Debt Factor

Calculation and Development

To manage E.ON's capital structure we use a steering metric called debt factor. The debt factor is defined as economic net debt divided by EBITDA2.

The debt factor is calculated as follows:
EUR in millions Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017
Liquid funds
5,423 5,160
Non-current securities 2,295 2,749
Financial liabilities -10,721 -13,021
FX hedging adjustment -28 114
Net financial position -3,031 -4,998
Provisions for pensions -3,261 -3,620
Asset-retirement obligations¹
-10,288 -10,630
Economic net debt -16,580 -19,248
Adjusted EBITDA
4,840 4,955
Debt Factors 3.4 3.9
1 These figures are not the same as the asset-retirement obligations shown in our Consolidated Balance Sheet (31. Dezember 2018: €11,889 million; December 31, 2017: - € 11,673). This is because we calculate our economic net debt in part based on the actual amount of our obligations

In addition to liquid funds also our non-current securities are taken into account when calculating economic net debt, as these are liquid investments predominantly used to fund our provisions.

The net financial position includes effects from foreign-currency hedging of financial transactions, which is analogous to the hedged underlying transaction.

Other items that are debt-like are also considered. These are mainly provisions for pensions and asset retirement obligations.

The low interest-rate environment continued. In some cases this led to negative real interest rates on asset-retirement obli-gations. As in prior years, our provisions therefore exceeded the amount of our asset-retirement obligations at year-end without factoring in discounting and cost-escalation effects. This limits the relevance of economic net debt as a key figure. We want economic net debt to serve as a useful key figure that aptly depicts our debt situation. In the case of material provisions affected by negative real interest rates, we have therefore used the aforementioned actual amount of the obligations instead of the balance-sheet figure to calculate our economic net debt since the 2016 financial year.

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