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Thu October 18 2018

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Top 100 Construction Companies 2018

Carillion’s collapse at the beginning of this year left a gaping hole in the list of Top 100 construction firms. But while other companies have stepped in to fill the space at the top, damage further down the supply chain has been extensive. Steve Menary assesses the prospects for the sector and reviews the financial performance of the new Top 100

A list of the Top 100 contractors without Carillion on it seems strange. A year ago, turnover of £5.2bn easily made Carillion the UK’s second-biggest contractor. But we all know the old stock market adage that “turnover is vanity; profit is sanity” and Carillion failed to heed it. The company imploded spectacularly at the start of this year and is now gone.

The shockwaves from Carilion’s collapse continue to reverberate and while, at a glance, the results of this year’s Top 100 suggest steady trading at the top end, the underlying picture is more complicated.

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Latest Rank By Turnover Latest Rank By Profit Company Reporting Period Latest Turnover (£m) Previous Turnover (£m) Change (%) Latest Pre-tax Profit (£m) Previous Pre-tax Profit (£m) Change (%) Latest Margin Previous Margin
1 1 Balfour Beatty plc Dec-17 8,234 8,215 0.2 165 62 166.1 2 0.8
2 17 Kier Group plc Jun-17 4,282.2 4,082.3 4.9 25.8 -34.9 173.9 0.6 -0.9
3 100 Interserve plc Dec-17 3,250.8 3,244.6 0.2 -244.4 -94.1 -159.7 -7.5 -2.9
4 6 Galliford Try plc Jun-17 2,820 2,670 5.6 58.7 135 -56.5 2.1 5.1
5 4 Morgan Sindall Dec-17 2,793 2,562 9 64.9 43.9 47.8 2.3 1.7
6 99 Amey UK plc Dec-17 2,581.3 2,591 -0.4 -189.8 -43.9 -332.6 -7.4 -1.7
7 3 Keller Group plc Dec-17 2,070.6 1,780 16.3 110.6 73.9 49.7 5.3 4.2
8 22 Mace Ltd Dec-17 2,036.9 2,041.1 -0.2 23 10.7 114.4 1.1 0.5
9 98 Laing O’Rourke plc Mar-17 2,034.2 1,629.7 24.8 -80.8 -267.2 69.8 -4 -16.4
10 35 Skanska UK plc Dec-17 1,802.7 1,650.6 9.2 13.5 23.6 -42.9 0.7 1.4
11 10 Costain Group plc Dec-17 1,728.9 1,658 4.3 38.9 30.9 25.9 2.2 1.9
12 48 ISG plc Dec-17 1,708.8 1,329.3 28.5 9.1 4.8 89.6 0.5 0.4
13 13 Wates Group Ltd Dec-17 1,622 1,531.9 5.9 32.9 32.9 0.1 2 2.1
14 11 Willmott Dixon Holdings Ltd Dec-17 1,296.4 1,223 6 33.5 28 19.8 2.6 2.3
15 66 Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd Dec-17 1,155.4 1,035.9 11.5 4.2 16 -73.6 0.4 1.5
16 28 BAM Construct UK Ltd Dec-17 957.5 1,072.2 -10.7 19.3 26.2 -26.3 2 2.4
17 95 Sir Robert McAlpine (Newarthill Ltd) Oct-17 942.5 869.6 8.4 -20.2 -43.2 -53.2 -2.1 -5
18 5 Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd Aug-17 928.3 930.7 -0.3 64.4 61.5 4.8 6.9 6.6
19 15 Mears Group plc Dec-17 900.2 940.1 -4.2 26.5 29.4 -9.8 2.9 3.1
20 2 Homeserve plc Mar-18 899.7 785 14.6 123.3 98.3 25.4 13.7 12.5
21 23 Vinci plc Dec-17 870.7 948.8 -8.2 22.4 4.6 391.3 2.6 0.5
22 19 VolkerWessels UK Ltd Dec-17 870.4 876.8 -0.7 23.6 22.9 2.9 2.7 2.6
23 9 Lendlease Europe Holdings Ltd Jun-17 800.4 898.7 -10.9 41.5 66.7 -37.8 5.2 7.4
24 37 John Graham Holdings Ltd Mar-18 767.6 565.9 35.6 13.1 16.1 -18.3 1.7 2.8
