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Multiconsult had a strong second quarter 2020 with an EBIT at NOK 102.5 million.
For the first half of 2020 the EBIT was NOK 219.9 million, an improvement of
187.3% y-o-y. The EBIT margin in the second quarter was 10.8%, and 11.3% in the
first half 2020. Net operating revenues in the second quarter increased by 9.8%
y-o-y to NOK 951.7 million, other operating expenses were reduced by 13.1% to
108.4 million, and the billing ratio was improved to 73.8%. The nextLEVEL
improvement programme is on track, partly reflected in a reduction in other
operating expenses of 12.7% y-o-y to NOK 218.4 million for the first half of
2020. Solid order intake of NOK 1 037 million in the quarter ensures a stabile
order backlog of NOK 3 004 million.

"Multiconsult delivered a strong second quarter and a solid first half of 2020,
with significantly improved profitability and revenue growth. We are well
underway in the turnaround process that started in the first half of 2019. The
improvements are a result of our focus on core business, sales and project
execution, and significantly reduced operating expenses partially resulting from
the nextLEVEL improvement programme.

We are also delivering solid sales resulting in a stable order backlog. While we
have seen only modest impact of Covid-19 on our activity level, the pandemic is
of course still creating some uncertainty. I am very impressed by the way our
employees have adopted to the new working environment, and how their dedication
in achieving solid and uninterrupted customer deliveries, has contributed to
significant improvements." says Grethe Bergly, CEO of Multiconsult ASA.

Second quarter 2020
Net operating revenues increased by 9.8% to NOK 951.7 million (NOK 866.7
million) compared to the same quarter last year. The increase in net operating
revenues is exclusively organic. There was a calendar effect of one more working
day with an impact of NOK 14.9 million.

Reported operating expenses decreased by 4.3% to NOK 799.4 million (NOK 835.4
million). Other operating expenses decreased by 13.1%, confirming that the
nextLEVEL improvement programme is on track, together with the impact of lower
activity cost such as travel and consultancy expenditure due to Covid-19.

EBIT was NOK 102.5 million (negative NOK 15.9 million), reflecting an EBIT
margin of 10.8% compared to a negative EBIT margin of (1.8%) for the same period
last year. The comparable 2019 EBIT figure includes non-recurring one-off charge
of approximately NOK 20.2 million.

First half 2020
Net operating revenues increased by 7.4% to NOK 1 945 million (NOK 1 811
million) and is exclusively organic driven. There was a calendar effect of two
more working days that impacted net operating revenues positively with NOK 28.3

Reported operating expenses was reduced by 1.0% to NOK 1 625 million (NOK 1 641
million). Employee benefit expenses increased slightly, while other operating
expenses decreased by 12.7%, partly a nextLEVEL effect, as well as impacted by
lower travel costs and other costs reductions related to Covid-19.

EBIT was NOK 219.9 million (NOK 76.5 million), an improvement of 187.3% y-o-y,
reflecting an EBIT margin of 11.3%. The comparable 2019 EBIT figure includes non
-recurring one-off charges of approximately NOK 30.2 million.

The order backlog at the end of the second quarter 2020 remains solid at NOK 3
004 million (NOK 2 725 million), an increase of 10.2%. Order intake during the
quarter increased by 14.9% compared to the second quarter in 2019.

Multiconsult is on track in the ongoing turnaround process that started in the
first half of 2019, where the focus has been on the core business, sales and
project execution. The nextLEVEL improvement programme is on track. The order
backlog is at a solid level and provides a good foundation with a broad customer
base. This is further supported by important projects awarded after 30 June

Subject to uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 situation, the market outlook
for Multiconsult's services is good across most business areas, and with a good
pipeline of potential projects coming up. There are however more uncertainties
in particular within buildings and properties (including architects) and in
certain areas within our energy sector, where a softening of the market is
expected. The pandemic continues to create uncertainty for our industry.
Multiconsult has registered modest negative impact due to the Covid-19
situation. In relation to Covid-19, Multiconsult has been, and will be, taking
prudent, responsible and necessary actions, to secure our people, our business,
and our deliveries in close cooperation with our customers.

With a solid market position, leading competences, technology and solutions for
our customers, Multiconsult believes it is well placed to handle the challenges
of the current uncertainties facing the economy and our industry.

A presentation of the second quarter and half year 2020 results will be held
today, Wednesday 26 August. In light of the Covid-19 outbreak corresponding
restrictions, only a maximum of 20 (pre-registered) participants are allowed to
attend the presentation, however the presentation will also be available as a
live webcast.

A webcast in Norwegian will be held at 08:30 CET, followed by an audio cast at
09:30 CET in English. The presentations will be held by CEO Grethe Bergly and
CFO Hans-Jørgen Wibstad.

The live webcast from the Norwegian presentation can be accessed at
www.multiconsult-ir.com and at
https://channel.royalcast.com/webcast/hegnarmedia/20200826_3/ or by conference
The live audio cast from the English presentation can be accessed at
https://channel.royalcast.com/webcast/hegnarmedia/20200826_4/ or by conference

Questions to the management can be made directly on the conference call after
the presentations or by in writing on the live webcast.

Participant Access Information for the conference calls:
Please join the selected event conference 5-10 minutes prior to the start time.
You will be asked to provide the confirmation code or the title of your
Event Conference Title:   Multiconsult Q2 2020 Presentation
Confirmation Code:         469283

Location        Purpose        Phone Number
Norway          Participant    +47 21956342
United Kingdom  Participant    +44 (0)203 7696819
United States   Participant    +1 646-787-0157
Sweeden         Participant    +46-8-1241-0952
International   Participant    +44 203 7696819

For further information, please contact:

Investor relations:
   Hans-Jørgen Wibstad, CFO
   Phone: +47 916 89 661
   E-mail: hans-jorgen.wibstad@multiconsult.no

   Gaute Christensen, VP Communications
   Phone: +47 911 70 188
   E-mail: gaute.christensen@multiconsult.no