Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Costain Group Plc LSE:COST London Ordinary Share GB00B64NSP76 ORD 50P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -3.20p -1.85% 170.20p 170.40p 170.60p 174.60p 170.00p 174.60p 267,042 12:54:32
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Construction & Materials 1,463.7 40.2 30.9 5.5 184

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19/8/2013
18:21
293p...now don't get over excited and pop out and buy that new motor that you have been yearning for.....wait until the mornings open. Closing auction price most often doesn't relate to the next days opening price, Been a good six months for Costain but we will have to wait until Thursday to see how good.
optomistic
19/8/2013
17:54
minimal, the closing price of 293.50 is the auction price at close of day which can occassioanlly, today, be noticeably different to trades throughout the day. Since we are still in silly season with low volumes there is probably no significance, but the closing auction accounts for 10% of todays trades. Maybe we are going to get some good news tommorrow. and someone with inside was desperate to get in today but had been holding off hoping to get them lower
ldavis
17/8/2013
12:36
Interims on Thursday. You never know, it may move it forward. Or is that just wishful thinking?
trademap
15/8/2013
10:31
It's not going to make the share price surge (but what is) but encouraging interest in engineering in today's youngsters: Bridging A Gap In Pupils' Experience 15 August 2013 Welsh primary school children were given an early insight into the attractions of an engineering career when Costain supported the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Bridge to Schools programme. Youngsters at Bryn Coch School, Mold, had the chance to create their very own bridge as part of a long-running campaign by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the ICE. The ICE owns several 'build your own bridge' kits, which are transported to schools around the country. The aim is to arouse interest in construction and engineering at an early age. The bridge exercise dovetails neatly with the Costain Cares strategy, which is about developing skills for the future, inspiring young people to think about a career in engineering and obtaining the necessary Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills to do so. The bridge gives the pupils a chance for hands-on experience in building something. The sight of such a large structure turning up in the school is outside their daily experience and generates considerable excitement. Costain Project Manager, Joe Rice-Jones, volunteers for a couple of days a year to help show pupils the ropes – or more accurately the nuts and bolts – when it comes to erecting the structure. "The bridge is quite big, around 25 feet long," said Joe. "It comes in the back of a large trailer and consists of a couple of metal A-frames, while most of the rest of the structure is wood." The pupils – who have been primed for the visit with fact packs explaining what the day will involve – are split up into groups handling different tasks in putting the bridge together, overseen by volunteers like Joe (an ICE member) and his colleagues. None of the children are likely to have been involved in anything like putting together a large structure before. Being decked out in fluorescent safety kit and hard hats adds to the sense of occasion. "It's aimed at generating the idea that engineering is for everyone," explained Joe. "We try to explain that not everyone can play football for Manchester United later in life and that engineering is an interesting and stimulating career." "We have many STEM ambassadors across the Group who volunteer their time to go into schools and inspire future budding engineers, as well as promoting other careers Costain has to offer," said Corporate Responsibility Director, Catherine Warbrick. "As well as promoting the importance of STEM skills for business, we also want to attract the best young talent to Costain."
