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Trading update

Posted: 11 May 17

Keller has issued a trading update ahead of its Annual General Meeting to be held at 11.00am on 11 May 2017.

Keller Group plc (“Keller” or “the Group”), the world’s largest geotechnical contractor, issues a trading update ahead of its Annual General Meeting to be held at 11.00am today.

Trading

There has been no significant change in market trends since we reported the Group’s 2016 results on 27 February. For the Group as a whole, both revenue and profit in the four months to the end of April are ahead of last year. 

Our North American division has had a solid start to the year, albeit behind the very strong first four months in 2016.  EMEA has continued its growth trend of recent years, helped by ongoing good contract execution on large projects. APAC’s results show a significant year on year improvement with encouraging growth in revenue although, as expected, the division still recorded a loss in the period. 

Tendering activity and contract awards remain generally healthy.  The order book has increased during the year and, at the end of April, the Group order book of work to be undertaken over the next 12 months was 15% higher than at the same time last year.

As a result, the Group remains on course to meet the Board’s expectations for the full year.

Financial Position

Keller announced a property disposal today for a cash consideration of £62m, which reduces the Group’s net debt to EBITDA ratio by 0.3x. Apart from this, there has been no material change in the financial position of the Group since the announcement on 27 February 2017 of the results for the year ended 31 December 2016.

Keller will announce its interim results on 1 August 2017.

For further information, please contact:

Keller Group plc
James Hind, Finance Director
020 7616 7575
www.keller.co.uk
Finsbury
Gordon Simpson/Theo Hildebrand
020 7251 3801

Cautionary Statement

This announcement contains forward looking statements which are made in good faith based on the information available at the time of its approval.  It is believed that the expectations reflected in these statements are reasonable but they may be affected by a number of risks and uncertainties that are inherent in any forward looking statement which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated.  Nothing in this document should be regarded as a profits forecast.

Notes to Editors

Keller is the world’s largest independent ground engineering specialist, providing technically advanced and cost-effective foundation solutions to the construction industry. With annual revenue of around £1.8bn, Keller has approximately 10,000 staff world-wide.

Keller is the clear market leader in the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa; it has prime positions in most established European markets; and a strong profile in many developing markets.

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From our history

1954

Keller is established

1984

Keller acquired Hayward Baker (US)

1994

Keller IPO on London Stock Exchange

2002

Acquired Mckinney (US)

2006

Acquired Piling Contractors (Australia)

2015

c.10,000 employees, Acquired Bencor (North America) and Austral (Australia)