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Rueil Malmaison, 22 April 2021
QUARTERLY INFORMATION AT 31 MARCH 2021
Revenue: €10.2 billion, up 5% compared with the first quarter of 2020
VINCI Energies: up 7%
VINCI Construction1 (including Eurovia): up 10%
VINCI Autoroutes: stable revenue
VINCI Airports: down 70% as a result of the global Covid-19 crisis
Order book up 21%
Net financial debt sharply down €3.5 billion compared with 31 March 2020 and very strong liquidity
2021 outlook unchanged
(in € millions)
Eliminations and adjustments
of which: France
Europe excl. France
International excl. Europe
Change in total traffic at VINCI Autoroutes
Change in VINCI Airports passenger numbers
Order intake (in € billions)
Order book** (in € billions)
Net financial debt** (in € billions)
* Excluding concession subsidiaries’ revenue from works done by non-Group companies (see Glossary).
I. Consolidated key figures
Consolidated revenue in the first quarter of 2021 came to €10.2 billion4, up 5.0% compared with the year-earlier period (organic growth of 5.1%, a 0.9% positive impact from changes in the consolidation scope and a 1.0% negative effect from exchange-rate movements).
In France (57% of the total), revenue amounted to €5.8 billion, up 11.3% on an actual basis or 10.6% like-for-like. In the year-earlier period, business levels at VINCI Energies, VINCI Construction and concessions had fallen sharply in France following the start of the first lockdown on 17 March 2020.
Outside France (43% of the total), revenue was €4.4 billion, down 2.3% on an actual basis or 1.5% like-for-like. Unlike the situation in France, business levels outside France generally held up well despite pandemic-related developments in the first quarter of 2020. Changes in scope – mainly arising from the integration of VINCI Energies’ most recent acquisitions – boosted revenue by 1.3%. Exchange-rate movements had a 2.2% negative impact, as many currencies – particularly the US dollar– fell against the euro.
Compared with the first quarter of 2019, consolidated revenue was up 5% (up 4% in France, up 6% outside France).
Order intake amounted to €11.6 billion, up 8% on a rolling 12-month basis (up 16% outside France, down 2% in France). Order intake rose 19% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021. That growth reflects several large contract wins at VINCI Construction, including a contract for around €1 billion relating to the Femern tunnel that will connect Germany and Denmark.
The order book hit a new all-time high of €45.8 billion at 31 March 2021. That represents a year-on-year increase of 21% and almost 15 months of average business activity at VINCI Construction and VINCI Energies (as opposed to 12 months at 31 March 2020). International business made up 61% of the order book, as opposed to 57% at end-March 2020.
II. Revenue by business line
Contracting figures are now divided into two business lines: the new-look VINCI Construction (including Eurovia) and VINCI Energies.
CONCESSIONS: €1,325 million (down 22.2% actual; down 21.4% like-for-like)
VINCI Autoroutes: €1,108 million (down 0.4% both actual and like-for-like)
Despite travel restrictions in France and the rest of Europe, traffic levels on VINCI Autoroutes’ intercity networks saw only a limited decline of 2.8% across all vehicle types compared with the first quarter of 2020. After falling almost 17% in the first two months of the year5, traffic levels rebounded by more than 40% in March (light vehicle +46%, heavy vehicle +25%), partly because of the low base for comparison caused by the lockdown introduced in France on 17 March 2020.
Light vehicle traffic levels fell by 4.5% in the first quarter of 2021, while heavy vehicle traffic rose 4.8% because of firm economic activity and growth in e-commerce. Compared with the first quarter of 2019, traffic levels were down 11.1%: heavy vehicle traffic (up 1.7%) was robust, unlike light vehicle traffic (down 13.8%).
VINCI Airports: €155 million (down 70.1% actual; down 69.4% like-for-like)
Like the world’s air transport sector as a whole, passenger numbers in the VINCI Airports network continued to suffer badly from the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions. They fell sharply in the first quarter of 2021, continuing the trend seen in late 2020.
Europe was affected by another wave of Covid-19 infections. Highly restrictive measures were introduced in Portugal and the United Kingdom in January, and to a lesser extent in France and Serbia. Since mid-March, passenger numbers have improved in geographical areas where the pandemic is starting to recede, causing restrictions to be lifted gradually. That was the case at Orlando Sanford airport in the United States and the Group’s airports in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, which benefited from the resumption of flights to and from the United States. In Japan, domestic passenger numbers increased in March after the country’s main cities lifted their states of emergency.
Overall, passenger numbers in the first quarter of 2021 were down 78% compared with the first quarter of 2020 and down 82% compared with the first quarter of 2019, with the 45 airports making up the VINCI Airports network handling 10.1 million passengers in total6.
