to those presented by other issuers. Please refer to the 'Non-IFRS Measures' section for more information.

      2. The BC Hydro Curtailment Payment refers to the curtailment notices sent by BC Hydro in May 2020 for six hydro facilities which were disputed by the Corporation on the basis that, under its Electricity Purchase Agreements with BC Hydro, BC Hydro can exercise this right but is required to compensate Innergex for energy that would have been produced at the facilities in the absence of the curtailment. For the period from May 22, 2020 to July 20, 2020, actual eligible energy revenue that would have been produced at the facilities in the absence of the curtailment amounts to $12.5 million ($14.2 million on a Revenues

      CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES, FREE CASH FLOW2 AND PAYOUT RATIO2

      For the three-month period ended June 30, 2022, cash flows from operating activities totalled $67.6 million, compared with $49.6 million in the same period last year. The increase relates primarily to the contribution from the Energia Llaima, Lican, Curtis Palmer, San Andres and Aela acquisitions, and the Hillcrest and Griffin Trail commissionings. These items were partly offset by the distribution received from Energia Llaima in the second quarter of 2021.

      For the six-month period ended June 30, 2022, cash flows from operating activities totalled $152.5 million, compared with $109.6 million in the same period last year. The increase relates primarily to the contribution from the Energia Llaima, Lican, Curtis Palmer, San Andres and Aela acquisitions, and the Hillcrest and Griffin Trail commissionings, and the BC Hydro Curtailment Payment. These items were partly offset by the distribution received from Energia Llaima in the second quarter of 2021, and the February 2021 Texas Events, which contributed to a $16.8 million increase in cash flows from operating activities in the comparative period, as the Phoebe solar facility's $33.9 million net payable related to the February 2021 Texas Events remained unpaid until July 19, 2021.

      UPDATE ON GROWTH INITIATIVES (As at August 3, 2022)

      On April 29, 2022, to take advantage of the currently favourable energy pricing environment in France, Innergex entered into three power purchase agreements for its Antoigne, Porcien and Vallottes wind facilities (the 'New PPAs'), in effect since August 1, 2022, concurrently with the cancellation of the current power purchase agreements. In addition, the New PPAs effectively increase the contracted period of the facilities to December 31, 2025.

      On May 10, 2022, the Corporation amended its existing revolving term credit facility, extending the term from 2023 to 2027 and increasing the borrowing limit to $950.0 million.

      On May 10, 2022, Innergex announced that it has awarded Mitsubishi Power an order for two utility-scale battery energy storage systems ('BESS') in Chile. These projects will be colocated with solar energy and enable peak shifting by storing excess solar energy during the day and dispatching at night. Innergex's 68 MW Salvador solar photovoltaic facility will add 50 MW/250 MWh (5 hours) of energy storage, and its 50.6 MW San Andres solar photovoltaic facility will add 35 MW/175 MWh (5 hours) of energy storage.

      The Salvador Battery Storage project with a 50 MW/250 MWh (5 hours) capacity was promoted to the construction phase with an expected Commercial Operation Date ('COD') in 2023.

      On May 18, Innergex received approval from the TSX to proceed with a normal course issuer bid on its common shares, Series A Preferred Shares, and Series C Preferred Shares.

      On June 9, 2022, Innergex completed its previously announced acquisition of all of the ordinary shares of Aela, a 332 MW portfolio of three newly-built operating wind assets in Chile, for a cash consideration of US$324.3 million ($408.2 million), and the assumption of the existing non-recourse debt.

      The Prospective Projects' pipeline will allow several opportunities in the years to come, with 12 projects currently at an advanced stage, for a total of 908 MW of installed capacity.

      SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

      On July 22, 2022, Innergex completed the full commissioning of the 9 MW/9 MWh (1 hour) Tonnerre battery energy storage system in France. Tonnerre has been awarded a 7-year contract for difference offering a fixed-price contract for capacity certificate. The facility will generate additional revenues that will vary based on prevailing energy pricing. Being Innergex's first stand-alone battery project, the commissioning of Tonnerre is a considerable achievement in term of technological knowledge earned for future development opportunities. The market for battery energy storage systems will continue to increase to bring more reliability to the grids as more renewable energy projects are being developed.

      As part of Innergex's refinancing of the non-recourse debt of its Chilean facilities, the interest rate swaps, previously entered into to mitigate the risk of interest rate fluctuations during the negotiation process, were settled on July 25, 2022 in favour of Innergex, for US$ 41.2 million ($53.1 million).

      On July 25, 2022, to take advantage of the currently favourable energy pricing environment in France, Innergex notified the counterpart to the Longueval wind project's power purchase agreement of it's intention to cancel the agreement. The project will sell its electricity on a merchant price basis. The cancellation will take effect on November 1, 2022.

      CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

      The Corporation will hold a conference call and webcast on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 9 AM (EDT). Investors and financial analysts are invited to access the conference by dialing 1 888 390-0605 or 416 764-8609 or via https://bit.ly/3xJN1bC or the Corporation's website at www.innergex.com. Journalists as well as the public may access this conference call via a listen mode only. A replay of the conference call will be available after the event on the Corporation's website.

      About Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.

      For over 30 years, Innergex has believed in a world where abundant renewable energy promotes healthier communities and creates shared prosperity. As an independent renewable power producer which develops, acquires, owns and operates hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, solar farms and energy storage facilities, Innergex is convinced that generating power from renewable sources will lead the way to a better world. Innergex conducts operations in Canada, the United States, France and Chile and manages a large portfolio of high-quality assets currently consisting of interests in 84 operating facilities with an aggregate net installed capacity of 3,484 MW (gross 4,184 MW) and an energy storage capacity of 159 MWh, including 40 hydroelectric facilities, 35 wind farms, 8 solar facilities and and 1 battery energy storage facility. Innergex also holds interests in 13 projects under development with a net installed capacity of 731 MW (gross 768 MW) and an energy storage capacity of 745 MWh, 3 of which are under construction, as well as prospective projects at different stages of development with an aggregate gross installed capacity totaling 7,495 MW. Its approach to building shareholder value is to generate sustainable cash flows, provide an attractive risk-adjusted return on invested capital and to distribute a stable dividend.

      Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

      To inform readers of the Corporation's future prospects, this press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ('Forward-Looking Information'), including the Corporation's growth targets, power production, prospective projects, successful development, construction and financing (including tax equity funding) of the projects under construction and the advanced-stage prospective projects, sources and impact of funding, project acquisitions, execution of non-recourse project-level financing (including the timing and amount thereof), and strategic, operational and financial benefits and accretion expected to result from such acquisitions, business strategy, future development and growth prospects (including expected growth opportunities under the Strategic Alliance with Hydro-Quebec), business integration, governance, business outlook, objectives, plans and strategic priorities, and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-Looking Information can generally be identified by the use of words such as 'approximately', 'may', 'will', 'could', 'believes', 'expects', 'intends', 'should', 'would', 'plans', 'potential', 'project', 'anticipates', 'estimates', 'scheduled' or 'forecasts', or other comparable terms that state that certain events will or will not occur. It represents the projections and expectations of the Corporation relating to future events or results as of the date of this press release.

      Forward-Looking Information includes future-oriented financial information or financial outlook within the meaning of securities laws, including information regarding the Corporation's targeted production, the estimated targeted revenues, targeted Revenues Proportionate, targeted Adjusted EBITDA and targeted Adjusted EBITDA Proportionate, targeted Free Cash Flow, targeted Free Cash Flow per Share and intention to pay dividend quarterly, the estimated project size, costs and schedule, including obtainment of permits, start of construction, work conducted and start of commercial operation for Development Projects and Prospective Projects, the Corporation's intent to submit projects under Requests for Proposals, the qualification of U.S. projects for PTCs and ITCs and other statements that are not historical facts. Such information is intended to inform readers of the potential financial impact of expected results, of the expected commissioning of Development Projects, of the potential financial impact of completed and future acquisitions and of the Corporation's ability to sustain current dividends and to fund its growth. Such information may not be appropriate for other purposes.

      Forward-Looking Information is based on certain key assumptions made by the Corporation, including, without restriction, those concerning hydrology, wind regimes and solar irradiation; performance of operating facilities, acquisitions and commissioned projects; project performance; availability of capital resources and timely performance by third parties of contractual obligations; favourable market conditions for share issuance to support growth financing; favourable economic and financial market conditions; the Corporation's success in developing and constructing new facilities; successful renewal of PPAs; sufficient human resources to deliver service and execute the capital plan; no significant event occurring outside the ordinary course of business such as a natural disaster, pandemic or other calamity; continued maintenance of information technology infrastructure and no material breach of cybersecurity. Please refer to Section 1 - Highlight of the Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three- and six-month period ended June 30, 2022 for details regarding the assumptions used with respect to the 2022 growth targets and to Section 5 - Outlook of the Annual Report for the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan outlook.

      For more information on the risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed, implied or presented by the forward-looking information or on the principal assumptions used to derive this information, please refer to the 'Forward-Looking Information' section of the Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three-and six-month periods ended June 30, 2022.

      Contact:

      Investor

      Jean Trudel

      Chief Financial Officer

      T: 450 928.2550 #1252

      E: investorrelations@innergex.com

      Medias

      Karine Vachon

      Senior Director

      Communications

      T: 450 928.2550 #1222

      E: kvachon@innergex.com

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