Leading global wind power producer Iberdrola posted a 13% net profit increase in 2019, meeting its broad growth target. Powering more than 30 million homes and businesses in Spain, the United States, Brazil and Britain brought Iberdrola a net profit of 3.41 billion euros ($3.7 billion) in the period. Iberdrola’s shares have risen around 20% so far this year and were up 0.5% on Wednesday morning.
Petrobras (PETR3; PETR4) posted a net profit of R$40.137 billion ($9.2bn) in 2019, a 55.7% increase over the amount recorded in 2018. The figure also represents the highest nominal profit in the history of capital companies according to Economatica. In Q4 alone the net profit was R$8.153 billion – an increase of 287.87% over the same period the previous year. The company’s adjusted Ebitda (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was R$129.249 billion in 2019, an increase of 12.54% over 2018.
Brazilian supermarket chain GPA SA reported a 71% drop in its fourth-quarter net income year-on-year, missing market expectations, after completing a corporate reorganisation. In a securities filing, the local subsidiary of French group Casino Guichard Perrachon SA said its quarterly net profit hit R$98 million ($22.45 million) compared with a consensus estimate of R$327.6 million compiled by Refinitiv.
Brazil’s largest wireless carrier Telefonica Brasil SA reported on Wednesday R$1.274 billion ($293 million) Q4 net income, down 14.3% year-on-year, as taxes and depreciation costs overshadowed an improved operating performance. The subsidiary of Spain’s Telefónica SA, which in Brazil operates under the brand Vivo, said earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation, a gauge of Vivo’s operating performance also known as EBITDA, rose by 22.8% in Q4 to R$4.967 billion.
Brazilian retailer Magazine Luiza SA reported on Monday a 11.4% drop in its fourth-quarter net income year-on-year, as a 51.3% jump in total sales, including third-party sellers, was overshadowed by higher operating costs, driving margins down. In a securities filing, the company said its quarterly net profit hit 168 million reais ($39.1 million) compared with 189.6 million reais in the same period a year ago.
Banco do Brasil expects to post a return on equity above 18% this year and a net income between R$18.5bn and R$20.5bn after reporting Q4 profit rose by a fifth to R$4.62bn ($1.06bn). CEO Rubem Novaes, who has pushed unsuccessfully to privatise the entire bank, said that the lender will likely raise “billions of reais” from the sale of at least 51% of the lender asset management unit. The bank has already sold some non-core assets and formed joint-ventures to expand some businesses, such as an investment banking deal announced in November with UBS Group AG.
Brazilian fashion retailer Lojas Renner SA reported an almost 17% jump in its fourth-quarter net income, as lower taxes and stronger operating results helped the company improve its margins. In a securities filing, the company said its quarterly net profit hit 513 million reais ($119.80 million) compared with 439.8 million reais a year earlier. “Conditions are increasingly favourable to achieve even better results in 2020”, said the company Chief Financial Officer Laurence Gomes.