Q1 2023 Turnover: €98.9 million
Q1 2023 Turnover: €98.9 million
Strong increase in energy sales and internal services
- Energy sales: +46%. A 40% increase in production thanks to better wind and solar resources and the full-year effect of the 2022 commissioning
- Services: +58%. Internal services multiplied by five, with a record level of construction sites for own account, but a 31% decrease in services to third-party clients, a one-off decrease, yet with a strong momentum (x2.5) in capacity under construction for third-party clients
- After eliminating Internal Services, which mobilized a large part of the teams during the quarter, turnover up +4%
Capacity in operation and construction
- 2.6 GW in operation and under construction (+31%), including 1 GW under construction
2023 objectives confirmed
- Achievement of the 2023 target of 2.6 GW of capacity in operation and under construction in 2022, one year ahead of schedule
- Confirmation of normalised EBITDA1 target of €275-300 million
2027 ambitions reaffirmed
- Owned capacity in operation and under construction: over 5 GW
- Capacity operated on behalf of third parties: over 8 GW
- Normalised EBITDA2: around €475 million
- CO2-equivalent avoided: over 4 million tonnes
Voltalia (Euronext Paris, code ISIN : FR0011995588), an international player in renewable energies, publishes its first quarter 2023 turnover.
“ The quarter was marked by a sustained increase in energy sales. It was a record first quarter thanks to commissioning in recent months and better wind conditions, both in Brazil and in France. In Services, growth was driven by internal services, reflecting the ramp-up of the power plant projects to be commissioned this year. On the strength of this first quarter, we reaffirm our 2023 EBITDA target and our 2027 ambitions ”, commented Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia.
Q1 2023 TURNOVER
|In € million3||Q1 2023||Q1 2022||Change|
At current exchange rates
At constant exchange rates4
Total turnover for Q1 2023 amounted to €98.9 million, up +4% (stable at constant exchange rates). Energy Sales and Services (after eliminations) contributed to respectively 64% and 36% of the quarter's turnover.
|Operational indicators||Q1 2023||Q1 2022||Variation|
|Production (in GWh)||950||678||+40%|
|Installed capacity (in MW)||1 637||1 161||+41%|
|Installed and under construction capacity (in MW)5||2 617||2 001||+31%|
|Wind load factor in Brazil||40%||33%||+7pts|
|Solar load factor in Brazil||21%||-||-|
|Wind load factor in France||29%||27%||+2pts|
|Solar load factor in France||13%||14%||-1pt|
|Solar load factor in Egypt||23%||23%||-|
|Solar load factor in Jordania||20%||21%||-1pt|
Q1 2023 turnover from Energy Sales reached €62.9 million, up +46% (+41% at constant exchange rates) compared to Q1 2022.
Quarterly production amounted to 0.9 TWh compared to 0.7 TWh in 2022, reflecting the improvement in wind and solar resources and the increase in installed capacity in operation to 1 637 MW (+41%) at the end of March 2023.
Analysis by country
- In Brazil, production increased by +45% to 794 MWh, benefiting in particular from the full production of the SSM1-2 solar power plants (320 MW), which was commissioned progressively in 2022, and from better wind conditions at the wind power plants;
- In France, production increased by +4%, benefiting from the commissioning in 2022 of Carrières de Plaines (8.9 MW) and the acquisition of Cap Sud by Helexia in March 2022 (renamed Helexia Agri);
- In other countries, Voltalia benefits from the growth of Helexia, as well as the commissioning of South Farm in the United Kingdom (49.9 MW) and Stavria in Greece (12 MW).
Q1 2023 turnover from Services (internal and external) reached €101.9 million, up +58% (+55% at constant exchange rates) compared to Q1 2022.
The Development, Construction and Equipment Procurement segment increased by +61% to €92.9 million, thanks to a five-fold increase in internal activity over the period, reflecting the record capacity under construction for own account, which amounted to 980 MW at the end of March 2023. External turnover from these segments on behalf of third-party customers decreased by 38% to €30.2 million. Although more than 580 MW are currently under construction for third party customers (x2.5 vs Q1 2022), few significant milestones have yet been reached during the period, as Voltalia recognizes construction turnover as projects progress.
The Operation-Maintenance segment increased by +31% to €9.0 million (+31% at constant exchange rates) thanks to the strong momentum of new third-party contracts won in Europe and Brazil.
Eliminations of turnover in Q1 2023 amounted to €65.9 million (x5 at current and constant exchange rates), reflecting the strong increase in internal services for plants under construction, the vast majority of which are due to be commissioned before the end of 2023, and in operation.
