Summary:

  • Mixed H1 trading results  
    • Record solar and UK North Sea revenue, offset by weak performance from Americas O&G
    • Non-cash impairment charge and asset write-offs of £440m (including Americas O&G and GPG)
    • Interim dividend of 7.4p
  • Reiterate key guidance  
    • Expectations for FY2016 trading result unchanged
    • Target £500m of proceeds from disposals by June 2017
  • Strategy, organisation and cost review initiated; to be completed in autumn

H1 2016: Key performance measures1

£m unless stated, for 6 months ended 30 June20162015Change
Continuing operations   
Revenue2,8422,664+4%2
Trading profit3177188-9%
Trading margin6.2%7.1%-90bps
Trading cash flow12584 
Cash conversion71%45% 
Adjusted diluted earnings per share28.2p34.0p-17%
Order book6.2bn6.6bn-9%

H1 2016: Reported under IFRS

£m unless stated, for 6 months ended 30 June20162015Change
Continuing operations   
Revenue2,8422,664+7%
(Loss)/profit before net financing expenses(414)83 
(Loss)/profit before tax(446)73 
Cash flow from operations21(9) 
Diluted earnings per share(115.8)p14.5p 
Interim dividens per share7.4p14.8p-50%
Net debt1,084957+13%

Notes:

  1. Adjusted performance measures used by the group are reconciled to the equivalent IFRS measures in ‘Performance measures’
  2. Excluding the impacts of currency movements
  3. Trading profit represents profit before net financing expense excluding exceptional items, the amortisation and impairment of intangible assets (including the impairment charges at GPG and Americas) and asbestos-related costs (net of insurance recoveries). Trading profit includes the group’s share of the trading profit of joint ventures

Our industry continues to face very challenging conditions, with capital projects across natural resources markets being delayed and cancelled in many parts of the world.

Despite this, we continue to benefit from the diversity of our platform and we remain on track to deliver the operational guidance we gave at the beginning of the year.

I have initiated a wide-ranging review of the strategy, our organisation structure and cost base – which we are now part-way through. I expect to update investors on these issues in the autumn.

Jonathan Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Amec Foster Wheeler plc