KPMG International today announced aggregated network revenues of US$25.42 billion for the fiscal year ending 30 September 2016 (FY16), representing an 8.0% increase in local currency terms.
“KPMG’s strong FY16 results, in what remains a slow-growth global environment, are a testament to the passion and innovative thinking we bring to our work,” said John Veihmeyer, Chairman, KPMG International. “In today’s volatile business climate, our strategic investments in technology, alliances, and our people, are fuelling our growth across our geographies and service lines. In FY16, thousands of extraordinary people were hired across the KPMG network, and we continued our relentless focus on providing high-quality, excellent service.
“We continued to prioritize strategic investments in new services and technologies in FY16, focusing on the areas where we see businesses facing the greatest challenge and disruption. We have taken a leadership position in key business areas such as cyber security and data & analytics (D&A). We are also working closely with a number of the world’s leading technology companies, in alliances that bring together world-class innovation, business expertise and leading edge technology.
“We are also actively engaging with regulators, tax authorities and other stakeholders, to advance the conversation around some of our industry’s most complex challenges. Our purpose has never been clearer – we inspire confidence, and our work empowers clients and the business community to explore, invest, innovate, grow and change. KPMG’s Global Brexit Centre of Excellence is an example of the quality of thinking and advice KPMG people bring to clients around the world as they prepare for what could be a potentially major shift in global trade.”
Reflecting our vision to have clients see a difference in us, KPMG firms grew across all three geographic regions:
Total Audit revenues for the year were up by 4.5%, to US$10.12 billion, building on last year’s exceptional growth of 6.1%.
KPMG firms continued to win a number of important audit appointments across the globe, particularly in Europe, where FY16 marked the first year of European Union audit reforms.
“We have a relentless focus on audit quality and are continuing with a several hundred million dollar, multi-year, investment program in new audit technologies. These technologies allow us to provide insight-driven advice on clients’ business risks; in addition, our investments in cognitive processing and in building the D&A skills of KPMG Audit professionals, will continue to increase confidence in the work we do,” said Veihmeyer.
Tax revenues grew 8.8% over the previous year, to US$5.56 billion, with Tax revenues in Asia Pacific improving by 11.1%. Strong Tax performance was driven by high demand for tax compliance services, as well as international and M&A related services, in all three regions.
“In an increasingly inter-connected business world, the tax work done for clients is increasingly important and complex. Clients are looking for help with their tax compliance across multiple jurisdictions, advice on indirect tax, immigration work, and the implications of tax policy across multi-country supply chains. Now more than ever, KPMG professionals are also advising clients on how to most effectively communicate the tax they pay with stakeholders across the world. We are leading the responsible tax dialogue – a discussion about ethical tax behaviors that involves government, taxpayers and professional advisors,” said Veihmeyer.
KPMG’s strong Advisory revenues reflected a focus on innovation in the role as trusted advisors to some of the world’s largest businesses. Total Advisory revenues for the year were up 11.5%, to US$9.74 billion, an increase over the growth of 9.2% in FY15, with stronger year-over-year growth seen across each of KPMG’s three Advisory service groups.
KPMG is planning investments of more than US$2.5 billion over the next 3 years in new services, technology, alliances and acquisitions, focused particularly on D&A, Strategy, Cyber, Digital Labor and Audit. This will represent the largest ever investment in our network and will drive a transformation in our operating model and technological capability.
In FY16, KPMG maintained its long-standing focus on being an employer of choice for extraordinary people. More than 37,000 new graduates and other entry-level professionals joined KPMG member firms, and more than 300 new external partners and more than 600 promoted KPMG partners were welcomed into the leadership ranks. KPMG's global workforce grew by more than 8% to almost 189,000 partners and staff, the highest number of individuals ever employed across the network.
KPMG’s inclusive culture helps ensure that our teams reflect the diversity of skills, backgrounds, experiences and thought expected by clients. Led by the gender-balanced Global Management Team, our inclusion and diversity strategy continues to accelerate our progress towards achieving our inclusion and diversity goals.
Veihmeyer concluded, “KPMG gives our high-performing recruits the foundation upon which to build an exceptional career. Global Mobility assignments, collaborative working, innovative learning, and our inclusive culture, create a multi-disciplinary organization with the skills to make KPMG the clear choice for clients.”
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