SYNERGIE generated record 2014 turnover of 1,669.8 million
Internationally, SYNERGIE continued to expand strongly in all European countries, without exception, achieving turnover of &euro772.8 million. In the tighter context of France, the increase was 5.50% (compared with a market decline of 0.3% according to the Prisme indicator) for turnover of nearly &euro900 million.
The group's high business volumes, together with better cost control and the impact of the French CICE tax credit to promote competitiveness and jobs, gave a substantial boost to current operating profit, which reached &euro76.4 million for the full year, representing nearly 4.6% of turnover.
Consolidated operating profit grew by 29.5% to &euro73.6 million, with international operations contributing &euro21.2 million, up 21.8% compared with 2013. Due to these excellent results, net profit after tax rose by 57.4%, to &euro51.3 million, confirming the relevance of the strategic decisions taken in France and in the other 14 countries where the group is now present.
In the high-growth sectors, thanks to investments in the aeronautics, renewable energy and specialised tertiary areas, as well as the development of the OpenCenters and Global Cross Sourcing (international secondment of skills), SYNERGIE's customers can now rely on a fully integrated international network. In addition, the 2014/2015 action plan has defined a new global services offering and confirmed recruitment and high value-added placement as a major area for growth.
With strongly positive net cash of &euro41.4 million (&euro27.5 million minus all debt) and high cash flow from operations (&euro45.4 million in 2014), SYNERGIE, with the solid foundation of its excellent financial position, has the resources it needs to pursue its expansion in France and abroad.
Outlook for 2015
SYNERGIE continued to perform well in all of its markets in the early months of the year, with particularly strong international growth. As of March, international operations now represent 50% of its consolidated activity. In this context, the group is pursuing its strategy of rolling out into dynamic regions and sectors, particularly outside France, and is also actively seeking takeover targets, mainly in northern Europe (Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, etc.). SYNERGIE aims to achieve turnover of close to &euro2 billion in the next two years.