(1) Excluding the EGPE contribution in both periods.
Endesa’s Chief Executive Officer, José Bogas, said “We have once again fulfilled our commitments to the financial market by achieving improved FY 2017 results and beating our original full year targets. We have posted these positive results despite the very challenging scenario that characterised the first six months of the year, including the extremely high wholesale prices, and which was unforeseeable at the time 2017 targets were set. The contribution of Enel Green Power España consolidated for the whole year, the solid margin in the regulated business and the cost efficiency plans carried out by Endesa in the past three years, have been key factors in our success in 2017. These results allow us to propose a dividend for 2018 of 1.382 euros per share, 5% higher than the minimum we had guaranteed to our shareholders”.
Endesa’s generation commitment to decarbonisation is underpinned by its strategy of diversifying its mix through renewables. In 2017, Enel Green Power España (EGPE) contributed significantly to Endesa’s results and the renewable auctions held on May 17th and July 26th, 2017 awarded the company with 879 MW of renewable capacity (540 MW of wind and 339 MW of solar). Furthermore, just a few weeks ago in February 2018, Endesa purchased another 132 MW of wind capacity through its renewable arm.
- Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 3% due to:
The contribution by EGPE amounting to 181 million euros (75 million euros in 2016 since consolidation in July 2016).
The gross regulated business margin, which has grown by 8%, to 3,284 million euros, equivalent to 60% of the total margin.
The Social Tariff for 2014-2016, which came into effect after several court rulings and accounted for 222 million euros.
Fixed costs dropped 4% on a like-for-like basis, i.e., without taking into account Endesa’s change of scope following EGPE consolidation, in addition to the lower provisions for staff optimisation projects, among other adjustments.
- All of these factors helped offset the significant reduction in the deregulated business margin (-18%). This drop was mainly due to the strong increase in variable costs due to the extraordinarily low hydropower output during the year:
Energy purchase costs increased by 21.6%, mainly as a result of the increase in electricity prices on the retail market, amounting to 52.2 €/MWh (+31.6%).
The increase in fuel consumption (+38.9%) was due to the higher thermal production during the period due to lower hydro availability and to higher fuel prices, along with the resulting increase of the electricity production tax.
- EBIT grew by 3%, in line with EBITDA.
- Net income increased by 4%, in line with the above indicators.
Cash flow, net financial debt and investments
- Operating cash flow dropped by 557 million euros, mainly due to the reduction vs 2016 in net income from compensation for cost overruns from electricity generation in non-mainland territories.
- Net financial debt increased by just 47 million euros on 2016, despite payment to shareholders of a dividend of 1.333 gross euros per share, for a total disbursement of 1,411 million euros.
- Gross investments amounted to 1,175 million euros (-3.8%).