Cuxhaven, August 10, 2017 - The specialist for wind energy PNE WIND is on schedule: the first six months in 2017 were characterised by operational success both in Germany and abroad. Significant progress was achieved in onshore and offshore wind farm projects. In addition to the German market, business in foreign countries continues to develop in a positive manner.
Development of onshore wind farms is on schedule
The project pipeline of the wind farm developer is well filled. At present, the PNE WIND Group is building wind farms with approx. 94 MW nominal output in Germany and France. Of these, German wind farms with approx. 43 MW are planned to be included in the new European wind farm portfolio. The Company intends to bundle portfolio capacities to the total amount of more than 200 MW.
With the scheduled completion of the “Windpark Altenbruch” repowering project, the last two wind power turbines for the 142 MW project portfolio, which was sold last year, were commissioned.
In addition, WKN AG had a major success in the USA shortly after the balance sheet date. In July, the PNE WIND subsidiary announced the sale of the project rights in the 80 megawatt wind farm "Vivaldi Springtime" to Pattern Development.
The offshore division also developed positively. As early as in January this year, the Company sold the North Sea-based “Atlantis I” project to Vattenfall. PNE WIND continues to be in charge of the project as a service provider and will benefit from additional milestone payments in the future. This also applies to the “Gode Wind 3” offshore project, which was sold to DONG Energy in 2012 and which was one of four offshore wind farms to be awarded a contract within the framework of the first government offshore call for tenders in the first quarter of 2017.
"PNE WIND is progressing according to plan. In the first six months of 2017, we achieved significant progress and sales results for onshore and offshore wind farm projects. Foreign countries are playing an increasingly important role," comments Markus Lesser, Chief Executive Officer of the PNE WIND Group. "We plan to further strengthen our competitiveness and that of our projects in the upcoming months. Another objective is to develop new, promising markets in growth regions."
Results of the first half year of 2017 and outlook
The high level of expenditure related to the establishment of the European wind farm portfolio has had a negative effect on the half year's results. However, when evaluating these results, it must be taken into account that these investments create values that will only later have a positive impact on earnings.
In the first six months of 2017, the Group generated sales of euro 39.5 million (prior year: euro 44.8 million), total aggregate output of euro 50.0 million (prior year: euro 61.1 million), operating profit (EBIT) of euro -5.0 million (prior year: euro -1.4 million) and undiluted earnings per share of euro -0.08 (prior year: euro -0.10). With a strong equity ratio of 52.59 percent (previous year: 31.71 percent) and high liquidity amounting to euro 122.1 million as at June 30, 2017, the PNE WIND Group is in a good position on the market
Perspectives for the second half of 2017 are positive and are in line with the Company's plans. In addition to earnings contributions from project planning and realisation of the wind farms in Germany and in foreign countries, for the third quarter of 2017, PNE WIND is expecting an earnings contribution resulting from a bonus payment for services in relation to the wind farm portfolio which was sold at the end of 2016. This bonus payment is expected to be a low two-digit million euro amount.
For the 2017 full year, the Board of Management confirms its forecast and, as before, expects a consolidated Group EBIT in the range of euro 0 to euro 15 million. In spite of required investments in the future, the Company expects to achieve positive results in the 2017 financial year.
The PNE WIND-Group, with its brands PNE WIND and WKN, is one of the leading German wind farm developers. With its approx. 360 employees, the PNE WIND Group has been offering services covering the entire added value chain ranging from the development, planning, realisation, financing, operation, marketing and repowering of wind farms in Germany and abroad from a single source for more than 25 years. Once the completed plants have been handed over to operators, the PNE WIND Group also offers technical and commercial management services, including regular maintenance, for the wind farms. The offshore wind farms at sea are developed up to the point where they are ready to be constructed. Alongside its business activities in the established domestic market in Germany, the PNE WIND Group is present at the international level in order to benefit from the tremendous growth potential of the global wind energy market and it is expanding into dynamic growth markets.
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