DGAP-News: Photon Energy NV / Key word(s): Quarter Results
Photon Energy Closes Strong Third Quarter with Improved EBITDA and EBIT
- YoY revenues from electricity generation up by 19.0% due to growing IPP portfolio and outstanding electricity production, boosting EBITDA by 22.0% to EUR 3.766 million and EBIT by 48.1% to EUR 1.087 million
- In Australia, Photon Energy began construction on what will be the two biggest power plants in its proprietary portfolio, with a combined capacity of 14.6 MWp
- Photon Water entered a pilot trial with the Australian Department of Defence to treat PFAS-contaminated groundwater
'Coming off a strong first half of the year, we delivered an even more robust financial performance in the third quarter, having made significant progress across most of our business lines and underscoring the solidity of our business as we adapt and perform in an environment challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic,' commented Georg Hotar, CEO of Photon Energy N.V.
The third quarter of 2020 at Photon Energy was truly eventful, as was clearly reflected in the Group's financials for the reporting period. The Company began construction on two large photovoltaic power plants, with a combined capacity of 14.6 MWp, in Leeton, New South Wales. It officially entered the solar PV market in Poland, the fastest growing and largest market in the CEE region. And finally, the Group's water treatment division Photon Water entered into a pilot project for PFAS remediation technology with the Australian Department of Defence.
In the reporting period the Company also filed a securities prospectus with the Dutch financial market regulator (nl. Autoriteit Financiële Markten/AFM) to move the listing of its shares from the alternative markets NewConnect and Free Market to the regulated markets of the Warsaw Stock Exchange and Prague Stock Exchange, respectively, in order to expand its investor base. At the same time, the Company's shares were admitted for trading in the open market (de. Freiverkehr) segment of the Munich Stock Exchange (de. Börse München).
In the reporting period, Photon Energy as an independent power producer (IPP) also saw outstanding figures in electricity generation from its ever growing portfolio of power plants, increasing to 25.3 GWh, up by 63.0% YoY.
After the reporting period, the Company passed the 100 MWp milestone for its EPC portfolio with the commissioning of the first eight of ten power plants with a combined capacity of 11.3 MWp in Püspökladány, Hungary. The commissioning of the remaining two power plants, which will have a combined capacity of 2.8 MWp, is to follow soon.
Consolidated revenues decreased by 12.7% YoY to EUR 8.965 million; this was partly attributable to a strong electricity generation output (+63.0% YoY) as a result of the expansion of our proprietary portfolio in Hungary (+34.8 MWp over the past 12 months) and to a decline in technology sales.
As a result, the solid performance of our IPP portfolio led to a remarkable EBITDA of EUR 3.766 million in Q3 2020 (+22.0% YoY), which made up for the decline in low-margin technology wholesale and increased operating costs.
While EBIT increased to a record of EUR 1.087 million (+48.1% YoY), the costs related to our business expansion in the Hungarian market and an additional EUR bond placement brought about a loss of EUR 0.619 million, before tax.
Bottom line, contrasted effects, consisting in an unrealized negative foreign currency translation difference connected to high market volatility for the Hungarian Forint (HUF) and the Czech crown (CZK) and a positive revaluation difference stemming from an adjustment to our portfolio revaluation model according IAS 16 model, incurred a total comprehensive income of EUR 4.304 million comparing to EUR 3.189 million a year earlier.
Find out more in our Q3 2020 report here (link to the report).
The company will present the results, followed by a Q&A session via a live webcast, on 13 November at 11:00 am CEST. Participants are invited to ask questions through the webcast chat box, or can email them in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photon Energy N.V. is a global solar energy solutions and services company covering the entire lifecycle of solar energy systems. Since its foundation in 2008, Photon Energy has built and commissioned over 100 MWp of solar power plants across two continents and 71.9 MWp as part of our own portfolio. It is currently developing projects with 594.6 MWp in Australia (580 MWp in partnership with Canadian Solar), 41.8 MWp in Hungary, 4.6 MWp in Poland and 87.0 MWp in Romania, and provides operations and maintenance services for over 300 MWp worldwide. Additionally, its subsidiary Photon Water, focuses on developing and providing water purification, remediation and treatment systems for worldwide deployment. Photon Energy is headquartered in Amsterdam and listed at the Warsaw Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol 'PEN'. The company has offices in Europe, Australia, and South America. For more information, please visit www.photonenergy.com.
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