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Bilfinger SE
Societas Europaea
Traded as FWBGBF
Industry Engineering and Services
Founded 1880
Headquarters Mannheim, Germany
Key people
Herbert Bodner(CEO and chairman of the management board), Bernhard Walter (Chairman of the supervisory board)
Revenue €8.415 billion (2013)[1]
€287 million (2013)[1]
Profit €173 million (2013)[1]

Bilfinger SE (previously named Bilfinger Berger AG) is a multinational company specialized in civil and industrial construction, engineering and services based in Mannheim, Germany.


Head office in Mannheim

Bilfinger dates back to 1880 when August Bernatz founded Bernatz Ingenieurwissenschaft as an engineering business: it became known, from 1886 as Bernatz & Grün and, from 1892, as Grün & Bilfinger.[2]

In 1970 Grün & Bilfinger acquired a majority stake in Julius Berger-Bauboag AG, itself a merger of two companies, Julius Berger Tiefbau AG and Berlinische Boden-Gesellschaft AG, both founded in 1890. The combined business, fully integrated in 1975, finally took the name Bilfinger & Berger Bauaktiengesellschaft.[2] In 1994 the acquisition of Razel Company took place.[2]

In 2001 the business changed its name to Bilfinger Berger AG.[2]

In 2005, Bilfinger bought all shares of Babcock Borsig Service Group from Deutsche Beteiligungs.[3][4]

In 2008 the company sold Razel to group Fayat (fr) for 137 million euro.[5]

In October 2009 the Company acquired directly MCE Beteiligungsverwaltungs GmbH itself, a business based in Linz focused on the design, construction and maintenance of facilities in the process industry and the energy sector.[6]

In November 2009 Bilfinger announced that it is considering floating Bilfinger Berger Australia on the Australian Securities Exchange via an initial public offering (IPO).[7] The prospectus for the IPO for the new Australian entity (named Valemus) was issued in June 2010 and the company was listed on the ASE in July.[8]

In recent years Bilfinger has shifted the focus of its activities toward the services business. In 2010, services contributed to 80% of the company’s total output volume of €8,123 million and EBIT for the services division amounted to €297 million.[9] In November 2011, Bilfinger acquired 98 percent of shares in Neo Structo Construction Private Ltd., located in Surat, India, for a purchase price of €47 million.[10] In 2010 Bilfinger became a European Company (SE, Societas Europaea).[11]


Bilfinger SE is a Deutsche Börse MDAX index traded, international construction and services company that operates in real estate, infrastructure and industrial services. The services offered range from consulting, development, planning, financing and turnkey construction through to maintenance and operation. Bilfinger holds the eighth place in the European ranking of construction companies.[12]
Bilfinger, as a result of numerous acquisitions and disposals, is no longer a traditional construction company but instead a provider of services for industrial plants, power plants and real estate.[13] Thus, in the financial year 2010, around 80 percent of the revenue came from services and the remaining 20 percent from construction activities.[14]

The global presence of Bilfinger spans five continents with operations in Europe, United States, South East Asia, Africa and Australia.

Business organisation[edit]

Bilfinger Logo at the entrance of Head Office

Bilfinger introduced in 2010 a new business structure that is based on the changing priorities of the Group's business and matched it again in 2013.


  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Insulation, Scaffolding and Painting
  • Oil and Gas
  • Industrial Fabrication and Installation
  • Engineering, Automation and Control
  • Support Services


  • Power Services
  • Piping Services

Building and facility[edit]

  • Building
  • Facility Services
  • Real Estate
  • Water Technologies


  • Construction
  • Infrastructure

Ownership structure[edit]

Bilfinger is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, is part of the composition of the MDAX and his actions correspond to 'ISIN DE0005909006 (WKN 590900). In recent years the dividend price ratio has been gradually increasing: in 2005 the dividend was €1.00 per share, in 2006 of €1.25, €1.80 in 2007. The dividend yield for fiscal year 2009 amounted to €2.00, for 2010 to €2,50 and in 2011 for €2,50 plus a bonus of €0,90.

At the end of 2011 there were approximately 46,024,000 shares outstanding, representing a market capitalization of EUR 3.032 billion. In late 2011, with a rate of 3,7% of the total, the Bilfinger is one of the largest values in the stock index MDAX Stock Exchange in Germany.

