Consolidated Water Reports Second Quarter Results

Announced Date :  Aug 09, 2017


Consolidated Water Co. Ltd., a leading developer and operator of seawater desalination plants, reported financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.
Management Commentary

"Our second quarter results reflect the stability of existing desalination operations and our continued investment in the development of our large Rosarito, Mexico project," said Rick McTaggart, Chief Executive Officer. "Our desalination operations, which reflect the positive outcome of negotiations over the past 12 months to extend four bulk water contracts, continue to meet expectations and provide a solid foundation for our other initiatives. Manufacturing segment results reflected lower sales this past quarter, but we are encouraged by an increase in orders that we expect will positively impact sales for this segment in the second half of 2017.

Net income from continuing operations continues to reflect our ongoing Rosarito project development costs. The decline compared to last year's second quarter was primarily due to lower revenues from our retail and services segments resulting in a modest decline in gross profit and lower other (non-operating) income due to reduced earnings from our investment in OC-BVI and the absence of the one-time gain on sale of assets that occurred in the 2016 second quarter. Our results from continuing operations exclude the impairment loss resulting from our recent decision to discontinue our operations in Bali.

During the second quarter, we made considerable progress on our Rosarito project and expect to be in a position to break ground by year end. Our total investment in the Rosarito project to date has been $42.9 million, of which $21.0 million has been spent on land, right of ways and equipment and approximately $21.9 million on development expenses. We were pleased to see that in May, the Otay Water District received a permit to build and operate a nearly four-mile cross border pipeline that could ultimately be used to transport potable water from our Rosarito desalination plant. The Otay Water District currently serves a population of over 223,000 within the San Diego metropolitan area," Mr. McTaggart noted.

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Total revenues for the 2017 second quarter were $15.3 million, slightly below the $15.4 million reported in last year's second quarter due primarily to modest declines in retail, services and manufacturing segments revenues that were partially offset by higher revenues in the bulk segment. Gross profit decreased 3.2% to $6.5 million from $6.7 million. Net income from continuing operations attributable to Consolidated Water stockholders was $1.7 million, or $0.11 per fully diluted share, a decrease of 27.7% from the $2.3 million, or $0.16 per fully diluted share, earned in the similar year-ago period. Net income from continuing operations for the 2017 second quarter included operating expenses of $885,000 related to costs for the Rosarito desalination plant. The Company incurred a $1.0 million impairment loss in the second quarter related to its Bali operation, which is now classified as a discontinued operation. After accounting for that loss, net income attributable to Consolidated Water stockholders was $624,548, or $0.04 per diluted share.

First Half 2017 Financial Results

Total revenues for the first six months of 2017 were $31.0 million, an increase of $1.5 million from the $29.4 million reported in last year's comparable period. Gross profit was up 3.0% to $13.4 million from $13.0 million.  Net income from continuing operations attributable to Consolidated Water stockholders was $4.4 million, or $0.29 per fully diluted share, an increase of 0.4% from the $4.4 million, or $0.29 per fully diluted share, earned in the similar year-ago period. Net income and diluted EPS for the first half of 2017 and 2016 included operating expenses of $1.6 million and $1.6 million, respectively, related to development costs for the Rosarito desalination plant. After accounting for the impairment loss related to the Company's Bali operations, net income attributable to Consolidated Water stockholders was $3.3 million, or $0.21 per diluted share.

Net cash provided by operating activities for the six months ended June 30, 2017 was $9.6 million and capital expenditures totaled $2.6 million.

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