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Central Puerto: Ps. 27.7 per ADR, and Commencement of Operations of Wind Farms La Genoveva II (41.8 MW) and La Castellana II (14.4 MW)

November 12, 2019

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 11, 2019--

Central Puerto S.A (“Central Puerto” or the “Company”) (NYSE: CEPU), one of the largest private sector power generation companies in Argentina, as measured by generated power, reports its consolidated financial results for the quarter and nine-months period ended on September 30, 2019 (“Third Quarter” or “3Q2019”, and “nine-month period” or “9M2019”, respectively).

A conference call to discuss the results of the Third Quarter 2019 will be held on November 12, 2019 at 12:00 Eastern Time (see details below). All information provided is presented on a consolidated basis, unless otherwise stated.

Financial statements as of and for the quarter and nine-month period ended on September 30, 2019 include the effects of the inflation adjustment, applying IAS 29. Accordingly, the financial statements have been stated in terms of the measuring unit current at the end of the reporting period, including the corresponding financial figures for previous periods informed for comparative purposes. Growth comparisons refer to the same period of the prior year, measured in the current unit at the end of the period, unless otherwise stated. Consequently, the information included in the Financial Statements for the quarter and the nine-months period ended on September 30, 2018, are not comparable to the Financial Statements previously published by the company.

Definitions and terms used herein are provided in the Glossary at the end of this document. This release does not contain all the Company’s financial information. As a result, investors should read this release in conjunction with Central Puerto’s consolidated financial statements as of and for the quarter and six months period ended on September 30, 2019 and the notes thereto, which will be available on the Company’s website.

A. Highlights

3Q2019 energy generation decreased 11% to 3,942 GWh, as compared to 4,438 GWh during the same period of 2018 (see section C. Main Operating Metrics), mainly due to a 18% and 6 % decrease in thermal and hydro generation, respectively, partially offset by a 233% increase in renewable energy generation from the wind farms La Castellana I, Achiras, La Castellana II and La Genoveva II. Thermal units reached 94% availability.

3Q2019 Net income was Ps. 2.77 per ordinary share or Ps. 27.7 per ADR (for more information see section D. Financial).

“During this quarter, our wind farms La Castellana II and La Genoveva II commenced commercial operations, allowing us to serve customers directly under the term market.

Moreover, on October 5, 2019, we reached the COD of the new Luján de Cuyo cogeneration unit, 7 weeks ahead of the agreed schedule, offering power and steam to our clients with high efficiency”

Jorge Rauber, CEO of Central Puerto

Collections of the CVO trade receivables. During the period, the Company continued with the collection of the installments related to the CVO trade receivables as scheduled. Additionally, July, Central Puerto collected Ps. 825 million (including VAT), approximately equivalent to US$ 19,8 million using the exchange rate of the date of the collection, related to the installments corresponding to the March-December 2018 of the CVO agreement.

Trade receivables and debt compensation with CAMMESA. During the quarter, CAMMESA, in accordance to a general offer maid to all generators, cancelled the pending trade receivables from CAMMESA accrued between 2013 and 2016, after offsetting the balance of loans and advances granted by CAMMESA. This agreement included a 18% reduction in the amount of principal plus accrued interests that CAMMESA owed to the Company. As a consequence of this transaction, the Company collected Ps. 1.6 billion (excluding VAT).

Renewable energy

La Castellana II and La Genoveva II reached commercial operation date (COD). On July 16, 2019, and September 14, respectively, the wind farms La Castellana II (14.4 MW) and La Genoveva II (41.8 MW) commenced commercial operations. These wind farms sell energy directly to large users under the MATER regulatory framework and have 100% of their estimated energy generation (considering the median, or Percentile 50%) already contracted.

Advances in renewable projects. During the quarter, Central Puerto continued with the construction of wind farms La Genoveva I (88.2 MW), which will sell electricity under the RenovAr 2.0 program, and Manque (57 MW) and Los Olivos (22.8 MW), which will sell electricity under the MATER framework. As of the date of this report, these last two projects have already signed long-term PPA contracts with private customers for 100 % and 80%, of the estimated energy generation of the term market projects (considering the median -Percentile 50%- of the expected energy production), respectively.

B. Recent news

Luján de Cuyo new cogeneration COD. On October 5, 2019, the new cogeneration of the Luján de Cuyo plant reached its COD, 7 weeks ahead of the agreed schedule. This unit will provide electricity through a 15-years PPA with CAMMESA, and steam to YPF during a similar time period.

C. Main operating metrics

The table below sets forth key operating metrics for the 3Q2019, compared to the 2Q2019 and the 3Q2018, and 9M2019, compared to 9M2018:

Key Metrics

3Q
2019

2Q
2019

3Q
2018

Var %
(3Q/3Q)

9M
2019

9M
2018

Var %
(9M/9M)

Continuing Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energy Generation (GWh)

3,941

3,256

4,423

(11%)

10,747

11,017

(2%)

-Electric Energy Generation- Thermal*

2,383

2,444

2,911

(18%)

7,374

7,639

(3%)

-Electric Energy Generation – Hydro

1,373

665

1,456

(6%)

2,884

3,323

(13%)

-Electric Energy Generation – Wind

185

147

56

233%

489

56

779%

Installed capacity (MW; EoP 1 )

4,139

4,083

3,812

9%

4,139

3,812

9%

-Installed capacity -Thermal (MW)

2,493

2,493

2,222

12%

2,493

2,222

12%

-Installed capacity - Hydro (MW)

1,441

1,441

1,441

0%

1,441

1,441

0%

-Installed capacity - Wind (MW)

205

149

149

38%

205

149

38%

Availability - Thermal 2

94%

92%

94%

0 p.p.

