In the first quarter of 2023, AS Tallinna Vesi earned €14.6 million in revenue and €3.50 million in net profit. The level of investments in fixed assets in the first quarter increased by 68% compared to the previous period, reaching €4.7 million.
In 2023, the sales from water services increased by 18.6% in the first quarter compared to the same period last year.
Sales from water services provided to commercial customers in the main service area increased by approximately 11% in the first quarter, reaching €4.27 million. “Sales in the first quarter increased due to sales price reflecting increased direct production cost and the increase in water consumption by the hospitality and leisure establishments in the capital area. The increase in sales was also influenced by the significant increase in construction volumes,” said Aleksandr Timofejev, CEO of Tallinna Vesi. Sales from water services provided to private customers increased by 23.2% in the first quarter compared to a year ago, reaching €6.04 million.
The Company’s gross profit for the first quarter was €5.71 million, increasing by €1.33 million compared to the same period last year. “The recovery in gross profit is related to the sales price reflecting the increase in production cost. Gross profit increased by 30.4% compared to the same period last year,” Timofejev explained.
The Company’s operating profit in the first quarter amounted to €4.1 million, which is €1.07 million more compared to the same period last year.
The Company’s net profit was €3.5 million in the first quarter of 2023, which is €0.62 more than in the same period in 2022.
Compared to the first quarter of 2022, the sales from construction services provided by the subsidiary Watercom increased by 119.7%, or €0.44 million. The increase in sales is mainly related to the increase in construction volumes in 2023 and the projects carried over from 2022 to 2023.
Tallinna Vesi has increased investments in fixed assets to ensure the sustainability of its infrastructure and the service continuity. In the first three months of this year, AS Tallinna Vesi has invested as much as €4.7 million in fixed assets, which is 68% more compared to the same period last year.
The investment plan for the following years is prepared based on the Public Water Supply and Sewerage Development Plan for the next 12 years, ordered by the City of Tallinn and prepared by AS Infragate, which can be found as a document on the website of the City of Tallinn. “Current and future investments will continue to ensure the high-quality drinking water for the residents of Tallinn and help to keep the natural environment cleaner, increasing both the average life span of pipelines and the efficiency of treatment systems by means of modern technologies and materials. That way, we can ensure the continuity of a vital service at an affordable price and with the least possible disruption to residents’ daily life,” said Timofejev.
AS Tallinna Vesi will gradually switch to remote readable water meters, which will free customers from the obligation of reporting their water meter readings every month. The first three thousand customers have already received their new smart meters and this year, the installation will continue at an accelerated pace. The plan is to cover the entire service area of AS Tallinna Vesi with remote water meters by 2026.
As an important project, the installation of a new pump was completed in the main wastewater pumping station at the Wastewater Treatment Plant at Paljassaare. Projects currently in progress include the installation of a valve between the suction basins at the main wastewater pumping station, reconstruction of digesters, installation of a cogeneration plant and reconstruction of aeration tanks, additional screens for the main wastewater pumping station, reconstruction of screens at the wastewater treatment plant and reconstruction of secondary clarifiers.
Additionally, AS Tallinna Vesi has started studies to identify the potential for heat recovery from the air of air blowers and is participating in a research project funded by Interreg on the application of various technologies to remove PFASs from wastewater. The Company is also involved in another Interreg project, aiming to test new technologies for removing APIs from wastewater.