Monday, September 10, 2007

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP UK turnover up 6%, profits grow 11%

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP United Kingdom recently reported a 6% increase for FY 2007 turnover to £2.1 billion. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP FY07 financial year runs from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007.

Of this:

  • Assurance increased 4% to £947 million (core audit services grew 8%)
  • Tax turnover sped up 13% to £667 million
  • Turnover in Advisory grew moderately at 4% to £493 million (Performance Improvement Consulting grew by 8%. Net revenue growth in Corporate Finance was 12%)
  • Revenue at Business Recovery Services unit (aka bankruptcy consulting) declined due to good economic conditions

Underlying net revenue increased 9% and underlying profit shot up 11% to £631 million from £586 million in 2006.

Average profit per partner rose 6% to £757,000, with partner numbers up to 822. 56 new partners were admitted on 1 July 2007, with 15 new partners recruited externally during the course of FY07.

Note that turnover includes expenses and disbursements associated with client assignments; and underlying net revenue excludes these items.
Recently we blogged that Deloitte UK reported even stronger results: Sales were up 16% and profits payable to partners were up 17%, profit per partner was £877,00. Deloitte UK has now turnover of £1.8 billion and profits of £572 million and 652 partners.

It appears that Deloitte UK is growing both the top and bottom lines much faster than PwC UK; we don’t have enough reported information to really analyze why this differential exists.

But if this is indicative of global results which are to come shortly, it may not be long before Deloitte beats PwC in revenue as Deloitte posts high double-digits revenue gains versus high single-digits revenue growth for PwC. We shall see in November 2007!

Ouch! BearingPoint Stock Dives 12% to New Low

BearingPoint Inc. dropped almost 13% to $4.80 today in mid-day trading hitting a new all-time low. BE shares have traded between $5.49 and $9 in the past 12 months...

CapGemini Pushes Google's Office Suite - Takes Lead

Watch out Microsoft!

We see that CapGemini will start to push Google online office software (email & calendar management, word processing, spreadsheet) to its corporate clients. This happens to the first time that a large technology consulting (and Big Four) firm is partnering with Google for this set of services. Earlier we had blogged that BearingPoint had partnered with Google to apply its corporate search application to customers.

Friday, September 07, 2007

KPMG Sued in Canada

Here’s an interesting one….KPMG in Canada has been served with a class action lawsuit by former employees that it forced hundred of (mainly tax accountants and auditors) employees to work overtime without paying for such additional time. The lawsuit seeks at least $20 million in punitive damages...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

PwC Pays $3 million to Justice to Settle Allegations

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and IBM are paying $5 million to settle allegations that both these firms made improper payments on government technology contracts. PwC’s share: $3.2 million, IBM’s share: $3.0 million...

We've moved. Click here to go to the full post at the new Big Four Blog at!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

E&Y Has Big Growth Plans for China

Ernst & Young wants to increase its Chinese staff from 8,000 to a whopping 32,000 in ten years, a nearly 400% increase. The hot Chinese economy is creating terrific demand for Big Four services and Big Four personnel. Every Big Four accounting firm is bursting at the seams with demand and business, moreover job hopping is becoming common, and companies are complaining about the shortage of experienced audit personnel...

Monday, September 03, 2007

Deloitte UK Revenues Up 16%, Profit Soars 17%

Deloitte UK recently posted results, audit firms in the UK need to publish financials, unlike their counterparts in the US

Nonetheless, these profits are quite healthy and pleasant to disclose:

For the year ending May 31, 2007 profits available for distribution to partners and retired partners was £572 million, up 17% from previous year; and revenues grew to £1,802 million, up 15.6%...