The Cimic Group Ltd (ASX: CIM) share price is likely to lift in Monday trade after the construction and mining services group announced it has won a $1.7 billion contract to provide comprehensive mining services at the Debswana Diamond Company’s Jwaneng Mine Cut 9 project in Botswana.
The contract has been awarded under the terms of the Majwe joint venture between Cimic’s subsidiary Thiess (70%) and local partner Bothakga Burrow Botswana (30%).
The Cimic share price is up around 133% over the past 5 years as the group formerly known as Leighton Holdings progresses an acquisitive and organic growth strategy that included the $524 million purchase of UGL Limited in 2016.
Cimic is still majority owned by Germany’s largest construction company Hochtief, with institutional and retail shareholders only making up a small part of the share register.
In calendar year 2018 it made a net profit after tax of $781 million, with a $1.6 billion net cash position. It’s guiding for net profit between $790 million to $840 million in 2o19, with today’s contract news likely to support future results.
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