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EMPRESARIA GROUP PLC - Interim Results

EMPRESARIA GROUP PLC - Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2009.

Revenue down 8%, Net Fee Income down 25%, break even at operating profit level

Performance in line with expectations, signs of stabilisation in certain markets, with evidence of improving market conditions in Germany

Empresaria Group plc, the AIM-quoted international specialist staffing company, today announced revenues of 92.5 million and gross profit of 18.9 million in the six months ended 30 June 2009. The Group posted an adjusted loss before tax of 0.5m (1.8m profit in 2008) although it broke even on an adjusted basis at operating profit level.

Chief Executive Miles Hunt said: "Empresaria's strategy is to develop a multi-disciplined international specialist staffing group, balanced in terms of sector, geographic and operational coverage, as well as organic and acquisitive growth. Since 2004 we have established operations either through start up or investment in an existing business in 20 countries. The Group now generates over 60% of its net fee income from markets outside the UK.

This development and diversification strategy is still at an early stage of implementation. We are seeing significant growth being generated from a number of companies, particularly in the Asia region. Although we benefit from this portfolio effect and the increased contribution from these growing businesses, they are not yet of a scale to offset completely the economic decline in the more developed countries. Over time, as our business streams become less dependent on individual markets and sectors, we expect to experience increasing benefit from this risk reduction strategy. Our major priority is the completion of this world-wide footprint in order to take advantage of the improving recruitment market in future years.
The efforts to insulate the Group from market volatility have had a significant positive impact but insufficient to withstand the full effects of a synchronised global downturn.

The decline in demand experienced in most markets during the first quarter of the year has, in large part, moved forward to a period of relative market constancy with some signs of market improvement in specific countries. Although the global economic backdrop is still a cause for concern and could lead to renewed dips in demand, these early signs of increased stability are encouraging. In the longer term the rebalancing of the supply and demand equation for jobs and candidates augurs well for the long term growth prospects for both the staffing industry and for our company.

The Board is confident as to the strategy and prospects for the Group. Empresaria has an experienced operational management team, motivated and entrepreneurial owner-managers and opportunities for rapid growth in developing staffing markets. The uncertainty as to the economic outlook necessitates caution when considering the prospects for the full year, although recent tentative signs of recovery in certain markets are cause for optimism."

Financial Headlines

6 months to 30 June 2009

6 months to 30 June 2008

Percentage change

Revenue

92.5m

100.6m

-8%

Gross profit

18.9m

25.3m

-25%

Operating profit *

- m

2.3m

(Loss)/profit before tax *

(0.5)m

1.8m

Diluted (loss)/earnings per share *

(0.6)p

2.5p

(Loss)/profit before tax

(2.2)m

1.3m

Diluted (loss)/earnings per share

(4.6)p

1.0p

* adjusted for intangible amortisation and exceptional items.

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