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Adecco’s Q1 results were a mixed bag with revenues and gross profits ahead of consensus but the adjusted EBITA and net income below. Permanent Placement recorded another quarter of solid growth and was supported by good growth in Outsourcing and Consulting. Although some of this growth was offset by continued weakness in Career Transition. Regarding profitability, increased investments into the Adecco division affected margins. Going forward, the group expects the EBITA margin to improve sequent
Companies: Adecco Group AG
Adecco released a decent set of results with revenues in line with consensus but profitability slightly above them. The revenue growth mainly came from Permanent Placement even as Flexible placement remained flat. The counter-cyclical Career Transition remained impacted. On the profitability side, the group benefited from the favourable mix and better pricing. Also, good cost control helped EBITA margins. For FY21, the board will propose a dividend of CHF2.50. Lastly, the AKKA acquisition remain
Adecco’s Q3 results were broadly in line with consensus with profitability being slightly better than revenues. Permanent Placement recorded another strong quarter and the counter-cyclical Career Transition another weak one. Flexible Placement continued to recover but was also hindered by the automotive and electronic end-markets. Labour shortages were seen in hospitality and transport. Going forward, this is expected to continue, at least, for the short term. In terms of outlook, the group expe
This morning Adecco announced the acquisition of AKKA technologies, a key player in Engineering R&D services. AKKA will join forces with Modis to create a strong player in the emerging Smart Industry market. The former has its headquarters in Belgium and has about 20,000 employees. Adecco will pay €2.0bn (EV) for the transaction though cash and shares, and this transaction in expected to close in H1 21. Read on to find out more.
The acquisition of AKKA technologies led to a surprise Q2 announcement by Adecco. Revenues and gross profits matched expectations, whereas adjusted EBITA and net income were above both consensus and our estimates. This quarter clearly benefited from a low base of comparison but the recovery in Permanent placement was strong nonetheless. The group expects this momentum to carry forward into Q3. The acquisition is sizeable and we believe that it deserves its own comments.
Adecco’s Q1 revenues matched consensus estimates but were above those of AV’s. EBITA, however, decently beat consensus but was below our estimates. Altogether, the end of Q1 showed signs of revenue recovery and could mean well for the quarters ahead. Regarding profitability, the group continued to enforce pricing discipline and cost actions, which drove profitability upwards. Following this result, the group expects Q2 to improve sequentially while also benefiting from a lower base.
Adecco’s Q4 results showed a sequential improvement from Q2 onwards and were above our and consensus expectations. Revenues showed signs of recovery and continued demand from e-commerce, healthcare, etc., whereas margins were managed through the continued focus on pricing and cost actions. The group’s financial position remained solid, which allowed it to propose a dividend of CHF2.50 and restart its buy-back programme amounting to €600m. However, the group did not provide a clear FY21 outlook.
Adecco, at its CMD yesterday, unveiled the new Future@Work strategy, which will take the baton from the Perform, Transform and Innovate strategy ending in FY20. The group intends to capitalise on the mega-trends of increased demand for flexible working and the need for up- and re-skilling by making itself an end-to-end workforce partner, leveraging data to drive digitalisation. The group also revealed its new business unit structure and its individual strategies from FY21 onwards.
Adecco’s Q3 results were slightly above both AV’s and the consensus expectations on the back of improved business activity after a trough in the previous quarter. The ability to meet increased demand in growth areas (e-commerce, logistics), focus on pricing, a balanced business portfolio and cost management were behind this result. Additionally, Adecco’s balance sheet remains robust and the group continues to generate good cash flow. However, we remain cautious about Q4 due to the second COVID w
Like its peers, Randstaad and Manpower, Adecco reported Q2 figures ahead of expectations, albeit slightly lower. Nevertheless, the company seems to have won market share in France, Spain and Italy. Costs remained under control, providing some support to the group’s profitability and margins. We are maintaining our current estimates and may revise them upwards if the Q3 confirms the positive trend seen in June and July.
Adecco’s Q1 figures came in above consensus. The impact of COVID-19 was quite limited in the first quarter and therefore we expect Q2 will be deeply affected. While we believe a recovery is likely in H2, the positive effects of the lifting of containments should take some time to be visible.
Adecco reported a weak set of results, broadly in line with expectations, except on the EBITA margin side (20bp above). The GrowTogether plan continued to support profitability (€140m in 2019), ahead of the group’s target, which positions Adecco on track to reach its €250m cost-savings target in 2020. Management confirmed the dividend per share at CHF2.5 (4.6% dividend yield on yesterday’s share price) and announced a share buy-back programme of €600m, to be completed during 2020 and 2021.
Q3 figures were in line with expectations and with what Adecco announced for the quarter. The deterioration sequentially also remains in line with the recent Randstad’s release (-2.5%). Revenues continued to decline, while the GrowTogether plan delivered productivity savings, on track with commitments for this year, keeping margins at a correct level. We believe the top line should remain under pressure for the coming quarters, while the strategic plan will be beneficial for margins.
Adecco’s Q2 organic growth of -3% was slightly below the street’s expectation at -2.7%, while the EBITA excluding one-offs of €265m came in above with a stable margin of 4.5%. Germany remain the major drag, still impacted by the automotive sector. The GrowTogether plan is on track. The Q3 outlook reflects a continuation of the Q2 trend.
Better-than-expected Q1 19 results. Adecco published encouraging figures with a gross margin and EBITA margin above consensus expectations thanks to lower costs, productivity savings from GrowTogether plan and a positive temporary staffing price/mix development. The outlook for the second quarter is a bit cautious due to the timing of bank holidays and the replacement of CICE in France, but we continue to see more operational leverage on Adecco thanks to its GrowTogether plan.
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