BUENOS AIRES, Argentina--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Central Puerto S.A. (“Central Puerto” or the “Company”) (NYSE: CEPU), one of the largest private sector power generation company in Argentina, as measured by generated power, reports its consolidated financial results for Fiscal Year 2018.
A conference call to discuss 2018 financial results will be held on March 12, 2019 at 13:00 Eastern Time (see details below). All information provided is presented on a consolidated basis, unless otherwise stated.
Financial statements as of and for the year ended on December 31, 2018 include the effects of the inflation adjustment, applying IAS 29. Accordingly, the financial statements have been stated in terms of the measuring unit current at the end of the reporting period, including the corresponding financial figures for previous periods informed for comparative purposes. Growth comparisons refer to the same period of the prior year, measured in the current unit at the end of the period, unless otherwise stated. Consequently, the information included in the Financial Statements for the year ended on December 31, 2018, is not comparable to the Financial Statements previously published by the company.
Definitions and terms used herein are provided in the Glossary at the end of this document. This release does not contain all the Company’s financial information. As a result, investors should read this release in conjunction with Central Puerto’s consolidated financial statements as of and for the year ended on December 31, 2018 and the notes thereto, which will be available on the Company’s website.
4Q2018 energy generation decreased 14% to 3,471 GWh, as compared to 4,039 GWh during the same period of 2017 (see section C. Main Operating Metrics), mainly due to a 44% decrease in the hydro generation, explained by the decision from CAMMESA to increase the water reserves for 2019’s Summer months and a reduction in the waterflow from the Limay and Collón Curá rivers.
Adjusted EBITDA increased to Ps. 31,989 million in 2018, a 461% increase compared to Ps. 5,705 million in 2017 (see section D. Financial).
Adjusted EBITDA (excluding CVOSA effect and FX differences and interest on FONI receivables) increased to Ps. 9,045 million in 2018, a 64% increase compared to Ps. 5,500 million in 2017 (see section D. Financial).
Consolidated Net income increased 227% to Ps. 17,185 in 2018, compared to Ps. 5262 million in 2017.
Net income for shareholders of Central Puerto, increased to Ps. 17,519 million in 2018, a 231% increase compared to Ps. 5,291 million in 2017 (see section D. Financial).
“During the fourth quarter we continued with the development of our expansion plans to increase our installed capacity, from both renewable and conventional sources.
This shows the strong commitment of Central Puerto, which even in a complex economic context, focuses in the future, consolidating itself as one of the leaders of the market, providing solutions to the energy requirements of Argentina”
Jorge Rauber, CEO Central Puerto
Res. SE 70/2018. On November 7, 2018 the Secretariat of Energy issued Res. 70/2018, which authorized generators to procure their own fuel for assets under the Energía Base Regulatory framework. If generation companies opt to take this option, CAMMESSA will value and pay the generators their respective fuel costs in accordance with the Variable Costs of Production (CVP) declared by each generator to CAMMESA. According to CAMMESA’s procedure, the machines with the lower CVPs are dispatched first, and consequently, may produce more electric energy.
The Agency in Charge of Dispatch (Organismo Encargado del Despacho or “OED” using the Spanish acronym) -CAMMESA- will continue to supply the fuel for those generation companies that do not take this option.
Application of IAS 29. Given that Argentina’s accumulated triennial inflation, either calculated based on the wholesale price index or the consumer price index, is currently over 100%, and the revised targets of the national government, and other available projections, indicate that this trend will not reverse in the short term, the Argentine economy is currently considered hyperinflationary under IAS 29. Under IAS 29, entities that must prepare their financial statements pursuant to IFRS, and whose functional currency is the Argentine peso, such as Central Puerto, must restate their financial statements relating to annual or intermediate periods. Such restatement must take place as if the economy had always been hyperinflationary, using a general price index that reflects changes in the purchasing power of the currency.
Accordingly, the financial statements have been stated in terms of the measuring unit current at the end of the reporting period, including the corresponding financial figures for previous periods, informed for comparative purposes.
B. Recent news
Purchase of Brigadier López plant. On February 27 Central Puerto was awarded the Brigadier López plant in the auction conducted by Integración Energética Argentina S.A. (IEASA).
