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Baseline Profit Rate 2020-21 for Single Source Defence Contracts

Statement made on 13 March 2020

Statement UIN HCWS157


I am today announcing that I have set the baseline profit rate for single source defence contracts at 8.22%, in line with the rate recommended by the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO). The baseline profit rate is calculated on a three year rolling average of underlying profit rates. The underlying profit rate decreased from 8.50% for 2019-20 to 8.23% for 2020-21. I have accepted the methodology used by the SSRO to calculate these figures.

I am also announcing new Capital Servicing Rates and an SSRO funding adjustment as recommended by the SSRO, which can be found at Table 1 below. These rates have been published in the London Gazette, as required by the Defence Reform Act 2014.

All of these new rates will come into effect from 1 April 2020.

Table 1: Recommended Rates agreed by the Secretary of State for Defence


2019 rates

2020 rates

Baseline Profit Rate (BPR) (% on contract cost)



Fixed Capital Servicing Rate (% on Fixed Capital employed)



Working Capital Servicing Rate (% on positive Working Capital employed)



Working Capital Servicing Rate (% on negative Working Capital employed)



SSRO Funding Adjustment



Statement from

Ministry of Defence