Technip’s shareholders convened today on the occasion of the Group’s 2005 Combined Annual General Meeting where they considered and voted in favor of a number of resolutions, including:
- the approval of the Group’s consolidated accounts for the full year 2004 (French GAAP),
- the payment of a dividend in the amount of EUR 3.30 per share. As EUR 2.00 per share was already paid in advance on December 3, 2004, the additional EUR 1.30 will be paid on May 3, 2005,
- a 4-for-1 share split with the corresponding division of the nominal share value with effect on May 13, 2005, after the close of the Paris stock market,
- the renewal of the Board of Directors’ authorization to repurchase up to 10% of the Group’s outstanding share capital.
During his address to shareholders, Daniel Valot, Chairman and CEO, confirmed the Group 2005 targets as published on February 2, 2005: revenues between EUR 4.8 and 4.9 billion, operating margin ratio above 5% and net income pre-goodwill and pre-exceptional at least equal to EUR 138 million. He indicated that first quarter 2005 order intake was approximately EUR 1.8 billion, more than twice the first quarter 2004 amount (EUR 876 million). As a result, the Group’s backlog at March 31, 2005, about EUR 7.3 billion, is considerably higher than the December 31, 2004 amount. Given the order intake outlook for the rest of the year, the Group’s backlog should continue to grow over the coming quarters.
Cautionary note regarding forward-looking statements
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Some of these risk factors are set forth and discussed in more detail in our Annual Report on Form 20-F as filed with the SEC on June 29, 2004, and as updated from time to time in our SEC filings. Should one of these known or unknown risks materialize, or should our underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our future results could be adversely affected, causing these results to differ materially from those expressed in our forward-looking statements. These factors are not necessarily all of the important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any of our forward-looking statements. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on our future results. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made only as of the date of this release. We cannot assure you that projected results or events will be achieved. We do not intend, and do not assume any obligation to update any industry information or forward looking information set forth in this release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Except as otherwise indicated, the financial information contained in this document has been prepared in accordance with French GAAP, and certain elements would differ materially upon reconciliation to US GAAP