Imtech : Imtech's order book up by 12% to 6.5 billion euro
·Outlook for 2012 confirmed: a further rise of EBITA, excluding
·Order book up by 700 million euro through organic growth and acquisitions
·Confidence in 2013
Gouda, the Netherlands - Despite difficult market conditions in a number of
countries and markets, at the end of 2012 the order book of Royal Imtech N.V.
(technical services provider in and outside Europe) was up by 700 million
euro, or 12%, to 6.5 billion euro (2012: 5.8 billion euro). This was announced
by CEO René van der Bruggen in his New Year's speech to employees.
René van der Bruggen: 'In 2010 and 2011 Imtech reported order book increases
of 10% (450 million euro) and 12% (600 million euro) respectively. This
positive trend has continued in 2012. At the end of 2012 Imtech's order book
stood at 6.5 billion euro - again an increase of 12%, or 700 million euro.
This increase, which is the result of both organic growth and growth through
acquisitions, has been achieved despite market conditions being difficult in a
number of countries and markets. These conditions have led to a less balanced
composition of the order book compared with the preceding years. Order book
has been under considerable pressure in the Benelux and Spain. By contrast,
order book development has been good in the clusters/divisions Germany &
Eastern Europe, the UK & Ireland, Nordic, Turkey, Traffic & Infra and Marine.
The order book has remained stable in the ICT division.'
One-time provision for redundancy of around 900 employees
At the end of October 2012 Imtech announced it was establishing a one-time
provision of around 50 million euro in total for the redundancy of about 900
employees. Most of the affected employees were involved in new-build
activities in the buildings markets in the Benelux and Spain. A small
redundancy of employees in the Marine division, which in 2012 suffered from
the effects of a lower order-intake in the preceding years, was also planned.
This reorganisation is a prelude for further growth in 2013.
Achieving more added-value
In line with its 2015 growth strategy Imtech is more and more able to offer
its customers added-value - a valuable driver for the growing order book. The
added-value translates into a life-cycle approach aimed at reducing customers'
total cost of ownership (the cost of technical solutions throughout the entire
exploitation period). Imtech has embraced, and reinforced, this philosophy for
a number of years. It is expressed in many ways, including a focus on
intensive multidisciplinary co-operation with customers and throughout the
chain, the achievement of preferred technology partner positions and the
integration of energy technology and ICT into Imtech's total solutions. This
makes substantial energy efficiency improvements possible, for example in
buildings, industrial manufacturing facilities and ships.
Increasing activities outside Europe
Activities outside Europe have continued growing. Industrial export from the
Netherlands, Germany and the UK & Ireland has increased, growth has been
achieved in Turkey and various emerging markets, and Imtech is more and more
frequently active on a project basis in Russia. In the traffic market, the ICT
market, and especially in the marine market Imtech shows further growth
Good acquisitions are the accelerator for future growth
The technical services market is highly fragmented and includes a great many
medium-sized and smaller technical companies that are performing well. This
makes an active acquisition policy possible. In 2012 Imtech acquired a number
of companies both within and outside Europe. The total annual revenue of the
acquired companies amounts to around 280 million euro. Imtech focuses on
acquisition candidates that are good performers and that will not only achieve
growth themselves but will also bring about further organic growth of the
existing portfolio. In the UK Imtech has acquired Capula, a specialist in
instrumentation, control and automation in the energy, water and industry
markets. This acquisition is a good example of the added-value strategy as it
offers numerous cross-selling possibilities from within the existing UK
activities. With the acquisition of 80% of the shares in the Turkish AE
Arma-Elektropanç Imtech has penetrated new, opportunity-rich, markets not only
in Turkey but also in the emerging markets of the Middle East, Russia and the
former Soviet republics. In these markets co-operation within the existing
Imtech portfolio will lead to future growth options. The acquisition of the
multidisciplinary technical player EMC Talotekniikka (active in the buildings
and industry markets), SSR (traffic technology) and Polar (process automation)
has substantially strengthened the position in Finland. Various smaller
acquisitions have been completed in Sweden, Norway and in the Netherlands.
Confirmation outlook 2012, maintaining long-term growth target 2015
Excluding the one-time provision the forecast of a further increase of the
EBITA in 2012 through organic growth and acquisitions has been confirmed. The
overall EBITA for 2012 is lower than for 2011. Imtech remains ample profitable
and maintains its long-term strategic growth plan aimed at achieving revenue
of 8 billion euro with an operational EBITA margin of between 6% and 7% in
2015. Imtech looks forward to 2013 with confidence.
Imtech will present its 2012 annual figures on 5 February 2013.
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Royal Imtech N.V. is a European technical services provider in the fields of
electrical solutions, ICT (information and communication technology) and
mechanical solutions. With 29,000 employees, Imtech achieves annual revenue of
more than 5.1 billion euro. Imtech holds strong positions in the buildings and
industry markets in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria,
Eastern Europe, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, Ireland, Turkey and Spain,
the European markets of ICT and Traffic as well as in the global marine
market. In total Imtech serves 23,000 customers. Imtech offers added value
with integrated and multidisciplinary total solutions that lead to better
business processes and more efficiency for customers and the customers they,
in their turn, serve. Imtech also offers solutions that contribute towards a
sustainable society - for example, in the areas of energy, the environment,
water and traffic. Imtech shares are listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam,
where Imtech is included in the Midkap Index. Imtech shares are also included
in the Dow Jones STOXX 600 index.
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