Croatia’s state power utility, Hrvatska Elektroprivreda (HEP), will transfer HRK 218.4 million (about EUR 29.6 million) out of its 2017 net profit into the state coffers, in line with a requirement for strategic enterprises to set aside 60% of their profits for the state budget, local media reported, citing a decision from last week’s HEP shareholder meeting.
HEP’s shareholders also decided to keep HRK 127.4 million (about EUR 17.3 million) as retained earnings and HRK 18.2 million (EUR 2.47 million) as mandatory reserves.
HEP’s net profit dropped to HRK 364.02 million (about EUR 49.3 million) last year, from HRK 1.3 billion (EUR 180 million) in 2016, according to the company’s audited financial report for 2017. Last year, HEP paid HRK 794.3 million (about EUR 107.7 million) into the state budget based on the 2016 profit, according to reports.
In 2017, HEP’s operating revenues went down 1.7% year-on-year, to HRK 7.7 billion (EUR 1.04 billion), which the company attributed mainly to decreased revenues from the sales of natural gas on the wholesale market. At the same time, operating expenses rose 8.5%, to HRK 7.6 billion (EUR 1.03 billion), on higher costs of electricity purchases, according to HEP’s financial report.
HEP Group’s consolidated net profit in 2017 plunged 36.4% against 2016, to HRK 1.3 billion (EUR 180 million), according to reports.
The group’s consolidated operating revenues in 2017 rose 4% year-on-year, to HRK 14.97 billion (EUR 2.03 billion), while consolidated expenses increased 8.5%, HRK 12.67 billion (EUR 1.72 billion).
Apart from electricity generation and distribution, HEP Group also supplies heat energy and natural gas.