Manpower profit slumps on Europe, stronger dollar

NEW YORK, Fri Jul 20, 2012 – Global staffing services provider ManpowerGroup on Friday reported sharply lower quarterly profit that beat Wall Street expectations as Europe’s major economies weakened and a stronger dollar reduced results.
Net earnings fell 44 percent to $41 million, or 51 cents per share, from $72.7 million, or 87 cents per share, a year ago.
Excluding one-time reorganization and other charges, Manpower earned 76 cents a share, 5 cents ahead of average analyst estimates according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
“Europe, which comprises 65 percent of our business, not surprisingly experienced the most decline in the quarter,” CEO Jeff Joerres said.
Sales fell 8 percent to $5.21 billion, meeting Wall Street estimates. Manpower saw double-digit sales declines in France and Italy but smaller drops in northern Europe.
Milwaukee-based Manpower is less reliant on European markets than rival Randstad, but more than Adecco or any of its U.S.-listed peers, according to BMO Capital Markets.
The stronger dollar hurt earnings by 7 cents in the quarter and will affect third-quarter earnings by 8 cents a share, Manpower said. It forecast third-quarter profit of 64 cents to 72 cents a share, while analysts were expecting 79 cents.