Sunrun Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

Revenues of $454 million in 2016, 49% Year-Over-Year Growth

Net Present Value created of $213 million in 2016, an increase of 64% Year-Over-Year

Net Earning Assets reach $1 billion, 30% Year-Over-Year Growth

SAN FRANCISCO, March 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sunrun (Nasdaq:RUN), the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Operating Highlights

  • Total deployments of 77 MW, an increase of 13% year-over-year
  • Net Present Value created of $67 million, an increase of 47% year-over-year
  • Creation Cost per watt improved by $0.31, or 8% from Q4 2015

Full Year 2016 Operating Highlights

  • Total deployments of 282 MW, an increase of 39% year-over-year
  • Net Present Value created of $213 million, an increase of 64% year-over-year
  • Creation Cost per watt improved by $0.45, or 11% from full year 2015
  • Cumulative MW deployed of 879 MW
  • Net Earning Assets reached $1 billion, reflecting a 30% increase year-over-year

“Our 2016 performance continues to validate our business model. We grew our portfolio of installed solar energy systems by 47% to 879 MW with improving unit-level economics,” said
Lynn Jurich, Sunrun’s chief executive officer. “The reach of our multi-channel business model allowed us to gain market share and deliver a valuable service to our customers and our country’s energy infrastructure.”

Key Operating Metrics 

In the fourth quarter of 2016, total MW deployed increased to 77 MW from 68 MW in the fourth quarter of 2015, a 13% year-over-year increase.

In full year 2016, MW deployed increased to 282 MW from 203 MW in full year 2015, a 39% year-over-year increase.

In the fourth quarter of 2016, MW booked were 72 MW, down 13% from the fourth quarter of 2015.

Creation cost per watt was $3.41 in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $3.72 in the fourth quarter of 2015. NPV per watt created in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $1.00 compared to $0.78 in the fourth quarter of 2015.

NPV created in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $67 million, a 47% increase from $46 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Pre-tax project value per watt was $4.41, compared to $4.50 in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Gross earning assets as of December 31, 2016 was $1.8 billion, up $535 million, or 42%, since December 31, 2015. Net earning assets as of December 31, 2016 were $1.0 billion, up $232 million, or 30% from the prior year.

During the fourth quarter, we reviewed our Key Operating Metrics to ensure our reported metrics remain aligned with how we currently operate our business.  Based on our growing operating experience, unique business model and industry trends, we have modified our method for calculating MW Booked and Creation Cost, and replaced Estimated Retained Value and Estimated Nominal Contracted Payments Remaining with Gross Earning Assets and Net Earning Assets. We believe these changes will provide investors with closer leading indicators of performance and trends and are better aligned with our current sales compensation and key operating objectives.

MW Booked are now calculated as sold systems or systems subject to a Customer Agreement for which we have internal confirmation that the system has met our installation requirements for size, equipment and design (which constitutes our definition of reaching notice to proceed, or NTP), net of cancellations. Since NTP occurs closer to installation, there is a meaningfully higher realization of these systems as deployments, and it is less susceptible to reported seasonal fluctuations. Creation Cost is now calculated so that the single component not previously based on either leased or total deployments now will be. The portion of period sales and marketing expenses previously divided by MW Booked is now divided by MW Deployed.

Finally, management believes Gross Earning Assets (which includes only discounted cash flows for deployed systems, rather than systems subject to a Customer Agreement) provides greater clarity and comparability between periods than Estimated Retained Value and Estimated Nominal Contracted Payments Remaining as it excludes the effect of cancellations that occur between the execution of a Customer Agreement and deployment. Prior periods showing both the updated and previous methodology and a summary of the Key Operating Metrics has been included in this release.

Financing Activities                                  

In December 2016, we entered into a strategic partnership with National Grid PLC (“National Grid”), which includes a national collaborative grid services pilot and a $100 million direct investment by National Grid in a partnership that will own approximately 200 MW of our rooftop solar systems across the U.S.  The strategic partnership also includes a joint marketing agreement that will initially target approximately 100,000 single family homes in downstate New York.

