Annual Report 2019/20

Annual Report 2019/20

Highlights for the year ended 30 June 2020

  • Good performance in H1 with COVID-19 impacting performance in H2;

  • Energy & Environment, Defense and Rail all delivered an increase in profits on the prior year;

  • Automotive-related businesses were significantly impacted with lower profits than prior year;

  • We experienced a delay in some orders being placed and some challenges in the delivery of projects due to Ricardo and customers working remotely, leading to reduced levels of efficiency and lower margins;

  • Automotive-related businesses restructured to provide lower cost base (c. £10m per annum) and realign it to anticipated demand;

  • Disposal of DTC test business and exit from Santa Clara, in line with agile and asset-light strategy.

  • Acquired businesses in Australia integrated and performing well;

  • Good cash performance with positive working capital for the year – net debt was flat for the COVID-19 impacted H2. Cash resources increased by £50m and liquidity of £143m at 30 June 2020;

  • Majority of offices and all assembly lines now open and operational following significant disruption during H2; and

  • Interim dividend of 6.24p paid in April 2020 – no final dividend proposed.

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