Ownership structure[15]
Share Ownership structure
12% Private Investors
28% Shareholders Germany
19% Shareholders Switzerland
15% Shareholders United Kingdom
10% Shareholders USA
4% Shareholders France
3% Shareholders Scandinavia
2% Shareholders Benelux
1% Shareholders Canada
2% Other Shareholders
4% Bilfinger SE (Share capital)

Updated to 30 June 2012.

Major projects[edit]

Major projects have included the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen completed in 1919,[16] the Busch Memorial Stadium completed in 1966,[16] the Munich Olympic Stadium completed in 1972,[16] the Sydney Opera House completed in 1973,[16] the Dresdner Bank Tower completed in 1978,[16] the Oymapinar Dam in Turkey completed 1984,[16] the Mỹ Thuận Bridge in Vietnam completed in 2000,[16] the Puente Centenario over the Panama Canal completed in 2004,[17] the Svinesund Bridge between Sweden and Norway completed in 2005[18] and the Golden Ears Bridge near Vancouver in Canada completed in June 2009.[19]

List of major works in progress[edit]


In March 2009, a building collapsed in Cologne due to the nearby construction site for the Cologne Stadtbahn Nord-Süd-Stadtbahn (German). The collapse is suspected to be caused by the construction works, and to several irregularities.[27][28]

Several other construction projects are suspected to have been conducted with irregularities: the Düsseldorf Stadtbahn Wehrhahn-Linie (German), the Nuremberg–Munich high-speed railway[27][28] and the Bundesautobahn 1.[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2013". Bilfinger. 
  2. ^ a b c d Bilfinger Berger Corporate History
  3. ^ "Bilfinger Berger is the new strategic investor". 2005-06-23. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  4. ^ "Deutsche Beteiligungs AG Divests Babcock Borsig Service". PRNewswire. 2005-03-09. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  5. ^ FAYAT SA acquires Razel SA from Bilfinger Berger AG Thomson M&A, 20 October 2008
  6. ^ Bilfinger Offers Remedies in European Union Review of MCE Deal
  7. ^ "Bilfinger Berger considers up to $1.5bn IPO of Australian assets". Michael Bennet (The Australian). November 10, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  8. ^ "Valemus plans $1.39bn float on ASX". AAP (AFR). 8 Jun 2010. Retrieved 9.06.2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ Bilfinger SE: Annual Report 2010, accessdate: 25. August 2011
  10. ^ German Bilfinger Berger Acquires Surat Based Neo Structo Construction All Voices, 24 November 2011
  11. ^ Advising Bilfinger on transformation into SE Allen & Overy, 15 April 2010
  12. ^ European Powers of Construction 5. Januar 2011 (portugiesisch)
  13. ^ n-tv online, Abkehr vom Baugeschäft: Bilfinger Berger im Umbruch (13. März 2011), zuletzt abgerufen am 24. August 2011
  14. ^ M.Gassmann, Bilfinger hält Lage für stabil, Financial Times Deutschland/Börse Online (12. August 2011), zuletzt abgerufen am 24. August 2011
  15. ^ Bilfinger Website, accessdate: 03.12.2012
  16. ^ a b c d e f g Bilfinger Berger Corporate history animation
  17. ^ Bridge of the Americas
  18. ^ Majestic arch over the Idefjord
  19. ^ Golden Ears Bridge at Structurae
  20. ^ German Ship Lift Rebuilt as Stimulus Floods Waterways
  21. ^ German Construction Will See Contraction Ease in 2010;
  22. ^ Großkraftwerk Mannheim contract awarded to ELIN Motoren GmbH
  23. ^ Transport Initiatives Edinburgh Press Release
  24. ^ Transco website
  25. ^ Cologne tunnel collapse
  26. ^ Berliner Morgenpost
  27. ^ a b "Les combines des chantiers du métro minent le vieux Cologne" (in French). Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  28. ^ a b "En Allemagne, les graves malversations du numéro deux du BTP font scandale" (in French). Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  29. ^ "Crumbling A1 motorway casts shadow on construction firm - The Local". Retrieved 2013-06-10. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bernhard Stier and Martin Krauß: Drei Wurzeln – ein Unternehmen. 125 Jahre Bilfinger Berger AG. ISBN 3-89735-411-X.

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