Earnings before depreciation (EBITDA) reached 72.5 billion CZK in 2014, which is CZK 2 billion more than originally anticipated. This result was achieved in spite of unfavourable weather conditions and negative development in power sector regulations. Net profit adjusted for extraordinary influences reached CZK 29.5 billion. Market capitalization grew by CZK 35.3 billion to CZK 315.7 billion in 2014 and thus CEZ became the most valuable company in all of the new EU membership countries. Settlement agreement with Albania and the successful start of an ambitious savings program contributed to these good results. Thanks to active measures, the CEZ Group expects EBITDA to be approximately CZK 70 billion in 2015.
The decision of arbitration panel about ČEZ’ claims in an arbitration initiated in 2009 on the grounds of breached contractual conditions in a project for the reconstruction of an old power plant and the construction of a new power plant of Gacko in Bosnia and Herzegovina was settled today. ČEZ received damages totalling approximately EUR 7.5 million in exchange for signing a share purchase agreement concerning joint holding company.
Over the first nine months of this year, the CEZ Group recorded CZK 147 bn in Operating Revenue, with its Operating Profit Before Depreciation (EBITDA) reaching CZK 54.7 bn and the Net Earnings ending at CZK 19.6 bn. Since all conditions precedent defined in the Settlement Agreement made with the Albanian Government have been fulfilled, the CEZ Group has raised its outlook for the all-year EBITDA to CZK 72.0 bn. The Albanian Government should gradually repay a total of EUR 100 million, with the installments being fully guaranteed by a renown European bank. ČEZ will thus obtain an amount close to the value of its original investment.
Agreement with Albania Confirmed: Parties Fulfilled All Conditions Precedent; ČEZ to Obtain Nearly CZK 3 bn
On the premises of the Secretariat of the Energy Community in Vienna, the Parties mutually confirmed that all conditions precedent had been fulfilled; thus, the Settlement Agreement took effect as made between companies of the CEZ Group and Albania in June of this year. According to the Agreement, ČEZ is going to receive a total of EUR 100 million, an amount similar to its initial investment in acquiring the Albanian power distribution company.
At today's Supervisory Board of ČEZ session Petr Blažek resigned from his office of Supervisory Board member to September 29, 2014. At the same session the Supervisory Board of ČEZ co-opted Robert Šťastný as a new member of the Supervisory Board.
Masked police, gunfire or smoke grenades. So looked one of working meeting demonstrations, which took place today at the Nuclear Power Plant Temelín. Representatives from State Office for Nuclear Safety, the Integrated Rescue System, regional administration and government and Nuclear Power Plant Temelín discussed the lesson learned from the events at Fukushima NPP. Neither a representative of the European Commission was missing. Czech Police made the dynamic final dot of the meeting. For the first time in the presence of media, they demonstrated detention of persons who illegally leaked into the site of the largest Czech power plant.
The arbitration panel upheld ČEZ’ claims in an arbitration initiated in 2009 on the grounds of breached contractual conditions in a project for the reconstruction of an old power plant and the construction of a new power plant of Gacko in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project was then stopped still before the major capital expenditures were expended. ČEZ is to receive damages totalling approximately EUR 7,5 million.
Together with its partner, Akkök of Turkey, the CEZ Group has accepted from their contractor a newly built combined heat and power (CHP) plant of Egemer in southeast Turkey and started its live operation. Being a highly efficient source of heat and power with 57% efficiency and a service life of minimum 30 years, the plant should generate up to 7,000 GWh of electricity every year.
CEZ Group’s operating revenues amounted to CZK 101.7 bn in H1 2014. Its EBITDA achieved CZK 39.9 bn and net income was CZK 17.2 bn. The year-on-year drop reflects continually worsening conditions in the energy business, decreasing wholesale electricity prices, as well as this year’s extraordinarily warm and dry winter. CEZ Group tries to counterbalance those effects by cuts in fixed costs and by additional business opportunities.
The parties listed below today announced that they have entered into an amicable settlement agreement.