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ARCADIS maintains organic growth and further increases profitability in first half 2014

July 27, 2014

* Gross revenues €1,198 million; organic growth net revenues +1.5% in first half 2014 * Operating EBITA up 8% leading to an H1 operating margin of 10.0% (H1 2013: 9.1%) * Net income from operations improves 13% to €55.8 million * ONEurope on track to meet 10% operating margin target by Q4 2014 * Free Cash Flow improved by €49 million versus the same period last year * Good visibility maintained thanks to 6% increase in net revenue backlog (organic +4%) versus year-end 2013 * Outlook: ARCADIS expects net revenues to be comparable with last year, and net income from operations to be 5% to 10% higher than in 2013, barring unforeseen circumstances July 28, 2014 - ARCADIS (NYSE EURONEXT: ARCAD), the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, today announced it has maintained growth and improved profitability in the first half year ended 30 June 2014, compared to the same period last year. Organic net revenue growth was +1.5% for the first half year. All regions saw organic growth with the exception of North America, where our relative performance however is good given the current environment: public sector revenues remain under pressure, private sector market continues to be competitive. Overall strong profit growth was realized despite investing in organic growth initiatives. ARCADIS CEO Neil McArthur about the results: "I am very pleased with the operating margin we achieved, especially in light of the investments we are making in organic growth. In addition, the higher margin was supported by improvements in Continental Europe, and the UK. After many quarters of declines we saw Continental Europe return to growth. Also growth in Emerging Markets held up with the exception of mining in Latin America, where we could shift resources to water and transportation projects. In the UK, growth was solid and market conditions are further improving. In the United States, we dealt with pressure in federal and municipal markets and sustained competition for private sector work. Profitability in the US was maintained due to proactive cost management. Given the backlog, our investments in growth priorities, and the prospect of winning some large projects I am confident that we will be able to keep net revenues at prior year levels and grow our 2014 net income from operations to be 5% to 10% higher than in 2013." Key figures second quarter --------------------------------------------------------------------     Second quarter Amounts in € millions unless otherwise stated 2014 2013 -------------------------------------------------------------------- Gross revenues 610 638 Organic gross revenue growth -1% Net revenues 470 484 Organic net revenue growth +1% EBITA 41.7 36.8 Operating EBITA(1) 48.6 43.4 Operating margin 10.3% 9.0% -------------------------------------------------------------------- (1) Excluding restructuring, integration and acquisition-related costs Review of performance for the second quarter Gross and net revenues benefited from growth in the UK, Continental Europe and Emerging Markets. In the latter, Asia and the Middle East support organic growth while mining (infrastructure) in Latin America was soft. In the quarter the currency effect was -4%, while acquisitions had little effect. Reported EBITA increased by 13.6% in the second quarter to €41.7 million including €3.6 million in costs related to acquisitions, currency effects of -6% and restructuring and integration charges of €3.2 million (Q2 2013: €5.6 million). Operating EBITA grew by 11.8% to €48.6 million with a stronger performance from Continental Europe and the UK. Operating EBITA margins improved further to 10.3% (Q2 2013: 9.0%). Key figures first half year --------------------------------------------------------------------------           First half year Amounts in € millions unless otherwise noted 2014 2013 Change -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gross revenues 1,198 1,240 -3% Organic gross revenue growth 0% Net revenues 932 950 -2% Organic net revenue growth +1.5% EBITA 83.3 76.4 +9% Operating EBITA 92.7 86.2 +8% Operating margin 10.0% 9.1% Net income 45.6 41.4 +10% Ditto per share (in €) 0.63 0.58 +9% Net income from operations(1) 55.8 49.5 +13% Ditto per share (in €)(1) 0.77 0.69 +12% Weighted average number of shares (million) 72.7 71.5 +2% Free Cash Flow(2) (11.9) (60.7) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- (1) Before amortization and non-operational items (net of tax) (2) Cash flow from operating activities minus investments in (in)tangible assets Review of performance for the first half year Due to adverse currency effects of -4% overall net revenues declined. The contribution from acquisitions (SENES, inProjects) was 1%. Organically gross revenues were flat, but net revenues grew by +1.5%. The decline in North America caused by a slowdown in public sector markets and sustained competition in the private sector, was compensated by continued growth in Emerging Markets and the UK and a return to growth in Europe. In Emerging Markets, the Middle East and Asia continued to perform well, while Latin America realized lower growth on the back of reduced mining investments, which was partially compensated by growth in water and environment. Reported EBITA grew 9% to €83.3 million despite currency effects of -5%. Excluding restructuring charges and acquisition-related costs, operating EBITA increased 8% to €92.7 million (H1 2013: €86.2 million). The operating margin was 10.0%, a considerable improvement (H1 2013: 9.1%) aided by margin improvements in Continental Europe and the UK. Restructuring and integration charges amounted to €5.5 million (H1 2013: €8.7 million) and were mainly related to cost actions in Europe. Acquisition related costs were €3.9 million (H1 2013: €1.1 million). At 29.6% the effective tax rate was slightly higher (H1 2013: 28.8%)mostly caused by the non-deductibility of acquisition-related costs. As a result of improved financing conditions, financing charges went down considerably to €7.8 million (H1 2013: €10.1 million). Income from associated companies was a loss of €1.0 million (H1 2013: +€1.4 million) due to the underperformance of hydropower assets in Brazil. Net income rose 10% to €45.6 million or €0.63 per share compared to €41.4 million or €0.58 per share in the first half of 2013. Net income from operations was €55.8 million or €0.77 per share, an increase of 13% (H1 2013: €49.5 million or €0.69 per share). Cash flow and balance sheet Cash flow from operations turned slightly positive at €0.2 million in the first half of 2014 (H1 2013: -€40.6 million). Net working capital as a percentage of gross revenues was flat at 18.4%. Net debt came down significantly from €401 million at the end of the first half of 2013 to €284 million at the end of the first half of 2014. Based on average net debt our leverage ratio improved to 1.1 (Q2 2013: 1.5). Developments by business line Figures below are for the first half year of 2014 compared to the same period last year, unless otherwise mentioned.   | Infrastructure | Water | Environment | Buildings --------------------------+----------------+-------+-------------+----------- Gross revenue growth(1) | -4% | -6% | -10% | +6% --------------------------+----------------+-------+-------------+----------- Of which: |   |   |   | --------------------------+----------------+-------+-------------+----------- * Organic | +1% | -1% | -6% | +7% --------------------------+----------------+-------+-------------+----------- * Acquisitions | 0% | -1% | +1% | +1% --------------------------+----------------+-------+-------------+----------- * Currency impact | -5% | -5% | -4% | -2% --------------------------+----------------+-------+-------------+----------- Net revenue growth(1) | -5% | -4% | -8% | +7% --------------------------+----------------+-------+-------------+----------- Of which: |   |   |   | --------------------------+----------------+-------+-------------+----------- * Organic | 0% | +1% | -4% | +8% --------------------------+----------------+-------+-------------+----------- Backlog development(2) | -1% | +5% | +5% | +6% --------------------------+----------------+-------+-------------+----------- (1) Rounding and reclassifications may impact totals (2) Organic development compared to year-end 2013 * Infrastructure (25% of gross revenues) Organic net revenue growth in Infrastructure was essentially flat, with the UK and Continental Europe contributing to growth. North American infrastructure revenues were slightly up. We saw a decline in mining work in Latin America, caused by the reduction in capital investments by mining clients, which also impacted the backlog of the Infrastructure business. * Water (14% of gross revenues) Water activities returned to growth driven by Emerging Markets, and more specifically by Latin America. Net revenues in Continental Europe started picking up, but market conditions remain soft. In North America growth in our 'Water for Industry' program was offset by project delays by municipal water clients. In the UK order intake was up markedly, but revenues fell short due to start up delays. Overall backlog improved in all regions except for North America. * Environment (31% of gross revenues) Environmental revenues declined as market conditions in the US federal and municipal market remained soft due to spending constraints and continued strong private sector competition in North America. Emerging Markets (especially Brazil) achieved high revenue growth, including from multinational clients. In Continental Europe revenues were stable. The backlog improved most in Continental Europe and Latin America. * Buildings (30% of gross revenues) In Buildings strong growth was led by Emerging Markets of the Middle East and Asia. Solid growth was also achieved in the UK and Continental Europe, where we benefitted from the increased demand for projects related to operating expenditure and program management. In North America, revenues remained stable. Significant growth was achieved in design and architecture globally. Strong order intake drove up the backlog. ONEurope progress update In Continental Europe, net revenues grew organically in the first half by 3%, while backlog was up 9%. Operating margins in Continental Europe in the second quarter were 7.5%, somewhat below 8.1% of the first quarter due to less working days. We are on track to meet our 10% operating margin target in the fourth quarter of 2014. Backlog Backlog was up 6% year to date. Of this increase 4% was from organic growth and 2% resulted from currency effects. The decline in backlog in infrastructure is mainly caused in Latin America. Water and Buildings achieved strong backlog growth, as did Environment albeit to a lesser extent. The outlook for order intake improved during the quarter as we are currently negotiating final contract terms for several large project wins. Outlook per business line In the infrastructure market, stable revenues: growth is expected to continue in the Middle East and Continental Europe, although the European market is still fragile. This growth will be offset by lower spend by mining clients in Latin America, where new orders are more likely to generate growth in 2015. In the water market, low growth: In North America, market conditions are soft but expected to improve, while in Emerging Markets Latin America remains strong. In the UK, we expect to benefit from recent new contract wins and framework renewals, while the water market in Continental Europe is likely to remain soft. The environmental market, no growth: soft market in second half with order intake in North America expected to improve markedly, impacting the environmental revenues from 2015 onward. The other geographies, including Continental Europe are expected to show good growth in the second half of the year. In the buildings market, strong growth: we foresee continued growth in all regions. The Middle East and Asia will benefit from strong spending in retail/mixed use. The UK - now also outside London - Continental Europe, and North America are expected to grow as real estate markets improve and program management and business advisory services gain further momentum. Outlook Barring unforeseen circumstances, ARCADIS expects net revenues to be comparable with last year, and net income from operations to be 5% to 10% higher than in 2013. #  #  # For more information, please contact Joost Slooten of ARCADIS at +31-202011083 or outside office hours at +31-627061880 or e-mail About ARCADIS: ARCADIS is the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm working in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes through the application of design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services. ARCADIS differentiates through its talented and passionate people and its unique combination of capabilities covering the whole asset life cycle, its deep market sector insights and its ability to integrate health & safety and sustainability into the design and delivery of solutions across the globe. We are 22,000 people that generate €2.5 billion in revenues. 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