STATS delivered revenues of £42.5 million and recorded EBITDA* earnings of £6.5 million despite the challenges of Covid-19, its latest annual accounts show.
Revenues increased by £3.4 million (up from £39.1 million) while earnings rose by £0.9 million (up from £5.6 million), according to trading results for the year to 31 December 2020. The group’s pre-tax profits rose from £0.2 million to £1 million.
Based in Kintore, near Aberdeen, STATS principal activity is the provision of pressurised pipeline isolation, hot tapping and plugging services to the global oil, gas and petrochemical industries.
The company said the strong performance was largely due to continued investment in international infrastructure which has established responsive regionalised management teams and localised workforces, strategically located close to key global markets.
The annual accounts noted that 88% of revenues were generated out with STATS’s home UK market, with significant breakthrough in the North American pipeline sector, reflected in revenue growth in the USA of 51%, up from £8 million to £12 million.
To support further USA growth, STATS recently moved its operations to larger premises in Houston, while increased product sales and localised fabrication capabilities in Edmonton delivered record trading revenues in Canada of £6.7 million.
STATS Group Chief Executive Officer, Leigh Howarth, said: “Our long-term investment in regional teams and infrastructure allowed us to be much more resilient to the economic and social challenges posed during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic when many national borders were closed and movement was restricted.
“Not only has the strategy to localise been vital in building resilience during this most challenging period, but it gives us the platform for a bright, scalable future and is testament to the sustainability of our business.”
* EBITDA – earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation before charges for foreign exchange, exceptional items, and share based payments.