PITTSBURGH, Pa., Nov. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Montauk Renewables, Inc. (“Montauk” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: MNTK), a renewable energy company specializing in the management, recovery and conversion of biogas into renewable natural gas (“RNG”), today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2021.
Third Quarter Financial Highlights:
Revenues of $39.7 million, increased 40.7% year-over-year Net Income of $8.9 million, increased 526.9% year-over-year Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA of $12.8 million, increased 27.2% year-over-year RNG production of 1.5 million MMBtu, decreased (0.7%) year-over-year
Montauk’s third quarter revenue reflects an increase in the number of RINs sold based on inter-period timing on RIN transfers. To a lesser extent, increased natural gas prices and higher revenues recognized under counterparty sharing agreements also contributed to this increase. In the third quarter, the Company was granted a patent over 24 specific aspects of continuous-feed, closed-loop reactor technology acquired in our acquisition of the assets of Montauk Ag Renewables. The Company believes that the reactor enables near-zero-emissions conversion of agricultural waste into multiple non-fossil, renewable-fuel alternatives, is capable of producing multiple units of renewable energy for each unit of conventional energy consumed and is capable of sequestering multiple tons of greenhouse gas equivalent emissions (CO2e) for every ton emitted. The reactor is operational and the Company continues to make improvements to the reactor to optimize its functionality. We expect this facility to be commissioned with such improvements in 2022. Also in the third quarter, the Company undertook significant efforts to improve the performance of the existing digestion process at its Pico facility. We have temporarily idled RNG production at this facility in order to clean out settled solids in the digester, replace the cover of the digester, and make various other efficiency improvements. After the improvements are completed, we expect production to measurably increase from the current production levels of approximately 150 MMBtu/day once we resume full operations at the Pico facility, currently expected during the first quarter of 2022.
Third Quarter Financial Results
Total revenues in the third quarter of 2021 were $39.7 million, an increase of $11.5 million (40.7%) compared to $28.3 million in the third quarter of 2020. An increase in the number of RINs sold within our RNG segment accounted for over half of the increase. Operating and maintenance expenses for our RNG facilities in the third quarter of 2021 were $8.7 million, a decrease of $0.3 million (3.0%) as compared to $9.0 million in the third quarter of 2020. Newly commissioned sites within our RNG segment contributed $1.3 million in operating and maintenance expenses. Total general and administrative expenses were $7.5 million for the third quarter of 2021, an increase of $3.4 million (82.0%) compared to $4.1 million for the third quarter of 2020. Included within general and administrative expenses was $2.6 million related to stock-based compensation costs primarily associated with our initial public offering (“IPO”) and reorganization transactions, including an equity exchange and a distribution involving Montauk Holdings Limited and Montauk Holdings USA, LLC. Operating profit in the third quarter of 2021 was $6.7 million, an increase of $1.9 million (39.2%) compared to an operating profit of $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2020. We recorded an adjustment of $0.7 million in royalties, transportation, gathering and production expenses based on the Company’s risk adjusted analysis of the assessment of its obligation related to its Pico facility earn-out liability. Net income in the third quarter of 2021 was $8.9 million, an increase of $10.9 million (526.9%) compared to a net loss of ($2.1 million) in the third quarter of 2020.
Third Quarter Operations Results
We produced 1.5 million Metric Million British Thermal Units (“MMBtu”) of RNG during the third quarter of 2021, a decrease of less than 0.1 million MMBtus (0.7%) compared to the 1.5 million MMBtus produced in the third quarter of 2020. Our McCarty facility produced 0.1 million less RNG related to the collection system at the McCarty facility being hampered by increased volumes of water impacting collection during the third quarter of 2021. As water levels vary or increase, the ability to draw feedstock can be reduced. We produced approximately 43 megawatt hours (“MWh”) in Renewable Electricity during the third quarter of 2021, a decrease of 6 MWh (12.2%), compared to the 49 MWh produced in the third quarter of 2020. Our Security facility had no production in the third quarter of 2021 compared to 2 MWh produced in the third quarter of 2020 while previously announced projects to restore the engines are ongoing. The projects are currently anticipated to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Fourth Quarter 2021 Outlook:
RNG revenues expected to range between $38.0 and $46.0 million RNG production volumes expected to range between 1.4 and 1.7 million MMBtu Renewable Electricity revenues expected to range between $3.8 and $4.7 million Renewable Electricity production volumes expected to range between 47 and 57 thousand MWh
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss results. The conference call will be available via the following dial in numbers:
U.S. Participants: Dial +1 (833) 934-1693 (Access Code: 5176809) International Participants: Dial +1 (929) 517-0391 (Access Code: 5176809)
Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. The conference call will be broadcast live and be available for replay at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/rsm9fydm and on the Company’s website at https://ir.montaukrenewables.com.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and the accompanying tables include references to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA which are Non-GAAP financial measures. We present EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA because we believe the measures assist investors in analyzing our performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance.
