The infrastructure, energy, services and telecommunications group Elecnor has ended the first quarter of 2021 with a consolidated net profit of EUR 21.5 million, which represents an improvement of 3.5% in relation to the EUR 20.8 million in the same period of the previous year. This growth has been achieved through the good performance of both the Services and Projects Business and the Concessions Business, activities which mutually complement and reinforce each other.
In a breakdown by area, in the Services and Projects Business the domestic market stands out, where activity continues its pattern of growth due to the services provided in the energy, telecommunications, water, gas and transport sectors, fields where essential services are provided to all the utilities. In the international market, this positive tendency is mainly due to the construction of electricity transmission lines in Brazil and Chile, as well as to the US subsidiaries and the start of major projects in Australia to be carried out this year.
The Concession Business has been impacted by the devaluations of the currencies (especially in Brazil and Chile) in which the Group operates its assets but maintains its operating profit compared to the previous year. The Group currently operates 5,740 km of electricity transmission lines in Chile and Brazil, and has a stake in 1,649 MW of renewable energy in operation and under construction in Spain, Brazil, Canada, Australia and Colombia.
The Group is constantly evaluating its operational costs in order to reduce those which are discretionary, by applying containment and control policies on expenses in all the Groups companies on a recurring basis.
As of 31st March, consolidated sales had reached EUR 526.6 million (compared to EUR 486.1 million in the first quarter of 2020), which shows an increase of 8.3% regarding the previous year. Of the total income, the domestic market represents 53% and the remaining 47% is generated internationally.
The sales figures of the Services and Projects Business have risen this quarter, both domestically and internationally. In the domestic market, positive growth rates of revenue have been achieved, partly due to our main customers’ investment plans, in anticipation of the opportunities offered by the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (INECP) 2021-2030. Whereas highlights in the international market include the construction of electricity transmission lines in Brazil and Chile, as well as the contribution of the US subsidiaries (Hawkeye y Belco).
Income from the domestic Concessions Business is up due to greater production of wind power, whilst the figure from International Business has been affected by the depreciation of the Brazilian Real, the currency used by the wind power subsidiary Enerfin in Brazil.
Regarding the portfolio of signed contracts to be executed and whose execution is planned to happen in the next twelve months, as of 31 March 2021 the figure stands at EUR 2,509 million (compared to EUR 2,273 million at the end of last year). The international market accounts for 73% of this figure and 27% comes from the domestic market.
The Group’s businesses will continue to generate a solid operating cash-flow, bolstering its financial situation, and will continue with their productive activity, whilst applying the protocols designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of their employees. Furthermore, all accounts receivable and production values in progress are being specially monitored, in order to control credit risk.
The company is confident that the impact of the crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19 on the business will continue to be limited, as shown in the accounts for the first quarter of 2021: in the Services and Projects Business due to the essential nature of many of its activities and in the Concessions Business due to the strategic nature of the assets in operation.
With a view to the close of the 2021 period, Elecnor, backed by its solid contract portfolio and the company’s diversification geographically and in terms of its activities, expects to exceed the figures for sales and results achieved the previous year.
Elecnor, the Spanish group specialising in infrastructures, power, services and telecommunications, has been awarded the construction project for a new wind farm in Brazil for EUR 44 million. The Tucano wind farm which will be located in the municipalities of Tucano, Araci and Biritinga, is being promoted by the Brazilian company AES Brasil, part of the international group AES Corp.
This will be the first facility of its kind in the Bahía region, in the north-east of the country and will generate 322 Megawatts (MW) of installed capacity. In particular, Elecnor will be in charge of the construction of the Balance of Plant (BOP), for both the civil and electrical works in the first phase of the project. Among the works included in the contract, it is worth mentioning the foundation structures for the 52 6.2 MW wind turbines, supplied by Siemens Gamesa. The turbines are to be installed on 115-metre-high steel towers and will have blades of over 80 metres long, making a circumference with a diameter of 170 metres. These will be the biggest and most powerful wind turbines to be installed in Brazil to date.
Furthermore, Elecnor will be responsible for the construction of other systems and auxiliary developments, including 58 km of internal paths; 45 km of 500 kV power transmission lines; a 76-km network of 34.5 kV overhead medium-voltage lines; as well as the 34.5/500 kV Tucano substation and the power increase for the Olindina substation. It is planned that the works in this project will be finished mid 2022.
El grupo español de infraestructuras, energía, servicios y telecomunicaciones Elecnor ha destinado 11 millones de euros en 2020 a su Plan de Prevención de Riesgos Laborales que, posteriormente, se amplió en 5,7 millones para acometer las inversiones relacionadas con la pandemia de COVID-19.
Más de 360 técnicos de prevención de Elecnor en los 5 continentes están comprometidos día a día con la seguridad de sus empleados facilitándoles el acceso a los servicios de salud en el trabajo, lo que permite identificar y eliminar peligros y minimizar riesgos.
Entre otras actuaciones, se han realizado 75.064 inspecciones de seguridad en todo el Grupo, fruto de las cuales se realizaron 23.145 medidas correctoras, y se llevaron a cabo 1.102 auditorías internas de obra como medida de control y análisis profundo del entorno de seguridad de las obras. En España, se han desarrollado acciones formativas para 15.750 asistentes y en el exterior para 45.012.
28 de abril, Día Mundial de la Seguridad y la Salud en el Trabajo
Con motivo del Día Mundial de la Seguridad y la Salud en el Trabajo, Elecnor ha celebrado un multitudinario evento digital. La edición de este año, retransmitida en más de 50 países, ha servido para hacer balance de todas las medidas que se han implementado a lo largo de los últimos 12 meses para hacer frente al impacto de la pandemia en el entorno laboral. El evento ha contado con la participación de Joaquín Mata, Director General de Operaciones, Red y TI de Telefónica España, acompañado de Rafael Martín de Bustamante, Consejero Delegado Elecnor, Javier Cruces, Director General de Elecnor y Tomás Moreno, Director de Servicios Generales del Grupo.
Campaña ¿Cómplice o protector?
Durante el evento internacional se presentó la campaña ¿Cómplice o Protector?, poniendo en valor la importancia de que cada uno de los empleados vele por el cumplimiento de las medidas de protección, un factor que durante la crisis del COVID-19 ha demostrado ser esencial para ayudar a evitar los contagios.
Elecnor is one of the leading corporations in project development, construction and operation through two major mutually-enriching business areas: Infrastructure and Concessions.
Infrastructure, renewable energy and new technologies are the main areas of activity in which the Infrastructure and Concessions businesses are involved.