Turnover up to £1.3bn and best payment terms and payment on time statistics of any major contractor

Willmott Dixon, the privately owned construction and fit-out company, publishes its accounts for the 12 months to 31 December 2018.

2018 financial highlights:

  • Turnover up to £1.323bn (2017: £1.269bn)
  • Profit before tax* up 55% to £37.5m (2017: £24.2m)
  • Profit before tax margin* up to 2.8% (2017: 1.9%)
  • Cash at bank up to £90.5m (2017: £82.8m)
  • No debt
  • Access to Bank facilities unused but committed to 2021
  • Net assets up to £170.2m (2017: £142.2m)
  • Best payment terms and payment on time statistics of any major contractor
  • Repeat business - 67% of orders in 2018
  • Frameworks - 73% of turnover procured via frameworks
  • Reduced construction waste intensity by 57% since 2012
  • Construction activity turnover - £1,198bn (2017: £1,141bn)
  • Interiors activity turnover - £125m (2017: £128m)

*excluding goodwill amortisation and sale of subsidiary in 2017

Highlights so far in current financial year:

  • 85% of budgeted work secured for 2019 (at April 2019)
  • 4th in Sunday Times Top 100 best Companies to work for awards, best placed contractor
  • Expanding into Essex and Sussex with new offices in Chelmsford and Crawley
  • Third Queen’s Award for Enterprise – this time for sustainable development
  • Carbon Neutral for the 6th year in succession
  • 100% natural renewable electricity suppling sites and offices

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Willmott Dixon’s Group Chief Executive Rick Willmott:

“Our approach of the last two years to focus entirely on construction and fit-out is showing strong results with good earnings growth, increased margin, a solid cash position and a robust, sustainable forward order book.”

“This at a time when the pipeline of work available to the country’s fifty largest contractors has continued to diminish post the 2016 Brexit referendum; caused by postponement or cancellation of project opportunities. Being in a position of strength to weather the consequences of a further material depletion in accessible workload will remain a key priority for Willmott Dixon.

“That is why our role on public sector procurement frameworks will be a key driver for our business; at present this gives us access to £25 billion of potential workload volume. With that comes the responsibility of ensuring our work helps to sustain a healthy supply chain and I’m delighted that we are recognised as the best payer of supply chain partners across the top twenty contractors in the Government’s first two statutory reporting periods, with an average payment time of 32 days, something we hope to better by this time next year.”

“We also have an eye on the future of our industry in terms of finding the next generation of people to choose construction as a long-term career, especially given the CITB’s recent annual Construction Skills Network report which predicted approximately 168,500 construction jobs will be created in the UK over the next five years. Putting construction in the ‘shop window’ of rewarding careers is a priority and that’s why we were pleased to come fourth in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to work for list, helping to give our industry a prominent place among other sectors.

“Another way we’ll help meet the skills challenge is by reaching out to a broader pool of talent, and that includes our aspiration to achieve a 50/50 gender balance by grade by 2030. To deliver on this, we are embracing more agile working for our teams that takes advantage of the ever greater array technology we now have for mobile working.”

We are fortunate that our contracting businesses have a strong, repeat business customer base that is well served by an incredibly loyal team of Willmott Dixon people who continue to evolve themselves and fashion our regional offices into resilient, flexible and adaptable organisations that view positive change as the only viable long-term option in our ever changing market.

“Looking at 2019 and beyond, I remain proud that a key strength of the Group is our purpose beyond profit ethos; demonstrated through the actions of our people to create a positive legacy where we work, where we can improve the life chances of many people in the communities where we operate. More and more people want to work for a company that has a defined purpose to improve the general wellbeing of society and our people have shown how important this is for them with four out of five helping to deliver a community related project outside their ‘day job’ in 2018, an investment of over £2 million a year in our people’s time to improve the lives of others.”