Montauk Renewables Announces Third Quarter 2023 Results

November 9, 2023 at 4:15 PM EST

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Montauk Renewables, Inc. (“Montauk” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: MNTK), a renewable energy company specializing in the management, recovery, and conversion of biogas into renewable natural gas (“RNG”), today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023.

Third Quarter Financial Highlights:

  • Revenues of $55.7 million, decreased 0.3% as compared to the third quarter of 2022

  • Net Income of $12.9 million, increased 15.6% as compared to the third quarter of 2022

  • Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA of $22.4 million, increased 7.4% as compared to the third quarter of 2022

  • RNG production of 1.4 million MMBtu, decreased 4.0% as compared to the third quarter of 2022

In the third quarter of 2023, our Board of Directors approved funding for the first phase of the North Carolina development project. Including the original equipment acquired in the Montauk Ag Renewables Acquisition, the Turkey Creek, NC asset acquisition, the relocation of the Magnolia, NC reactor to Turkey Creek, NC, and all previous capital expenditures, we currently expect the first phase capital investment to range between $140 and $160 million. We expect the production capacity for the first phase to commission in stages starting in the second quarter of 2024 through the third quarter of 2025, ultimately providing sufficient capacity to satisfy the Duke contract through the deployment of up to eight of our patented reactors. At full first phase capacity, we anticipate the ability to process feedstock from over 120 thousand hog spaces per day, which equates to over 200 tons of daily waste collection. While we expect to begin generating revenues in 2025, we currently estimate the first phase of the project will annually produce approximately 45 to 50 thousand MWh equivalents through the combination of 190 to 200 thousand MMBtu and 25 to 30 thousand MWh. We also estimate that at full processing capabilities, we expect the first phase of the project will also produce annually 17 to 20 thousand tons of char soil enhancement.

Third Quarter Financial Results

Total revenues in the third quarter of 2023 were $55.7 million, a decrease of $0.2 million (0.4%) compared to $55.9 million in the third quarter of 2022. The decrease is primarily related to a decrease in pricing of gas commodity indices which decreased 68.9% during the third quarter of 2023 as compared to the third quarter of 2022. Additionally, realized RIN prices decreased 12.6% to $3.05 in the third quarter of 2023 compared to $3.49 in the third quarter of 2022. Offsetting the decrease, was an increase of approximately 26.7% of RINs sold in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the third quarter of 2022. Operating and maintenance expenses for our RNG facilities were $11.9 million, a decrease of $0.2 million (1.7%) compared to $12.1 million in the third quarter of 2022. Our total RNG facilities reported reduced utility expenses of approximately $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2023 as compared to the third quarter of 2022. Operating and maintenance expenses increased approximately $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the third quarter of 2022 as a result of facility preventative maintenance, repairs, and wellfield operational enhancements. Our Renewable Electricity Generation operating and maintenance expenses in the third quarter of 2023 were $2.2 million, an increase of $0.1 million (4.8%) compared to $2.1 million in the third quarter of 2022, due to the non-capitalizable costs at our Turkey Creek facility. Total general and administrative expenses were $7.8 million in the third quarter of 2023, a decrease of $0.7 million (8.2%) compared to $8.5 million in the third quarter of 2022. The decrease was primarily related to a decrease of approximately $0.7 million (13.9%) in the third quarter of 2023 in employee related costs, including stock based compensation, compared to the third quarter of 2022. Operating income in the third quarter of 2023 was $16.8 million, an increase of $3.2 million (23.5%) compared to $13.6 million in the third quarter of 2022. Net income for the third quarter of 2023 was $12.9 million, an increase of $1.7 million (15.2%) compared to $11.2 million in the third quarter of 2022.

