Veidekke ASA: Expects stable Scandinavian contracting markets for the next two years

Veidekke ASA: Expects stable Scandinavian contracting markets for the next two years

20.10.2021 - 07:30

Veidekke expects activity in the Scandinavian contracting markets to remain at current levels until the end of 2023, with generally similar headline developments all three countries.

“The markets are returning to normal, pre-pandemic conditions. Our forecast in the spring that activity levels would remain high and stable has been confirmed thus far, and we expect strong momentum in the construction and civil engineering sector going forward,” says Veidekke ASA Chief Analyst Kristoffer Eide Hoen.

The big topic in the construction and civil engineering industry in 2021 – both in Scandinavia and globally – has been sharp price increases driven by restricted supplies of building materials and other input factors. Prices of materials like rebar and lumber remain far higher than normal. In addition, increased taxes and CO 2 emissions quota prices are increasing the cost of energy-intensive products like metals and cement. Various additional factors also require clarification, including the situation of the cement producer Cementa. However, most identified delivery challenges appear to be temporary and are expected to be resolved, provided that society continues to reopen following the pandemic.

Demand in the contracting markets has remained strong despite rising prices, and Veidekke expects stable markets for the next two years. The estimated order intake has exceeded expectations in most segments of the commercial buildings sector. The residential segment has also reported strong demand, and indicators of overheating are on the decline in all three countries.

Investment levels were very high in the civil engineering market at the beginning of the year. In Sweden, previously strong growth is expected to slow somewhat going forward, while further growth is anticipated in Norway following a temporary slowdown in 2020.

Continued growth is expected in the transport infrastructure sector. Road investment will slow somewhat in Sweden, while railways investment growth is predicted to remain strong throughout the forecast period. While the recent change of government in Norway may result in some revision of adopted plans, transport infrastructure looks set to remain a priority.

Veidekke’s market report will be presented at 08:30 on Thursday 20 October. The presentation will be streamed as a webcast on www.veidekke.com .

For more information, please contact :
Kristoffer Eide Hoen, Chief Analyst, Veidekke ASA, +47 976 75 434, Kristoffer.Eide.Hoen@veidekke.no

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Veidekke is one of Scandinavia's largest contractors. In addition to undertaking all types of building and civil engineering assignments, the group also maintains roads and produces asphalt and aggregates. Veidekke emphasises stakeholder involvement and local experience. Its annual turnover is approximately NOK 38 billion, and half of its 8,100 employees own shares in the company. Veidekke is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, and has posted a profit every year since its inception in 1936.