13 Nov 2018 8:30am
Material progress from new platforms and sustained performance at the core
Net parent surplus from continuing operations for the period was $58.5 million compared with $39.7 million for the same period last year (+47.4%).
Consolidated underlying EBITDAF from continuing operations was $338.8 million (+$54.5 million from the same period last year).
The growth businesses which have been added over recent years, Canberra Data Centres, Longroad Energy, Tilt Renewables and RetireAustralia, jointly contributed $158.8 million to EBITDAF, up from $80.5 million for the same period last year.
Infratil has lifted its FY2019 EBITDAF guidance to $580 - $620 million, up from $525.8 million last year.
Net debt of Infratil and wholly owned subsidiaries as at 30 September 2018 was $916.4 million, up from $779.7 million as at 31 March 2018.
• $111.4 million of 6.85% p.a. Infrastructure Bonds mature on 15 November 2018 which Infratil has pre-funded through the issue of a total of $246.1 million of 4.75% p.a. and 4.85% p.a. coupon bonds that mature in 2025 and 2028 respectively.
• On 30 September 2018 Infratil had $319 million of undrawn bank facilities.
Over the period, $302 million was invested: $188 million into Infratil's energy businesses, $58 million into transport, $21 million as Infratil's share of Canberra Data Centre's investment into its new data centre, and $35 million through Infratil's social infrastructure businesses and other investments. The investment now occurring will underpin Infratil's future earnings and value growth.
The interim dividend for FY2019 is 6.25 cps plus 1.5 cps of imputation credits. In calendar year 2018, total cash dividends will amount to 17 cps with 5.68 cps of imputation credits. Infratil's forecast of its operating cash flows indicate a likelihood of continuing cash dividend increases, albeit imputation credits will be constrained by the rising share of income coming from businesses in Australia and the USA.
Infratil's earlier stage businesses are providing good earnings contributions and investment opportunities. The core mature businesses (Trustpower and Wellington Airport) continue to provide high-quality cash earnings. Work is underway at several of the other businesses to determine their long-term role in the Infratil portfolio. Overall, Infratil is well resourced and well positioned to progress its growth initiatives and to continue to deliver value and earning gains for its shareholders.
Further information is available on www.infratil.com, or contact Phillippa Harford on 04 473 3663
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