The Hera Board of Directors approves the 2014 Q1 results
The multi-business portfolio and growth in electric
ity and waste liberalised markets
underpinned an overall increase in spite of the mil
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Bologna, 14 May 2014
The Hera Board of Directors approves the 2014 Q1
The multi-business portfolio and growth in electricity and waste liberalised markets
underpinned an overall increase in spite of the mild winter
• EBITDA of €275.6 million (+1.7%)
• Revenues of €1,226.6 million (-12.0%)
• Adjusted net profit pre-minorities of €89.1 million (+2.8%)
• Net financial position down to €2,540.3 million
• Considerable fall in gas volumes and district heating distributed and
sold, as a result of the warmest winter for 30 years
• Continuation in the increase in special-waste volumes treated, thanks
to the commercial strength and plant and logistics platform
• In the electricity business, 12.3% growth in the customer base and a
good contribution, in distribution activities, of the integration of Est Reti
Today, the Hera Group Board of Directors unanimously approved the consolidated
financial results for the first three months of the year. In spite of the unusually mild
weather in the period, which had a negative effect on energy sales, the overall figures
show significant increases, thanks to the balance of the multi-business services
portfolio and the commercial strength deployed by the Group with regard to special
waste and the electricity free market.
Revenues fell by €166.5 million, going from €1,393.1 million for the first quarter of
2013 to €1,226.6 million for the first quarter of 2014 (-12.0%). The fall was due in
particular to the lower volumes of gas sold for the weather-related reasons mentioned
above and the fall in the price of the raw materials in the sale of electricity. These
events were, however, partly offset by greater revenues from the increase in waste
treatment and disposal of and greater revenues from regulated activities (urban
waste, integrated water cycle and energy distribution).
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Consolidated EBITDA rose to €275.6 million (+1.7% compared with the €271.1 million recorded as at 31
March 2013), due partly to the reduction in the cost of raw materials and other materials, which was more
than proportional to the fall in revenues caused by the afore-mentioned drop in volumes. Synergies from
the aggregation with AcegasAps had a positive impact on the result, in line with the forecasts in the
Operating profit and pre-tax profit
Operating profit stood at €172.9 million (+0.2%). Pre-tax profit (which in the comparison with the first
quarter of 2013 saw the non-operating income adjusted by €42.7 million, resulting from the positive
difference between the net value of the consolidated assets of AcegasAps and the market value of same
– IFRS 3) stood at €140.5 million (-2.4%).
Because of a tax rate of 36.5%, a considerable improvement over the previous year (39.8%), as a result
of the lower impact of the Robin Hood Tax, adjusted net profit rose to €89.1 million (+2.8% compared with
€86.7 million as at 31 March 2013), of which €83.2 million pertained to the Parent Company.
Investments and net financial position
In the first three months of 2014, the Group's gross investments totalled €56.2 million, in line with the
business plan. Of this amount, €21.2 million was invested in the integrated water cycle.
The net financial position stood at €2,540.3 million, a fall in relation to the figure of €2,566.7 as at 31
December 2013, thanks to the positive cash flows generated in the quarter.
The EBITDA of the waste management business, which includes waste collection, treatment and disposal
services, stood at €69.8 million (+7.9% compared with the €64.7 million recorded as at 31March 2013).
This strong performance is mainly attributable to the continued increase in special waste volumes,
achieved thanks to the development of commercial activities.
Special waste treated increased from 410.8 thousand tonnes as at 31 March 2013 to 561.9 thousand
tonnes, an increase of 151.1 thousand tonnes (+36.8%). Urban waste went from 445.3 thousand tonnes
as at 31 March 2013 to 454.9 thousand tonnes (+9.6 thousand tonnes).
The contribution of the waste management business to Group EBITDA was 25.3%.
The water cycle business, which includes mains water, purification and sewerage services, produced
EBITDA of €48.5 million (+10.0% compared with €44.1 million as at 31 March 2013). The result was
positively affected by both improved operating efficiency and the greater revenues from the entry into
force of the new AEEGSI domestic tariff system, which provides for convergence towards full cost
Volumes sold, totalling 180.9 million m³, fell by 1.7 million m³ (-0.9 million for mains water, -0.6 million for
sewerage services and -0.2 million for purification).
The contribution of the integrated water cycle business to Group EBITDA was 17.6%.
The EBITDA of the gas business, which includes methane gas and LPG distribution and sales services,
district heating and heat management, stood at €116.6 million (-10.3% compared to €130.0 million as at
31 March 2013). The significant fall is due mainly to the extraordinarily mild weather in the first quarter,
which caused a drop in volumes sold. These events are partly offset by the increased margins of energy
efficiency certificates (white certificates), in addition to increased volumes resulting from the full
acquisition of Isontina Reti Gas, which contributed 42.0 million m³ of gas distributed.
Specifically, gas volumes distributed went from 1,368.1 million m³ as at 31 March 2013 to 1,059.9 million
m³, a fall of 308.2 million m³. Volumes of gas sold, on the other hand, went from 1,219.8 million m³ as at
31 March 2013 to 1,050.8 million m³ (-169.0 million m³).
The contribution of the gas business to Group EBITDA was 42.3%.
The EBITDA of the electricity business, which includes electricity production, distribution and sales
services, amounted to €36.2 million (+36.2% compared with €26.6 million at 31/03/2013). This
performance resulted from the greater margins for sales activities and the greater revenues of the
regulated distribution service.
