Hera Board of Directors approves H1 2013 results and resolves on €80 million optional capital increase
The financial statements at 30 June show improved figures in all areas, thanks partly to the consolidation of AcegasAps on 1 January. The optional capital increase will enable FSI to acquire Hera shares.
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Transcripts - Hera Board of Directors approves H1 2013 results and resolves on €80 million optional capital increase
Bologna, 28 August 2013
Hera Board of Directors approves H1 2013 results and
resolves on €80 million optional capital increase
The financial statements at 30 June show improved figures in all areas, thanks partly to the
consolidation of AcegasAps on 1 January. The optional capital increase will enable FSI to
acquire Hera shares.
• Revenues of €2,429.4 million (+5.7%)
• EBITDA of €445.3 million (+24.5%)
• Adjusted net profit of €98.1 million (+22.2%)
• Net financial debt of €2,745.8 million
• Excellent progress with the operating integration of AcegasAps
• Growth on liberalised energy markets thanks to market expansion and improved margins,
which more than offset the fall in volumes sold due to economic conditions
• Further expansion of the Group's share of the special-waste market, confirming its position as
national leader in the waste management sector
• Strong contribution to the growth in regulated services thanks to efficiency improvements and
the gradual increase in rates with a view to fully covering costs
The Hera Group’s Board of Directors today unanimously approved the consolidated results for the first six
months of 2013. It also resolved, pursuant to the shareholders’ proxy of 15th
October 2012, to launch a capital
increase worth up to €80 million to enable Fondo Strategico Italiano (FSI) to acquire Hera shares, as
previously announced to the market.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AS AT 30 JUNE 2013
Unlike in the corresponding period of the previous year, the financial statements at 30 June 2013 included the
contribution made by AcegasAps, which was incorporated into the Hera Group on 1 January 2013. The
operating integration of AcegasAps (following the success of the cash and stock tender offering and
subsequent delisting of the company on 3 May) is proceeding rapidly and positively, thanks in part to the new
organisational structure implemented in May. The figures reported show a considerable increase, due not
only to the consolidation of AcegasAps, but also to the organic growth achieved by Hera in all its areas of
Revenues rose by €130.5 million (+5.7%), from €2,298.9 million in the first half of 2012 to €2,429.4 million in
the same period of 2013. This increase was due to the net effect of the positive contribution from the
incorporation of AcegasAps (+€267.4 million) and the reduction in Hera revenues caused by the fall in
volumes of gas traded and of electricity sold (-€136.9 million).
EBITDA amounted to €445.3 million, up +24.5% compared with the €357.6 million recorded in the first half of
2012. The €87.7 million increase was attributable to both the incorporation of AcegasAps (in the amount of
€71.0 million) and the improved results of all Hera's main areas of activity, particularly the Gas, Water Cycle
and Waste Management segments, which contributed €16.7 million to the Group's performance (+4.7%).
Operating profit and pre-tax profit
The Group's operating profit rose by +19.7% to stand at €246.6 million. The cost of financial management
rose from €61.8 million to €70.9 million (+14.7%), due mainly to the consolidation of AcegasAps. The Group
also recorded non-operating income of €74.8 million in relation to the difference between the net value of the
consolidated assets of AcegasAps and the market value of the incorporation of said company into the Hera
Group. Taking account of the above, pre-tax profit amounts to €250.6 million (+73.7%).
Net profit for the period totalled €172.9 million (+115.3% compared with the €80.3 million recorded in the first
half of 2012), given that the tax rate, exclusive of the effect of other non-operating income, was 44.21%. The
increase of €92.6 million in net profit was due to Hera's stand-alone performance in the amount of €1.6 million
(+2.0%), to the incorporation of AcegasAps in the amount of €16.2 million, and to the aforementioned non-
operating income of €74.8 million. Excluding this last item from the result, adjusted net profit was €98.1 million
(+22.2% compared with the €80.3 million recorded in the first half of 2012).
The Group share of net profit was €165.2 million (+123.9%).
Investments and net financial debt
The Group's gross investments in the first half of the year, net of disposals (taking into account the
consolidation of AcegasAps), totalled €120.5 million, in line with the business plan. Of this amount, around
one third (€40.8 million) was invested in the integrated water cycle.
The Group's net financial debt was €2,745.8 million, compared with €2,216.6 million as at 31 December 2012.
The €529.2 million increase was due mainly to the consolidation of the debt of AcegasAps.
Once again, the Group’s debts were largely made up of medium-/long-term debts (around 79% of the total),
perfectly balancing the Group’s capital structure, which is characterised by a high level of fixed assets.
