Willis reports Q1 results
by David Masters
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Bermuda based Willis Group Holdings Ltd, the third largest insurance broker in the world, reported on Wednesday its results for the first quarter, with net income falling by $3 million on year.
Nevertheless, the results exceeded analysts’ expectations, and share prices rose 6.2% to $36.91 by the time the market closed on Thursday.
Net income for the quarter totalled $166 million, or $1.16 per share. This is compared to a net income of $169 million, or $1.10 per share, for the first quarter of 2007.
Total revenue increased 8% on year, from $739 million to $795 million. The company also saw 3% organic growth in commission and fees.
This means that excluding the $33 million that Willis paid in severance and other costs, earnings per share were $1.32, significantly higher than analysts’ predictions of $1.17 per share.
Because of the good results, Willis has increased its forecast for net earnings per share over the next three years.