29.04.2014
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RusHydro announces 1Q 2014 RAS results

JSC RusHydro (MOEX, LSE: HYDR; OTCQX: RSHYY) announces its non-consolidated financial results under Russian accounting standards (RAS) for the 1st quarter of 2014.


Key highlights:

  • 1Q 2014 revenue – RUB 26.9 bn (+6%);
  • 1Q 2014 operating expenses – RUB 13.9 bn (+14%);
  • 1Q 2014 EBITDA – RUB 16.2 bn (flat YoY);
  • EBITDA margin in 1Q 2014 – 60.1% (-3.3 p.p.);
  • Reported net profit for 1Q 2014 – RUB 9.7 bn (+4%), adjusted net profit – RUB 10.2 bn (-9%).

Key financials for the 1Q 2013/2014 under RAS (in RUB mn)


1Q’14

1Q’13

chg

Revenue

26,918

25,444

6%

Operating expenses

(13,939)

(12,258)

14%

Operating profit

12,979

13,186

-2%

EBITDA[i]

16,172

16,115

0%

Net profit

9,664

9,337

4%

Net profit (adj.)[ii]

10,205

11,159

-9%

Revenue (in RUB mn)


In the 1st quarter of 2014, revenue increased by 6% to RUB 26,918 mn as compared to RUB 25,444 mn for the same period of 2013. The underlying factors behind the change in revenue were:

  • increase in electricity generation by Siberian and Far Eastern hydropower plants;
  • increase in electricity sales volumes and prices on the “day-ahead” market in the 1st pricing zone due to indexation of fuel prices for industrial consumers from the 2nd half of 2013;
  • increase in capacity prices of the competitive capacity auctions (KOM) for the hydropower plants of the first price zone;
  • indexation of regulated electricity and capacity tariffs from the 2nd half of 2013;
  • decrease in capacity tariff of the Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP in the 2nd half of 2013 due to rehabilitation of the plant and growth of electricity sales to the unregulated market.

Revenue breakdown (RUB mn)


1Q’14

1Q’13

chg

Electricity sales

18,911

17,180

10%

Capacity sales

7,862

8,108

-3%

Other sales

145

156

-7%

TOTAL

26,918

25,444

6%

Operating expenses


Operating expenses increased by 14% to RUB 13,939 mn as compared to the same period of 2013.


Operating expenses breakdown (in RUB mn)


1Q’14

1Q’13

chg

Purchased power

3,884

3,331

9%

Depreciation

3,193

2,929

9%

Property tax

1,502

1,381

9%

Labor expenses

1,221

985

24%

Services of System Operator, ATS, CFS

693

640

8%

Repairs & maintenance

500

461

8%

Security expenses

408

345

18%

Other taxes and fees

353

295

20%

Other third-party services

283

271

4%

Insurance expenses

262

222

18%

Leasing expenses

255

252

1%

Rent expenses

244

257

-5%

Water tax

225

221

2%

Other

916

668

37%

TOTAL

13,939

12,258

14%

Major factors of change in operating expenses were:

  • increase in depreciation as a result of commissioning of new assets as a result of implementation of the Company’s investment program;
  • increase electricity consumption by the Zagorskaya PSPP due to scheduled outage of the plant in March 2013 in order to start dismantling of the temporary earthfill link in the lower reservoir of the Zagorskaya PSPP No. 2;
  • growth in electricity prices along with increase in electricity purchases;
  • growth in expenses for property tax due to increase in PP&E after commissioning of new equipment as well as consolidation of a number of plants;
  • increase in labor expenses and related other taxes in terms of fees from the payroll budget and health insurance due to:
    • a) indexation of salaries of employees of the Company’s branches in accordance with the adjustment of standard monthly pay for inflation pursuant to collective agreement;
    • b) increase in operating staff headcount of the Company’s branches, mainly as a result of incorporation of the Pavlodolskaya HPP to the North Ossetian branch[iii], creation of cranes operation unit at the Volzhskaya HPP, increase in operating staff headcount of the Zagorskaya PSPP for commissioning and maintenance of the installed equipment and constructions as well as for operations at the Zagorskaya PSPP No.2
  • increase in security expenses mostly due to security agreements between Dagestan branch of RusHydro and Federal Unitary Enterprise Extra-departmental security of the Ministry of energy for security services of three small HPPs, consolidated in 2013[iv].

