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Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS), the unprofitable Danish wind turbine maker, is fighting an attempt by investors to probe a change in its accounting policy that they say damaged the company's share price.
The wind turbine maker is halfway through a two-year push to cut its workforce by about 30 percent to 16,000 as it seeks to return to profitability following two years of losses. It's reduced its cost base by more than 250 million euros of the target for 400 million euros of cuts by the end of 2013.
The Renewable Energy Foundation published this research paper by Dr Gordon Hughes, Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh, on the performance over time of wind farms in the United Kingdom and Denmark. The paper can be downloaded by clicking the link(s) on this page. The UK and Danish data used in the analysis is also available below. The following summarizes the results of the research.
Vestas' stock shares heading towards its lowest level since the company's IPO - in 1998. On Tuesday, shares of Vestas fell by 3.2 percent after news of the company's U.S. CEO, Martha Wyrsch, decided to leave the ailing wind turbine manufacturer.
Aarhus, Denmark-based Vestas, which has been hurt by higher-than-budgeted costs to develop its V112 turbine and cuts in green energy subsidies, said in July it agreed with its banks to defer a so-called test of financial covenants, delaying loan payments after losses eroded its cash flow.
TenneT TSO, whose Dutch parent bought E.ON's German high voltage grid in 2009, has come under political and financial pressure over delays in linking offshore wind farms to Germany's onshore grid, as part of the country's hurried shift toward renewable energy.
The company's chief financial officer, Dag Andresen, said Vestas would stop and close down all non-profitable projects in areas such as research and development. Products which cannot reach the market within 18 months or will not be profitable for the firm within 24 months will be put on the chopping block, he said.
Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems A/S , the world's largest manufacturer of wind turbines, said it has terminated its former Chief Financial Officer's severance deal after it emerged he has cost the company up to 18 million euros from unauthorized deals in India.
The deals signed last year, which Vestas says were "in violation of the company's internal provisions" and its interests, have definitely lost the company €4 million and may have lost a further €14 million.
Vestas has announced it is terminating its severance agreement with former chief financial officer and deputy CEO Henrik Norremark, citing unauthorised deals costing the company "up to EUR 18 million". ..."[Norremark] seems to have entered into agreements in violation of the company's internal provisions regulating his power to bind the company as well as the company’s interests in general.
Vestas, the world's biggest wind turbine manufacturer, has decided to "scale down its sales efforts in the Indian market''. Vestas is currently implementing a global re-organisation plan to develop a "more scalable and flexible organisation" and cut cost by €250 million by the end of 2012.
Shares in Danish wind turbine maker Vestas (VWS.CO) plunged as much as 14 percent on Thursday as worries mounted that the company could ask shareholders for more capital, traders said.
"Vestas' stock has experienced wild swings over the past weeks as worries about the balance sheet and press reports about a potential strategic investor grabbed the headlines," Prozesky said. "Our view has been that the stock is largely ‘un- investable' given these two potential extreme outcomes."
Genneia wants to pay an outstanding balance in Argentine pesos, instead of euros or US dollars, as Vestas claims was agreed - a move that could leave the turbine group facing a heavy currency exchange loss on the more than $32m it says it is still owed.
A group of international banks have given Vestas Wind Systems a deadline of Jan. 1, 2013, to reach a strategic deal with Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. seen as shoring up the troubled Danish wind turbine maker's finances, according to news reports.
The world's top wind turbine maker, Vestas of Denmark, announced on Wednesday that it would have to slash another 1,400 jobs by the end of the year in addition to the more than 2,300 positions already cut at the beginning of the year.
Vestas along with rivals General Electric Co. and Siemens AG is struggling with declining turbine prices and excess capacity as nations from the U.S. to Germany rein in support for renewable energy. The company detailed restructuring plans in January after issuing a second profit warning in three months.
Vestas' Chief Executive Ditlev Engel said the group had to get accustomed to no longer operating in a growth industry. He is under intense pressure to deliver a promised turnaround and restore investors' confidence, which analysts say will take time.
Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems has dropped plans to build a factory in Britain after no orders were been signed for the turbines that were to be produced there, dealing a blow to the country's wind energy sector.
Vestas depends on the US for one-fifth of its orders, making it highly sensitive to US market conditions. Decades ago, California had tax breaks which became a boon for the Danish company. When those ended Vestas barely survived. The same sort of crisis could come this December, if Congress decides not to extend a production tax credit that underpins the US wind industry.