15 Aug 2016

Contact Energy suffers loss

10:49 am on 15 August 2016

Power company Contact Energy's has slumped to an annual loss after significant asset writedowns and flat earnings.

Otahuhu Power Station.

Photo: RNZ / Lauren Baker

The company reported a net loss after tax of $66 million for the year ended June, compared with a profit of $133m a year ago.

The result reflected the $204m in one-off costs related to the closure of a power station, the shelving of another project and a writedown in the value of its gas reserves.

Excluding the one-off items, the company's underlying profit was $157m, which was down slightly on last year.

Contact chief executive Dennis Barnes said its level of customer switching fell and it had been gaining consumers over the past few months.