2017 Annual Results

01/03/18

2017 Annual Results

Solid 2017 Full-year results, with 2.2% organic revenue growth



2017 Key Figures

   2017 Full-year results in line with guidance

   Revenue of EUR 4,689 million in 2017, up 3.1% year-on-year, with organic growth of +2.2%

   H2 acceleration confirmed with 3.0% organic growth

   Adjusted operating profit of EUR 746 million in 2017, up 1.4%; adjusted operating margin of 15.9%; 16.1% organically

   Adjusted net profit of EUR 416 million (EUR0.95/share), up 1.7%

   Free Cash Flow of EUR 350 million, up 3.2% organically vs. 2016

   Proposed dividend of 56 cents per share [1] , up 9.8% over 2 years 

 

 

2018 Outlook

   Full-year 2018 organic revenue growth to accelerate vs. full-year 2017

   Full-year 2018 adjusted operating margin to slightly improve at constant currency 
vs. full‑year 2017

   Full-year cash flow generation to improve at constant currency vs. full-year 2017

 

2020 Ambition Reaffirmed

   Strategy execution well underway

   Growth Initiatives generated 6.9% organic growth in 2017

   c.50% of 2020 external growth ambition achieved, including 9 acquisitions in 2017 and 
2 YTD

   Digital transformation accelerating across the Group

 

Didier Michaud-Daniel, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

 

“In 2017, as presented during our Investor Days, we have made significant progress in the execution of our Strategic Plan, with a focus on Group diversification well underway.

Over the past year, we continued to deploy our ambitious transformation plan. 
We streamlined the Group’s organization enabling a quicker decision-making process. We have reinforced our focus to place our clients’ challenges at the heart of our marketing and sales approach. In addition, we are making good progress with the Group digital transformation.

Bureau Veritas' expansion strategy in targeted sectors and countries is delivering results and is making the Group more resilient. Our 5 Growth Initiatives, now representing a third of Group revenue, generated 6.9% organic growth in 2017. We have pursued our external growth through nine targeted acquisitions, all supporting our Growth Initiatives and adding around EUR 150 million of annualized revenue.

The accelerated growth in 2017, which we expect to continue in 2018, reinforces the management’s confidence in achieving the 2020 ambition”.

2017 Key Figures

The Board of Directors of Bureau Veritas met on February 28, 2018 and approved the financial statements for 2017. The main consolidated financial items are:

 

 In EUR millions

2017

2016

Change  

  @cc

Revenue

 4,689.4

 4,549.2

+3.1%

+4.7%

Adjusted operating profit (a)

 745.5

 734.9

+1.4%

+4.0%

Adjusted operating margin

15.9%

16.2%

(25)bp

(15)bp

Operating profit

 606.3

 609.7

(0.6)%

+3.4%

Adjusted net profit (a)

 416.1

 409.0

+1.7%

+6.6%

Net profit

 308.0

 319.4

(3.6)%

+2.5%

Adjusted EPS (a)

0.95

0.94

+1.1%

+6.7%

EPS

0.71

0.73

(2.7)%

+2.7%

Operating cash flow (a)

 581.2

 594.4

(2.2)%

+2.2%

Free Cash Flow (a)

 349.6

 362.5

(3.6)%

+5.3%

Adjusted net financial debt (a)

 2,094.4

 1,996.4

+4.9%

(a) Financial indicators not defined by IFRS presented in Appendix 5

 



[1] Proposed dividend, subject to Shareholders’ Meeting approval on May 15, 2018.


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