The Company has continuously stated its belief in fully transparent regulation and its willingness to enter into meaningful and evidence-based dialogue that takes into account the privatization contract signed in 2001.
Financial highlights of 4th quarter 2013
In the 4th quarter of 2013 the Company continued focusing on the improvement of customer service and efficiency of operational performance.
During the 4th quarter 2013 the sales have been flat compared to the same period in 2012, increasing 0.5% to 13.78 mln euros.
The gross profit in 4th quarter has been relatively stable decreasing 1.1% or 0.09 mln euros mainly due to slightly increased repair and maintenance works carried out in 4th quarter of 2013.
Increased legal and consultation fees that are mostly related to the tariff dispute has had the main impact on the increase in administration expenses of 19.8% or 0.24 mln euros and hence the decrease in the operating profit from main business by 3.6% or 0.25 mln euros.
The decline in operating profit for the 4th quarter in 2013 of 23.6% or 2.02 mln euros to 6.55 mln euros compared to the same period in 2012 was mostly affected by the fact that the extension program of water and wastewater network was finished in 2012 and in 2013 there was no profit for the compensation for pipes (in 2012 the revenues from government grants amounted to 1.77 mln euros).
|mln €||4 Q 2011||4 Q 2012||4 Q 2013||
|12 months 2011||12 months 2012||12 months 2013||
|Gross profit margin %||54,9||61,2||60,2||-1,6%||59,2||61,6||57,6||-6,4%|
|Operating profit - main business||5,7||6,8||6,6||-3,6%||25,4||26,7||24,8||-7,4%|
|Operating profit margin %||61,5||62,5||47,5||-24,0%||56,4||54,4||46,6||-14,2%|
|Profit before taxes||7,7||8,7||6,2||-28,5%||25,8||27,1||24,6||-9,3%|
|Net profit margin %||58,7||63,2||44,9||-28,9%||42,0||42,7||37,6||-12,1%|
|Debt to total capital employed||58,9||57,8||57,0||-1,4%||58,9||57,8||57,0||-1,4%|
Gross profit margin – Gross profit / Net sales
Operating profit margin – Operating profit / Net sales
Net Profit margin – Net Profit / Net sales
ROA – Net profit /average Total Assets for the period
Debt to Total capital employed – Total Liabilities / Total capital employed
ROE – Net profit / Total equity
Current ratio – Current assets / Current liabilities
Main business – water and wastewater activities, excl. connections profit and government grants
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS - FOR THE 4th QUARTER 2013
Profit and Loss Statement
4th quarter 2013
As the company’s tariffs are frozen at the 2010 tariff level, the changes in the revenues from main activities ie from sales of water and wastewater services is fully driven by consumption.
In the 4th quarter of 2013 the Company’s total sales increased, year on year, by 0.5% to 13.78 mln euros. 87.9% of sales comprise of sales of water and treatment of wastewater to domestic and commercial customers within and outside of the service area, 6.2% of sales from fees received from the City of Tallinn for operating and maintaining the storm water system and 5.9% from other works and services.
Sales of water and wastewater services were 12.11 mln euros, a 2.1% decrease compared to the 4th quarter of 2012, resulting from the changes in sales volumes as described below.
Within the service area, sales to residential customers were at 6.03 mln euros, showing a 0.2% increase year on year, as revenues from apartment blocks form the biggest share of our residential sales, the biggest increase came also from this client group. Sales to commercial customers decreased by 0.5% to 4.78 mln euros, mainly coming from the sales in industrial sector. Sales to customers outside of the main service area decreased by 9.2% to 1.16 mln euros in the 4th quarter of 2013. It was mostly affected by storm water as sales of water and wastewater increased slightly by 5.4% or 0.05 mln euros. Over pollution fees received were 0.15 mln euros, a 46.9% decrease compared to the 4th quarter of 2012.
