Third quarter financial results

(Arendal, 10 November 2023) Arendals Fossekompani ASA (OSE:AFK) reported revenues of NOK 1,224 million (1,114 million) and an operating profit of NOK 60 million (127 million) in the third quarter of 2023. Ordinary profit after tax, but before non-controlling interests, totaled NOK -54 million (31 million). Arendals Fossekompani will pay a dividend of NOK 1.00 per share for the quarter.

Benjamin Golding Lars Peder Fensli

“Operating revenues in the third quarter was driven by strong performance from key portfolio companies Volue and ENRX, and yet another improved quarter from Tekna. A significantly lower price of electricity has a negative effect on the operating result, as does more normalized margins for NSSLGlobal,” says Benjamin Golding, Chief Executive Officer at Arendals Fossekompani.

Compared to the extraordinary high power prices last year, the spot price for electricity in the NO2 area was significantly lower in the third quarter this year. The lower price was only partially compensated by higher production volumes. Total revenues from hydropower production amounted to NOK 79 million (125 million) with an operating profit of NOK 35million (90 million).

After three quarters, both total revenues and operating profit for Arendals Fossekompani are higher than in the same period last year. Year-to-date revenues amount to NOK 4,034 million (3,227 million) with an operating profit of NOK 409 million (346 million). “Year-to-date figures show a strong performance in the portfolio as a whole,” says Golding.

Volue generated solid growth rates during the third quarter, with total operating revenues amounting to NOK 334 million (NOK 294 million). Recurring revenues constituted 76% of total revenues and reached NOK 254 million in the quarter, an increase of 40% from the third quarter of 2022. SaaS revenues of NOK 105 million in the quarter translates to an increase of 50% compared to the third quarter of 2022. SaaS revenues are now 31% of Volue’s total revenues. Adjusted EBITDA totaled NOK 63 million (50 million), equal to an adjusted EBITDA margin of 19% (17%).

Tekna reports revenues of CAD 9.1 million (CAD 5.9 million), an increase of 53% from the same quarter last year. Adjusted EBITDA was CAD -1.7 million, a significant improvement from CAD -3.9 million in the corresponding quarter of 2022. Tekna continues to experience strong demand for its advanced materials and systems. Total order backlog at the end of the quarter was CAD 23.7 million, a 58% increase from same quarter last year. The backlog was supported by CAD 10.4 million order intake in the reported period, up from CAD 6.5 million in the previous quarter.

ENRX reports operating revenues of EUR 36.8 million, an 8% increase from the same quarter in 2022. Revenue growth was driven by higher activity levels within the Heat division, as well as a smaller contribution from the Charge division. The company achieved solid growth in Europe, while some sliding project deliveries in Asia and North America will push revenues to Q4. EBIT for the quarter ended at EUR 2.6 million (EUR 1.2 million). EBIT in the quarter corresponded to a margin of 7%, up from 4% in the same quarter last year.

NSSLGlobal reports continued strong sales and operating profit as well as a solid order intake. Revenues in the third quarter were GBP 21.4 million (GBP 22.1 million) and the operating profit ended at GBP 3.5 million (GBP 6.5 million), corresponding to an operating margin of 16% (29%). As anticipated following a long period of unusually high profit, the margins are returning to a more normal level. NSSLGlobal’s sales and pipeline continue to be strong across both governmental and maritime sectors.

“Our companies are well positioned within high-growth global industry verticals with a positive long-term outlook. The portfolio is diversified, providing both stable cash flow generation and attractive growth opportunities,” says Golding.

Arendals Fossekompani’s financial position remains solid. The company’s available cash on 30 September amounted to NOK 1,110 million. In addition, the company has undrawn credit facilities of NOK 1,338 million, securing available liquidity of NOK 2,448 million as per end of the quarter.

AFK will pay a quarterly dividend of NOK 1.00 per share, based on the company’s quarterly
dividend policy.