Shares rise 3.7% as Carillion announces underlying half-year profit of £34.3m

Carillion has announced that the faster than expected integration with Mowlem will deliver £26m in savings.


Carillion said the integration helped increase underling profit before tax by 28% to £34.3m for the six months ended 30 June.

Revenue increased 12% to £1,928.6m and the order book stood at £15.8bn. Carillion said it had probable new orders of a further £2.0bn.

Shares rose 3.7% on the news this morning, increasing by 20p to 433p.

Carillion said that there were opportunities to double its Middle East earnings of £274.3m over the next five years.

Commenting on the results chairman Philip Rogerson said: “The successful integration of the Mowlem business has contributed to a strong first half performance.”

“With a positive overall outlook in our key markets, we expect to make further good progress in the second half of 2007 and deliver materially enhanced earnings in the full year”.

Additionally, it has been announced today that Carillion's joint venture in the Middle East (Al Futtaim-Carillion) has been appointed preferred bidder on several major projects in both that region and North Africa. The potential value of these agreements has a value to Carillion of up to £2.6bn over the next seven years.

The first of these projects to be announced is the first phase of construction of the Cairo Festival City project, a £220m retail shopping mall. The construction value of the project is estimated by Carillion to be £2bn. Work begins in 2008, and is scheduled for completion in 2010.