VELCAN ENERGY : ANNUAL RESULTS 2011

Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:30am EDT

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Press Release

Paris, April 23rd, 2012

ANNUAL RESULTS 2011 : SIGNIFICANT LOSS DUE TO BRAZILIAN OPERATIONS
AND REAL'S LOSS OF VALUE, PRESERVATION OF CASH

MAIN DATA

2011 2010 Var. %
Revenues (MEUR) 5,4 3,8 +44%
EBITDA (MEUR) -0,1 -1,2 +93%
Net Income (MEUR) -3,1 9,0 -135%
Shareholder Equity (MEUR) 132 139 -5%
Cash and marketable securities (MEUR) 97 98 -1%
Concession Portfolio 628 MW 593 MW +6 %
Book value per share (EUR) (net outstanding equity) 20,7 21,6 -4%

2011 was a halftone year for Velcan Energy.

In Brazil the company continued to operate the Rodeio Bonito concesssion (15 MW). The plant's financial performance was satisfactory. The plant suffered from technical problems that now seem to be under control. However the company did not experience significant improvement in the procedures of its projects under development in Brazil. Given the length observed in these procedures, the Company re-evaluated these projects and decided to provision them very significantly. The impact on 2011 accounts amounts to 4.5 million Euros.

In India the group continued to develop its 500 MW concession in Arunachal Pradesh. Given this asset's size, which will produce the equivalent of 3 million people power consumption in India, the administrative procedures & technical studies are necessarily long and complex, and should continue at least until 2013.

In Lao PDR the group obtained a second exclusive pre-concession called Nam Ang Thabeng. The group is also pursuing the development of Nam Phouan, its first Laotian project. Following initial feasibility studies, preliminary discussions have been initiated with Electricité du Laos about the project's electricity sales contract.

Group's financial products were significantly lower than in 2010 due to forex losses. The Group sold its Brazilian sovereign bonds in September 2011 in order to reduce exposure to the Brazilian Real. These bonds were yielding a rate of 10%. Financial products at constant exchange rates were stable compared to 2010 (around 7.1 million Euros). It has not been possible, since then, to find such returns for the Group's treasury. As a consequence, the Group's financial products at constant exchange rates should decrease in 2012. In order to improve financial products, the Group began to invest a portion of its cash into riskier investments (stocks, corporate bonds...).

Throughout the year, the Group suffered a net foreign exchange loss of around 3.3 million Euros.

Full-year operation of Rodeio Bonito dam contributed to the improvement of the group ebitda, increased from -1.2 million Euros to -0.1 million Euros.

Net income was significantly impacted by the Brazilian project portfolio depreciation, foreign exchange loss and lower interest income. It falls down from a profit of 9 million Euros to a loss of 3.1 million Euros.

The Group is still actively prospecting new countries and always targets a portfolio of 1000 MW exclusive hydroelectric concessions within a few years.

In view of the losses, the Board of Directors does not propose the shareholders to pay a dividend for the year 2011.

Financial Results

Summary Balance Sheet as of 31/12/2011 (in kEUR)

ASSETS 2011 2010
NON CURRENT ASSETS 40.581 47.449
CURRENT ASSETS 99.476 102.137
o/w cash & cash equivalents 97.066 98.139
TOTAL ASSETS 140.056 149.586

LIABILITIES 2011 2010
Equity, group share 132.702 138.940
Minority interests (235) (290)
TOTAL EQUITY 132.467 138.651
Provisions 1.896 2.804
Financial debts 1.119 1.424
Other liabilities 4.574 6.707
TOTAL LIABILITIES 140.056 149.586

Summary income statement (in kEUR) 2011 2010
Revenues 5.390 3.720
Amortization & provisions (6.440) (2.322)
Current operating income (6.528) (3.519)
Income from operating activities (7.334) (1.674)
Financial income (loss) 3.831 11.021
Income tax 401 (369)
Share in net income of associates - -
Minority interests 42 (116)
Net result, group share (3.144) 9.093
EBITDA (88) (1.197)

Cash Flow statement (in kEUR) 2011 2010
Gross Cash Flow before financial interests and income tax 730 (740)
Income tax (639) 234
Change in operating working capital (163) (950)
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES (72) (1.457)
Change in consolidation scope (187) (1)
Net tangible and intangible investments (5.293) (4.736)
Disposals and other investment flows 401 6.284
CASH FLOW FROM INVESTMENTS ACTIVITIES (5.079) 2.087
Dividend paid and capital increase (594) 83
Balance in reimbursement of debt / new debt - -
Net financial interests 3.832 13.314
Capital Increase - -
Other cash flows (2.292)
CASH FLOW FROM FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES 3.238 11.105
Impact of currency, accounting practices and other 855 540
OPENING CASH & CASH EQUIVALENT 98.124 85.864
TOTAL CASH FLOWS FOR THE PERIOD (1.058) 12.276
CLOSING CASH & CASH EQUIVALENT 97.066 98.139

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Summary Information on Velcan Energy

  • Velcan Energy develops and operates hydro power concessions in emerging markets.
  • The Company's strategy is to become a market leader in up to 200 MW hydro power concessions, in among others India, Brazil and Laos. Conditions are favourable for this type of plants because:
  • These countries suffer from serious under capacity in electricity production, particularly India where an estimated 650 million people do not have regular access to electricity.
  • Under capacity has led to both Indian and Brazilian national governments liberalizing the state controlled electricity market and allowing increased private and foreign competition.
  • Laos has a strategic position in South-East Asia, and can export to high power-demand growing countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and China.
  • These countries have huge untapped hydroelectric potential; India with an estimated 100,000 MW, Brazil with an estimated 190,000 MW and Laos with an estimated 28,000 MW.
  • In April 2012, Velcan Energy :
  • finished building and has put into operation its first hydroelectric concession in Brazil (15 MW),
  • owns rights related to hydroelectric concessions projects amounting to over 600 MW in India, Brazil and Laos (Group share),
  • has an agreement with the Lao PDR Government to co-develop 300 MW,
  • is actively prospecting in new emerging markets.
  • Velcan Energy's technical team is composed of industry veterans and is one of the most experienced in the world in the construction and operation of hydroelectric and thermal power plants.
  • Velcan Energy is headquartered in Paris, and employs over 50 people divided between its administrative offices (Bangalore, Paris and Saõ Paulo) and concession sites.

Disclaimer

This press release contains prospective information about the potential of the projects in progress and/or of the projects of which the development has begun. These information constitute objectives attached to projects and shall, in any case, not be construed as direct or indirect net income forecast of the concerned year. Reader's attention is also drawn on the fact that the performance of these objectives depends on future circumstances and that it could be affected and/or delayed by risks, known or unknown, uncertainties, and various factors of any nature, notably related to economic, commercial or regulatory conjuncture, which occurrence could be likely to have a negative impact on future activity and performances of the Group.

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