Flavio Cattaneo: Speech of 1H 2010 Consolidated Results

Flavio Cattaneo, Terna CEO explains that the Regulator has finally published the resolution establishing the rules for the remuneration of the work-in-progress.

Mr Cattaneo says that from now on, all development capex eligible to the 3% incentive will get the extra remuneration, even during the construction phase.
These milestones will be based on a list of 17 projects – including SAPEI, Sorgente-Rizziconi and the 2 interconnections with the Balkans and France – that Mr Cattaneo has submitted to the Regulator, and that are subject to the Regulator’s screening.
In case of positive results, Mr Cattaneo announces that as early as it could enjoy about 15mn of extra revenues linked to the stock of work-in-progress at the end of 2008.

Monday, 26 july 2010

Good morning everybody,
Let’s start our call reporting some recent developments regarding our regulated activity.

Flavio Cattaneo Speech of 1H 2010 Consolidated Results

The Regulator has finally published the resolution establishing the rules for the remuneration of the work-in-progress. From now on, all development capex eligible to the 3% incentive will get the extra remuneration, even during the construction phase.

Obviously, we have to perform upon intermediate milestones, before the incentive can be applied, but the opportunity is worth the challenge. These milestones are based on a list of 17 projects – including SAPEI, Sorgente-Rizziconi and the 2 interconnections with the Balkans and France – that we have submitted to the Regulator, and that are subject to the Regulator’s screening.
In case of positive performance, already in 2010 we could enjoy about 15mn of extra revenues linked to the stock of work-in-progress at the end of 2008.

Year-to-date, we have achieved a few other authorizations. The most important one to mention is the one for the aerial line of the Sorgente-Rizziconi project. As you know, this is a long awaited project, that will allow important debottlenecking between Sicily and Calabria, with an annual saving for the system of about 800mn.

We have also reported further progress on the interconnection with Montenegro, after the ratification by the Montenegrin parliament of the Intergovernmental agreement with Italy, related to the submarine cable.

Now, let’s move on to comment the evolution of our photovoltaic project…

Flavio Cattaneo Terna 1H 2010 Consolidated Results

Here you can download the presentation
1H 2010 Consolidated Results (July 26, 2010)

The project is enjoying the second straight session of upgrade, since its initial recognition: our new target capacity is 150MWp, basically doubling-up last year’s original project.

The extra 50MWp are essentially an enlargement of the original portfolio of assets, now based on 75 sites.

The breakdown of this extra capacity between 2010 and early 2011 is entirely dependent on authorizations. Considering the length of the authorization processes, our best analysis today is that only part of the extra capacity (30%) will get the authorization in time to be operational by year-end. The rest will shift in early 2011. However, we’ll be more precise in November.

Clearly, we are working to take full advantage of 2010 feed-in-tariffs, although the New Conto Energia has removed the uncertainty on the sector, and the January-April incentive still leaves interesting returns, considering also the expected reduction in the cost of panels.

Anyway, I confirm that all projects authorized by September, will be included in the perimeter of the SPV we are going to sell in the next few months.

Let me give you a snapshot on the current status of works, turning to slide 5  …

Flavio_Cattaneo_Italian_Top_Manager

We are delivering on a 360-degree programme.

In terms of operations, 2 plants (1.8MWp) are already up-and-running, while other 26 (56.1MWp) are currently under construction. Several other projects will be opened by the end of September.

On the procurement side, we have assigned turn key contracts to various EPCs for the entire capacity.

Given the timetable, we are working with the banks on the funding side, in order to receive a project finance at the SPV level, with no recourse on Terna. We are implementing all intercompany contracts between Terna SpA and the SPV, such as rents,  maintenance, surveillance and support.

At the same time, we are working on the disposal process.

The challenge is big, but we feel absolutely positive about it.

Let’s go back to numbers, now.

We are reporting double-digit growth in all P&L lines.

Besides the full consolidation of Telat and the tariff evolution, in the interim results we have a new driver for revenue growth. Indeed, we’ve accrued about 38mn of dispatching premia, which represent almost the double of what we accrued in the same period last year, and a touch below the Full-Year consensus figure.

The premia compare with a saving for the system of about 15 times higher   translating into a direct positive impact on the customers’ bill.

Excluding the one-off cost item reported in 2009 (the release of the “Energy Discount Fund”), the underlying EBITDA growth was 19%, while the EBITDA margin increased from 71.9% to 74.8%.

Lower interest charges have further enhanced earnings, that stood at 234mn, up 27%.

We hit our historical capex high, with a total spending in the period of 486mn, a 30% increase versus the same period of last year and almost 50% higher than what we spent two years ago.

The capex mix has improved further. In fact, 80% of regulated expenditures will enjoy the extra incentives.

Now, turning to electricity consumption: we have recently published the 2009 Statistical report, containing last year’s final consumption figures. According to these figures, in the first six months, demand was up by 1.9%.

We still confirm the annual growth guidance given in May (+1.3/1.6%), although the range could narrow in the next months.

(Source: Terna WebMagazine)

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