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Accelerating net new business growth, increasing FY 2022 organic revenue growth guidance to around 35%

Compass Group PLC, a global leader in food services, today announces trading results for the third quarter ended 30 June 2022. 

Q3 highlights

  • Underlying revenue at 109% of 2019 revenues1

  • Organic revenue growth2 of 43.4%, an acceleration from 37.9% in HY 2022  

  • Business & Industry above 100% of 2019 revenues1 on a run-rate basis

  • Very strong net new business growth of 9.1% or 6.9% rebased to 2019, with retention at 96.1%

  • Underlying operating margin up 40bps from 5.8% in HY 2022 to 6.2% in Q3; 6% YTD

  • Completed £237 million4 of £500 million share buyback programme 

  • Launched Sustainable Financing Framework, supporting our 2050 Net Zero target

By Region Organic revenue change2 Underlying revenue1 (% of 2019)
Q3 2022 Q3 YTD 2022 Q3 2022 Q3 YTD 2022
North America 49.7% 48.6% 112% 106%
Europe 41.9% 32.8% 104% 95%
Rest of the World 15.9% 11.8% 106% 95%
Group 43.4% 39.9% 109% 102%
By Sector Organic revenue change2 Underlying revenue1 (% of 2019)
Q3 2022 Q3 YTD 2022 Q3 2022 Q3 YTD 2022
Business & Industry 59.9% 43.7% 97% 86%
Education 41.4% 46.8% 110% 106%
Healthcare & Seniors 12.0% 11.0% 120% 117%
Sports & Leisure 142.7% 208.7% 119% 107%
Defence, Offshore & Remote 10.5% 8.8% 122% 118%
Group 43.4% 39.9% 109% 102%

The strong growth momentum seen throughout the first half of the year continued into Q3 with all three regions operating above 2019 levels. We are particularly pleased with the strength of the top line recovery in Business & Industry which is now trading above its 2019 level on a run-rate basis. Net new growth was very strong at 6.9%3, more than double the historical rate of 3%, and continues to be driven by increased first time outsourcing.  

Net M&A totalled £223 million year to date as we continue to expand our portfolio of brands, focus on digital innovation and delivered-in solutions. 

In line with the half year results announcement, Compass Group purchased 13.7 million shares at a total cost of £237 million4 as part of its £500 million share buyback programme.


In July, Compass Group launched a Sustainable Financing Framework to issue sustainable debt in the future, further supporting its worldwide commitment to reach Climate Net Zero by 2050 and social mobility initiatives around the Group. Sustainable financing aligns with the expectations of our clients and shareholders and gives us the ability to play our part in combatting climate change. For further information please click here


Trading results from our overseas operations are translated at the average exchange rates for the period. If current spot rates were to continue for the remainder of the year, foreign exchange translation would positively impact 2021 revenue by £533 million and operating profit by £33 million. 

Summary and outlook

All regions and sectors are executing well, and we are particularly pleased with the recovery in Business & Industry, which is now trading above 2019 revenues on a run-rate basis. New business growth continued to accelerate, benefiting from an increase in first time outsourcing due to ongoing operational challenges and heightened inflation. 

Given the significant acceleration in growth and ongoing recovery of our base business, we are increasing our FY 2022 organic revenue growth guidance from around 30% to around 35%. We confirm our FY 2022 operating margin guidance of over 6% and now expect our exit margin to moderate slightly from around 7% due to the strong net new performance and ongoing inflationary pressures. 

While we are mindful of the challenging macroeconomic environment, we remain excited about the significant structural growth opportunities globally. With a clear strategy, operational scale, and market leading offer, Compass is very well positioned to capitalise on the increase in outsourcing opportunities. Longer term, we expect revenue and profit growth above historical rates, returning margin to pre-pandemic levels, and rewarding shareholders with further returns. 


These results are unaudited. 

1 Measured on a constant currency basis. 

2 Year on year change.

3 Rebased to 2019.

As at 22 July 2022, excludes broker fees and stamp duty

Conference call

Compass will hold a conference call with investors and analysts today at 9:00 a.m. (UK time).  

Participant dial in numbers
UK toll number +44 (0) 33 0551 0200
UK toll-free number 0808 109 0700
US toll number +1 212 999 6659
US toll-free number +1 866 966 5335
Please reference: COMPASS


Investors Agatha Donnelly & Simon Bielecki +44 (0) 1932 573 000
Press Giles Robinson, Compass Group PLC / Tim Danaher, Brunswick +44 (0) 1932 963 486
Website www.compass-group.com +44 (0) 207 404 5959

Next reporting dates

  • 21 November 2022 FY 2022 results

  • 9 February 2023 Q1 Trading and AGM