AREVA: At September 30, 2013: Backlog of €42bn
Robust revenue growth to €6.847bn:
+4.7% vs. Sept. 2012 (+7.6% like for like)
Strong organic growth (+9.9%) in the nuclear operations
PARIS -- October 24, 2013
Luc Oursel, Chief Executive Officer, offered the following comments on the
group’s performance in the first nine months of 2013:
"After a remarkable first half and as anticipated, our third quarter revenue
was stable in the nuclear operations compared with the third quarter of 2012.
Globally, our nuclear operations generated organic growth of 10% in the first
nine months of 2013. This performance demonstrates the strength of our
commercial positions in the installed base market, where we continue to
innovate while improving our competitiveness. The success of our integrated
offers and of our Safety Alliance and Forward Alliance programs are perfect
examples of this. Moreover, agreements signed for the EDF project at Hinkley
Point strengthen our position in the new builds market and bolster the
credibility of our EPR™ offers to other customers.
In the Renewable Energies BG, revenue is below our Action 2016 plan outlook,
mainly due to the current indecisiveness in the renewable markets.
Based on our performance over the past nine months, we confirm our revenue
outlook for our business as a whole in 2013."
Revenue (in 9 9 at
million months months Change Change 09/30/13
euros) 2013 2012^1 LFL (in
Mining BG 1,217 1,033 +17.8% +31.8% 10,357
Front End BG 1,415 1,320 +7.2% +9.8% 17,324
Reactors & 2,449 2,435 +0.6% +1.5% 8,045
Back End BG 1,343 1,220 +10.1% +10.3% 5,563
Renewable 292 398 -26.6% -24.6% 635
Corporate and 131 137 -4.2% -4.0% 94
Total 6,847 6,542 +4.7% +7.6% 42,018
o.w. Nuclear 6,453 6,035 +6.9% +9.9% 41,297
Revenue – 2,725 2,429 +12.2%
Revenue – 4,122 4,113 +0.2%
It should be noted that revenue may vary significantly from one quarter to the
next in the nuclear operations. Accordingly, quarterly data should not be
viewed as a reliable indicator of annual trends.
^1 Revenue for the first nine months of 2012 was restated to include the
Engineering & Projects business under “Corporate and Other”.
^2 Includes "Consulting and Information Systems" and "Engineering and
AREVA generated consolidated revenue of 6.847 billion euros in the first nine
months of 2013, representing growth of 4.7% (+7.6% like for like) compared
with the same period in 2012. Revenue growth was fueled by a 7.7% increase in
recurring business^3 (+11.0% like for like).
Revenue from nuclear operations was 6.453 billion euros in the first nine
months of 2013, compared with 6.035 billion euros in the first nine months of
2012, a 6.9% increase (+9.9% like for like). Revenue was led by growth in all
nuclear Business Groups (BG): the Mining BG (+31.8% like for like), the Front
End BG (+9.8% like for like), the Reactors & Services BG (+1.5% like for like)
and the Back End BG (+10.3% like for like). Revenue fell 24.6% like for like
in the renewable operations.
Foreign exchange had a negative impact of 71 million euros during the period.
The change in consolidation scope had a negative impact of 106 million euros.
In the third quarter of 2013 revenue was 2.084 billion euros, a decrease of
5.8% (-3.0% like for like) compared with the third quarter of 2012. Foreign
exchange had a negative impact of 42million euros during the period, while
the change in consolidation scope had a negative impact of 23 million euros.
Nuclear operations had revenue of 1.976 billion euros in the third quarter of
2013, essentially unchanged from the third quarter of 2012 (+0.2% like for
In France, revenue rose 12% in the first nine months of 2013 compared with the
first nine months of 2012, to 2.725 billion euros. Over the same period,
revenue from international operations was 4.122 billion euros, stable compared
with the first nine months of 2012, which benefited from strong business in
the United States.
The consolidated backlog was 42.018 billion euros at September 30, 2013, down
10.6% from 47.020 billion euros at September 30, 2012, when backlog on nuclear
and renewable energies scope was at a record level, and down 3.4% in relation
to June 30, 2013 (43.494 billion euros). It does not include order intakes
related to the agreements recently signed with EDF group for the EPR^TM
project in Hinkley Point.
No significant order cancellation subsequent to the Fukushima accident was
recorded in the third quarter of 2013.
^1 Excluding revenues from New Builds and International Projects BU’s and
Renewable Energies BG
I. Backlog and revenue by Business Group
Mining Business Group
The Mining BG had 10.357 billion euros in backlog at September 30, 2013.
