Outgoing UGL chief tips shake-out

UGL‘s outgoing chief executive Richard Leupen has forecast "significant" consolidation in the engineering sector as the contractor nears completion of the $1. 2 billion sale of its DTZ property arm. "If you’re a $300 million listed engineering company then you shouldn’t be there, you should be merged with someone else," Mr Leupen told The Australian Financial Review after UGL delivered a 22 per cent rise in underlying net profits to $111. 7 million. "So many people entered the industry at the top of the cycle and there’s not enough work for them all.

UGL’s underlying net profits missed the company’s $120 million forecast but Mr Leupen claimed the contractor had "done well" to deliver close to revised guidance, arguing that profit margins in the group’s engineering business were improving.

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