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EDF Group results 2015 – highlights for EDF Energy in UK

Please follow this link to the EDF Group media release relating to the worldwide Group’s Annual Results for 2015 which have been published this morning. These relate to the performance of the entire EDF Group, and include a summary of EDF Energy’s performance in the UK.

EDF Energy will provide a detailed breakdown of how each part of its business has performed when it publishes its annual segmented accounts later this year.

The key points relating to EDF Energy business in the UK are:

  • EDF Energy announces new and extended scheduled closing dates for four nuclear power stations
  • Government policies are providing important support for the life extension programme
  • Exceptional performance of UK nuclear stations drives 2015 financial performance
  • EDF Energy’s underlying operating profit (EBIT) in 2015 was £664m. This was 15% lower than in 2014 (£783m) as a result of the ongoing cost of our investment programme.
  • EDF Energy reinvested all of its operational profit and more back into the business, with more than £1.3bn being spent on its existing nuclear and coal stations, renewables  and on its new nuclear project, Hinkley Point C.
  • Excluded from the underlying EBIT is a one off impairment charge of £796m relating to the reduction in value of gas and coal generation and storage assets which reflects the current challenging market conditions.

Nuclear power station life extensions

EDF Energy has announced new scheduled closure dates for four nuclear power stations. These are Heysham 1 and Heysham 2 in Lancashire, Hartlepool in Teesside and Torness in East Lothian.

  • Scheduled closure dates for Heysham 1 and Hartlepool extended by five years to 2024
  • Scheduled closure dates for Heysham 2 and Torness extended by seven years to 2030
  • The four nuclear plants together supply electricity to around a quarter of the UK’s homes. They employ 2000 permanent staff as well as 1000 contractors.  

Today’s announcement follows life extensions at EDF Energy’s other Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) power stations. In total, the programme has the potential to avoid 80m tonnes of C02 emissions, equivalent to taking all the cars off the road in the UK for three and a half years.

EDF Energy invests £600m a year in its nuclear plants and this investment is paying off.  In 2015, their output was 60.6TWh, the highest level for 10 years and 50% higher than in 2008 when EDF Energy acquired the stations.

In the face of challenging market conditions, belief that two important Government policies will be maintained and strengthened has given EDF Energy the confidence to move the scheduled closure dates of the four stations.  The Carbon Price Floor encourages generation from low carbon sources like nuclear, while the Capacity Market ensures the UK has the power it needs.

Last year, safety performance was the best ever with zero reportable nuclear events[1].  The number of unplanned outages in 2015 dropped by more than 50% compared with the year before[2].

Today’s announcement follows extensive technical and safety reviews of the plants which have been shared with the independent nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

EDF Energy CEO Vincent de Rivaz said: “Our continuing investment, our expertise and the professional relationship we have with the safety regulator means we can safely prolong the operating life of our nuclear power stations.  Their excellent output shows that reliability is improving whilst their safety and environmental performance is higher than ever.

“In today’s extremely challenging market conditions, our belief that Government policy will be maintained and strengthened gives us the confidence to invest in our nuclear stations. This gives customers the best value low carbon electricity available.”

“It’s a great achievement by thousands of EDF Energy staff and partners in the supply chain who have worked so hard to show that we can deliver on performance, reliability and safety.” 

EDF Energy is committed to being the UK’s leading investor in low carbon electricity. That means safely extending the lives of existing nuclear power stations and investing in renewable wind energy. It also means making the big investments necessary to launch a renaissance in nuclear new build at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

 

New nuclear

Further major progress was made in 2015 on plans to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, notably with the signing of the Strategic Investment Agreement between EDF and China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) in October.  Hinkley Point C is a strong project which is fully ready for a final investment decision and successful construction. Final steps are well in hand to enable the full construction phase to be launched very soon.  

Customers 

EDF Energy’s residential customer business has taken steps to reduce operating costs through increased efficiency. It had around 291,000 fewer customer accounts during 2015 than during 2014.

  • Around 45% of customers are now on fixed tariffs with no exit fees –a higher proportion than among most of our large competitors. 
  • Following a concerted effort by Customer Services, EDF Energy was recently rated top of the major suppliers on the Institute of Customer Service’s Customer Satisfaction Index.
  • Self-serve continues to improve with 68.2% of all transactions being self-serve in 2015
  • The B2B business had major success, being awarded the UK’s largest annual electricity supply contract (10TWh p.a.) by the Crown Commercial Service.

Tax  

  • The corporation tax EDF Energy will pay HMRC in respect of the 2015 profits will be approximately £120m.

 

 

Notes

EDF Energy’s financial performance as measured by earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was £1,624m. EBITDA in 2014 was £1,555m. This means EBITDA was 4% higher in 2015.

 

Glossary of terms

Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) / Operating profit

This is a company’s ‘operating’ profits before payments for tax and interest payments are included. The charge for depreciation and amortization is included in the operating profit figure.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)

This is effectively the company’s net income from selling energy minus its operating expenses, but it excludes the significant costs involved in repaying loans, paying tax and the declining value of the assets it owns (e.g. buildings, power stations and equipment).

It also does not factor in the amount a company must invest to maintain existing assets or build new power stations.

 

Amortisation
Reflects the value of non-physical assets owned by the company such as copyright or patents.


[1] Nuclear reportable events are deviations to safety standards which are reported to the nuclear regulator so that they can be prioritised and addressed.

[2] 26 trips in 2014/12 in 2015.



For additional materials for Torness please click here: http://media.edfenergy.com/r/1029/torness_nuclear_power_station__additional_materials_for 

For additional materials for Heysham please click here: http://media.edfenergy.com/r/1028/heysham_nuclear_power_stations__additional_material_for

For additional materials for Hartlepool please click here: http://media.edfenergy.com/r/1027/hartlepool_nuclear_power_station__additional_material_for 



EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/