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Lend Lease builds a $553 million profit

Global property and infrastructure solutions provider Lend Lease (ASX: LLC) has reported a 9% increase in operating profits after tax to $553 million — equal to 96.3 cents per security (cps) — and declared an unfranked final distribution of 20 cps.

Tallied up, full year distributions totalled 42 cps, an 11% increase on the prior year. The company also managed to maintain its return on equity at 13.4% and grew its funds under management by 50% to $15 billion and its assets under management by 40% to $12.5 billion.

Australia, Asia and the Americas all increased their contribution to group earnings with Australia up nearly 18%, Asia 6% and the Americas (off a much lower base) up 49%. The only region to experience a decline in earnings was Europe which fell 2.4%. Regional highlights included the Barangaroo South project in Sydney, the sale of the Jem retail project in Singapore and increased profits from the Military Housing Privatisation Initiative in the USA.

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Source: Google Finance

Foolish takeaway

Despite a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in revenue of 5.2%, a 19.6% CAGR in operating profit after tax, a 13.9% CAGR in earnings per share and a 9.5% CAGR in distributions over the past four years, as the chart above shows, Lend Lease’s share price has actually underperformed the S&P/ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) over the past four financial years.

With global construction backlog revenue of $17.2 billion and an estimated end value for the company’s global development pipeline of $37.4 billion there is certainly future earnings visibility and a platform for future growth. With Lend Lease trading on a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.6 times and taking into account the positive outlook statement from management, Lend Lease could well be worth a closer look by investors.

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Motley Fool contributor Tim McArthur does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this article.

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