Transpacific to clean up structure as chief quits

Transpacific Industries has predicted the sale or closure of underperforming operations as the waste management company's chief executive resigned.

Transpacific Industries has predicted the sale or closure of underperforming operations as the waste management company's chief executive resigned.

Transpacific said it forecast a net profit of between $46 million and $53 million for this financial year in a "difficult trading environment". The company has been hit by weaker economic conditions and cost-cutting drives in the industrial and mining sectors.

Transpacific projected earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of between $405 million and $415 million, below the previous financial year's $440.2 million.

The shares closed 11.8 per cent lower at 78.5ยข on Monday.

"Market conditions were tough in the first half and those conditions have generally deteriorated further," Transpacific's outgoing chief executive Kevin Campbell said. He was leaving the company as he was no longer able to "provide the longer-term commitment needed to drive the continuing transformation of the business".

It is understood Mr Campbell, who joined in September 2010 as its chief financial officer before becoming CEO four months later, resigned for personal reasons. He commuted between Queensland, where Transpacific is based, and Melbourne, where his family lives.

Transpacific, which owns the Cleanaway landfill businesses, said it would continue to focus on cost-cutting and debt reduction, and was undertaking a detailed business and operational review. "It will result in the sale or closure of a number of underperforming operations," Transpacific said. The company axed 200 jobs this year.

Moelis Australia analyst Adam Michell said the lower earnings expectations were not a surprise. "It's a general reflection of the broader economy rather than something being terribly wrong inside the company," he said.

Mr Michell said analysts would be looking to see if the new chief, who has not been appointed, would bring in a new strategic outlook.

"At the moment, the focus is very much on internal efficiencies and gains, and debt control rather than anything major," he said.

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