25 39 J Murphy & Sons Ltd1 Dec-17 712 613.9 16 12.3 23.3 -47.2 1.7 3.8
26 24 Eurovia UK Ltd Dec-17 701.4 732.8 -4.3 22.2 16 38.8 3.2 2.2
27 12 ENGIE2 Mar-17 682.1 802.7 -15 33.5 36.1 -7.3 4.9 4.5
28 38 BAM Nuttall Ltd Dec-17 673.8 637 5.8 12.8 14.3 -10.7 1.9 2.2
29 74 McLaren Construction Group plc Jul-17 600.3 480.5 24.9 3.2 4.4 -27 0.5 0.9
30 16 Robertson Group (Hodlings) Ltd Mar-17 579.9 453.7 27.8 26.1 21.4 22.2 4.5 4.7
31 32 Renew Holdings plc Sep-17 560.8 525.7 6.7 16.3 19.4 -16 2.9 3.7
32 97 Bouygues (U.K.) Ltd Dec-16 555.6 349.6 59 -78.5 -19.4 -303.9 -14.1 -5.6
33 29 Carey Group plc Mar-17 549.2 430.7 27.5 19.1 17.3 10.4 3.5 4
34 30 NG Bailey Group Ltd Feb-17 500.3 407.5 22.8 18.6 6.3 195.2 3.7 1.5
35 14 Winvic Group Ltd Jan-17 462.7 417.7 10.8 28.5 21.9 29.9 6.2 5.2
36 31 Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd Dec-17 423.1 408.3 3.6 16.7 13.8 21 3.9 3.4
37 94 John Sisk & Son Ltd Dec-16 419.4 343.8 22 -17.8 0.9 -2,169.6 -4.2 0.2
38 21 Keltbray Group (Holdings) Ltd Oct-17 417.5 369.4 13 23.4 23.6 -0.8 5.6 6.4
39 86 M Group Services Ltd3 Mar-17 416.7 N/A N/A -0.2 N/A N/A 0 N/A
40 7 Henry Boot plc Dec-17 408.5 306.8 33.1 55.4 39.5 40.3 13.6 12.9
41 65 Northstone (NI) Ltd Dec-16 375 261.4 43.4 4.3 4.4 -0.3 1.2 1.7
42 34 Ardmore Construction Ltd Sep-17 370 302.9 22.2 15.5 10.5 47.5 4.2 3.5
43 82 Imtech* Dec-17 368 332 10.8 0.9 -0.1 1,000 0.2 0
44 93 Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd Dec-16 364.4 262.3 38.9 -12.1 -13.1 7.9 -3.3 -5
45 73 Geoffrey Osborne Ltd Mar-17 348.1 342.2 1.7 3.6 3 20 1 0.9
46 42 Integral UK Ltd Dec-16 343 323.2 6.1 11.8 12.2 -2.7 3.4 3.8
47 36 McAleer & Rushe Contracts UK Ltd Dec-17 334.1 242.9 37.5 13.4 10 33.5 4 4.1
48 90 SSE Contracting Ltd Mar-17 330 353.9 -6.8 -5 14.7 -134 -1.5 4.2
49 78 Byrne Group plc May-17 321.6 329.3 -2.3 1.7 -11.9 -113.9 0.5 -3.6
Latest Rank By Turnover Latest Rank By Profit Company Reporting Period Latest Turnover (£m) Previous Turnover (£m) Change (%) Latest Pre-tax Profit (£m) Previous Pre-tax Profit (£m) Change (%) Latest Margin Previous Margin
50 55 T Clarke plc** Dec-17 311.2 278.6 11.7 7.1 3.7 91.9 2.3 1.3
51 18 OHOB Holdings Ltd Mar-18 306.8 247.8 23.8 25.6 21.2 20.4 8.3 8.6
52 8 Watkin Jones plc Sep-17 301.9 267 13.1 43.3 13.3 225.6 14.3 5
53 88 Lakehouse plc** Sep-17 299.5 321.2 -6.8 -3 -35.5 -91.5 -1 -11.1
54 81 North Midland Construction plc Dec-17 291.8 250.5 16.5 1 2.1 -51.3 0.3 0.8
55 59 Higgins Group plc Jul-17 290.6 260.4 11.6 6.6 5.8 12.9 2.3 2.2
56 20 FM Conway Ltd Mar-17 290.2 294 -1.3 23.5 17.9 31.2 8.1 6.1
57 49 RG Carter Group Dec-16 286.4 267.6 7 8.2 7.5 10.7 2.9 2.8
58 63 Ogilvie Group Ltd Jun-17 274.4 219.8 24.9 5.3 4.5 18.3 1.9 2.1
59 25 Severfield plc Mar-18 274.2 262.2 4.6 22.2 18.1 22.7 8.1 6.9
60 83 Clancy Group plc Mar-17 270.2 257.1 5.1 0.7 3.3 -78.8 0.3 1.3
61 68 McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd Dec-17 267.7 247.2 8.3 4.1 2.7 55.1 1.5 1.1
62 84 Midas Group Ltd Apr-18 267.4 213.6 25.2 0.7 1.6 -57.6 0.3 0.8
63 52 Emcor Group plc Dec-17 264.7 240.6 10 7.5 3.2 136.4 2.8 1.3
64 96 SPIE Limited4 Dec-16 263 278.3 -5.5 -24.6 -13 89.2 -9.4 -4.7
65 71 Esh Holdings Ltd Dec-16 242.7 275.5 -11.9 3.8 8.6 -55.8 1.6 3.1
