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Central Puerto: Consolidation of Operating Results and Progress on Capacity Expansion

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Central Puerto S.A ("Central Puerto" or the "Company") (NYSE:CEPU), the
largest private sector power generation company in Argentina, as
measured by generated power, reports its consolidated financial results
for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2018 ("Second
Quarter" or "2Q2018", and "First Half" or "1H2018", respectively).

A conference call to discuss 2Q2018 financial results will be held on
August 14, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (see details below). All
information provided is presented on a consolidated basis, unless
otherwise stated.

All figures are expressed in Argentinean Pesos and growth comparisons
refer to the same period of the prior year, unless when otherwise
stated. Definitions and terms used herein are provided in the Glossary
at the end of this document. This release does not contain all the
Company's financial information. As a result, investors should read this
release in conjunction with Central Puerto's consolidated financial
statements as of and for the six-month period ended June 30, 2018 and
the notes there, which will be available on the Company's website.

A. Second Quarter 2018 Highlights

Conventional energy

Beginning of the construction of Terminal 6 (330 MW) and Luján de
Cuyo (93 MW)
. During 2Q2018, Central Puerto began the civil works
for the construction of the new cogeneration units, and agreed the terms
for the purchase of the steam turbine and the heat recovery units for
the Terminal 6 project.

Scheduled maintenance at the Puerto Combined Cycle Plant. During
the 2Q2018, Central Puerto finished the scheduled maintenance of the gas
and steam turbines of the Puerto Combined Cycle Plant (765 MW).

Operating income (before other operating results) increased 62%
to Ps. 910 million after a 53% increase in Revenues, and a 2 p.p.
increase in Gross Profit Margins to 55%, compared to 53% in the
1Q2018 (see section D. Financial).

Adjusted EBITDA increased to Ps. 5,628 million in 2Q2018,
compared to Ps. 701 million in 2Q2017, mainly due to a Ps. 4,456 million
gain in the 2Q2018 from the foreign exchange difference and interests
accrued by the trade receivables denominated in US dollars (see section
D. Financial).

Distribution of cash dividends: A distribution of cash dividends
of Ps. 0.70 per common share, equivalent to US$ 0.281 per
ADR, was approved at Central Puerto's annual ordinary shareholders'
meeting held on April 27, 2018 and distributed during May 2018.

Dividends from associates: Dividends of US$ 11.4 million received
from TGM. Dividends of US$ 6 million received from DGCU (part of Ecogas).

"We had a positive second quarter with good operating results. We
completed the scheduled maintenance of our Puerto Combined Cycle and
continued with the construction of our new co-generation units and wind
farms.

With focus on our long-term strategy, during the second half of the
year, we expect to continue to evaluate new organic and inorganic
adding-value growth opportunities."

Jorge Rauber, CEO Central Puerto

Renewable Energy

Completion of construction of wind farms La Castellana I and Achiras
I:
La Castellana I and Achiras I wind farms, with an installed
capacity of 147 MW, are in the final stages of testing before starting
commercial operations, which are expected to begin in August and
September 2018, respectively.

Disbursement received for La Castellana I and Achiras I:
Disbursements received for Achiras I and La Castellana I projects, from
IIC-IFC2 of US$ 51 million and US$ 20 million (equivalent to
Ps. 1023 million and Ps. 499 million, respectively, at the exchange rate
of each disbursement date). Under the IIC-IFC facility, a project
finance structure, Central Puerto agreed, among other things, to fully,
unconditionally and irrevocably guarantee, as primary obligor, all
payment obligations assumed by CP Achiras I and CP La Castellana until
the project reaches the project completion date, which we expect will
occur 9 months after the commercial operation date3.
Accordingly, after the project completion date, Central Puerto will be
released from its obligation as guarantor.

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1   Considering the exchange rate of Ps. 24.915 per US$ used by the
depositary for effective payment.

2

Inter-American Investment Corporation and the International Finance
Corporation

3

For further information on the project finance for Achiras I and La
Castellana I, see "Item 5.B. Liquidity and Capital
Resources—Indebtedness—Loans from the IIC—IFC Facilities" in our
annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on April 27, 2018.
 

B. Recent News

Renewable energy

PPA contract for La Genoveva I wind farm (87MW) signed with CAMMESA: On
July 27, 2018 Vientos La Genoveva S.A.U., a subsidiary of CP Renovables,
entered into a 20-year PPA with CAMMESA for the wind farm La Genoveva I,
which was awarded during Round 2 of the RenovAr program. We expect to
start the construction of this wind farm during the 1Q2019.

