Strategic reorientation initiated
Full Potential Programme aimed at identifying and establishing benchmark profit improvement programme
Introduction of value-based management, providing insight into value creation
Introduction of percentage of completion method of accounting, enhancing transparency
Rearrangement and adjustment of portfolio of activities: divestment of business units failing to make adequate long-term contributions to results
Focus on cash-generating and cost-saving measures
In connection with change of direction, provisions totalling EUR 166 million
Forecast operating result for 2000 before provisions: EUR 90 million; forecast net loss for 2000: EUR 68 million, due to provisions
Key figures as at 30 June 2000
Turnover: after provisions EUR 2,441 million - before provisions +11%
Net profit: after provisions EUR -102 million - before provisions EUR 64 million [inc. 36 million PoC*]
Net profit as % of shareholders’ equity:after provisions –39% - before provisions 25% [inc. 13% PoC*]
Net profit per ordinary share:after provisions EUR –2.92 - before provisions EUR 1.83 [inc. 1.03 PoC*]
Order book at year-end 2000 expected to be at record level [EUR 5.2 billion]; good quality and diversity
*recognised according to the percentage of completion method.
Rijswijk, the Netherlands – HBG, Hollandsche Beton Groep nv, has embarked on a drastic change of course. This centres on the strategic reorientation, which will be completed at the beginning of 2001. With these changes, the Board of Management aims to focus the Group and the individual group companies more keenly on the product/market combinations which have profitable growth potential and match the capabilities of HBG most closely. It is also the aim to make further improvements in the quality of the workforce and the production processes. The Group is introducing a benchmark programme, along with a system of value-based management, with the object of increasing management accountability. This package of measures will lead to greater shareholder value. With this strategic reorientation, the Group has set itself the target of ranking among the top international construction companies in terms of profitability and will divest activities which do not make a structural and sustainable long-term contribution to profits.