Other concessions (VINCI Highways, VINCI Railways,VINCI Stadium): €62 million (down 13.2% actual; down 6.5% like-for-like)
Other consolidated concessions mainly relate to the following companies: Lima Expresa7, Gefyra (Rion-Antirion bridge in Greece), Mesea (maintenance work on the Tours-Bordeaux high-speed rail line) and VINCI Stadium. The pandemic continued to affect business levels at these entities in the first quarter of 2021.
VINCI ENERGIES: €3,405 million (up 7.3% actual; up 6.0% like-for-like)
VINCI Energies started 2021 well with revenue rising 7% compared with the first quarter of 2020 and 13% relative to the first quarter of 2019. That upturn was driven by France, where revenue in the first quarter of 2020 had been hit by the start of the first lockdown. It also shows VINCI Energies’ resilience and diversity in terms of geographical exposure, business segments and expertise. Acquisitions also contributed by around €60 million to the first-quarter revenue increase.
In France (48% of the total), revenue was €1,631 million, up 13.8% on an actual basis (up 13.5% like-for-like) compared with the first quarter of 2020 and up 14% compared with the first quarter of 2019.
Outside France (52% of the total), where business levels remained firm last year despite the pandemic, revenue totalled €1,774 million, up 2.0% on an actual basis (down 0.1% like-for-like) year-on-year. Revenue fell in Brazil, the Middle East and Oceania, but rose in Europe and Asia. Compared with the first quarter of 2019, international revenue was up 12%.
Order intake was almost unchanged compared with the first quarter of 2020, even though VINCI Energies won several major contracts in early 2020. At the end of March 2021, order intake was down 2% on a rolling 12-month basis. The order book amounted to €10.9 billion, up 7% year-on-year. It represents more than 9 months of VINCI Energies’ average business activity.
VINCI CONSTRUCTION8: €5,255 million (up 10.0% actual; up 11.2% like-for-like)
For the new-look VINCI Construction, now including Eurovia, the first quarter of 2021 continued the positive trend seen in the second half of 2020. Revenue rose 10% compared with the first quarter of 2020 and 6% relative to the first quarter of 2019. Growth was firm both in France, where business levels were badly affected in 2020 by the near-shutdown of worksites for almost two months starting in mid-March, and internationally.
In France (54% of the total), revenue totalled €2,819 million, up 12.0% on an actual basis (up 11.7% like-for-like). There was a sharp increase in revenue from public works and civil engineering – supported by Grand Paris Express projects – and from road, rail and groundworks (up 11%). Business levels in the building segment were supported by several major developments in the Paris region. Revenue rose 1% compared with the first quarter of 2019.
Outside France (46% of the total), revenue was €2,436 million, up 7.8% on an actual basis (up 10.6% like-for-like). Growth was driven by the Major Projects division – with the ramp-up of several recently won large contracts and particularly two works packages on the HS2 high-speed rail line in the United Kingdom – while revenue was stable in road and rail works despite a negative currency effect. Compared with the first quarter of 2019, revenue was up almost 13%.
VINCI Construction’s order intake rose 34% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021. In the 12 months to end-March 2021, order intake was up 13% year-on-year. The order book at 31 March 2021 amounted to €35.0 billion, up 27% over 12 months. It represents almost 18 months of VINCI Construction’s average business activity.
VINCI IMMOBILIER: €320 million (up 34.5% actual; up 24.2% like-for-like)
VINCI Immobilier’s consolidated revenue rose in the first quarter of 2021 after the integration of Urbat Promotion, a property developer operating in southern France, in which VINCI Immobilier acquired a 100% stake in January 2021. Like-for-like, revenue rose 24.2% compared with the first quarter of 2020, when business levels were hit by worksite shutdowns from mid-March onwards and by a lower number of projects entering the construction phase.
Higher individual home sales meant that the number of homes reserved in France rose 46% to 1,525, and the value of homes reserved was up 64%. In 2020, VINCI Immobilier suffered delays in obtaining building permits in the residential segment because of the electoral situation in France, and new developments were slower to begin.
III. Financial position and liquidity
Consolidated net financial debt at 31 March 2021 was €18.6 billion, down €3.5 billion year-on-year. Compared with 31 December 2020, it was up €0.6 billion due to the seasonal increase in the working capital requirement.
