TAQA second quarter and first half 2009 financial results announced
Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (“TAQA”), a publicly listed company on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX: TAQA), today reported financial results for the second quarter and first half of 2009.
Key highlights for the first six months of 2009:
• Despite the lower relative pricing environment and currency effects, total revenue was flat year-on-year at AED 8.6 billion compared with AED 8.6 billion for the same period in 2008.
o Revenue from the electricity and water business, excluding supplemental fuel, increased by 14% to AED 2.9 billion, from AED 2.6 billion for the same period in 2008. This was primarily due to the expansion of Taweelah B and revenue from the Red Oak toll acquired in December 2008.
o Supplemental fuel revenues were AED 2.0 billion in 2009, compared with AED 1.4 billion in 2008 due to higher back up fuel cost in 2009 primarily in the domestic subsidiaries. These costs are passed through to the offtakers.
o Revenue from oil and gas activities (including gas storage and other revenue) declined by 22% to AED 3.6 billion, compared with AED 4.6 billion for the same period in 2008, as a result of lower net realized oil and gas prices and devaluation of CAD and EUR against AED, partly offset by revenue from Northern North Sea assets acquired in December 2008.
• Cost of sales were AED 6.3 billion in 2009, an increase of AED 1.5 billion (33%) over AED 4.7 billion in 2008. The increase was primarily driven by AED 1.2 billion of costs related to assets acquired in December 2008 and an increase of AED 734 million related to fuel costs (which are passed through to the offtakers).
• Administrative and other expenses were AED 351 million in 2009 compared to AED 432 million in 2008. The decrease of 19% was attributable to lower foreign exchange rates, as well as savings due to synergies.
• Net profit, after minority interests, was AED 176 million compared with AED 869 million in the same half in 2008. The decrease in net profit was mainly attributable to lower commodity prices.
• EBITDA was AED 3.9 billion for the first half of 2009, versus EBITDA of AED 5.2 billion in the same period in 2008.
• Basic earnings per share was 3 fils for the half, compared with 21 fils for the same period in 2008.
• Total assets as at 30 June 2009 were AED 90.2 billion.
• Net cash was AED 5.0 billion, up from AED 4.1 billion at the end of Q1 2009.
• Net debt to capital (including Minority Interests) was 85.2%, down from 87.0% at the end of Q1 2009.
Key highlights for the second quarter of 2009:
• Total revenue reached AED 4.4 billion compared with AED 4.6 billion for the same period in 2008, a decrease of 4%.
o Revenue from the electricity and water business, excluding supplemental fuel, increased by 14% to AED 1.6 billion, from AED 1.4 billion for the same period in 2008. This was primarily due to the expansion of Taweelah B and revenue from the Red Oak toll acquired in December 2008.
o Revenue from oil and gas activities (including gas storage and other revenue) declined by 30% to AED 1.8 billion, compared with AED 2.5 billion for the same period in 2008 as a result of lower net realized oil and gas prices.
• Cost of sales were AED 3.2 billion in 2009, an increase of AED 802 million (34%) over AED 2.4 billion in 2008. The increase was primarily driven by operating costs related to the Northern North Sea assets acquired in December 2008 and an increase of AED 407 million related to fuel costs (which are passed through to the offtakers).
• Administrative and other expenses were AED 184 million in 2009 compared to AED 251 million in 2008. The decrease of 27% was attributable to lower foreign exchange rates as well as savings due to synergies.
• Net profit, after minority interests, for the quarter was AED 136 million compared with AED 472 million in the same quarter in 2008. The decrease in net profit for the quarter is mainly attributable to lower commodity prices.
• EBITDA was AED 2.0 billion for the second quarter of 2009, versus EBITDA of AED 2.9 billion in the same period in 2008.
• Basic earnings per share were 2 fils for the quarter, compared with 11 fils for the same period in 2008.
Peter Barker-Homek, Chief Executive Officer of TAQA, said: “Our downstream performance has been exemplary, with average technical availability rising from 89% in Q1 to 97% in Q2. We also benefited from the consolidation of Red Oak, and the increased capacity of Taweelah B, which have boosted downstream revenues.
We continue to drive operational excellence and this is reflected both in the confidence placed in us by our partners in the North Sea who have entrusted the operatorship of the Brent system to us, as well as the over AED 30 million of synergy savings we have achieved at TAQA North during the last six months alone.
As the oil price has improved from its lowest point, our second quarter performance has shown an improvement in comparison to the first three months of the year. With the oil price trending up to over US$70 per barrel post-quarter, we are now a long way from the lows we saw earlier in the year. While performance of our upstream business is still lower than the same period in 2008, when oil prices were very strong, we have seen a welcome strengthening in business performance.”
While year-on-year oil prices were significantly lower than in 2008, when the WTI price on 1 April 2008 was US$95.07 and Brent was US$96.11, global energy markets continued to improve quarter on quarter, with the Brent oil price rising from US$52.70 at the 1 April 2009 to US$69.90 on the 30 June 2009. This position was also reflected in North America, with the WTI crude price rising from US$53.79 to US$70.84.
Gas prices were largely flat, with the Henry Hub Natural Gas Price increasing from US$3.55 / mmbtu on 1 April 2009 to US$3.70 / mmbtu on 30 June 2009.
