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Preliminary Results


Fifth year of growth – accelerating global ambition


Results for the year ended 31 March 2021


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Strong operational and financial performance despite COVID-19
Orders2 up 18%, 11% on an organic basis; largest annual order intake in a decade
Revenue up 19%, 10% on an organic basis
Underlying operating profit up 14%, 6% on an organic basis, underlying EPS up 11%
131% underlying cash conversion pre-capex, 28% ROCE
Gain on disposals (£28m), offset by German goodwill impairment (£25m)

Customer focused strategy driven c.70% revenue growth in 5 years
Successfully completed LTPA 2-year transition programme & achieved full operating capability
Won major long-term contracts in UK, US and Australia
Continued optimisation of the portfolio with acquisition of Naimuri and three disposals
Grown international revenue from £158m to £420m in 5 years
Adapted to new ways of working and employee engagement up 6%

Increased ambition and evolved strategy to accelerate next 5 years of c.70% growth
Deliver consistent operational performance, with £800m revenue under contract for FY22
Pursue strategic campaigns and win further competitive projects through distinctive offerings
Invest in capabilities and digitisation to meet changing customer needs
Leverage global capability, disruptive innovation and strategic acquisitions
Focus to drive growth in our redefined >£20bn addressable market

Steve Wadey, Group Chief Executive Officer said:

“Throughout this challenging year, QinetiQ has proven its commitment and focus to deliver critical defence and security capabilities for our customers around the world. With the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees at the centre of our decision-making, we have delivered a very strong set of operational and financial results, exceeding market expectations. We have delivered a fifth consecutive year of top-line growth, growing revenue by c.70% in the last 5 years.

With an evolved strategy, strong momentum and increased ambition shaped around the changing market dynamics and needs of our customers, I am excited about this next phase of sustainable global growth, to deliver our medium to long-term targets.”

Preliminary results for the year ended 31st March 2021:

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John Haworth, Group Head of Investor Relations:                                        +44 (0) 7920 545841

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