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Lower hydro levels and hedging weigh on earnings
25 Oct 16
For Q3 16, the group has released weak results. Even if sales increased 5.8% yoy to €732m due to the consolidation of two recent acquisitions (Ekokem and Duon), EBITDA contracted 7.4% yoy to €151m and is below consensus as a slight recovery was expected. Operating profit finished on the negative side at -€6m, mainly because a hedging position backfired (80% of its production) and the company has not been able to profit from the recent rebound in prices (-€57m effect on operating profit) added to Ekokem’s transaction costs. Comparable operating profit still decreased 26.6% yoy to €58m. EPS finished in negative territory at €-0.03/share, and adjusted EPS finished at €0.03/share, which is still below the €0.05/share expected by the market. Operating cash flows contracted 47.43% ytd and -33.1% yoy due to lower profits, higher taxes paid and lower FX gains. On top of this, higher capex and a repayment of outstanding debt pushed net debt to -€137m, a substantial reduction of its net cash position of -€1,936m a year ago.
Dark clouds are still present: weak power prices weigh on margins
20 Jul 16
Difficult second quarter for the group as the results were impacted by lower volumes, prices and a weaker rouble, with revenues and EBITDA falling to €768m and €209m respectively (-3% and -8% yoy) which was in line with forecasts, while reported operating profit fell 53% and adjusted operating profit was also down 15%, missing market expectations by 5%. The negative effect on operating profit was due to the impacted of derivatives for hedging positions and nuclear fund adjustments. EPS for the quarter fell by 54% yoy to €0.06, although on an adjusted basis it was down 15% yoy to €0.11, which is broadly in line with expectations. The group maintains its general guidance of annual electricity demand growth of 0.5% and an operating profit level of €12.8bn targeted for 2017-18. For 2016, the company expects an investment level of €650m (with capex at around €300-350m). An effective tax rate of 19-21% is expected for 2016 with no further outstanding bonds maturing in the year.
Strong EPS given the weak top-line performance
28 Apr 16
Fortum published weak top-line results slightly below expectations, with revenue decreasing 5% yoy to €989m as revenue decreased in all divisions, missing forecasts by 4%. Operating profit reached €369m (a 5.4% yoy increase) mainly due to the disposal of a CHP plant in Russia, although on an adjusted basis operating profit decreased 20% yoy to €275m, missing consensus by 4%. At the bottom-line, on the other hand, helped by lower financial expenses due to the net cash position of the group and a positive adjustment of the nuclear fund (€50m), net income reached €335m, translating into an EPS of €0.37, a 12% increase; although on an adjusted basis EPS was €0.29 (a 12% yoy decrease), which is within expectations. Operating cash flows were weak as they decreased by 27% yoy to €375m; nevertheless, the balance sheet remains strong and equity levels continue to improve. The financial objectives remain unchanged in the long term: ROCE of at least 10% with a net debt/EBITDA of 2.5x, although in the short term there is no guidance provided, only for the effective tax rate which is expected to be 19-21%.
Weak results, lower dividend, and Russian exposure.
03 Feb 16
Sales decreased by 15% yoy reaching €3.46bn and missing estimates by 2% driven by low power prices and flat demand. Reported profit finished in negative at -€150m territory due to impairments on nuclear and thermal assets, where +adjusted profit decreased by 25% yoy to €808m, 6% below expectations as all segments are below estimates+. Fourth quarter EPS missed estimates by 60% to 0.02, but the FY EPS are in line with consensus at 4.66. The *balance sheet remains strong* and 11% better than expected as the net cash position of the company has been increased to over €2bn. Equity levels are also above our estimates at €13.8bn. The *Dividend proposed is below expectations at €1.1ps* as there would be no exceptional dividend from the divestment of its Nordic distribution network. Dividend policy has been maintained at which it targets to pay a stable and over time increasing dividend, but now includes a 50-80% payout ratio. The group has adjusted downwards its long-term financial targets to 10% ROCE (previously at 12%), but maintains its net debt/EBITDA objective at 2.5x. Moreover, new cost cutting measures on the fixed cost base are expected to reach €100m by 2017 (which adds up from the previously taken measures of €150m pa).
