Photon's bet on merchant solar paid off in H1, FY 2022 forecast raised

Source: Photon Energy Australia (

August 11 (Renewables Now) - Amsterdam-based solar and water solutions company Photon Energy NV (WSE:PEN) continued to turn last year’s losses into this year’s net profit during the first semester of 2022, following the decision to change the revenue model for some of its solar farms from feed-in-tariffs to merchant.

The move led to a 135.7% boost in revenues to EUR 23.2 million (USD 24m) in the April-June quarter, and EBITDA of EUR 8.1 million, up 108.3% year-on-year, Photon said in its earnings report on Friday.

“Selling electricity to the market is now a core part of the Company’s business strategy, with 83% of its total proprietary portfolio now operating on a merchant basis,” Photon said.

Revenues from electricity production came at EUR 10.9 million, a 59.2% increase compared to the second quarter of 2021. The business of trading solar panels, inverters and batteries, O&M and EPC business lines, which count as “other revenues”, brought in EUR 12.3 million, up by 313.2% on the year.

Selected figures from Photon’s earnings report follow in the table below:

In EUR thousands: Q2 2022 Q2 2021
Revenues 23,229 9,855
EBITDA 8,119 3,898
EBIT 4,640 968
Profit (loss) before tax 2,619 (565)
Net profit (loss) 2,030 (869)
Other comprehensive income (loss) (1,484) 1,374
Total comprehensive income (loss) 546 505

Between January and June, Photon booked a net profit of EUR 0.54 million, compared to a loss of EUR 4.04 million in the same period a year back. Revenues were up by 124.4% to EUR 32.4 million, with EBITDA surging by 146.2% year-on-year to EUR 10.1 million.

Strong results so far led Photon to revise upwards its guidance for the full year. The company now expects full-year revenues of EUR 85 million, adjusted from the previously set target of EUR 65 million, and EBITDA of EUR 24 million, up from EUR 18 million projected earlier this year.

Photon Energy closed the first half of 2022 with 91.9 MWp of solar farms spread across the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Australia. It is currently developing over 825 MWp of utility-scale solar PV projects in its Central and Eastern European markets and Australia, the group added.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.033)

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