93%

88%

5 p.p.

Steam production (thousand Tons)

221

266

286

(23%)

764

866

(12%)

Source: CAMMESA; company data. * Includes generation from Brigadier López starting on April 2019.
1

EoP refers to “End of Period”

2

Availability weighted average by power capacity. Off-time due to scheduled maintenance agreed with CAMMESA is not considered in the ratio.

In the 3Q2019, energy generation decreased 11% to 3,941 GWh, compared to 4,423 GWh in the 3Q2018, mainly due to: a) a 18% decrease in the thermal generation, which during the 3Q2019 was affected by a scheduled maintenance in the steam unit TV06, and a decrease in the dispatch for some of our small steam turbines, and b) a 6% decrease in energy generation form our hydro plant Piedra del Águila due to less waterflow in the Limay and Collón Curá rivers. This was partially offset by a 233% increase in our electricity generation from wind farms, due to the operation during the full quarter of La Castellana I (99 MW) and Achiras I (48 MW) wind farms the commenced their commercial operations during the 3Q2018. During 3Q2019 these plants generated and sold, under the RenovAr Program, a total of 155 GWh. Additionally, as mentioned above, during the 3Q2019, the wind farms La Castellana II (14.4 MW) and La Genoveva II (41.8 MW) reached their COD, generating 32 GWh during the first weeks of operations to supply large users under the Term Market regulatory framework (MATER). As a reference, domestic energy generation decreased 2.3% during the 3Q2019, compared to the 3Q2018, according to data from CAMMESA.

During 3Q2019, machine availability for thermal units reached 94%, compared to 94% in 3Q2018, showing a sustained level and well above the market average availability for thermal units for the same period of 85%, according to data from CAMMESA.

Finally, steam production showed a decrease of 23% totaling 221,000 tons produced during 3Q2019 compared to 286,000 tons during the 3Q2018. These decrease was due to a 12 days scheduled halt in the production of the old cogeneration unit of the Luján de Cuyo plant in order to allow the necessary civil works in the steam pipeline for the connection of the new cogeneration unit, which started operations on October 5, 2019. Steam production is expected to return to normal levels now that the new unit is in service.

In the 9M2019, energy generation decreased 2% to 10,747 GWh, compared to 11,017 GWh in the 9M2018, mainly due to a 13% decrease in the generation of our hydro plant, due to less waterflow in the Limay and Collón Curá rivers, and a 3% decrease in thermal generation, due to less dispatch, especially for small steam turbines. This decrease was partially offset by a 779% increase in our electricity generation from wind farms, due to the operation during the full period of La Castellana I (99 MW) and Achiras I (48 MW) wind farms the commenced their commercial operations during the 3Q2018. During 9M2019 period these plants generated and sold, under the RenovAr Program, a total of 459 GWh. Additionally, as mentioned above, during the 3Q2019, the wind farms La Castellana II (14.4 MW) and La Genoveva II (41.8 MW) reached their COD, generating 32 GWh during the first weeks of operations to supply large users under the Term Market regulatory framework (MATER).

As a reference, domestic energy generation decreased 6.8% during the 9M2019, compared to the 9M2018, according to data from CAMMESA.

During 9M2019, machine availability of thermal units reached 93%, compared to 88% in 9M2018 (which was affected by the unscheduled extension of the maintenance of combined cycle of the Puerto Complex), showing a sustained level, and well above the market average availability for thermal units for the same period of 81%, according to data from CAMMESA.

Finally, steam production decreased 12% totaling 764,000 tons produced during 9M2019 compared to 866,000 tons during the 9M2018. The decrease was related to the connection of the new Luján de Cuyo cogeneration unit to the steam pipeline mentioned above.

D. Financials

Main financial magnitudes of continuing operations

Million Ps.

3Q
2019

2Q
2019

3Q
2018

Var %
(3Q/3Q)

9M
2019

9M
2018

Var %
(9M/9M)

Revenues

7,770

6,546

5,662

37%

21,998

12,955

70%

Cost of sales

(3,195)

(3,688)

(2,303)

39%

(11,408)

(6,035)

89%

Gross profit

4,575

2,859

3,359

36%

10,590

6,921

53%

Administrative and selling expenses

(592)

(473)

(431)

37%

(1,607)

(1,286)

25%

Operating income before other operating results

3,984

2,385

2,928

36%

8,983

5,635

59%

Other operating results, net 1

9,450

793

10,214

(7%)

13,805

34,484

(60%)

Operating income 1

13,434

3,178

13,141

2%

22,788

40,119

(43%)

Depreciation and Amortization

703

384

585

20%

1,527

1,290

18%

Adjusted EBITDA 1,2

14,137

3,563

13,726

3%

24,316

41,409

(41%)

1. Include, among others, the following concepts:

 

· CVO effect

-

-

-

-

-

15,170

-

· Foreign Exchange Difference and interests related to FONI trade receivables

6,826

424

10,016

(32%)

10,854

18,116

(40%)

 See “CVO effect” below for further information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average exchange rate of period

50.65

43.41

31.96

58%

44.59

25.19

77%

Exchange rate end of period

57.59

42.46

41.25

40%

57.59

41.25

40%

NOTE: Exchange rates quoted by the Banco de la Nación Argentina are provided only as a reference. The average exchange rate refers to the average of the daily exchange rates quoted by the Banco de la Nación Argentina for wire transfers (divisas) for each period.

