Speedy boosted by 'major' oil deal

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Speedy Hire will provide equipment for a major oil drilling project in the Middle East // Speedy Hire will provide equipment for a major oil drilling project in the Middle East
Speedy Hire will provide equipment for a major oil drilling project in the Middle East
Equipment rental firm Speedy Hire is to play a role in a major £12 billion oil drilling project in the Middle East.
The Merseyside-based firm will provide tools, power generators and other equipment for a 15 billion US dollar (£12.2 billion) project that will see four artificial islands built at the world's fourth biggest oilfield.
Speedy is best known for supplying builders in the UK but two years ago it set up an international division in the Middle East to reduce its exposure to weak domestic markets.
Although the division currently accounts for just 5% of its revenues, it said the contract win, which will be worth at least 50 million US dollars (£40.7 million) over a five year period, is "a key development". Speedy's shares rose 5% on Wednesday.
The contract with the support services arm of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company was described as "major" by chief executive Steve Corcoran. Investec analyst Andrew Gibb added: "This is an important win for the group and underlines its ability to carry out more value-added activities for clients."
He upgraded his forecasts and now believes profits in the year to March 2014 will be £500,000 higher at £20.5 million, while the following year will be boosted by a similar amount.
As well as branching out overseas, Speedy has in recent years been targeting infrastructure and energy projects, which now make up a quarter of its revenues. For example, it works with every water company in the UK, with Carillion on London's Crossrail project and has a contract with ExxonMobil at its refinery in Fawley, Southampton.
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