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Q1 2021 revenues: +73% to €63.9 million
Excellent first quarter
Energy sales: strong revenue growth, despite a deteriorating exchange rate, driven by new power plants and a very good level of resource levels in Brazil compared with Q1 2020
Services: strong revenue growth driven by sales to third-party clients
Objective and short and medium term ambitions reiterated
2021: normalised EBITDA1 target of around €170 million confirmed despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis
2023: an ambition of 2.6 GW in operation and under construction, fully secured by long-term contracts, of which more than 1 GW contracted in 2020, and a normalised EBITDA of €275-300 million
Voltalia (Euronext Paris, ISIN code: FR0011995588), an international player in renewable energies, announces today its revenues for the first quarter of 2021.
"Voltalia is now reaping the rewards of the efforts made in previous years: the company has had an excellent first quarter, both for Energy sales and Services. Despite a further deterioration in exchange rates, the high levels of activity recorded over the first three months of the year demonstrate the acceleration of our growth trajectory and allow us to confirm our short and medium term objective and ambitions", commented Sébastien Clerc, Voltalia’s CEO.
First quarter 2021 revenues
In € million
Change at current exchange rates
Change at constant exchange rates*
*The average EUR/BRL exchange rate at which revenues for the first quarter of 2021 were determined was 6.59.
First quarter consolidated revenues amount to €63.9 million, up strongly by +73% at current exchange rates despite the continued deterioration in exchange rates, and +95% at constant exchange rates. Energy Sales and Services contributed 63% and 37% respectively to the quarter's consolidated revenues. Revenues outside Brazil accounted for 64% of total consolidated revenues for the period.
Q1 2021 revenues reached €40.4 million, up 34% compared to Q1 2020. The increase is +62% at constant exchange rates.
Operational indicators: a very good level of resource in Brazil and strong growth in installed capacity
Production (in GWh)
Installed capacity (in MW, end of period)
Wind load factor in Brazil
Wind load factor in France
Solar load factor in France
As a result of both the very strong increase in the installed base in 2020 and better wind conditions in Brazil during the first three months of the year compared with Q1 2020, production in the first quarter amounted to 797 GWh, up 101% on the same period last year.
Production from plants already in operation in Q1 2020 (0.5 TWh) increased by +44%. This increase was mainly achieved by the Brazilian plants thanks to a higher level of resource compared to Q1 2020 and in line with the long-term average wind level, whereas Q1 2020 had seen significantly below average. In the other countries, production from plants already in operation in Q1 2020 remained stable. Overall, the power plants already in operation in Q1 2020 contributed 65% of the total production.
The new plants, which were added to the installed capacity between the end of March 2020 and the end of March 2021, represent a capacity of 353 MW. They contributed 35% of Q1 2021 generation (0.3 TWh). In detail, VSM1, a 163 MW wind farm in the Serra Branca complex in Brazil, whose commissioning had been initiated in the last quarter of 20193 and was finalised in the second quarter of 20204, was the most significant contributor. VSM2, an adjacent 128 MW wind farm, which progressive commissioning has just been finalized5, and the Jordanian solar plants (57 MW acquired in Q3 20206) also performed very well. Finally, the quarter also benefited from the contributions of new French power plants: Jonquières (3.9 MW solar shading facilities based in France and commissioned in September 20207), Sarry (23.1 MW of wind power commissioned at the end of December 20208), Cacao (5.1 MW of biomass in French Guiana commissioned in January 20209) and Cabanon (3 MW agrivoltaic farm injecting into the grid since March 202110).
By geographical areas
The Latin American region represents 57% of the revenues of the Energy Sales business, steady compared to 2020.
Africa contributed 13% to the quarter's activity compared to less than 5% last year, reflecting the substantial contribution of the new solar plants in Jordan which are operated from Voltalia’s Egyptian hub..
The contribution of Europe, despite its growth in absolute value, saw its relative share fall to 30%. France's contribution was 23%, down from 2020, due in particular to the sale of the Adriers wind farm (10 MW) to the Siloé Infrastructures Fund at the end of last year, while the rest of Europe contributed 7%. Revenues from Helexia, which operates throughout Europe, continued to grow. The Group's solar roofing and energy efficiency subsidiary generated 10.5% of the Group's Energy sales in the quarter.
Total Services revenues for the first quarter of 2021 amounted to €29.4 million, up +38% at current exchange rates. They increased by +41% at constant exchange rates.