The plant currently operates with a gas turbine (280 MW) in an open cycle configuration and is currently in advance stages to add a steam turbine in a combined cycle configuration, which will add 140 MW. Once completed, the combined cycle will increase its efficiency significantly, becoming one of the most efficient combined cycle of Argentina in terms of heat rate (approximately 1,485 Kcal/KWh), according to CAMMESA’s estimations. The power capacity and the energy produced will be taken by CAMMESA under PPA agreements.
The price offered for the transaction was US$ 165 million, from which US$ 155 million will be paid in cash, and US$ 10 million will be settled with the transfer of trade receivables owed to the company by CAMMESA (LVFVD), accrued under the Res. SE 95/13 regulatory framework.
Central Puerto will also assume US$ 161 million in debt, to be paid in 41 monthly equal installments starting on April 2019 and accruing a 6 months-Libor + 5% variable or 6.25% fixed interest rate, the highest.
The plant is expected to be transferred effectively on April 1, 2019.
New Regulatory framework for Energía Base Units. On March 1, 2019 the Secretariat of Renewable Resources and Electric Market issued Res. 1/2019, which replaces the tariff scheme for the Energía Base energy generation units. The table below sets forth the tariffs to be applied starting on March 2019, by source of generation:
Up to US$ 7,000 per MW per month
Up to US$ 5,500 per MW per month
These prices, are multiplied by a percentage, which depends
US$ 3,000 per
US$ 5.4 per MWh for generation with natural gas
US$ 4.9 per
1 Effective prices for capacity payment depended on the
availability of each unit, and the achievement of the Guaranteed Bid
Capacity (DIGO in Spanish) that each generator may send to CAMMESA twice
2 Energy payments above mentioned includes the tariffs for energy generated and energy operated as mentioned in Res. SRRyME 1/2019.
C. Main operating metrics
The table below sets forth key operating metrics for 4Q2018, compared to 3Q2018 and 4Q2017, and 2018, compared to 2017:
|Energy Generation (GWh)||3,471||4,423||4,039||(14%)||14,479||15,626||(7%)|
|-Electric Energy Generation-Thermal||2,413||2,911||2,455||(2%)||10,042||11,901||(16%)|
|-Electric Energy Generation - Hydro||893||1,456||1,583||(44%)||4,216||3,725||13%|
|-Electric Energy Generation - Wind||165||56||-||N/A||221||-||N/A|
|Installed capacity (MW; EoP1)||3,810||3,810||3,791||1%||3,810||3,791||1%|
|-Installed capacity -Thermal (MW)||2,222||2,222||2,350||(5%)||2,222||2,350||(5%)|
|-Installed capacity - Hydro (MW)||1,441||1,441||1,441||0%||1,441||1,441||0%|
|-Installed capacity - Wind (MW)||147||147||-||N/A||147||-||N/A|
|Availability - Thermal2||94%||94%||91%||3 p.p.||89%||90%||(1 p.p.)|
|Steam production (thousand Tons)||256||286||289||(11%)||1103||1178||(6%)|
Source: CAMMESA; company data.
1 EoP refers to “End of Period”
2 Availability weighted average by power capacity. Off-time due to scheduled maintenance agreed with CAMMESA is not included in the ratio.
In 4Q2018, energy generation from continuing operations decreased 14% to 4,422 GWh, compared to 4Q2017, mainly due to a 44% decrease in the hydro generation, explained by the decision from CAMMESA to increase the water reserves for 2019’s Summer months and reduction in the waterflow from the Limay and Collón Curá rivers, while thermal production in the period decreased 2. This decrease was partially offset by the increase in energy generation from the wind farms Achiras I and La Castellana I, which started operations on the 3Q2018. During 4Q2018, machine availability of thermal units was 94%, compared to 91% in 4Q2017, showing a sustained level and well above the market average availability for thermal units for the same period of 79%, according to data from CAMMESA.
Finally, steam production showed a 11% decrease totaling 256,000 tons produced during 4Q2018 compared to 289,000 tons during the 4Q2017, due to less demand by our client.