VINCI has maintained very strong liquidity. At 31 March 2021, liquidity amounted to €18.3 billion (€19.2 billion at end-December 2020 and €15.2 billion at end-March 2020), comprising:
Managed net cash of €9.8 billion (€10.0 billion at 31 December 2020 and €5.5 billion at 31 March 2020);
€0.6 billion of commercial paper issued (€1.2 billion at 31 December 2020 and €1.6 billion at 31 March 2020);
Unused confirmed bank credit facilities totalling €8.0 billion, with expiry due in November 2025 for almost all of that amount.
In March 2021, Standard & Poor’s affirmed its A- long-term and A2 short-term ratings with stable outlook for VINCI SA, ASF and Cofiroute. In April 2021, Moody’s also affirmed its A3 long-term rating on VINCI SA with stable outlook, with a short-term rating at P2 from P1 previously.
In April 2021, Gatwick Airport Finance plc – the head holding company of London Gatwick Airport, a 50.01%-owned subsidiary of VINCI Airports – issued £450 million of bonds paying a coupon of 4.375% and due to mature in 2026. Gatwick Funding Limited also issued £300 million of bonds due to mature in 2032 with a coupon of 2.5% in order to refinance an existing loan owed by London Gatwick Airport.
IV. 2021 outlook
VINCI is maintaining the 2021 outlook that it presented when publishing its 2020 financial statements.
At VINCI Construction and VINCI Energies, the Group is aiming – barring exceptional events – to increase revenue very close to the 2019 level, and to improve operating margins9 compared with 2020. Operating margins should return to levels similar to those seen in 2019, or slightly higher in the case of construction activities.
In Concessions, visibility still remains very limited and business levels continue to depend on the development of restrictions arising from the Covid-19 situation in France and abroad. As a result, it is still not possible at this stage to offer reliable forecasts regarding VINCI Autoroutes traffic levels or VINCI Airports passenger numbers for the next few quarters.
For VINCI Autoroutes, however, traffic levels can be expected to return to normal relatively quickly, as was seen in summer 2020, as soon as travel restrictions are lifted in France.
Given these uncertainties and the weight of the Concessions business on the Group’s overall performance, VINCI cannot provide reliable earnings forecasts for 2021. In any event, earnings will not recover to 2019 levels in 2021.
The Group will continue to provide monthly updates on motorway traffic levels and airport passenger numbers for its main infrastructure assets.
Although at this time it remains unclear how the pandemic will unfold, VINCI has strengths that will enable it to get back onto a trajectory of consistent growth once the Covid-19 crisis has been overcome. VINCI’s long-term business model is particularly well suited to the current challenges facing society – ecological transition, energy efficiency, new mobility and communication requirements – which represent promising markets for the Group’s companies.
V. Other recent highlights
On 1 April 2021, VINCI announced the signature of an agreement to acquire the ACS group’s energy business. This deal fits with VINCI group’s development strategy. It is intended to create a global player in energy contracting and to develop renewables projects in order to broaden its concessions portfolio and extend its average maturity.
This strategic transaction is subject to the usual regulatory approvals for this kind of transaction, including antitrust approval in the relevant countries.
Shareholders’ general meeting
VINCI’s combined shareholders’ general meeting took place on 8 April 2021. All proposed resolutions were passed. The Group’s environmental transition plan, the first of its kind in France, was approved nearly unanimously by shareholders.
Shareholders also approved a dividend of €2.04 per share in respect of 2020, which has been paid today, entirely in cash.
Given the current Covid-19 situation and the resulting lack of visibility, no indication can be given regarding VINCI’s dividend policy with respect to 2021. However, for as long as the Group’s financial statements remain affected by the Covid-19 crisis, the Group may consider proposing a higher dividend pay-out ratio than the average seen in the past10.
The Group will comment on its revenue and business activities in the period ended 31 March 2021 in a conference call to be held in English today (Thursday 22 April 2021) at 18.15 Paris time.
To take part, please dial one of the following numbers from 18.10:
France: +33 (0)1 72 72 74 03 PIN: 63136226#
UK: +44 (0)20 7194 3759 PIN: 63136226#
US: +1 (646) 722-4916 PIN: 63136226#
Playback number (available within two hours):
FR: +33 (0)1 70 71 01 60 PIN: 425005577#
UK: +44 (0)20 3364 5147 PIN: 425005577#
US: +1 (646) 722-4969 PIN: 425005577#
12 May 2021
VINCI Autoroutes traffic levels and VINCI Airports passenger numbers for April 2021 (after the market close)
15 June 2021
VINCI Autoroutes traffic levels and VINCI Airports passenger numbers for May 2021 (after the market close)
19 July 2021
Publication of VINCI Airports passenger numbers for the second quarter of 2021 (after the market close)
30 July 2021
Publication of first-half 2021 results (before the market open)
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APPENDIX A: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CONSOLIDATED REVENUE
Consolidated revenue* in the first quarter of the year - Breakdown by region and business line
(in € millions)
Eliminations and adjustments
Eliminations, adjustments and other
Total outside France
* Excluding concession subsidiaries’ revenue from works done by non-Group companies
** VINCI Highways, VINCI Railways, VINCI Stadium
APPENDIX B: ORDER BOOK AND ORDER INTAKE
At 31 March
At 31 March
At 31 Dec.
