Last week was a busy – and very important – time for the finance function.
On Thursday, we reported our full-year results for 2014.
Samir [Brikho] and I presented the key numbers to about 100 analysts in London, with another 100 or so listening in via the web.
The key takeaway from 2014 was that our performance was bang in line with what they had been expecting.
We also tell investors what to expect from the current year.
We talked about the current performance of the business, the integration, our new plans for business development and so on.
This time it was especially important to balance our excitement of being a new business and all the new opportunities that brings, together with the growth we are seeing in some markets – with the reality that some markets are more challenging at the moment.
After the formal presentation, Samir and I also talked to journalists and our top shareholders and answered any questions they have about the business.
The key message we wanted to get across was that Amec Foster Wheeler is a very resilient business. It is built to survive tough markets – and thrive when things pick up.
Building a strong relationship with our shareholders is key part of my job – much the same way as our operational teams work together with our customers.
Now that we have set out our plans to the market – we all need to pull together to deliver– and produce another set of results ‘in line with expectations’.