Waste Management segment
The EBITDA of the Waste Management segment, which includes waste collection, treatment and disposal
services, stood at €121.2 million (+34.7% compared with the €90.0 million recorded in the first half of 2012).
This excellent performance was attributable primarily to the sharp increase in special-waste volumes, due to
both a strong focus on this area of activity and the broadening of the Group's plant base through the
consolidation of Energonut, which was acquired in October 2012 and incorporated into Herambiente with
effect from 1 July 2013. Herambiente alone treated 810 thousand tonnes of special waste in the first half of
the year (compared with 725.8 thousand a year earlier), an increase of 84.2 thousand tonnes. The volume of
urban waste treated by Herambiente rose from 859.9 thousand tonnes in the first half of 2012 to 862.2
thousand tonnes in the first half of 2013, an increase of 2.3 thousand tonnes. AcegasAps also made a
significant contribution, treating 231.3 thousand tonnes of waste, including 178.6 thousand tonnes of urban
waste and 52.7 thousand tonnes of special waste.
Even excluding the €23.3 million contribution from AcegasAps, the EBITDA of the Waste Management
segment rose by 8.8% to €97.8 million.
The contribution of the Waste Management segment to Group EBITDA was 27.2%.
The EBITDA of the Water Cycle segment, which includes mains water, purification and sewerage services,
stood at €102.4 million, up 38.5% compared with the €74.0 million recorded in the first half of 2012.
The volumes sold, which totalled 382.7 million cubic metres, increased thanks to the incorporation of
AcegasAps. Excluding the contribution from AcegasAps, Hera's volumes fell due to lower consumption and
higher rainfall during the period. The segment's EBITDA did benefit, however, from further gains in operating
efficiency and the gradual introduction of the new tariff system (currently in a transitional phase), which
provides for tariffs to approach full cost coverage. AcegasAps contributed €24.2 million to the segment's
EBITDA. Excluding this contribution, EBITDA stood at €78.2 million, up by 5.8%.
The contribution of the Integrated Water Cycle segment to Group EBITDA was 23.0%.
The EBITDA of the Gas segment, which includes methane gas and LPG distribution and sales services,
district heating and heat management, increased to €174.2 million (+17.2% compared with €148.7 million in
the first half of 2012). This EBITDA growth took place despite a fall in sales volumes, particularly in relation to
trading activities (-40.8%, due to both lower volumes for the thermoelectric market and the gradual
convergence between Virtual Trading Point (VTP) prices and northern European hub prices on the wholesale
market), thanks to a strong customer base (of over 1.2 million), an increase in volumes distributed (due to the
incorporation of AcegasAps), and higher sales margins and volumes for the district heating service.
Specifically, gas volumes distributed rose from 1,406.0 million cubic metres in the first half of 2012 to 1,700.8
million cubic metres in the same period of 2013, an increase of 294.8 million cubic metres (with AcegasAps
accounting for 289.3 million cubic metres of this and Hera 5.5 million), despite the overall fall of 5.7% in
domestic demand for gas. The volume of gas sold fell from 1,988.0 million cubic metres in the first half of
2012 to 1,813.0 million cubic metres in the first six months of 2013 (-175.0 million cubic metres).
AcegasAps contributed €22.2 million to the segment, excluding which EBITDA stood at €152.1 million, up by
The contribution of the Gas segment to Group EBITDA was 39.1%.
The EBITDA of the Electricity segment, whose services include the production, distribution and sale of
electricity, stood at €43.7 million (+23.9% compared with €35.3 million in the first half of 2012).
Volumes sold remained more or less stable, at 4,701.8 GW/h (-11.0 GW/h compared with the first half of
2012), while volumes distributed, at 1,443.9 GW/h, rose by 355.0 GW/h year on year. Both these figures
benefited from the incorporation of AcegasAps, which contributed 255.3 GW/h of electricity sold and 383.0
GW/h of electricity distributed. This offset the fall in Hera's volumes, which was due essentially to continuing
weak demand for electricity in Italy (-3.9%), despite a strong commercial performance that saw the customer
base rise to over 690,000, a year-on-year increase of 9.5% excluding the contribution of AcegasAps.
The incorporation of AcegasAps added €5.6 million to the segment's EBITDA. Excluding this contribution,
EBITDA for the segment was €38.1 million, up by 7.9%.
The contribution of the Electricity segment to Group EBITDA was 9.8%.
