Press Release

Results for the half-year ended 1 July 2016

17 August 2016


(£ million unless otherwise specified) Half-year 2016 Half-year 2015
Underlying2 Total Underlying2 Total
Revenue incl. share of JVs and associates1 4,024 4,117 4,085 4,191
Profit/(loss) from operations(PFO)1 5 (23) (120) (140)
Pre-tax profit/(loss)1
7 (21) (130) (150)
Total profit/(loss) 14 (11) (135) (150)
Earnings/(loss) per share1
2.0p (2.0p) (19.4p) (22.0p)
Dividends per share   0.9p   -
Asset  HY 2016 FY 2015  HY 2015
Order book1,2 £12.4bn  £11.0bn £11.3bn
Directors' valuation of Investments portfolio4 1,249  1,244 1,252
Net cash/(borrowings) – recourse 115  163 260
Net cash/(borrowings) – non-recourse  (388)  (365)  (327)



Financial Highlights
  • Order book £12.4bn, up 7% at constant exchange rates (CER)3 whilst maintaining disciplined bidding practices
  • Underlying revenue £4,024m, down 6% at CER
  • Underlying profit before tax of £7m (2015: £130m loss)
  • Net cash of £115m, following continued working capital discipline
  • New pension deficit payments plan agreed in principle
      - £182m to be paid over 8 years (previous agreement: £376m)
  • Dividend reinstated with interim payment of 0.9p


Build to Last Highlights

 Phase One targets on track

  •  Increased safety observations and a reduction in Lost Time Injury Rate indicate greater staff engagement on safety
  • Continued simplification of the Group
     - improved systems, processes and controls driving greater visibility and control
  • Further actions to upgrade leadership
  • Maintained focus on cost and cash conscious culture


Leo Quinn, Group Chief Executive, commented: “We are now starting to see tangible benefits from the transformation of Balfour Beatty.

“Eighteen months into the first phase of Build to Last we have delivered our second successive half of underlying profitability and remain on track to achieve our initial targets of £200m cash in: £100m cost out. By concentrating on our selected markets, we are growing our order book within a control environment which ensures that our business decisions lead to sustainable profit and cash growth.

“We have maintained a strong balance sheet and expect Balfour Beatty to make further solid and measurable progress. As a result we are able to reinstate the dividend as planned.

“By the end of 2016 we will have successfully completed Phase One. Over the following 24 months, I am confident we can reach industry-standard margins and then build on the foundations Build to Last has put in place to deliver a Balfour Beatty with market-leading strengths and performance over the longer term.”


1 from continuing operations
2 before non-underlying items (Note 7)
3 Constant Exchange Rate (CER) is calculated as growth in local currency terms
4 includes £73 million at HY 2016 relating to the BSF portfolio of seven schools projects, as the disposal proceeds had not been received. The cash is expected to be received in the second half.

Analyst/investor enquiries:
Peter Young
Tel. +44 (0)20 7216 6824

Media enquiries:
Louise McCulloch
Tel. +44 (0)20 7216 6846

Tulchan Communications:
David Allchurch
Tel. +44 (0) 207 353 4200

Analyst presentation:
A presentation to analysts and investors was made at Numis, The London Stock Exchange Building, London EC4M 7LT on 17 August 2016. 

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