Fortum signed a binding agreement to sell its Swedish distribution business on 13 March 2015, which concludes Fortum’s divestment of its electricity distribution business. The divestment is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2015.
After the divestment of the Swedish distribution business Fortum will not have any distribution operations, and therefore the Distribution segment will be treated in the first quarter 2015 interim financial statements as discontinued operations according to IFRS 5 "Non-current assets held for sale and Discontinued operations". The IFRS standard requires restatement of the 2014 comparative period information for the income statement and cash flow. The restatement is done to the income statement including other comprehensive income, cash flow statement and certain key ratios. In the segment information, the Distribution segment is reclassified as discontinued operations.
Reclassification of discontinued operations does not impact the balance sheet. The Swedish distribution business’ assets and liabilities will be classified as assets held for sale in the balance sheet of 31 March 2015.
The 2014 key figures of Fortum in total, continuing operations and discontinued operations (Distribution segment) are as follows:
|EUR million|| 2014 |
Fortum, total (old)*
| 2014 |
| 2014 |
|Comparable operating profit||1,351||1,085||266|
|Profit before taxes||3,360||1,232||2,128|
|Net cash from operating activities||1,762||1,406||356|
*previously reported information
Earnings per share figures for 2014 of Fortum in total and of the continuing and the discontinued operations are as follows:
|Earnings per share total Fortum Group||2.53||2.81||2.91||3.55|
|Earnings per share continuing operations||0.35||0.57||0.63||1.22|
|Earnings per share discontinued operations*||2.18||2.24||2.28||2.33|
* Includes impact from sales gains of the Finnish and Norwegian Distribution businesses amounting to EUR 2.10.
For restated information for the interim periods of 2014, see the attachment.
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Fortum’s purpose is to create energy that improves life for present and future
generations. Catering to the versatile needs of our customers, we generate,
distribute and sell electricity and heat, and offer related expert services.
Our operations focus on the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia and Poland. In
2014, Fortum’s sales totalled EUR 4.75 billion and comparable operating profit
was EUR 1.35 billion. We employ approximately 8,800 people. Fortum’s shares are
traded on the Nasdaq Helsinki. www.fortum.com