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Maire Tecnimont announces its 2018 consolidated Financial Results

14.03.2019 - 11:20

•    On-going growth of the main KPIs:
o    Revenues: €3,646.6 million (+3.4%)
o    EBITDA: €205.7 million (+8.4% vs. 2017
pro-forma)
o    Net Income: €117.4 million (+20.2% vs. 2017
pro-forma)
•    Backlog at €6.6 billion
•    Order intake of €3.0 billion, in line with the average of the last few years
•    Proposed dividend: €39.1 million


 

Milan, 14 March 2019 – Maire Tecnimont S.p.A.’s Board of Directors today has reviewed and approved the 2018 Draft Statutory and the Group’s Consolidated Financial Statements, which report a Net Income of €39.5 million and €117.4 million (+20.2% vs. 2017 pro-forma) respectively.
 

 

CONSOLIDATED HIGHLIGHTS

 

(in Euro millions) 2018 2017* Change
Revenues 3,646.6  3,527.2  

3.4%

Business Profit (1) 284.1   263.6 (2)

7.8%

Business Margin 7.8% 7.5%

 

EBIDTA 205.7 189.8 (2)

8.4%

EBIDTA Margin 5.6% 5.4%

 

Pre-Tax Income 172.7 145.8 (3)

18.5%

Tax Rate  32.0% 33.0%

 

Consolidated Net Income  117.4 97.7 (3)



20.2%

 

 

* In order to facilitate the comparison with 2018, 2017 figures have been adjusted according to notes 2 and 3
(1)    “Business Profit” is the industrial margin before the allocation of general and administrative costs and research and development expenses.
(2)    Pro-forma calculated by retroactively applying the IFRS 15 accounting standards to 2017, which implies a €3.6 million negative effect on the Business Profit and EBITDA and a €14.8 million on the EBIT.
(3)    Pro-forma, calculated by both retroactively applying what indicated in note 2, and excluding a €28.3 million (pre-taxes) one-off positive effect of certain derivative transaction related to the convertible bond, converted in Q12018.




 

(in Euro millions) 31.12.2018 31.12.2017 Change
Net cash 93.8** 108.0 (14.2)

** Net of €36.3 million of Non-Recourse Project Financing Debt related to the construction and management under concession of the Alba/Bra hospital (Infrastructure BU) and €16.2 million of expected insurance refunds for an event that took place in India
 

ORDER INTAKE AND BACKLOG
 

(in Euro millions) 2018 2017 Change
Order Intake 2,966.5  4,323.7 (1,357.2) 

 

(in Euro millions) 30.9.2018 31.12.2017 Change
Backlog 6,612.0 7,229.4 617.4 




FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS BY BUSINESS UNIT

 

(in Euro millions)

2018

% on Revenues

2017

% on Revenues

Technology, Engineering & Construction

Revenues

3,486.3 

 

3,382.8 

 

Business Profit

278.4

8.0%

285.5(1)

7.6%

EBITDA

204.8

5.9%

189.4(1)

5.6%

Infrastructure & Civil Engineering

Revenues

160.3

 

144.4

 

Business Profit

5.7

3.6%

5.1

3.5%

EBITDA

0.9

0.6%

0.4

0.3%

 

(4)  Pro-forma calculated by retroactively applying the IFRS 15 accounting standard to 2017, which implies a €3.6 million negative effect on the Business Profit and EBITDA.

 

 

ORDER INTAKE BY BUSINESS UNIT

 

(in Euro millions)

2018

2017

Change

Technology, Engineering & Construction

2,887.1 

4,278.3

(1,391.2) 

Infrastructure & Civil Engineering

79.4 

45.4 

34.0 

 

BACKLOG BY BUSINESS UNIT

(in Euro millions)

31.12.2018

31.12.2017

Change

Technology, Engineering & Construction

6.369,4  

6.864,3

(494,9)  

Infrastructure & Civil Engineering

242,6 

365,1

(122,5) 

The changes reported refer to 2018 versus 2017, unless otherwise stated.

 

 

