Proactiveinvestors United Kingdom Robert Walters https://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk Proactiveinvestors United Kingdom Robert Walters RSS feed en Fri, 24 May 2019 12:23:00 +0100 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Genera CMS action@proactiveinvestors.com (Proactiveinvestors) action@proactiveinvestors.com (Proactiveinvestors) <![CDATA[RNS press release - Result of AGM ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/rns/3309/LSE20190517131007_14078768/ Fri, 17 May 2019 13:10:07 +0100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/rns/3309/LSE20190517131007_14078768/ <![CDATA[RNS press release - Notice of Capital Markets Event ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/rns/3309/LSE20190516070003_14075805/ Thu, 16 May 2019 07:00:03 +0100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/rns/3309/LSE20190516070003_14075805/ <![CDATA[RNS press release - Holding(s) in Company ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/rns/3309/LSE20190508104255_14066539/ Wed, 08 May 2019 10:42:55 +0100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/rns/3309/LSE20190508104255_14066539/ <![CDATA[RNS press release - Total Voting Rights ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/rns/3309/LSE20190430124310_14057525/ Tue, 30 Apr 2019 12:43:10 +0100 https://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/rns/3309/LSE20190430124310_14057525/ <![CDATA[News - Robert Walters delivers 'solid' first quarter despite and political uncertainty in the UK and France ]]> https://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/218557/robert-walters-delivers--solid--first-quarter-despite-and-political-uncertainty-in-the-uk-and-france-218557.html Specialist professional recruiter Robert Walters PLC (LON:RWA) reported first-quarter growth across all its job markets despite economic and political uncertainty in the UK and France.

Net fee income – a measure of gross profit – rose 11% to £98.6mln in the quarter ended March 31 from £88.5mln a year ago.

The UK division grew net fee income by 10% to £27.7mln, supported by a strong performance in London despite concerns about Brexit weighing on business confidence.

READ: Robert Walters surges as full-year profit tops expectations

The group’s largest region, Asia Pacific, delivered a 12% rise in net fee income to £36.4mln, driven by growth in Japan, Mainland China, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Net fee income in Europe gained 8% to £26.2mln with Germany and Spain achieving growth over 25%, offsetting a weaker performance in France where strikes and national protests have been held over government policies.

Other international markets, including the Americas, Middle East and South Africa, saw net fee income increased 22% to £8.3mln.

Group headcount rose by 4% to 4,227.

Net cash stood at £59.5mln at the end of the March, up from £34mln the same time a year earlier.

“All the group's regions delivered growth in net fee income despite economic and political uncertainty in a number of markets, particularly the UK and France,” said chief executive Robert Walters.  

“Current trading is in line with market expectations for the full year."

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The recruitment firm reported a pre-tax profit for the year ended 31 December of £49.1mln, up 21% on the prior year while revenues rose 6% to £1.23bn.

READ: Robert Walters reports record quarter as Asia Pacific and Europe drive growth

Net fee income (NFI) (money recruiters are paid to match people with jobs) was up 14% in the year at £392mln.

The growth in NFI was driven mainly by the company’s Asia Pacific (APAC) and European businesses, which reported increases of 13% to £154.1mln and 25% to £100.8mln respectively.

The company’s other segments, the UK, and Rest of World rose 7% to £107.5mln and 10% to £29.7mln respectively in the year.

The group’s final dividend was also hiked 15% to 10.7p per share, taking the total dividend for 2018 22% higher to 14.7p.

Looking ahead, chief executive Robert Walters said it was “inevitable” that Brexit uncertainty would continue to affect client and candidate confidence in the UK, but added that as 73% of its NFI came from outside the country the company “might benefit from any potential movement of businesses and key staff from the UK”.

Trading for the current year had “started well” and was in line with expectations, with the firm well placed to take advantage of opportunities.

In a separate announcement, the company also said that its deputy chief executive, Giles Daubeney, would step down from his role on 17 May 2019 after 30 years at the firm.

