Environment is capital
Political objectives driving development in Sweden:
2030 A fossil fuel free transport sector
2050 An emissions neutral nation
We take your confidence in us very seriously
Without our shareholders, Scandinavian Biogas would never have had the opportunity to develop. Today we have around 2500 shareholders. A heartfelt thank you to all of you who believe in us and invest in the company. We hope that you have made note of Scandinavian Biogas’ positive development and that we have your continued confidence in us going forward.
Matti Vikkula, CEO
+46 (0) 70 59 799 38
Green financing and equity frameworks
Introduction to the green financing and equity frameworks
Scandinavian Biogas has been reviewed by CICERO Shades of Green AS (“CICERO”), which provides a market-leading independent, research-based evaluations of green and sustainability bonds as well as full company assessments.
CICERO has provided second opinions on companies’ debt financings since 2008 and rates the debt in Dark Green, Medium Green and Light Green shades to offer investors better insight into the environmental quality and climate risks. Included in the overall shading is an assessment of the governance structure, rated Fair, Good and Excellent.
In addition, CICERO has developed a new methodology for company assessments by extending the Green Financing Framework to apply to the whole company and equity. CICERO’s company assessments provide insights into the green transition ambitions by adding Light, Medium and Dark Brown shadings to the three green shadings for revenue streams and investments depending on how well they are aligned with a low-carbon, climate resilient future. The assessment also provides investors and lenders with information on possible alignment to the EU taxonomy as well as companies’ environmental governance structure. An assessment of the governance structure is included with the same rating as in the second opinions.
Scandinavian Biogas’ ratings
In August 2020, CICERO completed its second opinion on Scandinavian Biogas and rated the Company’s debt financing Dark Green and a governance score of Good. In November 2020, CICERO allocated a Dark Green shading to all of Scandinavian Biogas’ revenue streams and investments and a governance score of Good. Further, CICERO assesses that Scandinavian Biogas’ activities are likely to be aligned with the EU Taxonomy.
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March 29, 2023
2022 Annual Report
April 27, 2023
Interim report January–March 2023
April 27, 2023
Anual meeting 2023
July 20, 2023
Interim report January-June 2023
October 31, 2023
Interim report January–September 2023
February 15, 2024
Interim report January-December 2023
Scandinavian Biogas’s major shareholders*
*List as per 31/12/2022.
Erik Penser Bank AB
103 91 Stockholm
+46 (0) 84 63 8000
Scandinavian Biogas Year-End report 2022
SCANDINAVIAN BIOGAS BUILDS LARGE-SCALE PLANT IN MÖNSTERÅS
Significant events in the fourth quarter of 2022
- The Board took a final investment decision to build a new large-scale biogas plant in Mönsterås.
- Profitability is significantly impacted by lost revenues and increased costs mainly related to the start-up of Skogn II.
- A directed share issue totalling SEK 326 million before transaction costs was completed in November 2022.
- The Södertörn and Henriksdal facilities underwent ISCC certification in December 2022 and will hold ISCC certificates as of 1 January 2023.
- A multi-year cooperation agreement worth approximately SEK 300 million was signed for the supply of Bio-LNG to the transport sector in the Nordic region.
- The order book at the end of the quarter totalled 2.4 TWh, and contracts for the supply of raw materials totalled 2.4 TWh.
- The tribunal at the European Court of Justice rejected the EU Commission’s decision to grant Sweden’s application for tax exemption for biogas 2020-2030. The verdict increases the risk of impaired market conditions in Sweden.
FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS 2022
- Energy sold, adjusted for the natural gas business closed in 2021, decreased by 8.5% and totalled 80.0 (87.5) GWh.
- Net sales, adjusted for the natural gas business closed in 2021, decreased by 2.6%. Net sales totalled SEK 92.0 (104.8) million.
- Total revenue, including capitalised work, decreased by 13.6% and amounted to SEK 107.6 (124.6) million.
- EBITDA was SEK -2.1 (22.7) million.
