EANS-News: Strabag SE adjusts outlook 2018 upwards

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  • Output volume expected to clearly exceed € 15 billion
  • Targeted EBIT margin of at least 3.3 %

Earnings Forecast/Quarterly Report

Vienna - Publicly listed construction company STRABAG SE has adjusted upwards its outlook for the full year on the occasion of the publication of the nine-month figures for 2018:

"Dynamic growth in our by far largest market of Germany; continued good demand in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe; favourable construction weather all around; no more earnings burdens from our international business - this has been the year to date. With developments such as these, we are adjusting our outlook for the 2018 full year: We now expect the output volume to clearly exceed EUR 15.0 billion and the operating EBIT margin to attain at least last year's level of 3.3 %. These forecasts lead us to anticipate another record year," says Thomas Birtel, CEO of STRABAG SE. He also points out that the operating margin does not include a positive non-operating one-off in the double-digit million euro range resulting from the full consolidation of a concession company in Germany.

Output volume and revenue

STRABAG SE generated an output volume of EUR 11,645.81 million in the first nine months of the 2018 financial year. This upwards movement of 12 % was driven especially by the German building construction and civil engineering business as well as by the markets in Americas, Austria and Poland. The consolidated group revenue grew by 14 %.

Order backlog

The order backlog increased by 13 % over the level of 30 September 2017 to EUR 18,161.02 million. Contributing to this development once more were numerous new large orders in the group's largest markets, above all in Germany, Poland and Hungary. A significant development, too, was the contract extension for the Alto Maipo tunnelling project in Chile in the second quarter of 2018 with a value in the triple-digit million-euro range.

Financial performance

The earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) grew by 27 % to EUR 571.43 million in the first nine months of 2018. This includes a positive non-operating one-off resulting from the full consolidation by STRABAG of the German concession company PANSUEVIA that operates the A8 motorway in Germany. The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) required the previous 50 % interest to be revalued through profit or loss ("step-up"). The adjusted EBITDA stood at EUR 516.12 million (+15 %).

Depreciation and amortisation was down by 2 %, which resulted in a 75 % plus in the earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) to EUR 298.89 million. Adjusted for the above-mentioned non-recurring item, the EBIT settled at EUR 243.58 million with an EBIT margin of 2.3 %. A third-quarter comparison also showed increases in the adjusted EBITDA (6 %) and the adjusted EBIT (10 %). The net interest income reached EUR -10.49 million, compared to EUR -34.69 million in the first nine months of the previous year. While last year's figure had been influenced by negative internal exchange rate differences, these differences were now positive. The earnings before taxes (EBT) more than doubled, as did the income tax level, which left a net income of EUR 187.76 million (+116 %).

The third-party share grew slightly from EUR 4.65 million to EUR 9.43 million. Overall this resulted in a net income after minorities of EUR 178.33 million, compared to EUR 82.10 million in the same period last year. With 102,600,000 outstanding shares, this corresponds to earnings per share of EUR 1.74 (9M/2017:
EUR 0.80).

Financial position and cash flows

The balance sheet grew from EUR 11.1 billion on 31 December 2017 to EUR 11.5 billion at the end of the third quarter, influenced by the increased shareholding in PANSUEVIA from 50 % to 100 % and the subsequent full consolidation. This also explains the growth of the non-current financial liabilities. Another influential factor were the higher trade receivables, which increased especially as a result of the reclassification of real estate project developments as required by the first-time adoption of IFRS 15. Despite the balance sheet growth, the equity ratio remained at a high level of 30.3 % compared to 30.7 % at the end of 2017. The net cash position decreased, as is seasonally usual, from EUR 1,335.04 million at 31 December 2017 to EUR 517.00 million (30 September 2017: EUR 14.62 million).

The cash flow from operating activities fell despite the higher cash flow from earnings from EUR -84.97 million to EUR -108.88 million due to the stronger working capital increase as compared to the previous year. The cash flow from investing activities, at EUR -472.56 million, was 96 % more negative, due in part to the higher investments in property, plant and equipment and because of the PANSUEVIA transaction. The repayment of a bond and the acquisition of the minority shares of the now delisted German subsidiary STRABAG AG influenced the cash flow from financing activities, which reached EUR -436.64 million after EUR -198.85 million in the first nine months of the previous year.

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issuer: STRABAG SE
Donau-City-Straße 9
A-1220 Wien
phone: +43 1 22422 -0
FAX: +43 1 22422 - 1177
mail: investor.relations@strabag.com
WWW: www.strabag.com
ISIN: AT000000STR1, AT0000A05HY9
indexes: WBI, ATX, SATX
stockmarkets: Wien
language: English

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Rückfragen & Kontakt:

STRABAG SE
Diana Neumüller-Klein
Head of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
Tel: +43 1 22422-1116
diana.klein@strabag.com

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