Balfour Beatty Lifts Dividend To Offer 4.7% Yield

Published in Company Comment on 15 August 2012

Building the Olympic Aquatic Centre helps Balfour Beatty (LSE: BBY) progress.

Balfour Beatty (LSE: BBY) advanced 5p to 299p during early London trade after the infrastructure and construction firm released its half-year results.

Balfour said total group revenue climbed 7% to £4,825 million and profits from underlying operations improved 12% to £154 million. Excluding acquisitions and disposals of investment assets, revenue increased by just 1% and profits fell by 16%.

However, the half-year dividend was lifted by 6% to 5.6p per share.

The FTSE 250 mid-cap company added that it had received £5 billion of new orders during the first half, to leave the current order book almost unchanged at £15 billion.

Operational highlights during the first six months of 2012 included the completion of the London Olympic Aquatic Centre and being selected to manage the Olympic Park on a ten-year contract from 2013.

Other first-half activities included widening various roads in the United States, managing drainage and rail projects in the Middle East, and cabling the Humber Gateway wind farm.

Ian Tyler, Balfour's chief executive, said:

"We have delivered another set of solid results in challenging markets and remain on track to meet our expectations for the full year."

"We are making good progress on the early stages of our growth strategy in key industry verticals where our deep asset knowledge differentiates us from the competition."

"The increase in our interim dividend, consistent with our progressive policy, reflects our confidence that we are well-placed to take full advantage of the global growth in infrastructure markets."

Right now, Balfour Beatty is just one of a number of FTSE shares that offers a dividend income well ahead of what you can expect to receive from a standard savings account.

Indeed, with the shares at 299p, Balfour's trailing 14.1p per share twelve-month dividend supports a yield of 4.7%.

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vinchainsaw 16 Aug 2012 , 11:39am

BB keeps on proving me wrong.

I dont know why I've just never liked this share. I really should take a closer look at the fundamentals.

vinchainsaw 16 Aug 2012 , 11:39am

BB keeps on proving me wrong.

I dont know why I've just never liked this share. I really should take a closer look at the fundamentals.

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