- Positive earnings trend in the international core business led to an increased earnings forecast for fiscal 2022
- Adjusted EBITDA for RWE Group now expected to be between €5.0 billion and €5.5 billion
- In the core business, adjusted EBITDA now expected to be between €4.3 billion and €4.8 billion particularly driven by higher earnings from Hydro/Biomass/Gas and Supply & Trading
- RWE’s German Coal/Nuclear business did not benefit from higher power prices
Essen, 27 July 2022
Michael Müller, CFO of RWE AG
RWE has delivered a strong operational performance in the first six months of 2022. In particular, the Hydro/Biomass/Gas segment as well as Supply & Trading performed well on the back of volatile markets. Preliminary figures for H1 2022 are available in the table below. In contrast to this, RWE recorded a €850 million write-off of a hard coal contract in Q1 2022 due to UK sanctions against Russia. It was reported in the non-operating result.
This positive earnings trend is expected to continue, which has prompted RWE to increase the earnings forecast for the full year. RWE Group’s adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is now expected to be between €5.0 billion and €5.5 billion. This is driven by higher earnings from RWE’s core business, where RWE expects adjusted EBITDA to range between €4.3 billion and €4.8 billion. Whereas RWE expects the Coal/Nuclear business to stay within the previously guided range as RWE has sold generation volumes already prior to the year. In line with EBITDA growth, adjusted EBIT is forecast to be between €3.4 billion and €3.9 billion for 2022. Adjusted net income is expected to reach €2.1 billion to €2.6 billion at year-end.
Michael Müller commented on the planned dividend for FY 2022: “We are committed to the success of the energy transition and to our shareholders. We confirm our dividend target of €0.90 per share for fiscal 2022.”
EBITDA development by division in 2022 and preliminary earnings for H1 2022
Offshore Wind: Earnings stood at €632 million for the first six months of 2022. Compared to H1 2021 (€459 million) earnings are higher, largely driven by the commissioning of Triton Knoll offshore wind farm and better wind conditions. Guidance for the full year is confirmed.
Onshore Wind/Solar: H1 2022 (€491 million) benefited from capacity additions, higher capture prices and better wind conditions, whereas H1 2021 (-€42 million) was negatively affected by the unprecedented Texas cold snap. Guidance for FY 2022 has increased to a range of €0.9 billion to €1.1 billion as a result of strong earnings in H1 2022.
Hydro/Biomass/Gas: Adjusted EBITDA stood at €755 million as of the end of June 2022. Year-on-year higher earnings from stronger short-term asset optimisation and higher international generation margins largely increased earnings compared to the previous year (H1 2021: €297 million). The outlook for adjusted EBITDA for the full year has been raised and is expected to be between €1.4 billion and €1.7 billion on the back of strong H1 results. In addition, regulatory changes in the Netherlands in the context of energy security will lead to increased power generation at RWE’s biomass co-firing plant Eemshaven. Furthermore, the recently announced acquisition of the Dutch Magnum power plant will influence earnings from Q4 2022 onwards.
Supply & Trading: After the first six months of 2022, adjusted EBITDA in the Supply & Trading division reached an exceptionally high level of €545 million (H1 2021: €525 million). Therefore, the outlook is now significantly above €350 million for the full year.
In RWE’s non-core business, adjusted EBITDA from Coal/Nuclear reached €501 million at the end of June 2022 (H1 2021: €545 million). For the full year it is expected to be within the previously guided range and with this below the previous year’s full year earnings.
For fiscal year 2023, RWE expects to continue the positive earnings trajectory. However, due to current uncertainty, a new earnings guidance 2023 exceeding the current guidance will be set at a later date.
RWE will publish its interim report for the first half of 2022 on 11 August 2022.