Posts Tagged ‘staffing’

Robert Half International Inc. (RHI) posts strong earnings, stock hikes

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) shares surged 15.8% to $29.91 Thursday on strong quarterly earnings. Volume for the stock closed in on five million shares, or better than triple its daily average.

The staffing solutions company, based out of Menlo Park, Calif., put out a press release July 20 stating that, for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, net income was $36.4 million or $.25 per share, on revenues of $938.0 million. Net income for the prior year’s second quarter was $12.2 million or $.08 per share, on revenues of $769.1 million.

Robert Half CEO Harold Messmer Jr., was quoted in the release as saying, “This is the fifth consecutive quarter we have reported accelerating year-over-year growth rates for our consolidated revenues. Second-quarter revenues increased 22% from one year ago, and second-quarter income per share tripled from the year-ago period.

Messmer continued, “We saw broad-based, improving demand for our professional staffing services and Protiviti both in North America and abroad. Our permanent placement and technology staffing divisions were particularly strong. The pricing environment also continued to improve during the quarter, which contributed to higher gross margins.”

Founded in 1948, Robert Half International Inc., the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm, is a recognized leader in professional consulting and staffing services.

SFN Group Inc. (SFN) being taken over, stock zooms

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

SFN Group Inc. (NYSE: SFN) shares shot up 51% to $13.93. Late Wednesday, the staffing-services provider and Dutch company Randstad Holding NV said the latter would acquire the former for about $770 million. Volume on SFN was 12.4 million shares, contrasted with a daily average of less than 570,000.

As a result of the acquisition, announced in a news release Wednesday, Randstad will become the third-largest HR services provider in North America, doubling its presence in the U.S. and reinforcing its leading position in Canada. Randstad and SFN Group have a comparable service offering in North America and a complementary geographic coverage, which creates a unique strategic fit.

In North America, the combination will have revenues of $4.6 billion (pro forma, LTM March 31, 2011) of which 39% in Professionals, 52% in Staffing and 9% in HR Solutions (Payrolling, Managed Services and Recruitment Process Outsourcing).

This represents under 5% of the highly fragmented North American HR Services market. The combination will have over 5,000 employees and operate from over 1,000 outlets. As a result of the transaction, the Randstad Group will have combined revenues of approximately $22 billion/ euro 17 billion (pro forma, LTM March 31, 2011).

SFN CEO Roy Krause was quoted in the release as saying, “The executive management and I are confident that the combination of our two companies is a strong strategic fit that will not only deliver expanded service offerings for our clients in North America, but also creates opportunities to service them on a global basis.”

“Both companies have complementary cultures and values which will provide growth opportunities for our staff associates.” Krause concluded.