Due to operating results of LESTO AB company group of 2013

Press release

| Source: LESTO

Electricity distribution network operator‘s LESTO group was profitable in 2013 – audited consolidated net profit amounted to 47.646 million LTL, while during the same period of 2012 LESTO group‘s consolidated net loss was 45.586 million LTL. The results are improved due to more efficient company‘s operations and increasing volume of network service. 

Group’s revenue increased by 6.5 %, from 2,284 billion LTL in 2012 to 2.431 billion LTL in 2013. Such change of revenue was influenced by the increased Public Service Obligations (PSO) fee, increased prices of electricity transmission services and higher electricity purchase prices in 2013 – during the twelve months electricity purchase costs and costs of related services increased by 4.6 % comparing with the same period of 2012 and made up 1.668 billion LTL. Volume of network service increased by 1.2 % and reached 8.209 billion kWh. 

“Several reasons influenced better LESTO results. We reviewed internal processes, improved them, therefore, more efficient activities keeps the operating costs low. Timely investments made, lead to lower electricity losses in technological devices. Significant impact on the company’s results made up the recovery of national economy – the volume of network service rose, the number of new customers increased, consequentially the revenue of the company’s raises”, states Aidas Ignatavičius, CEO of LESTO AB.  

The increase in effectiveness of LESTO group determine growing EBITDA margin (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) – during 2013 it was 18.86 % when in the same period of 2012 – 17.12 %. EBITDA of the group increased by 17.3 % comparing with the twelve months of 2012 (390.964 million LTL) and reached 458.581 million LTL.

Technological losses experienced by the Company during 2013 totalled to 7.5 % from the amount of electricity received while during the same period of 2012 technological losses totalled to 7.8 %.This means that less electricity is lost in the distribution network and the greater part of it is provided to consumers. 

„LESTO continues to focus on increasing the efficiency of its activities in 2014. Currently, the long-term investment strategy, which includes the modernisation of distribution network, construction of cable lines that are resistant to the effects of natural disasters, installation of smart meters, information technologies and other important areas, is reviewed. By increasing the efficiency of business services, not only the company‘s costs reduce, but also the quality of customer service is improved“, says A. Ignatavičius.

32 % of electricity network service volume was allocated to residents. Industrial and service institutions consumed 28 % and 11 % respectively. 

The value of LESTO group assets at the end of the reporting period made up 5,087 billion LTL. Non-current assets share in total assets was equal to 94.8 %. 

LESTO is one of the biggest companies by market capitalization in OMX Baltic securities exchange market. 

LESTO is part of “Lietuvos energija”, UAB, group.

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