Sunnova Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Financial Results; Raises 2020 Guidance

2019 Highlights

  • Added over 18,000 customers in 2019, increasing total customer count 30% year-over-year to 78,600;
  • Exceeded midpoint of guidance for each 2019 financial metric;
  • Increased storage attachment rate on origination to 24% in the fourth quarter of 2019; and
  • Sustained 2019’s accelerated growth into 2020.

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sunnova Energy International Inc. (“Sunnova”) (NYSE: NOVA), one of the leading U.S. residential solar and storage service providers, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2019.

“The past twelve months were an exciting period of disruption for Sunnova as we became the industry leader in growth rate. In 2019, we increased our customer base 30 percent, saw escalating growth in our contracted customer value, launched new product offerings and entered new markets, saw a surge in storage attachment rates, continued to build out our differentiated dealer base, and met or exceeded our 2019 operational and financial targets,” said William J. (John) Berger, Chief Executive Officer of Sunnova. “In addition, we closed on a number of important financial transactions, including our IPO, new tax equity facilities, a new credit facility for our leases and PPAs, a comprehensive amendment to the credit facility for our loan products, and a safe harbor credit facility to fund the purchase of inventory to qualify for a 30 percent federal investment tax credit. In addition, we opened 2020 with the closing of a $412.5 million asset-backed securitization at some of the strongest terms the industry has seen, which is a testament to our business model and focus on customer service.”

Berger added, “With higher than expected growth in late 2019, which has continued into the new year, our outlook continues to improve, supporting an increase in our 2020 guidance. We now foresee our asset base growing at a higher rate than projected in the third quarter of 2019 while we maintain our focus on maximizing recurring cash flows from operations. In addition to overall customer growth, we have also seen our Sunnova SunSafe™ solar + storage sales and attachment rates increase at a faster pace than expected as consumers seek out more resilient sources of energy to combat severe weather events and unreliable electricity grids. Solar + storage has become an integral component of our business strategy and Sunnova SunSafe™ is now available in 16 markets. The increased pace of solar + storage sales is contributing to our growth and our customers’ ability to power energy independence.

“We are proud of what we accomplished in 2019; these accomplishments have given us additional momentum to continue to produce strong growth, deliver superior energy service to our customers, and achieve our 2020 operational and financial targets.”

Year-over-Year Results

Sunnova’s total number of customers was 78,600 as of December 31, 2019, an increase of 18,300 compared to December 31, 2018.

Revenue increased to $131.6 million, or by $27.2 million, for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to the year ended December 31, 2018. This increase in revenues is primarily the result of an increase in the number of customers served.

Total operating expense, net increased to $153.8 million, or by $35.7 million, in the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to the year ended December 31, 2018. This increase is the result of an increase in the number of customers served, greater depreciation expense, and higher period-over-period general and administrative expenses due to costs related to our initial public offering and the hiring of personnel to support growth.

Adjusted Operating Expense increased to $83.3 million, or by $20.0 million, in the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to the year ended December 31, 2018. This increase is the result of an increase in the number of customers served.

Sunnova incurred a net loss of $133.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to a net loss of $68.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. This larger net loss was primarily driven by the factors described above as well as higher net interest expense, including higher realized and unrealized net losses on interest rate swaps.

Adjusted EBITDA was $48.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to $41.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. This increase was due to customer growth increasing at a faster rate than expenses.

Customer principal (net of amounts recorded in revenue) and interest payments received from solar loans increased to $20.0 million and $11.6 million, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2019, or by $13.2 million and $5.4 million, respectively, compared to the year ended December 31, 2018 due to a larger customer loan portfolio.

Net cash used in operating activities was $170.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to $11.6 million in the year ended December 31, 2018. This increase was due primarily to higher inventory and prepaid inventory purchases under our safe harbor credit facility, additional higher inventory purchases to meet growing demand, an increased use of working capital and an increase in the amount of exclusivity and other bonus arrangement payments made to certain dealers that are inclusive in our asset level economics during the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to year ended December 31, 2018.

Adjusted Operating Cash Flow was relatively unchanged at $8.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to $8.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Results

Revenue increased to $33.6 million, or by $8.4 million, in the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018. Total operating expense, net increased to $42.8 million, or by $5.1 million, in the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018. Adjusted Operating Expense increased to $22.9 million, or by $5.6 million, in the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018. These increases are the result of an increase in the number of customers served.

Sunnova incurred a net loss of $13.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to a net loss of $39.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018. This smaller net loss was driven by an unrealized gain on interest rate swaps in the three months ended December 31, 2019 versus an unrealized loss on swaps in the three months ended December 31, 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA was $10.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $8.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018. This increase was due to customer growth increasing at a faster rate than expenses.