Several contracts with customers operating in Asia were signed in the third
quarter of 2013.
The Mining BG reported revenue of 1.217 billion euros in the first nine months
of 2013, an increase of 17.8% (+31.8% like for like) in relation to the first
nine months of 2012. Foreign exchange had a negative impact of 15 million
euros. Changes in consolidation scope had a negative impact of 94 million
euros due to the deconsolidation of La Mancha Resources Inc. operations, which
were sold in August 2012.
Revenue was boosted by the increase in volumes sold during the period (+35%),
reflecting the particularly favorable timing of deliveries, and by the
increase in the average sale price of uranium sold under contracts.
Front End Business Group
The Front End BG had 17.324 billion euros in backlog at September 30, 2013. An
enrichment services contract was signed with a Japanese customer in the third
quarter of 2013.
The Front End BG had revenue of 1.415 billion euros in the first nine months,
an increase of 7.2% (+9.8% like for like) compared with the first nine months
of 2012. Foreign exchange had a negative impact of 9 million euros. Changes in
consolidation scope had a negative impact of 21 million euros with the
transfer of operations from the Fuel business to the Reactors & Services BG.
*The Enrichment business was up thanks to an increase in volumes sold in
the first nine months of 2013 as enrichment services for France resumed,
offsetting the downturn in Chemistry business volumes.
*In the Fuel Business Unit (BU), revenue climbed on a favorable product
mix, despite a lower level of deliveries in France during the period.
Reactors & Services Business Group
The Reactors & Services BG had 8.045 billion euros in backlog at September 30,
2013. Among the most significant contracts signed in the third quarter of 2013
are the following:
*a long-term services contract with the US utility, PSEG Nuclear, for
outage services concerning three reactors at the Salem and Hope Creek
power plants in New Jersey (United-States);
*a significant amendment to the Flamanville 3 EPR™ project in France with
EDF covering all of the tasks remaining to be performed by AREVA until
*several Safety Alliance contracts for supplemental safety assessments and
to provide post-Fukushima solutions to various utilities.
The Reactors & Services BG had 2.449 billion euros in revenue in the first
nine months of 2013 for growth of 0.6% (+1.5% like for like) compared with the
first nine months of 2012. Foreign exchange had a negative impact of 31
million euros, while changes in consolidation scope had a positive impact of 8
*Revenue rose in the Equipment BU on a high level of business in France
*Revenue was down slightly in the Installed Base BU due to a decrease in
business in the United States. However, this was offset by an increase in
business in other markets, particularly in France.
*The New Builds business is advancing in step with progress on the EPR™
Back End Business Group
The Back End BG had 5.563 billion euros in backlog at September 30, 2013.
Among the most significant contracts signed in the third quarter of 2013 are
*a contract in Germany valued at a total of more than 100 million euros to
supply TN24E casks;
*a multi-million dollar contract to supply 46 NUHOMS^® dry storage systems
to a US utility for its used nuclear fuel.
EDF and AREVA continue their discussions on economic terms and conditions for
the multiyear treatment and recycling contract for the 2013-2017 period.
The Back End BG had revenue of 1.343 billion euros in the third quarter of
2013, an increase of 10.1% in reported data and of 10.3% like for like in
relation to the same period in 2012. Foreign exchange had a negative impact of
4 million euros.
*Revenue for the period rose in the Recycling BU. It was bolstered by
significant business under one-time contracts for foreign customers in
connection with future MOX fuel fabrication campaigns.
*Revenue in the Logistics BU was led by strong cask manufacturing
operations in Germany and by the supply of dry storage solutions in the
Renewable Energies Business Group
The Renewable Energies BG had 635 million euros in backlog at September 30,
2013 after the performance of existing contracts and in the absence of
significant new orders.
The Renewable Energies BG had revenue of 292 million euros in the first nine
months of 2013, a decrease of 26.6% on a reported basis and of 24.6% like for
like in relation to the same period in 2012. Foreign exchange had a negative
impact of 11 million euros.
*Revenue was down in Offshore Wind, reflecting performance of the Global
Tech I and Borkum West II projects in Germany, which are now both in the
turbine installation phase at the offshore site.
*Revenue in the Bioenergies BU was down due to lower activity in Brazil.
*Revenue was up in the Solar business, as work progressed on the Reliance
project in India.
II. Information on the group's financial position and performance
Mining Business Group
*In the first nine months of the year, 6,545 metric tons of uranium were
produced in consolidated financial share for AREVA, compared with 6,880
metric tons in the first nine months of 2012. AREVA’s available share was
6,269 metric tons of uranium, compared with 6,776 metric tons in the first
nine months of 2012.
