Group Five expects drop in headline earnings per share

03 February 2015

Construction company Group Five expects its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31 to be between 40% and 50% lower than the comparative period the year before, owing to a disappointing performance from its engineering and construction cluster.

The company expected to report HEPS of between 102c and 122c for the six months under review, compared with 204c in the six months ended December 2013.

The company attributed the engineering and construction cluster’s poor performance to lower trade owing to a subdued order intake during the period; contract losses within civil engineering, and restructuring costs incurred by the civil engineering segment.

Group Five further expected its fully diluted earnings a share to be between 108c and 127c – between 35% and 45% lower than the 200c reported in the prior comparative period.

New Contract
Group Five has, meanwhile, been awarded a R4.6-billion ($400-million) engineering, procurement and construction contract for the 350 MW gas- and oil-fired combined-cycle Kpone independent power project (IPP), in Ghana, by project owner Cenpower Generation Company.

“As a result of this award, the group’s engineering and construction order book improved materially from that reported on November 17,” the company noted.

By: Megan Van Wyngaardt

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