PATTERN ENERGY GROUP INC. (NASDAQ:PEGI) Files An 8-K Results of Operations and Financial Condition

PATTERN ENERGY GROUP INC. (NASDAQ:PEGI) Files An 8-K Results of Operations and Financial Condition

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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On May 9, 2017, we issued a press release announcing our financial
results for the first>quarter ended March 31, 2017. A copy of
our press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is
incorporated herein by reference. This information is furnished to
Item 2.02 and shall not be deemed filed for any purpose, including
for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), or otherwise subject to the
liabilities of that Section. The information in this Current Report
on Form 8-K shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any
filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the
Exchange Act regardless of any general incorporation language in
such filing.
Our press release, included herein, makes reference to non-U.S.
GAAP financial measures, which management believes are useful for
investors by offering the ability to better evaluate operating
performance and to better understand how management evaluates the
business. These non-U.S. GAAP financial measures are not prepared
in accordance with, and should not be considered in isolation of,
or as an alternative to, measurements required by U.S. GAAP.
Descriptions of the non-U.S. GAAP financial measures are discussed
below.
We define cash available for distribution as net cash provided by
operating activities as adjusted for certain other cash flow items
that we associate with our operations. Cash available for
distribution represents cash provided by operating activities as
adjusted to (i) add or subtract changes in operating assets and
liabilities, (ii) subtract net deposits into restricted cash
accounts, which are required to the cash reserve requirements of
financing agreements, to the extent they are paid from operating
cash flows during a period, (iii) subtract cash distributions paid
to noncontrolling interests, (iv) subtract scheduled project-level
debt repayments in accordance with the related loan amortization
schedule, to the extent they are paid from operating cash flows
during a period, (v) subtract non-expansionary capital
expenditures, to the extent they are paid from operating cash flows
during a period, (vi) add cash distributions received from
unconsolidated investments, to the extent such distributions were
derived from operating cash flows and (vii) add or subtract other
items as necessary to present the cash flows we deem representative
of our core business operations.
We disclose cash available for distribution because management
recognizes that it will be used as a supplemental measure by
investors and analysts to evaluate our liquidity. However, cash
available for distribution has limitations as an analytical tool
because it excludes depreciation, amortization and accretion, does
not capture the level of capital expenditures necessary to maintain
the operating performance of our projects, is not reduced for
principal payments on our project indebtedness except to the extent
they are paid from operating cash flows during a period, and
excludes the effect of certain other cash flow items, all of which
could have a material effect on our financial condition and results
from operations. Cash available for distribution is a non-U.S. GAAP
measure and should not be considered an alternative to net cash
provided by operating activities or any other liquidity measure
determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP, nor is it indicative of
funds available to fund our cash needs. In addition, our
calculation of cash available for distribution is not necessarily
comparable to cash available for distribution as calculated by
other companies.
We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before net interest
expense, income taxes, and depreciation, amortization and
accretion, including our proportionate share of net interest
expense, income taxes, and depreciation, amortization and accretion
of unconsolidated investments. Adjusted EBITDA also excludes the
effect of certain mark-to-market adjustments and infrequent items
not related to normal or ongoing operations, such as early payment
of debt, realized derivative gain or loss from refinancing
transactions, gain or loss related to acquisitions or divestitures,
and adjustments from unconsolidated investments. In calculating
Adjusted EBITDA, we exclude mark-to-market adjustments to the value
of our derivatives because we believe that it is useful for
investors to understand, as a supplement to net income (loss) and
other traditional measures of operating results, the results of our
operations without regard to periodic, and sometimes material,
fluctuations in the market value of such assets or liabilities.
Adjustments from unconsolidated investments represent distributions
received in excess of the carrying amount of our investment, as a
result of a suspension of recognition of equity method earnings
during the three months ended March 31, 2016. During the three
months ended March 31, 2017, none of our unconsolidated investments
were in suspension. As discussed in Note 2, Summary of Significant
Accounting Policies>in our 2016 Form-10K, we may suspend the
recognition of equity method earnings when we receive distributions
in excess of the carrying value of our investment, and we are not
liable for the obligations of the investee nor otherwise committed
to provide financial support, we recognize such excess
distributions as equity method earnings in the period the
distributions occur. Additionally, when our carrying value in an
unconsolidated investment is zero and we are not liable for the
obligations of the investee nor otherwise committed to provide
financial support, we will not recognize equity in earnings
(losses) or equity in other comprehensive income of unconsolidated
investments.
We disclose Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-U.S. GAAP measure,
because management believes this metric assists investors and
analysts in comparing our operating performance across reporting
periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that our
management believes are not indicative of our core operating
performance. We use Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate our operating
performance. You should not consider Adjusted EBITDA as an
alternative to net income (loss), determined in accordance with
U.S. GAAP.
Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool. Some of
these limitations are:
Adjusted EBITDA
does not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements
for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our
working capital needs;
does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the
cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal
payments, on our debt, or our proportional interest in the
interest expense of our unconsolidated investments or the
cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal
payments on the debt borne by our unconsolidated investments;
does not reflect our income taxes or the cash requirement to
pay our taxes; or our proportional interest in income taxes
of our unconsolidated investments or the cash requirements
necessary to pay the taxes of our unconsolidated investments;
does not reflect depreciation, amortization and accretion
which are non-cash charges; or our proportional interest in
depreciation, amortization and accretion of our
unconsolidated investments. The assets being depreciated,
amortized and accreted will often have to be replaced in the
future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash
requirements for such replacements; and
does not reflect the effect of certain mark-to-market
adjustments and non-recurring items or our proportional
interest in the mark-to-market adjustments at our
unconsolidated investments.
We do not have control, nor have any legal claim to the
portion of the unconsolidated investees’ revenues and
expenses allocable to our joint venture partners. As we do
not control, but do exercise significant influence, we
account for the unconsolidated investments in accordance with
the equity method of accounting. Net earnings (losses) from
these investments are reflected within our consolidated
statements of operations in “Earnings (loss) in
unconsolidated investments, net.” Adjustments related to our
proportionate share from unconsolidated investments include
only our proportionate amounts of interest expense, income
taxes, depreciation, amortization and accretion, and
mark-to-market adjustments included in “Earnings (loss) in
unconsolidated investments, net;” and
Other companies in our industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA
differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a
comparative measure.
Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be
considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures
calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits
Exhibit
Number
Description
99.1
Press Release issued by Pattern Energy Group Inc. on May
9, 2017.


About PATTERN ENERGY GROUP INC. (NASDAQ:PEGI)

Pattern Energy Group Inc. is an independent power company focused on owning and operating power projects. The Company holds interests in over 18 wind power projects located in the United States, Canada and Chile with total capacity of over 2,644 megawatts (MW). Each of its projects has contracted to sell its output pursuant to a power sale agreement. The Company sells its electricity and environmental attributes, including renewable energy credits (RECs), to local utilities under long-term and fixed-price power purchase agreements (PPAs). The Company’s operating projects are Gulf Wind, Texas; Hatchet Ridge, California; St. Joseph, Manitoba; Spring Valley, Nevada; Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico; Ocotillo, California; South Kent, Ontario; El Arrayan, Chile; Panhandle 1, Texas; Panhandle 2, Texas; Grand, Ontario; Post Rock, Kansas; Lost Creek, Missouri; K2, Ontario; Logan’s Gap, Texas, Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge, Indiana, and Armow Wind power facility in Ontario, Canada.

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