Ormat Technologies Reports Another Year with Record Revenue of $663.0 Million up 11.4% over Prior Year

Continuing Improvements Drive Strong Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Financial Results with Gross Profit Increasing by 24% over Prior Year

RENO, Nev. February 28, 2017 - Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ORA) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

Financial Summary:

Financial highlights for the full year:
• Total revenues of $662.6 million in 2016, an increase of 11.4% from 2015;
• Electricity segment revenues increased 16.1% to $436.3 million in 2016 from $375.9 million in 2015;
• Product segment revenues reached record levels of $226.3 million from $218.7 million in 2015 representing a 3.5% increase;
• Electricity generation increased 11.6%, compared to the full year 2015, from 4.8 million MWh to 5.4 million MWh;
• Gross margin increased to 40.9% in 2016 compared to 36.7% for 2015;
• Operating income increased 23.1% to $201.9 million compared to $164.1 million in the full year of 2015; exclusive of one-time settlement expenses, operating income grew 29.7%;
• Adjusted EBITDA grew 11.2% to $323.8 million in 2016;
• Net income attributable to the company's shareholders was $93.9 million or $1.87 per diluted share in 2016, compared to $119.6 million or $2.43 per diluted share in 2015. Adjusted Net income attributable to the company's shareholders was $109.9 million or $2.19 per diluted share in 2016 compared to $70.9 million or $1.44 per diluted share in 2015; an increase of 55.1% and 52.1%, respectively;
• Declared a quarterly dividend of $0.17 per share for the fourth quarter of 2016.
• Product segment backlog increased to $251.0 million.

Operational and business developments for the full year 2016 and subsequent to year end:
• Started construction to expand Olkaria III complex in Kenya by additional 10 MW and increase the complex capacity to 150 MW during 2018;
• Signed an agreement to acquire the business and assets of Viridity Energy, Inc. and enter the growing energy storage and demand response markets;
• Entered into a partnership transaction with a financial investor to efficiently monetize the federal tax incentives relating to five geothermal power plants located in eastern Nevada for an initial purchase price of $62.1 million and additional future installments totaling up to $21.0 million through 2022;
• Closed $50.0 million loan facility agreement with Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft Mbh (DEG) to finance our investment in the 29MW plant 4 in the Olkaria III complex, which commenced operation in February 2016;
• Signed a $36 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Cyrq Energy, Inc. to provide one ORMAT® Energy Converter (OEC) at Cyrq's Soda Lake geothermal power project in northern Nevada;
• Closed private placement of $92.5 million senior secured notes to refinance the Don A. Campbell Phase I geothermal power project;
• Signed 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) to deliver electricity from the company's Ormesa geothermal complex in Imperial Valley, Calif. beginning November 30, 2017;
• Closed follow-on sale of 36.75% equity interest to Northleaf for $44.2 million to monetize the second phase of the Don A. Campbell geothermal power plant;
• Raised $204 million of senior unsecured bonds at an average cost of 4.2%; Proceeds, together with other corporate funds, refinanced $250 million of high cost debt;
• Closed the acquisition of the Bouillante Geothermal Power Plant on the Island of Guadeloupe;
• Secured $36.0 million Supply & EPC Contracts for a geothermal power plant in New Zealand; and
• Signed an agreement to jointly build, own, and operate the Rabbit Hill Energy Storage Project located in Georgetown, Texas which moves the company, for the first time, into the energy storage arena.

“This was a strong ending to an excellent year for Ormat, as we delivered another year of record revenue and adjusted EBITDA with double-digit growth and strong execution on all our key metrics,” commented Isaac Angel, Chief Executive Officer. “The new capacity from the fourth plant at our Olkaria III complex and the contribution of the Bouillante geothermal power plant we acquired in 2016, together with the strong performance of the McGinness Hills and Don A. Campbell complexes which came on line during 2015, increased our electricity segment full year revenues and significantly improved our gross profits. The strength of our electricity and our products segment outperformed our estimates. Our efforts to reduce costs and shorten the delivery lead time enabled us to reap the benefits also in the Products segment where we successfully secured new contracts that supported record revenues in 2016 and robust backlog for 2017. During the fourth quarter we finalized several transactions and raised approximately $200 million net that will reduce our overall cost of debt, strengthen our balance sheet and improve our cash position to facilitate our growth plans.”

