Decreased by 81.46% Compared to the Same Period Last Year
BEIJING, March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Huaneng Power International, Inc. ("HPI" or "the Company") (NYSE: HNP; HKEx: 902; SSE: 600011) today announced its audited annual operating results for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 prepared under the International Financial Reporting Standards, in which the Company recorded consolidated operating revenue of RMB152.459 billion (equivalent to approximately USD23.333 billion, based on the exchange rate of USD1 to RMB6.5342 as of December 31, 2017), representing an increase of 33.95% compared to the same period last year, and net profit attributable to equity holders of the Company amounted to RMB1.580 billion （equivalent to approximately USD0.242 billion）, representing a decrease of 81.46% compared to the same period last year, which was mainly because coal price rose drastically in 2017. Earnings per share amounted to RMB0.10 (equivalent to approximately USD0.02), and earnings per ADS amounted to RMB4.00 (equivalent to approximately USD0.61). The Board is satisfied with the Company's results last year.
The Board of the Company proposed to declare a cash dividend of RMB0.10 (inclusive of tax) for each ordinary share of the Company held by shareholders. The dividend payment proposal will be presented at the 2017 annual general meeting to be convened on 3 May 2018 for consideration. In addition, in order to better share the development results of the Company with all shareholders, after taking into account the strategic planning and development goal of the Company as well as the development trend of the industry, the Company has decided to further increase the distribution percentage of cash dividends to investors in the next three years and will formulate "Shareholders Return Plan for the Next Three Years (2018-2020) of Huaneng Power International, Inc. " in accordance with the relevant regulations. The specific condition and percentage of the Company's cash dividends in the next three years: under the circumstances that the profit and aggregate undistributed profit are positive and the Company's cash flow can satisfy normal operation and sustainable development of the Company, the Company will distribute profit in cash on the principle that the profit distributed in cash annually shall not be less than 70% of the distributable profit in the consolidated statement for the year and the dividend distributed per share shall not be less than RMB0.1.
In 2017, the Company proactively adapted to the new changes in the power system reform, grasping opportunities while at the same time tackling challenges. The Company maintained its leading position in terms of the level of safe and clean production in the industry for the year. With continuous improvement in the power structure, power generation saw an increase in both volume and price, while the capabilities on sustaining the supply of and controlling the price of fuels were enhanced. In addition, outstanding performance was achieved in capital operation, thus the annual operating objectives were accomplished in a more satisfactory manner.
Total power generated by the Company's domestic operating power plants for the year on consolidated basis amounted to 394.481 billion kWh, representing an increase of 25.76% year-on-year. The electricity sold amounted to 371.399 billion kWh, representing an increase of 25.56% year-on-year. The annual average utilization hours of the Company's domestic power plants reached 3,951 hours, increased 30 hours compared to the same period last year, of which the utilization hours of the coal-fired units reached 4,194 hours, increased 87 hours compared to the same period last year.In most of the areas where the Company's coal-fired power plants are located, the utilization hours of the Company was in a leading position within those areas. Total heat supplied by the Company's domestic operating power plants on consolidated basis amounted to 176 million GJ, representing a year-on-year increase of 79 million GJ or 81.44%.
The Company continued to reinforce the cooperation with major coal mines, optimized the structure of the regional supply, made an accurate judgement of the coal market and decreased the procurement price of Standard Coal by adopting effective measures. Given that the price in the coal market remained at a high level throughout the year, the Company exercised better control over the fuel procurement costs. The unit fuel cost of our domestic power plants throughout the year occurred for sales of power was RMB225.92/MWh, representing a year-on-year increase of 32.41%.
In 2017, the Company continued to lead its peers in terms of production safety, technical, economic and energy consumption indicators. The average equivalent availability ratio of coal-fired units of the Company's domestic power plants was 94.55% and its weighted average house consumption rate was 4.66%. The average yearly coal consumption rate of the Company's coal-fired units for the power generated was 288.28 grams/kWh, which was 2.05 grams/kWh lower than that of the same period last year. The average yearly coal consumption rate of the Company's coal-fired units for the power sold was 306.48 grams/kWh, representing a decrease of 1.21 grams/kWh from that of the same period last year.
The Company progressed smoothly in construction of power supply projects. During the year, the controlled generation capacity of the newly commissioned coal-fired cogeneration units, gas-fired generating units, wind generating units and photovoltaic units of the Company was 150 MW,1,660 MW, 888MW and 628 MV, respectively. As of 31 December 2017 and 12 March 2018,the Company's controlled and equity-based generating capacities were 104,321 MW and 92,003 MW, respectively.
In 2018, the Company will remain committed to enhancing development quality and efficiency and will proactively participate in the electric power market reform. The Company will strive to achieve 410 billion kWh for annual domestic power generation and 4,000 hours for average utilisation hours. Besides, the Company will push ahead with the enhancement in quality and efficiency as well as transformation and upgrade. By adhering to the goal of building a world class listed power generation company, the Company will continue to improve its operating performance so as to create more values to the country, society and shareholders.
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Encl: The 2017 consolidated financial information of the Company and its subsidiaries prepared under IFRS.
About the Company
Huaneng Power International, Inc. is one of China's largest listed power producers with controlled generation capacity of 104,321 MW and equity-based generation capacity of 92,003MW. The power plants of the Company are located in 26 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities in China. The Company also has a wholly-owned power company in Singapore.
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Huaneng Power International, Inc.
Ms. MENG Jing / Ms. ZHAO Lin
Tel: (8610) 6608 6765 / 6322 6596
Fax: (8610) 6322 6888