Amec Foster

Amec Foster Wheeler plc 2015 results

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Amec Foster Wheeler PLC
10 March 2016
 

 

 

 

 

Amec Foster Wheeler plc 2015 results

 

 

Summary:

·      2015 trading performance and proposed final dividend of 14.2p in line with November update

·      Year end net debt £946m lower than guidance, with £50m Longview settlement paid in Q1 2016

·      GPG: non-cash impairment charge of £308m in 2015

·      £6.6bn order book gives confidence for the year ahead

·      Refinancing completed in March 2016

·      Objective to halve net debt over next 15 months, through non-core disposals (including GPG) and cash generation

·      Search for new CEO progressing well

 

 

2015 Key performance measures1

£m unless stated

2015

2014 PF2

Underlying change3

2014 reported

Continuing operations





Revenue

5,455

5,800

-7%

3,993

Trading profit4

374

457

-19%

321

Trading margin

6.9%

7.9%

-100bps

8.0%

Trading cash flow

388

-

-

283

Cash conversion

104%

-

-

88%

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

67.7p

-

-

79.5p

Dividend per share

29.0p5

-

-33%

43.3p

Order book (bn)

6.6

6.3

+4%

6.3

 

2015 Reported under IFRS

£m unless stated

2015

2014

Change

Continuing operations




Revenue

5,455

3,993

+37%

(Loss)/profit before net financing expense

(205)

148

-

(Loss)/profit before tax

(235)

155

-

Cash flow from operations

220

200

+10%

Diluted (loss)/earnings per share

(66.1)p

35.1p

-

 

Ian McHoul, Chief Financial Officer and interim CEO said:

 

"Our 2015 trading performance was in line with our November update. We expect the challenging market conditions to continue for the foreseeable future and our priorities remain the same.

 

"Our focus is to maintain our solid operational performance and drive our cost reduction and efficiency programmes. We are also making good progress with our portfolio review, and have identified a number of non-core assets, including GPG, which we intend to sell over the next 15 months. We are targeting to halve our net debt over this timeframe, from disposal proceeds together with the cash generated from our core businesses. The successful refinancing we announced last week further strengthens our position.

 

"2016 is expected to be another year of challenging market conditions across upstream Oil & Gas and Mining. However, our exposure to a number of end markets, including downstream Oil & Gas, renewables and government work means we expect to see only a slight fall in like-for-like revenue, and a reduction in trading margins significantly less than the decline in 2015."

 

 

Contacts:

Amec Foster Wheeler plc

 

Julian Walker (media)

Rupert Green (investors)

+ 44 (0)20 7429 7500

Brunswick Group LLP

Mike Harrison/Stuart Donnelly

+ 44 (0)20 7404 5959

 

Notes:

1)     Adjusted performance measures used by the group are reconciled to the equivalent IFRS measures in 'Performance measures'  

2)     Unaudited pro forma information provided for comparative purposes only, assuming the AMEC and Foster Wheeler businesses had been combined from 1 January 2014. A full description of the adjustments can be found at the beginning of 'Performance measures'

3)     Excluding the impacts of currency movements and bolt-on acquisitions, measuring change from 2014 pro forma

4)     Trading profit represents profit before net financing expense excluding exceptional items, the amortisation and impairment of intangible assets and asbestos-related costs (net of insurance recoveries) and the impairment charge at GPG. Trading profit includes the group's share of the trading profit of joint ventures

5)     Includes the proposed final dividend for 2015 of 14.2p per ordinary share

 

 

 

Results presentation:

We will host a presentation on the results for analysts and investors at 8.30am today (UK time) at the offices of Nomura International, One Angel Lane London EC4R 3AB. For those unable to attend, dial-in details: UK 020 3059 8125, international +44 20 3059 8125, participant password: 889763

Analyst consensus estimates:

Regularly updated on our website at amecfw.com/investors/consensus-estimates.htm

 

Notes to editors:

Amec Foster Wheeler (www.amecfw.com) designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers across the global energy and related sectors.

Employing around 40,000 people in more than 55 countries and with 2015 revenues of £5.5 billion, the company operates across the oil and gas industry - from production through to refining, processing and distribution of derivative products - and in the mining, clean energy, power generation, pharma, environment and infrastructure markets.

Amec Foster Wheeler offers full life-cycle services to offshore and onshore oil and gas projects (conventional and unconventional, upstream, midstream and downstream) for greenfield, brownfield and asset support projects, plus leading refining technology.

Amec Foster Wheeler shares are publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange and its American Depositary Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Both trade under the ticker AMFW.



 

Segmental review by business units

 

With effect from 1 January 2015, the group adopted new geographical operating segments within its E&C business: Americas; Northern Europe & CIS; and Asia, Middle East, Africa & Southern Europe. The Global Power Group continues to be reported as a separate operating segment.  In this section, all 2014 numbers are provided on a pro forma basis, as if the AMEC and Foster Wheeler businesses had combined on 1 January 2014. A full description of the adjustments can be found in the 'Performance measures' section.

 

We have decided to cease reporting 'scope revenue' and focus on a single revenue line. For convenience for this set of results, we have included scope revenue disclosure in the operating and financial review (see page 10). 

 

 

Americas

 

Americas is the largest business unit, with substantial positions in each of our four markets: Oil & Gas, Mining, Clean Energy, and Environment and Infrastructure.

 

We support our customers in consulting, through the EPC project lifecycle (including engineering, procurement, project management and construction), into operations & maintenance, and remediation and reinstatement. 

 

£m unless stated

2015

2014

Change

Underlying

change

Revenue

2,646

2,705

-2%

-3%

Profit before net financing expense

94




Intangibles amortisation and impairment

46




Exceptional items

22




Share of trading profit of joint ventures

(1)




Trading profit1

161

258

-38%

-36%

Trading margin1

6.1%

9.6%

-350bps


Order book 

£2.0bn

£2.0bn

-


 

Revenue by market (£m)

2015

2014

Change

Underlying

change

Oil & Gas

1,067

1,130

-6%

-7%

Mining

295

369

-20%

-20%

Clean Energy

821

785

+5%

+3%

Environment & Infrastructure

463

421

+10%

-+7%


2,646

2,705

-2%

-3%

 

1 Non-IFRS measure (see 'Performance measures')

 

Revenue in Americas was £2,646 million (2014: £2,705 million), a decrease of 2%. Excluding the effect of bolt-on acquisitions and currency movements, underlying revenue was down 3%. Growth in underlying revenue in the downstream Oil & Gas, Clean Energy and E&I, was offset by declines in upstream Oil & Gas and Mining.

 

Trading profit fell by 38% to £161 million (2014: £258 million), as a result of pricing pressure in the Oil & Gas market. Trading margin was 6.1%, down by 350 basis points compared with 2014, due to an increased proportion of EPC in our scope, particularly in downstream Oil & Gas and Clean Energy. 

 

Key Oil & Gas projects currently underway include oil sands work for Imperial Oil, Syncrude, CNRL, Suncor and Shell among others. In downstream, we continue to work, with a reduced scope, on a propane dehydrogenation project in Texas for Enterprise Products and on projects for LyondellBassell and Dow. In Latin America we continue to build our relationship through project activity with PEMEX in Mexico and Ecopetrol in Colombia.  Mining activity in project delivery includes a number of copper, gold and potash projects for Codelco, Newmont, Thompson Creek and K+S Potash. In E&I we are working on site remediation programmes for Honeywell and Duke.

 

During 2015 we completed the 250 MW Copper Mountain III solar project for Sempra US Gas & Power, and we are now working on multiple significant new solar projects for Sempra. The renewables market in the US is expected to remain attractive for the next few years, helped by the recent extension of investment tax credits by the US Congress. We have a strong pipeline of similar projects in the US with a number of customers.

 



 

Contract wins announced in the period included:

Customer

Market

Description

   Country

Shandong Yuhuang

O&G

Engineering, project management, procurement and early construction services for a new methanol plant in Louisiana

USA

D'Arcinoff

O&G

Engineering and design work for West Texas Renewable and Gas Monetisation project

USA

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

CE

Long term remediation project, including building waste management facility at Port Granby

Canada

Freeport McMorRan

CE

Design and supply wet flue gas desulphurisation system

USA

US Air Force

E&I

6-year contract to support the AFCAP IV programme

USA

 

 

Northern Europe & CIS (NECIS)

 

Operating from more than 120 locations in 15 countries, our NECIS business unit focuses on three of our markets: Oil & Gas, Clean Energy and Environment & Infrastructure. The largest exposure is to Oil & Gas, with a strong position in the North Sea and we are one of the largest service providers to the UK nuclear industry.

£m unless stated

2015

2014

Change

Underlying

change

Revenue

1,492

1,705

-12%

-13%

Profit before net financing expense

60




Intangibles amortisation and impairment

41




Exceptional items

13




Share of trading profit of joint ventures

20




Trading profit1

134

137

-2%

-5%

Trading margin1

9.0%

8.0%

+100bps


Order book 

£2.4bn

£2.3bn

+4%


 

Revenue by market (£m)

2015

2014

Change

Underlying

change

Oil & Gas

1,125

1,307

-14%

-15%

Mining

1

-

-

-

Clean Energy

320

344

-7%

-6%

Environment & Infrastructure

46

54

-15%

-15%


1,492

1,705

-12%

-13%

1 Non-IFRS measure (see 'Performance measures')

 

Revenue in NECIS fell by 12% to £1,492 million (2014: £1,705 million), primarily due to a downturn in Oil & Gas project activity.  Excluding the effect of bolt-on acquisitions and currency movements, underlying revenue was down 13%.

 

Trading profit decreased by 2% to £134 million (2014: £137 million). Trading margin was 9.0%, up 100 basis points compared with 2014. Less procurement, favourable contract settlements and cost savings initiatives boosting the margin.

 

Key Oil & Gas projects worked on during the year included hook up and commissioning of BP Clair Ridge and GDF Cygnus, BP Shah Deniz 2 in Azerbaijan plus brownfield projects for Conoco, BP and Talisman. In addition we continue to work on a number of long term support contracts with the likes of Conoco, BG, Shell, Centrica and BP and the Maersk integrated services contract awarded during the year.

 

Ongoing Clean Energy projects include reactor services support work for EDF's nuclear power stations in the UK and ongoing clean-up work at the Sellafield site, as well as framework agreements with National Grid, Scottish Power and SSE.

 



 

Contract wins announced in 2015 included:

Customer

Market

Description

   Country

 

Petroineos

O&G

FEED for Grangemouth refinery upgrade

UK

 

BP

O&G

2-year EPC contract to improve living quarters in Eastern Trough Area Project

UK

 

Maersk Oil

O&G

3-year integrated services contract

UK

 

BP

O&G

5-year operations and maintenance contract for Forties pipeline system

UK

 

Apache

O&G

3-year contract for commissioning services

UK

 

BP

O&G

3 contract scopes on BP Glen Lyon FPSO

UK

 

SP Energy Networks

CE

Design, supply and construction of overhead power lines in Scotland

UK

 

Fusion For Energy

CE

7-year contract for development of and delivery of a neutral beam cell remote handling system

France

Sellafield

CE

10-year contract to supply radioactive waste analysis

UK

NDA

CE

4-year decommissioning and research framework contract

UK

EDF

CE

9-year project management contract to UK nuclear fleet

UK

MoD

E&I

3-year contract to supply regulatory, technical and training services to MoD nuclear safety authority

UK

 

 

 

Asia, Middle East, Africa & Southern Europe (AMEASE)

 

AMEASE is a diverse region with our people spread across more than 40 locations. We now have enhanced capabilities and significantly increased customer reach which positions us well for growth across all four of our markets - Oil & Gas, Environment & Infrastructure, Mining and Clean Energy.

 

£m unless stated

2015

2014

Change

Underlying

change

Revenue

1,050

1,031

+2%

+2%

Profit before net financing expense

13




Intangibles amortisation and impairment

23




Exceptional items

28




Share of trading profit of joint ventures

4




Trading profit1

68

53

+27%

+18%

Trading margin1

6.5%

5.2%

+130bps


Order book 

£1.8bn

£1.6bn

+6%


 

Revenue by market (£m)

2015

2014

Change

Underlying

change

Oil & Gas

829

833

-

+2%

Mining

83

114

-27%

-40%

Clean Energy

10

10

-

-

Environment & Infrastructure

128

74

+73%

+78%


1,050

1,031

+2%

+2%

 

1 Non-IFRS measure (see 'Performance measures')

 

Revenue in AMEASE was up 2% year on year at £1,050 million (2014: £1,031 million), driven by an increase in US government work and reduction in Mining work. Excluding the effect of bolt-on acquisitions and currency movements, underlying revenue was up 2%.

 

Trading profit rose by 27% to £68 million (2014: £53 million), reflecting higher contributions from Oil & Gas and E&I. Trading margin was 6.5%, up 130 basis points compared with 2014, due to the early benefits of cost saving initiatives and favourable contract settlements.

 

In Asia, our key upstream Oil & Gas projects include providing asset support for ConocoPhillips' Bayu-Udan gas facilities in the East Timor Sea, operational readiness services for Chevron's Wheatstone facility offshore Australia, and onshore turnaround and maintenance support to ENI's onshore gas treatment plant and offshore unmanned wellhead platform, also in Australia.

 

Oil & Gas downstream projects include front end design for the expansion of the Dung Quat refinery in Vietnam for Binh Son Refining Company and two work packages at ExxonMobil's new halobutyl rubber and hydrocarbon resins plant in Singapore. During 2015 we completed EPCm services for new synthetic rubber plants in Singapore and China for Lanxess.

 

In the Middle East we are providing technical and project management services on the Upper Zakum project for Zadco, supporting KNPC's new oil refinery at Al Zour and delivering the propylene oxide plant at Jubail for Sadara Chemical Company.  Iraq remains an important market for us, as we support various IOCs as they develop the oil & gas fields in southern Iraq.

 

In Africa, we are continuing our work on a gas project in Mozambique and providing PMC support to ENI in Ghana, and on the Husab uranium project in Namibia. We continue to seek to offer our services in new geographies and with new customers across the continent.

