ManpowerGroup: Reports 3rd quarter 2020 results

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) today reported net earnings of $0.18 per diluted share for the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to $2.42 per diluted share in the prior year period.  Net earnings in the quarter were $10.3 million compared to $146.1 million a year earlier.  Revenues for the third quarter were $4.6 billion, a 13% decline from the prior year period. 

The current year quarter included restructuring costs and other special items consisting of a discrete tax item and a loss on dispositions. The restructuring costs and other special items reduced earnings per share by $1.02 in the current quarter. Excluding the restructuring charges and other special items, earnings per share was $1.20 per diluted share in the quarter.  The prior year period included a special item related to the gain from the Greater China IPO which increased earnings per share by 50 cents.

Financial results in the quarter were also impacted by the weaker U.S. dollar relative to foreign currencies compared to the prior year period. Reported earnings per share in the quarter were not impacted by changes in foreign currencies compared to the prior year, but adjusted earnings per share excluding restructuring costs and other special items were positively impacted two cents.  On a constant currency basis, revenues decreased 14.5%. Excluding the impact of the restructuring costs and other special items, on a constant currency basis, net earnings per diluted share decreased 39%.

Days Sales Outstanding improved by 3 days year over year reflecting our continued focus on collections and working capital management. 

Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO, said, “As the global recovery took hold in the third quarter we experienced strengthening demand for our services reflecting the diversity of our offerings and strength of our digital capabilities. We also continued to advance strategic initiatives in the quarter including restructuring activities to improve efficiency, adjustments to our country portfolio to improve profitability, and ongoing execution of our digitization initiatives.  All of these actions are improving our business for further progress as we gradually recover from the current crisis.  I would like to thank our talented teams around the world for their contribution to these results, their unwavering support to clients and candidates as well as their commitment to creating a positive social impact.”

“We anticipate diluted earnings per share in the fourth quarter will be between $1.06 and $1.14, which includes an estimated favorable currency impact of 3 cents.”

Net losses for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 were $52.4 million, or net loss of $0.90 per diluted share compared to net earnings of $326.9 million, or net earnings of $5.40 per diluted share in the prior year. The year to date period included special items and restructuring costs which reduced earnings per share by $3.09. The prior year-to-date period included special items and restructuring costs which increased earnings per share by 5 cents. Revenues for the nine-month period were $12.9 billion, a decrease of 17% from the prior year or a decrease of 16% in constant currency. Earnings per share for the nine-month period were negatively impacted 1 cent by changes in foreign currencies compared to the prior year, or 2 cents excluding the special items and restructuring costs. 

In conjunction with its third quarter earnings release, ManpowerGroup will broadcast its conference call live over the Internet on October 20, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. CDT (8:30 a.m. EDT). Prepared remarks for the conference call are included within the Investor Relations section of our website at Interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast and view the presentation by logging on to in the section titled “Investor Relations.”

Supplemental financial information referenced in the conference call can be found at

About ManpowerGroup

ManpowerGroup® (NYSE: MAN), the leading global workforce solutions company, helps organizations transform in a fast-changing world of work by sourcing, assessing, developing and managing the talent that enables them to win. We develop innovative solutions for hundreds of thousands of organizations every year, providing them with skilled talent while finding meaningful, sustainable employment for millions of people across a wide range of industries and skills. Our expert family of brands – Manpower, Experis and Talent Solutions – creates substantially more value for candidates and clients across more than 75 countries and territories and has done so for over 70 years. We are recognized consistently for our diversity – as a best place to work for Women, Inclusion, Equality and Disability and in 2020 ManpowerGroup was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the eleventh year – all confirming our position as the brand of choice for in-demand talent. 

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements, including statements regarding the anticipated financial and operational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic conditions and the Company’s efforts to respond to such impacts, that are forward-looking in nature and, accordingly, are subject to risks and uncertainties regarding the Company’s expected future results.  The Company’s actual results may differ materially from those described or contemplated in the forward-looking statements due to numerous factors.  These factors include those found in the Company’s reports filed with the SEC, including the information under the heading “Risk Factors” in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, as well as the risks and uncertainties arising from the COVID-19 global pandemic and related governmental actions that are discussed in the Company’s Periodic Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, which information is incorporated herein by reference.