During 2018, energy generation from continuing operations decreased 7% to 14,479 GWh, compared to 2017, affected by a 16% decrease in thermal generation mainly due to scheduled maintenance in the Puerto Combined Cycle Plant during 2Q2018. The temporary impact on thermal production was partially offset by a 13% increase in hydro generation due to greater water flow, and the increase in energy production due to the star of operations of Achiras I and La Castellana I. During 2018, machine availability of thermal units was 89%, compared to 90% in 2017, mainly due to the above-mentioned extension (unscheduled) of the maintenance of the Puerto Combined Cycle Plant. Nonetheless, Central Puerto’s availability was higher than the market average of 79% for the same period, according to data from CAMMESA.
Finally, during 2018, steam production decreased 6% to 1,103,000 tons compared to 1,178,000 during the same period of 2017, due to less demand by our client.
During 3Q2018, La Castellana I (99 MW) and Achiras I (48 MW) wind farms commenced their commercial operations. These plants generated and sold, under the RenovAr Program, a total of 165 GWh of electric energy during their first months of operations.
Main financial magnitudes of continuing operations
|Million Ps.||2018||2017||Var %|
|Cost of sales||(6,487)||(5,199)||25%|
|Administrative and selling expenses||(1,389)||(1,056)||32%|
|Operating income before other operating results||6,389||3,383||89%|
|Other operating results, net1||24,107||790||2,952%|
|Depreciation and Amortization||1,492||1,532||(3%)|
• CVO effect
• Foreign Exchange Difference and interests related to FONI trade receivables
|Average exchange rate of period||28.18||16.57||70%|
|Exchange rate end of period||37.70||18.65||102%|
NOTE: Exchange rates quoted by the Banco de la Nación Argentina are provided only as a reference. The average exchange rate is calculated as the average of the daily exchange rates quoted by the Banco de la Nación Argentina for wire transfers (divisas) for each period.
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
|Million Ps.||2018||2017||Var %|
|Consolidated Net income for the period2||17,185||5,262||227%|
|Result from exposure to the change in purchasing power of the currency||4,036||152||2,557%|
|Share of the profit of an associate||(1,074)||(1,173)||(8%)|
|Income tax expenses||6,604||1,081||511%|
|Net income of discontinued operations||(276)||(791)||(65%)|
|Depreciation and amortization||1,492||1,532||(3%)|
• CVO effect
• Foreign Exchange Difference and interests related to FONI trade receivables
2018 Results Analysis
Revenues from continuing operations increased 48% to Ps. 14,265 million in the 2018, as compared to Ps. 9,639 million in 2017. The increase in revenues was mainly driven by:
(i) the tariff increase established by Res. 19/17, which set higher prices for energy generation and machine availability and set them in US dollars (2018 was fully-impacted by the November 2017 tariff increase),
(ii) an increase in the exchange rate for 2018 higher than the inflation for the period, which impacted tariffs set in US dollars, in terms of argentine pesos current at the end of the reporting period. As a reference, during 2018, the foreign exchange rate increased 102.2%, and inflation rate was 47.6%, while during 2017 the foreign exchange rate increased 17.4% and the inflation rate was 24.8%, and
(iii) the price for the self-supplied fuel recognized by CAMMESA, in accordance to Res. 70/18, for the natural gas used during November and December 2018, in some of the units under the Energía Base regulatory framework, which amounted Ps. 2,129 million.
This was partially offset by a 7% decrease in energy generation from continuing operations that totaled 14,479 GWh during 2018, and less availability from our thermal units during 2018, mainly because of the scheduled maintenance of the Puerto Combined Cycle Plant.
The table below sets forth the tariff scheme for Energía Base which was effective between November 2017 and February 2019, by source of generation:
|Up to US$ 7,000 per MW per month||
US$ 3,000 per MW per
US$ 7 per MWh for generation with natural gas
|US$ 4.9 per MWh|
1Effective prices for capacity payment depended on the availability of each unit, and the achievement of the Guaranteed Bid Capacity (DIGO in Spanish) that each generator may send to CAMMESA twice a year. For further details, see “Item 4.B. Business Overview—The Argentine Electric Power Sector—Remuneration Scheme—The Current Remuneration Scheme” in the annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on April 27, 2018.
