Aboitiz Equity Ventures Earns PhP4B in 1H Net Income

Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) ended the first half of 2020 with PhP4 billion in net income, 55% lower than the PhP9 billion recorded during the same period last year, reflecting the impact of the lower income contribution of its largest business unit, Aboitiz Power Corporation.

The company recognized non-recurring losses of PhP20 million versus the PhP78 million in non-recurring gains recorded in the previous year, representing foreign exchange losses from the revaluation of dollar-denominated assets.

Without these one-off losses, AEV’s core net income for the first half of 2020 was PhP4 billion, 54% lower year-on-year (YoY) (from PhP8.9 billion). AEV recorded consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of PhP23 billion during the first six months of 2020, a 13% decrease from the PhP26.5 billion recorded in the same period last year.

Power accounted for 49% of the total income contributions from AEV’s Strategic Business Units (SBUs), followed by banking and financial services (39%), food (14%), infrastructure (-1%), and land (-1%).

“The current COVID-19 crisis continues to disrupt and impact our organization in different ways. Throughout this, we have given significant attention to our ability to adapt to changes and to prepare for uncertainties,” said Sabin M. Aboitiz, Aboitiz Group President and Chief Executive Officer.

“For the rest of the year, our goal is unchanged: to remain resilient and for our business units to be in the best possible position when we emerge from this crisis, in order to support the country’s economic recovery. As One Aboitiz, we will continue to be one with the nation in its fight against COVID-19,” Aboitiz added.

The Aboitiz chief looks forward to a better economy in the second half of the year as the country slowly opens up and adapts to the new normal.

Power

Aboitiz Power Corporation’s (AboitizPower) net income contribution to AEV for the first half of 2020 decreased by 57% YoY, from PhP6.7 billion to PhP2.9 billion primarily due to reduced demand resulting from the enforcement of COVID-related community quarantines, as well as forced outages during the first half of 2020 involving Pagbilao units 1-3, Therma South, Inc. Unit 2, and GN Power Mariveles Coal Plant Ltd. Co. Unit 2. These reductions offset the decrease in purchased power costs during the first half of 2020, and revenues from Therma Visayas, Inc. and Therma Mobile, Inc., which were both online since January of this year, as opposed to the second quarter of last year. Moreover, the first quarter of 2019 also included income from the Generation Rate Adjustment Mechanism and Incremental Currency Exchange Rate Adjustment, which were not available as income during the first half of 2020.

For the first half of 2020, income contributions from the generation and retail electricity supply businesses, which accounted for 68% of total income contribution from AboitizPower’s business segments, totaled PhP3.6 billion, 56% lower YoY.

Meanwhile, AboitizPower’s distribution business recorded an income share of PhP1.7 billion during the first half of 2020, a 7% decrease YoY, which accounted for 32% of income contributions from AboitizPower’s business segments.

Banking & Financial Services

The income contribution of Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) to AEV for the first six months of 2020 amounted to PhP2.3 billion, 3% lower than the PhP2.4 billion recorded in the same period last year.

On a stand-alone basis, UnionBank and its subsidiaries recorded a net income of PhP4.5 billion in the first half of 2020, 6% lower than the PhP4.8 billion recorded in the same period last year. This was mainly due to revenue growth from the sustained increase in net interest income, as well as higher trading gains.

Food

AEV’s non-listed food subsidiaries’ (Pilmico Foods Corporation, Pilmico Animal Nutrition Corporation, and Pilmico International Pte. Ltd. – which includes Gold Coin Management Holdings Limited) income contribution to AEV amounted to PhP795 million for the first half of 2020, 44% higher than the PhP552 million recorded in the same period in 2019.

This was due to contributions from the Feeds business segment (which recorded a net income of PhP448 million, 296% higher YoY, due to lower raw materials and financing costs), Flour business segment (which recorded PhP346 million in net income, 50% higher than the previous year, on the back of improved per unit gross profit and volume), and from Pilmico International (which recorded a net income of PhP502 million in the first half of 2020, a 205% increase from the same period last year, due to the increase in income contribution of Gold Coin Management Holdings Limited resulting from an increased equity ownership, and increased volumes from Gold Coin’s China, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka operations). The Farms business segment, however, reported a net loss of PhP501 million due to decreased selling prices and sales volume resulting from the spread of the African Swine Fever in Luzon, as well as a decline in margins following higher farms and meat processing costs.

Land

AEV’s non-listed real estate businesses, comprising Aboitiz Land, Inc. (AboitizLand) and its subsidiaries, reported a consolidated net loss of PhP39 million for the first half of 2020, versus PhP60 million in income recorded during the same period last year.

AboitizLand contributed PhP1.1 billion in revenues for the first half of 2020, 20% lower than the revenue contributions from the same period in 2019.

This negative variance was primarily due to decreased revenue for AboitizLand’s residential business, as AboitizLand felt the impact of the slowdown and restrictions in operations resulting from the government-imposed community quarantines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The projects’ percentage of completion, driven by the construction progress, is a key factor in the recognition of revenue. The company’s construction activities were brought to a standstill during the second quarter of 2020.

Infrastructure

For the Infrastructure group, Republic Cement & Building Materials, Inc. reported a net loss of PhP10 million to AEV for the first half of 2020, compared to PhP249 million in income recorded during the same period last year. This was due to the contraction in the demand for cement as construction activities dramatically slowed down, particularly during the enforcement of COVID-related community quarantines.

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