EANS-News: Strabag SE Trading Statement Q3: Full-year outlook raised on output volume

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Vienna - The publicly listed European-based technology partner for construction services STRABAG SE today announced its figures for the first nine months of 2019 along with an outlook on the 2019 full year with an updated output volume.

"After nine months, we see ourselves confirmed in our assessment for business development in 2019. Given the high demand in almost all of our core markets, we are now even more optimistic about the output volume and expect to at least reach the record level of the previous year," says Thomas Birtel, CEO of STRABAG SE.

Output volume
STRABAG SE generated revenue of EUR 12,150.23 million in the first nine months of the 2019 financial year. This upward movement of 4 % reflects the high demand in all of the group's core markets with the exception of Slovakia. The development was shaped particularly by growth in Germany and Austria as well as in transportation infrastructures in Poland and Hungary, but also by the already expected decline resulting from the loss of a key account in the German property and facility services segment.

Order backlog
The order backlog as at 30 September 2019 weakened slightly on the year, falling by 2 % to EUR 17,733.68 million, but clearly exceeded the value of one year's output volume and so remained at a very high level. Declines were seen in Hungary, Austria and Slovakia, for example, as work progressed on numerous major projects in these countries. This development was contrasted by the substantial expansion of an existing order in the United Kingdom and a significant increase in the order backlog in the Czech Republic. The projects acquired in 2019 include the construction of a section of the D35 motorway and the modernisation of several railway lines in the Czech Republic, the upgrading of bridges on Germany's A9 motorway near Allersberg, two mining contracts for the El Teniente mine in Chile, the transportation infrastructure and civil engineering works for the Boll-Sinneringen bypass in Switzerland, the rehabilitation of the southern section of Budapest's M3 metro line in Hungary, and the construction of a wastewater pumping station in Qatar and a pumped storage power plant in Dubai.

In line with the increased output volume in the group's core markets, STRABAG increased the number of employees by 3 %, or 2,100 persons, to 76,875. Staff was added especially in Poland and Austria, while the other markets exhibited inconsistent trends.

For the current 2019 financial year, STRABAG now expects to generate an output volume at least as high as the record of the previous year of EUR 16.3 billion. The previous assessment only expected to exceed the EUR 16.0 billion mark. By segments, the group continues to expect a decline in International + Special Divisions and growth in North + West and South + East. The forecast for an EBIT margin of at least 3.3 % remains in place, as does the outlook for net investments (cash flow from investing activities), which should reach a maximum of EUR 550 million in 2019.

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issuer: STRABAG SE
Donau-City-Straße 9
A-1220 Wien
phone: +43 1 22422 -0
FAX: +43 1 22422 - 1177
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WWW: www.strabag.com
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