- Operating EBITDA was SEK -4.1 (18.6) million.
- Operating EBITDA margin was -4.1% (16.1%).
- Profit/loss after tax was SEK -13.8 (1.1) million.
- Basic and diluted earnings per share was SEK -0.32 (0.04).
- Cash flow from operating activities was SEK 9.1 (11.3) million.
- The Group’s equity/assets ratio was 38.6% (30.2%).
Results and Events in 2022
- Energy sold decreased by 10.4% to 328.1 (366.3) GWh. Adjusted for the natural gas distribution business that closed in 2021, the decrease was 4.3%.
- Net sales totalled SEK 366.7 (393.8) million, representing a decrease of 6.9%.
- The production subsidy for biogas in Sweden was not paid for the first half of the year, only from 1 July 2022.
- EBITDA was SEK 19.7 (90.1) million.
- Operating EBITDA was SEK 16.4 (80.9) million.
- Operating EBITDA margin was 4.3% (19.2%).
- Long-term objective for 2026 and 2030 defined: 1.2 TWh and 3 TWh biogas production, respectively.
- Significant supply contract for Bio-LNG equivalent to 1 TWh was signed with the German distributor Alternoil.
- Climate Leap initiative has granted SEK 154 million in investment grants for a biogas project in Örkelljunga municipality.
- Long-term performance-based incentive program is implemented in accordance with the resolution of the 2022 AGM
- The commissioning of Skogn II in Norway began.
SIGNIFICANT EVENTS AFTER THE END OF THE PERIOD
- 15.3% of the shares in Scandinavian Biogas Mönsterås AB have been acquired by Mönsterås Biogas AB, which is jointly owned by farmers in the area around Mönsterås.
|GROUP||3 months||12 months|
|SEK million, unless otherwise stated||2022||2021||2022||2021|
|Total revenue, including capitalised work||107.6||124.6||-13.6%||407.4||451.1||-9.7%|
|Operating EBITDA %||-4.1%||16.1%||-20.2pp||4.3%||19.2%||-14.9pp|
|Earnings per share (SEK)||-0.32||0.04||n/a||-1.95||-1.27||53.6%|
|Cash flow from operating activities||9.1||11.3||-19.6%||7.4||55.7||-86.8%|
Strategically stronger – continued focus on operational
Demand for biogas is driven by EU requirements for green transformation in heavy transport, shipping and industry. Russian fossil gas has been partly replaced by imports of liquid fossil gas, which is very positive for the use of Bio-LNG.
Clear political objectives have improved the conditions in Europe, but uniform guidelines still need to be created if the market is to be able to expand production capacity at the required rate.
New flows of organic waste also need to be developed as industrial and sewage sludge and sorted food waste are not sufficient to cover the volumes needed. In general, there is no shortage of sustainable substrates in Europe, but future facilities need to be built for the con-version of agricultural substrates. Our growth plans focus on building local biogas plants where farms with livestock create a circular system as manure is con-verted into Bio-LNG and bio-manure returned to the fields.
Liquefied biogas prices, which peaked in September, have stabilised at a significantly higher level than the average for our existing contracts. In the fourth quarter, we signed a multi-year agreement worth approximately SEK 300 million for the supply of Bio-LNG to the transport sector in the Nordic region. For 2022, we received an average of SEK 900 per MWh. In the second half of 2023, about 30% of our supply volumes will be based on new market prices for gas and green certificates.
OPERATIONAL CHALLENGES CONTINUED
The fourth quarter was unexpectedly weak, with several disruptions causing energy sales, adjusted for the closed natural gas business, to fall by 8.5 percent.
The lower sales in comparable units are mainly ex-plained by the fact that we chose not to maximise production in Södertörn, as high prices made the use of glycerine impossible also in the fourth quarter. We are working to reach full capacity utilisation by establishing other substrate streams, such as manure and slaughter-house waste. However, the new substrates require some technical adaptations.
