Quarterly information at 30 September 2023
26. 10. 2023 - 17:45 - Finanzen - Frankreich
• Revenue of €50.6 billion for the first nine months of 2023, an increase of 12% compared with the same period in 2022 (up 18% outside France, up 5% in France)
• Dynamic business levels in the third quarter, with revenue up 9% – Solid operational performance overall
• Rise in order intake – Record high order book
• Very high level of liquidity – Sharp year-on-year decline in financial debt
• 2023 guidance reaffirmed and revised upwards for the free cash flow – Updated forecasts regarding traffic levels in the Concessions business
• Upcoming event: Cobra IS Capital Markets Day in Madrid on 12 December 2023
* Excluding concession subsidiaries’ revenue derived from works carried out by non-Group companies (see glossary).
2Compared with the first nine months of 2019 – the pre-pandemic reference year – and at constant scope, revenue was up 13% at VINCI Autoroutes and 12% at VINCI Airports.
3VINCI Railways and VINCI Stadium.
I. Consolidated key figures
Revenue in the third quarter of 2023 amounted to €18.3 billion, up 9% on an actual basis and up 8% like-for-like relative to the third quarter of 2022. This trend confirms the dynamism in VINCI’s businesses, both in France and abroad.
In the first nine months of 2023, consolidated revenue totalled €50.6 billion, up 12% compared with the same period in 2022 (organic growth of 10.4%, a 2.5% positive impact from changes in scope and a 0.9% negative impact from exchange rate movements).
- In France (43% of the total), revenue was €22.0 billion, up 5% on an actual and like-for-like basis.
- Outside France, revenue came to €28.7 billion – up 18% on an actual basis and up 15% like-for-like – and made up a new record 57% of the Group total. Changes in scope mainly concern the integration of OMA4 - a concession company that operates 13 airports in Mexico – in which VINCI Airports acquired a 29.99% stake in December 2022, along with recent acquisitions made by VINCI Energies, including most of Kontron AG’s IT services business (late 2022) and Otera AS in Norway (early 2023). Exchange rate movements had a slightly negative impact on revenue because the euro rose against several currencies including sterling and the US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand dollars.
Order intake in the Energy and Construction businesses totalled €47.8 billion in the first nine months of 2023. It grew by 16% year on year, including a 13% increase in the third quarter of 2023, due to strong flow business and several recent large contract wins.
As a result, the order book reached a record high of €63.3 billion at 30 September 2023. This represents a year-on-year increase of 10% and almost 14 months of average business activity in the Energy and Construction businesses, giving the Group good visibility regarding future business levels while continuing a selective approach to new business. International business made up 68% of the order book.
II. Revenue by business line
CONCESSIONS: €8.3 billion (up 19% year on year)
VINCI Autoroutes: €4.9 billion (up 5% year on year)
Traffic levels across all vehicle types were 2.2% higher in September 2023 than in September 2022, including a 3.0% increase in light vehicles traffic buoyed by exceptional, summer-like weather across France at the end of the month. As a result, traffic levels stabilised at a high level in the third quarter.
Overall, VINCI Autoroutes’ traffic levels rose 1.3% year on year in the first nine months of 2023. Light vehicles traffic was up 1.7% despite high fuel prices. Heavy vehicles traffic weakened slightly, falling by 1.3%, partly because of negative calendar effects5.
VINCI Airports: €3.0 billion (up 49% on an actual basis and up 27% like-for-like compared with the first nine months of 2022, up 12% at constant scope compared with the first nine months of 2019)
Growth in airport passenger numbers continued in the third quarter of 2023, supported by an increase in supply of sets offered by airlines, the opening of new routes and robust demand. Many airports – in Portugal, Serbia, Mexico and the Dominican Republic – achieved record passenger numbers. In Japan, passenger numbers continued to show a firm recovery, particularly on international routes.
Overall, VINCI Airports welcomed 202 million passengers at its airports in the first nine months of 20236, 30% more than in the year-earlier period and equal to more than 93% of the figure for the same period in 2019 (of which 97% in the third quarter and 99% in September).
VINCI Highways: €261 million (up 9% on an actual basis and up 7% like-for-like compared with 2022)
In addition to the concession holders Lima Expresa (central section of the Lima ring road in Peru), Gefyra (Rion–Antirion bridge in Greece) and SCDI (Confederation Bridge in Canada), as well as ViaPlus7. (a Texas-based company specialising in operating electronic toll systems), VINCI Highways consolidates since spring 2023 Vía 40 Express (holder of the concession for the Bogotá–Girardot motorway in Colombia, several sections of which are being widened).
