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Results in-line with expectations

Released 07:00 06-Mar-2018

RNS Number : 7448G
Aggreko PLC
06 March 2018
 

    AGGREKO PLC

 RESULTS FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS

ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2017

6 MARCH 2018

 

Results in-line with expectations; investing for growth

 

Chris Weston, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"I am pleased that we are seeing revenue growth return, with strong performances in both Rental Solutions and Power Solutions Industrial. As expected, the challenges in Power Solutions Utility held back the Group overall.

 

"Over the last three years we have stabilised the business, enhanced our service offering and positioned ourselves to prosper in rapidly changing energy markets. We have delivered over £100 million in cost savings, invested in new systems and processes and developed new technology, all of which enables us to provide high quality solutions for customers.  We expect 2018 Group profit before tax to be in line with last year, on a constant currency basis."

 

Financial highlights

·      Group revenue of £1,730 million, up 4% excluding the impact of currency and pass-through fuel;

·      Operating profit (pre-exceptional items) down 10% excluding the impact of currency and pass-through fuel;

·      On the same basis and excluding the impact of legacy contracts in Argentina, revenue was up 9%1 and operating profit was up 13%1;

·      Profit before tax and exceptional items of £195 million in line with expectations (2016: £221 million);

·      Full year dividend maintained at 27.12 pence;

·      Improved operating cash inflow of £450 million (2016: £388 million), as the working capital initiative begins to deliver results;

·      Financial position of the Group remains strong, with net debt to EBITDA of 1.2 times (2016: 1.2 times).

 

Business Unit commentary

·      Rental Solutions returns to growth; underlying4 revenue up 9%, with £23 million benefit from hurricanes in North America;

·      Power Solutions Industrial underlying4 revenue increased 20%, driven by Eurasia;

·      Power Solutions Utility underlying1,4 revenue flat excluding Argentina;

·      Group average megawatts on hire across the year of 6,613 MW (2016: 6,571 MW).

 

Operational initiatives

·      Delivered over £100 million in cost savings and invested £20 million in new systems over the past three years, positioning the business for future growth;

·      Focusing on growth opportunities through our new business unit Global Solutions, with over £52 million, including the acquisition of Younicos, invested in 2017;

·      We are well positioned to provide modular, flexible, data driven energy, using our existing fleet, combined with Younicos' integration and data capabilities.

 

Group performance[1]

 

£M

 

2017 PRE-EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS[2]

 

2016 PRE-EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS2

 

 

 

CHANGE

 

CHANGE EXCL. PASS-THROUGH FUEL[3]  & CURRENCY[4]

Group revenue

1,730

1,515

14%

4%

Operating profit

229

248

(8)%

(10)%

Operating profit margin

13%

16%

 

 

Profit before tax

195

221

(12)%

 

Diluted earnings per share (p)

53.94

61.95

(13)%

 

Dividend per share (p)

27.12

27.12

-%

 

Return on capital employed[5]

11%

13%

 

 

£M

 

2017 POST-EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS2

 

2016 POST-EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS2

 

 

 

CHANGE

 

CHANGE EXCL. PASS-  THROUGH FUEL3 & CURRENCY4

Group revenue

1,730

1,515

14%

4%

Operating profit

188

199

(6)%

(7)%

Operating profit margin

11%

13%

 

 

Profit before tax

154

172

(11)%

 

Diluted earnings per share (p)

41.51

48.86

(15)%

 

Dividend per share (p)

27.12

27.12

-%

 

Return on capital employed

9%

10%

 

 

 

Business Unit performance

 

PRE-EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS £M

REVENUE

OPERATING PROFIT

 

 

2017

2016

CHANGE

CHANGE EXCL. PASS-THROUGH FUEL AND CURRENCY

2017

2016

CHANGE

CHANGE EXCL. PASS-THROUGH FUEL AND CURRENCY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rental Solutions

720

629

15%

9%

81

52

57%

49%

 

Power Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Industrial

340

262

30%

20%

55

32

71%

53%

 

    Utility excl. pass-through fuel

531

564

(6)%

(9)%

96

164

(42)%

(42)%

 

    Pass-through fuel

139

60

129%

103%

(3)

-

(100)%

(100)%

 

Total Power Solutions

1,010

886

14%

-%

148

196

(25)%

(26)%

 

Group

1,730

1,515

14%

4%

229

248

(8)%

(10)%

 

 

POST-EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS £M

REVENUE

OPERATING PROFIT

 

 

2017

2016

CHANGE

CHANGE EXCL. PASS-THROUGH FUEL AND CURRENCY

2017

2016

CHANGE

CHANGE EXCL. PASS-THROUGH FUEL AND CURRENCY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rental Solutions

720

629

15%

9%

68

12

509%

450%

 

Power Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Industrial

340

262

30%

20%

44

29

52%

34%

 

    Utility excl. pass-through fuel

531

564

(6)%

(9)%

79

158

(51)%

(51)%

 

    Pass-through fuel

139

60

129%

103%

(3)

-

(100)%

(100)%

 

Total Power Solutions

1,010

886

14%

-%

120

187

(37)%

(37)%

 

Group

1,730

1,515

14%

4%

188

199

(6)%

(7)%

                                     

 

 

Future reporting

 

19 April 2018           Ex-dividend date

20 April 2018           Record date to be eligible for the final dividend

26 April 2018           Annual General Meeting

22 May 2018       Final dividend payment

1 August 2018           Half year results for the six months to 30 June 2018

 

 

To reflect the evolution of our business, the markets we serve and to enhance understanding, we are making some changes to the way we report.

 

The utility sector was traditionally the mainstay of the Power Solutions business. Opportunities are increasingly spread across a number of sectors, such as Oil & Gas and Mining and we will, in future, provide more sectoral detail and commentary within Power Solutions. In particular, we will reassign non-Utility sector work, which has historically been reported in Power Solutions Utility, into Power Solutions Industrial so that the actual performance of Utility sector project work can be clearly understood. This will apply from 2018 and restated numbers will be provided ahead of the half year results.

 

We have previously announced Power Solutions Utility contract wins of over 100 MW and over 6 months in duration.  As the mix of the business is changing and the relative contribution from this type of contract is reducing across our portfolio, we will no longer be routinely announcing these contracts.  We will continue to provide details of the Group's key contract wins as part of our results announcements.

 

Our first quarter trading update has historically been announced in late April, alongside our AGM. Given the proximity to the full year results, and following feedback from investors, we believe that the additional content in these statements is of limited value and, consequently, will no longer provide first quarter trading updates.

 

As we approach the three year anniversary of outlining our strategic priorities and associated performance targets, we will provide an update on our progress with our interim results in August.

 

Management changes

 

During 2017 there were two changes in the Executive management team. Stephen Beynon joined Aggreko in May as the Managing Director of Power Solutions, replacing Nicolas Fournier, who left the organisation. In December Carole Cran stepped down from her role as CFO, following her resignation in June 2017. Carole has been succeeded by Heath Drewett, who joined Aggreko on 3 January 2018.

 

Enquiries

 

Investors & Analysts

 

Louise Bryant, Aggreko plc

Tom Hull, Aggreko plc

+44 7813 210 809

+44 7342 056 727

 

 

 

 

Media

 

 

John Sunnucks

+44 7919 615 222

 

Liz Morley

+44 7990 003 314

 

 

 

 

 

Analyst presentation

 

A presentation will be held for analysts and investors today at 9am (GMT) at the London Stock Exchange, 10 Paternoster Square, EC4M 7LS. A live web-cast and a copy of the slides will be available on our website at www.plc.aggreko.com/investors.

 

Watch Chris Weston and Dan Ibbetson discuss the business performance and changes in the energy market, and watch our year in review video, on our website: www.plc.aggreko.com/investors/investor-centre.

 

 

 

OPERATING & FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

Group trading performance

As previously disclosed, this year's performance has been materially impacted by the repricing and off-hire of our utility contracts in Argentina, which masks the underlying improvement in performance across the rest of the business. These contracts were signed in 2008 when market conditions were significantly more favourable and the country was a much higher risk environment. We will make clear the impact of these contracts on the Group's performance where appropriate.

 

Underlying[6] Group revenue was up 4% on the prior year. Rental Solutions underlying6 revenue was up 9%, with solid growth in Europe and a small increase in Australia Pacific. North America saw an uplift from hurricane related work, with revenue up 10% on the prior year (4% excluding hurricanes). Although revenue from Oil & Gas in North America was lower year on year, it has stabilised and delivered growth in the second half. Outside of this sector, revenue in North America grew 14%. Power Solutions Industrial underlying6 revenue increased 20% with strong growth from Eurasia and Africa, while Power Solutions Utility underlying6 revenue was down 9% due to repricing and off-hires in Argentina. Excluding the impact of Argentina, underlying Power Solutions Utility revenue was in line with the prior year1.

 

The Group operating margin[7] was 13% (2016: 16%), with the year on year decline driven by Power Solutions Utility. In Rental Solutions the margin7 was up three percentage points on last year, at 11%, driven by the increase in revenue together with the benefits from the implementation of our Business Priorities investment programme in North America.  The Power Solutions Industrial margin7 was up four percentage points at 16%, due to the growth in Eurasia and restructuring of our businesses in Latin America. The Power Solutions Utility margin7 was down eleven percentage points at 18%, driven by the volume and price reduction in Argentina, an increase in our overall overdue debt provision for the business, and also the impact of one-off benefits in the prior year. The lower Group margin impacted the Group's return on capital employed (ROCE) 7, which was 11% (2016: 13%).

 

The Group delivered profit before tax7 of £195 million (2016: £221 million). Diluted earnings per share7 (DEPS) was 53.94 pence (2016: 61.95 pence).

