From left: Colin Jackson, Roger Rawlinson and Rob Horton (NCC Group) with John Riddell (Espirito Santo)
NCC Group plc
NCC is an international, independent provider of Escrow and Assurance to 15,000 organisations worldwide, providing verification, security, testing and performance solutions, supporting business critical information. NCC announced a strong start to 2011, with interim revenues up 49%, adjusted diluted EPS up 25% and interim dividend up 19%, as the company capitalised on clients’ need for information security services. Two acquisitions during the year of a US and a Scottish escrow/assurance business, though both relatively small, demonstrated to the market the group’s increasing internationalisation to service its many multinational customers. Its year end results, announced mid-year, re-confirmed its strength in the current climate, with full year revenues, adjusted EPS and dividends again up 49%, 25%, and just over 20% respectively. It exited 2011 with a strong trading update of an expected material outperformance of its Assurance division.
Winner's quote: "A combination of strong reliable organic growth and carefully acquired and integrated acquisitions led to a great 2011 for NCC Group. Winning the award for the Best Performing Listed Firm is a fantastic achievement for the whole company and as the cyber arms race continues to speed up, we are well placed to maintain our growth momentum in 2012 and beyond".
Rob Cotton, CEO, NCC Group plc