optomistic
01/8/2013
07:42
Acquisition of EPC Offshore Limited (EPC Offshore) and launch of Costain Upstream 1 August 2013 Costain, one of the UK's leading Tier One engineering solutions providers, is pleased to announce that it has today acquired EPC Offshore, a specialist oil & gas project management services company, for an initial consideration of £9.6 million (plus £1.0 million for excess cash). Costain also announces the launch of Costain Upstream, which will provide services across the life-cycle of upstream offshore oil and gas assets. EPC Offshore Acquisition Established in 2009, and with a workforce today of 75 professional staff led by founder and CEO Keith Wallace, EPC Offshore is a field development and project management specialist providing client-side services to North Sea oil and gas companies. The company is differentiated by its programme management expertise and the highly effective application of proprietary in-house systems and processes. EPC Offshore delivered revenue of £11.7 million, adjusted EBITDA of £2.0 million (adjustments reflect the removal of certain shareholder related costs that will not be incurred by the business in future) and profit after tax of £1.1 million for the year ended 31 July 2012. EPC Offshore had gross assets of £3.3 million as at 31 July 2012. The acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing to Costain in the first full year of acquisition. The initial consideration for 100% of the share capital of EPC Offshore is £9.6 million (plus £1.0 million for excess cash included within the company) and was paid in cash on completion. Further consideration may also be payable depending on the financial performance of the business in the financial years ending 31 December 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the retention of certain key employees in 2016. This performance consideration is subject to a minimum of £2.0 million and a maximum of £14.4 million. The consideration funding will be provided from Costain's existing debt facilities. Launch of Costain Upstream Costain Upstream will combine the capabilities of ClerkMaxwell, the oil and gas engineering and support services provider, which has more than doubled in size since its acquisition in 2011, and EPC Offshore to increase the scale of the Group's services in the growing, high-value North Sea upstream oil and gas market. With a proven capability to deliver a wide range of services including engineering and consultancy, capital project management and asset support, the company will be strongly positioned in the UK offshore field development market where investment in 2013 is forecast at £13 billion (source: Oil & Gas UK - Activity Survey 2013). The newly formed Costain Upstream will deliver engineering, capital projects and asset support services across four principal service lines; Field Development, Subsea Facilities, Topside Facilities, and Floating Systems, and comprises a resource pool of over 350 people. Costain Upstream will be led by Keith Wallace, Chief Executive of EPC Offshore, supported by the leadership teams of both ClerkMaxwell and EPC Offshore. They will be based in Aberdeen with operating and support units in Maidenhead, Teeside, Manchester and Abu Dhabi. The acquisition of EPC Offshore will significantly accelerate the growth and market position of Costain Upstream. Andrew Wyllie, CEO of Costain, commented: "We are delighted to welcome EPC Offshore to the Costain Group, in an acquisition which will accelerate our stated strategy of broadening our range of capabilities in response to the requirements of major blue chip customers. "The formation of Costain Upstream will significantly enhance our position in this sector, and the acquisition of EPC Offshore will boost its growth, complementing the front-end engineering and operations capabilities we acquired with ClerkMaxwell two years ago. "There is a sizeable addressable market for these highly complex services and we see further compelling opportunities to grow our oil and gas footprint both in the UK and internationally."
optomistic
19/7/2013
12:14
A lot of stock dropped onto the book today all @ 280p, and above the bid price, unusual for AT trades.
optomistic
19/7/2013
09:58
Yet another quality contract this morning but seems poorly received by the market. ...as I have said before...one day. -------------------------------------------------------------- Costain Awarded A160/A180 Highways Agency Contract 19 July 2013 Costain, one of the UK's leading engineering solutions providers, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an Early Contractor Involvement ('ECI') contract by the Highways Agency for the A160/A180 Port of Immingham Improvement scheme, North Lincolnshire. Costain is responsible for design development and construction, which is estimated to be valued at £34 million. The project aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety for the local community and road users by upgrading the current single carriageway road to a dual carriageway, with new bridges and junction improvements. In view of its contribution to the economic growth of the region, and in support of the Government's National Infrastructure Plan, the scheme was selected as one of the Highways Agency's accelerated delivery projects. Design development work will commence this month. Andrew Wyllie, Chief Executive of Costain, commented, "The award of this contract further demonstrates the successful implementation of our commitment to 'Engineering Tomorrow': to identify, develop and implement innovative solutions to complex national needs. We are pleased to have been selected for this accelerated delivery scheme and we look forward to working with the Highways Agency to deliver an excellent outcome." Ends
optomistic
13/7/2013
09:17
