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Central Puerto: Strengthened Portfolio and US$ 545 Million Additional Cash Flow from FONINVEMEM Receivables

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Central Puerto S.A. (“Central Puerto” or the “Company”) (NYSE:CEPU), the largest private sector power generation company in Argentina, as measured by generated power, reports its consolidated financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2018 (“First Quarter” or “1Q2018”).

A conference call to discuss 1Q2018 financial results will be held on May 15, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (see details below). All information provided is presented on a consolidated basis, unless otherwise stated.

All figures are expressed in Argentinean Pesos and growth comparisons refer to the same period of the prior year, except when otherwise specified. Definitions and terms used herein are provided in the Glossary at the end of this document. This release does not contain all of the Company’s financial information. As a result, investors should read this release in conjunction with Central Puerto’s consolidated financial statements and the notes to those statements for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, which will be available on the Company’s website.

A. First Quarter 2018 Highlights

Conventional energy

Strengthened portfolio: In March 2018, the Vuelta de Obligado plant (CVO) received approval for commercial operation with an installed capacity of the 779 MW (the “Commercial Operations Approval of CVO Plant”). The Company is the largest private player in the operating companies of the FONINVEMEM (FONI) plants (totaling 2,554 MW).

US$ 545 million in receivables to be collected starting in 2018: FONI receivables associated to CVO accrue interest at 30-day LIBOR + 5% and will be collected in 120 monthly installments. This transaction resulted in a one-time gain of Ps. 7,959 million increasing 1Q2018 Adjusted EBITDA 21x to Ps. 9,683 million.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 295% when excluding the effect of the Commercial Operations Approval of CVO Plant in Other Operating Results: Adjusted EBITDA increased to Ps. 1,724 million after a 63% increase in Revenues, and a 18 p.p. increase in Gross Profit Margins, and despite a 10% temporary decrease in production explained by a scheduled maintenance of the Puerto Combined Cycle Plant in mid-March.

Strong Balance Sheet to fund existing and new growth opportunities: 1,252% increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents to Ps. 1,203 million and 112% increase in Current Financial Assets to Ps. 2,359 million, both as of March 31, 2018, when compared to December 31, 2017.

“We started 2018 with a strengthened position both in the operational and financial front. The approval of commercial operations of Vuelta de Obligado Plant gave us access to a 10-year cash flow that will contribute to our self-funded growth opportunities. In addition, we have increased our recurring EBITDA about 300% and increased our liquidity by more than 190%. With focus on our long-term strategy, we are consistently increasing our asset base and constantly participating of new bidding rounds monitoring adding –value alternatives for our shareholders."

Jorge Rauber, CEO Central Puerto

 

Renewable Energy

High degree of progress in Achiras I and La Castellana construction in 1Q2018: Projects remain within budget and the wind farms, with an installed capacity of 147 MW, will be fully operational during June and July 2018, respectively.

Disbursement received for La Castellana: First disbursement received from IIC-IFC of US$ 80 million, as a reference Ps. 1,385 million at the exchange rate of the disbursement date, in 15-year loans to finance the construction of La Castellana wind farm and to cancel short-term loans for US$ 50.5 million related to the project. Under the IIC-IFC facility, a project finance structure, Central Puerto agreed, among other things, to fully, unconditionally and irrevocably guarantee, as primary obligor, all payment obligations assumed by CP La Castellana until the project reaches the project completion date, which we expect will occur 9 months after the commercial operation date (expected to be in July 2018)1. Accordingly, after the project completion date, Central Puerto will be released from its obligation as guarantor.

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1 For further information on the project finance for La Castellana, see “Item 5.B. Liquidity and Capital Resources—Indebtedness—Loans from the IIC—IFC Facilities” in our annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on April 27, 2018
 

B. Recent News

Dividends from associates: Dividends of US$ 11.4 million received from TGM, related to YPF claim. Dividends of US$ 6 million received from DGCU (part of Ecogas).

Distribution of cash dividends: A distribution of cash dividends equivalent to Ps. 0.70 per common share, which as a reference equals approximately US$ 0.28 per ADR2, was approved at Central Puerto’s annual ordinary shareholders’ meeting, which was held on April 27, 2018.

