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2020 annual results

5 February 2021 - 7:30 am - Finances - France

• Significant fall in earnings in the context of an unprecedented health crisis
• Very high free cash flow: €4.0 billion, close to the record 2019 figure
• Sharp year-on-year reduction in net financial debt and very high level of liquidity
• Increase in order intake and order book
• Dividend proposed for 2020: €2.04 per share
• 2021 outlook:
    - Contracting business expected to achieve growth in business levels and earnings
    - Trend in Concessions (VINCI Autoroutes and VINCI Airports) depending on developments in the pandemic situation and the potential restrictions that may result
• Rollout of VINCI’s new environmental ambition

 

 

Key figures
(in € millions)202020192020/2019
change
Revenue 143,23448,053-10%
Cash flow from operations (Ebitda)5,9198,497-2,578
% of revenue13.7%17.7% 
Operating income from ordinary activities (Ebit)2,8595,734-2,876
% of revenue6.6%11.9% 
Recurring operating income2,5115,704-3,193
Net income attributable to owners of the parent1,2423,260-62%
Diluted earnings per share (in €)2.205.82-3.62
Free cash flow3,9904,201-211
Dividend per share (in €)2.04 22.04 3unchanged
Net financial debt 4(in € billions)(18.0)(21.7)+3.7
Liquidity 4(in € billions)19.215.8+3.4
    
Change in total traffic at VINCI Autoroutes-21.4%+2.8% 
Change in VINCI Airports passenger numbers 5-70.0%+5.7% 
Order intake (in € billions)43.541.7+4%
Order book 4(in € billions)42.436.5+16%

1 Excluding concession subsidiaries’ revenue from works done by non-Group companies (see Glossary).
2 Proposal with respect to 2020 to be made to the Shareholders’ General Meeting on 8 April 2021.
3 Of which €0.79 paid in 2019 and €1.25 paid in 2020.
4 At 31 December.
5 Figures at 100% including passenger numbers at all airports managed by VINCI Airports over the full year.

 

 

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

“The health crisis resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic severely impacted VINCI’s financial performance in 2020.”

“When France introduced its first lockdown on 17 March 2020, almost all of the Group’s activities came to a halt. Subsequently, business levels in our Contracting business and to a lesser extent at VINCI Autoroutes recovered to near-normal levels, but VINCI Airports remained badly affected by the global decline in air traffic.”

“In 2020 as a whole, the decline in Contracting revenue was limited by a good second half, both in France and internationally. However, VINCI Autoroutes saw its traffic levels fall by around 20%. Although heavy vehicle traffic was resilient, light vehicle traffic was affected by the lockdowns introduced in France and elsewhere in Europe in the spring and towards the end of the year. At VINCI Airports, passenger numbers slumped by 70% in 2020 after travel restrictions came into force all around the world. With new waves of infection taking hold, airport passenger numbers have remained very low since the beginning of 2021 and visibility for the coming quarters is limited.”

“In these unprecedented circumstances, and although the deterioration was less severe in the second half, VINCI’s results in 2020 were significantly weaker than in the previous year. However, exceptional cash inflows from customers and a firm grip on both operating expenses and capital expenditure meant that cash flow remained impressively high in 2020, close to the record level achieved in 2019.”

“In addition, the increase in order intake and the resulting growth in the order book are pleasing. We won a series of major contracts both in France (a new works package for the Grand Paris Express project; The Link, Total’s future headquarters in La Défense; preparatory work on Avrieux shafts for the Lyon–Turin rail line) and abroad (two works packages for the HS2 rail project and a new train station in the United Kingdom, rehabilitation work on the Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine tunnel in Montreal and the southern segment of the West Calgary Ring Road in Canada, motorway construction and upgrade contracts in Australia, rail contracts in New Zealand). VINCI Energies kept up the pace in pursuing its acquisitions policy, buying around 20 companies, the largest of which was in Canada, marking a new milestone in the development of its North American business, and another in Germany in the offshore wind sector. Finally, the synergies that VINCI has long been developing between its Construction and Concession businesses resulted in two motorway PPP contracts, one in the Czech Republic and the other in Kenya, both of which represent firsts in those countries. ”

