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Ballast Nedam Half-year Figures: Disappointing Results, Refinancing Secured and Disposals Progressing

July 6, 2014



NIEUWEGEIN, The Netherlands, July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --


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- Results in line with press release of 16 June 2014 - Operational loss of EUR45 million, EUR15 million of which is restructuring costs, reorganisation costs and impairments and EUR22 million book profit on disposals (first half-year of 2013: EUR1 million EBIT) - Net result of EUR51 million loss (first half-year of 2013: EUR3 million loss) - Order book of EUR1.2 billion (end of 2013: EUR1.5 billion) - Financing position of EUR116 million debt (end of 2013: EUR61 million debt)




Financial, strategic and operational measures in the first half-year of 2014:

- An agreement in principle announced in June was entered into with the banks on financing Ballast Nedam until 2017. Part of the agreement is a deferment of 12 months for repayment of loans from the proceeds of disposals, up to a maximum amount of EUR15 million. - Reinforcing financial position through a package of disposals is being prepared in addition to the previously announced sale of Ballast Phoenix Ltd. - Improvement programmes have started, including an improvement project for the control of working capital and various projects focused on cost saving. - The announced integration of the operational control from six clusters to the three divisions of Infrastructure, Building & Development, and Specialized Companies & Supplies has been carried out.




A differentiated market approach has been developed for the three divisions within Ballast Nedam's strategic focus.

- Previously announced restructuring measures were carried out according to schedule in the divisions Building & Development and Specialized Companies & Supplies. Organizational change at Infrastructure has been initiated. - Erik van der Noordaa was appointed as chairman of the Board of Management of Ballast Nedam.



Key figures first first half year half year x EUR 1 million 2014 2013 2013 Revenue 515 486 1 240 EBIT ( 45) 1 ( 30) Margin (8.7%) 0.2% (2.4%) Profit before income tax ( 50) ( 3) ( 37) Profit for the period ( 51) ( 3) ( 41) Dividend in EUR 0.00 0.47 0 Order book 1 188 1 567 1 460 Shareholders' equity 36 128 90 Solvency 4% 16% 11% Financing position ( 116) ( 116) ( 61)




Ballast Nedam has just had a heavy loss-making first half-year, with a negative operational result of EUR45 million, EUR15 million of which is restructuring costs, reorganisation costs and impairments and EUR22 million is book profit on disposals. In particular, the major loss on the Maasvlakte - Vaanplein project caused by considerable additional cost overruns, had a negative effect on the results. Project results for the Infrastructure division were disappointing, including the A2 Maastricht Project, which is carried out by the Avenue2 consortium. A provision amounting to EUR 14 million was included for this in anticipation of the results of a recently started audit within the project. Good results were achieved in the offshore niche market. A number of large complex building projects also resulted in a good contribution. In the past six months, no new major projects have been acquired on the domestic market.

In the latest project report for A-Lanes A15, the Construction consortium that performs the A15 Maasvlakte-Vaanplein project, the aggregate cost overruns of the design and build activities amounted to EUR217 million. Ballast Nedam's formal participation in the construction combination is 33.33%. Pursuant to the agreed working agreements, however, Ballast Nedam's effective share in the project is 40%. This means that Ballast Nedam will have to take as a loss and prefinance an amount of EUR87 million of the cumulative amount of EUR217 million of cost overruns, in anticipation of the outcome of the contractually agreed procedure for hearing disputes. It may be some time before this procedure has a clear outcome. The cost overruns have considerably affected the company's solvency and liquidity position.

Pursuant to the contractual obligations on the side of the client Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, Ballast Nedam expects, with A-Lanes A15, that the Experts Committee will at least partially decide in favour of the consortium, with a substantial increase in results for A-Lanes A15 (and therefore for Ballast Nedam) in due course as a result.

Strategic, operational, and financial measures in the first half-year of 2014:

Financial measures

- Improvement of the liquidity position and solvency




In the first half-year, Ballast Nedam sustained a net loss of EUR51 million (for the entire year of 2013 this was a loss of EUR41 million), and the solvency percentage dropped from 11% to 4%.

In February 2014, refinancing was realized with support from all 5%-plus shareholders and banks. The refinancing of EUR 110 million consists of new committed loans of EUR80 million with a term until 2017 and a bridge loan of EUR30 million to be repaid from the proceeds of the intended rights issue of EUR30 million. The EUR80 million loans are partially a replacement of the existing (previously not committed) facility of EUR60 million. Income from any disposals of businesses that occur in the period up until 2017 will be used partly to repay the loans. In June 2014, an agreement in principle was entered into with the banks, containing a deferment of 12 months for repayment of loans from the proceeds of the disposals, up to a maximum amount of EUR15 million. The covenants with regard to refinancing will be established in the third quarter of 2014.

All 5%-plus shareholders have committed to the rights issue for EUR20.6 million, and the remainder of EUR9.4 million has been underwritten by Rabobank and ING. The rights issue will take place in the third quarter.

The reinforcement of the financial structure and improvement of the solvency of Ballast Nedam will have to take place by way of the aforementioned rights issue of EUR30 million, the package of identified disposals, further implementation of the disposals programme, proceeds from current claims and other compensation, and by improving the operational results in the coming years based on the adjusted business plan for 2014-2016. With this in mind, an improvement programme was started in the first half-year. Besides an improvement project to control working capital, the programme contains various projects focused on cost saving. Even though the expected results of the programme are promising based on the first report, it is still too early to indicate any specific results. The implementation of the improvement programme will be continued in the second half of 2014.

Based on the aforementioned measures we are confident that the company's continuity is safeguarded.

- Progress in the disposals programme




Progress has been made in the disposal programme announced in February. In the medium term the portfolio of companies will be brought further in line with the strategic focus through the controlled disposal of companies that do not contribute to integrated projects and industrialisation of the construction process.The previously announced sale of Ballast Phoenix Ltd., a subsidiary of Recycling Maatschappij Feniks B.V., trading on the British market, took place to H2 Equity Partners (H2) in the first half-year. The company was sold for an amount of EUR38 million (100%, including EUR3.5 million earnout). This resulted in a book profit of EUR22 million for Ballast Nedam.