As of March 8, 2017, our tax equity pipeline remains robust, with closed transactions and executed terms sheets that provide us runway well into Q4 of 2017. Our current pipeline of back-leverage and project equity provides us runway into Q3 of 2017.

Fourth Quarter 2016 GAAP Results

Total revenue grew to $120.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, up $20.9 million, or 21% from the fourth quarter of 2015. Operating leases and incentives revenue grew 53% year-over-year to $45.3 million. Solar energy systems and product sales grew 7% year-over-year to $75.3 million.

Total cost of revenue was $105.4 million, an increase of 9% year-over-year. Total operating expenses were $169.2 million, an increase of 3% year-over-year.

Net income available to common stockholders was $29.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to net income available to common stockholders of $16.9 million in the third quarter of 2016, and $15.0 million net loss available to common stockholders in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Diluted net earnings per share available to common shareholders was $0.27 per share.

Full Year 2016 GAAP Results

Total revenue grew to $453.9 million in full year 2016, up $149.3 million, or 49% from 2015. Operating leases and incentives revenue grew 43% year-over-year to $168.4 million. Solar energy systems and product sales grew 53% year-over-year to $285.5 million.

Total cost of revenue was $399.2 million, an increase of 42% year-over-year. Total operating expenses were $668.8 million, an increase of 28% year-over-year.

Net income available to common stockholders was $91.7 million in full year 2016, compared to net loss available to common stockholders of $53.1 million in 2015.

Diluted net earnings per share available to common shareholders was $0.87 per share.

Guidance for Q1 and Full Year 2017

The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially.

In Q1, we expect to deploy approximately 69 MW, reflecting 15% year-over-year growth.

For the full year 2017, we expect to deploy 325 MWs, reflecting 15% year-over-year growth.

Conference Call Information

Sunrun is hosting a conference call for analysts and investors to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2016 results and outlook for its first quarter and full year of 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time today, March 8, 2017. A live audio webcast of the conference call along with supplemental financial information will be accessible via the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website at http://investors.sunrun.com. The conference call can also be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 470-1078 (domestic) or (615) 247-0087 (international) using ID #65847799. A replay will be available following the call via the Sunrun Investor Relations website or for one week at the following numbers (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) using ID #65847799.

About Sunrun

Sunrun (Nasdaq:RUN) is the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States with a mission to create a planet run by the sun. Since establishing the solar as a service model in 2007, Sunrun continues to lead the industry in providing clean energy to homeowners with little to no upfront cost and at a savings to traditional electricity rates. The company designs, installs, finances, insures, monitors and maintains the solar panels on a homeowner's roof, while families receive predictable pricing for 20 years or more. For more information please visit: www.sunrun.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding our future financial and operating guidance, operational and financial results such as growth, value creation, MW bookings and deployments, gross and net earning assets, project value, estimated creation costs and NPV, and the assumptions related to the calculation of the foregoing metrics, as well as our expectations regarding our growth and financing capacity and our strategic partnership with National Grid. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the availability of additional financing on acceptable terms; changes in the retail prices of traditional utility generated electricity; changes in policies and regulations including net metering and interconnection limits or caps; the availability of rebates, tax credits and other incentives; the availability of solar panels and other raw materials; our limited operating history, particularly as a new public company; our ability to attract and retain our relationships with third parties, including our solar partners; our ability to meet the covenants in our investment funds and debt facilities; and such other risks identified in the reports that we file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, from time to time. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(In Thousands)  
   
