Skanska shares slide as Swedish builder reports fresh US market writedown

Skanska shares slide as Swedish builder reports fresh US market writedown
Written by:
Ilona Billington
19th October 2018

Skanska shares tumbled almost 10% Friday, after the Swedish-based builder announced a further writedown relating to is US operations, in a press release late Thursday. The US is the single-biggest market for Skanska and this latest writedown is set to hurt its third-quarter earnings.

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By around 1220 BST, Skanska shares were 9.26% lower at SEK146.45. The stock has been trending lower in recent weeks.

Skanska’s US write downs

Skanska announced late Thursday an SEK900 million writedown, for the second phase of the construction of two private partnership projects in the US – its largest market.

“The project write downs are caused by additional cost overruns due to low production rates and delays,” Skanska said. “Skanska also takes a goodwill impairment charge of SEK0.4 billion, with no cash flow impact, in the third quarter associated with the process of exiting the US power sector,” the Swedish builder added.

Skanska said that following the writedowns and impairment charge, the company’s third-quarter operating income is expected to be in the region of SEK0.5 billion.

Following the news of these further issues for Skanska, the builder plans to take the following actions:

  • To stop bidding for mega design-build PPP projects
  • Stop bidding for Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects
  • Explore the possible divestiture of its operations in the power sector
  • Close down the project development function of Infrastructure Development   

Skanska’s full Q3 and nine-month earnings report, is due for release on November 8.

Skanska appoints new US business unit President

Separately, the Swedish builder said it has appointed Don Fusco as Business Unit President for Skanska USA Civil. The appointment is effective immediately and comes after Fusco has served as CEO for the West region at Skanska, since 2015.

“Don Fusco is a seasoned leader, with a proven record of performance, who is also not afraid to challenge conventions,” said Skanska Group Executive Vice President, Richard Kennedy.

“He has a strong business sense that will ensure his success in a highly competitive environment. I also want to thank Richard Cavallaro. His many years of dedicated work has taken Skanska to a strong position in the US market," Kennedy added.

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