Outlook Statement - Half Year Results 2016
The trading environment in the first half of the year remained challenging, with the low oil price continuing to delay project activity and geopolitical tensions affecting certain key markets. The cost management programme previously announced is progressing as planned. We expect to benefit further from these cost initiatives in the second half and into 2017, and continue to examine opportunities to drive improvements throughout the business. In line with our strategy, we continue to invest in new and existing markets by opening new sales channels and developing new products.
We now expect our second half weighting to be more pronounced than previously indicated, in part due to recent currency movements, with the second half margins ahead of those in the first half. However, we anticipate that margins for the full year will be lower than in 2015 due to a combination of increased overheads, product mix and pricing pressure.
We anticipate that activity in the oil and gas markets will remain subdued, and the timing of order placement will be difficult to forecast. However, based on our current order book, project visibility and market-focused opportunities, the Board believes that the Group remains well placed for the current year and beyond.