Solid performance over the first nine months of the year
Continued robust revenue and EBITA growth, full-year outlook unchanged
Cergy, November 8th, 2019
· Total revenue growth at constant currency: +4.2% in 9m 2019 (+4.4% reported)
· Robust organic growth: +2.7% in 9m 2019 (+2.0% in Q3)
- France: strong organic growth, at +5.5% in 9m 2019
- Germany and Central Europe: continued high activity levels
- North-Western Europe: revenue decrease, very low activity in the UK
- Oil & Gas and Nuclear: strong organic growth driven by Oil & Gas
· Growth from bolt-on acquisitions (net of disposals): +1.5% in 9m 2019
- 4 acquisitions finalised in 2019 to date, adding €210 million of annualised revenue
- Supporting SPIE’s expansion in Germany & Central Europe; scaling up robotics and automation capabilities in France
· EBITA up +4.8% in 9m 2019; stable EBITA margin
· Completion of the former SAG Gas & Offshore division disposal plan
· Full-year outlook unchanged
- Revenue growth: 2.5% to 4.5%, including bolt-on acquisitions, at constant currency
- EBITA margin: at least 6.0%
- Cash conversion around 100%, continued reduction in leverage
- Dividend at c.40% of Adjusted net income
 Financial period from January 1st to September 30th, 2019
 Excluding the impact of IFRS 16
 Adjusted for amortisation of allocated goodwill and exceptional items
Gauthier Louette, Chairman & CEO, commented: ‘SPIE posted a very satisfying performance in the first nine months of 2019, with a solid revenue growth and EBITA margin maintained at its best-in-class level, and we are on track to achieve all of our full-year targets. Our French business is delivering a strong, profitable organic growth, while activity levels remain very high in Germany. We are moving ahead with the integration of the four bolt-on acquisitions made this year, strengthening our positions in Germany, France and Austria. Going forward, we expect a sustainably high demand for technical services, driven by the transition to low carbon energy, the need for energy-efficient buildings and infrastructure, and the increase of the digital content of our customers assets.’
Note: Financial information for the first nine months of 2019 presented in this press release excludes, unless otherwise stated, the impacts of the implementation of IFRS 16, for the purpose of a consistent comparison with the first nine months of 2018 and with the Group’s 2019 full-year outlook.
9m 2019 revenue
Consolidated revenue was €4,982.7 million, up +4.4% year-on-year. Organic growth was strong, at +2.7%. Growth from acquisitions was +1.8%, while impact from disposals was -0.3%. Currency movements accounted for +0.2%. In the third quarter of 2019, Group revenue grew +5.8%, including a +2.0% organic growth.
France: new organisation performing well in a favourable market environment
The France segment’s revenue grew +7.0% in the first nine months of 2019, including a strong +5.5% organic growth (a record +7.0% in Q3) and a +1.5% growth from bolt-on acquisitions (Cimlec Industrie, acquired in July 2019; Buchet and Sietar & VTI, acquired in July and August 2018, respectively).
Since the beginning of the year, SPIE’s new organisation in France, based on five market-focused divisions, is demonstrating its effectiveness through a strong, profitable organic growth. Business levels were particularly high in telecom infrastructure services, driven by the optic fiber roll-out, and in information and communication services, where SPIE is a partner of choice for digital transformation bespoke solutions. Industry services remained dynamic, with the integration of Cimlec Industrie scaling up SPIE France’s offering in automation, robotics and manufacturing process optimisation. In commercial installation, revenue grew slightly while maintaining a high contract selectivity.
Germany & Central Europe: continued high activity level
Germany & Central Europe segment’s revenue increased by +5.1% in the first nine months of 2019, including a +1.9% organic growth and a +3.0% growth from bolt-on acquisitions. impact of currency movements was +0.1%.
In Germany, the technical services market remains very active. On a high comparison basis, organic growth was +0.8% over the first nine months of 2019, reflecting a high demand for technical resources across the sector. SPIE’s German business benefits from solid secular drivers pertaining to the energy transition, energy efficiency and digitalisation, across a diverse customer portfolio, with a limited exposure to the German industry. The acquisition of Osmo was finalised in September 2019, allowing SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa to expand its capabilities, notably in technical equipment for tunnel systems and traffic control centers.
Central European countries and Switzerland reported good revenue growth in the first nine months of 2019.
On November 4th, 2019, SPIE announced the signature of an agreement for the sale of its German construction and gas technology activities to Friedrich Vorwerk KG GmbH & Co. Coming after the sale of nearshore cabling activities, finalised in April 2019, this transaction marks the full exit of the former SAG Gas and Offshore division.
North-Western Europe: robust trends in the Netherlands, activity still very low in the UK, impact of contract phasing in Belgium
Revenue in the North-Western Europe segment decreased by -3.5% in the first nine months of 2019, including a -3.4% organic decline, a +1.1% contribution from the full-year consolidation of Systemat in Belgium, a -1.2% impact from the disposal of SPIE UK’s overhead lines services business, completed in June 2018, and a -0.1% impact from the Pound Sterling movements.