 

In E&I and Clean Energy we are leveraging our existing market footprint, particularly looking at new prospects in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

 

Contract wins announced in 2015 included:

Customer

Market

Description

   Country

Sonatrach

O&G

Consultancy project to de-bottleneck Hassi R'Mei gas field

Algeria

Zadco

O&G

3-year extension to PMC services contract on Upper Zakum project

UAE

Vietnam National Oil & Gas

O&G

FEED for Dung Quat refinery upgrade

Vietnam

SKS

O&G

Feasibility study for a new refinery and petchem complex in Kedah State

Malaysia

Gov of Timor-Leste

O&G

Pre-FEED for the proposed Beaço LNG plant

Timor-Leste

Orpic

O&G

3-year technical services contract for refinery and polypropylene facilities

Oman

Shenhua Ningxia Coal

O&G

3-year project management contract at a coal-chemical complex

China

SKS

O&G

Consultancy services to a new refinery and pet-chem complex in Kedah

Malaysia

Anagold Madencilik

Mining

Initial phase reimbursable EPC for the Çőpler Gold Mine

Turkey

NDF

CE

Study into managing radioactive waste at Fukushima

Japan

US Air Force

E&I

Design and construction of specialist facilities

Guam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Global Power Group (GPG)

 

GPG has market-leading capabilities in the design, supply and erection of circulating fluidised bed (CFB) boilers, a wide range of steam generators, air pollution control equipment and a full array of related of aftermarket products and services. Customers include utilities, independent power producers, and industrial concerns.

 

 

£m unless stated

2015

2014

Change

Underlying

change

Revenue

364

454

-20%

-20%

Loss before net financing expense

(302)




Intangibles amortisation and impairment

334




Exceptional items

4




Share of trading profit of joint ventures

15




Trading profit1

51

69

-26%

-31%

Trading margin1

14.0%

15.2%

-120bps


Order book 

£0.4bn

£0.4bn

-


 

1 Non-IFRS measure (see 'Performance measures')

 

Revenues in GPG fell by 20% to £364 million (2014: £454 million), primarily driven by a decline in project activity. On an underlying basis, revenue was also down 20%.

 

Trading profit fell by 26% to £51 million (2014: £69 million). Trading margin was 14.0%, down 120 basis points, driven by pricing pressure in weak market conditions and lower resource utilisation, and reflecting the non-recurrence of £20m one-off income from a license settlement in 2014.

 

Key project activity includes the erection of the 4 x 550MWe Samcheok ultra-supercritical CFB boilers, the largest CFB units in the world.  Commercial operation is expected in 2016. Other current projects include Thai Binh pulverised coal (PC) units in Vietnam, Soma Kolin CFB units in Turkey and three heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) projects in Mexico.

 

The new business pipeline still includes future work worth over US$500 million for projects on which GPG has been selected as the supplier, that are awaiting the go-ahead from customers (and therefore not yet recorded in our order book).

 

Contract wins announced in 2015 included:

Customer

Description

   Country

Avanzia & Intec Energia

Design and supply of 2x HRSGs for Valle de Mexico II CCG power plant

Mexico

Isolux

Design and supply of air quality systems at Altamira power plant

Mexico

Hanwha Energy

Design and supply of 100MW CFB boiler

S Korea

Hyundai

Design and supply 2x 150MW CFB boilers in Cebu

Philippines

Fortum Zabrze

Design, supply construction and commissioning of 220MW CFB boiler in Zabrze

Poland

RWE

Engineering services and permitting in support of 2x 550MW CFB boilers project in Niederraussem

Germany

 

 

GPG's results for 2015 and forecasts for 2016 and beyond are well down on earlier expectations giving rise to an impairment in goodwill of £308m. Further information can be found in note 9.

 

As part of the portfolio review announced in November 2015, GPG has been designated as non-core. As a result, the board has decided to explore the sale of GPG.

 

 



 

Operations update

 

We launched the new operating model on 1st January alongside which we have re-focused our efforts on our safety programme "Beyond Zero". We are committed to maintaining a strong and sustainable safety culture across all of our operations, in order to deliver a world-class safety performance.   

 

The integration of AMEC and Foster Wheeler is on track, and along with other cost saving initiatives, we have identified actions that will be completed this year that are due to deliver £130 million of ongoing benefits, with the full benefit in 2017 and thereafter. In 2015 we have delivered £50 million of savings, and taken an exceptional charge of £91 million.

 

We continue to seek further efficiencies.

 

 

Portfolio review

 

On 5 November 2015, we announced a review of our portfolio of assets.  Since then, a number of assets have been identified as no longer being core to the future of the business.

 

The board believes selected disposals can make the major contribution to its objective of halving the Group's net debt over the next 15 months. As described above, the board has decided to explore the sale of GPG, and advisers have been appointed.

 

 

Financing update

 

On 2 March 2016 we announced we had completed the refinancing of our main debt facilities by entering into a new facility with a syndicate of 20 banks.  The new facility, which has three tranches - a three-year £650 million term loan, a five-year £650 million term loan and a five-year £400 million revolving credit facility - replaces the company's existing revolving credit facility and the Foster Wheeler acquisition facility.

 

The interest cover covenant of more than 3.0x remains unchanged, while the net debt to EBITDA covenant is increased to less than 3.75x for the first two years, and becomes less than 3.5x thereafter. No capital repayments are required to be made until 2019 under the terms of the facility.  The syndication process was oversubscribed and banks were duly scaled back.

 

The pricing of the facility is in line with previous guidance, and upfront fees were in line for a facility of this type.

 

We have current credit ratings from Moody's (Ba1, stable outlook) and Standard & Poors (BB+, negative outlook).

 

 

Pension update

 

Following an employee consultation exercise at the end of 2015, the Company has now confirmed its intention to close the UK staff and executive Defined Benefit pension schemes to future accrual from 1 April 2016 and replace them with a new Defined Contribution arrangement. Subject to gaining the necessary Trustee approvals, all legacy Defined Contribution plans in the UK will be merged into the new arrangement by 30 June 2016.

 

 

Dividends

 

The board recommends a final dividend of 14.2p per share. Together with the interim dividend of 14.8p per share, this results in a total dividend of 29.0p per share for the full year.

 

Subject to approval by shareholders at the AGM on 27 April 2016, the final dividend will be payable on 4 July 2016 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 27 May 2016.

 

Dividend cover for 2015 is 2.3 times based on adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations. 

 

As announced in November 2015, it is the current intention of the board that ordinary dividends in 2016 will be approximately half that declared in 2014, with approximately one-third paid at the interim, and two-thirds as a final dividend.

 

 



 

Board changes

 

During 2015 there were two changes to the board. Kent Masters joined the board as a non-executive director in February and Simon Thompson retired as a non-executive director after the AGM in May. In September 2015, we announced that Roy Franklin would join the board as a non-executive on 1 January 2016.

 

On 18 January 2016, it was announced that Samir Brikho had stepped down as Chief Executive with immediate effect. Ian McHoul has been appointed into the role of interim CEO and is chairing the Group Leadership Team (in addition to being Chief Financial Officer) whilst the search for the new CEO is conducted. Ian is not putting himself forward for the role on a permanent basis.

The search for the new CEO is progressing well. An update will be provided when appropriate.  

 

 

Outlook statement

 

2016 is expected to be another year of challenging market conditions across upstream Oil & Gas and Mining. However, our exposure to a number of more resilient end markets, including downstream Oil & Gas, renewables and government work reduces the impact of this.

 

For the full year 2016, we expect to see only slight like-for-like revenue decline, with a reduction in trading margins significantly less than the decline in 2015.

 

As in recent years, we anticipate a working capital outflow in the first half reversing in the second half. Net debt is expected to be circa £1 billion at the year end, including the impact of the Longview payment paid in March 2016, but excluding any proceeds from disposals. The board believes selected disposals can make the major contribution to its objective of halving the Group's net debt over the next 15 months.



 

 

Operating and financial review                                                                                                                                                                  

 

Basis of preparation

 

Accounting policies

The group's consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015 have been prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted for use in the EU and those parts of the Companies Act 2006 that are applicable to companies reporting under IFRS.  From the group's perspective, there are no differences between IFRS as adopted for use in the EU and IFRS as issued by the IASB.

 

The group's principal accounting policies during 2015 were unchanged compared with 2014.

 

Restatement

 

On 13 November 2014 (the acquisition date), the group acquired 95.3 per cent of the issued share capital of Foster Wheeler AG.  Due to the relatively short period of time between the acquisition date and 31 December 2014, management had not finalised its assessment of the fair value

s of certain of Foster Wheeler's assets and liabilities at the time that the 2014 financial statements were completed, and as a result, the 2014 financial statements reflected the provisional assessment of the fair values as at the acquisition date.

 

During 2015, management has completed the fair value assessment and the comparative amounts shown in the Balance Sheet, Statement of Comprehensive Income, Statement of Changes in Equity and Cash Flow Statement have been restated to reflect changes made to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities recognised on the acquisition of Foster Wheeler, details of which are set out in note 12.

 

As the acquisition of Foster Wheeler AG in November 2014 represented more than 90% of Foster Wheeler's issued share capital, the acquisition qualifies for merger relief under section 612 of the Companies Act 2006 from crediting the share premium that arose on the new shares issued in consideration for Foster Wheeler to a share premium account.  The balance sheet as at 31 December 2014 has been restated to present the excess of the nominal value of the shares issued of £877m as a merger reserve.

 

Adjusted performance measures

We report adjusted performance measures because they provide both management and investors with useful additional information about the underlying trading performance of the business.  The adjusted performance measures that we reported excluded the amortisation and impairment of intangible assets, exceptional and asbestos -related items and, where relevant, the tax effects of those items. 

 

Adjusted performance measures used by the group are reconciled to the equivalent IFRS measures in the section entitled 'Performance measures'. 

 

Continuing operations

 

Revenue

Following the acquisition of Foster Wheeler, revenue for the year of £5,455m was 37% higher than last year (2014: £3,993m).  Following its acquisition in November 2014, Foster Wheeler contributed £274m to the group's revenue in 2014.

 

Revenue increased by £462m in the Americas, by £199m in NECIS and £534m in AMEASE, and in addition there was a full year's revenue in the Global Power Group of £364m (2014: £53m).

 

On a pro-forma basis and excluding the effect of currency movements and bolt-on acquisitions, underlying revenue decreased by 7%. Underlying revenue from E&I was up 14% underpinned by growth in US government work and Clean Energy was up 2%, but Oil & Gas was down 8% with Mining and GPG down 24% and 20% respectively.

 

Scope revenue at £5,176m was 6% lower than last year (2014: £5,493m).  This includes scope revenue of £2,577m in the Americas, £1,448m for NECIS and £884m for AMEASE.

 

Administrative expenses

Administrative expenses were £872m (2014: £354m), including exceptional items, intangibles amortisation and impairment and asbestos-related costs (net of insurance recoveries) of £538m (2014: £135m). 

 

Administrative expenses before intangibles amortisation and impairment, exceptional items and asbestos-related items increased by £115m following the Foster Wheeler acquisition, the impact of which was partly offset by cost savings achieved to date.

 

Corporate costs, which comprise the costs of operating central corporate functions and certain regional overheads, were £23m higher at £54m (2014: £31m) reflecting the enlarged group.

(Loss)/profit before net financing expense

There was a loss before net financing expense of £205m (2014:profit of £148m) as the profit generated by Foster Wheeler has been offset by an impairment charge of £308m in the Global Power Group business and higher intangible amortisation resulting from the intangible assets recognised on the acquisitions of Foster Wheeler and Scopus in 2014.

 

Amortisation and impairment of intangible assets

Intangible assets principally comprise goodwill and identifiable intangible assets that were recognised in relation to acquired businesses. Goodwill is not amortised but is subject to an annual impairment test.

 

The results of the Global Power Group for 2015 and forecasts for 2016 and beyond are well down on earlier expectations giving rise to an impairment in goodwill of £308m.  In addition, there has been a £7m impairment to the order backlog intangible asset arising on the Foster Wheeler acquisition.  No impairments were recognised in 2014.

 

Intangibles amortisation was £129m (2014: £49m) reflecting the full-year amortisation of intangible assets recognised on the acquisitions of Foster Wheeler and Scopus completed in 2014.

 

Exceptional and asbestos-related items

Net exceptional and asbestos-related costs totalling £115m (2014: £107m) were recognised in arriving at profit before tax from continuing operations, as follows:

·           costs of £97m relating to the integration of Foster Wheeler and AMEC (including internal staff costs associated with identifying and achieving cost synergies);

·           a £5m loss incurred following an unauthorised payment made from the Australian business and not expected to be recovered; and

·           £13m amortisation of facility fees associated with the acquisition of Foster Wheeler.

·           During the year ended 31 December 2015, the group recognised net asbestos-related income of £6m (2014: costs of £9m) in profit before net financing expense, which related to the movement in the discount rate applied to the net asbestos-related liabilities assumed on the acquisition of Foster Wheeler of £5m and experiential gains of £9m as the liability is reassessed on an annual basis.  In addition, there was an asbestos-related interest expense of £7m related to the unwinding of the discount applied to the liability and costs of £1m associated with managing the liability.

 

Trading profit and trading margin

£m unless stated

2015

2014

Change

Underlying

change1

Revenue

5,455

3,993

+37%

-7%

Loss/(profit) before net financing expense

(205)

148

 

 

-  Amortisation and impairment of intangibles

444

49

 

 

-  Net asbestos-related (income)/costs

(13)

8

 

 

-  Exceptional items

108

94

 

 

-  Share of trading profit of joint ventures

40

22

 

 

Trading profit1

374

321

+17%

-20%

Trading margin1

6.9%

8.0%

-110bps

-100bps

 

Order book 

£6.6bn

£6.3bn

+5%

 

1 Non-IFRS measure (see 'Performance measures')

 

Trading profit increased by 17% to £374m (2014: £321m). Trading margin decreased by 110 basis points to 6.9% (2014: 8.0%).

 

On a pro forma basis and excluding the effect of currency movements and bolt on acquisitions, trading profit was £83m lower than 2014 with reductions in the Americas and Northern Europe & CIS partly offset by growth in Asia, Middle East, Africa & Southern Europe.  Within the Americas, trading profit fell by 36% on an underlying basis, as a result of pricing pressure in the Oil & Gas market and trading margin was down by 350 basis points compared with 2014, due to an increased proportion of EPC in our scope, particularly in downstream Oil & Gas and Clean Energy and pricing pressure from oil & gas clients.

 

Within Northern Europe & CIS, trading profit decreased by 5% but trading margin was 9.0%, up 100 basis points compared with 2014, with less procurement, favourable contract settlements and cost savings initiatives boosting the margin. 

 

In Asia, Middle East, Africa & Southern Europe trading profit rose by 18%, reflecting higher contributions from Oil & Gas and E&I. Trading margin was 6.5%, up 130 basis points compared with 2014, due to the early benefits of cost saving initiatives and favourable contract settlements.

 

 

 



 

Net financing expense

 

Net financing expense was £58m (2014: £5m), of this expenses of £20m (2014:£5m) have been presented separately on the income statement relating to £13m amortisation of the facility fees associated with the Foster Wheeler acquisition and £7m (2014: £1m) due to the unwinding of the discount on asbestos-related liabilities (net of insurance recoveries).