In addition, Ballast Nedam identified the following companies as a group which is immediately available for sale and which fits within the strategy of improving Ballast Nedam's financial position: Ballast Nedam's 30% interest in Beheersmaatschappij Fr. Bontrup B.V. and the companies CNG Net B.V., LNG24 B.V., CNG Net Realisatie en Onderhoud B.V., Rademakers Gieterij B.V., TBS Soest B.V. and Recycling Maatschappij Feniks B.V.. These companies form part of the divisions Specialized Companies & Supplies and Building & Development.

Ballast Nedam's 30% interest in Beheersmaatschappij Fr. Bontrup B.V. will be sold around book value to the owner of the other 70% of the shares in this family company F. Bontrup Holding B.V. to strengthen the liquidity and solvency position.

Strategic measures:

- Development of differentiated market approach within the strategic focus




A differentiated market approach has been developed for the three divisions Infrastructure, Building & Development, and Specialized Companies & Supplies within the strategic focus of Ballast Nedam. The strategic focus is targeted at successfully acquiring and carrying out integrated projects in the working areas of housing, mobility, energy, and nature in the Netherlands and internationally. We will expand related activities in niche markets and work on projects where we can make a difference for the client with our expert knowledge and skills. Ballast Nedam creates enduring quality at the lowest possible life-cycle costs for its clients and society through further industrialization of the building process by using innovative modular concepts and standardization.

Operational measures:

- Restructuring Building & Development division on schedule




The commencement of the restructuring of the Building & Development division announced this year is running according to schedule. This means that the Building & Development division is more suitable for the differentiated market approach of Ballast Nedam due to the integrated collaboration and the shared ownership within this division. In accordance with the strategic plan, the Building & Development division focuses, mainly in the Netherlands but abroad as well, on the successful acquisition and performance of complex, integrated projects, and projects where we can make a difference for the client due to our specialized knowledge and expertise in non-residential building, house construction, renovation, major maintenance, and restoration.

- Organizational change to Infrastructure division in line with Ballast Nedam's differentiated market approach




In order to bring the nationwide integrated infrastructure business further in line with Ballast Nedam's differentiated market approach, an organizational change was recently initiated at the Infrastructure division. In accordance with the strategic plan, the Infrastructure division focuses in the Netherlands and internationally on the successful acquisition and performance of large, integrated projects, expanding related activities in offshore niche markets, industrial construction, and projects where we can make a difference for the client due to our expert knowledge in concrete construction and road and civil engineering.

In the coming period the organizational changes will be further implemented.

- Corporate Governance




The appointment of Mr Erik van der Noordaa (age 53) as chairman of the Board of Management of Ballast Nedam was presented to the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders on 27 June 2014. Mr van der Noordaa is appointed in this function for a period of four years, and he forms the Board of Management of Ballast Nedam together with Mr Peter van Zwieten, Chief Financial Officer. Mr Van der Noordaa entered employment on 1 June 2014, succeeding Theo Bruijninckx, who announced his departure as of 1 July 2014 in February.

On 28 May 2014, Mr Erik Staps (age 47) was appointed as director of the Infrastructure division. In this position, he will report to the Board of Management, and he will form part of the Group Council (CORA) of Ballast Nedam, which consists of the Board of Management and the directors of the three divisions. Erik Staps succeeds Mr Rob van Schravendijk, who will now manage Ballast Nedam International Projects.

The announced integration of the operational control from six clusters to the three divisions Infrastructure, Building & Development, and Specialized Companies & Supplies has been carried out. With effect from the 2015 financial year, the results for the Specialized Companies & Supplies division will also be integrated in the report.

Risks and uncertainties

The measures referred to for reinforcing liquidity and improving Ballast Nedam's solvency offer the company adequate financial room to focus on the expedited implementation of its strategy, which is focused on integrated projects. This does not alter the fact that there are uncertainties, which can be disadvantageous (but also advantageous) for Ballast Nedam. On the one hand, this concerns sensitivities in the business plan such as the time of contracting large projects and the settlement of ongoing judicial procedures. On the other hand, there are uncertainties in the effectuation of improvement projects, such as realizing sales of business divisions and cost-saving projects. In addition, the order book is a risk in relation to occupation. Ballast Nedam is of the opinion that based on the measures taken and the adjusted business plan 2014-2016, considering the identified sensitivities, the company will be able to remain within its credit limit. The adjusted business plan, together with expected proceeds from the sale of business divisions, also offers enough space for Ballast Nedam in the years to come to keep to the covenants to be made, which will be established together with the banks based on the adjusted business plan in the third quarter of 2014.

The financial results in 2013 and the first half-year of 2014 and the related low solvency means that the credit insurers have recently stopped their coverage for Ballast Nedam. Ballast Nedam is confident that based on the measures referred to and the confidence of the banks and the shareholders, even without this coverage a good collaboration with its suppliers and subcontractors can be continued in which their confidence in Ballast Nedam will be maintained.

The greatest risk for Ballast Nedam is the A15 Maasvlakte-Vaanplein project. The cost overruns can put serious pressure on the company's solvency and liquidity position. On the contrary, the expected compensation from the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (not yet awarded) may positively affect the results. Following the disappointing results of the project A2 Maastricht, an internal audit has started within the project. In anticipation of the results of this audit, a provision has been made. The A2 Maastricht project is executed by the consortium Avenue2 in which Ballast Nedam participates for 50%.

In addition, Ballast Nedam's risk profile for its other projects can turn out either negatively or positively and this is part of the normal business risk.

INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION

Infrastructure first first half year half year x EUR 1 million 2014 2013 2013 Revenue 186 199 546 EBIT ( 59) 5 4 Margin (32.0%) 2.0% 1.0% Order book 488 787 596 Assets 263 211 247




EBIT and revenue

The Infrastructure division had a major loss at a somewhat declining revenue of 6%. The declining revenue was caused by lower revenue in industrial construction. The considerable additional cost overruns for the A15 Maasvlakte - Vaanplein project, carried out by the A-Lanes A15 consortium, had by far the greatest impact on the disappointing, negative result. Project results for the Infrastructure division were disappointing, including the A2 Maastricht project . A provision amounting to EUR 14 million was included for this in anticipation of the results of a recently started audit within the project. The A2 Maastricht Project is carried out by the Avenue2 consortium , in which Ballast Nedam participates for 50%. The new projects accepted in accordance with the stricter acceptance procedure are performing in accordance with expectations. The niche market of offshore wind turbines and the smaller projects in industrial construction are achieving good results.

The total assets for Infrastructure have increased compared to half-year and year-end 2013 to EUR263 million due to an increase in receivables.

A15 Maasvlakte - Vaanplein

Because the talks initiated by A-Lanes A15 with the client Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management have not led to a solution, at the end of April the parties agreed to follow the contractually recorded dispute resolution procedure. In accordance with the DBFM contract, an Experts Committee will issue binding advice on the financial responsibility for the various cost overruns.

Pursuant to the following two contractual obligations on the side of the client, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, Ballast Nedam expects, along with A-Lanes A15, that the Experts Committee will at least partially decide in favour of the consortium, with a substantial improvement in results for A-Lanes A15 (and therefore for Ballast Nedam) in due course as a result.

- An active role is expected from the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management in acquiring timely and consistent collaboration from the relevant public stakeholders in granting permits. For this, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management has concluded an administrative agreement Bestuursovereenkomst verbreding rijksweg 15 (Maasvlakte-Vaanplein) with the public parties involved. On behalf of the central government, the Minister has the coordinating tasks and powers pursuant to the Dutch Transport Infrastructure (Planning Procedures) Act. This concerns around 1000 permits with public parties with which A-Lanes A15 does not have a contractual relationship. - Under the DBFM contract, collaboration with the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management is also expected for the change procedure, whereby unclear, non-performable, or conflicting requirements of public stakeholders can be rectified. This specifically concerns approximately 200 client changes, whereby there is no financial consensus for a number of essential changes. In order to prevent the delay as a result of this, A-Lanes A15 has had to make extra efforts, which has resulted in major inefficiencies and cost overruns. Currently construction work is going according to schedule.




To prevent further delay and subsequent additional cost overruns, in April 2014 the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management has committed itself to cooperate on a number of additional works and current client changes. If this cooperation committed to by the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management is not carried out, A-Lanes A15 expects that the cost overruns for the remaining term of the project will rise even further.

Offshore wind niche market

The installation of the 80 foundations for the German offshore wind farm Butendiek is advancing well. In June, Ballast Nedam installed its 500th foundation at this project in the German Bocht, 32 kilometres west of the German island Sylt; this is a tremendous milestone since the start of Ballast Nedam's activities in this market. In recent years, Ballast Nedam has optimized the working manner according to the feeder concept, where the heavy-lift ship Svanen stays on the sea, resulting in an extremely effective and efficient installation cycle. The contract for Westermeerwind for designing, delivering, and installing the foundations for 48 wind turbines for a wind turbine park in the Noordoostpolder in 2015 has not yet been included in the order book. The financial close is expected end of July.

Alternative fuels niche market

Ballast Nedam is active on the niche market for alternative fuels by combining knowledge and expertise in the areas of design, realization, financing, management, maintenance, and operation of filling stations. This leads to a unique and hence distinctive proposition in this market. The companies CNG Net and LNG24 invest in public networks for green filling stations for the private market and filling stations for LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) for the transport market. CNG Net opened its 58th public filling station last quarter. In addition, CNG Net manages 11 bespoke filling locations for customers using green gas. CNG Net is the market leader in this segment. LNG24's second LNG filling station will be realized in Delfgauw. This station will serve many carriers carrying out inner-city goods transport, helping them to drive more cleanly and quietly on LNG. Permits have already been granted for LNG filling stations in Roosendaal and Rotterdam Zuid. Ballast Nedam will leave this niche market in due course when it completes its intended disposal of CNG Net, LNG24 and related activities.

Market and order book

The volume in the infrastructure market is under continued pressure. The tendency of the Dutch government to postpone major infrastructural projects due to financial constraints is continuing. In addition, we see foreign companies coming onto the Dutch market, featuring a more limited number of infrastructural projects which are becoming increasingly larger. With regard to the existing area, governments continue to invest in management and maintenance; in the next few years there will be an additional investment of EUR900 million. Competition is also increasing in the niche market of industrial construction. On the other hand, the niche market of offshore wind turbines is still good. In the last half-year the order intake for the Infrastructure division stagnated.

In the first half-year the order book decreased by EUR108 million to EUR488 million due to the progress on a number of large long-term projects, the exit from the capacity-driven markets, and because no major projects were acquired on the domestic market in the last half-year.

The policy pursued by the Dutch government is focused on increase in scale, and alternative contract forms for infra projects are also being implemented for the wet projects. As well as the A9 Gaasperdammerweg tender, we see opportunities in the DBFM navigation locks programme, including the Limmel navigation lock and the High Water Protection Programme. These projects are extremely well suited to the strategy used by Ballast Nedam and the experience obtained in large-scale DBFM projects. As well as the large integrated projects, the Infrastructure division will increasingly and proactively focus on medium-sized projects and exporting the knowledge and expertise acquired in integrated projects and niche markets.

Organizational change to Infrastructure division

In order to bring the nationally operating integrated infrastructure business further in line with Ballast Nedam's differentiated market approach, an organizational change was recently initiated at the Infrastructure division with a clear strategic focus on five market segments: 1.) Large, integrated Infrastructure projects (NL); 2.) Smaller (specialized) concrete, road and civil engineering projects (NL); 3.) Western European projects in the field of Offshore wind; 4.) International specialized projects; and 5.) Road construction.