66 50 United Living Group Ltd Mar-18 240.1 180.7 32.9 8 6.4 26.1 3.4 3.5
67 56 Colas Ltd Dec-17 239.9 221.4 8.4 6.9 9 -23.4 2.9 4.1
68 43 J Reddington Ltd Dec-17 239.8 160.1 49.8 10.6 6.1 73.7 4.4 3.8
69 41 MV Kelly Ltd May-17 233 173.2 34.5 12.1 7.7 56.9 5.2 4.5
70 44 Cruden Holdings Ltd Mar-17 230.2 187.3 22.9 10.5 7.5 38.5 4.5 4
71 47 Rydon Group Ltd Sep-17 230.1 249.2 -7.7 9.2 7.8 18.8 4 3.1
72 91 City Building (Glasgow) LLP Mar-17 219.2 208.4 5.2 -5.6 -11.2 49.7 -2.6 -5.4
73 58 Michael Lonsdale Ltd Sep-17 216.8 186.9 15.9 6.8 6.5 4 3.1 3.5
74 27 FP McCann Group Ltd Dec-17 215.8 227 -4.9 19.5 19.1 1.7 9 8.4
75 64 Seddon Group Ltd Dec-17 215.7 208.9 3.3 5.3 5.1 4.1 2.5 2.4
76 77 Dawnus Group Ltd** Dec-17 210.5 196.8 7 1.8 3.6 -50.7 0.8 1.8
77 33 Otis Limited Nov-16 206 198.5 3.8 15.8 14.1 12 7.8 7.1
78 40 Forth Holdings Ltd Aug-17 204.6 186 10 12.3 6.7 82 6 3.6
79 53 Eric Wright Group Ltd Dec-16 201.4 177.4 13.5 7.4 9.9 -25.3 3.7 5.6
80 67 Briggs & Forrester (UK) Ltd Oct-17 181.7 115.1 57.9 4.1 1.9 119.6 2.3 1.6
81 72 Tolent plc Dec-17 178.4 173.2 3 3.7 1.1 239.8 2.1 0.6
82 87 Clugston Group Ltd Jan-18 175.4 118.2 48.4 -0.5 1 145.1 -0.3 0.9
83 75 Gilbert-Ash Ltd Dec-17 165.5 148 11.9 2.1 1.4 50.2 1.3 1
84 76 SDC (Holdings) Ltd Sep-17 164.8 165.7 -0.5 1.9 1.8 5.6 1.2 1.1
85 60 One Group Construction Ltd Dec-17 162.6 135.5 20 6.4 7.6 -15.8 3.9 5.6
86 89 Hochtief (UK) Construction Ltd Dec-16 155.1 130.1 19.2 -3.2 0.9 -453.7 -2.1 0.7
87 45 Erith Holdings Ltd Sep-17 152.9 150 1.9 10.2 9.9 3.6 6.7 6.6
88 51 Caddick Group plc Aug-17 152.4 148.6 2.6 8 18.8 -57.7 5.2 12.7
89 92 Enserve (RG Schultz LLP) Apr-17 152.4 N/A N/A -10.5 N/A N/A -6.9 N/A
90 69 BW Interiors Ltd Dec-17 151 100.5 50.2 4.1 2 98.8 2.7 2
91 54 Lindum Group Ltd Nov-17 149.9 127.9 17.2 7.3 5 45.3 4.8 3.9
92 62 Novus Property Solutions Ltd Dec-17 148.6 130.3 14 5.4 4.3 25.5 3.7 3.3
93 61 Mulalley (Sherrygreen Ltd) Mar-18 140.2 144.1 -2.9 8.4 7.6 10 6 5.3
94 79 RGCM Ltd Dec-16 147.4 165.2 -10.8 1.4 1.6 -12.6 1 1
95 80 Gratte Brothers Group Ltd5 Mar-17 146 104.4 39.8 1.1 -0.9 217.9 0.7 -0.9
96 70 EW Beard Ltd Dec-17 144.1 136.4 5.6 3.9 4 -4.2 2.7 3
97 57 Shaylor Group plc Sep-17 143.8 100.8 42.7 6.9 4.7 46.8 4.8 4.7
98 85 William Hare Ltd Dec-16 143.7 132.2 8.7 0.5 1.2 -58.3 0.3 0.9
99 26 Marshall Holdings Ltd Dec-16 141.5 113.7 24.4 20.8 13.9 49.6 14.7 12.2
100 46 Durkan Holdings Ltd Nov-17 140.5 141.1 -0.4 9.2 10.2 -9.6 6.6 7.2
Totals 70,015.6 64,786.7 8 948.6 833.8 13.7 2.5 2.5

Data for latest financial year from latest available accounts at August 9 2018

1. Based on press release
2. Figures based on 2017 accounts for Keepmoat Regeneration. Profit adjusted earnings before interest & tax.
3. Period 4/7/16 to 31/3/17
4. SPIE claims that: “Publicly available accounts are for statutory entities, not consolidated for SPIE UK, and therefore offer only a partial view of the company rather than being representative of the UK business as a whole.”
5. Profit after tax
6. N/A = Not applicable
* Based on management accounts
** Continuing operations only
*** % change comparison between 98 companies to publish profits in 2017 and 2016