Of the remaining £38m there was bank interest payable of £31m (2014: £7m), net foreign exchange losses of £1m (2014: £nil), and net interest expense on pension assets and liabilities of £2m (2014: income of £1m) and other costs classified as financing of £4m (2014: £1m).

 

A net currency exchange loss of £3m (2014: £4m) was recognised in the translation reserve in respect of foreign currency borrowings and derivatives held in designated net investment hedging relationships.

 

Share of results of joint ventures

The group's share of joint ventures' profit for the year was £28m (2014: £12m).

 

(Loss)/profit before tax

The loss before tax was £235m (2014: profit of £155m) after intangibles amortisation and impairment of £444m (2014: £49m), exceptional and asbestos-related items of £115m (2014: £107m) and the group's share of joint ventures' tax expense of £10m (2014: £6m). 

 

Adjusted profit before tax was 5% higher at £334m (2014: £317m).

 

Taxation

Our tax policy is to manage our obligations in compliance with all relevant tax laws, disclosure requirements and regulations. We seek to ensure that our approach to tax and the tax payments that we make in all territories in which we have operations are fully consistent with local requirements, taking into account available tax incentives and allowances, and are aligned with the group's wider business strategy. We seek to develop good, open working relationships with tax authorities and to engage with them proactively, recognising that tax legislation can be complex and may be subject to differing interpretations.

 

The group's effective tax rate on continuing operations (including its share of joint ventures' income tax expense but before exceptional items, intangibles amortisation and impairment and asbestos-related items) reduced to 22.0% (2014: 23.0%).

 

We expect the effective tax rate to remain below 25%.

 

During 2015, there was a tax credit on exceptional items of £18m (2014: tax credit of £6m), and a tax credit of £27m on intangibles amortisation and impairment (2014: £12m).

 

The group's share of joint ventures' income tax expense was £10m (2014: £6m).

 

(Loss)/profit for the year from continuing operations

The loss for the year from continuing operations was £253m (2014: profit of £106m) after intangibles impairment and amortisation of £444m (2014: £49m), the net asbestos-related £6m (2014: expense of £9m), net exceptional items of £121m (2014: £98m), an income tax credit on those items of £45m (2014: charge of £18m).

 

Adjusted profit for the year from continuing operations was 7% higher at £261m (2014: £244m).

 

Non-controlling interests

During 2015, there was a loss of £1m attributable to non-controlling interests (2014: loss of £3m). 

 

Earnings per share

The diluted loss per share was (67.2)p (2014: EPS of 26.5p), comprising loss per share of (66.1)p (2014: EPS of 35.1p) from continuing operations and a loss of (1.1p) (2014: EPS of 8.6p) from discontinued operations.

 

Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations was 67.7p (2014: 79.5p), the reduction being due to the decline in the profit for the year from continuing operations and the increase in the number of shares in issue as a consequence of the acquisition of Foster Wheeler.

 

Dividend

The Board recommends a final dividend of 14.2p per share, which, together with the interim dividend of 14.8p per share, results in a total dividend of 29.0p per share (2014: 43.3p), a reduction of 33%. Subject to approval by shareholders at the AGM on 27 April 2016, the final dividend will be payable on 4 July 2016 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 27 May 2016.

 

Dividend cover for 2015 is 2.3 times (2014: 1.8 times) based on adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations. 

 

As announced in November 2015, it is the current intention of the Board that ordinary dividends in 2016 will be approximately half that declared in 2014, with approximately one third paid at the interim, and two thirds as a final dividend.

 

Discontinued operations

 

Discontinued operations represent the residual assets and retained obligations of businesses sold in prior years, together with the UK conventional power business that was classified as a discontinued operation during 2014.

 

Discontinued operations generated a trading loss before tax of £6m (2014: loss of £10m) and after a tax credit of £1m (2014: £2m) generated a loss for the year of £5m (2014: loss of £8m). During 2014, negative revenue of £13m was recognised due to the settlement of final accounts and additional provisions on certain contracts within the UK conventional power business.

 

Discontinued operations included a profit on disposals of £1m (2014: loss £23m) arising from movements in indemnity provisions and costs associated with businesses sold in prior years. In 2014, the loss on disposals included a provision of £11m in respect of a new claim received in the year related to a contract completed by the Built Environment business which was sold in 2007.

 

Discontinued operations generated an overall loss for the year of £4m (2014: £27m).                                             

 

Acquisitions

 

There were no acquisitions during 2015.

 

Acquisition of Foster Wheeler in 2014

On 13 November 2014, the group acquired a 95.3% interest in Foster Wheeler AG by way of a public tender offer. Consideration payable for the interest acquired totalled £1,915m, of which £979m was settled in cash, £919 m was settled by the issue of approximately 85m of the Company's ordinary shares and £17m was settled by the grant of replacement share options and awards.

 

During 2015, management completed its assessment of the net identifiable assets of Foster Wheeler as at the acquisition date. This resulted in the recognition of goodwill of £1,726m on the acquisition of Foster Wheeler.

 

In January 2015, the group acquired the remaining 4.7% interest in Foster Wheeler AG by way of a 'squeeze-out merger' under Swiss law for consideration of £85m, of which £51m was paid in cash and £34m was settled by the issue of 4.3m of the Company's ordinary shares and ADSs.

 

Further details of the acquisition of Foster Wheeler are set out in note 12 to the accompanying financial information.

 

Cash flow

 

Trading cash flow

Trading cash flow of £388m was £105m higher than last year (2014: £283m), principally due to the increase in trading profit following the acquisition.

 

Cash conversion was strong at 104% (2014: 88%).

 

Cash generated from operations

Cash generated from operations was £220m (2014: £200m), an increase of £20m with the £93m increase in trading cash flow partly offset by an increase of £27m in the cash outflow on exceptional items (principally integration-related costs).

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment and software

Purchases of property, plant and equipment and software were £36m in the year (2014: £31m).  Additionally, in 2014, there were purchases of computer software amounting to £33m were financed using deferred payment arrangements.

 

Acquisitions and disposals

During 2015 there was a cash outflow of £5m in respect of deferred consideration arrangements on prior year acquisitions.  There was a cash outflow of £54m from the acquisitions of the non-controlling interest in Foster Wheeler and Kromav, this is presented within financing activities in the cash flow statement.

 

During 2014, consideration paid on the acquisition of businesses was £1,049m, which comprised £982m for Foster Wheeler (including a currency hedging loss of £3m) and £67m for Scopus. The net cash outflow on acquisitions was £781m, after deducting cash and cash equivalents of £268m held by the acquired businesses.



 

Movement in net (debt)/cash

The movement in net (debt)/cash may be analysed as follows: 

 

 

2015

2014

Year ended 31 December

£m

£m

Trading cash flow

388 

283 

Write off of finance arrangement fees

(12)

Net asbestos-related payments

(22)

(5)

Excess of retirement benefit contributions over current service cost

(3)

(2)

Cash outflow on exceptional items

(85)

(58)

Legacy settlements and discontinued operations

(23)

(9)

Dividends received from joint ventures

(42)

(14)

Exchange rate movements

19 

Cash generated from operations

220 

200 

Income taxes paid (net)

(79)

(54)

Interest paid (net)

(35)

(3)

Capital expenditure (net of disposals)

(36)

(31)

Acquisitions and disposals (net)

(51)

(876)

Ordinary dividends

(167)

(124)

Net share movements

10 

Dividends received from joint ventures

42 

14 

Exchange and other movements

33 

(7)

Cash movement in net debt

(63)

(875)

Non-cash movements

(80)

(49)

Movement in net debt

(143)

(924)

Opening net (debt)/cash

(803)

121 

Closing net debt

(946)

(803)

 

Net debt comprised:

 

 

2015

2014

As at 31 December

£m

£m

Cash and cash equivalents

307 

377 

Cash deposits

33 

118 

Cash deposits >3 months

23 

21 

Derivatives classified as net debt

14 

Bank loans (net of facility fees)

(1,264)

(1,258)

Finance lease obligations

(59)

(61)

Net debt

(946)

(803)

 

Balance sheet

 

Goodwill and other intangibles

As at 31 December 2015, the carrying amount of goodwill was £2,192m (2014: £2,516m), with the reduction during the year principally an impairment of £308m recognised against the goodwill attributable to the Global Power Group business. See note 9 for further details.

 

As at 31 December 2015, the carrying amount of other intangibles was £833m (2014: £927m), which comprised acquired identifiable intangible assets of £753m (2014: £849m) and computer software of £80m (2014: £78m).  There was an impairment charge of £7m recognised against the order back log intangible asset arising as part of the Foster Wheeler acquisition.

 

Amortisation of £129m (2014: £49m) reflects a full year's amortisation of the intangible assets arising on the Foster Wheeler and Scopus acquisitions, both in 2014.

 

Property, plant and equipment

As at 31 December 2015, property, plant and equipment amounted to £127m (2014: £150m), with a reduction of £23m during the year due as the additions of £16m were more than offset by depreciation of £26m and other smaller movements.

 

We hold the majority of the properties through which the group operates under operating leases which are for varying periods and on differing terms. The group has a network of over 350 offices worldwide, which range from regional hubs, with a headcount of between 1,000 and 2,500 employees, to smaller offices with more local focus.  It is expected that the number of properties that are occupied by the group will be reduced following the integration of Foster Wheeler's businesses.

 

Due to the geographical spread of the group's operations, there is no individual facility the loss of which would have a material adverse impact on the group's operations. Equally, there are no plans to construct, expand or improve facilities that would, on completion or cancellation, significantly affect the group's operations.

 



 

Post-retirement benefits

The group has a number of defined benefit pension plans in a number of countries.  There are three principal plans: two in the UK and one in the US. Each of these plans is closed to new entrants and the two legacy Foster Wheeler plans are also closed to future service accruals.  Following an employee consultation exercise at the end of 2015, the Company has now confirmed its intention to close its UK Staff and Executive Defined Benefit pension schemes to future accrual from 1 April 2016 and replace them with a new Defined Contribution arrangement. Subject to gaining the necessary Trustee approvals, all legacy Defined Contribution plans in the UK will be merged into the new arrangement by 30 June 2016.

 

As at 31 December 2015, there was a net surplus of £63m on the group's defined benefit pension plans (2014: deficit of £86m) principally due to actuarial gains in the defined benefit liability. During 2015, the group contributed £36m (2014: £32m) to defined benefit pension plans and expects to contribute £36m in 2016, including special contributions of £6m.

 

Further information on the group's retirement benefit plans is provided in note 11 to the accompanying financial information.

 

Provisions

Provisions held at 31 December 2015 amounted to £664m (2014: £756m), with the substantial reduction during the year arising principally due to the utilisation of brought forward provisions of £64m.  Otherwise, additional provisions of £33m were created and unutilised provisions amounting to £38m were released during 2015.  In addition, there was an exchange movement of £22m on the opening balances

 

Provisions may be summarised as follows:


 

2015

2014

As at 31 December

 

£m

£m

Asbestos-related litigation

 

378

400

Legal claims and actions

 

154

217

Obligations relating to disposed businesses

 

78

86

Property-related provisions

 

19

19

Other provisions

 

35

34

 

 

664

756

 

Asbestos-related obligations

The group is subject to claims by individuals who allege that they have suffered personal injury from exposure to asbestos primarily in connection with equipment allegedly manufactured by certain of their subsidiaries during the 1970s or earlier. 

 

As at 31 December 2015, the group recognised:

·      an asbestos-related provision of £414m (after the effect of discounting of £74m), which included estimates of indemnity amounts and defence costs for open and yet to be asserted claims expected to be incurred in each year in the period to 2050; and

·      insurance recoveries of £104m (after discounting of £4m).  

 

Management expects that there will be a net cash outflow of £22m during 2016 due to the excess of forecast indemnity payments and defence costs over insurance proceeds.

 

Details of the provisions held by the group are set out in note 10 to the accompanying financial information.

 

Non-controlling interests

As at 31 December 2015, non-controlling interests in equity amounted to £9m (2014: £29m), with the reduction during the year being principally due to the acquisition via a squeeze out merger, of the 4.7% non-controlling interest in Foster Wheeler AG that existed when the group took control of Foster Wheeler in November 2015 and was subsequently acquired by the group in January 2016.

 

Going concern

 

Based on internal forecasts and projections that take into account reasonably possible changes in the group's trading performance, the directors consider that the Company and the group have adequate financial resources to continue in operation. Accordingly, the directors continue to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the Company's and the group's financial statements.

 



 

Performance measures

 

Profitability measures

We use three measures of profitability that are not recognised measures under IFRS: trading profit, trading margin and adjusted profit before tax.

As appropriate, we exclude the following specific items in arriving at these measures: exceptional items; the amortisation and impairment of intangible assets; and asbestos-related costs (net of insurance recoveries).  Exceptional items are items of income and expense that are material by their size, incidence or nature and may include, but are not restricted to: acquisition-related costs; restructuring costs; gains and losses on the disposal of fixed assets; and gains and losses on the disposal or closure of businesses. Acquisition-related costs may include transaction costs (including external advisory, legal, valuation and other professional fees and attributable internal costs), the amortisation of acquisition-related facility fees, payments to selling shareholders that are accounted for as remuneration and changes in the fair value of contingent consideration.

 

Trading profit

Trading profit represents profit before net financing expense excluding exceptional items; the amortisation of intangible assets; and asbestos-related costs (net of insurance recoveries). Trading profit includes the group's share of the trading profit of joint ventures.


2015

£m

2014

£m

Continuing operations



(Loss)/profit before net financing expense

(205)

148

Intangibles amortisation and impairment

444

49

Net asbestos-related (income)/costs

(13)

8

Exceptional items

108

94

Share of trading profit of joint ventures

40

22

Trading profit

374

321

 

 

Trading margin

Trading margin represents trading profit expressed as a percentage of revenue.

£m unless stated

2015

£m

2014

£m

Continuing operations



Revenue

5,455

3,993

Trading profit

374

321

Trading margin

6.9%

8.0%

 

Adjusted profit before tax

Adjusted profit before tax represents profit before tax before exceptional items, the amortisation of intangible assets, asbestos-related costs and interest expense (net of insurance recoveries), and the group's share of tax on the results of joint ventures. 


