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TAQA delivers third year of profitability 18 Mar 2020

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (“TAQA” or the “Group”), a leading global energy company headquartered in Abu Dhabi with operations in 11 countries, announced today its financial results and operational highlights for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2019.

TAQA achieved strong operational performance for the year with increased production levels across its businesses: power, water, oil and gas. This helped ensure continued financial profitability for the Group and for a third consecutive year. This comes despite more challenging market conditions for the oil and gas industry.

In power and water, global technical availability, a key metric, reached 93.4% (up from 93.1% in 2018). We generated 91,307 GWh of power (up from 89,922 GWh in 2018) and 246,894 MIG of desalinated water (up from 246,556 MIG). This increased revenues in our main business stream by 1% to AED 11.5 billion.

Oil and gas production hit 124,418 boepd (up from 123,100 boepd in 2018). This was largely due to higher entitlement production at the Atrush field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. This helped make up for lower volumes in Europe, which were affected by natural decline and the delay of some capital projects. Higher overall production only partially offset lower commodity prices and revenues for the oil and gas business stream declined 4% to AED 6.1 billion.

Total Group revenues were stable at AED 17.6 billion in 2019 (down 1% versus 2018). EBITDA stood at AED 9.1 billion (down 5% versus 2018) reflecting lower commodity prices, but mainly due to higher repair and maintenance costs within the Group’s international power assets (particularly in Ghana) and lower income from associates (Sohar Aluminium, due to one-off insurance proceeds recognized in 2018).

The Group benefited from reduced finance costs (7% lower versus 2018) due to the continued reduction in gross debt and lower accretion charges in Europe due to a revision in the asset retirement obligations in the year. We recorded an unfavorable mark-to-market revaluation mainly driven by Red Oak, our US-based power asset, on lower energy prices and the reimplementation of a regional greenhouse gas initiative (RGGI) in the State of New Jersey. This was offset by a lower tax expense driven by lower taxable profits mainly within the oil and gas business as well as foreign exchange gains resulting from a weaker Euro.

Net income attributable to TAQA shareholders was AED 234 million, a AED 164 million decrease year-on-year.

TAQA continues to deleverage its balance sheet with a reduction in gross debt of AED 2.9 billion over the course of 2019 to reach AED 63.3 billion at the end of the period. TAQA’s liquidity as at year-end remained strong at AED 14.3 billion, including AED 2.9 billion in cash and cash equivalents and AED 11.5 billion of undrawn credit facilities. This reflects a refinancing and upsizing (from US$ 3.1 billion to US$3.5 billion) of TAQA’s revolving credit facilities late December.

The Group remains strongly cash generative, with free cash-flow generation at AED 6.8 billion. Capex for the year was marginally higher at AED 1.8 billion (up 6% from 1.7 billion in 2018). The capex program remains completely self-funded by cash generated from TAQA’s operations and is focused on sustaining and developing existing assets in the company businesses.

Commenting on the full year performance, Saeed Mubarak Al Hajeri, Chairman of TAQA, said: “TAQA’s 2019 results continue to highlight the stability of our core underlying business within the power generation and water desalination space. As TAQA continues to reduce its debt levels, we are pursuing new opportunities to grow our portfolio of power and water assets. Moving forward, we remain positive about our future prospects and our role in shaping the energy landscape in the UAE and internationally.”

TAQA CEO, Saeed Al Dhaheri, added: “In 2019, TAQA achieved strong operational performance across the Group that helped weather weaker commodity prices. We remain committed to maximizing value from existing assets through optimizing operations and unlocking synergies. We are confident of our strategy and will continue to explore investment opportunities that will add value to our business and yield higher returns for our shareholders.”

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For investor relations enquiries, please contact: Shadi Salman, CFA (ir@taqaglobal.com)

For media enquiries, please contact: LeAnne Graves (media.hq@taqaglobal.com)

About TAQA:

Established in 2005, TAQA is a diversified international energy group headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX: TAQA). TAQA has investments in power generation, water desalination, oil and gas exploration and production, pipelines and gas storage. The company's assets are located in Canada, Ghana, India, Iraq, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

TAQA announces receipt of offer from ADPower 3 Feb 2020

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (‘TAQA’) announced today that its Board of Directors has received an offer from Abu Dhabi Power Corporation PJSC (‘ADPower’), a Public Joint Stock Company that owns most of the water and electricity assets across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to transfer certain assets to TAQA in exchange for shares.

