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FY2022 annual results

20 October 2022

EBITDA and net income strongly improved

Record results ahead of calendar 2022 year-end’s targets

Strong increase in FY2022 annual results
  • Revenues of €26.2 million (+156%)
  • EBITDA of €16.4 million (+460%), EBITDA margin of 62%
  • Net income of €7.3 million (+2,569%)
Ahead of calendar 2022 year end ’s targets
  • FDE already achieved its annual EBITDA target of 45%
  • 69 million tons of CO2eq emissions avoided in FY2022
Strong development momentum for its growing portfolio
  • Cogeneration portfolio up 50% over the year with total installed capacity of 22.5 MW
  • Since July 2022, optimization of the revenues related to the Group’s installations with the signing of electricity Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) contracts
2026 TARGETS CONFIRMED
  • Annual revenues exceeding €100 million
  • EBITDA above €50 million
  • Over 10 million tons of CO2eq emissions avoided per annum

 

Pontpierre, France, October 20th, 2022 – FDE (Euronext: FDE – ISIN: FR0013030152), a carbon negative energy producer, posted its consolidated annual results for the year ended June 30th, 2022 with a record FY2022 and a strong improvement in its main financial aggregates.

FDE’s Board of Directors met on October 19th, 2022 and approved the annual financial statements as of June 30th, 2022. The Group’s statutory auditors have carried out their audit of these accounts and their reports are being issued.

FDE will comment its FY2022 annual and Q1 2023 quarterly results during a webcast on Wednesday, October 26th, 2022, at 10:00 AM. The connection details will be posted on its website www.francaisedelenergie.fr 

 

KEY FIGURES

Revenues reached €26.2 million as of June 30th, 2022 (+156% over the year) with an EBITDA of €16.4 million (+460% yoy) and a net income Group share of €7.3 million (28% of revenues), demonstrating FDE’s solid business model and its ability to accelerate its profitable growth.

Strong EBITDA and net income
Consolidated Income Statement

In Euro thousands

2021/2022 2020/2021 Variation

%

Revenues[1] 26,220 10,236 +156%
EBITDA

% of revenues

16,365

62%

2,924

29%

+460%

 

Operating income

% of revenues

14,255

54%

1,418

14%

+905%

 

Financial result (4,569) (1,196) +282%
Current and deferred taxes (2,487) 71 (3,604)%
Net income, Group share

% of revenues

Minority interests[2]

Net income

7,314

28%

(115)

7,199

274

2,7%

19

293

+2,569%

 

(704)%

+2,360%

 FY2022 was characterized by a sharp increase in revenues, mainly driven by an improvement of gas, electricity and heat sold volumes, as well as by strong gas prices in France (average selling price of €46.70/MWh) and electricity prices in Belgium (€195.10/MWh on average over the year).

Cryo Pur, the recently acquired subsidiary dedicated to liquefied biogas (LBG) and Bio-CO2, contributed for the six months of FY2022 for €1.2 million to the group’s revenues .

These excellent operational achievements have enabled FDE to record revenues of €26.2 million, up by 156% year-on-year, with an estimated 2.69 million tons of CO2eq emissions avoided this year.

Since the IPO in 2016, revenues have therefore grown by 48% on average per year.

The Group’s EBITDA improved tremendously to €16.4 million (+460% yoy), with an EBITDA margin of 62% (2021: 29%), exceeding the target set for the end of calendar 2022 on an annualized basis . Excluding Cryo Pur, the EBITDA margin stood at 66%.

In an inflationary environment, this solid performance was comforted by the Group’s continued cost control with operating expenses (excluding Cryo Pur’s costs) under control, accounting for 24% of FY2022 revenues (2021: 41%). Administrative expenses (excluding Cryo Pur’s and the accounting under IFRS of awarded employees shares) amounted to €4.4 million, following increased personnel costs, as well as development and acquisition costs inherent to FDE’s growth.

The Operating Profit also rose sharply from €1.4 million in FY2021 to €14.3 million this year.

Despite a reduced financial result, mainly due to the implementation of new financings to support the group’s growth, and a current and deferred tax charge of €2.5 million, the Net income Group share amounted to €7.3 million in FY2022, compared to €0.3 million in FY2021.

Strengthened consolidated balance sheet

FDE’s balance sheet as of June 30th, 2022 reached €146.5 million, up by 37% year on year, with shareholders’ equity at €63.1 million (+14%).

