Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Willis broking profit grows despite flat revenues

Willis broking profit grows in first half and second quarter

Willis Towers Watson’s broking division made an operating profit of $222m (£168m) in the first half of 2017, up 6% on the $209m it reported in last year’s first half.

The Willis broking profit improved despite almost flat revenues. The corporate risk and broking segment’s total revenues were $1.29bn in the first half of 2017, slightly up on the $1.28bn reported in 2016.

Fees and commissions alone were also almost flat at $1.27bn. Organic growth was 2%.

In the second quarter alone, the corporate risk and broking segment profit was up 1% to $100m (H1 2016: $99m). Revenues were almost flat at $630m (H1 2016: $633m).

Group performance

As a group, Willis Towers Watson reported a net profit of $377m, up 22% on the $310m it reported in last year’s first half. This was despite second quarter profit more than halving to $33m from $72m.

Total group revenues for the first half were up 2% to $4.27bn (H1 2016: $4.18bn). Second quarter revenues were flat at $1.95bn.

Willis Towers Watson chief executive John Haley said: “I’m pleased with the continued progress in the second quarter and the results for the first half of 2017.”

He added: “We still have work to do to attain our full potential, but the commitment and excitement I see across the Company gives me great confidence in the power of a truly integrated Willis Towers Watson.”

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