Wednesday, 14 November 2007 02:00

Sanyati expects to hit forecast net profit

Civil engineering and construction group Sanyati Holdings on Tuesday said government contracts and extending operations beyond KwaZulu-Natal had boosted its order book, positioning the black economic empowerment company to achieve its forecast net profit of R53 million for the 2007-08 financial year.

Construction IndustryThe order book included a R25 million contract for civil infrastructure work in Polokwane, a R75 million road rehabilitation contract in Gamtoos, Eastern Cape, and a R1,9 billion contract for civil works on the new King Shaka International Airport in Durban.

Releasing the company’s results for the six months ended August, CEO Rick Jackson said the buoyant growth in the construction industry boded well for the firm. He said though 66% of Sanyati’s contracts came from KwaZulu-Natal, he was pleased at the inroads the company had made in Gauteng.

“The Gauteng operations are up and running with (the group’s piling subsidiary) Mega Pile’s first R2 million contract ,” said Jackson.

Gauteng accounted for 22% of Sanyati’s contracts, with the balance split among Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and Zambia.

In an effort to grow the business , Sanyati said, it had acquired Gauteng-based Ruthcon Civil Contractors and GEM Earthworks, which has operations in Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.

Net profit for the period under review doubled to R22,9 million on a 105% increase in revenue to R396,2 million — up from R192,5 million.

Cash generated from operations surged to R10,9 million from a loss of R4,5 million. Headline earnings per share increased to 8,74c from 5,73c.

Of Sanyati’s four business units, Civils Coastal was the biggest contributor to overall performance.

Revenue accumulated by C ivils C oastal was R215 million. Its performance was boosted by large-scale projects such as the R117 million tender to construct roads in Barberton, and the R52 million contract to construct a water pipeline in Umgeni, on the south coast.

The unit also stood to gain R190 million over the next 19 months after the Ilembe Consortium was awarded a R1,9 billion contract to build the R6,8bn King Shaka International Airport.

 

Wednesday, 03 October 2007 02:00

Tongaat popularity grows with new Airport

Property prices in Tongaat, a residential suburb on the northerly outskirts of Durban, are poised for massive growth once the construction of King Shaka International Airport is completed in 2009

Construction on the King Shaka International Airport, which will replace the existing Durban International Airport, will continue full-steam ahead

Tuesday, 28 August 2007 02:00

WBHO full year HEPS up

Construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes Ovcom (WBHO) on Monday reported 512.1 cents in headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the year ended June compared with 351.7 cents a year ago.

Construction IndustryA final dividend of 85 cents per share (2006: 54 cents) has been declared which, together with the interim dividend of 36 cents per share, gives a total dividend of 121 cents for the year - up from 81 cents a year ago.

Revenue rose 40.3% to 8.1 billion rand and operating profit surged 58.6% to 415.8 million rand.

The group's building and civil division, which plays a major role in preparing the country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, increased turnover by 31% from 4.4 billion rand to 5.7 billion rand in 2007. Operating profit increased by 47% to 222 million rand.

"We are partners in joint ventures which have been awarded contracts for the construction of the King Shaka International Airport, as well as the soccer stadia in Durban, Cape Town and Polokwane. Because of the early stages of these contracts no profits have been recognised in these accounts," the company said.

In addition, the group is engaged in major works at OR Tambo International Airport as well as the construction of shopping centres, office and apartment blocks and hospitals throughout the country.

It has recently been awarded in joint venture the One and Only Hotel in the Cape Town Waterfront.

However, in Australia, turnover has been relatively flat compared to 2006, but Probuild Constructions nevertheless increased profits by 11%, the company noted.

"There are indications that the market is improving in Melbourne and the order book is at a reasonable level," the group said.

Basic Constructions, the group's cvil engineering company in Brisbane, experienced a busy year with turnover increasing by 22%.

"Our activities in Sydney also showed significant growth and we have strengthened our foothold in this large but competitive market," the company said.

The road and earth works division's turnover of 1.9 billion rand was 61% higher than last year. Operating profit increased by 7% from 71 million rand to 76 million rand but with margins declining from 6.1% to 4%.

"Work for the mining sector has increased, providing good opportunities for additional work for the division. The division is also contracting in the DRC, Ghana, Zambia and other SADC countries," the group said.

Looking ahead, the group said its outlook for the construction industry remained positive with prospects for new work more likely to arise in the civil engineering sector than in the building sector.

"We believe we are well placed to benefit from this shift in the industry," the group said.

The company is starting the 2008 financial year with an order book of 10.6 billion rand ? from 6.1 billion rand last year.

"The nature of our order book has changed with a greater number of large contracts spread over longer time periods," the group said.

 

Construction firm Grinaker LTA was excluded from the bidding process to build the King Shaka airport in Durban because it could not commit to the black-economic empowerment procurement required by Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa)

The Pietermaritzburg High Court will on Monday begin hearings into the validity of a legal challenge brought by construction group Grinaker-LTA

Thursday, 14 September 2006 02:00

King Shaka airport ‘ready by 2010’

The King Shaka International Airport at La Mercy will be operational in 2010’s first quarter, when the current facility, Durban International Airport, will be decommissioned.

Wednesday, 23 June 2004 02:00

Dube TradePort to be fast-tracked

South Africa's first multi-modal logistics platform, the Dube TradePort, as well as the King Shaka International Airport will be fast tracked, says Transport Minister Jeff Radebe.

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