Third Quarter Operational Results

We produced approximately 1.4 million Metric Million British Thermal Units (“MMBtu”) of RNG during the third quarter of 2023, a decrease of less than 0.1 million compared to 1.4 million MMBtu produced in the third quarter of 2022, primarily driven by dry weather conditions impacting gas feedstock availability and previously disclosed process equipment failures in the second quarter of 2023 that have since been repaired. We produced approximately 48 thousand megawatt hours (“MWh”) in Renewable Electricity in the third quarter of 2023, a decrease of 1 thousand MWh compared to 49 thousand MWh produced in the third quarter of 2022. Our Bowerman facility produced approximately 3 thousand MWh less in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the third quarter of 2022 due to higher ambient temperatures in the third quarter of 2023. Our Security facility produced approximately 2 thousand MWh more in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the third quarter of 2022 due to engine maintenance completed in 2022.

Updated 2023 Full Year Outlook

During the third quarter of 2023, D3 RIN generation decreased approximately 8.0% when comparing RIN generation in July 2023 to September 2023, as reported by the US EPA. This compares to an approximate 6.6% increase in RIN generation between July 2022 to September 2022. We believe contributing factors to this third quarter of 2023 reduction of D3 RIN generation could include drought weather anomalies of lower than average rainfall and higher than average temperatures. As some of our production facilities experienced these weather anomalies, our production during the third quarter of 2023 was impacted. These impacts and our updated expectations for the fourth quarter of 2023 has led us to update our full year outlook as follows:

  • RNG revenues are expected to range between $155.0 and $160.0 million

  • RNG production volumes are expected to range between 5.7 and 5.8 million MMBtu

  • Renewable Electricity revenues are expected to range between $17.7 and $18.7 million

  • Renewable Electricity production volumes are expected to range between 190 and 195 thousand MWh

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss results. The register for the conference call will be available via the following link:

Please register for the conference call and webcast using the above link in advance of the call start time. The webcast platform will register your name and organization as well as provide dial-ins numbers and a unique access pin. The conference call will be broadcast live and be available for replay at and on the Company’s website at after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through November 9, 2024.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the accompanying tables include references to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, which are Non-GAAP financial measures. We present EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA because we believe the measures assist investors in analyzing our performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance.

In addition, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are financial measurements of performance that management and the board of directors use in their financial and operational decision-making and in the determination of certain compensation programs. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are supplemental performance measures that are not required by or presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered alternatives to net (loss) income or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities or a measure of our liquidity or profitability.

About Montauk Renewables, Inc.

Montauk Renewables, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNTK) is a renewable energy company specializing in the management, recovery and conversion of biogas into RNG. The Company captures methane, preventing it from being released into the atmosphere, and converts it into either RNG or electrical power for the electrical grid (“Renewable Electricity”). The Company, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has more than 30 years of experience in the development, operation and management of landfill methane-fueled renewable energy projects. The Company has current operations at 15 operating projects and on going development projects located in California, Idaho, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. The Company sells RNG and Renewable Electricity, taking advantage of Environmental Attribute premiums available under federal and state policies that incentivize their use. For more information, visit

Company Contact:
John Ciroli
Chief Legal Officer (CLO) & Secretary
(412) 747-8700

