Saudi Electricity Company (â€˜SECâ€™)
Financial results for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2019
Approval and activation of the balancing account of electricity sector boasts SECâ€™s 2019 net profit
by SAR 1.1 billion, and a long with other items largely alleviate higher depreciation and finance
charges impact on net profit.
Riyadh, 26 February 2020 â€“ Saudi Electricity Company (â€œSECâ€), the largest utility company in the Middle East and
North Africa region, announces its annual financial results for year ended 31 December 2019.
Description (Figures in SAR million) 2019 2018 % change
Revenue 65,040 64,064 1.5%
Gross profit 6,124 5,920 3.5%
Gross profit margin % 9.4% 9.2% 0.2 pp
Operating profit 6,535 6,016 8.6%
Operating profit margin % 10.1% 9.4% 0.7 pp
Net profit 1,388 1,757 (21.4%)
Net comprehensive income 641 2,364 (72.9%)
Reported earnings per share (SAR) 0.33 0.42 (21.4%)
EBITDA(1) 24,041 21,674 10.9%
EBITDA margin % 37.0% 33.8% 3.2 pp
(1) EBITDA = net profit/losses + depreciation + net interest expense + zakat and tax expense + net amortization
(2) pp : percentage points
ï‚· Ministry of Finance notified SEC of the approval and activation of the balancing account for 2019,
accordingly SECâ€™s 2019 operating revenue of SAR 65,040 million was decided. This resulted in an
additional other operating revenues of SAR 1.1 billion which positively impacted margins and net profit.
ï‚· 1.5% YoY growth in 2019 operating revenue is primarily driven by activation of the balancing account,
continued growth in subscribersâ€™ base, higher wheeling charges, higher fibre optic revenue and others.
ï‚· Consumption rationalization continues to reduce the burden of capital expenditure on SEC and
indicates the success of KSAâ€™s power sector reform policy in raising demand-side consumption
ï‚· SAR 23 billion invested in capital projects during 2019 (2018: SAR 29.8 billion), representing a 27.8%
ï‚· SEC continues to be one of the highest rated corporates in Saudi Arabia with A2/A-/A- ratings by
Moodyâ€™s, Fitch and S&P respectively.
Item (SAR million) 2019 % of
total 2018 % of
Electricity sales 58,865 91% 59,624 93% (1.3)%
Meter reading, maintenance and
bill preparation income 1,348 2.07% 1,304 2% 3.4%
Electricity connection tariff 1,834 2.82% 1,608 3% 14.0%
Transmission system revenue 1,131 1.74% 1,006 2% 12.5%
Other operating revenue 1,862 2.86% 523 1% 256.3%
Total operating revenue 65,040 100% 64,063 100% 1.5%
ï‚· Marginal decline in electricity sales in 2019 is reflecting lower electric power volume sold 279.7Twh
(2018: 282.1Twh (1)), which is primarily driven by change in consumer behaviour toward rationalization.
Below is 2019 consumption mix.
Segment Volume (Gwh) Volume Contribution % Value SAR million Value Contribution %
Residential 128,143 45.82% 23,814 40%
Commercial 45,778 16.37% 11,421 19%
Industrial 49,457 17.68% 8,836 15%
Governmental 40,337 14.42% 12,881 22%
Others 15,962 5.71% 1,912 3%
Electricity sales 279,677 100% 58,864 100%
(1)The sold volume is adjusted in this period to exclude one-off adjustments related to previous yearsâ€™ consumption.
ï‚· Higher revenue from the tariffs charged for meter reading, maintenance and bills preparation is
principally reflecting 3.7% YoY growth in the subscriber base to 9.41 million from 9.76 million.
ï‚· 14.1% YoY increase in electricity connection fee revenue is principally attributable to new connections
added over the period and is in line with the continued growth in subscribersâ€™ base.
ï‚· Higher transmission system revenue is due to increased wheeling charges on other producers who use
SECâ€™s transmission national grid to transmit power.
ï‚· Substantial YoY increase of in other operating revenue is primarily driven by recognised revenue from
the balancing account, higher revenue for reconnecting customers, higher fibre optic lease revenue,
higher reactive power charges and others.
