Ernst & Young reports 2012 global revenues of US$24.4 billion

  • Good growth across all service lines
  • Emerging markets saw combined revenue growth of 15.5%
  • Headcount at an all-time high of 167,000

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ernst & Young today announced combined global revenues of US$24.4 billion for the financial year ended 30 June 2012, compared with US$22.9 billion in 2011. Revenues grew 7.6% in local currency (US$ 6.7%).

Our business model and strategy continue to weather the economic turmoil and withstand the test of time. All of our service lines showed growth. Assurance revenues were up 4.1%, Tax 7.0%, Transactions 9.4% and Advisory 16.2%, a good performance given the current business climate. Growth in all of our service lines was almost entirely organic, with acquisitions accounting for less than one half of one percentage point.

“FY12 remained a dynamic and volatile period in the world economy. The ongoing sovereign-debt crisis in Europe, the impending ‘fiscal cliff’ in the US, and signs that the emerging-market economies are slowing all point toward a challenging business climate in the months ahead. We will also continue to face regulatory uncertainty in many jurisdictions around the globe. That said, we are pleased that our business showed good results, the best since 2008, in the midst of what has been several years of uncertainty,” said Jim Turley, Global Chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young.

Our strongest performing sectors, all with double digit growth, were: Automotive, Life Sciences, Mining & Metals and Oil & Gas.

As a result of the improvement in our business, we’ve grown our headcount to 167,000, an increase of more than 15,000 people in fiscal 2012. And, while we still have much to do in terms of diversity and inclusiveness, we are making steady improvement. Globally 25% of our new partners this year are women, up from 23% last year and 20% in 2010.

Our success in the emerging markets is largely the result of a strategic investment program started six years ago. Since the inception of this program, we have invested more than US$1.8 billion in our geographies, the majority of which has been earmarked for the emerging markets.

“We are committed to maintaining our investment in the emerging markets,” said John Ferraro, Global Chief Operating Officer of Ernst & Young. “Every growth orientated company, no matter where they are headquartered, knows their importance.”

The results of this have been clearly visible in 2012, as Brazil saw organic revenue growth of 17.5%, while India, Africa, China and the CIS increased revenues 19.8%, 10.2%, 11.8% and 15.6%, respectively.

“Ernst & Young, and our profession’s role in the world’s capital markets, has never been more important. Given these uncertain economic times we have to remain focused on working with our clients to deliver the best possible service, wherever they are in the world,” concluded Turley.

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Notes to editors

Jim Turley, Global Chairman and CEO, Ernst & Young

As previously announced these are the last set of results that Jim Turley will comment on as he retires in June 2013 to be replaced by Mark Weinberger. Jim, who has led Ernst & Young since 2001, has championed the organization’s successful efforts to lead the profession in globalization and investment in new and emerging markets. Under Jim’s leadership, the organization has grown from US$10b in annual global revenues to US$24.4b, has doubled its headcount and has established itself as the most globally integrated organization in our profession in mindset, actions and structure. Jim has championed a strong people culture, which is underscored by its drive for increased diversity and inclusiveness that has been recognized by many external awards

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services. Worldwide, our 167,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.

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Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. This news release has been issued by EYGM Limited, a member of the global Ernst & Young organization that also does not provide any services to clients.

Selected information

Revenues include expenses billed to clients. Revenues between member firms have been eliminated. Headcount numbers reflect personnel as of 30 June of the fiscal year.

Ernst & Young revenues by Area - US$ millions
FY12 FY11 % Change
Local Currency US$
Americas 9,820 8,981 10.1% 9.3%
EMEIA 10,459 10,075 6.5% 3.8%
Asia-Pacific 2,813 2,532 8.1% 11.1%
Japan 1,328 1,292 -2.3% 2.8%
Total 24,420 22,880 7.6% 6.7%

Ernst & Young revenues by service line - US$ millions
FY12 FY11 % Change
Local Currency US$
Assurance 10,923 10,561 4.1% 3.4%
Tax 6,370 6,011 7.0% 6.0%
Advisory 4,956 4,304 16.2% 15.1%
Transaction Advisory Services 2,171 2,004 9.4% 8.3%
Total 24,420 22,880 7.6% 6.7%

Ernst & Young people by Area
FY12 FY11 % Change
Americas 50,256 45,010 11.7%
EMEIA 81,022 73,136 10.8%
Asia-Pacific 29,294 27,125 8.0%
Japan 6,653 6,570 1.3%
Total 167,225 151,841 10.1%

Ernst & Young people by service line
FY12 FY11 % Change
Assurance 66,232 60,527 9.4%
Tax 31,988 29,118 9.9%
Advisory 27,046 23,304 16.1%
Transaction Advisory Services 8,598 7,922 8.5%
Practice support 33,361 30,970 7.7%
Total 167,225 151,841 10.1%

Will White
Ernst & Young Global Media Relations
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Source: Ernst & Young