(Corrects percentage fall in revenue in final paragraph)
* Net profit CZK 9.91 bln vs CZK 10.93 bln in poll
* Confirms outlook but says impairments not included
* CEZ feeling strain of weaker power prices
* Cuts domestic electricity production outlook
PRAGUE, May 13 Central Europe's largest listed
utility CEZ reported a 44 percent drop in
first-quarter net profit, hit by lower electricity prices, and
flagged new risks to its full-year outlook.
The Czech electricity producer on Tuesday said profit fell
to 9.91 billion crowns ($497.43 million) from 17.81 billion a
year earlier when one-off items lifted results.
That was below the average estimate in a Reuters poll of
analysts for attributable net profit of 10.93 billion crowns.
CEZ shares fell 1.8 percent in early trading.
The utility, like European peers, is feeling the strain of
wholesale electricity prices that have fallen by more than half
in the five years since the global economic crisis
The majority state-owned company also cut its domestic
production outlook and added risks to its profit outlook.
It expects net profit before adjusting for minority
interests to fall for a fifth straight year to 27.5 billion in
2014, just above half of the record 51.9 billion crown profit it
posted in 2009.
But the company said in a presentation accompanying results
that the outlook did not take into account impairments of assets
whose impact "cannot be quantified at the moment".
"The impact will reflect development of European regulation
and of the energy market, as well as internal measures of CEZ
group in 2014," it said.
CEZ took 8.4 billion crowns in impairment charges in the
last half of 2013.
It said another risk was a delay in the completion of a
renewal and construction of coal-fired plants.
CEZ cut its domestic electricity output forecast to 60.9
TWh from 62.2 TWh.
The company said it had pre-sold 77 percent of its planned
2015 output at an average price of 40.5 euros per MWh.
First-quarter revenue fell 11 percent to 53.16 billion
($1 = 19.9225 Czech Crowns)
(Reporting by Jason Hovet; Editing by Erica Billingham)