Ameresco Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Financial Results

  • Fourth quarter revenues of $179.3 million, an increase of 35% year-over-year
  • Record 2010 revenues of $618.2 million, an increase of 44% year-over-year
  • Record 2010 net income of $28.7 million, an increase of 44% year-over-year
  • Record 2010 earnings per diluted share of $0.69, an increase of 14% year-over-year

FRAMINGHAM, MA – February 17, 2011 – Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC) a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, today announced financial results for the fiscal year and quarter ended December 31, 2010.

Ameresco reported record full year 2010 financial results. Total revenues were $618.2 million for the full year 2010 compared to $428.5 million for the same period in 2009, an increase of 44% year-over-year. Full year 2010 operating income was $46 million compared to $25.3 million for 2009, an increase of 82% year-over-year. Full year 2010 EBITDA was $59.9 million compared to $35.1 million in 2009, an increase of 71% year-over-year. Net income for the full year 2010 was $28.7 million compared with $19.9 million in 2009, an increase of 44% year-over-year. Full year 2010 earnings per diluted share was $0.69 compared to $0.61 per diluted share for 2009.

“Energy efficiency solutions are gaining traction. Commercial, industrial and government organizations are realizing that implementing clean energy solutions not only benefits the environment, but their constituents as well through lower costs, improved cash flows and greener footprints,” stated George Sakellaris, president and chief executive officer of Ameresco. “Ameresco benefited from these trends, finishing our first year as a public company by delivering strong fourth quarter financial results and achieving a record year across the board. We will continue to focus on effectively executing our strategic plan, implementing and efficiently replacing our backlog, and exploring strategic opportunities that we believe will increase our market penetration and broaden our reach. We believe we are well-positioned for future growth.”

A successful fourth quarter contributed to the Company’s full year 2010 results, driven by strong market demand for energy solutions, unseasonably high installation activity, and increased operational efficiencies. Ameresco had revenues of $179.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $133.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, an increase of 35%.  Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $12.5 million compared to $11.3 million in fourth quarter 2009, an increase of 11% year-over-year. EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 11% over the fourth quarter of 2009 to $15.8 million.

The fourth quarter 2010 increase in operating income was off-set by a higher effective tax rate and increased interest expense when compared to fourth quarter 2009. As a result, net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $7.7 million, compared to $9.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Net income per diluted share was $0.17 in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $0.27 per diluted share in the same quarter of 2009. Net income per diluted share declined year-over-year due to the decrease in net income and a higher number of shares outstanding following the Company’s initial public offering in July 2010.

Additional 2010 Operating Highlights:

  • Ameresco’s businesses contributed double digit revenue increases across all regions and markets during fiscal year 2010.
  • Operating cash flows were $22.9 million for 2010.
  • Revenue generated from backlog was $507 million for full year 2010, an increase of 50%.
  • Total backlog of contracted and awarded but not yet contracted projects remains strong at $1.13 billion.
  • Ameresco continued its success in its integrated photovoltaic (PV) business with some noteworthy projects: the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah; City of Englewood, Colorado; Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Energy and Resources; City of Lowell, Massachusetts; Greater Essex District School Board in Ontario, Canada; and the Grand Erie District School Board in Ontario, Canada.
  • Ameresco placed three biogas facilities into service and commenced permitting and installation of five new biogas projects.
  • Ameresco increased its presence in the northwestern United States by completing the acquisition of Quantum Engineering and Development.
  • Ameresco continued to expand its expertise and geographic reach in 2010, increasing headcount 16.5% and adding five new offices. Of the new hires,  89% are field-based positions.

FY 2011 Guidance
For the year ending December 31, 2011, Ameresco expects that it will earn total revenues in the range of $690 million to $705 million, that EBITDA will be in the range of $67 million to $70 million, and that net income will be in the range of $35 million to $37 million. The Company also expects that net income per diluted share for 2011 will be in the range of $0.75 to $0.79.

Webcast Reminder
Ameresco will hold its earnings conference call today, February 17, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time with President and CEO, George Sakellaris, and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Andrew Spence, to discuss details regarding the Company’s full year and fourth quarter 2010 results, business outlook and strategy. Participants may access it by dialing domestically (888) 713-4217 or internationally (617) 213-4869. The passcode is 69406927. Participants are advised to dial-in at least ten minutes prior to the call to register. Those who wish to listen only to the conference call webcast may visit the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website at

Pre-Registration for the call is also available at: Pre-registrants will be issued a pin number to use when dialing into the live call which will provide quick access to the conference by bypassing the operator upon connection.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and the accompanying tables reflect EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. For a description of this non-GAAP financial measure, including the reasons management uses this measure; please see the section of the accompanying tables titled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in Exhibit A. For a reconciliation from GAAP to Non-GAAP financials, please see Other Non-GAAP Disclosures on the accompanying tables.

About Ameresco, Inc.
Ameresco, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware in April 2000 and is a leading independent provider of comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for facilities throughout North America. Ameresco’s solutions include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure, and the development, construction, and operation of renewable energy plants. With corporate headquarters located in Framingham, MA, Ameresco has 55 offices in 29 states and four Canadian provinces. For more information, visit

Safe Harbor Statement
Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Ameresco, Inc., including statements about backlog, estimated future revenues, EBITDA and net income, as well as other statements containing the words “projects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “will” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including demand for Ameresco’s energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions; the Company’s ability to arrange financing for its projects; changes in federal, state and local government policies and programs related to energy efficiency and renewable energy; the timing of work Ameresco does on projects where it recognizes revenue on a percentage of completion basis; seasonality in construction and in demand for its products and services; a customer’s decision to delay the Company’s work on, or other risks involved with, a particular project; availability and costs of labor and equipment; the addition of new customers or the loss of existing customers; and other factors discussed in Ameresco’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on November 15, 2010. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Ameresco’s views as of the date of this press release. Ameresco anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its views to change. However, while Ameresco may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Ameresco’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

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