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ManpowerGroup Reports 1st Quarter 2019 Results

18 Apr 2019

MILWAUKEE, April 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) today reported net earnings of $0.88 per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2019 compared to $1.45 per diluted share in the prior year period.  Net earnings in the quarter were $53.5 million compared to $97.0 million a year earlier.  Revenues for the first quarter were $5.0 billion, a 9% decline from the prior year period. 

The current year quarter included restructuring costs which reduced earnings per share by 51 cents.

Financial Overview:

Financial results in the quarter were also impacted by the stronger U.S. dollar relative to foreign currencies compared to the prior year period. On a constant currency basis, revenues decreased 2% and net earnings per diluted share decreased 34%, or 12% excluding the impact of restructuring costs. Earnings per share in the quarter were negatively impacted 7 cents by changes in foreign currencies compared to the prior year, or 12 cents excluding the restructuring costs. 

Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO, said, "Our global team executed well and delivered solid first quarter results against the backdrop of a slow global growth environment. Demand for our extensive portfolio of workforce solutions and services across our global footprint provides us with good opportunities for profitable growth going forward."

"We anticipate diluted earnings per share in the second quarter will be between $1.96 and $2.04, which includes an estimated unfavorable currency impact of 10 cents."

ManpowerGroup purchased the remaining interest in the Switzerland Manpower business with annual revenues of approximately $500 million during April 2019. During the first quarter, ManpowerGroup repurchased 1.2 million shares of common stock for $101 million.  The effective tax rate for the first quarter equaled 42.8%, or 36.4% excluding the impact of restructuring costs. The effective tax rate increased in 2019 following the termination of the French tax exempt CICE subsidy in 2018. 

In conjunction with its first quarter earnings release, ManpowerGroup will broadcast its conference call live over the Internet on April 18, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. CDT (8:30 a.m. EDT). 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®, Right Management® and ManpowerGroup® Solutions – creates substantially more value for candidates and clients across 80 countries and territories and has done so for 70 years. In 2019, ManpowerGroup was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the tenth year and one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies for the seventeenth year, confirming our position as the most trusted and admired brand in the industry. See how ManpowerGroup is powering the future of work:

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements, including earnings projections and the effect of restructuring actions, 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. Factors that may cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements can be 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, 2018, which information is incorporated herein by reference.