 

Reported financial measures

Reported revenue and operating profit include the translational impact of currency as our revenue and profit are earned in a number of different currencies, most notably the US Dollar, which are then translated and reported in Sterling.  The movement in exchange rates in the period had the translational impact of increasing revenue by £84 million and operating profit by £9 million.

 

In addition, the Group separately reports fuel revenue from contracts in our Power Solutions Utility business in Brazil and Mozambique, where we manage fuel on a pass-through basis on behalf of our customers. The reason for the separate reporting is that fuel revenue on these contracts is entirely dependent on fuel prices and the volume of fuel consumed, and these can be volatile and may distort the view of the performance of the underlying business. In 2017, fuel revenue from these contracts was £139 million (2016: £60 million).

 

Reported Group revenue was up 14% on the prior year, with Rental Solutions up 15% and Power Solutions Industrial and Utility up 30% and 7% respectively. 

 

During the period the Group incurred exceptional costs relating to the implementation of our Business Priorities programme of £41 million (2016: £49 million).  This spend was split across Rental Solutions £13 million (2016: £40 million), Power Solutions Utility £17 million (2016: £6 million) and Power Solutions Industrial £11 million (2016: £3 million), and is explained further on page 15.

 

Group operating margin post-exceptional items was 11% (2016: 13%). The Rental Solutions margin was up eight percentage points on a post-exceptional basis at 10%. The increase in the margin on a post-exceptional basis is higher than on a pre-exceptional basis because of the higher exceptional charge in 2016, due to the prior year impairment of small gas generators used in the North American Oil & Gas sector. The Power Solutions Industrial margin was up two percentage points on a post-exceptional items basis. The Power Solutions Utility margin, excluding pass-through fuel and on a post-exceptional items basis, was down 13 percentage points.

 

Group ROCE post-exceptional items was 9% (2016: 10%). Profit before tax and post-exceptional items was £154 million (2016: £172 million) and diluted earnings per share post-exceptional items was 41.51p (2016: 48.86p).

 

Dividends

The Group is proposing to maintain the final dividend at 17.74 pence per share. Subject to Shareholder approval, this will result in a full year dividend of 27.12 pence (2016: 27.12 pence) per ordinary share; this equates to dividend cover pre-exceptional items of 2.0 times (2016: 2.3 times). Dividend cover post-exceptional items is 1.5 times (2016: 1.8 times). Dividend cover is calculated as basic earnings per share for the period divided by the full year dividend per share.

 

Balance sheet and Cash flow

During the year, we generated an operating cash inflow of £450 million (2016: £388 million).  The increase in operating cash flow is mainly driven by lower working capital outflows year on year, with an outflow of £51 million in 2017 compared to £119 million in 2016. This year's outflow reflects a £163 million increase in trade and other receivables, offset by a £113 million inflow from trade and other payables. The receivables and payables balances include fuel balances from our contracts in Brazil.

 

At the start of 2017 we embarked on a global working capital improvement initiative to drive a sustainable improvement across the three main areas of working capital: receivables, payables and inventory.  Following an initial diagnostic and scoping phase, the implementation began in Q2, focusing initially on the Aggreko locations where we believed the largest improvements could be made.  The implementation was then extended to the rest of the Group during Q3 and our heightened focus on working capital has continued into this year.

 

The increase in trade and other receivables is analysed by business unit as a £86 million increase in the Power Solutions Utility business, a £30 million increase in Power Solutions Industrial and a £47 million increase in Rental Solutions. The increases in Power Solutions Industrial and Rental Solutions are driven primarily by the growth and improved activity levels in these businesses. In Power Solutions Utility, £54 million of the increase in the debtor book relates to new contracts in Brazil which were commissioned in the first half of 2017 and include fuel, therefore the revenue per megawatt generated is much greater. The remaining increase is driven by a few customers in Africa and Venezuela who are taking longer to pay. No customers dispute the debt and we continue to believe that the primary reason for delay in payments is liquidity and access to US Dollars. We recognise the increase in the debtor book and as a result we have increased the Power Solutions Utility debtor provision to $86 million, $23 million higher than December 2016 and $13 million higher than June 2017.

 

The increase in trade and other payables balances is a reversal after a number of years of outflow, following the establishment of the Group's procurement function. We have improved supplier terms, through the adoption of best practice, to fully leverage our scale and spend. Despite increased levels of activity in 2017, inventory has remained broadly flat year on year. Inventory held for the production of NGG and HFO sets at the end of 2016 has been consumed this year, offset by purchases during the second half supporting major events and growth in Eurasia.

 

Fleet capital expenditure was £246 million (2016: £241 million) which was 0.9 times fleet depreciation (2016: 0.9 times), reflecting our drive to increase asset utilisation. Of this, £78 million was invested to continue to develop our medium speed HFO fleet and £46 million in continuing to refurbish our diesel fleet to the more fuel efficient, higher output G3+ engine; this engine now makes up around 31% of the Power Solutions Utility diesel fleet.

 

Net debt of £652 million at 31 December 2017 was similar to the prior year (2016: £649 million), with net debt to EBITDA on a rolling 12-month basis of 1.2 times (2016: 1.2 times).

 

Going concern

The Directors are confident that it is appropriate for the going concern basis to be adopted in preparing the financial statements. The Group balance sheet shows consolidated net assets of £1,317 million (2016: £1,368 million) of which £1,104 million (2016: £1,203 million) relates to fleet assets. The defined benefit pension deficit is £25 million (2016: £30 million), representing only 2% of the Group's net assets.  The retained earnings of the Company as at 31 December 2017 are £428 million and the majority of these earnings are distributable, enabling the Company to continue making dividend payments.  As noted above, net debt is similar to the prior year, resulting in significant headroom under our committed facilities.

 

Outlook

We have seen good growth and improved profitability and returns in our Rental Solutions and Power Solutions Industrial businesses this year which we expect to continue into 2018 as we benefit from our Business Priorities programme and further growth.

 

In Power Solutions Utility we have previously highlighted two notable off-hires impacting 2018. In Argentina we have 174 MW of fixed site contracts which at the time of our last market update we expected to off-hire this year. We now expect that these sites will renew, although at a further price discount to the extensions secured in 2016. In Japan, we updated in Q3 that 74 MW of 148 MW had off-hired early, and we continue to expect the remaining volume to off-hire in March.  Order intake in the year to date for 2018 is 137 MW (2017: 81 MW).

 

The global provision and consumption of power is experiencing a significant transition as markets seek to decarbonise, decentralise and digitalise. As a result, we are investing for future growth, particularly in distributed energy solutions, where our modular, mobile fleet combined with storage and renewables integration capability position us well in this changing landscape. These initiatives will be captured within our new Global Solutions business, under the leadership of Dan Ibbetson. We see clear opportunities, and to capitalise on these benefits for the future we must invest today; in 2018 we expect this investment to be around £9 million (2017: £7 million).

 

Overall, we anticipate that the Group's underlying profit before tax in 2018, before the impact of currency, will be in line with 2017. As in 2017, these results will be weighted to the second half.

 

 

BUSINESS UNIT PERFORMANCE REVIEW

 

 

RENTAL SOLUTIONS

 

 

REVENUE

OPERATING PROFIT

 

2017

2016

CHANGE

CHANGE EXCLUDING CURRENCY

2017

2016

CHANGE

CHANGE EXCLUDING CURRENCY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-exceptional items £m

720

629

15%

9%

81

52

57%

49%

Operating Margin

 

 

 

 

11%

8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post-exceptional items £m

720

629

15%

9%

68

12

509%

450%

Operating Margin

 

 

 

 

10%

2%

 

 

                   

 

Headlines

·      Revenue and operating profit up 9% and 49% respectively excluding currency and exceptional items

·      41 MW of contracts won for our new Next Generation Gas product

·      Temperature control revenue up 9% excluding currency, with a strong performance in the base business

 

Commentary

Our Rental Solutions business had a good year with revenue excluding the impact of currency up 9% on the prior year and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) up 49%. This performance was supported by incremental work following the hurricanes that impacted the southern United States and Caribbean, which was in part off-set by loss of work in our base business in these regions. Excluding this net incremental activity revenue increased 5%.  

 

The increase in operating margin for the year was driven by the increase in revenue, together with the operational benefits from the Business Priorities programme in North America.

 

North American revenue excluding currency was up 10% on the prior year; 4% excluding the impact of the hurricanes. The decline in the Oil & Gas sector that we saw throughout 2016 has stabilised, although against stronger prior year comparators revenue was down 10%; quarter on quarter Oil & Gas revenue has been improving. Elsewhere in North America most of the other sectors grew well, with revenue excluding Oil & Gas increasing 14%. There was also a strong performance in temperature control, up 10%. Overall operating profit (pre-exceptional items) was up 90%.

 

In our Australia Pacific business revenue excluding currency increased 2%, a good performance given the 108 MW Tasmania utility contract in the prior year. We saw good growth in the Mining and Construction sectors, although this was partially offset by a decline in Oil & Gas and Utilities.

 

In Continental Europe, revenue excluding currency increased 3%, supported by growth in the German Manufacturing and Telecom sectors and fuel revenue in Eastern Europe. This partially offset a weaker Shipping sector in the Netherlands and tougher comparators in France, which had revenue from the European Football Championships in 2016. The Northern European business delivered good growth with revenue excluding currency increasing 12%, driven by the Utility and Construction sectors.

