Press Release - 27.05.2004

PPC's first quarter 2004 financial results: Improvement of results compared to first quarter 2003.

ATHENS, MAY 27 2004

 

 

PPC's first quarter 2004 financial results: Improvement of results compared to first quarter 2003

 

 

 

 

Net Income amounted to Euro 115,6 m, up by 10,5% from 1Q 2003. Further reduction of net debt to Euro 3.756 m from 4.025 m[1].

 

·      Total revenues grew by 9,5% as compared to the first quarter 2003 and amounted to € 1.043 m. Revenues from energy sales increased by 9,4%.

·      Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) increased by 12,3%, from € 333,9 m to € 375,1 m and Operating Profit by 15,9% from € 204,3 m to € 236,7 m, due to revenue growth, higher operating efficiency levels and containment of operating costs.

·      EBITDA margin reached 36% compared to 35% in the first quarter 2003.

·      Profit before tax increased by 6,8%, from € 174,4 m to € 186,3 m.

·      Negative foreign exchange differences of € 6,3 m, compared to the corresponding positive figure of € 17,7 m for the first quarter of 2003, led to an increase of financial expenses.

·      Share of loss in associated companies decreased to € 3,2 m from     € 9,1 m in the first quarter of 2003 and corresponds to PPC’s investment after tax in the telecommunications company Tellas S.A. 1Q 2004 financial results.

·      Net income grew by 10,5% to € 115,6 m from € 104,6 m due to the combination of improved operating profitability and  increased  financial expenses. As a result earnings per share increased from € 0,45 to € 0,50.

·      Capital expenditure amounted to € 171,8 m and includes the cost of Olympic projects under construction.

·      Net debt further decreased to € 3.756 m from € 4.025 m in March 2003 and € 3.892 m in December 2003.

·      Current headcount, excluding personnel assigned to HTSO, decreased, as a result of natural attrition to approximately 27.900, as compared to approximately 28.500 employees, at the end of 1Q 2003.

 [1] The financial information contained in this statement has been prepared according to International Financial Reporting Standards, formerly International Accounting Standards.


Summary Financials (Unaudited IFRS, Euro m)

 

1Q 2004

1Q 2003

Δ (%)

Total Revenues

1.043,3

953,2

9,5%

EBITDA

375,1

333,9

12,3%

EBITDA Margin

36,0%

35,0%

-

Profit from Operations (EBIT)

236,7

204,3

15,9%

EBIT Margin

22,7%

21,4%

-

Net Income

115,6

104,6

10,5%

EPS (in Euro)

0,50

0,45

11,1%

No. of Shares (m)

232

232

-

Net Debt

3.756

4.025

-6,7%

Public Power Corporation’ s Chief Executive, Stergios Nezis, said:

"Despite of a slowdown in the increase of consumption due to mild weather  conditions in Greece during March we increased our total sales, by increasing exports and  improved profitability through higher operating efficiency levels and  containment of operating costs.  Financial results are better than those of 1Q 2003, which, in turn, were exceptionally positive due to the high contribution of Hydroelectric generation. Our primary objective remains a solid financial performance in order to enhance value for our shareholders ".

For further information, please contact:

Gregoris Anastasiadis Chief Financial Officer Tel.: +32 10 522 5346

Summary Profit & Loss (Unaudited IFRS, Euro m)

 

1Q 2004

1Q 2003

Δ (%)

Total Revenues

1.043,3

953,2

9,5%

Total Operating Expenses (excl. depreciation)

668,2

619,4

7,9%

Total Payroll Expenses

277,9

264,3

5,1%

Total Fuel Expenses

165,2

156,4

5,6%

Energy Purchases

36,1

34,7

4,0%

Transmission System Usage

63,9

60,1

6,3%

Other Operating Expenses

125,1

103,9

20,4%

(EBITDA)

375,1

333,9

12,3%

EBITDA Margin (%)

36,0%

35,0%

-

Depreciation & Amortization

138,4

129,6

6,8%

Profit from Operations (EBIT)

236,7

204,3

15,9%

EBIT margin (%)

22,7%

21,4%

-

Total Financial Expenses

50,4

29,9

68,6%

- Net Financial Expenses

41,6

41,4

0,5%

- Foreign Currency Gains/(Losses)

(6,3)

17,7

-135,6%

- Other Income

0,7

2,9

-75,9%

- Share of loss in associated companies

3,2

9,1

-64,8%

Pre-tax Profits

186,3

174,4

6,8%

Net Income

115,6

104,6

10,5%

EPS (in Euro)

0,50

0,45

11,1%

Summary Balance Sheet and Capex (Unaudited IFRS, Euro m)

 

1Q/2004

1Q/2003

Δ (%)

Net Debt

3.756

4.025

-6,7%

Total Equity

3.438

3.272

5,1%

Capital Expenditure

172

118

45,8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

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