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This new strategic plan announced by Flavio Cattaneo, who took up his post last spring, has everything going for it at first glance. A reallocation of capex revised slightly downwards with more in Grids, less in Renewables, still no offshore wind and more financial discipline enhanced by a cost-cutting plan. Everything sounds aligned with what investors want to hear at the moment.
Companies: Enel (ENEL:BIT)Enel SpA (ENEL:MIL)
A strong quarter for Enel has resulted in a better-than-expected performance, particularly in the End-user markets. This, combined with the positive results in the grid activities in LATAM and the renewable activities of Enel GreenPower, helped offset lower results in Thermal Generation and Trading. As a result, the high end of the guidance for full-year 2023 EBITDA has been raised by €1.5 billion.
As expected on the track of Q1, energy prices weighed on Enel’s revenues but the group succeeded in generating higher margins in the backdrop of a better operating performance by Enel Grids and its final customers of End-User Markets. The group confirmed its FY2023 ordinary EBITDA guidance of €20.4-21bn, a DPS of €0.43, and indicated c.60% of the €21bn asset disposal programme has already been achieved.
Like a few other peers in the sector, the normalization in energy prices
weighed on Enel’s revenues in the Q1 which recorded a 22.6% drop to
€26.141bn. This was owing, in particular, to Thermal Generation and Trading as well as the End-user (retail) market. The Italian utility remains however confident in its ability to achieve its assets disposal plan and net debt reduction target for the year. The new touchy topic is now focused on governance and the ew board to lead the Italian liner.
After a challenging 2022 and a disruptive energy market environment, Enel met its guidance provided during the last CMD back in November and even delivered higher-than-expected operational profits, supported by both higher volume and of course a price effect. Although the group managed to land on its feet and deal with last year’s liquidity issues, net debt reduction through assets disposals will remain the main topic in 2023.
Enel reported a 84% increase in revenues to €108.177 bn, attributable to all business units and mainly driven by a rise in the volume of gas and electricity sold at a higher average price amidst the prevailing energy crisis as well as an increase in electricity generated. Rising sourcing costs together with a significant drop in hydropower generation due to a poor water supply weighed on ordinary EBITDA for the 9M2022 period, down 0.8% to €12.68 bn.
While there were no surprises on the results side which came in bang in line with expectations, Enel reassured the market with a series of positive comments. What may seem trivial in normal times is now valuable in a context wherein the share price has collapsed by c.40% over the past year. This paves the way for a return of investor confidence in a company that deserves it – and can embody good value for money.
Strong operational results but soaring net indebtedness are the two key takeaways from Enel’s Q1 22 release. In our view, they offset each other, resulting in a mitigated set of results, even if we want to believe that the good results will recur and the higher debt is temporary. It does however add uncertainty to a business that did not really need it, confirming our preference for pure players versus integrated utilities during such times. Meanwhile, wait and see.
Enel surprised the market by delivering strong FY21 preliminary results (revenue + EBITDA). While we do not yet have the exact breakdown, there is no doubt that the gas-related activities have more than outperformed. In the footsteps of RWE a few days ago, the read-across is obvious for Engie, Fortum, Iberdrola and EDP.
In the light of these elements, we reaffirm our bullish view on the sector.
Despite several regulatory and FX headwinds, Enel met expectations with EBITDA 1.7% above consensus. However, a substantially higher net debt raises concerns on the mid-term outlook and 2030 roadmap, for which we expect un update during the CMD on 24 November.
FY21 guidance remains unchanged, even if we stand slightly below, and the same applies for consensus.
Positive view confirmed as headwinds seem already priced in and the CMD should provide short-term catalysts.
What if the best solution for the energy transition were … nuclear power? Nuke is back at the heart of political debates in the context of the current energy crisis and massive but insufficient investments in renewables. This short review provides an overview of nuclear power in Europe and speculates on options. This ‘nuke optionality’, hinging on a favourable green taxonomy, is a game-changer for EDF, Centrica, Fortum but also Engie, Iberdrola, Enel and EDP.
After a complicated first quarter which was hurt by FX, Enel posted a slump in EBITDA (-4.9%) as one-offs and FX continued to offset additional renewables capacities and the great recovery in Italy and LatAm. On the positive side, capex remained in an upward trend, even if it mechanically weighed on net indebtedness. This did not prevent the group from confirming its FY21 guidance. Positive view confirmed.
Enel released a set of half-tone Q1 results. EBITDA is down by 12.3%, hurt but one-off items and a negative comparable effect but, above all, still affected by adverse FX movements that could become recurring. Guidance for the full year is confirmed, but we are now targeting the bottom of the range. In all, our positive view is reiterated.
Enel released globally sound FY20 figures, driven by net income and dividend that both beat estimates. The FY21 outlook is confirmed, while mid-term targets for net income and dividend were slightly improved. The group continues offering good visibility on its activity and is massively investing (€10.2bn capex), especially to reinforce its European leading position in renewables. Positive view confirmed.
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