|Quarter 4||Variance 13/12|
|Revenues from main operating activities||2013||2012||2011||€||%|
|Private clients, incl:||6 026||6 016||6 019||10||0,2%|
|Water supply service||3 329||3 320||3 319||9||0,3%|
|Wastewater disposal service||2 697||2 696||2 700||1||0,0%|
|Corporate clients, incl:||4 776||4 802||4 574||-26||-0,5%|
|Water supply service||2 640||2 613||2 463||27||1,0%|
|Wastewater disposal service||2 136||2 189||2 111||-53||-2,4%|
|Outside service area clients, incl:||1 163||1 282||1 096||-119||-9,3%|
|Water supply service||294||264||253||30||11,4%|
|Wastewater disposal service||721||699||689||22||3,1%|
|Storm water disposal service||148||319||154||-171||-53,6%|
|Over pollution fee||146||274||164||-128||-46,7%|
|Storm water treatment and disposal service||853||927||840||-74||-8,0%|
|Fire hydrants service||127||56||77||71||126,8%|
|Construction service and design||437||161||101||276||171,4%|
|Other works and services||250||191||208||59||30,9%|
Outside service area sales volumes were 0.56 mln m3 or 24.7% lower than in the 4th quarter of 2012. As already mentioned before the main factor in this decrease was a reduction in storm water volumes influenced by lower rainfall.
The sales from the operation and maintenance of the storm water and fire-hydrant system in the main service area decreased by 0.2% to 0.98 mln euros in the 4th quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. According to the terms and conditions of the contract revenues reflect actual volumes treated and costs for treating the storm water, therefore this cost pass through has no impact on profits.
The sales of construction activities and design services have increased by 171.4% to 0.44 mln euros in the 4th quarter of 2013 compared to 4th quarter in 2012, partly due to mild winter of 2013 allowing construction works.
Cost of Goods Sold and Gross profit
The cost of goods sold for the main operating activity was 5.48 mln euros in the 4th quarter of 2013, showing 0.16 mln euros or 3.0% increase compared to the equivalent period in 2012. The cost increase is highly influenced by the additional construction works and extra emergency and repair works carried out in the 4th quarter of 2013.
|Cost of goods sold||Quarter 4||Variance 13/12|
|Water abstraction charges||-257||-236||-219||-21||8,9%|
|Staff costs||-1 202||-1 256||-1 131||54||-4,3%|
|Depreciation and amortization||-1 266||-1 302||-1 364||36||-2,8%|
|Construction service and design||-357||-91||-103||-266||292,3%|
|Other costs of goods sold||-1 094||-877||-1 163||-217||24,7%|
|Total cost of goods sold||-5 484||-5 325||-5 895||-159||3,0%|
Total production costs (water abstraction charges, chemicals, electricity and pollution taxes) decreased by 0.23 mln euros or 13.0% year on year. Biggest decreases come from the decrease in pollution tax and electricity. Other changes came from a combination of increase in prices and tax rates and movements in treatment volumes that affected the costs of goods sold together with the following additional factors:
Other cost of goods sold (staff costs, depreciation, construction services and other cost of goods sold) in the main operating activity increased by 0.39 mln euros or 11.1%. 67.7% or 0.27 mln euros of the increase in fixed costs is related to construction services and design, which relates to increased revenues from pipeline construction as mentioned above, the profit from construction and design in the 4th quarter was 0,08 mln euros compared to 0.07 mln euros in the comparative period in 2012. The remaining increase is related to higher repair and maintenance carried out in the 4th quarter of 2013.
As a result of all of the above the Company’s gross profit for the 4th quarter of 2013 was 8.29 mln euros, which is a decrease of 0.09 mln euros, or 1.1%, compared to the gross profit of 8.38 mln euros for the 4th quarter of 2012.
Other Operating Costs
General administration expenses increased in total 0.24 mln euros or 19.8%, mainly because of higher consultation and legal fees, balanced by salary decrease and also changes in the management board.
As a result of above factors the Company’s operating profit from main services for the 4th quarter of 2013 totalled 6.55 mln euros compared to 6.80 mln euros in the corresponding quarter in 2012, which shows a decrease of 0.25 mln euros or 3.6%. Total operating profit for the 4th quarter of 2013 decreased 2.02 mln euros. Year on year the operating profit for the 4th quarter has decreased by 23.6%.