Mr. Angel continued, “We are particularly excited about the pending acquisition of the business and assets of Viridity Energy, Inc. (VEI), a privately held company with nearly a decade of expertise and leadership in demand response, energy management and storage. This acquisition is scheduled to close shortly, and we intend to leverage Viridity to accelerate long term growth while expanding into new geographies and targeting a broader potential customer base. This acquisition marks one of many achievements we have accomplished as we execute our strategic plan designed to position us as a leading renewable energy provider.”

Guidance

Mr. Angel added, “We expect full-year 2017 total revenues between $680.0 million and $700.0 million with electricity segment revenues between $460.0 million and $470.0 million and product segment revenues between $220.0 million and $230.0 million. We expect 2017 Adjusted EBITDA between $340 million and $350 million for the full year. We expect annual Adjusted EBITDA attributable to minority interest to be approximately $23.0 million.”

Dividend

On February 28, 2017, ORMAT’s Board of Directors approved a payment of a quarterly dividend of $0.17 per share pursuant to the company’s dividend policy. The dividend will be paid on March 29, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 15, 2017. In addition, the company expects to pay quarterly dividends of $0.08 per share in the next three quarters.


Conference Call Details

Ormat will host a conference call to discuss its financial results and other matters discussed in this press release at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The call will be available as a live, listen-only webcast at investor.ormat.com. During the webcast, management will refer to slides that will be posted on the website. The slides and accompanying webcast can be accessed through the Events & Presentations in the Investor Relations section of Ormat’s website.

An archive of the webcast will be available approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the live call.

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About Ormat Technologies

With over five decades of experience, Ormat Technologies, Inc. is a leading geothermal company and the only vertically integrated company engaged in geothermal and recovered energy generation (REG), with the objective of becoming a leading global provider of renewable energy. The company owns, operates, designs, manufactures and sells geothermal and REG power plants primarily based on the Ormat Energy Converter – a power generation unit that converts low-, medium- and high-temperature heat into electricity. With 73 U.S. patents, Ormat’s power solutions have been refined and perfected under the most grueling environmental conditions. Ormat has 474 employees in the United States and over 700 overseas. Ormat’s flexible, modular solutions for geothermal power and REG are ideal for the vast range of resource characteristics. The company has engineered, manufactured and constructed power plants, which it currently owns or has installed to utilities and developers worldwide, totaling 2,200 MW of gross capacity. Ormat’s current 713 MW generating portfolio is spread globally in the U.S., Kenya, Guatemala, and Guadeloupe.

Ormat’s Safe Harbor Statement

Information provided in this press release may contain statements relating to current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about future events that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally relate to Ormat's plans, objectives and expectations for future operations and are based upon its management's current estimates and projections of future results or trends. Actual future results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, see "Risk Factors" as described in Ormat Technologies, Inc.'s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 26, 2016.

These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

1. Annual adjusted operating income excludes $11 million of one-time settlement expenses recorded in the third quarter of 2016.
2. Adjusted EPS excludes $11 million of one-time settlement expenses and $5 million one-time prepayment fees, both recorded in the third quarter of 2016 and $48.7 million tax benefits and related expenses recorded in the third quarter 2015.

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We calculate EBITDA as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. We calculate Adjusted EBITDA as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted for (i) termination fees, (ii) impairment of long-lived assets, (iii) write-off of unsuccessful exploration activities, (iv) any mark-to-market gains or losses from accounting for derivatives, (v) merger and acquisition transaction cost, (vi) stock-based compensation, (vii) gain or losses from extinguishment of debt, (viii) gain or losses on sale of subsidiary and property, plant and equipment and (ix) other unusual or non-recurring items. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not a measurement of financial performance or liquidity under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America and should not be considered as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities or as a measure of liquidity or an alternative to net earnings as indicators of our operating performance or any other measures of performance derived in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are presented because we believe they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of a company’s ability to service and/or incur debt. However, other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do.

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