HiTech Group forecasts up to $750k in FY12 profit

ICT recruiter HiTech Group (ASX:HIT) is confident of a solid performance in FY12, despite the impact of the recent stockmarket hiccup on its Q1 earnings

ICT recruitment company HiTech Group Australia (ASX:HIT) has a positive outlook for FY12, despite a 43 per cent slump in profit during the first quarter.

The company is forecasting profit for the year — assuming similar economic conditions to FY11 — of between $500,000 and $750,000.

This compares to profit of $648,000 in FY11, and of $137,000 in FY10.

In an address to shareholders, chairman Ray Hazouri expressed optimism for the financial year ahead, dependent on the prevailing economic conditions.

He said Q1 profit had fallen to $130,000 during the first quarter, as a result of the impact of the recent market slump on the company's investments in listed companies.

But operating revenue grew 31 per cent during the period, with earnings from high-margin permanent job placements increasing 24 per cent.

In FY11, operating revenue was $8.8 million — up 59 per cent from the prior year. But most of the growth came from lower-margin contracting revenue.

While HiTech has seen signs of an improvement in the ICT recruitment sector, Hazouri said the company plans to continue to diversify into non-ICT areas.

HIT shares remained flat on Friday at $0.041.

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