Marsh predicts restructure costs of US$400 million

Global broker targets massive savings

Marsh predicts restructure costs of US$400 million

Insurance News

By Jen Frost

Marsh McLennan (MMC) expects to see costs of up to US$400 million from a restructuring program first revealed in January of this year.

This is according to MMC CEO John Doyle, who addressed analysts and investors during the global broker’s Q1 2023 results call on Thursday.

MMC expects “roughly US$300 million of savings by 2024 with total cost to achieve these savings of $375 million to US$400 million”, Doyle said.

“As we drive deeper collaboration, we're also finding new ways to operate, reduce complexity and organise for impact,” Doyle said. “As we noted in January, we took actions to align our workforce and skillsets with evolving needs, rationalised technology and reduced our real estate footprint.

“We see opportunities for savings beyond the actions we have already taken.”

MMC eyes hundreds of million in savings

MMC is eyeing total savings of “approximately US$300 million by 2024 with US$160 million to US$180 million realised in 2023 and the balance in 2024,” MMC chief financial officer Mark McGivney said on the call. This represents an upwards revision on its initially targeted US$150 million 2023 earnings boost from the changes, a figure shared in its Q4 2022 results call in January.

Excluding charges related to its US$5.6 billion 2019 JLT acquisition, restructuring costs at MMC totalled US$40 million in Q1 2023, with US$19 million of this across its risk and insurance services division.

In Q4 2022, MMC booked US$233 million in restructuring costs, with US$119 million of this reflected in its risk and insurance services business.

In the Q4 call, Doyle said that there was “nothing defensive” about the restructuring, as previously reported by Insurance Business.

MMC Q1 2023 results

MMC saw its revenue increase 7% to US$5.9 billion for the first quarter of 2023 compared to Q1 2022. Its risk and insurance services arm generated $3.9 billion in revenue during Q1. On an underlying basis, revenue was up 9%.

Operating income for the latest quarter was US$1.7 billion, while net income was US$1.2 billion.

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