Customer principal (net of amounts recorded in revenue) and interest payments received from solar loans increased to $7.1 million and $3.4 million, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2019, or by $5.3 million and $1.4 million, respectively, compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018 due to a larger customer loan portfolio.

Net cash used in operating activities was $95.7 million in the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $13.7 million of net cash provided by operating activities in the three months ended December 31, 2018. This change was primarily due to higher inventory and prepaid inventory purchases necessary to meet growing demand and safe harbor requirements.

Adjusted Operating Cash Flow was $26.7 million in the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $22.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018. This increase in Adjusted Operating Cash Flow was primarily due to the increase in the number of customers served.

Liquidity & Capital Resources

As of December 31, 2019, Sunnova had total cash of $150.3 million, including restricted and unrestricted cash.

2020 Guidance

Management announces updates to 2020 full-year guidance as follows:

  • Increase guidance on customer additions from 23,000 – 27,500 to 28,000 – 30,000;
  • Increase guidance on Adjusted EBITDA from $55 million – $60 million to $58 million – $62 million;
  • Increase guidance on customer principal payments received from solar loans, net of amounts recorded in revenue from $30 million – $35 million to $32 million – $36 million;
  • Increase guidance on customer interest payments received from solar loans from $15 million – $20 million to $17 million – $21 million; and
  • Increase guidance on Adjusted Operating Cash Flow from $5 million – $15 million to $10 million – $20 million

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We present our operating results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (“GAAP”). We believe certain financial measures, such as Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Operating Expense and Adjusted Operating Cash Flow, which are non-GAAP measures, provide users of our financial statements with supplemental information that may be useful in evaluating our business. We use Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Operating Expense as performance measures, and believe investors and securities analysts also use Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Operating Expense in evaluating our performance. While Adjusted EBITDA effectively captures the operating performance of our leases and PPAs, it only reflects the service portion of the operating performance under our loan agreements. Therefore, we separately show customer P&I payments. Adjusted EBITDA is also used by our management for internal planning purposes, including our consolidated operating budget, and by our board of directors in setting performance-based compensation targets. We use Adjusted Operating Cash Flow as a liquidity measure and believe Adjusted Operating Cash Flow is a supplemental financial measure useful to management, analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies as an indicator of our ability to internally fund origination activities, service or incur additional debt and service our contractual obligations. We believe investors and analysts will use Adjusted Operating Cash Flow to evaluate our liquidity and ability to service our contractual obligations. However, Adjusted Operating Cash Flow has limitations as an analytical tool because it does not account for all future expenditures and financial obligations of the business or reflect unforeseen circumstances that may impact our future cash flows, all of which could have a material effect on our financial condition and results of operations. We believe that such non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with our operating results presented under GAAP, can be used both to better assess our business from period to period and to better assess our business against other companies in our industry, without regard to financing methods, historical cost basis or capital structure. Our calculation of these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similarly-titled non-GAAP measures, if any, reported by other companies. In addition, other companies may not publish these or similar measures. Such non-GAAP measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Sunnova is unable to reconcile projected Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Operating Expense and Adjusted Operating Cash Flow to the most comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP because of fluctuations in interest rates and their impact on our unrealized and realized interest rate hedge gains or losses. Sunnova provides a range for the forecasts of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Operating Expense and Adjusted Operating Cash Flow to allow for the variability in the timing of cash receipts and disbursements, customer utilization of our assets, and the impact on the related reconciling items, many of which interplay with each other. Therefore, the reconciliation of projected Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Operating Expense and Adjusted Operating Cash Flow to projected net income (loss), total operating expense, or net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, as the case may be, is not available without unreasonable effort.

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Financial and Operational Results Conference Call Information

Sunnova is hosting a conference call for analysts and investors to discuss its fourth quarter and full-year 2019 results at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, on February 25, 2020. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 1-866-211-4135, or for international callers, 1-647-689-6729. A replay will be available two hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 1-800-585-8367, or for international callers, 1-416-621-4642. The conference ID for the live call and the replay is 1496478. The replay will be available until March 3, 2020.

Interested investors and other parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto the Investor Relations section of Sunnova’s website at www.sunnova.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or Sunnova’s future financial or operating performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “going to,” “could,” “intends,” “target,” “projects,” “contemplates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern Sunnova’s expectations, strategy, priorities, plans or intentions. Forward-looking statements in this release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our improved outlook, expectations about net contracted customer value asset base growth rate, the momentum to continue to drive strong growth and maximize recurring cash flows, deliver superior energy service to our customers, add more net contracted value and achieve our 2020 operational and financial targets, and references to future rate of customer additions, Adjusted EBITDA, customer P&I payments from solar loans and adjusted operating cash flows. Sunnova’s expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, including risks regarding our ability to forecast our business due to our limited operating history, our competition, fluctuations in the solar and home-building markets, our ability to attract and retain dealers and customers and our dealer and strategic partner relationships. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in Sunnova’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Sunnova’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019. The forward-looking statements in this release are based on information available to Sunnova as of the date hereof, and Sunnova disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

About Sunnova

Sunnova Energy International Inc. (NYSE: NOVA) is a leading residential solar and energy storage service provider with customers across the U.S. and its territories. Sunnova’s goal is to be the source of clean, affordable and reliable energy with a simple mission: to power energy independence so that homeowners have the freedom to live life uninterruptedTM.

