GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Nov. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CWCO), a leading developer and operator of seawater desalination plants, reported financial and operating results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

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Management Commentary

President and CEO Rick McTaggart commented: “We are pleased to report double-digit increases in gross profit across each of our business segments in the third quarter. Our retail desalination operations benefitted from higher volumes and fuel pass-through charges, and our manufacturing operations achieved operating improvements thanks to increased order flows and higher utilization. Income from operations for the third quarter more than doubled year-over-year to $2.6 million, and net earnings for the period were up over 3.5 times from 2017 levels, thanks to a one-time gain of approximately $1.9 million, reflecting the favorable resolution of outstanding litigation in the British Virgin Islands.”

“As we previously disclosed, we are in discussions to possibly sell our operations in Belize to our customer there. As part of this dialogue, we were able to repatriate $2.75 million from our Belize operations in the third quarter, as well as an additional $1.0 million after the quarter end, following many years of difficulties in transferring funds due to the economic conditions in the region.”

“Subsequent to the quarter end, we re-commissioned our Windsor plant in the Bahamas, which is our second largest facility in our plant portfolio. This facility, which provides 2.6 million US gallons per day to the government-owned Water and Sewerage Corporation, was refurbished with equipment manufactured by us and designed with embedded operating efficiencies,” Mr. McTaggart noted.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2018

Total revenues for the third quarter 2018 were $18.8 million, representing a 13.6% increase from $16.6 million in the third quarter of 2017. Gross profit amounted to $7.5 million, reflecting a 19.3% increase from $6.3 million in the year ago quarter. Inclusive of $846,000 in Rosarito-related expenses, net income attributable to Consolidated Water stockholders was $4.6 million, or $0.30 per fully diluted share, ahead of $1.2 million, or $0.08 per fully diluted share, reported in last year’s comparable quarter.

Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018

Total revenues for the first nine months of 2018 were $50.0 million, up 5.3% compared to the $47.5 million reported in last year’s comparable period. Gross profit was $20.7 million, up 5.8% from $19.6 million for the first nine months of 2017. Net income attributable to Consolidated Water stockholders year-to-date was $8.8 million ($0.58 per fully diluted share), an increase of 99.9% from the $4.4 million ($0.29 per fully diluted share) in the comparable period of 2017. Net income and diluted EPS for the first nine months of 2018 and 2017 included operating expenses of $2.2 million and $2.5 million, respectively, related to development costs for the Rosarito desalination plant.

Segment Results

Three Months Ended September 30, 2018 (Unaudited)

Retail

Bulk

Services

Manufacturing

Total

Revenues

$

6,185,558

$

8,577,456

$

807,424

$

3,253,750

$

18,824,188

Cost of revenues

2,750,599

5,658,373

682,713

2,205,830

11,297,515

Gross profit

$

3,434,959

$

2,919,083

$

124,711

$

1,047,920

$

7,526,673

Three Months Ended September 30, 2017 (Unaudited)

Retail

Bulk

Services

Manufacturing

Total

Revenues

$

5,570,654

$

7,881,464

$

111,302

$

3,008,783

$

16,572,203

Cost of revenues

2,488,441

5,582,401

114,667

2,078,888

10,264,397

Gross profit (loss)

$

3,082,213

$

2,299,063

$

(3,365)

$

929,895

$

6,307,806

Summary and Outlook

“Our year-to-date consolidated financial results demonstrate the positive performance of our core desalination operations, and in the third quarter we saw a recovery in manufacturing, reflecting our ability to take on third party orders now that our Windsor plant is completed.”

“We continue to execute on the next steps with respect to the Rosarito project, which represents the most important initiative we have undertaken. Faced with water shortages, Mexico is turning to alternative solutions, such as desalination, and the Rosarito plant will secure drinking water supplies in the coastal region of Baja California for the next 40 years.”

“Our capital allocation priorities remain the same: investing in the business and returning the capital to our shareholders in the form of dividends. Our capital expenditures will decrease now that the Windsor plant is completed but will remain above last year’s levels as we also continue to work on the expansion of the Abel Castillo Water Works plant in Grand Cayman. The improvements to this plant will continue through the first quarter of 2019,” Mr. McTaggart concluded.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (EST) on Friday, November 9, 2018 to review the Company’s operating results for the third quarter of 2018, along with other relevant topics of interest. Shareholders and other interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 844-875-6913 (international participants dial 412-317-6709) and requesting participation in the “Consolidated Water Company Call” a few minutes before 8:30 a.m. EST on Friday, November 9, 2018.

A replay of the conference call will be available one hour after the call through Friday, November 16, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. EST by dialing 877-344-7529 (international participants dial 412-317-0088) and entering the conference ID # 10126036.

About Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. develops and operates seawater desalination plants and water distribution systems in areas of the world where naturally occurring supplies of potable water are scarce. The Company operates water production and/or distribution facilities in the Cayman Islands, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and Bali, Indonesia. The Company also manufactures and services a wide range of products and provides design, engineering, management, operating and other services applicable to commercial and municipal water production, supply and treatment, and industrial water and wastewater treatment in the United States.

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. is headquartered in George Town, Grand Cayman, in the Cayman Islands. The Company’s ordinary (common) stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “CWCO”. Additional information on the Company is available on its website at http://www.cwco.com.

