AREVA Revenue Up By 6 Percent in the First Half of 2009
July 30, 2009
July 30, 2009
In Nuclear, the levels of activity among the various divisions and their contribution to revenues can vary significantly from one half of the year to the next, which affects relative group performance over the period in question. Like-for-like growth1 for the first half of 2008 had thus reached 18.6% compared to the first half of 2007, due to several positive events, in particular exceptional sales in Asia in the Front-End division, favourable seasonality in Services, and a very high concentration of production in Recycling (Back-End). These events, which resulted in achieving more than 80% of nuclear 2008 operating income2 in the first six months and about 48% of sales revenues, illustrate the non-representative nature of the half-year performance in terms of usual profitability profile of nuclear activities.
As of June 30, 2009, AREVA had a backlog of 48.9 billion euro, up 28.2% compared to June 30, 2008 and a slight increase compared to end of year 2008.
In Nuclear, the backlog of orders came to 42.9 billion euro at June 30, 2009, 32.7% ahead of figures for June 30, 2008. In the first half, AREVA has signed major multi-year contracts in the Front-End division with American, European and Asian utilities. Reactors & Services have received in particular orders for the replacement of 12 steam generators in South Korea, France and the US, have signed a multi-year framework contract for providing services for EDF and have received an order for 18 primary pumps in China. In the Back-End, AREVA has signed a contract with EPDC (Electric Power Development) for the supply of MOX fuel assemblies for the future nuclear power plant in Ohma, Japan.
In Transmission & Distribution, the order backlog on June 30, 2009 came to 6.0 billion euro, an increase of 3.0% over one year. A total of 2.9 billion euro was booked in the first half, a fall of 9.7% like-for-like1 compared to the first half of 2008, with sustained activity in Asia and South America. During this half-year period, the division has won several major contracts, in particular with State Grid of China for the supply of High Voltage Direct Current transmission systems, with EWA Bahrain for the supply of 66kV sub-stations and power and distribution transformers, with Kepco for the supply of 400 MW conversion sub-stations, with PT PLN for the modernisation of the Indonesian network, and with PGCIL (Power Grid Corporation of India) for the supply of 4 very high voltage stations.
In the first half of 2009, AREVA recorded revenues of 6,522 million euro, representing a 5.7% rise (+2.8% like-for-like1) compared to the first half of 2008. Revenues outside France were up 12% to 4,758 million euro or 73% of total revenues.
In the first half, revenue from Nuclear businesses came to 3,906 million euro, remaining stable compared to the same period last year (-2.9% LFL1). This change reflects the growth in the Front-End (+4.6%) and Reactors & Services (+2.8%) divisions, and a drop-off in Back-End (-9.3%) related to unfavourable production scheduling during the first half of the year, but which should nevertheless not have any impact on expected annual growth. The Transmission & Distribution division recorded revenues of 2,614 million euro, up 14.5% (+12.5% LFL1), illustrating a good flow in the order backlog for Products (+11.8% LFL1) and Systems (+15.1% LFL1).
Compared to the first half of 2008, an exchange rate (currency translation) gain of 92 million euro has been recorded, mainly due to the fluctuations of the dollar against the euro in the nuclear business. Changes in the scope of consolidation had a positive impact of 86 million euro, mainly reflecting acquisitions by the Transmission & Distribution division and by AREVA TA.
Sales revenue for the second quarter of 2009 rose to 3,519 million euro, for growth of 3.5% (+1.9% LFL1) compared with the second quarter of 2008. Currency translation had a positive impact of 35 million euro and changes in the scope of consolidation generated 20 million euro. The Nuclear division recorded sales revenues of 2,089 million euro, a fall of 2.2% (-4.4% LFL1) due to falls of respectively 19.0% and 2.6% in the Back-End and Reactors & Services divisions, which have been affected by unfavourable seasonality in the quarter. On the other hand, revenue from the Front-End division rose by 9.0% (+6.6% LFL1). These changes are not however representative of annual trends. Revenue for the Transmission & Distribution division was 1,428 million euro, up by 13.1% (+12.5% LFL1) compared to the second quarter of 2008.