27.10.2011 12:00
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Fingrid Group's interim report 1 January - 30 September 2011

Financial result
 
The Group’s revenue between July and September was 88 million euros (86 million euros during the corresponding period in 2010). Other income was 0.7 million euros (0.5 million euros). Grid revenue was 36 million euros (36 million euros) and sales of imbalance power 34 million euros (32 million euros). IFRS profit before taxes was -6 million euros (2 million euros) between July and September.
 
The operating profit between January and September was 39 million euros (51 million euros), which contains, among other things, -3.1 million euros (+1.5 million euros) of changes in the fair value of electricity derivatives. The consolidated IFRS profit before taxes was 26 million euros (42 million euros), and the consolidated total comprehensive income was -4 million euros (39 million euros). The equity ratio of the Group was 27.1 (28.3) per cent at the end of the review period.
 
The Group’s revenue was 331 million euros (318 million euros) between January and September. Other operating income was 2 million euros (3 million euros). Grid revenue grew on the previous year to 152 million euros (147 million euros) as a result of the 4.5 per cent increase in the grid tariff at the beginning of the year. Sales of imbalance power were 121 million euros (111 million euros). Fingrid’s share of the European inter-TSO compensations was 15 million euros (14 million euros). Fingrid’s cross-border transmission income on the connection between Finland and Russia remained at the same level as in the previous year. As of April 2010, Fingrid and the Estonian transmission system operator Elering AS have rented the cross-border transmission capacity of the Estlink 1 transmission connection between Finland and Estonia for use by the electricity market. Fingrid’s congestion income on the interconnection between Finland and Estonia was 8.8 million euros (3.3 million euros). Fingrid’s congestion income on the Nordic interconnections was 12 million euros (8 million euros). Unlike in 2010, Fingrid obtains congestion income only on the cross-border transmission interconnections between Finland and Sweden. Revenue and other income from January to September was 332 million euros (321 million euros).
 
Revenue and other operating income (million €) 1-9/11​ 1-9/10​ 7-9/11​ 7-9-6/10​
Grid service revenue​ 151.5​ 147.3​ 36.4​ 35.8​
Sales of imbalance power​ 120.6​ 110.8​ 33.6​ 31.7​
ITC income​ 14.7​ 14.5​ 1.5​ 4.8​
Cross-border transmission​ 17.5​ 17.6​ 5.2​ 5.3​
Finland-Estonia congestion income**​ 8.8​ 3.3​ 0.5​ 1.7​
Peak load reserve​ 2.5​ 11.5​ 0.0​ 3.4​
Finland-Sweden congestion income​ 11.7​ 7.9​ 9.5​ 1.3​
Other revenue​ 3.3​ 5.4​ 1.2​ 1.6​
Other operating income​ 1.7​ 2.6​ 0.7​ 0.7​
Revenue and other operating income total​ 332.3 320.9 88.7 86.1
 
The purchases of imbalance power were 109 million euros (96 million euros) between January and September. The electricity transmission losses were 47 million euros (47 million euros). The reserve costs rose to 21 million euros (16 million euros). The depreciation costs and personnel costs increased slightly from the previous year, while the maintenance management costs of the grid decreased. The total costs from January to September were 289 million euros (271 million euros).
 
 
Costs (million €)​ 1-9/11​ 1-9/10​ 7-9/11​ 7-9/10​
Purchase of imbalance power​ 109.4​ 96.2​ 30.4​ 26.2​
Purchase of loss energy​ 46.9​ 46.7​ 16.6​ 12.0​
Depreciation​ 50.3​ 49.9​ 16.8​ 16.6​
Finland-estonia grid rents**​ 8.6​ 3.2​ 0.4​ 1.6​
Reserves​ 21.2​ 16.0​ 9.7​ 5.2​
Personnel​ 14.5​ 14.1​ 4.3​ 4.0​
Peak load reserve​ 2.5​ 9.6​ 0.0​ 3.1​
Maintenance management​ 11.2​ 12.8​ 4.0​ 3.7​
ITC charges​ 8.5​ 7.4​ 3.7​ 3.0​
Other costs​ 16.4​ 15.4​ 5.2​ 5.4​
Coasts total​ 289.4​ 271.2​ 91.2​ 80.8​

