Professional Services Market Update

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Stephen Guy

Stephen Guy

Managing Director, KPMG Corporate Finance LLC

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Professional services overview

Global professional services industry participants include providers of consulting services, on-shore and off-shore outsourced solutions, data and information services, human capital management and workforce solutions, and risk and compliance services. Key public industry players in each sub-sector are categorized as follows: 


Public Revenue / EBITDA Multiple(1)


Key Select Industry Leadership

Business Process Outsourcing 2.68x / 17.2x On-shore and off-shore outsourced third-party solutions
  • Cognizant
  • Computershare
  • Concentrix
  • ExlService
  • Firstsource Solutions
  • Genpact
  • IBEX
  • Teleperformance
  • WNS
Diversified Data & Information Services 6.73x / 24.6x Providers of data, analytics, and business information services
  • Alliance Data Systems
  • Equifax
  • Experian
  • Informa
  • Teradata
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Verisk Analytics
  • Wolters Kluwer
Data & Information Services: Financial & Media 7.08x / 21.7x Companies offering research, insights, and analytics related to financial market data 
  • FactSet Research Systems
  • Fidelity National Information Services
  • Forrester Research
  • Gartner
  • IHS Markit
  • Ipsos
  • Moody’s
  • Morningstar
  • Nielsen Holdings
  • S&P Global
Governance, Risk, and Compliance Services 4.92x / 17.1x Providers of compliance and risk management solutions
  • Broadridge Financial Solutions
  • Fiserv
  • International Business Machines
  • Oracle
  • SAP
HR Staffing & Professional Services 1.23x / 12.2x Workforce solutions
  • 51job
  • Adecco Group
  • AMN Healthcare Services
  • ASGN
  • Capita plc
  • CBIZ
  • Hays
  • Heidrick & Struggles
  • Kelly Services
  • Kforce
  • Korn Ferry
  • ManpowerGroup
  • Marsh & McLennan
  • PageGroup
  • Randstad
  • Resources Connection
  • Robert Half Intl.
  • TrueBlue
Human Resource Outsourcing 3.69x / 18.6x Outsourced human capital  management service offerings 
  • Aon
  • Automatic Data Processing
  • Barrett Business Services
  • Insperity
  • LifeWorks
  • Paychex
  • TriNet Group
  • Willis Towers Watson
IT Consulting 3.36x / 16.6x Providers of information technology solutions
  • Accenture
  • Atos
  • Capgemini
  • CGI
  • DXC Technology
  • HCL Technologies
  • Infosys
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Tech Mahindra
  • Wipro
Speciality Consulting 1.58x / 13.1x Advisory, consulting, and analytic service offerings
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • CACI International
  • CRA International
  • FTI Consulting
  • Huron Consulting
  • The Hackett Group

Sector Perspectives: U.S. Outsourced Services Market

  • The U.S. outsourced services industry is an enormous market with attractive growth drivers
  • Private sector spending accounts for a significant portion of the industry
  • Many commercial sectors require a high level of compliance and operational efficiencies, making operators highly reliant upon outsourced services
  • The increasing adoption of cloud-based enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) functions will continue to have a significant impact on IT services and BPO industries
  • Cloud-based ERP systems, along with other adoptions of new technologies, will drive higher IT services spending on consulting and implementation work
  • Managed IT and BPO clients have continued to increase their reliance on outsourced services as virtual and decentralized work environments have begun to co-exist with traditional in-person office settings, which is a defining market trend in response to the prolonged COVID-19 environment

The U.S. Outsourced Services Market is a $136 Billion Market Poised for Continued Expansion

($ in Billions)

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Source: Market statistics sourced from Capital IQ and based on 12/31/2021

  1. Valuation Multiples represent Enterprise Value to LTM Revenue and LTM EBITDA at 1/31/2022


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