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Albioma : Results for the first half of 2022

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ALBIOMA
ALBIOMA

Press Release

Paris La Défense, 26 July 2022

Results for the first half of 2022

Sharp rise in revenue in the first half year (+23%); excluding the fuel price effect, revenue stable (+1%)

Excellent availability of the thermal power plants in Overseas France

Confirmation of 2022 guidance, excluding transaction costs in the event of a successful friendly takeover offer by KKR, which is underway

The Board of Directors of Albioma, meeting on 26 July 2022 under the chairmanship of Frédéric Moyne, approved the Group’s interim consolidated financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2022.

Key figures for the six months ended 30 June 2022

In millions of euros

H1 2022

H1 2021

Change

Revenue

328.3

267.7

+23%

EBITDA

99.0

99.4

-0%

Net income attributable to owners of the parent

21.4

23.5

-9%

Group revenue for the first half of 2022 was up sharply (+23% compared with the first half of 2021).

This increase was due to:

  • The surge in fuel prices in a context of post-COVID economic recovery combined with a decline in supply since the onset of the conflict in Ukraine; excluding the fuel price effect, revenue is stable (+1%);

  • The very good availability of the thermal facilities in French Overseas Territories;

  • The scope effect linked to the integration of Albioma’s second geothermal power plant in Turkey, as well as the good performance of the Gümüsköy plant during the half year.

Highlights of the first half of 2022

  • Signing the conversion amendment for the Le Gol power plant on Reunion Island

  • Continued work on converting the Bois-Rouge plant to 100% biomass

  • Acquisition of the 2nd geothermal power plant in Kuyucak, Turkey (18 MW)

  • Opening of KKR’s friendly takeover offer on Albioma shares

France

Thermal biomass

Very good availability of the plants

Revenue from the Thermal Biomass business in France was up sharply, by 23% compared with the first half of 2021, to €328.3 million, which also reflects the contractual indexation of electricity sale prices to the price of fuel. Fuel prices surged, in a context of post-COVID economic recovery combined with a decline in supply since the onset of the conflict in Ukraine. Excluding the impact of fuel prices, revenue is stable (+1 %). The half-year was characterised by the good availability of the facilities and the maintenance shutdowns were carried out under very good conditions.

The availability rate was 90.1% in the first half of 2022, compared with 87.5% in the first half of 2021; power generation from thermal facilities reached 740 GWh, compared with 952 GWh in the first half of 2021, reflecting the sharp decline in call rates by EDF on Reunion Island in particular, in connection with the high prices of coal and CO2.

EBITDA for the period came to €81.7 million, slightly up on the €80.3 million of the first half of 2021.

Construction and development of projects

Work continues on converting Albioma’s Bois-Rouge power station to 100% biomass

The conversion of the Bois-Rouge power plant to 100% biomass moved ahead smoothly in the half year. Tranche 3 is scheduled to be restarted at the end of the year, operating with 100% biomass.

Green light for the conversion of the Albioma Le Gol plant to 100% biomass

New riders were signed with EDF after a favourable opinion from the French energy regulator (Commission de Régulation de l’Énergie) on 24 February 2022, validating the rider to the power purchase agreement and establishing the cost of the complete project to convert Albioma’s Le Gol power plant on Reunion Island to biomass as well as the extension of its operation to 2044. At the same time, additional financing was secured on 18 May 2022, allowing preparatory work to be launched during the first half of the year.

The Group continues to develop its projects, focusing particularly give up coal in the overseas territories over the course of the next few years.

Solar power

Stable production and commissioning of new facilities

Despite highly adverse sunshine conditions, particularly in French Guiana, performances of the photovoltaic plants were stable in the first half of 2022. Production of photovoltaic electricity in the period reached 60 GWh.

EBITDA for the first half of 2022 came to €15.3 million, slightly down on the first half of 2021 (€16.4 million). This performance integrates the downward revision of tariffs for solar power purchase agreements concluded between 2006 and 2010. Discussions are underway with the Energy Regulation Commission (CRE) in the context of the safeguard clause for two plants.

New facilities were commissioned, mainly in France and Mayotte.

Brazil

Thermal biomass

Production down in the first half year

Production was down, at 156 GWh, for the period, compared with 228 GWh in the first half of 2021. This decrease is the result of a technical incident that led to a shutdown of the Esplanada power plant in May and a shortened 2021 inter-campaign for the Vale Do Parana power plant, which operated exceptionally in January and February 2021 in order to use the stock of bagasse accumulated before its commissioning.

The macro-economic situation was marked by the appreciation of the real/euro exchange rate during the first half of the year and the increase in financing costs. Electricity prices on the spot market are at a low level due to the high rainfall observed during the half-year.

EBITDA totalled €1.2 million for the period, as against €3.3 million in the first half of 2021.

Turkey

Geothermal energy

Improvement in yields and acquisition of a second unit

The Gümüskoÿ power plant performed well during the half-year. Production reached 25 GWh, up by more than 30% compared with the same period of last year, thanks to the optimisation works carried out in 2021.

