Highlights of first half 2015
- Revenue: EUR 1.6 billion
- EBITDA: EUR 500 million
- Net profit: EUR 307 million
- Order book: EUR 3.0 billion
- Dredging: stable market with lower utilization rate in the second half year, partly due to postponed vessel maintenance from the first half
- Offshore Energy: more challenging circumstances, particularly in the capacity-driven short-term markets
- Towage: stable market prospects
- Net profit outlook: FY 2015 net profit lower than 2014 record of EUR 490 million
Boskalis responds to various global macro trends by providing creative and innovative all-round solutions in specific market segments. These trends include growth in the world's population and prosperity, which in turn leads to increasing global trade and energy consumption. In addition there are the irreversible effects of climate change. The extent to which these macro trends will continue to develop in the coming years will be strongly dependent on geopolitical stability and macroeconomic growth in particular. Positive investment decisions in relation to large maritime infrastructure projects, which generate a lot of work for Boskalis, are closely linked to this. We see a stable market with regard to large-scale maritime infrastructure projects, the developments in and around ports and large-scale infrastructure works in the Netherlands. The tender pipeline with capital dredging projects for the deepening and expansion of ports and waterways, land reclamation projects and tunnel developments is positive, and maintenance work in these markets has a strong recurring nature. In large ports the development of the number of shipping movements and thus the demand for towage services looks likely to be stable in the coming years. In light of this, expectations are that conditions in the Dredging & Inland Infra and Towage segments will remain stable. In the offshore energy market there is a clear distinction between short and long-term developments. At present the short term is strongly affected by the low oil price, which is causing oil majors to postpone investment decisions relating to complex and costly offshore projects. In the long term, however, the demand for energy will continue to be driven by increasing prosperity and economic growth. In the near term, those activities aimed at the capacity-driven spot markets such as Marine and Subsea Services are expected to be impacted hardest. The picture at Marine Contracting and Subsea Contracting is more favorable, fueled by structural developments in offshore wind energy, the dismantling of old oil and gas rigs and new developments in the Middle East and surrounding LNG, such as in Western Canada. Boskalis expects to see a prolonged period of low energy prices and lean market conditions in the offshore oil and gas market and is tightening things up where necessary in terms of organization, fleet composition and capital expenditure.
OutlookCurrent information suggests that no major changes are to be expected in the market environment for Dredging & Inland Infra and Towage in the second half of the year compared to the first half. Following an exceptionally busy first half year at Dredging, fleet utilization levels will come down in the second half, partly due to postponed vessel maintenance from the first half year. This will result in a lower operating margin. The outlook for Offshore Energy remains mixed. Long-term contracts and work already contracted are expected to provide an important degree of stability well into 2016, but the short-term related transport activities and subsea services are experiencing pressure on utilization levels and margins. Across the portfolio it remains crucial that we make every possible effort to maintain the level of the order book, whereby we are selective in taking on projects, with an acceptable risk profile. Based on the fleet schedule and work in the portfolio and barring unforeseen circumstances, the Board of Management expects a good second half of the year. Net profit for the full year 2015, including our stake in the result of joint ventures and associated companies, is not expected to approach the 2014 record result (EUR 490 million). The 2015 capital expenditure is expected to amount to EUR 225-250 million (from EUR 250-275 million), which will be financed from the company's own cash flow. >>> Click here for the half year report including all the financial details <<<
|KEY FIGURES||1st HY 2015||1st HY 2014||2014|
|(in EUR million)|
|Net result from joint ventures and associates||30.0||19.6||56.4|
|Operating result (EBIT)*||359.3||338.3||652.3|
|Earnings per share (in EUR)||2.50||2.10||4.03|
|30 June 2015||30 June 2014||End 2014|
Live audio webcastThe Board of Management of Royal Boskalis Westminster will comment on the 2015 half-year results at the analyst meeting (11.30am - 12.45pm CET) on 20 August 2015. This meeting can be followed by means of a live audio webcast, details of which can be found on the homepage (www.boskalis.com).
|20 August 2015||Publication of 2015 half-year results|
|13 November 2015||Trading update on third quarter of 2015|
|9 March 2016||Publication of 2015 annual results|
|10 May 2016||Trading update on first quarter of 2016|
|10 May 2016||Annual General Meeting of Shareholders|
|18 August 2016||Publication of 2016 half-year results|
|11 November 2016||Trading update on third quarter of 2016|
Martijn L.D. Schuttevâer
firstname.lastname@example.org T +31 78 6969310 Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. is a leading global services provider operating in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors. The company provides creative and innovative all-round solutions to infrastructural challenges in the maritime, coastal and delta regions of the world with services including the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways, land reclamation, coastal defense and riverbank protection. In addition, Boskalis offers a wide variety of marine services and contracting for the offshore energy sector including subsea, heavy transport, lifting and installation (through Boskalis, Dockwise and Fairmount) and towage and salvage (through SMIT). Furthermore, Boskalis has a number of strategic partnerships in harbor towage and terminal services (Keppel Smit Towage, SAAM SMIT Towage and Smit Lamnalco). With a versatile fleet of 1,000 units Boskalis operates in around 75 countries across six continents. Excluding its share in partnerships, Boskalis has approximately 8,500 employees. This press release can also be found on our website www.boskalis.com.
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