QinetiQ Group plc Pre Close Statement

Prior to entering a closed period for the year ending 31 March 2016, QinetiQ today confirms that the company remains on course to deliver on its expectations for the current financial year as outlined at its interim results in November 2015 and in its Q3 trading update dated 10 February 2016.

EMEA Services has continued to perform as set out in the Q3 trading update. On 3 March 2016, QinetiQ Australia announced that it had been awarded a five-year follow-on contract, with rolling extensions for up to 15 years, to provide aircraft structural integrity services for the Australian Defence Force’s Directorate General Technical Airworthiness. Trading in Global Products has been as expected in the period with the US products business winning small robot and survivability orders for both US and overseas customers.

On 14 March 2016, the UK Secretary of State for Defence announced that next year’s baseline profit rate for single source defence contracts will be 8.95% (compared with 10.6% this year.) The new rate will apply to new or renewed qualifying contracts signed from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 and acts as the starting point for agreeing the profit rate for individual contracts. The Secretary of State also announced that he has asked the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) further to develop the methodology used to calculate the baseline profit rate over the next year that will be used as the basis of the calculation in future years.

QinetiQ will announce preliminary results for the financial year ending 31 March 2016 on 26 May 2016.

Notes to Editors:

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