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Pattern Energy Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2018 Financial Results

By Pattern Energy Operations LP
March 1st, 2019
PR Newswire

- Declares dividend of $0.4220 per Class A common share for first quarter 2019 -

San Francisco, March 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Pattern Energy Group Inc. (the "Company" or "Pattern Energy") (NASDAQ & TSX: PEGI) today announced its financial results for the 2018 fourth quarter and year.

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Highlights

(Comparisons made between fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2017 results, unless otherwise noted)

  • Proportional gigawatt hours ("GWh") sold of 7,988 GWh, up 2%
  • Net loss of $69 million, an improvement of 16%
  • Cash available for distribution ("CAFD") of $167 million, up 14% and exceeding the midpoint of 2018 guidance
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $372 million, up 8%
  • Revenue of $483 million, up 18%
  • Declared a first quarter dividend of $0.4220 per Class A common share or $1.688 on an annualized basis, subsequent to the end of the period, unchanged from the previous quarter's dividend
  • Completed 316 megawatts ("MW") of new investments in 2018 with no common equity raised, including the Japan portfolio, Mont Sainte-Marguerite and Stillwater acquisitions
  • Successfully completed $230 million of asset rotations in 2018 with the sale of El Arrayán and K2 Wind
  • Added 400MW of new wind projects to the identified right of first offer ("iROFO") list, consisting of three projects in New Mexico with contracted sales to purchasers in the California market, subsequent to the end of the period
  • Announced changes to management roles, effective April 1, 2019, with Mike Garland retaining the Chief Executive Officer role, and the appointment of Mike Lyon to the role of President and Esben Pedersen to the role of Chief Financial Officer
  • Announced changes to the Company's Board of Directors with appointment of Mona Sutphen and Richard Goodman and the resignation of Patricia Bellinger, as such the Board is now comprised of seven members, six of whom are independent

"We improved our net loss by 16% and successfully exceeded the midpoint of our CAFD guidance range reporting $167 million in CAFD in 2018, despite lower than anticipated wind resource in the fourth quarter. This result was due to effective capital management, cost improvements from our G&A and our self-perform O&M initiatives, as well as continued operational excellence as evidenced by our 97% turbine availability," said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. "We have established a clear plan for CAFD growth through 2020 without the requirement of new common equity. We expect to grow our CAFD per share by approximately 10% on a CAGR basis through 2020. This results in CAFD of $175 million and $205 million in 2019 and 2020, respectively, at the midpoint of the guidance range(1). With this growth, we believe we can achieve an 80% payout ratio at the current dividend level. We believe the opportunity for dropdowns from Pattern Development and our investment in the business will contribute material growth beyond 2019. During 2019, we have set a strategy to manage the impact of the Gulf Wind hedge rolling off and the continued congestion in ERCOT while at the same time maintaining our dividend and funding the acquisition of our identified ROFO projects."

(1) The forward looking measures of 2019 and 2020 full year cash available for distribution (CAFD) are non-GAAP measures that cannot be reconciled to net income as the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure without unreasonable effort primarily because of the uncertainties involved in estimating forward-looking mark-to-market changes in derivatives and proportionate share of earnings from unconsolidated investments to arrive at net income and which are subtracted therefrom to arrive at CAFD.  A description of the adjustments to determine CAFD can be found within Item 2, Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Key performance metrics, of Pattern Energy's 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2018.

Financial and Operating Results

Pattern Energy sold 1,966,677 megawatt hours ("MWh") of electricity on a proportional basis in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to 2,130,343 MWh sold in the same period last year. Pattern Energy sold 7,988,192 MWh of electricity on a proportional basis for the year ended December 31, 2018 (the "full year 2018") compared to 7,794,125 MWh sold in 2017. The 8% decrease in the quarterly period was primarily due to a decrease in volume as a result of the sale of El Arrayán and due to a reduction in Pattern Energy's proportional interest at Panhandle 2 and lower wind partially offset by acquisitions in 2018. Production for the quarter was 14% below the long-term average forecast for the quarter with specific weakness in the Eastern U.S. and Western U.S. regions. The 2% improvement in the full year period was primarily due to an increase in volume from acquisitions in 2018 and 2017 partially offset by lower volume due to the sale of El Arrayán and due to a reduction in Pattern Energy's proportional interest at Panhandle 2.

