The Adecco Group, the world’s leading provider of Human Resources solutions, is today holding its Investor Day 2016 in Zurich. Management will present the Group’s strategic priorities for 2016-2020, along with new through-the-cycle financial targets. In addition, a short trading update will be provided.
At the Adecco Group Investor Day, Alain Dehaze, Group CEO, and Hans Ploos van Amstel, Group CFO, will share their insights and actions in the first 100 days in their roles. Reflecting an approach of continuity with evolution, the Group’s updated strategic priorities for 2016-2020 are: Segmentation; Permanent Placement; Professional Staffing and Solutions; Digital; Engagement; and Thought Leadership. The Group will focus on implementing these priorities and leveraging the EVA approach to drive revenue growth and cost leadership.
Alongside the strategic priorities, the Board of Directors and management team have set new ‘through-the-cycle’ targets to drive long-term EVA value creation. These are:
- Grow revenues organically at least in-line with main peers, at Group level and in each major market;
- Improve EBITA margin to 4.5-5.0% on average through-the-cycle, excluding one-offs;
- Deliver Operating Cash Flow conversion >90% on average through-the-cycle
(defined as FCF before interest and income tax paid as a percentage of EBITA excluding one-offs).
The Adecco Group is focused on strong cash generation, and reiterates its commitment to capital discipline and a shareholder-friendly use of cash. The Group remains committed to an investment grade credit rating. The progressive dividend policy will be maintained: a pay-out ratio of 40-50% of adjusted net earnings, and a commitment to pay at least a stable dividend compared to the prior year even if the pay-out range is temporarily exceeded, barring seriously adverse economic conditions. In line with previous guidance, from 2016 the Group will consider buy-and-build M&A opportunities that fit its strategic and financial criteria. At the end of the year, the Group’s financial position will be evaluated, and excess cash will be returned to shareholders.
In conjunction with today’s presentations, the Group is also providing an update on current trading. In the first two months of Q4 2015, revenues increased by 5% organically and adjusted for trading days, with a similar trend in December. This is slightly above the 4% organic revenue growth achieved in Q3 2015, with the small uptick spread across many regions in Europe, most notably France, while growth in North America remained stable. For 2015, the Group expects the EBITA margin excluding one-offs to be approximately 5.2%.
Alain Dehaze, CEO of the Adecco Group said: “During an intensive first 100 days in my new role, we have put in place our updated strategy and a very strong executive team. The Group’s focus now is to implement the strategic priorities across the organisation and improve our revenue growth relative to our peers. We remain committed to our cost leadership and we have launched a new initiative to drive productivity. The EVA approach will remain the cornerstone of our performance management and value creation for our shareholders.“