2015

£m

2014

£m

Continuing operations



(Loss)/profit before tax

(235)

155

Exceptional items

121

98

Intangibles amortisation and impairment

444

49

Net asbestos-related (income)/costs

(6)

9

Share of income tax of joint ventures

10

6

Adjusted profit before tax

334

317

 



 

Cash flow measures

Trading cash flow

Trading cash flow represents cash generated from operations before cash flows arising from exceptional items, asbestos-related payments (net of insurance recoveries), the difference between retirement benefits contributions and the current service cost, legacy settlements and discontinued operations, and currency translation differences on working capital, but including dividends received from joint ventures.


2015

£m

2014

£m

Cash generated from operations

220

200

Net asbestos-related payments

22

5

Excess of retirement benefit contributions over current service cost

3

2

Cash outflow on exceptional items

85

58

Legacy settlements and discontinued operations

23

9

Currency translation differences

(19)

(5)

Amortisation of finance arrangement fees

12

-

Dividends received from joint ventures

42

14

Trading cash flow

388

283

 

Cash conversion

Cash conversion represents trading cash flow expressed as a percentage of trading profit. 

£m unless stated otherwise

2015

2014

Trading cash flow

388

283

Trading profit

374

321

Cash conversion

104%

88%

Other measures

Underlying change in revenue

We define the underlying change as the year-on-year change excluding the effect of exchange rate fluctuations on the translation into sterling of the results of foreign operations, and acquisitions and disposals of businesses.


2014

proforma

£m

Currency translation

£m

Acquisitions

£m

Underlying change

£million

2015

£million

Underlying change %

Continuing operations







Americas

2,705

34

-

(93)

2.646

-3%

Northern Europe and CIS

1,705

(2)

16

(227)

1,492

-13%

Asia, Middle East, Africa & Southern Europe

 

1,031

(29)

 

27

 

21

1,050

+2%

Global Power group

454

2

-

(92)

364

-20%

Investment Services

16

-

-

(1)

15


Intercompany eliminations

(111)

-

-

(1)

(112)



5,800

5

43

(393)

5,455

-7%

 

Adjusted diluted EPS

Adjusted diluted earnings per share represents profit for the year from continuing operations before exceptional items, the amortisation and impairment of intangible assets, asbestos-related costs and interest expense (net of insurance recoveries), and the tax effect of those items, divided by the diluted number of ordinary shares.

Reconciliations of adjusted diluted EPS to diluted EPS from continuing operations for each period presented are included in note 7 to the consolidated financial information.

 

Dividend cover

Dividend cover represents adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations as a multiple of the dividend per ordinary share.


2015

2014

Dividend per ordinary share

29.0p1

43.3p

Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations

67.7p

79.5p

Dividend cover

2.3x

1.8x

1 Includes the proposed final dividend for 2015 of 14.2p per ordinary share.

 

Order book

Our order book represents the total remaining value of secured projects to be executed up to any break point in the relevant contracts. Contracts are included in our order book only when they are signed and we do not include contracts won by joint ventures.

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

Year ended 31 December

 

 

 

2015

 

 

Before

 

Amortisation,

 

 

 

 

 

amortisation,

 

exceptional items

 

 

 

 

 

exceptional items

 

and asbestos

 

 

 

 

 

and asbestos

 

related items

 

 

 

 

 

related items

 

(note 4)

 

 

Total

 

 

£m

 

£m

 

 

£m

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3

5,455 

 

 

 

5,455 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

(4,787)

 

 

 

(4,787)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

668 

 

 

 

668 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

(334)

 

(538)

 

 

(872)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss on business disposals and closures

 

-

 

(1)

 

 

(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) before net financing expense

 

334 

 

(539)

 

 

(205)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial income

 

16 

 

 

 

16 

Financial expense

 

(54)

 

(20)

 

 

(74)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net financing expense

 

(38)

 

(20)

 

 

(58)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share of post-tax results of joint ventures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 

 

 

 

28 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) before income tax

3

324 

 

(559)

 

 

(235)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax

5

(63)

 

45 

 

 

(18)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) for the year from continuing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

operations

 

261 

 

(514)

 

 

(253)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit for the year from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

discontinued operations

6

(5)

 

 

 

(4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) for the year

 

256 

 

(513)

 

 

(257)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

(256)

Non-controlling interests

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(257)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings/(loss) per share:

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

68.1p 

 

 

 

 

(66.1)p

Discontinued operations

 

(1.3)p

 

 

 

 

(1.1)p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

66.8p 

 

 

 

 

(67.2)p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings/(loss) per share:

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

67.7p 

 

 

 

 

(66.1)p

Discontinued operations

 

(1.3)p

 

 

 

 

(1.1)p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

66.4p 

 

 

 

 

(67.2)p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividend per share:

8

 

 

 

 

 

29.0p 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

 

 

Before

 

Amortisation,

 

 

 

 

 

amortisation,

 

exceptional items

 

 

 

 

 

exceptional items

 

and asbestos

 

 

 

 

 

and asbestos

 

related items

 

 

 

 

 

related items

 

(note 4)

 

 

Total

 

 

£m

 

£m

 

 

£m

Continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3

3,993 

 

 

 

3,993 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

(3,475)

 

 

 

(3,475)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

518 

 

 

 

518 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative expenses

 

(219)

 

(135)

 

 

(354)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss on business disposals and closures

 

 

(16)

 

 

(16)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) before net financing expense

 

299 

 

(151)

 

 

148 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial income

 

11 

 

 

 

11 

Financial expense

 

(11)

 

(5)

 

 

(16)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net financing expense

 

 

(5)

 

 

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share of post-tax results of joint ventures

 

12 

 

 

 

12 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) before income tax

3

311 

 

(156)

 

 

155 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax

5

(67)

 

18 

 

 

(49)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) for the year from continuing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

operations

 

244 

 

(138)

 

 

106 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the year from discontinued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

operations

6

(8)

 

(19)

 

 

(27)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) for the year

 

236

 

(157)

 

 

79 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity holders of the parent

 

 

 

 

 

 

82 

Non-controlling interests

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

79 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings/(loss) per share:

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

81.8p

 

 

 

 

36.1p

Discontinued operations

 

(2.6)p

 

 

 

 

(8.9)p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

79.2p

 

 

 

 

27.2p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings/(loss) per share:

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

 

79.5p

 

 

 

 

35.1p

Discontinued operations

 

(2.5)p

 

 

 

 

(8.6)p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

77.0p

 

 

 

 

26.5p

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividend per share:

8

 

 

 

 

 

43.3p

 



CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

Year ended 31 December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

(restated)

 

 

 

 

 

£m

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit for the year

 

 

 

 

79 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that may be reclassified to profit and loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Exchange movements:

 

 

 

 

 

   Exchange movements on translation of foreign subsidiaries

 

 

 

 

(4)

  Net loss on hedges of net investment in foreign subsidiaries

 

 

 

 

(4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Cash flow hedges:

 

 

 

 

 

    Effective portion of changes in fair value

 

 

 

 

(1)

    Tax on effective portion of changes in fair value

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit and loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actuarial gains/(losses) on defined benefit pension schemes

 

 

 

 

(58)

Tax on actuarial gains/(losses)

 

 

 

(25)

 

11 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

125 

 

(47)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income/(loss)

 

 

 

76 

 

(56)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive (loss)/income

 

 

 

(181)

 

23 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

  Equity holders of the parent

 

 

 

 

26 

  Non-controlling interests

 

 

 

 

(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive (loss)/income

 

 

 

(181)

 

23 

 



CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

As at 31 December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note

 

 2015

 

 

 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

(restated)

 

 

 

£m

 

 

£m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

127 

 

 

150 

Intangible assets

9

 

3,025 

 

 

3,443 

Interests in joint ventures

 

 

104 

 

 

122 

Derivative financial instruments

 

 

18 

 

 

Retirement benefit assets

11

 

231 

 

 

102 

Other receivables

 

 

145 



167 

Deferred tax assets

 

 

50 



56 








Total non-current assets



3,700 



4,042 








Curent assets







Inventories



13 



14 

Trade and other receivables

 

 

1,455 

 

 

1,469 

Derivative financial instruments

 

 

16 

 

 

12 

Current tax receivable

 

 

25 

 

 

12 

Bank deposits (more than three months)

 

 

23 

 

 

21 

Cash and cash equivalents (excluding bank overdrafts)

 

 

340 

 

 

495 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current assets

 

 

1,872 

 

 

2,023 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

5,572 

 

 

  6,065  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest bearing loans and borrowings

 

 

(683)

 

 

(710)

Trade and other payables

 

 

(1,459)

 

 

(1,438)

Derivative financial instruments

 

 

(21)

 

 

(14)

Current tax payable

 

 

(98)

 

 

(130)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

(2,261)

 

 

(2,292)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest bearing loans and borrowings

 

 

(640)

 

 

(609)

Trade and other payables

 

 

(121)

 

 

(111)

Derivative financial instruments

 

 

(4)

 

 

(5)

Retirement benefit liabilities

11

 

(168)

 

 

(188)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

(106)

 

 

(108)

Provisions

10

 

(664)

 

 

(756)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

 

(1,703)

 

 

(1,777)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

(3,964)

 

 

(4,069)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

 

1,608 

 

 

1,996 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital

 

 

197 

 

 

194 

Share premium account

 

 

133 

 

 

101 

Merger reserve

 

 

540 

 

 

877 

Hedging and translation reserves

 

 

(26)

 

 

24 

Capital redemption reserve

 

 

34 

 

 

34 

Retained earnings

 

 

721

 

 

744 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity attributable to equity holders of the parent

 

 

1,599 

 

 

1,974 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-controlling interests

 

 

 

 

22 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

 

1,608

 

 

1,996 



CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

Year ended 31 December 2015

 

 








Capital



Non-


 



Share

Share

Merger

Hedging

Transl'n

redemption

Retained


controlling

Total 

 



capital

premium

reserve

reserve

reserve

reserve

earnings

Total

interests

equity 

 



£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m 

 













 













 

As at 1 Jan 2015


194 

101 

877

24 

34 

744 

1,974 

22 

1,996 

 













 

Loss for the












 

year


(256)

(256)

(1)

(257)

 













 

Exchange movements












 

on translation of












 

foreign subsidiaries


(47)

(47)

(46)

 

Net loss on hedges of












 

net investment in












 

foreign subsidiaries


(3)

(3)

(3)

 

Effective portion of












 

changes in fair value of












 

cash flow hedges


(2)

(2)

(2)

 

Tax on effective portion of changes in fair value of cash flow hedges


 

Actuarial gains on defined benefit












 

pension schemes


150 

150 

150 

 

Tax on actuarial gains


(25)

(25)

(25)

 













 

Other comprehensive












 

income for the year


(50)

125 

75 

76 

 













 

Total comprehensive












 

loss for the year


(50)

(131)

(181)

(181)

 













 

Dividends


(167)

(167)

(167)

 

Dividends to non-controlling interests


(4)

(4)

 

Equity-settled












 

share-based payments


 

Acquisition of shares by trustees of the Employee Share Trust


(5)

(5)

(5)

 

Utilisation of treasury












 

Shares


15 

15 

15 

 

Issued


32 


35 

35 




Acquisition of non-controlling interests


(79)

(79)

(9)

(88)

 

Transfer of impairment losses to merger reserve


(337)

337 

 













 

As at 31 Dec 2015


197 

133  

540 

(26)

34 

721 

1,599 

1,608 

 













 













 

 



 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

Year ended 31 December 2014

 








Capital



Non-




Share

Share

Merger

Hedging

Transl'n

redemption

Retained


controlling

Total 



capital

premium

Rese4rve

reserve

reserve

reserve

earnings

Total

interests

equity 



£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m 

























As at 1 Jan 2014


152

101 

32 

34 

802 

1,122 

1,124 













Profit for the












year


82 

82 

(3)

79 













Exchange movements












on translation of












foreign subsidiaries


(4)

(4)

(4)

Net loss on hedges of












net investment in












foreign subsidiaries


(4)

(4)

(4)

Effective portion of












changes in fair value of












cash flow hedges


(1)

(1)

(1)

Actuarial losses on












defined benefit












pension schemes


(58)

(58)

(58)

Tax on actuarial losses


11 

11 

11 













Other comprehensive












income for the year


(1) 

(8)

(47)

(56)

(56)













Total comprehensive












income for the year


(1) 

(8)

35 

26 

(3)

23 













Dividends


(124)

(124)

(124)

Equity-settled












share-based payments


25 

25 

25 

Utilisation of treasury












Shares


Arising on business












Combinations


23 

23 

Shares issued


42 

877 

919 

919 

Transfer to merger reserve


(877)

877 

‑ 

‑ 













As at 31 Dec 2014


194 

101 

877

24 

34 

744 

1,974 

22 

1,996 

























 



 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

Note

 

£m

 

£m

Cash flow from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit before income tax from continuing operations

 

 

(235)

 

155 

Loss before income tax from discontinued operations

6

 

(5)

 

(33)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit before income tax

 

 

(240)

 

122 

Financial income

 

 

(16)

 

(11)

Financial expense

 

 

74 

 

16 

Share of post-tax results of joint ventures

 

 

(28)

 

(12)

Intangible impairment and amortisation

 

 

444 

 

49 

Depreciation

 

 

26 

 

16 

(Profit)/loss on disposal of businesses

 

 

(1)

 

44 

Difference between contributions to retirement benefit

 

 

 

 

 

schemes and current service cost

 

 

(3)

 

(2)

Profit on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

 

(1)

 

Loss on disposal of intangible assets

 

 

 

Equity-settled share-based payments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

262 

 

231 

Decrease in inventories

 

 

 

Decrease in trade and other receivables

 

 

38 

 

106 

Decrease in trade and other payables and provisions

 

 

(81)

 

(137)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash generated from operations

 

 

220 

 

200 

Tax paid

 

 

(79)

 

(54)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash flow from operating activities

 

 

141 

 

146 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of businesses (net of cash acquired)

 

 

(5)

 

(781)

Investment in joint ventures

 

 

(1)

 

(1)

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

 

(15)

 

(14)

Purchase of intangible assets

 

 

(23)

 

(17)

Movements in bank deposits (more than three months)

 

 

(2)

 

(3)

Disposal of businesses (net of cash disposed of)

 

 

(2)

 

(2)

Disposal of joint ventures

 

 

11 

 

(21)

Disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

Interest received

 

 

 

Dividends received from joint ventures

 

 

42 

 

14 

Amounts received/(paid) on maturity of net investment hedges

 

 

37 

 

(7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash flow from investing activities

 

 

47 

 

(828)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash flow before financing activities

 

188 

 

(682)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from other borrowings

 

 

68 

 

1,198 

Repayments of other borrowings

 

 

(143)

 

(100)

Cash received in respect of debt related cash flow hedges

 

 

12 

 

Acquisition of non-controlling interests

 

 

(54)

 

Cash flows in respect of facility arrangement fees

 

 

(3)

 

(13)

Interest paid

 

 

(38)

 

(7)

Dividend paid

 

 

(167)

 

(124)

Dividends paid to non-controlling interests

 

 

(4)

 

Cash flows in respect of treasury shares*

 

 

15 

 

Acquisition of shares by trustees of the Employee Share Trust

 

 

(5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash flow from financing activities

 

 

(319)

 

960 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(131)

 

278 

Cash and cash equivalents as at the beginning of the year

 

 

495 

 

223 

Exchange losses on cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(24)

 

(6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents as at the end of the year

 

 

340 

 

495 



CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT (continued)

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

£m

 

£m

Cash and cash equivalents consist of:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash at bank and in hand

 

 

307 

 

377 

Bank deposits (less than three months)

 

 

33 

 

118 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents as at the end of the year

 

 

340 

 

495 

Bank deposits (more than three months)

 

 

23 

 

21 

Bank loans

 

 

(1,264)

 

(1,267)

Fees capitalised against bank facilities

 

 

 

Finance leases

 

 

(59)

 

(61)

Derivatives classified as net debt

 

 

14 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net debt as at the end of the year

 

 

(946)

 

(803)

 

*Cash received from SAYE option holders on exercise of options.



