CIMIC Group today announced a solid result for the three months to 31 March 2018, as the Group strengthened its market position and increased revenue and cash-backed profit.
Highlights of the result compared with 1Q17 were:
- NPAT of $172 million, up 7%
- Revenue of $3.2 billion, up 7%, with solid contributions from all core businesses
- Strong EBIT, PBT and NPAT margins6 of 7.8%, 7.3% and 5.3% respectively
- Cash flows from operating activities of $118 million; $1.5 billion in LTM. EBITDA conversion rate of 100% in LTM
- Free operating cash flow7 of $1.1 billion in LTM
- Strong net cash position of $912 million, up $634 million
- Work in hand of $34.6 billion, equivalent to more than two years’ revenue; growth of $2.7 billion or 10% in core businesses
- Guidance confirmed for 2018 NPAT in the range of $720 million to $780 million, subject to market conditions.
Global business strength
CIMIC Group Executive Chairman Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: “CIMIC’s positive momentum continued in the first quarter of 2018, highlighting the strength of our global business. We have increased revenue and cash-backed profit, and maintain a positive outlook.
“Our balance sheet remains strong, and we continue to consider ways to use our capital that will create long-term value in the best interests of our shareholders. “This includes taking advantage of growth opportunities, both organic and strategic, that leverage or expand our existing competencies, including investing in public private partnerships.”
CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer Michael Wright said: “We continued to optimise operational performance during the period, being disciplined in cost management and increasing the value we deliver for our clients.
“Our work in hand remains at a high level, providing assurance of future revenues, and the pipeline of opportunities for our business is strong.”
Q1 project announcements
CIMIC Group announced several important projects, in Australia and abroad, during the first quarter including:
- Mining services at Dawson South, Mt Arthur and Mt Owen in Australia, and at Wahana, Satui and Senakin in Indonesia (generating revenue of $1.2 billion)
- The continued maintenance of the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC Class Frigates ($250 million)
- Construction works for the Cavite Laguna Expressway in the Philippines ($182 million)
- Build and maintain works for the Tailem Bend Solar Farm in South Australia ($170 million)
- Asset management and project services at BP fuel terminals across Australia ($150 million)
- Design and construction works for the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre in Sydney ($84 million).
Relevant to CIMIC Group there are nearly $100 billion of tenders to be bid and awarded during the rest of 2018; and a further $300 billion in 2019 and beyond, including about $80 billion worth of PPP projects.
Mr Fernández Verdes said: “The outlook for our business is promising and there is a solid pipeline of projects. With our sound balance sheet, we have the flexibility to pursue strategic growth initiatives and allocate capital to opportunities that create value for our shareholders.”
Read the full statement here.