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EC Harris and Hyder parent reports UK growth

The Dutch parent of EC Harris and Hyder has reported higher profitability in the UK as it posted 5 per cent net revenue growth for the group in 2014.

Arcadis said growth in its UK and Europe markets had contributed to a 5 per cent increase in gross revenues to €2.6bn (£1.9bn) in 2014, from €2.5bn (£1.8bn).

Its EBITA earnings were up 4 per cent in 2014 to €174.5m (£128.3m), from €167.7m (£123.3m) in 2013.

The reported EBITA includes €2.1m (£1.5m) of costs related to the Hyder acquisition completed in October 2014, as well as restructuring and integration costs of €8m (£5.8m) across the business.

It said the UK and continental Europe were on a “positive trajectory”, while growth was particularly strong in the Middle East and Asia, with North America and Chile lagging behind.

Arcadis said the UK and Europe generated growth in its infrastructure and buildings markets.

In the UK, it said growth outside of London increased, while demand also remained strong in the capital.

Arcadis also reappointed chief executive Neil McArthur for another four-year term at the helm of the business.

The operating margin across the group increased to 10.1 per cent in 2014, up from 10 per cent in 2013, helped by higher profitability in the UK and Europe, excluding Hyder.

However, it said the acquisitions of Hyder Consulting and US architectural firm Callison completed during the year contributed 6 per cent to revenue growth for the year.

Looking ahead, Arcadis said it expects increased government spending in the UK.

It added that infrastructure activities in the UK, Middle East, Europe, Asia and Australia Pacific would benefit from the acquisition of Hyder.

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