Clean Energy Fuels Corp (CLNE) Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Year Ended 2016


Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE) announced operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.

The Company delivered 84.1 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 7.4% increase from 78.3 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2016 the Company delivered 329.0 million gallons, a 6.6% increase from 308.5 million gallons delivered for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $101.8 million, a 14.7% decrease from $119.3 million of revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015. This decrease was due in large part to the recognition of a full year of alternative fuel tax credit (“VETC”) revenue of $31.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, while only one quarter of VETC revenue of $7.0 million was recognized in the fourth quarter of 2016. Revenue from gallons delivered (“volume -related revenue”) and revenue from station construction increased in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015 due to volume growth, higher effective prices and the construction of new and expansions of existing natural gas fueling stations by our customers. Compressor sales declined in the fourth quarter on a year -over -year basis due to continued low global demand.

Revenue for 2016 was $402.7 million, a 4.8% increase from $384.3 million for 2015. Volume -related revenue and revenue from station construction sales increased in 2016 compared to 2015 due to the factors described above. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in revenue from compressor sales. Additionally, VETC revenue declined for the year primarily due to a change in the method of calculating VETC that went into effect at the beginning of 2016.

Andrew J. Littlefair, Clean Energy’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated “The positive momentum continued in 2016 for Clean Energy with volume growth, increased station builds, improved Adjusted EBITDA, and lowered debt balances. We continue to leverage our natural gas fueling infrastructure by increasing volumes while lowering capital expenditures and expenses. Clean Energy remains the market leader for the increasing number of fleets choosing to take advantage of natural gas and renewable natural gas as an immediate, affordable and environmentally friendly alternative vehicle fuel solution.”

On a GAAP basis, net loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $(3.9) million or $(0.03) per share, compared to a net loss for the fourth quarter of 2015 of $(50.0) million, or $(0.54) per share. The fourth quarter of 2016 included a net gain of $9.0 million from the repurchase of a portion of the Company’s debt (“debt reduction”). The fourth quarter of 2015 included a full year of VETC revenue of $31.0 million and a charge of $54.9 millionrelated to the deferred debt issuance costs associated with the Company’s termination of its credit agreement with General Electric Capital Corporation (the “debt issuance costs”).

On a GAAP basis, net loss for 2016 was $(12.2) million, or $(0.10) per share, compared to a net loss for 2015 of $(134.2) million, or $(1.47) per share. The net loss in 2016 included a net gain of $34.3 million from the debt reductions. The net loss for 2015 included the $54.9 million charge for the debt issuance costs.

Non-GAAP loss per share and Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $(0.02) and $17.9 million, respectively, which included a net gain of $9.0 million from the debt reduction. Non-GAAP income per share and Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $0.08 and $32.9 million, respectively, which included a full year of VETC revenue of $31.0 million. Non-GAAP loss per share and Adjusted EBITDA for 2016 was $(0.03) and $85.3 million, respectively, which included a net gain of $34.3 million from the debt reduction. Non-GAAP loss per share and Adjusted EBITDA for 2015 was $(0.75) and $27.8 million, respectively. Non-GAAP income (loss) per share and Adjusted EBITDA are described below and reconciled to the GAAP measure net loss attributable to Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Subsequent to December 31, 2016, the Company paid $21.75 million in cash to repurchase $25.0 million in principal amount, plus accrued interest thereon, of its 7.5% Notes due to a related party in July 2018.

Shares of Clean Energy are up over 7% to $2.76 in after-hours trading. CLNE has a 1-year high of $4.80 and a 1-year low of $2.38. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $2.59 and its 200-day moving average is $3.57.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. engages in the provision of natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. It also designs, builds, operates, serves, and repairs and maintains fueling stations; and manufactures, sells, and serves non-lubricated natural gas fueling compressors and other equipment used in CNG and LNG stations.

 

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