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APPR Q3 update
21 Oct 16
APRR released its revenue and traffic update for the 9-month and Q3 periods. For the 9-month period: Excluding Construction, APRR’s consolidated revenue totalled €1,781.9m, an increase of 5.3% from €1,692.7m a year earlier. Toll revenues were up 5.4% at €1,641.8m, supported by a 3.6% increase in LV traffic and a +4.9% increase in HV traffic. Revenue from retail facilities, telecommunication and other were up 1%. For the third quarter: Excluding Construction, APRR’s consolidated revenue totalled €665.4m, an increase of 4.6% from €635.9m a year earlier. Toll revenues were up 4.7% at €617.0m, supported by a 3.6% increase in LV traffic and a +2.7% increase in HV traffic. Revenue from retail facilities, telecommunication and other were up 2%.
H1 16 results: EBIT margin improvement and order book back on track
01 Sep 16
- Consolidated revenues €6.5bn, -1.6% (-2% lfl); - EBIT +13.6% with operating margin improvement (+104bp to 10.4%) with the contribution of contracting; - Net profit attributable to holders of the parent +68% to €133m (despite higher restructuring costs mainly at Metallic Construction); - Net debt: -€0.4bn over 12 months and +€0.3bn since 01/01/2016; - Order book: €12.1bn, up 1.6% (+4.7% excluding BPL) since 01/01/2016 (12.8 months activities); - Increase in liquidity to €2.4bn at 30/06/2016 (vs €2.1bn at 30/06/2015). Eiffage reiterated its guidance for a FY 16 increase in net attributable profit. Post-closing event: 3 acquisitions of medium.
Excellent H1 16 traffic, question marks after the Brexit vote and Nice's terrorist attacks
22 Jul 16
H1 16 traffic (number of kms travelled) +4.1% vs H1 15 with: Light vehicles +3.7% Heavy vehicles +6% Excluding Construction, Q2 16 APRR’s consolidated revenue: €575.7m + 4.6% (+€25m) Q2 16 traffic +1.8% with: Light vehicle +0.7% (unfavourable calendar effects) after +6.5% in Q1 15 (favourable weather effect) Heavy vehicles +8% (favourable calendar effects and traffic diversions linked to bad weather) after +3.9% in Q1 15
Excellent Q1 16 performance of toll roads
20 Apr 16
APRR released yesterday Q1 16 traffic figures after the market close. They are excellent (vs. Q1 15): + 6.5%, of which LV (light vehicles) +3.9% and HV (heavy vehicles) +3.9%. Traffic revenues: €506m, +6.8% (last tariff increase 01/04/2016), of which toll roads +7%. The annual contractual revision of tariffs agreed with the French State has translated from 01/02/2016 into an average increase of 1.23% and 1.27% respectively for light and heavy vehicles.
The dividend signal sent to the market
25 Feb 16
FY 15 performance is globally in line with expectations and slightly above our FY 15 forecasts (much above for the dividend) with the 2.8% decline of the order book as the only downside (+1.6% for Q4 15). A 25% increase in the dividend will be proposed, to €1.50 (AV forecast €1.25). FY 16 guidance: a small decline in consolidated revenues and a new increase in net profit (new contribution of lower D&A and lower financial expenses).
19 Nov 15
Eiffage has presented its reorganisation targets (only two head offices) and its management's tools based on digitalisation: - they respond to the most demanding requests in tenders (BIM); - they are the basis for cost control and efficiency; - they should enhance the efforts to improve margins. However, for 2015/16, the hefty costs implied by the restructuring should swallow the benefits. FY 15 guidance is unchanged. The newsflow should be rich in Q4 15 with the expected announcement in c.10 days of the results on the first bids for Grand Paris (Eiffage is the preferred bidder for at least one project, some PPPs and Eole). However, the expected revenues from these offers will not change the size of the group until at least 2017/18. These offers would be won in a price-pressured context but they have no lump sum risks. The recovery in civil works in France is still not here, the Real estate division is maintaining its size and the Energy division is being reorganised to align its EBIT margins on Vinci Energy’s. New progress is expected in financing costs.
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Fighting the waves
25 Oct 16
Management action in response to a tough trading climate and falling profits should contribute to a sound recovery in profits next year. Following share price weakness, the group is valued at a substantial discount to both the broking market leader Clarkson and to other peers. Meanwhile, if the dividend can be held, the shares offer a well above-average yield, pending an eventual improvement in trading conditions.
21 Oct 16
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FY17 expectations unchanged. Interim dividend maintained
25 Oct 16
Interims reflect tough markets which impacted Technical. Shipbroking delivered a resilient result and Logistics has performed well. The interim dividend has been held at 9.0p. The group anticipate an improvement in H2. The Board’s expectations for the year are unchanged based upon the strength of the order book due in H2, its ongoing market coverage and the benefits of action taken previously. We have retained our FY2017 PBT forecast of £8.7m and a maintained dividend. We reiterate our Buy and adjust our TP to 450p.
Doing things differently
25 Oct 16
Growing pains have impacted on its operational performance (EBIT margins 5.8% FY15 vs 12.2% FY13) and the HSS Hire valuation is at distressed levels (price to book 0.4x vs 1.3x at the time of the float). As the top-line catches up with the expanded cost base and the roll-out of the NDEC leads to greater efficiencies, margins and returns will rebound. Historical experience has shown that price to book ratios typically match these improvements (see Ashtead FY08-FY15, price to book expanded +196%). Therefore, we see scope for material upside in the share price as the expected operational recovery to progress. Our 12 month target of 115p equates to a 0.8x price to net operating assets
Risks discounted leaving significant upside
18 Oct 16
FY 2016 sales grew strongly at +22% but EPS growth lagged at +3% (our revised forecast -1%) as staff attrition and significant investment in new services held back profitability. Conversion of profit into cash improved significantly, at 240% in H2, as shorter payment terms and a lower level of extensions also benefited. We make no major changes to our forecasts and reiterate our view that Utilitywise is at the forefront of a changing energy market, supported by investment in innovative technology. The current valuation is entirely focused on the short-term challenges and ignores the growth potential supported by the new services.