Renewable energy

Continuously delivering on capacity growth – New renewable projects for 91 MW: CP Renovables and certain of its subsidiaries were granted dispatch priority to the grid for additional 49 MW in Achiras II wind project and for 42 MW in La Genoveva II wind project, both through MATER II, adding the possibility to sell this new power capacity directly to large users.

Disbursement received for Achiras I: First disbursement received from IIC-IFC3 of US$ 51 million, as a reference Ps. 1023 million at the exchange rate of the disbursement date, in 15-years loans to finance construction of Achiras I wind farm and to cancel short-term loans for US$ 34 million related to the project. Under the IIC-IFC facility, a project finance structure, Central Puerto agreed, among other things, to fully, unconditionally and irrevocably guarantee, as primary obligor, all payment obligations assumed by CP Achiras I until the project reaches the project completion date, which we expect will occur 9 months after the commercial operation date (expected to be in June 2018)4. Accordingly, after the project completion date, Central Puerto will be released from its obligation as guarantor.

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2 Considering an exchange rate of Ps. 24.99 per US$ as quoted by Banco de la Nación Argentina for wire transfers (“divisas”) as of the date of this press release.
3 Inter-American Investment Corporation and the International Finance Corporation
4 For further information on the project finance for Achiras I, see “Item 5.B. Liquidity and Capital Resources—Indebtedness—Loans from the IIC—IFC Facilities” in our annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on April 27, 2018.
 

C. Main operating metrics

The table below sets forth key operating metrics for 1Q2018, compared to 4Q2017 and 1Q2017:

Key Metrics  

1Q
2018

 

4Q
2017

 

1Q

2017

 

Var %
(1Q /1Q)

Continuing Operations                
Energy Generation (GWh)   3,444   4,039   3,814   (10 %)
-Electric Energy Generation -Thermal 2,613 2,455 3,338 (22 %)
-Electric Energy Generation - Hydro   831   1583   476   75 %
Installed capacity (MW; EoP1) 3,663 3,791 3,791 (3 %)
-Installed capacity -Thermal (MW) 2,222 2,350 2,350 (5 %)
-Installed capacity - Hydro (MW)   1,441     1,441     1,441     0 %
Availability - Thermal2   89 %   91 %   88 %   1 p.p.
Steam production (thousand Tons)   275     289     290     (5 %)
1 EoP refers to “End of Period”
2 Availability weighted average by power capacity. Off time due to scheduled maintenance agreed with CAMMESA is not included in the ratio.
Source: CAMMESA, company data.
 

Conventional energy

In 1Q2018, energy generation from continuing operations decreased 10% to 3,444 GWh, compared to 1Q2017, mainly affected by a 22% decrease in thermal generation explained by a scheduled maintenance in Puerto combined cycle plant in mid-March 2018. Programmed maintenance activities will finish in May 2018. The impact in thermal production was temporary and partially offset by a 75% increase in hydro generation due to greater water flow. During 1Q2018, machine availability of thermal units increased to 89%, compared to 88% in 1Q2017, showing a sustained level well above the market average availability for thermal units for the same period of 79%, according to data from CAMMESA. Finally, steam production showed a slight decrease with 275,000 tons produced during 1Q 2018.

Renewable energy

The construction of Achiras I and La Castellana wind farms, projects awarded under the Renovar Program with 48 MW and 99 MW respectively, are within budget and are expected to be fully completed and operational during June and July 2018, respectively. In Achiras I wind farm, located in Cordoba province, all 15 wind turbines (3.2 MW) have been installed and civil work has been completed. The Company is currently working on the connection of the farm to the electricity grid through a 16 km high-voltage power line. In addition, in La Castellana wind farm, located in Buenos Aires province, all 32 wind turbines of 3.15 MW have been installed and civil work has been completed, and we expect it will be shortly connected to the grid through a 35 km high-voltage power line.

D. Financials

Main financial magnitudes of continuing operations

Million Ps.  

1Q
2018

 

4Q
2017

 

1Q
2017

 

Var %
(1Q/1Q)

Revenues 1,804 1,935 1,107 63 %
Cost of sales   (748 )   (787 )   (657 )   14 %
Gross profit 1,056 1,149 450 135 %
Other operating results, net2   8,553     53     (79 )   NM  
Operating income 9,609     1,202     371     2,488 %
Depreciation and Amortization   74     113     65     14 %
Adjusted EBITDA1,2   9,683     1,315     436     2,121 %

1 See “Disclaimer-Adjusted EBITDA” below for further information.

2 In 1Q 2018, Other operating results, net includes the increase in the FONINVEMEM receivables due to the Commercial Operations Approval of CVO Plant that amounted to Ps.7,959 million. The Adjusted EBITDA without taking into account this effect would have been Ps.1,724 million, showing a 295% increase compared to 1Q 2017.

