29.10.2015 11:00
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Fingrid group's Interim report 1 January - 30 September 2015

The consolidated financial statements have been drawn up in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Unless otherwise indicated, the figures in parentheses refer to the same period of the previous year. Financial development in January-September 2015 • The Group’s turnover in January-September was EUR 427.7 (419.0) million • The Group’s operating profit was EUR 105.2 (116.3) million • Consolidated profit for the period was EUR 67.4 (87.4) million • Cash flow from the Group’s operations, after capital expenditure, was EUR 65.7 (92.0) million • Interest-bearing net borrowing amounted to EUR 1,036.8 (1,069.6) million • Capital expenditure totalled EUR 100.4 (87.1) million • The equity ratio was 32.5 (30.4) per cent • Earnings per share totalled EUR 20,278 (26,288) Financial development in July-September 2015 • The Group’s turnover in July-September was EUR 134.6 (113.6) million • The Group’s operating profit for July-September was EUR 23.1 (17.3) million • Consolidated profit for the July-September period was EUR 15.1 (11.2) million

 

KEY FIGURES
 
1−9/15
1−9/14
change %
7−9/15
7−9/14
change %
1−12/14
Turnover
€M
427.7
419.0
2.1
134.6
113.6
18.4
567.2
Capital expenditure, gross
€M
100.4
87.1
15.3
32.6
29.6
10.0
129.5
- of turnover
%
23.5
20.8
 
24.2
26.1
 
22.8
Research and development expenses
€M
1.1
1.2
-9.3
0.3
0.4
-15.7
1.7
- of turnover
%
0.3
0.3
 
0.2
0.3
 
0.3
Average number of employees
 
320
302
6.0
323
314
2.9
305
Number of employees at end of period
 
316
314
0.6
316
314
0.6
313
Salaries and bonuses, total
€M
15.7
15.0
5.0
4.6
4.6
-0.8
20.5
Operating profit
€M
105.2
116.3
-9.5
23.1
17.3
33.3
142.8
- of turnover
%
24.6
27.8
 
17.1
15.2
 
25.2
Profit before taxes
€M
84.2
109.1
-22.8
18.8
14.1
33.1
132.9
- of turnover
%
19.7
26.0
 
13.9
12.4
 
23.4
Profit for the period
€M
67.4
87.4
-22.9
15.1
11.2
34.0
106.5
Comprehensive income for the period
€M
71.5
87.6
-18.3
16.1
11.8
37.0
106.1
Equity ratio
%
32.5
30.4
 
32.5
30.4
 
31.0
Interest-bearing net borrowings
€M
1,036.8
1,069.6
-3.1
1,036.8
1,069.6
 
1,046.1
Net gearing
 
1.5
1.6
 
1.5
1.6
 
1.6
Earnings per share
20,278.08
26,288.42
-22.9
4,534.04
3,382.84
34.0
32,027.89
Dividend, Series A shares
 
 
 
 
 
 
21,655.44
Dividend, Series B shares
 
 
 
 
 
 
16,038.49
Equity per share
202,535
194,997
3.9
 
 
 
200,568
Dividend payout ratio, A shares
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
67.6
Dividend payout ratio, B shares
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
50.1
Number of shares
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
– Series A shares
qty
2,078
2,078
 
2,078
2,078
 
2,078
– Series B shares
qty
1,247
1,247
 
1,247
1,247
 
1,247
Total
qty
3,325
3,325
 
3,325
3,325
 
3,325

 

 

 

CEO Jukka Ruusunen: “The price gap between Finland and Sweden exploded in the third quarter. Fingrid made significant investment decisions.”

“In the third quarter of 2015, the average day-ahead Nordic market price fell to EUR 13.31 per megawatt hour, whereas the corresponding price last year was EUR 31.80 per megawatt hour. The main reason for the low price level was the high hydropower production in Sweden and Norway. In this market situation, the transmission capacity between Finland and Sweden has not been sufficient to transmit all the available low-cost electricity from other Nordic countries to Finland, which is why the area price for Finland was clearly higher than that of the other Nordic countries. In July–September 2015, Finland’s area price was EUR 30.13 per megawatt hour, whereas in the corresponding period last year it was EUR 37.83 per megawatt hour. As a result, the congestion income between Finland and Sweden rose to a record-high EUR 129.5 million, while last year it was EUR 71.5 million. The congestion income is divided evenly between the transmission system operators of the two countries.