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS (SELECTION)
Mandate with IFC for the financing of the Dwangwa solar power plant in Malawi 6
Voltalia has signed a mandate with IFC (International Finance Corporation), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, to finance the Dwangwa project in Malawi (55 MW of solar power and 10 MW of battery storage). The electricity will be sold under a 20-year contract with Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Ltd, the state-owned electricity transmission and distribution company.
The Sud Vannier wind farm produces its first kilowatt hours7
Voltalia is continuing to establish itself in the Grand Est region with the commissioning of its Sud Vannier wind farm. With a capacity of 23.6 MW, the project is the third wind farm in the northeast quarter of France after those of Sarry (23.1 MW) and Molinons (10 MW). The production is sold to Leroy Merlin under a 23-year contract, the first corporate PPA8 for wind power in France.
Appeal of a preliminary decision to suspend permits for the Canudos project in Brazil9
The preliminary judicial decision relates to the permits for the Canudos wind farms, located in the state of Bahia, and currently under construction with a total capacity of 99.4 MW. According to the decision, the environmental agency has implemented a procedure that was not applicable. Indeed, the project is located in an area populated by the aras de lear, a brazilian parrot. A complementary environmental study is requested.
2023 OBJECTIVES CONFIRMED
Voltalia recalls that its target of 2.6 GW of capacity in operation and under construction, which the Company had planned to reach by the end of 2023, was reached by the end of 202210, one year ahead of schedule.
Voltalia reiterates its normalised EBITDA11 target for 2023, which is expected to be in the range of €275 to €300 million.
2027 AMBITIONS REAFFIRMED
Last October, Voltalia defined a new growth plan for 2027, including the following ambitions:
- Owned operating and construction capacity: over 5 GW;
- Capacity operated on behalf of third parties: over 8 GW;
- Normalised EBITDA12: around €475 million;
- CO2-equivalent avoided: over 4 million tonnes.
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Installed capacity as of March 31, 2023
|In MW||Wind||Solar||Biomass||Hydro||Storage / Hybrid||31 March 2023||31 March 2022|
Capacity under construction as of March 31, 2023
|Name of the project||Capacity||Techno.||Country|
|Sable Blanc||5.0||Solar||French Guiana|
|Higher Stockbridge||45.0||Solar||Great Britain|
|Sinamary||11.0||Hydro /storage||French Guiana|
|Total (in MW)||980.4|
Power production as of March 31, 2023
|In GWh||Wind||Solar||Biomass||Hydro||Hybrid||Q1 2023||Q1 2022|
Next on the agenda : Q2 2023 turnover on July 26, 2023 (after market close)
|About Voltalia (www.voltalia.com)|
|Voltalia is an international player in the renewable energy sector. The Group produces and sells electricity from its wind, solar, hydraulic, biomass and storage facilities. It has 2,6 GW of capacity in operation and under construction and a portfolio of projects under development with a total capacity of 14,2 GW. |
Voltalia is also a service provider and supports its renewable energy custommers at every stage of their projects, from design to operation and maintenance.
As a pioneer in the corporate market, Voltalia offers a comprehensive range of services to businesses, from the supply of green electricity and energy efficiency services to the local production of its own electricity.
With more than 1,550 employees in 20 countries on 3 continents, Voltalia has the capacity to act globally for its customers.
Voltalia is listed on the regulated market of Euronext Paris, compartment A (FR0011995588 – VLTSA). The Group is also included in the Gaïa-Index, the index of responsible midcaps.
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1 Estimated "normalised EBITDA" at December 31 2023, calculated with an average annual EUR/BRL exchange rate of 6.3 and a wind, solar and hydraulic resource corresponding to the long-term average.
2 Estimated "normalised EBITDA" at December 31 2027, calculated with an average annual EUR/BRL exchange rate of 5.5 and a wind, solar and hydraulic resource corresponding to the long-term average.
3 The above amounts are the sum of the consolidated data, rounded to the first decimal place.
4 Calculated on a constant exchange rate basis with an average EUR/BRL exchange rate of 5.6 in Q1 2023 versus 5.9 in Q1 2022.
5 As of March 31.
6 Press release of April 18, 2023
7 Press release of April 24, 2023
8Corporate Power Purchase Agreement : a long-term contract for the sale of renewable electricity that links the producer directly to the company that consumes the electricity.
9 Press release of April 19, 2023
10 Press release of January 4, 2023
11 Estimated "normalised EBITDA" at December 31 2023, calculated with an average annual EUR/BRL exchange rate of 6.3 and a wind, solar and hydraulic resource corresponding to the long-term average.
12 Estimated "normalised EBITDA" at December 31 2027, calculated with an average annual EUR/BRL exchange rate of 5.5 and a wind, solar and hydraulic resource corresponding to the long-term average.