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TOP NEWS: Balfour Beatty maintains interim dividend and annual outlook

16th Aug 2023 08:32

(Alliance News) - Balfour Beatty PLC on Wednesday held its interim dividend steady, as it said it continues to expect operating earnings in 2023 to be about the same as in 2022.

The London-based infrastructure construction firm said pretax profit was GBP82 million in the six months that ended June 30, ticking down from GBP83 million a year before. Underlying pretax profit, however, was GBP97 million, up 13% from GBP86 million.

Revenue rose by 9.2% to GBP4.53 billion from GBP4.15 billion.

Balfour said it remains on track for the full-year expectations that it set out in May, when the company guided for 2023 profit from operations from earnings-based businesses to be broadly in line with 2022. Underlying profit from operations from earnings-based businesses in 2022 was GBP232 million, up from GBP181 million in 2021. In the first half of 2023, it was GBP95 million, up from GBP85 million a year before.

Balfour also pointed to its pipeline of new business for confidence in its long-term outlook. Its order book stood at GBP16.4 billion on June 30, down 7.3% from GBP17.7 billion a year before.

Balfour held its interim dividend at 3.5 pence per share and said its GBP150 million share buyback is on track to be completed in the fourth quarter. Average net cash during the recent half-year was GBP695 million, down from GBP804 million a year before.

Balfour shares were down 0.6% at 344.60 pence in London early Wednesday.

By Tom Waite, Alliance News editor

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