James Fisher H1 revenue down 9.5% to £234m

Shares of Barrow-in-Furness international marine engineering company James Fisher and Sons plc fell as much as 7% on Tuesday after it published results for the six months ended June 30, 2021, showing revenue fell 9.5% to £233.7 million and underlying profit before tax fell 39.1% to £9.2 million.

James Fisher CEO Eoghan O’Lionaird said: “Our first half result was in line with the board’s expectations, with Q2 showing a marked improvement over Q1.

“The group is expecting performance to improve during the second half of the year as our end markets recover from the disruption caused by the effects of the global pandemic. 

“However, we experienced weaker than anticipated trading in Fendercare and lower short-cycle order intake at JFD during the important summer period and this, combined with project suspensions in Mozambique, lead the board to now expect underlying operating profit for 2021 to be around the same level as that achieved in 2020.

Looking beyond 2021, forward-looking order books in our long-cycle businesses are strengthening following high levels of tendering activity and contract wins year-to-date which gives the board confidence in the group’s future prospects. 

James Fisher’s new strategy to deliver sustainable profitable growth is progressing well.

“The group is focused on capitalising on its leading market positions within the marine, energy and defence markets and is well placed to benefit from the market recovery and meet its mid-term financial targets.”