MONTREAL - During the quarter ending June 30, 2021, Boralex Inc. ('Boralex' or the 'Company') (TSX: BLX) continued to add new projects to its project pipeline and to advance its existing projects to the 'secured' and 'ready-to-build' stages of its Growth Path.
The Company also posted an increase in EBITDA(A), primarily linked to the contribution of acquisitions and project commissionings. 'The second quarter was marked by the addition of 743 MW to our project pipeline, notably in the solar and energy storage markets in the United States, identified in our new 2025 Strategic Plan as key markets. The contribution of our two most recent acquisitions in wind in Quebec and solar in the US as well as commissioning of projects was in line with our expectations and enabled us to continue growing our EBITDA(A) despite the unfavourable hydraulic conditions arising from the low level of precipitation in recent months,' said Patrick Decostre, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boralex.
Last June, Boralex updated its strategic plan to take advantage of opportunities arising from the accelerated energy transition and major changes in renewable energy development policies, particularly in Quebec, the United States and a number of European countries.
Supported by a strong financial position, Boralex announced its objective of doubling its installed capacity and reaching a combined EBITDA(A) of $800850 million ($740790 million under IFRS) and discretionary cash flow of $240260 million by 2025. This represents compound annual growth rates of 916% for these three performance measures.
With respect to the Company's expectations for the next few quarters, Mr. Decostre added: 'We are in the final stages leading up to our project submission for the New York State request for proposals for solar projects. We are very proud of the many high-quality projects and the capacity we are in a position to offer. In the coming quarters, we will also continue to seek acquisition opportunities and to implement the various initiatives outlined in our 2025 Strategic Plan, including the optimization of our capital structure and the execution of our corporate social responsibility strategy.'
In the second quarter of 2021, Boralex generated 1,323 GWh (1,485 GWh) of electricity, for an increase of 41% (22%) over the 937 GWh (1,217 GWh) generated in the same quarter in 2020. The increase is attributable to recent acquisitions in the wind sector in Quebec and the solar sector in the United States, as well as the commissioning of wind farms in France.
For the three-month period ended June 30, 2021, revenues from energy sales amounted to $147 million ($164 million), up 21% (9%) from the second quarter of 2020. The Company posted consolidated EBITDA(A) of $106 million ($117 million) for the second quarter of 2021, 23% (10%) higher than for the second quarter of 2020.
For the six-month period ended June 30, 2021, Boralex generated 2,952 GWh (3,315 GWh) of electricity, up 20% (9%) from 2,470 GWh (3,054 GWh) generated in fiscal 2020. As mentioned for the second quarter results, the increase is mainly due to acquisitions and commissioning of projects.
For the six-month period ended June 30, 2021, revenues from energy sales amounted to $353 million ($392 million), representing an increase of $32 million ($9 million) or 10% (2%) compared to the corresponding period in 2020. For the six-month period ended June 30, 2021, the Company posted consolidated EBITDA(A) of $257 million ($279 million), up $22 million ($3 million) or 9% (1%) from last year. These increases were attributable to the same factors mentioned above in connection with the increase in generation.
Overall, for the six-month period ended June 30, 2021, Boralex reported net earnings of $30 million ($34 million) compared with net earnings of $38 million ($32 million) for fiscal 2020. The decrease is mainly attributable to the addition of amortization, acquisition costs and financial expenses related to acquisitions and commissioning of projects, as well as accelerated amortization for sites undergoing repowering.
On June 17, 2021, on the occasion of an Investor Day, management of Boralex presented its updated strategic plan, which will guide efforts to achieve its new corporate targets for 2025. The 2025 Strategic Plan stems from a rigorous analysis of the rapid, significant changes made to renewable energy development policies and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in certain countries and regions, including Quebec, numerous American states and several European countries. It is also part of a process in which a deep and rapid industry transformation is underway, partly due to the high number of technological innovations and the acceleration of the green energy transition. Boralex management also reported strong demand for renewable energy from companies mindful of their environmental impact. Together, these elements make for a business environment that offers numerous opportunities for growth, both organic and through acquisition.
Boralex's 2025 Strategic Plan is structured around the four key strategic directions of the plan launched in 2019 - growth, diversification, customers, and optimization - and six corporate objectives. It also integrates Boralex's corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy. Focusing on these key areas will allow for accelerated development of the wind and solar portfolios in the high-potential markets already targeted by Boralex and in new markets in Europe and the United States, while also creating the opportunity to introduce energy storage in regions where renewable energy networks are the most developed.
At Boralex, we have been providing affordable renewable energy accessible to everyone for over 30 years. As a leader in the Canadian market and France's largest independent producer of onshore wind power, we also have facilities in the United States and development projects in the United Kingdom. Our installed capacity has more than doubled over the past five years and now stands at 2.5 GW. We are developing a portfolio of more than 3 GW in wind and solar projects and nearly 200 MW in storage projects, guided by our values and our approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR). Through profitable and sustainable growth, Boralex is actively participating in the fight against global warming. Thanks to our fearlessness, our discipline, our expertise and our diversity, we continue to be an industry leader. Boralex's shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BLX.
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