C. Main operating metrics

The table below sets forth key operating metrics for 2Q2018, compared to
1Q2018 and 2Q2017, and 1H2018, compared to 1H2017:

                           
Key Metrics    

2Q
2018

   

1Q
2018

   

2Q
2017

   

Var %
(2Q /2Q)

   

1H
2018

   

1H
2017

   

Var
%

Continuing Operations                                          
Energy Generation (GWh) 3,145 3,444 3,814 (18%) 6,584 7,651 (14%)
-Electric Energy Generation-Thermal 2,109 2,613 3338 (37%) 4,718 6460 (27%)
-Electric Energy Generation - Hydro     1,035     831     476     118%     1,866     1191     57%
Installed capacity (MW; EoP1) 3,663 3,663 3,791 (3%) 3,663 3,791 (3%)
-Installed capacity -Thermal (MW) 2,222 2,222 2,350 (5%) 2,222 2,350 (5%)
-Installed capacity - Hydro (MW)     1,441     1,441     1,441     0%     1,441     1,441     0%
Availability - Thermal2     78%     89%     88%     (10 p.p.)     84%     88%     (4 p.p.)
Steam production (thousand Tons)     285     275     290     (2%)     560     585     (4%)
1   EoP refers to "End of Period"
2 Availability weighted average by power capacity. Off time due to
scheduled maintenance agreed with CAMMESA is not included in the
ratio.

Source: CAMMESA, company data.

 

Conventional energy

In 2Q2018, energy generation from continuing operations decreased 18% to
3,145 GWh, compared to 2Q2017, mainly affected by a 37% decrease in
thermal generation due to a scheduled maintenance in Puerto Combined
Cycle Plant during 2Q2018. The temporary impact on thermal production
was partially offset by a 118% increase in hydro generation due to
greater water flow. During 2Q2018, machine availability of thermal units
was 78%, compared to 88% in 2Q2017, mainly due to an extension
(unscheduled) of the maintenance of the Puerto Combined Cycle Plant.
However, Central Puerto's availability for the period was equal to
market average, which was 78%, according to data from CAMMESA. Finally,
steam production showed a slight decrease totaling 285,000 tons produced
during 2Q 2018.

In 1H2018, energy generation from continuing operations decreased 14% to
6,584 GWh, compared to 1H2017, mainly affected by a 27% decrease in
thermal generation due to a scheduled maintenance in Puerto Combined
Cycle Plant during 2Q2018. The temporary impact on thermal production
was partially offset by a 57% increase in hydro generation due to
greater water flow. During 1H2018, machine availability of thermal units
was 84%, compared to 88% in 1H2017, mainly due to the above-mentioned
extension (unscheduled) of the maintenance of the Puerto Combined Cycle
Plant. Nonetheless, Central Puerto's availability was higher than the
market average of 79% for the same period, according to data from
CAMMESA. Finally, steam production showed a slight decrease totaling
560,000 tons produced during 1H2018.

Renewable energy

During 2Q2018, we ended the installation of La Castellana I and Achiras
I wind farms. These projects were awarded under the Renovar Program with
99 MW and 48 MW, respectively, have already been assembled and are
performing the final tests prior to CAMMESA's commercial approval.

La Casetellana I, with 32 wind turbines of 3.15 MW each, is expected to
reach Commercial Operation Date (COD) during August 2018. Achiras I,
located in Córdoba province, has 15 wind turbines (3.2 MW) and is
expected to reach COD in September 2018.

D. Financials

Main financial magnitudes of continuing operations

                           
Million Ps.    

2Q
2018

   

1Q
2018

   

2Q
2017

   

Var %
(2Q/2Q)

   

1H
2018

   

1H
2017

   

Var
%

Revenues 2,102 1,804 1,375 53% 3,906 2,482 57%
Cost of sales     (937)     (748)     (646)     45%     (1,685)     (1,303)     29%
Gross profit     1,165     1,056     729     60%     2,221     1,179     88%
Administrative and selling expenses     (255)     (202)     (167)     53%     (457)     (297)     54%
Operating income before other operating results     910     854     563     62%     1,764     882     100%
Other operating results, net2     4,651     8,553     71     6,454%     13,406     122     10,884%
Operating income 5,561 9,609 633 778% 15,170 1,004 1,411%
Depreciation and Amortization     67     74     68     (1%)     141     135     4%
Adjusted EBITDA1,2     5,628     9,683     701     702%     15,311     1,139     1,244%
Average exchange rate of period     23.58     19.68     15.76     50%     21.63     15.72     38%
Exchange rate end of period     28.85     20.15     16.63     73%     28.85     16.63     73%
NOTE: Exchange rates quoted by the Banco de la Nación Argentina are
provided only as a reference. The average exchange rate is
calculated as the average of the daily exchange rates quoted by the
Banco de la Nación Argentina for wire transfers (divisas) for the
relevant period.

