Trading Environment and Outlook
The Board continues to believe that QinetiQ is well positioned to take advantage of the longer term trends in the defence and security markets. However currently both its main geographic markets are experiencing short term uncertainties in specific areas. In the UK, political and economic factors are delaying the letting of contracts; in the US, the finalisation of policy for Afghanistan continues to impact Government decision-making.
Historically the EMEA business experiences a seasonally stronger second half, including the letting of a large number of shorter term contracts. At this point in time and in the current environment the business therefore has more limited visibility on the amount and timing of these orders.
In the US the services businesses continue to grow, but as previously stated, Technology Solutions is experiencing delays on certain orders in its pipeline for survivability products and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs).
Given the risks around closing pending orders in the US, and achieving the normal pattern of contract wins in UK, the Board considers that it is unlikely to achieve its previous expectations.