Investor Relations Contact:
Georg Venturatos
Gateway Investor Relations
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The risks and uncertainties that could cause those actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements include but are not limited to: our ability to develop and operate new renewable energy projects, including with livestock farms, and related challenges associated with new projects, such as identifying suitable locations and potential delays in acquisition financing, construction, and development; reduction or elimination of government economic incentives to the renewable energy market; the inability to complete strategic development opportunities; widespread manmade, natural and other disasters (including severe weather events), health emergencies, dislocations, geopolitical instabilities or events, terrorist activities, international hostilities, government shutdowns, political elections, security breaches, cyberattacks or other extraordinary events that impact general economic conditions, financial markets and/or our business and operating results; continued inflation could raise our operating costs or increase the construction costs of our existing or new projects; rising interest rates could increase the borrowing costs of future indebtedness; the potential failure to retain and attract qualified personnel of the Company or a possible increased reliance on third-party contractors as a result; the length of development and optimization cycles for new projects, including the design and construction processes for our renewable energy projects; dependence on third parties for the manufacture of products and services and our landfill operations; the quantity, quality and consistency of our feedstock volumes from both landfill and livestock farm operations; reliance on interconnections to distribution and transmission products for our Renewable Natural Gas and Renewable Electricity Generation segments; our projects not producing expected levels of output; potential benefits associated with the combustion-based oxygen removal condensate neutralization technology; concentration of revenues from a small number of customers and projects; our outstanding indebtedness and restrictions under our credit facility; our ability to extend our fuel supply agreements prior to expiration; our ability to meet milestone requirements under our power purchase agreements; existing regulations and changes to regulations and policies that effect our operations; expected benefits from the extension of the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022; decline in public acceptance and support of renewable energy development and projects, or our inability to appropriately address environmental, social and governance targets, goals, commitments or concerns; our expectations regarding Environmental Attribute volume requirements and prices and commodity prices; our expectations regarding the period during which we qualify as an emerging growth company under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”); our expectations regarding future capital expenditures, including for the maintenance of facilities; our expectations regarding the use of net operating losses before expiration; our expectations regarding more attractive carbon intensity scores by regulatory agencies for our livestock farm projects; market volatility and fluctuations in commodity prices and the market prices of Environmental Attributes and the impact of any related hedging activity; regulatory changes in federal, state and international environmental attribute programs and the need to obtain and maintain regulatory permits, approvals, and consents; profitability of our planned livestock farm projects; sustained demand for renewable energy; potential liabilities from contamination and environmental conditions; potential exposure to costs and liabilities due to extensive environmental, health and safety laws; impacts of climate change, changing weather patterns and conditions; failure of our information technology and data security systems; increased competition in our markets; continuing to keep up with technology innovations; concentrated stock ownership by a few stockholders and related control over the outcome of all matters subject to a stockholder vote; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the section titled “Risk Factors” in our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other filings with the SEC.

We make many of our forward-looking statements based on our operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon detailed assumptions. While we believe that our assumptions are reasonable, we caution that it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors, and it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results. All forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements as well as others made in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and public communications. You should evaluate all forward-looking statements made by us in the context of these risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements included herein are made only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

(in thousands, except per share data)      
  As of September 30,  As of December 31, 
ASSETS 2023  2022 
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $73,304  $105,177 
Accounts and other receivables  18,102   7,222 
Current restricted cash  22   22 
Related party receivable  10,128   9,000 
Current portion of derivative instruments  991   879 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  4,841   2,568 
Total current assets $107,388  $124,868 
Non-current restricted cash $409  $407 
Property, plant and equipment, net  205,528   175,946 
Goodwill and intangible assets, net  15,026   15,755 
Deferred tax assets  2,166   3,952 
Non-current portion of derivative instruments  984   936 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  4,420   4,742 
Finance lease right-of-use assets  44   96 
Other assets  9,646   5,614 
Total assets $345,611  $332,316 
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $6,115  $4,559 
Accrued liabilities  15,225   15,090 
Income tax payable  551   402 
Current portion of operating lease liability  416   410 
Current portion of finance lease liability  44   71 
Current portion of long-term debt  7,884   7,870 
Total current liabilities $30,235  $28,402 
Long-term debt, less current portion $57,586  $63,505 
Non-current portion of operating lease liability  4,230   4,341 
Non-current portion of finance lease liability    25 
Asset retirement obligations  5,797   5,493 
Other liabilities  4,528   3,459 
Total liabilities $102,376  $105,225 
Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 690,000,000 shares; 143,682,811 shares issued at September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively; 141,848,582 and 141,633,417 shares outstanding at September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively  1,416   1,416 
Treasury stock, at cost, 971,306 shares September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively  (11,051)  (11,051)
Additional paid-in capital  212,055   206,060 
Retained earnings  40,815   30,666 
Total stockholders' equity  243,235   227,091 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $345,611  $332,316 

