Atel, an energy services provider active right across Europe, achieved a satisfactory overall result for the first nine months of 2005, despite difficult conditions. Compared to the same period of the previous year, energy sales grew by 3 percent to 70.1 TWh. The energy services group's turnover rose by 17% to CHF 5,980 million. This growth was also supported by higher energy prices. The operating profit (EBIT) increased by 5 percent to CHF 382 million. From January to September 2005, the Atel group earned a group profit of CHF 309 million, which represents an increase of 10 percent year-on-year. The good results are mainly due to successful trading and sales activities. In addition, the results include extraordinary income from real estate sales, financial income from securities sales, and the positive performance by the Group's financial holdings.
Various amendments to the IFRS accounting principles took effect on 1 January 2005. These effects have been incorporated into the previous year's figures for comparison.
Outlook for 2005 Atel expects its 2005 annual accounts to reflect a higher turnover overall and a slightly better operational result than in 2004. The stoppage of the Leibstadt nuclear power plant which lasted several months and high energy prices noticeably burdened the results, but this effect is compensated by the positive performance in other divisions.
Aare-Tessin Ltd. for Electricity Corporate Communications