Abu Dhabi's TAQA revenues fall 9% YoY to $1.08bn in Q1 2020

The transfer of ADPower’s water & power generation, transmission, and distribution assets is scheduled to close in Q3'20

Abu Dhabi's TAQA revenues fall 9% YoY to $1.09bn in Q1 2020
Abu Dhabi's TAQA revenues fall 9% YoY to $1.09bn in Q1 2020

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has reported a 9% year-on-year decline in Q1 2020 revenues to $1.09bn (AED4bn), reflecting a 21% drop in the price of oil and gas sold by the group, compared to the same period last year.

The group’s EBITDA fell 18% year-on-year to $517.29m (AED1.9bn) reflecting weaker revenues as well as higher operating expenses within the oil and gas business.

As a result of the significant and prolonged effects of COVID-19 on oil demand – and in line with its peers – the group reduced its 2020 and 2021 oil price assumptions, requiring a write down of the group’s carrying amounts of certain oil-specific assets with a post-tax, bottom-line impact of $408.38m (AED1.5bn).

The loss attributable to TAQA’s shareholders for Q1 2020 was $462.84m (AED1.7bn) driven by these impairment charges.

TAQA’s liquidity as at quarter-end remained strong at $3.24bn (AED11.9bn), including $707.8m (AED2.6bn) in cash and cash equivalents, and $2.53bn (AED9.3bn) of undrawn credit facilities.

Despite the challenging start to the year, TAQA is looking ahead and is well positioned to continue benefiting from stable revenue streams.

The transaction to transfer the majority of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation’s (ADPower) water and electricity generation, transmission and distribution assets to TAQA – which was approved earlier in April by TAQA’s shareholders – remains scheduled to close in Q3 2020.

Once the transaction completes, TAQA will be a Top-10 integrated utilities player in the EMEA region by regulated assets and one of the largest publicly listed companies in the UAE, based on market capitalisation.

TAQA will generate recurring, stable income, with more than 85% of its revenues and EBITDA coming from regulated and long-term contracted businesses, supplemented by oil and gas assets.

The Group will have a stronger long-term capital structure, which is expected to enable sustainable dividend distributions to shareholders, as well as the financial firepower for new investments, both to enhance efficiency and to expand through new ventures.

Commenting on the group’s Q1 2020 earnings, TAQA CEO Saeed Al Dhaheri said: “Our results continue to demonstrate the value of a stable power and water business in a low and volatile commodity price environment.

“Nonetheless, the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has weakened demand across multiple sectors globally, impacting our results for the quarter, as for many others, with exposure to the oil and gas sector.

“As we look to close the landmark transaction with ADPower in the upcoming weeks, TAQA will not only become a fully integrated utility, but will benefit from the financial strength to lead the UAE’s power and water sector transformation.”

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