Aecon announces loss on oilsands project

TORONTO, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) announced today that change order negotiations on Suncor's Firebag III Central Plant Facilities (CPF) project will result in significant losses being recorded on the project. 

While negotiations have not yet concluded, total operating losses on the project will be in the $56-$59 million range ($40-$42 million after tax), leading to an operating loss in the Industrial segment for the year ended December 31, 2010.

Aecon turned over the Firebag III CPF project to Suncor at 2010 year end, and assisted Suncor with transitioning from completing construction to pre-commissioning mode.  As such, the impact of project losses is limited to the 2010 fiscal year, and will not affect Aecon's financial results in 2011. 

"Notwithstanding the unsatisfactory financial results achieved on the project, we continue to have a solid working relationship with Suncor, and continue to work on a number of Suncor sites including the Firebag IV cogeneration project and the Millennium Naphtha Unit," said John M. Beck, Aecon's Chairman and CEO.  "We remain as committed and optimistic as ever for Aecon's ongoing success in the oilsands."

Aside from the final settlement of these change orders, and the previously disclosed $30-$35 million after tax gain on the sale of Aecon's interest in the Cross Israel Highway concession, Aecon's results for the fourth quarter of 2010 are generally in line with management expectations.

Aecon Group Inc. is Canada's largest, publicly traded construction and infrastructure development company. Aecon and its subsidiaries provide services to private and public sector clients throughout Canada and on a selected basis internationally. Aecon is pleased to be recognized as one of the Best Employers in Canada as published by Maclean's Magazine.

The information in this press release includes certain forward-looking statements. These "forward-looking" statements are based on currently available competitive, financial and economic data and operating plans but are subject to risks and uncertainties.  In addition to general global events outside Aecon's control, there are factors which could cause actual results, performance or achievements to vary from those expressed or inferred herein including risks associated with an investment in the common shares of Aecon and the risks related to Aecon's business, including Large Project Risk and Contractual Factors. Risk factors are discussed in greater detail in the section on "Risk Factors" in the Final Short Form Prospectus filed on October 1, 2010 and available at  Forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations or financial position of Aecon, as well as statements preceded by, followed by, or that include the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "projects," "intends," "should" or similar expressions.  Important factors, in addition to those discussed in this document, could affect the future results of Aecon and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements.

SOURCE Aecon Group Inc.

For further information:

Mitch Patten
Senior Vice President
Corporate Affairs
Aecon Group Inc.


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