WTW’s success follows the completion of integration after its merger which began in 2016

Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has revealed a final quarter profit of $378m (£298m) in its financial results.

Adjusted EBITDA for Q4 in 2018 was $774m (£597m), or 32.6% of revenue.

Overall this was $695m (£536m) for the year ending December 2018. And its revenue was up 5% for the year, and 3% for the quarter.

Its chief executive John Haley highlighted this healthy growth. He said: “Our performance this quarter provided an outstanding finish to a strong year.”


It follows the firm completing its integration of units of its merger of Willis Group Holdings and Towers Watson which began in 2016, totalling $202m in expense in-year.

This delivered more than $190m in annual savings throughout 2018, this exceeded the $125m savings it committed to when the deal closed.

It said that it is not expecting additional integration expenses in 2019, instead any that do arise will be included in segment results in the future.

“We concluded our integration efforts and delivered on our commitments with strong top line growth, meaningful profitability improvement and robust cash flow growth.

“The momentum combined with our continued focus on executing our strategy, leaves us very well positioned for another year of operational success and driving shareholder value,” Haley explained.

Key drivers

Currency translation increased WTW’s consolidated revenue by $89m for the year ending Dec 2018.

The company added that overall, “all four segments achieved organic revenue growth and demonstrated strong operating margin improvement.”

It said the firm’s continued focus on clients’ needs is helping retention as well as the generation of new business.

It said that these were the key drivers of its growth.

And it highlighted a change in accounting standards, it said the adoption of this had a “material impact to the timing” and certain results and balances.

Certain changes

At the beginning of the year WTW said it made “certain changes” that affected its segment results such as the realigning certain businesses with segments. 

Cash flow from operating activities were up $1.3bn, a 55% increase compared to the previous year.