Gross profit increased 75% to Ps. 7,779 million, compared to Ps. 4,439 million in 2017. This increase was due to (i) the above-mentioned increase in revenues, and (ii) a less-than-proportional increase in costs of sales that totaled Ps. 6,487 million, a 25% increase as compared to Ps. 5,199 million in 2017. The increase in the cost of sales was primarily driven by:
(i) the cost of the self-supplied fuel purchased in accordance to Res. 70/18 described above for around Ps. 1.9 billion;
(iv) a higher cost of natural gas for the units that generate steam or electric energy under the Energía Plus framework, mainly due an increase in the exchange rate for 2018 that was higher than the inflation for the period, which impacted in the US dollars denominated price of natural gas, in terms of argentine pesos current at the end of the reporting period,. As a reference, during 2018, the foreign exchange rate increased 102.2%, and inflation rate was 47.6%, while during 2017 the foreign exchange rate increased 17.4% and the inflation rate was 24.8%, This was partially offset by lower prices in US dollars
This was partially offset by a 7.8% decrease in the non-fuel-related costs of production, mainly due to (i) a 7% decrease in energy generation, which resulted in a decrease of Ps. 119 million in maintenance costs, a Ps. 59 million decrease in depreciation, and a Ps. 23 million decrease in consumption of materials and spare parts, (ii) a decrease in Ps. 82 million decrease in the purchase of energy and power (iii) lower-than-inflation increases in costs such as compensation to employees and other long-term employee benefits.
As a consequence, Gross Profit Margin increased 8.5 p.p., reaching 55% in 2018.
Operating income before other operating results, net, increased 89% to Ps. 6,389 million, compared to Ps. 3,383 million in 2017. This increase was due to (i) the above-mentioned increase in gross profits, and (ii) a less-than-proportional increase in administrative and selling expenses that totaled Ps. 1,389 million, a 32% increase as compared to Ps. 1,056 million in 2017. This increase was mainly driven by (i) a 86% increase in taxes on bank account transactions, due to increased revenues, costs and capital expenditures completed during the period, (ii) a 270% increase in maintenance expenses mainly as a result of civil works conducted on the office buildings conducted during 2018, and (ii) a 26% increase in fees and compensation for professional services due to legal and financial advisory and consultancy services used during the period.
Adjusted EBITDA increased to Ps. 31,989 million in 2018, compared to Ps. 5,705 million in 2017. This exceptionally high increase was driven by (i) the increase in operating results before other operating income, net mentioned above; (ii) a Ps. 11,017 million during the 2018 from a one-time-gain from the CVO Commercial Operation Approval (the “CVO effect”) and (iii) Ps. 13,953 million during the 2018 from the foreign exchange difference and interest accrued on the trade receivables denominated in US dollars, mainly from FONI trade receivables.
Net income increased to Ps. 17,185 million or Ps. 11.64 per share, in 2018, compared to Ps. 5,262 million or Ps. 3.52 per share, in 2017. In addition to the above-mentioned factors, net income was (i) negatively impacted by higher financial expenses that amounted to Ps. 6,301 million in 2018, compared to Ps. 1201 million in 2017, and (ii) positively impacted by higher financial income which amounted to Ps. 2,280 million during 2018, compared to Ps. 1,559 million in 2017, in each case under (i) and (ii), mainly due to the foreign exchange difference over US dollar denominated debt and financial assets (which excludes FONI and other trade receivables). Additionally, during 2018, the results from discontinued operation decreased to Ps. 276 million during 2018, compared to Ps. 791 million in 2017, and the results from the share of profit of associates decreased to Ps. 1,074 million in 2018, as compared to Ps. 1,173 million in 2017, mainly due to an extraordinary gain from TGM registered in 2017, partially offset by better results from the operations of Ecogas.
Finally, results from exposure to the change in the purchasing power of the currency totaled Ps. 4,036,196 million in 2018, as compared to Ps. 151 million in 2017.
FONI collections increased to Ps. 654 million in 2018, compared to Ps. 573 million in 2017 -both including VAT- (equivalent to approximately US$ 17 million and US$ 15 million, respectively, at the exchange rate as of December 31, 2018), in both cases associated to the FONI trade receivables for San Martín and Manuel Belgrano Plants. As for the trade receivables associated with the CVO agreement, all the documentation has been finalized by CAMMESA and the collection is expected to start on March 2019.
As of December 31, 2018, the Company and its subsidiaries showed a strong balance sheet with Cash and Cash Equivalents of Ps. 230 million, and Other Current Financial Assets of Ps. 1,965 million.