Consolidated Financial Results as at 31 December 2018

Maire Tecnimont Group Revenues were €3,646.6 million, up 3.4%. This increase is related to the progress of projects in the backlog, mainly EPCs, that are in their full construction phase.
Business Profit was €284.1 million, up 7.8% vs. the 2017 pro-forma number. The Business Margin was 7.8% versus 7.5% (pro-forma).
G&A costs were €72.7 million, up €4.4 million. These costs’ incidence over revenues is 2%, in line with the last quarters of 2018.
EBITDA was €205.7 million, up 8.4% vs. the 2017 pro-forma number. The margin was 5.6%, up from 5.4% (pro-forma).
Amortization, Depreciation, Write-downs and Provisions were €20.2 million, slightly down compared to the pro-forma number of 2017. This value is impacted by the implementation of the new IFRS 15  accounting principles that created of a new category of assets composed of the incremental costs of obtaining a contract (the “Contract Costs”), and those costs sustained in order to fulfil the contract that allow to use new or more resources to meet future performance obligations (pre-operational costs). 
EBIT was €185.5 million, up 9.9% vs. the 2017 pro-forma number.
Net Financial Charges were €12.8 million, improving by €10.2 million vs. a 2017 pro-forma number of -€23 million. The 2018 number includes a net negative effect of €3.6 million related to the time value of the FX derivatives.
Pre-tax Income was €172.7 million, up 18.5% vs. the 2017 pro-forma number. Estimated taxes of €55.3 million have been provisioned. 
The effective tax rate was approx. 32%, improving from 33%, taking into account the various jurisdictions where Group operations have been carried out.
Consolidated Net Income was €117.4 million, up 20.2% vs. the 2017 pro-forma number.
Net Cash (net of the above-mentioned value in the table footnote) at 31 December 2018 was €93.8 million, down €14.2 million vs. 31 December 2017. Such change is mainly due to the cash flow generation of €99.1 million, compensated by the payment of €42.1 million for the dividend payment related to FY2017. The Net Cash position was also negatively affected by a €34.5 million FX impact related to the projects’ derivative positions, and by €60 million in cash taxes.
Consolidated Shareholders’ Equity was €342.6 million, up €58.8 million vs. December 31, 2017, thanks to the income for the period, the capital increase and the reduction of the Treasury Shares reserve following the share conversion of the equity-linked bond. It also takes into account the dividend payment mentioned above, the negative change of the Cash Flow Hedge reserve generated by hedging derivatives, and an approx. €28.8 million negative adjustment due to the implementation of the new IFRS 9 and 15 accounting principles. 

Performance by Business Unit

Technology, Engineering & Construction BU
Revenues were €3,486.3 million, up 3.1%, thanks to the progress of the projects in the backlog, EPCs in particular, that became fully operational and in continuity with the last few quarters.
Business Profit was €278.4 million, up 7.7% vs. the 2017 pro-forma number, leading to a Business Margin of 8.0% (vs. 7.6% pro-forma). EBITDA was €204.8 million (5.9% margin), up 8.1% vs. the 2017 pro-forma number.

Infrastructure & Civil Engineering BU 
Revenues were €160.3 million, up 11%, due to the progress of the projects in the Backlog, including large-scale renewables and the restart of a hospital construction initiative. Business Profit was €5.7 million, up €0.6 million. The Business Margin was 3.6% vs. 3.5%. EBITDA was €0.9 million, in line with 2017.

Order Intake and Backlog

Thanks to €2,966.5 million of new orders generated during the period, the Group’s Backlog at December 31, 2018 was €6,612.0 million.

In particular, the main projects awarded to the Group include the following:

•    The upgrade and revamping of the Haydar Aliyev Refinery based in Baku, Azerbaijan, on behalf of SOCAR;
•    The implementation of a new Polypropylene Unit (PP5) within the existing Borouge 3 Complex;
•    The implementation of a new LPG Train within the ZCINA plant in Algeria, on behalf of Sonatrach;
•    The implementation of a new High-Density Polyethylene unit and the upgrading of a Polypropylene unit in India, on behalf of HPCL-Mittal Energy;
•    The implementation of a new High-Density Polyethylene unit and the upgrade of a Polypropylene unit in the Philippines, on behalf of JG Summit Petrochemical Corporation, to be carried out through a JV with a local contractor;
•    The initial activities related to the front-end engineering design, early execution studies and early procurement activities for new process units and the associated offsites and utilities for an Exxon Mobil Petrochemical complex in the U.S.


Subsequent Events

•    On 20 February 2019, Maire Tecnimont announced its first investment in the development of a mechanical plastic recycling plant (MyReplast), as part of one of the three pillars of NextChem strategy that was launched in November; 
•    On 26 February 2019, Maire Tecnimont has signed a contract for €45 million with Borouge for the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) services for the fourth expansion phase of the Ruwais petrochemicals complex in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, in UAE; 
•    On 28 February 2019 Maire Tecnimont has been awarded a reimbursable EPC contract of €65 million by National Petrochemical Industrial Company (NATPET) for the reinstatement of the existing Polypropylene Plant located in Yanbu Industrial City, on the west coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
•    On 7 March 2019, Maire Tecnimont has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management (EPCM) and Commissioning services contract of €90 million for a new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Kallo, Belgium, for Borealis;
•    On 12 March 2019, Maire Tecnimont has been granted several awards for a total amount of approximately of USD 360 million for licensing, engineering services and EP (Engineering–Procurement) activities, including the project related to the realization of a urea plant in Russia for Volgafert.  