A likely acquisition in Polish gas infrastructure
08 Jan 16
The group has made public a tender offer to purchase the Polish company Grupa Duon SA. Fortum will carry out the acquisition if it receives at least 51% of the shares by the end of the offer. Shareholders representing 44% of the company capital including board directors have committed to selling their shares to Fortum. The price offered per share is PLN3.85, representing a 19% premium to the current price. The company has a market cap of PLN393m (€90.1m), with a business based in gas distribution networks and LNG regasification units, and also a trading division (gas and electricity). The group is one of the largest privately-owned retail electricity and gas sale entities in Poland, has expected sales of PLN866m (€198m) in 2015, with an EBITDA of PLN45.4m (€10.5m) and PLN24.8m (€5.7m) in net profit.
Q3 negative results: impairments and lower power prices
22 Oct 15
Weak top-line Q3 results for Fortum, heavily impacted by lower Nordic power prices. Sales decreased 24% qoq and and 15.6% ytd to €661m and €2,495m respectively, missing estimates by 2%. In Q3, comparable operating profits decreased by 46% to €79m pushing the ytd results down to a 21% decrease to €565m, also missing expectations by 2%. Although the bottom-line results are within consensus with a Q3 EPS in negative territory at €-0.74 EPS due to the write-down of the Swedish co-owned nuclear power plant, and ytd EPS at €4.64 driven by the divestment of the Swedish distribution business. The net cash position of the group increased by 5% to €1.93bn, which is better than expected. The group maintains its long-term financial targets at ROCE 12% and comparable net debt/EBITDA ratio at 2.5x. No information yet given on the dividend for 2015. The target on operating profit (EBIT) for the Russian division (RUB18.2bn) has been delayed by 2 to 3 years as there are delays on the investment programme.
The Slide Rule
12 Jan 17
What is The Slide Rule? The Slide Rule has been designed to dramatically simplify the identification of the best companies in the UK small/mid-cap sector by making a quantitative assessment of the relative potential of each company. At its core, The Slide Rule aims to identify those companies that create genuine shareholder value through strong returns on capital and solid growth, but also present a value opportunity with the potential tailwind of earnings momentum. Companies are assessed within a Quality, Value, Growth and Momentum (QVGM) framework.
16 Jan 17
We take a look at the rankings of the various countries in Africa that have a significant exposure to mining. We take the Transparency International corruption rankings as our starting point and modify these for exceptional geology and for current UK government travel warnings. Ghana, Botswana and Namibia come out as our top three, with Eritrea, Kenya and Zimbabwe at the bottom of our rankings.
19 Jan 17
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Small Cap Breakfast
17 Jan 17
Global Energy Development (GED.L) — To be renamed Nautilus Marine Services. Schedule 1 from developer and seller of hydrocarbons and related products. Reverse takeover. Raising $10.5m via a convertible. Expected 9 Feb. Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas—TSX-V listed oil and gas exploration has announced its intention to float on AIM. Assets in Guyana and Namibia. Proposed £2m-£3m fundraise. Diversified Gas & Oil—According to LSE website first day of trading on AIM now expected for 30 January.
N+1 Singer - St Ives - Downgrade
19 Jan 17
Marketing activation has been impacted by further decline in grocery retail impacting profit by c£5m. Strategic The Company is also taking this opportunity to revise its guidance for Strategic Marketing as its recovery pace is not running at the planned target rate. PBT falls from N1Se £31.9m to £25m. The Company expects dividend to be held based upon lowered guidance and the implied cash flow performance. There do not appear to be any covenant issues. Forecasts and TP under review and downgrade to Hold. We expect the shares to test the 100p level.
N+1 Singer - Morning Song 19-01-2017
19 Jan 17
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