Consolidated balance sheet

In Euro thousands

June 30st 2022 June 30st 2021 Variation

%

Goodwill 5,759 48 +11.936%
Exploration assets 45,997 45,546 +1%
Proven mining rights 24,261 24,509 (1)%
Fixed assets 29,033 19,793 +47%
Cash and cash equivalents 23,985 6,981 +244%
Other assets 17,439 10,171 +71%
Total Assets 146,474 107,048 +37%
Shareholders’ Equity 63,093 55,275 +14%
Financial debt (ST et LT) 55,772 27,112 +106%
Provisions (ST et LT) 3,531 4,374 (19)%
Other liabilities 24,078 20,287 +19%
Total Shareholders’ Equity and Liabilities 146,474 107,048 +37%

The rise in the Group’s assets value was derived from the increase in the portfolio of cogenerations in operation, the photovoltaic power plant under construction and the acquisition of Cryo Pur, with property, plant and equipment, mining rights and goodwill up by €14.7 million over the year.

During FY2022, FDE also confirmed its ability to generate positive operating cash flow reaching €15.9 million before changes in working capital, and saw its cash strengthened thanks to additional financings such as a €2.5 million crowdfunding loan for the 15 MW photovoltaic project and the €25 million green bond granted by Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management (EDRAM).

As of June 30th, 2022, FDE therefore posted cash of €24.0 million (+€17.1 million compared to June 30th, 2021) and a net financial debt of €31.8 million.

The net debt to equity ratio stood at 50% (2021: 36%), a conservative level enabling FDE to finance its development with confidence.

The effective implementation of these financing at attractive rates clearly demonstrates the relevance of FDE’s energy solutions with strong environmental, economic and social impacts on its territories, while enabling the Group to limit the use of its equity and continue to reduce its cost of capital.

PORTFOLIO OF PROJECTS UNDER DEVELOPMENT AND SOLID GROWTH PROSPECTS

Over the year, FDE has continued its sustained investment policy with close to €13.6 million invested, further strengthening its unique positioning through the deployment of local low-carbon energy solutions in France and Belgium.

These investments have resulted in a 50% yearly increase in the number of cogenerations with the installation of five new 1.5 MW cogeneration units at Anderlues (4.5 MW) and Avion (3 MW), as well as the construction of the group’s first ground-based photovoltaic power plant in Eastern France with an installed capacity of 15 MW. This facility will be commissioned in October 2022.

The Group is also pursuing its efforts to optimize the value of the revenues derived from the Group’s facilities, by signing electricity sale contracts directly with industrial companies and/or aggregators (Power Purchase Agreement), while maintaining a high level of visibility on cash flows generation.

In addition, FDE continues to push forward the Group’s developments following the same principles that have driven its success and is now only waiting for the final approval of the French government and the Ministry of Ecological Transition to develop its certified mine gas reserves on new sites in the Hauts-de-France region and coal gas in Lorraine.

Finally, with the recent acquisition of Cryo Pur, FDE is strengthening its position as a leading European player in the production of low-carbon energy, with the current development of production projects of LBG and/or Bio-CO2 from recovered or renewable gases.

Thanks to the recent new €20 million green bond granted by Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management (EDRAM) in addition to the initial €25 million bond, FDE has the relevant financial resources to deploy and accelerate its development strategy to achieve its new 2026 targets.

2026 TARGETS CONFIRMED

Thanks to its strategy focused on low-carbon energy production, FDE is confident to achieve its FY2026 objectives:

  • Annual revenues exceeding €100 million
  • EBITDA above €50 million
  • Over 10 million tons of CO2eq emissions avoided per annum

Next announcements:
Q1 FY2023 revenues – October 25th, 2022
FY2022 annual results and Q1 FY2023 quarterly results presentation: October 26th, 2022
General Assembly Meeting FY2022: November 30th, 2022

 

[1] Does not include Green Certificates obtained through its Belgian production since 2019. FDE is continuing its efforts to activate their contribution to revenues.

[2] Results of the companies Cellcius dedicated to the operation of the Creutzwald solar thermal park (51% owned by FDE and 49% by the Énes public utility), FalkenSun dedicated to the operation of the Tritteling photovoltaic solar park (75% owned by FDE and 25% by Mercury Advisors) and Cryo Pur dedicated to Bio-GNL and Bio-CO2 (96% owned by FDE and 4% by minority shareholders) 

 

About La Française de l’Énergie (« FDE »)

FDE is a negative carbon footprint energy Group, specialized in the implementation via short circuits, of energy recovery and production sites, allowing the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. FDE notably supplies regional players with gas, electricity, heat and CO2, thus replacing imported energy with local, cleaner energy. FDE has strong development potential and aims to become a leading independent player in the energy sector in Europe.by Bpifrance.

More information available on http://www.francaisedelenergie.fr

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