Lendlease profit down 41% but wins Barangaroo views case

Lendlease profit down 41% but wins Barangaroo views  case
Lendlease profit down 41% but wins Barangaroo views case

In Lendlease's end of financial year report they disclosed that their engineering division was the leading cause of the 41% dip in after tax profit in FY19.

The firm said earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation dropped 30 per cent to $1.25 billion last year.

Alongside that dip, after tax earnings fell from $793 million to just $467 million.

EBITDA earnings in its construction and investment arms declined by roughly one-third for the year to June.

“It was a difficult year for the Group with the provision taken in the first half for underperforming engineering projects impacting the overall result," Lendlease chief executive Steve McCann said.

He pointed the finger at the ongoing separation process. Lendlease is trying to sell the engineering and services business.

Lendlease declared a final dividend of 30¢, down from 35¢ a year earlier.

Despite these seemingly troubled waters, Lendlease shares spiked 8.35% to $14.67 just a few hours after the ASX announcement.

According to the report EBITDA earnings on their Development arm of the business rose 18% to $793.

They cited strong apartment settlements at its Darling Square project in Sydney and the office precinct at Paya Lebar Quarter project in Singapore. They also praised their strong pipeline .

"Three major urbanisation projects were added to the pipeline during the year in Sydney, Chicago and Milan. Post balance date we secured an urbanisation project in the San Francisco Bay Area. These four projects have a combined development end value of approximately $27 billion," LendLease said.

In a spot of good news for Lendlease the Berejiklian government has ceded to Crown Resorts and Lendlease settling a long-running legal battle with them over views from their high-rise developments at Barangaroo.

Crown and Lendlease took the case to the NSW Supreme Court to retain "sight lines" from their developments at Barangaroo South to the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

In December the court found the government had not negotiated in good faith with the two companies about its plans to develop Central Barangaroo.

Crown Resorts said in a statement that the parties had reached an confidential out-of-court settlement and an appeal would not go ahead, meaning the case is officially settled in Lendlease's favour. 

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