CFO Jasper de Wit: “We can look back on a good year. Our engineering-design-consultancy business shows a revenue growth of 6%. Substantial investments in our Digital business line contributed to a 59% revenue growth in our software business.
“Almost all business lines contributed to the revenue growth. Our operating result (EBITA recurring) increased, mainly driven by Industry & Buildings and Mobility & Infrastructure business lines and the overall performance in the Netherlands,” said De Wit.
The Digital business line, launched in 2020, made good progress in 2021 across consultancy services and software. The companies ITP (sustainable mobility consultants in the United Kingdom) and Novius (business transformation consultants in the Netherlands), which became part of Royal HaskoningDHV towards the end of 2020, also lived up to expectations.
In 2021, Royal HaskoningDHV followed its strategic investment agenda by increasing its share in Singapore Hydroinformatics Institute H2i to strengthen its position in the field of data-driven water management and climate resilience in Asia.
€ million (unless stated otherwise)
|Operating result (EBITA recurring*)||30.9||28.3|
|Operating margin (EBITA recurring/Operating income x 100%)||5.0%||4.8%|
|Free cash flow||9.8||38.3|
|Total workforce (year-end headcount)||5,887||5,712|
|CO2 -footprint per employee (in tonnes CO2-equivalent)||1.03||1.11|
* EBITA excluding non-operational items (restructuring costs and other one-off items).
The above operating result is after profit sharing of 11.4 million euro with employees (2020: 9.3 million euro).
Strategy: growth and measurable impact
In 2021, the company developed a new strategy for the next four years – Stronger25. It aims for international growth in nine market segments and market leadership in the Netherlands.
Stronger25 builds on the previous strategy and places the mission Enhancing Society Together at its centre. Five themes have been determined where the company can have a positive impact on society, both in projects and in its own operations: climate change, biodiversity & natural systems, resources & circularity, social value, and safety & well-being.