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HOCHTIEF: Remarkable Growth and Strategic Investment in 2023 Plans to Increase Dividends


Earnings call: HOCHTIEF reports robust growth in 2023, plans dividend hike

HOCHTIEF, a global powerhouse in construction, disclosed remarkable financial outcomes for 2023, showcasing a sales upsurge of 10% to reach €27.8 billion and an operational net profit boost of 11%, totaling €553 million. The financial solidity of the company is further highlighted by a significant net cash position of €872 million and a voluminous order book valued at €553.3 billion. HOCHTIEF’s strategic initiatives, which include consolidating its presence in core markets, venturing into rapidly growing sectors, and focusing on shareholder benefits with a proposed 10% dividend increment, underline its trajectory for sustained growth.

The financial year saw HOCHTIEF achieving an impressive leap in sales and operational net profit, backed by a substantial net cash position and an unparalleled order book fueled by significant contract acquisitions. The company’s strategic direction towards core markets and high-growth sectors like data centers and energy transition projects, combined with its dedication to enhancing shareholder value, establishes a robust foundation for continued success.

HOCHTIEF is not just about growth; it’s also deeply invested in sustainable practices, aiming for climate neutrality by 2045. The company has garnered recognition for its continuous efforts in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives. Despite confronting increased net finance costs, the diverse project portfolio and strategic investments are posited to positively impact its financial projection.

Turner, a subsidiary, is poised for broader gains with €3 billion in order intake, particularly in the education and health care sectors. The likely merger with Abertis could bolster Turner’s financial landscape further, enhancing its net debt and EBITDA profile. HOCHTIEF’s aggressive push into infrastructure investment focuses on operational cash flow and equity recycling for project funding—signaling buoyant operational EBITDA in its North American business fueled by a surge in engineering projects.

The discussion on margin improvement avenues highlighted the potential growth from burgeoning higher-margin businesses and a pivot towards industrial and high-tech projects. Integrating a logistics company into its supply base is anticipated to further augment margins. As HOCHTIEF navigates through the evolving construction landscape, it maintains an open channel for further inquiries and engagement with its stakeholders, reflecting its responsive and forward-looking stance.

Natalie Kimura
Natalie Kimura
Natalie Kimura is a business correspondent known for her in-depth interviews and feature articles. With a background in International Business and a passion for global economic affairs, Natalie has traveled extensively, providing her with a unique perspective on international trade and global market dynamics. She started her career in Tokyo, contributing to various financial journals, and later moved to London to expand her expertise in European markets. Natalie's expertise lies in international trade agreements, foreign investment patterns, and economic policy analysis.

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