MILWAUKEE, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) today reported that net earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2017 were $74.4 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $71.7 million, or 98 cents per diluted share, a year earlier. Revenues for the first quarter were $4.8 billion, an increase of 4% from the prior year period.
The current year quarter included restructuring charges which reduced earnings per share by 30 cents and a lower income tax rate which increased earnings per share by 20 cents primarily due to discrete items.
Financial results in the quarter were also impacted by the stronger US dollar relative to several foreign currencies compared to the prior year period. On a constant currency basis, revenues increased 7% and earnings per diluted share increased 14%. Earnings per share in the quarter were negatively impacted 3 cents by changes in foreign currencies compared to the prior year, or 5 cents excluding the restructuring charges.
Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO, said, “The strong first quarter results are very encouraging, and build on the progress we made last year. We are seeing further broad-based improvement in Europe, setting the stage for what we believe could be a slow but sustained labor market recovery in that region.
“Our workforce services and solutions are resonating with our clients and candidates, which gives us the confidence that we are on the right track and well placed to seize further opportunities during 2017.
“We anticipate second quarter earnings per share will be between $1.67 and $1.75, which includes an estimated unfavorable currency impact of 8 cents and excludes restructuring charges.”
In conjunction with its first quarter earnings release, ManpowerGroup will broadcast its conference call live over the Internet on April 21, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. CDT (8:30 a.m. EDT). Interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast and view the presentation by logging on to http://www.manpowergroup.com in the section titled “Investor Relations.”
Supplemental financial information referenced in the conference call can be found at http://www.manpowergroup.com in the section titled “Investor Relations.”
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