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What can 20 years of profit warning data tell us?

EY began analysing UK profit warnings in 1999. Since then, we’ve published 80 quarterly reports telling UK plc’s story through twenty years of economic flux.

To mark this anniversary, we’ve taken a deeper look into this powerful dataset. We’ve explored the trends behind two decades of UK profit warnings and undertaken a special analysis of companies that have issued ‘multiple profit warnings’ – three or more warnings within a year – looking at how their fate has changed over time.

As capital moves with increasing pace, it is more important than ever that we understand the triggers behind profit warnings and how companies can build resilience and reshape their future in this unpredictable world.



EY - Steve Ivermee

“Over 6,000 profit warnings from more than 2,000 companies have provided EY with powerful insight into business, capital and economic trends.”

Steve Ivermee, Transaction Advisory Services Leader, EY, UK and Ireland

Key considerations

What can we learn from over 6,000 profit warnings from more than 2,000 companies across 20 years?

No sector is immune from profit warnings, but retailers and contractors are most at risk
Have you identified the business-critical risks in your sector?

Since 2016, the median gap between a company's third profit warning and a restructuring event, has shrunk to just 91 days
How quickly can you respond to adversity?

The third profit warning is a knockout blow for one in five companies
Can you reshape your future in time to stop a profit warning chain reaction?

What can 20 years of profit warning data tell us?

EY - What can 20 years of profit warning data tell us?

>> Read Alan Hudson’s blog to find out more

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