2020 third-quarter revenues
Up 0.6% to €99.8 million
Aubay posted revenues of €99.8 million for the third quarter of 2020, up 0.6% as reported and down 2.7% like‑for‑like. This performance is a slight improvement on the revenues figure initially forecast in the first-half revenues press release published at the end of July. Revenues for the first nine months of the year were up 2.4% as reported and down 1.3% like-for-like.
In France, demand returned to near-normal levels from September onwards. Thanks to the new business signed during the period, there was a significant improvement in productivity and a corresponding decrease in short-time working at the end of September.
International delivered another remarkable performance, with a number of major contracts won in Italy and constantly-improving demand in all the business segments.
This upturn in activity has therefore driven an improvement in the productivity rate to 94.5% compared with 92.8% in the previous year on a like-for-like basis and excluding short-time working measures, which should be sharply reduced by the end of the year. It has also made it possible to resume hiring, with staff numbers rising faster than expected, mainly outside of France.
At end-September, there were 6,469 employees compared with 6,411 at end-June 2020 and 6,323 at end‑September 2019.
Outlook for 2020
Aubay will continue to focus on improving productivity and increasing its workforce.
The targets announced at the half-yearly results presentation remain unchanged. They have been set on the assumption of a more stable health situation.
- Annual revenue of between €420 and €425 million,
- Operating margin from ordinary activities of 9%.
The full-year 2020 results will be published on January 27, 2021 after the close of trading.