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Orsted A/S (44ZX)


Thursday 29 April, 2021

Orsted A/S

Interim report for the first quarter of 2021

RNS Number : 9938W
Orsted A/S
29 April 2021


Interim report for the first quarter of 2021


The first quarter of 2021 delivered strong strategic progress and good operational performance

Today, Ørsted's Board of Directors approved the interim report for the first quarter of 2021.


Our operating profit (EBITDA) for the first quarter of the year amounted to DKK 4.9 billion, a DKK 1.9 billion decrease compared to the same period last year. The decrease was mainly due to high earnings from the construction agreement related to the Hornsea 1 transmission assets in Q1 2020 not being repeated in Q1 2021, very strong wind speeds in Q1 2020 and the divested distribution, residential customer, and city light businesses last year. Furthermore, Q1 2021 was impacted by a DKK 0.8 billion warranty provision related to cable protection system issues at some of our offshore wind farms. 


The operational performance of the Group was good during Q1 2021, slightly exceeding our expectations. Our availability rates have been solid, we have seen higher than expected performance from our CHP plants, and we have achieved additional earnings from finalised construction projects.


Earnings from our offshore and onshore wind farms in operation were in line with the same period last year. More wind farms in operation were offset by significantly lower wind speeds across our offshore portfolio.


Our operations and financial performance continued to remain solid despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and we maintain our full-year EBITDA guidance of DKK 15-16 billion.


We also reiterate our current full-year gross investment expectation of DKK 32-34 billion. However, once the Brookfield Renewable Ireland acquisition closes, the purchase price will be added to the current guidance.


Net profit amounted to DKK 1.6 billion and return on capital employed (ROCE) came in at 7.5 %.



Mads Nipper, Group President and CEO of Ørsted, says in a comment to the interim report for the first quarter of 2021:

"Ørsted's operational performance was good during Q1 2021 and slightly exceeded our expectations, and we've reached multiple strategic milestones. In our Offshore business, the Polish Baltica 2 & 3 projects with a total capacity of up to 2.5 GW were awarded contracts for difference and we've entered a new partnership in the Baltic States. We also signed an agreement to farm down 50 % of Borssele 1 & 2. In our Onshore business, we've made a strategic acquisition in Ireland and the UK, which provides us with a platform for future growth in the European onshore renewables market. We're looking forward to presenting an update of our strategy and long-term targets at our Capital Markets Day on 2 June."


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For further information, please contact:

Media Relations  Investor Relations
Martin Barlebo    Allan Bødskov Andersen
+45 99 55 95 52  +45 99 55 79 96

Earnings call
In connection with the presentation of the interim report, an earnings call for investors and analysts will be held on Thursday, 29 April 2021 at 14:00 CEST.

Denmark: +45 78 72 32 51

UK: +44 333 300 9267

USA: +1 833 526 8384

The earnings call can be followed live at:


Presentation slides will be available prior to the earnings call at:


The interim report is available for download at:  


Attachments to this company announcement:

Interim financial report Q1 2021 (pdf)

Company announcement (pdf)

Investor presentation (pdf)

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