Defence transformation, and the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review and SDSR are expected to have an impact on the UK defence market this year. This will provide future opportunities for EMEA Services to build on its strong record of delivering ‘more for less’, whilst recognising that in FY16 there will be uncertainty and the potential for interruptions to order flow. The portion of revenue under contract at the start of FY16 was similar to a year ago and the balance is supported by a pipeline of opportunities but order flow and contract cover will be watched closely over the coming months. Overall, given the opening backlog position, expectations for the performance of EMEA Services in the current financial year are unchanged.
In Global Products, newer products are recording notable milestones and the amount of revenue under contract at the start of FY16 is up slightly on a year ago, but the drawdown of American overseas military forces is continuing to depress demand for conflict-related products. As the division has a lumpy revenue profile which is dependent on the timing and shipment of key orders, there is a range of possible outcomes for the performance of Global Products in the current year.
In balancing the market uncertainties with the strength of the Group’s operations, the Board is maintaining its expectations for Group performance in the current financial year.