Net loss was $22 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to a net loss of $22 million for the same period in 2017. Net loss remained constant in the quarterly period primarily due to a $32 million increase in cost of revenue primarily due to increased depreciation as a result of acquisitions and accelerated depreciation at the Gulf Wind repowering project and a $12 million increase in the tax provision, partially offset by a $46 million increase in other income (expense) primarily consisting of a $71 million pretax gain on the sale of K2 offset by a $26 million decrease in equity in earnings of unconsolidated investments due to losses at Pattern Development.

Net loss was $69 million for the full year 2018 compared to a net loss of $82 million for 2017. The decrease in net loss for the annual period was primarily due to a $72 million increase in revenue and a $41 million decrease in other income (expense) consisting primarily of a $71 million pretax gain on the sale of K2, $26 million favorable foreign currency exchange rates, a $41 million decrease in equity in earnings of unconsolidated investments due to losses at Pattern Development, a $9 million increase in contingent liability accretion associated with acquisitions and a $7 million increase in interest expense. The decrease in net loss for the annual period was also offset by increases of $71 million in cost of revenues primarily related to increased depreciation as a result of acquisitions and accelerated depreciation at the Gulf Wind repowering project, $20 million in the tax provision and $9 million in operating expenses primarily related to impairment expense at El Arrayán.

Adjusted EBITDA was $81 million for the fourth quarter 2018 compared to $100 million for the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA was $372 million for the full year 2018 compared to $344 million for 2017, an increase of $28 million, or approximately 8%. The 19% decrease in the quarterly period was primarily due to a $21 million decrease in the proportionate share of Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated investments. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA during 2018 was primarily due to a $83 million increase in revenue (excluding unrealized loss on energy derivative and amortization of PPAs) primarily attributable to increases in electricity sales as a result of 2018 and 2017 acquisitions and an insurance settlement for Santa Isabel partially offset by a volume decrease due to the disposition of El Arrayán, a $33 million decrease in the proportionate share of Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated investments, a $13 million increase in project expenses and a $7 million increase in transmission costs.

Cash available for distribution was $35 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $42 million for the same period in 2017. The change in the quarterly period was primarily due to a $4 million increase in project expenses, a $3 million decrease in distributions received from unconsolidated investments and a $7 million decrease in the release of restricted cash. These decreases were partially offset by $4 million of pay-go contributions.

Cash available for distribution was $167 million for the full year 2018 compared to $146 million for 2017. Based on dividends paid during 2018, Pattern Energy's dividend payout ratio was 99% of 2018 cash available for distribution. The $21 million increase in the annual period was primarily due to an $83 million increase in revenues (excluding unrealized loss on energy derivative and amortization of PPAs) driven by projects acquired during 2018 and 2017 and $4 million of pay-go contributions. These improvements were partially offset by an $18 million increase in distributions to noncontrolling interests, a $13 million increase in project expenses, a $9 million decrease in total distributions received from unconsolidated investments, a $9 million increase in interest expense (excluding amortization of financing costs and debt discount/premium) primarily due to additional debt associated with acquisitions, an $8 million decrease in network upgrade reimbursement, a $7 million increase in transmission costs and a $3 million decrease in release of restricted cash.

2019 and 2020 Financial Guidance

For the full year 2019, Pattern Energy expects annual cash available for distribution(1) in a range of $160 million to $190 million and for the full year 2020 expects annual cash available for distribution(1) in a range of $185 million to $225 million.

(1) The forward looking measures of 2019 and 2020 full year cash available for distribution (CAFD) are non-GAAP measures that cannot be reconciled to net income as the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure without unreasonable effort primarily because of the uncertainties involved in estimating forward-looking mark-to-market changes in derivatives and proportionate share of earnings from unconsolidated investments to arrive at net income and which are subtracted therefrom to arrive at CAFD.  A description of the adjustments to determine CAFD can be found within Item 2, Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Key performance metrics, of Pattern Energy's 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2018.

Quarterly Dividend

Pattern Energy declared a dividend for the first quarter 2019, payable on April 30, 2019, to holders of record on March 29, 2019 in the amount of $0.4220 per Class A common share, which represents $1.688 on an annualized basis. The amount of the first quarter 2019 dividend is unchanged from the fourth quarter 2018 dividend.

