|Financial Highlights for the year ended 31 December 2021||2021
|Profit from operations (PFO) ($m)||645.9||570.0||13.3%|
|Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) ($m)||673.6||596.4||13.0%|
|Finance costs, net ($m)||(36.0)||(61.9)||(41.8%)|
|Profit before tax (PBT) ($m)||637.6||534.4||19.3%|
|Profit attributable to shareholders (Net Profit) ($m)||570.5||521.8||9.3%|
|Earnings per share (cents)||18.30||16.74||9.3%|
|Economic value added (EVA) ($m)||313.0||286.4||9.3%|
|Return on equity (%)||23.6||22.8||1pp|
Dividend per share (cents)
N.B.: All currencies are in Singapore dollars
Singapore, 25 February 2022 - Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) today reported its full-year (FY) financial results ended 31 December 2021.
FY2021 versus FY2020 Performance Discussion
ST Engineering posted a 7.5% increase in Group revenue to $7.7b from $7.2b a year ago in the same period contributed by all its business segments. Group EBIT grew 13% year-on-year (y-o-y) to $673.6m from $596.4m. The Group guided in August 2021 that it expected a y-o-y reduction of $150m in government support in 2021, and the impact of the reduction would mainly manifest in the second half of 2021. In line with this guidance, the actual y-o-y reduction in government support was $149m, with $137m of the reduction impacting 2H2021. As guided, the combination of cost savings net of reinvestments in future growth areas and partial business recovery more than offset the reduction in government support. Excluding government support, Group EBIT for FY2021 improved 93% y-o-y, reflecting a strong underlying performance amid continuing pandemic challenges.
Group Profit before tax (PBT) grew 19% y-o-y to $637.6m from $534.4m. Group Profit attributable to shareholders (Net Profit) grew 9% y-o-y to $570.5m from $521.8m. Net Profit growth was lower than PBT growth due to the unfavourable tax effect of lower non-taxable government grants received in 2021 compared to 2020.
Consequent to the Group’s reorganisation2 on 1 January 2021, the new reportable business segments are as follows: Commercial Aerospace (CA), Urban Solutions & Satcom (USS), and Defence & Public Security (DPS).
FY2021 versus FY2020 Segment Performance Review3
“In 2021, we delivered a good set of results as all business segments registered growth despite persisting pandemic challenges. This reflects the underlying strengths of our businesses and our people. The proposed TransCore acquisition demonstrates our readiness to seize growth opportunities to emerge stronger post pandemic. We can look to the future with confidence as our order book of $19.3b is very robust.
We expect the delivery of our strong order book, our various business initiatives and further business recovery to position us well for 2022 business performance. Moreover, our focus on the effective execution of our long-term strategy and our commitment to invest across the business cycles will put us in good stead to achieve our 2026 targets as communicated on our Investor Day.”
Vincent Chong, Group President & CEO
In terms of Group revenue breakdown, Commercial Aerospace, Urban Solutions & Satcom and Defence & Public Security accounted for 32%, 15% and 53% respectively. Commercial sales1 was $4.8b and defence sales1 was $2.9b. The Group held $816m in cash and cash equivalents as at end December 2021.
2H2021 versus 2H2020 Performance Discussion
|Financial Highlights for the second half-year ended 31 December 2021||2H2021||
|Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) ($m)||318.5||282.3||12.9%|
|Profit before tax (PBT) ($m)||297.8||248.0||20.1%|
|Profit attributable to shareholders (Net Profit) ($m)||274.4||264.4||3.8%|
In 2H2021, the Group posted revenue of $4.0b, a 13% increase from $3.6b the same period a year ago. Group EBIT was up 13% y-o-y to $319m from $282m, while Group PBT was 20% higher y-o-y at $297.8m from $248.0m, and Group Net Profit grew 4% y-o-y to $274.4m from $264.4m. Net Profit growth was lower than PBT growth due to the unfavourable tax effect of a significant reduction of non-taxable government support in 2H2021.
2H2021 versus 2H2020 Segment Performance Review
New Contract Wins in 4Q2021 and Order Book
In 4Q2021, the Group secured new contracts of about $3.2b, comprising $1.0b from Commercial Aerospace, $0.4b from Urban Solutions & Satcom, and $1.8b from Defence & Public Security. This brings the total new contract value4 for 2021 to $11.7b, compared to $8.2b4 in 2020 and $9.5b4 in 2019.
With these new contracts, and after adjustments of revenue delivery, ST Engineering ended the year with a robust order book of $19.3b, compared to $18.2b as at end September 2021, providing good revenue visibility for the Group. In 2022, the Group expects to deliver about $6.6b from the order book.
Final and Total Dividend
The Board of Directors has proposed a final dividend of 10.0 cents per share. Together with the interim dividend of 5.0 cents per share paid in August 2021, the total dividend for the full year will be 15.0 cents per share. This translates to a dividend yield of 4.0%, computed using the average closing share price of the last trading day of 2021 and 2020.
On 24 February 2022, the Board approved a dividend policy to declare dividends every quarter instead of twice a year previously. For FY2022, the plan is for dividends to be paid four times a year, at 4.0 cents per share each time resulting in total dividends of 16.0 cents per share payable for FY2022 (compared to the 15.0 cents per share paid or payable for FY2021).
The dividends for FY2022 are currently scheduled to be paid in June 2022, September 2022, December 2022 and May 2023. As and when the Board declares an interim dividend for each of the first three quarters of FY2022, ST Engineering will announce the relevant record date and payment date on SGXNet. The final dividend payable in May 2023 is subject to shareholders’ approval at the ST Engineering AGM to be held in April 2023, the record date and payment date for which will be announced in conjunction with the release of the Group’s full-year financial results for FY2022.
This change from declaring dividends semi-annually to quarterly will provide shareholders with more frequent income streams. Notwithstanding the new dividend policy, ST Engineering continues to focus on and has sufficient financial capacity to seek growth pursuant to the Group’s strategy as communicated at its Investor Day in November 2021, and as it has demonstrated in the last few years.
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1 Refers to Group’s FY2021 revenue by product and services type
2 Organisation structure as of 1 January 2021: Commercial and Defence & Public Security clusters have replaced the sector-structure of Aerospace, Electronics, Land Systems and Marine. The Commercial cluster comprises Commercial Aerospace, Urban Solutions & Satellite Communications (Satcom), and the Defence & Public Security cluster comprises Digital Systems & Cyber, Land Systems, Marine and Defence Aerospace.
3 2020 financial information has been restated to conform with the new reporting framework (effective 1 January 2021) for comparative purposes.
4 The values of certain contracts have not been included in ‘contract wins’ for previous quarters due to confidentiality reasons. Such contract values are now aggregated and included under ‘Total New Contract Value’. This new approach will improve transparency while preserving confidentiality since no contract details are disclosed.