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Balfour Beatty announces 2019 half year results

14 August 2019

Build to Last delivers increased profitability backed by strong cash performance

 

Highlights

  • On track to deliver full year performance in line with market expectations
  • Underlying profit from operations (PFO) increased 9% to £72 million (2018: £66 million)
  • PFO from earnings-based businesses increased 29% to £63 million (2018: £49 million)
  • Significant increase in average net cash at £290 million (2018: £161 million)
    • Increasing full year average net cash guidance range by £50 million to £280 - £300 million
  • Order book increased 5% to £13.2 billion (FY 2018: £12.6 billion), whilst maintaining Build to Last disciplines
  • Sector leading balance sheet, underpinned by £1.2 billion Investments portfolio
  • Interim dividend payment up 31% to 2.1 pence (2018: 1.6 pence)

(£ million unless otherwise specified)

Half year 2019

 

Half year 2018

Underlying2

Total

 

Underlying2

 

Total

Revenue1

3,881

3,884

 

3,836

 

3,839

Profit from operations

72

71

 

66

 

60

Pre-tax profit

64

63

 

56

 

50

Profit for the period

54

48

 

52

 

69

Basic earnings per share

7.6p

6.7p

 

7.5p

 

10.1p

Dividend per share

 

2.1p

 

 

 

1.6p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

HY 2019

 

FY 2018

 

HY 2018

Order book1,2

£13.2bn

 

£12.6bn

 

£12.6bn

Directors' valuation of Investments portfolio

£1.16bn

 

£1.15bn

 

£1.19bn

Net cash – recourse

425

 

337

 

366

Net cash – non-recourse3

(330)

 

(309)

 

 (329)


Leo Quinn, Group Chief Executive, said: “This is another strong set of results – increasing profits backed by a strong cash performance, plus carefully managed growth in our order book.

“Today, the Group’s geographic and operational diversity underpins our risk management, with over 50% of our business and Investments portfolio assets outside the UK.

“Combined with the strength of our balance sheet and cash flows, this positions Balfour Beatty to create and return future value to shareholders.” 

 

Notes:

1 revenue and order book include share of joint ventures and associates

2 before non-underlying items (Note 8)

3 non-recourse net borrowings are cash and debt that are ringfenced within certain infrastructure concession project companies

A reconciliation of the Group’s performance measures to its statutory results is provided in the Measuring Our Performance section.

 

Investor and analyst enquiries:
Angus Barry
Tel. +44 (0)20 7216 6824
angus.barry@balfourbeatty.com

Media enquiries:
Antonia Walton
Tel. +44 (0)20 7963 2150
antonia.walton@balfourbeatty.com

Investor and analyst presentation:

A presentation to investors and analysts will be made at Numis Securities plc, Floor Five, The London Stock Exchange Building, 10 Paternoster Square, London, EC4M 7LT on 14 August 2019 at 09.00.

There will be a live webcast of this presentation on: https://www.balfourbeatty.com/webcast

Read the full announcement here

Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty (balfourbeatty.com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 26,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
  • Our main geographies are the UK, US and Hong Kong. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.