23.4.2013 11:00
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Fingrid Group's Interim Report 1 January - 31 March 2013

January - March 2013: Improved profit for the financial period • The Group’s revenue between January and March 2013 was 171 million euros (170 million euros during the corresponding period in 2012). • Operating profit for the first quarter of the year was 79 million euros (54 million). • The Group's net profit for the financial period was 55 million euros (38 million). • The cash flow from the operations of the Group deducted by capital expenditure was 38 million euros (57 million). • The interest-bearing borrowings totalled 992.5 million euros (970 million). • Capital expenditure totalled 34 million euros (19 million). • The equity ratio was 29.3% (26.4%). • Earnings per share totalled 16,550 euros (11,372 euros).

 

KEY FIGURES
 
Jan-Mar13
Jan-Mar12
change%
Jan-Dec2012
Revenue
M€
170.6
169.6
0.6
522.1
Capital expenditure, gross
M€
34.4
19.1
79.9
139.0
– of revenue
%
20.2
11.3
 
26.6
Research and development expenses
M€
0.4
0.3
34.3
1.5
– of revenue
%
0.2
0.2
 
0.3
Personnel, average
 
268
265
1.1
269
Personnel, at the end of period
 
 
276
269
2.6
275
Salaries and bonuses, total
M€
4.57
4.42
3.4
18.21
Operating profit
M€
79.1
54.2
45.9
94.6
– of revenue
%
46.4
32.0
 
18.1
Profit before taxes
M€
72.8
50.0
45.6
88.3
– of revenue
%
42.7
29.5
 
16.9
Profit for the financial period
M€
55.0
37.8
45.5
67.0
Comprehensive income for the financial period
M€
50.3
40.0
25.6
73.2
Return on investment (ROI)
%
 
 
 
5.6
Return on equity (ROE)
%
 
 
 
12.4
Equity ratio
%
29.3
26.4
 
27.3
Interest-bearing net borrowings
M€
992.5
969.9
2.3
1030.3
Net gearing ratio
%
160.1
180.8
 
180.8
Earnings per share
16 550.4
11 372.2
45.5
20 159.2
Dividend/ series A shares
 
 
 
2 018.26*
Dividend/ series B shares
 
 
 
2 018.26*
Equity per share
186 478
161 368
15.6
171 365
Dividend payout ratio, A shares
%
 
 
 
10.0*
Dividend payout ratio, B shares
%
 
 
 
10.0*
Number of shares at 31 Dec
 
 
 
 
 
– Series A shares
pcs
2 078
2 078
0
2 078
– Series B shares
pcs
1 247
1 247
0
1 247
Total
pcs
3 325
3 325
0
3 325

 * The Board of Directors' proposal to the Annual General Meeting

 


Says Jukka Ruusunen, President and CEO of Fingrid, about the interim report:

"Electricity consumption at last year's level"

"Despite the prolonged winter, electricity consumption for the first quarter of the year remained at the same level where it was a year ago. The first quarter's operating profit was enhanced by the grid tariff increases implemented at the beginning of the year, and by the decrease in loss energy expenses in comparison with last year. The congestion income related to the area price difference between Finland and Sweden decreased from last year, as the transmission capacity from Sweden has been able to fulfil the market needs better."


Fingrid Group's interim report 1 January - 31 March 2013

Accounting principles

Fingrid's interim report has been drawn up in accordance with standard IAS 34, Interim Financial Reporting. In this interim report, Fingrid has followed the same principles as in the annual financial statements for 2012.

Financial result

The Group's revenue for the first quarter of the year was 171 million euros (170 million euros during the corresponding period in 2012). Other operating income was 1 million euros (0.5 million euros).

The grid service income rose to 116 million euros (99 million euros) as a result of the tariff increase of 15 per cent carried out at the beginning of the year. Electricity consumption remained at the previous year's level and was 24,6 TWh (24,6 TWh). The sales of imbalance power were 40 million euros (46 million euros). Cross-border transmission income on the connection between Finland and Russia remained at the previous year's level. Fingrid's congestion income between Finland and Sweden was 1 million euros (8 million euros).

