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Randstad Q2 2009 Performance

Randstad Q2 2009 Performance

Randstad reports its organic revenue decline stabilized through quarter (-31%) operating costs 24% lower

Key points second quarter 2009
 Revenue amounted to 2,987 million (organic growth1 per working day -31%, stable through the quarter)
 Gross profit reached 598.1 million (-36%) with the gross margin coming down from 21.0% to 20.0%
 Operating expenses decreased by 24% to 531 million, backed by natural attrition, synergies and restructuring
 EBITA2 amounted to 67 million (-71%), with the EBITA margin reaching 2.2% pro forma (vs. 5.3% in Q2 2008)
 Net debt up to 1.522 million due to seasonal pattern leverage ratio 2.4 we expect a net debt reduction of at least 200 million in Q3 2009
 Integration of Vedior staffing completed a year ahead of schedule annualized cost synergies approach 100 million tax synergies amount to approx. 40 million
 Adjusted net income3 attributable to ordinary shareholders 46.0 million diluted EPS4 0.27 (-70%)

"The second quarter has proved stable on average." says Ben Noteboom, CEO Randstad. "The US staffing & inhouse businesses as well as our main European markets clearly show some stabilization. At the same time many segments in our professionals portfolio are still shrinking. Our people are showing their true value, evidenced, for example, by gaining a significant number of new contracts. On balance, it is too early to declare a beginning of recovery. Developments like the new legislation in France to open up the public sector for our services are good news. In the short-term such effects will be small, so we will continue to focus on cost management. We are making good progress on preparing for the future. Our rebranding projects are running well, and 14 countries, representing more than half our revenue, have implemented our new web platforms. Recession or not, we will continue developments that will allow us to play a leading role in shaping the world of work."

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