Press Release - 23.02.2005

PPC's 2004 financial results

PUBLIC POWER CORPORATION S.A.
COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT




                                        PRESS RELEASE


                                          PPC's 2004 financial results


 

 

   Revenues increased by 5,0%

   Net debt was reduced by 6,6% [1]

 Total revenues grew by 5,0% as compared to the year 2003 and amounted to € 4.094 m. Revenues from energy sales increased by 5,1% due to relatively mild weather conditions and to export restrictions in order to secure maximum reserve capabilities for the Olympic Games. Electricity tariffs were increased by 2,5% effective November 1,2004 while the previous tarrif increase took place on September 1, 2003 (2,5%).

 Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) increased by 6,0% from € 1.138,4 m to € 1.207,2 m and Operating Profit by 9,8% from € 592,7 m to € 650,5 m, mainly due to revenue growth despite increased maintenance and overtime costs, in preparation of and during the Olympic Games. Earnings growth of 2004 was impacted by one-off costs, amounting to approximately € 65 m, related to the Olympic Games.

 EBITDA margin reached 29,5% compared to 29,2% in year end 2003. 

Total Financial Expenses increased by 14,6% due to negative Foreign Exchange Differences of € 10,4 m, compared to the corresponding positive figure of € 35,1 m at year end 2003. 

The share of loss in associated companies decreased to € 8,2 m from € 26,9 m in 2003 and corresponds to PPC's investment in Tellas S.A., the telecommunications company.

 As a consequence, Profit before tax increased by 8,6%, from € 475,3 m to € 516,0 m and Net Income increased by 5,7% to € 322,0 m from € 304,6 m. Earnings per share increased from € 1,31 to € 1,39.

Capital expenditure amounted to € 754,3 m and includes the cost of Olympic projects.

 Compared to 2003, net debt was reduced by € 256,9 m or 6,6%, to € 3.635,1 m from € 3.892 m.

 Current headcount, excluding personnel assigned to HTSO, decreased, as a result of natural attrition and constrained hiring, to 27.921, as compared to 28.100 employees, at the end of 2003.
[1] The financial information contained in this statement has been prepared according to International Financial Reporting Standards, formerly International Accounting Standards



The Company made use of the provisions of article 15 of Law 3229/2004 relating to the surplus value tax and opted for the readjustment of the values, on 31 December 2004, of its Land, Mines and Buildings in accordance with IAS/IFRS, following an appraisal carried out by an independent valuator.
The appraisal in question has not yet been finalized since it encompasses thousands of assets scattered all over mainland Greece and the islands. At this stage, it is not yet possible to quantify the effects on the Balance Sheet and the Income Statement, including-inter alia- the effect of the surplus value tax on the Company's profits, of the appraisal under process.
The results of the appraisal shall be recorded on the Company's Audited Financial Statements for 31 December 2004.
Furthermore, following the appraisal of Land, Mines and Buildings, the same independent valuator shall proceed with the valuation of the other fixed assets of the Company (machinery, equipment etc) the results of which shall be recorded on the opening balances on January 1,2005.

                  
Summary Financials (Euro m)

 

2004 Unaudited

2003 Audited

Δ (%)

Total Revenues

4.094,3

3.897,5

5,0%

EBITDA

1.207,2

1.138,4

6,0%

EBITDA Margin

29,5%

29,2%

0,9%

Profit from Operations (EBIT)

650,5

592,7

9,8%

EBIT Margin

15,9%

15,2%

4,5%

Net Income

322,0

304,6

5,7%

EPS (in Euro)

1,39

1,31

5,9%

No. of Shares (m)

232

232

-

Net Debt

3.635,1

3.892,0

-6,6%

    Summary Profit & Loss (Euro m)

 

2004

Unaudited

2003

Audited

Δ (%)

Total Revenues

4.094,3

3.897,5

5,0%

Total Operating Expenses (excl. depreciation)

2.887,1

2.759,1

4,6%

Total Payroll Expenses

1.153,0

1.079,0

6,9%

Total Fuel Expenses

733,8

751,8

-2,4%

Energy Purchases

182,2

157,3

15,8%

Transmission System Usage

259,2

243,2

6,6%

Other Operating Expenses

558,9

527,8

5,9%

(EBITDA)

1207,2

1138,4

6,0%

EBITDA Margin (%)

29,5%

29,2%

0,9%

Depreciation & Amortization

556,7

545,7

2,0%

Profit from Operations (EBIT)

650,5

592,7

9,8%

EBIT margin (%)

15,9%

15,2%

4,5%

Total Financial Expenses

134,5

117,4

14,6%

- Net Financial Expenses

130,6

134,8

-3,1%

- Foreign Currency Gains/(Losses)

-10,4

35,1

-129,6%

- Other Income

14,7

9,2

59,8%

- Share of loss in associated companies

8,2

26,9

-69,5%

Pre-tax Profits

516,0

475,3

8,6%

Net Income

322,0

304,6

5,7%

EPS (in Euro)

1,39

1,31

5,9%

Summary Balance Sheet & Capex (Euro m) 

 

2004 Unaudited

2003  Audited

Δ (%)

Net Debt

3.635,1

3.892,0

-6,6%

Total Equity

3.652,0

3.484,0

4,8%

Capital Expenditure

754,3

723,9

4,2%

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

"Despite a moderate growth in electricity demand, due to 2004 mild weather conditions and tariff increases below inflation both in 2003 and 2004, profits from operations increased by 9,8% as a result of the sustained drive in achieving higher operating efficiency levels. 2004 results were impacted by the extraordinary costs related to the 2004 Olympic Games, which amounted to approximately € 65 million. These extra costs reflect PPC’s contribution to the successful organization of the Games. Should this contribution be excluded net profits would have increased   by 19%. I am therefore pleased to note that PPC continues demonstrating a solid financial performance to the benefit of its stakeholders”.

For further information, please contact:

Gregoris Anastasiadis Chief Financial Officer Tel.: +30 210 5225346.

         

  ATHENS, FEBRUARY 24  2005                                  FROM THE PRESS OFFICE

 

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