*On August 4, 2013, the SOMAIR mine operated by AREVA in northern Niger
resumed full-scale uranium concentrate production.
Front End Business Group
*The Georges Besse II enrichment plant continued to ramp up; 70 cascades
were in production at the end of September, an increase of 38 cascades
compared with September 2012. More than 60% of the plant’s nominal
capacity is now in service, in line with the project schedule.
Reactors & Services Business Group
*Following the agreement concluded between EDF group and the British
government, AREVA has initiated discussions with EDF group to acquire a
10% interest in the Hinkley Point project and signed commercial agreements
related to the supply of the Nuclear Steam Supply System, the
Instrumentation and Control systems and fuel.
*At the Olkiluoto 3 jobsite in Finland (AREVA scope: one complete power
plant in consortium with Siemens), progress was made in the third quarter
*The detailed architecture of the instrumentation and control system
is still in the final approval stage with the Finnish safety
*As regards construction and testing,
*65% of the piping installation work is now complete;
*more than two thirds of the hydraulic testing work on piping has
*the vessel head was installed at the end of September and the
vessel head and its internal and external fittings have been
*tests are under preparation for the reactor containment and
should be carried out at the end of January 2014.
*At the Flamanville 3 construction site in France (AREVA scope: one nuclear
steam supply system), progress was made in the third quarter of 2013 as
*On July 16, 2013, the dome was installed on the reactor building,
facilitating the continuation of electro-mechanical work.
*Engineering work is in progress to prepare the Commissioning Report
and to integrate the modifications required for startup.
*The reactor vessel and the pressurizer were delivered to the site.
Installation of the primary cooling system began in order to install
the reactor vessel in its pit in December.
*Installation of the I&C system continues as planned.
*At the Taishan construction site in China (AREVA scope: two nuclear
islands), progress was made in the third quarter of 2013 as follows:
*The Final Safety Analysis Report is being finalized with the
customer and the safety authority to secure authorization for
*AREVA and its customer TNPJVC agreed to deploy an engineering
team at the site to support installation and testing activities.
*The delivery of equipment continues as per the customer's
installation schedule, leading to the start of the testing phase
for Unit 1 in the near future.
*Manufacturing of the heavy components for the primary cooling
system of unit 2 is complete and delivery is ongoing.
Back End Business Group
*The La Hague plant made up some of the production delay experienced in the
first half of 2013.
*On August 5, 2013, AREVA finalized the disposal of the group's 65.2% stake
in Technoplus Industries to AVA Conseil.
*On August 29, 2013, AREVAlauncheda 7-year, 500-million-euro bond issue
maturing on September 4, 2020 with an annual coupon of3.25%. In addition,
the group offered to buy back outstanding bonds maturing in 2016 and 2017.
The buy-back began on August 29, 2013 and ended on September 5, 2013.
On September 5, 2013, AREVA announced the success of the private placement
of a bond issue for a total of 8 billion yens (approximately 60 million
euros) with a maturity of 5 years. Taken together, these transactions
raised debt maturity from 6 years to 6.3 years and reduced the group's
refinancing risk without increasing the cost of the debt, despite a modest
increase in gross debt of 180 million euros.
*On October 17, 2013, AREVA announced the start of exclusive negotiations
with Capgemini for the disposal of Euriware's operations.
III. Important operations and events during the periodMining Business Group
*At the Cigar Lake project in Canada, Cameco announced that mining
production, initially scheduled for the end of 2013, would begin in the
first quarter of 2014 because of delays experienced in the commissioning
of ore mining infrastructure and equipment.
*On September 20, 2013, Roche and AREVA’s subsidiary AREVA Med announced
that they had completed the construction of their joint research
laboratory in the Limousin region of France in the framework of their
strategic partnership, established in July 2012. Operations at the AREVA
Med Roche Common Laboratory (ARCoLab) began in the spring of 2013. Its
mission is to develop alpha radio-immunotherapy (alpha RIT) as an
innovative and promising approach to fighting cancer more effectively.
Reactors & Services Business Group
*On July 8, 2013, the ATMEA1 reactor completed the first phase of the
pre-certification process led by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
(CNSC). CNSC confirmed compliance of the reactor's general safety options
and objectives with regulatory requirements for the construction of new
nuclear power plants. In the second and third phases, the reactor's design
will be analyzed in depth to lay the groundwork for the certification
*On August 29, 2013, AREVA announced the successful decontamination of the
key components of the Chooz A nuclear power plant in the Ardennes. This
project is the first of a kind performed by AREVA in France. The
decontamination of primary system components − four steam generators, the
pressurizer and the primary cooling system lines − is an important step in
the plant's ongoing dismantling process.