The new organization affects individual functions and roles. We expect a limited impact on the work opportunity.

BUILDING & DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Building & Development first first half year half year x EUR 1 million 2014 2013 2013 Revenue 263 232 531 EBIT ( 3) 1 ( 11) Margin (1.0%) 0.0% (2.0%) Order book 613 654 691 Assets 293 300 289




EBIT and revenue

In the first half-year the Building & Development division obtained an operational loss of EUR3 million at a 13% higher revenue. The results are in line with the business plan and in particular are negatively affected by one-off reconstruction costs. Without taking restructuring costs into account there was an operational result of EUR1 million positive. In general, large complex projects and regional works obtained a positive contribution and property development was slightly positive or break-even.

The assets of Building & Development were EUR293 million, and are EUR4 million higher than at the end of 2013.

Market and order book

We are seeing the residential market recovering slowly. First signs of recovery are the increase in sales of homes in the Randstad area in particular. The historically low mortgage interest is helpful here. However, the restrictions on financing possibilities for private persons and system changes on the mortgage market are still having a pressuring effect. Housing associations are still highly reluctant to invest. Planned development projects are still being delayed or cancelled. We are also seeing the average intervention for maintenance and renovation decline per housing association home. Overall, 2014 is a difficult year and recovery is only expected at the earliest in mid-2015. There are positive expectations in the market for investors of rental homes where Ballast Nedam can offer an attractive proposition with the iQwoning(R) concept.

The housing market offers long-term prospects due to the current low production of new builds and the demographic developments. The office market will recover later due to the current huge vacancy and 'the new way of working'. Opportunities for non-residential construction are renovation and repurposing in particular, and companies such as Concrete Valley with faÇade systems and URSEM Modulaire Bouwsystemen with modular products such as prefabricated bathrooms can profit from this. A slowly emerging but growing trend is increasing the energy efficiency of existing property.

The order book in the first half-year has shown a drop of 11% to EUR613 million. In the last half-year there were fewer projects on the market and no large, complex projects were taken on. In March, Ballast Nedam was awarded the renovation of the Thialf stadium in Heerenveen. In the first quarter Ballast Nedam was also awarded the renovation of the Hotel Krasnapolsky on Dam Square in Amsterdam. Good progress was made on the complex, integrated projects.

At the beginning of May, the Pi2 consortium, a joint venture of Ballast Nedam (65%) and Royal Imtech (35%), started work on the PPP project for the Zaanstad Penitential Institution. This PPP project concerns the design, new build, maintenance, funding, and facilities management with a term of 25 years from availability. The project's nominal value is around EUR300 million. Ballast Nedam is the sole shareholder of this PPP project.

Definitive consensus was reached with the municipality of Rotterdam with regard to the PPP project Hart van Zuid. A total investment of around EUR330 million was involved in the realization of the area development Hart van Zuid over a 20-year period. The financial close is expected at the beginning of 2015. This project has not yet been included in the order book.

The integrated area development of the Food Center Amsterdam commenced on signing the realization and operation agreement with the municipality of Amsterdam in May. The new Food Center Amsterdam is a 25-year concession whereby the consortium of VolkerWessels Vastgoed and Ballast Nedam manages the speed and programme of transformation of the current site of around 23 hectares into a modern Food Center of around 100,000 msquared of business premises, construction of around 1600 homes, and restoration of the nationally listed Centrale Markthal building. This project has not yet been included in the order book.

Industrial construction

The third pilot home has been completed in the 'Stroomversnelling', the innovation deal of six housing associations and four large construction companies to sustainably renovate 111,000 homes. In line with its strategic plan, Ballast Nedam's solution is focused on using innovative modular construction methods and systems; the ultimate objective is to renovate a home in one day with minimal nuisance to the resident and the vicinity. With the pilot homes, Ballast Nedam is testing and developing this approach in collaboration with URSEM Modulaire Bouwsystemen (41% Ballast Nedam), which ultimately guarantees a profitable business case for housing associations.

Residential building activities: exposure property development and land bank

The residential building activity decreased by 128 homes from 929 homes under construction to 801 at the end of 2013. In the first half-year 65 homes were under construction, 57 from our own property development, and 193 homes were completed. Of these 193 homes, 78 iQwoning(R) homes were completed for the Berckelbosch project in Eindhoven.

Exposure property development first half year x EUR 1 million 2014 2013 Land positions 136 142 Unsold stock under construction 5 5 Unsold stock delivered 9 10 Total on balance 150 157 Liabilities to complete projects under construction 4 3 Liabilities to acquire land positions 43 44 Total liabilities off-balance 47 47 Exposure property development 197 204




The total exposure on property development, consisting of the investments in land positions, the investments in unsold property, and the obligations still to be fulfilled, decreased in the first half-year by EUR7 million to EUR197 million. The aim is to decrease the assets invested in property in the next few years. This will be difficult to achieve in view of the current market circumstances and the purchase obligations still existing of EUR43 million. Of this amount, EUR25 million falls in the period 2014 to 2017 and EUR18 million in 2018 and later.

The total investment in unsold property, both delivered and under construction, dropped in the first half-year by EUR1 million to EUR14 million. The number of unsold homes rose at the end of 2013 from 96 homes to 100 homes. The number of unsold delivered homes decreased by 11 homes to 16 in the first half-year from 27 homes at the end of 2013. These are distributed over six projects. As well as the 16 homes, there was the completed unsold property of 4112 m2 and 1000 m2 unleased commercial property.

The unconditional purchase obligations decreased by EUR1 million compared to the end of 2013 in relation to the land decrease because of the start of a residential building project. The conditional purchase obligations increased by EUR33 million; this can mainly be explained by the signing of the development agreement for the holiday home project De Klepperduinen in Ouddorp.