VINCI Energies: €13.9 billion (up 17% on an actual basis and up 12% like-for-like compared with the first nine months of 2022)
After a very robust first half, VINCI Energies continued to deliver strong revenue growth in the third quarter (up 15% relative to the third quarter of 2022). Outside France, growth even accelerated relative to the previous quarter, both on an actual basis and like-for-like. Order intake also remained very strong, hitting a new record on a rolling 12-month basis of €20.5 billion. This outstanding overall performance reflects the very solid positions of VINCI Energies’ companies in buoyant markets – energy and digital transitions – both in France and internationally, along with their broad array of skills and their effective combination of global reach and local presence. Recent acquisitions8 also boosted revenue by around €600 million in the first nine months of the year.
In France (43% of the total), revenue was €5.9 billion, up 12% on an actual basis relative to 2022 (up 11% like-for-like). Performance was fairly consistent across VINCI Energies’ four business lines (Industry, Building Solutions, Infrastructure and ICT9.
Outside France (57% of the total), revenue was €7.9 billion, up 21% compared with 2022 on an actual basis (up 13% like-for-like), including a 19% increase in the third quarter. Apart from the positive impact of acquisitions, business trends remained strong in almost all of the more than 50 countries in which VINCI Energies operates.
Order intake rose 19% compared with the first nine months of 2022, including a 17% increase in the third quarter. The order book at 30 September 2023 amounted to €14.7 billion (up 16% year on year), representing more than nine months of VINCI Energies’ average business activity.
Cobra IS: €4.7 billion (up 14% on an actual basis and like-for-like)
Cobra IS increased its revenue sharply in the third quarter with growth of 13%, beating its second-quarter growth figure of 9%. This momentum is being driven by strong performance across Cobra IS’s various businesses in most of its geographies, as much in flow business as in large EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) projects. Order intake has been running at record levels since the start of the year, due in particular to several large contract wins related to energy transition (power generation, transmission and conversion).
In Spain (46% of the total), revenue rose 16% year on year to €2.2 billion.
Outside Spain (54% of the total, of which 32% in Latin America), revenue totalled €2.5 billion, up 13% on an actual basis and like-for-like relative to the first nine months of 2022.
Order intake rose 31% compared with the first nine months of 2022. The order book at 30 September 2023 amounted to €14.9 billion10 (up 33% year on year), representing nearly 2.5 years of Cobra IS’s average business activity.
In renewable energy production, the 0.6 GW Belmonte solar farm in Brazil started generating electricity in late July. In addition, work began on new solar power projects in Brazil and Spain, with total capacity of 0.6 GW and 0.2 GW respectively, in the third quarter. At the end of September, the capacity in operation or under construction in Cobra IS’s portfolio totalled 1.4 GW.
VINCI Construction: €23.4 billion (up 9% on an actual basis and up 10% like-for-like compared with the first nine months of 2022)
VINCI Construction’s business levels were robust in the first nine months of 2023, driven by its civil engineering and public works activities. Growth remained very strong in the third quarter outside France (revenue up 12% like-for-like relative to the third quarter of 2022), while in France revenue stabilised at a high level. VINCI Construction also achieved a high level of new orders due to good performance in flow business across its main geographical strongholds, along with several recent large contract wins.11
In France (44% of the total), revenue was €10.3 billion (up 5%). Business levels remained firm in the infrastructure segment. In the building segment, business was driven by rehabilitation projects and by the construction of public buildings, particularly in the hospital sector.
Outside France (56% of the total), revenue came to €13.1 billion, up 12% on an actual basis and up 14% like-for-like. This reflects progress with several large civil engineering contracts in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, along with solid business levels for the specialty networks and proximity networks divisions.
Order intake rose 10% compared with the first nine months of 2022. The order book at 30 September 2023 amounted to €33.6 billion, stable year on year and representing 13 months of VINCI Construction’s average business activity.
VINCI Immobilier: €836 million (down 24% year on year)
As already mentioned in previous Group press releases, the significant decline in VINCI Immobilier’s revenue is the result of very difficult conditions in the French property development sector, which is suffering in particular from high interest rates. The number of housing units reserved in France fell 46% year on year to 2,520 units in the first nine months of 2023.
