Finance strategy

Uniper strives for a healthy balance between attractive cash returns and balance sheet stability. Uniper’s finance strategy rests on three cornerstones - dividend policy, free cash flow and a comfortable investment grade rating.


Dividend policy

  • Fixed dividend of €200 mil. proposed for 2016
  • Thereafter, payout related to free cash from operations based on the success of business activities
  • Neutral to positive free cash flows from operations post-dividends

Free Cash flow

  • Investments focused on maintenance
  • Remaining growth projects financed from disposal proceeds
  • Rigorous cost and optimisation measures
  • Deleveraging from free cash flows and divestments

Capital structure and rating

  • Uniper pursues a conservative financing strategy by targeting a comfortable investment grade rating
  • Continuous management of capital structure and leverage
  • Working capital requirements of the ongoing business are met by excess liquidity and credit lines

Top-management incentives are strongly aligned to the interests of the shareholders. Uniper’s management is committed to high standards concerning the transparency and the risk management within the scope of its corporate governance.

Dividend policy and free cash flows

For the ongoing financial year 2016 and as a target for dividend payments, a fixed dividend was proposed to the shareholders. For the following years the dividend will be oriented at free cash from operations. Overall, Uniper targets a neutral to positive free cashflow from operations post dividends.

To this end investment is focused on maintenance with additional rigorous cost and optimization measures being implemented. Remaining growth projects shall be funded by disposal proceeds.

Capital structure & rating

Uniper’s goal is to generate positive free cash from operations after dividend payment. In combination with announced asset disposals of €2.0 bn this will allow Uniper to achieve its target leverage ratios by 2018. To this end Uniper’s current debt factor (ratio of economic net debt to EBITDA) shall be reduced to comfortably below 2.0x, and net financial debt to EBITDA ratio to below 1.0x. These ratios are in line with Uniper’s target of achieving a comfortable investment grade rating.

Uniper’s capital structure at the moment of listing differs from its past capital structure. In 2015, one-off effects, not accounted for in year-end figures, were taken into account to compute "pro-forma economic net debt". These effects include the divestment of "Nordstream I", the capital increase by E.ON as well as other effects arising from the resolution of finalised profit and loss statements and from the reduction of a loan from Fortum.

in €bn 31 Dec 2015 Pro forma*
31 Dec 2015
30 Jun 2016 Target values
Asset Retirement Obligations (AROs) 1.0 0.9
Pensions 0.8 1.2
Net financial position (NFP) 4.9 1.5
Economic Net Debt (END) 6.7 4.7 3.6
END / EBITDA** 3.9x 2.7x Comfortably below 2.0x
NFP / EBITDA** 2.9x Below 1.0x