Land positions first half year x EUR 1 million 2014 2013 1 January 142 152 Net investment ( 6) ( 9) Write-down - ( 1) 31 December 136 142 Cumulative write-down 40 40




The land positions decreased by EUR6 million to EUR136 million. This consisted in particular of the sale of a number of smaller land positions and the second stage of the area development in construction Strand Resort Nieuwvlietbad. There were no depreciations in the first half-year.

Transition division Building & Development

The commencement of the restructuring of the Building & Development division announced this year is running according to schedule. Restructuring concentrated on putting the strategic focus on complex, integrated projects mainly in the Netherlands, but also abroad. This means Heddes Bouw & Ontwikkeling and Laudy Bouw & Ontwikkeling continue to operate as regional companies in the Randstad conurbation and the south of the Netherlands. Maintaining the regional branches makes optimum use of local presence, whereas business operations profit from the synergy of an integrated, operating company. The fourteen Bouwborg branches have been further transformed into a nationally operating maintenance and renovation company.

The property and development activities have been further integrated into the business unit Concessions - Development with the focus on financial feasibility; the creative ability of this business depends more and more on new earning models, a strong network in the financial world, and prior careful management of financial risks. Here the disciplines of Ballast Nedam Development and Ballast Nedam Concessions, which also manage the book of PPP and concession projects, directly affect one another. Due to the synergy in the work of the aforementioned companies, there is better knowledge sharing and more efficient and sturdy organization.

This means that the Building & Development division is better positioned for the differentiated market approach of Ballast Nedam due to the integrated collaboration and the shared ownership within this division.

SPECIALIZED COMPANIES & SUPPLIES DIVISION

The results of the specialized and supplies companies have been positively affected by the well-filled order book at the prefabricated concrete companies and the results of the policy pursued for cost saving and innovations in recent years. In addition, the successful disposal programme is going according to plan and the division has ceased a number of loss-making products and/or activities.

The Specialized Companies & Supplies division is highly capable of meeting the challenges of the market with the reorganizations and process improvements made. The cost level of the businesses has been strongly reduced, and innovative ability and commerce has been strengthened on various fronts. The management is working towards permanently implementing these improvements.

In accordance with the strategic plan, the Specialized Companies & Supplies division focuses on delivering products and services which, due to their distinctive character, contribute towards the demonstrable competitive advantage within the strategic focus of Ballast Nedam.

Specialized Companies first first half year half year x EUR 1 million 2014 2013 2013 Revenue 97 114 260 EBIT 1 ( 4) (19) Margin 1.0% (4.0%) (7.0%) Order book 73 107 113 Assets 87 113 115




EBIT and revenue

The enormous turnaround of heavy losses in 2013 at a number of business divisions, the major reorganizations implemented for five specialized companies, and the merger of a number of business divisions is beginning to show in the figures. The first half-year ended with a positive result of EUR1 million as opposed to EUR4 million negative in 2013.

The revenue for the first half-year decreased by EUR17 million to EUR97 million as a result of reduction in activities.

The assets of Specialized Companies were EUR87 million and therefore EUR28 million less than the first half of 2013. This is because of the major focus on work capital reduction and the decrease of activities.

Market and order book

The markets, with low price levels, continue to be a challenge in the short term. The indications for recovery in the medium term show a slightly positive picture in general.

In the first half-year the order book decreased by EUR34 million to EUR107 million due to the capacity reduction in a number of specialized companies and the decrease in market volume as a derivative of the markets for infrastructure and construction. In addition to the Ballast Nedam projects, the specialized companies will also continue to work on developing a third-party market.

The activities with regard to the alternative fuels niche market of Ballast Nedam IPM were integrated into CNG Net in the last half-year.

Supplies first first half year half year x EUR 1 million 2014 2013 2013 Revenue 74 68 184 EBIT 23 1 8 Margin 31.0% 1.0% 4.0% Order book 47 61 55 Assets 192 198 187




EBIT and revenue

The revenue of Supplies decreased slightly by EUR4 million to EUR74 million due to less revenue, in particular in primary raw materials, and as a result of closing Omnia. Supplies obtained an operational result of EUR23 million compared to EUR1 million last year. The book profit from the sale of Phoenix Ltd. was EUR22 million. A minority participation in the Helmond asphalt plant was also sold in the last half-year. Without taking into account the book profit, impairment of assets and reorganization costs of Omnia, Supplies has a result of EUR6 million.

With the exception of Omnia, the prefabrication companies broke even. As a result of the closure of Omnia Plaatvloer B.V. in Coevorden, announced at the beginning of April, production was definitively ceased in June. Assets will be sold insofar as possible. The closure was caused by continual losses and a lack of long-term prospects.

The assets of Supplies were EUR192 million and therefore EUR5 million more than at the end of 2013.

Market and order book

The margins in the prefabrication markets remain under pressure in particular for the standard products. However, the differentiated market approach and focus on innovative, high-quality products of the prefabrication factories contribute to a qualitative order intake. The raw materials market for sand and grit also remained under pressure in the first half-year. The markets were reasonable with regard to volumes also thanks to the mild winter but prices remained low. All in all the producing companies had to deal with an extremely competitive market.

In the first half-year the order book decreased by EUR8 million to EUR47 million because no large projects were taken on by the Infrastructure and Building & Development divisions.

As well as the Ballast Nedam projects, the producing companies will also further develop a third-party market, such as in Belgium and Germany.

Secondary raw materials niche market

Feniks Recycling had a good result on the niche market for secondary raw materials. There is a lot of demand this year for AVI bottom ash. In addition, Feniks is closely involved in the preparations for the details of the Green Deal.

Revenue first first half year half year x EUR 1 million 2014 2013 2013 Infrastructure 186 199 546 Building & Development 263 232 531 Specialized Companies 97 114 260 Supplies 74 68 184 620 613 1 521 Other ( 105) ( 127) ( 281) 515 486 1 240




Revenue rose by 3% from EUR496 million to EUR515 million. This increase is entirely ascribable to the Building & Development division. Both the regional companies as well as the major projects contributed to this.