The purchases of imbalance power were 32 million euros (42 million euros). Loss energy costs decreased to 15 million euros (18 million euros) due to a lower loss energy purchase price and a decrease in loss energy purchases. At the end of March, 99 per cent of Fingrid's projected loss energy procurement for the remaining part of 2013 had been hedged at an average price of 47.2 euros per megawatt hour.

The costs of reserves, which safeguard the system security of the power system, increased by 6 million euros during the review period due to the increased market prices of reserves and the additional reserve purchases made to improve frequency quality. Depreciations totalled 19 million euros (19 million euros). The maintenance management costs totalled 4 million euros (3 million euros), and the increase was mainly due to the costs incurred from the initiated repair of the Fenno-Skan 1 interconnection. Personnel costs increased slightly from the previous year.

 

Revenue and other operating income (million €)
Jan-Mar 13
Jan-Mar 12
change %
 
 
 
 
Grid service revenue
116
99
 16.9
Sales of imblance power
40
46
-13.7
ITC income
3
5
-38.7
Cross-border transmission
5
5
  -1.8
Finland-Estonia congestion income*
1
1
-58.2
Peak load capacity**
5
5
  -0.1
Finland-Sweden congestion income
1
8
-91.2
Other revenue
1
1
 25.8
Other operating income
1
1
 81.2
 
 
 
 
Revenue and other income total
172
170
   0.9

 

 

Costs (million €)
Jan-Mar 13
Jan-Mar 12
change %
 
 
 
 
Purchase of imbalance power
32
42
-24.0
Purchase of loss energy
15
18
-17.2
Depreciation
19
19
   4.5
Estlink grid rents*
1
1
-54.0
Reserves
12
6
 87.0
Personnel
6
5
   4.1
Peak load capacity**
5
5
  -0.7
Maintenance management
4
3
 40.0
ITC charges
3
3
-21.9
Other costs
8
6
 31.1
 
 
 
 
Costs total
103
108
  -4.5
 
 
 
 
Operating profit excluding the change in the fair value of commodity derivatives
69
62
 10.2
Operating profit of the Group
79
54
 45.9

*Fingrid's income from the congestion income between Finland and Estonia was 0.5 million euros. The costs (grid rents between Finland and Estonia) were 0.5 million euros, which was paid to the owners of the transmission connection. The difference of 0.0 million euros received by Fingrid was created during disturbances on the Estlink connection (no disturbance occurred between January and March 2013).
** The peak load capacity income and costs are related to the securing of the sufficiency of electricity during peak consumption hours within the framework of the Finnish Peak Load Capacity Act.

The operating profit of the Group was 79 million euros (54 million euros), which contains 11 million euros (-8 million euros) of changes in the fair value of commodity derivatives. The profit before taxes was 73 million euros (50 million euros). The profit for the financial period was 55 million euros (38 million euros) and the consolidated total comprehensive income was 50 million euros (40 million euros). The cash flow from the operations of the Group deducted by capital expenditure was 38 million euros positive (57 million euros). The equity ratio of the Group was 29.3 per cent (26.4 per cent) at the end of the review period.

The Group's profit for financial period is characterised by seasonal fluctuations, which is why the profit for the financial year cannot be directly estimated on the basis of the three-month profit for the financial period.


Capital expenditure

During the first quarter of the year, Fingrid made significant decisions about investments in substations. A new 110-kilovolt substation will be built in Naantalinsalmi to replace the existing 110-kilovolt switchgear at the Naantali power plant. The new substation will enable the connection of Kraftnät Åland's high-voltage direct current submarine cable between the Åland Islands and mainland Finland to the Finnish grid. The total costs of this project are approximately 8.8 million euros.