Interesting read and hopefully a rewarding enterprise: Energy Solutions International (ESI) Selected by UK's Oil and Pipelines Agency (OPA) and Costain Group Plc. to Implement Synthesis® on 2000 km Pipeline and Terminal Network Energy Solutions International (ESI) has been selected by the UK's Oil and Pipelines Agency (OPA) and its operations and maintenance contractor, Costain Group Plc., to implement the Synthesis® solution across the 2,000 km fuel pipeline and terminal network known as the Government Pipeline and Storage System (GPSS). The Synthesis platform will be implemented to meet the OPA's Stock Accounting requirements. The OPA is responsible for managing the GPSS for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence. The OPA oversees all aspects of the facilities' operation and maintenance, ensuring that UK military and commercial requirements for aviation fuel are met. This major project will be co-managed by ESI and Costain on behalf of the OPA, and will be delivered from ESI's European HQ in their UK office. Synthesis was selected because of its ability to deliver key benefits to the OPA in terms of resilience and reliability; integration with new automation systems; consolidation of business processes across multiple sites, and network-wide inventory management and reporting. The OPA has embarked on a significant program of upgrading to industry-leading technology and practices across their operations, partnering with Costain in order to improve performance, reduce cost and further build sustainability and resilience. ESI was awarded the project following a rigorous procurement review, managed by a joint OPA and Costain team, which included a number of international companies in the bidding process. With the OPA project, Synthesis continues to expand its geographic footprint as the solution of choice for liquid pipeline operators worldwide. "The GPSS pipeline and terminal network is a large, complex system consisting of some 2000 kilometers of pipeline, more than 40 related storage and pumping facilities, that is also connected to several other private pipeline networks," said Charles Price, Chief Executive of the OPA. "The system is strategically critical to both military and commercial aviation, so the technology we are selecting to manage and monitor day-to-day operations on the network must meet the highest standards of quality, power, flexibility and ease-of-use. Following what was a comprehensive and highly detailed evaluation of the leading solutions in the global marketplace, we selected the Synthesis system from ESI. With the selection process complete, we now look forward to working closely with ESI and their product experts on the initial phases of the implementation." TengBeng Koid, CEO of Energy Solutions International, also reflected on the strategic nature of this opportunity. "Because of the nature of the industry we work in, ESI's software is nearly always considered mission-critical by our customers around the world," said Koid. "But when you are talking about a national pipeline and storage network like this one, the importance of the project in terms of strategic value, both for the OPA and the United Kingdom, as well as for Energy Solutions International, is even more apparent. We believe Synthesis is the right commercial and logistics management solution for this unique challenge, and we are eager to start working with Costain to implement the solution and deliver the improved productivity, accuracy, and responsiveness OPA requires for their GPSS network."
optomistic
27/6/2013
10:25
True WsM but they have rarely been over enthusiastic about much at all, things should be very promising now and they should enthuse to the market if so...if not we are in for a very long wait again.
optomistic
27/6/2013
10:13
Ever the optomist eh! In the current climate, I would have thought that accurate forecasting and a thorough understanding of your future direction would mean more to investors than under or over acheivement to forecast. Investors can learn to rely on what Costain tells them with a good deal of confidence that they will deliver on it.
wsm812
27/6/2013
09:14
http://uk.advfn.com/news/UKREG/2013/article/58181224 "and is on-course to deliver a result for the year which is in-line with the Board's expectations." A little more enthusiasm would make a change rather than this stock phrase!
optomistic
27/6/2013
09:08
With reference to the TU, this is just such a reliable and stable company that is growing exponentially. I am glad I am a holder at these relatively low prices. Another dividend rise should be on the cards for the 6 month results review on 22/08/13.
wsm812
21/6/2013
17:00
Two finishes in a row with an 8p gain...must be a bid in the offing....I wish!
optomistic
21/6/2013
13:37
I hope not s_e, I bought in based on the business strategy and the operational strength of the management. After recent events I'd rather see them bring in someone with better judgement on takeover and mergers and a sharper focus on shareholder value. I don't want to see the word synergy in any of their announcements again while I'm invested ;-)
al101uk
21/6/2013
13:18
Third time Lucky and all that al101uk !
s_e
21/6/2013
11:22
Carry on Opto, in fact I have a few more in my portfolio if you wouldn't mind pressing also please :)
wsm812
21/6/2013
10:30
LOL...a mistake WsM, just a slip of the finger!
optomistic
21/6/2013
10:14
Did someone press the "UP" button?
wsm812
19/6/2013
13:11
Could not agree more ...
s_e
18/6/2013
19:04
...this is pathetic!
optomistic
12/6/2013
15:56
"!network rail to save £2b over 5 years" ...easy...free wheel downhill, all that fuel saved :-)) Good to see the share price a bit firmer although it has slipped off now, maybe it will rise at the close, although when it does that it often opens down. Ah well that's COSTAIN! But....someday...
optomistic
12/6/2013
15:00
network rail to save £2b over 5 years. Thats a lot of cash and im struggling to see how its possible. The cuts over the last 5 years have been harsh and contractors will get screwed again. Margins threathened. any views? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22866696
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