Other net income/expenses
Other net income decreased to a net expenses of 0.15 mln euros, compared to 1.59 mln euros net revenues in the 4th quarter of 2012. The decline in government grants revenues was the main contributor to Other net income decrease in the 4th quarter of 2013.
The company’s net financial expenses amounted to 0.36 mln euros in the 4th quarter of 2013, which is a negative change of 0.45 mln euros compared to 0.09 mln euros financial income in the 4th quarter of 2012.
Main influence being decrease in interest income by 0.44 mln euros or 81.9% caused by the decrease in the interest bearing receivables. Financial expenses have been flat compared to 4th quarter of 2012.
The standalone swap agreements have been signed to mitigate the majority of the long term floating interest risk, the interest swap agreements are signed for 75 mln euros and 20 mln euros are still with floating interest rate. At this point in time the estimated fair value of the swap contracts is negative, totalling 2.32 mln euros.
Effective interest rate (incl. swap interests) in the 4th quarter of 2013 was 3.18%, amounting in the interest costs of 0.77 mln euros, compared to the effective interest rate of 3.30% and the interest costs of 0.80 mln euros into the 4th quarter of 2012.
Profit Before and After Tax
The Company’s profit before taxes for the 4th quarter of 2013 was 6.19 mln euros, which is 2.47 mln euros lower than the profit before taxes of 8.66 mln euros for the 4th quarter of 2012, resulting mainly from the decreased government grant revenues and increased professional fees as described above.
As the dividends were paid out in June 2013 and 2012 there is no income tax in the 4th quarter and the Company’s profit after taxes equals to the profit before taxes amount.
Results for the twelve months of 2013
During the twelve months of 2013 the Company’s total sales have been relatively stable increasing, year on year, by 0.3% to 53.09 mln euros. Sales of water and wastewater treatment were 47.74 mln euros, a 0.4% increase compared to the twelve months of 2012.
There has been a slight 0.15 mln euros or 0.6% decline in the sales to residential customers and 0.29 mln euros or 1.5% of increase in the sales to the commercial clients. The sales revenues from outside service area clients for water and wastewater services has also been relatively stable showing an increase of 0.11 mln euros or 3.0% compared to 12 months in 2012.
Due to less rainfall, the revenues from storm water treatment in the twelve months of 2013 remained 0.58 mln euros or 15.5% behind the comparative period in 2012 in the main service area.
The operating profit from the Company’s main business activity decreased by 7.4% to 24.75 mln euros during the twelve months of 2013 compared to the twelve months of 2012. As revenues have been relatively flat, increasing only 0.3% or 0.16 mln euros, then the main reason for a decline comes from the rise in pollution tax expenses (1.53 mln euros year on year), further influenced by the drop in government grant profits (1.77 mln euros year on year). Pollution tax increase is influenced by two factors: first the pollution tax expenses in 2012 were impacted by the reversal of provision in the amount of 0.44 mln euros made in 2011 and also by the incidents at the wastewater treatment plant in the first part of the year.
Net financial expenses decreased by 1.51 mln euros or 88.5%. Interest income has decreased due to the decrease in interest bearing receivables.
Interest expenses have mostly been affected by the non-monetary impact of the change in the fair value of the swap contracts the Company has entered. The positive non-monetary impact for 2013 expenses is 2.26 mln euros (2012: negative impact 0.09 mln euros).
The Company’s profit before taxes for the twelve months of 2013 was 24.56 mln euros, which is a 9.3% decrease compared to the relevant period in 2012. Decrease in operating profit was partly compensated by the change in fair value of swap contracts (2.34 mln euros).
The Company’s net profit for the twelve months of 2013 was 19.94 mln euros, which is 2.47 mln euros lower than the net profit of 22.60 mln euros in the equivalent period in 2012.
In the twelve months of 2013 the Company invested 8.65 mln euros into fixed assets. As of 31 December 2013 non-current fixed assets amounted to 152.25 mln euros and total non-current assets amounted to 155.50 mln euros. (2012: 149.40 mln euros and 158.11 mln euros respectively).