The improvement of the Petäjäskoski substation covers the renewal of the aged and structurally impractical 220-kilovolt switchgear and the addition of another 400/220-kilovolt transformer. The upgrade is carried out so as to improve system security in the transmission system in Lapland. The total costs of station renovation project are approximately 16 million euros.

Fingrid's new reserve power plant was inaugurated in Forssa in late March. The plant is the largest reserve power plant in Finland, used for securing the functioning of the Finnish power system in disturbance situations. The plant was completed on schedule in late 2012. Fingrid now has a total of 1,300 megawatts of fast disturbance reserve. 

The Group's gross capital expenditure between January and March was 34.4 million euros (19.1 million euros during the corresponding period in 2012).

Power system

From the beginning of 2013 to the end of March, 24.6 terawatt hours of electricity was consumed in Finland (24.6 TWh in the corresponding period in 2012). A total of 17.6 TWh (17.5 TWh) of electricity was transmitted in Fingrids grid during the same period, representing 72 per cent of the electricity consumption in Finland.

The electricity import and production capacity was well sufficient to cover the peak consumption of the winter. According to Fingrid’s operation control measurements, the peak electricity consumption in the winter of 2013 was 14,043 megawatts. The highest electricity generation volume in Finland in the early part of 2013 was approx. 12,000 megawatts, and power plants worked without significant disturbance during the period ofcold weather. It was not necessary to take into use any of the nation-wide peak load capacity of 600 megawatts.

Electricity transmissions between Finland and Sweden consisted mainly of imports to Finland. The failure in the Fenno-Skan 1 interconnection limited the import capacity during the review period. The interconnection was out of operation for the duration of January due to repair work and the commissioning tests of the new automation system. On February 12, the Fenno-Skan 1 interconnection was hit by a cable failure.

The repair of the interconnection was completed in April. Between January and March, 2.3 TWh of electricity were imported from Sweden to Finland (3.1 TWh), and 0.3 TWh (0.1 TWh) were exported from Finland to Sweden.

There were no significant electricity transmission restrictions in the transmission capacity on the Russian or Estonian borders between January and March. The volume of imports from Russia, on average, has been approximately half of the available capacity, and it has varied as determined by the market situation. The prevailing direction of transmissions on the Estlink connection varied, depending on the market situation. Electricity imports from Russia from January to March were 1.8 TWh (2.0 TWh) and from Estonia 0.2 TWh (0.1 TWh). Exports to Estonia were 0.3 TWh (0.4 TWh).

In order to restore the deteriorated frequency quality in the Nordic countries, the Nordic grid companies have started the test use of a new reserve type, the Automatic Frequency Restoration Reserve. During the test period, a total of 100 MW of this reserve will be maintained, and Fingrid's share is 23 MW.

 
Power system operation
Jan-Mar 2013
Jan-Mar 2012
 
 
 
Eelectricity consumption in Finland TWh
24.6
24.6
Fingrid's transmission volume TWh
17.6
17.5
Fingrid's loss energy volume TWh
  0.3
  0.3
Electricity transmissions Finland-Sweden
 
 
Exports to Sweden TWh
  0.3
  0.1
Imports from Sweden TWh
  2.3
  3.1
Electricity transmissions Finland-Estonia
 
 
Exports to Estonia TWh
  0.3
  0.4
Imports from Estonia TWh
  0.2
  0.1
electricity transmissions Finland-Russia
 
 
Imports from RussiaTWh
  1.8
  2.0

 

Electricity market

The average price (system price) in Nord Pool spot market during the first quarter of 2013 was 42 €/MWh (38€/MWh during the corresponding period in 2012) and Finland's area price was 42€/MWh (43€/MWh).

In the early part of 2013, the Swedish transmission lines' capacity has been able to fulfil the market needs better than last year, despite the failure in the Fenno-Skan 1 interconnection. Since the beginning of the year, Finland has belonged to the same price area with Northern Sweden or the Stockholm area for 96 per cent of the time, whereas the corresponding rate for last year was 30 per cent.

