Czech President Supported ČEZ in Romania; Local Government Officials Expressed Willingness to Resolve Issues with Renewable Energy Source Incentives
The main topic of today’s meeting of President Miloš Zeman with ČEZ’ CEO Daniel Beneš, ČEZ’ Foreign Assets Division Director Tomáš Pleskač, and Romanian Minister of Energy Răzvan-Eugen Nicolescu were changes in the business environment in the energy sector. The President supported investments of Czech corporations in Romania; further negotiations concerning the method of allocating green certificates to ČEZ’ Fantanele and Cogealac wind farm will follow.
In the first quarter of 2014, the CEZ Group recorded a Net Profit of CZK 9.9 bn, with its Operating Profit Before Depreciation (EBITDA) at CZK 21.2 bn and Operating Cash Flow at CZK 15.6 bn; this was 5% less than in Q1 2013. These results reflect the deteriorating business conditions in the energy sector, lower electricity wholesale prices and the stagnating European economy. The year-on-year profit was also affected by the above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation in Q1 2014, combined with the extraordinary revenues posted in Q1 2013.
At today´s meeting the Board of Directors of the power company CEZ decided on date of General Meeting of Shareholders and on proposal of the sum of the dividend from the last year’s profit to be submitted to the General Meeting of Shareholders. The Board of Directors will propose a gross dividend amounting to CZK 40 per share (nominal value CZK 100), the same as last year. General meeting of Shareholders will take place on 27 June 2014.
Today ČEZ cancelled the procurement procedure in accordance with Public Procurement Act for construction of two nuclear units in the location of Temelin nuclear power plant and subsequently sent a relevant notice on cancellation of procurement procedure for public contract to participants. Information was received by all participants – consortium of Westinghouse Electric Company LLC and Westinghouse Electric Czech Republic s.r.o., consortium of ŠKODA JS, Atomstroyexport and Gidropress and also earlier excluded AREVA NP.
The Supervisory Board of ČEZ has today discussed a proposal for a change in the corporate organizational structure that would ensure that each of the Members of the Board of Directors will once again be responsible for a corresponding division. The newly defined divisions also respond to the current developments in the European energy sector where the impacts of regulation and legislation on business have become ever more evident. At the same time, the responsibility for management areas in the CEZ Group will be evenly distributed across all members of the Board of Directors, thus ensuring a greater management effectiveness. All changes will take effect as of 1 May 2014.
The CEZ Group has exceeded the originally estimated results for 2013. Operating Profit Before Tax (EBITDA) decreased by 4.4% year on year to CZK 82.1 bn, exceeding the expected value by CZK 1.1 bn. Its Net Profit declined by 12.3% year on year to CZK 35.2 bn (CZK 0.2 bn above the expectations). The main factor behind the year-on-year decline is a major drop of the wholesale prices of electricity due to massive subsidies going into renewable energy sources, combined with a stagnating European economy and ongoing uncertainty concerning the regulatory environment in the energy sector. In 2014, the CEZ Group expects its EBITDA to reach CZK 70.5 bn and its Net Profit approximately at CZK 27.5 bn.
Just one month was enough for 30,000 people to virtually tour the Temelín Nuclear Power Plant. The English version of the virtual tour makes the inside of the largest Czech power plant accessible to foreigners, too, among them being mostly German, Austrian and Slovak nationals. Not even the power plant staff expected to see such high numbers of visitors.
Since the 12th of February, ČEZ has been reporting its commodity exchange transactions and OTC commodity, interest rate and currency derivative transactions to a trade repository.
ČEZ has priced its offering of €470.2 million Guaranteed Exchangeable Bonds due 2017 exchangeable for ordinary shares of MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas PLC
ČEZ, a. s. has successfully priced its offering of €470.2 million guaranteed exchangeable bonds due 2017 exchangeable for existing ordinary shares of MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas PLC.
Prague, 13 January 2014 – Enjoy a view of the most interesting or commonly inaccessible parts of power plants by means of power plant virtual tours recently launched by the CEZ Group. Between January 13 and the end of February, a total of 7 power plants with 105 stops will gradually be open to virtual visitors. In the case of Temelín, it is globally the first presentation of such a tour solution among more than 430 reactors in the nuclear power plants operated all over the world.