(in thousands, except per share data)            
  For the Three Months Ended
September 30,
  For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2023  2022  2023  2022 
Total operating revenues $55,688  $55,860  $128,097  $155,916 
Operating expenses:            
Operating and maintenance expenses  14,212   14,134   43,614   42,205 
General and administrative expenses  7,848   8,466   26,069   25,715 
Royalties, transportation, gathering and production fuel  11,450   12,188   25,588   34,484 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization  5,346   5,167   15,792   15,453 
Gain on insurance proceeds           (313)
Impairment loss  51   2,273   777   2,393 
Transaction costs        86   32 
Total operating expenses $38,907  $42,228  $111,926  $119,969 
Operating income $16,781  $13,632  $16,171  $35,947 
Other expenses (income):            
Interest expense $1,295  $36  $3,681  $339 
Other (income)  (256)  (131)  (340)  (463)
Total other expense (income) $1,039  $(95) $3,341  $(124)
Income before income taxes $15,742  $13,727  $12,830  $36,071 
Income tax expense  2,808   2,540   2,681   6,847 
Net income $12,934  $11,187  $10,149  $29,224 
Income per share:            
Basic $0.09  $0.08  $0.07  $0.21 
Diluted $0.09  $0.08  $0.07  $0.20 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:            
Basic  141,717,612   141,290,748   141,661,790   141,156,126 
Diluted  142,299,875   142,722,396   142,000,827   142,627,711 

(in thousands):      
  Nine Months Ended 
  September 30, 
  2023  2022 
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net income $10,149  $29,224 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation, depletion and amortization  15,792   15,453 
Provision for deferred income taxes  1,786   6,002 
Stock-based compensation  5,995   7,382 
Derivative mark-to-market adjustments and settlements  (160)  (1,359)
Gain on property insurance proceeds     (313)
Increase in earn-out liability  959   1,122 
Net loss (gain) on sale of assets  37   (250)
Accretion of asset retirement obligations  304   174 
Amortization of debt issuance costs  276   314 
Impairment loss  777   2,393 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts and other receivables and other current assets  (18,123)  (5,252)
Accounts payable and other accrued expenses  1,795   4,919 
Net cash provided by operating activities $19,587  $59,809 
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Capital expenditures $(45,406) $(12,750)
Proceeds from insurance recovery     313 
Proceeds from sale of assets     1,088 
Cash collateral deposits, net  2   79 
Net cash used in investing activities $(45,404) $(11,270)
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Repayments of long-term debt $(6,000) $(6,000)
Treasury stock purchase     (91)
Finance lease payments  (54)  (15)
Net cash used in financing activities $(6,054) $(6,106)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash $(31,871) $42,433 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period $105,606  $53,612 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $73,735  $96,045 
Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period:      
Cash and cash equivalents $73,304  $95,619 
Restricted cash and cash equivalents - current  22   19 
Restricted cash and cash equivalents - non-current  409   407 
  $73,735  $96,045 
Supplemental cash flow information:      
Cash paid for interest $3,713  $2,362 
Cash paid for income taxes  1,034   225 
Accrual for purchase of property, plant and equipment included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities  2,595   1,436 

(in thousands):      
The following table provides our EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, as well as a reconciliation to net income which is the most directly comparable GAAP measure, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 and 2022: 
  Three Months Ended September 30, 
  2023  2022 
Net income $12,934  $11,187 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization  5,346   5,167 
Interest expense  1,295   36 
Income tax expense  2,808   2,540 
Consolidated EBITDA  22,383   18,930 
Impairment loss  51   2,273 
Net loss on sale of assets     43 
Unrealized gains on hedging activities     (367)
Adjusted EBITDA $22,434  $20,879 
  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2023  2022 
Net income $10,149  $29,224 
Depreciation, depletion and amortization  15,792   15,453 
Interest expense  3,681   339 
Income tax expense  2,681   6,847 
Consolidated EBITDA  32,303   51,863 
Impairment loss  777   2,393 
Net loss (gain) on sale of assets  37   (250)
Transaction costs  86   32 
Non-cash hedging charges     1,440 
Adjusted EBITDA $33,203  $55,478