The reduction in long-term receivables compared to year end by 5.35 mln euros to 2.21 mln euros is mainly related to the repayment of AS Maardu Vesi’s loan to the Company in May in the amount of 3.81 mln euros. Remaining movement is related to reclassification of long term receivable to short term.
The increase of current assets in the amount if 4.61 mln euros is mainly related to collection of receivables and AS Maardu Vesi loan.
Current liabilities have increased by 1.32 mln euros to 11.21 mln euros in the twelve months. The increase is related to the fact that in November 2014, there is scheduled the first repayment of NIB loan in the amount of 2 mln euros. Other movements are related to decreased payments to suppliers in the amount of 0.72 mln euros and change in derivatives by 0.22 mln euros, balanced by the increase in Customer prepayments in the amount of 0.24 mln euros.
The Company has a Total debt/Total assets level as expected of 57.0%, in range of 55%-65%, reflecting the year end equity profile. This level is consistent with the same period in 2012 when the total debt/total assets ratio was 57.8%.
The company’s loan balance has remained stable at 95 mln euros, of which long term loan amounts to 93 mln euros and short term 2 million euros. The weighted average interest margin for the total loan facility is 0.96%.
Biggest share of the rest of the long term liabilities is deferred income from connection fees amounting to 10.14 mln euros (2012: 7.89 mln euros).
In the 4th quarter of 2011 the Company recorded and noted an exceptional contingent liability, which could cause an outflow of economic benefits of up to 36.0 mln euros. In the 3rd quarter of 2013 the Company re-evaluated the liability, which now stands at 34.0 mln euros, as per note 13 to the accounts.
As of 31 December 2013 the cash position of the Company is strong. The cash flows of the Company has continued to be rather stable, during twelve months of 2013 cash balance has increased by 7.85 mln euros (2012: 9.16 mln euros). At the end of 2013 the cash balance of the Company stood at 31.8 mln euros, which is 15.7% of the total assets (2012: 23.9 mln, which is 11.9% of the total assets).
The biggest contributor to the cash flows comes from main operations. During the twelve months of 2013, the Company generated 29.78 mln euros of cash flows from operating activities, a decrease of 1.92 mln euros compared to the corresponding period in 2012.
2013 operating cash flows were below 2012 cash flows mainly due to lower operating profit and also from a change in profits from government grants. Underlying operating profit still continues to be the main contributor to operating cash flows.
The Company’s cash flows from investing activities have also been positive for past two years. In the twelve months of 2013 net cash flows from investing activities resulted in a cash inflow of 3.37 mln euros, an increase of 1.33 mln euros compared to an inflow of 2.05 mln euros in the twelve months of 2012. This is made up as follows:
In 2013 AS Maardu Vesi repaid their loan in full in the amount of 3.81 mln euros. In 2013 the Company did not grant any additional loans (in 2012: 0.77 mln euros was granted to AS Maardu Vesi).
In the twelve months of 2013 the investments in fixed assets had decreased 0.82 mln euros compared to 2012 amounting to 9.19 mln euros.
The compensations received for the construction of pipelines were 7.89 mln euros in the twelve months of 2013, a decrease of 3.31 mln euros compared to same period in 2012.
In the twelve months of 2013, cash outflow from financing amounted to 25.32 mln euros, which is 0.72 mln euros more than in the same period of 2012, almost entirely due to higher dividends.
At the end of the 4th quarter of 2013, the total number of employees was 304 compared to 313 at the end of the 4th quarter of 2012. The full time equivalent (FTE) was respectively 292 in 2013 compared to the 301 in 2012. The management continues to work actively for the efficiencies in processes to balance the increase in individual salaries and cost pressure from the market with more productive company structure.
Dividend allocation to the shareholders is recorded as the liability in the financial statement of the Company at the time when the profit allocation and dividend payment is confirmed by the annual general meeting of shareholders.
According to the dividend policy, which is also published on Company’s website, the Company will maintain dividends to shareholders at the same amount in real terms, i.e. dividends will increase in line with inflation each year.