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 03 February 2020: Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (‘TAQA’), a leading global energy company headquartered in Abu Dhabi with operations in 11 countries, announced today that its Board of Directors has received an offer from Abu Dhabi Power Corporation PJSC (‘ADPower’), a Public Joint Stock Company that owns most of the water and electricity assets across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The key terms of the offer are that ADPower would transfer certain assets to TAQA in exchange for 106,367,950,000 shares in TAQA and the termination of the land lease agreement between ADPower and TAQA. This implies an exchange ratio of 17.53423833 new ordinary shares in TAQA issued for every existing share. When applied to ADPower’s valuation of the contributed assets, the offer implies an equity value of TAQA of AED 4,156 million. Post completion, ADPower would own 98.60% of the entire issued share capital of TAQA.

According to the offer received from ADPower, this would include most of ADPower’s water and electricity generation, transmission and distribution assets. The offer is subject to various approvals, including by the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE), the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) and TAQA shareholders.

The Board of TAQA will consider the transaction proposed by ADPower before making any recommendation to the shareholders.

Should an agreement be reached between the two parties, it is envisaged that the terms of the proposed transaction will be finalized during H1 2020. A TAQA general assembly meeting would consider approving the transaction during H2 2020, with closing shortly thereafter. At this time, there is no certainty that any transaction will result.

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For investor relations enquiries, please contact: Shadi Salman, CFA (ir@taqaglobal.com)

For media enquiries, please contact: LeAnne Graves (media.hq@taqaglobal.com)

About TAQA:

Established in 2005, TAQA is a diversified international energy group headquartered in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX: TAQA). TAQA has investments in power generation, water desalination, oil and gas exploration and production, pipelines and gas storage. The company's assets are located in Canada, Ghana, India, Iraq, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

ADPower, TAQA Sign MOU with France’s EDF 14 Jan 2020
Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower) and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Electricite De France (EDF Group) to explore the establishment of a training and development program for UAE nationals. The MoU aims to create a technical specialization that will help secure a pipeline of highly qualified local talent for the water and energy sector’s long-term sustainability.

 

The MoU was signed by Jasim Hussain Thabet, CEO and Managing Director at ADPower, Saeed Al Dhaheri, CEO of TAQA, and Laurent Clement, Managing Director, Middle East, at EDF. The ceremony was held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2020, where the water and electricity sector is highlighting its commitment to enabling the UAE to meet its technical and human capital sustainability objectives by developing world-class Emirati technical professionals.

Under the terms of the MoU, ADPower, TAQA and EDF will explore the opportunity for the creation of a training program specifically designed to qualify Emirati professionals, with a focus on improving home-grown capabilities – particularly for technically demanding roles within the sector. The program aims to ensure the selected candidates receive effective training and employment opportunities within ADPower’s and TAQA’s subsidiaries. The MoU also aims to create a joint certification academy to train new UAE graduates as well as existing employees of ADPower and TAQA.

Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Jasim Husain Thabet said: "Investing in Emirati talent is an investment in our future and forms a critical part of the transformation of the water and electricity sector in Abu Dhabi. Building on our Emiratization agenda, which includes our recently launched Graduate Training Program, we continue to explore avenues to attract and develop UAE nationals, equipping them with the best tools to perform and excel in their roles.  We look forward to building on this commitment in the months and years ahead.”

Saeed Al Dhaheri, CEO of TAQA, said, “This program will further prepare our UAE youth to lead an industry that is so vital to the global economy. These trainees will help shape the sector and set the stage for our industry’s future leaders. We are excited to be a part of their journey.”

Mr Clement said: “Today’s announcement illustrates EDF Group’s historical commitment to training and capacity-building as well as its support to the UAE’s sustainable economic development. We are happy to contribute to the development of the new generation of Emirati talent through this partnership with ADPower and TAQA.”

Abu Dhabi’s water and electricity sector is a driving force for socio-economic growth and development in the UAE. ADPower is transforming the sector into an efficient, reliable, sustainable, value-generating system that empowers excellence, delivers value and is fit for the future.