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ManpowerGroup Reports 4th Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

31 Jan 2017

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) today reported net earnings of $1.87 per diluted share for the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to $1.66 per diluted share in the prior year period. The net earnings in the quarter were $127.4 million compared to $123.9 million a year earlier. Revenues for the fourth quarter totaled $5.0 billion, which was equal to the year earlier period.

Financial results in the quarter were significantly impacted by the stronger U.S. dollar relative to several foreign currencies compared to the prior year period.  On a constant currency basis, revenues increased 3% and net earnings per diluted share increased 17%.  Earnings per share were negatively impacted 7 cents by changes in foreign currencies compared to the prior year.  The quarter included a favorable impact due to an insurance settlement which increased earnings per share by 7 cents.

Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO, said: "We are very pleased with our strong performance in the 4th quarter, with improving top line growth and strong bottom line performance, capping off a solid year, despite the uneven and slow growth environment in 2016.

"Our clients appreciate the breadth, global scale and innovation of our services and solutions, helping them reach their business objectives in an uncertain environment. The workforce solutions we provide to our clients also help millions of individuals enhance their employability and skills. Those are the fundamental drivers of our confidence in our continued business progress and our passion for sustainable and meaningful employment wherever we are in the world. We look forward to building on our progress in 2017, helping our clients and candidates win in the changing world of work.

"We are anticipating diluted earnings per share in the first quarter 2017 to be in the range of $1.06 to $1.14 which includes an estimated unfavorable currency impact of 5 cents."  Prising stated.

Net earnings per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $6.27 compared to $5.40 per diluted share in 2015. Net earnings were $443.7 million compared to $419.2 million in the prior year. Revenues for the year were $19.7 billion, an increase of 2% in U.S. dollars from the prior year and an increase of 4% in constant currency.

2016 earnings were unfavorably impacted by 15 cents per diluted share due to changes in foreign currencies compared to the prior year.

In conjunction with its fourth quarter and full year earnings release, ManpowerGroup will broadcast its conference call live over the Internet on January 31, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. CST (8:30 a.m. EST). Interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast and view the presentation by logging on to  http://investor.manpower.com/

Supplemental financial information referenced in the conference call can be found at http://investor.manpower.com/

About ManpowerGroup

ManpowerGroup® (NYSE: MAN) is the world's workforce expert, creating innovative workforce solutions for nearly 70 years. As workforce experts, we connect more than 600,000 people to meaningful work across a wide range of skills and industries every day. Through our ManpowerGroup family of brands – Manpower®, Experis®, Right Management® and ManpowerGroup® Solutions – we help more than 400,000 clients in 80 countries and territories address their critical talent needs, providing comprehensive solutions to resource, manage and develop talent. In 2016, ManpowerGroup was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the sixth consecutive year and one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies, confirming our position as the most trusted and admired brand in the industry. See how ManpowerGroup makes powering the world of work humanly possible: www.manpowergroup.com.                                                   

Forward-Looking Statements

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