Wood's Profit Beats Estimates

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Wood Plc's 2018 profit topped market expectations as the British oilfield and engineering services provider trumpeted the success of its 2017 takeover of smaller rival Amec Foster Wheeler and increased revenue synergies from the deal.

Aberdeen-based Wood said on Tuesday it had secured contracts worth over $600 million following the Amec Foster deal, winning business as a combined group that neither company would have been able to do on a standalone basis. That was revised from the previously reported $500 million.

The FTSE-250 company, which provides engineering, project and technical services to industrial, energy, process and utility markets, said its annual results had benefited from favorable conditions in energy and industrial end markets.

But Wood, which warned last year that the volatility in crude prices might dampen confidence, noted that a recovery in oil and gas market was slower.

That aided Wood's adjusted earnings before interest, taxes and amortization to rise 5.4 percent, on a pro forma basis, to $630 million for 2018, coming in above a company-supplied analyst consensus estimate of $624 million.

Its order book stood at $10.3 billion, and Wood said that about 60 percent of its revenue target for the current year was secured.

Orders won recently included engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contracts with Saudi Aramco and SABIC to support their integrated crude oils-to-chemicals complex, Wood said.

Wood, which provides engineering, project and technical services to industrial, energy, process and utility markets, said separately that Ian Marchant would resign as chairman in the next 12 months.

"There is a very positive medium-term outlook for Wood's broader end markets," Marchant said.

(Reporting by Muvija M in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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