SECOND QUARTER 2018
Financial development, April – June
- Order intake amounted to SEK 322.0 million (13.2)
- Net sales increased to SEK 12.2 million (0.1)
- Operating profit/loss amounted to SEK -25.8 million (-13.3)
- Earnings per share amounted to SEK -0.58 (-0.37)
- Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK -3.0 million (-10.5) with a positive contribution from changes in working capital of SEK 19.1 million (2.0), partly explained by advances from customers
Important events, April – June
- In April an order worth SEK 9.9 million was obtained from Borealis GeoPower, Canada
- Climeon was appointed ‘‘New Energy Pioneer’’ by Bloomberg New Energy Finance as one of ten energy, transport and tech companies globally with potential of changing the world
- A representative office was opened in Japan to evaluate Climeon’s potential in the local market
- In June, Varmaorka increased their order of Heat Power modules to a value of SEK 628.2 million, from previous SEK 292.5 million
Financial development, January – June
- Order intake amounted to SEK 373.4 million (23.6)
- Order backlog amounted to SEK 739.7 million (58.7)
- Net sales amounted to SEK 12.2 million (0.7)
- Operating profit/loss amounted to SEK -45.8 million (-23.5)
- Earnings per share amounted to SEK -1.04 (-0.66)
- Cash and cash equivalents amounted to SEK 161.2 million (204.0)
- Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK -19.4 million (-26.4)
Significant post-closing events
- In July, Climeon received its first order within geothermal heat power in Japan worth SEK 19.5 million. The Heat Power modules are purchased by Baseload Capital Sweden on the behalf of a newly started Heat Power operator
- Climeon has established a branch office in Iceland, one of the most interesting geographical markets in the world for geothermal heat power
FIRST STEPS INTO THE WORLD
This summer has clearly shown the importance of what we’re doing. It has been an alarming summer with water shortage, extreme heat all over the globe and a tropical heat we’ve never seen before in Sweden. The debate about whether this is due to man is loud but having followed the debate for more than 12 years, the answer is, at least in my eyes, very clear. Therefore, it feels incredibly good that we have a solution that can help reverse the trend. We have a long way to go, but also a clear sense of urgency, which triggers thoughts on how we can scale up the business even faster.
Our goal and strategy in the geothermal segment is to win business in five key countries: Iceland, U.S., Canada, Germany and Japan. During the quarter and just after, this has fallen in place with the deals in Canada and Japan as well as the expanded order in Iceland. Within the maritime segment, the goal is to become a standard solution and work is proceeding according to plan. Within the industrial segment, we are also moving forward and see continued great potential.
Generating electricity with our technology is done at a low cost compared to other types of energy, but the customer’s financing of the power plants they build is an important factor in rolling out the technology. Baseload Capital’s work with this is at full speed and executed well above our high expectations. The financing solution Baseload Capital developed was an important component of the expanded order in Iceland.
The quarter’s challenge can be summarized in certifications and permits. Within each new segment and on each new geographic market, certifications and permits are high entry thresholds that delay our deliveries. Both our customers and we have underestimated the time and effort required. These processes have affected each delivery so far and have involved a lot of work on the technical side, but we are continuosly moving forward and the outlook is positive. Some examples of on-going activities are related to new requirements from the classification organizations ABS and DNV in the maritime segment for Viking and Maersk, certifications for the pressure vessel and electrical installation in the U.S. and Canada, electrical coupling permits in Japan, construction permits in Iceland and approval from municipalities in Germany. In the short term, this means a lot of work and uncertain timetables, in the longer term, it is an advantage as it raises entry barriers to competitors.
We reached an important milestone at midsummer, when the first Heat Power modules were delivered to Iceland. They will soon generate green electricity year-round, 24 hours a day in Fludir. The electricity will be used locally, primarily in greenhouses where tomatoes are grown. The next modules for Iceland are in production with planned delivery during the fall 2018.
Our technology has attracted a great deal of attention in Iceland and across the globe. Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson and several other politicians and officials as well as customers, suppliers and other partners attended the groundbreaking ceremony in Iceland that we organized in conjunction with delivering the initial modules. There is great support for what we want to achieve, and many are interested in helping us realize large-scale green electricity production through small-scale geothermal heat power.
With its large order, Varmaorka currently dominates our order backlog. This development is in line with our strategy to initially focus on markets where the path to profitability for both customers and Climeon is the shortest. Essentially, it is the availability of hot water, electricity prices and the local energy situation that determines profitability. All of these factors also clearly point to Japan, where we opened a representative office during the quarter to gain better access to the market. Japan has an abundance of hot springs, among the world’s highest electricity prices and a strong desire to increase the share of domestically produced electricity. This implies a huge potential in Japan and we have so far won two deals there, one within Geothermal and one within Industrial. The first units to Japan are expected to be delivered in the first half of 2019, but even there, the schedule is dependent on local permits.
We are also doing very well within the maritime segment, to which we have delivered the most units so far. During the quarter, together with the shipyard we started the site preparation for the pilot installation on the Maersk ship and we are now waiting for a final certification to complete the installation. There is a great deal of pressure on the entire maritime segment to reduce its climate footprint.
In summary, we have taken great steps forward. Despite delays in the form of extended permit and certification processes, we have continued to deliver according to our plan. This way we work towards our vision of delivering fossil-free heat power and become the world’s number one climate solver.
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