1

  See "Disclaimer-Adjusted EBITDA" below for further information.

2

Other operating results, net and Adjusted EBITDA for the 1Q2018
include (a) a Ps.7,959 million one-time-gain due to the effect of
the Commercial Operations Approval of CVO Plant, and (b) interests
and foreign exchange difference associated with FONI receivables,
which amounted to Ps. 4,456 million and Ps. 60 million during the
2Q2018 and 2Q2017, respectively, and Ps. 263 million and a loss of
Ps. 19 million in the 1Q2018 and 1Q2017, respectively.
 

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

                           
Million Ps.    

2Q
2018

   

1Q
2017

   

2Q
2017

   

Var %
(2Q/2Q)

   

1H
2018

   

1H
2017

   

Var
%

Net income for the period2 3,943 7,502 749 427% 11.445 1,273 799%
Financial expenses 1,142 264 185 484% 1.402 324 314%
Financial income (875) (155) (357) 128% (1,026) (712) 36%
Share of the profit of an associate (259) (148) (78) 231% (407) (92) 342%
Income tax expenses 1,610 2,677 278 479% 4.287 470 812%
Depreciation and amortization 67 74 68 (1%) 141 135 4%
Net income of discontinued operations     0     (530)     (143)     (100%)     (530)     (259)     105%
Adjusted EBITDA1,2     5,628     9,683     701     702%     15.311     1,139     1,245%
1   See "Disclaimer—Adjusted EBITDA" below for further information.
2 Other operating results, net and Adjusted EBITDA for the 1Q2018
include (a) a Ps.7,959 million one-time-gain due to the effect of
the Commercial Operations Approval of CVO Plant, and (b) interests
and foreign exchange difference associated with FONI receivables,
which amounted to Ps. 4,456 million and Ps. 60 million during the
2Q2018 and 2Q2017, respectively, and Ps. 263 million and a loss of
Ps. 19 million in the 1Q2018 and 1Q2017, respectively.
 

2Q2018 Results Analysis

Revenues from continuing operations increased 53% to Ps. 2,102
million in the 2Q2018
, as compared to Ps. 1,375 million in 2Q2017.
The increase in revenues was mainly driven by (i) the tariff increase
established by Res. 19/17, which set higher prices for energy generation
and machine availability and set the prices in US dollars (2Q2018 was
fully-impacted by the November 2017 tariff increase) and (ii) an
increase of 50% in the average exchange rate of 2Q2018, as compared to
the average exchange rate of 2Q2017, which impacted on tariffs set in US
dollars; partially offset by a 18% decrease in energy generation from
continuing operations that totaled 3,145 GWh during 2Q2018, and less
availability from our thermal units, mainly because of the scheduled
maintenance of the Puerto Combined Cycle Plant.

The table below sets forth the tariff scheme for Energia Base effective
since November 2017, by source of generation:

       
      Thermal     Hydro
Capacity payments Res. 19/171     US$ 7,000 per MW per month     US$ 3,000 per MW per month
Energy payments Res. 19/17     US$ 7 per MWh for generation with natural gas

US$ 10 per MWh for generation with fuel oil/gas oil

    US$ 4.9 per MWh
1   Effective prices for capacity payment depend on the availability of
each unit, and the achievement of the Guaranteed Bid Capacity (DIGO
in Spanish) that each generator may send to CAMMESA twice a year.
For further details, see "Item 4.B. Business Overview—The Argentine
Electric Power Sector—Remuneration Scheme—The Current Remuneration
Scheme" in the annual report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on
April 27, 2018.
 