Operating profit*

42.8​ 49.7​ -2.5​ 5.3

 

*Excluding the change in the fair value of derivatives
**Fingrid's congestion income between Finland and Estonia was 8.8 million euros. The costs, i.e. the grid rents between Finland and Estonia, were 8.6 million euros, which was paid to the owners of the Estlink transmission connection. The difference of 0.3 million euros received by Fingrid was created during disturbances on the Estlink connection.
 
The Group’s income flow is characterised by seasonal fluctuations, which is why the financial result for the entire year cannot be directly estimated on the basis of the nine-month result.
 
Fingrid has decided to raise the grid fees by an average of 30 per cent at the beginning of 2012. Fingrid is preparing to make capital investments of 1,700 million euros in new transmission connections and reserve power plants in the next 10 years. The new contract period starting at the beginning of 2012 will extend over four years, but the grid fees will be reviewed annually.
 
Capital expenditure
 
The new electricity transmission link between Finland and Sweden, Fenno-Skan 2, is about to be ready. The installation of the submarine cable to the bottom of the sea was completed in July, and the project went on to the testing stage in the early autumn. The submarine cable link will be ready and available to the electricity market in December 2011. Once completed, Fenno-Skan 2 will increase the transmission capacity between Finland and Sweden by some 40 per cent.
 
Fingrid’s other major projects are also progressing as planned. Earthwork for the EstLink 2 transmission connection has been completed, and transmission line and construction work started in the summer of 2011. The EstLink 2 connection due to be ready in 2014 will almost triple the transmission capacity between Finland and Estonia. The main machinery has been installed at the Forssa reserve power plant, which will add to system security, and construction work has progressed to the final stages. The Forssa reserve power plant will be ready in 2012. The erection of towers on the Yllikkälä-Huutokoski 400 kilovolt transmission line, which will reinforce the transmission capacity and system security in Eastern Finland, has been launched, and the construction of substations has commenced. This project will be finalised in 2013.
 
The new 110 kV substation at Tuovila plus the related transmission lines including the new Tuovila-Seinäjoki 110 kV line have been commissioned in Western Finland. The commissioning process with the demanding outage and conductor arrangements was carried out in July to September 2011.
 
Fingrid has made a decision to renew the Tihisenniemi-Katerma 110 kV transmission line. The modernisation of this line is part of the upgrading of the transmission system in the Kainuu region. The transmission line will be renewed because of its poor condition, insufficient transmission capacity, structural susceptibility to disturbances, and voltage quality problems. The length of the line due to be completed by the end of 2014 is 69 km. The company has made decisions concerning the procurement of basic maintenance for substations and transmission lines for 2012 to 2014.
 
At the Farmari 2011 agricultural exhibition in Pori, Fingrid presented a new type of a transmission line tower, which makes more arable land available for cultivation and facilitates the safe tillage of soil. The new field towers will be used for the first time in a project starting in 2012.
 
The Group’s gross capital expenditure between July and September was 58 million euros (24 million euros during the corresponding period in 2010). Gross capital expenditure between January and September totalled 168 million euros (87 million euros).
 
Power system operation
 
Electricity consumption in Finland between July and September totalled 18.2 terawatt hours (18.5 TWh during the corresponding period in 2010). A total of 14.6 TWh of electricity was transmitted in Fingrid’s grid during the same period, representing 80 per cent of the electricity consumption in Finland. Between July and September, electricity consumption in Finland decreased by 1.9 per cent from the corresponding period in 2010. This was mostly due to a decrease in industrial consumption during the review period. Between January and September, electricity consumption in Finland reduced by 0.7 per cent to 68.2 TWh (63.3 TWh).
 