   

Main financial magnitudes of continuing operations (dollar convenience translation)

Million US$  

1Q
2018

 

4Q
2017

 

1Q
2017

 

Var %
(1Q /1Q)

Revenues   92   110   71   30 %
Costs of sales   (38 )   (45 )   (42 )   (9 %)
Gross profit 54 65 29 87 %
Other operating results, net   435     3     (5 )   NM  
Operating income 488 68 24 1,961 %
Depreciation and Amortization   4     6     4     (9 %)
Adjusted EBITDA1,2   492     75     28     1,669 %
Average exchange rate of period   19.68     17.55     15.67     26 %
Exchange rate end of period   20.15     18.65     15.39     31 %
1 See “Disclaimer—Adjusted EBITDA” below for further information.
2 In 1Q 2018, Other operating results, net includes the increase in the FONINVEMEM receivables due to the Commercial Operations Approval of CVO Plant, which amounted Ps. 7,958 million. The Adjusted EBITDA without taking into account this effect would have been US$ 88 million, showing a 215% increase compared to 1Q2017.
NOTE: The calculation of the financial values expressed in US dollars arises from the calculation of the results expressed in Argentine pesos divided by the average of the daily exchange rates quoted by the Banco de la Nación Argentina for wire transfers (divisas) for the relevant period. The translations into US dollars have been made for convenience purposes only. See “Disclaimer—Convenience Translations” below for further information.
 

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

Million Ps.  

1Q
2018

 

4Q
2017

 

1Q
2017

 

Var %
(1Q/1Q)

Net income for the period2   7,502   1,414   525   1,329 %
Financial expenses 264 212 139 90 %
Financial income (155 ) (96 ) (355 ) (56 %)
Share of the profit of an associate (148 ) (492 ) (14 ) 957 %
Income tax expenses 2,677 227 192 1,294 %
Depreciation and amortization 74 113 65 14 %
Net income of discontinued operations   (530 )   (63 )   (116 )   357 %
Adjusted EBITDA1,2   9,683     1,315     436     2,122 %
1 See “Disclaimer—Adjusted EBITDA” below for further information.
2 In 1Q 2018, Net income for the period and Adjusted EBITDA includes the increase in FONINVEMEM receivables due to the Commercial Operation Approval of the Central Vuelta de Obligado Plant, which amounted to Ps.7,959 million. The Adjusted EBITDA without taking into account this effect would have been Ps. 1,724 million, showing a 295% increase compared to 1Q 2017.
 

1Q2018 Results Analysis

Revenues from continuing operations increased 63% to Ps. 1,804 million in 1Q2018, as compared to Ps. 1,107 million in 1Q2017. The increase in revenues was mainly driven by: (i) the tariff increase established by Res. 19/17, which set higher prices for energy generation and machine availability and set the prices in US dollars -1Q2018 was the first quarter fully-impacted by this tariff increase-; and (ii) an increase of 26% in the average exchange rate of 1Q2018, as compared to the average exchange rate of 1Q2017, which impacted on tariffs set in US dollars; partially offset by (iii) a 10% decrease in energy generation that reached 3,444 GWh during 1Q2018.

The table below sets forth the tariff scheme for Energia Base effective since November 2017, by source of generation:

    Thermal   Hydro
Capacity payments Res. 19/171   US$ 7,000 per MW per month   US$ 3,000 per MW per month
Energy payments Res. 19/17   US$ 7 per MWh for generation with natural gas

US$ 10 per MWh for generation with fuel oil/gas oil

  US$ 4.9 per MWh
1 Effective prices for capacity payment depend on the availability of each unit, and the achievement of the Guaranteed Bid Capacity (DIGO in Spanish) that each generator may send to CAMMESA twice a year. For further details, see “Item 4.B. Business Overview—The Argentine Electric Power Sector—Remuneration Scheme—The Current Remuneration Scheme” in the annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on April 27, 2018.
 