The company made significant investment decisions during the review period. An investment to develop the Länsisalmi substation in Vantaa will improve the supply of electricity in the Helsinki area and will secure functions that are vital to society in the capital region. The investment is valued at approximately EUR 20 million. The expansion of the Kristinestad substation will allow hundreds of megawatts of wind power to be connected to the national grid and will improve the reliability of the electricity network in Southern Ostrobothnia. The investment is valued at roughly EUR 10 million. In addition to substantial investment decisions, the company concluded new substation maintenance agreements covering DC connections over the years 2016–2020. The company’s new operating model aims to improve the availability and reliability of the DC connections, which significantly affect the electricity market’s operations and the price of electricity in Finland.”


FINGRID GROUP’S INTERIM REPORT 1.1.−30.9.2015

Accounting principles

Fingrid’s Interim Report has been drawn up in accordance with the standard IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. In preparing this Interim Report, Fingrid has applied the same accounting principles as those used for its 2014 financial statements.


Financial result

The Group’s third quarter turnover was EUR 134.6 (113.6) million. Grid service income in Q3 totalled EUR 56.5 (58.3) million. Other operating income totalled EUR 0.3 (0.4) million. Costs during the period amounted to EUR 99.5 (105.1) million.

The Group’s turnover for January-September was EUR 427.7 (419.0) million. Grid service income declined during the first three quarters of the year to EUR 232.2 (243.5) million due to lower electricity consumption and the two-percent reduction in grid pricing enacted at the start of the year. Other operating income totalled EUR 2.2 (2.1) million. Costs during January-September amounted to EUR 304.9 (316.5) million. 

Between January and September electricity consumption totalled 60.3 (60.9) terawatt hours. Imbalance power sales amounted to EUR 99.2 (110.2) million. Fingrid’s congestion income from connections between Finland and Sweden grew to 64.7 (35.7) million. The significant growth in congestion income was caused by an exceptional situation in the market during the review period. The differences between the area prices of Finland and Sweden were considerably larger than they were in 2014, an outcome of the extremely low wholesale price of electricity in the Nordic countries. Cross-border transmission income from the connection between Finland and Russia increased to EUR 8.2 (5.9) million. The increase was due to the growth in Russian imports, which is attributed to the weakening rouble. Fingrid’s congestion income from connections between Finland and Estonia grew to 3.4 (1.9) million as a result of the market situation.

Imbalance power costs fell from the previous year’s level to EUR 68.6 (75.8) million, largely due to the decline in reserve costs. Loss energy costs increased to EUR 50.8 (48.9) million due to the higher volume of loss energy than in the comparison period and to the substantial price difference between the Finnish area price and systemic price. At the end of September, approximately 101 (97) per cent of Fingrid’s projected loss energy procurement for the remaining part of 2015 was hedged at an average price of EUR 39.7 (43.5) per megawatt hour.

As a consequence of the good market situation for frequency controlled reserves, the cost of reserves to safeguard the system security of the national grid decreased to EUR 42.0 (45.7) million. Depreciation amounted to EUR 69.9 (68.3) million, and maintenance costs to EUR 11.3 (11.4) million. Personnel costs grew as a consequence of the increased number of personnel and were EUR 19.0 (17.7) million.
 

 

Turnover and other income (€M)
1−9/15
1−9/14
change %
7−9/15
7−9/14
change %
Grid service income
232
244
-4.6
57
58
-3.1
Imbalance power sales
99
110
-10.0
29
34
-12.3
ITC income
11
8
29.4
4
2
151.8
Cross-border transmission income
8
6
38.7
1
2
-39.6
Finland-Estonia congestion income
3
2
81.3
0
1
-84.3
Peak load capacity income*
6
6
-4.1
2
2
-12.8
Finland-Sweden congestion income
65
36
81.2
40
12
240.6
Other turnover
3
7
-55.0
1
3
-65.1
Other operating income
2
2
5.1
0
0
-19.8
Turnover and other income total
430
421
2.1
135
114
18.3

 

 

Costs (€M)
1−9/15
1−9/14
change %
7−9/15
7−9/14
change %
Purchase of imbalance power
69
76
-9.5
21
24
-14.8
Loss energy costs
51
49
4.0
20
15
33.2
Depreciation
70
68
2.4
24
23
4.7
Cost of reserves
42
46
-8.0
13
18
-28.3
Personnel costs
19
18
7.3
6
5
4.7
Peak load capacity costs*
6
6
0.3
2
2
0.3
Maintenance costs
11
11
-0.5
4
5
-6.1
ITC charges
7
8
-9.9
3
3
-7.7
Other costs
30
35
-13.6
8
11
-25.3
Costs total
305
316
-3.6
100
105
-5.3
Operating prot, excl. the change in the fair value of commodity derivatives
125
105
19.5
35
9
296.7
Consolidated operating profit, IFRS
105
116
-9.5
23
17
33.3

 

* Peak load capacity income and costs are related to the securing of sufficient electricity supply during peak consumption hours in compliance with the Finnish Peak Load Capacity Act.

