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First half 2018 financial results

First half 2018 financial results

27 July 2018 - 7:00 am - Finances

· Revenue up 6.7% to €19.8 billion
    - Sustained traffic growth at VINCI Autoroutes
    - Strong increase in VINCI Airports passenger numbers
    - Higher Contracting business levels in France
· Sharp improvement in earnings:
    - Operating income from ordinary activities (Ebit): €2.1 billion (up 11.4%)
    - Net income attributable to owners of the parent: €1.3 billion (up 26%)
· Ongoing expansion outside France
· 2018 outlook: revenue and earnings growth confirmed
· Interim dividend: €0.75 per share (up 8.7%)

Key figures

(in € millions)

First half Full year
201820172018/2017
change
2017
Revenue119,75818,513+6.7%40,248
Cash flow from operations (Ebitda) 2,9372,806+4.7%6,500
% of revenue14.9%15.2% 16.2%
Operating income from ordinary activities (Ebit) 2,0991,883+11.4%4,607
% of revenue10.6%10.2% 11.4%
Recurring operating income2,1541,853+16.2%4,592
Net income attributable to owners of the parent1,3001,030+26.2%2,747
Diluted earnings per share (in €) 2.321.84+26.1%4.91
Interim dividend per share (in €)0.750.69+8.7%2.45
Net financial debt (in € billions)(16.7)(15.5)-1.1(14.0)
     
Change in motorway traffic (VINCI Autoroutes)+2.3%+2.2% +1.7%
Change in airport passenger traffic2 (VINCI Airports)+9.3%+12.8% +12.4%
Order book at end of period (in € billions) 32.730.7+7%29.3

 

Xavier Huillard, VINCI’s Chairman and CEO, made the following comments:

“In the first half of 2018, the VINCI Group achieved solid business growth and a sharp increase in earnings.

At VINCI Autoroutes, traffic levels grew at a good pace, continuing trends seen in 2017 and boosted in particular by heavy-vehicle traffic.

VINCI Airports saw a further strong increase in passenger numbers at most of its airports. After integrating Salvador de Bahia airport (Brazil) in January, and Kobe airport (Japan) in April, VINCI Airports continued to expand by signing a concession contract to operate Belgrade airport in Serbia and reaching an agreement to acquire Airports Worldwide’s portfolio of eight airports.

In Contracting, organic growth remained firm in France, confirming the recovery that began in 2017. Expansion outside France continued with the integration of acquisitions by VINCI Energies (particularly in Europe and the United States), VINCI Construction (Seymour Whyte in Australia) and Eurovia (recent acquisitions in France and Canada).

VINCI carried out several debt refinancing transactions on attractive terms, despite a more volatile market environment. 

Based on these strong results and the Group’s solid growth model, VINCI is going into the second half of the year with confidence, and confirms its revenue and earnings growth outlook for the full-year 2018.”

VINCI’s Board of Directors, chaired by Xavier Huillard, met on 26 July 2018 to finalise the financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2018. The Board also approved the payment of a 2018 interim dividend of €0.75 per share, representing an increase of 8.7%.

 

I. Very strong financial performance:

VINCI’s consolidated financial statements for the first half of 2018 show increases in revenue, Ebitda, Ebit and net income attributable to owners of the parent.

Consolidated revenue totalled €19.8 billion in the first half of 2018, up 6.7% relative to the first half of 2017, including organic growth of 2.8%. Acquisitions boosted revenue by 5.3%, while currency movements had a slightly negative effect of 1.4%.

Concessions revenue totalled €3.4 billion, up 6.3% on an actual basis. That figure includes the contribution of Salvador de Bahia airport in Brazil at VINCI Airports, along with that of Gefyra, which holds the concession for the Charilaos-Trikoupis bridge in Greece and which has been fully consolidated since 1 January 2018. Like-for-like, revenue was up 5.8%.

Contracting revenue totalled €16.1 billion, up 6.9% on an actual basis, including organic growth of 2.2%. The upturn in business levels, that began in 2017, continued at VINCI Energies and Eurovia, while activity at VINCI Construction stabilised. Acquisitions boosted revenue by 6.3%, while currency movements had a negative effect of 1.6%, caused by the euro’s rise against most other currencies, particularly the US dollar.

In France, revenue was €11.5 billion, up 4.6% on an actual basis or 3.8% on a constant structure basis, reflecting the firm economic environment. Concessions revenue rose by 4.5% both on an actual basis and like-for-like, while Contracting revenue grew 5.1% (4.1% like-for-like).

Outside France, consolidated revenue was €8.3 billion, up 9.8% on an actual basis or up 1.3% like-for-like. In the first half of 2018, 41.9% of total Group revenue came from outside France (47% in Contracting and 19% in Concessions).

In the second quarter, business levels were particularly buoyant with revenue rising 8.3% on an actual basis (up 3.3% like-for-like), including a 6.4% increase in Concessions (5.7% like-for-like) and 8.5% growth in Contracting (2.5% like-for-like).