2. See “Disclaimer-Adjusted EBITDA” below for further information.

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

Million Ps.

3Q
2019

2Q
2019

3Q
2018

Var %
(3Q/3Q)

9M
2019

9M
2018

Var %
(9M/9M)

Consolidated Net income for the period 2

3,526

1,521

5426

(35%)

   6,562

24,204

(73%)

Loss on net monetary position

(698)

  1,328

1,268

(155%)

    2,272

    2,514

(10%)

Financial expenses

 9,712

      662

    4,634

110%

 12,190

   7,928

54%

Financial income

(878)

   (626)

(697)

26%

 (1,974)

 (2,581)

(24%)

Share of the profit of an associate

(430)

  (269)

(613)

(30%)

    (818)

(1,359)

(40%)

Income tax expenses

2,203

      562

3125

(30%)

    4,557

    9,794

(53%)

Net income of discontinued operations

0

            -  

0

N/A

          -  

(380)

(100%)

Depreciation and amortization

703

384

585

20%

    1,527

1,290

18%

Adjusted EBITDA 1,2

14,137

3,563

13,726

3%

24,316

41,409

(41%)

1. Include, among others, the following concepts: 

· CVO effect

-

-

-

-

15,170

 -

· Foreign Exchange Difference and interests related to FONI trade receivables

6,826

424

10,016

(32%)

10,854

18,116

 (40%)

See “CVO effect” below for further information. 

2. See “Disclaimer-Adjusted EBITDA” below for further information.

 

3Q 2019 Results Analysis

Revenues from continuing operations increased 37% to Ps. 7,770 million in the 3Q2019, as compared to Ps. 5,662 million in the 3Q2018. The increase in revenues was mainly driven by:

(i)

 

an increase in Sales under contracts, which amounted to Ps. 2,535 million during the 3Q2019, as compared to Ps. 306 million in the 3Q2018, mainly due to the revenues related to the Brigadier López Plant, which was acquired in June 2019, the energy generation from wind farms Achiras and La Castellana I, which started operations during the 3Q2018 and where fully operational during the 3Q2019, and La Castellana II and La Genoveva II, which started operations during June and September 2019, respectively;

 (ii)

 

an increase in the fuel remuneration for units under Energía Base regulatory framework (and other related concepts), which amounted to Ps. 1,400 million during the 3Q2019, mainly because of income in accordance to Res. 70/18, in some of the units under the Energía Base regulatory framework (see “—Factors Affecting Our Results of Operations—Our Revenues—The Energía Base”), compared to Ps. 277 million during the 3Q2018,

This increase was partially offset by:

(i)

 

a decrease in the energy generated during the 3Q2019 of 11%, as compared to the 3Q2018, while availability of the thermal units under Energía Base remained constant, at 94% during 3Q2019, as compared to a similar percentage during the 3Q2018,

 (ii)

 

a decrease in energy and power prices for units under the Energy Base Regulatory framework established by Res. 1/19, starting on March 1, 2019. As a reference, the new tariffs are:

Items

Thermal

Hydro

Power capacity payments Res. 1/19 1

Up to US$ 7,000 per MW per month

during December, January, February, June, July and August

 

Up to US$ 5,500 per MW per month

during March, April, May, September, October and November

 

These prices, are multiplied by a percentage, which depends on the average Utilization Factor (UF) of each unit during the previous last twelve months (mobile year):

  • If UF >= 70%, the unit receives 100% of the price
  • If the is between 30 and 70%, the machine receives UF*0.75+0.475 of the price (lineal proportion)
  • If UF<30%, unit receives 70% of the price

US$ 3,000 per MW per month

Energy payments Res. 1/19 2

US$ 5.4 per MWh for generation with natural gas

US$ 8.4 per MWh for generation with fuel oil/gas oil

US$ 4.9 per MWh

1

 

Effective prices for capacity payment depended on the availability of each unit, and the achievement of the Guaranteed Bid Capacity (DIGO in Spanish) that each generator may send to CAMMESA twice a year. For further details, see “Item 4.B. Business Overview—The Argentine Electric Power Sector—Remuneration Scheme—The Current Remuneration Scheme” in the annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on April 30, 2019.

2

Energy payments above mentioned includes the tariffs for energy generated and energy operated as mentioned in Res. SRRyME 1/2019.

(iii) 

a lower-than-inflation increase in the exchange rates for the 3Q2019, which impacted tariffs set in US dollars, in terms of argentine pesos current at the end of the reporting period. As a reference, the average foreign exchange rate during 3Q2019 increased 38% compared to 3Q2018, while the inflation rate for the twelve-month period ended on September 30, 2019, was 54%.

