Paris, 24 March 2022 – NHOA (NHOA.PA, formerly Engie EPS) successfully met the mid-range of its 2021 guidance, set a clear trajectory towards 2022 expectations and outlined a new growth path:
- €32.9 million Revenues and Other Income, 3x compared to FY2020
- Backlog at €193 million, up 485% compared to 2020, giving visibility towards the €100-150 million 2022 revenue target
- €140 million Rights Issue successfully completed with 1.4x oversubscription, confirming market trust in NHOA’s Masterplan10x
2021 has been a transformational year across all Global Business Lines:
- Energy Storage confirmed the core and backbone of NHOA’s activities:
- more than 2x Revenues year-on-year
- record Order Intake to over €200 million
- more than 1GWh of projects under development
- e-Mobility accelerated NHOA’s increase in Revenues and Other Income:
- 5x increase in Sales compared to FY2020
- Manufacturing Capacity increased to 2,250 units per week
- 18% Conversion Rate on Stellantis brands
- EV Fastcharging Infrastructure, leveraging on NHOA’s technological base and operational backbone, closed 2021 with:
- 760 fastcharging Points of Charge online and under construction
- 835 sites in pipeline
2021 Key Figures
Revenues and Other Income as of 31 December 2021 amount to €32.9 million, including €1.0 million non-recurring income related to the Vehicle-to-Grid project at the Stellantis Mirafiori complex in Turin, up 198% compared to 2020.
Increase in Revenues and Other Income is mainly driven by the €17.1 million revenues realized by the Global Business Line (“GBL”) e-Mobility which became fully operational in May after the completion of the Joint Venture between NHOA and Stellantis (STLA), Free2move eSolutions.
Even if construction schedules have been affected by Covid-19 logistic restrictions and globally disrupted supply chains, GBL Energy Storage realized €15.9 million Revenues and Other Income, securing:
- fast start of the construction for the 200MWh Kwinana storage project with Synergy in Australia
- commissioning of the 10MWh battery storage system in Massachusetts
- commercial operation for the 23MW solar plus 7MW storage project in Mexico
- delivery of all critical components including batteries for the 40MWh Fast Reserve projects in Italy
- expansion to 10MWh of microgrid in California with a new energy storage system.
Other Income is mainly driven by the recognition of non-recurring €1.0 million contribution related to the development of the Vehicle-to-Grid project in addition to contribution and tax credit received on R&D projects both in the Energy Storage and e-Mobility GBLs.
The 21.4% Gross margin including non-recurring item is mainly driven by revenues mix and is partially affected by set up cost of the GBL e-Mobility. The gross margin excluding non-recurring income amounts to €6.0 million, i.e. 18.9%.
Backlog and Contracts Secured total €249 million. Backlog, amounting to €193 million and represented by 725MWh in Taiwan, Australia, US and Europe, increased by 485% compared to the Backlog communicated with the release of the FY2020 Results on 31 March 2021. Contracts secured amount to €56 million, represented by the 292MWh project in Guam with ENGIE. The award to ENGIE was challenged in court but the Guam Supreme Court recently decided the case in ENGIE’s favor. Accordingly, it is still a secured contract for NHOA.
Pipeline in the Energy Storage GBL reaches €764 million, substantially stable compared with the pipeline announced with the FY2020 Results . Given the over €200 million Order Intake during the period, this is equivalent to a 26% conversion rate over 2021 and a full pipeline replenishment during the year with tender processes in different stages of maturity in four continents.
Personnel costs reached €14.7 million, doubling compared to the €7.8 million in 2020, consistently with the increase in headcount. As of 31 December 2021, NHOA has 236 employees, from 24 nationalities, expected to increase to over 300 people by end of Q1 2022. The strengthening of the workforce is in line with NHOA’s roadmap following the Masterplan10x and mainly devoted to the execution of the projects in APAC and US, as well as the ramp-up of the e-Mobility GBL.
R&D investments amount to €9.2 million and represent 30% of the consolidated Revenues, confirming the strong commitment towards R&D and innovation, which is progressively addressed also towards e-Mobility and EV Fastcharging Infrastructure GBLs.
Other Operating Expenses increased by 54% amounting to €4.5 million, compared to €2.9 million in 2020 expressing an organic growth mainly driven by the industrial set-up of the GBL e-Mobility and the incorporation of new subsidiaries in US and Australia.
EBITDA including non recurring income represents a €12.2 million loss in 2021 compared to a €8.4 million loss in 2020, due to the increase in operating expenses and in personnel costs, significantly higher than the increase in Revenues and gross margin recognized over the period but full in line with the Order Intake and related Backlog. In other terms, increase in operating expenses and personnel costs, which is driving the €12.2 million loss, is a natural effect of the investments that NHOA made in terms of people and industrial footprint in order to carry forward the industrial base needed to execute and roll-out the over €200 million Order Intake with the target to reach EBITDA breakeven in 2022.
Non recurring expenses and Incentive Plan account for €4.0 million and €5.2 million respectively, both items being affected by the extraordinary transactions performed during the period, such as the closing of the Joint Venture with Stellantis and the closing between ENGIE and TCC (TWSE: 1101), implying the acceleration on the Stock Appreciation Rights plan.
EBIT and Net Result as of 31 December 2021 stand, respectively, at €-26.9 million (€-17.7 million EBIT adjusted for non recurring and incentive plan items) and €-27.4 million compared to €-14.7 million and €-14.8 million for the previous year.
Net Financial Position, thanks also to the €140 million capital increase realized on November 2021, at the end of 2021 stands at €74.3 million compared to €-21.3 million on 31 December 2020.
2021 Milestones and 2022 Highlights
2021 has been a transformational year for NHOA.
- Joint Venture with Stellantis: after the signing of the full set of agreements in January, Free2move eSolutions, the e-mobility Joint Venture between NHOA and Stellantis, became fully operational in May.
- 2023 Technology Roadmap: in February, NHOA presented a comprehensive 2023 Technology Roadmap, displaying the technological solutions aimed at revolutionizing the Energy Storage and e-Mobility sectors and pointing out the direction of its next technological positioning.
- €240 million acquisition by TCC: in April, the preeminent Asian industrial group TCC announced the acquisition of ENGIE’s 60.5% stake in the Company, which was completed in July for an Enterprise Value of over €240 million.
- Masterplan10x: the change of majority shareholder urged NHOA to set a new layout to guide future growth. Masterplan10x was presented in July setting 2022-25 targets and 2030 ambitions.
- Atlante roll-out start: launched in July in the context of Masterplan10x, Atlante, the new GBL for fast and ultrafast EV charging infrastructure, started operations in October with the legal entity set up and the first fastcharging station installed.
- Over 600MWh awarded in Asia Pacific: thanks to the support of TCC as new majority shareholder, in Q4 2021 the GBL Energy Storage, NHOA Energy, was awarded with a 200MWh battery storage project in Australia, and the supply of over 400MWh energy storage capacity for two projects in Taiwan.
- €140 million Rights Issue: in November, a €140 million Rights Issue was successfully completed with 1.4x market oversubscription and 99% global take-up, confirming shareholders and investors’ trust in NHOA’s Masterplan10x and new growth path.
- Renewed focus on Sustainability and People: in December, the Board of Directors appointed a Sustainability Committee to provide guidance on the Company new ESG strategy, which saw as first steps the signing the UN Global Compact and a renewed attention on human capital growth. As of today, NHOA is already unfolding a series of initiatives for talent attraction and retention, as well providing new training opportunities to its over 300 people from 24 nationalities.
GBL Energy Storage
NHOA Energy remains the core and backbone of NHOA Group’s activities with a series of iconic successes achieved in 2021 and new projects secured in the first months of 2022.
In 2021 NHOA Energy was awarded, among others, a flagship 200MWh battery storage project in Australia, and the supply of over 400MWh energy storage capacity for two projects in Taiwan. The signing of these contracts increased the backlog to over 1GWh, providing strong visibility on NHOA’s 2022 outlook.
Eight projects for a total capacity of over 280MWh are expected to be commissioned in 2022, including three Fast Reserve projects – for an aggregate capacity of 47MWh – awarded in December 2020 to provide Terna with ultra-fast frequency regulation services, stabilizing the European electrical grid.
In a step change, in 2022 the Company’s Industrial Plant in Cosio Valtellino is expected to assemble in the range of 500MWh of containerized capacity, leveraging its potential of up to 2.5GWh a year.
To support NHOA Energy GBL’s global ambitions and project portfolio, a direct presence has been established in Houston, Perth and Taipei, while the global team has grown from 114 people in January 2021 to 172 today. In April, NHOA Energy’s 2022 Storage Analysts Class will start its professional adventure, kicking off our first landmark Graduate Program.
Officially in full operation since May 2021, Free2move eSolutions is experiencing a continuous expansion of its production, scaling up with the EV sales trend in Europe. Manufacturing capacity reached 2,250 units per week in Q4 2021 and is expected to scale up to over 6,000 units by the end of 2022, also thanks to the vertical integration of the production and the supply-chain coupled with the new plant recently launched in Turin.
Charging devices’ conversion rates to Stellantis brands increased as well along 2021 and early months of 2022, and this year sales are expected to expand also outside the Stellantis Group, with the upcoming supply of our iconic easyWallbox to other leading global OEMs, and beyond Europe, leveraging on new market opportunities in the US. Free2move eSolutions will also play the role of preferred technology provider for the Atlante Network.
Regarding the Charging-as-a-Service business, public charging offerings on the ALL-e network are already available for Peugeot and Leasys customers, with a forthcoming new e-commerce platform for the commercialisation of other digital products. Starting from 2022 Free2move eSolutions will roll-out throughout the European Market, starting from France and Germany, the full catalogue of e-mobility products and services for Stellantis, having been chosen as provider among the Region.
As for the Advanced Energy Services sector, the flagship Vehicle-to-Grid system at the Drosso Logistic Hub within Stellantis Mirafiori complex in Turin has entered the construction phase of its planned expansion up to 30MW capacity. By the end of 2022, it will connect to the grid more than 600 New Fiat 500 parked in the Drosso stockyard to supply Terna 25MW of ultra-fast frequency regulation services.
From a technological perspective, 2022 will register the first release of a whole range of charging devices, from 2.3kW to 300kW, in line with the product roadmap. R&D Activities on second-life batteries are also ongoing to deepen the knowledge on battery ageing and remaining useful life, and to test their Vehicle-to-Grid applications as well as their use in Atlante network’s fastcharging stations.
GBL EV Fastcharging Infrastructure
Launched in July 2021, Atlante started operations in October 2021 with the set up of a legal entity and the arrival of its CEO. Thanks to the support of NHOA Energy and Free2move eSolutions, Atlante started off with an important technological base and operational backbone, allowing it to close 2021 with 760 fastcharging Points of Charge online and under construction.
By the end of 2021, while making progress on the set up of its own operational platform, Atlante also registered its first important results such as the opening of its first fastcharging station in Piedmont (part of a wider electrification project involving several municipalities) and the adjudication of the tender, in collaboration with Free2X, to provide the Milan Airports of Linate and Malpensa with fastcharging stations.
The sites’ pipeline at the end of 2021 amounted to 835 sites, and 2022 started with the partnerships with Sonae Sierra, a leading real estate player with shopping malls in Italy, Spain and Portugal, and LDC Hotels & Resorts, a hotel group with a collection of venues in Taiwan and Italy. Accelerating from initial plans, early in 2022 Atlante also initiated business development activities in France and Spain.