Loans and borrowings totaling Ps. 5,877 million were received mainly by Central Puerto’s subsidiaries CP Achiras and CP La Castellana, to finance the construction of La Castellana I and Achiras I wind farms. From these, Ps. 673 million were current (due date of less than one year), and Ps. 5,204 million were non-current. The IFC-IIC facilities have to be repaid in 52 quarterly equal installments started to be paid on February 2019 in the case of CP La Castellana, will start to be paid on May 2019, in the case of CP Achiras.
|Cash and cash equivalents||159|
|Other financial assets||1,914|
|Subtotal Individual Net Cash Position||2,072|
|Cash and cash equivalents of subsidiaries||71|
|Other financial assets of subsidiaries||51|
Financial Debt of subsidiaries
|Financial Debt of subsidiaries (current)||(673)|
|Financial Debt of subsidiaries (non-current)||(5,204)|
|Subtotal Subsidiaries Net Cash Position||(5,755)|
|Consolidated Net Cash Position||(3,682)|
Cash Flows for 2018
Net cash provided by operating activities was Ps. 4,613 million during 2018. This cash flow arises from Ps. 24,243 million from the operating income from continuing operations obtained during the 2018, minus the non-cash items included in it, which were mainly: (i) Ps. 11,017 million from the one-time CVO receivables update and interest, (ii) Ps. 11,404 million from trade receivables foreign exchange difference, and (iii) Ps. 4,240 million from income tax paid.
Net cash used in investing activities was Ps. 5,070 million in 2018. This amount was mainly due to (i) payments that amounted to Ps. 6,958 million for the purchase of property, plant and equipment for the construction of Achiras I and La Castellana I wind farms, and thermal cogeneration units Terminal 6 and Luján de Cuyo. This was partially offset by partially offset by (i) Ps. 293 million obtained by the sale of short-term financial assets, net, (ii) Ps. 934 million from proceeds from dividends from associates, specially Ecogas and TGM and (iii) Ps. 626 million from the proceeds of the La Plata Plant Sale.
Net cash provided by financing activities was Ps. 687 million in 2018. The main financing activities during 2018 were the above-mentioned long-term loans received by CP Achiras and CP La Castellana, for the construction of the Achiras I and La Castellana I wind farms for a net amount of Ps. 2,257 million, after deducting the repayment of short-term loans during 2018, which was partially offset by (i) Ps. 1,418 million in cash dividend distributed to Central Puerto’s stockholders, and (ii) Ps. 461 million paid in interest and financial expenses.
a. Consolidated Income Statement
|Thousand Ps.||Thousand Ps.|
|Cost of sales||
|Administrative and selling expenses||
|Other operating income||13,222,842||930,062|
|Other operating expenses||
|CVO receivables update and interests||11,017,014||-|
|Results due to exposure to the change in the purchasing power of the currency||
|Share of the profit of associates||1,074,185||1,173,004|
|Income before income tax form continuing operations||23,513,612||5,552,348|
|Income tax for the period||
|Net income for the period from continuing operations||16,909,261||4,471,171|
|Net income for the period from non-continuing operations||276,177||791,274|
|Net income for the period||17,185,438||5,262,445|
b. Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
As of December 31,
As of December 31,
|Thousand Ps.||Thousand Ps.|
|Property, plant and equipment||22,567,418||17,451,669|
|Investment in associates||1,998,336||1,830,138|
|Trade and other receivables||16,671,608||3,842,054|
|Other non-financial assets||222,955||18,782|
|Assets due to differed taxes||-||2,996|
|Other non-financial assets||495,130||695,313|
|Trade and other receivables||10,579,028||5,733,942|
|Other financial assets||1,964,630||1,639,941|
|Cash and cash equivalents||229,948||130,863|
|Equity and liabilities|
|Adjustment to capital stock||11,442,144||11,442,144|
|Legal and other reserves||383,393||162,480|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||0||207,999|
|Equity attributable to shareholders of the parent||32,461,177||16,552,831|
|Other non-financial liabilities||1,958,883||692,009|
