Press Release

Full Year Financial Results 2016

02.24.17

Neuilly sur Seine, France, February 24, 2017

2016 Full Year Results: resilient performance. Slightly positive organic growth expected in 2017. Mid-term ambition intact, with timing delayed by one-year overall 

Revenue of €4.55 billion, up 1.4% at constant currency vs. 2015

-      Organic growth1 of -0.6%

-      Two-thirds of the Group portfolio delivered positive organic revenue growth with an improving trend in Q4 (-0.3%)

-      One-third declined, primarily impacted by the oil & gas and shipping markets, while in Q4 only one-quarter remained in negative organic growth

-      Growth initiatives contributed 1.7 points to organic growth

-       External growth of 2.0%: nine targeted acquisitions completed

-      Negative currency impact of 3.2%

Adjusted operating margin of 16.2%, down 25 basis points organically vs. 2015

-      Negative impact from activities in downturn (oil & gas, Marine and GSIT)

-      Mitigated by the positive contribution of the operational excellence program

Proactive restructuring with €42.6m charges booked in 2016

Adjusted net profit of €409 million (€0.94/share), up 3.7% at constant currency vs. 2015

Operating cash-flow of €594 million, impacted by one-off items

Net income of €319 million, up 34.2% at constant currency

Proposed dividend of 55 cents per share, up 7.8% vs. 2015

Chief Executive Officer Didier Michaud-Daniel commented:

“In 2016 Bureau Veritas proved to be resilient despite the challenging commodities and shipping market environment. Several of the Group’sportfolio activities had a solid year, notably Consumer Products, IVS,Agri-Food and Certification. The 2016 financial year closed with growthand profitability in line with our latest guidance, with an improving trend in organic growth in the last quarter. In 2016, China became the leading country of Bureau Veritas in terms of Group revenue at 16.0%.

As we progress with the global transformation of the Group, I havetightened the Executive Committee team to make the organization more agile and facilitate the roll-out of our refocused five Growth Initiatives. Westrive to significantly increase our commercial development andinnovation efforts while continuing proactive restructuring and operational efficiency. In a still uncertain environment, our ambition is intact but we expect the timing of our 5-year plan to be delayed by one year. We now aim at   returning

to a 5-7% organic revenue growth by 2020, adding circa €1.5bn to Grouprevenue in 2020 compared to 2015 revenue2, achieving an adjusted operating margin above 17% in 2020, and continuously generating a high free cash flow.

In 2017, we anticipate a slightly positive organic growth with an adjusted operating margin at circa 16%, as well as higher cash flow generation compared to 2016”.

1 Organic growth is the increase in revenue versus last year, at constant currency and scope (i.e. acquisitions excluded)

2 At initial plan exchange rates (as presented during October 2015 Investor Days)

2016 Key figures

The Board of Directors of Bureau Veritas met yesterday and approved the financial statements for 2016. The main consolidated financial items are presentedbelow:

(millions of euros)

2016

2015

Change

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Revenue

4,549.2

4,634.8

(1.8)%

+1.4%

Adjusted operatingprofit(a)

734.9

775.2

(5.2)%

(0.7)%

Adjusted operatingmargin

16.2%

16.7%

(55)bp

(35)bp

Operating profit

609.7

576.9

+5.7%

+10.9%

Adjusted net profit(a)

409.0

420.3

(2.7)%

+3.7%

Net profit

319.4

255.3

25.1%

+34.2%

Adjusted EPS(a)

0.94

0.96

(2.1)%

+3.8%

EPS

0.73

0.58

25.3%

+34.4%

Operating cash flow(a)

594.4

706.1

(15.8)%

(14.4)%

Adjusted net financialdebt(a)

1,996.4

1,862.7

7.2%

5.8%

(a) Financial indicators not defined by IFRS presented in Appendix 5