    As of December 31,  
    2016     2015  
Assets                
Current assets:                
Cash   $ 206,364     $ 203,864  
Restricted cash     11,882       9,203  
Accounts receivable, net     60,258       60,275  
State tax credits receivable     13,713       9,198  
Inventories     67,326       71,258  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     9,802       5,917  
Total current assets     369,345       359,715  
Restricted cash     6,117       8,094  
Solar energy systems, net     2,629,366       1,992,021  
Property and equipment, net     48,471       44,866  
Intangible assets, net     18,499       22,705  
Goodwill     87,543       87,543  
Prepaid tax asset     378,541       190,146  
Other assets     34,936       29,502  
Total assets   $ 3,572,818     $ 2,734,592  
Liabilities and total equity                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 66,018     $ 104,133  
Distributions payable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests     10,654       8,144  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     59,261       49,146  
Deferred revenue, current portion     70,849       59,726  
Deferred grants, current portion     8,011       13,949  
Capital lease obligations, current portion     10,015       8,951  
Long-term non-recourse debt, current portion     14,153       4,722  
Lease pass-through financing obligation, current portion     5,823       3,710  
Total current liabilities     244,784       252,481  
Deferred revenue, net of current portion     583,401       559,066  
Deferred grants, net of current portion     226,893       220,784  
Capital lease obligations, net of current portion     12,965       15,042  
Recourse debt     244,000       197,000  
Long-term non-recourse debt, net of current portion     639,870       333,042  
Lease pass-through financing obligation, net of current portion     137,958       153,188  
Other liabilities     5,457       7,144  
Deferred tax liabilities     415,397       190,146  
Total liabilities     2,510,725       1,927,893  
Redeemable noncontrolling interests     137,907       147,139  
Total stockholders equity     672,961       554,069  
Noncontrolling interests     251,225       105,491  
Total equity     924,186       659,560  
Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests and total equity   $ 3,572,818     $ 2,734,592  
                 


Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
 
    Year Ended December 31,  
    2016     2015  
Revenue:                
Operating leases and incentives   $ 168,417     $ 118,004  
Solar energy systems and product sales     285,481       186,602  
Total revenue     453,898       304,606  
Operating expenses:                
Cost of operating leases and incentives     159,858       111,784  
Cost of solar energy systems and product sales     239,381       168,751  
Sales and marketing     162,781       145,477  
Research and development     10,199       9,657  
General and administrative     92,377       84,442  
Amortization of intangible assets     4,206       3,695  
Total operating expenses     668,802       523,806  
Loss from operations     (214,904 )     (219,200 )
Interest expense, net     53,244       33,236  
Loss on early extinguishment of debt           431  
Other expenses (income), net     (840 )     1,338  
Loss before income taxes     (267,308 )     (254,205 )
Income tax expense (benefit)     35,993       (5,299 )
Net loss     (303,301 )     (248,906 )
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests     (394,988 )     (220,660 )
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders   $ 91,687     $ (28,246 )
Less: Deemed dividend to convertible preferred stockholders           (24,890 )
Net income (loss) available to common stockholders   $ 91,687     $ (53,136 )
                 
Net income (loss) per share available to common shareholders                
Basic   $ 0.90     $ (0.96 )
Diluted   $ 0.87     $ (0.96 )
Weighted average shares used to compute net income (loss) per share available to common stockholders                
Basic      102,367       55,091  
Diluted      104,964       55,091  
                 


Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In Thousands)
 
    Year Ended December 31,  
    2016     2015  
Operating activities:                
Net loss   $ (303,301 )   $ (248,906 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:                
Noncash losses, net     3,880       3,516  
Depreciation and amortization, net of amortization of deferred grants     104,105       71,373  
Bad debt expense     1,355       1,998  
Interest on lease pass-through financing obligations     12,081       11,959  
Noncash tax expense (benefit)     35,993       (5,299 )
Noncash interest expense     13,441       6,997  
Stock-based compensation expense     18,723       15,823  
Reduction in lease pass-through financing obligations     (18,551 )     (16,780 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     674       (15,517 )
Inventories     4,042       (47,344 )
Prepaid and other assets     (4,799 )     (884 )
Accounts payable     (40,336 )     50,946  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     11,819       19,168  
Deferred revenue     10,294       47,684  
Net cash used in operating activities     (150,580 )     (105,266 )
                 
