Iberdrola´s 9-months results have been negatively impacted by increased regulatory costs in Spain and the UK as well as other factors which have led the Company to reduce shareholder remuneration. Positive business activity, including efficiency gains, have reduced the impact on Ebitda to a net €240 million.
These positive business developments plus improved efficiency also helped limit the reduction in net earnings to 3% to €2,775 million. Ebitda is down 4.1% to €5,542 million. According to last results presentation, gross margin was up 1.8% to €9,459.2 million with growth in all sectors except Brazil. Operating cash flow (FFO) was €4.41 billion and exceeded investments of €2 ,167 million, of which €1,321 million were on networks, €580 million on renewables, €193 million on generation and supply and €73 million on other businesses and the corporation.
Another significant factor was a continuing increase in levies of 45% during the period to €1,267.6 million. Of this amount, €792 million correspond to Spain where this item doubled over the nine months. Of the €1.01 billion impact on Ebitda, a gross €503 million related to the recent energy reform approved in Spain. Of this amount, €363 million were for generation and supply, €79 million for networks and €61 million for renewables. This amount excludes considerations under Royal Decree Law 9/2013 on remuneration for renewables which is pending implementation.
Sustainability of shareholder remuneration policy
The Company is considering the option of amortizing Treasury stock to compensate the dilution associated with new shares.
Balance sheet strength
Iberdrola continued to make progress during the nine months in strengthening its balance sheet and realizing its 2012-2014 strategic outlook.
At the end of September, Group net adjusted debt – excluding the €2,024 pending reimbursement from the tariff deficit – came to €26,526 million. Including the deficit amount, the debt stood at €28.55 billion.
Gearing stood at 43.1% excluding the deficit, against 45.9% for the same period last year.
Results from financial operations improved 10% to bring net financial expenditure at €879.7 million, fruit of steps that have reduced average debt by 6.8%, improved financial costs and developed a currency hedging programme which nearly offset negative exchange impacts.
Iberdrola continued to improve its financial ratios, with funds from operations (FFO) to net debt standing at 22.1%, retained cash flow (RCF) to net debt at 18.8% and net debt to Ebitda reduced to times 3.5. These figures exclude the tariff deficit.
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