Ebitda rose 4.7% to €2,937 million, equal to 14.9% of revenue. VINCI Autoroutes generated Ebitda of €1,908 million (equal to 75.0% of revenue, up 40 basis points) and VINCI Airports €441 million (equal to 59.5% of revenue, up 80 basis points).

Operating income from ordinary activities (Ebit) was €2,099 million, an increase of 11.4% compared with the first half of 2017 (€1,883 million). The Ebit margin rose to 10.6% (10.2% in the first half of 2017).
- The contribution from the Concessions business increased 7.3% to €1,642 million.
- Contracting’s contribution jumped 25% to €436 million, equal to 2.7% of revenue (2.3% in the first half of 2017). Ebit margin was 5.7% at VINCI Energies (up 20 basis points) and 1.8% at VINCI Construction (up 40 basis points). Eurovia’s contribution is traditionally negative in the first half of the year and is not representative of its full-year performance.

Recurring operating income – including the impact of share-based payments (IFRS 2), the Group’s share of the income or loss of companies accounted for under the equity method, and miscellaneous recurring operating items – rose 16.2% to €2,154 million (€1,853 million in the first half of 2017).
Net income attributable to owners of the parent amounted to €1,300 million, up 26% relative to the first-half 2017 figure of €1,030 million. Earnings per share, after taking account of dilutive instruments, amounted to €2.32 (€1.84 in the first half of 2017), up 26%.

Operating cash flow (before taking account of growth investments in concessions) amounted to €0.3 billion.

Net financial debt stood at €16.7 billion at 30 June 2018, up €1.1 billion relative to 30 June 2017. By comparison with 31 December 2017, net financial debt was up almost €2.7 billion, mainly reflecting the seasonal increase in the working capital requirement (€1.5 billion) and financial investments during the first-half period (€1.1 billion). Dividends paid and share buy-backs carried out in the first half of 2018 represented a total outflow of almost €1.5 billion (€1.2 billion in the first half of 2017).

In the first half of 2018, the Group carried out several bond issues and refinancing transactions totalling €2 billion.
At 30 June 2018, Group liquidity amounted to €8.6 billion. The liquidity figure comprises €2.6 billion of managed net cash and €6.0 billion of unused confirmed bank credit facilities expiring in 2021.

At 30 June 2018, the Group had 596.4 million shares in issue, of which it held 6.8% in treasury.

 

II. Operating performance: good momentum in Concessions and improvement in Contracting

VINCI Autoroutes’ traffic levels were up 2.3% year-on-year in the first half of 2018 (light vehicles up 2.0%, heavy vehicles up 3.6%). Light-vehicle traffic benefited from the favourable timing of school holidays and a shift from rail to road transport. Despite one less business day than in the comparable period, heavy-vehicle traffic continued to show good momentum, due to strong economic conditions in France and Spain.

Passenger numbers at VINCI Airports continued to grow rapidly, rising by 9.3% in the first half of 2018. Passenger numbers at the three airports in Cambodia maintained their exceptional growth rate (23.7%). Passenger growth remained strong in Europe with Portugal (8.9%) and France (9.5%). In the rest of the world, sustained traffic continued in Chile (10.7%), Japan (8.7%) and Brazil (3.9%). In the Dominican Republic, passenger numbers fell 3.8% during the period after several airlines went bankrupt.

In Contracting, order intake rose 3% year-on-year to €19.1 billion in the first half of 2018. There was a 23% increase outside France but a 12% decline in France due to the high base for comparison (some major contracts were won in the first half of 2017, particularly relating to the Grand Paris Express project). Order intake rose 21% at VINCI Energies and 5% at Eurovia, but fell 11% at VINCI Construction.

At 30 June 2018, the order book stood at €32.7 billion, an increase of almost 12% compared with 31 December 2017 and 7% over 12 months, with growth in all business lines. Relative to 30 June 2017, the order book grew 16% outside France and fell 2% in France.

In a stabilising French residential property market, VINCI Immobilier’s sales activity remained firm, with 3,178 reservations in the first half of 2018, an increase of 4%. Consolidated revenue remained stable (up 1%).

 

III. Other highlights

Concessions

In March 2018, VINCI Airports signed a concession contract to operate Belgrade airport in Serbia. The 25-year contract covers financing, operation, maintenance, expansion and renovation of the terminal and runways. The airport handled 5.3 million passengers in 2017 and is Serbia’s largest. VINCI Airports will take over operations as soon as financing is arranged.

In April 2018, VINCI Airports signed an agreement to acquire Airports Worldwide, which manages eight airports in the United Kingdom, Sweden, the United States and Costa Rica: two freehold property airports, two airports under concession and four under full operating contracts. Together, those airports handled more than 21 million passengers in 2017. The transaction is currently being finalised.

On 27 June 2018, VINCI Airports opened an extended and fully renovated terminal at Sihanoukville international airport in Cambodia in order to handle the large increase in passenger numbers expected over the next few years.

On 15 June 2018, VINCI Highways brought into service section 2 of the Lima expressway in Peru after 15 months of works. This 9 km toll section supplements the existing 16 km stretch of the expressway linking the main business districts of the Peruvian capital.