Gross profit increased 36% to Ps. 4,575 million, compared to Ps. 3,359 million in 3Q2018. This increase was due to (i) the above-mentioned increase in revenues, which was partially offset by an increase in costs of sales that totaled Ps. 3,195 million, a 39% increase as compared to Ps. 2,303 million in the 3Q2018. The increase in the cost of sales was primarily driven by:

 (i)

 

An increase in the purchase of fuel (and related concepts) used in our units that sell steam, or electricity under contracts or Energía Base (when applicable), which totaled Ps. 1,237 million during the 3Q2019, as compared to Ps. 547 million in the 3Q2018, due to the cost of the self-supplied fuel purchased in accordance to Res. 70/18 described above;

 (ii)

 

a 12.7% increase in non-fuel-related costs of production, which totaled Ps. 1,960 million in the 3Q2019, as compared to Ps. 1,756 million in the 3Q2018, mainly due to the acquisition of the Brigadier López plant.

Gross Profit Margin remained stable, totaling around 59% for both the 3Q2019 and the 3Q2018.

Operating income before other operating results, net, increased 36% to Ps. 3,984 million, compared to Ps. 2,928 million in the 3Q2018. This increase was due to (i) the above-mentioned increase in gross profits, and (ii) an approximately proportional increase in administrative and selling expenses that totaled Ps. 592 million, a 37% increase as compared to Ps. 431 million in the 3Q2018. This increase was mainly driven by (i) a 41% increase in taxes on bank account transactions, due to increased revenues and costs, among others; (ii) Ps. 38 million during the 3Q2019 related to the maintenance costs of office buildings; (iii) a Ps. 88 million increase in professional services, mainly related to the new renewable energy subsidiaries.

Adjusted EBITDA was Ps. 14,137 million in the 3Q2019, compared to Ps. 13,726 million in the 3Q2018. This variation was mainly due to (i) the increase in operating results before other operating income, net mentioned above, and (ii) a Ps. 3,502 million one-time-gain in interests from clients associated to the trade receivables and debt compensation with CAMMESA (See Section A. Highlights); and (iii) a Ps. 779 million during the 3Q2019, as compared to Ps. 558 million from interest accrued on the trade receivables denominated in US dollars related to the FONI program; which was partially offset by (i) a Ps. 6,203 million gain during the 3Q2019, from the foreign exchange difference on operating assets (mainly the FONI trade receivables), compared to a gain of 9,447 million during the 3Q2018, (ii) a Ps. 616 million non-cash charge related to the property, plant and equipment impairment during 3Q2019.

Consolidated Net income was Ps. 3,526 million and Net income for shareholder was Ps. 4,167 million or Ps. 2.77 per share, in the 3Q2019, compared to Ps. 5,426 million and 5,893 million, respectively, or Ps. 3.92 per share, in the 3Q2018. In addition to the above-mentioned factors, net income was (i) negatively impacted by higher financial expenses that amounted to Ps. 9,712 million in the 3Q2019, compared to Ps. 4,634 million in the 3Q2018, mainly due to the interest accrued on a higher debt balance during the period, related to the loans obtained for the thermal and renewable energy expansion projects and the acquisition of the Brigadier López plant, and the foreign exchange difference on such loans, which are denominated in US dollars, and (ii) positively impacted by higher financial income which amounted to Ps. 878 million during the 3Q2019, compared to Ps. 697 million in the 3Q2018, mainly due to the higher foreign exchange difference over US dollar denominated financial assets (which excludes FONI and other trade receivables). Additionally, the results from the share of profit of associates decreased to Ps. 431 million in the 3Q2019, as compared to Ps. 613 million in the 3Q2018, mainly due to weaker results from the operations of Ecogas.

Finally, the gain on net monetary position totaled Ps. 698 million during the 3Q2019, as compared to loss on the net monetary position of Ps. 1,268 million in the 3Q2018.

FONI collections totaled Ps. 2,177 million in the 3Q2019, -including VAT- (approximately equivalent to US$ 38 million, at the exchange rate as of September 30, 2019), associated to the FONI trade receivables for San Martín, Manuel Belgrano, and Vuelta de Obligado Plants, including a portion of the amounts related to the installments 1 to 10 (See section A. Highlights above for more information).

9M2019 Results Analysis

Revenues from continuing operations increased 70% to Ps. 21,998 million in the 9M2019, as compared to Ps. 12,955 million in the 9M2018. The increase in revenues was mainly driven by:

 (iv)

 

a 5 percentage points increase in the availability of the thermal units under Energía Base, which was 93% during 9M2019, as compared to 88% during the 9M2018,

 (v)

 

an increase in the exchange rates for the 9M2019, higher than the inflation for the period, which impacted tariffs set in US dollars, in terms of argentine pesos current at the end of the reporting period. As a reference, the average foreign exchange rate during 9M2019 increased 77% compared to 9M2018, while the inflation rate for the twelve-month period ended on September 30, 2019 was 54%,

 (vi)

 

an increase in the fuel remuneration for units under Energía Base regulatory framework (and other related concepts), which amounted to Ps. 6,521 million during the 9M2019, mainly due to the income in accordance to Res. 70/18, in some of the units under the Energía Base regulatory framework (see “—Factors Affecting Our Results of Operations—Our Revenues—The Energía Base”), compared to Ps. 928 million during the 9M2018,

 (vii)

 

Ps. 3,786 millions in the Sales under contracts, compared to Ps. 518 million in the 9M2018, mainly due to the revenues related to the Brigadier López Plant, which was acquired during June 2019, the energy generation from wind farms Achiras and La Castellana I, which started operations during the 3Q2018 and where fully operational during the 9M2019, and La Castellana II and La Genoveva II, which started operations during June and September 2019, respectively.

