SNC-Lavalin sticks to profit forecast amid Libya row

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer looks at a receptionist at the headquarters of SNC Lavalin in Montreal April 13, 2012. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

(Reuters) - Canadian construction and engineering company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc SNC.TO maintained its profit outlook for 2018 on Thursday, a month after concerns around Libya-related bribery and corruption charges knocked 14 percent off its stock.

The Montreal-based company’s shares took a beating in early October when the Canadian government refused to negotiate a remedial deal related to the charges against its Libyan operations filed in 2015.

“Despite external unfortunate developments beyond our control, our strong nine months performance coupled with our high quality backlog across our sectors allow us to maintain our 2018 outlook,” the company said in its quarterly results release.

Reporting by Nishara Karuvalli Pathikkal; editing by Patrick Graham