SUNNOVA ENERGY INTERNATIONAL INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share amounts and share par values)

 

 

As of December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash

$

83,485

 

 

$

52,706

 

Accounts receivable—trade, net

10,672

 

 

6,312

 

Accounts receivable—other

6,147

 

 

3,721

 

Other current assets

174,016

 

 

26,794

 

Total current assets

274,320

 

 

89,533

 

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

1,745,060

 

 

1,328,457

 

Customer notes receivable, net

297,975

 

 

172,031

 

Other assets

169,712

 

 

75,064

 

Total assets (1)

$

2,487,067

 

 

$

1,665,085

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities, Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

36,190

 

 

$

20,075

 

Accrued expenses

39,544

 

 

18,650

 

Current portion of long-term debt

97,464

 

 

26,965

 

Current portion of long-term debt—affiliates

 

 

16,500

 

Other current liabilities

21,804

 

 

13,214

 

Total current liabilities

195,002

 

 

95,404

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt, net

1,346,419

 

 

872,249

 

Long-term debt, net—affiliates

 

 

44,181

 

Other long-term liabilities

127,406

 

 

66,453

 

Total liabilities (1)

1,668,827

 

 

1,078,287

 

 

 

 

 

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

172,305

 

 

85,680

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

Series A convertible preferred stock, 0 and 44,942,594 shares issued as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, at $0.01 par value

 

 

449

 

Series C convertible preferred stock, 0 and 13,006,780 shares issued as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, at $0.01 par value

 

 

130

 

Series A common stock, 0 and 8,612,728 shares issued as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, at $0.01 par value

 

 

86

 

Series B common stock, 0 and 21,727 shares issued as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, at $0.01 par value

 

 

 

Common stock, 83,980,885 and 0 shares issued as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, at $0.0001 par value

8

 

 

 

Additional paid-in capital—convertible preferred stock

 

 

701,326

 

Additional paid-in capital—common stock

1,007,751

 

 

85,439

 

Accumulated deficit

(361,824

)

 

(286,312

)

Total stockholders’ equity

645,935

 

 

501,118

 

Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests and stockholders’ equity

$

2,487,067

 

 

$

1,665,085

 

(1) The consolidated assets as of December 31, 2019 and 2018 include $790,211 and $411,325, respectively, of assets of variable interest entities (“VIEs”) that can only be used to settle obligations of the VIEs. These assets include cash of $7,347 and $3,674 as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively; accounts receivable—trade, net of $1,460 and $884 as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively; accounts receivable—other of $4 and $109 as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively; other current assets of $47,606 and $4,821 as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively; property and equipment, net of $726,415 and $398,693 as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively; and other assets of $7,379 and $3,144 as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The consolidated liabilities as of December 31, 2019 and 2018 include $13,440 and $9,260, respectively, of liabilities of VIEs whose creditors have no recourse to Sunnova Energy International Inc. These liabilities include accounts payable of $1,926 and $4,278 as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively; accrued expenses of $35 and $14 as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively; other current liabilities of $612 and $296 as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively; and other long-term liabilities of $10,867 and $4,672 as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

SUNNOVA ENERGY INTERNATIONAL INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

December 31,

 

Year Ended

December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Revenue

$

33,614

 

 

$

25,206

 

 

$

131,556

 

 

$

104,382

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenue—depreciation

12,716

 

 

9,242

 

 

43,536

 

 

34,710

 

Cost of revenue—other

963

 

 

533

 

 

3,877

 

 

2,007

 

Operations and maintenance

2,120

 

 

9,540

 

 

8,588

 

 

14,035

 

General and administrative

27,002

 

 

18,327

 

 

97,986

 

 

67,430

 

Other operating income

(32

)

 

(19

)

 

(161

)

 

(70

)

Total operating expense, net

42,769

 

 

37,623

 

 

153,826

 

 

118,112

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss

(9,155

)

 

(12,417

)

 

(22,270

)

 

(13,730

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

8,169

 

 

26,459

 

 

108,024

 

 

51,582

 

Interest expense, net—affiliates

 

 

2,303

 

 

4,098

 

 