This was partially offset by the decrease in energy and power prices for units under the Energy Base Regulatory framework established by Res. 1/19, starting on March 1, 2019, and a decrease in the energy generated during the 9M2019 of 2%, as compared to the 9M2018.

Gross profit increased 53% to Ps. 10,590 million, compared to Ps. 6,921 million in 9M2018. This increase was due to (i) the above-mentioned increase in revenues, which was partially offset by an increase in costs of sales that totaled Ps. 11,408 million, an 89% increase as compared to Ps. 6,035 million in the 9M2018. The increase in the cost of sales was primarily driven by:

 (iii) An increase in the purchase of fuel (and related concepts) used in our units that sell steam, or electricity under contracts or Energía Base (when applicable), which totaled Ps. 6,064 million during the 9M2019, as compared to Ps. 1,471 million in the 9M2018, due to:
  

 a.

The cost of the self-supplied fuel purchased in accordance to Res. 70/18 described above;

  

b.

a higher price of natural gas used in the units that generate steam or electric energy under the Energía Plus framework, mainly due an increase in the exchange rate for 9M2019 as compared to 9M2018, that was higher than the inflation between this periods, which impacted in the US dollars denominated price of natural gas, in terms of argentine pesos current at the end of the reporting period. As a reference, the average foreign exchange rate during 9M2019 increased 77% compared to 9M2018, while the inflation rate for the twelve-month period ended on September 30, 2019 was 54%,

 (iv) a 17% increase in non-fuel-related costs of production, which totaled Ps. 5,344 million in the 9M2019, as compared to Ps. 4,564 million in the 9M2018, mainly due to (i) a Ps. 195 million increase in compensation for employees, which staring on June 2016 includes the personnel from the Brigadier López plant, a (ii) Ps. 236 million increase in maintenance costs, (iii) a Ps. 218 million increase in depreciation related to the expansion in property, plants and equipment.

Gross Profit Margin totaled 48% during 9M2019, as compared to 53% in the 9M2018. This change was mainly related to the effect of Res. 70/18, which increased both the income and the cost of energy production from thermal units.

Operating income before other operating results, net, increased 59% to Ps. 8,983 million, compared to Ps. 5,635 million in the 9M2018. This increase was due to (i) the above-mentioned increase in gross profits, and (ii) a less-than-proportional increase in administrative and selling expenses that totaled Ps. 1,607 million, a 25% increase as compared to Ps. 1,286 million in the 9M2018. This increase was mainly driven by (i) a 46% increase in taxes on bank account transactions, due to increased revenues, costs and the acquisition of the Brigadier López Plant, among others.

Adjusted EBITDA was Ps. 24,316 million in the 9M2019, compared to Ps. 41,409 million in the 9M2018 which included a Ps. 15,170 million gain during the 9M2018 from a one-time-gain from the CVO Commercial Operation Approval (the “CVO effect”). Without taking into account this extraordinary gain, the decrease would have been 8%. This variation was mainly due to a Ps. 9,275 million gain during the 9M2019, lower than a Ps. 17,865 million gain during the 9M2018 from the foreign exchange difference on the trade receivables denominated in US dollars mainly related to the FONI program, which was partially offset by, (ii) the increase in operating results before other operating income, net mentioned above, (ii) a Ps. 3,502 million one-time-gain in interests from clients associated to the trade receivables and debt compensation with CAMMESA (See Section A. Highlights). (iii) a Ps. 5,492 million gain during the 9M2019, as compared to Ps. 1459 million from interest form clients accrued, mainly related to the FONI and similar trade receivables.

Consolidated Net income was Ps. 6,562 million and Net income for shareholder was Ps. 7,022 million or Ps. 4.67 per share, in the 9M2019, compared to Ps. 24,204 million and 25,102 million, respectively, or Ps. 16.68 per share, in the 9M2018, which included a Ps. 15,170 million gain – before income tax- accrued during the 9M2018 from a one-time-gain from the CVO Commercial Operation Approval (the “CVO effect”). In addition to the above-mentioned factors, net income was negatively impacted by (i) higher financial expenses that amounted to Ps. 12,190 million in the 9M2019, compared to Ps. 7,928 million in the 9M2018 mainly due to the interest accrued on a higher debt balance during the period, related to the loans obtained for the thermal and renewable energy expansion projects and the acquisition of the Brigadier López plant, and the foreign exchange difference on such loans, which are denominated in US dollars, and (ii) a lower financial income which amounted to Ps. 1,974 million during the 9M2019, compared to Ps. 2,581 million in the 9M2018, mainly due to the lower foreign exchange difference over US dollar denominated financial assets (which excludes FONI and other trade receivables). Additionally, the results from the share of profit of associates decreased to Ps. 818 million in the 9M2019, as compared to Ps. 1,359 million in the 9M2018, mainly due to weaker results from the operations of Ecogas.

