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Empresaria Group PLC
03 June 2010
3 June 2010
Empresaria Group plc
At today's Annual General Meeting of Empresaria Group plc ("Empresaria" or "the Group"), the international specialist
staffing group, the Board will make the following statement:
Group strategy is to develop an international specialist staffing group balanced by geography and sector and with a strong
emphasis on temporary staffing operations. There are two drivers behind this strategy; to gain access to higher growth
economies and staffing markets, and to reduce the risks inherent in cyclical markets and volatile economies through
diversification and focus on more stable revenue streams.
Our focus on developing markets and economies alleviated some of the downward pressure on revenues and margins in 2009 and
is now demonstrating its benefit in 2010. Revenues, net fee income and profit for the Group are materially ahead of last
year and ahead of Board expectations with all three reporting regions showing year on year growth.
Revenues for the current financial year to April, excluding discontinued operations, are 17% up on the same period in 2009
and net fee income is up 24% on the same period. These volume increases are driven largely by growth in temporary staffing
revenues in the UK and Germany along with growing demand for a combination of staffing and HR services offered by Group
companies in Asia, particularly for corporate training and Recruitment Process Outsourcing solutions. In addition, the UK
operations have experienced an increase in permanent recruitment activity, a trend that may well be more transitory given
the uncertainty as to the outlook for the UK economy.
Group profitability is much improved as a consequence of higher sales volumes, improved gross margin percentages and the
effect of cost reductions made in the UK and Continental Europe during 2009. In addition, the Group is now benefiting from
increased profit contribution from its rapidly maturing and fast growing portfolio of Asian companies that commenced
trading as start up operations over recent years. Although the Board remains cautious as to the outlook for the global
economy, it now expects full year profits to be materially ahead of current market expectations.
For further information contact:
Chief Executive, Empresaria Group plc 01293 649 900
Finance Director, Empresaria Group plc 01293 649 900
Singer Capital Markets Limited 020 3205 7500
Notes for editors:
*Empresaria operates out of 16 countries and approximately 120 offices and has over 800 internal staff.
*65% of the Group's net fee income is generated outside the UK, and approximately 80% of net fee income is generated from
temporary and contract business
*Empresaria applies a management equity philosophy and business model with each group company management team holding
significant equity in its own business
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