 

 

POWER SOLUTIONS

 

PRE-EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS £M

REVENUE

OPERATING PROFIT

 

2017

2016

CHANGE

CHANGE EXCL. PASS-THROUGH FUEL AND

CURRENCY

2017

2016

CHANGE

CHANGE EXCL. PASS-THROUGH FUEL AND CURRENCY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial

340

262

30%

20%

55

32

71%

53%

Utility excl. pass-through fuel

531

564

(6)%

(9)%

96

164

(42)%

(42)%

Pass-through fuel

139

60

129%

103%

(3)

-

(100)%

(100)%

Total Power Solutions

1,010

886

14%

-%

148

196

(25)%

(26)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Margin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial

 

 

 

 

16%

12%

 

 

Utility excl. pass-through fuel

 

 

18%

29%

 

 

Total Power Solutions excl. pass-through fuel

 

17%

24%

 

 

 

 

POST-EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS £M

REVENUE

OPERATING PROFIT

 

2017

2016

CHANGE

CHANGE EXCL. PASS-THROUGH FUEL AND

CURRENCY

2017

2016

CHANGE

CHANGE EXCL. PASS-THROUGH FUEL AND CURRENCY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial

340

262

30%

20%

44

29

52%

34%

Utility excl. pass-through fuel

531

564

(6)%

(9)%

79

158

(51)%

(51)%

Pass-through fuel

139

60

129%

103%

(3)

-

(100)%

(100)%

Total Power Solutions

1,010

886

14%

-%

120

187

(37)%

(37)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Margin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial

 

 

 

 

13%

11%

 

 

Utility excl. pass-through fuel

 

 

15%

28%

 

 

Total Power Solutions excl. pass-through fuel

 

14%

23%

 

 

 

 

 

Headlines

·      Strong performance in Power Solutions Industrial with revenue and operating profit excluding currency and exceptional items up 20% and 53% respectively

·      Power Solutions Utility performance reflects the impact of repricing and a lower volume of legacy contracts in Argentina

·      Power Solutions Utility order intake of 799 MW (2016: 1,057 MW)

·      Secured 66 MW of Next Generation Gas contracts and initial HFO and solar-diesel contracts

·      Power Solutions Utility debtor provision increased by $23 million due to slower payments in Africa and Venezuela

 

Commentary

Overall, our Power Solutions business saw revenue excluding currency and pass-through fuel in line with last year and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) decrease 26%. 

 

In our Power Solutions Industrial business revenue excluding currency increased 20%. In Eurasia revenue grew 64% driven by continued strength in the Oil & Gas sector. In the Middle East revenue grew 7% with good growth in Dubai and Kuwait partially offset by a decrease in Saudi Arabia. Revenue in Africa increased 15%, albeit off a low base, with particular strength in Nigeria and Angola. In Asia, revenue was flat, while in Latin America the restructuring work and cost base reduction has progressed well and, despite revenue being down 15%, operating profit (pre-exceptional items) was up by £7 million. We also benefited from the first tranche of revenue from the South Korea Winter Olympics (£17 million).

 

Our Power Solutions Utility business saw revenue excluding currency and pass-through fuel decrease 9% due to repricing and off-hires in Argentina, which represented a reduction of £59 million on 2016. Excluding the impact of Argentina, revenue was in line with the prior year8. The operating margin decreased to 18% (2016: 29%); this was driven by a number of factors, including the flow through from Argentina, an increase in the debtor provision, and one-off benefits in the prior year comparatives, most notably in indirect tax and service material costs. Excluding the impact of Argentina, the operating margin decreased by four percentage points[8]. In Argentina we expect our existing fixed site contract, providing 174 MW, to be extended until the end of 2018 at a discount to the current rates. The standby contract of 30 MW is in the process of fully demobilising.

 

We continued to see delays in customer payments in Power Solutions Utility, in particular on a handful of projects in Africa and as a result of the ongoing economic situation in Venezuela. Our overdue debt provision increased through the year by $23 million to $86 million to reflect these issues.

 

Overall order intake for the year in our Power Solutions Utility business was 799 MW (2016: 1,057 MW). New business included 295 MW in Bangladesh, 78 MW in Malawi, 60 MW in Yemen and 60 MW in Sri Lanka. We are pleased to have won 66 MW of Next Generation Gas contracts (in addition to the 41 MW won in Rental Solutions) as well as initial contracts for HFO (28 MW, Madagascar) and solar-diesel (7 MW, Eritrea). Our sales pipeline for HFO and NGG contains a number of opportunities which are well progressed.

 

At the end of the period, our order book was over 78,000 MW months, the equivalent of 30 months' revenue at the current run-rate (2016: 22 months), albeit off a lower revenue base. The off-hire rate was 32% (2016: 30%).

 

 

 

BUSINESS PRIORITIES

 

In 2015 we set out three key priorities for the business, namely: customer, technology and efficiency, which were designed to improve our customer proposition, make us more competitive and drive growth. The various business initiatives underpinning each of these priorities have progressed well, creating a solid foundation from which to drive future efficiencies and growth. Nearly three years on, the initiatives are now embedded into 'business as usual' and, as a result, after this update we will no longer report on them separately.

 

Customer

In Rental Solutions, our most important area of focus has been to better understand our customers. We are now focused on targeting customers via a sector approach, where we can provide integrated solutions allowing a competitive advantage, and we have structured our organisation around this. We have also focused on improving the customer journey by investing in new systems. We have launched a new website, designed for usability, which has increased activity and dwell times. Later this year we will introduce an e-commerce offering. Our new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) systems are now live across the majority of the Rental Solutions footprint, and we have also launched Field Service Management, an operations system allowing real time visibility of both physical assets and our workforce of technicians. The full suite of applications is driving improvements in customer service, utilisation and productivity.

 

In Power Solutions we have enhanced our understanding of key markets and their individual demand drivers with the Market Intelligence Platform, and used this to focus better our product range and sales capability. We have invested in increased sales capacity, mapped to key demand areas, and supported by tailored online and on-the-ground training. We have also deployed the CRM tool across the Utility business, with deployment across the Industrial business planned for 2018. This is giving us much greater visibility, and improving the accuracy, of our sales pipeline.

 

Technology

Since 2015 we have introduced a number of new products as we aim to reduce the total cost of energy and emissions for our customers. Our product offering now includes medium speed HFO, more fuel-efficient diesel and gas engines, and solar/diesel hybrids. Additionally, through the acquisition of Younicos, we are able now to integrate storage into our product offering. We have a multi-generational product road map, with the design of new products incorporating an option to refurbish in order to maintain our competitive advantage and reduce the risk of obsolescence.

 

We have a good pipeline of interest in both our HFO and Next Generation Gas products. Uptake of HFO has been slower than anticipated, with utilisation at the end of 2017 at 17%, and we have slowed production to match this. The Next Generation Gas product, which was introduced into the fleet at the end of 2016, has proved a success in both Rental Solutions and Power Solutions; utilisation of the 252 MW fleet at the end of 2017 was 33% and continues to grow.

 

Technology is also helping us improve the service we offer our customers and making us more efficient. Our remote monitoring system, which monitors the performance of our equipment, means we can provide a better service to our customer while also gathering data that will enable us to reduce spend on planned and unplanned maintenance.

 

Efficiency

Finally, in response to the more competitive market place we focused on rightsizing our cost base. Since the initial review undertaken in 2015, we have identified further opportunities to deliver savings and in total, across the efficiency programme, we have delivered annualised savings of over £100 million, with a one-off cost to achieve of £86 million.

 

We see further opportunities for savings across the business as part of a continuous improvement programme, particularly in relation to procurement, fleet utilisation and engineering and service costs.

 

Our evolving strategy

As we approach the three year anniversary of establishing our Business Priorities, we are reflecting on what has been achieved. We believe that the initiatives we have delivered, particularly around sector focus, systems and technology investment, were the right actions to reposition this business for the future and this has been demonstrated by the improved performance in our Rental Solutions and Power Solutions Industrial businesses. Power Solutions Utility remains difficult and the market has not recovered as we expected when we outlined our priorities in 2015 and, as a result, our returns are not where we want them to be. We continue to work on a number of initiatives to improve our returns, including utilisation and working capital. Finally, we are evolving our strategy to reflect the gathering pace of transition in the energy markets, and we will provide a further update on our strategic progress and its financial impact alongside our interim results in August.

 

 

GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

 

Aggreko has a proven track record in responding quickly to opportunities in the market and providing innovative solutions to drive growth. It is clear that energy markets globally are in transition as a result of decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation. We believe that our modular, mobile fleet, combined with market leading integration capability for renewables and storage, acquired via Younicos, position us well for future opportunities.  

 

In order to leverage our capability globally and incubate it in its early stages, we have established a new business unit, Global Solutions. This is being led by Dan Ibbetson and is focusing on generating incremental revenue across the Group, while developing and enhancing our capabilities.

 

Global Solutions will leverage our Group capabilities across the business. The contracts will still be mainly delivered through the Rental and Power Solutions businesses and, as the remainder of this new business unit is not material at a Group level, it will not result in any change in the structure of our external reporting.

 

Global Solutions also incorporates lines of business which span the Group, such as loadbanks, temperature control and global accounts. Managing these customer offerings on a global basis enables us to better deploy applications developed in one region across the world, thereby fully exploiting growth opportunities.

 

We believe that this investment and focus in our future will help position us to take advantage of growth opportunities as energy markets continue to transform. In 2017 we acquired Younicos for £45 million and invested £7 million in Global Solutions; we anticipate investing a further £9 million in 2018, mainly on people as we expand our microgrid offering and including the anticipated loss in Younicos; this has been factored into our guidance. 

 

 

 

FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

A summarised Income Statement for 2017, as well as related ratios, is set out below.  The first table excludes exceptional items and the second table includes exceptional items.

