Interserve Trading Statement
Interserve, the international support services and construction group, today
provides a trading update in advance of announcing half-year results on 15
* Good trading during the first half with increased revenues and margins
tracking as expected
* Over Â£1 billion of new work won in 2012, reinforcing strong future workload
* Continued strong cash generation
* Realised value from PFI portfolio through the recent University College
London Hospitals (UCLH) transaction
Chief Executive Adrian Ringrose commented,
"Interserve is trading well, expanding our already strong client relationships.
This is reflected in revenue growth and a healthy future workload.
Additionally, we have executed our strategy through the acquisition of BEST, a
public services business, and have unlocked further value from our PFI
The Group continues to trade well underpinned by strong cash generation.
Segmental performances remain consistent with those described in the Interim
Management Statement published on 16 May 2012.
* We have won work worth over Â£1 billion with clients including Ministry of
Justice, Alder Hey Children's Trust, Alliance Boots, Tata, Gammon-Hyundai,
William Hill, Ladbrokes, BPP, Sainsbury's, National Grid, West Yorkshire
Police Authority and the Highways Agency.
* Support Services, both UK and internationally, is progressing well with
core markets showing growth. Our efficiency improvement programme is
delivering margin gains year on year.
* Construction has performed in line with expectations, with a degree of
outperformance in the UK offsetting weakness in some international markets.
* Equipment Services is growing, led by the Far East and parts of the Middle
East with continued strong trading in Australasia. Europe, notably Ireland
and Spain, and North America remain muted.
The partial disposal of our interest in UCLH demonstrates the latent value in
our PFI portfolio. On completion this transaction will generate Â£35 million of
cash. In addition we have acquired the welfare-to-work business renamed
Interserve Working Futures, furthering our strategy of developing as a
front-line public services provider.
We have significant available debt facilities which, combined with prudent cash
management, reinforce our strong financial position.
We continue to expect stable trading in 2012, in line with market expectations.
Our medium-term growth strategy remains focused on:
* Building strong core businesses
* Expanding internationally
* Capturing new opportunities that broaden the scope of our core businesses