In electricity transmissions between Finland and Sweden, exports from Finland to Sweden were in majority during the early part of the year, but from June onwards these changed to abundant imports to Finland. Construction work on the Fenno-Skan 2 transmission link has occasionally restricted the capacity offered to the electricity market. Between July and September, 3.1 TWh of electricity was imported from Sweden to Finland (1.5 TWh), and 0.0 TWh (0.4 TWh) was exported from Finland to Sweden. Between January and September, 3.8 TWh of electricity was imported from Sweden to Finland (2.1 TWh), and 3.3 TWh (4 TWh) was exported from Finland to Sweden.
 
Electricity transmissions between Finland and Estonia were dominated by imports to Finland in the early part of the year, but these turned to a majority of exports from Finland during the summer. The volume of electricity imported from Estonia to Finland between July and September was 0.1 TWh (0.2 TWh), and 0.2 TWh (0.2 TWh) was exported from Finland to Estonia between July and September. The volume of electricity imported from Estonia to Finland between January and September was 1.4 TWh (1.4 TWh), and 0.2 TWh (0.2 TWh) was exported from Finland to Estonia.
 
Almost the full electricity import capacity from Russia was in use until the early autumn, after which the imports have occasionally been below the volume allowed by the transmission capacity. In July and August, the import capacity was restricted by maintenance work at the Vyborg direct current substation and in the Russian grid. Electricity imports from Russia to Finland between July and September were 2.3 TWh (2.3 TWh), and between January and September 8.5 TWh (8.3 TWh).
 
Power system operation 1-9/11​ 1-9/10​ 7-9/11​ 7-9/10​
Electricity consumption in Finland TWh​ 62.8​ 63.3​ 18.2​ 18.5​
Fingrid's transmission volume TWh​ 48.0​ 49.8​ 14.6​ 15.0​
Fingrid's loss energy volume TWh​ 0.9​ 0.9​ 0.3​ 0.2​
Electricity transmissions Finland-Sweden
exports to Sweden TWh​ 3.3​ 4.0​ 0.0​ 0.4​
imports from Sweden TWh​ 3.8​ 2.1​ 3.1​ 1.5​
Electricity transmissions Finland-Estonia
exports to Estonia TWh​ 0.2​ 0.2​ 0.2​ 0.2​
imports from Estonia TWh​ 1.4​ 1.4​ 0.1​ 0.2​
Elektricity transmissions Finland-Russia​
imports from Russia TWh​ 8.5​ 8.3​ 2.3​ 2.3​

Electricity market
 
The average price (system price) in Nord Pool’s spot market between July and September was 35.95 euros per megawatt hour (45.90 €/MWh during the corresponding period in 2010), and the area price for Finland was 43.35 €/MWh (47.72 €/MWh). Between January and September, the average price in Nord Pool’s spot market was 51.43 €/MWh (50.20 €/MWh), and the area price for Finland was 53.37 €/MWh (53.70 €/MWh).
 
The past summer and autumn were very rainy in Southern Norway. Norway produced much more electricity than what was consumed there. The primary Nordic transmission connections were used at full capacity. Congestions in the transmission grid restricted electricity trade considerably, also on the border between Finland and Sweden. Between January and September, there were restrictions in 24.5 per cent of the time (7.2 per cent). The congestion income on the border between Finland and Sweden, resulting from the transmission congestions, totalled 23 million euros (7.9 million euros) between January and September. Of this, Fingrid's share was one half.
 
The area prices of Finland and Estonia have differed from each other in 50.4 per cent of the time, which was 38.3 percentage points less than in the second quarter of 2011.
 
Fingrid’s counter trade costs between January and September were approx. 1 million euros (0.1 million euros).
 
