Published May 4, 2017, 10:01 PM By Myrna M. Velasco
Factoring one-off losses, the net income of Aboitiz Power Corporation had slowed down 13-percent to P4.4 billion in this year’s first quarter from the 2016 level of P4.8 billion.
Core income, according to the company, logged lean growth of 4.0-percent year-on-year to P5.0 billion from previously at P4.8 billion, due to higher interest expense compounded by depreciation.
Aboitiz Power said it recognized non-recurring losses of P577 million on foreign exchange on the revaluation of its dollar-denominated liabilities and mark-to-market of derivatives.”
The power generation segment of its business remained the “income driver” with earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) expanding by 14-percent to P9.2 billion from the year ago level of P8.1 billion.
It said that its hydro plants contributed immensely to favorable bottom line outcome, and this was complemented by earnings contribution from new acquisition GNPower Mariveles Coal Plant Ltd. Co. (GMCP)
Nevertheless, it qualified that “increased interest expense and depreciation from the initial take up of GMCP costs narrowed down the growth at the core net income to 5.0-percent year-on-year.”
With forex losses, the net income of the company’s power generation unit had gone 15-percent lower to P3.6 billion in the initial three months of this year.
The company reported that its level of net energy sold remained relatively flat to 3,488 gigawatt hours from last year’s 3,451 GWh – with higher sales from GMCP and the hydro facilities diametrically pulled down by outages at its Therma South, Inc. plant.
Nonetheless, Aboitiz Power President Antonio R. Moraza said the company continues “to leverage on our portfolio of renewable and thermal power plants,” adding that such had been “giving us the flexibility to respond to the needs of our customers and the market while assuring our customers of reliability of supply and our technical support.”