JS Group, a market leading information partner dedicated to delivering better outcomes to customers in the Higher Education (HE) and legal markets, today released its 2010/11 full-year results which reflect steady and sustained improvement in operating performance despite difficult market conditions.
Commenting on the results, Peter Gray, CEO and Chairman, said:
"I am delighted with the underlying performance of the Group and the progress we made during the year to deliver increased value to our customers and to our publishing partners. Our performance in the HE market was particularly noteworthy with over 10% organic growth and good progress with our strategic priorities of deepening our relationships with universities through adoption of our Aspire technology platform and growing our business in Africa. Aspire delivered over 40% growth in the year whilst our international revenues grew 12%. Both continue to be priority areas and growth drivers for the business."
The HE Division continued to grow at double digit rates and to increase market share.
The Division has three business components:
The strong growth continues into the current year with a number of new contracts:
The Legal Division, trading under the Hammicks Legal Information Services brand, saw a decline in revenues related to spending reductions by the UK Government. The Government remains an important customer and Hammicks worked with various Government departments to ensure they could achieve their budget targets whilst retaining a high level of service. Outside of the Government sector, revenues grew by 3% as more customers adopted the Hammicks technology-based procurement system.
Market conditions in legal remain challenging but the focus of Hammicks on working with customers to reduce their overall information costs positions the business well to increase market share.
Commenting on future prospects for the group, Peter Gray said:
"I am pleased with the progress we are making based on our commitment to exceptional service, our innovative technology solutions and our professional and dedicated staff.
We will continue to grow and transform our business model with our focus on innovative solutions that deliver better outcomes for our customers both in the UK and internationally."