“Looking beyond the difficulties we encountered, 2020 confirmed VINCI’s solid foundations, based on our very broad array of expertise and geographical locations. It also showed the agility and adaptability shown by our companies, which have strong roots in their communities, and the effectiveness of our decentralised managerial model based on responsibility at the local level, close to our operations on the ground and our clients. ”

“More than ever, VINCI’s culture is centred around people and an entrepreneurial mindset. In the face of the Covid-19 crisis, the full extent of the commitment shown by VINCI staff members was revealed: to give just a few examples, it allowed us to build temporary hospitals in the space of a few days, use the Group’s infrastructure for medical transport and offer hot meals to hauliers in motorway service areas. Through our corporate foundations in France and abroad, VINCI also took action to show solidarity with the most vulnerable groups and those dealing with the crisis on the front line. ”

“From our current position in early 2021, it remains very unclear how the pandemic will unfold, and unfortunately a worsening in the public health situation cannot be ruled out. However, VINCI has strengths that will enable us to maintain our course and rebound rapidly when the crisis has been overcome. Our long-term business model is particularly well suited to the current challenges facing society – ecological transition, energy efficiency, new mobility and communication requirements – which represent promising markets for the Group’s companies. ”

“Finally, the Covid-19 crisis has made us even more determined to step up VINCI’s environmental transformation. We have defined new goals, which we announced in early 2020. Accordingly, we have adopted specific action plans in our various business lines, organised around the following objectives: combating climate change, with an initial target consisting of a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030; promoting the circular economy; and protecting natural environments. ”

“Because we believe in all-round performance, our commitment covers both the economic success of our business activities, but also their workforce-related, social and environmental impact.”

VINCI’s Board of Directors, chaired by Xavier Huillard, met on 4 February 2021 to finalise the 2020 financial statements6, which will be submitted for approval at the Shareholders’ General Meeting on 8 April 2021. In that meeting, the Board approved the proposed dividend of €2.04 per share with respect to 2020, payable entirely in cash.

 

I. Sharp fall in earnings, but very strong free cash flow maintained

VINCI’s consolidated revenue amounted to €43.2 billion in 2020, down 10.0% on an actual basis compared with 2019. Revenue fell more in France (down 12.9%) than elsewhere (down 6.5%). As a result, the proportion of revenue generated outside France rose to 47% in 2020 (45% in 2019). Like-for-like – i.e. after stripping out the impact of changes in the consolidation scope (+1.9%), mainly outside France, and of changes in exchange rates (-0.8%) – revenue was down 11.1%.

Concessions revenue totalled €5.8 billion, down 31.7% on an actual basis (down 33.5% like-for-like).
- VINCI Autoroutes’ revenue fell 17.5% to €4.6 billion, due to the fall in traffic levels resulting from the various travel restrictions introduced in France and elsewhere in Europe, particularly during the two lockdowns in the second and fourth quarters of 2020.

- VINCI Airports generated €1.0 billion of revenue (down 62.4% on an actual basis and down 65.5% like-for-like), because of the very sharp decline in airline activity around the world following the travel restrictions adopted in most countries to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Contracting revenue totalled €36.9 billion, representing a limited decline of 5.2% (down 5.9% like-for-like). In France, Contracting revenue amounted to €17.5 billion, down 10.6% on an actual basis. After a strong start to the year, business levels were very low in both building and public works during the first lockdown, i.e. for almost two months. They gradually recovered from late April and were almost back to normal in June. Outside France, Contracting revenue totalled €19.4 billion, almost unchanged compared with the previous year and equal to 53% of the total (50% in 2019). Unlike in France and despite the Covid-19 crisis, VINCI was able to maintain business levels at close to full capacity in most of the other countries in which it operates, although there was some variation between regions depending on local measures adopted by the authorities.

