- GOOD REVENUE GROWTH: +5.1% AT CONSTANT EXCHANGE RATES AND +1.2% AT CONSTANT SCOPE AND EXCHANGE RATES
- CONTINUED SATISFACTORY GROWTH IN WASTE VOLUMES
- ADJUSTED OPERATING CASH FLOW GROWTH OF 12.8%1 (+13.1%1 FOR COMBINED WATER AND WASTE ACTIVITIES)
- ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME GROWTH OF 15.7%1 TO €711 MILLION
- 2014 OBJECTIVES CONFIRMED:
- Revenue growth
- Around 10% growth in adjusted operating cash flow at constant exchange rates
- Significant growth in adjusted operating income
- Reduction in financial expense
- Significant growth in adjusted net income
- Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 grew 4.3% (+5.1% at constant exchange rates and +1.2% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates) to €16,845 million compared to re-presented €16,155 million for the same period ended September 30, 2013.
“Successful execution of the Group’s strategy drove an increase in all of our financial indicators for the first nine months of 2014. The new organization implemented in 2013 has driven improved operational performance and our cost reduction program is proceeding as planned. The Group has also sustained good commercial momentum, not only in our traditional markets, but also in new previously identified priority markets. We therefore confirm our 2014 objective of around 10% growth in adjusted operating cash flow at constant exchange rates, and we approach the 2015 year with confidence.”
For the combined Water and Waste operations, revenue grew 6.0% at constant exchange rates and 3.4% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates.
- In France, Waste revenue was stable, while Water revenue declined slightly.
- In the Europe excluding France segment, revenue grew 1.3% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates, mainly due to strong growth in the UK (+7.5% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates) from growth and ramping up of Waste PFI contracts and 1.4% growth at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates in Water operations in Central and Eastern Europe. Germany revenue declined 4.7% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates due to the particularly unfavorable weather impact at the beginning of 2014.
- The Rest of the World segment continued to achieve solid growth (+6.4% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates) due to strong performance in the Energy Services in the United States and growth in Australia (+8.1% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates) due to higher volumes landfilled in Waste and the beginning of new contracts in Water operations.
- The Global Businesses segment showed good momentum with 8.8% growth at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates, given continued growth in hazardous waste activities (+5.9% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates), and in Sade operations (+10.2% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates), as well as the expected start of a series of engineering projects (Veolia Water Technologies) in the industrial Design and Build sector (desalination facilities in the Middle East).
- The Other segment, which includes the contribution of Dalkia France up until the date of unwinding the Dalkia joint venture and industrial multiservice contracts, posted a decline of 9.4% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates due to the unfavorable weather impact associated with an exceptionally mild winter, as well as the progressive continuation of the end of gas cogeneration contracts.
By business, Water posted 3.2% revenue growth at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates. Waste operations continued to grow at an elevated rate, growing 2.8% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates, with a positive waste volume impact on sales of +1.5% and impact of service price increases of +0.6% for the nine months ending September 30, 2014. Following an increase in waste volumes of 2.8% in Q1, and 0.6% in Q2, volumes increased 1.1% in Q3. Energy Services revenue declined 8.2% at constant consolidation scope and exchange rates due to unfavorable weather impacts.
On a pro forma basis (integration of Dalkia International at 100% for the 9 months and deconsolidation of Dalkia France), Veolia revenue increased 2.5% at constant exchange rates.
- Adjusted operating cash flow increased 12.8% at constant exchange rates to €1,451 million, while that of combined Water and Waste activities increased 13.1% at constant exchange rates.
- Adjusted operating cash flow grew primarily due to continued cost savings achievement and good performance in Waste operations: primarily in the UK and in China hazardous waste activities, as well as due to improvement in Germany and the United States. Performance in the Water business also improved. In addition, adjusted operating cash flow benefited from the full consolidation of Proactiva in Latin America, with a contribution of €51 million. Adjusted operating cash flow in Energy Services declined due to the impact of mild weather at the beginning of the year.
- The cost reduction program is proceeding as planned and resulted in €151 million of gross savings during the first nine months of the year. Implementation costs over the same period were €42 million.
- By segment: in France adjusted operating cash flow decreased slightly due to the decline in scrap metal prices and lower volumes landfilled, while Water was stable. Adjusted operating cash flow in the Europe excluding France segment posted sustained growth due to good momentum in Waste operations in the UK and benefits from restructuring in Germany. The Rest of the World segment showed very good performance driven by the United States and the consolidation of Proactiva in Latin America. The Global Businesses segment also posted good growth due to good performance in hazardous waste and a favorable comparison base for Veolia Water Technologies.
- On a pro forma basis (integration of Dalkia International at 100% for the 9 months and deconsolidation of Dalkia France), Veolia adjusted operating cash flow increased 7.7% at constant exchange rates.
- Adjusted operating income for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 increased 14.6% (+15.7% at constant exchange rates) to €711 million.
- Adjusted operating income growth reflects the strong improvement in adjusted operating cash flow and the increase in the contribution from joint ventures and associates which includes a capital gain on the divestiture of Marius Pedersen for €49 million.
- Growth was partially absorbed by the variation of provisions which benefited in 2013 from executive pension provision reversals.
- Net financial debt amounted to €8,618 million at September 30, 2014 compared to €9,612 million at September 30, 2013.
- Significant improvement in the generation of net free cash flow2, to -€191 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 versus -€442 million3 for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 due to growth in adjusted operating cash flow, continued capex discipline and management of working capital requirements.
- Foreign exchange rate movements increased net financial debt by €332 million.
- 2014 objectives confirmed:
- Revenue growth;
- Around 10% growth in adjusted operating cash flow at constant exchange rates;
- Significant growth in adjusted operating income;
- Reduction in financial expense;
- Significant growth in adjusted net income.
1At constant exchange rates
2 Cash flow before net financial divestments and after payment of financial expense and taxes represents the sum of adjusted operating cash flow and operating cash flow from financing activities, dividends received from joint ventures, principal payments on operating financial assets, changes in working capital for operations and industrial investments and industrial divestitures, excluding net industrial investments of discontinued operations.
3 Excluding the hybrid issuance in euros and pound sterling of €1,454M (including coupons paid) in January 2013.
Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 187,000 employees* worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. Veolia Water Technologies specializes in technological solutions and design and build projects for water and wastewater treatment, serving industrial and municipal clients.
In 2013, Veolia group supplied 94 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced 54 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 38 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) recorded consolidated revenue of €23.4 billion* in 2013. www.veolia.com
(*) 2013 pro-forma unaudited figures, including Dalkia International (100%) and excluding Dalkia France. Excluding Transdev employees and revenue currently under divestment.
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