14.11.06

14.11.2006: Meldung: Scottish Power legt Halbjahreszahlen vor

Results for the six months ended 30 September 2006

Adjusted results* Reported results
Sep-06 Sep-05 Sep-06 Sep-05
Operating profit m m +59% m m
Profit before tax m m +77% m
Profit from continuing operations m m +39% m
Continuing earnings per share 21.05p 12.83p +64% 11.54p 4.72p
Group earnings per share 21.05p 20.50p +3% 11.54p 12.53p
Cash generated from operations m m m m
Dividend 11.4p 10.4p 11.4p 10.4p


>Energy Networks adjusted operating profit
Regulated revenue growth, strong cost management and improved network performance

>Energy Retail & Wholesale adjusted operating profit
Strong generation returns particularly from coal, and benefits from our forward commodity procurement strategy. Also delivering improved customer service, better debt management and initiatives to help the ‘fuel poor

>PPM Energy adjusted operating profit
Benefiting from wind development activities and good growth in gas storage and energy management

>Cash generated from operations increased by m to m after m special contribution to pension fund
Strong operational performance and working capital improvements

>Capital investment of m; 60% for growth principally in UK and US wind farms

Philip Bowman, ScottishPower Chief Executive, said:

“These are excellent results and the first reported from the newly restructured and re-focused ScottishPower, since the sale of PacifiCorp in March this year. They demonstrate the transformation of the Group and the benefits of the actions we have taken to enhance operational performance and generate attractive returns from our investment programme. As a result, we have achieved strong performances across all business areas, particularly from the Energy Retail & Wholesale business and PPM Energy. In addition, our increased focus on cash generation and better working capital management is already delivering results with an additional million of cash from operations during the period.br>
Note: Items marked * throughout this document represent our reported results adjusted to: exclude the effects of certain IAS 39 remeasurements; exclude exceptional items in relation to 2005/06; and to include depreciation charges in relation to PacifiCorp incurred from 24 May 2005 to 30 September 2005. Further details, are given in the Financial Review section on page 9.
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