In addition, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are financial measurements of performance that management and the board of directors use in their financial and operational decision-making and in the determination of certain compensation programs. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are supplemental performance measures that are not required by or presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered alternatives to net income or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities or a measure of our liquidity or profitability.
About Montauk Renewables, Inc.
Montauk Renewables, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNTK) is a renewable energy company specializing in the management, recovery and conversion of biogas into RNG. The Company captures methane, preventing it from being released into the atmosphere, and converts it into either RNG or electrical power for the electrical grid (“Renewable Electricity”). The Company, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has more than 30 years of experience in the development, operation and management of landfill methane-fueled renewable energy projects. The Company has current operations at 15 operating projects located in California, Idaho, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Texas. The Company sells RNG and Renewable Electricity, taking advantage of Environmental Attribute premiums available under federal and state policies that incentivize their use. For more information, visit https://ir.montaukrenewables.com
Company Contact: John Ciroli Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary email@example.com (412) 747-8700
Investor Relations Contact: Georg Venturatos Gateway Investor Relations MNTK@GatewayIR.com (949) 574-3860
Safe Harbor Statement
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Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control and are difficult to predict, including, without limitation, risks related to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on our business, financial condition and results of operations; our ability to develop and operate new renewable energy projects, including livestock farms; reduction or elimination of government economic incentives to the renewable energy market; delays in acquisition, financing, construction and development of new projects, including expansion plans into new areas such as agricultural waste; the length of development and optimization cycles for new projects, including the design and construction processes for our renewable energy projects; dependence on third parties for the manufacture of products and services; identifying suitable locations for new projects; reliance on interconnections to distribution and transmission products for our Renewable Natural Gas and Renewable Electricity Generation segments; our projects not producing expected levels of output; the anticipated benefits of the Pico feedstock amendment and the North Carolina acquisition; concentration of revenues from a small number of customers and projects; dependence on our landfill operators; our outstanding indebtedness and restrictions under our credit facility; our ability to extend our fuel supply agreements prior to expiration; our ability to meet milestone requirements under our power purchase agreements; existing regulations and changes to regulations and policies that effect our operations; decline in public acceptance and support of renewable energy development and projects; our expectations regarding federal, state and local government incentives in the United States, provided in the form of RINs, RECs, LCFS credits, rebates, tax credits and other incentives to end users, distributors, system integrators and manufacturers of renewable energy projects, that promote the use of renewable energy (“Environmental Attributes”); Environmental Attribute and commodity prices; our expectations regarding the period during which we qualify as an emerging growth company under the Jumpstart our Business Startups Act; our expectations regarding future capital expenditures, including for the maintenance of facilities; our expectations regarding the use of net operating losses before expiration; our expectations regarding more attractive carbon intensity scores by regulatory agencies for our livestock farm projects; market volatility and fluctuations in commodity prices and the market prices of Environmental Attributes; profitability of our planned livestock farm projects; sustained demand for renewable energy; security threats, including cyber-security attacks; the need to obtain and maintain regulatory permits, approvals and consents; potential liabilities from contamination and environmental conditions; potential exposure to costs and liabilities due to extensive environmental, health and safety laws; impacts of climate change, changing weather patterns and conditions, and natural disasters; failure of our information technology and data security systems; increased competition in our markets; continuing to keep up with technology innovations; our belief that the measures taken to remediate the material weakness identified in our internal control over financial reporting will improve our internal control over financial reporting; concentrated stock ownership by a few stockholders and related control over the outcome of all matters subject to a stockholder vote; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the section titled “Risk Factors” in our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed in such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements as well as others made in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and public communications. You should evaluate all forward-looking statements made by us in the context of these risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements included herein are made only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.