Lendlease half year financials see profits drop 96%

Lendlease half year financials see profits drop 96%
Lendlease half year financials see profits drop 96%

Lendlease saw its half yearly profits drop 96.3% to $15.7 million when it released its financials to the ASX this morning.

Its share price went in a similar direction, dropping nearly ¢60 a share.

When the markets opened shares dropped from $14.14 per share to $13.50. The share price has rebounded somewhat late morning to $13.88 per share.

Revenue for the six months to December 31 dipped 11 percent to $7.68 billion, with the $350 million hit cutting profit from $425.7 million a year earlier.

The decline in profits was in majority down to its engineering arm. 

Steve McCann, chief executive and managing director at Lendlease, reiterated his disappointment with the previously announced underperformance of the company's engineering business.

“This was a difficult period where cumulative issues in a number of engineering projects materially impacted the Group’s overall result," McCann said.

"The management team and I are very disappointed with this underperformance and are committed to working to restore securityholder value and confidence in Lendlease.

A review of Engineering and Services has determined the business is non-core, and is no longer a required part of the Lendlease's strategy.

Alternatives for the business are being considered, however restructuring the overall business could cost between $450 million and $550 million before tax, Lendlease said.

McCann said despite a challenging period, LendLease's development pipeline is still growing.

"Despite a challenging period, Lendlease continued to convert origination opportunities in global gateway cities – growing our development pipeline and successfully executing key initiatives with our capital partners,” McCann said.

“We’re starting to see tangible results from broadening our urbanisation platform to additional international gateway cities with the first significant contributions in the half from our projects in Asia and the Americas. 

Lendlease added two new major urbanisation projects to its pipeline – Victoria Cross in Sydney, and Lakeshore East in Chicago. 

The two projects combined have an estimated end development value of more than $3 billion.



Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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