 

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

1. BACKGROUND

 

The financial information is derived from the group's consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015, which were approved by the Board of Directors on 10 March 2016.

 

The financial information does not constitute statutory accounts within the meaning of sections 434(3) and 435(3) of the Companies Act 2006 or contain sufficient information to comply with the disclosure requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

 

The Company's auditors, Ernst & Young LLP, have given an unqualified report on the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015, which did not include reference to any matters to which the auditors drew attention without qualifying their report and did not contain any statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

 

The consolidated financial statements will be filed with the Registrar of Companies, subject to their approval by the Company's shareholders at the Company's Annual General Meeting on 27 April 2016.

 

2. BASIS OF PREPARATION

 

Basis of accounting

The group's consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2015 have been prepared on the going concern basis in accordance with IFRS adopted for use in the European Union and those parts of the Companies Act 2006 that are applicable to companies reporting under IFRS. From the group's perspective, there are no differences between IFRS as adopted for use in the EU and IFRS as issued by the IASB. 

 

The consolidated financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention, modified in respect of the revaluation to fair value of derivative financial instruments and assets held by defined benefit pension plans.

 

The group's principal accounting policies are unchanged compared with the year ended 31 December 2014.

 

Restatement

On 13 November 2014 (the acquisition date), the group acquired 95.3 per cent of the issued share capital of Foster Wheeler AG.  Due to the relatively short period of time between the acquisition date and 31 December 2014, management had not finalised its assessment of the fair values of certain of Foster Wheeler's assets and liabilities at the time that the 2014 financial statements were finalised and as a result, the 2014 financial statements reflected the provisional assessment of the fair values as at the acquisition date. The restatement had no impact on the 2014 income statement.

 

During 2015, management has completed the fair value assessment and the comparative amounts shown in the Balance Sheet, Statement of Comprehensive Income, Statement of Changes in Equity and Cash Flow Statement have been restated to reflect changes made to the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities recognised on the acquisition of Foster Wheeler, details of which are set out in Note 12.

 

In addition to the above, the acquisition balance sheet has been restated to present liabilities of £65m in respect of onerous leases within trade and other payables. These liabilities had previously been presented within provisions.

 

As the acquisition of Foster Wheeler AG in November 2014 represented more than 90% of its issued share capital it qualifies for merger relief under section 612 of the Companies Act 2006 from crediting the share premium that arose on the new shares issued to fund the acquisition to a share premium account.  As a result, the balance sheet as at 31 December has been restated to present excess of the nominal value of the shares issued of £877m as a merger reserve.

 

 

Use of estimates

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with IFRS requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of policies and reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses.  The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and various other factors that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis of making the judgements about carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

 

Estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised if the revision affects only that period, or in the period of the revision and future periods if the revision affects both current and future periods.

 

Management considers that the most significant areas of judgement and estimation made in preparing the consolidated financial statements arise in relation to the accounting for long-term contracts, business combinations, defined benefit pensions and other retirement benefits and provisions (including asbestos-related liabilities), and in assessing the recoverability of goodwill and other intangible assets.



 

Use of adjusted measures

 

Management uses adjusted performance measures including trading profit, adjusted profit before tax and adjusted diluted earnings per share. Each of these measures is based on an IFRS measure of profit but excludes specific items whose inclusion in the IFRS measure hinders the comparison of the trading performance of the businesses from one period to another, with each other or with those of competitors.

Management has identified the following specific items that are excluded in arriving at these non-IFRS measures: exceptional items; the amortisation of intangible assets; and asbestos-related costs (net of insurance recoveries). 

We do not regard these non-IFRS measures as a substitute for, or superior to, the equivalent measures calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS and it should be noted that they may not be comparable with similarly-titled measures used by other companies.

 

Exceptional items

Exceptional items may include, but are not restricted to: impairment charges, acquisition-related costs, restructuring costs, gains and losses on the disposal of fixed assets and gains and losses on the disposal and closure of businesses.  Acquisition-related costs may include impairment charges, transaction costs (including external advisory, legal, valuation, and other professional fees and attributable internal costs), the amortisation of acquisition-related facilities fees, payments to selling shareholders that are accounted for as remuneration and changes in the fair value of contingent consideration.

 

Discontinued operations

In the consolidated financial statements, the results, assets and liabilities and cash flows of discontinued operations are presented separately from those of continuing operations. An operation is classified as discontinued if it is a component of the group that: has been disposed of, or meets the criteria to be classified as held for sale; and represents a separate major line of business or geographic area of operations or will be disposed of as part of a single co-ordinated plan to dispose of a separate major line of business or geographic area of operations.

 

3.      SEGMENTAL ANALYSIS OF CONTINUING OPERATIONS

Amec Foster Wheeler designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers across the global energy and related sectors.

 

Segment information is presented on a consistent basis with the information presented to the Group Leadership Team for the purposes of allocating resources within the group and assessing the performance of the group's businesses.

 

Prior to the acquisition of Foster Wheeler in November 2014, the group's continuing operations comprised four operating segments: Americas, Europe, Growth Regions and Investment Services. For the short period between its acquisition and the end of 2014, Foster Wheeler's results were presented to the Group Leadership Team analysed by its existing operating segments: E&C Services and Global Power Group.

 

With effect from 1 January 2015, the group adopted three new geographical operating segments: Americas; Northern Europe & CIS; and Asia, Middle East, Africa & Southern Europe; with Foster Wheeler's E&C Services segment being merged into these segments. Foster Wheeler's Global Power Group continues to be reported as a separate operating segment. Investment Services also continues to be reported separately.  Details of the services offered by each segment and the end markets in which they operate are given in the segmental review. 

 

The Group Leadership Team uses trading profit as the measure of the profitability of the group's businesses. Trading profit is, therefore, the measure of segment profit presented in the group's segment disclosures. Trading profit represents profit before net financing expense excluding exceptional items; the amortisation and impairment of intangible assets; and asbestos-related costs (net of insurance recoveries). Trading profit includes the group's share of the trading profit of joint ventures.



 

 

NOTES TO THE ACCOUNTS (continued)

 

3.      SEGMENTAL ANALYSIS OF CONTINUING OPERATIONS (continued)



Revenue


Profit



2015


2014


2015


2014



£m


£m


£m


£m

Class of business:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Americas

 

2,646 

 

2,184 

 

161 

 

212 

Northern Europe & CIS

 

1,492 

 

1,293 

 

134 

 

105 

Africa, Middle East, Asia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Southern Europe

 

1,050 

 

516 

 

68 

 

25 

Global Power Group

 

364 

 

53 

 

51 

 

Investment Services

 

15 

 

 

14 

 

 

 

5,567 

 

4,054 

 

428 

 

352 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal revenue

 

(112)

 

(61)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

External revenue

 

5,455

 

3,993

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate costs1

 

 

 

 

 

(54)

 

(31)

Trading profit2

 

 

 

 

 

374 

 

321 

Net financing expense3

 

 

 

 

 

(40)

 

(4)

Adjusted profit before income tax

 

 

 

 

 

334 

 

317 

Share of tax expense of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

joint ventures4

 

 

 

 

 

(10)

 

(6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

324 

 

311 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intangible impairment and amortisation 5

 

 

 

 

 

(444)

 

(49)

Exceptional items

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net asbestos related items

 

 

 

 

 

(115)

 

(107)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit before income tax

 

 

 

 

 

(235)

 

155 

 

1   Corporate costs comprise the costs of operating central corporate functions and certain regional overheads.

2   Trading profit includes the group's share of the trading profit of joint ventures of £40m (2014: £22m).

3   Net financing expense includes the group's share of net interest payable of joint ventures.

4   The group's share of post-tax results of joint ventures is further analysed as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£m

 

£m

Trading profit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40 

 

22 

Net financing expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2)

 

(4)

Tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(10)

 

(6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 

 

12 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5   See note 4 for further details.

 



 

4.  AMORTISATION, IMPAIRMENT, EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS AND ASBESTOS-RELATED ITEMS

 

 

 

2015

 

2014 

 

 

£m

 

£m 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations:

 

 

 

 

      Administrative expenses - exceptional and asbestos-related items

 

(94)

 

(86)

      Administrative expenses - intangible amortisation and impairment

 

(444)

 

(49)

 

 

(538)

 

(135)

Loss on business disposals and closures

 

(1)

 

(16)

Net financing expense

 

(20)

 

(5)

 

 

(559)

 

(156)

Taxation credit on exceptional and asbestos-related items of continuing operations

 

18 

 

Taxation credit on intangible amortisation and impairment

 

27 

 

12 

 

 

45 

 

18 

Post-tax amortisation, impairment, exceptional and asbestos-related items

 

 

 

 

of continuing operations

 

(514)

 

(138)

Exceptional items of discontinued operations (post-tax)

 

 

(19)

Post-tax amortisation, impairment, exceptional and asbestos-related items

 

(513)

 

(157)

 

 

 

 

 

Post-tax exceptional and asbestos-related items

 

(96)

 

(120)

Post-tax intangible amortisation and impairment

 

(417)

 

(37)

 

 

(513)

 

(157)

 

The charge of £444m in respect of intangible amortisation and impairment comprises amortisation of £129m and impairments of £315m.  The goodwill in the Global Power Group business has been written down by £308m and there was a £7m write down on the order backlog intangible asset.  See note 9 for further details.

 

Post-tax exceptional and asbestos-related items are further analysed as follows:

 

Year ended 31 December 2015


Loss in


Profit/(loss)










respect of


on business


Asbestos-


Other




Profit on


business


disposals


related


exceptional




disposals


closures


and closures


items


items


Total


£m


£m


£m


£m


£m


£m













Continuing operations


(1)


(1)



(120)


(115)

Discontinued operations






Profit/(loss) before tax


(1)




(120)


(114)

Tax





18 


18 

Profit/(loss) after tax


(1)




(102)


(96)













 

The pre-tax profit on disposal of £1m relates costs and movements in indemnity provisions associated with businesses sold in prior years and classified as discontinued.

 

There was a credit of £5m relating to a change in the discount rate applied to the asbestos liability and experiential gains of £9m as the liability is reassessed on an annual basis. These credits were offset by a £7m charge in respect of unwinding the discount and £1m other costs of managing the liability.

 

Other exceptional items of £120m includes £97m relating to the costs of integrating the Amec and Foster Wheeler businesses, £13m amortisation of fees associated with the borrowings taken on to fund the acquisition, a £5m loss incurred following an unauthorised payment made from the Australian business and not expected to be recovered and other exceptional items totalling £5m. 

 

Integration costs includes severance (£32m), professional and consultancy fees (£11m), costs of rationalisation of agents (£8m), property and office rationalisation (£27m), and staff costs (£11m) as well as IT, rebranding and Sarbanes-Oxley Act implementation costs totalling £8m.

 

Of the £120m of other exceptional items, £72m was paid in cash during the year.

 



 

Year ended 31 December 2014













 

 

 

Profit in

 

Loss on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

respect of

 

business

 

Asbestos

 

Other

 

 

 

Loss on

 

business

 

disposals

 

related

 

exceptional

 

 

 

disposals

 

closures

 

and closures

 

items

 

items

 

Total

 

£m

 

£m

 

£m

 

£m

 

 £m

 

£m













Continuing operations

(21)



(16)


(9)


(82)


(107)

Discontinued operations

(23)



(23)




(23)

(Loss)/profit before tax

(44)



(39)


(9)


(82)


(130)

Tax on exceptional items






10 

(Loss)/profit after tax

(39)



(34)


(9)


(77)


(120)

 

During the year ended 31 December 2014, the group disposed of its investment in the Lancashire Waste project at a loss of £21m mainly arising from a reverse premium payable on exit. This combined with additional indemnity provisions and costs of £23m associated with businesses sold in prior years (and classified as discontinued) to give a pre-tax loss on disposal of £44m. This includes a provision of £11m in respect of a new claim received in the year related to a contract completed by the Built Environment business which was sold in 2006.

 

There was a credit of £5m from the release of a provision no longer required in respect of a business closed in a prior year (and classified as continuing).

 

There was a charge of £8m relating to a change in the discount rate applied to the asbestos liability and £1m in respect of unwinding the discount.

 

Other exceptional items of £82m includes transaction costs of £37m relating to the acquisition of Foster Wheeler AG, £35m relating to the costs of integrating the two businesses and £4m of fees associated with the borrowings taken on to fund the acquisition. Integration costs include consultancy and other costs of identifying cost synergies of £18m which includes associated internal labour costs, plus £17m of costs of achieving cost synergies (including £14m redundancy costs).  In addition, £6m was incurred in completing the previously announced restructuring into geographic business units.

 

Out of the £82m of other exceptional items £58m was paid in cash during the year.

 

5.  INCOME TAX

 

The group's effective tax rate in 2015 for the continuing businesses (including tax attributable to joint venture interests) but before exceptional items and intangible amortisation was 22.0 per cent (2014: 23.0 per cent).  The forthcoming reductions in the rate of UK corporation tax have all been substantively enacted.

 

6.  LOSS FOR THE YEAR FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

 

Discontinued operations represent the residual assets and retained obligations in respect of businesses sold in prior years, as well as the UK conventional power business which was discontinued in 2013.