 

 

PRE-EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS
£M

 

 

 

 

2017

2016

 

 

 

CHANGE

CHANGE EXCL. PASS-THROUGH FUEL AND CURRENCY

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

1,730

1,515

14%

4%

Operating profit

229

248

(8)%

(10)%

Net interest expense

(34)

(27)

(28)%

 

Profit before tax

195

221

(12)%

 

Taxation

(57)

(63)

9%

 

Profit after tax

138

158

(13)%

 

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

53.94

61.95

(13)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating margin

13%

16%

(3)pp

 

ROCE

11%

13%

(2)pp

 

 

 

 

POST-EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS
£M

 

 

 

 

2017

2016

 

 

 

CHANGE

CHANGE EXCL. PASS-THROUGH FUEL AND CURRENCY

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

1,730

1,515

14%

4%

Operating profit

188

199

(6)%

(7)%

Net interest expense

(34)

(27)

(28)%

 

Profit before tax

154

172

(11)%

 

Taxation

(48)

(47)

(1)%

 

Profit after tax

106

125

(15)%

 

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

41.51

48.86

(15)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating margin

11%

13%

(2)pp

 

ROCE

9%

10%

(1)pp

 

 

 

 Currency translation

 

The movement in exchange rates in the period had the translational impact of increasing revenue by £84 million and operating profit by £9 million. This was driven by the strength, against Sterling, of nearly all the principal currencies impacting the Group, but most notably the US Dollar. Currency translation also gave rise to a £98 million decrease in the value of net assets.  Set out in the table below are the principal exchange rates which affected the Group's income statement and net assets.

 

PRINCIPAL EXCHANGE RATES

2017

2016

(PER £ STERLING)

 

 

 

 

AVERAGE

YEAR

AVERAGE

YEAR

 

 

END

 

END

 

 

 

 

 

United States Dollar

1.29

1.35

1.36

1.23

Euro

1.14

1.13

1.22

1.17

UAE Dirhams

4.74

4.96

4.98

4.53

Australian Dollar

1.68

1.73

1.83

1.71

Brazilian Reals

4.12

4.48

4.74

4.01

Argentinian Peso

21.36

25.92

20.00

19.61

Russian Rouble

75.19

78.15

91.04

75.23

(Source:  Bloomberg)

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of underlying movement to reported movement

The tables below reconcile the reported and underlying revenue and operating profit movements:

 

Revenue

 

RS

PSI

PSU

GROUP

 

2017

2016

CHANGE

2017

2016

CHANGE

2017

2016

CHANGE

2017

2016

CHANGE

 

£M

£M

%

£M

£M

%

£M

£M

%

£M

£M

%

As reported

720

629

15%

340

262

30%

670

624

7%

1,730

1,515

14%

Pass-through fuel

-

-

 

-

-

 

(139)

(60)

 

(139)

(60)

 

Currency impact

-

34

 

-

22

 

-

28

 

-

84

 

Underlying

720

663

9%

340

284

20%

531

592

(9)%

1,591

1,539

4%

 

Operating profit

 

RS

PSI

PSU

GROUP

 

2017

2016

CHANGE

2017

2016

CHANGE

2017

2016

CHANGE

2017

2016

CHANGE

 

£M

£M

%

£M

£M

%

£M

£M

%

£M

£M

%

As reported

68

12

509%

44

29

52%

76

158

(52)%

188

199

(6)%

Pass-through fuel

-

-

 

-

-

 

3

-

 

3

-

 

Currency impact

-

3

 

-

4

 

-

2

 

-

9

 

Exceptional items

13

40

 

11

3

 

17

6

 

41

49

 

Underlying

81

55

49%

55

36

53%

96

166

(42)%

232

257

(10)%

Note (i): RS - Rental Solutions; PSI - Power Solutions Industrial; PSU - Power Solutions Utility

Note (ii): the currency impact is calculated by taking 2016 numbers in local currency and retranslating them at 2017 average rates.

 

Group and PSU reconciliation excluding Argentina

 

 

 

PSU

 

 

GROUP

 

 

 

 

2017

2016

CHANGE

2017

2016

CHANGE

 

 

£M

£M

%

£M

£M

%

Revenue excl. pass-through fuel and currency impact

531

592

(9)%

1,591

1,539

4%

Less Argentina

 

(53)

(112)

 

(53)

(112)

 

 

 

478

480

-%

1,538

1,427

9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit (pre-exceptional items) excl. pass-through fuel and currency impact

 

96

166

(42)%

232

257

(10)%

Less Argentina

 

(23)

(73)

 

(23)

(73)

 

 

 

73

93

(23)%

209

184

13%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Margin ex pass-through fuel

18%

29%

 

14%

17%

 

Operating Margin ex pass-through fuel & Argentina

15%

19%

 

14%

13%

 

 

Exceptional items

An exceptional charge of £41 million before tax was recorded in the year to 31 December 2017 in respect of the implementation of the Group's Business Priorities programme. These costs include employment costs, professional fees, severance costs and facility closure costs directly related to the programme.

 

Interest

The net interest charge of £34 million was £7 million higher than last year, reflecting higher average net debt year on year and an increase in the effective interest rate. Interest cover, measured against rolling 12-month EBITDA (Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation) remained strong at 16 times (2016: 20 times) relative to the financial covenant attached to our borrowing facilities that EBITDA should be no less than four times interest.

 

Taxation

Tax charge

The Group's pre-exceptional effective corporation tax rate for the year was 29% (2016: 28%) based on a tax charge of £57 million (2016: £63 million) on a pre-exceptional profit before taxation of £195 million (2016: £221 million).  The increase in the effective rate was driven by a change in profit mix in the year offset by a one-off tax benefit, which reduced the effective tax rate by 5 percentage points, arising as a result of US tax reform which resulted in the revaluation of deferred tax liabilities.

 

Total cash taxes

In 2017, the Group's worldwide operations resulted in direct and indirect taxes of £228 million (2016: £215 million) being paid to tax authorities. This amount represents all corporate taxes paid on operations, payroll taxes paid and collected, import duties, sales taxes and other local taxes.  

 

Capital structure & dividends

The objective of our strategy is to deliver long-term value to Shareholders while maintaining a balance sheet structure that safeguards the Group's financial position through economic cycles. Given the risk profile of the Group we believe gearing of around one times net debt to EBITDA is appropriate, recognising that from time to time it may be higher for a period of time as investment opportunities present themselves. From a capital allocation perspective our priority is to invest in organic growth.  As well as investing organically, there are opportunities for growth through acquisition, both for scale and capability, including into product adjacencies such as temperature control and loadbanks. Acquisitions are subject to our disciplined capital allocation process and will have to meet appropriate hurdle rates of return.  While our first priority is investment to generate growth, we recognise the importance of the dividend in providing value to our Shareholders.  Finally, as and when the opportunity arises, we will look at returning surplus capital to Shareholders.  The retained earnings of the Company as at 31 December 2017 were £428 million and the majority of these earnings are distributable.

 

Subject to Shareholder approval the proposed final dividend of 17.74 pence will result in a full year dividend of 27.12 pence (2016: 27.12 pence) per Ordinary Share, giving dividend cover (basic EPS pre-exceptional items divided by full year declared dividend) of 2.0 times (2016: 2.3 times).  Dividend cover post-exceptional items is 1.5 times (2016: 1.8 times).

 

Cash flow

The net cash inflow from operations during the year totalled £450 million (2016: £388 million). The increase in cash inflow from operations was mainly driven by a reduction in the working capital outflow of £68 million. This operating cash flow funded capital expenditure of £272 million (2016: £263 million), of which £246 million (2016: £241 million) was spent on fleet. The working capital movements are explained on page 6.

 

Net operating assets

The net operating assets of the Group (including goodwill) at 31 December 2017 totalled £2,078 million, £46 million lower than 2016. Excluding the impact of currency net operating assets were £101 million higher.  The main components of net operating assets are detailed in the table below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

£ MILLION

2017

2016

MOVEMENT

MOVEMENT EXCLUDING THE IMPACT OF CURRENCY

 

 

 

 

 

Rental fleet

1,104

1,203

(8)%

(1)%

Property & Plant

110

106

4%

9%

Inventory

232

247

(6)%

-%

Net trade debtors

490

454

8%

16%

           

 

A key measure of Aggreko's performance is the return (expressed as adjusted operating profit) generated from average net operating assets (ROCE).  We calculate ROCE by taking the operating profit for the year and expressing it as a percentage of the average net operating assets at 31 December, 30 June and the previous 31 December.  In 2017 the pre-exceptional ROCE decreased to 11% compared with 13% in 2016, primarily driven by the decrease in the Group's operating margin.

 

Property, plant and equipment

Rental fleet accounts for £1,104 million, which is around 91% of the net book value of property, plant and equipment used in our business. The great majority of equipment in the rental fleet is depreciated on a straight-line basis to a residual value of zero over eight years, with some classes of rental fleet depreciated over 10 and 12 years. The annual fleet depreciation charge of £275 million (2016: £261 million) relates to the estimated service lives allocated to each class of fleet asset. Asset lives are reviewed at the start of each year and changed if necessary to reflect their remaining lives in light of technological change, prospective economic utilisation and the physical condition of the assets.

 

 Acquisitions

During the year we made three acquisitions, Younicos, a pioneer and global market leader in the development and deployment of integrated energy systems; KBT, an Indonesian utility business; and TuCo a US based temporary heat and air conditioning business. Further details on these acquisitions can be found in Note 10 to the accounts.

 

IFRS 15

IFRS 15, 'Revenue from contracts with customers', is effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018. Under the standard, revenue is recognised when an entity transfers control of goods or services to a customer. The costs to fulfil the service to a customer (mobilisation and demobilisation costs) will be amortised over the period of the initial contract, in line with when we are earning revenue. We have assessed the impact on 2017, which would have been an immaterial impact on profit before tax; revenue would have been £2 million higher, and costs £5 million higher, resulting in a £3 million reduction in profit before tax. When we report our 2018 interim and full year results, we will restate the 2017 comparative numbers to take account of IFRS 15.  Note 1 to the 2017 Annual Report explains these changes in detail.