Executive Role Transition

Effective April 1, 2019, the following changes will be made to the executive roles of three team members in order to better position the business to meet the opportunities and growth targets ahead. Mike Garland retains the role of Chief Executive Officer and, as such, is responsible for overall business strategy, growth plan and accountability to the Board. Mike Lyon will be taking over the responsibilities of President from Mike Garland. Mr. Lyon will be responsible for the overall operations of Pattern Energy and the execution of its business plan. Esben Pedersen will be appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer of Pattern Energy and will be responsible for capital strategy, financial planning, reporting and financial operations for the business. Mr. Pedersen also serves as Chief Financial Officer of Pattern Development.

"These changes in responsibility further optimize our team's strengths and better position us to achieve our goals of growth and operational excellence," said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. "Mike Lyon's natural leadership and knowledge of the business make his appointment to President seamless for the continued effective operations of the day-to-day business and executing our business plan. The appointment of Esben Pedersen to the role of Chief Financial Officer enables him to lead an integrated finance and accounting function for our companies. Esben has been with the Company since its founding and this role is a natural transition given he has led the structuring, administration, and treasury functions, as well as many of our capital transactions and acquisition activities. These changes allow me to dedicate more of my time to focus on strategic initiatives that will drive growth and generate sustainable value for our shareholders. These initiatives include: acquisitions, our three- to five-year business plan, the Japanese business and our access to lower cost capital. Each of us are excited about our roles and aligned in our vision to deliver for shareholders."

Acquisition Pipeline

Pattern Development (formerly referred to as Pattern Development 2.0) and Pattern Energy Group LP (formerly referred to as Pattern Development 1.0) have a pipeline of development projects totaling more than 10 gigawatts ("GW"). Pattern Energy has a ROFO on the pipeline of acquisition opportunities from these two companies. The identified ROFO list stands at 1.4 GW of total capacity and represents a portion of the pipeline of development projects, which are subject to Pattern Energy's ROFO. Since its IPO, Pattern Energy has purchased, or agreed to purchase, more than 1.6 GW from Pattern Energy Group LP and Pattern Development and in aggregate grown the identified ROFO list from 746 MW to more than 2 GW.

Below is a summary of the identified ROFO projects that Pattern Energy has the right to purchase from Pattern Development and Pattern Energy Group LP in connection with its respective purchase rights:

                       

Capacity (MW)

Identified
ROFO Projects

 

Status

 

Location

 

Construction
Start (1)

 

Commercial
Operations (2)

 

Contract
Type

 

Rated (3)

 

Pattern
Development-
Owned (4)

Pattern Energy Group LP

                       

Belle River

 

Operational

 

Ontario

 

2016

 

2017

 

PPA

 

100

 

43

North Kent

 

Operational

 

Ontario

 

2017

 

2018

 

PPA

 

100

 

35

Henvey Inlet

 

In construction

 

Ontario

 

2017

 

2019

 

PPA

 

300

 

150

Pattern Development

                       

Crazy Mountain

 

Late stage development

 

Montana

 

2019

 

2019

 

PPA

 

80

 

68

Grady

 

In construction

 

New Mexico

 

2018

 

2019

 

PPA

 

220

 

188

Sumita

 

Late stage development

 

Japan

 

2020

 

2022

 

PPA

 

100

 

55

Ishikari

 

Late stage development

 

Japan

 

2020

 

2022

 

PPA

 

112

 

112

Corona Wind Project(s)

 

Late stage development

 

New Mexico

 

2020

 

2021

 

PPA

 

400

 

340

                       

1,412

 

991

(1)

Represents year of actual or anticipated commencement of construction.

   

(2)

Represents year of actual or anticipated commencement of commercial operations.

   

(3)

Rated capacity represents the maximum electricity generating capacity of a project in MW. As a result of weather and other conditions, a project will not operate at its rated capacity at all times and the amount of electricity generated may be less than its rated capacity. The amount of electricity generated may vary based on a variety of factors.

   

(4)

Owned capacity represents the maximum, or rated, electricity generating capacity of the project in MW multiplied by Pattern Energy Group LP's or Pattern Development's percentage ownership interest in the distributable cash flow of the project.