Adjusted EBITDA reached Ps. 9,683 million in 1Q2018, compared to Ps. 436 million in 1Q2017. This exceptionally high increase was driven by: (i) the increase in revenues mentioned above; (ii) a non-recurrent significant increase in Other Operating Results, net as a consequence of the approval of commercial operations of CVO in March 2018. This key milestone described in (ii) resulted in a one-time gain, before income tax, of Ps. 7,959 million, broken down into Ps. 3,356 million in Interests and Ps. 4,603 million in Exchange Rate Differences; and (iii) a less-than-proportional increase in costs of sales that reached to Ps. 748 million representing 41% of Revenue, compared to 59% in 1Q2017, showing an increase of 18 p.p. in Gross Profit Margin. The increase in the cost of sales was primarily driven by (i) an increase in the natural gas transportation and distribution tariffs, and (ii) a higher cost of natural gas for the units that generate steam or electric energy under the Energía Plus framework, mainly due to an increase of 26% in the average exchange rate of 1Q2018, as compared to the average exchange rate of 1Q2017, which impacted on the dollar-denominated price of this fuel.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 295% to Ps. 1,724 million in 1Q2018 (excluding the effect of the Commercial Operations Approval of CVO Plant in Other Operating Results), compared to Ps. 438 million in 1Q2017. The increase was driven by: (i) the increase in revenues and (ii) an increase in Gross Profit Margin of 18 p.p. explained above.

Adjusted EBITDA + FONINVEMEM collections increased 249% to Ps. 1822 million in 1Q2018 (excluding the effect of the Commercial Operations Approval of CVO Plant in Other Operating Results), compared to Ps. 522 million in 1Q2017. During 1Q2018, the company received Ps. 99 million (including VAT) from FONINVEMEM receivables, compared to Ps. 86 million (including VAT) in 1Q2017.

Net income increased to Ps. 7,502 million or Ps. 4.85 per share, in 1Q2018, compared to Ps. 525 million or Ps. 0.35 per share, in 1Q2017. In addition to the above-mentioned facts, net income was (i) positively impacted by higher results from the share of profit of associates which amounted to Ps. 148 million in 1Q2018, as compared to Ps. 14 million in 1Q2017, mainly due to higher results from Ecogas, and (ii) was negatively impacted by higher financial expenses that amounted to Ps.264 million in 1Q2018, compared to a Ps. 139 million in 1Q2017. The increasing Financial expenses in 1Q2018 were mainly driven by the interest charges related to financial obligations assumed by the Company through its subsidiary CP Renovables.

Financial Situation

As of March 31, 2018, the Company and its subsidiaries showed a strengthened balance sheet with Cash and Cash Equivalents of Ps. 1,203 million, and Current Financial Assets of Ps. 2,359 million, showing a 1,252% and 112% increase respectively, when compared to December 31, 2017 figures. Some of the events that contributed to increase liquidity were:

  • Dividends received from DGCE and IGCE (both part of Ecogas) in the amount of US$ 6.5 million and US$ 7.1 million, respectively.
  • Payment received from YPF in the amount of US$ 31.5 million related to the successful transfer of La Plata Plant to YPF EE in 1Q2018.
  • First disbursement received from the IIC-IFC facility for an amount of US$ 80 million, as a reference Ps. 1,385 million at the exchange rate of the disbursement date, to finance construction of La Castellana wind farm and to cancel short-term loans for US$ 50 million related to the project.

Loans and borrowings for a total of Ps. 2,891 million were received mainly by Central Puerto’s subsidiaries CP Achiras and CP La Castellana, which hold the renewable projects. This amount is related to the construction of the Achiras I and La Castellana wind farms.

Million Ps.   1Q2018
Other financial assets   2,263
Cash and cash equivalents 1,013
Financial Debt   0
Subtotal Individual Net Cash Position   3,276
Other financial assets of subsidiaries 96
Cash and cash equivalents of subsidiaries 190
Financial Debt of subsidiaries   (2,891)
Subtotal Subsidiaries Net Cash Position   (2,605)
Consolidated Net Cash Position   671
 

Cash Flows of the 1Q 2018

Million Ps.

