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FCC?s Profits up by 12.7% During the First Half of the Year

28/07/2005

FCC?s Profits up by 12.7% During the First Half of the Year

The consolidated net turnover of Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, S.A. (FCC) during the first half of the year was 3,308.9 million euros which represents an increase of 7.8% compared to the same period last year.

This rise in revenues was due to the positive evolution of all strategic areas of the Group: Services (+14.3%), Construction (+ 3.1%) and Cement (+6.4%)

The geographical distribution of sales demonstrates the good performance of the domestic market, which was up by 7.5%, as well as the international market where revenues increased by 11%. International business currently accounts for 9.2% of the total. Of this percentage, 46% comes from Europe, 31% from the United States and 23% from Latin America.

Sales by Activity (millions of euros)
  30/06/05 30/06/04 % change % Total
Public services 1.289,3 1.127,9 14,3 39,0
Construction 1.555,4 1.507,8 3,1 47,0
Cement 472,1 443,8 6,4 14,3
Torre Picasso 12,0 10,6 13,2 0,4
Intragroup Eliminations (19,9) (21,6)   -0,6
TOTAL 3.308,9 3.068,5 7,8 100

As of 30 June, the portfolio of construction and service contracts had reached a record high of 18,781.5 million euros, 18.9% higher than on the same date the year before. The total amount includes a notable increase of 23.2% in the construction area.

The gross operating profit (EBITDA) increased by 12.8% to 453.7 million euros. The sales margin was 13.7%, up 0.6 percentage points over the year before.

The profit before taxes totalled 323.8 million euros, an increase of 13.2% and the net profit was 193 million euros, 12.7% higher than the year before. This increase signifies a 0.3 percentage point increase in the net sales margin, which went from 5.5% to 5.8%.

Cash flow during the first six months of the year totalled 347.8 million euros, which represents an increase of 12.4%.

The Group invested a total of 335.6 million euros during the first half of the year, which is 32.3% more than the first six months last year.

The Group's net indebtedness as of 30 June was 409 million euros, which is down by 29.8%. The leveraging rate was 13.8% compared to 20% for the same period last year.