EBIT first first first first half half half half year year year year x EUR 1 million 2014 2013 2013 2014 2013 2013 Infrastructure ( 59) 5 4 ( 59) 5 4 Building & Development ( 3) 1 ( 11) 1 1 - Specialized Companies 1 ( 4) ( 19) 1 ( 4) ( 14) Supplies 23 1 8 6 1 9 Other ( 7) ( 2) ( 12) ( 1) ( 2) ( 11) ( 45) 1 ( 30) ( 52) 1 ( 12) Write-down ( 4) - ( 6) Bookprofit 22 - - Significant Restructuring Costs ( 6) - - Restructuring costs ( 5) - ( 12) (45) 1 ( 30)




The operational loss was EUR45 million. The operational loss exclusive of impairments, tangible fixed assets, goodwill, book profits, and restructuring costs was EUR52 million. This is EUR53 million worse than the first half-year of 2013. The operational result of the Supplies segment was affected by book profit of EUR22 million on the sale of Ballast Phoenix Ltd. in the first half-year of 2014. The result under 'Other' concerns mainly holding costs.

Margin first first half year half year 2014 2013 2013 Infrastructure (31.7%) 2.5% 0.7% Building & Development (1.1%) 0.4% (2.1%) Specialized Companies 1.0% (3.5%) (7.3%) Supplies 31.1% 0.7% 4.3% (8.7%) 0.2% (2.4%)




The margin on a group basis was negative 8.7%. Without taking impairments and restructuring costs into account, the margin remains negative (5%). This was 0% over the first half-year of 2013.

Profit for the period first first half year half year x EUR 1 million 2014 2013 2013 EBIT ( 45) 1 ( 30) Net finance income and expense ( 5) ( 4) ( 7) Profit before income tax ( 50) ( 3) ( 37) Income tax expense ( 1) - ( 4) Profit for the period ( 51) ( 3) ( 41)




Compared to the first six months of 2013, the interest charges rose by EUR1 million to EUR5 million as a result of higher rates and greater use of the working capital facility. The tax burden was EUR1 million, which is EUR1 million more than in the first half of 2013. The tax burden was caused by positive results outside the tax unit. The net loss was EUR51 million.

Order book first first half year half year x EUR 1 million 2014 2013 2013 Infrastructure 488 787 596 Building & Development 613 654 691 Specialized Companies 73 107 113 Supplies 47 61 55 1 221 1 609 1 455 Other ( 33) ( 42) 5 1 188 1 567 1 460




The order book dropped by EUR379 million to EUR1.2 billion compared to the first half of 2013. This drop occurred in all three divisions. The largest drop was in Infrastructure as a result of high production in projects such as A15 Maasvlakte - Vaanplein and A2 Maastricht, the exit from the capacity-driven markets, and because no major projects were acquired on the domestic market in the first half-year. The drop in the other segments was caused by higher production and projects ending.

Ballast Nedam's strategic focus and differentiated market approach from the three divisions provide a framework for the disciplined acquisition of projects and maintenance of stricter acceptance procedures.

Capital and cash flows

Ballast Nedam's shareholders' equity decreased to EUR36 million because of the net result of EUR51 million negative.

Because of the loss, solvency decreased from 11% at the end of 2013 to 4% at half-year 2014.

The total assets rose by EUR44 million to EUR872 million as a result of higher PPP receivables for Pi2 Zaanstad (EUR18 million) and higher receivables of EUR86 million. Working capital dropped by EUR17 million as a result of higher advance payments (EUR48 million) and higher other debts (EUR28 million). This also includes the provisions for A15 Maasvlakte - Vaanplein and A2 Maastricht.

The cash flow for the first half-year of 2014 was EUR25 million negative versus a cash flow of EUR17 million negative in the same period in 2013.

Operational cash flow for the first half-year of 2014 deteriorated by EUR6 million compared to the first half-year of 2013 to EUR82 million negative due to less work in progress and higher advance payments.

The cash flow from investment activities was EUR17 million negative versus EUR9 million negative in the first half of 2013. Investments consisted of EUR6 million in the intangible and tangible fixed assets and EUR11 million in the financial fixed assets. This mainly concerned PPP receivables for the penitential institution Zaanstad Pi2. The positive cash flow from the sale of subsidiaries after deduction of the closed cash was EUR29 million and refers to the sale of Ballast Phoenix Ltd.

The positive cash flow activities of EUR10 million from financing activities consisted of long-term loans taken out for the PPP funding of the penitential institution Zaanstad Pi2.

Financing position first first half half year year x EUR 1 million 2014 2013 2013 Cash and cash equivalents 43 36 52 Bank overdrafts ( 68) ( 53) ( 22) Net cash ( 25) ( 17) 30 Recourse loans ( 91) ( 99) ( 91) Financing position ( 116) ( 116) ( 61) Non-recourse loans ( 14) ( 13) ( 17) Financing position including non-recourse ( 130) ( 129) ( 78)




The financing position of Ballast Nedam deteriorated by EUR55 million from a debt of EUR61 million at the end of 2013 to a debt position of EUR116 million over the first half-year of 2014. Compared to the first half of 2013 the debt position remained unchanged. The financing position including the non-recourse loans dropped by EUR52 million from a debt position of EUR78 million at the end of 2013 to EUR130 million in the first half-year of 2014. The net liquid assets over the first half-year of 2014 deteriorated by EUR6 million to a negative EUR25 million compared to the first half-year of 2013 of negative EUR17 million. The deterioration was caused by higher current accounts. In the first half-year of 2014 EUR60 million was withdrawn from the working capital facilities (EUR110 million). This is EUR12 million more than in the first half-year of 2013. During the year financing needs are greater at the end of the year.

