Results of Operations for the 4th quarter 2013

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MANAGEMENT REPORT

Contractual Highlights

  • AS Tallinna Vesi tariffs continue to be on the same level based on temporary injunction granted by the Court for the period of court proceedings to protect the Company from the unilateral breach of privatization agreement by Estonian Authorities. At the end of May 2012 the District Court ruled that AS Tallinna Vesi’s Services Agreement, that was part of the international privatisation, is a public law contract, overturning the Competition Authority’s claim that the tariff mechanism specified in the Services Agreement is allegedly a civil law agreement that the company cannot rely on in an administrative court. AS Tallinna Vesi firmly believes that the terms and conditions of the international privatisation contract that has been deemed a public law contract should not be broken simply by transferring the duties of the regulator from one state institution (the City of Tallinn) to a different state institution (the Competition Authority). A public law contract should enjoy the protection of the Estonian legal system, should the contract not be honoured, then the company will have a claim against the Estonian state.
  • AS Tallinna Vesi would like all its shareholders to be fully aware of the facts that the Company was privatised in 2001 with the full support and knowledge of the Estonian national government, with written confirmations from the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance, and the Competition Authority itself regarding the key terms of the agreements, and utilising the expertise and guidance of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). In addition to approving the framework of the privatisation the State of Estonia directly benefited as the sovereign guarantee it had been required to provide to EBRD to secure the then municipal AS Tallinna Vesi’s loans was passed to the Strategic Investor on privatisation. As this privatisation and these loans were EBRD sponsored projects, then the state of Estonia was required to object if the project did not comply with the PWSSA (Public Water Supply and Sewerage Act), it is noteworthy that it did not, in fact it voted in favour of both the privatisation and loan re-financing.
  • During the 1st quarter of 2013 initial court proceedings commenced. Currently the date of the next court hearing is not set. AS Tallinna Vesi believes in open and transparent regulation and requested open court proceedings. On the other hand, the Competition Authority believes its methodology to be a “business secret” hence it requested closed court proceedings. On 20th of March 2013 the Administrative Court rules that the court proceedings would be partially closed, meaning that there could be no public discussion of the Competition Authority’s methodology, whilst all other aspects of the hearing will be held in open proceedings, i.e. all information can be made available to the public.
  • Discussion of the complaint submitted to the EU Commission is on-going.
  • Average real return on capital invested at privatization is still 6.2% since 2001.

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 Change
13/12
  12 months 2011 12 months 2012 12 months 2013 Change
13/12
Sales 13,1 13,7 13,8 0,5%   51,2 52,9 53,1 0,3%
Gross profit 7,2 8,4 8,3 -1,1%   30,3 32,6 30,6 -6,2%
Gross profit margin % 54,9 61,2 60,2 -1,6%   59,2 61,6 57,6 -6,4%
Operating profit 8,0 8,6 6,6 -23,6%   28,9 28,8 24,8 -14,0%
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 7,7 8,7 6,2 -28,5%   21,5 22,6 19,9 -11,8%
Net profit margin % 58,7 63,2 44,9 -28,9%   42,0 42,7 37,6 -12,1%
ROA % 4,0 4,3 3,1 -29,2%   11,2 11,3 9,8 -12,7%
Debt to total capital employed 58,9 57,8 57,0 -1,4%   58,9 57,8 57,0 -1,4%
ROE % 9,7 10,2 7,1 -30,6%   27,3 26,7 22,9 -14,3%
Current ratio 4,1 4,3 5,1 18,9%   4,1 4,3 5,1 18,9%

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

Sales

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
  2013 2012 2011 %
Water abstraction charges -257 -236 -219 -21 8,9%
Chemicals -424 -419 -432 -5 1,2%
Electricity -826 -964 -818 138 -14,3%
Pollution tax -58 -180 -665 122 -67,8%
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:

  • Water abstraction charges increased only by 0.02 mln euros or 8.8% to 0.26 mln euros in the 4th quarter of 2013, driven mainly by 5% raise in tax rates and raw water volumes.
  • Total chemical costs remained broadly flat, increasing 1.2% to 0.42 mln euros. Costs increase was mainly the result of an increase in chemicals price, which was balanced by decrease in volumes used due to less sewage treated.
  • Electricity costs decreased by 0.14 mln euros or 14.3% in the 4th quarter of 2013 compared to the 4th quarter of 2012. Lower electricity costs are mostly derived from the decrease in treatment volumes and used unit costs, worth 0.15 mln euros. Positive effects are reduced slightly by increased electricity price worth 0.01 mln euros.
  • In the 4th quarter of 2013 the pollution tax expense decreased by 0.12 mln euros or 67.8%. There was an incident in the wastewater treatment plant in the beginning of the year. In the 4th quarter the Company was paid an insurance compensation worth 0.15 mln euros. Eliminating the effects of the insurance compensation the pollution tax would have increased by 0.03 mln euros or 15.5%. The pollution tax increase due to the increase in pollutants concentration (worth 0.04 mln euros) and overall increase in tax rates by 15% (worth 0.03 mln euros) was balanced by the decrease in volumes (worth 0.04 mln euros).

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.

 

Operating profit

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.

 

Financial expenses

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.

 

Balance sheet

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.

 

Cash flow

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.

 

Employees

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.

  

Dividends

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.

 

Share performance

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.

   

Corporate structure

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.

  

Corporate Governance

Supervisory Council

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:

http://tallinnavesi.ee/en/Investor/Corporate-Governance/Supervisory-Board

http://tallinnavesi.ee/en/Investor/Corporate-Governance/Audit-Committee

http://tallinnavesi.ee/en/Investor/Corporate-Governance/Corporate-Governance-Report

 

Management Board

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:

http://tallinnavesi.ee/en/Investor/Corporate-Governance/Management-Board

 

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
(thousand €) 2013 2012 2013 2012
         
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
         
Marketing expenses -152 -196 -690 -772
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
Attributable to:        
Equity holders of A-shares 6 192 8 662 19 935 22 598
B-share holder 0,60 0,60 0,60 0,60
         
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    
(thousand €) 31.12.2013 31.12.2012
     
ASSETS    
CURRENT ASSETS    
Cash and equivalents 31 786 23 935
Trade receivables, accrued income and prepaid expenses 15 010 18 323
Inventories 429 356
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 47 225 42 614
     
NON-CURRENT ASSETS    
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
     
LIABILITIES    
     
CURRENT LIABILITIES    
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
     
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES    
Deferred income from connection fees 10 143 7 892
Borrowings 93 618 95 717
Derivatives 507 2 538
Other payables 32 20
TOTAL NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES 104 300 106 167
TOTAL LIABILITIES 115 513 116 055
     
EQUITY CAPITAL    
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
(thousand €) 2013 2012
     
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    
Loans granted 0 -765
  3 814 0
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
         +372 6262 201
         ian.plenderleith@tvesi.ee