- VINCI Energies’ revenue was almost unchanged at €13.7 billion in 2020 (down 0.6% on an actual basis and down 4.2% like-for-like), due to a rapid recovery in business levels from the summer onwards (revenue up 1.2% like for like in the fourth quarter) and acquisitions. This good performance shows the resilience of VINCI Energies, which benefited from its diversity in terms of geographical exposure, business segments and expertise. Many companies remained busy even at the height of the Covid-19 crisis due to their presence in essential activities such as energy, telecoms and certain industrial sectors. Acquisitions contributed by almost €600 million to the revenue change in 2020, with the main deal consisting of Canadian company Transelec Common Inc., which was acquired in October 2020.
In France (43% of the total), revenue fell 4.8% on an actual basis or 5.8% like-for-like. After recovering strongly following the first lockdown, business levels held firm in the second half, close to levels seen in 2019.
Outside France (57% of the total), revenue rose 2.8% on an actual basis and fell 2.9% like-for-like. Growth in Europe and North America offset declines in Africa, the Middle East and South America.

- At Eurovia, revenue amounted to €9.6 billion, representing a limited decline (down 6.2% on an actual basis or 5.5% like-for-like). There was an upturn in the third quarter, when revenue fell only 0.6% like-for-like compared with 2019, particularly in France, and this was confirmed in the fourth quarter (down 0.7% like-for-like).

In France (51% of the total), revenue fell 11.6% on an actual basis (down 11.9% like-for-like), because of the near-total shutdown of worksites during the first lockdown. Outside France (49% of the total), revenue rose 2.1% on an actual basis and was stable like-for-like, since Eurovia was able to maintain business activity throughout the year in most of its countries. At constant exchange rates, revenue rose in the United States – which now accounts for 11% of Eurovia’s revenue – as well as in the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Chile. Revenue fell in Germany, Canada, Poland and Slovakia.

- VINCI Construction’s revenue totalled €13.6 billion (down 8.6% actual, down 7.9% like-for-like). The improvement seen in the third quarter – when revenue fell only 0.8% like-for-like due to a firm recovery in worksite activity – was confirmed in the fourth (revenue up 1.5% like-for-like).

In France (50% of the total), revenue fell 14.4% on an actual basis (down 14.9% like-for-like) because of worksite shutdowns during the first lockdown. Outside France (50% of the total), business conditions varied fairly widely between business lines and geographical zones, depending on local public health decisions taken by the authorities. VINCI Construction’s revenue was stable like-for-like, supported by the ramp-up of several recently won contracts in its major projects division.

VINCI Immobilier saw a fall in revenue (down 9.9% to €1.2 billion), with the Covid-19 crisis affecting the signing of property sales agreements as well as activity in the managed residences business, while impeding progress on both residential and commercial developments.

Consolidated Ebitda totalled €5.9 billion (€8.5 billion in 2019), equal to 13.7% of revenue compared with 17.7% in 2019.

Operating income from ordinary activities (Ebit) amounted to €2.9 billion (€5.7 billion in 2019). It equalled 6.6% of revenue compared with 11.9% in 2019, and broke down as follows:

· €1.6 billion in Concessions, including a €2.0 billion profit at VINCI Autoroutes and a €0.4 billion loss at VINCI Airports despite drastic cost-cutting measures introduced rapidly at the start of the pandemic. Earnings at the Group’s other concession subsidiaries were also affected by the decline in revenue, because their costs are mostly fixed.

· €1.2 billion in Contracting, or 3.4% of revenue, representing a limited decline compared with 2019 (4.3%). Contracting entities in France suffered from lower-than-normal business activity after the first lockdown was introduced. However, their experience in dealing with past crises enabled them to show resilience and agility in adjusting to the pandemic. Operating margins in the three Contracting business lines were therefore higher in the second half of 2020 than in the second half of 2019. It is worth noting that margins fell only slightly at VINCI Energies (5.7%, down 30 bp year on year) and Eurovia (3.5%, down 70 bp year on year). VINCI Construction’s operating margin was 1.0% (2.7% in 2019), affected by losses on several building projects in France caused mainly by lower-than-normal business levels and weaker productivity resulting from the health crisis. At Entrepose, which specialises in the oil and gas industries, difficulties prompted a major overhaul of its business.

Recurring operating income amounted to €2.5 billion (€5.7 billion in 2019). As well as the impact of share-based payments (IFRS 2), this includes the negative contribution of companies accounted for under the equity method, particularly in the airports sector, whereas the impact was positive in 2019.

