SEVILLE, Spain, May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Abengoa, the international company that develops innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, achieved revenues of euro 1,764 million in the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 18% compared to the previous year. EBITDA increased by 24% to euro 285 million compared to the same period in 2011. Net income jumped by 58% to euro 89 million.
Abengoa's dedicated and ongoing commitment to geographic diversification in new markets continues to be one of the key factors behind its sustained growth. In the first quarter of the year, international activities accounted for 70% of total revenues. The Company's significant presence in the Americas once again played an important role, accounting for nearly 50% of the company's revenues, with the U.S. generating 17% and Brazil 14% of total revenues.
Abengoa's CEO, Manuel Sanchez Ortega, said, "We have started the year as we expected, without surprises, and delivering on the estimates we have shared. We have also continued our investment, our asset rotation strategy and we have been able to close the refinancing and syndication of euro 1,566 million. This gives us the confidence to meet our annual targets."
Results by segmentRevenues in the Engineering and Construction (E&C) segment grew by 19% to euro 931 million. EBITDA also increased by 13%, reaching euro 106 million, with a margin of 11.4%. The E&C division signed new contracts in the period worth euro 552 million, bringing the order backlog to euro 7,078 million as of March 31, 2012. This backlog, together with the first quarter 2012 revenues, provides over 95% visibility into the expected revenues for the full year. The E&C segment currently manages a pipeline of potential commercial opportunities for the next twelve months of approximately euro 74 billion. Bookings in the Engineering and Construction division totaled euro 552 million, an increase of 111% compared to the same period of the previous year, bringing the order backlog to euro 7,078 million as of March 31, 2012. Revenues in the Concession-type Infrastructures segment, which primarily includes electricity generation and transmission, increased by 18% to euro 103 million, with an EBITDA margin of 65%. Two new concentrating solar power (CSP) assets (Solacor 1 and 2) came into operation earlier than expected during this quarter, highlighting the timely execution of the Company's announced investment plan. In addition, the Company announced during the quarter that it has reached an agreement with Compania Energetica de Minas Gerais (CEMIG) to sell the remaining 50% of the transmission lines joint venture in Brazil for euro 586 million, in line with its concessions asset rotation strategy. Finally, Abengoa also announced recently that it has obtained the support of Banco Santander in the development of the world's largest CSP plant through an equity contribution of U.S. $125 million. The Industrial Production segment, which includes the industrial recycling, bioenergy and other technology development businesses, increased its revenues by 17% to euro 730 million. EBITDA for this segment increased by 49% to euro 112 million, leaving EBITDA margin slightly above 15%. Performance in this segment has been affected by a weak crush spread market environment, caused by a decrease in the consumption of gasoline in the geographies where the Company operates. Corporate transactions As previously announced, during the first quarter of 2012, Abengoa reached an agreement with (CEMIG), one of the largest electricity companies in Brazil, to sell Abengoa's 50% stake in the joint venture that manages four transmission concessions. Last year Abengoa sold the other 50%. The transaction, which forms part of the company's declared asset rotation strategy, will strengthen Abengoa's balance sheet, generating euro 376 million in cash when closed, and will reduce consolidated net debt by euro 500 million. It should also be noted that Abengoa has successfully completed the refinancing and syndication of euro 1,566 million of its long term corporate bank debt, reserving the right to increase this financing by up to euro 300 million during the next 45 days. The company has now extended the maturity of its corporate debt by more than three years. Conclusions Abengoa's expectations for the full year 2012 remain unchanged, targeting revenues of euro 7,550 to euro 7,750 million, and EBITDA of euro 1,275 to euro 1,325 million. Details of the Q1 2012 Earnings Presentation Conference Abengoa's CEO, Manuel Sanchez Ortega, and Head of Investor Relations and Chief Reporting Officer, Barbara Zubiria Furest, held a conference call today to present the results, which was simultaneously broadcasted via the internet, at 2:00 pm ( Madrid time), 1:00 pm ( London time) and 8:00 am ( New York time). A recording of the conference will be available on Abengoa investors' webpage approximately two hours after the conference has finished.