KPMG International announced aggregated network revenues of US$24.44 billion for the fiscal year ending 30 September 2015, representing an 8.1% increase in local currency terms (up from 6.3% in the previous year).
“This has been an exciting year for KPMG, as we have continued to innovate and invest at a record pace to meet rapidly changing global business demands. The breadth of services offered to clients has expanded considerably, with significant investment in new technologies such as real-time D&A, a record number of acquisitions, and bringing on board thousands of new, highly talented professionals,” said John Veihmeyer, Chairman, KPMG International.
Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMA, including India) revenues grew by 4.0%, down slightly from the 4.7% growth recorded in fiscal year 2014, reflecting the continued economic challenges faced by some countries in the region. Strongest growth within the region came from India at 18.3% and MESA (Middle East and South Asia) at 12.7%.
On the local picture, Jamal Fakhro, Managing Partner of KPMG Fakhro in Bahrain and Qatar said: “KPMG is truly a global network and I am proud to see such great results for the firm as a whole. Locally, despite difficult market conditions – largely due to the impact of low oil prices, our business continues to grow. We are mirroring the Global firm’s investment in people, services and technology and our clients are feeling the positive impact of this. I would like to personally thank our clients and Bahrain’s business community for continuing to choose and support KPMG. ”
Investing for future growth
KPMG is in the third year of a 5 year, US$1 billion, global investment program focused on developing new D&A solutions, state-of-the-art technology and services, making strategic technology acquisitions and investing in high growth markets. In the past 12 months, KPMG member firms around the world have completed a record number of 29 significant transactions including:
• Crimsonwing – the international IT solutions company
• Towers Watson – acquired the company’s Human Resources Service Delivery (HRSD) practice
• Banarra – the leading Australian human rights and social impact company
A leading choice for talent
KPMG has maintained its long-standing focus on recruiting top talent in FY15. The organization recruited a record high of more than 24,000 graduates, as well as experienced hires, including 352 new external hire partners who joined 643 newly promoted KPMG Partners – the largest new Partner Class KPMG has ever had. KPMG’s global workforce grew by more than 7% to almost 174,000 partners and staff, the highest number of individuals ever employed across the network.
Mr. Fakhro continued: “Our people are at the heart of our business and, thanks to our commitment to learning and development; we were delighted to promote 90 people this year including two new directors. We continue to attract great talent and over the past 12 months, have taken on 43 new recruits from outside of the business. We are also helping to develop young Bahraini talent by offering placements to our highest performers in member firms around the world through the Jassim Fakhro Fund.”
Mr. Fakhro continued: “Our people are at the heart of our business and, thanks to our commitment to learning and development; we were delighted to promote 90 people this year, including one Partner – Duncan Mackay in our Management Consultancy Department. We continue to attract great talent and over the past 12 months we have recruited a new Country Senior Partner – Ahmed Abu-Sharkh, and taken on 69 new recruits from outside of the business.”