Press Release – TrustPower
The first quarter of the 2011 financial year has seen lower than average wholesale electricity prices due to above average hydro storage levels across the country.
Trustpower Limited First Quarter Operating Results For The Three Months Ended 30 June 2010
The first quarter of the 2011 financial year has seen lower than average wholesale electricity prices due to above average hydro storage levels across the country. TrustPower’s New Zealand generation production was 556 GWh in the first quarter, 14 per cent above same period last year and in line with expected long term average production. New Zealand hydro storage levels have fallen close to long term average during July and wholesale spot electricity prices have begun to firm as a result.
The Snowtown Wind Farm produced 68 GWh during the first quarter which was down 16 per cent on prior period and 22 per cent down of long term expectation due to poor wind conditions during April and June. Mass market customer sales were down 7 per cent for the first quarter compared with the first quarter of the prior period due to the impact of lower customer numbers and lower average usage due to milder temperatures during the current quarter. In contrast, Time of Use sales were up 6 per cent compared with prior period as TrustPower successfully placed more product into this market.
Following the Budget Announcement in May 2010, TrustPower has been assessing the likely impact of the change in company tax rate and the removal of depreciation for long life buildings both of which will take effect from 1 April 2011. The impact of these changes for the 2012 financial year onwards is estimated to be an increase in net profit after tax of $2.4 million.
There will also be a one-off adjustment to deferred tax liabilities which will occur in the current financial year. Further analysis is required to determine how buildings which are integrated with generation equipment will be impacted by the change to tax depreciation rules. At this stage it is expected that a one-off non cash adjustment to tax expense will be required to be made in the current financial year which could reduce net profit after tax by up to $9 million.
While it is too early to make predictions with respect to TrustPower’s full year trading result the Directors are satisfied with the Company’s year-to-date trading performance.