This policy of backing shareholder remuneration year after year, and always paying out cash, has already become customary practice for our company and we intend to stick to our guns with it”.
After the relevant voting by shareholders, they approved a total dividend per share of 0.42312933 euros, of which an interim sum of 0.06259868 euros per share was already paid out in December. The balance of 0.36053065 euros is set to be satisfied next Wednesday, on 31 May.
Shareholders also approved the company Board’s management over 2022 as well as the Annual Report on Director Remuneration for last year.
2022: Sustained growth
The Elecnor Group closed 2022 with profits of 102.8 million euros, 19.7% up on the previous year. In turn, sales stood at 3,613.7 million euros as of 31 December 2022, 15.7% higher than in 2021. Both the domestic market (accounting for 41% of the total) and the international market (the other 59%) improved by 4.8% and 24.9% respectively.
EBITDA marked 302 million, +11.1% versus the previous year. The Group’s results speak to the headway made by the Services and Projects Business, as well as the progress of Infrastructure and Renewables Investment, both being pillars for the Group which complement and reinforce each other.
The Infrastructure and Renewables Investment division, which the Elecnor Group operates through its subsidiary Enerfín and its part-owned subsidiary Celeo, along with their own subsidiaries, ended 2022 with its key business figures surging ahead. Enerfín, for example, boosted its net profit by 89.1%, hitting 44.1 million euros. On the other hand, Celeo put in a contribution to the consolidated profit figure of 17.2 million euros, 14.3% higher than in 2021.
During the course of 2022, the Elecnor Group managed to generate cash flow of 226.9 million euros (vs. 206.2 million in 2021) from its operating activities and made a net investment of 128.5 million euros (100 million in 2021).
Net Financial Recourse Debt (120.8 million euros) held steady compared to the close of the previous year (119.4 million euros). This was basically on account of good progress by Group businesses in terms of cash-flow generation from operating activities.
The Debt/Equity or leverage ratio at yearend, calculated here as Net Financial Recourse Debt divided by Recourse EBITDA, has dropped to 0.63x (compared to 0.72x at the close of 2021 and 0.83x in 2020).
Elecnor is aware of the significant implications which its activities have for people and the surroundings where it pursues them. Its aim is therefore to maximise the positive effects and minimise the negative impact on society and the environment by acting in an ethical and transparent manner. In the case of people, it has resolutely backed a set of measures:
- Achieving the best accident rates ever recorded by the company
- Health & Safety at the heart of business
- Joining the CEO Alliance for Diversity, aimed at researching, developing and driving strategies and best corporate practices for diversity, equality and inclusion
- Operational excellence: increased customer satisfaction
In his speech on the Group’s sustainability commitment in regard to financial strategy, Jaime Real de Asúa stressed that: “besides focussing on firmly controlling debt, this year we have endorsed our unequivocal backing for so-called green finance. Thanks to this financial strategy, 73% of our corporate funding in 2022 was classifiable as sustainable finance, in other words, tied to the pursuit of ESG targets and indicators.”
The Chair went on to say, “I would like to point out that in June of last year the SBT initiative confirmed the emission reduction targets which our Group submitted in 2021, the year when it came on board the initiative. These were ambitious targets but we are committed to meeting them to stay in line with the Paris Accords on keeping the rise in global temperature to below 2ºC.”
Outlook for 2023
Based on its sound contract book as well as its geographical and business diversification, the Elecnor Group expects to top the sales and profit figures achieved the previous year, as it has indeed managed to do year after year throughout the past decade.
In this regard and in his address to Group shareholders, the company’s CEO, Rafael Martín de Bustamante, reflected that: “despite the worldwide uncertainty which it falls to us to live through, and the menacing global macroeconomic forecasts, our Group has pulled off a very fine opening quarter and our consolidated profit after tax has outstripped the comparable figure for last year by some 7.7%.”
Speaking on the Group going forward, Rafael Martín de Bustamante added: “We have a 65-year history and we remain a young Group, growing apace with a team of great people, who are well-qualified, spirited, loyal and committed to the future. An encouraging future, which will see the Elecnor Group holding a position at the forefront of the core activities that drive growth and where most of the stimulus packages will be focussed, particularly those promoted by the European Union and the United States.”