The normalisation of the water reservoir situation in the Nordic countries has significantly helped the situation. In addition, due to the Fenno-Skan interconnection failure, Fingrid again made the decision to postpone the outage of the northern cross-border line connection to await a more suitable market situation.

During the first quarter of 2013, Fingrid used 0.1 million euros for counter trade (1.8 million euros in 2012).

In March, the Finnish government introduced a new electricity market act proposal to the parliament. The proposal concerns the grid in terms of separating grid ownership and amending the definition of grid. According to the proposed act, the goal of grid development is to maintain Finland's position as one offer area in electricity trade. The grid owner's area of responsibility covers the entire country, excluding the Åland Islands that have a separate grid owner.

The Northeast European market integration project stepped forward in February, when the project parties set their goal at establishing the region's market connection by the end of November. The project of grid companies and electricity exchanges optimises transmission capacity management across more than 20 borders between 13 countries. The final goal is to achieve an all-European electricity market.

 

Electricity market
Jan-Mar13
Jan-Mar12
 
 
 
Nord Pool system price, average €/MWh
42.03
38.48
Area price Finland, average €/MWh
42.10
42.71
Congestion income between Finland and Sweden million €*
  1.4
15.4
Congestion hours between Finland and Sweden%*
  7.4
40.1
Congestion income between Finland and Estonia  million €*
  1
  2.5
Congestion hours between Finland and Estonia %*
26.5
29.4
 
 
 

 * The congestion income between Finland and Sweden as well as between Finland and Estonia is divided between the relevant TSOs in equal proportions. The income and costs of the transmission connections are presented in the tables under Financial result.


Financing

The financial position of the Group continued to be satisfactory. The net financial costs of the Group were 7 million euros during the review period (4 million euros). The net financial costs excluding the changes in the fair value of derivatives were 5 million euros (5 million euros). Financial assets recognised at fair value in the income statement and cash and cash equivalents amounted to 225 million euros (261 million euros) on 31 March 2013. Moreover, the company has an undrawn revolving credit facility of 250 million euros.

The interest-bearing borrowings totalled 1,218 million euros (1,231 million euros), of which 1,056 million euros (826 million euros) were non-current and 161 million euros (405 million euros) were current.

The counterparty risk involved in the derivative contracts relating to financing was 80 million euros (65 million euros).

On 16 January 2013, the international rating agency Standard & Poor’s Rating Services (S&P) revised Fingrid Oyj’s outlook from negative to stable. Other ratings remained unchanged. S&P affirmed Fingrid Oyj’s long-term rating AA-, short-term rating A-1+ and the long-term credit rating AA-. FitchRatings published a report on Fingrid's credit ratings on 18 March 2013, and the ratings remained unchanged. Fitch's rating for Fingrid Oyj's senior unsecured debt is A+. The Long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR)  is A and Short-term IDR is F1. Fingrid Oyj's outlook is stable.

Personnel

The total personnel of the Fingrid Group averaged 268 (265) during the review period.


Auditing

The consolidated figures in this Interim Report are unaudited.


Events after review period and outlook for the remaining part of the year

No substantial events or changes have occurred in Fingrid's operations or financial standing after the end of the financial period.

The company raised its tariffs by 15 per cent as of 1 Jan. 2013. The company proceeds with the implementation of its long-term 1.7-billion euro investment programme. Investments will be financed by increased external funding.

Fingrid Group's profit before taxes without the changes in the fair value of derivatives is expected to increase slightly from the previous year. The uncertainty involved in electricity consumption, congestion income and in cross-border income on the interconnections from Russia makes it difficult to forecast the profit for the entire financial year.


Annual General Meeting

Fingrid Oyj's Annual General Meeting shall take place on 27 May 2013 at 10 a.m. in Helsinki.

Board of Directors

Appendices: Tables for the interim report 1 January - 31 March 2013

Further information:
Jukka Ruusunen, President & CEO, tel. +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