 

Shareholders' equity

Shareholders' equity decreased by £51 million to £1,317 million, represented by the net assets of the Group of £1,969 million offset by net debt of £652 million.  The movements in shareholders' equity are analysed in the table below:

 

MOVEMENTS IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

AS AT 1 JANUARY 2017

 

1,368

Profit for the period post exceptional items

106

 

Dividend[9]

(69)

 

Retained earnings

Employee share awards

 

37

8

Re-measurement of retirement benefits

 

5

Currency translation

 

(98)

PDVSA private placement notes: net change in fair value

 

(4)

Movement in hedging reserve

 

3  

(2)

Other

 

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2017

 

1,317

 

Pensions

Pension arrangements for our employees vary depending on best practice and regulation in each country. The Group operates a defined benefit scheme for UK employees, which was closed to new employees joining the Group after 1 April 2002. Most of the other schemes in operation around the world are defined contribution schemes.   

 

Under IAS 19: 'Employee Benefits', Aggreko has recognised a pre-tax pension deficit of £25 million at 31 December 2017 (2016: £30 million) which is determined using actuarial assumptions.  The decrease in the pension deficit is primarily driven by higher than expected returns achieved on the scheme's assets over the year and additional contributions by the Company, partially offset by the impact of a lower discount rate being applied to the scheme's liabilities.

 

The sensitivities regarding the main valuation assumptions are shown in the table below.

 

 

 

DEFICIT (£M)

INCOME STATEMENT

COST (£M)

Assumption

INC./(DEC.)

(INC.)/DEC.

(INC.)/DEC.

Rate of increase in salaries

0.5%

(2)

-

Discount rate

(0.5)%

(21)

(1)

Inflation (0.5% increases on pensions increases, deferred revaluation and salary increases)

0.5%

(20)

(1)

Longevity

1 year

(5)

-

 

Treasury

The Group's operations expose it to a variety of financial risks that include liquidity, the effects of changes in foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates, and credit risk. The Group has a centralised treasury operation whose primary role is to ensure that adequate liquidity is available to meet the Group's funding requirements as they arise, and that financial risk arising from the Group's underlying operations is effectively identified and managed.

 

The treasury operations are conducted in accordance with policies and procedures approved by the Board and are reviewed annually. Financial instruments are only executed for hedging purposes, and transactions that are speculative in nature are expressly forbidden. Monthly reports are provided to senior management and treasury operations are subject to periodic internal and external review.

 

Liquidity and funding

The Group maintains sufficient facilities to meet its funding requirements over the medium term.  At 31 December 2017, these facilities totalled £1,283 million in the form of committed bank facilities arranged on a bilateral basis with a number of international banks and private placement lenders. The financial covenants attached to these facilities are that EBITDA should be no less than 4 times interest and net debt should be no more than 3 times EBITDA; at 31 December 2017, these stood at 16 times and 1.2 times respectively. The Group does not expect to breach these covenants in the year from the date of approval of these financial statements. 

 

The Group expects to be able to arrange sufficient finance to meet its future funding requirements. It has been the Group's custom and practice to refinance its facilities in advance of their maturity dates, providing that there is an ongoing need for those facilities.

 

Net debt amounted to £652 million at 31 December 2017 (2016: £649 million) and, at that date, un-drawn committed facilities were £624 million.

 

Interest rate risk

The Group's policy is to manage its exposure to interest rates by ensuring an appropriate balance of fixed and floating rate debt. At 31 December 2017, £610 million of the net debt of £652 million was at fixed rates of interest resulting in a fixed to floating rate net debt ratio of 94:6 (2016: 59:41). The proportion of our debt with fixed interest rates is higher than usual at the year end ahead of some fixed rate debt maturities in the first half of 2018.

 

Foreign exchange risk

The Group is subject to currency exposure on the translation into Sterling of its net investments in overseas subsidiaries. In order to reduce the currency risk arising, the Group uses direct borrowings in the same currency as those investments.  Group borrowings are predominantly drawn down in the currencies used by the Group, namely US Dollar, Indonesian Rupiah, Mexican Peso, Indian Rupee, Brazilian Reals and Russian Rouble.

The Group manages its currency flows to minimise foreign exchange risk arising on transactions denominated in foreign currencies and uses forward contracts and forward currency options, where appropriate, in order to hedge net currency flows.

 
Credit risk

Cash deposits and other financial instruments give rise to credit risk on amounts due from counterparties. The Group manages this risk by limiting the aggregate amounts and their duration depending on external credit ratings of the relevant counterparty. In the case of financial assets exposed to credit risk, the carrying amount in the balance sheet, net of any applicable provision for loss, represents the amount exposed to credit risk.

 

Insurance

The Group operates a policy of buying cover against the material risks which the business faces, where it is possible to purchase such cover on reasonable terms.  Where this is not possible, or where the risks would not have a material impact on the Group as a whole, we self-insure.

 

Principal risks and uncertainties

In the day to day operations of the Group, we face various risks and uncertainties. We seek to both prevent these risks materialising and also mitigate their impact if they do arise. To facilitate this, the Board has developed a risk management framework. The principal risks which we believe could potentially impact the Group are summarised below:

 

·      Market dynamics - Rental Solutions;

·      Market dynamics - Power Solutions;

·      Disruptive technology;

·      Talent management;

·      New technology market introduction;

·      Cyber security;

·      Equipment obsolescence;

·      Health and safety;

·      Security;

·      Failure to conduct business dealings with integrity and honesty;

·      Failure to collect payments or to recover assets; and

·      Working capital management.

 

This year we have seen three risks elevated to the Group register of principal risks and three risks have been removed.

 

Risks elevated to the Group's register this year:

·      Disruptive technology: Alternative and more distributed energy sources are becoming increasingly available and affordable. This could affect our competitiveness as power providers. In recognition of this, we acquired Younicos in 2017, introducing a new technology and micro-grid capability, and have evolved our business strategy to incorporate this new offering.

·      Equipment obsolescence: We are introducing new fleet and technologies into the business as some of our existing fleet is approaching the end of its useful life. The older fleet is still available for rent and is required for specific applications within our business. We are focusing on ensuring the continued utilisation of this fleet.

·      Working capital management:  Our working capital has increased in recent years mainly driven by an increase in trade and other receivables. We have implemented a working capital improvement initiative to drive a sustainable improvement and are already seeing the results in trade and other payables.

 

Risks removed from last year's Group register:

·       Change management relating to our new business priorities: We have made good progress towards delivery of the Business Priorities programme and many of the initiatives have now been incorporated into our business as usual activities.

·      An environmental incident occurs due to a project delivery failure: While we do not believe this risk has been eliminated, we believe we have improved our management of this area and will continue to monitor this risk within our Business Unit risk registers.

·      Unanticipated tax liabilities in developing countries: Robust tax risk management processes have allowed us to reduce this risk's expected impact and likelihood in the future. Determining whether appropriate direct and indirect tax provisions are in place in respect of contentious historic or current liabilities remains a primary area of judgment for the Audit Committee.

 

The main impact of Brexit to date has been the depreciation of the Pound. A weaker Pound has increased the Sterling value of our revenue, the majority of which is denominated in US Dollars.  The Sterling value of our debt and borrowing facilities has increased by similar amounts. We believe it is too early to determine the impact of the UK leaving the European Union on the Group's activities, although we do not expect it to be material because a large majority of the Group's business is outside the UK and EU. We will continue to follow developments closely.

 

Shareholder information

Our website can be accessed at www.plc.aggreko.com. This contains a large amount of information about our business, including a range of charts and data, which can be downloaded for easy analysis. The website also carries copies of recent investor presentations, as well as Stock Exchange announcements.

 

 

Chris Weston

 

 

Heath Drewett

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

6 March 2018

 

 

 

 

GROUP INCOME STATEMENT

 

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2017

 

 

 

TOTAL BEFORE

EXCEPTIONAL

 

TOTAL BEFORE

EXCEPTIONAL

 

 

 

EXCEPTIONAL

ITEMS

 

EXCEPTIONAL

ITEMS

 

 

 

 

ITEMS

(NOTE 2)

 

ITEMS

(NOTE 2)

 

 

 

 

2017

2017

2017

2016

2016

2016

 

NOTES

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

Revenue

1

 

1,730

-

1,730

1,515

-

1,515

Cost of sales

 

 

(805)

(5)

(810)

(664)

(30)

(694)

Gross profit

 

 

925

(5)

920

851

(30)

821

Distribution costs

 

 

(481)

(12)

(493)

(430)

-

(430)

Administrative expenses

 

 

(219)

(23)

(242)

(182)

(19)

(201)

Other income

 

 

4

(1)

3

9

-

9

Operating profit

1

 

229

(41)

188

248

(49)

199

Net finance costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Finance cost

 

 

(36)

-

(36)

(29)

-

(29)

- Finance income

 

 

2

-

2

2

-

2

Profit before taxation

 

 

195

(41)

154

221

(49)

172

Taxation

5

 

(57)

9

(48)

(63)

16

(47)

Profit for the year

 

138

(32)

106

158

(33)

125

All profit for the year is attributable to the owners of the Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share (pence)

4

 

 

 

41.54

 

 

48.88

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

4

 

 

 

41.51

 

 

48.86

                       

 

 

GROUP STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

2016

 

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

 

 

 

 

Profit for the year

 

106

125

Other comprehensive income/(loss)

 

 

 

Items that will not be reclassified to profit or loss

    Remeasurement of retirement benefits

 

