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Savills profits boosted by currency and strong growth in Asia

By BFN News | 07:38 AM | Thursday 10 August, 2017

Savills' group revenue grew by 7% at constant currency to £714.4m in the first half of the year, with underlying profit up 5% to £48.1m. Transaction advisory revenue was up 15%, reflecting strong performances in Asia, Europe and the UK commercial market, which offset a slight decline in UK residential revenue. Property management revenue rose 13% and consultancy revenue increased by 15%. At Savills Investment Management, revenue rose by 22%. Jeremy Helsby, group chief executive of Savills, said: "In an environment of ongoing political and economic uncertainty, we continue to anticipate that our performance for the full year will be in line with the board's expectations." Currency had a positive impact on reported group performance increasing revenue by £47.2m and underlying profit by £3.1m. Statutory profit before tax, including deferred consideration provisions and acquisition and restructuring costs was £32.4m, 27% higher than the first half of 2016. Savills made incremental acquisitions and team hires for the Savills Studley platform in the US, including the acquisition of Cresa Partners Orange County (California). It also recruited a significant capital markets team in New York, the costs of which affected US profits in the period. In the UK, it acquired a commercial real estate service provider in Guernsey and in Europe it invested in a new start-up in the Czech Republic. These expenditures caused the group's underlying profit margin to fall to 6.7% from 6.9% the year before. Savills increased the interim dividend by 6% to 4.65p per share. Story provided by

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