 

 

The Group’s operating profit in the third quarter was EUR 23.1 (17.3) million. Profit before taxes was EUR 18.8 (14.1) million. Profit for the period was EUR 15.1 (11.2) million and the comprehensive income was EUR 16.1 (11.8) million. The Group’s net cash flow from operations, with net capital expenditure deducted, was 19.6 (-5.2) million euros in the financial period.

The Group’s operating profit in the first nine months of the year was EUR 105.2 (116.3) million. Profit before taxes was EUR 84.2 (109.1) million. The biggest differences from the corresponding period last year are explained by changes in the market value of derivatives (EUR -45.1 million) and lower grid service income (EUR -11.3 million), and by the congestion income from the connections between Finland and Sweden (EUR +29.0 million). Profit for the financial period was EUR 67.4 (87.4) million and the comprehensive income was EUR 71.5 (87.6) million. The Group’s net cash flow from operations, with net capital expenditure deducted, was EUR 65.7 (92.0) million in the first nine months of the year. The equity ratio was 32.5 (30.4) per cent at the end of the review period.

The Group’s profit for the financial period is characterised by seasonal fluctuations, which is why the profit for the entire year cannot be directly estimated on the basis of profit from the period under review.


Investments and maintenance

Fingrid’s investment programme has proceeded according to plan. The company made major investment decisions during the review period. In order to meet the growing need for electricity transmission between eastern and western Finland, the old transmission connection is being modernised to considerably increase its capacity. As part of this major project, a decision was made to build a transmission line between Lieto and Forssa. The contractor chosen was Dalekovod j.s.c Zagreb. The total value of the project is EUR 17.5 million, and construction will begin in autumn 2015.

The expansion of the Kristinestad substation will allow hundreds of megawatts of wind power to be connected to the grid and will improve the reliability of the electricity network in Southern Ostrobothnia. The project’s investment costs will amount to some EUR 10 million and it will be completed in autumn 2017.

An investment to develop the Länsisalmi substation in Vantaa will improve the supply of electricity in the Helsinki area and will secure functions that are vital to society in the capital region. Construction work will begin in 2016, and the project is due for completion in 2017.   The investment costs are estimated at EUR 20 million.

In order to reinforce the transmission capacity in Ostrobothnia and the capital region, Fingrid concluded an agreement with Hyosung Corporation on the delivery of three power transformers in 2017 and 2018. The procurement is valued at EUR 8.5 million.

In order to improve the availability and reliability of DC connections which significantly affect electricity market operations and the price of electricity in Finland, Fingrid concluded substation maintenance agreements covering DC connections over the years 2016–2020. ABB Oy Power Systems will provide the service for Rauma’s Fenno-Skan and Espoo’s Estlink 1 connections and Siemens Osakeyhtiö for Anttila’s EstLink 2 connection.


Power system

Between July and September, electricity consumption in Finland totalled 18.0 (18.0) terawatt hours. Inter-TSO in the same period amounted to 1.3 (0.7) terawatt hours. The total electricity transmission in Finland was 19.3 (18.7) terawatt hours. Fingrid transmitted a total of 16.3 (15.6) terawatt hours in its grid, representing 77.8 (77.9) per cent of the total electricity transmission in Finland. During this period, Fingrid transmitted 15.0 (14.9) terawatt hours of electricity to its customers which amounts to 83.2 (82.9) per cent of Finland’s total consumption.

In January-September, electricity consumption in Finland amounted to 60.3 (60.9) terawatt hours. Inter-TSO in the same period amounted to 4.2 (2.9) terawatt hours. The total electricity transmission in Finland was 64.5 (63.7) terawatt hours. Fingrid transmitted a total of 50.2 (49.6) terawatt hours in its grid, representing 77.8 (77.9) per cent of the total electricity transmission in Finland. During this period, Fingrid transmitted 46.0 (46.7) terawatt hours of electricity to its customers which amounts to 76.3 (76.7) per cent of Finland’s total consumption.

