ISS reports solid organic growth in H1

ISS, a leading global provider of facility services, announces its interim financial report for the first six months of 2018.

Organic revenue growth of 3.2% in H1 and Q2 (Q1 2018: 3.1%), supported by contract launches and expansion of Global Key Account contracts, as well as continued demand for non-portfolio services.

Total revenue decreased by 1.0% in H1 and 1.6% in Q2 (Q1 2018: 0.4%). The decrease in H1 was driven by negative currency effects of 5.0% partly offset by organic growth and a positive net impact from acquisitions and divestments of 0.8%.

Operating margin of 4.4% in H1 (H1 2017: 5.0%) and 4.8% in Q2 (Q2 2017: 5.4%) reflecting mainly the impact of contracts phasing in and out, which peaked in H1. The net impact of acquisitions and divestments as well as currency translation effects was negative by 6 bps for H1 and 5 bps for Q2.

Jeff Gravenhorst, Group CEO, ISS A/S, said, “ISS’s steady performance continued, delivering solid organic growth, driven by contract start-ups and expansions of Integrated Facility Service contracts with both local and international Key Account customers – among others LEGO Group and ABB.

'As expected, our margin remained impacted by short term headwinds, including contract phasing.

'We also continued to refine our business platform through commercial focus and divestments in line with our strategy to focus on key accounts.

'Based on our performance in H1 and our expectations for the rest of the year, we maintain our full-year outlook for organic growth, operating margin and cash conversion.”