QinetiQ Group plc Third Quarter Trading Update

QinetiQ Group plc (‘QinetiQ’) today issues a third quarter trading update and reaffirms previous guidance for Group performance in the full year to 31 March 2016.

Trading Environment
The UK defence market remains uncertain. While the Government's Strategic Defence and Security Review was published in December 2015, it is likely to take some time before its impact is clear. Additionally, the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) is not expecting to publish the single source profit rate for the next financial year until March 2016.

EMEA Services
The performance of EMEA Services was in line with expectations in the period and revenue under contract for this financial year is as anticipated at this stage, but the division has continued to experience some de-scoping and delay to orders. During the period, EMEA Services won a contract with Motorola Solutions to provide monitoring, assessment and assurance services in support of the delivery of the UK Emergency Services Network. As announced in November 2015, it also secured a £153m five-year renewal from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for aircraft engineering support.

In December, QinetiQ sold Cyveillance Inc. to Looking Glass Cyber Solutions Inc. for net disposal proceeds of £22m. Cyveillance is a former business unit of the US Services division, sold in May 2014, and more recently has been reported in EMEA Services. In the full year to 31 March 2015, it had revenues of $18m.

Global Products
Trading in Global Products was as expected during the period, and revenue under contract for this financial year is as anticipated at this stage, but its performance remains dependent on the timing and shipment of key orders in what is a shorter order cycle business.

Among the division's new orders in the period, the OptaSense business was awarded a contract to protect approximately 2,000km of pipeline which, once installed, will be the world's largest distributed fibre sensing project. The total value of the project is more than $30m of which approximately half has been contracted with OptaSense.

Outlook
Overall, the Board's expectations for Group performance in the current financial year remain unchanged from those set out in QinetiQ's interim results announcement dated 19 November 2015.

Notes for Editors:

QinetiQ will announce its preliminary annual results on 26 May 2016.

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