In the UK (6% of the Group’s revenue in 2018), Brexit uncertainty continued to weigh on customer activity, which remained very hesitant in the third quarter. Therefore, cost reduction actions launched in the second quarter were amplified.
In the Netherlands, SPIE delivered a robust organic growth over the first 9 months of the year, in a market offering numerous opportunities stemming from investments in infrastructure and in the energy transition. Industry and building services are robust, and SPIE Nederland is already a key player in the optic fiber roll out. The turnaround process of SPIE Infratechniek (formerly Ziut) is progressing, albeit slower than anticipated.
Due to a strong comparison basis, and also due to contract phasing in infrastructure projects, SPIE Belgium recorded a low third quarter in terms of revenue, not representative of full-year trends, which remain good.
Oil & Gas and Nuclear: strong organic growth driven by Oil & Gas
The Oil & Gas and Nuclear segment grew by +13.7% over the first nine months of 2019, including a strong +10.9% organic growth and a +2.5% impact from currency movements. The full-year consolidation of Fluigetec (Nuclear services), acquired in May 2018, had a +0.3% impact.
From strong positions in West Africa, growth in Oil & Gas Services continued into the third quarter of 2019, gradually moderating throughout the year as expected, due to a higher comparison basis.
Regarding Nuclear services, activity levels remained high in the third quarter, with more activity than planned on the Flamanville EPR contract, following the recent adjustment of the plant’s construction schedule.
Group EBITA was €263.1 million in the first nine months of 2019, up +4.8%. EBITA margin was stable year-on-year, at 5.3%.
Including the impact of IFRS 16, EBITA was €263.9 million, and EBITA margin was 5.3%.
Since the beginning of 2019, SPIE has completed 4 acquisitions totalling approximately €210 million of full-year revenue:
- On May 3rd, 2019, SPIE finalised the acquisition of Christof Electrics in Austria. Christof Electrics specialises in the field of electrical engineering, measurement, control and regulation technology as well as automation. The company employs around 150 employees and generated revenue of approximately €36 million in 2018. This acquisition enables SPIE to strengthen its Germany & Central Europe segment in Austria and to offer an important part of the SPIE multi-technical services portfolio to local customers.
- On June 14th, 2019, SPIE finalised the acquisition of TELBA Group in Germany. The acquisition of TELBA Group allows SPIE to strengthen its presence in the German information & communication services market. TELBA Group is one of the leading German companies for technical services in the fields of information, communication and security technology, with around 400 qualified employees and revenue of €67 million in 2018.
- On July 8th, 2019, SPIE finalised the acquisition of Cimlec Industrie in France. Cimlec Industrie is a recognized provider of electrical, automation and robotic solutions for the industrial sector. Its range of services includes design, assembly, installation and maintenance for a loyal and diversified base of industrial customers. With around 310 qualified employees, Cimlec Industrie generated total revenues of around €42 million in 2018.
- On September 9th, 2019, SPIE finalised the acquisition of Osmo in Germany. The acquisition of Osmo allows SPIE to further strengthen its presence in the German market, primarily in the electrical and automation technology as well as information and communication technology. Furthermore the acquisition of Osmo allows SPIE to enter the market segment of traffic engineering. Osmo is well positioned in Germany for the complete technical equipment for tunnel systems and traffic control centers (e.g. electrical and fire detection systems, video surveillance and tunnel radio communication systems, ventilation, lighting and water systems as well as automated process control technology). With more than 270 employees, Osmo generated revenue of c. €65 million in 2018.
New employee shareholding plan
At the date of this press release, SPIE is finalising a new employee shareholding plan, SHARE FOR YOU 2019, which promises to be at least as successful as last year’s plan. SPIE was one of the very first French listed companies to take advantage of the new ‘PACTE’ act and offer a 30% discount price for a 5-year blocking period. As a consequence, pending final results which will be announced in December, the estimated total investment from SPIE employees will be more than €21 million, and up to 1.9 million new shares will be issued in December.
2019 outlook unchanged
In 2019, SPIE expects:
- Group revenue to grow by 2.5% to 4.5%, including bolt-on acquisitions, at constant currency;
- Full-year revenue acquired through bolt-on acquisitions in the order of €200 million;
- Group EBITA margin to be at least 6.0%;
- A cash conversion around 100% and a continued reduction in leverage.
- The dividend pay-out ratio will remain at c.40% of Adjusted Net Income attributable to the Group.
 Excluding the impact of IFRS 16
 Ratio of net debt at end December to pro forma EBITDA (including full-year impact of acquisitions)
 Adjusted for the amortisation of allocated goodwill and exceptional items
Conference call for investors and analysts
Date: Friday, November 8th, 2019
9.00 am Paris time - 8.00 am London time
Gauthier Louette, Chairman & CEO
Michel Delville, CFO
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- 2019 Full-year Results: March 11th, 2020 before market opening
- Quarterly information at March 31st, 2020: April 29th, 2020 before market opening
- Annual General Meeting: May 29th, 2020
- 2020 Half-year Results: July 29th, 2020 before market opening
- Quarterly information at September 30th, 2020: November 5th, 2020 before market opening
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