 

In accordance with IFRS 5, the post-tax results of discontinued operations are disclosed separately in the consolidated income statement. The results of the discontinued operations are as follows:

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

£m

 

£m

Revenue

 

 

(13)

Cost of sales and net operating expenses

 

(6)

 

Loss before exceptional items and attributable tax

 

(6)

 

(10)

Attributable tax

 

 

 

 

(5)

 

(8)

Profit/(loss) on disposal

 

 

(23)

Tax on disposals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss for the year from discontinued operations

 

(4)

 

(27)

 

 

 

 

 

The loss before exceptional items and income tax in 2015 represents additional provisions on certain contracts within the UK conventional power business.  The negative revenue of £13m and loss of £10m before exceptional items and income tax in 2014 related to the settlement of final accounts and additional provisions on the UK conventional power contracts.

 

The loss on disposals of £23m in 2014 relates to additional indemnity provisions and costs associated with businesses sold in prior years.

 

7.  EARNINGS PER SHARE

 

Basic and diluted earnings per share are shown on the face of the income statement. The calculation of the average number of shares in issue has been made having deducted the shares held by the trustees of the Performance Share Plan and those held in treasury by the Company.  As the Group has reported a basic loss per ordinary share from continuing operations, any potential shares are anti-dilutive and so excluded from the calculation of diluted loss per share.

 

 

 

 





2015



 




2014

 

 

Weighted
average

shares

 

Loss per

Weighted
average shares

Earnings per

 

 

Loss


number


share


Earnings


number


share

 

 

£m


million


pence


£m


million


pence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic (loss)/earnings from













continuing operations


(252)


383


(66.1)


109 


302 


36.1 

Share options







(0.2)

Employee share and incentive schemes







(0.8)














Diluted (loss)/earnings from













continuing operations


(252)


383


(66.1)


109 


311 


35.1 














 

 

 

 






2015







2014

 

 




Weighted







Weighted



 

 



average

shares


Loss

per





average shares


Loss per

 

 

Loss


number


share


Loss


number


share

 

 

£m


million


pence


£m


million


pence



























Basic loss from discontinued operations


(4)


383


(1.1)


(27)


302 


(8.9)

Share options







0.1 

Employee share and incentive schemes







0.2 














Diluted loss from













discontinued operations


(4)


383


(1.1)


(27)


311 


(8.6)

 

 

Basic and diluted (loss)/profit from continuing operations is calculated as set out below:

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

£m

 

£m

 

 

 

 

 

(Loss)/profit for the year from continuing operations

 

(253)

 

106 

Loss attributable to non-controlling interests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted (loss)/profit from continuing operations

 

(252)

 

109 

 



 

7.  EARNINGS PER SHARE (continued)

 

In order to appreciate the effects on the reported performance of intangible amortisation and impairment, exceptional items and asbestos related items, along with the impact of the potential ordinary shares, additional calculations of earnings per share are presented.






2015






2014




Weighted






Weighted






average


(Loss)/
earnings




average


Earnings




shares


per




shares


per


(Loss)/
earnings


number


share


Earnings


number


share


£m


million


pence


£m


million


pence













Basic (loss)/earnings from continuing operations

(252)


383 


(66.1)


109 


302 


36.1 













Exceptional items and asbestos related items (post-tax)

97 



25.3 


101 



33.4 













Amortisation and impairment (post-tax)

417 



108.9 


37 



12.3 













Basic earnings from continuing operations before












amortisation, impairment, exceptional items












and asbestos related items

262 


383 


68.1 


247 


302 


81.8 













Share options






(0.5)

Employee share and incentive schemes



(0.4)




(1.8)













Diluted earnings from continuing operations before












amortisation, impairment, exceptional items and asbestos related items

262 


385 


67.7 


 

247


 

311


 

79.5 

 

 

 

 





2015






2014




Weighted






Weighted






average


Loss




average


Loss




shares


per




shares


per


Loss


number


share


Loss


number


share


£m


million


pence


£m


million


pence













Basic loss from discontinued operations

(4) 


383 


(1.1)


(27)


302 


(8.9)













Exceptional items (post-tax)

(1)



(0.2)


19 



6.3 













Basic loss from discontinued operations before












exceptional items

(5)


383 


(1.3)


(8)


302 


(2.6)













Share options






Employee share and incentive schemes






0.1 













Diluted loss from discontinued operations before












exceptional items

(5)


385 


(1.3)


(8)


311 


(2.5)













 

8.  DIVIDENDS

 

The directors are proposing a final dividend in respect of the financial year ended 31 December 2015 of 14.2 pence per share, which will absorb an estimated £54m of equity.  Subject to approval, it will be paid on 4 July 2016 to shareholders on the register of members on 27 May 2016.  This dividend has not been provided for and there are no income tax consequences for the company.  This final dividend together with the interim dividend of 14.8 pence (2014: 14.8 pence) per share results in a total dividend for the year of 29.0 pence per share (2014: 43.3 pence).

 

 

 

2015

 

 

 

2014

 

 

 

 

Pence

 

 

Dividends charged to reserves and paid

 

£m

 

per share

 

£m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interim dividend in respect of 2014 (2014: interim

 

 

 

 

 

 

dividend in respect of 2013)

 

56

 

13.5

 

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final dividend in respect of 2014 (2014: final dividend

 

 

 

 

 

 

in respect of 2013)

 

111

 

28.5

 

84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43.3

 

167

 

42.0

 

124



 

 

9. INTANGIBLE ASSETS

 




Customer


Brands/


Order








Goodwill


relationships


trademarks


backlog


Patents


Software


Total


£m


£m


£m


£m


£m


£m


£m















Cost:














As at 1 Jan 2015 (restated)

2,551 


560 


186 


137 


109 


123 


3,666 

Exchange and other movements

(21)







(4)

Additions






21 


22 

Disposals and retirements


(31)





(6)


(37)

Reclassifications





















As at 31 Dec 2015

2,531 


530 


194


137 


117 


145 


3,654 















Amortisation:














As at 1 Jan 2015 (restated)

35 


107 


21 


14 



45 


223 

Exchange and other movements

(4)







(1)

Impairment loss

308 







315 

Provided during the year


43 


11 


43 



25 


129 

Disposals and retirements


(31)





(6)


(37)















As at 31 Dec 2015

339 


119 


32 


65 



65 


629 















Cost:














As at 1 Jan 2014

792 


192 


23 


9 



66 


1,082 

Exchange and other movements

 

(2)


 

4 


 

1 


 

- 


 

(1)


 


 

Acquired through business combinations

 

1,761 


367 


 

162 


 

129 


 

110 


 


 

2,534 

Additions






51 


51 

Disposals and retirements


(3)



(1)



(1)


(5)















As at 31 Dec 2014 (restated)

2,551 


560 


186 


137 


109 


123 


3,666 















Amortisation:














As at 1 Jan 2014

35 


85 


19 


7 



29 


175 

Exchange and other movements

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Provided during the year


23 



8 



15 


49 

Disposals and retirements


(3)



(1)




(4)















As at 31 Dec 2014 (restated)

35 


107 


21 


14 



45 


223 















Net book value:














As at 31 Dec 2015

2,192 


411 


162 


72 


108 


80 


3,025















As at 31 Dec 2014 (restated)

2,516 


453 


165 


123 


108 


78 


3,443 















As at 1 Jan 2014

757 


107 





37 


907 

 

The carrying value of software held under deferred payment arrangements which are similar to finance leases as at 31 December 2015 was £24m (2014: £30m).  Additions during the year include £nil (2014: £33m) of software held under deferred payment arrangements. 

 

The impairment loss of £315m relates to a £308m impairment of goodwill in relation to the Global Power Group and a £7m impairment of the order backlog intangible asset.

 

The Group is required to test its goodwill and intangible assets for impairment at least annually, or more frequently if indicators of impairment exist. The review of goodwill for indications of impairment by management is performed at the operating segment level, being the lowest level of cash-generating units (CGU) monitored for goodwill purposes.

 

The recoverable amount of all CGUs has been based on value-in-use calculations. These calculations use cash flow projections included in the financial budgets approved by the Board for 2016.  For the purposes of the calculation of the recoverable amount, the cash flow projections beyond the budgeted period include no growth in 2017 for the Americas, Northern Europe and CIS, and Asia, Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe, and 10% growth in the Global Power Group.  For all segments, no growth is included in 2018, 5% growth in 2019, 10% growth in 2020 and 3% growth per annum thereafter. The long-term growth rates are in line with long-term average growth rates for the regions in which the CGUs operate.

 

The carrying amount of the Global Power Group CGU has been reduced to its recoverable amount through recognition of an impairment loss of £308m against goodwill. This has been included in administrative expenses in the income statement. The recoverable amount of the Global Power Group CGU is £396m. The impairment loss arose due to the current difficult market conditions and a reduction in forecast future profits of the Global Power Group.  Any adverse changes in the key assumptions would increase this impairment loss.

 

The value-in-use has been compared to the carrying value for each CGU and no impairment is required nor has been charged in respect of the Americas, Northern Europe and CIS, or Asia, Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe CGUs. 

 

 

10.  PROVISIONS

 






Obligations












relating to


Property






Asbestos


Project


disposed


related






related


litigation


businesses


provisions


Other


Total


£m


£m


£m


£m


£m


£m













As at 1 January 2015 (restated)

400 


217 


86 


19 


34 


756 

Exchange and other movements

18 



(1)



(2)


22 

Reclassification


(3)




(2)


Transfers to other payables


(47)



(2)



(47)

Utilised

(35)


(22)


(2)


(4)


(1)


(64)

Provided


10 


12 




33 

Released

(9)


(7)


(19)



(3)


(38)

Change in discount rate

(5)






(5)

Unwinding of discount






























As at 31 December 2015

378 


154 


78 


19 


35 


664 













Asbestos-related litigation

Certain of the Company's subsidiaries in the US and the UK are defendants in numerous asbestos-related lawsuits and out-of-court informal claims pending in the US and the UK. Plaintiffs claim damages for personal injury alleged to have arisen from exposure to asbestos primarily in connection with equipment allegedly manufactured by certain of our subsidiaries during the 1970s or earlier. We expect that these subsidiaries will be named as defendants in additional and/or similar suits and that new claims will be filed in the future. Whilst some of these claims have been and are expected to be made in the UK, the overwhelming majority have been and are expected to be made in the US.

 

We assumed the majority of our asbestos-related liabilities when we acquired Foster Wheeler in November 2015. Management worked with independent asbestos valuation experts, to measure the asbestos-related liabilities assumed. Asbestos-related liabilities recognised by the group include estimates of indemnity amounts and defence costs expected to be incurred in each year in the period to 2050, beyond which time management expects that there will no longer be a significant number of open claims. Management's estimates were based on the following information and/or assumptions: the number of open claims, the forecasted number of future claims, the estimated average cost per claim by disease type - mesothelioma, lung cancer and non-malignancies, claim filings which result in no monetary payments (the 'zero pay rate'), as well as other factors.

 

Over the last several years, certain of our subsidiaries have entered into settlement agreements calling for insurers to make lump-sum payments, as well as payments over time, for use by our subsidiaries to fund asbestos-related indemnity and defence costs, and, in certain cases, for reimbursement for portions of out-of-pocket costs incurred. Asbestos-related insurance recoveries under executed settlement agreements are recognised in trade and other receivables together with our best estimate of actual and probable insurance recoveries relating to our liability for pending and estimated future asbestos claims in the period to 2050. Our actual insurance recoveries may be limited by future insolvencies among our insurers. We do not recognise insurance recoveries due from currently insolvent insurers unless they are subject to court-approved settlement in liquidation proceedings.

 

We have discounted the expected future cash flows with respect to the asbestos-related liabilities and the expected insurance recoveries using discount rates determined by reference to appropriate risk-free market interest rates.

 



 

Asbestos-related liabilities and assets recognised on the group's balance sheet were as follows:

 






2015

2014 (restated)






£m

£m

Asbestos-related provision







Gross provision





488

511

Effect of discounting





(74)

(76)

Net provision (1)





414

435 

Insurance recoveries







Gross recoveries





(122)

(124)

Effect of discounting





4

4 

Net recoveries





(118)

(121)

Net asbestos-related liabilities





296

314

1)      The net asbestos provision is made up of £378m included within provisions and £36m included within trade and other payables.

Legal claims and actions

The group is party to litigation involving clients and sub-contractors arising out of project contracts. Management has taken internal and external legal advice in considering known or reasonably likely legal claims and actions by and against the group. Where a known or likely claim or action is identified, management carefully assesses the likelihood of success of the claim or action. Generally, a provision is recognised only in respect of those claims or actions that management considers are probable of success. Additionally, however, the group recognises provisions for known or likely claims against an acquired business if, at the acquisition date, it is possible that the claim or action will be successful and its amount can be reliably estimated.

Indemnities and retained obligations

The group has agreed to indemnify certain third parties relating to businesses and/or assets that were previously owned by the group and were sold to them. As at 31 December 2015, we recognised indemnity provisions totalling £78m (2014: £86m). Indemnity provisions principally relate to the indemnification of the purchasers of SPIE in 2006, and the Built Environment and other peripheral businesses that were sold in 2007. During 2015, an additional indemnity provisions of £12m in relation to businesses sold in previous years and released provisions of £19m were no longer required following settlement of the underlying issues.

 

As at 31 December 2015, the group held provisions totalling £44m (2014: £33m) for the estimated future environmental clean-up costs in relation to industrial facilities that it no longer operates. Whilst the timing of the related cash flows is typically uncertain, we expect that certain of our remediation obligations may continue for up to 60 years.

Property-related provisions

Property-related provisions principally comprise provisions for dilapidation of leasehold buildings.

 

Other provisions

 

Other provisions also include £7m (2014: £2m) in respect of the group's legal and constructive obligations to fund loss-making joint ventures and to meet its share of certain of their obligations and insurance provisions of £28m (2014; £28m) relating to the potential liabilities in the group's captive insurance entity and provisions in relation to risks associated with insurance claims. These potential liabilities and risks relate predominantly to industrial disease of former employees.

 



 

11.  RETIREMENT BENEFITS

 

The group operates a number of pension schemes for UK and overseas employees.

 

There are three principal defined benefit schemes. In the UK these are the AMEC Staff pension scheme (which also has an associated Executive top-up scheme) and the Foster Wheeler Pension Plan and in the US, The Foster Wheeler Inc. Salaried Employees Pension Plan. The AMEC Staff and Executive pension schemes are closed to new members but remain open to further accrual. The Foster Wheeler Pension Plan is a hybrid benefit arrangement with distinct defined benefit and defined contribution sections. The defined benefit section is closed to new members and further accrual, but the defined contribution section remains open to further accrual. The Foster Wheeler Inc. Salaried Employees Pension plan is also closed to new members and further accrual.