  1Q2018
 
Cash and Cash equivalents at the beginning   89  
Net cash flows provided by operating activities 1,034
Net cash flows used in investing activities (592 )
Net cash flows provided by financing activities 642
Exchange difference and other financial results   30  
Cash and Cash equivalents at the end   1,203  
 

Net cash provided by operating activities was Ps. 1,034 million during 1Q2018. This amount was mainly provided by the cash flow from the operating income from continuing operations which totaled Ps. 1,054 million. This cash flow arises from Ps. 9,609 million from the operating income from continuing operations obtained during the 1Q2018, minus the non-cash items included in it, which were mainly: (i) Ps. 7,959 million from the one-time CVO receivables update and interest; (ii) Ps. 373 from the discount of accounts receivables and payable, net; and (iii) Ps. 221 million from trade receivables foreign exchange difference.

Net cash used in investing activities was Ps. 592 million in 1Q2018. This amount was mainly explained by (i) payments that amounted to Ps.305 million for the purchase of property, plant and equipment, for the construction of Achiras and La Castellana wind farms and (ii) Ps. 1,146 million used in the purchase of short term financial assets, net. This was partially offset by, (iii) Ps. 272 million from proceeds from dividends from associates, mentioned above, and (iv) Ps. 587 million from the proceeds of the La Plata Plant Sale.

Net cash used in financing activities was Ps. 642 million in 1Q2018. The main financing activity during 1Q2018 was the above-mentioned loans received by CP Achiras and CP La Castellana, for the construction of the Achiras and La Castellana wind farms for a net amount of Ps. 689 million, after deducing the repayments of short term loans during 1Q2018.

E. Tables

 

a. Consolidated Income Statement

 
  1Q2018   4Q2017   1Q2017
Thousand Ps. Thousand Ps.   Thousand Ps.
 
Revenues 1,804,152 1,935,216 1,107,278
Cost of sales (748,058 ) (786,545 ) (657,069 )
Gross income 1,056,094 1,148,671 450,209
 
Administrative and selling expenses (202,204 ) (211,866 ) (130,667 )
Other operating income 814,911 336,099 69,934
Other operating expenses (18,358 ) (70,744 ) (18,840 )
CVO receivables update and interests 7,958,658   -   -  
Operating income 9,609,101 1,202,160 370,636
 
Finance Income 154,968 96,427 355,135
Finance Expenses (264,109 ) (211,711 ) (138,771 )
Share of the profit of associates 148,060   492,086   13,937  
Income before income tax form continuing operations 9,648,020 1,578,962 600,937
Income tax for the period (2,676,842 ) (227,322 ) (192,309 )
Net income for the period from continuing operations 6,971,178   1,351,640   408,628  

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

Net income for the period from non-continuing operations 530,489   63,270   116,175  
 
Net income for the period 7,501,667   1,414,910   524,803  
 

b. Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 
  1Q2018   1Q2017
Thousand Ps. Thousand Ps.
Assets
Non-current assets
Property, plant and equipment 8,044,853 7,431,728
Intangible assets 180,055 187,833
Investment in associates 861,328 985,646
Trade and other receivables 10,421,958 2,602,213
Other non-financial assets 12,937 12,721
Inventories 48,203 48,203
19,569,334 11,268,344
Current assets
Inventories 152,041 110,290
Other non-financial assets 518,774 470,895
Trade and other receivables 4,158,720 3,887,065
Other financial assets 2,359,295 1,110,728
Cash and cash equivalents 1,202,539 88,633
8,391,369 5,667,611
Assets held-for-sale - 143,014
8,391,369 5,810,625
Total assets 27,960,703 17,078,969
 
Equity and liabilities
Capital stock 1,514,022 1,514,022
Adjustment to capital stock 664,988 664,988
Merger premium 376,571 376,571
Legal and other reserves 519,189 463,359
Voluntary reserve 450,865 450,865
Retained earnings 11,026,897 3,503,046
Accumulated other comprehensive income 26,825 43,284
Equity attributable to shareholders of the parent 14,579,357 7,071,965
Non-controlling interests 277,447 289,035
Total Equity 14,856,804 7,361,000
 
