The London-based group upgraded its guidance in both July and October after it notched up record performances in each of the first three quarters this year.
It stopped short of saying that the fourth quarter was also on track to be another record, but it did tell investors that trading across all of the group’s regions so far in the period had been strong.
As a result, pre-tax profits for the 12 months to 31 December are now expected to be “materially ahead of current market expectations”.
Robert Walters said it would publish a more in-depth update on 9 January.
Broker upgrades forecasts after “unusually strong” fourth quarter
“With activity in October and November unusually strong in a number of its core markets the company has issued a surprise trading update,” wrote Liberum analyst Rahim Karim.
“As a result of this we expect consensus net fee income to increase by £4-5mln (c1%), and given the timing of this benefit we anticipate an extremely high level of drop-through on these incremental revenues.
“Reflecting this we would expect group profit before tax to increase by £3-4mln, implying an increase in consensus PBT forecasts of around 10%.
“This upgrade should be received positively by the market and expect the shares to be stronger today despite the stellar year-to-date performance.”
Karim repeated his ‘buy’ recommendation but lifted his target price to 650p (from 595p) on the back of the trading update.
Shares jumped 8% to 595p on Tuesday.