- Operating and construction capacity owned by Voltalia: more than 5 gigawatts by the end of 2027
- Capacity operated on behalf of third parties: over 8 gigawatts by the end of 2027
- Normalised EBITDA1 : approximately €475¹ million in 2027
- CO2-equivalent avoided: over 4 million tonnes in 2027
PVTIME - Voltalia (Euronext Paris, ISIN code: FR0011995588), an international player in the renewable energy sector, unveils its new strategic ambitions for 2027 at an investor presentation held today in Paris.
Voltalia will present its new ambitions during a presentation in English today at 8.30am Paris time, which will be broadcast live via webcast. Full login details and presentation materials are available at: https://www.voltalia.com/investor-relations
"The growth of renewable energy is accelerating. A key element in the fight against global warming, renewable energy has also become the cheapest energy ever produced in history, while meeting the energy security challenges of countries and companies.
By creating new renewable power plants on its own behalf and for its customers, while reducing their energy consumption through its subsidiary Helexia, Voltalia is helping to meet the challenge of the energy transition.
After achieving an average annual growth in revenues of 46% between 2014, the date of its IPO, and 2021, Voltalia has set itself a new roadmap. While we anticipate that the 2023 capacity target will be reached a year early and confirm the EBITDA target of €275-300 million in 2023, Voltalia is now targeting operating and construction capacity in excess of 5 gigawatts and a normalised EBITDA of around €475 million¹ by 2027. In addition, in line with its status as a company with a mission, Voltalia has set a new environmental objective for 2027: over 4 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent avoided”, commented Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia.
An extraordinary sector
Numerous structural and economic factors are sustaining the renewable energy sector:
- Public policies and private initiatives against global warming;
- Intensification of government measures to promote energy independence;
- Trend towards lower costs for renewable energy in a context of rising costs for other energy sources;
- Willingness of companies to reduce their exposure to the volatility of energy prices in the long term and to lower their energy bills;
- Rise in the electrification of uses with, for example, the emergence of electric vehicles and the gradual switch to electric heating.
However, the sector's growth cycle is still in its infancy, and the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix should continue to accelerate over the next few years.
On the three continents where Voltalia is present:
- In Europe, which is already committed to the fight against global warming, the war in Ukraine has made energy independence a central priority of government policies. A sudden and sustained acceleration in renewable energy and energy efficiency is taking shape: Europe is once again becoming one of the key global markets;
- In Africa, the market remains dynamic due to strong growth in electricity consumption. South Africa, in particular, is going through a major energy crisis. The growth in demand is combined with the country's need to replace ageing coal-fired power plants that are no longer adapted to the needs of the population;
- In Latin America, population growth is creating structural demand for energy consumption. In addition, Brazil's extremely favourable wind patterns, coupled with good sunshine, will gradually attract electro-intensive industries.
A clear mission, a successful business model
Voltalia has been aware of the challenges facing its sector since its creation in 2005. As a responsible player, Voltalia formally defined its mission in 2014, before officially integrating it in its articles of association in 20202. Within this legal framework, Voltalia defines the extra-financial indicators of its mission. These are audited and presented annually to the general meeting, alongside the financial report. Voltalia’s mission seeks a fair balance between the planet and its inhabitants: improving the global environment while promoting local development. Every day, it guides the actions and decisions of everyone within Voltalia and its governance.
Voltalia, directly or through its subsidiaries, implements the energy transition technologies that create the best opportunities:
- Electricity production: ground-mounted photovoltaic, roof-mounted and car park, onshore wind power, small-scale hydroelectricity and biomass (power plants burning recovered wood);
- Battery storage and potentially other technologies;
- Energy efficiency and energy management.
Voltalia has deployed a business model that combines the business of a renewable energy producer through its own power plants with that of service provider to third-party customers. Voltalia's employees who, on behalf of customers, create energy production or savings projects from scratch during the development and construction phases, and then operate and maintain them. This model for itself and third-party customers has the most significant impact on its mission while creating the most financial value.
As the services business is not very capital intensive, electricity production and storage account for the vast majority of Voltalia's capital. In this business, Voltalia relies on very long-term electricity sales contracts (generally 20 years) which are designed to ensure the repayment of project financing and to secure equity investments. The contractual sales prices are mostly (83% in 2021) indexed to inflation.
A strong growth trajectory since its IPO on Euronext
Since its IPO, Voltalia has posted an average annual growth (CAGR) of +46% in revenues and +41% in EBITDA between 2014 and 2021. Over the period, the capacity in operation and under construction has increased more than fourfold, from 365 MW to 1.7 GW in 2021. Voltalia also announced on the occasion of the publication of its half-yearly results for 2022 that its target of 2.6 GW of capacity in operation and under construction, which it planned to achieve by the end of 2023, would finally be reached by the end of 2022, one year ahead of schedule.
This growth trajectory, essentially organic, has benefited from targeted acquisitions which have accelerated the strategy, in particular that of Helexia which offers its client companies, in parallel with Voltalia's corporate PPA offer, on-site solar production ( roofs and car park shades) and investments to reduce their energy consumption.
New growth ambitions for 2027
On 28 September, during the publication of its half-year results for 2022, Voltalia indicated that it believed that it would be able to achieve its 2023 target of 2.6 gigawatts of capacity in operation and under construction one year ahead of schedule and that it was confirming its two other 2023 targets: a normalised EBITDA of €275 to €300 million and a share of Brazil in capacity in operation and under construction below 50%.
In this context, Voltalia has defined a new growth plan for 2027, including the following objectives:
- Operating and construction capacity owned by Voltalia: over 5 gigawatts by the end of 2027;
- Capacity operated on behalf of third parties: over 8 gigawatts by the end of 2027;
- Normalised EBITDA3: around €475 million in 2027;
- CO2-equivalent avoided: over 4 million tonnes in 2027.
Voltalia will examine the best options for financing its CAPEX of between an estimated €2.5 and €3 billion to support its new ambitions by 2027. In addition to the usual project financing and its significant cash flow, the group reserves the right to raise corporate financing, to selectively sell minority shares to partners in some of its projects or to arrange equity financing, depending on market conditions and, where appropriate, involving all of its existing shareholders, including its main shareholder, the Mulliez family.
Solid assets to achieve its ambitions
Voltalia will be able to draw on a number of strengths to achieve this ambitious growth plan up to 2027, including:
- A portfolio of projects under development at a record level of 13.6 GW, of which 986 MW have won a PPA and 1.8 GW are ready to tender for a PPA;
- The gain, since January 2022, of new long-term electricity sales contracts for 640 MW;
- A volume of projects in the early stages of development (which meet one, two or three of the four criteria required to enter the development portfolio4) of 22.1 GW;
- Ability to sell and implement the full range of products offered to businesses: corporate wind and solar PPAs, photovoltaic roofs and shades and energy efficiency;
- Expertise in Development, Construction and Supply of equipment and Operation-Maintenance services to third party clients;
- Expertise in the key technologies of the energy transition, in particular those currently experiencing strong growth: photovoltaics, storage and energy efficiency;
- A geographical positioning focused on countries where the sector's growth potential is among the highest in the world;
- The ability to make acquisitions, integrate them and then rapidly develop the acquired entities;
- A track record of strong growth management with revenue and EBITDA growing at CAGR since the IPO on the Euronext regulated market in 2014, of 46% and 41% respectively over the period 2014-2021.
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