Knight Frank performs well despite challenging global markets

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Knight Frank weren’t about to let brexit woes stand in their way of performance it seems as their latest accounts show.

Results for the year ended 31 March 2017 saw group turnover rise by 3.3% to £476.2m (2016: £460.9m) and while group profit before tax was down 4.5% to £145.7m (2016: £152.6m) the firm showed a strong balance sheet with net assets at £224.7m (2016: £223.7m)

Alistair Elliott, senior partner and group chairman commented: “I am delighted with our 2016/17 performance.  With Brexit and the impact of recent stamp duty changes in the UK and political and economic uncertainties around the world causing hesitancy in our markets, there were moments when the outlook was bleak. To have increased our turnover and maintained our profit levels at a time of significant investment in developing our business is a great result for which our teams can be justly proud.

“In the UK, all our service lines performed well with record years for new homes, residential lettings, Knight Frank Finance, Industrial and Knight Frank Investment Management and resilient performances from our regional offices which grow from strength to strength.  Our growth continues to be driven by our businesses outside the UK, notably Asia Pacific and the MEA regions and we are developing our main continental Europe operations, notably France and Spain.  We had record years in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, the Middle East, Czech Republic and Poland.

“We have refreshed our group strategy to place a greater focus on our strengths around our global network. The volatile trading landscape over the past five years has been a major influence on shaping that strategy and evolving our model. Knight Frank’s enduring commitment is to provide a continuously improving service to our clients, both now and in the future, choosing medium to long-term growth over short-term profits and ensuring our success is sustainable. We plan to deliver that through continued emphasis on investment in people and technology ensuring that the quality of our service, supplemented by market-leading research, enables us to deliver an unrivalled client experience.

We remain fiercely proud of our independence – we are not driven by the demands of shareholders and quarterly reporting and continue to take the long-term view. ”

The way forward

“There is no doubting the significant uncertainties presented by the current geopolitical environment. That said, uncertainty drives change and the dynamic real estate world is presenting great opportunities centred on changing work patterns, differing lifestyle choices and a fitter, ageing population, increasingly gathering in key cities around the world. Retirement living, distribution, hotels, healthcare and the private rental sector are just a few markets where the dynamics are greatest and which, combined, will continue to encourage a much greater need for flexible, mixed-used developments and to which we are responding.”