Revenues burgeon by impressive 10.9% at risk advisory business Deloitte

Risk advisory business Deloitte in the UK and Switzerland has increased revenues by an impressive 10.9% in the year ended 31 May 2019 from £3.58 billion in 2018 to £3.97 billion as the firm continues to invest in each of its businesses and in its people. 

Richard Houston, UK and North and South Europe senior partner and CEO, said: “Our clients and our own profession are facing a time of substantial change, challenge and opportunity with slowing economic growth, ongoing political uncertainty and the impact of technology disruption. Over the past year, we’ve supported both the public and private sector in navigating a changing and challenging backdrop, whether helping manage the uncertainty of Brexit, transforming businesses through the use of digital technologies or addressing critical risks such as those posed in the cyber realm.”

Houston continued: “Our 2019 results reflect the long-term investment we’ve been making across our business and, in particular, in audit quality and the training, technology and talent required to support it. This investment has helped us to succeed in the market and improved the financial performance of our audit business.”

In addition, Houston stated: “We’ve also made strong progress this year on our purpose agenda. For example, our female partner promotions were up threefold, while we also supported over 416,000 people in gaining access to education and employment through our social impact strategy.”

Houston concluded: “It’s a huge privilege to be leading Deloitte and these results are a testament to our talented people and the progress we’ve made. I want us to go further, though, ensuring we’re making a positive impact in all of the work we do with clients, our people and, importantly, across the many communities in which we work. Among my priorities in the months and years ahead will be an unequivocal focus on workplace culture and inclusion. I want Deloitte to be a strong representation of society, with a diversity of thought and experience, which will only improve how we serve our clients.”

Financial highlights

Across business lines, audit and risk advisory revenue grew by 8.1% to £1,110 million (of which Audit and Assurance accounted for £582 million), consulting increased 9.0% to £952 million, financial advisory by 10.5% to £507 million and tax and legal saw its revenue rise by 17.8% to £862 million.

In the year ended 31 May 2019, distributable profit was £617 million, which is up from £584 million in the prior year. Distributable profit in the year ended 31 May 2019 has benefited from a one-off gain on the sale of an investment, lower provisioning charges and currency gains. Without these, distributable profit would have been flat.

The firm’s total tax contribution was £1,057 million in 2019. This comprised £638 million of taxes collected on behalf of HMRC (VAT, PAYE and employee National Insurance) and £419 million of taxes borne by the firm (including partner income taxes, National Insurance, corporation tax and employer’s National Insurance).

The strength of being part of a multi-disciplinary firm has enabled a continued multi-year investment in audit quality and transformation. Investment of this scale would not be possible in an audit-only firm. The firm’s audit quality record from Financial Reporting Council (FRC)-led inspections improved over the prior year – 84% of audits reviewed by the FRC in 2018-2019 were found to require no more than limited improvements compared with 76% in 2017-2018.

In addition to the investment in new audit technologies and processes, the firm is also committed to developing an audit product that is fit for the needs of modern society. Deloitte is engaging with the various reviews into the audit market as well as with a number of other stakeholders to ensure that the firm is at the forefront of this debate.

The company states: “Delivering the audit product of the future, which meets the evolving needs of society and investors, requires the depth of skills and investment capacity that’s only possible with the scale that comes from being a multi-disciplinary partnership firm.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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