- 21 Mar 2019
TAQA reports strong performance for 2018 with AED 398mn in profit and AED 4bn reduction in debt
21 March 2019 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi National Energy PJSC (TAQA) (ISIN: AEA002401015) (SYMBOL: TAQA) has announced its audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 on Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange (ADX) after obtaining the approval of its Board of Directors at the meeting held on March 20, 2019.
The Company reported profit attributable to equity holders of the parent of AED 398 million, an increase of 149 percent year-on-year. Revenues also grew by 6 percent in 2018 to AED 17.7 billion and EBITDA grew by 6 percent to AED 9.7 billion, mainly driven by an increase in oil and liquid prices in 2018.
Free cash-flow generation remained strong at AED 7.1 billion despite higher capital expenditures, which increased from AED 1.3 billion in 2017 to AED 1.7 billion in 2018. TAQA’s capex was completely self-funded by cash generated from the Company’s operations and was focused on sustaining and developing its power & water and oil & gas assets, positioning the company to leverage future growth opportunities.
The Company reduced its total debt by AED 4.0 billion, and reduced interest paid by AED 163 million during 2018. The robust financial performance has resulted in improved leverage ratios where Net Debt-to-EBITDA multiple improved to 6.5 from 7.3 the year before.
TAQA also reported a strong liquidity position of AED 13.1 billion, with cash and cash equivalents of AED 3.4 billion and undrawn credit facilities of AED 9.7 billion, giving the company flexibility to address opportunities and challenges as they arise.
Commenting on the results, TAQA’s Chairman, H.E. Saeed Mubarak Al-Hajeri, said: “Despite challenging business and economic conditions, TAQA’s financial and operational performance remained impressive throughout the year. We continued to define and implement a growth strategy that took into account emerging challenges while also capitalizing on the opportunities offered by the evolving power, water, oil and gas industries.”
Operationally, TAQA’s power and water achieved steady performance with gross power generation of 89,922 GWh and technical availability increasing to 93.1 percent from 92.1 percent last year. Gross water desalination reached 246,556 million imperial gallons (MIG) versus 249,469 MIG on the prior year.
The Oil and Gas business achieved average production of 123,100 boe/d, a 2.4 percent decline from 2017 as the company mitigated natural base decline of existing assets with investment in new development projects, the most notable being the Atrush field in Iraq which achieved entitlement production of 3,855 boe/d over 12 full months of operations in 2018.
Saeed Hamad Al Dhaheri, CEO of TAQA commented on the performance and said: “In a year that businesses confronted challenges emerging from the global energy transition, TAQA has delivered strong financial and operational performance in 2018 with profits up year-on-year and revenue increasing by approximately AED 1.0 billion. In 2018, we successfully achieved a debt reduction of AED 4.0 billion, which was the result of a robust cost rationalization exercise and operational improvements executed across the organisation.”
The impressive financial and operational performance registered by TAQA was driven by a combination of factors: strong performance of our Power and Water division; enhanced oil and liquid prices; and the management’s dedication towards delivering maximum shareholder value.” Al Dhaheri added.