Riga, 2018-08-31 14:15 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the first half of 2018, Latvenergo Group responded effectively to the electricity market situation and demonstrated the importance of its generation facilities not only in Latvia but also in the Baltic states. In the first six months of 2018, the Group generated 3,139 GWh of electricity, substantially (by 29%) increasing the output at the Riga CHPPs and reaching 1,135 GWh. Thus, the Riga CHPPs have secured the necessary electricity for the region in conditions where a decreased hydropower output was observed on the market as a result of dry and warm weather. Climatic conditions have also adversely affected the output at Daugava HPPs: due to smaller water inflow, it has decreased by 12% compared to last year and is 1,977 GWh. However, despite the reduction of the output at Daugava HPPs, electricity from renewable sources accounts for 63% of the total generation.

The amount of thermal energy generated in the first six months of 2018 is 8% less compared to the first half of the previous year and is equal to 1,442 GWh. The decrease was influenced by the increased competition with the arrival of four new heat generators in the Riga thermal energy market.

In the reporting period, a total of 3.3 TWh of electricity have been sold to Baltic customers. The total number of customers outside Latvia reaches almost 35 thousand, and the amount of retail electricity trade to these customers accounts for approximately 1/3 of the total. The natural gas sales of Latvenergo Group and the number of customers have continued to grow in the reporting period. A significant fact to emphasise is that the opening of the natural gas market has made it possible to diversify natural gas supplies, thus ensuring the most competitive price, which is especially important for Latvenergo as the second largest natural gas consumer in the Baltic states. The amount of gas consumed by the Group and sold to customers in the first half of 2018 is 3.2 TWh.

Latvenergo Group’s revenue in the first half of 2018 has decreased by 6% and amounts to EUR 450.2 million. EBITDA of the Group is 12% less than the previous year, reaching EUR 187.5 million. The Group’s profit was EUR 97.4 million, which is approximately the same as in the respective period a year ago.

The Strategic development and efficiency program initiated in 2017 has left a positive impact on the results of the Group. The Program includes revision, centralization and digitalization of the processes in the Group. The forecasted benefits of the planned efficiency program is assessed to reach EUR 30 million. The implementation of the efficiency program has been more successful than initially planned. The number of employees of Latvenergo Group has been reduced by 14% or almost 600 employees since the beginning of 2017. Sadales tīkls AS has an important role in the implementation of the efficiency program. The main activities carried out by Sadales tīkls AS in the implementation of the efficiency program is digitalization, process review, installation of smart meters for more than half a million households, decrease of the number of transportation units, as well as the optimization of the number of distribution bases. In total, the number of employees of Sadales tīkls AS has been reduced by 500 employees.

In the first half of 2018, the total amount of Latvenergo Group’s investments has increased by 4% compared to the first six months of the last year and reaches EUR 96.6 million. 80% of overall investments have been made in the modernisation of the power networks with a view to ensuring a higher level of quality and security of the services. EUR 11 million has been invested in the reconstruction of hydropower units of Daugava HPPs, which will ensure their operation for the next 40 years, while the total amount of investments made by 30 June 2018 is EUR 139.4 million. The total investments in the third stage of the Kurzeme Ring project, which significantly increases the security of energy supply in Kurzeme region and Latvia as a whole, allowing further integration of the Baltics into the Nordic electricity market, amount to EUR 71.7 million. The Third Estonia–Latvia power transmission network interconnection project continues as well. This project bears major significance for the future electricity transmission infrastructure of the whole Baltic region. During the reporting period, a contract was concluded with the general contractor, and the development of the construction project and design started.

On 14 June 2018, Latvenergo AS received the Platinum category from the Sustainability Index and the highest overall assessment in the history of its operations: 97.2%. The high ranking of the company’s sustainability in all aspects of corporate social responsibility, based on international requirements, was contributed by considerate investment in the modernisation of energy generation facilities, care for the environment, employees and customers, good governance and other sustainable solutions in regard to energy generation and trade.

On 15 June 2018, Moody’s affirmed the assessment of Latvenergo AS green bonds – GB1 (excellent), indicating to a well-defined organisational structure and efficient decision making process for selecting eligible projects, as well as the comprehensive description of the projects included in the green bond report 2017.

The next interim statement of Latvenergo Group for 2018 will be published on 30 November.

 

Latvenergo Group Key Figures

Operational figures

    6 months 2018 6 months 2017
Electricity supply GWh 5,254 5,465
Retail* GWh 3,320 3,541
Wholesale** GWh 1,934 1,924
Electricity generated GWh 3,139 3,147
Thermal energy generated GWh 1,442 1,574
Number of employees   3,539 4,112
Moody's credit rating   Baa2 (stable) Baa2 (stable)

*   Including operating consumption

** Including sale of energy purchased within the mandatory procurement on the Nord Pool

 

Financial figures

EUR’000

  6 months 2018 6 months 2017
Revenue 450.2 478.9
EBITDA 1) 187.5 213.1
Profit 97.4 97.9
Assets  3,834.2 3,842.2
Total equity 2,342.4 2,425.9
Net debt 2) 611.6 566.8
Investments 96.6 92.8

