Year of acquisitions and continued organic growth
Zalaris' Q4/17 revenues reached NOK 193.5 million, up 83.6% compared to Q4/16
(105.2 million), reflecting two significant acquisitions during the year and
continued organic growth. Operating profit (EBIT) in Q4/17 was NOK 12.4 million
before other costs, corresponding to a 6.4 % margin.
The fourth quarter of 2017 marks the end of an extraordinary year for Zalaris.
The company entered the year as a mostly Nordic player, and celebrated the New
Year with a broad footprint across North and Central Europe and with activities
in India and Thailand.
"With the acquisition of ROC Group and sumarum AG we have positioned Zalaris as
a leading provider of consulting and outsourced human capital management and
payroll services. We have built a scalable platform, which will provide for
further growth in regions characterized by significant potential", says
Hans-Petter Mellerud, Zalaris' CEO and founder.
An important five-year contract with Santander Consumer Bank in Norway was also
signed this quarter.
Organic and M&A driven growth
Group revenues increased 32.8 % or NOK 42 million from Q3/17 to NOK 193.5
million in Q4/17, mainly because of the ROC acquisition. Zalaris pre-acquisition
businesses showed 7.4 % organic growth in Q4/17 compared with Q4/16.
While HR Outsourcing remains the largest segment in terms of revenues, the
Consulting and Cloud Services business segments have become significantly more
important in Zalaris' total offering, a reflection of new customer demands.
Consulting and Cloud combined represented 46 % of group revenues in Q4/17
compared with 12 % one year before.
Throughout the year Zalaris has invested in consulting competency within the
SuccessFactors area, which will increase Zalaris presence and competitiveness
going forward. Together with integration activities, this has had a somewhat
negative impact on the profit margin. Q4/17 operating profit was NOK 12.4
million or 6.4% before other costs of NOK 9.2 million mainly related to the
"With ROC already rolled into the Zalaris brand and sumarum following in the
second quarter this year, we will now continue streamlining our own operations
and expand our margin. Not only by reducing cost, but by ensuring that the
organization is running at an optimal speed. Furthermore, the joint group's
combined capability has boosted our pipeline of opportunities with existing and
new customers", Mellerud says.
Profits before tax was marked by a negative NOK 12.1 million non-cash foreign
currency effect on EUR based acquisition financing in Q4/17.
6-7% annual growth
According to industry analysts, the market for multi-process HR services has
grown consistently 6-7 % annually over the past few years and is expected to
continue to grow by the same rate.
"We have seen even stronger growth in market segments that are particularly
relevant for Zalaris, such as multi-country payroll services, which is growing
by more than 20 % per year", Mellerud observes.
In the fourth quarter, Zalaris signed a five-year contract with Santander
Consumer Bank in Norway and will handle BPO transactional HR and payroll
services from day one. The project goes live May 1, 2018.
"We welcome yet another client in the banking and finance industry to Zalaris,
and we are excited to demonstrate our ability to deliver our integrated
solutions and services regardless of the clients existing HR system," says CEO
Hans-Petter Mellerud, CEO and founder
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Nina Stemshaug, CFO
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Zalaris excels in delivering comprehensive cloud- based HR and payroll services.
The company is certified as a SAP Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Partner and
is a leading
SAP Human Capital Management (HCM) and SuccessFactors consulting partner.
Founded in 2000, Zalaris today operates in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, India,
Norway, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, the UK and Ireland including
local-language service centers with extensive expertise in HR- related laws and
regulations. Learn more about Zalaris at www.zalaris.com