Profit


The higher growth rate in operating expenses versus revenue growth in the 1st quarter of 2014 as compared to the 1st quarter of 2013 (14% versus 6% respectively) resulted in decline in operating profit by 2% as compared to the same period of the previous year.


EBITDA was almost flat year-on-year and amounted to RUB 16,172 mn.


RusHydro's net profit for the reporting period increased by 4% to RUB 9,664 mn. Net profit adjusted for non-cash items was RUB 10,205 mn as compared to RUB 11,159 mn in the same period of the previous year.


The adjusted net profit reflects a provision for mark-to-market revaluation of listed equity stakes in the amount of RUB 418 mn, of which shares of Inter RAO UES account for RUB 409 mn; as well as accrued reserves in the amount of RUB 155 mn (a 73% decrease as compared to RUB 574 mn in the previous year).


RusHydro's financial position as of March 31, 2014


The Company's total assets increased by RUB 14,928 mn as of March 31, 2014, or 2% against the similar figure as of December 31, 2012, reaching RUB 831,134 mn.


The growth in assets in terms of PP&E in January-March 2014 is related to implementation of the Company’s investment program.


As of March 31, 2014, total obligations stood at RUB 128,430 mn as compared to RUB 191,786 mn as of December 31, 2013. The decrease was attributed primarily to reduction of liabilities to acquirers of the Company’s shares of additional issue after registration of the amendments to the Company’s share capital (certificate of registration of the amendments to the Articles of Association of January 28, 2014). The Company's debt portfolio rose by 3% to RUB 106,447 mn starting from the beginning of the year; long-term loans make up 98% of the total debt portfolio.


The Company's equity for January-March 2014 increased by 13% to RUB 702,627 mn against RUB 624,343 mn as of the beginning of the reporting year.


The full financial statements are available on the Company’s website at:http://www.rushydro.ru/investors/reports


The Company plans to publish its consolidated results for the 1st quarter of 2014 under International financial reporting standards (IFRS) on July 9, 2014.



[i] EBITDA calculated as gross profit before depreciation.

[ii] Net profit adjusted for the mark-to-market revaluation of listed equity stakes, reserves for financial investment impairment, assets and potentially uncollectible accounts receivable, contingencies This indicator is not reported in the official financial statements under RAS and has been calculated and put into the press release for reference.

[iii] 100% of JSC Pavlodolskaya HPP shares were transferred by the Russian Federation as payment for RusHydro’s shares of additional issue in the end of 2011.

[iv] On February 1, 2013, the Board of Directors commissioned RusHydro’s representatives in the governing bodies of JSC Small HPPs of Dagestan to approve sale-purchase agreement of the Amsarskaya, Arakulskaya and Shinazskaya small HPPs with total installed capacity of 3.8 MW, qualified as major transaction. The seller was JSC Small HPPs of Dagestan (wholly-owned by RusHydro), the purchaser was JSC RusHydro. The agreement was aimed at optimization of costs and control of the small power facilities as well as conditioning of three small HPPs.

The information in this press release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial performance of RusHydro. You can identify forward looking statements by terms such as "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "will," "could," "may" or "might," the negative of such terms or other similar expressions. We wish to caution you that these statements are only predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially from these statements. We do not intend to update these statements to reflect events and circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Many factors could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements, including, among others, general economic conditions, our competitive environment, risks associated with operating in Russia, rapid technological and market change in our industries, as well as many other risks specifically related to RusHydro and its operations.
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