Keller Group plc, the world’s largest geotechnical specialist contractor, issues a trading update for the first four months of the year (‘period’) ahead of its Annual General Meeting to be held at 11.00am today.
Strong start to the year, confident in achieving full year expectations
Trading in the first four months of the year has been strong and better than expected, both in terms of profit and cash.
In North America, our focus continues to be on restoring the underlying operating margin. This has continued to improve as a result of good operational performance in the foundations business driven by actions we have taken, coupled with the easing of inflationary and supply chain pressures. At Suncoast, trading performance was strong and better than expected, despite the anticipated slowdown in the residential sector. Performance in Europe is in line with our expectations. In Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), we have made management changes at Austral and are resolving the operational issues, whilst at NEOM, we are in advanced discussions with the client in respect of the award of the second works order.
Following the period-end, our North American Division was awarded a significant groundworks contract, worth approximately USD145m, for an assembly plant in South Carolina that will build Scout electric vehicles. Works will start in H2 2023 and take around 12 months.
The increased momentum across our business cited at our full year results in March 2023 has continued in the period. This, combined with a strong order book and recent contract wins, gives us good visibility and confidence through the remainder of the year and we continue to anticipate a full year performance at least in line with the Board’s expectations.
The cash performance in the first four months has been considerably better than the prior year period. At the half year, given the timing of payments relating to tax, dividends and interest, we expect the net debt/EBITDA leverage ratio to be at the upper end of the 0.5x – 1.5x range, while at the year end we now expect the leverage ratio to be lower than prior year.
The Group will announce its Interim Results on 1 August 2023.
For further information, please contact:
Keller Group plc
020 7616 7575
Michael Speakman, Chief Executive Officer
David Burke, Chief Financial Officer
Caroline Crampton, Group Head of Investor Relations
Nick Hasell / Matthew O'Keeffe
020 3727 1340
Notes to editors:
Keller is the world's largest geotechnical specialist contractor providing a wide portfolio of advanced foundation and ground improvement techniques used across the entire construction sector. With around 10,000 staff and operations across five continents, Keller tackles an unrivalled 6,000 projects every year, generating annual revenue of c£3bn.
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