Finally, loss from exposure to the change in the purchasing power of the currency totaled Ps. 2,272 million during the 9M2019, as compared to Ps. 2,514 million in the 9M2018.

FONI collections totaled Ps. 7,101 million in the 9M2019, -including VAT- (approximately equivalent to US$ 123 million, at the exchange rate as of September 30, 2019), associated to the FONI trade receivables for San Martín, Manuel Belgrano, and Vuelta de Obligado Plants, including amounts related to the installments 1 to 10 (See section A. Highlights above for more information).

Financial Situation

As of September 30, 2019, the Company and its subsidiaries had Cash and Cash Equivalents of Ps. 1.6 billion, and Other Current Financial Assets of Ps. 5.1 billion.

Loans and borrowings were received to finance the expansion of the current installed capacity, which includes the construction of the Luján de Cuyo thermal project, and the wind farms La Castellana I, Achiras and La Castellana II, and the acquisition of the Brigadier López Plant. The following chart breaks down the Net Debt position of Central Puerto (on a stand-alone basis) and its subsidiaries:

Million Ps.

 

As of
September 30,
2019

Cash and cash equivalents (Central Puerto S.A. stand-alone)

 

765

Other financial assets (Central Puerto S.A. stand-alone)

 

4,790

Financial Debt (Central Puerto S.A. stand-alone)

 

(21,384)

Composed of:

 

Financial Debt (current) (Central Puerto S.A. stand-alone)

(3,650)

 

Financial Debt (non-current) (Central Puerto S.A. stand-alone)

(17,734)

 

Subtotal Central Puerto stand-alone Net Debt Position

 

(15,829)

Cash and cash equivalents of subsidiaries

 

832

Other financial assets of subsidiaries

 

326

Financial Debt of subsidiaries

 

(11,439)

Composed of:       

Financial Debt of subsidiaries (current)

(996)

 

Financial Debt of subsidiaries (non-current)

(10,443)

 

Subtotal Subsidiaries Net Debt Position

 

(10,281)

Consolidated Net Debt Position

 

(26,110)

Cash Flows of the 9M2019

Million Ps.

9M2019

ended September 30, 2019

Cash and Cash equivalents at the beginning

317

Net cash flows provided by operating activities

7,327

Net cash flows used in investing activities

(18,933)

Net cash flows provided by financing activities

12,015

Exchange difference and other financial results

546

Loss on net monetary position by cash and cash equivalents

326

Cash and Cash equivalents at the end

1,598

Net cash provided by operating activities was Ps. 7,327 million during the 9M2019. This cash flow arises from (i) Ps. 22,788 million from the operating income from continuing operations obtained during the 9M2019, (ii) Ps. 11,512 million due to a decrease in the stock of trade receivables, mainly related to the FONI collections, (iii) Ps. 3,848 million in collection of interests from clients, including the ones from FONI, during the period, minus (iv) the non-cash items included in the operating income, including Ps. 9,275 million from foreign exchange difference on trade receivables; (v) Ps. 7,965 million from income tax paid, and (vi) a Ps. 8,020 million of non-cash effect of loss on the net monetary position re-expression.

Net cash used in investing activities was Ps. 18,933 million in the 9M2019. This amount was mainly due to (i) Ps. 9,993 million payments for the purchase of property, plant and equipment for the construction of the renewable and thermal projects, (ii) Ps. 7,578 million for the purchase of the Brigadier López Plant, and (i) Ps. 1,723 million invested in de acquisition of short-term financial assets, net.

Net cash provided by financing activities was Ps. 12,015 million in the 9M2019. This amount was the result of Ps. 14,059 million in loans received related to the expansion projects mentioned above (see Section A. Highlights) mainly related to the acquisition of the Brigadier López Plant, which was partially offset by (i) interest and financial expenses paid, related to the loans received for the expansion projects, for a net amount of Ps. 1,971 million, and (ii) Ps. 584 million in loan principal payments.

E. Tables

a. Consolidated Statement of Income

 

3Q 2019

 

3Q 2018

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Thousand Ps.

 

Thousand Ps.

 

 

 

Revenues

 

7,770,497

 

5,662,198

Cost of sales

 

(3,195,246)

 

(2,303,086)

Gross income

 

4,575,251

 

3,359,112

 

 

 

 

Administrative and selling expenses

 

(591,510)

 

(431,562)

Other operating income

 

10,334,177

 

10,384,767

Other operating expenses

 

(268,032)

 

(171,046)

Property plant and equipment impairment

 

(615,674)

 

-

Operating income

 

13,434,212

 

13,141,271

 

 

 

 

Loss (gain) on net monetary position

 

698,433

 

(1,267,652)

Finance income

 

877,628

 

697,420

Finance expenses

 

(9,712,149)

 

(4,633,750)

Share of the profit of associates

 

430,090

 

613,276

Income before income tax form continuing operations

 

5,728,214

 

8,550,565

Income tax for the period

 

(2,202,523)

 

(3,124,741)

Net income for the period from continuing operations

 

3,525,691

 

5,425,824

 

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

Net income after tax for the period from discontinued operations

 

-

 

-

Net income for the period

 

3,525,691

 

5,425,824

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

-Equity holders of the parent

 

4,166,765

 

5,892,934

-Non-controlling interests

 

(641,074)

 

(467,110)

 

 

3,525,691

 

5,425,824

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted (Ps.)

