Mitie issues profit warning citing “significant economic pressures”

The firm said that, while its “long term strategic positioning, order book and pipeline remain strong”, in the short terms it is experiencing “the effects of significant economic pressures”, reports CityAM.

“These include lower UK growth rates, changes to labour legislation and further public sector budget constraints, and uncertainty both pre and post the EU referendum,” Mitie said this morning.

“We have taken strong action to counter the impact of these pressures by making changes now to the way we operate and initiating cost efficiency programmes across the group. These positive changes will help to ensure the long term competitiveness of the group and its service offering.”

Mitie said the recent economic uncertainty was causing clients to defer investment decisions, hitting growth in the first half, with revenue expected to be “modestly lower” and operating profit is expected to be “very significantly lower”.

Today’s warning may be a shock to investors, after Mitie previously brushed off “unanticipated macroeconomic headwinds” to double profit last year.