Consolidated net income attributable to owners of the parent was €1.2 billion in 2020 (€3.3 billion in 2019) and earnings per share7 amounted to €2.20 (€5.82 in 2019).

Free cash flow remained at a very high level, totalling €4.0 billion (€4.2 billion in 2019). The decline in Ebitda was to a large extent offset by a very substantial improvement in the working capital requirement and current provisions, and by a reduction in operating investments. This outstanding performance was largely due to the three Contracting business lines, which achieved very high cash inflows from customers, particularly at the end of the year. As a result, the sharp improvement in free cash flow in the Contracting business and at VINCI Immobilier, totalling €2.7 billion (€1.3 billion in 2019), partly made up for the fall in free cash flow in Concessions to €1 billion (€2.8 billion in 2019), mainly caused by the airports business.

Consolidated net financial debt at 31 December 2020 was €18.0 billion, down around €3.7 billion relative to end-2019.

 

II. Upturn in operating performance in the second half of the year

After falling sharply following the first lockdown, traffic on VINCI Autoroutes’ intercity networks recovered close to 2019 levels during the summer. Traffic levels then fell again as a result of the restrictions introduced in France and Europe from the end of October, with a 22.4% decline in the fourth quarter. It should also be noted that traffic levels in December 2019 had been boosted by disruption to France’s rail network caused by SNCF strike action.

In 2020 as a whole, VINCI Autoroutes saw traffic fall 21.4% across all vehicle types. Heavy vehicle traffic held up well (down 6.5% including a 0.4% increase in the fourth quarter), due to resilient economic activity and growth in e-commerce. However, light vehicle traffic suffered from repeated travel restrictions, and fell by 23.8%, with a 26.4% decline in the fourth quarter.

Passenger numbers across the VINCI Airports network were down sharply for most of 2020, as they were for the aviation sector worldwide, because of the Covid-19 pandemic from March onwards. They were close to zero in the second quarter. After starting to recover in June, the trend worsened again in September and then stabilised at a very low level in the fourth quarter after new lockdown measures were adopted in Europe.

Overall, passenger numbers across the VINCI Airports network fell 70.0% year on year to 77 million, compared with 255 million in 2019Figures at 100%. 20198 . The decline was more pronounced in Europe and Asia (around 72%), where public health measures were particularly strict, than in the Americas (around 61%). Passenger numbers rebounded rapidly in countries that lifted restrictions, such as the Dominican Republic, showing that there is still a great appetite for travel. The trend also started to improve in the summer at Salvador Bahia Airport in Brazil, and at Orlando Sanford International Airport in the United States. Osaka Itami Airport and Kobe Airport in Japan also saw a limited upturn in domestic passenger numbers in the fourth quarter.

In Contracting,

- Order intake rose 4% year on year to €43.5 billion in 2020, including a 4% increase in the fourth quarter. The 14% increase outside France offset the 6% decline in France. At VINCI Energies, order intake rose 2%, supported by its infrastructure and ICT (information and communication technologies) activities outside France. At Eurovia, order intake fell 7% year on year, since the post-electoral situation in France was not conducive to local authorities starting new projects. However, the trend improved in the fourth quarter, when order intake rose 13% including a 7% increase in France. At VINCI Construction, order intake rose 14% in 2020 due to major contract wins both in France and abroad.

order book amounted to €42.4 billion at 31 December 2020, a year-end record and an increase of 16% over 12 months. It totalled €16.9 billion (up 9%) in France and €25.5 billion (up 22%) outside France. Orders outside France accounted for 60% of the total as opposed to 57% at the end of 2019. The order book increased in all business lines, and represented almost 14 months of average business activity in the Contracting business at the end of 2020 (11 months at end-2019).

At VINCI Immobilier, business levels were affected by the lockdown in mid-March, which caused projects to shut down and severely disrupted the marketing of current developments. New development projects were also affected by the postponement of municipal elections and the resulting delays in granting planning permission.