9,548

 

Interest income

(3,615

)

 

(2,077

)

 

(12,483

)

 

(6,450

)

Loss on extinguishment of long-term debt, net—affiliates

 

 

 

 

10,645

 

 

 

Other (income) expense

53

 

 

 

 

880

 

 

(1

)

Loss before income tax

(13,762

)

 

(39,102

)

 

(133,434

)

 

(68,409

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

(13,762

)

 

(39,102

)

 

(133,434

)

 

(68,409

)

Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests

3,747

 

 

1,726

 

 

10,917

 

 

5,837

 

Net loss attributable to stockholders

(17,509

)

 

(40,828

)

 

(144,351

)

 

(74,246

)

Dividends earned on Series A convertible preferred stock

 

 

(9,581

)

 

(19,271

)

 

(36,346

)

Dividends earned on Series C convertible preferred stock

 

 

(2,608

)

 

(5,454

)

 

(5,948

)

Deemed dividends on convertible preferred stock exchange

 

 

 

 

 

 

(19,332

)

Net loss attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted

$

(17,509

)

 

$

(53,017

)

 

$

(169,076

)

 

$

(135,872

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss per share attributable to common stockholders—basic and diluted

$

(0.21

)

 

$

(6.14

)

 

$

(4.14

)

 

$

(15.74

)

Weighted average common shares outstanding—basic and diluted

83,980,885

 

 

8,634,455

 

 

40,797,976

 

 

8,634,477

 

SUNNOVA ENERGY INTERNATIONAL INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

 

 

Year Ended

December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(133,434

)

 

$

(68,409

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

Depreciation

49,340

 

 

39,290

 

Impairment and loss on disposals, net

1,772

 

 

7,565

 

Amortization of deferred financing costs

9,822

 

 

9,074

 

Amortization of debt discount

3,018

 

 

1,083

 

Non-cash effect of equity-based compensation plans

9,235

 

 

2,984

 

Non-cash payment-in-kind interest on loan—affiliates

2,716

 

 

5,524

 

Unrealized loss on derivatives

19,237

 

 

6,100

 

Unrealized loss on fair value option instruments

150

 

 

 

Loss on extinguishment of long-term debt, net—affiliates

10,645

 

 

 

Other non-cash items

8,442

 

 

4,818

 

Changes in components of operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

(9,349

)

 

(4,983

)

Dealer advances

 

 

(237

)

Other current assets

(131,741

)

 

(11,331

)

Other assets

(40,118

)

 

(8,529

)

Accounts payable

5,292

 

 

(996

)

Accrued expenses

15,099

 

 

4,234

 

Other current liabilities

8,452

 

 

4,938

 

Long-term debt—paid-in-kind—affiliates

(719

)

 

(3,184

)

Other long-term liabilities

1,879

 

 

489

 

Net cash used in operating activities

(170,262

)

 

(11,570

)

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

(430,822

)

 

(252,618

)

Payments for investments and customer notes receivable

(159,303

)

 

(108,354

)

Proceeds from customer notes receivable

21,604

 

 

7,715

 

State utility rebates and tax credits

668

 

 

853

 

Other, net

(463

)

 

3,555

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(568,316

)

 

(348,849

)

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

Proceeds from long-term debt

883,360

 

 

445,586

 

Payments of long-term debt

(342,540

)

 

(292,091

)

Proceeds of long-term debt from affiliates

15,000

 

 

15,000

 

Payments of long-term debt to affiliates

(56,236

)

 

(40,000

)

Payments on notes payable

(4,672

)

 

 

Payments of deferred financing costs

(12,110

)

 

(8,598

)

Payments of debt discounts

(1,084

)

 

(2,465

)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net

164,452

 

 

 

Proceeds from equity component of debt instrument, net

13,984

 

 

 

Proceeds from issuance of convertible preferred stock, net

(2,510

)

 

172,771

 

Contributions from redeemable noncontrolling interests

157,149

 

 

79,017

 

Distributions to redeemable noncontrolling interests

(7,559

)

 

(2,017

)

Payments of costs related to redeemable noncontrolling interests

(5,395

)

 

(1,510

)

Other, net

(16

)

 

(6

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

801,823

 

 

365,687

 

Net increase in cash and restricted cash

63,245

 

 

5,268

 

Cash and restricted cash at beginning of period

87,046

 

 

81,778

 

Cash and restricted cash at end of period

150,291

 

 

87,046

 

Restricted cash included in other current assets

(10,474

)

 

(5,190

)

Restricted cash included in other assets

(56,332

)

 

(29,150

)

Cash at end of period

$

83,485

$

52,706

 

Contacts

Rodney McMahan – Investors

Kelsey Hultberg – Media

IR@sunnova.com
877-770-5211

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