First half 2014 financial results
31 July 2014 - 5:46 pm
- Consolidated revenue up slightly on a comparable structure basis (+0.7%)
- Traffic improved at VINCI Airports (+8.9% On a comparable basis including ANA.) and VINCI Autoroutes (+2.8%)
- Increase of EBIT margin (operating income from ordinary activities/revenue) and recurring operating income
- Group net income: significant positive impact of opening of VINCI Park’s capital
- Contracting: slowdown of order intake, order book stable (€29.6 billion)
- Interim dividend payable on 13 November 2014: €1.00 per share (of which €0.45 is exceptional)
- Decision to cancel 23 million shares (3.77% of capital)
|(in € millions)||First half||2014/2013
|Revenue 2||18,464||18,711||(1.3%) 3||40,338|
|Cash flow from operations (EBITDA)||2,387||2,383||+0.2%||5,596|
|% of revenue||12.9%||12.7%||13.9%|
|Operating income from ordinary activities (EBIT)||1,540||1,487||+3.6%||3,670|
|% of revenue||8.3%||7.9%||9.1%|
|Recurring operating income||1,535||1,492||+2.9%||3,677|
|% of revenue||8.3%||8.0%||9.1%|
|Net income attributable to owners of the parent||1,323||748||+76.9%||1,962|
|% of revenue||7.2%||4.0%||4.9%|
|Diluted earnings per share(in €)||2.35||1.37||+71.0%||3.54|
|Interim dividend per share (in €)||1.00 4||0.55||1.77|
|Net financial debt (in € billions)||(14.9)||(13.0)||(14.1)|
|Change in motorway traffic||+2.8%||+0.3%||+1.1%|
|Change in airport passenger traffic 1||+8.9%||+6.2%||+6.6%|
|Order intake excluding CFE (in € billions)||15.7||16.3||(3.9%)||33.3|
|Order book at end of period, excluding CFE (in € billions)||29.6||30.6||(3.3%)||29.4|
1 On a comparable basis including ANA.
2 Excluding concessions subsidiaries’ revenue derived from works carried out by non-Group companies.
3 Increase of 0.7% based on a comparable consolidation scope and exchange rate basis.
4 Of which exceptional: € 0.45.
VINCI’s Board of Directors, chaired by Xavier Huillard, met on 31 July 2014 to finalise the financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2014. The Board also approved the payment of a 2014 interim dividend in the amount of €1.00 per share (€0.55 in the second half of 2013), of which €0.45 is exceptional. The Board also decided to cancel 23 million shares, representing 3.77% of VINCI’s capital, before 31 December 2014.
I. Financial performance
VINCI’s 2014 half-year financial statements show slight growth in revenue on a comparable structure basis, stable cash flow from operations before tax and financing costs (EBITDA) and an increase in recurring operating income. Net income, meanwhile, was up sharply as a result of the opening of 75% of VINCI Park’s share capital.
Consolidated revenue amounted to €18.5 billion, slightly down 1.3% on an actual basis. This change reflects 0.7% organic growth, the impact of changes in consolidation scope of -1.4% (which includes the impact of the deconsolidation of CFE at the end of 2013) and a 0.6% negative exchange rate effect due to the strengthening of the euro against several currencies.
Concessions revenue increased 10.7% (€2.9 billion) on an actual basis (up 4.6% on a comparable structure basis). This change includes a sharp rise (40.5%) in VINCI Concessions’ revenue, attributable to the consolidation of ANA since September 2013, (up 6.2% on a comparable structure basis) and 4.1% growth in VINCI Autoroutes’ revenue.
Contracting revenue (VINCI Energies, Eurovia, VINCI Construction) was €15.6 billion, stable (+0.1%) on a comparable structure basis compared with the first half of 2013, but down 3.2% on an actual basis due to the deconsolidation of CFE at the end of December 2013.
In France, revenue declined 1.0% to €11.7 billion (down 0.5% on a comparable structure basis).
Outside France, revenue rose 2.9% to €6.8 billion on a comparable structure basis (down 1.8% on an actual basis) and represented 36.7% of the Group’s total revenue.
