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Revenues are growing, but do not meet analysts’ expectations

  • Income: $38.8 million, representing a significant increase of 102.5% year-over-year and decline short of the estimated amount of $44.92 million.

  • Net income: $1.9 million, a significant improvement compared to the net loss of $3.8 million in the same quarter last year, but below estimated $3.68 million.

  • Earnings per share (EPS): Reported EPS of $0.01, meeting Estimated earnings per share of $0.01.

  • Adjusted EBITDA: It reached $9.5 million, a significant increase of 212.7% compared to the first quarter of 2023.

  • RNG production: It increased slightly by 4.4% to 1.4 million MMBtu compared to the previous year.

  • RINs sold: It saw a sharp increase of 167.5% to 7.9 million, indicating strong market activity.

  • Operating income: The result was positive and amounted to USD 2.4 million compared to an operating loss of USD 14.2 million in the first quarter of 2023.

On May 9, 2024, Montauk Renewables Inc (NASDAQ:MNTK) released its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024 via an 8-K filing. The company, a leader in renewable energy specializing in the recovery and conversion of biogas, recorded a significant increase in revenues year-on-year, but did not meet market expectations.

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Montauk Renewables Reports First Quarter 2024 Earnings: Revenues Grow, But Fail to Meet Analyst Expectations

Review of financial results

Montauk Renewables showed significant growth in financial metrics compared to the first quarter of 2023. Company revenue increased 102.5% to $38.8 million, up from $19.2 million. This increase was primarily due to a strategic shift towards self-monetization of renewable identification numbers (RINs) and a 61.7% increase in realized RIN prices. Despite this impressive growth, revenue fell short of analyst expectations of $44.92 million.

Net income increased significantly, reaching $1.9 million, a stark contrast to the net loss of $3.8 million in the prior year. This translates into earnings per share of $0.01, which is in line with analyst estimates. Additionally, Montauk reported significant improvement in adjusted EBITDA of $9.5 million, an increase of 212.7% compared to the prior year.

Operational highlights

Operationally, Montauk Renewables reported modest growth in RNG production totaling 1.4 million MMBtu, up 4.4% year-over-year. The company also highlighted the successful commissioning of the latest expansion of the Pico fermentation capacity project, which contributed to a 39% increase in MMBtu production compared to Q1 2023.

Strategic development and market dependence

The company’s profitability remains largely dependent on market prices for environmental attributes, particularly RINs. Montauk strategically paused the transfer of certain RINs during the first quarter of 2024, resulting in approximately 3,351 RINs remaining in inventory. This decision is part of the company’s broader strategy to successfully navigate the volatile RIN market.

Challenges and Forward-Looking Statements

Montauk Renewables faces challenges related to market dependence and operational risk. The company’s future performance depends on several factors, including RIN market prices and the successful implementation of strategic initiatives such as raw material supply agreements that are designed to increase access to swine housing.

The company reaffirmed its full-year 2024 guidance, expecting RNG revenue to be in the range of $195 million to $215 million and renewable energy revenue to be in the range of $18.0 million to $19.0 million.

Application

In the first quarter of 2024, Montauk Renewables demonstrated significant revenue growth and a return to profitability. However, the company’s results fell short of analysts’ revenue expectations, highlighting the challenges of market volatility and strategic decision-making in the renewable energy sector. Investors and interested parties will likely be watching closely to see how Montauk navigates these challenges in the coming quarters.

For more detailed information and to follow Montauk’s progress, visit its Investor Relations page on Montauk Renewables Investor Relations.

Read the full 8k profit publication. (here) from Montauk Renewables Inc for more details.

This article first appeared on GuruFocus.