Wednesday 26 February 2020

Taqa records $1.17bn of revenue in Q1

ABU DHABI, May 9, 2019

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), a leading global energy company headquartered in Abu Dhabi with operations in 11 countries, has posted Dh4.3 billion ($1.17 billion) of revenue in the first quarter of the year.

The company reported Dh2.4 billion in EBITDA, an increase of 1 per cent compared to the first three months of the previous year.  This was driven by strong performance of the oil and gas division with a Dh162 million increase.

While the Group maintained stable operational results, the bottom line was impacted by uncontrollable items, namely foreign exchange losses and adverse movements on mark-to-market revaluations within its US-based power asset. This resulted in a net profit (Taqa share) of Dh6 million in Q1 2019.

On the operational side, Taqa’s power and water division showcased robust performance with gross power generation of 17,597 GWh and 54,408MIG of gross water desalination. Technical availability of power plants increased to 88.9 per cent in the first three months of 2019, up from 87.4 per cent in Q1 2018, as a result of strong performance from the UAE fleet.

Taqa’s oil and gas division achieved production for the first quarter of 2019 of 126.7 mboe/d (thousand barrels oil equivalent per day), a slight increase compared to 123.8mboe/d in Q1 2018.

Total liquidity at the end of the first quarter of 2019 remained strong at Dh13.0 billion; including Dh3.1 billion in cash and cash equivalents, and Dh10.0 billion of undrawn credit facilities.  

Total debt was reduced by Dh907 million during the quarter primarily driven by scheduled project debt repayments, with an associated reduction in interest paid of Dh123 million compared with the same period in 2018.

Commenting on the results, Saeed Mubarak Al Hajeri, Taqa’s Chairman of the Board, said, "We achieved another solid quarter of operational results. Taqa continues to demonstrate the resilience of its business model despite the various external challenges. We are also extremely pleased to make progress on our strategic priorities by maintaining our capital discipline whilst reducing our total debt levels."

Saeed Hamad Al Dhaheri, Taqa’s chief executive officer, added: “Our first quarter results are evidence that we are successfully executing on our strategy. The improvements made in our operational performance and continued reduction of debt show that we are on the right path to deliver value to our stakeholders and future growth.” – TradeArabia News Service


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