Between July and September, 4.9 (4.7) terawatt hours of electricity were imported from Sweden to Finland, and 0.2 (0.0) terawatt hours were exported from Finland to Sweden. In January-September, 13.2 (14.1) terawatt hours of electricity were imported from Sweden to Finland and 0.2 (0.10) terawatt hours were exported from Finland to Sweden. A high volume of electricity continued to be imported from Sweden during the review period.

In July-September, 1.2 (0.6) terawatt hours were exported to Estonia. In January-September, 3.8 (2.7) terawatt hours were exported to Estonia.

Between July and September, 0.3 (0.6) terawatt hours of electricity were imported from Russia to Finland and between January and September imports totalled 2.9 (1.9) terawatt hours. Electricity imports from Russia were low as in the previous year. There are major intraday variations in import volumes, however. No electricity was exported to Russia during the reporting period.

The transmission capacity between Finland and its neighbouring countries was fully available in the electricity markets, with the exception of planned maintenance work. The transmission capacity of the EstLink 2 connection between Finland and Estonia was reduced by 100 megawatts until October, due to a faulty submarine cable.    

There were no major disturbances on the national grid during the period under review.

 

Power system operation
1−9/15
1−9/14
7−9/15
7−9/14
Electricity consumption in Finland, TWh
60.3
60.9
18.0
18.0
TSO transmission in Finland, TWh
4.2
2.9
1.3
0.7
Transmission within Finland, TWh
64.5
63.7
19.3
18.7
Fingrids electrity transmission volume, TWh
50.2
49.6
16.3
15.6
Fingrid's electricity transmission to customers, TWh
46.0
46.7
15.0
14.9
Fingrid’s loss energy volume, TWh
1.0
0.9
0.4
0.3

 

Electricity transmission Finland - Sweden
 
 
 
 
Exports to Sweden TWh
0.2
0.1
0.0
0.0
Imports from Sweden, TWh
13.2
14.1
4.9
4.7
Electricity transmission Finland - Estonia
 
 
 
 
Exports to Estonia, TWh
3.8
2.7
1.2
0.6
Electricity transmission Finland - Russia
 
 
 
 
Imports from Russia, TWh
2.9
1.9
0.3
0.6
 

 

 

Electricity market

In the third quarter of the year, the average day-ahead Nordic market price (system price) of electricity between July and September was EUR 13.31 (31.80) per megawatt hour and the area price for Finland was EUR 30.13 (37.83) per megawatt hour. In January-September, the average day-ahead market price for the Nordics was EUR 20.66 (29.23) per megawatt hour and Finland’s area price was EUR 29.35 (35.88) per megawatt hour.

Congestion income between Finland and Sweden totalled EUR 129.5 (71.5) million. The increase in congestion income resulted from the growing price gap between Finland and Sweden due to the low level of Sweden’s area price. The main reason for the low price level was the high hydropower production in Sweden and Norway.

Fingrid lowered its balance service prices by 27 per cent from 1 October 2015, because the reserve procurement costs were considerably lower than predicted.

 

Electricity market
1−9/15
1−9/14
7−9/15
7−9/14
Nord Pool system price, average €/MWh
20.66
29.23
13.31
31.80
Area price Finland, average €/MWh
29.35
35.88
30.13
37.83
Congestion income between Finland and Sweden, €M*
129.5
71.5
80.9
23.7
Congestion hours between Finland and Sweden %*
46.9
47.7
70.4
53.8
Congestion income between Finland and Estonia, €M*
6.8
3.7
0.4
2.6
Congestion hours between Finland and Estonia %*
13.0
10.3
2.5
16.

 

* The congestion income between Finland and Sweden and between Finland and Estonia is divided equally between the relevant TSOs. The income and costs of the transmission connections are presented in the tables in the ‘Financial result’ section.

** The method of calculating congestion hours between Finland and Sweden has changed for this interim report. From this report onwards, congestion hour refers to an hour during which Finland’s day-ahead area price differs from both Sweden’s SE1 and its SE3 area prices. According to the previous calculation method, a congestion hour was considered an hour in which the Finnish area price differed from either the SE1 or SE3 area price. The new method is estimated to give a better picture of the operations of the joint Nordic market, from the perspective of Finnish market operators. The historical data in the interim report is presented using the new calculation method. The change in the method of calculating congestion hours has no influence on the calculation of congestion income.