Operating income before other operating results, net increased 62% to
Ps. 910 million,
compared to Ps. 563 million in 2Q2017. This
increase was due to (i) the above-mentioned increase in revenues, and
(ii) a less-than-proportional increase in costs of sales that totaled
Ps. 937 million, an increase of 45% as compared to Ps. 646 million in
2Q2017. The increase in the cost of sales was primarily driven by (i) an
increase in the natural gas transportation and distribution tariffs and
(ii) a higher cost of natural gas for the units that generate steam or
electric energy under the Energía Plus framework, mainly due to an
increase of 50% in the average exchange rate of 2Q2018, as compared to
the average exchange rate of 2Q2017, which impacted the
dollar-denominated price of natural gas. As a consequence, Gross Profit
Margin increased 2 p.p., reaching 55% in the 2Q2018. Additionally, the
cost of administrative and selling expenses increased 53% totaling Ps.
255 million in 2Q2018 compared to Ps. 167 million in the 2Q2017. This
increase was mainly driven by (i) 85% increase in fees and compensation
for professional services due to more legal and financial advisory and
consultancy services used during the period and (iii) a 426% increase in
taxes on bank account transactions, due to increased revenues, costs and
capital investments completed during the period.

Adjusted EBITDA increased to Ps. 5,628 million in 2Q2018,
compared to Ps. 701 million in 2Q2017. This exceptionally high increase
was driven by: (i) the increase in operating results before other
operating income, net mentioned above, (ii) a Ps. 4,456 million gain in
the 2Q2018 from the foreign exchange difference and interests accrued by
the trade receivables denominated in US dollars, mainly from FONI.

Net income increased to Ps. 3,943 million or Ps. 2.74 per share, in
2Q2018
, compared to Ps. 749 million or Ps. 0.50 per share, in
2Q2017. In addition to the above-mentioned factors, net income was (i)
negatively impacted by higher financial expenses that amounted to Ps.
1,142 million in 2Q2018, compared to Ps. 185 million in 2Q2017, and (ii)
positively impacted by higher financial income which amounted Ps. 875
million during 2Q2018, compared to Ps. 357 million in the 2Q2017, in
each case under (i) and (ii), mainly due to the foreign exchange
difference over US dollar denominated debt and financial assets (which
excludes FONI and other trade receivables). Additionally, results from
the share of profit of associates increased to Ps. 259 million in
2Q2018, as compared to Ps. 78 million in 2Q2017, mainly due to higher
results from Ecogas.

FONI collections were Ps. 108 million in 2Q2018, compared to Ps.
86 million (including VAT) in 2Q2017 (equivalent to approximately US$ 5
million and US$ 5 million, respectively, at the average exchange rate of
each period), in both cases associated to the FONI trade receivables for
San Martín and Manuel Belgrano Plants. As for the trade receivables
associated with the CVO agreement, as of the date of this release,
CAMMESA is performing processes to issue de respective documents and
proceed to the payments.

1H2018 Results Analysis

Revenues from continuing operations increased 57% to Ps. 3,906
million in the 1H2018
, as compared to Ps. 2,482 million in 1H2017.
The increase in revenues was mainly driven by: (i) the tariff increase
established by Res. 19/17, which set higher prices for energy generation
and machine availability and set the prices in US dollars (1H2018 was
fully-impacted by the November 2017 tariff increase); and (ii) an
increase of 38% in the average exchange rate of 1H2018, as compared to
the average exchange rate of 1H2017, which impacted tariffs set in US
dollars; partially offset by a 14% decrease in energy generation from
continuing operations that totaled 6,584 GWh during 1H2018, and less
availability from our thermal units, mainly because of the scheduled
maintenance of the Puerto Combined Cycle Plant.

Operating income before other operating results, net increased 100%
to Ps. 1,764 million,
compared to Ps. 882 million in 1HQ2017. This
increase was due to (i) the above-mentioned increase in revenues, and
(ii) a less-than-proportional increase in costs of sales that totaled
Ps. 1,685 million, an increase of 29% as compared to Ps. 1,303 million
in 1H2017. The increase in the cost of sales was primarily driven by (i)
an increase in the natural gas transportation and distribution tariffs
and (ii) a higher cost of natural gas for the units that generate steam
or electric energy under the Energía Plus framework, mainly due to an
increase of 38% in the average exchange rate of 1H2018, as compared to
the average exchange rate of 1H2017, which impacted the
dollar-denominated price of natural gas. As a consequence, Gross Profit
Margin increased 10 p.p., reaching 57% in 1H2018. Additionally, the cost
of administrative and selling expenses increased 54% totaling Ps. 457
million in 1H2018 compared to Ps. 297 million in the 1H2017. This
increase was mainly driven by (i) a 22% increase in compensation to
employees as a result of salary adjustments agreed in the collective
bargaining agreements during the period, (iii) a 91% increase in fees
and compensation for professional services due to legal and financial
advisory and consultancy services used during the period and (iii) a
209% increase in taxes on bank account transactions, due to increased
revenues, costs and capital investments completed during the period.

