KPMG announced revenues of $26.4 billion dollars

KPMG reaches almost 200,000 employees

KPMG revenue grew by 4.8 %

49% of new joiners were female

kpmg 2017 revenue

kpmg 2017 revenue

Now let’s get into the details.

KPMG announced revenues of $26.4 billion for their fiscal year ended 2017. This compares to KPMG revenues of $25.42 billion in 2016. That’s an increase in actual US dollars of 1 billion. In actual dollar growth that’s only 3.9 % of growth. If you remember when we tried projecting KPMG and PwC revenue, we said that KPMG would reach revenues of about $26.9 billion. Unfortunately, we were off by about $500 million because of KPMG’s tough year. Even though we nailed the PwC revenue of $37.7 billion.

This makes them the slowest growing of the big 4 accounting firms. Their local currency growth was only 4.8% which puts them well behind PwC which grew at 6.5%, Deloitte which grew at 7.1% and EY which grew at 6.5%.

We are going to have to dive into these numbers a little bit deeper to understand why they are so bad.

Big 4 Firm2017 Revenue2016 RevenueReal Growth RateLocal Currency Growth
Deloitte$38.8 billion$36.9 billion5.15%7.1%
PwC$37.7 billion$35.4 billion6.5%7.8%
EY$31.4 billion$29.6 billion6.08%6.5%
KPMG$26.4 billion$25.4 billion3.94%4.8%

KPMG 2017 Revenue By Region

You first have to look at their regions to see where they are struggling. They made $10.48 billion in the Americas region and you have to assume that the majority of this is coming out of the U.S. In that region they only grew revenue by 4.6% which is pretty bad.

The next region that you have to take a look at is their Asia pacific region which grew by 8.9% from $4.06 to $4.42 billion in 2017. That obviously isn’t the reason their growth was bad as it is almost double what their average growth was for the year.

Lastly, Europe Middle East and Africa region grow by only 1.4% from $11.34 billion to $11.5 billion. The majority of their revenue comes from this region and you can see that it is struggling. There could be many reasons for this, but one of the biggest ones could be the KPMG south Africa scandal where they lost tons of clients because they were involved in a government fraud scheme.

It seems that KPMG is struggling to grow their Americas and EMA regions. Let’s take a look at other reasons why their revenue might be slowing down.

KPMG 2017 Revenue by Practice

Let’s look at their practices to understand how they grew in 2017. If you look at KPMG’s audit practice you can see that they grew at 2.7% from 10.12 billion to 10.39 billion in 2017. That’s pretty slow growth for an audit practice and just goes to show that audit is slowing down in growth for all the firms. The only thing that can keep their practices growing is growth in more companies going public.

Now let’s take a look at KPMG’s tax practice. KPMG’s tax practice grew by 4.9 percent from $5.56 billion dollars to $5.83 billion. That’s ok growth, but it is not going to set them apart from the other firms.

Lastly, we’ll take a look at KPMG’s advisory practice. KPMG’s advisory practice grew by 4.5 percent to 10.18 billion from $9.74 billion. All the other firms advisory practices are growing very rapidly and KPMG’s is only growing by a modest amount. That is not a good sign for kpmg.

With terrible growth out of KPMG’s audit practice and only modest growth from their advisory and tax practices, you can begin to see why KPMG had such a bad year.

KPMG 2017 Revenue by Industry

Next we’ll take a look at KPMG’s revenue by industry.

First up is KPMG’s financial services practice. KPMG’s financial services practice experienced revenue growth of 3.9 percent from $7.79 billion in revenue to 8.09 billion in revenue. Again that is not good revenue in an economy that is thriving.

Next is KPMG’s industrial markets industry practice. KPMG’s industrial markets experienced growth of 4.9% from $6.07 billion to $6.37 billion in 2017.

Next is KPMG’s consumer markets industry practice. KPMG’s consumer markets experienced growth of 5.7% from $2.82 billion to $2.98 billion in 2017.

Next is KPMG’s technology, media and telecommunications industry practice. KPMG’s technology, media and telecommunications experienced growth of 2.1% from $2.82 billion to $2.88 billion in 2017.

Lastly is KPMG’s infrastructure, government and healthcare industry practice. KPMG’s infrastructure, government and healthcare practice  experienced growth of 3.9% from $5.34 billion to $5.55 billion in 2017.

KPMG 2017 Number of Employees

Another important part of every big four accounting firms financial releases is the detail they release about their employees. This is because the big 4 make their money off of billing out their employees’ time. It’s important to understand how their people are growing in relation to their revenues.

KPMG’s number of employees grew to 197,263 from 188,982 in 2017. That represents growth of 4.4%. This explains a lot in terms of KPMG’s 2017 revenue numbers. No wonder they didn’t have a lot of revenue growth. Their people growth was slow as well. You can’t make more in a business reliant on billing out for people’s time if you don’t hire more people every year.

The number of partners at KPMG grew to 10,147 from 9,843 in 2017.

The number of KPMG professionals grew from 147,028 to 153,472 in 2017.

Professional and support staff at KPMG grew from 32,111 to 33,644 in 2017.

Another important stat for KPMG is that of their new hire class 49% were women. They have been deploying this stat all over social media.

Type of Employee2017 Employees2016 Employees
Professional staff and support33,64432,111

Other Important KPMG News

KPMG also spoke about their appointment of new CEO Bill Thomas

They also highlighted their investment in KPMG Clara which we’ve spoken about previously on our site and in our podcast.

In conclusion

It was a bad year for KPMG. As the smallest big 4 firm they can’t afford not to have significant growth. It should be easier to have growth on a small number than it is on a big number, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with KPMG. They seem to be lagging far behind the other big 4 now with no sign of being able to catch up. They are going to need to make some significant acquisitions in order to come close to the other 3 accounting firms.