5

(29)

    Taxation on remeasurement of retirement benefits

 

(1)

5

Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss

   Cash flow hedges

 

3

1

   Taxation on cash flow hedges

 

(1)

-

   PDVSA private placement notes: net change in fair value

 

(4)

-

   Net exchange (losses)/gains offset in reserves

 

(98)

220

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive (loss)/gain for the year (net of tax)

 

(96)

197

 

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income for the year

 

10

322

 

 

 

 

GROUP BALANCE SHEET
(COMPANY NUMBER: SC177553)

 

AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2017

 

 

 

2017

2016

 

NOTES

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

Non-current assets

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

184

159

Other intangible assets

 

31

24

Property, plant and equipment

6

1,214

1,309

Deferred tax asset

 

42

51

 

 

1,471

1,543

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

Inventories

 

232

247

Trade and other receivables

7

770

656

Cash and cash equivalents

 

71

44

Derivative financial instruments

 

-

1

Current tax assets

 

23

20

 

 

1,096

968

Total assets

 

2,567

2,511

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

Borrowings

8

(139)

(60)

Derivative financial instruments

 

(1)

(2)

Trade and other payables

9

(408)

(299)

Current tax liabilities

 

(61)

(58)

Provisions

 

(8)

(1)

 

 

(617)

(420)

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

Borrowings

8

(584)

(633)

Derivative financial instruments

 

(2)

(5)

Deferred tax liabilities

 

(22)

(55)

Retirement benefit obligation

 

(25)

(30)

 

 

(633)

(723)

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

 

(1,250)

(1,143)

 

 

 

 

Net assets

 

1,317

1,368

 

 

 

 

Shareholders' equity

 

 

 

Share capital

 

42

42

Share premium

 

20

20

Treasury shares

 

(7)

(14)

Capital redemption reserve

 

13

13

Hedging reserve (net of deferred tax)

 

(1)

(3)

Foreign exchange reserve

 

(27)

71

Retained earnings

 

1,277

1,239

Total shareholders' equity

 

1,317

1,368

 

 

 

 

 

The financial statements on pages 21 to 37 were approved by the Board of Directors on 6 March 2018 and were signed on its behalf by:

 

 

Ken Hanna

Heath Drewett

Chairman

Chief Financial Officer

 

GROUP CASH FLOW STATEMENT

 

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2017

 

 

 

2017

2016

 

NOTES

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

Operating activities

 

 

 

Profit for the year

 

106

125

Adjustments for:

 

 

 

Exceptional items

2

41

19

Exceptional - impairment charge

 

-

30

Tax

 

48

47

Depreciation

 

296

281

Amortisation of intangibles

 

4

4

Finance income

 

(2)

(2)

Finance cost

 

36

29

Profit on sale of property, plant and equipment (PPE) (i)

 

(4)

(9)

Share based payments (ii)

 

8

6

Negative goodwill on acquisition

10

(2)

-

Changes in working capital (excluding the effects of exchange differences on consolidation):

 

 

 

Increase in inventories

 

(1)

(21)

Increase in trade and other receivables

 

(163)

(81)

Increase/(decrease) in trade and other payables

 

113

(17)

Cash flows relating to exceptional items

 

(30)

(23)

Cash generated from operations

 

450

388

 

    

 

 

 

Tax paid

 

(69)

(64)

Interest received

 

2

2

Interest paid

 

(36)

(28)

Net cash generated from operating activities

 

347

298

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

Acquisitions (net of cash acquired)

Acquisitions: repayment of loans and financing

10

10

(55)

(18)

(22)

-

Purchases of PPE

Purchase of other intangible assets

 

(272)

(5)

(263)

(5)

Proceeds from sale of PPE

 

14

23

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(336)

(267)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

Increase in long-term loans

 

905

393

Repayment of long-term loans

 

(826)

(373)

Increase in short-term loans

 

21

18

Repayment of short-term loans

 

(6)

-

Dividends paid to shareholders

 

(69)

(69)

Purchase of treasury shares

 

-

(8)    

Net cash from/(used in) financing activities

 

25

(39)

 

 

 

 

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

36

(8)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year

 

25

32

Exchange (loss)/gain on cash and cash equivalents

 

(2)

1

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year

 

59

25

         

 

(i)    Loss on disposal of £1 million is included in exceptional items.

 

(ii)   This relates to employee share awards within the statement of changes in equity. In 2016 there was also £2 million included as exceptional items.

 

 

RECONCILIATION OF NET CASH FLOW TO MOVEMENT IN NET DEBT

 

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2017

 

 

 

2017

2016

 

NOTES

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

 

 

 

 

Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

36

(8)

Change arising from acquisitions

 

(73)

(22)

Other changes

 

(21)

(16)

 

 

 

 

Changes in net debt arising from cash flows

 

(58)

(46)

 

 

 

 

Exchange gain/(loss)

 

55

(114)

 

 

 

 

Movement in net debt in year

 

(3)

(160)

Net debt at beginning of year

 

(649)

(489)

 

 

 

 

Net debt at end of year

8

(652)

(649)

 

 

GROUP STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2017

 

AS AT
31 DECEMBER 2017

ATTRIBUTABLE TO EQUITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY

 

 

 

ORDINARY

SHARE

CAPITAL

£ MILLLION

 

SHARE

PREMIUM

ACCOUNT

£ MILLLION

 

 

TREASURY

SHARES

£ MILLLION

 

CAPITAL

REDEMPTION

RESERVE

£ MILLLION

 

 

HEDGING

RESERVE

£ MILLLION

FOREIGN

EXCHANGE

RESERVE

(TRANSLATION)

£ MILLLION

 

 

RETAINED

EARNINGS

£ MILLLION

 

 

TOTAL

EQUITY

£ MILLLION

 

Balance at 1 January 2017

42

20

(14)

13

(3)

71

1,239

1,368

Profit for the period

-

-

-

-

-

-

106

106

Other comprehensive (loss)/income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value gains on interest rate swaps (net of tax)

-

-

-

-

2

-

-

2

PDVSA private placement notes: net change in fair value

-

-

-

-

-

-

(4)

(4)

Currency translation differences (Note (i))

-

-

-

-

-

(98)

-

(98)

Re-measurement of retirement benefits (net of tax)

-

-

-

-

-

-

4

4

Total comprehensive income for the  year ended 31 December 2017

-

-

-

-

2

(98)

106

10

Transactions with owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee share awards

-

-

-

-

-

-

8

8

Issue of ordinary shares to employees under share option schemes

-

-

7

-

-

-

(7)

-

Dividends paid during 2017

-

-

-

-

-

-

(69)

(69)

 

-

-

7

-

-

-

(68)

(61)

Balance at 31 December 2017

42

20

(7)

13

(1)

(27)

1,277

1,317

                   

 

(i)

Included in currency translation differences of the Group are exchange gains of £55 million arising on borrowings denominated in foreign currencies designated as hedges of net investments overseas, and exchange losses of £153 million relating to the translation of overseas results and net assets.

 

  

GROUP STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN EQUITY

 

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2017

 

AS AT
31 DECEMBER 2016

ATTRIBUTABLE TO EQUITY HOLDERS OF THE COMPANY

 

 

 

ORDINARY

SHARE

CAPITAL

£ MILLLION

 

SHARE

PREMIUM

ACCOUNT

£ MILLLION

 

 

TREASURY

SHARES

£ MILLLION

 

CAPITAL

REDEMPTION

RESERVE

£ MILLLION

 

 

HEDGING

RESERVE

£ MILLLION

FOREIGN

EXCHANGE

RESERVE

(TRANSLATION)

£ MILLLION

 

 

RETAINED

EARNINGS

£ MILLLION

 

 

TOTAL

EQUITY

£ MILLLION

 

Balance at 1 January 2016

42

20

(9)

13

(4)

(149)

1,202

1,115

Profit for the year

-

-

-

-

-

-

125

125

Other comprehensive (loss)/income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transfers from 
hedging reserve
to fixed assets

-

-

-

-

(3)

-

-

(3)

Fair value gains on foreign currency cash flow hedge

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

3

 

-

 

-

3

Fair value gains on interest rate swaps

-

-

-

-

1

-

-

1

Currency translation differences (Note (i))

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

-

 

220

-

220

Re-measurement of retirement benefits (net of tax)

-

-

-

-

-

-

(24)

(24)

Total comprehensive income for the year ended 31 December 2016

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

1

220

101

322

Transactions with owners:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of treasury shares

 

-

-

(8)

-

-

-

-

(8)

Employee share awards

-

-

-

-

-

-

8

8

Issue of ordinary shares to employees under share option schemes

-

-

3

-

-

-

(3)

-

Dividends paid during 2016

-

-

-

-

-

-

(69)

(69)

 

-

-

(5)

-

-

-

(64)

(69)

Balance at 31 December 2016

42

20

(14)

13

(3)

71

1,239

1,368

                   

 

(i)

Included in currency translation differences of the Group are exchange losses of £117 million arising on borrowings denominated in foreign currencies designated as hedges of net investments overseas, and exchange gains of £337 million relating to the translation of overseas results and net assets.

 

 

 

NOTES TO THE ACCOUNTS

For the year ended 31 December 2017

 

1. SEGMENTAL REPORTING

 

(a) Revenue by segment

 

 

 

 

 

EXTERNAL REVENUE

 

 

 

 

2017

2016

 

 

 

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

Power Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

  Industrial

 

 

 

340

262

  Utility

 

 

 

670

624

 

 

 

 

1,010

886

Rental Solutions

 

 

 

720

629

Group

 

 

 

1,730

1,515

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(i) Inter-segment transfers or transactions are entered into under the normal commercial terms and conditions that would also be available to unrelated third parties. All inter-segment revenue was less than £1 million.