Adjusted EBITDA increased to Ps. 15,310 million in 1H2018,
compared to Ps. 1,139 million in 1H2017. This exceptionally high
increase was driven by (i) the increase in operating results before
other operating income, net mentioned above; (ii) a Ps. 7,959 million
during the 1Q2018 from a one-time-gain from the CVO Commercial Operation
Approval mentioned above, and (iii) Ps. 4,719 million from the foreign
exchange difference and interests accrued by the trade receivables
denominated in US dollars, mainly from FONI.

Net income increased to Ps. 11,445 million or Ps. 7.74 per share, in
1H2018
, compared to Ps. 1,273 million or Ps. 0.85 per share, in
1H2017. In addition to the above-mentioned factors, net income was (i)
was negatively impacted by higher financial expenses that amounted to
Ps. 1,402 million in 1H2018, compared to Ps. 324 million in 1H2017, and
(ii) positively impacted by higher financial income which amounted to
Ps. 1,026 million during 1H2018, compared to Ps. 712 million in 1H2017,
in each case under (i) and (ii), mainly due to the foreign exchange
difference over US dollar denominated debt and financial assets (which
excludes FONI and other trade receivables). Additionally, results from
the share of profit of associates increased to Ps. 407 million in
1H2018, as compared to Ps. 92 million in 1H2017, mainly due to higher
results from Ecogas and TGM.

FONI collections increased to Ps. 206 million in 1H2018, compared
to Ps. 168 million (including VAT) in 1H2017 (equivalent to
approximately US$ 10 million and US$ 11 million, respectively, at the
average exchange rate of each period), in both cases associated to the
FONI trade receivables for San Martín and Manuel Belgrano Plants. As for
the trade receivables associated with the CVO agreement, as of the date
of this release, CAMMESA is performing processes to issue de respective
documents and proceed to the payments.

Financial Situation

As of June 30, 2018, the Company and its subsidiaries showed a strong
balance sheet with Cash and Cash Equivalents of Ps. 2,665 million, and
Current Financial Assets of Ps. 499 million.

Loans and borrowings totaling Ps. 4,918 million were received mainly by
Central Puerto's subsidiaries CP Achiras and CP La Castellana, to
finance the construction of La Castellana I and Achiras I wind farms.

       
Million Ps.     June 30,

2018

Cash and cash equivalents     2,060
Other financial assets 409
Financial Debt     0  
Subtotal Individual Net Cash Position     2,469  
Cash and cash equivalents of subsidiaries 605
Other financial assets of subsidiaries 90
Financial Debt of subsidiaries     (4,918 )
Subtotal Subsidiaries Net Cash Position     (4,223 )
Consolidated Net Cash Position     (1,754 )
 

Cash Flows for 1H2018

Million Ps.    

1H2018
ended
June 30,
2018

   
Cash and Cash equivalents at the beginning     89
Net cash flows provided by operating activities 494
Net cash flows provided by investing activities 902
Net cash flows provided by financing activities 408
Exchange difference and other financial results     772
Cash and Cash equivalents at the end     2,665
 

Net cash provided by operating activities was Ps. 494 million during
1H2018
. This cash flow arises from Ps. 15,170 million from the
operating income from continuing operations obtained during the 1H2018, minus
the non-cash items included in it, which were mainly: (i) Ps. 7,959
million from the one-time CVO receivables update and interest; (ii) Ps.
4,576 million from trade receivables foreign exchange difference, (iii)
Ps. 1,579 million from income tax paid (iv) Ps. 382 million in interests
from clients accrued, net of interests collected, and (v) Ps. 391
million from the discount of accounts receivables and payable, net,
mainly from the present value of accounting provision for the income
tax, payable on May 2019.

Net cash provided by investing activities was Ps. 902 million in
1H2018
. This amount was mainly due to (i) Ps. 777 million obtained
by the sale of short term financial assets, net; (ii) Ps. 647 million
from proceeds from dividends from associates, mentioned above, and (iii)
Ps. 587 million from the proceeds of the La Plata Plant Sale. This was
partially offset by payments that amounted to Ps. 1,108 million for the
purchase of property, plant and equipment for the construction of
Achiras I and La Castellana I wind farms, and thermal cogeneration units
Terminal 6 and Luján de Cuyo.