Cost of Sales
Item (SAR million) 2019 % of total 2018 % of total Change
Fuel 7,576 13% 7,670 13% (1.2)%
Purchased energy 7,805 13% 8,254 14% (5.4)%
Operation and maintenance 10,678 18% 11,082 19% (3.6)%
Government fees 14,494 25% 14,704 25% (1.4)%
18,363 31% 16,434 28% 11.7%
Cost of Sales 58,916 100% 58,144 100% 1%
(2)Depreciation relating to operating assets and the right of use of assets
ï‚· Marginal decrease in fuel costs is reflecting change in the fuel mix toward usage of more diesel and
crude oil in 2019 compared to similar prior year periodâ€™s fuel mix. The thermal efficiency of the overall
generation fleet in kingdom remained stable in 2019 at 39.9% (2018: 39.8%).
ï‚· 5.4% YoY decrease in purchased power cost is mainly due to lower purchased power volume from IPPs
and IWPPs generation driven by unplanned/planned outages of some IPPs and IWPPs during 2019.
ï‚· 3.6% YoY decrease in operations and maintenance costs is mainly due to lower labour and materials
ï‚· The Government fees (which comprise an amount equal to the additional revenue generated as a result
of the new tariffs introduced effective from 1 January 2018 as compared to the previous tariffs) decline
1% YoY primarily due to continued consumption rationalization.
ï‚· 11.7% YoY increase in depreciation is reflecting the growth in the operating asset base as projects
amounting to SAR 31.7 billion were completed and became operational over the course of 2019, this as
well as the first time application of IFRS 16 which added about SAR 158.5 million from right of use asset
Margin, and Net Profit
ï‚· Reflecting the foregoing items, EBITDA is 10.9% up YoY in 2019 to SAR 24,041million. EBITDA margin is
up to 37% during 2019 (2018: 33.8%).
ï‚· 21% YoY decrease in net profit in 2019 compared to 2018 is mainly reflecting higher depreciation cost
and finance charges, which was partially offset by increase in operating revenue and lower purchased
power costs, operations and maintenance costs and general and administrative expenses.
Cash Flow and Capital Expenditure
ï‚· 4.1% YoY Increase in cash flow from operations of SAR 26.1 billion in 2019 (2018: SAR 25.1 billion) is
reflecting higher deprecation charged and positive working capital movement in 2019.
ï‚· 25.7% YoY decrease in overall net outflow of cash due to investing activities to SAR 21.1 billion in 2019
(2018: SAR 28.4 billion), in line with SECâ€™s strategy to rationalize Capex to meet the demand, improve
reliability of supply, connect new customer.
ï‚· Net cash outflow from financing activities during 2019 of SAR 5.5 billion compared to net inflow of SAR
4.7 billion in 2018 is primarily driven by proceeds drawn down from commercial loan facilities totaling
SAR 16.16 billion and receipts of government grant of SAR 0.453 billion, This is as opposed to total
repayments of loans of SAR 16.34 billion, paid finance costs of SAR 4.44 billion, lease contracts
obligations of SAR 0.168 billion and dividend disbursements of SAR 1.16 billion.
ï‚· SEC closed 2019 with a gross cash position of SAR 1.92 billion (2018: SAR 2.43 billion).
Asset and Equity Base
ï‚· The growth in the asset base reflects SECâ€™s continuing investments into its generation, transmission
and distribution capabilities. During 2019, SEC’s asset base had grown 3.3% to SAR 479.8 billion (2018:
SAR 464.6 billion), with shareholdersâ€™ equity remaining stable at SAR 73.6 billion (2018: SAR 73.7 billion).
ï‚· Starting from 1st January 2019, SEC has adopted IFRS 16 (leases). For further details, note 2.1 (Effect
of changes in accounting policies as a result of application of new standards) can be read in the notes
of the consolidated interim financial statements for the full year ended 31st December 2019.
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Overview of Saudi Electricity Company (â€œSECâ€)
SEC is the largest utility in the MENA region with a market capitalization of SAR 88.7 billion (US$23.6 billion) as
at 31 December 2019, and is one of the largest companies listed on the Saudi Tadawul by market size. It is a
vertically integrated company involved in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity to over
9.76 million customers in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is one of the Top 20 economies globally whose demand
for electricity is driven by favorable demographic makeup and an increasingly diversified and growing
For further information on SEC and Consolidated financial statements and independent auditorâ€™s report for the
year ended 31 December 2019, please refer to the corporate website: www.se.com.sa
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