APA Group Reports Earnings Results for the First Half Ended December 2014; Revised Earnings Guidance for the Fiscal 2015
Mar 17 15
APA Group reported earnings results for the first half ended December 2014. For the first half, on normalized basis, the company reported revenue of AUD 740.1 million, revenue excluding pass-through of AUD 522.7 million, EBITDA of AUD 402.3 million, EBITDA from continuing businesses of AUD 401.3 million, Profit after income tax and non-controlling interests of AUD 111.2 million and operating cash flow of 30.0 cents per security.
For the first half, on statutory basis, the company reported revenue of AUD 740.1 million, revenue excluding pass-through of AUD 522.7 million, EBITDA from continuing businesses of AUD 418.5 million, Profit after income tax and non-controlling interests of AUD 467.3 million or 53.2 cents per security, operating cash flow of AUD 280.4 million or 31.9 cents per security. A decrease in net profit after tax of 7.9% to AUD 111.2 million due primarily to the loss of equity earnings and tax implications of the final dividend received from Envestra.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, the company expects its normalised continuing business EBITDA for fiscal 2015 to be in the range of AUD 816 million to AUD 873 million. Excluding the estimated contribution from the QCLNG Pipeline, normalised EBITDA for the full year is expected to be in the range of AUD 775 million to AUD 790 million, an upward revision of some 4% from its previous fiscal 2015 EBITDA guidance of AUD 740 million to AUD 760 million.
Australian Pipeline Trust Reports Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Half Year Ended December 31, 2014; Proposes Interim Profit Distribution for the Half Year Ended December 31, 2014, Payable on March 18, 2015; Provides Distribution Guidance for the 2015; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Full Year of Fiscal 2015
Feb 24 15
Australian Pipeline Trust reported unaudited consolidated earnings results for the half year ended December 31, 2014. For the period, the company’s revenue was AUD 733,818,000 compared to AUD 674,950,000 a year ago. Profit before tax was AUD 609,792,000 compared to AUD 160,228,000 a year ago. EBITDA was AUD 849,563,000 compared to AUD 398,894,000 a year ago. EBIT was AUD 761,086,000 compared to AUD 324,243,000 a year ago. Profit attributable to security holders of the parent was AUD 447,402,000 or 53.2 cents per basic and diluted share, compared to AUD 101,492,000 or 13.9 cents per basic and diluted share, a year ago. Earnings per security - normalized were 12.7 cents compared to 13.9 cents a year ago. Net cash provided by operating activities was AUD 280,406,000 compared to AUD 208,308,000 a year ago. Normalised operating cash flow was AUD 263,205,000 compared to AUD 216,581,000 a year ago. Payments for property, plant and equipment were AUD 191,673,000 compared to AUD 200,685,000 a year ago. Payments for intangible assets were AUD 226,000 compared to AUD 897,000 a year ago. Net tangible assets per security were AUD 2.47 compared to AUD 1.37 a year ago.
The company provided earnings guidance for the full year of fiscal 2015. Based on available information, the group expects normalised EBITDA inclusive of an estimated contribution from the QCLNG Pipeline for the full year to June 30, 2015 to be in a range of AUD 816 million to AUD 873 million. Excluding the estimated contribution from the QCLNG Pipeline of AUD 41 million to AUD 83 million (based on AUD/USD exchange rate of 0.7804 as on February 24, 2015), the company is upgrading its guidance for normalized continuing business EBITDA to AUD 775 million to AUD 790 million, from its previous guidance of AUD 740 million to AUD 760 million, and is driven for the most part by a somewhat stronger performance in the first half but, as much as anything else, by an expectation of continuing as available and interruptible services as the East Coast grid deliver services to the company's customers for moving gas both into and out of Queensland against the backdrop of a dynamic gas market in the Southeast in particular. Statutory EBITDA, inclusive of some AUD 447 million of significant, once off items and the estimated QCLNG Pipeline contribution, is expected to fall within a range of AUD 1,263 million to AUD 1,320 million. Net interest cost is expected to be in a range of AUD 320 million to AUD 355 million.
The company proposed interim profit distribution of 15.12 cents per share for the half year ended December 31, 2014. Record date for determining entitlements to the unrecognised interim distribution in respect of the year ended June 30, 2015 is December 24, 2014. The dividend will be paid on March 18, 2015 and the ex-date is on December 22, 2014.
The company also provided distribution guidance per security for the 2015 year is expected to total at least 36.25 cents per security.
APA Group, H1 2015 Earnings Call, Feb 25, 2015
Feb 17 15
APA Group, H1 2015 Earnings Call, Feb 25, 2015