Sharechat Logo

Downer's first-half NZ revenue flatlines as Hawkins, utilities make up for slower transport sales

Thursday 7th February 2019

Text too small?

Downer EDI's New Zealand business reported flat first-half sales as gains from its Hawkins construction and utilities businesses made up for weaker sales from transport infrastructure. 

Sydney-based Downer's revenue from the New Zealand and the Pacific Islands was largely unchanged at A$1.21 billion in the six months ended Dec. 31, lagging behind a group wide gain of 8.6 percent to generate sales of A$6.6 billion. 

The New Zealand transport division, which spans road and rail construction and maintenance, reported an 8.6 percent decline in revenue to A$499.7 million and noted a weaker performance from local transport infrastructure as weighing on earnings. 

The company still sees good prospects for transport infrastructure on both sides of the Tasman, but said the cost of bidding can be high and project risk can be significant. 

The Kiwi utilities business, covering electricity, water, gas and telecommunication infrastructure, posted an 8.5 percent increase in revenue to A$229.9 million, while its facilities unit, which includes the Hawkins construction company, lifted revenue 6.6 percent to A$477.2 million. 

Downer bought Hawkins in 2017 for A$55.4 million, expanding its presence in New Zealand and gaining capability in 'vertical' construction, a segment in which many local firms have struggled to maintain profitability over the past year. 

The company said there is a big pipeline of work for power and gas utilities in New Zealand and Australia, whereas large telecommunications projects are coming to an end. Still, increasing data usage will keep driving demand in that sector. 

Group net profit of A$141.4 million compared to a loss of A$15.9 million a year earlier, and the company increased its annual earnings guidance to A$352 million from an earlier forecast of A$335 million. Underlying earnings rose 24 percent to A$163.4 million in the six months ended Dec. 31. 

Downer's board declared an interim dividend of 14 Australian cents per share, up from 13 cents a year earlier. It will be paid on March 21 with a record date of Feb. 21. 

The ASX-listed shares fell 3.6 percent to A$7.285, and have gained 7.5 percent so far this year. 


  General Finance Advertising    

Comments from our readers

No comments yet

Add your comment:
Your name:
Your email:
Not displayed to the public
Comments to Sharechat go through an approval process. Comments which are defamatory, abusive or in some way deemed inappropriate will not be approved. It is allowable to use some form of non-de-plume for your name, however we recommend real email addresses are used. Comments from free email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc may not be approved.

Related News:

Kingfish exits Michael Hill to focus on A2, F&P Healthcare and Mainfreight
Less than half of customers say banks can be trusted
24th April 2019 Morning Report
Ardern, Macron to chair meeting to stop social media's use in terrorism
Trade Me hires Schibsted exec Anders Skoe as new CEO
NZ dollar weaker as fears of US slowdown ease
NZ dollar weaker as fears of US slowdown ease
MARKET CLOSE: NZX50 tops 10,000, growing 284% in past decade
NZ dollar little changed ahead of Australian CPI data
NZX50 cracks 10,000 level as weak kiwi boosts A2, F&P Healthcare

IRG See IRG research reports