Ausdrill Delivers Strong H1 Result, Following Transformational Acquisition of Barminco

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Summary of H1 results

* Revenue from operations of $640.2 million, up 45.6%

* Underlying EBIT from continuing operations of $67.1 million^, up 27.6%

* Underlying net profit after tax from continuing operations of $39.8 million^, up 32.7%

* Statutory net profit after tax of $217.0 million

* Successfully acquired leading underground mining services provider, Barminco, transforming Ausdrill into the second largest mining services company in Australia

* Maintained balance sheet strength, with net leverage of 1.4x (30 June 2018: 1.4x) and credit ratings upgraded to BB by S&P and Ba2 by Moody’s

* Fully franked interim dividend of 3.5 cents per share

* Continued improvement in safety performance across the Group

* More than $2 billion in new contracts and contract extensions since 1 July 2018

* New business structure implemented, and growth strategy developed under the leadership of Ausdrill’s recently appointed Managing Director Mark Norwell

* On track to deliver FY19 earnings guidance

Diversified mining services company Ausdrill Limited (ASX: ASL) has delivered a strong financial result for the six months ended 31 December 2018 following the transformational acquisition of Barminco.

The underlying results include two months of contribution from Barminco and its additional 50% share in AUMS that were acquired on 31 October 2018. On a proforma basis, and to enable comparison, had the group made the Barminco acquisition at the start of the financial year the underlying proforma NPAT would have been $55.2 million.

The Group’s statutory NPAT for the period was $217.0 million. This increase in the statutory result is due to a significant uplift from one-off, non-cash items relating to the accounting treatment of the acquisition.

Ausdrill Managing Director, Mark Norwell, said the half year results demonstrated the strength and diversity of the expanded Ausdrill group.

“The new Ausdrill delivered both revenue and profit growth in the six months.

“Importantly, the expanded Ausdrill group also secured over $2 billion in new work since 1 July 2018 and successfully integrated the Barminco business, ensuring the Company is set to deliver on its FY19 guidance and is well positioned for FY20.

“Looking forward, we now have a more diverse and less capital-intensive Group and have achieved this whilst maintaining a strong balance sheet that supports dividends and provides the flexibility to deliver on the strategy that has now been established.”

The reported results reflect the audited statutory accounts.

The underlying results show the reported numbers less one-off non-recurring items. In effect this is the operating result for the period and includes two months of Barminco results (including two months of its additional 50% share of AUMS) in H1 FY19.

The proforma results show the results had Ausdrill owned Barminco and 100% of AUMS for the full term of H1 FY19 and H1 FY18. These numbers have been provided to show the proforma position of the new group and to facilitate a like for like comparison.

As demonstrated in the table above, there were several one-off, non-cash items that significantly increased Ausdrill’s statutory net profit after tax result. These included a $198.4 million

accounting gain from the revaluation of Ausdrill’s 50 per cent share of AUMS that the Company owned prior to the acquisition of Barminco, and a $30.7 million taxation benefit that was largely related to the Barminco transaction. Meanwhile, Ausdrill also recorded a $31.2 million impairment to the value of its Energy Drilling Australia (EDA) assets, which have been in care and maintenance since FY16. In addition, there were some smaller one-off costs, including transaction and redundancy costs.

Outlook

The acquisition of Barminco in October 2018 represented a transformational event for the Ausdrill Group, forming Australia’s second largest mining services company. The Group, under new leadership, will continue to embrace its history whilst pursuing growth opportunities to deliver increased shareholder returns.

Ausdrill has established a new structure and strategic direction under the leadership of recently appointed Managing Director, Mark Norwell, focused on delivering sustainable growth.

Mr Norwell said the new Ausdrill group would focus on delivering certainty to customers by investing in its people, embracing innovation and technology and ensuring a focus on value

adding systems and business discipline.

“Ausdrill has done a great job in growing into a multi-national mining services company but with the acquisition of Barminco and a refreshed structure, we have the opportunity to ensure the new Ausdrill has the best standards, a leading safety culture, and a constant focus on efficiencies to deliver for our customers, shareholders, communities and our 7,500 committed employees,” Mr Norwell said.

“In particular, a key focus is to transform our above ground operations in Africa, divest businesses that do not fit strategically, and ensure we are achieving best practice in the way we win and deliver work for clients across the group.

Appointment of CFO

Finally, Ausdrill is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Peter Bryant to the role of Chief Financial Officer of the Group.

Peter is a well credentialed CFO with over 25 years’ experience. He held leadership roles in a number of companies including ASX-listed Seven West Media and GRD and more recently,

Barminco, where he served as CFO for five years. Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Ausdrill Managing Director, Mark Norwell, said “I am delighted to formally announce Peter’s appointment as CFO. I’m extremely happy to have been able to fill the role with someone who has had significant experience in the recently acquired Barminco”.

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(Source: FTI Consulting, Strategic Communications Perth)

 


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