WOOD GROUP (JOHN) PLC: Trading update for the six months to June 2014

 WOOD GROUP (JOHN) PLC: Trading update for the six months to June 2014 26 June 2014              Trading update for the six months to June 2014                   John Wood Group PLC ("Wood Group" or "the Group"), issues the following pre-close trading update for the six months to 30 June 2014. Results for the first half will be released on 19 August 2014.  Trading performance  Performance for the year to date is ahead of expectations in Wood Group PSN - Production Services and in line with expectations in Wood Group Engineering, however we are behind expectations in Turbine Activities. We continue to anticipate full year EBITA to be in line with expectations, and up on 2013.  Wood Group Engineering  In Upstream, market activity continues to be impacted by client focus on capital efficiency. We are engaged in a number of concept, pre-FEED and FEED engineering projects, which we have confidence will unlock value for our clients, and are an important indicator of future prospects. We continue to be active on SMOE Ivar Aasen in the North Sea, Hess Stampede and Anadarko Heidelberg in the Gulf of Mexico, and Husky White Rose in Eastern Canada. We expect to secure further early stage opportunities during the remainder of 2014.  Good activity in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Caspian has contributed to growth in our subsea business, although in other markets we have seen some impact from the completion of existing projects. Onshore pipelines continues to perform well in the US, as a result of continued strength in shale activity.  Downstream is benefitting from brownfield work in US refining and some greenfield activity in the chemicals market.  Wood Group PSN  Production Services1  Growth in the first half has been led by performance in the Americas, principally in the US shale regions where we invested further in our fabrication and training capabilities and now have over 5,000 personnel. We have seen good organic growth in US shale, together with a significant contribution from Elkhorn, which was acquired in 2013.  Underlying performance in the North Sea remains strong in an environment where operators are increasing their focus on efficiency. We are benefitting from significant contract renewals secured over the last 18 months, and are active in pursuing further opportunities.  Our managed exit in Oman is moving forward and we expect to exit the contract fully during 2015. We have commenced work for ExxonMobil in Papua New Guinea and expect activity to increase in the second half of the year.  Turbine Activities2  Financial performance in Turbine Joint Ventures is behind plan. This includes the impact of deferrals together with slower activity in certain areas. EthosEnergy, our joint venture with Siemens, completed on 6 May. Overall for Turbine Joint Ventures we expect some improvement in performance in the second half although not to the level originally anticipated.  The Dorad contract sits outside of our Turbine Joint Ventures. Customer handover was achieved in the second half of May. Overall, the contract is profitable, although delayed customer handover contributed to a year to date loss. We are currently engaged with the customer around a number of change orders and continue to anticipate the position will be largely recovered during the remainder of 2014.  Financing  We have signed an agreement to issue $375m of unsecured senior notes in the US private placement market with drawdown in August and November 2014. These will be at a mix of 7, 10 and 12 year maturities at an average fixed rate of 3.74%. This gives us a diversified source of funding, extends the maturity profile of our debt and results in a greater proportion of fixed rate debt finance at favourable rates.  Summary  Performance for the year to date is ahead of expectations in Wood Group PSN - Production Services and in line with expectations in Wood Group Engineering, however we are behind expectations in Turbine Activities. For 2014, we anticipate a change to the mix of EBITA with an improvement in WGPSN Production Services being offset by a reduction in Turbine Activities. Overall, we continue to anticipate full year EBITA to be in line with expectations, and up on 2013.  Conference Call  A telephone conference call for analysts will be held at 9am today; participant dial-in details below:  UK: 01296 480 180  International: +44 1296 480 180  Passcode: 664 810                                 - ends -                                      Notes to Editors:  Wood Group is an international energy services company with over$7bn sales. The Group isbuilt on our Core Values and has two reporting segments - Wood Group Engineering and Wood Group PSN - providing a range of engineering, production support and turbine servicesto the oil & gas, and power sectors.   www.woodgroup.com  Note 1 - Production Services includes all of the activities reported in Wood Group PSN in 2013; brownfield engineering and modifications, production enhancement, operations and maintenance, training, maintenance management and abandonment services.  Note 2 - Turbine Activities are now represented by three joint ventures ("Turbine Joint Ventures"): Rolls Wood Group, TransCanada Turbines and EthosEnergy, the recently completed joint venture with Siemens; and the Dorad contract. Results for Turbine Activities will be presented separately at the time of our half year results.  Note 3 - As indicatedon 18 February, though IFRS11 requires the adoption of equity accounting for joint venturesin the statutory accounts, the Group will retain proportional consolidation accounting treatment for management and segmental reporting.  Enquiries:  Wood Group  Andrew Rose 01224 851 000  Carolyn Smith  Brunswick  Patrick Handley 020 7404 5959  Nina Coad                                                                             END 
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