1)    EBITDA – earnings before interest, corporate income tax, share of profit or loss of associated companies, depreciation and amortisation and impairment of intangible and fixed assets 

2)     Net debt – borrowings at the end of the reporting period minus cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

 

Financial ratios

    6 months 2018 6 months 2017
Net debt / EBITDA 1)   1.1 1.5
EBITDA margin 2)   58% 43%
Return on equity (ROE) 3)   13.5% 6.8%
Return on assets (ROA) 4)   8.4% 4.2%
Return on capital employed (ROCE) 5)   6.9% 6.2%
Net debt / equity 6)   26% 23%

1)     Net debt / EBITDA – average value of net debt / EBITDA (12-months rolling)

2)     EBITDA margin – EBITDA (12-months rolling) / revenue (12-months rolling)

3)     Return on equity (ROE) – net profit (12-months rolling) / average value of equity

4)     Return on assets (ROA) – net profit (12-months rolling) / average value of assets

5)     Return on capital employed (ROCE) – operating profit (12-months rolling) / average value of equity + average value of borrowings

6)     Net debt at the end of the reporting period / equity at the end of the reporting period

 

Consolidated Statement of Profit or Loss*

EUR’000

  01/01-30/06/2018 01/01-30/06/2017
     
Revenue 450,235 478,902
Other income 22,911 3,535
Raw materials and consumables used (201,991) (182,185)
Personnel expenses (56,579) (51,363)
Depreciation, amortisation and impairment of intangible assets and property, plant and equipment (86,139) (94,122)
Other operating expenses (27,109) (35,739)
Operating profit 101,328 119,028
Finance income 577 627
Finance costs (4,401) (5,930)
Profit before tax 97,504 113,725
Income tax (101) (15,854)
Profit for the reporting period 97,403 97,871
Profit attributable to:    
  - equity holder of the Parent Company 95,723 96,628
  - non–controlling interests 1,680 1,243

* Unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted for use in the European Union

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position*

EUR'000

  30/06/2018 31/12/2017
     
ASSETS    
Non–current assets    
Intangible assets and property, plant and equipment 3,330,222 3,322,398
Investment property 464 753
Non–current financial investments 40 40
Investments in held–to–maturity financial assets 16,960 16,984
Other non–current receivables 3,227 3,229
Total non–current assets 3,350,913 3,343,404
Current assets    
Inventories 37,709 76,328
Receivables from contracts with customers 87,900 105,369
Other current receivables 119,663 646,761
Prepayment for income tax 11,770
Deferred expenses 4,519 3,241
Derivative financial instruments 14,438 4,619
Current financial investments 20,000
Cash and cash equivalents 187,294 236,003
Total current assets 483,293 1,072,321
TOTAL ASSETS 3,834,206 4,415,725
     
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES    
Equity    
Share capital 834,791 1,288,715
Reserves 1,134,300 1,126,521
Retained earnings 365,722 423,613
Equity attributable to equity holder of the Parent Company 2,334,813 2,838,849
Non–controlling interests 7,606 8,042
Total equity 2,342,419 2,846,891
Liabilities    
Non–current liabilities    
Borrowings 664,462 718,674
Provisions 22,676 21,910
Derivative financial instruments 4,018 4,914
Deferred income on contracts from customers 142,306 142,132
Other liabilities and deferred income 349,318 350,926
Total non–current liabilities 1,182,780 1,238,556
Current liabilities    
Borrowings 134,391 108,083
Trade and other payables 126,566 147,072
Income tax payable 27,725
Deferred income on contracts from customers 12,874 12,500
Other deferred income 31,723 31,728
Derivative financial instruments 3,453 3,170
Total current liabilities 309,007 330,278
Total liabilities 1,491,787 1,568,834
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 3,834,206 4,415,725

* Unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted for use in the European Union

 

Additional information:
Jānis Irbe
Group Treasurer
Phone: +371 67 728 239
E-mail: 
investor.relations@latvenergo.lv

www.latvenergo.lv

About Latvenergo

Latvenergo Group is one of the leading energy suppliers in the Baltics operating in electricity and thermal energy generation and trade, natural gas trade, electricity distribution services and lease of transmission system assets. Latvenergo AS has been acknowledged as the most valuable company in Latvia for several times. International credit rating agency Moody’s has assigned Latvenergo AS an investment-grade credit rating of Baa2/stable.

Latvenergo Group is comprised of the parent company Latvenergo AS (generation and trade of electricity and thermal energy, trade of natural gas) and seven subsidiaries - Latvijas elektriskie tīkli AS (lease of transmission system assets), Sadales tīkls AS (electricity distribution), Elektrum Eesti OÜ (trade of electricity and natural gas in Estonia), Elektrum Lietuva UAB (trade of electricity and natural gas in Lithuania), Enerģijas publiskais tirgotājs AS (administration of mandatory electricity procurement process) and Liepājas enerģija SIA (generation and trade of thermal energy in Liepaja, electricity generation). All shares of Latvenergo AS are owned by the state and held by the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia.