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Gasum’s profitability has improved following actions taken in performance improvement and improved margins due to market and price development.
January–September 2022 (1-9/2021):
“During the third quarter of 2022, Russia extended its brutal war against Ukraine and continued to use energy supplies as a weapon against Europe. Significant turbulence in the energy markets continued and we witnessed record-high levels in European gas and power prices. The operational environment remained extremely challenging for Gasum and our customers and led to a decrease in our sales volumes, especially in industrial and maritime segments.
In order to improve our resilience, we have continued to thoroughly review our operational activities and implemented various measures to improve the company’s profitability. The revision of our strategy was finalized in the third quarter and will be published during the last quarter. The revised strategy, implemented together with our dedicated and competent people, will ensure profitable growth in all our business segments.
The Group’s revenue for Q1-Q3 of 2022 was EUR 2,044.7 million, operating profit was EUR 119.3 million and adjusted operating profit was EUR 42.1 million. Despite the challenging operational environment, the Group’s profitability has improved following actions made both in performance improvement and improved margins due to market and price development.
In the maritime business, we successfully bunkered the first LNG fueled cruise vessel built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique. In addition to delivering LNG, we have supported Chantiers de l’Atlantique in the technical preparation of the delivery, including obtaining the relevant permits and authorizations. This delivery marked a new milestone in the extension of Gasum’s LNG bunkering network and underlines our ambition to grow geographically, offering our expertise to customers wherever it is needed.
In September, we joined forces with Biolan and Pöytyän Maanparannus in nutrient recycling. A new joint venture, Kiertoravinne Oy, supplies digestate-based fertilizer products and recycled nutrients from biogas plants for the needs of industry and agriculture. Demand for recycled nutrients has shown strong growth over the past few years. This is attributable to their good availability, and their price level compared to other widely used mineral fertilizers. During its first year of operation, Kiertoravinne Oy will deliver around 250,000 tonnes of digestate and recycled nutrients from Gasum’s biogas plants. This accounts for around half of Gasum’s total production in Finland. In addition, plans are in place to transfer all nutrient production from Gasum’s Finnish biogas plants for the use of Kiertoravinne after a transition period.
In the third quarter, we also signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Umicore to supply them with renewable electricity. The electricity will be delivered to Umicore’s site in Kokkola, Finland. The 10-year contract for wind-generated energy starts in 2025 and covers 45 GWh annually. The PPA supports both Gasum’s and Umicore’s purpose of building a better and cleaner tomorrow in their respective fields. The agreement also extends their prior cooperation as Umicore has been purchasing portfolio management services from Gasum’s Energy Market Services.
Regardless of the challenging operating environment, we remain committed to serving our customers to the best of our ability. I am fully convinced that our revised strategy will enable us to provide our customers and stakeholders with first-in-class services and solutions."
For more information please contact:
Mika Wiljanen, Chief Executive Officer, Gasum
Heidi Westerberg, Executive Assistant
Phone: +358 50 576 0951, firstname.lastname@example.org
Olga Väisänen, Vice President, Communications and Sustainability, Gasum
Phone: +358 40 55 40 578, email@example.com