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Veolia Environnement : French Veolia upbeat on growth potential of 2020-23 plan

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02/07/2019 | 10:56am EDT
Antoine Frerot, Chairman and CEO of Veolia SA, attends a signing ceremony with EDF at the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE), the trade fair event for the global nuclear community in Villepinte

PARIS (Reuters) - French water and waste group Veolia said its earnings outlook was strong thanks to a string of new contracts and a good contract renewal rate, as it prepares a new four-year plan that will focus on profitable new activities.

Shares in Veolia climbed 2.7 percent, outperforming the CAC40 index which lost 1.1 percent.

In late 2015, the company targeted 2-3 percent annual revenue growth at constant exchange rates, core earnings growth of 4-5 percent per year and financial debt stable between 8-9 billion euros.

"Our 2016-19 performance will be in line with or better than the targets we set at the end of 2015," CEO Antoine Frerot told reporters.

Ahead of full-year earnings due on Feb. 21, Frerot said that the fourth quarter had seen a continuation of the strong earnings trend of the first nine months of the year.

"2018 was a very strong year," he said.

In November, Veolia posted the best quarterly earnings growth since 2014, thanks to strong waste volumes in Europe, continued cost cutting and several new contracts, with core earnings up by 5.1 percent to 2.42 billion euros (2.13 billion pounds).

Frerot said he was confident about the future, as Veolia was winning lots of new contracts and seeing good contract renewal rates. He said half of last year's revenue had come from new activities such as energy efficiency.

This year, the firm will start preparing a new 2020-23 strategy plan, which will focus is resources on activities with strong potential in terms of growth and profitability.

"The least profitable activities will be sold," he added.

He said the company would aim to add new geographies and buy new technologies and would target new business areas such as recycling used oil, plastic and solvents.

"All these business lines have strong potential, as they neutralise toxic waste as well as creating new raw materials that are usable in industry," he said.

Other growth areas are the handling of low-radioactivity nuclear waste and micro pollutants in water.

(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Elaine Hardcastle)

By Geert De Clercq

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Financials (€)
Sales 2019 26 554 M
EBIT 2019 1 622 M
Net income 2019 674 M
Debt 2019 10 701 M
Yield 2019 4,59%
P/E ratio 2019 16,96
P/E ratio 2020 15,65
EV / Sales 2019 0,85x
EV / Sales 2020 0,83x
Capitalization 12 002 M
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Antoine Frérot Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Estelle Karine Brachlianoff Chief Operating Officer
Claude Olivier Francois Laruelle Chief Financial Officer
Christophe Nebon Director-Technical & Performance
Jean Christophe Laissy CIO, SVP, Head-Information Systems & Technology
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