Forecast for pre-tax profit is at top of expecations at £91m on turnover of £1.32bn

WS Atkins has said results for the year ended 31 March 2008 will be at the top end of expectations.

The consensus forecast for the group is £91m pre-tax profit on turnover of £1.32bn.

Atkin's solar test rig in the Middle East
Atkin's solar test rig in Dubai

Panmure Gordon said the scale, business mix and exposure to the Middle East made the group a good bet and reiterated its buy recommendation.

Atkins said it had performed well over the year and had a strong order book and cash generation, with net funds expected to be about £165m.