JOHANNESBURG, April 12 (Reuters) - South African
construction and engineering firm Group Five said on
Thursday its half-year loss widened more than it expected,
following continued difficulties at its Kpone power project in
The headline loss per share for the six-months ended Dec.31,
widened to 781 cents per share from 310 cents a year earlier.
"We expected this period to remain very difficult.
Unfortunately, even against this expectation, our results for
the six months to December were significantly below our
objectives and very disappointing," said Chief Executive Themba
Mosai in a statement.
The company was ensuring "continued senior team focus to
drive this contract to completion."
The group said in December that, although the Kpone contract
was 97 percent complete with only commissioning remaining,
further delays were being experienced, which resulted in a loss
on the contract of 649 million rand ($54 million).
The reasons for the delays include unexpected marine
conditions and the weather effect on seawater intake, further
late delivery of key components, problematic and faulty
equipment from main sub-contractors and inaccurate and late
designs, it said.
Group revenue dropped 14.5 percent year on year to 4.9
The order book fell to 13.4 billion rand from 14.6 billion
($1 = 11.9620 rand)
(Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; editing by John Stonestreet)
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