The company, which also owns Huntsworth Health and PR shops Red and Citigate Dewe Rogerson, said it expects pre-tax profit for 2016 to be ahead of market consensus (£14.7m to £15m). Huntsworth reported pre-tax profit of £13.3m ($18.9m) in 2015.
The company, which also owns Huntsworth Health and Citigate Dewe Rogerson, said it "traded well" during the fourth quarter of 2016, "led again by strong growth at Huntsworth Health".
"As a result of this, together with continued favourable exchange rates, management expects the group’s full year results to be ahead of consensus."
Huntsworth added: "Grayling’s restructuring is now complete and early indications are that the Group’s trading in Q1 is in line with management expectations. The group is focused on driving operating profit and the Board is confident of further progress in 2017."
The firm, which announces its full-year results on 21 March, said it remains in a "strong financial position", operating within its £70m debt facility. Net debt at 31 December 2016 was about £31m.
In July, Huntsworth reported an improved performance in the first half of 2016, with pre-tax profit rising 21 per cent to £7.3m ($9.5m) on the back of revenue growth in three of its four divisions, although Grayling continued to struggle.