Non-current liabilities
Other non-financial liabilities 1,229,120 468,695
Other loans and borrowings 2,843,943 1,478,729
Borrowings from CAMMESA 941,257 1,055,558
Compensation and employee benefits liabilities 119,187 113,097
Deferred income tax liabilities 1,503,044 703,744
6,636,551 3,819,823
Current liabilities
Trade and other payables 699,170 1,017,306
Other non-financial liabilities 747,165 659,668
Borrowings from CAMMESA 1,833,724 1,753,038
Other loans and borrowings 46,666 505,604
Compensation and employee benefits liabilities 238,391 323,078
Income tax payable 2,474,154 1,096,817
Provisions 428,078 413,474
6,467,348 5,768,985
Liabilities associated with the assets held for sale - 129,161
6,467,348 5,898,146
Total liabilities 13,103,899 9,717,969
Total equity and liabilities 27,960,703 17,078,969
 

c. Consolidated Statement of Cash Flow

 
  1Q2018   1Q2017
Thousand Ps. Thousand Ps.
Operating activities
Income for the year before income tax 9,648,020 600,937
Income for the year before income tax from discontinued operations 567,628   178,729  
Income for the year before income tax 10,215,648 779,666
Adjustments to reconcile income for the period before income tax to net cash flows:
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 65,869 57,135
Amortization of intangible assets 7,778 10,020
Discount of accounts receivable and payable, net (373,367 ) (49,311 )
CVO receivables update and interests (7,958,658 ) -
Trade receivables foreign Exchange difference (220,963 ) -
Interest earned from customers (94,530 ) (19,897 )
Financial income (154,968 ) (355,135 )
Financial expenses 264,109 138,771
Share of the profit of associates (148,060 ) (13,937 )
Stock-based payments 1,104 -
Movements in provisions and long-term employee benefit plan expenses 22,452 8,569
Income from the sale of La Plata plant (572,371 ) -
 
Working capital adjustments:
Increase in trade and other receivables (18,705 ) (178,789 )
Increase in other non-financial assets and inventories (89,846 ) (76,150 )
Increase (decrease) in trade and other payables, other non-financial liabilities and liabilities from employee benefits 229,504   (35,817 )
1,174,996 265,125
 
Interest received from customers 5,588 5,762
Income tax paid (146,053 ) (101,609 )
Net cash flows provided by operating activities 1,034,531   169,278  
 
Investing activities
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (304,708 ) (295,557 )
Dividends received 272,378 -
Sale of financial assets, net (1,146,440 ) 602,520
Cash flows generated from the sale of La Plata plant 586,845   -  
Net cash flows provided by investing activities (591,925 ) 306,963  
 
Financing activities
Short term loans (settlements) proceeds, net (267 ) (297,785 )
Long term loans received 1,650,455 -
Long term loans paid (961,015 ) -
Borrowings received from CAMMESA - 212,885
Interest paid and other financial costs (57,074 ) (4,933 )
Contributions from non-controlling interests 9,492   107,189  
Net cash flows provided by financing activities 641,591   17,356  
 
 
Increase in cash and cash equivalents 1,084,197 493,597
Exchange difference and other financial results 29,709 (1,062 )
Cash and cash equivalents as of January 1 88,633   30,008  
Cash and cash equivalents as of March 31 1,202,539   522,543  
 

F. Information about the Conference Call

There will be a conference call to discuss Central Puerto’s first quarter 2018 results on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. New York Time / 1:00 p.m. Buenos Aires Time.

The hosts will be Mr. Jorge Rauber, Chief Executive Officer, and Mr. Fernando Bonnet, Chief Financial Officer. To access the conference call, please dial:

United States Participants (Toll Free): +1-888-317-6003
Argentina Participants (Toll Free): 0800-555-0645/0800-444-5129
International Participants: +1-412-317-6061
Passcode: 9916655

The Company will also host a live audio webcast of the conference call on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://investors.centralpuerto.com/. Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the website and download any streaming media software that might be required to listen to the webcast.

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Glossary

In this release, except where otherwise indicated or where the context otherwise requires:

  • “CAMMESA” refers to Compañía Administradora del Mercado Mayorista Eléctrico Sociedad Anónima;
  • “Ecogas” refers collectively to Distribuidora de Gas Cuyana (“DGCU”), and its controlling company Inversora de Gas Cuyana (“IGCU”) and Distribuidora de Gas del Centro (“DGCE”), and its controlling company Inversora de Gas del Centro (“IGCE”);
  • “Energía Base” (legacy energy) refers to the regulatory framework established under Resolution SE No. 95/13, as amended, and, since February 2017, regulated by Resolution SEE No. 19/17;
  • “FONINVEMEM” or “FONI”, refers to the Fondo para Inversiones Necesarias que Permitan Incrementar la Oferta de Energía Eléctrica en el Mercado Eléctrico Mayorista (the Fund for Investments Required to Increase the Electric Power Supply);
  • “MATER”, refers to Mercado a Término de Energía Renovable, is the regulatory framework that allows generators to sell electric energy from renewable sources directly to large users.
  • “p.p.”, referes to percentage points;
  • “TGM” refers to Transportadora de Gas del Mercosur S.A.;
  • “YPF” refers to YPF S.A., Argentina’s state-owned oil and gas company;
  • “YPF EE” refers to YPF Energía Eléctrica S.A., a subsidiary of YPF.