As far as sales volumes are concerned (2,285.3 Gw/h, -86.0 Gw/h compared with 31 March 2013), the
fall in demand for electricity (-4.8% in the reference area because of both economic stagnation and the
mild winter) was partly offset by the increase in the customer base, rising by 68 thousand units (+12.3%),
thanks to the strong commercial growth and the awarding (at the beginning of 2014) of the contract for
sales to energy protection service customers in some regions of Italy.
Volumes distributed increased slightly to 744.9 Gw/h (+4.0 Gw/h compared with 31 March 2013), thanks
to the full consolidation of Est Reti Elettriche, the Gorizian electricity distribution company purchased on
30 September 2013, which offset the above-mentioned fall in demand.
The contribution of the electricity business to Group EBITDA was 13.1%.
Statement from Mr Tommasi, the Chairman
“The results achieved in the first quarter confirm the validity of Hera’s multi-business model, which has
balanced the losses recorded in the gas business because of the warm winter”, stated Tomaso Tommasi
di Vignano, Hera’s Chairman. “The current dimensions of the Group were also instrumental in the results,
allowing the deployment of force and efficiency in the liberalised markets. For special waste, being able to
count on such an extensive plant and logistics platform has made it possible to increase market shares in
a sector in which overall volumes are still finding it hard to take off again”.
Statement from Mr Venier, the CEO
“The reduction in the financial position in this quarter is the sign of a good capacity to maintain a correct
financial balance, in spite of the difficult economic situation in several operating areas, explained the
CEO, Stefano Venier. "Progress in the integration of AcegasAps, which is getting ready to take on the
activities of Amga Udine from next July, is excellent”.
Note that the financial statement figures for the first three months of 2013 were adjusted by applying IFRS
11 in order to make them comparable with those of the first three months of 2014. This principle, which
came into force from 1 January 2014, requires consolidation using the shareholders’ equity method for
investments in joint ventures, which until 31 December 2013 were consolidated using the proportional
method. The investments involved were: Estenergy S.p.a., Est reti elettriche S.p.A., Estpiù S.p.A.,
Isontina reti gas S.p.A., Aristea scarl and Enomondo S.r.L
The Director in charge of the preparation of the Company accounting documents, Luca Moroni, declares, pursuant to Article 154-bis,
paragraph 2 of the Consolidated Finance Act, that the accounting information contained in this document corresponds to the records
available and to the accounting ledgers and registers.
The Consolidated Quarterly Report and the related documentation are available to the public at Borsa Italiana S.p.A. and on the
website, www.gruppohera.it, from 14 May 2014.
The financial statements, extracted from the Consolidated Interim Report as at 31 March 2014, not subject to audit, are attached.
Profit & Loss (m€) 31/03/2014 Inc. % 31/03/2013 Inc. % Ch. Ch.%
Sales 1,226.6 100.0% 1,393.1 100.0% (166.5) (12.0%)
Other operating revenues 65.9 5.4% 48.7 3.5% +17.1 +35.3%
Raw material (638.6) (52.1%) (796.5) (57.2%) (157.9) (19.8%)
Services costs (243.2) (19.8%) (243.0) (17.4%) +0.2 +0.1%
Other operating expenses (11.6) (0.9%) (11.2) (0.8%) +0.4 +3.6%
Personnel costs (127.1) (10.4%) (123.0) (8.8%) +4.1 +3.3%
Capitalisations 3.7 0.3% 3.1 0.2% +0.6 +19.4%
Ebitda 275.6 22.5% 271.1 19.5% +4.5 +1.7%
Depreciation and provisions (102.7) (8.4%) (98.5) (7.1%) +4.2 +4.3%
Ebit 172.9 14.1% 172.6 12.4% +0.3 +0.2%
Financial inc./(exp.) (32.4) (2.6%) (28.6) (2.1%) +3.8 +13.3%
Pre tax profit adjusted 140.5 11.5% 144.0 10.3% (3.5) (2.4%)
Tax (51.3) (4.2%) (57.3) (4.1%) (6.0) (10.5%)
Net profit adjusted 89.1 7.3% 86.7 6.2% +2.4 +2.8%
Non operating income 0.0 0.0% 42.7 3.1% (42.7) (100.0%)
Net profit 89.1 7.3% 129.4 9.3% (40.3) (31.2%)
Shareholders of the Parent Company 83.2 6.8% 123.5 8.9% (40.3) (32.6%)
Minority shareholders 5.9 0.5% 5.9 0.4% +0.0 +0.2%
Balance sheet (m€) 31/03/2014 Inc.% 31/12/2013 Inc.% Ch. Ch.%
Net fixed assets 5,341.2 108.1% 5,327.4 109.3% +13.8 +0.3%
Working capital 134.3 2.7% 79.3 1.6% +55.0 +69.4%
(Provisions) (536.0) (10.9%) (534.3) (11.0%) (1.7) (0.3%)
Net invested capital 4,939.5 100.0% 4,872.4 100.0% +67.1 +1.4%
Net equity 2,399.2 48.6% 2,305.7 47.3% +93.5 +4.1%
Long term net financial debts 3,040.4 61.6% 3,214.7 66.0% (174.3) (5.4%)
Short term net financial debts (500.1) (10.1%) (648.0) (13.3%) (147.9) (22.8%)
Net financial debts 2,540.3 51.4% 2,566.7 52.7% (26.4) (1.0%)
Net invested capital 4,939.5 100.0% 4,872.4 100.0% +67.1 +1.4%