PRESS RELEASE based on art.11 of KB 14 Nov. 2007 regarding the issue of a denominated bond and according to Belgian GAAP
Zwijndrecht, 11 April 2014 – In 2013, DEME reached a turnover of EUR 2.5 billion in 2013. Compared to the previous year, this represents an increase of 31.7 % and a record turnover. EBITDA (Belgian GAAP) increased by 20.20 % to EUR 365.9 million, and net profit (share of the group Belgian GAAP) amounted to EUR 101.4 million, an increase of 7.63 % compared to 2012. The order book - well spread worldwide across all activities – stayed at a high level of 3.0 billion per 31.12.2013.
During the general meeting of shareholders on May 2nd 2014, the Board of Directors of DEME will propose a gross dividend of 7.78 euro per share, representing a net dividend of 5.84 euro and a total distribution of 35,306,418 euro. After distribution, the retained earnings of DEME N.V. will amount to 83,516,273 euro.
The Statutory Auditor, Deloitte Bedrijfsrevisoren, represented by Mr. Luc Van Coppenolle, has confirmed that the audit procedures of the consolidated financial statements are substantially completed. He has no reservations as to the accounting information reported in this press release that is in line with the financial statements as approved by the Board of Directors.
EVOLUTION OF THE REVENUE
Although world economies are facing sluggish growth and experiencing major difficulties in overcoming the recession, DEME maintained a high level of activity in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Africa and South America.
Major ongoing projects in Qatar for port infrastructure and in Australia for energy and mining clients confirm DEME’s prominent position in these markets.
Specialized marine and offshore engineering companies GeoSea, Tideway and Scaldis saw business expanding, owing to the rapid growth of the renewable energy market and oil and gas-related developments on several continents.
Environmental specialist DEC managed to maintain its position in a challenging and highly competitive market.
DEME’s orderbook fell to 3.0 billion euro at the end of 2013, compared to 3.3 billion euro at the end of 2012. This decline was to be expected after the two large projects won in 2012 entered in production in 2013. During 2013, however, DEME won several large contracts, both in dredging and in its more specialist business areas.
At the end of 2013, DEME obtained several contracts in France and Germany.
In France, SDI (Société de Dragage International) was awarded a dredging contract for the second phase of the deepening of the Seine. SDI further obtained the contract for maintenance works in the port of Bayonne. Finally SDI will execute for Le Grand Port Maritime de La Réunion the extension works in Port Est. This is the second phase of the extension works of which the first phase was also executed by SDI.
In Germany, NORDSEE obtained a contract for deepening works in the Port of Bremen. NORDSEE also obtained a maintenance contract on a stretch of 100 km on the Rhine in Duisburg.
In Nigeria, Dredging International obtained a major contract to build a new dock in Onne for logistic services for oil & gas companies.
In Brazil, Dredging International signed a new contract with Porto Sudeste do Brasil for dredging works at the Bay of Sepetiba in Itagai.
Operating result followed a trend similar to revenue, namely an increase of 34.2 % compared to 2012. (145.3 million euro end 2012 versus 195.0 million euro end 2013). Following ongoing major projects contributed to this result.
In Australia, two massive dredging projects, the Western Basin LNG development in Gladstone (Queensland) and the Wheatstone LNG project in Onslow (West Australia), were operating at full tilt in the course of last year. The Gladstone project ended well ahead of schedule while the Wheatstone LNG Project is to be completed by 2015.
In 2013, operations in the Middle East were driven by two large, challenging projects in Abu Dhabi and in Qatar both executed by MEDCO (Middle East Dredging Company), a joint company of DEME, UDC and Qatar Holding. In Abu Dhabi, the construction of two offshore artificial energy islands 120 km offshore for the development of the Satah Al Razboot offshore oil field was completed. The construction of these two islands is a world first.
The second massive project is the construction of the access channel to the New Port, south of Doha in Qatar, including the new Naval Base, which is situated on a nearshore artificial island north of the access channel.
In Asia, DIAP (Dredging International Asia Pacific) was awarded a Design and Build contract for a land reclamation as an extension to Jurong Island for the account of Singapore Government’s largest industrial landlord JTC (the Jurong Town Corporation). This project will be executed over the coming 5 years.
GeoSea will undertake in 2014 and 2015 works on 8 offshore windfarm projects:
Northwind (Belgium), Baltic 2 (Germany), Godewind (Germany), Westermost Rough (UK), Borkum Riffgrund 1 (Germany), Amrunbank West (Germany), Butendiek (Germany) and Kentish Flats Extension (UK).
On the market for environmental remediation, DEC (DEME Environmental Contractors), has been active in a number of European countries. In Belgium, ‘Terranova’, a 140 ha formerly polluted redevelopment site North of Ghent, is now home to one of the largest solar parks in Europe. The solar park boasts 20 hectares of solar panels and an injection capacity of 15 MW providing more than 4,000 households with green electricity.
With the market drivers being the crucial energy issue, climate change and the growth in global trade, DEME is committed to developing its specialist activities and solutions, which include services to the offshore oil and gas production industry and offshore (renewable) energy sector, the extraction of seabed aggregates (including sand, gravel and minerals) and services which lead to a cleaner environment (soil, silt and water treatment).
Despite an increase in financial charges and in tax expense, the consolidated profit (share of the group), rose sharply to 101.4 million euro compared to 94.2 million euro in 2012.
The investment plan initiated in 2008 has now been completed, with the last disbursements made in early 2013. Net financial debt has decreased to a level of 627.1 million euro compared to 649.0 million euro end 2012 (Belgian GAAP). Begin 2013, DEME issued a 6 year corporate bond for a total amount of 200 million euro.
The Belgian dredging, hydraulic engineering and environmental group DEME has earned itself a prominent position on the world market in a few highly specialist and complex hydraulic disciplines. Having started out with dredging operations and reclamation, the group diversified into hydraulic projects at sea, services to oil and gas companies, the installation of offshore wind farms, environmental activities such as soil remediation and sludge recycling, and revalidation of brownfields and wreck clearance. Its multi-disciplinary know-how and experience, project synergies and integrated business structure allowed DEME to grow into a global solutions provider. The Group owns one of the most modern, high-tech and versatile fleets for dredging and hydraulic engineering activities. DEME employs 4,500 people. In 2013 the Group realised a turnover of EUR 2.5 billion.
Ann Wittemans, Communications Manager, T +32 3 210 67 94, M +32 470 88 04 71