Investing activities:                
Payments for the costs of solar energy systems, leased and to be leased     (727,568 )     (594,887 )
Purchases of property and equipment     (12,544 )     (13,027 )
Business acquisition, net of cash acquired     (5,000 )     (19,575 )
Net cash used in investing activities     (745,112 )     (627,489 )
                 
Financing activities:                
Proceeds from state tax credits, net of recapture     9,081       4,685  
Proceeds from recourse debt     458,400       495,985  
Repayment of recourse debt     (411,400 )     (348,224 )
Proceeds from non-recourse debt     335,666       159,400  
Repayment of non-recourse debt     (23,076 )     (11,774 )
Payment of debt fees     (13,741 )     (14,798 )
Proceeds from lease pass-through financing obligations, net     16,047       129,121  
Repayment of lease pass-through financing obligations           (88,918 )
Contributions received from noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests     573,542       275,704  
Distributions paid to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests     (39,542 )     (28,737 )
Proceeds from exercises of stock options, net of withholding taxes on restricted stock units and issuance of shares in connection with the Employee Stock Purchase Plan     7,364       3,548  
Proceeds received, net and (offering costs paid) related to initial public offering     (437 )     222,078  
Payment of capital lease obligations     (12,759 )     (4,854 )
Change in restricted cash     (953 )     (8,751
Net cash provided by financing activities     898,192       784,465  
                 
Net increase in cash     2,500       51,710  
Cash, beginning of period     203,864       152,154  
Cash, end of period   $ 206,364     $ 203,864  
                 


Key Operating Metrics and Financial Metrics  
   
    Full Year Ended December 31,  
    2016     2015  
MW Booked (during the period)(1)(2)     285       229  
MW Deployed (during the period)     282       203  
Cumulative MW Deployed (end of period)     879       596  
Gross Earning Assets under Energy Contract (end of period)(in millions)(3)   $ 1,200     $ 842  
Gross Earning Assets Value of Purchase or Renewal (end of period)(in millions)   $ 609     $ 432  
Gross Earning Assets (end of period)(in millions)   $ 1,809     $ 1,274  
Net Earning Assets (end of period)(in millions)(3)   $ 1,011     $ 779  
                 
                 
    Three Months Ended
December 31,
 
    2016     2015  
Project Value, Contracted Portion (per watt)   $ 3.80     $ 4.01  
Project Value, Renewal Portion (per watt)   $ 0.60     $ 0.49  
Total Project Value (per watt)(4)   $ 4.41     $ 4.50  
Creation Cost (per watt) (5)(6)   $ 3.41     $ 3.72  
Unlevered NPV (per watt)   $ 1.00     $ 0.78  
NPV (in millions)   $ 67     $ 46  

(1)  Reflects new methodology of including only systems which have reached NTP. Please see Key Operating Metrics and Definitions for a compete summary of this modification.

(2)  Full year 2016 total excludes 6 MW of cancellations due to Nevada exit.

(3)  Reflects replacement of Retained Value and Estimated Nominal Contracted Payments Remaining with new metrics Gross and Net Earning Assets. Please see Key Operating Metrics and Definitions for a complete summary of these changes.

(4)  Numbers may not sum due to rounding.

(5)  Excludes initial direct costs (“IDCs”) paid prior to deployments and excludes non-cash items such as amortization of intangible assets and stock-based compensation, and contingent consideration related to an acquisition we completed in Q2 2015.

(6)  Reflects new creation cost methodology. Please see Definitions for terms.

                  Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
 
                  2016     2015  
Project Value, Contracted Portion (per watt)                 $ 3.90     $ 4.23  
Project Value, Renewal Portion (per watt)                 $ 0.58     $ 0.53  
Total Project Value (per watt)                 $ 4.48     $ 4.76  
Creation Cost (per watt)(1)(2)                 $ 3.61     $ 4.06  
Unlevered NPV (per watt)                 $ 0.87     $ 0.70  
NPV (in millions)                 $ 213     $ 130  
Net Earning Assets (in millions)                 $ 1,011     $ 779  

(1)  Excludes initial direct costs (IDCs) paid prior to deployments and excludes non-cash items such as amortization of intangible assets and stock-based compensation, and contingent consideration related to an acquisition we completed in Q2 2015.