On 14 February 2022, the Group completed the acquisition of a second geothermal power plant (Kuyucak) in Turkey, becoming its sole shareholder. Commissioned in late 2017, this plant, with a gross installed capacity of 18 MW, operates under a licence valid until 2042, with scope to extend for an additional 10-year period. It produces electricity from five production wells for a net exported production at the end of 2021 of 83 GWh. The plant benefits from a dollarised feed-in tariff of around USD 118/MWh until the end of 2022 and a tariff of USD 105/MWh between 2023 and 2027. Production amounted to 49 GWh in the half-year.

EBITDA reached €5.3 million for the period, as against €1.0 million in the first half of 2021.

The acquisition of this second plant strengthens Albioma's entry into the geothermal business. The Group will benefit from the synergies between the neighbouring Gümüşköy and Kuyucak plants and will be able to capitalise on the teams’ expertise to roll it out in new regions.

Friendly takeover offer initiated by KKR

Following the receipt of all required regulatory approvals, the takeover offer for Albioma shares and BSAAR warrants initiated by KKR earlier this year opened on 23 June 2022.

The Offer was deemed compliant by the French Financial Markets Authority (Autorité des marchés financiers - AMF) on 21 June 2022 and all the documents relating to the operation have been made available to the public. The Offer price is €50 per Albioma share (€0.84 ex dividend). It has been established by applying a set of valuation criteria and reflects in particular:

  • a premium of 51.6% over the last closing price, before market rumours, of the Albioma share on 7 March 2022;

  • a 46.6% premium over the three-month volume weighted average share price

The price of the BSAAR warrants has been set at €29.10 per Albioma warrant.

The Compagnie Financière Européenne de Prises de Participation (COFEPP), the Company's reference shareholder, has undertaken to contribute to the Offer all of its Albioma shares representing approximately 6.04% of the Company's share capital and voting rights. CDC Croissance, a 4.45% shareholder of Albioma, and Norges Bank, a 4.79% shareholder of Albioma, have also declared to the AMF their intention to tender all or part of their shares to the Offer. The completion of the takeover offer will be subject, in addition to the mandatory minimum acceptance condition set forth in Article 231-9, I 1 of the AMF's General Regulations, to a minimum acceptance condition whereby KKR obtains a number of Albioma shares representing at least 50.01% of the share capital and "theoretical" voting rights. KKR intends, if it holds at least 90% of the share capital and voting rights of Albioma at the closing of the Offer, to request the implementation of a squeeze-out procedure.

The closing date for the offer is set at 27 July 2022.

Strong liquidity position

The consolidated cash position, including deposits in guarantee, remains at a high level of €134 million. The Group has resources appropriate to the continuation of its development.

Gross financial debt excluding IFRS 16 increased to €1,117 million from €971 million at 31 December 2021. At 30 June 2022 it includes €904 million of project debt, as against €828 million at 31 December 2021. At June 2022, €90 million had been drawn under the revolving credit facility (RCF).

Consolidated net financial debt stands at €983 million, up by 14% relative to 31 December 2021 (€859 million).

2022 objectives

The Group confirms its EBITDA guidance of €210 to €220 million and net income attributable to owners of the parent of €52 to €60 million for 2022 (excluding transaction costs in the event of a successful friendly takeover offer by KKR, which is underway).

Next date on the agenda: Q3 2021 revenue on 25 October 2022 (after trading).

About Albioma

Contacts

Albioma is an independent renewable energy producer, supporting the energy transition with renewable energies (biomass, solar and geothermal).

The Group operates in Overseas France, Metropolitan France, Mauritius, Brazil and Turkey.

For 30 years it has been developing a unique partnership with the sugar industry, producing renewable energy from bagasse, a fibrous residue of sugar cane.

Albioma is also the leading producer of photovoltaic energy in Overseas France, where it builds and operates innovative facilities with storage, and in Metropolitan France.

In 2021, Albioma acquired its first geothermal power plant, in Turkey. The activity is continuing to develop in 2022, with a second power plant in the same geographical region.

Investors
Julien Gauthier
+33 (0)1 47 76 67 00

Media
Charlotte Neuvy
+33 (0)1 47 76 66 65
presse@albioma.com

 

 

Albioma is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment B); its shares are eligible for the SRD, PEA & PEA-PME schemes and are included in the SBF 120 and CAC Mid 60 stock market indices.

The Group is also listed in the Gaïa Index of socially responsible midcap companies.

www.albioma.com

  

Annexes

Consolidated income statement as at 30 June 2022

In thousands of euros

 

Six months to 30 June 2022

Six months to 30 June 2021

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

328,324

267,693

Purchases (including change in inventories)

 

(131,411)

(86,633)

Logistics costs

 

(6,098)

(6,845)

Staff costs

 

(34,086)

(30,341)

Other operating expenses

 

(57,759)

(46,670)

Amortisation of energy supply and licence agreements

 

(4,000)

(3,384)

Charges to depreciation, amortisation and provisions

 

(39,006)

(39,739)

Share of net income of equity-accounted companies

 

(2,154)

1,400

 

 

 

 

Current operating income

 

53,808

55,482

 

 

 

 