Development, Construction and Equipment Procurement revenues reached €23.8 million, up +46% at current exchange rates compared to Q1 2020, and up +48% at constant exchange rates. This growth is entirely explained by external sales to third-party clients. After selling ready-to-build power plants (25.2 MW of wind power in France) to the Siloé Infrastructures Fund in 2020, Voltalia is now in charge of their construction. In addition, Voltalia continued to execute the construction contracts won in Portugal and Greece during 2020. In Q1 2021, 175 MW are under construction for third-party clients. Internal activity was down sharply, however, with the major internal projects in the quarter having their main equipment purchases made directly by the power plants’ subsidiaries.
Operation & Maintenance revenues amounted to €5.5 million, up +12% at current exchange rates compared to Q1 2020 and up 20% at constant exchange rates. The business continued to grow, driven in particular by strong revenues from Greensolver. At the end of March 2021, Voltalia operated 2.4 GW on behalf of third-party clients, a stable level compared to the end of 2020.
Revenue eliminations accompany the decrease in internal sales and are down 59% compared to Q1 2020, to €5.8 million. This reflects the growing share of external revenues for third-party clients, which increased 3.2 times compared to Q1 2020.
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS (selected)
Start of construction of Hallen Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in Great Britain
Located near the city of Bristol in the Avonmouth area, Hallen is a 32 MW / 32 MWh storage facility that will contribute directly to the stability of the UK grid as the rise of renewable energy accelerates. It is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2022.
France: 70 MW of new wind projects
This capacity is divided between two projects, Rives Charentaises, 38 MW, and Laignes, 32.4 MW. Both projects were awarded 14 MW and 14.4 MW respectively in the seventh round of the French onshore wind power tender in March 2021, underlining the expertise of Voltalia's teams in designing increasingly competitive projects. The remaining electricity produced is eligible for the regulated tariff. Rives Charentaises will contribute to the Group's 2023 objectives.
Brazil: full power for VSM2, first turbines for VSM3 commissioned
Since April 2021, all the turbines of VSM2, a 128 MW wind farm located in the Serra Branca complex in Brazil and wholly owned by Voltalia, are now in operation. This marks the end of a construction period that has been extended by the pandemic. Voltalia also connected at the same time the first seven turbines of VSM3, with a capacity of 24 MW, a wind farm that is expected to be fully commissioned by the end of the second quarter of 2021, bringing its total capacity to 152 MW.
Albania: 100 MW additional solar power
The project, called Spitalla, was won in the second tender launched by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy for the award of a 30-year concession contract. This is the second tender of this type issued by the Albanian government in 2020. As with the first tender, Voltalia won the full amount of power offered, thus strengthening its foothold in the region. Spitalla is expected to be commissioned in 2023.
CONFIRMATION OF 2021 AND 2023 OBJECTIVES AND AMBITIONS
With regards to this high level of revenues registered over the first quarter of the year that is also in line with its expectations, Voltalia confirms its 2021 objective of a normalised EBITDA of around €170 million in 2021 as well as its ambitions of 2.6 GW in operation or under construction by the end of 2023 and a normalised EBITDA of EUR 275-300 million.
2.6 GW in operation or under construction
~€ 170 million
€ 275-300 million
"Normalised": with an average wind, solar, hydraulic resource equals to the very long-term average and an average EUR/BRL exchange rate of 6.3
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Installed capacity as of end of March 2021
31 March 2021
31 March 2020
*4 MW of solar and 12 MW of thermal
**of which 43 MW of VSM2 and 24 MW of VSM 3 as announced in April 8, 2021
Capacity under construction as of end of March 2021
Name of the project
VSM 3 (84% of the total capacity)
Carrière des Plaines
Total (in MW)
Power generation for the first quarter of 2021
*Including solar production from Oiapoque
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About Voltalia (www.voltalia.com)
Voltalia is an international player in the renewable energy sector. The Group produces and sells electricity generated from wind, solar, hydraulic, biomass and storage facilities that it owns and operates. Voltalia has generating capacity in operation and under construction of more than 1.4 GW and a portfolio of projects under development representing total capacity of 9.7 GW.
1 "Normalised" means calculated with an annual average EUR/BRL exchange rate of 6.3 and a long-term average wind, solar and hydraulic resource.
2 Including 67 MW related to VSM2 full commissioning (43 MW) and progressive VSM3 commissioning (24 MW) announced April 8, 2021
3 Press release of 11 December 2019
4 Press release of 2 June 2020
5 Press release of 8 April 2021
6 Press release of 5 November 2020
7 Press release of 11 August 2020
8 Press release of 21 December 2020
9 Press release of 4 January 2021
10 Press release of 17 March 2021