Seek Releases Robust Half-Yearly Results
SEEK remains optimistic with its full year outlook
Seek Ltd (ASX:SEK) has released its earnings results for the half-year ending 31st December 2015. Attributable to gains in international and domestic revenue, the job recruiting agency reported upbeat financial results.
Revenue up 22%
Over the period, the recruiting agency reported a 22% growth in revenue to the PCP, to A$482million. Posting an A$86.7million rise in revenue to the prior period. Excluding the successful sale of IDP Education for A$330million in late 2015, the company reported Underlying NPAT growth of 9% for the period, to A$102.4million. EBITDA for the period grew 15%, to A$193.3million.
Seek International revenue was the key contributor to the results, growing 34% for the period, to A$298million. With Chinese revenue expanding 19% (on a Constant Currency basis), to A$166.3million. However, the appreciation of the AUD against the Brazilian Real negatively affected Brazilian revenue, down 4% (on a Constant Currency basis), to A$46.5million. Moreover, Australia and New Zealand revenue grew 15% for the period, to A$151.8million.
Operating cash flow was A$146.5million, a 28% improvement for the period.
CEO and Co-founder Andrew Bassat positively commented on the results: “SEEK has achieved strong half year results while maintaining a focus on re-investment and operating in subdued macro conditions. SEEK is also re-investing in new products and services which have significantly increased our value proposition to hirers and candidates.”
Additionally, SEEK Learning revenue had contracted 24% for the period, to A$30.6million (H1FY15: A$40.2million). However, the company remains optimistic with this segment, believing it is in a transition period, expecting the business to resume a trajectory of solid earnings growth in the medium to long term.
11% Dividend Growth
The board has declared an interim fully franked dividend of $0.21cents per share. Representing 11% growth in the dividend to the prior corresponding distribution period (April 2015: $0.19cents).
The Ex-Dividend and Payment date are on the 5th and 27th April 2016 respectively.
SEEK remains optimistic with its full year outlook, with reported FY16 revenue growth to be between 15-18%, along with reported EBITDA growth between 5-8%. Reported NPAT (before significant items such as the profit on the IDP sale) is forecasted to be approximately A$195million.
Investors have reacted positively to the results, with SEK surging over 6% (As at 10.33am AEDT), to $14.13.
Author: Ben Khouri
Feb 25, 2016
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