 

The AMEC Staff and Executive pension schemes are average salary plans for UK employees. The Foster Wheeler Pension Plan was a final salary pension plan.  Due to the nature of the liabilities, the pension plans are exposed to inflation, interest rate risk and changes in the life expectancy for pensioners. As the plan assets include significant investments in quoted equities, the group is also exposed to equity market risk.

 

The valuations used have been based on the final valuations of the AMEC Staff pension scheme and the AMEC Executive pension scheme as at 31 March 2014. The Foster Wheeler Pension Plan's most recent valuation took place as at 1 April 2013. These schemes have been updated by the schemes' actuaries for the requirement to assess the present value of the liabilities of the schemes as at 31 December 2015. The assets of the schemes are stated at their aggregate market value as at 31 December 2015.

 

The Foster Wheeler Inc. Salaried Employees Pension Plan provides pension benefits to certain full-time employees. Under the pension plan, retirement benefits are primarily a function of both years of service and level of compensation. The pension plan is closed to new members and further accrual.

 

 

The amounts recognised in the balance sheet are as follows:

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

£m

 

£m

Retirement benefit assets

 

231 

 

102 

Retirement benefit liabilities

 

(168)

 

(188)

 

 

 

 

 

Retirement benefit net asset/(liability)

 

63 

 

(86)

 

The retirement net benefit asset/(liability) is analysed as follows:

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

£m

 

£m

The AMEC Staff and the AMEC Executive pension schemes

 

184 

 

65 

The Foster Wheeler Pension Plan

 

47 

 

37 

The Foster Wheeler Inc. Salaried Employees Pension Plan

 

(59)

 

(57)

Other smaller pension schemes

 

(109)

 

(131)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

63 

 

(86)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The retirement benefit liabilities of £168m (2014: £188m) reflect primarily the deficits on the smaller overseas schemes.

 

Changes in the present value of the defined benefit liability are as follows:

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

£m

 

£m

As at 1 January

 

2,931 

 

1,743 

Exchange and other movements

 

(1)

 

Acquired through business combinations

 

 

898 

Current and past service cost

 

32 

 

29 

Interest cost

 

104 

 

84 

Plan participants' contributions

 

11 

 

12 

Actuarial (gains)/charges arising from changes in financial assumptions

 

(177)

 

278 

Actuarial (gains)/charges arising from changes in demographic assumptions

 

(14)

 

(19)

Settlements

 

(31)

 

(12)

Benefits paid

 

(141)

 

(85)

Reclassifications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As at 31 December

 

2,717 

 

2,931 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.  RETIREMENT BENEFITS (continued)

 

Changes in the fair value of scheme assets are as follows:

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

£m

 

£m

As at 1 January

 

2,845 

 

1,783 

Exchange and other movements

 

 

Acquired through business combinations

 

 

826 

Interest income

 

102 

 

86 

Actuarial (losses)/gains

 

(41)

 

201 

Employer contributions

 

36 

 

32 

Plan participants' contributions

 

11 

 

12 

Administrative expenses

 

(4)

 

(4)

Settlements

 

(28)

 

(9)

Benefits paid

 

(141)

 

(85)

 

 

 

 

 

As at 31 December

 

2,780 

 

2,845 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The movement in the scheme net asset/(liability) during the year is as follows:

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

£m

 

£m

Scheme net (liability)/asset as at 1 January

 

(86)

 

40 

Exchange and other movements

 

 

Acquired through business combinations

 

 

(72)

Total charge

 

(38)

 

(31)

Employer contributions

 

36 

 

32 

Settlements

 

 

Actuarial gains/(losses) recognised in other comprehensive income

 

150 

 

(58)

Reclassifications

 

(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scheme net asset/(liability) as at 31 December

 

63 

 

(86)

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.  ACQUISITIONS

 

On 5 October 2015, the group acquired the remaining 49.9% shareholding in KROMAV Engenharia Ltda, a company incorporated in Brazil for a consideration of £3m.  As a result of the transaction, the Non-controlling interest released was £1m resulting in a charge of £4m recognised in the consolidated statement of changes in equity.

 

Mandatory purchase of minority Foster Wheeler shareholders

 

On 19 January 2015, Amec Foster Wheeler plc completed the squeeze-out merger under Swiss law (the "Squeeze-Out Merger") of Foster Wheeler AG ("Foster Wheeler") through its wholly owned subsidiaries AMEC International Investments BV and A-FW International Investments GmbH.

 

All remaining Foster Wheeler shareholders received, for each Foster Wheeler share held, a combination of $16.00 in cash and either (i) 0.8998 Amec Foster Wheeler shares, if the shareholder's address on the books and records of Foster Wheeler was outside the United States or (ii) 0.8998 Amec Foster Wheeler American depositary shares ("ADSs"), if the shareholder's address on the books and records of Foster Wheeler was in the United States.

 

The cash portion of the consideration was increased by $0.225 for each Amec Foster Wheeler share or Amec Foster Wheeler ADS received, in lieu of the Amec Foster Wheeler dividend of £0.148 (announced on 7 August 2014). This was calculated by converting the dividend amount to US$ (at the European Central Bank's 5 January 2015 exchange rate of $1.5223 per £1.00).

 

In aggregate, Amec Foster Wheeler paid as consideration in the Squeeze-Out Merger £51m ($77m) in cash and issued 4,255,970 Amec Foster Wheeler shares.

 



 

The purchase consideration was allocated as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recognised

 

 

 

 

 

 

value

 

 

 

 

 

 

£m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets acquired

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities assumed

 

 

 

 

 

Net identifiable assets and liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Amount recognised in the condensed statement of consolidated statement of changes in equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

75 

Non-controlling interest acquired

 

 

 

 

 

                   10 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85 

Consideration

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares issued

 

 

 

 

 

34 

Cash paid on completion

 

 

 

 

 

51 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85 

 

Acquisition of Foster Wheeler AG in 2014

 

On 6 October 2014, the group launched a public tender offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Foster Wheeler AG, the ultimate parent company of Foster Wheeler. Pursuant to the tender offer, which closed on 13 November 2014 (the acquisition date), the group acquired 95.3 per cent of the issued share capital of Foster Wheeler AG. 

 

Consideration payable for the interests in Foster Wheeler acquired by the group amounted to £1,915m (measured at fair value at the acquisition date), of which £979m was settled in cash, £919m was settled by the issue of ordinary shares and ADSs and £17m was settled by the grant of replacement share options and awards to Foster Wheeler employees.

 

Due to the relatively short period of time that elapsed between the acquisition date and the completion of the 2014 financial statements, management had not finalised its assessment of the fair values at the acquisition date of certain of Foster Wheeler's property, plant and equipment, equity-accounted investments, and property-related, legal and environmental obligations and a provisional allocation was reported in the 2014 financial statements. The fair value assessment was completed during 2015.

 

The purchase consideration has been allocated as follows:

 


£m

Identifiable assets acquired


Property, plant and equipment

111 

Identifiable intangible assets

742 

Interests in joint ventures

73 

Current tax receivable

13 

Deferred tax assets

27 

Inventories

11 

Trade and other receivables

751 

  Gross contractual amounts receivable

818 

  Allowance for doubtful debts

(67)

Derivative financial instruments

(12)

Cash and cash equivalents

265 



Liabilities assumed


Bank loans

(39)

Finance lease obligations

(32)

Trade and other payables

(856)

Current tax

(65)

Retirement benefit liabilities

(72)

Deferred tax liabilities

(113)

Provisions

(592)

Net identifiable assets acquired

212 

Non-controlling interests

(23)

Goodwill

1,726 

Consideration

1,915 

Non-controlling interests in Foster Wheeler were measured at their proportionate share of Foster Wheeler's identifiable assets and liabilities at the acquisition date.

 



 

Goodwill of £1,726m has been recognised on the acquisition of Foster Wheeler. Management considers that the goodwill is attributable to the future strategic growth opportunities arising from the acquisition, Foster Wheeler's highly skilled, customer-oriented and collaborative assembled workforce, the significant cost synergies that are expected to result from the integration of Foster Wheeler with the group's existing operations, and the potential for tax synergies. None of the goodwill is expected to be deductible for tax purposes.

 

Acquisition-related costs relating to the acquisition of Foster Wheeler totalling £33m were recognised within administrative expenses during 2014.

 

In the period from its acquisition to 31 December 2014, Foster Wheeler contributed £274m to the group's revenue and £1m to the group's trading profit.  After amortisation, exceptional items and net asbestos related items, Foster Wheeler generated a loss of £44m in the period from acquisition to 31 December 2014.

 

Management estimated that if Foster Wheeler had been acquired on 1 January 2014, the group's revenue for the year would have been £1,814m higher than reported at £5,800m. Management was unable to estimate reliably what the group's profit or loss for the year would have been on this basis, principally because it is not practicable to retrospectively apply the significant purchase accounting adjustments that were made to the carrying amounts of the assets and liabilities of Foster Wheeler at its acquisition date and the tax effects of those adjustments.

 

Changes to the provisional fair value allocation

 

As discussed above, during 2015 management completed its assessment of the fair values of Foster Wheeler's assets and liabilities as at the acquisition date resulting in the recognition of additional goodwill of $245m. The most significant updates were as follows:

 

Longview

 

As previously disclosed, during 2015, the arbitration panel awarded Kvaerner approximately $74m (approximately £48m) in respect of the arbitration with Kvaerner North American Construction Inc arising from GPG's role in the construction of the Longview power plant in West Virginia, US in 2011.  As the contract was complete prior to the acquisition, this award has been fully reflected in the purchase price allocation.

 

Refinery project arbitration - India

 

As disclosed in the 2014 financial statements, Foster Wheeler commenced arbitration in India against its client seeking collection of unpaid invoices in connection with the construction of an oil refinery plant in north-eastern India.  Its client rejected the claim and submitted significant counterclaims.  The provisional purchase price allocation included an allowance against the outstanding debts but, due to the ongoing risks and the passage of time, a further charge of £16m has been made. This represents full provision against the outstanding receivables.

 

Other project litigation

 

A provision of £33m has been established against costs expected to be disallowed and an alleged breach of warranty claim in respect of design work undertaken on a design, build and construct project based in the Southern US.

 

Management has performed a detailed review of the contracts in the GPG business and made provisions for defect rectification and damages claims totalling £19m across a number of contracts,

 

A number of smaller provisions totalling £21m have been established against specific contact risks.

 

Receivables and payables

 

Provision has been made against receivables and unbilled work in progress on a number of contracts (including £10m on one contract) that were outstanding as at the acquisition date and remained uncollected at the end of the hindsight period.

 

Provision has also been made against an employment tax risk associated with a permanent establishment overseas.

 

Uncertain tax positions

 

Management has reviewed the ongoing tax positions of Foster Wheeler and increased the provisions for uncertain tax positions in a number of jurisdictions.  The most significant increases withholding tax on potential deemed distributions.

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

The carrying value of property, plant and equipment has been reviewed resulting in a £9m write down of two properties to their expected market value.

 

 

 

Deferred tax

 

Deferred tax liabilities have reduced by £23m.This movement includes a potential tax liability on the future unwind of an overseas branch, as well as the deferred tax impact of the additional adjustments to the purchase price offset by the impact of the finalisation of the intangible allocation.  The recognition of deferred tax on the purchase price allocation is restricted as a result of uncertainty over future profits and capacity constraints.

 

Restatement

 

In addition to the above, the acquisition balance sheet has been restated to present liabilities of £65m in respect of onerous leases within trade and other payables.  These liabilities had previously been presented within provisions. As part of the finalisation of the acquisition accounting, the acquired intangible assets have been allocated to the relevant jurisdictions resulting in a foreign exchange movement between the acquisition date and 31 December 2014. This is reflected in the restated consolidated statement of changes in equity for 2014.

 

13.  RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

During 2015 there were a number of transactions with the senior management group, joint venture entities and subsidiary companies.

Transactions with the senior management group

The senior management group consists of Amec Foster Wheeler plc board members and the presidents of the Americas, Northern Europe and CIS, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe and Global Power Group operating segments.

 

Following the acquisition of Foster Wheeler in late 2014, the senior management group consisted of Amec Foster Wheeler plc board members and the presidents of the Americas, Europe and Growth Regions geographies and the Foster Wheeler segments of E&C Services and Global Power Group.

 

The senior management group and relatives controlled 0.70% of the voting rights of the company as at 31 December 2015.

 

 

In addition to their salaries, the company also provides non-cash benefits to executive directors and other senior managers and they receive share awards under the Performance Share Plan. The company also contributes to a defined benefit plan on behalf of certain executive directors. Details of their compensation are as follows:

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

 

£m

 

£m

Short-term employee benefits

 

5

 

5

Pension costs

 

-

 

-

Equity-settled share-based payments

 

-

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

The transactions and related balances outstanding with joint ventures are as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

Value of transactions

in the year

 

Outstanding balance

as at 31 December

 

2015

 

2014 (restated)

 

2015

 

2014 (restated)

 

£m

 

£m

 

£m

 

£m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Services received

1

 

-

 

-

 

-

Services rendered

28

 

29

 

12

 

12

Provisions of finance

-

 

9

 

17

 

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2014 restatement reflects changes to classification of related party transactions. In September 2012, the UK government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced a change to UK legislation with respect to the requirement for a UK company to be subject to annual audit. An additional audit exemption has been introduced, such that for a subsidiary of a parent established in a European Economic Area state, that subsidiary can be exempt from annual audit if certain conditions are met. The principal conditions are the requirement for the subsidiary's shareholders to agree to the exemption and a guarantee to be issued to the subsidiary by the parent undertaking, guaranteeing all of the subsidiary's outstanding liabilities at the year end, until they are satisfied in full.

 

 

 

 

14.  CONTINGENT LIABILITIES

 

Legal claims and actions

From time to time, the group is party to litigation involving clients and sub-contractors arising out of project contracts. Such litigation includes claims or actions by and against the group for cancelled contracts, for additional costs incurred in excess of contract provisions, as well as for back charges for alleged breaches of warranty and other contract commitments. We have recognised provisions for certain known or reasonably likely legal claims or actions against the group. We do not expect known and reasonably likely legal claims or actions for which a provision has not been established to have a material impact on the group's financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Indemnities and retained obligations

We have agreed to indemnify certain third parties relating to businesses and/or assets that were previously owned by the group and were sold to them. Such indemnifications relate primarily to breach of covenants, breach of representations and warranties, as well as potential exposure for retained liabilities, environmental matters and third party claims for activities conducted by the group prior to the sale of such businesses and/or asset. We have established provisions for those indemnities in respect of which we consider it probable that there will be a successful claim. We do not expect indemnities or retained obligations for which a provision has not been established to have a material impact on the group's financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Guarantees

The group has guaranteed certain performance obligations in a refinery/ electric power generation plant located in Chile in which we hold a non-controlling interest.