Terms of the capital increase
By way of implementation of the mandate conferred by the Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting of 15
October 2012, Hera's Board of Directors today resolved to increase the share capital, for cash consideration
and in one or more tranches, by a nominal maximum amount of €80 million through the issuance of up to
80,000,000 ordinary shares, each with a nominal value of €1.00, with regular dividend rights and the same
characteristics as those in circulation, to be offered on an optional basis to eligible persons pursuant to Article
2441, paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of the Italian Civil Code (Capital Increase). The share issue price (including any
premium), the number of new ordinary shares to be issued, the option ratio, the exact value of the capital
increase and all other conditions will be determined by the Board of Directors shortly before the operation is
carried out. The Board of Directors has announced that the capital increase will not be launched before 1
October 2013, when the convertible bonds known as “EUR 140,000,000 1.75 per cent. Equity-Linked Bonds
due 2013” are due to mature.
More information on this agreement can be found in the press release issued by Hera on 5 July 2013 and
Objectives of the capital increase
The capital increase is part of a plan to boost the Hera Group's capital and financial structure and to support
any direct or indirect costs that may be incurred as a result of further development or other transactions
carried out to consolidate the Group's strategic position and value creation prospects.
APPOINTMENT TO THE BOARD
Following the resignation of Daniele Montroni, the Hera S.p.A. Board of Directors today unanimously
appointed Stefano Manara as an independent director.
Mr Manara’s biography can be found on Hera’s website, www.gruppohera.it.
Chairman Tomaso Tommasi di Vignano
“In addition to the excellent results achieved in the first six months of the year, I am delighted at the speed
and ease with which the Hera Group is incorporating AcegasAps, which is already bringing considerable
benefits to the Group and will continue to do so for the rest of the year. Our performance in the first half as a
whole reinforced the strong performance of the first quarter, proving that the Group is capable of dealing with
tough macroeconomic conditions by expanding its markets and seeking greater efficiency. Our positive
results therefore enabled us to keep our dividend policy unchanged this year, despite the ongoing difficult
economic situation. We are also working to prepare for FSI's acquisition of shares in Hera, with the capital
increase resolved upon today by the Board of Directors laying the foundations for a major operation in the
local utilities market”.
CEO Maurizio Chiarini
“The Group has continued to achieve balanced growth in all areas of activity, even excluding the incorporation
of AcegasAps. The net financial debt, which has increased since the end of 2012 due largely to the
incorporation of AcegasAps, is in line with the estimates made as part of the assessment carried out prior to
the merger, thereby enabling the Group to maintain one of the best debt-to-EBITDA ratios in the sector”.
Pursuant to Article 154-bis, paragraph 2 of the Italian Consolidated Finance Act, the Chief Financial Officer, Luca Moroni, declares that
the information contained in this press release corresponds to the entries made in the accounting documents, ledgers and records.
The half-year report on operations and the related documentation are available to the public from Borsa Italiana S.p.A. and on the
website, www.gruppohera.it, from 28 August 2013.
The unaudited financial statements, extracted from the Interim Report as at 30 June 2013 (annex 1) and above mentioned press release
of 5 July 2013 are attached.
This communication does not constitute an offer or an invitation to subscribe for or purchase any securities. The securities referred to
herein have not been registered and will not be registered in the United States under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the
“Securities Act”), or in Australia, Canada or Japan or any other jurisdiction where such an offer or solicitation would require the approval
of local authorities or otherwise be unlawful. The securities may not be offered or sold in the United States or to U.S. persons unless such
securities are registered under the Securities Act, or an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act is available.
Copies of this announcement are not being made and may not be distributed or sent into the United States, Canada, Australia or Japan.
