Interim report for the first quarter of 2024 – Operating profit in line with expectations, with offshore site earnings increasing 18 %. Business plan progressing with Sunrise Wind award and completion of two offshore wind farms

Today, Ørsted’s Board of Directors approved the interim report for the first quarter of 2024.

Mads Nipper, Group President and CEO of Ørsted, says in a comment to the interim report for the first quarter of 2024:
“We are working diligently on executing our business plan presented in February. A key milestone is our 924 MW Sunrise Wind project, which was selected for award in New York’s fourth offshore wind solicitation.

“With the ramp-up of generation from Greater Changhua 1 and 2a and South Fork and the high wind speeds in the first quarter of 2024, our operating profit (EBITDA) excluding new partnerships and cancellation fees amounted to DKK 7.5 billion, an increase of DKK 0.6 billion compared to the same period last year, which was driven by an 18 % increase in our offshore site earnings. This was in line with our expectations, and we reiterate our full-year EBITDA guidance.

“During this quarter, we have been constructing 7.6 GW of offshore wind across our regions, and we have reached significant milestones by finalising the construction of Greater Changhua 1 and 2a in Taiwan and South Fork in the US. Both wind farms are expected to reach final commissioning during second quarter. We remain focused on project execution and on de-risking the continued supply chain challenges in the industry.

“As part of our partnership and divestment programme, we have executed on two milestones. In the US, we have divested a share of four onshore wind farms with a total capacity of 957 MW to Stonepeak, and in Europe, we’ve taken the strategic decision to prioritise other markets for onshore renewables, and consequently, we’ve signed an agreement with ENGIE under which they will acquire our onshore wind and solar assets in France.”

We reiterate our 2024 guidance for EBITDA excluding new partnership agreements and cancellation fees of DKK 23-26 billion, as well as gross investment of DKK 48-52 billion.

Results for Q1 2024
Operating profit (EBITDA) excluding new partnerships and cancellation fees for the first quarter amounted to DKK 7.5 billion, DKK 0.6 billion higher than in the same period last year, and in line with our expectations.

Earnings from offshore sites amounted to DKK 6.9 billion, which was DKK 1.1 billion higher than in the same period last year. The increase was due to higher wind, ramp-up of Greater Changhua 1 and 2a and South Fork, and higher prices on the inflation-indexed CfDs and green certificates. This was partly offset by reduced capacity in the export transmission cables at Hornsea 1 due to an issue with the electrical infrastructure, which is being resolved during the second quarter.

Net profit amounted to DKK 2.6 billion, which was below the same period last year. While net profit was positively impacted by higher EBITDA and an impairment reversal on our Sunrise Wind project, our tax expenses were affected by the recognition of a deferred tax liability related to an initial tax equity contribution for our US onshore project, Eleven Mile.

Return on capital employed (ROCE) came in at -12 %, primarily due to the impairment losses and cancellation fees impacting EBIT during the 12-month period. ROCE adjusted for impairment losses and cancellation fees in Q1 2024 was 12.5 %.

DKK million

Q1 2024

Q1 2023





8 %

- New partnerships




- Cancellation fees




- EBITDA excl. new partnerships and cancellation fees



8 %

Profit (loss) for the period



(19 %)

Cash flow from operating activities



(64 %)

Gross investments



(13 %)





Free cash flow




Net interest-bearing debt



41 %

FFO/adjusted net debt



(19 %p)




(26 %p)

Earnings call
In connection with the presentation of the interim report for the first quarter of the year, an earnings call for investors and analysts will be held on Thursday, 2 May 2024 at 14:00 CEST.

The earnings call can be followed live at: Ørsted Interim report for the first quarter of 2024 (

Presentation slides will be available prior to the earnings call at: Investors | Ørsted (

The interim report is available for download at:

For further information, please contact:

Global Media Relations
Carsten Birkeland Kjær
+45 99 55 77 65

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