(2)  Reflects new creation cost methodology. Please see Definitions for terms.

Definitions

Creation Cost includes (i) certain installation and general and administrative costs after subtracting the gross margin on solar energy systems and product sales divided by watts deployed during the measurement period and (ii) certain sales and marketing expenses under new Customer Agreements, net of cancellations during the period divided by the related watts deployed.

Customers refers to all residential homeowners (i) who have executed a Customer Agreement or cash sales agreement with us and (ii) for whom we have internal confirmation that the applicable solar energy system has reached notice to proceed or “NTP”, net of cancellations.

Customer Agreements refers to, collectively, solar power purchase agreements and solar leases.

Gross Earning Assets represents the net cash flows (discounted at 6%) we expect to receive during the initial 20-year term of our Customer Agreements for systems that have been deployed as of the measurement date, plus a discounted estimate of the value of the Customer Agreement renewal term or solar energy system purchase at the end of the initial term. Gross Earning Assets excludes estimated cash distributions to investors in consolidated joint ventures and estimated operating, maintenance and administrative expenses for systems deployed as of the measurement date. In calculating Gross Earning Assets, we do not deduct customer payments we are obligated to pass through to investors in lease pass-throughs as these amounts are reflected on our balance sheet as long-term and short-term lease pass-through obligations, similar to the way that debt obligations are presented. In determining our finance strategy, we use lease pass-throughs and long-term debt in an equivalent fashion as the schedule of payments of distributions to lease pass-through investors is more similar to the payment of interest to lenders than the internal rates of return (IRRs) paid to investors in other tax equity structures.

Gross Earning Assets Under Energy Contract represents the net cash flows during the initial (typically 20 year) term of our Customer Agreements (less substantially all value from SRECs prior to July 1, 2015), for systems deployed as of the measurement date.

Gross Earning Assets Value of Purchase or Renewal is the forecasted net present value we would receive upon or following the expiration of the initial Customer Agreement term (either in the form of cash payments during any applicable renewal period or a system purchase at the end of the initial term), for systems deployed as of the measurement date.

MW Booked represents the aggregate megawatt production capacity of our solar energy systems, whether sold directly to customers or subject to an executed Customer Agreement, for which we have confirmation that the systems have reached NTP, net of cancellations.

MW Deployed represents the aggregate megawatt production capacity of our solar energy systems, whether sold directly to customers or subject to executed Customer Agreements, for which we have (i) confirmation that the systems are installed on the roof, subject to final inspection or (ii) in the case of certain system installations by our partners, accrued at least 80% of the expected project cost.

Net Earning Assets represents Gross Earning Assets less both project level debt and Lease Pass-Through Financing Obligation, as of the same measurement date.

NPV equals Unlevered NPV multiplied by leased megawatts deployed in period.

NTP or Notice to Proceed refers to our internal confirmation that a solar energy system has met our installation requirements for size, equipment and design.

Project Value represents the value of upfront and future payments by customers, the benefits received from utility and state incentives, as well as the present value of net proceeds derived through investment funds. Specifically, project value is calculated as the sum of the following items (all measured on a per-watt basis with respect to megawatts deployed under Customer Agreements during the period): (i) estimated gross earning assets, (ii) utility or upfront state incentives, (iii) upfront payments from customers for deposits and partial or full prepayments of amounts otherwise due under Customer Agreements and which are not already included in Gross Earning Assets and (iv) finance proceeds from tax equity investors. Project value includes contracted SRECs for all periods after July 1, 2015. Project value does not include cash true-up payments or the value of asset contributions in lieu of cash true-up payments made to investment fund investors, the cumulative impact of which is expected to be immaterial in 2016.

Unlevered NPV equals the difference between project value and estimated creation cost on a per watt basis.

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