Disclaimer

Additional information about Central Puerto can be found in the Investor Support section on the website at www.CentralPuerto.com.

Rounding amounts and percentages: Certain amounts and percentages included in this release have been rounded for ease of presentation. Percentage figures included in this release have not in all cases been calculated on the basis of such rounded figures, but on the basis of such amounts prior to rounding. For this reason, certain percentage amounts in this release may vary from those obtained by performing the same calculations using the figures in the financial statements. In addition, certain other amounts that appear in this release may not sum due to rounding.

This release contains certain metrics, including information per share, operating information, and others, which do not have standardized meanings or standard methods of calculation and therefore such measures may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. Such metrics have been included herein to provide readers with additional measures to evaluate the Company's performance; however, such measures are not reliable indicators of the future performance of the Company and future performance may not compare to the performance in previous periods.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS RELEVANT TO FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

This release contains certain forward-looking information and forward-looking statements as defined in applicable securities laws (collectively referred to in this Earnings Release as “forward-looking statements”) that constitute forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. The words ‘‘anticipate,’’ ‘‘believe,’’ ‘‘could,’’ ‘‘expect,’’ ‘‘should,’’ ‘‘plan,’’ ‘‘intend,’’ ‘‘will,’’ ‘‘estimate’’ and ‘‘potential,’’ and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Statements regarding possible or assumed future results of operations, business strategies, financing plans, competitive position, industry environment, potential growth opportunities, the effects of future regulation and the effects of competition, expected power generation and capital expenditures plan, are examples of forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements except as required under securities laws. Further information concerning risks and uncertainties associated with these forward-looking statements and the Company’s business can be found in the Company’s public disclosures filed on EDGAR (www.sec.gov).

Adjusted EBITDA

In this release, Adjusted EBITDA, a non-IFRS financial measure, is defined as net income for the year, plus finance expenses, minus finance income, minus share of the profit of associates, minus depreciation and amortization, plus income tax expense, plus depreciation and amortization, minus net results of discontinued operations.

Adjusted EBITDA is believed to provide useful supplemental information to investors about the Company and its results. Adjusted EBITDA is among the measures used by the Company’s management team to evaluate the financial and operating performance and make day-to-day financial and operating decisions. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other parties to evaluate companies in the industry. Adjusted EBITDA is believed to be helpful to investors because it provides additional information about trends in the core operating performance prior to considering the impact of capital structure, depreciation, amortization and taxation on the results.

Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with IFRS. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, including:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, including cash requirements for, our working capital needs or contractual commitments;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our finance expenses, or the cash requirements to service interest or principal payments on our indebtedness, or interest income or other finance income;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our income tax expense or the cash requirements to pay our income taxes;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated or amortized often will need to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for these replacements;
  • although share of the profit of associates is a non-cash charge, Adjusted EBITDA does not consider the potential collection of dividends; and
  • other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

The Company compensates for the inherent limitations associated with using Adjusted EBITDA through disclosure of these limitations, presentation of the Company’s consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRS and reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable IFRS measure, net income. For a reconciliation of the net income to Adjusted EBITDA, see the tables included in this release.

CONVENIENCE TRANSLATIONS

The translations into US dollars in the table under “D.Financials Main financial magnitudes (dollar convenience translation)” (the “table D”) have been made for convenience purposes only, and, given the significant exchange rate fluctuation during 2017 and 2018, you should not place undue reliance on the amounts expressed in US dollars in the table D In addition, we note that the percentage variations in the table D differ from the percentage variations set forth in the table under “D. Financials-Main financial magnitudes of continuing operations.” The US dollar translations should not be construed as a representation that the peso amounts have been or may be converted into US dollars at the rate indicated in the table above or at any other rate.