Net cash provided by financing activities was Ps. 408 million in
1H2018
. The main financing activities during 1H2018 were the
above-mentioned long-term loans received by CP Achiras and CP La
Castellana, for the construction of the Achiras I and La Castellana I
wind farms for a net amount of Ps. 1,542 million, after deducting the
repayment of long term loans during 1H2018, which was partially offset
by (i) Ps. 1,060 million in cash dividend distributed to Central
Puerto's stockholders, and (ii) Ps. 136 million paid in interests and
financial expenses.

E. Tables

       

a. Consolidated Income Statement

 
1H2018 1H2017
Thousand Ps. Thousand Ps.
 
Revenues 3,905,977 2,481,924
Cost of sales (1,684,793 ) (1,302,612 )
Gross income 2,221,184 1,179,312
 
Administrative and selling expenses (457,414 ) (297,235 )
Other operating income 5,491,204 140,997

Other operating expenses

(44,011

)

(18,945

)

CVO receivables update and interests

7,958,658

 

-

 
Operating income 15,169,621 1,004,129
 
Finance Income 1,026,065 711,997
Finance Expenses (1,401,647 ) (323,690 )
Share of the profit of associates 407,357   92,193  
Income before income tax form continuing operations 15,201,396 1,484,629
Income tax for the period (4,287,172 ) (470,228 )
Net income for the period from continuing operations 10,914,224   1,014,401  

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

Net income for the period from non-continuing operations 530,489   259,076  
 
Net income for the period 11,444,713   1,273,477  
 

           
 
2Q2018 1Q2018   2Q2017
Thousand Ps. Thousand Ps. Thousand Ps.
 
Revenues 2,101,825 1,804,152 1,374,646
Cost of sales (936,735 ) (748,058 ) (645,543 )
Gross income 1,165,090 1,056,094 729,103
 
Administrative and selling expenses (255,210 ) (202,204 ) (166,568 )
Other operating income 4,676,293 814,911 71,063
Other operating expenses (25,653 ) (18,358 ) (105 )
CVO receivables update and interests   7,958,658   -  
Operating income 5,560,520 9,609,101 633,493
 
Finance Income 875,360 154,968 356,862
Finance Expenses (1,141,801 ) (264,109 ) (184,919 )
Share of the profit of associates 259,297   148,060   78,256  
Income before income tax form continuing operations 5,553,376 9,648,020 883,692
Income tax for the period (1,610,330 ) (2,676,842 ) (277,919 )
Net income for the period from continuing operations 3,943,046   6,971,178   605,773  

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

Net income for the period from non-continuing operations -   530,489   142,901  
 
Net income for the period 3,943,046   7,501,667   748,674  
 

       

b. Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

 
As of June 30, 2018 As of December 31, 2017
Thousand Ps. Thousand Ps.
Assets
Non-current assets
Property, plant and equipment 8,833,405 7,431,728
Intangible assets 172,276 187,833
Investment in associates 723,657 985,646
Trade and other receivables 14,353,783 2,602,213
Other non-financial assets 16,676 12,721
Inventories 48,203 48,203
Other financial assets 15,208 -
24,163,208 11,268,344
Current assets
Inventories 171,386 110,290
Other non-financial assets 607,265 470,895
Trade and other receivables 5,442,202 3,887,065
Other financial assets 499,044 1,110,728
Cash and cash equivalents 2,664,713 88,633
9,384,610 5,667,611
Assets held-for-sale - 143,014
9,384,610 5,810,625
Total assets 33,547,818 17,078,969
 
Equity and liabilities
Capital stock 1,514,022 1,514,022
Adjustment to capital stock 664,988 664,988
Merger premium 376,571 376,571
Legal and other reserves 668,813 519,189
Voluntary reserve 2,744,471 450,865
Retained earnings 11,650,389 3,503,046
Accumulated other comprehensive income - 43,284
Equity attributable to shareholders of the parent 17,619,255 7,071,965
Non-controlling interests 131,704 289,035
Total Equity 17,750,959 7,361,000
 
