10 Nov 2017 8:30am
The first half of FY2018 was good for Infratil. The Company is well resourced and well positioned to progress many growth initiatives and to continue to deliver value and earning gains for Infratil's shareholders.
Net parent surplus from continuing operations for the period was $33.4 million compared with $28.9 million for the same period last year.
Consolidated underlying EBITDAF from continuing operations was $291.3 million (+$45.3 million from the same period last year).
• The 18% uplift was largely due to positive generation and market circumstances for Trustpower
• Canberra Data Centres achieved a notable milestone and progressed a material growth initiative
• Wellington Airport saw solid traffic growth and continues to upgrade its facilities
• Longroad progress in its establishment phase is materially exceeding expectations
As previously announced Infratil has lifted its full year EBITDAF guidance to $485-525 million from the $460-500 million range originally indicated.
Net debt of Infratil and wholly owned subsidiaries as at 30 September 2017 was $705.6 million, down from $913.3 million as at 31 March 2017. Net debt was reduced by $237.9 million during the period following receipt of proceeds following the sale of Metlifecare.
• Over the period $143.4 million in Infrastructure Bonds was raised, replacing $66.3 million of maturing bonds and largely pre-funding Infratil's November maturity ($81.1 million)
• Over $670 million of cash and undrawn bank facilities remain available
$139.5 million of capital was invested over the period. Investment initiatives included the commencement of Tilt Renewables’ 54MW Salt Creek wind farm, ongoing investment by Wellington Airport in the transport hub and on-site hotel, and investment in wind and solar generation via Longroad Energy.
The investments now underway reflect long lead times of planning, consenting and negotiating satisfactory terms for the relevant construction and utilisation agreements.
The interim dividend for FY2018 is to be 6.00 cents per share, fully imputed, payable on 15 December 2017 to shareholders of record as at 28 November 2017.
• This is the seventh year in a row in which Infratil has increased the dividend. Last year the interim dividend was 5.75 cps. In the 2016 calendar year total dividends paid amounted to 14.75 cps. In the 2017 calendar year 16.00 cps will have been paid, including this interim dividend
• The dividend reinvestment plan continues to be on hold
Chief Executive Officer
Further information is available on www.infratil.com, or by contacting Tim Brown on +64 4 473 3663
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