 

Mount Polley

The Mount Polley mine is owned and operated by Mount Polley Mining Corporation, a subsidiary of Imperial Metals Corporation, and is located near the town of Likely, British Columbia, Canada. On 4 August 2014, a tailings pond facility at the mine failed releasing large quantities of water and mine tailings into the local environment. The dam was in the process of being raised at the time of the failure. One of our subsidiaries, along with other parties, had various design and quality assurance responsibilities associated with the expansion of this facility. Our subsidiary was providing engineering services at the time of the breach, but did not perform the original design.

 

An Independent Review Panel issued a report on 30 January 2015 concluding that the cause of failure was shearing along a zone containing a weak soil layer along with other contributory factors.  On December 17, 2015, the Chief Inspector of Mines for B.C. issued a report that for the most part agrees with the conclusions of the Independent Review Panel. At this time, litigation has been threatened by the Owner of the Mine and its parent company, Imperial Metals Corporation, but no litigation has yet been commenced against the group.  Management's opinion is that its employees performed in a professional manner consistent with the standard of care for a competent engineer on a project of this nature. In addition, the contract between our subsidiary and Mount Polley Mining Corporation contains limitations of liability provisions that exclude claims for consequential damages and limit the subsidiary's liability to the amount of professional fees charged, which were less than CDN$1,000,000.

 

Amec Foster Wheeler is taking external legal advice on this matter. In light of both internal and external advice, and given the early stages of this matter, it is considered possible but not probable that there will be an outflow in respect of this issue.

 

Tax planning

The Group undertakes tax planning which is compliant with current legislation and accepted practice.  Recent changes to the tax environment, including the OECD's project around Base Erosion and Profit Shifting have brought into question the legitimacy of tax planning previously undertaken by multinational entities.  There have been several recent high profile tax cases against tax authorities and large groups.  The European Commission has opened formal investigations to examine whether decisions by the tax authorities in certain European countries, comply with European Union rules. We are monitoring the outcome of these cases in order to understand whether there is any risk to the Group.  Based on the Group's current assessment of such issues, it is too early to speculate on any areas of challenge and potential liabilities and as a result, it is not currently considered probable that there will be an outflow in respect of these issues.

 

15.  POST BALANCE SHEET EVENTS

 

Longview

In early March 2016, the Group settled its dispute with Kvaerner as described in note 12.  We have agreed to pay Kvaerner $70m in full and final settlement of their claims.

 

Refinancing

On 1 March 2016, the Group completed a refinancing of its main debt facilities by entering into a new facility with a syndicate of 20 banks.  The new facility, which has three tranches - a three-year £650 million term loan, a five-year £650 million term loan and a five-year £400 million revolving credit facility - replaces the company's existing revolving credit facility and the Foster Wheeler acquisition facility.

 



 

RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT OF THE DIRECTORS IN RESPECT OF THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT

 

 

We confirm that to the best of our knowledge:

 

·     the financial statements, prepared in accordance with the applicable set of accounting standards, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the company and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole; and

·     the directors' report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the issuer and undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that they face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian McHoul

Chief Financial Officer and Interim Chief Executive

 

10 March 2016

 



 

Principal business and strategic risks

The table below shows Amec Foster Wheeler's principal business and strategic risks. Each is specific to the Group and could have a material impact on it. Actions have been taken to mitigate these risks and these are also shown.

Risk


Mitigation

Geopolitical and economic conditions

Amec Foster Wheeler expects to derive the majority of its revenues from Europe, the US and Canada and is therefore particularly affected by political and economic conditions in those markets.

Changes in general economic conditions may influence customers' decisions on capital investment and/or asset maintenance, which could lead to volatility in the development of Amec Foster Wheeler's order intake. These may also lead to change in the customer base, competition and in the way customers procure the services we provide. An increase in competition for new contracts may lead to different, less favourable contract terms and conditions.

Continuing and escalating unrest and insurgency activity in the Middle East may have a negative impact on existing and future opportunities in the region.


Amec Foster Wheeler seeks to maintain a balanced geographic presence and, through acquisitions and organic growth, will continue to increase its exposure to other attractive regions of the world.

The risk associated with economic conditions resulting in a downturn and affecting the demand for Amec Foster Wheeler's services has been addressed, as far as practicable, by seeking to maintain a balanced business portfolio in terms of geographies, markets, clients and service offering/business model.

In light of continuing global economic uncertainties, steps have been taken to assess and monitor any potential impact on Amec Foster Wheeler's business opportunities and address potential increased supply chain and, more broadly, counterparty risk.

The Strategy and Business Development function is focussed on realising the synergies across our customers, markets, geographies, service offerings and relationships.

Changes in commodity prices

A sustained and significant reduction in oil & gas or commodity prices would have an adverse impact on the level of customer spending in Amec Foster Wheeler's markets and consequently represents a risk to organic growth.

The fall in oil prices has had an impact on the investment behaviour of Amec Foster Wheeler customers in this sector, with pressure on capital expenditure leading to a greater focus on smaller projects and operating expenditure and an increase in competition for new contracts.


This risk is mitigated by maintaining a balanced business portfolio of geographies, markets, clients and service offerings.

Improved efficiencies through increased workflow between offices and the effective use of centres of excellence and High Value Execution Centres.

Project delivery

Failing to maintain discipline and meet customer expectations on project delivery could result in damage to reputation, loss of repeat business and potentially lead to litigation and/or claims against Amec Foster Wheeler.


The Project Delivery function provides assurance, drives project execution and supports the development, training and mobilisation of personnel to enhance execution competencies.

In addition the system of globally applied policies and procedures, combined with comprehensive management oversight, the risk management process, project reviews, internal audit, peer reviews and customer feedback, mitigate the risk to successful project delivery.

Lump sum contracts

Lump sum contracts carry different risks than reimbursable contracts, with the contractor agreeing the contract price at the start of the contract and accepting the risk of cost overruns in completing the project.


This risk is mitigated by having skills and competencies fully aligned with the project scope. It is further mitigated by having a clear, delegated authority structure in place, combined with the formal global mandatory procedures relating to contracting principles and the tender review process. In addition, the Project Delivery function referred to in the project delivery risk above, perform reviews, provide assurance and drive project execution.



 

Staff recruitment and retention

An inability to attract and retain sufficient high-calibre employees could become a barrier to the continued success and growth of Amec Foster Wheeler.

Senior management departures or prolonged absences could also adversely affect our ability to implement our strategy and manage our operations efficiently.

 


This risk is mitigated with a clear Human Resources (HR) strategy, which is aligned to the business strategy and focused on attracting, developing and retaining the best people for the Group with succession planning as appropriate. It is underpinned by an employee framework which describes how we manage our people consistently.

In addition, there is a continual review of compensation and benefits to ensure sector and geographic competitiveness and there are localised recruitment teams capable of recruiting large numbers into Amec Foster Wheeler.

Amec Foster Wheeler Academy delivers development activities to enhance delivery and prepare employees for more advanced roles.

Health, safety, security and environment

Amec Foster Wheeler is involved in activities and environments that have the potential to cause serious injury to personnel or damage to property or the environment and damage to our reputation.

These activities may involve operations such as design, construction, commissioning and decommissioning, which have potential to cause serious environmental damage, pollution and habitat destruction.

 


In order to control risk and prevent harm, Amec Foster Wheeler is focused on achieving the highest standards of health, safety and security management. This is achieved through setting of an effective policy and putting in place clear standards which underpin our health, safety, security and environmental management systems.

We have put in place processes to assure that our systems work effectively throughout the organisation and health and safety performance is regularly reviewed against agreed targets to facilitate continual improvement.

Amec Foster Wheeler employs environmental and engineering specialists to support projects in implementing comprehensive project management planning at all stages of a project. These processes are governed by appropriate quality management systems and are supported by risk identification tools aimed at identifying and managing all aspects of project environmental risk.

Environmental licences

Amec Foster Wheeler's build/own/operate facilities and fabrication/manufacturing sites rely on maintaining environmental licences to operate, which includes protecting the environment and achieving legally enforceable operating parameters. Failure to maintain these standards may result in the revocation of all or part of the licence and the suspension of operation, resulting in criminal or civil action and/or financial risk to the business. Failure to maintain assets and/or pollution abatement equipment may result in a failure to meet legally-binding objectives and targets for the operation.


Environmental management systems are in place to monitor and mitigate this risk.

Planned preventative maintenance schedules are in place to further mitigate this risk.

Information technology (IT)

Amec Foster Wheeler is exposed to the risk that the IT systems on which it relies fail and/or that sensitive data held by the Group is lost due to ineffective data governance or as a result of unauthorised access to Amec Foster Wheeler systems or malware attacks.


Appropriate controls are in place to mitigate the risk of systems failure and data loss, including systems back-up procedures, data security breach response plan, disaster recovery plans and globally distributed data centres providing a secure and reliable environment for hosting critical applications. There is also appropriate virus protection, malware detection and remediation, network security controls and penetration testing and encryption of mobile devices.

 

Ethical breach

A substantive ethical breach and/or non-compliance with laws or regulations could potentially lead to damage to Amec Foster Wheeler's reputation, fines, litigation and claims for compensation.

 


Amec Foster Wheeler has a number of measures in place to mitigate the risk of a substantive ethical breach and/or non-compliance with laws or regulations, including:

·      embedded policies and procedures;

·      Code of Business Conduct;

·      segregation of duties;

·      management oversight;

·      financial and operational controls;

·      independent whistle-blowing mechanism;

·      appointment of ethics and compliance officers;

·      anti-fraud and other internal audits;

·      legal team advice;

·      training programmes supporting the Code of Business Conduct and Anti-bribery and Corruption; and

·      oversight by the ethics committee of the board

Pensions

Amec Foster Wheeler operates a number of defined benefits pension schemes, where careful judgement is required in determining the assumptions for future salary and pension increases, discount rate, inflation, investment returns and member longevity. There is a risk of underestimating this liability.


This risk to Amec Foster Wheeler's pension schemes is mitigated by:

·      maintaining a relatively strong funding position over time;

·      taking advice from independent qualified actuaries and other professional advisers;

·      agreeing appropriate investment policies with the trustees; and

·      close monitoring of changes in the funding position, with reparatory action agreed with the trustees in the event that a sustained deficit emerges.

Legacy risks

Litigation and business claims from divested and non-core businesses remain a risk to Amec Foster Wheeler.

Managing non-core legacy assets until divestment may require skills that are not common to the rest of the Company.

Ground contaminants remain at some former Amec Foster Wheeler operational localities where the pollutant may have been as a result of the Company's operations, or the Company is responsible for its clean-up. There is a risk that pollution may result in a risk to human health or the environment. There is potential for civil and/or criminal action against the Company for such pollutants.


The established legacy team manages these claims with internal and external legal advice. The aim is to seek cost-effective management of litigation and promote commercially sensible settlements where appropriate.

Amec Foster Wheeler has made provisions for the legacy issues that are believed to be adequate and is not aware of any other current issues relating to disposed businesses which are likely to have a material impact. Specialist teams with the appropriate knowledge are brought in as required.

In the case of any known contaminated land, strategies have been developed to minimise the risk posed by such contaminated land, including asset management and land remediation projects and they remain under continuing review.

Asbestos liability

The legacy Foster Wheeler business is exposed to significant numbers of claims relating to alleged exposure to asbestos. The quantum of these claims is actuarially forecast each year and provisions are held against these loss projections. However there is a risk that these loss projections will be exceeded and the provisions could be inadequate to meet the liabilities.


There is a dedicated in-house finance and legal resource including a team of specialist asbestos lawyers who manage the claims, assisted by National Co-ordinating Counsel (NCC) and local counsel. A claims strategy has been developed with the NCC and regular reviews are undertaken.

The team monitors legal developments in these claims and the strategy to deal with them on a regular basis.

The quantum of these claims is actuarially forecast each year and provisions are held against the ultimate loss projections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This announcement contains a number of 'forward-looking statements' with respect to the Group's financial condition, results of operations and certain of the Group's plans and objectives.

In particular, such forward-looking statements include statements with respect to:

·     our expectations regarding the Group's financial and operating performance, including statements contained within the business review and the Outlook statements in this document, and the performance of joint ventures, associates, other investments and newly acquired businesses; 

·     intentions and expectations regarding the contracts entered into by the Group or by third parties, including new services, such as the supply of consultancy, engineering and project management services; 

·     expectations regarding the global economy and the Group's operating environment, including future market conditions and trends; 

·     revenue and growth expected from Amec Foster Wheeler's business and its expectations with respect to long term shareholder value growth;

·     our ability to acquire new contracts, expected growth prospects in and growth in its customers  generally;

·     expected benefits associated with the acquisition of Foster Wheeler; 

Forward-looking statements are sometimes, but not always, identified by their use of a date in the future or such words as "will", "anticipates", "aims", "could", "may", "should", "expects", "believes", "intends", "plans" or "targets". By their nature, forward-looking statements are inherently predictive, speculative and involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following:

·     global economic conditions or other macroeconomic developments in the geographic regions and markets in which the Group operates, including fluctuations in exchange rates;

·     changes in commodity prices which may impact demand for the Group's services;

·     the Group's exposure to the risks associated with operating in emerging markets;

·     the failure to meet customer expectations on project delivery, which could result in damage to reputation and/or loss of repeat business and potentially lead to litigation;

·     long term contracts which may be subject to early termination, variation or non-renewal provisions;

·     projects included in the Group's order book which may be delayed or cancelled;

·     lump sum contracts, which are subject to the risks associated with unanticipated modifications, technical problems and delays;

·     the loss of senior management or difficulty in attracting and retaining appropriately skilled personnel;

·     the failure to comply with health, safety and environmental laws;

·     the possibility of major safety incidents that can lead to reputational damage and increase potential liabilities;

·     obligations and liabilities relating to the Group's divested and non-core businesses;

·     the failure or security breaches of its information technology systems and/or data security; and

·     the failure to comply with anti-corruption laws and regulations, economic sanction programmes or other laws and regulations, which may result in the Group becoming subject to fines or penalties and the disruption of its business activities.

A review of the reasons why actual results and developments may differ materially from the expectations disclosed or implied within forward-looking statements can be found under the heading 'principal business and strategic risks'. All subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or any persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the factors referred to above. No assurances can be given that the forward-looking statements in this document will be realised. Subject to compliance with applicable law and regulations, the Company does not intend to update these forward-looking statements and does not undertake any obligation to do so.

 


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