Today, the CEZ Group officially informed the Government of Bulgaria of its intention to initiate international arbitration on the grounds of Bulgaria’s failure to protect its investment unless the current situation is quickly remedied and the damage caused duly compensated. The Group resorted to taking this step after a series of interventions by Bulgarian institutions that damaged the business operations of ČEZ companies in Bulgaria, and further as a result of the critical situation in the local energy market that has as yet failed to show any improvement. The claim amounts to several hundred million EUR.
Its EBITDA in the first three quarters of the year was CZK 48.4bn; net income adjusted for extraordinary effects was CZK 18.6bn. Despite a significant decrease in expected production this year, CEZ Group confirms its outlook for expected net income for the entire year of 2015 at a level of CZK 27bn.
ČEZ today sent a Statement of Interest to acquire Vattenfall’s German lignite and hydro activities. Offered assets represent an interesting opportunity to expand business of CEZ with a number of synergies. On the contrary CEZ is ready to be a reliable partner for the region with extensive know-how in operation of conventional power plants and of lignite mining.
The unplanned shut-down of the second block ended today at 10:45 o'clock upon its reconnection to the grid. This block should achieve its full power output in the evening. The block has to be shut down for repair of the generator duct in the non-nuclear part of the power plant.
Operating Profit Before Depreciation (EBITDA) for the first half of this year reached CZK 35.5 bn while Net Profit adjusted for extraordinary items reached CZK 15.7 bn. Despite the continuing decline in the electricity selling prices, Operating Revenue rose to CZK 102.9 bn, primarily due to growing volumes of power, gas and heat sold to end customers. CEZ Group expects to generate a Net Profit adjusted for extraordinary items at CZK 27 bn by the year end.
INVEN CAPITAL, daughter-company of CEZ Group, invests in Sonnenbatterie, the German-based global leader in energy storage systems
INVEN CAPITAL, a company founded by the CEZ Group to invest in innovative energy solutions, has invested in Sonnenbatterie, a German company specialized in developing, manufacturing and selling battery based intelligent energy storage systems. Based in Bavaria, the company has developed a unique and reliable solution and has become a global leader in technologies for storing energy from solar panels and other renewable sources of energy for households and commercial clients. INVEN CAPITAL participated in a capital increase and joined Sonnenbatterie alongside with SET Ventures, Munich Venture Partners and eCAPITAL as a financial investor.
The Supervisory Board of ČEZ, a.s., at its meeting held today, elected Pavel Cyrani and Michaela Chaloupková to another four year term as members of the Board of Directors, commencing as of this October. "With the approaching end of the original mandate of both top managers, the Company has made it clear that it plans to have them serve in their positions in the future as well. This will ensure their continuity in key areas of the company's management," explained the chairman of the Supervisory Board, Prof. Václav Pačes.
The energy company ČEZ decided not to exercise its first option to sell the Počerady power plant to Vršanská uhelná a.s., a mining company from the Czech Coal group. ČEZ will still have another chance to sell the plant as of 2024 if it decides to do so.
Škoda Praha has won, in competition with nine companies, in a tender to select a supplier for a 250 MW block for a coal power plant in Pljevlja, Montenegro. The Czech solution offered the highest efficiency, availability and long-term knowledge in the sector. The value of the contract exceeds CZK 9 billion and will help restore the region's environment in accordance with European regulations.
In Q1 2015, CEZ Group generated a profit of CZK 7.6bn and resolved to propose a dividend of CZK 40 per share.
Operating Profit Before Depreciation (EBITDA) for Q1 2015 reached CZK 19.1bn, Net Profit was recorded at CZK 7.6bn and the company’s market capitalization rose to CZK 335.2bn. CEZ Group met the initial expectations for the whole year, which expect EBITDA to reach CZK 70bn and Net Profit adjusted for extraordinary items at CZK 27bn.