On the annual general meeting of shareholders held on 21st May 2013, 87 cents dividends per share and the total dividend pay-out from the profit of 2012 net income in the amount of 17.4 mln euros was approved. It is in accordance with the Company’s dividend policy. Compared to 2012 dividends of 84 cents per share, the increase is equal to the inflation.
Dividends were paid out on 13th and 14th of June 2013.
AS Tallinna Vesi is listed on NASDAQ OMX Main Baltic Market with trading code TVEAT and ISIN EE3100026436.
As of 31 December 2013 AS Tallinna Vesi shareholders, with a direct holding over 5%, were:
|United Utilities (Tallinn) BV||35.3%|
|City of Tallinn||34.7%|
Pension funds have continued to increase their portfolios during the 4th quarter of 2013, owning 2.56% of the total shares compared to 1.57% at the end of 1st quarter 2012.
As of 31 December 2013, the closing price of the AS Tallinna Vesi share was 11.90 euros, which is a 15.5% increase compared to the closing price of 10.30 euros at the beginning of the quarter. During the same period the OMX Tallinn index decreased by 2.3%.
In 12 months in 2013 the share price has increased 29.3%. (in 2012: 46.3%), whilst the OMX Tallinn index increased by 11.4% (2012: 38.2%).
In 2013 5 469 deals with the Company’s shares were concluded (2012: 4 427 deals) during which 1 853 thousand shares or 9.3% exchanged their owners (2012: 2 376 thousand shares or 11.9%).
The turnover of the transactions was 552 thousand euros higher than in 2012 amounting to 19 139 thousand euros. The share price has shown an increase despite of the on-going contractual debate.
At the end of the quarter, 31 December 2013, the Group consisted of 2 companies. The subsidiary Watercom OÜ is wholly owned by AS Tallinna Vesi and consolidated to the results of the Company.
Supervisory Council plans and organises the management of the Company and supervises the activities of the Management Board. According to AS Tallinna Vesi articles of association Supervisory Council consists of 9 members who are appointed for two years.
In the annual general meeting that was held on 21st May 2013 the independent member Valdur Laid was recalled from the Supervisory Council and new independent member Allar Jõks was appointed.
Supervisory Council has formed three committees to advise Supervisory Council on audit, remuneration and corporate government matters.
More information about the Supervisory Council and committees can be found in the note 12 to the financial statements as well as from the Company’s webpage:
Management Board is a governing body which represents and manages AS Tallinna Vesi in its daily operations in accordance with the legal requirements as well as the Articles of Association. The Management Board must act economically in the most efficient way taking into consideration the interest of the Company and its shareholders and ensure the sustainable development of the Company in accordance with the set objectives and strategy.
To ensure that the company’s interests are met in the best way possible, the Management and Supervisory Boards shall extensively collaborate. Meetings of Management and Supervisory Board members are held at least once a quarter. In those meetings the Management Board informs the Supervisory Council about all significant issues in Company’s business operations, the fulfilment of the company’s short and long-term goals are being discussed and the risks impacting them. For every meeting of the Management Board prepares report and submits the report in advance with the sufficient time for the Supervisory Board to study it.
According to the Articles of Association the Management Board consists of 2-5 members, who are elected for 3 years.
Starting from 1st June 2013 there are 4 members of the Management Board of AS Tallinna Vesi: Ian Plenderleith (Chairman of the Board), Ilona Nurmela, Aleksandr Timofejev and Riina Käi.
Additional information about the members of the Management Board can be found from the Company’s website:
Future actions & risks
Complaint to European Commission
In parallel, on 10th December 2010 AS Tallinna Vesi lodged a complaint to the European Commission regarding certain measures adopted by the Estonian authorities. The company believes these measures unilaterally alter the terms of AS Tallinna Vesi's privatization regime, and without any objective justification, any form of meaningful prior discussion, or willingness to engage in dialogue. Therefore they violate EU rules on the freedom of establishment and the free movement of capital (articles 49 and 63 TFEU). The process is on-going.
Disclosure of relevant papers and perspectives
The Company has published its tariff application and all relevant correspondence with the CA on its website (http://www.tallinnavesi.ee/?op=body&id=728) and to the Tallinn Stock Exchange and will keep its investors informed of all future developments regarding the further key developments regarding the processing of the tariff application.
