[4.1] Financial Capital

  Management approach Results 2019
Balanced growth

The company has an investment policy consistent with its strategic vision and financial policy. The main goals are:

  • Ensure a return on capital through projects and investments preferably in regulated businesses, renewable assets or assets with long-term contracts.
  • Increase geographic diversification, further balancing the contribution of the countries in which it does business.
  • Tailor investment levels to the actual needs of each market.
  • Net investments of €7,242 million, of which 85% has been assigned to the Networks and Renewables businesses.
  • Investments in Networks assets have been boosted by the long-term regulatory frameworks established in all of the countries, and have increased 25.1% in the United Kingdom, 23.6% in the United States, 22.3% in Spain and 13.8% in Brazil.
  • In Generation, there has been a startup of approximately 5.4 GW of capacity since the beginning of 2019.
  • Funds From Operations have increased 10.0%, reaching €8,060 million thanks to all the investments, exceeding investments by more than €820 million.
Solid finantial structure
  • Iberdrola considers financial strength to be an essential factor that allows it to successfully face potential turbulence in the markets and to be in a position to exploit growth opportunities in the countries in which it does business.
  • The financial policy seeks improvement in solvency ratios, balancing an increase in debt with the generation of additional cash flow from new investments.
  • The debt structure is in line with the profile of the business, which is mostly regulated, and the composition thereof reflects the results obtained in the relevant currencies.
  • Gross margin of €16,263 million (+5.4%).
  • Net profit of €3,406 million (+13.0%), in line with forecasts for the year.
  • EBITDA increased by almost 8.1% to €10,104 million, thanks to the good operational performance of all of the businesses, especially the performance of the networks business.
  • Adjusted net financial debt is €37,769 million, increasing €3,620 million over the year, as a result of the strong investment process implemented by the group and the effect of the first implementation of IFRS 16.
  • Liquidity of €14,300 million, which covers more than 18 months of financing needs.
Operational excellence
  • Notwithstanding the high efficiency levels that have been reached, the company believes that there is still a margin for improvement thanks to investments in digitisation and innovation.
  • The implementation of best practices in all areas will allow for additional savings and an increase in synergies at the global level.
  • Net operating expenses increased 4.2% to €4,330 million, 2.7% excluding the effect of exchange rates. This increase is mainly explained by the effects of growth (including Wholesale and Retail in Mexico, and Wikinger).
Sustainable results and dividends
  • Iberdrola offers its shareholders an industrial enterprise for the long-term creation of value. The confidence of its shareholders enables Iberdrola to secure the resources needed to move its enterprise forward.
  • Shareholder remuneration of 0.356 euro per share, equal to a dividend yield of 3.87%.
  • Flexible dividend offering tax benefits, the repurchase of shares to avoid dilution, adding the cash payment option.

Create value for the shareholder with sustainable growth

Gross margin by business 2019

EBITDA by business 2019

Gross investment by geographical area 2019

Diversification of investments, with a heavy concentration outside of the euro zone.

Bank borrowings, gross by product type 2019

Structure of adjusted net debt broken by currency in 2019

Debt structured by origin of cash flow earned in each currency. Includes derivatives to hedge net investment.

Maturity of financial debt (€M)

Comfortable maturity profile.
Excludes credit lines.