Other operating income and expenses

 

(178)

7

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

53,630

55,489

Cost of financial debt

 

(16,225)

(15,830)

Other financial income

 

1,204

2,737

Other financial expenses

 

(612)

(2,772)

 

 

 

 

Profit before tax

 

37,997

39,624

 

 

 

 

Tax charge

 

(11,862)

(10,741)

 

 

 

 

Net income for the year from continuing operations

 

26,136

28,883

Net income

 

26,136

28,883

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to:

 

 

 

owners of the parent

 

21,423

23,501

non-controlling interests

 

4,713

5,382

Basic earnings per share

 

0.665

0.751

Diluted earnings per share

 

0.650

0.731

  

Consolidated statement of financial position at 30 June 2022

Assets

In thousands of euros

 

30/06/2022

31/12/2021

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

27,172

15,591

Other intangible assets

 

123,061

90,450

Right-of-use assets (IFRS 16)

 

34,132

29,099

Property, plant and equipment

 

1,448,685

1,384,260

Non-current financial assets

 

59,159

13,072

Investments in associates

 

23,921

25,667

Deferred tax assets

 

10,127

2,439

 

 

 

 

Total non-current assets

 

1,726,258

1,560,579

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories and work-in-progress

 

106,877

75,798

Trade receivables

 

80,366

95,810

Other current operating assets

 

60,531

36,699

Cash and cash equivalents

 

128,843

107,860

 

 

 

 

Total current assets

 

376,616

316,167

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

2,102,874

1,876,746

Equity and liabilities

In thousands of euros

 

30/06/2022

31/12/2021

 

 

 

 

Own funds attributable to owners of the parent

 

 

 

Share capital

 

1,246

1,234

Additional paid-in capital

 

83,205

76,557

Reserves

 

511,028

409,208

Translation reserves

 

(36,198)

(43,081)

Net income for the period

 

21,423

59,024

 

 

 

 

Total equity attributable to owners of the parent

 

580,704

502,942

 

 

 

 

Non-controlling interests

 

94,723

96,544

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

675,427

599,486

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Employee benefits

 

30,668

48,612

Provisions for liabilities

 

3,073

3,392

Deferred tax liabilities

 

53,445

22,975

Non-current financial debt

 

929,844

860,174

Right-of-use liabilities (IFRS 16)

 

45,489

39,982

Non-current derivatives

 

6,352

32,543

 

 

 

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

1,068,871

1,007,678

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade payables

 

93,348

91,328

Tax and social security liabilities

 

44,033

43,032

Current financial debt

 

186,844

110,795

Right-of-use liabilities (IFRS 16)

 

2,340

2,010

Other current operating liabilities

 

32,010

22,417

 

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

358,576

269,582

 

 

 

 

Total equity and liabilities

 

2,102,874

1,876,746

Statement of consolidated cash flows for the six months to 30 June 2022

In thousands of euros

Six months to 30 June 2022

Six months to 30 June 2021

Operating activities

 

 

Net income for the year attributable to shareholders of Albioma

21,423

23,501

Non-controlling interests

4,713

5,382

Adjustments

 

 

. Charges to depreciation, amortisation and provisions

45,682

44,101

. Change in deferred tax

(2,320)

(1,278)

. Share of net income of associates net of dividends received

3,396

(656)

. Gains and losses on disposals

 

(53)

. Share-based payments

2,475

2,412

. Cost of financial debt

16,225

15,830

. Current tax charge for the period

14,181

12,020

Self-financing capacity

105,775

101,258

Impact of change in working capital requirement

(37,224)

(28,637)

Tax paid

(28,731)

(22,821)

Net cash from operating activities

39,820

49,800

Investing activities

 

 

Acquisitions of non-current assets

(72,995)

(60,358)

Sales proceeds from non-current assets

 

354

Sales proceeds from and reductions in financial assets

 

1,299

Acquisitions and disposals of subsidiaries less any cash acquired or sold

(13,355)

(4,404)

Net cash from/(used in) investing activities

(86,350)

(63,110)

Financing activities

 

 

Capital reduction for the benefit of non-Group shareholders

(2,331)

 

Capital increases subscribed by non-Group shareholders

6,660

 

Change in treasury shares

3,178

(5,000)

Dividends paid to shareholders of Albioma SA

(27,381)

 

Dividends paid to non-Group interests

(1,482)

(1,989)

Borrowings and financial debt subscribed or issued

142,608

59,345

Cost of financial debt

(16,012)

(15,720)

Borrowings and financial debt repaid

(40,941)

(36,705)

Other

614

(579)

Net cash from/(used in) financing activities

64,913

(649)

Impact of currency movements on cash and cash equivalents and other changes

2,600

(117)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

20,983

(14,076)

Opening cash and cash equivalents

107,860

125,202

Closing cash and cash equivalents

128,843

111,126

Change in cash and cash equivalents

20,983

(14,076)

Cash

104,899

84,907

Cash equivalents

23,943

26,219

Total cash and cash equivalents

128,843

111,126

Bank overdrafts

 

 

Net cash and cash equivalents

128,843

111,126

 

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