 

Contracting

VINCI Energies completed the following acquisitions:

- in January 2018, Eitech, a Swedish engineering and electrical works company operating in the manufacturing, infrastructure and construction sectors;
- in March 2018, PrimeLine Utility Services, a US group specialising in transmission and distribution networks for electricity and gas, as well as telecoms infrastructure;
- in April 2018, Wah Loon Engineering, a Singapore-based provider of electrical and mechanical engineering services, specialising particularly in the construction of data centres.
- In April 2018, Eurovia acquired the assets of TNT, a Quebec-based public works contractor that also operates a quarry in Laval and asphalt production units in the Montreal region in Canada.


New contracts

Among the contracts won by the Group in the first half of 2018, the most significant were as follows.

VINCI Energies:
- a contract for managing the public lighting network in the region of Canberra, Australia;
- a contract to expand Senegal’s electricity grid;
- a contract to refurbish, extend and manage four schools in Germany as part of a public-private partnership;
- several contracts to roll out optical fibre connections across 26 French départements by 2022;
- the renewal of the facilities management contract for Thales sites in France.


Eurovia:
- a contract to build infrastructure for the new Tram 9 line in Paris that will connect Porte de Choisy and Orly Ville;
- a contract to build a section of the D35 motorway in the Czech Republic;
- a four-year maintenance contract covering over 2,000 km of roads in the UK;
- a contract to upgrade part of Szczecin's city centre, Poland;
- a contract for pavement maintenance on the A29 motorway in Seine-Maritime in France.


VINCI Construction:
- two contracts in relation to Line 14 South as part of the Grand Paris Express transport network;
- a contract to build VINCI’s future head office and the Origine property complex in Nanterre;
- two road projects in Cameroon;
- a design-build contract for a new metro line in Copenhagen, Denmark;
- a contract to build the energy-transfer pumping station in Abdelmoumen, Morocco;
- a contract to modernise the Princes Highway motorway between Berry and Bomaderry in New South Wales (Australia);
- a contract to build a gas pipeline of more than 160 km in the region of Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) as part of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline project.

 

IV. Debt management

Refinancing

In the first half of 2018, against a more volatile market background, the Group carried out several refinancing transactions in order to reduce the cost and extend the average maturity of its debt.
ASF carried out two bond issues:
- in January, €1 billion of bonds due to mature in 2030 with an annual coupon of 1.375%;
- in June, €700 million of bonds due to mature in 2028 with an annual coupon of 1.375%.

In March, VINCI arranged a $300 million credit facility with a bank, with a term of five years and the possibility of two one-year extensions.

In April, Arcos – the company that holds the concession for the A355 motorway bypassing Strasbourg to the west – completed the financing of its project by taking out 27-year repayment loans for a total amount of €359 million with the EIB and a banking syndicate.


Main debt repayments

In March, ASF repaid its final €750 million loan from the Caisse Nationale des Autoroutes (CNA) along with €100 million of bank loans.

In April, Cofiroute redeemed €600 million of bonds and, in March, repaid an €75 million loan from the EIB.

At 30 June 2018, the Group’s long-term financial debt totalled €19.3 billion. Its average maturity was 6.3 years and the average interest rate in the first half of 2018 was 2.48% (5.7 years and 2.68% respectively at 31 December 2017).

 

V. 2018 outlook: confirmation of revenue and earnings growth

The Group’s strong performance in the first half of 2018 supports the previously announced outlook.
In full-year 2018, VINCI expects to see growth in revenue, operating income and net income.

In Concessions, traffic growth at VINCI Autoroutes is expected to be similar to that seen in 2017 provided that fuel prices do not rise further. At VINCI Airports growth is expected to be less dynamic than in 2017 because of a very high comparison base.

In Contracting, business levels are expected to continue growing in all business lines, driven by favorable French economy and international development, and Ebit margin should improve further.

 

VI. Interim dividend

A 2018 interim dividend of €0.75 per share, up 8.7% on last year’s interim dividend, will be paid in cash on 8 November 2018 (ex-date: 6 November 2018).

 

 

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Diary
27 July 2018

First-half 2018 results
- Press conference: 08.30
- Analysts’ meeting 11.00

Access to the conference call:
In French +33 (0)1 70 71 01 59      (PIN: 49369156#)
In English +44 (0)20 7194 3759      (PIN: 63577684#)

23 October 2018 Quarterly information at 30 September 2018
20-21 November 2018Eurovia Investor Day

 

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This press release is available in French and English on VINCI’s website: www.vinci.com.

The slide presentation of the 2018 first-half results and the financial report for the first half of 2018 will be available before the press conference on VINCI’s website: www.vinci.com.

 

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APPENDIXES: see pdf version of press release

 

 

1 Excluding concession subsidiaries’ revenue from works done by non-Group companies (see glossary).
2 Data at 100% irrespective of percentage held by VINCI Airports. Changes on a pro forma basis including Salvador de Bahia airport (Brazil) and Kobe airport (Japan) over the full year in 2017.

 

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