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  • Transurban’s fiscal year profits are down 63.7 per cent on the previous year
  • The company is requesting $500 million through a placement and $200 million through a securities purchase plan from shareholders to complete the purchase of M5 West
  • Transurban’s share price last closed at $15.23 in a $40.74 billion market cap

Toll-road operator Transurban has requested a trading halt after informing the market profits have plunged 63.7 per cent during the financial year.

Last year the company’s profits reached $468 million which has now sunk to $170 million.

Transurban said stamp duties, acquisitions, projects and US taxes are attributing factors for the significant loss.

The company is gaining full ownership of the M5 West motorway tolls in Sydney.

To complete the transaction Transurban is looking to raise $500 million through a placement with shareholders. Additionally, a further $200 million will attempt to be raised through a security purchase plan.

Despite profits falling, total toll revenue was up nearly 15 per cent during the financial year, jumping from 2.249 billion to 2.643 billion.

Additional forms of revenue for the company were also up, rising total revenue by 20.8 per cent.

CEO of Transurban Scott Charlton drew attention to the successful opening of four projects over the year, as follows: new M4 tunnels, Logan Enhancement Project, Gateway Upgrade North and Inner City Bypass.

“Our continued focus on delivery and execution has seen the opening of new capacity on four major projects over the year, delivering valuable travel-time savings for customers,” Scott said.

The company highlighted 374,000 hours of work-day travel hours were cut from July 2018 to July 2019.

Scott added, “the community response to the opening of the new M4 Tunnels has been particularly positive with early traffic performance currently ahead of our investment case in the first three weeks of opening”.

Transurban recorded toll growth in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with the highest increase shown in North America which saw toll revenue jump 45 per cent.

Transurban’s share price last closed at $15.23 in a $40.74 billion market cap.

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