III. Financial position and liquidity
VINCI’s consolidated net financial debt at 30 September 2023 amounted to €18.6 billion. It was almost unchanged relative to 31 December 2022, despite the impact of acquisitions completed during the period and the payment of the final dividend in respect of 2022.
VINCI maintained a very high level of liquidity at 30 September 2023, consisting of:
- managed net cash of €10.6 billion (€7.4 billion at 30 September 2022);
- confirmed credit facility unused by VINCI SA totalling €8.0 billion, due to expire in November 2025 for almost all of the amount.
IV. Outlook for 2023
In view of its solid performance in the first nine months of 2023, the Group confirms that for the full year, it expects:
· a further increase – although more limited than in 2022 – in revenue and operating income;
· net income slightly higher than the level achieved in 2022, despite a substantial increase in financial costs.
Free cash flow – taking into account the increase in investments in both airports and renewable energy – should be of at least €4.5 billion 12in 2023.
2023 forecasts for each business line, updated for the Concessions, are as follows:
· VINCI Autoroutes now expects traffic levels in full-year 2023 to be slightly higher than those seen in 202213.
· VINCI Airports is forecasting a further recovery in passenger numbers14, which should be close in the fourth quarter of 2023 to the levels seen in the fourth quarter of 2019. This traffic recovery will come along with a further improvement in its operating earnings 202315.
· VINCI Energies will see further business growth, driven by continuing positive trends in its markets and the integration of recent acquisitions, and intends to further solidify its excellent operating margin.16
· Cobra IS, supported by its robust order book, is expecting revenue growth of at least 10% due to the ramp-up of the large EPC projects won recently and the strong performance in flow business.
· New projects will be added to the renewable energy production portfolio, taking total capacity in operation or under construction to at least 2 GW by the end of the year.
· VINCI Construction will see further business growth while remaining selective in taking on new business, thereby continuing to improve its operating margin.16
The Group will comment on its revenue and business activities in the period ended 30 September 2023 in a conference call to be held in English today (Thursday, 26 October 2023) at 5.50pm CET.
To take part, dial in one of the following numbers:
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UK: +44 (0)121 281 8004
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|14 November 2023||Ex-date of the 2023 interim dividend (€1.05 per share)|
|14 November 2023||
VINCI Autoroutes traffic levels and VINCI Airports passenger numbers for October 2023|
(after the market close)
|16 November 2023||Payment of the 2023 interim dividend (€1.05 per share)|
|12 December 2023||Cobra IS Capital Markets Day in Madrid|
|14 December 2023||VINCI Autoroutes traffic levels and VINCI Airports passenger numbers for November 2023|
(after the market close)
|8 February 2024||Publication of full-year 2023 results (before the market open)|
1 See glossary.
2 Compared with the first nine months of 2019 – the pre-pandemic reference year – and at constant scope, revenue was up 13% at VINCI Autoroutes and 12% at VINCI Airports.
3 VINCI Railways and VINCI Stadium.
4 Fully consolidated in VINCI’s financial statements.
5 Two fewer business days in the first nine months of 2023 relative to the first nine months of 2022 (including one fewer business day in the third quarter of 2023 compared with the third quarter of 2022).
6 Figures at 100% including passenger numbers at all managed airports over the full period.
7 Previously TollPlus.
8 31 acquisitions were completed in 2022. For the first nine months of 2023, 25 acquisitions were completed, representing full-year revenue of around €350 million.
9 Information Communication Technology.
10 At end-September 2023, the order book included the first of three offshore windfarm energy converter platforms that Cobra IS will design, build and install in the North Sea for TenneT
11 Mainly (i) a design-build contract for a section of Line 15 West of the Grand Paris Express, as part of a consortium that also includes VINCI Energies; (ii) a design-build contract for a liquefied natural gas storage tank in the Netherlands; (iii) a design-build contract for two onshore converter stations on a new electrical interconnection between France and Spain, as part of a consortium that also includes VINCI Energies; and (iv) construction of a 10 km road and 12 bridges in Prešov, Slovakia.
12 Vs previously: "at the upper end of the range of €4.0 billion to €4.5 billion”.
13 Having previously forecast “similar” traffic levels.
14 Figures at 100% including passenger numbers at all managed airports over the full period.
15 VINCI Airports was forecasting previously Òa further recovery in passenger numbers – without returning to their 2019 level overall in 2023 because the rebound has been longer to materialize in Asia – and a further improvement in its operating earnings".
16 Operating income from ordinary activities (Ebit) / revenue.