Pre-close trading update

12 Dec 2013

12 December 2013

John Wood Group PLC

Pre-close trading update

John Wood Group PLC ("Wood Group" or "the Group") issues the following pre-close trading update for the year to 31 December 2013. Full year results will be announced on 18 February 2014.

The Group has delivered good growth in 2013 and is confident of achieving performance for the year in line with expectations. In 2014, the mix of opex and capex activities in our business and the contribution from completed acquisitions is expected to lead to growth overall.

Wood Group Engineering is on track to deliver EBITA growth in line with previous guidance of 10-15%. In Upstream, the significant Mafumeira Sul and Ichthys projects are beginning to wind down, with substantial completion of our scope scheduled around the year end. We are active on a number of projects including Anadarko Heidelberg and Hess Stampede in the Gulf of Mexico, and Det Norske's Ivar Aasen project in the North Sea. In Western Canada, the market remains weak. We see good prospects for a number of Upstream awards next year although not of the scale of the significant projects nearing completion. In Subsea & Pipelines, we are seeing good subsea activity overall, although there is some slowdown in Australia. Onshore pipelines continues to benefit from healthy US shale market activity. Downstream, process & industrial will deliver an improved performance over 2012. Looking ahead, the completion of significant projects and some deterioration in the themes we set out in our interim report in August, principally project delays offshore together with upstream weakness in Canada, is expected to result in a reduction in Engineering EBITA in 2014 of around 15%.

Wood Group PSN is performing well, with growth led by our US onshore shale related business. The North Sea remains a strong market in which we have secured nine North Sea contract renewals over the last 12 months, providing good revenue visibility and helping maintain our leading position. We are also starting to see the benefit from Pyeroy's expansion with oil & gas customers. In the Americas, we recently completed the acquisition of Elkhorn for a consideration of $215m. Elkhorn is a Wyoming based construction services provider, which will enhance our US shale exposure and complement our existing construction, maintenance and fabrication activities. In international markets,performance continues to be held back by our contract in Oman. Underlying performance has improved in Oman although losses continue at a lower rate, and further actions to address this position are being taken. Overall for 2014 we anticipate good growth, again led by our US onshore business.

In Wood Group GTS we expect that 2013 EBITA will be lower than 2012, in part due to the impact of lower EBITA in Power Solutions and some recent deferrals in Maintenance. The Dorad contract is on track to complete early in 2014.
Completion of our joint venture with Siemens is expected in the first half of 2014, at which point all of Wood Group's gas turbine-related activities will be in joint ventures and will be reported within Wood Group PSN in the future.
Performance across the gas turbine joint ventures is expected to be flat for 2014, with growth in Maintenance offset by the impact of a lack of backlog in Power Solutions.

The Group has a strong balance sheet and we continue to pursue organic and acquisition led growth.

We remain confident of achieving 2013 performance in line with expectations. In 2014, the mix of opex and capex activities in our business and the contribution from completed acquisitions is expected to lead to growth overall, with growth in Wood Group PSN offsetting the reduction in Wood Group Engineering.

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Notes to editors:

Wood Group is an international energy services company with around $7bn revenues, employing around 44,000 people and operating in 50 countries. The Group has three businesses - Wood Group Engineering, Wood Group PSN and Wood Group GTS - providing a range of engineering, production support, maintenance management and industrial gas turbine overhaul and repair services to the oil & gas, and power generation industries worldwide.


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