Renewable Energies Business Group
*On July 25, 2013, the GDF Suez – EDP Renewables consortium selected AREVA
as its exclusive supplier of wind turbines for France’s second request for
proposals in the offshore wind segment.
*On July 27 and September 4, 2013, the installation phases for the first
AREVA M5000 turbines began at the Trianel Windpark Borkum and Global Tech
I offshore wind farms in the German North Sea.
*On July 11, 2013, AREVA and EDF signed a cooperation agreement with the
Bahrah National Institute of Technology (NIT) to contribute to the
development of advanced nuclear expertise in Saudi Arabia.
*In the uranium market, the spot price fell from $39.60/lb at the end of
June 2013 to $35.00/lb at the end of September 2013. The long-term
indicator went from $57.00/lb at the end of June 2013 to $50.50/lb at the
end of September 2013 (source: UxC / TradeTech).
*In the enrichment market, the spot price went from $112/SWU at the end of
June 2013 to
$101/SWU at the end of September 2013. The long-term indicator went from
$119/SWU at the end of June 2013 to $114/SWU at the end of September 2013
Appendix – Consolidated revenue
(in millions of euros) 2013 2012 2013/2012 change
Mining BG 395 313 +26.1% +43.6%
Front End BG 378 432 -12.6% -11.2%
Reactors & Services BG 799 774 +3.2% +4.1%
Back End BG 556 371 +49.9% +49.5%
Renewable Energies BG 105 85 +23.3% +27.5%
Corporate and Other^1 46 50 -8.3% -8.3%
Total 2,279 2,026 +12.5% +15.5%
o.w. Nuclear 2,139 1,902 +12.5% +15.5%
Mining BG 418 333 +25.7% +43.7%
Front End BG 577 475 +21.2% +24.2%
Reactors & Services BG 915 858 +6.7% +7.3%
Back End BG 419 428 -2.1% -7.6%
Renewable Energies BG 109 167 -35.0% -34.0%
Corporate and Other^1 46 42 +9.8% +10.0%
Total 2,484 2,303 +7.9% +9.5%
o.w. Nuclear 2,338 2,103 +11.2% +12.9%
Mining BG 813 646 +25.9% +43.7%
Front End BG 954 908 +5.1% +7.3%
Reactors & Services BG 1,714 1,631 +5.1% +5.8%
Back End BG 975 799 +22.1% +21.7%
Renewable Energies BG 214 253 -15.3% -13.5%
Corporate and Other^1 92 92 -0.1% +0.0%
Total 4,762 4,329 +10.0% +13.0%
o.w. Nuclear 4,477 4,005 +11.8% +14.9%
Mining 404 387 +4.3% +12.9%
Front End 461 412 +11.9% +15.5%
Reactors & Services 735 804 -8.6% -7.2%
Back End 368 421 -12.5% -11.6%
Renewable Energies 78 145 -46.3% -44.1%
Corporate and other^1 39 45 -12.6% -12.4%
Total 2,084 2,214 -5.8% -3.0%
o.w. Nuclear 1,976 2,031 -2.7% +0.2%
Mining 1,217 1,033 +17.8% +31.8%
Front End 1,415 1,320 +7.2% +9.8%
Reactors & Services 2,449 2,435 +0.6% +1.5%
Back End 1,343 1,220 +10.1% +10.3%
Renewable Energies 292 398 -26.6% -24.6%
Corporate and other^1 131 137 -4.2% -4.0%
Total 6,847 6,542 +4.7% +7.6%
o.w. Nuclear 6,453 6,035 +6.9% +9.9%
^1 Including the operations of Consulting & Information Systems and the
Engineering & Projects organization
► Like for like / LFL: at constant exchange rates and consolidation scope.
► Foreign exchange impact: the foreign exchange impact mentioned in this
release comes from the translation of subsidiary accounts into the group’s
unit of account. The latter is primarily due to changes in the US dollar in
relation to the euro. AREVA also points out that its foreign exchange hedging
policy for commercial operations aims to shield profitability from
fluctuations in exchange rates in relation to the euro.
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including those listed in the “Risk Factors” section of the Reference Document
registered with the AMF on 03/28/13 (which may be read online on AREVA’s
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