Multiple factors knock Meridian profit
Mon, 13 Aug 2012 9:44a.m.
By Pattrick Smellie
Low rainfall, the sale of some of its assets to Genesis Energy and a one-off dispute settlement in the previous year saw Meridian Energy's net profit fall 52 per cent to $106.1 million in the year ended June 30.
The result largely reflects the lowest rainfall in Meridian's South Island hydro catchments in 79 years of record-keeping, and the loss of output from the Tekapo A and B hydro stations.
The Tekapo units were sold towards the end of the previous financial year to fellow state-owned rival generator Genesis Energy as part of electricity reforms.
The impact of low hydro inflows is best illustrated by the fact that the result was achieved on a 25 per cent increase in total revenue to $2.57 billion, despite the reduced asset base.
Hydro generation was down 22 per cent to 9.79 Gigawatt hours for the year, while wind generation rose 17 per cent to 1.38GWh.
Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and changes in the fair value of financial instruments (Ebitdaf) were down 28 per cent to $476.6m, from $659.9m, largely because the average price of electricity generated rose by 138 per cent to $98.79 per MWh in the year just passed from $41.57 per MWh the previous year.
Ebitdaf per MWh generated was down 11 per cent to $42.62.
Adjusting for the Tekapo generation revenue and the $28.1m settlement of a dispute with New Zealand Aluminium Smelters, net profit after tax was down 28 per cent on the previous year, the company said in a statement.
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