 

2.77

 

3.92

Earnings per share from continuing operations:

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted (ARS)

 

2.77

 

3.92

 

9M 2019

 

9M 2018

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Thousand Ps.

 

Thousand Ps.

 

 

 

Revenues

 

21,998,264

 

12,955,355

Cost of sales

 

(11,408,117)

 

(6,034,603)

Gross income

 

10,590,147

 

6,920,752

 

 

 

 

Administrative and selling expenses

 

(1,607,075)

 

(1,285,896)

Other operating income

 

14,769,209

 

19,624,211

Other operating expenses

 

(348,122)

 

(310,070)

Property, plant and equipment impairment

 

(615,674)

 

-

CVO receivables update

 

-

 

15,169,878

Operating income

 

22,788,485

 

40,118,875

 

 

 

 

Loss on net monetary position

 

(2,272,455)

 

(2,513,959)

Finance income

 

1,974,265

 

2,581,384

Finance expenses

 

(12,190,049)

 

(7,927,693)

Share of the profit of associates

 

818,192

 

1,359,252

Income before income tax form continuing operations

 

11,118,438

 

33,617,859

Income tax for the period

 

(4,556,656)

 

(9,794,213)

Net income for the period from continuing operations

 

6,561,782

 

23,823,646

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

Net income for the period after tax from discontinued operations

 

-

 

380,284

Net income for the period

 

6,561,782

 

24,203,930

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

-Equity holders of the parent

 

7,022,198

 

25,101,998

-Non-controlling interests

 

(460,416)

 

(898,068)

 

 

6,561,782

 

24,203,930

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted (Ps.)

 

4.67

 

16.68

Earnings per share from continuing operations:

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted (ARS)

 

4.67

 

16.42

b. Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

As of September 30,
2019

As of December 31,
2018

 

 

Unaudited

 

Audited

 Thousand Ps.

 Thousand Ps.

Assets

Non-current assets

 

Property, plant and equipment             

55,162,864

 

31,074,433

Intangible assets   

2,711,293

 

3,077,574

Investment in associates       

3,208,102

 

2,751,609

Trade and other receivables 

24,098,767

 

22,955,971

Other non-financial assets    

228,829

 

306,998

Inventories

 

102,148

 

102,840

85,512,003

 

60,269,425

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories             

378,894

 

304,163

Other non-financial assets    

708,294

 

681,769

Trade and other receivables 

11,010,192

 

14,566,793

Other financial assets            

5,115,892

 

2,705,197

Cash and cash equivalents    

1,597,704

 

316,627

18,810,976

 

18,574,549

Total assets

104,322,979

 

78,843,974

 

 

 

Equity and liabilities

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Capital stock           

1,514,022

 

1,514,022

Adjustment to capital stock   

16,325,973

 

16,325,973

Legal reserve

2,129,200

 

527,913

Voluntary reserve  

24,728,144

 

6,067,229

Retained earnings  

7,022,198

 

20,262,202

Equity attributable to shareholders of the parent

51,719,537

 

44,697,339

Non-controlling interests

356,585

 

643,967

Total Equity

52,076,122

 

45,341,306

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Other non-financial liabilities

4,324,224

 

2,697,211

Other loans and borrowings  

28,177,557

 

7,165,689

Borrowings from CAMMESA

-

 

1,382,876

Compensation and employee benefits liabilities

153,667

 

204,436

Deferred income tax liabilities              

6,668,698

 

6,600,325

39,324,146

 

18,050,537

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

3,799,061

 

2,381,998

Other non-financial liabilities

2,442,987

 

2,287,037

Borrowings from CAMMESA

-

 

2,496,286

Other loans and borrowings  

4,645,670

 

926,230

Compensation and employee benefits liabilities

460,790

 

538,619

Income tax payable

940,111

 

6,081,852

Provisions               

634,092

 

740,109

12,922,711

 

15,452,131

Total liabilities

52,246,857

 

33,502,668

Total equity and liabilities

104,322,979

 

78,843,974

 

c. Consolidated Statement of Cash Flow

 

9M 2019

9M 2018

 

 

Unaudited

 

Unaudited

 

Thousand Ps.

Thousand Ps.

Operating activities

 

Income for the period before income tax from continuing operations

 

11,118,438

 

33,617,859

Income for the period before income tax from discontinued operations

 

-

 

452,762

Income for the period before income tax

 

11,118,438

 

34,070,621

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustments to reconcile income for the period before income tax to net cash flows:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

 

1,305,809

 

1,088,052

Net results from replacement or decreases of property plants and equipment

 

-

 

114,040

Property, plant and equipment impairment

 

615,674

 

-

Amortization of intangible assets

 

373,960

 

347,731

Discount of trade and other receivables and payables, net

 

228,138

 

(2,297)

CVO receivables update

 

-

 

(15,169,878)

Interest earned from customers

 

(5,491,620)

 

(1,459,090)

Financial income

 

(1,974,265)

 

(2,581,384)

Financial expenses

 

12,190,049

 

7,927,693

Share of the profit of associates

 

(818,192)

 

(1,359,252)

Stock-based payments

 

20,257

 

7,772

Movements in provisions and long-term employee benefit plan expenses

 