A possibility to direct electricity exchange trade was made available to the sales of electricity from Russia to Finland. In this arrangement, an importer of electricity can sell electricity directly to the Nordic electricity exchange. Direct exchange trade is a first step towards more market-focused procedures in electricity trade between Russia and Finland and at the same time between Russia and the EU. In the early stages, the volume of direct trade is relatively small, at the most 100 megawatts, while in conventional bilateral trade it is 1,200 megawatts. So far, trading is only available from Russia to Finland.
 
Electricity market 1-9/11​ 1-9/10​ 7-9/11​ 7-9/10​
Nord Pool system price, average €/MWh​ 51.43​ 50.18​ 35.95​ 45.90​
Area price Finland, average €/MWh​ 53.37​ 53.67​ 43.35​ 47.72​
Congestion income in the Noedic countries million €*​ 74.4​ 160.0​ 43.0​ 16.7​
Congestion income between between Finland and Sweden
million €*​
23.0​ 7.9​ 19.0​ 2.2​
Congestion hours between Finland and Sweden %*​ 24.5​ 7.2​ 46.6​ 1.1​
Congestion income between Finland and Estonia million €*​ 17.8​ 6.5​ 0.9​ 3.4​
Congestion hours between Finland and Estonia %*​ 50.4​ 44.4​ 12.5​ 24.9​
 
* From 6 December 2010, Fingrid receives Nordic congestion income only from the congestion income accrued between Finland and Sweden. Fingrid’s congestion income between Finland and Estonia was 8.8 million euros. The costs, i.e. the grid rents between Finland and Estonia, were 8.6 million euros, which was paid to the owners of the Estlink transmission connection (the difference of 0.3 million euros received by Fingrid was created during disturbances on the Estlink connection). The income and costs of both transmission connections are presented in the tables under Financial result.
 
Financing
 
The net financial costs of the Group between July and September were 1 million euros (2million euros during the corresponding period in 2010). The net financial costs between January and September were 14 million euros (10 million euros), including the positive change of 1 million euros (2 million euros negative) in the fair value of derivatives. Financial assets recognised at fair value in the income statement, and cash and cash equivalents amounted to 202 million euros (202 million euros) at 30 September 2011. Moreover, the company has an undrawn revolving credit facility of 250 million euros.
 
The financial position of the Group continued to be satisfactory. The net cash flow from the operations of the Group deducted by capital expenditure and dividends was 88 million euros negative (-13 million euros) between January and September. The interest-bearing borrowings totalled 1,141 million euros (1,041 million euros), of which 707 million euros (697 million euros) were long-term and 434 million euros (344 million euros) were short-term.
 
The counterparty risk involved in the derivative contracts relating to financing was 54 million euros (51 million euros).
 
Personnel
 
The total personnel of the Fingrid Group averaged 265 (261) during the review period.
 
Auditing
 
The consolidated figures in this Interim Report are unaudited.
 
Outlook for the remaining part of the year
 
International rating agency Standard & Poor's Rating Services (S&P) updated Fingrid Oyj's credit ratings on 24 October 2011. S&P kept the ratings unchanged. The long term credit rating is AA- and the short-term rating is A-1+. Fingrid Oyj's outlook continues to be stable.
 
On 20 October 2011, international credit rating agency Fitch Ratings downgraded Fingrid Oyj’s senior unsecured debt rating to  A+ from AA- and Long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to A from A+. Short-term IDR remained at F1. The agency rated the Outlook on the Long-term IDR and changed it from Negative to Stable.
 
The profit of the Fingrid Group for the entire accounting period without the change in the fair value of derivatives is expected to decrease from the level of 2010. However, it is difficult to estimate the financial result for the entire year, because the congestion income cannot be anticipated.Board of Directors
 
Appendices: Tables for the interim report 1 January - 30 June 2011
 
Further information:
Jukka Ruusunen, President & CEO, +358 (0)30 395 5140 or +358 (0)40 593 8428
Tom Pippingsköld, CFO, +358 (0)30 395 5157 or +358 (0)40 519 5041