Although the US dollar strengthened against the Canadian dollar year-on-year, rising from CDN$1.02 / US$1 on 1 April 2008 to CDN$1.26 / US$1 on 1 April 2009, it weakened during the second quarter to CDN$1.16 / US$1 on 30 June 2009, reaching a low of CDN$1.08/US$1 on 2 June 2009.
• TAQA’s international and domestic downstream activities are a critical component of its diversified portfolio and now comprise 47% of total revenues and 37.8% of EBITDA. During the second quarter of 2009, TAQA’s downstream activities generated revenues of AED 1.6 billion, excluding supplemental fuel.
• Subsequent to the acquisition of power generation facilities in the Caribbean, as at 30 June 2009, TAQA’s downstream operations represent total global generation capacity (gross) of 12,909 MW.
• During the second quarter of 2009, total power production was 13,558 Gwh, comprising 9,994 Gwh in the domestic market, an increase of 65% over Q1 2009, and 3,563 Gwh internationally, a 5.4% increase over Q1 2009.
• TAQA’s total water desalination for the period was 52,904 MIG, with an installed capacity of 654 MIGD.
• Technical availability of the power generation businesses averaged 97.4%, with an average domestic availability of 98.7% and an international average availability of 92.0%.
Upstream and midstream
• Upstream activity generated revenues of AED 1.7 billion (including gas storage and other revenue), 53% of total revenues and 62.2% of EBITDA.
• Total production was 138.2 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (mboe/day) in the second quarter of 2009, split between TAQA North (92.8 mboe/day), TAQA Bratani (40.2 mboe/day) and TAQA Energy (5.2 mboe/day), up from 119.2 mboe/day in the second quarter of 2008.
• TAQA Bratani has shown the greatest production increase, with production growing from 15.1 mboe/day to 40.2 mboe/day, an increase of 166% over the same period last year, showcasing the benefits of TAQA’s investment programme.
• TAQA North production declined by 4%, due to decreased capital investment as a result of lower gas prices.
• Average net realized price of crude oil sold was US$53.12 per barrel for TAQA North and US$55.15 per barrel for TAQA Bratani.
• Average net realized price for natural gas sold was US$3.45 per thousand cubic feet (mcf) for TAQA North, US$6.02 per mcf for TAQA Bratani and US$8.19 per mcf for TAQA Energy.
• For the half, finance costs were essentially flat year on year at AED 1.9 billion. An increase related to new acquisitions in December 2008 and the breakage cost on early debt repayment at Jorf Lasfar Energy Company (JLEC) in 2009, was partly offset by lower interest rates on revolving debt.
• A favourable AED 253 million change in value of derivatives is primarily from the Red Oak acquisition that was consummated in December 2008, contributed by higher contracted electricity prices and lower gas prices versus the period end prices in respect of transactions entered into during the period.
• Loss on exchange was AED 143 million in 2009 compared with a gain of AED 71 million in 2008. Last year’s gains were primarily from the repayment of the UK and US debt at TAQA North. The current year loss arose from exchange movements of Moroccan Dirhams and GBP against AED.
• During the period, TAQA continued its bond buyback programme, with a AED 260 million gain recorded in 2009 from the buy back of its 2036 bonds of a nominal value of US$ 323 million. TAQA continues to evaluate the potential for further bond buybacks in the future.
Corporate activity during the period
• On 30 April, the Abu Dhabi Water and Energy Authority announced that it would transfer 90% of its shares in the Fujairah Water and Power Company to TAQA. The Fujairah Water and Power Company owns 60% of the Fujairah Asia Power Company which owns the Fujairah 2 plant.
• On 12 May, TAQA signed an agreement with the Office National de L’Electricite in Morocco to extend the capacity of JLEC by two new supercritical coal fired units of at least 350 Mw each by early 2013. This agreement aims to help the Office National de l’Electricite meet the strong growth in electricity demand in Morocco. JLEC will build, own, and operate the new units under a 30-year power purchase agreement. JLEC currently owns and operates four units, with a total capacity of 1,356Mw, providing about half of the country’s annual electricity production.
• On 30 June, TAQA North acquired two large land blocks in the highly prospective Horn River Basin in North Eastern British Columbia, Canada for a total of CAD$ 63 million. The sale represents the last substantial blocks of land available in the basin, which is expected to provide a major North American source of natural gas in the future.
Post period developments
• On 29 July, TAQA Energy agreed to purchase 100% of the share capital of DSM Energie Holding B.V. (DSM Energy) for EUR 285 million. The intended acquisition is expected to close in Q3 2009, subject to regulatory approvals and notifications. Under the terms of the transaction, TAQA Energy will acquire non-operated interests in the pipeline company Noordgastransport B.V. (NGT), three other pipelines and 20 producing oil and gas fields in the Dutch North Sea. Furthermore, the assets will provide TAQA Energy with additional daily production of approximately 5,000 barrels of oil equivalent (2008 average) of which 85% is natural gas.
• On 1 August, TAQA Bratani took over the operation of the North Sea Brent System pipeline and facilities from Shell UK Exploration and Production, which held the position since the mid 1970s.
• On 4 August, TAQA Energy acquired a 15% interest in the L8-D Unit, L11b-A production platform which services the L8-D gas field, and a pipeline connection to the Noordgastransport pipeline. TAQA Energy was also appointed as operator to the L11b-A production platform with effect from 1 August 2009. First production is expected to commence before the end of the year.