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Update on the Group's financial outlook
- 2018 outlook
At its meeting today, the Orano Board of Directors reviewed the financial outlook for 2018. Considering the latest available forecasts, the Group specified the following:
- net cash flow from company operations is expected to exceed €50 million, in line with the Group's objective to generate positive net cash flow from company operations from 2018, allowing it to initiate debt reduction;
- EBITDA margin for the period is expected at around 22%, i.e. high end of guidance ranging from 19% to 22%1 as previously announced;
- 2018 revenue, announced in moderate decline, will be down between 6% to 8% compared with financial year 2017.
In addition, unless financial markets post a turnaround before the end of the year, net income will be negative, significantly affected by the return on assets earmarked for end-of-lifecycle obligations, due to negative market performance and, in parallel, the application of IFRS 9 since January 1, 2018.
- 2020 outlook confirmed
The announcements made on November 27, 2018 as part of the Multi-Year Energy Program (Programmation Pluriannuelle de l’Energie - PPE) will not have any short-term financial consequences but may have an effect in the middle of the next decade.
The Group therefore confirms its financial objectives for 2020:
- sustainably positive net cash flow from company operations;
- EBITDA margin/revenue of between 21% and 24%1;
- context of a return to growth in revenue.
This outlook for 2020 does not take into account the proposed spent fuel treatment and recycling plant in China, for which negotiations have been extended.
- 2019 objectives
The Group will outline its financial objectives for 2019 when presenting its results for 2018.
1 Adjusted to reflect the impact from the application of IFRS 15.
Changes in share capital
On December 4, 2018, the French State acquired 12,774,282 shares, i.e. 4.8% of Orano's capital, from the CEA2.
From that date, the share capital of Orano3 is owned by the French State (50% + 1 share), the CEA (1 share), AREVA SA (20%), JNFL (5%) and MHI (5%), as well as the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations4 and Natixis4 (10% each).
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Orano transforms nuclear materials so that they can be used to support the development of society, first and foremost in the field of energy.
The group offers products and services with high added value throughout the entire nuclear fuel cycle, from raw materials to waste treatment. Its activities, from mining to dismantling, as well as in conversion, enrichment, recycling, logistics and engineering, contribute to the production of low carbon electricity.
Orano and its 16,000 employees bring to bear their expertise and their mastery of cutting-edge technology, as well as their permanent search for innovation and unwavering dedication to safety, to serve their customers in France and abroad.
Orano, giving nuclear energy its full value.
2 Pursuant to the government decree of November 26, 2018.
3 Figures rounded to the nearest unit.
4 The Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and Natixis both acting as fiduciary agent (fiduciaire) under a security and management trust agreement (contrat de fiducie à titre de sûreté et de gestion) to the benefit of certain lenders of AREVA SA.