 

 (b) Profit by segment

 

 

OPERATING PROFIT

 

2017

2016

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

Power Solutions

 

 

  Industrial

55

32

  Utility

93

164

 

148

196

Rental Solutions

81

52

Operating profit pre-exceptional items

229

248

Exceptional items (Note 2)

(41)

(49)

Operating profit post-exceptional items

188

199

Finance costs - net

(34)

(27)

Profit before taxation

154

172

Taxation

(48)

(47)

106

125

 

 

(c) Depreciation and amortisation by segment

 

 

 

 

BEFORE

 

 

 

 

 

EXCEPTIONAL

IMPAIRMENT

 

 

 

 

CHARGES

CHARGES

TOTAL

 

 

2017

2016

2016

2016

 

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

Power Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

  Industrial

 

72

63

-

63

  Utility

 

132

127

-

127

 

 

204

190

-

190

Rental Solutions

 

96

95

30

125

Group

 

300

285

30

315

 

 

(d) Capital expenditure on property, plant & equipment and intangible assets by segment

 

 

 

2017

2016

 

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

Power Solutions

 

 

 

  Industrial

 

55

43

  Utility

 

183

144

 

 

238

187

Rental Solutions

 

75

94

Group

 

313

281

 

(i)    Capital expenditure comprises additions of property, plant and equipment (PPE) of £272 million (2016: £263 million), additions of intangible assets of £5 million (2016: £5 million), acquisitions of PPE of £28 million (2016: £10 million), and acquisitions of intangible assets of £8 million (2016: £3 million).

 

(e) Assets/(Liabilities) by segment

 

 

ASSETS

LIABILITIES

 

2017

2016

2017

2016

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

Power Solutions

 

 

 

 

  Industrial

628

491

(61)

(44)

  Utility

1,109

1,169

(263)

(177)

 

1,737

1,660

(324)

(221)

Rental Solutions

765

779

(100)

(94)

Group

2,502

2,439

(424)

(315)

Tax and finance payable

65

71

(87)

(117)

Derivative financial instruments

-

1

(3)

(7)

Borrowings

-

-

(711)

(674)

Retirement benefit obligation

-

-

(25)

(30)

Total assets/(liabilities) per balance sheet

2,567

2,511

(1,250)

(1,143)

           

 

  

(f) Average number of employees by segment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUMBER

NUMBER

Power Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Industrial

 

 

 

 

 

1,380

1,326

     Utility

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,083

2,269

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,463

3,595

Rental Solutions

 

 

 

 

 

2,515

2,495

Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,978

6,090

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         

(g) Geographical information

 

 

REVENUE

NON-CURRENT ASSETS

 

2017

2016

2017

2016

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

North America

391

337

253

286

UK

95

82

110

101

Continental Europe

141

123

119

110

Eurasia

86

41

70

61

Middle East

169

144

343

264

Africa

247

243

158

231

Asia

168

164

149

130

Auspac

90

80

67

69

Latin America

343

301

160

240

 

1,730

1,515

1,429

1,492

             

 

Non-current assets exclude deferred tax.

 

(h) Reconciliation of net operating assets to net assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

Net operating assets

 

 

 

 

2,078

2,124

Retirement benefit obligation

 

 

 

 

(25)

(30)

Net tax and finance payable

 

 

 

 

(22)

(46)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,031

2,048

Borrowings and derivative financial instruments

 

(714)

(680)

Net assets

 

1,317

1,368

                         

 

 

2. EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS

     

An exceptional charge of £41 million before taxation was recorded in the year to 31 December 2017 (2016: £19 million) in respect of the Group's Business Priorities programme. The costs comprise £22 million of employee costs (2016: £11 million), £8 million of professional fees (2016: £7 million) and £11 million of property related costs (2016: £1 million). The employee costs relate to severance costs as well as the costs of employees who are working full time on the business priorities implementation. This exceptional charge can be split into Rental Solutions £13 million (2016: £10 million), Power Solutions Industrial £11 million (2016: £3 million) and Power Solutions Utility £17 million (2016: £6 million). In 2016 there was also an exceptional charge of £30 million relating to the impairment of small gas generators used solely in the North American Oil & Gas sector.

 

3. DIVIDENDS

 

 

2017

2017

2016

2016

 

£ MILLION

PER SHARE (P)

£ MILLION

PER SHARE (P)

 

 

 

 

 

Final paid

45

17.74

45

17.74

Interim paid

24

9.38

24

9.38

 

69

27.12

69

27.12

 

In addition, the Directors are proposing a final dividend in respect of the financial year ended 31 December 2017 of 17.74 pence per share which will utilise an estimated £45 million of Shareholders' funds.  It will be paid on 22 May 2018 to shareholders who are on the register of members on 20 April 2018.

 

4. EARNINGS PER SHARE

 

Basic earnings per share have been calculated by dividing the earnings attributable to ordinary shareholders by the weighted average number of shares in issue during the period, excluding shares held by the Employee Share Ownership Trusts which are treated as cancelled.

 

 

2017

2016

 

 

 

Profit for the year (£ million)

106

125

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue (million)

255

255

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share (pence)

41.54

48.88

 

For diluted earnings per share, the weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue is adjusted to assume conversion of all potentially dilutive ordinary shares.  These represent share options granted to employees where the exercise price is less than the average market price of the Company's ordinary shares during the period.  The number of shares calculated as above is compared with the

number of shares that would have been issued assuming the exercise of the share options.

 

 

2017

2016

 

 

 

Profit for the year (£ million)

106

125

 

 

 

Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue (million)

255

255

Adjustment for share options

-

-

Diluted weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue (million)

255

255

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share (pence)

41.51

48.86

 

Aggreko plc assesses the performance of the Group by adjusting earnings per share, calculated in accordance with IAS 33, to exclude items it considers to be material and non-recurring and believes that the exclusion of such items provides a better comparison of business performance. The calculation of earnings per ordinary share on a basis which excludes exceptional items is based on the following adjusted earnings:

 

 

 

2017

2016

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

Profit for the year

106

125

Exclude exceptional items

32

33

Profit for the year pre-exceptional items

138

158

 

 

 

An adjusted earnings per share figure is presented below.

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share pre-exceptional items (pence)

53.98

61.98

Diluted earnings per share pre-exceptional items (pence)

53.94

61.95

 

5. TAXATION

 

 

 

 

TOTAL BEFORE EXCEPTIONAL

EXCEPTIONAL

 ITEMS (i)

 

TOTAL BEFORE EXCEPTIONAL

EXCEPTIONAL

 

 

 

 

 

ITEMS

(Note 2)

 

ITEMS

ITEMS

 

 

 

 

 

2017

2017

2017

2016

2016

2016

 

 

 

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

Analysis of charge in year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current tax expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  - UK corporation tax

 

11

(2)

9

7

(1)

6

  - Overseas taxation

 

78

(7)

71

73

(4)

69

 

 

 

 

89

(9)

80

80

(5)

75

Adjustments in respect of prior years:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  - UK

 

 

 

(2)

-

(2)

-

-

-

  - Overseas

 

 

(3)

-

(3)

(8)

-

(8)

 

 

 

 

84

(9)

75

72

(5)

67

Deferred taxation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  - temporary differences arising in current year

(27)

-

(27)

(13)

(11)

(24)

  - movements in respect of prior years

-

-

-

4

-

4

 

 

 

 

57

(9)

48

63

(16)

47

 

(i)

Exceptional items are explained in Note 2 and comprise costs of £41 million relating to our Business Priorities programme (2016: £19 million) and £nil relating to asset impairment (2016: £30 million). Of these costs £41 million are tax deductible (2016: £45 million) and result in an exception credit of £9 million (2016: £16 million).

 

 Variances between the current tax charge and the standard 19% UK corporate tax rate when applied to profit on ordinary activities for the year are as follows:

 

 

TOTAL BEFORE EXCEPTIONAL

ITEMS

EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS

(Note 2)

 

 

2017

2017

2017

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

 

 

 

 

Profit before taxation

195

(41)

154

 

 

 

 

Tax calculated at 19% standard UK corporate tax rate

38

(8)

30

Differences between UK and overseas tax rates

30

(1)

29

Expenses not tax effected

8

-

8

Income not subject to tax

(3)

-

(3)

Impact of deferred tax rate changes in    relation to US tax reform

(10)

-

(10)

Impact of deferred tax rate changes - non US

(1)

-

(1)

Tax on current year profit

62

(9)

53

Prior year adjustments - current tax

(5)

-

(5)

Total tax on profit

57

(9)

48

 

 

 

 

Effective tax rate

29%

23%

31%

 

 

6. PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

 

YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2017

 

 

FREEHOLD

SHORT LEASEHOLD

RENTAL

VEHICLES, PLANT &

 

 

PROPERTIES

PROPERTIES

FLEET

EQUIPMENT

TOTAL

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

Cost

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2017

91

22

3,475

136

3,724

Exchange adjustments

(3)

(1)

(256)

(7)

(267)

Additions

1

1

246

24

272

Acquisitions (Note 10)

-

-

23

5

28

Disposals

(3)

(2)

(88)

(6)

(99)

At 31 December 2017

86

20

3,400

152

3,658

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated depreciation

 

 

 

 

 

At 1 January 2017

36

16

2,272

91

2,415

Exchange adjustments

(2)

-

(172)

(5)

(179)

Charge for the period

3

1

275

17

296

Disposals

(2)

(2)

(79)

(5)

(88)

At 31 December 2017

35

15

2,296

98

2,444

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net book values

 

 

 

 

 

At 31 December 2017

51

5

1,104

54

1,214

At 31 December 2016

55

6

1,203

45

1,309

             

 

 

7. TRADE AND OTHER RECEIVABLES

 

 

2017

2016

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

 

 

 

Trade receivables

570

521

Less: provision for impairment of receivables

(80)

(67)

Trade receivables - net

490

454

Prepayments

57

38

Accrued income

139

109

Other receivables (Note (i))

84

55

Total receivables

770

656

 

 

 

(i)    In September 2016 the Group signed £14 million of private placement notes with one customer in Venezuela (PDVSA) to progress clearing the overdue debt. This resulted in a financial instrument which replaced the net trade receivable balance. The financial instrument was booked at fair value which reflects our estimation of the recoverability of the notes. This fair value is estimated to be £4 million (2016: £8 million). This financial instrument is included in other receivables.