Loans first first half year half year x EUR 1 million 2014 2013 2013 PPP loans 14 - 2 Land bank financing 40 42 40 Business loans 50 51 51 Finance leases 1 6 4 Other loans - 13 11 105 112 108 Recourse 91 99 91 Non recourse 14 13 17 105 112 108 Current loans 2 9 8 Long-term loans 103 103 100 105 112 108




The large business loan of EUR50 million has a term until April 2017. The loan has fixed interest of 5.4% and a mortgage has been established on a number of properties used by Ballast Nedam as security. In the land bank financing included is another large loan of EUR33 million, which is mainly for financing a number of land positions in a separate company. This loan has a term until October 2015 and an interest of Euribor plus surcharge. Mortgage is established on the land positions in question as security. The PPP loans of EUR14 million concern non-recourse financing of the penitential institution Zaanstad Pi2. The other remaining loans of the land bank financing and financial leases of EUR 8 million in total, concern various project loans and proportional consolidated participations. For EUR14 million of the EUR105 million of loans, there is no recourse option on Ballast Nedam.

Statement of the Board of Management

To the best of the Board of Management's knowledge, the half-year financial accounts give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit of Ballast Nedam N.V. and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole. To the best of the Board of Management's knowledge, the half-year financial report give a fair review of the material events in the first half-year and their effect on the half-year financial statements, a fair account of the main risks and uncertainties for the remaining periods of the year, and a fair review of the material transactions with related parties.

Nieuwegein, 4 July 2014

Board of Management

E. van der Noordaa

P. van Zwieten

Ballast Nedam targets its strategic focus at successfully acquiring and carrying out integrated projects in the working areas of housing, mobility, energy and nature in the Netherlands and internationally. We will expand related activities in niche markets and work on projects where we can make a difference for the client with our expert knowledge and skills. Ballast Nedam applies a differentiated market approach for its three divisions.

With further industrialization of the building process through the use of innovative modular concepts and standardization Ballast Nedam creates enduring quality at the lowest possible life cycle costs for its clients and society. The Ballast Nedam share is included in the Amsterdam Small Cap Index (AScX) of NYSE Euronext. http://www.ballast-nedam.com

This document is for information purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to acquire or subscribe for, securities of Ballast Nedam N.V. (the "Company") in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, their territories and possessions, or any other jurisdiction in which such offer or sale of securities would be unlawful prior to registration, exemption from registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction.

The securities of the Company have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and will not be registered with any authority competent with respect to securities in any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. Accordingly, the securities of the Company may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration under the Securities Act. No public offering of the securities of the Company is being made in the United States.

No communication or information relating to any offer or sale of securities of the Company may be disseminated to the public in jurisdictions, other than The Netherlands, where prior registration or approval is required for that purpose. No action has been taken that would permit an offer of securities of the Company in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required, other than in The Netherlands.

The Company has not authorised any offer to the public of securities in any Member State of the European Economic Area (other than the Netherlands). With respect to any Member State of the European Economic Area (other than the Netherlands), and which has implemented the Prospectus Directive (each a "Relevant Member State"), no action has been undertaken or will be undertaken to make an offer to the public of securities requiring publication of a prospectus in any Relevant Member State. As a result, the securities may only be offered in Relevant Member States (i) to any legal entity which is a qualified investor as defined in the Prospectus Directive; or (ii) in any other circumstances falling within Article 3(2) of the Prospectus Directive. For the purpose of this paragraph, the expression "offer of securities to the public" means the communication in any form and by any means of sufficient information on the terms of the offer and the securities to be offered so as to enable the investor to decide to exercise, purchase or subscribe for the securities, as the same may be varied in that Member State by any measure implementing the Prospectus Directive in that Member State and the expression "Prospectus Directive" means Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including Directive 2010/73/EU, to the extent implemented in the Relevant Member State), and includes any relevant implementing measure in the Relevant Member State.

The release, publication or distribution of these materials in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and therefore persons in such jurisdictions into which they are released, published or distributed, should inform themselves about, and observe, such restrictions.

These materials do not constitute a prospectus within the meaning of the Dutch Financial Markets Supervision Act (Wet op het financieel toezicht) and do not constitute an offer to acquire securities. Any offer to acquire securities pursuant to the proposed offering will be made, and any investor should make his investment, solely on the basis of information that will be contained in the prospectus to be made generally available in the Netherlands in connection with such offering. When made generally available, copies of the prospectus may be obtained at no cost from the Company or through the website of NYSE Euronext Amsterdam, the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets and/or the website of the Company.

This announcement includes certain forward-looking statements, which are based on the Company's current expectations and projections on the date of this announcement. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors because such statements relate to events, and depend on circumstances, that will occur in the future whether or not outside the control of the Company. Such factors may cause actual results, performance and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements included in this announcement.

Condensed consolidated income statement x EUR 1 million first half first half year 2014 year 2013 (1)* 2013* Revenue 515 486 1 240 Other operating income 22 - - Costs of raw materials and subcontractors ( 450) ( 326) ( 921) Employee benefits ( 119) ( 137) ( 268) Other operating expenses ( 3) ( 12) ( 57) ( 572) ( 475) (1 246) Share in profits of associates - - - Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) ( 35) 11 ( 6) Depreciation and amortization of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets ( 7) ( 10) ( 21) Impairment of tangible and intangible assets ( 3) - ( 3) Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) ( 45) 1 ( 30) Finance income - - - Finance expense ( 5) ( 4) ( 7) Net finance income and expense ( 5) ( 4) ( 7) Profit before income tax ( 50) ( 3) ( 37) Income tax expense ( 1) - ( 4) Profit for the period ( 51) ( 3) ( 41) Attributable to owners of the company: Basic earnings per share (EUR) (5.22) (0.31) (4.22) Diluted earnings per share (EUR) (5.22) (0.31) (4.22) Consolidated statement of comprehensive income x EUR 1 million first half first half 2013* year 2014 year 2013 (1)* Profit for the period ( 51) ( 3) ( 41) Other comprehensive income: Foreign currency translation differences - - - Net changes in hedging reserve ( 3) - 1 Total comprehensive income for the period ( 54) ( 3) ( 40) Attributable to: Owners of the company ( 54) ( 3) ( 40) Non-controlling interests - - - Total comprehensive income for the period ( 54) ( 3) ( 40)



Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity first half year 2013 x EUR 1 million first half year 2014 (1)* 2013* Share capital 60 60 60 Share premium 52 52 52 Reserves ( 22) 19 19 Opening 90 131 131 Foreign currency translation differences - - - Net change in hedging reserve ( 3) - 1 Other comprehensive income ( 3) - 1 Profit for the period ( 51) ( 3) ( 41) Dividend paid - - - Other - - ( 1) Closing 36 128 90



Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows x EUR 1 million first half first half 2013* year 2014 year 2013 (1)* Net cash - opening balance 30 76 76 Profit for the period ( 51) ( 3) ( 41) Adjustments: Depreciation 7 9 21 Amortization - 1 - Impairment (in)tangible assets 4 - 3 Finance expense 5 4 7 Finance income - - - Share-based payments - - - Gain from disposal of fixed assets and subsidiaries 22 - - Income tax expense - - 1 Share in profits of associates - - - Movements: Movement in inventories ( 3) 5 27 Movement in work in progress 76 ( 24) ( 41) Movement in fair value investments - - - Movement in other receivables ( 117) ( 12) 5 Movement in provisions and employee benefits ( 3) ( 13) ( 7) Change in other current liabilities ( 17) ( 39) 8 Interest paid ( 5) ( 4) ( 7) Interest paid on hedging instruments - - - Interest received - - - Income taxes paid - - ( 2) Net cash from operating activities ( 82) ( 76) ( 26) Intangible assets investments ( 1) ( 1) ( 6) income from disposals - - 2 Property, plant and equipment investments ( 5) ( 7) ( 19) income from disposals 3 - 7 Financial assets investments ( 11) - ( 7) income from disposals 2 - 1 dividends received - - - income from other receivables - - - Disposals of associates - ( 1) ( 2) Disposal of subsidiaries after deduction of disposed cash and cash equivalents - - - Sale of subsidiaries after deduction of disposed cash and cash equivalents 29 - 8 Net cash used in investing activities 17 ( 9) ( 16) Income from long-term loans drawn 13 - 14 Repayment of long-term loans ( 2) ( 8) ( 15) Handling charges paid on new loans - - - Finance lease instalments paid ( 1) - ( 3) Acquisition of non-controlling interest - - - Dividend paid - - - Proceeds from repurchase of own shares - - - Net cash from financing activities 10 ( 8) ( 4) Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash held - - - Net cash - closing balance ( 25) ( 17) 30



Condensed statement of net cash x EUR 1 million first half year 2014 first half year 2013 (1)* 2013* Cash and cash equivalents 43 36 52 Bank overdrafts ( 68) ( 53) ( 22) Net cash ( 25) ( 17) 30 Fully consolidated ( 49) ( 35) ( 3) Proportionately consolidated 24 18 33 Net cash ( 25) ( 17) 30 Net financing position x EUR 1 million first half year 2014 first half year 2013 (1)* 2013* Net cash ( 25) ( 17) 30 Current portion of long-term loans ( 2) ( 9) ( 8) Long-term loans ( 103) ( 103) ( 100) ( 130) ( 129) ( 78)



Compressed overview assets held for sale first half x EUR 1 million year 2014 Intangible assets 9 Property, plant and equipment 48 Financial assets 2 Current assets 38 97 Current liabilities ( 22) Non-current liabilities ( 26) ( 48)



Compressed overview disposals x EUR 1 million first half year 2014 Financial assets - Deferred tax asset - Property, plant and equipment 9 Inventories - Receivables 5 Trade payables ( 5) Derivatives - Loans ( 2) Net assets and liabilities 7 x EUR 1 million Considerations received in cash 30 Disposed cash and cash equivalents ( 1) Net cash - inflow 29



first half first half year 2014 year 2013 2013 Revenue decrease ( 10) ( 10) ( 28) Decrease in costs raw materials 10 10 28 Decrease in EBIT - - - Decrease in interest - - - Decrease in income tax expense - - - Net income effect - - - Impact on the statement of financial position Decrease in Intangible assets ( 5) ( 7) ( 6) Decrease in property, plant and equipment Increase in financial assets Decrease in current assets ( 8) ( 7) ( 11) Decrease in current liabilities 7 5 9 Liabilities 6 9 8 Net impact on equity - - -



Condensed consolidated statement of financial position x EUR 1 million first half first half 2013* Non-current assets year 2014 year 2013 (1)* Intangible assets 20 30 20 Property, plant and equipment 88 145 130 Financial assets 28 12 23 Deferred tax assets 33 32 32 169 219 205 Current assets Inventories 157 188 162 Work in progress 106 109 147 Receivables 300 232 214 Cash and cash equivalents 43 36 52 Assets held for sale 97 35 48 703 600 623 Current liabilities Bank overdrafts ( 68) ( 53) ( 22) Current portion of long-term loans ( 2) ( 9) ( 8) Prepayments on inventories ( 2) ( 2) ( 2) Work in progress ( 153) ( 98) ( 105) Trade payables ( 200) ( 196) ( 231) Income tax expense 1 ( 1) ( 1) Other liabilities ( 231) ( 178) ( 203) Provisions ( 21) ( 22) ( 28) Liabilities held for sale ( 48) ( 20) ( 27) ( 724) ( 579) ( 627) Current assets minus current liabilities ( 21) 21 ( 4) 148 240 201 Non-current liabilities Loans 103 103 100 Derivatives 1 - - Deferred tax liability - 3 - Employee benefits 4 3 4 Provisions 4 3 7 112 112 111 Total equity Equity attributable to owners of the company 36 128 90 Non-controlling interest - - - 36 128 90 148 240 201 Solvency 4% 16% 11%



Ballast Nedam NV

CONTACT: Further details can be obtained from Ballast Nedam N.V., Adrie

van Kessel, telephone +31-30-285-41-61 or +31-6-22-45-71-85


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