Head of Investor Relations - Hera Group
Jens Klint Hansen
tel. +39 051 28 77 37
Profit and Loss (m€) H1 2013 Inc.% H1 2012 Inc.% Ch. Ch.%
Sales 2,429.4 100.0% 2,298.9 100.0% +130.5 +5.7%
Other operating revenues 107.5 4.4% 84.4 3.7% +23.1 +27.3%
Raw materials (1,330.8) (54.8%) (1,399.8) (60.9%) (69.0) (4.9%)
Services costs (496.8) (20.4%) (427.5) (18.6%) +69.3 +16.2%
Other operating expenses (25.3) (1.0%) (19.3) (0.8%) +6.0 +31.0%
Personnel costs (246.4) (10.1%) (192.2) (8.4%) +54.2 +28.2%
Capitalisations 7.8 0.3% 13.1 0.6% (5.3) (40.6%)
EBITDA 445.3 18.3% 357.6 15.6% +87.7 +24.5%
Depreciation and provisions (198.7) (8.2%) (151.5) (6.6%) +47.2 +31.1%
EBIT 246.6 10.2% 206.0 9.0% +40.6 +19.7%
Financial inc./(exp.) (70.9) (2.9%) (61.8) (2.7%) +9.1 +14.7%
Other non operating revenues 74.8 3.1% 0.0 0.0% +74.8
Pre tax Profit 250.6 10.3% 144.3 6.3% +106.3 +73.7%
Tax (77.7) (3.2%) (64.0) (2.8%) +13.7 +21.4%
Group Net Profit 172.9 7.1% 80.3 3.5% +92.6 +115.3%
Shareholders of the Parent Company 165.2 6.8% 73.8 3.2% +91.4 +123.9%
Minority shareholders 7.7 0.3% 6.5 0.3% +1.2 +17.7%
Balance Sheet (m€)
H1 2013 Inc.%
Inc.% Ch. Ch.%
Net fixed assets 5,290.1 107.0% 4,418.7 107.9% +871.5 +19.7%
Working capital 137.2 2.8% 114.2 2.8% +23.0 +20.1%
Gross invested capital 5,427.3 109.7% 4,532.9 110.7% +894.5 +19.7%
(Provisions) (481.9) (9.7%) (438.9) (10.7%) +43.0 +9.8%
Net invested capital 4,945.4 100.0% 4,094.0 100.0% +851.5 +20.8%
Net Equity 2,199.6 44.5% 1,877.4 45.9% +322.2 +17.2%
Long term net financial debts 2,574.3 52.1% 2,366.8 57.8% +207.5 +8.8%
Short term net financial debts 171.5 3.5% (150.2) (3.7%) +321.7 +214.2%
Net Financial Debts 2,745.8 55.5% 2,216.6 54.1% +529.2 +23.9%
Net invested capital 4,945.4 100.0% 4,094.0 100.0% +851.4 +20.8%
Bologna, 05 June 2013
Hera: agreement signed with FSI which updates the agreements of
Hera and FSI have agreed on several amendments to the original agreements of 3 September
Hera S.p.A. and Fondo Strategico Italiano S.p.A. (FSI) today signed a new agreement which, in reflecting the
events which took place following the signing of the investment agreement of 3 September 2012, including
the delisting of Acegas-Aps S.p.A. and merger into the Hera Group, changes the original agreement.
On the one side it regulates the fulfilment of some conditions precedent in the 2012 agreement because they
had been fulfilled in the meantime and, on the other, it reformulates some other clauses in order to account
for the changes occurring in the context.
Specifically, the agreement includes a commitment by FSI to make an offer to the main Hera shareholders for
the purchase of the option rights, at Euro 0.10, resulting from the optional share capital increase pursuant to
Article 2441, paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of the Italian Civil Code, which can be approved by the Hera Board of
Directors, by exercising the mandate conferred by the extraordinary shareholders’ meeting of 15 October
2012, up to a nominal maximum amount of Euro 80 million, plus any premiums.
The inclusion of FSI as a Hera shareholder is consequently related to the existence of rights not subscribed
and/or the acceptance of the FSI offer by the main Hera shareholders.
Pursuant to today’s agreement, conditional to the approval of the share capital increase, this confirms the
mutual commitment of FSI to subscribe and of Hera to offer the subscription of any option rights not
subscribed at a subscription price of Euro 1.25 or, alternatively, where the arithmetic average of official Borsa
Italiana for ordinary Hera shares calculated for the thirty calendar days prior to the date of determining the
issue price of the shares (“Average Price”) is equal to or less than Euro 1.25, then the subscription price must
be equal to the Average Price with a discount of Euro 0.05 per share. If the Average Price is equal to or
greater than Euro 1.55, Hera is entitled to postpone the capital increase until 31 March 2014 or not to proceed
Following the amendments made to the agreement of 3 September 2012, the implementation of the
agreement depends on certain conditions precedent being fulfilled, specifically: (i) if Hera intends to convene
a shareholders’ meeting, the agenda, on the request of FSI, includes the expansion of the board of directors
through the appointment of a director, pursuant to Article 16 of the Hera articles of association, as revised by
the shareholders’ meeting of 30April 2013; (ii) no significant negative events occur affecting prevailing normal
business and market conditions; (iii) authorisation is granted for the publication of the prospectus.
Lastly, also today, Hera and FSI signed an inalienability agreement covering the Hera shares that FSI will
hold after the capital increase has been resolved and has taken place. FSI agrees to this lock-up commitment
with effect from the date of subscription to the share capital increase and up until the 24th month after the
closing date of the public offering, provided that FSI's quota is not less than 3% of the Hera share capital after