Following good growth in the first quarter of 2014, VINCI’s revenue declined 2.2% on a comparable structure basis in the second quarter of the year (down 4.4% on an actual basis).
In Contracting, second quarter revenue declined 3.4% on a comparable structure basis (down 6.6% on an actual basis), essentially due to lower business volumes in France for Eurovia and VINCI Construction. The pace of growth in Concessions revenue picked up, however, in the second quarter, increasing 5.3% on a comparable structure basis (up 10.2% on an actual structure basis) due to traffic growth at both VINCI Airports and VINCI Autoroutes.
EBITDA1 amounted to €2.4 billion (up 0.2%) and represented 12.9% of revenue. VINCI Autoroutes’ EBITDA/revenue margin improved to 70.1% in the first half of 2014 (69.8% in the first half of 2013), mainly due to good control of operating costs. VINCI Airports’ EBITDA margin was 44% of revenue. That of Contracting, penalised by certain VINCI Construction activities, declined to 3.9% (4.5% in the first half of 2013).
Operating income from ordinary activities (EBIT), which measures the performance of fully consolidated subsidiaries, rose 3.6% to €1.5 billion and represented 8.3% of revenue (7.9% in the first half of 2013).The Concessions’ EBIT/revenue margin amounted to 39.4%, up relative to that of the first half of 2013 (38.7%). The Contracting EBIT margin was 2.5%, down compared to the first half of 2013 (2.8%), attributable to temporary difficulties encountered in construction in the United Kingdom and, to a lesser extent, the decline seen in French building activity. These negative effects were partially offset by resilient margins at VINCI Energies, Eurovia and most of VINCI Construction’s other entities.
Operating income, including non-recurring items, amounted to €2.1 billion, up sharply compared with that of the first half of 2013 (€1.5 billion). It includes €0.7 billion in respect of changes in consolidation scope, corresponding mainly to the capital gain generated by the opening of VINCI Park’s capital, finalised on 4 June 2014.
Net income attributable to owners of the parent was up strongly at €1.3 billion (€748 million in the first half of 2013). Diluted earnings per share amounted to €2.35 (€1.37 in the first half of 2013). Excluding the aforementioned non-recurring items, net income attributable to owners of the parent would have been €753 million (€744 million in the first half of 2013) and diluted earnings per share €1.34 (€1.37 in the first half of 2013).
Net financial debt at 30 June 2014 stood at €14.9 billion, up €0.8 billion compared with 31 December 2013. Apart from the seasonal change in operating cash flow, traditionally negative during the first half, this increase is due to the purchase of the 16.67% stake in Cofiroute held by Colas for €0.8 billion, payment in cash of the final 2013 dividend for €0.7 billion as well as share buy-backs during the period for almost €0.8 billion. The effect of these operations was partially offset by the €1.7 billion reduction in net debt due to the VINCI Park transaction. Compared with 30 June 2013, net financial debt increased €1.9 billion, including the cost of acquiring ANA.
In March 2014, Standard & Poor’s revised VINCI’s credit rating by increasing the BBB+ rating originally assigned in 2002 to A- with a stable outlook. This upward revision also applies to VINCI’s wholly-owned subsidiaries ASF and Cofiroute.
VINCI’s first-half 2014 financial performance is analysed in greater detail in the consolidated financial statements at 30 June 2014, which are available at: www.vinci.com
II. Operating performance
VINCI Airports posted sharp growth in passenger traffic (+8.9%2) in the first half of 2014, driven by good performances in Portugal (+9.6%), Cambodia (+10.4%) and France (+3.8%). VINCI Airports’ main hub, Lisbon Airport, recorded 12.1% growth in passenger traffic over the six-month period.
Following a good first quarter, the pace of growth of traffic on VINCI Autoroutes’ motorways picked up in the second quarter of 2014, increasing 3.3% overall (light vehicles: +3.4%; heavy vehicles: +2.4%) due mainly to positive calendar effects. For the first half of the year, traffic was up 2.8% (light vehicles: +2.9%; heavy vehicles: +2.0%).
