The international firm formerly known as McGladrey was thrilled with the fact that its global revenue increased 9.2% from $5.7 billion in 2019 to $6.3 billion during the year of our COVID Lord 2020.
RSM Global CEO Jean Stephens ruminated:
“2020 has been a challenging year but our growth reflects the agility and resilience we have shown in the face of adversity, adapting our digital infrastructure in line with rapid change, being purposeful in our decision-making and prioritising the wellbeing of our colleagues and business security of our clients.
“At a time when businesses are being challenged to transform, we remain focused on providing innovative, high-quality services and solutions to help our clients reimagine their future.”
Who is more agile in the face of adversity: ex-Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson blowing past a tackle by Arizona Cardinals defensive back James Sanders or RSM making billions during a pandemic? I guess it’s RSM (no offense, Adrian).
RSM didn’t disclose in a press release how much money each of its three core service lines brought in last year, just that each one increased its revenue over 2019, so I guess we’ll have to trust RSM’s fuzzy math:
Consulting services saw the highest growth with an increase of 15%. This was driven by demand for management and business consulting, IT consulting and risk management, as RSM supported middle market business leaders in their response to the pandemic, the reorganisation of their business operations and the digitalisation of their infrastructure.
Significant audit client wins in 2019 contributed to a 10% increase in audit revenue in 2020. Audit services were further enhanced through the launch of an innovative online collaboration tool to enhance client experience, enable efficiencies in audit, compliance and advisory services, as well as offering integrated data analytics capabilities.
Recording a 6% increase in global tax revenue, predominantly driven by its business advisory services, RSM’s tax team rapidly mobilised to help clients address heightened complexity in an ever-changing legislative landscape caused by the COVID-19 crisis. RSM also saw an increased demand for advice regarding the application of government stimulus packages, M&A opportunities for strategic deals and, in the latter part of the year, restructuring and transaction support as businesses looked for recovery solutions.
There are now 48,000 people across 120 countries who work for Really Still McGladrey.