Kentz Corp increases 2012 final dividend by 18%

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Kentz Corp increases 2012 final dividend by 18%

Financial Highlights

Revenue including revenue from JVs up 6% to US$1.56 billion (2011:US$1.47 billion)

EBITDA up 22% to US$118.5m (2011: US$97.5m)

Profit before tax up 32% to US$104.8m (2011: US$79.4m)

Profit before tax margin 7.4% (2011: 6.2% excluding non-recurring costs)

Gross cash balance of US$223.3m at 31 December 2012 (2011: US$238.1m)

EPS (diluted) 58.05 US¢ up 19% (2011: 48.98 US¢)

US$2.57 billion backlog at 31 December 2012 (2011: US$2.40 billion)

Proposed final dividend of 9.0 US¢ per share; total 2012 dividend payment of 14.5 US¢ per share, up 18% on 2011

Corporate Highlights

Further success in Iraq with the award of three Technical Support Services (TSS) contracts and increased bidding activity evident in the country

Engineering capability enhanced with the acquisition of the assets of GCDE's engineering office in Chennai, India

Tush Doshi appointed COO of EPC business unit and Mark Payton appointed as Group Corporate Development Officer

Pipeline of opportunities up 32% to US$13.2 billion

Current trading and outlook

Two new contracts awarded in early 2013 in Canada:

o Telecommunications contract with Suncor for the Fort Hills Oil Sands Project

o Commissioning agreement with Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited for services in the Athabasca oil sands which will run until 2016

Backlog at the end of February 2013 increased to US$2.73bn, up 6% on the December 2012 position


Commenting on the results Christian Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Kentz said:

"We have ended 2012 with confidence that our future outlook continues to be positive. The past twelve months has been another successful period for Kentz where we have continued to expand our operations, develop new client relationships and provide services for some of the world's largest and most prestigious projects.

"Our strong workforce of 14,500 people in 30 countries continues to execute projects at the highest standards, as evidenced by our industry-leading safety performance. As we adopt our new strategic initiatives, we look forward to the next few years with the confidence that our business will continue to prosper"

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