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Waterman Group PLC
17 November 2008
WATERMAN GROUP PLC INTERIM MANAGEMENT STATEMENT
Waterman Group plc ("Waterman" or "the Group"), a leading international engineering and environmental consultant, today announces its
Interim Management Statement in respect of current trading in the first half of its financial year ending 30 June 2009.
Trading during the period has been in line with the Board's expectations and our International business has continued to see growth in
its turnover which achieves our strategy for increasing the percentage of Group turnover generated from overseas projects.
In the UK, certain areas of the private sector have become more challenging. Consequently, we have decided to minimise capital
expenditure and defer recruitment until the economy improves. Within the property group, public sector commissions have been secured to
supplement the reducing workload in the retail and commercial markets. The Board is monitoring actively the economy and the Group's forward
workload, to align costs with expected revenue should such action be deemed necessary.
Following our appointment in July 2008 as lead engineering consultant on the 582,000m2 mixed use Abu Dhabi Plaza development in
Kazakhstan which is being developed by Aldar Properties PJSC from the UAE, design work has commenced on the project with the predominantly
UK based design team.
Our gearing remains low and the Group's strong balance sheet provides stability and the ability to continue to invest in organic growth
and selective earnings enhancing strategic acquisition opportunities in the future.
The Group is not immune from the turmoil in the financial markets and challenges remain. Public sector work in the UK and economies in
developing countries where Waterman is already present, however, continue to grow and these will provide opportunities for Waterman's
diverse range of consultancy services.
Date: 17th November 2008
For further information please contact:
Waterman Group plc City Profile
Nick Taylor, Chief Executive William Attwell
Graham Hiscocks, Finance Director 020-7448-3244
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