 
 
 

Pattern Energy Group Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three months ended
December 31,

 

For the year ended
December 31,

 

2018

 

2017

 

2018

 

2017

Revenue:

             

Electricity sales

$

110

   

$

108

   

$

464

   

$

402

 

Other revenue

3

   

2

   

19

   

9

 

Total revenue

113

   

110

   

483

   

411

 

Cost of revenue:

             

Project expense

38

   

34

   

143

   

130

 

Transmission costs

5

   

6

   

26

   

19

 

Depreciation, amortization and accretion

84

   

54

   

250

   

199

 

Total cost of revenue

127

   

94

   

419

   

348

 

Gross profit

(14)

   

16

   

64

   

63

 

Operating expenses:

             

General and administrative

11

   

7

   

40

   

39

 

Related party general and administrative

3

   

3

   

15

   

14

 

Impairment expense

   

   

7

   

 

Total operating expenses

14

   

10

   

62

   

53

 

Operating income

(28)

   

6

   

2

   

10

 

Other income (expense):

             

Interest expense

(28)

   

(28)

   

(109)

   

(102)

 

Gain (loss) on derivatives

1

   

2

   

17

   

(10)

 

Earnings in unconsolidated investments, net

(12)

   

14

   

1

   

42

 

Early extinguishment of debt

(6)

   

(9)

   

(6)

   

(9)

 

Net earnings (loss) on transactions

71

   

   

69

   

(1)

 

Other income (expense), net

(2)

   

(1)

   

(11)

   

 

Total other expense

24

   

(22)

   

(39)

   

(80)

 

Net loss before income tax

(4)

   

(16)

   

(37)

   

(70)

 

Income tax provision

18

   

6

   

32

   

12

 

Net loss

(22)

   

(22)

   

(69)

   

(82)

 

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(9)

   

(14)

   

(211)

   

(64)

 

Net income (loss) attributable to Pattern Energy

$

(13)

   

$

(8)

   

$

142

   

$

(18)

 
               

Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding

             

Basic

97,476,708

   

95,149,200

   

97,456,407

   

89,179,343

 

Diluted

97,476,708

   

95,149,200

   

97,651,501

   

89,179,343

 

Earnings (loss) per share attributable to Pattern Energy

             

Basic

$

(0.15)

   

$

(0.08)

   

$

1.45

   

$

(0.20)

 

Diluted

$

(0.15)

   

$

(0.08)

   

$

1.45

   

$

(0.20)

 
 
 
 

Adjusted EBITDA and Cash Available for Distribution Non-GAAP Reconciliations

 

The following tables present reconciliations of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distribution, respectively, for the periods presented (in millions):

 
 

For the three months ended
December 31,

 

For the year ended
December 31,

 

2018

 

2017

 

2018

 

2017

Net loss

$

(22)

   

$

(22)

   

$

(69)

   

$

(82)

 

Plus:

             

Interest expense, net of interest income

28

   

28

   

107

   

101

 

Income tax provision

18

   

6

   

32

   

12

 

Depreciation, amortization and accretion

92

   

59

   

280

   

215

 

EBITDA

$

116

   

$

71

   

$

350

   

$

246

 

Unrealized (gain) loss on derivatives

6

   

2

   

5

   

18

 

Early extinguishment of debt

6

   

9

   

6

   

9

 

Impairment expense

   

   

7

   

 

(Gain) loss on asset sales

(71)

   

   

(71)

   

 

Other

   

(1)

   

2

   

6

 

Plus, proportionate share from unconsolidated investments:

             

Interest expense, net of interest income

9

   

10

   

38

   

39

 

Income tax provision (benefit)

   

   

1

   

 

Depreciation, amortization and accretion

9

   

9

   

35

   

35

 

(Gain) loss on derivatives

6

   

   

(1)

   

(9)

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

81

   

$

100

   

$

372

   

$

344

 

Plus:

             

Distributions from unconsolidated investments

10

   

13

   

58

   

67

 

Network upgrade reimbursement

   

   

1

   

9

 

Release of restricted cash

   

7

   

4

   

7

 

Stock-based compensation

1

   

1

   

5

   

5

 

Pay-go contribution

4

   

   

4

   

 

Other

4

   

(3)

   

1

   

(5)

 

Less:

             