In Skogn II, start-up problems with the liquefaction plant caused lost production when a number of GWh of Bio-LNG had to be flared, in addition to higher costs for substrates, electricity and chemicals. Skogn also faced challenges with temporarily increased costs for the post-processing of digestate.
In Korea, production remained stable with slightly higher net sales.
For the Group, net sales, adjusted for the natural gas business closed in 2021, decreased by 2.6 percent in the quarter. Other income, which mainly included biogas subsidies of SEK 7.7 (4.1) million, decreased to SEK 10.6 (14.5) million. Lower revenues combined with increased costs for the commissioning of Skogn II, as well as higher substrate and production costs for electricity and chemicals, resulted in Operating EBITDA of SEK -4.1 (18.6) million.
FOCUS ON GROWTH
We passed several strategic milestones in the fourth quarter, and I am very pleased with the company’s progress towards our growth plan. In November, we completed a directed share issue and raised SEK 326 million, before transaction costs, at a premium of 62%. We also restructured our SEK 300 million revolving credit facility, securing the financing of the Mönsterås project and enabling us to make final investment deci-sion.
Work on the expansion of the Södertörn liquefaction plant is proceeding according to plan. During the quarter, we also completed a rebuild of the dewatering plant, which significantly increased our capacity to handle and transport biofertiliser.
In parallel with ongoing new plant and expansion projects, we are actively pursuing business development to capture growth opportunities in the agricultural sector where large-scale biogas production in Northern Europe is in demand, to enable green transformation in transport, shipping, industry and food production.
NEW ORGANISATION AND SOLIDIFIED EXPERTISE
The new organisation launched in February 2022 has been a success, and we have strengthened the organisation with about ten people in 2022. We also carried out ISCC certification at Södertörn and Henriksdal, and the facilities received ISCC certificates from 1 January 2023. The certificates enable sales at higher prices on the Bio-LNG export market.
Our communicated goals for 2024 are firm. However, as in the past, a challenge remains for the operating EBITDA margin in 2023, resulting from the existing portfolio of long supply contracts with fixed prices that limit our ability to compensate for increased substrate and production costs. The situation will improve as fixed contracts expire and are replaced by market-based contracts, while we increase sales of Bio-LNG to the German market.
I would like to conclude by thanking all the staff for their great commitment. It’s not always easy to run the train while we lay the rails, but you do a fantastic job every day, despite the odd challenge along the way. Well done!
Welcome to press and analysts Teams meeting on 15 february at 10:00 CET
Investors, analysts and media are invited to a Teams presentation, where CEO Matti Vikkula and CFO Anna Budzynski will give a brief presentation of the report followed by a Q&A session.The presentation will be given in English and recorded in order to be made available online afterwards. To participate in the conference, click on this TEAMS link.
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Scandinavian Biogas is a leading Nordic producer of biogas for vehicle fuel and fertilizer. Biogas is CO2-neutral and made from sewage and household, agriculture as well as industrial organic waste. Today Scandinavian Biogas has facilities in Sweden, Norway and Korea. In 2022, the company delivered 328 GWh of energy. Scandinavian Biogas has over 105 employees and total revenue of SEK 407 million in 2022. The head office is located in Stockholm and the company is listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Premier Market. Certified advisor is Erik Penser Bank AB, telephone: +46 (0) 8-463 80 00, certifiedadviser(at)penser.se. www.scandinavianbiogas.com
Scandinavian Biogas Year-End report 2022
Invitation to the presentation of Scandinavian Biogas’ Year-End Report and fourth quarter 2022
Scandinavian Biogas builds a large-scale biogas plant in Mönsterås, Sweden
Profit warning mainly driven by problems with commissioning of Skogn II, Norway
Scandinavian Biogas welcomes St1 as new major shareholder
Statement by the Board of Directors of Scandinavian Biogas in relation to Aneo Renewables’ mandatory offer