(in € billions)
over 12 months
vs. 31 Mar. 2019
vs. 31 Dec. 2020
Europe excl. France
Rest of the world
At 31 March
At 31 March
(in € billions)
APPENDIX C: VINCI AUTOROUTES AND VINCI AIRPORTS INDICATORS
Traffic on motorway concessions*
(millions of km travelled)
Cofiroute (intercity network)
* Excluding A86 duplex
VINCI Autoroutes revenue
First quarter 2021
Toll revenue (in € millions)
Revenue (in € millions)
VINCI Airports’ passenger numbers1
(in thousands of passengers)
of which Lisbon
of which LGW
of which ADL
Total fully consolidated subsidiaries
Costa Rica (45%)
Total equity-accounted subsidiaries
Total passengers managed by VINCI Airports
1 Figures at 100% including airports’ passenger numbers over the full period.
APPENDIX D: GLOSSARY
Concession subsidiaries’ revenue from works done by non-Group companies: this indicator relates to construction work done by concession companies as programme manager on behalf of concession grantors. Consideration for that work is recognised as an intangible asset or financial asset depending on the accounting model applied to the concession contract, in accordance with IFRIC 12 “Service Concession Arrangements”. It excludes work done by VINCI Energies and VINCI Construction business lines.
Like-for-like revenue growth: this indicator measures the change in revenue at constant scope and exchange rates.
Constant scope: the scope effect is neutralised as follows.
For revenue in year N, revenue from companies that joined the Group in year N is deducted.
For revenue in year N-1, the full-year revenue of companies that joined the Group in year N-1 is included, and revenue from companies that left the Group in years N-1 and N is excluded.
Constant exchange rates: the currency effect is neutralised by applying exchange rates in year N to foreign currency revenue in year N-1.
Net financial surplus/debt: this corresponds to the difference between financial assets and financial debt. If the assets outweigh the liabilities, the balance represents a net financial surplus, and if the liabilities outweigh the assets, the balance represents net financial debt. Financial debt includes bonds and other borrowings and financial debt (including derivatives and other liabilities relating to hedging instruments). Financial assets include cash and cash equivalents and assets relating to derivative instruments.
Order book: in the business of VINCI Energies and VINCI Construction, the order book represents the volume of business yet to be carried out on projects where the contract is in force (in particular after service orders have been obtained or after conditions precedent have been met) and financed.
Order intake: in the business of VINCI Energies and VINCI Construction, a new order is recorded when the contract has been not only signed but is also in force (for example, after the service order has been obtained or after conditions precedent have been met) and when the project’s financing is in place. The amount recorded in order intake corresponds to the contractual revenue.
VINCI Airports passenger traffic: this is the number of passengers who have travelled on commercial flights from or to a VINCI Airports airport during a given period, and is a relevant indicator for estimating an airport’s revenue from both aeronautical and non-aeronautical activities.
VINCI Autoroutes motorway traffic: this is the number of kilometres travelled by light and heavy vehicles on the motorway network managed by VINCI Autoroutes during a given period.
1 In addition to its construction activities, VINCI Construction now includes Eurovia. Proforma data after intra-business line eliminations.
2 See glossary.
3 VINCI Highways, VINCI Railways and VINCI Stadium
4 Excluding concession subsidiaries’ revenue from works done by non-Group companies (see Glossary).
5 The base for comparison in the first quarter of 2020 as a whole was high because 2020 was a leap year. In addition, rail disruption prompted some people in early 2020 to travel by road instead of rail.
6 Figures at 100% including passenger numbers at all managed airports over the full period.
7 The holder of concessions for two sections of the Lima ring road in Peru.
8 Since 1 February 2021, VINCI Construction and Eurovia have been placed under the leadership of Pierre Anjolras. This new organisation will enable VINCI to optimise these two companies' operating methods and to develop synergies between them by integrating them within a single management unit. As announced when VINCI published its full-year 2020 results in February, the Group will now report on this group of businesses under the name of VINCI Construction.
9 Ebit / revenue.
10 In the last ten financial years, the dividends have averaged around 50% of the Group’s consolidated net income.