Non-current liabilities
Other non-financial liabilities 1,900,068 468,695
Other loans and borrowings 4,728,668 1,478,729
Borrowings from CAMMESA 909,992 1,055,558
Compensation and employee benefits liabilities 120,971 113,097
Deferred income tax liabilities 1,512,817 703,744
9,172,516 3,819,823
Current liabilities
Trade and other payables 617,739 1,017,306
Borrowings from CAMMESA 1,814,407 1,753,038
Other non-financial liabilities 672,892 659,668
Other loans and borrowings 189,455 505,604
Compensation and employee benefits liabilities 268,255 323,078
Income tax payable 2,614,344 1,096,817
Provisions 447,251 413,474
6,624,343 5,768,985
Liabilities associated with the assets held for sale - 129,161
6,624,343 5,898,146
Total liabilities 15,796,859 9,717,969
Total equity and liabilities 33,547,818 17,078,969
 

       

c. Consolidated Statement of Cash Flow

 
1H2018 1H2017
Thousand Ps. Thousand Ps.
Operating activities
Income for the period before income tax 15,201,396 1,484,629
Income for the period before income tax from discontinued operations 567,628   398,578  
Income for the period before income tax 15,769,024 1,883,207
Adjustments to reconcile income for the period before income tax
to net cash flows:
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 125,252 115,122
Disposal of property, plant and equipment 5,355 280
Amortization of intangible assets 15,557 19,825
Discount of accounts receivable and payable, net (390,588 ) (41,064 )
CVO receivables update and interests (7,958,658 ) -
Trade receivables foreign Exchange difference (4,575,679 ) (9,844 )
Interest earned from customers (399,864 ) (81,916 )
Financial income (1,026,065 ) (711,997 )
Financial expenses 1,401,647 323,860
Share of the profit of associates (407,357 ) (92,193 )
Stock-based payments 2,208 -
Movements in provisions and long-term employee benefit plan expenses 49,474 33,124
Income from the sale of La Plata plant (572,992 ) -
 
Working capital adjustments:
Increase in trade and other receivables (765,381 ) (602,059 )
Decrease (Increase) in other non-financial assets and inventories (201,421 ) 111,654
Increase in trade and other payables, other non-financial
liabilities and liabilities from employee benefits
985,772   162,412  
2,056,284 1,110,411
 
Interest received from customers 16,573 10,928
Income tax paid (1,578,908 ) (370,029 )
Net cash flows provided by operating activities 493,949   751,310  
 
Investing activities
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (1,107,687 ) (73,198 )
Sale of financial assets, net 776,755 -
Prepayments maid for the acquisition of property, plants and
equipment
- (385,146 )
Sale of financial assets, net - 1,679,827
Dividends received 646,571 20,248
Cash flows generated from the sale of La Plata plant 586,845   -  
Net cash flows provided by investing activities 902,484   1,241,731  
 
Financing activities
Short term loans (settlements) proceeds, net 16,342 (266,568 )
Long term loans received 3,188,944 -
Long term loans paid (1,647,315 ) -
Interests and other loan costs paid (136,297 ) -
Dividends paid (1,059,816 ) -
Repayment of loans from Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires S.A. - (994,966 )
Interest paid from Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires S.A. loans
cancelled
- (42,758 )
Borrowings received from CAMMESA - 326,287
Contributions from non-controlling interests 46,138   170,604  
Net cash flows provided (used in) by financing activities 407,996   (807,401 )
 
 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 1,804,429 1,185,640
Exchange difference and other financial results 771,651 1,571
Cash and cash equivalents as of January 1 88,633   30,008  
Cash and cash equivalents as of June 30 2,664,713   1,217,219  
 

F. Information about the Conference Call

There will be a conference call to discuss Central Puerto's first
quarter 2018 results on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. New York
Time / 13:00 Buenos Aires Time.

The hosts will be Mr. Jorge Rauber, Chief Executive Officer, and Mr.
Fernando Bonnet, Chief Financial Officer. To access the conference call,
please dial:

United States Participants (Toll Free): +1-888-317-6003
Argentina
Participants (Toll Free): 0800-555-0645
International Participants:
+1-412-317-6061
Passcode: 1516253

The Company will also host a live audio webcast of the conference call
on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://investors.centralpuerto.com/.
Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the website and
download any streaming media software that might be required to listen
to the webcast.

