RNS Number : 0832E
25 May 2012
Embargoed: 0700hrs 25 May 2012
("Cape" or the "Company")
Algeria Contract Update
Cape plc, the international provider of essential, non-mechanical support services principally to the energy and mineral resources sectors, today provides an update on its GL3-Z LNG project in Arzew in Algeria ("Arzew Project").
The contract, awarded to Cape in 2010 by Snamprogetti Chiyoda s.a.s. di Saipem S.p.A., is for the provision of the total insulation works for the Sonatrach GL3-Z LNG Project. Based on the results of a review in February 2012, and as indicated in the Company's 2011 results announcement in March 2012, the timing of the work releases on the Arzew Project had been slower than expected with revenues in 2011 less than one-third of planned levels. With the mechanical completion date being unchanged, it was also explained that it had been necessary to significantly increase our manpower on the project.
A further project review was held in mid-April during which no material concerns were highlighted by the project team. Given the size, location and management of the project, Acting CEO Brendan Connolly deemed it appropriate to conduct an operational audit in mid-May. This further review has identified additional costs arising within the Arzew Project, which as a result is currently projected to produce a significant loss. The Board has instigated a plan to mitigate the potential losses on the Arzew Project including the injection of a new project team, the introduction of additional skilled workforce and the rigorous application of Cape processes. However, based on the latest available estimates, Cape intends to recognise a one-off charge of GBP14 million in respect of current and estimated future losses on the contract, which will be charged in the Interim Accounts for the six months ending 30 June 2012.
The Company now anticipates that its profit before tax for the full year ending 31 December 2012 will be reduced by the above one-off charge. Cape reiterates its previously issued guidance for revenues for the full year ending 31 December 2012, which is unchanged.
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Brendan Connolly, Acting Chief Executive +44 (0)20 3178 5498
Richard Bingham, Chief Financial Officer
Patrick d'Ancona +44 (0)20 7920 2347
Ben Simons +44 (0)20 7920 2340
Cape plc (www.capeplc.com), which is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, provides a range of non-mechanical industrial services including access systems, insulation, painting, coatings, blasting, industrial cleaning, training and assessment to both industrial plant operators and major international engineering and construction companies.
As a single source provider, Cape is able to provide a range of specialist multi-disciplinary services specifically tailored to meet the needs of the client providing the most intelligent and cost efficient solutions for our customers' non-mechanical in-plant maintenance and capital needs.
In the year ended 31 December 2011, Cape reported revenues of GBP722.5 million. With scale and leading market positions across its international footprint, Cape employs over 19,000 people in 30 countries.
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