This press release includes statements that may constitute “forward-looking” statements, usually containing the words “believe”, “estimate”, “project”, “intend”, “expect”, “should”, “will” or similar expressions. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that would cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, continued acceptance of the Company’s products and services in the marketplace, changes in its relationships with the governments of the jurisdictions in which it operates, the outcome of its negotiations with the Cayman government regarding a new retail license agreement, its ability to successfully secure contracts for new water projects, including the project under development in Baja California, Mexico, its ability to develop and operate such projects profitably, its ability to renew existing bulk water supply contracts, its ability to collect its delinquent accounts receivable in the Bahamas, and its ability to manage growth and other risks detailed in the Company’s periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

By making these forward-looking statements, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release.

For further information, please contact our investor relations firm, AdvisIRy Partners:
Lynn Morgen: (212) 223-4147 lynn.morgen@advisiry.com 
Eric Prouty: (212) 750-5800 eric.prouty@advisiry.com 
Viktoriia Nakhla: (646) 625-4800 vicky.nakhla@advisiry.com

CONSOLIDATED WATER CO. LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

September 30,

December 31,

2018

2017

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

34,367,483

$

47,182,966

Accounts receivable, net

22,996,276

15,047,846

Inventory

2,538,052

1,744,445

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,598,061

1,077,257

Current portion of loans receivable

1,093,641

1,400,448

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings

1,396,166

238,435

Total current assets

63,989,679

66,691,397

Property, plant and equipment, net

47,342,177

50,525,064

Construction in progress

16,742,806

1,823,284

Inventory, non-current

4,825,253

4,758,973

Loans receivable

734,980

Investment in OC-BVI

2,464,537

2,783,882

Goodwill

8,384,248

8,384,248

Land and rights of way held for development

23,673,855

21,505,675

Intangible assets, net

2,710,790

3,765,434

Other assets

2,369,214

4,507,958

Total assets

$

172,502,559

$

165,480,895

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current liabilities

Accounts payable and other current liabilities

$

6,539,508

$

5,662,448

Dividends payable

1,284,964

1,281,612

Note payable to related party

1,078,000

686,000

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings

21,578

1,258

Total current liabilities

8,924,050

7,631,318

Deferred tax liability

757,447

1,024,893

Other liabilities

778,307

803,307

Total liabilities

10,459,804

9,459,518

Commitments and contingencies

Equity

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. stockholders’ equity

Redeemable preferred stock, $0.60 par value. Authorized 200,000 shares; issued and
outstanding 36,498 and 33,488 shares, respectively

21,899

20,093

Class A common stock, $0.60 par value. Authorized 24,655,000 shares; issued and
outstanding 14,964,281 and 14,918,869 shares, respectively

8,978,569

8,951,321

Class B common stock, $0.60 par value. Authorized 145,000 shares; none issued

Additional paid-in capital

86,904,523

86,405,387

Retained earnings

58,113,606

53,105,196

Cumulative translation adjustment

(549,555)

(549,555)

Total Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. stockholders’ equity

153,469,042

147,932,442

Non-controlling interests

8,573,713

8,088,935

Total equity

162,042,755

156,021,377

Total liabilities and equity

$

172,502,559

$

165,480,895

 

CONSOLIDATED WATER CO. LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2018

2017

2018

2017

Retail revenues

$

6,185,558

$

5,570,654

$

18,884,929

$

18,111,274

Bulk revenues

8,577,456

7,881,464

25,294,821

23,615,787

Services revenues

807,424

111,302

1,054,100

360,758

Manufacturing revenues

3,253,750

3,008,783

4,798,948

5,444,678

Total revenues

18,824,188

16,572,203

50,032,798

47,532,497

Cost of retail revenues

2,750,599

2,488,441

8,234,803

7,895,617

Cost of bulk revenues

5,658,373

5,582,401

16,848,668

15,750,402

Cost of services revenues

682,713

114,667

921,653

320,586

Cost of manufacturing revenues

2,205,830

2,078,888

3,300,370

3,967,945

Total cost of revenues

11,297,515

10,264,397

29,305,494

27,934,550

Gross profit

7,526,673

6,307,806

20,727,304

19,597,947

General and administrative expenses

4,941,564

4,896,323

14,263,762

14,695,184

Loss on asset dispositions and impairments, net

12,415

578,480

14,405

1,578,480

Income from operations

2,572,694

833,003

6,449,137

3,324,283

Other income (expense):

Interest income

172,805

70,741

504,028

301,813

Interest expense

(2,492)

(1,016)

(7,122)

(11,178)

Profit-sharing income from OC-BVI

536,625

36,450

621,675

46,575

Equity in the earnings of OC-BVI

1,472,154

138,913

1,710,230

127,955

Net unrealized gain (loss) on put/call options

75,000

171,000

(47,000)

323,000

Other

48,841

31,206

(26,670)

83,791

Other income, net

2,302,933

447,294

2,755,141

871,956

Income before income taxes

4,875,627

1,280,297

9,204,278

4,196,239

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

12,659

(136,447)

(113,607)

(412,592)

Net income

4,862,968

1,416,744

9,317,885

4,608,831

Income attributable to non-controlling interests

310,579

255,605

484,778

191,916

Net income attributable to Consolidated Water
Co. Ltd. stockholders

$

4,552,389

$

1,161,139

$

8,833,107

$

4,416,915

Basic earnings per common share attributable to
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. common
stockholders

$

0.30

$

0.08

$

0.59

$

0.30

Diluted earnings per common share attributable
to Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. common
stockholders

$

0.30

$

0.08

$

0.58

$

0.29

Dividends declared per common share

$

0.085

$

0.075

$

0.255

$

0.225

Weighted average number of common shares used
in the determination of:

Basic earnings per share

14,963,195

14,898,246

14,960,602

14,886,738

Diluted earnings per share

15,124,720

15,072,142

15,119,415

15,054,343

 

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