AEROWATT : Continuation of the fast development on both wind and solar pillars
Confirmation of the Alternext listing
H1 2008 results
Saran, September 16th 2008 Aérowatt, green electricity producer operating in Mainland France and in French overseas territories, has confirmed since the beginning of 2008, its strong momentum on both wind, the Groups historical pillar, and solar energy, the second priority avenue of development.
Over H1 08, Aérowatt pursued the strengthening of its development teams, aimed at boosting its strategy of being an integrated operator focussed on internal development of wind and solar facilities for own account. The Group also initiated promising partnerships with wind farms developers Valeco and Zéphyr, leading to a stronger expertise in the South and West of France.
Aérowatt thus confirms its expansion in Mainland France in order to take advantage of the strong opportunities offered by the French market, the 2nd largest wind potential in Europe. Mainland France now accounts for 75% of the Groups project pipeline, on the basis of identified projects which meet its strict profitability criteria.
Aérowatt also consolidated its project portfolio. In the wind segment, with 394 MW under engineering and construction stages, it benefits from a pipeline of identified and secured projects fully covering the 2013 targets. In the solar segment, significant achievements are expected to materialise in the short term, the Group sharply accelerated its development, expanding its portfolio to 114 MWp from nil one year ago, through an original approach covering all market segments in the most promising regions in Southern France and in French overseas territories.
Jérôme Billerey, Chairman, stated, « Over the past few months Aérowatt confirmed its accelerated growth. We are still increasing our installed base and our pipeline at a steady pace. The targeted Alternext listing represents, for the company and its staff, a new and important step to increase our visibility and to confirm our positions on the French renewable energy market. ».
Release of 2008-2010 financial targets
Aérowatt confirms its operational targets to be achieved by end of 2013: a 350 MW wind energy installed for own account and a 50 MWp solar energy installed capacity for own account.
Aérowatt also presents its financial targets in terms of consolidated revenues and EBITDA over the 2008-2010 period, as detailed below:
|Revenues||8.0 9.0||12.0 13.0||22.0 23.0|
|EBITDA||4.0 5.0||7.0 9.0||13.0 16.0|
Confirmation of the Alternext listing
Aérowatt confirms its Alternext listing project, subject to AMF (« Autorité des marchés financiers ») approval on the prospectus and depending on market conditions. On July 9th 2008, a registration document has been registered by the AMF under number I. 08-083.
Half years 2008 results
During H1 2008, Aérowatt generated electricity sales of 3,476k, growing by 11.5% from the H1 2007. This increase is attributable to the recognition over the full semester of wind farms commissioned at the beginning of 2007, in spite of below-average wind conditions in New Caledonia. Total consolidated revenues came to 3,660k.
EBITDA came to 1,697k. Aérowatt thus demonstrated its ability to maintain a healthy level of profitability in a context of strong investments.
Net debt increased from 18,307k at end of 2007 to 27,453k at June 30th 2008. A t June 30th 2008, the net debt to equity and definitively acquired grants(1) ratio represented 35%, against 22% at end of 2007.
Main consolidated income statement items (French GAAP)
The impact of the change of estimate is reflected in the consolidated financial statements at 30 June 2007 by an improvement in operating income of 865k.
|k||H1 07||H1 08||Change|
|Change in work-in-progress and own work capitalised||1,238(2)||1,899||+53.3%|
|Net financial income / (expense)||(608)||(814)||-|
|Net income of consolidated companies||(208)||(922)||-|
|Net income (Group share)||(188)||(834)||-|
(1) Definitively acquired grants correspond to tax benefits and subsidies awarded to Aérowatt within the framework of its French overseas territories investments
(2) In 2007, the Group made a change of estimate relating to the recognition of this item. With no change of estimate relative to 2006, Change in work-in-progress and own work capitalised represented 363 thousand at 30 June 2007
(3) EBITDA = Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortisation and provisions, deferred grants and tax benefits, plus net exceptional items
On July 18th 2008, Aérowatt entered into a partnership agreement with Zéphyr Energies Renouvelables, a company specialized in wind energy with head offices close to Tours (France).
Under this partnership agreement, Aérowatt acquired a 33% shareholding in a company developing a wind farm with an installed capacity of 12 MW, for which the building permit has been granted, with a planned commissioning on 2010. This partnership enables the Group to initiate a close relationship with a partner possessing expertise in regions in which the group was not previously present (Loire Atlantique and Normandy).
Registration document availability
The registration document filed by the AMF on 9 July 2008, under number I. 08-083 is available free of charge on request from Aérowatt - 341, rue des Sables de Sary - 45770 Saran, as well as on the AMF (www.amf-france.org) and Aérowatt (www.aerowatt.com) websites.
Aérowatt draws public attention on the section 4 Risk factors of the registration document filed by the AMF.
A presentation regarding the strategy and half-year results of Aérowatt in available on the company website (www.aerowatt.com).
ISIN Code : FR0010396119
Mnémonique : MLWAT
Independent producer of green energy from renewable sources both in mainland France and in overseas territories, Aérowatt handles all the stages in the development of a power plant, from site selection to electricity generation.
Owner and operator of 21 wind farms representing 57 MW as well as of 11 solar farms representing 1,5 MWp on June 30th 2008, Aérowatt has a wind project portfolio of 1,240 MW and a solar project portfolio of over 110 MWp which will enable it to operate, for its own account, 350 MW in wind power and 50 MWp in solar energy by end-2013.
In 2007, Aérowatt generated sales of 7.1m, up 57% from 2006, and had at end of 2007 33 employees, of which 15 are dedicated to project development.
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