Mid-term financial guidance
For the mid-term, Fugro targets an EBIT margin of 8–12%, return on capital employed of 10-15% and a free cash flow of 4-7% of revenue, on expected revenues of EUR 1.6–2.0 billion.
Drivers for the targeted improvement in profitability are mid-term revenue growth on the back of further diversification through strong growth in renewables, disciplined management of costs, working capital and liquidity, value-based pricing, digital transformation to increase efficiency and reorganisations.
In light of Fugro’s current asset base and less capital intensive business model going forward, Fugro expects average annual capital expenditure of around EUR 80 to 110 million to support profitable organic growth (excluding Seabed Geosolutions; EUR 100 to 130 million including Seabed).
Fugro intends to maintain a conservative financial policy. As a result of gradual improvement in profitability in combination with disciplined capital allocation, including selective technology differentiating acquisitions and divestment of non-core assets, Fugro targets an annual positive free cash flow resulting in a reduction of net debt, deleveraging of the balance sheet, and consequently a net leverage ratio below 1.5 times. The company will only resume dividend payments once leverage structurally allows
Refinancing of the existing bank facility
Replacement of the Existing Bank Facility with a new EUR 225 million revolving credit facility and a EUR 200 million term loan, both with a maturity of December 2023, arranged by the existing bank group: ABN AMRO, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, HSBC, ING and Rabobank
The completion of the refinancing of the Existing Bank Facility is conditional upon the completion of the proposed Rights Issue and Cornerstone Placement
Key terms and conditions
The new revolving facility and term loan are backed by a comprehensive security package
The revolving credit facility is expected to have an initial coupon of EURIBOR+4.25% and depending on leverage can vary between EURIBOR+2.75% and EURIBOR+5.50%. The term loan has an initial coupon of EURIBOR+5.50% and will gradually increase in bi-annual steps in the second and third year towards EURIBOR+8.00%
Dividend payments are restricted. Until mid-2022 no dividends will be paid. After that date, dividends may only be paid if net leverage is equal to or less than 2 times (post-IFRS 16)
Covenants apply on solvency ratio (>=33.33%), net leverage (equal to or less than 3.25:1) and interest coverage (at least 2.50:1)