Shares rise at Drax as it beats earnings expectations

Andy Koss, CEO of Drax Power
Andy Koss, CEO of Drax Power
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Power producer Drax Group Plc has beaten full-year core earnings expectations, sending its shares up by as much as 9 percent.

Drax has converted three of its six power plant units in Yorkshire to burn wood pellets.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 63.6 percent to £229 million for the year ended December 31, the company said.

Revenue grew by about 25 per cent to £3.69 billion, helped by higher profit from its biomass power plants and the acquisition of Opus Energy.

As well as higher generation and acquisitions, revenue was buoyed by a 35 percent increase in biomass pellet production at the company’s US manufacturing plants.

As a part of its efforts to meet climate targets, Britain plans to close all coal-fired power plants by 2025 unless they are fitted with technology which can capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Drax plans to convert a fourth unit to biomass by the end of the year and eventually replace its existing coal units with two large gas units.

Andy Koss, chief executive of Drax Power, said there was a lot more clarity in Government energy policy and a clear road map for future support.