Robert Walters PLC - Q3 trading update and dividend declaration
ROBERT WALTERS PLC
(the 'Company' or the 'Group')
Third quarter trading update and dividend declaration
QUARTER-ON-QUARTER IMPROVEMENT. DIVIDEND REINSTATED.
Financial and operational highlights
Gross profit (Net fee income)
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* Constant currency is calculated by applying prior period average exchange rates to local currency results for the current and prior years.
§ Resilient performance with Group net fee income levels improving quarter-on-quarter. Market conditons do however remain challenging.
§ 78% (2019: 77%) of the Group's net fee income now derived from our international operations.
§ The Group reacted quickly at the onset of the pandemic with strong cost reduction and control measures which have continued through the third quarter.
o Proven track record of sensible and targeted short-term cost management without damaging our long-term ability to quickly benefit from operational gearing when market conditions become more favourable.
§ Our pre-Covid investment in technology continues to provide a competitive advantage with all staff continuing to work seamlessly and productively whether in the office or remotely.
§ The large majority of the Group's offices are open, albeit with reduced capacities in some locations to ensure adherence to local government Covid-related guidelines.
§ Voluntary reduced working hours scheme for all employees globally ended 30 September.
§ Key forward-looking recruitment indicators have stabilised or shown early signs of improvement particularly across our
§ Pockets of strong demand do exist across a number of specialist disciplines globally including technology, digital, e-commerce, fintech, cyber-security and healthcare.
§ The Group's blend of permanent, contract, interim recruitment and recruitment process outsourcing has enabled us to respond to the varying nature of client requirements across the globe.
§ Group headcount now stands at 3,240 (
§ Strong balance sheet with net cash of
§ The Board has taken the decision to reinstate the interim dividend. An interim dividend of 4.5p per share (2019: 4.5p) will be paid on
Robert Walters, Chief Executive, commented:
"First and foremost, I would like to once again acknowledge the tremendous resilience and positivity shown by all of our people across the globe in these uncertain and challenging times. It's through their hard work and commitment that the Group has been able to deliver a quarter-on-quarter improvement in net fee income albeit still at levels 30%* below the prior year.
"Market conditions do remain challenging and the volatile nature of the pandemic does mean visibility is limited, however with some key forward-looking indicators either stabilising or showing signs of improvement we believe now is the right time to end the voluntary reduced working hours scheme for all employees globally and to reinstate the interim dividend.
"I remain confident that the Group will emerge from this Covid-impacted period stronger than ever with increased market share and a platform to deliver accelerated growth through operational gearing. Current trading is in line with market consensus for the full year."
The Group will publish a trading update for the fourth quarter ending
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Robert Walters plc
Robert Walters, Chief Executive
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About Robert Walters Group
The Robert Walters Group is a market-leading international specialist professional recruitment group with over 3,200 staff spanning 31 countries. We specialise in the placement of the highest calibre professionals across the disciplines of accountancy and finance, banking, engineering, HR, IT, legal, sales, marketing, secretarial and support and supply chain and procurement. Our client base ranges from the world's leading blue-chip corporates and financial services organisations through to SMEs and start-ups. The Group's outsourcing division, Resource Solutions is a market leader in recruitment process outsourcing and managed services.
Forward looking statements
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