In opposite to the Company the CA has requested the Court procedures to be closed. Based on misleading information submitted by the CA the Court approved the CA’s request. ASTV has reapplied for open proceedings.
Still, at this point in time the Company is unable to say what is going to happen to the tariffs before Court judgments and what would be the next steps by the European Commission. The outcome and lengths of the Court proceedings is outside the control of the Company.
|STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME||IV quarter||IV quarter||12 months||12 months|
|Revenue||13 778||13 709||53 087||52 924|
|Costs of goods sold||-5 484||-5 325||-22 505||-20 337|
|GROSS PROFIT||8 294||8 384||30 582||32 587|
|General administration expenses||-1 440||-1 202||-5 060||-4 740|
|Other income/ expenses (-)||-151||1 586||-75||1 696|
|OPERATING PROFIT||6 551||8 572||24 757||28 771|
|Financial income||98||542||681||1 591|
|Financial expenses||-456||-451||-877||-3 297|
|PROFIT BEFORE TAXES||6 193||8 663||24 561||27 065|
|Income tax on dividends||0||0||-4 625||-4 466|
|NET PROFIT FOR THE PERIOD||6 193||8 663||19 936||22 599|
|COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE PERIOD||6 193||8 663||19 936||22 599|
|Equity holders of A-shares||6 192||8 662||19 935||22 598|
|Earnings per A share (in euros)||0,31||0,43||1,00||1,13|
|Earnings per B share (in euros)||600||600||600||600|
|STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION|
|Cash and equivalents||31 786||23 935|
|Trade receivables, accrued income and prepaid expenses||15 010||18 323|
|TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS||47 225||42 614|
|Other long-term receivables||2 213||7 560|
|Property, plant and equipment||152 246||149 400|
|Intangible assets||1 037||1 154|
|TOTAL NON-CURRENT ASSETS||155 496||158 114|
|TOTAL ASSETS||202 721||200 728|
|Current portion of long-term borrowings||2 146||115|
|Trade and other payables||4 761||5 482|
|Derivatives||1 816||2 039|
|Prepayments||2 490||2 252|
|TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES||11 213||9 888|
|Deferred income from connection fees||10 143||7 892|
|Borrowings||93 618||95 717|
|TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES||104 300||106 167|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES||115 513||116 055|
|Share capital||12 000||12 000|
|Share premium||24 734||24 734|
|Statutory legal reserve||1 278||1 278|
|Retained earnings||49 196||46 661|
|TOTAL EQUITY CAPITAL||87 208||84 673|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY CAPITAL||202 721||200 728|
|CASH FLOW STATEMENT||12 months||12 months|
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES|
|Operating profit||24 757||28 771|
|Adjustment for depreciation/amortisation||5 809||5 879|
|Adjustment for profit from government grants and connection fees||-117||-2 043|
|Other non-cash adjustments||11||-153|
|Profit/loss(+) from sale and write off of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets||-138||-6|
|Change in current assets involved in operating activities||-433||-160|
|Change in liabilities involved in operating activities||-92||-568|
|Total cash flow from operating activities||29 797||31 720|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES|
|Acquisition of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets||-9 187||-10 011|
|Proceeds from sales of property, plant and equipment||165||38|
|Compensations received for construction of pipelines||7 885||11 198|
|Interest received||693||1 585|
|Total cash flow from investing activities||3 370||2 045|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES|
|Interest paid and loan financing costs, incl swap interests||-3 154||-3 272|
|Repayment of finance lease||-136||-61|
|Dividends paid||-17 401||-16 801|
|Income tax on dividends||-4 625||-4 466|
|Total cash flow from financing activities||-25 316||-24 600|
|Change in cash and bank accounts||7 851||9 165|
|CASH AND EQUIVALENTS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD||23 935||14 770|
|CASH AND EQUIVALENTS AT THE END OF THE PERIOD||31 786||23 935|
Ian John Alexander Plenderleith
Chairman of the Management Board
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