CIMIC Group today announced substantial increases in cash flow, net cash and work in hand for the three months to 31 March 2019, delivering sustainable returns and cash-backed profit.
Highlights of the result compared with 1Q18 were:
- Solid operating performance with NPAT of $181 million, up 5%
- Revenue of $3.4 billion, up 6%, with solid performances across all Operating Companies
- Stable EBIT, PBT and NPAT margins6 of 8.2%, 7.3% and 5.3% respectively
- Generated cash flow from operating activities of $248 million, up 60%
- Strong EBITDA cash conversion rate of 108% in LTM
- Generated free operating cash flow7 of $1.4 billion in LTM
- Robust financial position with net cash of $1.6 billion, up around $700 million
- Solid order book with work in hand of $36.9 billion, equivalent to more than two years’ revenue; up $3.0 billion or 10% in Operating Companies
- Guidance confirmed for 2019 NPAT in the range of $790 million to $840 million, subject to market conditions.
CIMIC Group Executive Chairman Marcelino Fernández Verdes said: “With continued growth in revenue and profit, and substantial increases in cash flow and net cash during the period we are in a strong financial and operating position.
“Innovation continues to be a priority area and we have increased our focus on digitalisation, establishing a new global initiative, Nexplore, to systematically realise the opportunities offered by new and emerging technologies.”
CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer Michael Wright said: “Driven by a rigorous focus on operational delivery and risk management we continue to create valued outcomes for our clients.
“Our recent success in both the PPP and Alliance packages for Brisbane’s $5.4 billion Cross River Rail is a prime example in which we’ve been able to offer a unique solution to our client that delivers the best of CIMIC Group, drawing together specialist skills across our companies.”
CIMIC Group announced several important projects, in Australia and abroad, during the first quarter including:
- UGL secured an extension to its contract with Sydney Trains for the delivery of maintenance and logistics services, generating revenue of more than $250 million
- Pacific Partnerships, UGL and CPB Contractors, as part of the Momentum Trains consortium, were selected to deliver the $1.3 billion Regional Rail providing construction and the initial 15-year maintenance term
- Thiess secured a nine-year $1.7 billion contract with its joint venture partner at the Jwaneng Diamond Mine in Botswana.
Since the end of the quarter, Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, and UGL were selected as the preferred proponents to deliver two major packages for the Cross River Rail in Brisbane: the Tunnel, Stations and Development PPP as part of the Pulse consortium, and the Rail, Integration and Systems package as part of an Alliance partnership. Revenue will be approximately half of the project value and will be finalised at contract execution.
Relevant to CIMIC Group there are nearly $110 billion of tenders to be bid and awarded during the rest of 2019; and a further $320 billion in 2020 and beyond, including more than $130 billion worth of PPP projects.
Mr Fernández Verdes said: “We have been successful in the three major PPPs awarded in the past nine months in our markets – Regional Rail in New South Wales, Waikeria Prison in New Zealand and Cross River Rail in Brisbane – demonstrating the strength of our financial position and our technical expertise.
“Our sound balance sheet and strong net cash position give us flexibility to evaluate further PPPs and other capital allocation opportunities. I look forward to the Group continuing to deliver innovative solutions that create long-term value for our clients and shareholders.”
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