Menu
Technology a sweet spot for energy and comms networker Vector

Technology a sweet spot for energy and comms networker Vector

Vector's technology division has outperformed ahead of a push into Australia's smart meter marketplace.

Vector's communications network and points of presence.

Vector's communications network and points of presence.

Auckland-based energy network company Vector's technology division shone in its annual results today with revenue up 18.8 per cent and EBITDA climbing 7.9 per cent.

Overall, the company saw revenue rise by 7.2 per cent and adjusted EBITDA by just 0.3 per cent.

Technology division revenue rose to $214 million from $180 million, driven by smart meter deployments in New Zealand and Australia.

Vector installed almost 145,000 advanced meters in New Zealand and more than 24,200 advanced meters in Australia, growing its meter base 13.7 per cent to 1.28 million. This included 102,808 meters which are managed, but not owned, by Vector. 

Vector said it is reaching the end of its smart meter roll-out in New Zealand, and will target a reduced deployment of up to 100,000 meters in 2018. After that, the focus locally will shift to managing the meter fleet and installing new and replacement meters.

Australia, where Power of Choice reforms take effect from 1 December 2017, is the new frontier for the metering business. At that point metering will become competitive across New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. 

"Vector is currently involved in competitive procurement processes with major Australian retailers with a view to securing contracts for deployment from 1 December 2017," the company told shareholders today.

Vector said its communications business delivered an improved result, but released no numbers around that. Vector Communications offers a range of high-end connectivity, voice and network services.

Vector owns a high capacity data network with points of presence in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Napier/Hastings, Tauranga, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Dunedin and Invercargill.

The technology division also includes Vector’s new energy solutions business, which won a multimillion-dollar contract to supply the Northern Territory with a 5MW grid-tied battery storage solution. Vector will design, engineer, construct and instal the system and will also be responsible for ongoing maintenance. 

The company also worked with Dominion Salt to integrate a Tesla Powerpack with its 660 kW wind turbine at Lake Grassmere to deliver around 75 per cent of the site’s energy.

Vector reported adjusted EBITDA of $474.4 million, at the top end of market guidance and will pay a dividend of 16 cents a share. Vector's share price fell by nearly 1 per cent by midday after the morning announcement.

In May, Vector secured exclusive Australasian rights to "Internet of Energy" (IoE) technology from Israel-based mPrest.

Read more: Mitel appoints new VP and GM for Asia Pacific

The software enables integration and development of new energy solutions for customers and the management of multiple technologies on the company’s networks, Vector said.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags communicationssmart meteringsmart metersVectornvetowrks

Featured

Slideshows

EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session

EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session

New Zealanders kick-started EDGE 2018 with a bout of Super Rugby before a dedicated New Zealand session, in front of more than 50 partners, vendors and distributors on Hamilton Island.​

EDGE 2018: Kiwis kick back with Super Rugby before NZ session
EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research

EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research

EDGE 2018 kicked off with a dedicated New Zealand track, highlighting the key customer priorities across the local market, in association with Dell EMC. Delivered through EDGE Research - leveraging Kiwi data through Tech Research Asia - more than 50 partners, vendors and distributors combined during an interactive session to assess the changing spending patterns of the end-user and the subsequent impact to the channel.

EDGE 2018: Kiwis assess key customer priorities through NZ research
Show Comments