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We’re back on course, says Balfour boss

13 Dec 16 Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn says that his turnaround plan is working.

Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn
Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn

Leo Quinn was brought in to rescue Balfour Beatty in January 2015 after it plummeted to a £304m pre-tax loss. The first phase of his Build to Last transformation programme is now nearing completion and has delivered “fundamental change” to the group he says.

In a trading update today, Mr Quinn said that the business has been simplified and the leadership team strengthened.

By year end, Balfour Beatty expects to deliver its phase one self-help targets of £200m cash in: £100m cost out and also to have a positive net cash balance.

Management of legacy issues across the portfolio is proceeding to timetable and remains in line with overall expectations, he said.

The company continues to win contracts across its chosen markets “on terms which reflect the group's improved governance and controls”. The order book has remained stable during the second half of 2016.

Leo Quinn said:  "The actions that we have taken during the first two years of Build to Last have been necessary to lay a solid foundation for long term profitable growth.  Our people have responded to this challenge with passion and commitment.  I am confident that the next 24 months of Build to Last will see the group achieving industry-standard margins".

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