In a note to clients, analysts at broker Liberum said the momentum reflected “an improvement in productivity in the core business” that was expected to continue going forward.

The broker added that they expected consensus estimates to rise 3%-5% based on the strong 2018 performance.

Regarding Daubeney’s departure, Liberum said while his experience would be “hard to replace”, the company had a detailed succession plan and “the tenure of the other members of senior management should help reduce any risk associated with his departure”.

“We continue to see the shares as well positioned to benefit from a number of structural opportunities across a number of its key regions as well as its attractive outsourcing exposure.”

Shares were up 6.8% at 562p.

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In an update for the quarter ended 31 December, the recruitment firm reported a net fee income (NFI) of £102.3mln, up 13% year-on-year.

READ: Recruiter Robert Walters posts record quarterly gross profit despite slowdown in UK jobs market

In Asia-Pacific (APAC), the group’s largest segment, NFI rose 19% to £40mln while its European and UK branches grew 22% to £27.6mln and 2% to £26.8mln respectively.

The only area of decline was the Other International segment, where NFI fell 2% to £7.9mln.

The firm said the growth in APAC had been supported by strong performances in Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Mainland China, all of which saw NFI rises in excess of 25%. There was also 13% growth in Australia, the highest rate for two years.

In Europe, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and the Netherlands reported NFI growth of over 25% in the quarter, with record performances in Belgium and France. In the UK, the company said recruitment activity remained highest across the regions, while in London growth was strongest in technology and financial services.

The firm also ended the period with net cash of £74.1mln compared to £31.1mln last year.

Robert Walters, chief executive, said the APAC and Europe businesses now accounted for 66% of global NFI and that NFI for the full year was up 15% and the profit for the year was expected to be “comfortably in line with market expectations”.

The group had also reported a record NFI in its previous quarter as it defied a slowdown in the UK jobs market caused by weak business confidence and Brexit uncertainty.

Shares were down 0.36% at 554p.

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The company posted net fee income – a measure of recruiters’ gross profit – of £101.2mln for the third quarter ended September 30, up 12% on the same period a year ago.

Legal recruitment particularly active​

The UK region achieved a 4% increase in net fee income to £27.9mln, led by growth in Birmingham, Manchester and Milton Keynes, despite weaker business confidence due to Brexit uncertainty.

Robert Walters said in the London jobs market, legal recruitment was “particularly active” while it saw “pockets of growth” in financial services albeit from a low base.

Asia Pacific was the main contributor to profits, with net fee income up 18% to £41.2mln, driven by a strong performance in Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Thailand.

Net fee income in Europe gained 21% to £24.3mln with record performances in Germany, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands. France, the group’s largest market in Europe, increased net fee income by 18%.

READ: Robert Walters shares jump as its hikes dividend by 45% after record first half

The other international segment, which includes Brazil, North America, the Middle East and Africa, was the only weak spot with net fee income down 2% to £7.7mln.

2019 earnings to meet market forecasts 

Chief executive Robert Walters said the company remains confident that profit before tax for the full year will be in line with current market expectations.

“During the quarter, we have continued to invest in further growing our international footprint with the opening of new offices in Geneva and Los Angeles and have also increased headcount in those markets and disciplines offering the best opportunities for accelerated growth,” he said.

"The group's truly global presence covering both emerging and established markets and our blend of revenue streams across both recruitment and recruitment process outsourcing means we are well positioned to further benefit from market opportunities as they arise."

Shares rose 5.5% to 675p in morning trading. 

Liberum maintains 'buy' recommendation 

Liberum repeated a 'buy' rating and target price of 775p on the stock.

The broker said while growth in the UK was marginally weaker than expected, it believes the company is well placed to deliver its 2018 forecasts, with the balance of risk lying to the upside.

"This dynamic combined with a better than expected cash position (£41.3m), should in our view result in the board more actively considering a share buyback programme – something it has looked to do in the past when the shares have appeared oversold on valuation grounds."

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