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EnBW continues positive earnings performance in first quarter

Growth in Grids and Renewable Energies / Guidance of 9% to 16% earnings growth in full year 2019 confirmed / CFO Thomas Kusterer: “Aim this year to sustain the positive trend”
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Karlsruhe. EnBW has made a good start to the new 2019 financial year. With a workforce of 21,773, the company generated revenue of some 6.67 billion euros and an operating result (adjusted EBITDA) of some 723 million euros in the first quarter of 2019. This marks a rise of 5.3% year-on-year (Q1 2018: approximately 687 million euros). The increase in earnings is mainly due to the good performance of the Grids and the Renewable Energies segments. EnBW has confirmed its earnings guidance for the full year 2019. Adjusted EBITDA for the 2019 financial year is expected to be in a range between 2.35 and 2.5 billion euros, which is 9% to 16% above the previous year.

CFO Thomas Kusterer: “Following on from further earnings growth in the 2018 fiscal year,

we aim to sustain and accelerate the positive trend. To that end, we are building on a broad business portfolio combined with systematic expansion of our growth segments. In Renewable Energies most of all, we expect substantially higher earnings in 2019 than in the previous year, not least as we gradually bring our Hohe See and Albatros offshore wind farms into operation this autumn.”

Net profit attributable to the shareholders of EnBW AG increased from 137.5 billion euros in the previous year’s period to 273.8 million euros in the period under review. Earnings per share came to 1.01 euros in the reporting period, compared with 0.51 euros a year earlier. The doubling in net profit is largely attributable to an improvement in the financial result. This reflects a higher valuation of securities portfolios as of the reporting date.

Performance by segment

Adjusted EBITDA in the Sales segment was down 33.6% year-on-year to 58.4 million euros in the first three months of 2019. One of the main reasons for the lower earnings consisted of higher procurement costs for electricity and gas.

At 418.5 million euros, adjusted EBITDA in the Grids segment showed an increase of 16.4% in the first quarter of 2019. A major factor in the positive earnings performance comprised higher grid fees.

In the Renewable Energies segment, the adjusted EBITDA of 118.6 million euros exceeded the previous year’s figure by 24.3%. The substantial earnings growth is partly due to good wind conditions this spring, most of all with an improvement in offshore wind yields. New builds and purchases of onshore wind farms in 2018, among other places in Sweden, also had a positive impact on earnings.

Adjusted EBITDA in the Generation and Trading segment decreased in the first three months of 2019 by 7.1% to 136.4 million euros. One negative impact on earnings related to the sale of VNG Norge AS in the previous year, which removed the earnings contribution from that company.

The EnBW Group’s total investment, at 330 million euros, was 40% higher than in the first three months of the previous year (approximately 235 million euros). 76% of total gross investment related to growth projects, primarily in Grids and Renewable Energies segments.

The additional investment in the Grids segment in the first quarter of 2019 mostly related to construction of the EUGAL gas pipeline and to investment in the upgrading strategy, electric mobility and smart grids. In Renewable Energies, the increased investment was primarily directed at the EnBW Hohe See and EnBW Albatros construction projects. Construction of EnBW’s first two North Sea wind farms is progressing well and they are planned to go into operation by the year-end. These two wind farms together comprise the largest offshore wind farm project currently under construction in Germany.

Performance indicators of the EnBW Group

Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
01/01–31/03/2019
01/01–31/03/2018
Change in %
01/01–31/12/2018
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
External revenue ¹
01/01–31/03/2019
6,671.3
01/01–31/03/2018
5,934.2
Change in %
12.4
01/01–31/12/2018
20,617.5
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
Adjusted EBITDA
01/01–31/03/2019
722.9
01/01–31/03/2018
686.6
Change in %
5.3
01/01–31/12/2018
2,157.5
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
Share of adjusted EBITDA accounted for by Sales in € million/in % ¹
01/01–31/03/2019
58.4 / 8.1
01/01–31/03/2018
87.9 / 12.8
Change in %
-33.6 / –
01/01–31/12/2018
268.4 / 12.4
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
Share of adjusted EBITDA accounted for by Grids in € million/in %
01/01–31/03/2019
418.5 / 57.9
01/01–31/03/2018
359.5 / 52.4
Change in %
16.4 / –
01/01–31/12/2018
1,176.9 / 54.5
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
Share of adjusted EBITDA accounted for by Renewable Energies in € million/in %
01/01–31/03/2019
118.6 / 16.4
01/01–31/03/2018
95.4 / 13.9
Change in %
24.3 / –
01/01–31/12/2018
297.7 / 13.8
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
Share of adjusted EBITDA accounted for by Generation and Trading in € million/in % ¹
01/01–31/03/2019
136.4 / 18.9
01/01–31/03/2018
146.9 / 21.4
Change in %
-7.1 / –
01/01–31/12/2018
430.8 / 20.0
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
Share of adjusted EBITDA accounted for by Other/Consolidation in € million/in %
01/01–31/03/2019
-9.0 / -1.3
01/01–31/03/2018
-3.1 / -0.5
Change in %
– / –
01/01–31/12/2018
-16.3 / -0.7
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
EBITDA
01/01–31/03/2019
707.9
01/01–31/03/2018
687.8
Change in %
2.9
01/01–31/12/2018
2,089.6
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
Adjusted EBIT
01/01–31/03/2019
375.9
01/01–31/03/2018
392.1
Change in %
-4.1
01/01–31/12/2018
957.5
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
EBIT
01/01–31/03/2019
360.7
01/01–31/03/2018
393.3
Change in %
-8.3
01/01–31/12/2018
875.8
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
Adjusted Group net profit ²
01/01–31/03/2019
323.9
01/01–31/03/2018
135.9
Change in %
138.3
01/01–31/12/2018
438.3
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
Group net profit ²
01/01–31/03/2019
273.8
01/01–31/03/2018
137.5
Change in %
99.1
01/01–31/12/2018
334.2
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
Earnings per share from Group net profit ² in €
01/01–31/03/2019
1.01
01/01–31/03/2018
0.51
Change in %
99.1
01/01–31/12/2018
1.23
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
Retained cash flow
01/01–31/03/2019
536.2
01/01–31/03/2018
511.9
Change in %
4.7
01/01–31/12/2018
999.1
Financial and strategic performance indicators in € million
Total investments
01/01–31/03/2019
329.9
01/01–31/03/2018
234.9
Change in %
40.4
01/01–31/12/2018
1,769.9

Employees 3, 4

31/03/2019
31/03/2018
Change in %
31/12/2018
Employees
31/03/2019
21,773
31/03/2018
21,425
Change in %
1.6
31/12/2018
21,775
Full-time equivalents
31/03/2019
20,382
31/03/2018
20,025
Change in %
1.8
31/12/2018
20,379

¹ The figures for the previous year have been restated.

² In relation to the profit/loss attributable to the shareholders of EnBWAG.

³ Number of employees excluding apprentices/trainees and inactive employees.

⁴ The number of employees for the ITOs (ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH, terranets bw GmbH and TransnetBW GmbH) is only updated at the end of the year; for intervals of less than a year, the number of employees from 31/12/2018 is carried forward.

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