Unconsolidated investment earnings and proportionate shares for EBITDA

(15)

   

(36)

   

(85)

   

(118)

 

Interest expense, less non-cash items and interest income

(25)

   

(23)

   

(99)

   

(91)

 

Income taxes

(4)

   

   

(4)

   

 

Non-expansionary capital expenditures

   

   

   

(1)

 

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

(9)

   

(7)

   

(38)

   

(20)

 

Principal payments paid from operating cash flows

(12)

   

(10)

   

(52)

   

(51)

 

Cash available for distribution

$

35

   

$

42

   

$

167

   

$

146

 
               

Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding

             

Basic

97,476,708

   

95,149,200

   

97,456,407

   

89,179,343

 
               

Cash available for distribution per share

             

Basic

$

0.36

   

$

0.44

   

$

1.71

   

$

1.64

 
 
 
 

Pattern Energy Group Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions of U.S. Dollars, except share data)

 
 

December 31,

 

2018

 

2017

Assets

     

Current assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

$

101

   

$

117

 

Restricted cash

4

   

9

 

Counterparty collateral

6

   

30

 

Trade receivables

50

   

55

 

Derivative assets, current

14

   

19

 

Prepaid expenses

18

   

18

 

Deferred financing costs, current, net of accumulated amortization of $3 and $3 as of December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively

2

   

1

 

Other current assets

16

   

21

 

Total current assets

211

   

270

 

Restricted cash

18

   

12

 

Major construction advances

84

   

 

Construction in progress

259

   

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

4,119

   

3,965

 

Unconsolidated investments

270

   

311

 

Derivative assets

9

   

10

 

Deferred financing costs

8

   

8

 

Net deferred tax assets

5

   

6

 

Intangible assets, net

219

   

136

 

Goodwill

58

   

 

Other assets

34

   

24

 

Total assets

$

5,294

   

$

4,742

 
       
 
 

Pattern Energy Group Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions of U.S. Dollars, except share data)

 
 

December 31,

 

2018

 

2017

Liabilities and equity

     

Current liabilities:

     

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

$

67

   

$

54

 

Accrued construction costs

27

   

1

 

Counterparty collateral liability

6

   

30

 

Accrued interest

14

   

17

 

Dividends payable

42

   

41

 

Derivative liabilities, current

2

   

8

 

Revolving credit facility, current

198

   

 

Current portion of long-term debt, net

56

   

52

 

Contingent liabilities, current

31

   

3

 

Asset retirement obligations, current

24

   

 

Other current liabilities

11

   

12

 

Total current liabilities

478

   

218

 

Revolving credit facility

25

   

 

Long-term debt, net

2,004

   

1,879

 

Derivative liabilities

31

   

21

 

Net deferred tax liabilities

117

   

56

 

Intangible liabilities, net

56

   

51

 

Contingent liabilities

142

   

62

 

Asset retirement obligations

185

   

57

 

Other long-term liabilities

71

   

50

 

Advanced lease revenue

26

   

 

Total liabilities

3,135

   

2,394

 

Commitments and contingencies

     

Equity:

     

Class A common stock, $0.01 par value per share: 500,000,000 shares authorized; 98,051,629 and 97,860,048 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively

1

   

1

 

Additional paid-in capital

1,130

   

1,235

 

Accumulated loss

(27)

   

(112)

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(52)

   

(26)

 

Treasury stock, at cost; 223,040 and 157,812 shares of Class A common stock as of December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively

(5)

   

(4)

 

Total equity before noncontrolling interests

1,047

   

1,094

 

Noncontrolling interests

1,112

   

1,254

 

Total equity

2,159

   

2,348

 

Total liabilities and equity

$

5,294

   

$

4,742

 
 
 
 

Pattern Energy Group Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In millions of U.S. dollars)

 
 

For the year ended
December 31,

 

2018

 

2017

Operating activities

     

Net loss

$

(69)

   

$

(82)

 

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:

     

Depreciation, amortization and accretion

280

   

215

 

Impairment expense

7

   

 

Loss on derivatives

4

   

16

 

Stock-based compensation

5

   

5

 

Deferred taxes

16

   

15

 

Earnings in unconsolidated investments, net

(1)

   

(41)

 

Distribution from unconsolidated investments

48

   

54

 

Gain on transactions

(71)

   

 

Early extinguishment of debt

6

   

9

 

Other reconciling items

1

   

(5)

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

     

Counterparty collateral asset

24

   

14

 

Trade receivables

1

   

(10)

 

Other current assets

15

   

(14)

 

Other assets (non-current)

(6)

   

2

 

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

3

   

18

 

Counterparty collateral liability

(24)

   

(14)

 

Advanced lease revenue

34

   

 

Other current liabilities

26

   

15

 

Other long-term liabilities

(20)

   

21

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

279

   

218

 

Investing activities

     

Cash paid for acquisitions and investments, net of cash and restricted cash acquired

(415)

   

(297)

 

Proceeds from sale of investments, net of cash and restricted cash distributed

214

   

 

Capital expenditures

(181)

   

(44)

 

Distribution from unconsolidated investments

10

   

13

 

Other assets

(1)

   

8

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(373)

   

(320)

 
 
 
 

Pattern Energy Group Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In millions of U.S. dollars)

 
 

For the year ended
December 31,

 

2018

 

2017

Financing activities

     

Proceeds from public offering, net of issuance costs

$

   

$

237

 

Dividends paid

(165)

   

(145)

 

Capital contributions - noncontrolling interests

98

   

 

Capital distributions - noncontrolling interests

(38)

   

(20)

 

Payment for financing fees

(9)

   

(16)

 

Proceeds from short-term debt

562

   

333

 

Repayment of short-term debt

(402)

   

(513)

 

Proceeds from long-term debt and other

226

   

694

 

Repayment of long-term debt and other

(186)

   

(483)

 

Proceeds (payments) for termination of designated derivatives

1

   

(14)

 

Disposition of controlling interest, net

   

58

 

Other financing activities

(4)

   

(6)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

83

   

125

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(4)

   

6

 

Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(15)

   

29

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

138

   

109

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

123

   

$

138

 

Supplemental disclosures

     

Cash payments for income taxes

$

2

   

$

 

Cash payments for interest expense

$

97

   

$

86

 

Schedule of non-cash activities

     

Change in property, plant and equipment

$

224

   

$

2

 

Change in additional paid-in capital

$

   

$

(2)

 

Conference Call and Webcast

Pattern Energy will host a conference call and webcast to discuss these results at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 1, 2019. Mike Garland, President and CEO, and Mike Lyon, CFO, will co-chair the call. Participants should call (888) 231-8191 or (647) 427-7450 and ask an operator for the Pattern Energy earnings call. Please dial in 10 minutes prior to the call to secure a line. A replay will be available shortly after the call. To access the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056 or (416) 849-0833 and enter access code 7877796. The replay recording will be available until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, March 22, 2019.

A live webcast of the conference call with a presentation that accompanies the call will be also available on the events page in the investor section of Pattern Energy's website at www.patternenergy.com. An archived webcast will be available for one year.

About Pattern Energy

Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Pattern Energy) is an independent power company listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market and Toronto Stock Exchange. Pattern Energy has a portfolio of 24 renewable energy projects with an operating capacity that totals approximately 4 GW in the United States, Canada and Japan that use proven, best-in-class technology. Pattern Energy's wind and solar power facilities generate stable long-term cash flows in attractive markets and provide a solid foundation for the continued growth of the business. For more information, visit www.patternenergy.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities laws, including statements regarding the plan for CAFD growth through 2020 without the requirement for new common equity, the CAFD per share CAGR through 2020, the ability to achieve an 80% payout ratio, the ability of Japan and the investment in Pattern Development will contribute to material growth, the ability to manage the impact of the Gulf Wind hedge rolling off and continued congestion in ERCOT, the ability to achieve 2019 and 2020 CAFD guidance, the ability of the changes in executive roles to better position the business to achieve its goals for 2019 and beyond, and the ability of the Company to acquire identified ROFO projects. These forward-looking statements represent the Company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this press release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of the Company's control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and, except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all such factors. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K and any quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The risk factors and other factors noted therein could cause actual events or the Company's actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.

Contacts:

Media Relations
Matt Dallas
917-363-1333
matt.dallas(at)patternenergy.com

Investor Relations
Ross Marshall
416-526-1563
ross.marshall(at)loderockadvisors.com

 

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