|Other loans and borrowings||5,204,030||2,183,278|
|Borrowings from CAMMESA||1,004,304||1,558,485|
|Compensation and employee benefits liabilities||148,470||166,983|
|Deferred income tax liabilities||4,793,384||3,847,033|
|Trade and other payables||1,729,909||1,501,885|
|Other non-financial liabilities||1,660,944||973,971|
|Borrowings from CAMMESA||1,812,910||2,588,283|
|Other loans and borrowings||672,668||746,503|
|Compensation and employee benefits liabilities||391,168||477,136|
|Income tax payable||4,416,843||1,619,402|
|Liabilities associated with the assets held for sale||0||352,015|
|Total equity and liabilities||57,259,866||34,348,994|
c. Consolidated Statement of Cash Flow
|Thousand Ps.||Thousand Ps.|
|Net Income for the period before income tax from continuing operations||23,513,612||5,552,348|
|Net Income for the period before income tax from discontinued operations||328,814||1,181,290|
|Net Income for the period before income tax||23,842,426||6,733,638|
|Adjustments to reconcile income for the period before income tax to net cash flows:|
|Depreciation of property, plant and equipment||1,142,555||1,202,111|
|Disposal of property, plant and equipment||104,378||1,351|
|Amortization of intangible assets||349,674||413,037|
|CVO receivables update and interests||(11,017,014)||-|
|Interest earned from customers||(1,623,309)||(437,583)|
|Share of the profit of associates||(1,074,185)||(1,173,004)|
|Provision for depreciation of materials||37,895||34,401|
|Movements in provisions and long-term employee benefit plan expenses||(40,352)||121,380|
|Trade receivables foreign exchange difference||(11,403,596)||(116,699)|
|Income from the sale of La Plata plant||(229,054)||-|
|Result from exposure to the change in purchasing power of the currency||(2,279,554)||(766,906)|
|Working capital adjustments:|
|Increase in trade and other receivables||5,187,097||(1,147,271)|
|Decrease (Increase) in other non-financial assets and inventories||(30,750)||(343,515)|
|Increase in trade and other payables, other non-financial liabilities and liabilities from employee benefits||1,808,271||(54,486)|
|Interest received from customers||44,358||119,293|
|Income tax paid||(4,240,036)||(1,161,769)|
|Net cash flows provided by operating activities||4,612,861||3,070,971|
|Purchase of property, plant and equipment||(6,958,953)||(5,734,812)|
|Cash flows generated from the sale of La Plata plant||625,905||-|
|Sale of available-for-sale assets, net||292,639||2,394,118|
|Purchase of investment in associates||-||(9)|
|Net cash flows provided by investing activities||(5,070,325)||(3,281,233)|
|Short term loans (settlements) proceeds, net||(23,139)||(1,089,069)|
|Long term loans received||4,374,978||2,840,834|
|Long term loans paid||(2,095,109)||(1,654,794)|
|Borrowings received from CAMMESA||-||1,023,563|
|Interests and other loan costs paid||(461,443)||(71,113)|
|Contributions from non-controlling interests||309,764||497,762|
|Net cash flows provided (used in) by financing activities||687,412||(341,788)|
|Net decrease (increase) in cash and cash equivalents||(676,887)||39,646|
|Exchange difference and other financial results||1,331,368||66,978|
|Results due to exposure to the change in the purchasing power of the currency||(555,396)||(31,056)|
|Cash and cash equivalents as of January 1||130,863||55,295|
|Cash and cash equivalents as of December 31||229,948||130,863|
F. Information about the Conference Call
There will be a conference call to discuss Central Puerto’s the 2018 results on March 13, 2019 at 13:00 New York Time / 14:00 Buenos Aires Time.
The hosts will be Mr. Jorge Rauber, Chief Executive Officer, and Mr. Fernando Bonnet, Chief Financial Officer. To access the conference call, please dial:
United States Participants (Toll Free) : +1-888-317-6003
Argentina Participants (Toll Free) : 0800-555-0645
International Participants : +1-412-317-6061
Passcode : 8003588
The Company will also host a live audio webcast of the conference call on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://investors.centralpuerto.com/. Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the website and download any streaming media software that might be required to listen to the webcast.