132,336

 

152,871

Foreign exchange difference for trade receivables

 

(9,275,363)

 

(17,865,000)

Income from the sale of La Plata plant

 

-

 

(721,083)

Loss on net monetary position

 

(8,020,358)

 

(5,626,256)

 

 

 

 

 

Working capital adjustments:

 

 

 

 

Decrease in trade and other receivables

 

11,512,045

 

3,723,756

Increase in other non-financial assets and inventories

 

(250,533)

 

(464,939)

Increase in trade and other payables, other non-financial liabilities and liabilities from employee benefits

 

(221,755)

 

2,681,029

 

11,444,620

 

4,864,386

Interest received from customers

 

3,847,596

 

43,640

Income tax paid

 

(7,965,016)

 

(4,184,488)

Net cash flows provided by operating activities

 

7,327,200

 

723,538

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(9,993,157)

 

(6,563,908)

Acquisition of the Brigadier López Power Plant

 

(7,578,302)

 

-

Cash flows generated from the sale of La Plata plant

 

-

 

861,840

Dividends received

 

361,863

 

1,256,911

(Purchase) Sale of available-for-sale assets, net

 

(1,723,107)

 

1,885,522

Net cash flows used in investing activities

 

(18,932,703)

 

(2,559,635)

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

Banks overdrafts received (paid), net

 

358,392

 

36,446

Long term loans received

 

14,058,734

 

5,454,280

Long term loans paid

 

(584,374)

 

(3,435,472)

Interests and other loan costs paid

 

(1,970,651)

 

(519,096)

Contributions from non-controlling interests

 

173,570

 

426,529

Dividends paid

 

(20,793)

 

(1,954,748)

Net cash flows provided by financing activities

 

12,014,878

 

7,939

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase (Decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

409,375

 

(1,828,158)

Exchange difference and other financial results

 

546,110

 

1,939,360

Monetary results effect on cash and cash equivalents

 

325,592

 

977,218

Cash and cash equivalents as of January 1

 

316,627

 

180,192

Cash and cash equivalents as of September 30

 

1,597,704

 

1,268,612

 

F. Information about the Conference Call

There will be a conference call to discuss Central Puerto’s Third Quarter 2019 results on November 12, 2019 at 12:00 New York Time / 14:00 Buenos Aires Time.

The hosts will be Mr. Jorge Rauber, Chief Executive Officer, and Fernando Bonnet, Chief Financial Officer. To access the conference call, please dial:

United States Participants (Toll Free): 1-888-317-6003
Argentina Participants (Toll Free) : 0800-555-0645
International Participants : +1-412-317-6061
Passcode : 0531841

The Company will also host a live audio webcast of the conference call on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.centralpuerto.com. Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the website and download any streaming media software that might be required to listen to the webcast. The call will be available for replay until November 11, 2020 at +1-412-317-0088 with access code #10136493 and on the Company website under the Investor Relations section.

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Disclaimer

Rounding amounts and percentages: Certain amounts and percentages included in this release have been rounded for ease of presentation. Percentage figures included in this release have not in all cases been calculated on the basis of such rounded figures, but on the basis of such amounts prior to rounding. For this reason, certain percentage amounts in this release may vary from those obtained by performing the same calculations using the figures in the financial statements. In addition, certain other amounts that appear in this release may not sum due to rounding.

This release contains certain metrics, including information per share, operating information, and others, which do not have standardized meanings or standard methods of calculation and therefore such measures may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. Such metrics have been included herein to provide readers with additional measures to evaluate the Company’s performance; however, such measures are not reliable indicators of the future performance of the Company and future performance may not compare to the performance in previous periods.

OTHER INFORMATION

Central Puerto routinely posts important information for investors in the Investor Relations support section on its website, www.centralpuerto.com. From time to time, Central Puerto may use its website as a channel of distribution of material Company information. Accordingly, investors should monitor Central Puerto’s Investor Support website, in addition to following the Company’s press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls and webcasts. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, the Company’s website is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this release.

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The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements except as required under securities laws. Further information concerning risks and uncertainties associated with these forward-looking statements and the Company’s business can be found in the Company’s public disclosures filed on EDGAR ( www.sec.gov ).

Adjusted EBITDA

In this release, Adjusted EBITDA, a non-IFRS financial measure, is defined as net income for the year, plus finance expenses, minus finance income, minus share of the profit of associates, minus depreciation and amortization, plus income tax expense, plus depreciation and amortization, minus net results of discontinued operations.

Adjusted EBITDA is believed to provide useful supplemental information to investors about the Company and its results. Adjusted EBITDA is among the measures used by the Company’s management team to evaluate the financial and operating performance and make day-to-day financial and operating decisions. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other parties to evaluate companies in the industry. Adjusted EBITDA is believed to be helpful to investors because it provides additional information about trends in the core operating performance prior to considering the impact of capital structure, depreciation, amortization and taxation on the results.

The Company compensates for the inherent limitations associated with using Adjusted EBITDA through disclosure of these limitations, presentation of the Company’s consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRS and reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable IFRS measure, net income. For a reconciliation of the net income to Adjusted EBITDA, see the tables included in this release.

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Fernando Bonnet

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Tomás Daghlian

Tel (+54 11) 4317 5000 ext.2192

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