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June 14, 2012 at 02:00 AM EDT
Atkins (WS) PLC Announces Final Results

LONDON -- (Marketwire) -- 06/14/12 -- (LSE: ATK) -- Results for the year ended 31 March 2012

"Good results, with a return to headcount growth in an economic environment that continues to be challenging."

Design and engineering consultancy group WS Atkins plc (Atkins) today announces its preliminary results for the year ended 31 March 2012.

RESULTS SUMMARY

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                                                                  Increase /
                                     Note     2012        2011     Decrease
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Income statement

  Revenue                              1    £1,711.1m   £1,564.3m      +9.4%

  Operating profit                            £137.2m     £107.0m     +28.2%
  Underlying operating profit          2      £110.5m     £118.7m      -6.9%

  Operating margin                               8.0%        6.8%     +1.2pp
  Underlying operating margin          2         6.5%        7.6%     -1.1pp

  Profit before taxation                      £135.5m      £91.0m     +48.9%
  Underlying profit before tax         3      £101.6m     £102.7m      -1.1%

  Profit after taxation                       £106.8m      £72.6m     +47.1%
  Diluted EPS                                  106.6p       72.7p     +46.6%
  Normalised diluted EPS               4        79.0p       75.0p      +5.3%

Dividend                                        30.5p       29.0p      +5.2%

People                                 5
  Staff numbers 31 March -
   continuing                          6       17,420      16,978      +2.6%
  Average staff numbers                        17,489      16,582      +5.5%

Cash
  Net funds                                   £122.6m     £123.3m      -0.5%

Work in Hand                           7          60%         55%      5.0pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Revenue up 9%, normalised EPS up 5%

  • Diversification now delivering more than 50% of Group revenue from outside the UK

  • North American consultancy business margin further improved to 6.6% (2011: 5.7%)

  • Strengthened balance sheet, with net funds of £122.6m and a reduced pension deficit

  • Improved work in hand of 60% (2011: 55%)

  • Full year dividend increased by 5.2% to 30.5 pence

  • Outlook for 2012/13 remains unchanged and in line with expectations.

"We have made good progress in the last twelve months despite the challenging economic environment. During the second half we continued to diversify the business, improved cash flow, reduced our pension liabilities and are returning to growth. We remain focused on driving operational excellence throughout the business to improve margins, optimise our portfolio and meet the evolving needs of our clients. Our strategy is clear and the Group is well positioned to deliver further growth in the year ahead."

Allan Cook CBE                     Dr Uwe Krueger
Chairman                           Chief executive officer

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http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/3370F_1-2012-6-13.pdf

Enquiries

Atkins
Uwe Krueger
Chief executive officer
+44 (0) 20 7121 2000

Sara Lipscombe
Group communications director
+44 (0) 1372 726140

Kate Moy
Investor relations director
+44 (0) 20 7121 2000

Smithfield
Alex Simmons
+44 (0) 20 7360 4900

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