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In this release, except where otherwise indicated or where the context otherwise requires:
- “CAMMESA” refers to Compañía Administradora del Mercado Mayorista Eléctrico Sociedad Anónima;
- “CVP” refers to Variable Cost of Production of producing energy, which may be declared by the generation companies to CAMMESA;
- “CVO effect” refers to the CVO receivables update and interests triggered by the CVO Plant Commercial Operation Approval, which generated a Ps. 11,017 million one-time-gain accrued during the 1Q2018;
- “Ecogas” refers collectively to Distribuidora de Gas Cuyana (“DGCU”), and its controlling company Inversora de Gas Cuyana (“IGCU”) and Distribuidora de Gas del Centro (“DGCE”), and its controlling company Inversora de Gas del Centro (“IGCE”);
- “Energía Base” (legacy energy) refers to the regulatory framework established under Resolution SE No. 95/13, as amended, and, since February 2017, regulated by Resolution SEE No. 19/17;
- “FONINVEMEM” or “FONI”, refers to the Fondo para Inversiones Necesarias que Permitan Incrementar la Oferta de Energía Eléctrica en el Mercado Eléctrico Mayorista (the Fund for Investments Required to Increase the Electric Power Supply) and Similar Programs, including Central Vuelta de Obligado (CVO) Agreement;
- “MATER”, refers to Mercado a Término de Energía Renovable, is the regulatory framework that allows generators to sell electric energy from renewable sources directly to large users.
- “p.p.”, refers to percentage points;
- “TGM” refers to Transportadora de Gas del Mercosur S.A.;
Rounding amounts and percentages: Certain amounts and percentages included in this release have been rounded for ease of presentation. Percentage figures included in this release have not in all cases been calculated on the basis of such rounded figures, but on the basis of such amounts prior to rounding. For this reason, certain percentage amounts in this release may vary from those obtained by performing the same calculations using the figures in the financial statements. In addition, certain other amounts that appear in this release may not sum due to rounding.
This release contains certain metrics, including information per share, operating information, and others, which do not have standardized meanings or standard methods of calculation and therefore such measures may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. Such metrics have been included herein to provide readers with additional measures to evaluate the Company’s performance; however, such measures are not reliable indicators of the future performance of the Company and future performance may not compare to the performance in previous periods.
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CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS RELEVANT TO FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION
This release contains certain forward-looking information and forward-looking statements as defined in applicable securities laws (collectively referred to in this Earnings Release as “forward-looking statements”) that constitute forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. The words ‘‘anticipate’’, ‘‘believe’’, ‘‘could’’, ‘‘expect’’, ‘‘should’’, ‘‘plan’’, ‘‘intend’’, ‘‘will’’, ‘‘estimate’’ and ‘‘potential’’, and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.
Statements regarding possible or assumed future results of operations, business strategies, financing plans, competitive position, industry environment, potential growth opportunities, the effects of future regulation and the effects of competition, expected power generation and capital expenditures plan, are examples of forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.
The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements except as required under securities laws. Further information concerning risks and uncertainties associated with these forward-looking statements and the Company’s business can be found in the Company’s public disclosures filed on EDGAR (www.sec.gov).
In this release, Adjusted EBITDA, a non-IFRS financial measure, is defined as net income for the year, plus finance expenses, minus finance income, minus share of the profit of associates, minus depreciation and amortization, plus income tax expense, plus depreciation and amortization, minus net results of discontinued operations.
Adjusted EBITDA is believed to provide useful supplemental information to investors about the Company and its results. Adjusted EBITDA is among the measures used by the Company’s management team to evaluate the financial and operating performance and make day-to-day financial and operating decisions. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other parties to evaluate companies in the industry. Adjusted EBITDA is believed to be helpful to investors because it provides additional information about trends in the core operating performance prior to considering the impact of capital structure, depreciation, amortization and taxation on the results.
Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with IFRS. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, including:
• Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, including cash requirements for, our working capital needs or contractual commitments;
• Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our finance expenses, or the cash requirements to service interest or principal payments on our indebtedness, or interest income or other finance income;
• Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our income tax expense or the cash requirements to pay our income taxes;
• although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated or amortized often will need to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for these replacements;
• although share of the profit of associates is a non-cash charge, Adjusted EBITDA does not consider the potential collection of dividends; and
• other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.
The Company compensates for the inherent limitations associated with using Adjusted EBITDA through disclosure of these limitations, presentation of the Company’s consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRS and reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable IFRS measure, net income. For a reconciliation of the net income to Adjusted EBITDA, see the tables included in this release.