Press release
14.11.2019

Results at the end of September 2019

• Work-on-hand: €9.1 billion, up 4% at constant exchange rates, excluding Smac

• Revenue : €10.2 billion, up 6% at constant scope and exchange rates

• Current operating profit: €223 million, up €59 million

• Net profit attributable to the Group: €140 million (vs €111 million)

The Board of Directors of Colas, chaired by Mr. Olivier Roussat, met on November 12, 2019 to examine the situation as of September 30, 2019 and outlook for the current year. 

Consolidated key figures

 

in millions of euros

At September 30

 

Change

At constant scope and exchange rates

2018 (a)

2019 (a)

Consolidated revenue

9,602

10,182

+6%

+6%

of which France

4,691

4,885

+4%

+10%

of which International

4,911

5,297

+8%

+2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current operating profit

164

223

+59

Current operating profit after Leases (b) 

156

212

+56

Operating profit

164

223

+59

Operating profit after Leases (b)

156

212

 

+56

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net profit attributable to the Group

111

140

+29

Net surplus cash / (Net debt) (b)

(1,262)

(1,220)

 - 42

(a) The consolidated financial statements at September 30, 2019 have been prepared in accordance with IFRS 16 (Leases) and IFRIC Interpretation 23 (Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatment). The consolidated financial statements at September 30, 2018 are presented proforma.

(b) See definitions in glossary on page 5.

Revenue

Consolidated revenue at September 30, 2019 amounted to €10.2 billion, up 6% compared to September 30, 2018 (also +6% at constant scope and exchange rates). France accounted for €4.9 billion (+4% and +10% at constant scope and exchange rates) and the International units accounted for €5.3 billion (+8% and +2 % at constant scope and exchange rates).

Roads:

Consolidated revenue from the Roads segment amounted to €9.1 billion at September 30, 2019, up 8% (+5% at constant scope and exchange rates):

• in a dynamic business environment, revenue in Mainland France was up 10%, in line with market trends;

• revenue in Europe increased a slight 3% (+2% at constant scope and exchange rates), boosted by the United Kingdom and Ireland;

• revenue in North America is up 8%. At constant scope and exchange rates, revenue rose 1%, as an increase in the United States offset a decrease in Canada, due to the economic slowdown in Alberta;

• in the Rest of the World (International and French Overseas, excluding Europe and North America), revenue was up 4% (+3% at constant scope and exchange rates), mainly in Africa and the French Caribbean.

Railways and other Specialties:

Revenue at September 30, 2019 totaled €1.1 billion, down 8% but up 11% at constant scope and exchange rates (Smac was sold to OpenGate Capital in May), boosted by strong growth at Colas Rail.

Financial Performance

In the first nine months of 2019, current operating profit increased €59 million at €223 million, compared to €164 million in the first nine months of 2018. Excluding seasonal losses at Miller McAsphalt in January and February 2019 - two months which were not consolidated in 2018, the increase totals €87 million.

This improvement is mainly due to the good performance of Mainland France’s Road segment as well as to Colas Rail’s return to a breakeven point.

The share of income from associates and joint ventures amounted to €32 million at the end of September 2019 compared to €22 million at the end of September 2018, due to good results of Tipco Asphalt.

Net profit attributable to the Group totaled €140 million at September 30, 2019, up €29 million from September 30, 2018.

Net surplus cash / Net debt

Net debt at September 30, 2019 amounted to €1,220 million, down €42 million compared to September 30, 2018 (€1,262 million).

Work-on-hand

Work-on-hand at the end of September 2019 totaled €9.1 billion, up 4% at constant exchange rates, excluding Smac. In Mainland France, work-on-hand (€3.3 billion) is up 7% excluding Smac, whereas work-on-hand in the international and overseas units (€5.8 billion) is up 3% at constant exchange rates, excluding Alpic Catenaries.

Outlook 2019

Revenue is expected to increase slightly, thanks to the good performance of the Roads segment, despite the impact of the sale of Smac.

Current operating profit is expected to improve, due to strong business in France, the recovery of Colas Rail's profitability and the sale of Smac.

Condensed consolidated income statement for the third quarter

 

in millions of euros

Third quarter

Change

2018

2019

Revenue

4,241

4,348

 +3%

Current operating profit

331

359

+28

Current operating profit after Leases

329

356

+27

Non-current expenses

0

0

0

Operating profit

331

359

+28

Operating profit after Leases

329

356

+27

Net profit attributable to the Group

240

242

+2

Revenue at September 30 by business segment

in millions of euros

At 30/09/2018

At

30/09/2019

Change

Change at constant scope and exchange rates

Roads Mainland France

3,671

4,052

+10%

+10%

Roads Europe

1,336

1,381

+3%

+2%

Road North America

2,492

2,689

+8%

+1%

Roads Rest of the World

932

968

+4%

+3%

Total Roads

8,431

9,090

+8%

+5%

Railways and other Specialized Activities

1,153

1,062

-8%

+11%

Parent company

18

29

ns

ns

TOTAL

9,602

10,182

+6%

+6%


Glossary

Work-on-hand: the amount of work still to be done on projects for which a firm order has been taken, i.e. the contract has been signed and has taken effect (after notice to proceed has been issued and suspensory clauses have been lifted).

Changes in revenue at constant scope and exchange rates:

- at constant exchange rates: change after translating foreign-currency sales for the current period at the exchange rates for the comparative period;

- at constant scope: change in revenue for the periods compared, adjusted as follows:

• for acquisitions, by deducting from the current period those sales of the acquired entity that have no equivalent during the comparative period;

• for divestments, by deducting from the comparative period those sales of the divested entity that have no equivalent during the current period.

Current operating profit after Leases: current operating profit, after interest expense on lease obligations.

Operating profit after Leases: operating profit, after interest expense on lease obligations.

Net surplus cash/(Net debt): the aggregate of cash and cash equivalents, overdrafts and short-term bank borrowings, non-current and current debt, and financial instruments. Net surplus cash/(Net debt) does not include non-current and current lease obligations. A positive figure represents net surplus cash and a negative figure represents net debt.

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