Comment from the Board of Directors of Scandinavian Biogas Fuels International AB (publ) about the mandatory tender offer from Aneo Renewables Holding AS
Scandinavian Biogas signs a multi-year agreement worth approximately SEK 300 million for the supply of liquid biogas to the transport sector in the Nordic region
Scandinavian Biogas Fuels International AB (publ) announces extended payment period in ongoing directed share issue following Aneo’s customary notification to the Norwegian Competition Authority
Report from the Extraordinary General Meeting of Scandinavian Biogas Fuels International AB (publ)
Q3:Strategically strengthened market position and financial position, SEK 326 million in directed new share issue
Invitation to the presentation of Scandinavian Biogas’ third quarter
NOTICE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING IN SCANDINAVIAN BIOGAS FUELS INTERNATIONAL AB (PUBL)
Scandinavian Biogas has decided to carry out a directed share issue of SEK 326 million, subject to subsequent approval by the extraordinary general meeting
Scandinavian Biogas explores the conditions to carry out a directed share issue of approximately SEK 320 million
Q2: Comprehensive agreement for 1 TWh bio-LNG with Alternoil signed, order value of SEK 2.7 billion
Scandinavian Biogas updates financial targets for 2024 and confirms accelerated capacity expansion to reach 3 TWh by 2030
Scandinavian Biogas´report for the second quarter and invitation to a digital conference on the 20[th] of July, 2022
Scandinavian Biogas receives SEK 154 million in investment support from Klimatklivet to build biogas plant in Örkelljunga
Scandinavian Biogas announces SEK 2.7 billion Bio-LNG delivery agreement with leading German LNG distributor Alternoil
Areas of use where biogas is the most sustainable alternative
Bio-LNG production increases yearly over 70 percent in Europe
Report from the Annual General Meeting of Scandinavian Biogas Fuels International AB (publ)
Q1: Weak result but expected significant price premium with Bio-LNG
Scandinavian Biogas´ report for the first quarter and invitation to a digital conference on the 28[th] of April, 2022
Scandinavian Biogas’ profitability during the first quarter of 2022 is significantly lower than planned
Scandinavian Biogas Fuels International (publ) publishes annual report for 2021
Scandinavian Biogas Fuels International (publ) strengthens Group management
Notice of Annual General Meeting in Scandinavian Biogas Fuels International AB (Publ)
Year end report 2021 Scandinavian Biogas. New long-term target for 2030, 3 TWh biogas production, mainly Bio-LNG
Scandinavian Biogas defines long term target for 2030 – 3 TWh biogas production, mainly Bio-LNG
Scandinavian Biogas´report for the fourth quarter and invitation to a digital conference on the 17[th] of February, 2022
Scandinavian Biogas strengthens the organization to meet growing demand for liquefied biogas
Scandinavian Biogas invests 300 miljon SEK in northern Europes largest plant for Bio-LNG
Scandinavian Biogas receives SEK 154 million in investment support from Klimatklivet to build biogas plant in Mönsterås
Q3: EU and Sweden make long-term investment in biogas in the transition to a circular economy
Scandinavian Biogas extends agreement with Dutch gas station chain Rolande
Scandinavian Biogas’ report for the third quarter and invitation to a conference meeting on October 29
Implementation of the growth plan continues – SEK 700 M green bond issued
Scandinavian Biogas’ report for the second quarter and invitation to a conference meeting on July 23
Correction: Scandinavian Biogas announces publication of bond prospectus
Scandinavian Biogas announces publication of bond prospectus
Scandinavian Biogas successfully placed SEK 700 m green bonds
The Board appoints members to Audit Committee and Renumeration Committee
Report from the Annual General Meeting of Scandinavian Biogas
Implementation of the growth plan is progressing, Klimatklivet has awarded the Group investment grants of SEK 135 million in Sweden, and the Skogn II project in Norway is launched
Scandinavian Biogas is investing NOK 170 million in the expansion of a facility for liquid biogas in Norwegian Skogn
Scandinavian Biogas evaluates debt financing options
Scandinavian Biogas invites to the AGM presentation and quarterly report presentation on April 29
Scandinavian Biogas has published Annual and Sustainability Report for 2020
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