Contracting’s first-half 2014 order intake declined 3.9%3 to €15.7 billion compared with the first half of 2013. In France, it was virtually flat as the growth at the beginning of the year attributable to significant contracts for the new Coastal Highway on Reunion Island was offset by the downturn in the second quarter caused by municipal elections.
Outside France, having started the year with an unfavourable comparison base (major contracts were won at the beginning of 2013), the order intake improved in the second quarter and included several significant contracts won in the United States and Qatar4.
The order book at 30 June 2014 stood at €29.6 billion, slightly up (+0.5%) over the six-month period. Adjusted for CFE and progress on the Tours–Bordeaux high-speed rail line (SEA HSR), it was also slightly up (+0.8%) over 12 months. The amount of the SEA HSR contract in the order book was €1.6 billion at the end of June 2014, compared with €2.8 billion a year earlier.
III. Strategic initiatives
On 31 January 2014, in accordance with the agreement reached in December 2013, VINCI completed the purchase of the 16.67% of Cofiroute’s capital held by Colas, thereby increasing VINCI’s stake to 100%. The transaction was carried out for €780 million, with a possible €20 million earn-out payment in the event of certain operational targets being met in 2014 and 2015.
On 4 June 2014, VINCI completed the opening of 75% of VINCI Park’s share capital. Following this transaction, VINCI Concessions retains a 24.9% stake alongside Ardian (37.4%), Crédit Agricole Assurances (37.4%) and VINCI Park’s management. The operation was carried out on the basis of an enterprise value of €1.96 billion and enabled VINCI to recognise a net after-tax capital gain of €690 million in its 2014 half-year results.
IV. 2014 outlook
In Concessions, airport passenger and motorway traffic growth should continue during the 2nd half at a lower rate. 2014 full year expectations are for at least 5% growth at VINCI Airports and around 2% for VINCI Autoroutes.
In France, the building and public works sectors weakened in the 2nd quarter: a further decrease in public sector orders was observed following municipal elections, and the expected upturn in the residential building market has not materialised yet. This resulted in a decrease of the Contracting divisions’ order intakes.
Outside of France, the situation varies: even though the underlying trends remain sound, especially outside of Europe, 2nd half activity could experience a slowdown, primarily due to lag between the finishing of old large projects and the start of new ones outside of Europe.
Overall, VINCI now expects for the full year of 2014:
- A slight decrease in revenue on a comparable structure basis,
- An improvement in the EBIT margin coming from the combination of an improvement in Concessions offset by a decrease in Contracting due to the problems encountered at construction in the UK,
- A strong increase in Group consolidated net income thanks to the VINCI Park transaction capital gain.
Within this context, fast-tracking VINCI’s international expansion in both Concessions and Contracting is the key component of the Group’s strategy.
V. Parent company results
The parent company generated net income of €1,382 million in the first half of 2014.
VI. Interim dividend
A 2014 interim dividend of €1 per share will be paid in cash on 13 November 2014 (ex-date: 11 November 2014).
This includes an exceptional €0.45 per share determined based on the aforementioned non-recurring items recorded in the 2014 half-year results.
VII. Cancellation of treasury shares
VINCI’s Board of Directors has decided to cancel 23 million treasury shares by 31 December 2014. Following this operation and based on the number of shares at 30 June 2014, the VINCI’s share capital will be 587.5 million shares, of which 33.6 million treasury shares (5.7% of share capital).
1 Cash flow from operations before tax and financing costs.
2 On a comparable basis including ANA.
3 Excluding CFE.
4 VINCI’s subsidiary in Qatar, QDVC, is accounted for under the equity method. Its business is therefore not included in consolidated revenue nor in the Group’s order book.
|1 August 2014||Press conference: 08.30
Analysts meeting: 11.00
Both events will take place at the Pavillon Ledoyen, 1 avenue Dutuit,
75008 Paris, France
|23 October 2014||Quarterly information at 30 September 2014|
|11 November 2014||2014 interim dividend ex-date|
|13 November 2014||Payment of the 2014 interim dividend|
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