In 2020 as a whole, the number of homes reserved – including at the Urbat Promotion subsidiary – fell 16% to 6,120 following an upturn in the fourth quarter. That upturn was driven by a significant recovery in individual home sales, block sales of homes to public-sector entities (CDCH, Action Logement) and firm sales of homes in managed residences.

Covid-19 impacts: the consequences of Covid-19 on the full-year financial statements were estimated in relation to the latest pre-pandemic budget estimates. The impacts are estimated at approximately €5.9 billion negative on revenue, €3.7 billion negative on recurring operating income and €2.4 billion negative on consolidated net income attributable to owners of the parent. They in particular include the effects of the lower business volumes and the cost overruns generated by the pandemic, as well as the non-recurring items recognised during the period.

 

III. Solid financial position

VINCI worked hard to bolster its liquidity given the exceptional circumstances of the Covid-19 crisis.

Liquidity amounted to €19.2 billion at 31 December 2020 (€15.8 billion at end-December 2019), and comprised:

- Managed net cash of €10.0 billion (€6.8 billion at 31 December 2019), resulting from cash inflows from clients that were much higher than expected, particularly at the end of the year;

- Unused confirmed bank credit facilities totalling €8.0 billion, with expiry due in November 2025 for almost all of that amount;

- €1.2 billion of commercial paper issued (€0.8 billion at 31 December 2019).

In November 2020, in very favourable market conditions, VINCI carried out its inaugural issue of green bonds, placing €500 million of eight-year zero-coupon notes (representing a slightly negative yield for investors). The success of that issue confirmed investor confidence both in VINCI’s credit quality – rated A- with stable outlook by Standard & Poor’s and A3 with stable outlook by Moody’s – and in its ambitious environmental policy. In addition, the issue enabled the Group to diversify its funding sources by accessing a new set of bond investors focused on ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria.

In May, Cofiroute issued €950 million of 11-year bonds with a coupon of 1.0%.

These transactions extended the average maturity of VINCI’s debt while reducing its cost.

At 31 December 2020, the Group’s gross financial debt, before taking into account available cash, totalled almost €28 billion. Its average maturity was 7.7 years (8.1 years at 31 December 2019) and the average cost of debt was slightly lower at 2.3% (2.4% in 2019).

 

IV. 2021 outlook

In Contracting, barring exceptional events, VINCI is aiming to increase revenue very close to the 2019 level, and to improve operating margins9. in its three Contracting business lines. Operating margins should return to levels similar to those seen in 2019, or slightly higher in the case of VINCI Construction. That recovery remains dependent on the stabilisation of the economic and public health situation.

In Concessions, visibility still remains very limited, and business levels depend on developments in the Covid-19 situation and the potential restrictions that may result. It is therefore not possible at this stage to offer reliable forecasts regarding VINCI Airports passenger numbers or VINCI Autoroutes traffic levels for the next few quarters.

However, at VINCI Autoroutes, where traffic levels remain affected by travel restrictions, a relatively rapid return to normal can be expected once those measures are lifted, as was seen in summer 2020.

Given these uncertainties and the impact of the Concessions business for the Group’s performance, VINCI cannot provide reliable consolidated earnings forecasts for 2021. In any event, earnings will not recover to 2019 levels in 2021.

The Group will report regularly on developments in motorway traffic levels and airport passenger numbers for its main infrastructure assets.

 

V. Dividend

VINCI’s Board of Directors has decided to propose a 2020 dividend of €2.04 per share, the same as the 2019 dividend (of which €1.25 was paid in 2020), to the Shareholders’ General Meeting on 8 April 2021, to be paid entirely in cash.

The dividend will be paid on 22 April 2021 (ex-dividend date: 20 April 2021).

 

VI. Share capital

At 31 December 2020, VINCI’s capital consisted of 588.5 million shares, including 26.5 million treasury shares (4.5% of the capital at that date).

 

VII. Workforce-related, social and environmental responsibility

· Environmental performance

In line with the commitments made in its Manifesto, VINCI adopted new a environmental ambition in early 2020, with three key priorities:
- Taking action for the climate.
- Optimising resources through the circular economy.
- Protecting natural environments.