You may find additional information on the Company at:

Glossary

In this release, except where otherwise indicated or where the context
otherwise requires:

  • "CAMMESA" refers to Compañía Administradora del Mercado Mayorista
    Eléctrico Sociedad Anónima
    ;
  • "Ecogas" refers collectively to Distribuidora de Gas Cuyana
    ("DGCU"), and its controlling company Inversora de Gas Cuyana
    ("IGCU")
    and Distribuidora de Gas del Centro ("DGCE"), and
    its controlling company Inversora de Gas del Centro ("IGCE");
  • "Energía Base" (legacy energy) refers to the regulatory framework
    established under Resolution SE No. 95/13, as amended, and, since
    February 2017, regulated by Resolution SEE No. 19/17;
  • "FONINVEMEM" or "FONI", refers to the Fondo para Inversiones
    Necesarias que Permitan Incrementar la Oferta de Energía Eléctrica en
    el Mercado Eléctrico Mayorista
    (the Fund for Investments Required
    to Increase the Electric Power Supply) and Similar Programs, including
    Central Vuelta de Obligado (CVO) Agreement;
  • "MATER", refers to Mercado a Término de Energía Renovable, is the
    regulatory framework that allows generators to sell electric energy
    from renewable sources directly to large users.
  • "p.p.", refers to percentage points;
  • "TGM" refers to Transportadora de Gas del Mercosur S.A.;
  • "YPF" refers to YPF S.A., Argentina's state-owned oil and gas company;
  • "YPF EE" refers to YPF Energía Eléctrica S.A., a subsidiary of YPF.

Disclaimer

Additional information about Central Puerto can be found in the Investor
Support section on the website at www.CentralPuerto.com.

Rounding amounts and percentages: Certain amounts and percentages
included in this release have been rounded for ease of presentation.
Percentage figures included in this release have not in all cases been
calculated on the basis of such rounded figures, but on the basis of
such amounts prior to rounding. For this reason, certain percentage
amounts in this release may vary from those obtained by performing the
same calculations using the figures in the financial statements. In
addition, certain other amounts that appear in this release may not sum
due to rounding.

This release contains certain metrics, including information per
share, operating information, and others, which do not have standardized
meanings or standard methods of calculation and therefore such measures
may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. Such
metrics have been included herein to provide readers with additional
measures to evaluate the Company's performance; however, such measures
are not reliable indicators of the future performance of the Company and
future performance may not compare to the performance in previous
periods.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS RELEVANT TO FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

This release contains certain forward-looking information and
forward-looking statements as defined in applicable securities laws
(collectively referred to in this Earnings Release as "forward-looking
statements") that constitute forward-looking statements. All statements
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‘‘should,'' ‘‘plan,'' ‘‘intend,'' ‘‘will,'' ‘‘estimate'' and
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Statements regarding possible or assumed future results of operations,
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environment, potential growth opportunities, the effects of future
regulation and the effects of competition, expected power generation and
capital expenditures plan, are examples of forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of
factors and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management,
are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive
uncertainties and contingencies, which may cause the actual results,
performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different
from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or
implied by the forward-looking statements.

The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements
except as required under securities laws. Further information concerning
risks and uncertainties associated with these forward-looking statements
and the Company's business can be found in the Company's public
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Adjusted EBITDA

In this release, Adjusted EBITDA, a non-IFRS financial measure, is
defined as net income for the year, plus finance expenses, minus
finance income, minus share of the profit of associates, minus
depreciation and amortization, plus income tax expense, plus
depreciation and amortization, minus net results of discontinued
operations.

Adjusted EBITDA is believed to provide useful supplemental information
to investors about the Company and its results. Adjusted EBITDA is among
the measures used by the Company's management team to evaluate the
financial and operating performance and make day-to-day financial and
operating decisions. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by
securities analysts, investors and other parties to evaluate companies
in the industry. Adjusted EBITDA is believed to be helpful to investors
because it provides additional information about trends in the core
operating performance prior to considering the impact of capital
structure, depreciation, amortization and taxation on the results.

Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute
for other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with
IFRS. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, including:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, including cash
    requirements for, our working capital needs or contractual commitments;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our finance expenses, or the cash
    requirements to service interest or principal payments on our
    indebtedness, or interest income or other finance income;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our income tax expense or the cash
    requirements to pay our income taxes;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the
    assets being depreciated or amortized often will need to be replaced
    in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash
    requirements for these replacements;
  • although share of the profit of associates is a non-cash charge,
    Adjusted EBITDA does not consider the potential collection of
    dividends; and
  • other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently, limiting
    its usefulness as a comparative measure.

The Company compensates for the inherent limitations associated with
using Adjusted EBITDA through disclosure of these limitations,
presentation of the Company's consolidated financial statements in
accordance with IFRS and reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to the most
directly comparable IFRS measure, net income. For a reconciliation of
the net income to Adjusted EBITDA, see the tables included in this
release.

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