Posted on November 2, 2023
Today, Ørsted’s Board of Directors approved the interim report for the first nine months of 2023.
Operating profit (EBITDA) for the first nine months amounted to DKK 19.4 billion. Excluding new partnerships, EBITDA amounted to DKK 15.4 billion, DKK 1.0 billion higher than in the same period last year.
Earnings from offshore sites amounted to DKK 13.0 billion, which was DKK 6.8 billion higher than in the same period last year, and were positively affected by ramp-up at Hornsea 2 and Greater Changhua 1 and 2a and the negative impact from hedges in 2022 not being repeated.
Due to adverse impacts relating to supply chain delays, increased interest rates, and the lack of an OREC adjustment on Sunrise Wind, we have recognised impairment losses of DKK 28.4 billion in 9M 2023. The majority of these (DKK 19.9 billion) relates to our US offshore project Ocean Wind 1.
Net profit amounted to DKK -19.9 billion, and return on capital employed (ROCE) came in at -14 %. Net profit and ROCE excluding impairment losses amounted to DKK 8.5 billion and 13 %, respectively.
Our previously guided EBITDA for 2023, excluding new partnership agreements, of DKK 20-23 billion remains unchanged, when excluding a provision of approximately DKK 8-11 billion related to potential cancellation fees following our decision to cease the development of Ocean Wind 1. Due to a later timing across our project portfolio and the termination of investments on Ocean Wind 1, our gross investment for 2023 is now expected to amount to DKK 40-44 billion, a reduction of DKK 4 billion.
Mads Nipper, Group President and CEO of Ørsted, says in a comment to the interim financial report for the first nine months of 2023:
“We’re pleased with the performance of our operating assets in the first nine months of 2023, which drives a satisfactory development in our earnings. Our operating profit (EBITDA) excluding new partnerships increased by DKK 1 billion compared to the same period last year, and earnings from our offshore sites have more than doubled compared to last year.
“The current market situation with supply chain challenges, project delays, and rising interest rates has challenged our offshore projects in the US, and in particular our offshore project Ocean Wind 1, which has led to significant impairments in Q3 2023.
“Therefore, as part of our ongoing review of our US offshore wind portfolio, we’ve decided to cease the development of Ocean Wind 1 and Ocean Wind 2. At the same time, we’ve taken final investment decision on the 704 MW Revolution Wind project, progressing it to the construction phase with an attractive forward-looking value creation.
“Based on the challenged US portfolio and the current market conditions, we’ve initiated numerous actions to ensure our capital structure and rating and to improve our competitiveness and value creation.”
Financial key figures for 9M 2023:
In connection with the presentation of the interim report for the first nine months of the year, an earnings call for investors and analysts will be held on Wednesday, 1 November 2023 at 14:00 CET.
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The earnings call can be followed live at:
Ørsted | Interim report for the first nine months of 2023 (eventcdn.net)
Presentation slides will be available prior to the earnings call at:
Investors | Ørsted (orsted.com)
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