Outlook

The Group continues to maintain a high backlog at the end of 2018. As a consequence, and also thanks to the contracts already signed with international clients since the beginning of the current year, the Group has made sure to have an industrial performance in 2019 in continuity with the one in 2018. Such performance is mainly characterized by the execution of EPC projects, with higher expected volumes than in 2018 and with a marginality in line with this type of contracts.
The market environment is expected to witness an increase of investments in the downstream sector, in particular plants that transform oil and gas into petrochemicals and in the revamping of existing refineries in order to adapt the type and quality of their final products to the new market requirements, which are strongly influenced by recent environmental laws.
In this context, the Group expects to maintain a high level of backlog thanks to the well-recognized technological expertise in the petrochemical and fertilizer sectors, and to its primary competencies in the refining and gas treatment sectors. These competitive advantages are continuously being developed and expanded to include adjacent technologies in synergy with the existing ones, leveraging a flexible business model that can offer even more innovative products and services.
This outlook is supported by a significant commercial pipeline that is expected to generate new contracts in the traditional areas where the Group operates, as well as in new geographies that are economically stable and rich in raw materials.
As for the Green Acceleration project that was announced last November, Maire Tecnimont is currently active in the Circular Economy sector, through its subsidiary NextChem, thanks to the investment in the most efficient and advanced plastic mechanical recycle plant in Europe. The plant is located in Italy and is destined to be a reference plant with an industrial scale size to support important domestic and international market opportunities.  
The circular economy is one of the three pillars of NextChem’s strategy, while the other two are “Greening the Brown” (mitigating the negative environmental consequences of the oil and gas transformation) and “Green- Green” (developing alternative fuel and plastic products using renewable sources), where NextChem owns proprietary technologies or exclusive agreements to develop third-party technologies, to be further commercially developed in 2019.
Taking also into account the new activities just described, from 1 January 2019, the financial information will be presented through two new Business Units, “Hydrocarbons” and “Green”. The Hydrocarbons BU will include the financial results previously included in the former “Technology, Engineering & Construction” Business Unit, while the Green BU will include the financial information of Civil Infrastructures and Renewables, in addition to the Green Acceleration projects that are managed by NextChem.

Proposal for the Dividend Distribution

The Board of Directors decided today to propose to the next Shareholders’ Meeting a dividend distribution of €0.119 per each share outstanding on the ex-dividend date of 6 May 2019 (ex date) and with a payment date of 8 May 2019 (payment date). The total dividend amount of €39.1 million implies a payout ratio of 33% of the Consolidated Net Income, in line with the Group dividend policy adopted in previous years. Those who are shareholders of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. as of the end of the day on 7 May 2019 (record date) will have the right to receive the dividend.


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Webcast Conference Call

The 2018 financial results will be outlined today at 5:30pm CET during an audio-webcast conference call held by the top management.  
The conference call may be followed as a webcast by connecting to the website (www.mairetecnimont.com) and clicking on the “2018 Financial Results” banner on the Home Page or through the following url:
  
https://services.choruscall.eu/links/mairetecnimont190314.html
Alternatively, you may participate in the conference call by calling one of the following numbers: 

Italy: +39 02 805-8811
UK: +44 121 281-8003
USA: +1 718 705-8794

The presentation given by the top management will be available at the start of the conference call in the “Investors/Results and Presentations/Financial Results” section of Maire Tecnimont’s website
(https://www.mairetecnimont.com/en/investors/results-and-presentations/financial-results). The presentation shall also be made available on the 1info storage mechanism (www.1info.it).


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Dario Michelangeli, as Executive for Financial Reporting, declares - in accordance with paragraph 2, Article 154-bis of Legislative Decree No. 58/1998 (“Consolidated Finance Act”) - that the accounting information included in this press release corresponds to the underlying accounting records.

The Draft Statutory and the Group’s Consolidated Financial Statements as at December 31, 2018 will be available to the public at the registered office in Rome, at the operative office in Milan, at Borsa Italiana S.p.A., on the Company’s website www.mairetecnimont.com (in the “Investors/Results and Presentations/Financial Results” section, and on the authorized storage device “1info” (www.1info.it), according to the timing allowed by law.

This press release, and in particular the “Outlook” section contains forecasts. The declarations are based on current estimates and projections of the Group concerning future events and, by their nature, are subject to risk and uncertainty. Actual results may differ significantly than the estimates made in such declarations due to a wide range of factors, including the continued volatility and further decline of the capital and finance markets, raw material price changes, altered economic conditions and growth trends and other changes in business conditions, in addition to other factors, the majority of which outside the control of the Group.

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A.
Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., a company listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, is at the head of an international industrial group leader in the transformation of natural resources (plant engineering in downstream oil & gas, with technological and execution competences). Through its subsidiary NextChem it operates in the field of green chemistry and the technologies to support the energy transition. Maire Tecnimont Group operates in about 45 countries, numbering around 50 operative companies and a workforce of approximately 6,100 employees, along with approximately 3,000 professionals in the electro-instrumental division. For more information: www.mairetecnimont.com.


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