Carillion is expecting a stronger operating margin as results of its strategy to chop UK Civil Engineering construction activity by a 3rd by the top of this year, it said.
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The construction and support services firm said trading within the 1st six months of 2012 is in line with the board’s expectations, despite difficult conditions. the scale of the united kingdom market continues to cut back on the rear of state cuts, it said.
Total operating margins are predicted to extend “reflecting the profit to margins of re-scaling our UK construction business, beside our group-wide specialization in contract selectivity.”
It said: “As expected, total revenues are not up to what was expected within the 1st half of 2011.
“This is primarily due to lower UK construction revenue, as we tend to continue the planned re-scaling of our UK construction activities to align them with the shrinking UK market and as additionally previously announced, Middle East construction revenue being second-half weighted, that reflects the timing of project starts.
It added: “However, the re-scaling of UK Structural Steel construction through strict contract selectivity continues to support margins and that we expect a rise in operating margin during this phase to over offset the impact of lower revenue, with a consequent improvement in operating profit, at each of the 0.5 and full year. “
Total first-half new orders and probable orders were price up to £2.2bn. The cluster has an order book of £18 billion, with the pipeline of contract opportunities expected to rise to £35bn. internet borrowing at the 0.5 year is predicted to be approximately £125 million.
Carillion said new project opportunities within the UK “await the end result of the government’s review of this PFI model”, that it expects to play a key role within the UK Government’s £250 billion National Infrastructure arrange.
The integration of Carillion Energy Services (CES), following its Eaga acquisition in 2011, is not off course to herald integration price savings at an annual rate of £25m by the top of 2013. a complete one,400 are being cut as a result.
It additionally expects additional outsourcing opportunites on the FM facet, and highlighted a £700m contract it’s won with Oxfordshire County Council.
It added: “Given the strength of our business model, order book and pipeline of contract opportunities, our medium-term targets stay unchanged, specifically to deliver ongoing growth in support services and to double our annual revenues within the Middle East and in Canada within the five-year amount to 2015, in every case to around £1 billion. “