Year end trading update - 5 January 2021
05 January 2021
Costain, the smart infrastructure solutions company, today issues a trading update for year ended 31 December 2020.
Since announcing interim results on 14 September 2020, the Group in responding to Covid-19 has continued to operate productively with effective safety measures in place across all contracts. The Group’s underlying trading has remained profitable with good cash generation. New work has also continued to be secured, in line with the Group’s strategic ambitions. The Board therefore expects to report full year results in line with expectations.
The year-end order book stands at £4.2 billion (31 December 2019: £4.2 billion), with c £1,020 million secured for 2021 (c £940 million secured for 2020 at end of FY19). The Group has a strong year-end net cash position of £102.5 million, ahead of expectations, (31 December 2019: £64.9 million) comprising £89.5 million of cash, £61.0 million share of cash in joint operations and £48.0 million of drawn debt. The average month-end net cash balance for the second half was £100.8 million (2019 full year: £41.2 million).
The Group will be announcing its results for the year ended 31 December 2020 on 9 March 2021.
Costain Tel: 01628 842 444
Alex Vaughan, Chief Executive Officer
Helen Willis, Chief Financial Officer
Sara Lipscombe, Group Communications Director
MHP Communications Tel: 020 3128 8658
Peter Hewer [email protected]
Notes to Editors
Costain helps to improve people’s lives with integrated, leading edge, smart infrastructure solutions across the UK’s transportation, water, energy and defence markets. We help our clients improve their business performance by increasing capacity, improving customer service, safeguarding security, enhancing resilience, decarbonising and delivering increased efficiency. Our vision is to be the UK’s leading smart infrastructure solutions company. We will achieve this by focusing on blue chip clients whose major spending plans are underpinned by strategic national needs, regulatory commitments, legislation or essential performance requirements. We offer our clients leading edge solutions that are digitally optimised through the following five services which cover the whole lifecycle of their assets: future-shaping strategic consultancy; consultancy and advisory; digital technology solutions; asset optimisation and complex programme delivery. Our culture and values underpin everything we do.