Each VINCI business line has adopted these targets and is working to attain them.
- VINCI Energies offers its clients innovative technical solutions for reducing their carbon footprints.
- Eurovia is becoming a major player in the circular economy, for example developing the Granulat+ aggregates recovery and recycling system and building the first fully recycled road.
- VINCI Construction has launched a range of low-carbon concrete, encouraging the whole industry to change its construction methods.
- VINCI Autoroutes is promoting the Low-Carbon Motorways initiative and is aiming to eliminate all use of phytosanitary products across its network.
- VINCI Airports has committed to making its airports carbon-neutral by installing solar farms, and is setting the standard in terms of improving the environmental performance of airports joining its network.

To meet the Group’s target of achieving a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 compared with 2018, based on Scopes 1 and 2 (direct impact), its various entities are adopting energy-efficiency and decarbonisation initiatives for their vehicles, site machinery and fixed sites, and are expanding their use of renewable energy.

VINCI has also detailed its biodiversity road map as part of its commitment to the act4nature international initiative.

To ensure that these objectives are shared by the Group’s 217,000-plus employees around the world, VINCI launched a major environmental competition in September 2020, and prizewinners will be announced between June and December 2021 in all regions of the world. VINCI has also stepped up its staff training and awareness-raising efforts.

Finally, VINCI devotes a significant proportion of its research and innovation resources to environmental matters. Those resources are deployed in each of VINCI’s business lines but also through Leonard, the Group’s foresight and innovation platform, particularly through its intrapreneur and start-up support programmes. VINCI is also adopting specific initiatives through external scientific and technology partnerships, particularly with ParisTech.

· Workforce-related and social performance

During the Covid-19 crisis, VINCI has worked hard to protect jobs, limiting the decrease in its overall workforce to 2%, and has continued to deploy its approach to workforce-related and social matters.
- The health and safety of employees are absolute priorities. VINCI’s lost-time work accident frequency rate was 5.32 in 2020, representing a 25% reduction over five years. In 2020, 75% of VINCI companies did not record any lost-time work accidents, up from 71% in 2015.
- As regards gender balance, the Group is aiming to increase to 28% the proportion of women recruited or promoted as managers by 2023, and to increase the proportion of women sitting on the management committees of Group companies.
- In France, VINCI companies helped 3,000 unemployed people in 2020 as part of efforts to reintegrate them into the workforce. - Around 170,000 current and former VINCI employees own around 9% of the Group’s share capital through collective employee savings plans. In 2020, those plans were extended to four new countries, and so 83% of the Group’s employees outside France can now become VINCI shareholders through them. In France, 90% of employees are now shareholders.
- In 2020, the Group’s 14 foundations supported more than 430 local charitable projects led by close to 1,000 employees in France and abroad. VINCI announced its support for front line staff, working in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, social organisations and schools during the Covid-19 crisis, by allocating a further €10 million to the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité’s budget.
- The Group continued its Give Me Five programme, which aims to give work experience to 5,000 students in their final year of middle school from underprivileged areas across France; through immersive learning, they discover the full breadth and depth of the Group’s business lines. They then receive support with their learning and work placements are reserved for them. In April 2020, to make remote learning easier for middle school students who have taken part in work experience programmes, VINCI and the Fondation VINCI pour la Cité adopted a joint plan to donate equipment: in all, 1,600 computers and tablets and 300 4G dongles were donated to around 30 schools.

· Ethics and human rights

In accordance with its Manifesto commitments, VINCI carries out its projects in ways that respect ethical principles and protect human rights, which is a mandatory requirement for all its entities. The Group’s Code of Ethics and Conduct and Anti-corruption Code of Conduct are now available in 31 languages. VINCI’s Guide on Human Rights sets out the guidelines that all Group companies must follow in this area, regardless of their business line and location.

· Main innovations in 2020

VINCI Energies

- Converting green electricity into hydrogen: VINCI Energies has been working for several years with GRTgaz (owner-operator of the largest natural gas transmission network in France) on its Jupiter 1000 project. This industrial showcase, which converts renewable electricity into gas (Power-to-Gas), came into service in 2020 in Fos sur Mer. Electricity will be converted into hydrogen by two electrolysers, and into synthetic methane through a methanation reactor and a carbon capture process. VINCI Energies carried out all electricity, instrumentation and automation works on this project.