 

8. BORROWINGS

 

 

2017

2016

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

Non-current

 

 

Bank borrowings

103

329

Private placement notes

481

304

 

584

633

Current

 

 

Bank overdrafts

12

19

Bank borrowings

72

41

Private placement notes

55

-

 

139

60

 

 

 

Total borrowings

723

693

 

 

 

Short-term deposits

-

(1)

Cash at bank and in hand

(71)

(43)

 

 

 

Net borrowings

652

649

 

 

 

Overdrafts and borrowings are unsecured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. TRADE AND OTHER PAYABLES

 

 

2017

2016

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

 

 

 

Trade payables

160

88

Other taxation and social security payable

16

78

13

68

Other payables

Accruals

127

113

Deferred income

27

17

 

408

299

 

The value of trade and other payables quoted in the table above also represents the fair value of these items.

 

10. ACQUISITIONS

 

Younicos

 

On 3 July 2017 the Group acquired 100% of the share capital of Younicos, a global market leader in the development and deployment of integrated energy systems. This capability investment will help us provide a lower cost, cleaner energy and broadens the range of products available to our customers. The cost of the acquisition was £47 million.

 

The revenue and operating loss included in the consolidated income statement from 3 July 2017 to 31 December 2017 contributed by Younicos was £10 million and £6 million respectively. Had Younicos been consolidated from 1 January 2017, the consolidated income statement for the year ended 31 December 2017 would show revenue and operating profit of £1,735 million and £176 million respectively.

 

The acquisition method of accounting has been adopted and the goodwill arising on the purchase has been capitalised. Acquisition related costs of £0.8 million have been expensed in the period and are included within administrative expenses in the income statement.

 

Goodwill represents the value of synergies arising from the integration of the acquired business.  Younicos' proprietary software and control systems, together with its knowledge of battery storage, enable the integration of multiple energy sources, both thermal and renewable, to deliver an optimised energy system. We can leverage Younicos' expertise and combine this with our generating technology, deployment capability and global scale to provide customers with a reliable, cheaper and cleaner source of energy.

 

KBT (Kerta Bumni Tekindo)

 

On 14 June 2017 the Group acquired 95% of the share capital of KBT, an Indonesia-based power rental company, for a maximum consideration of £25 million. Indonesia is a good market for Aggreko's solutions and this acquisition strengthens our business in this important power market.

 

Included within this maximum consideration is £7 million which was deposited into an escrow account as contingent consideration.  The total potential undiscounted amount of all future payments that the seller could be entitled to under the acquisition agreement is between £nil and £7 million, payable after year 1 and year 3.

 

These amounts are dependent upon a number of conditions relating to the contracts in place at the acquisition date.  Deductions would be made for the following:

·      Any contracts that:

- are off-hired

- are expired or have been terminated or

- have extended at terms lower than those currently in place

·      Any claims against the contract including overdue trade receivables, tax or misrepresentations.

 

These conditions were assessed post acquisition and resulted in Aggreko recognising a receivable in relation to the full contingent consideration value of £7 million.

 

The revenue and operating profit included in the consolidated income statement from 14 June 2017 to 31 December 2017 contributed by KBT was £7 million and £nil respectively. Had KBT been consolidated from 1 January 2017, the consolidated income statement for the year ended 31 December 2017 would show revenue and operating profit of £1,737 million and £188 million respectively.

 

The acquisition method of accounting has been adopted and the goodwill arising on the purchase has been capitalised. Acquisition related costs of £0.4 million have been expensed in the period and are included within administrative expenses in the income statement.

 

Negative goodwill has arisen as the seller required a quick sale and believed Aggreko was a good fit for the business.

 

TuCo Industrial Products Inc

 

On 27 January 2017 the Group completed the acquisition of the business and assets of TuCo Industrial Products Inc (TuCo). TuCo specialises in providing temporary heat and air conditioning equipment to the construction, industrial, commercial and special events industries and strengthens our business in these sectors. The purchase consideration paid in cash was £3 million.

 

The revenue and operating profit included in the consolidated income statement from 27 January 2017 to 31 December 2017 contributed by TuCo was £2 million and £nil respectively.  Had TuCo been consolidated from 1 January 2017, the consolidated income statement for the period ended 31 December 2017 would show revenue and operating profit of £1,730 million and £188 million respectively.

 

The acquisition method of accounting has been adopted and the goodwill arising on the purchase has been capitalised. Acquisition related costs of £0.2 million have been expensed in the period and are included within administrative expenses in the income statement.

 

Goodwill represents the value of synergies arising from the integration of the acquired business. Synergies include direct cost savings and the reduction of overheads as well as the ability to leverage Aggreko systems and access to assets.

 

The details of the transactions and the fair value of assets acquired in the three acquisitions are shown in the table below:

 

 

 

YOUNICOS

KBT

TUCO

TOTAL

 

 

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

£ MILLION

Property, plant and equipment

 

5

22

1

28

Intangible assets

 

6

2

-

8

Inventory

 

-

-

1

1

Trade and other receivables

 

6

4

-

10

Trade and other payables

 

(4)

(8)

-

(12)

Deferred taxation

 

(2)

-

-

(2)

Loans and financing

 

-

(18)

-

(18)

Cash

 

2

-

-

2

Net assets acquired

 

13

2

2

17

Goodwill (i)

 

34

(2)

1

33

Consideration (ii)

 

47

-

3

50

Loans and financing settled

 

-

18

-

18

Consideration in escrow due to be received

 

-

7

-

7

Less cash and cash equivalents acquired

 

(2)

-

-

(2)

Net cash outflow

 

45

25

3

73

 

 

 

 

 

 

(i)    Negative goodwill of £2 million in relation to KBT is reflected in the income statement.

(ii)   The effective purchase consideration for KBT was £7 million plus loans and financing settled of £18 million.

 

The fair values are provisional and will be finalised during the first half of 2018.

 

11. POST BALANCE SHEET EVENTS

 

On 15 February 2018 the Group announced the acquisition in North America of the business and assets of A Contact Electric Rentals. The acquisition furthers Aggreko's leadership position in the specialty rental market and long-term growth strategy to excel through specialised rental solutions. A Contact specialises in the rental of medium and high voltage electrical distribution equipment.  The cost of the acquisition was £21 million ($30 million). For the year ended 31 December 2017 A Contact had revenue and operating profit of around £9 million and £4 million respectively. The fair values will be calculated during the first half of 2018.

 

NOTES:

 

1.

The financial information set out above does not constitute the company's statutory accounts for the years ended 31 December 2017 or 2016 but is derived from those accounts. Statutory accounts for 2016 has been delivered to the registrar of companies, and those for 2017 will be delivered in due course. The auditors have reported on those accounts; their reports were (i) unqualified, (ii) did not include a reference to any matters to which the auditors drew attention by way of emphasis without qualifying their report and (iii) did not contain a statement under section 498 (2) or (3) of the Companies Act 2006

 

 

2.

The Annual Report will be posted to all shareholders on 23 March 2018 and will be available on request from the Secretary, Aggreko plc, 8th Floor, 120 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 7JS.  The Annual General Meeting will be held in Glasgow on 26 April 2018. The Annual Report contains full details of the principal accounting policies adopted in the preparation of these financial statements.

 

 

3.

A final dividend of 17.74 pence per share will be recommended to shareholders and, if approved, will be paid on 22 May 2018 to shareholders on the register at 20 April 2018.

 

 

STATEMENT OF DIRECTORS' RESPONSIBILITIES

 

The Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2017, which will be published on 23 March 2018, complies with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules in respect of the requirement to produce an Annual Financial Report. The Directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge:

 

 

·    the consolidated financial statements contained in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2017, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the EU, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit of the Group; and

 

·    the management report represented by the strategic report contained in the Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2017 includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the Group, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that the Group faces.

 

By order of the Board

 

Chris Weston

Heath Drewett

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

6 March 2018

 

 

 

 

[1] Group and PSU reconciliation excluding Argentina is detailed on page 15.

[2] Exceptional items relate to costs in respect of the Group's Business Priorities programme. Further details are contained in the Financial Review on page 15 and Note 2 to the Accounts.

[3] Pass-through fuel relates to Power Solutions Utility contracts in Brazil and Mozambique where we provide fuel on a pass-through basis. Pass-through fuel revenue in 2017 was £139m (2016: £60m) and an operating loss of £3m (2016: £nil).

[4] Underlying change excludes currency, pass-through fuel and exceptional items. A reconciliation between reported change and underlying change is detailed on page 14.

5 ROCE is calculated by taking the operating profit for the year and expressing it as a percentage of the average net operating assets at 1 January, 30 June and 31 December. 

6 Underlying change excludes currency, pass-through fuel and exceptional items. A reconciliation between reported and underlying change is detailed on page 14.

[7] Pre exceptional items

[8] PSU reconciliation excluding Argentina is detailed on page 15.

[9] Reflects the final dividend for 2016 of 17.74 pence per share (2015: 17.74 pence) that was paid during the period.

 


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