Contractor’s disastrous foray into energy-from-waste has brought crippling losses
The timeline below charts the mounting problems Interserve has faced ever since it announced that its then chief executive of 13 years Adrian Ringrose was leaving back in November 2016, news which was followed just a day later by the revelation that its client on the Glasgow energy-from-waste job had kicked it off the scheme.
In May 2016, Ringrose had said the cost of getting out of the energy-from-waste sector would be £70m. At the last count that figure had gone up more than three times that amount to stand at £227m. It is still carrying out work on four energy from waste schemes which it promised in its interim results back in August would be finished by the end of this year.
The firm’s debt has also headed north with last month Interserve saying it would be up to £650m by the end of this year. At the end of 2017, it stood at £503m.
Interserve wins £146m DBFO contract with Viridor to build recycling and renewable energy centre in Glasgow
Interserve wins £145m deal to build waste treatment plant in Derby for the city council and Derbyshire county council
Interserve says chief executive Adrian Ringrose is stepping down after 13 years in the post
Firm says it has had its contract at Glasgow terminated
Ringrose says cost of quitting energy-from-waste is now £160m
Just over two weeks into the role, new chief executive Debbie White says cost of quitting energy-from-waste sector will be more than £160m
White says cost of energy-from-waste now stands at £195m. Firm begins Fit for Growth cost-cutting initiative
Announces £244m pre-tax loss for 2017 with net debt at year end standing at £503m. Cost of energy-from-waste rises again to £215m
Financial Conduct Authority launches probe into handling of its exit from the energy-from-waste business. Gordon Kew, then the managing director of Interserve’s UK construction business who would leave in August, says: “The whole energy-from-waste portfolio we expect to be out of this year.”
Firm says cost of energy-from-waste has gone up to £227m. Net debt at half year to 30 June hits £614m
Building reveals Interserve has missed deadline for handing over Derby energy-from-waste plant and that its JV partner on scheme may have to carry the can for its share of additional costs
Build UK figures reveal Interserve queries over 80% of its invoices
SEC group chief executive Rudi Klein tells subcontractors to go direct to clients to get paid on Interserve jobs
Reports emerge that firm is seeking second rescue deal this year under proposals which would see creditors take control of company
Interserve’s share price halved in the first couple of hours of Monday trading, down 90% from a January high, as investors responded to the second rescue plan