- Artificial intelligence and carpooling: VINCI Energies, in collaboration with VINCI Autoroutes, has been selected by the City of Paris to create a carpooling pilot/trial on the Boulevard Périphérique ring road. The aim is to be able to count the number of occupants in a vehicle, to read its licence place and check that it falls into a category of vehicles allowed to drive in the reserved lane. VINCI Energies is in charge of onboard IT systems and installation, while VINCI Autoroutes is providing the solution for analysing images captured by surveillance cameras, featuring the latest advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Eurovia

- Collaboration with ElectReon on a pilot electric road – which charges vehicle batteries using induction – in Karlsruhe (Germany) on behalf of energy supplier EnBW. This system, incorporated into the road surface, will allow contactless charging when vehicles are both stationary and moving.

- Development of innovative ways of applying recycling solutions to road works. In 2020, Eurovia launched Recyvia-E. This maintenance method, which is particularly well suited to rural roads, allows road surfaces to be repaired by reusing all materials present on-site.

VINCI Construction

- Further development of low-carbon concrete formulations using the Exegy approach, for use in a wide range of applications (foundations, superstructures etc.). Exegy ultra-low-carbon concrete is the first structural concrete in the market to show such a large reduction in CO2 emissions (64%), while remaining at least as solid and strong as traditional concretes.

- Continuation of the Linaster project, which aims to exploit data from earth-moving machinery in real time in order to optimise fuel consumption, cycles and productivity.

VINCI Concessions

- In 2020, in pursuit of its innovation policy based around smart infrastructure, flow management and customer satisfaction, VINCI Concessions launched projects such as MONA in Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, offering a contactless passenger experience based on biometrics and facial recognition.

- At Lisbon Airport, VINCI Airports introduced a mobile app for passengers, allowing them to give their opinion on the airport’s public health measures in real time by scanning any of the 146 QR codes around the airport. An autonomous ultraviolet disinfection robot was also deployed at the airport. As a result of these innovations, VINCI Airports was awarded the Clean & Safe label by the Portuguese authorities.

- VINCI Highways encouraged customers across all of its motorway network to pay digitally. In Greece, for example, the Olympia Odos motorway between Athens and Patras is currently the country’s only motorway that allows drivers to pay in a fully contactless manner.

 

VIII. Other highlights

Xavier Huillard, VINCI’s Chairman and CEO, appointed Pierre Anjolras as chairman of VINCI Construction on 12 January 2021. Pierre Anjolras is a member of VINCI’s Executive Committee and will retain his other roles within the VINCI group, including that of chairman of Eurovia.

From 1 February 2021, VINCI Construction and Eurovia are placed under the leadership of Pierre Anjolras. This new organisation will enable VINCI to optimise these two companies’ operating methods and to develop synergies between them by integrating them within a single management unit.

Diary
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5 February 2021 2020 results presentation
08.30 CET: press conference – 10.30 CET: analysts’ meeting

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8 April 2021Shareholders’ General Meeting
20 April 2021Ex-dividend date
22 April 2021Payment of dividend

 

6The consolidated financial statements have been audited and the Statutory Auditors' report is in the process of being published.
7After taking into account dilutive instruments.
8Figures at 100% . 2019 figures including airport passenger numbers over the full year.
9Ebit / revenue.

 

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

The slide presentation of the 2020 annual results will be available before the press conference on VINCI’s website: www.vinci.com.

The consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2020 are available on the VINCI website: https://www.vinci.com/vinci.nsf/en/investors

 

 

About VINCI
VINCI is a global player in concessions, construction and energy businesses, employing more than 217,000 people in some 100 countries. We design, finance, build and operate infrastructure and facilities that help improve daily life and mobility for all. Because we believe in all-round performance, we are committed to operating in an environmentally, socially responsible and ethical manner. And because our projects are in the public interest, we consider that reaching out to all our stakeholders and engaging in dialogue with them is essential in the conduct of our business activities. Based on that approach, VINCI’s ambition is to create long-term value for its customers, shareholders, employees, partners and society in general.

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