 

 

During the third quarter of the year, Fingrid used EUR 0.2 (2.1) million for countertrade. The costs were mostly caused by the need for Finland’s internal connections.

In the first nine months of 2015, Fingrid used EUR 2.9 (8.6) million for countertrade. The biggest costs were caused by disturbances in the DC connection between Finland and Sweden in February and May and by countertrade carried out to maintain system security in March and April during transmission outages in Ostrobothnia and northern Finland.

 

Countertrade
1−9/15
1−9/14
7−9/15
7−9/14
Countertrade between Finland and Sweden, €M
0.5
5.9
0.0
2.0
Countertrade between Finland and Estonia, €M
0.8
0.6
0.0
0.4
Countertrade between Finland's internal connections, €M
1.6
2.1
0.2
0.2
Total countertrade, €M
2.9
8.6
0.2
2.6

 

 


Financing

The company’s financial position remained satisfactory and liquidity remained good. The company’s net financial costs between July and September were EUR 4.3 (3.5) million. Between January and September the company’s net financial costs amounted to EUR 21.1 (8.1) million, including the change in the fair value of derivatives of EUR 5.8 million negative (EUR 7.9 million positive). Financial and cash assets recognised at fair value through profit and loss on 30 September 2015 were EUR 101.7 (179.5) million. As planned, the company reduced the level of its financial and cash assets during the review period to achieve a more appropriate capital structure. Fingrid agreed with the banks on a total of EUR 50 million in uncommitted overdraft facilities in order to secure liquidity. An undrawn committed revolving credit facility of EUR 250 million is additionally available to the company.

Interest-bearing borrowings totaled EUR 1,138.5 (1,249.1) million, of which non-current borrowings accounted for EUR 939.5 (1,014.0) million and current borrowings for EUR 199.0 (235.1) million.

The change in the fair value of electricity derivatives during the period under review includes EUR 5.4 million from a dismantled hedge fund resulting from the discontinuation of hedge accounting, as an item reducing the Group’s result.

The counterparty risk arising from derivative contracts relating to financing was EUR 16 (47) million. Fingrid’s foreign exchange and commodity price risks were generally fully hedged.


Personnel

The total number of personnel employed by the Group averaged 320 (302), of which 283 (276) were in a permanent employment relationship.


Other matters

In an arrangement completed on 1 July 2015, Pohjola Insurance Ltd transferred a total of 149 of its Fingrid B Shares to Aino Ky. On 1 July 2015, the State Pension Fund sold altogether 181 of its Fingrid B Shares to Aino Ky.

Through an arrangement completed on 25 September 2015, the State Pension Fund and Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company invested the majority of their Fingrid B shares in Aino Ky.

Asta Sihvonen-Punkka, Lic.Sc. (Econ.), was appointed Fingrid’s new Senior Vice President of Electricity Market Development on 8 September 2015. She will join Fingrid on 1 January 2016 and assume responsibility for electricity market development as of 1 March 2016. The Senior Vice President of Electricity Market Development is a member of Fingrid’s executive management group and reports to the company’s President and CEO, Jukka Ruusunen.


Auditing

This Interim Report is unaudited.

Events after the review period and outlook for the rest of the year

On 28 October 2015, Fingrid Oyj decided on the grid fees for 2016. The company targets annually the reasonable return permitted in the regulation. The pricing for next year is based on the drafts drawn up by the Energy Authority on 2 October 2015 for confirmation decisions and regulatory methods for electricity network operations for the period 2016–2023.

In a stock exchange release dated 2 October 2015, Fingrid announced that, contrary to earlier projections, Fingrid Oyj’s result for the 2015 financial year, excluding taxes and changes in the fair value of derivatives, is expected to improve considerably from 2014 due to an exceptionally high amount of congestion income. At the same time, it was announced that it is likely that the company will close the 2015 regulatory period with surplus revenue. This surplus has been taken into account in the grid fees for 2016 as a factor lowering the amount of the increase. Accordingly, Fingrid Oyj will raise the grid fees in 2016 by an average of 14 per cent.

The company’s debt service capacity is expected to remain stable.

Notes: Tables for Fingrid’s Interim Report 1 January −30 September 2015


Further information:

Jan Montell, Chief Financial Officer, tel. +358 30 395 5213 or +358 40 592 4419 (can be reached on Thursday, 29 October 2015)
or
Jukka Ruusunen, President & CEO, tel. +358 30 395 5140 or +358 40 593 8428 (can be reached on Friday, 30 October 2015)