Capgemini growth accelerates in Q1 2018

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Paris - Capgemini Group achieved consolidated revenues of €3,153 million in the first quarter of 2018, up 7.2% year-on-year at constant exchange rates*.
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For Paul Hermelin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini Group: "Capgemini starts the year with an excellent growth momentum. The Group continues to win market share, reflecting the alignment of its service portfolio with customer demand for both innovation and competitiveness. Demand is particularly strong in Europe and North America, driven notably by the financial services, consumer goods and manufacturing sectors.

With more than 40% of our revenues coming from Digital and Cloud, we are committed to expanding our service offering in these areas. In March we completed the acquisition of LiquidHub, a digital customer engagement firm, strengthening our offering in North America.

We confirm our targets for revenue growth, operating margin and free cash flow for 2018."

 

 

(In millions of euros)

Change

Revenues

(IFRS 15)

2017
(restated[1])

2018

 

At current
exchange rates

At constant
exchange rates*

Q1

3,116

3,153

+1.2%

+7.2%

 

Q1 revenues totaled €3,153 million, up 1.2% on 2017 figures1. Growth at constant exchange rates* is 7.2%, while organic growth* (i.e. excluding the impact of currency fluctuations and changes in Group scope) is 6.1%. Digital and Cloud revenues grew 20% at constant exchange rates and accounted for over 40% of Group revenues.

 

OPERATIONS BY MAJOR REGION

North America (31% of Group revenues) starts the year at a strong pace with revenue growth of 14.8% at constant exchange rates, mainly driven by the Consumer Goods, Manufacturing and Financial Services sectors. The United Kingdom and Ireland (12% of Group revenues) contracted by 4.7% at constant exchange rates with the anticipated decline in the public sector, while the private sector reported growth driven by Financial Services and Manufacturing. Revenues in France (22% of Group revenues) grew 5.4%, with strong traction in the Financial Services, Consumer Goods and Energy sectors. The Rest of Europe region (28% of Group revenues) posted growth of 8.3% at constant exchange rates, with double digit rates in Germany, Scandinavia and Italy. Finally, revenues grew 1.4% in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America region (7% of Group revenues), impacted by a particularly high comparison basis in Asia-Pacific, where growth was over 25% in Q1 2017.

 

OPERATIONS BY BUSINESS

Consulting Services (5% of Group revenues), fueled by companies’ digital transformation demand, recorded a 21.6% increase in revenues at constant exchange rates: growth was strong in North America and Europe, with Financial Services particularly robust. Technology & Engineering Services revenues (16% of Group revenues) grew 4.2%, driven by France and North America and strong growth in the Energy and Utilities sector. Application Services (63% of Group revenues) are the Group’s main growth contributor with a 10.4% increase in revenues this quarter. This reflects the strong fit between the Group’s service portfolio and market demand, particularly in Digital and Cloud and notably in the Financial Services, Manufacturing and Consumer Goods sectors. Other Managed Services (16% of Group revenues) declined 5.0% due to the anticipated shrinkage of the UK public sector and the portfolio evolution in infrastructure services towards Cloud services. Business Services (Business Process Outsourcing and platforms) reported growth.

 

HEADCOUNT

On March 31, 2018, the Group’s total headcount stood at 203,400, up 3.9% year-on-year, with an increase in employees in offshore centers to 115,900 (57% of the total headcount).

 

BOOKINGS

Bookings totaled €3,195 million in Q1 2018, an increase of 15.3% at constant exchange rates.

 

OUTLOOK

For 2018, the Group aims to accelerate its growth with revenue progression of 6% to 7% at constant exchange rates, to increase profitability with an operating margin of 12.0% to 12.2% and to generate an organic free cash flow in excess of €1 billion.

In addition, the Group expects currency movements to negatively impact revenues by around 3.5 points, mainly due to the appreciation of the euro against the U.S. dollar.

This outlook takes into account the application of IFRS 15 from January 1, 2018.

 

CONFERENCE CALL

Paul Hermelin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Aiman Ezzat, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, will present this press release during a conference call in English to be held today at 6.30 p.m. Paris time (CET). You can follow this conference call live via webcast at the following link. A replay will also be available for a period of one year.

All documents relating to this publication will be placed online on the Capgemini investor website at https://www.capgemini.com/results.

 

CALENDAR

May 23, 2018           Combined Shareholders’ Meeting
July 26, 2018           Publication of H1 2018 results (after the stock market close)

The following payment schedule is applicable to the dividend of €1.70 per share presented to the Shareholders’ Meeting for approval:

June 4, 2018           Ex-dividend date on Euronext Paris
June 6, 2018           Payment of the dividend

 

DISCLAIMER

This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Such statements may include projections, estimates, assumptions, statements regarding plans, objectives, intentions and/or expectations with respect to future financial results, events, operations and services and product development, as well as statements, regarding future performance or events. Forward-looking statements are generally identified by the words “expects”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “plans”, “projects”, “may”, “would” “should” or the negatives of these terms and similar expressions. Although Capgemini’s management currently believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties (including without limitation risks identified in Capgemini’s Registration Document available on Capgemini’s website), because they relate to future events and depend on future circumstances that may or may not occur and may be different from those anticipated, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of Capgemini. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those expressed in, implied by or projected by forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not intended to and do not give any assurances or comfort as to future events or results. Other than as required by applicable law, Capgemini does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.

This press release does not contain or constitute an offer of securities for sale or an invitation or inducement to invest in securities in France, the United States or any other jurisdiction.

 

About Capgemini

A global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation, Capgemini is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. Building on its strong 50-year heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. Capgemini is driven by the conviction that the business value of technology comes from and through people. It is a multicultural company of 200,000 team members in over 40 countries. The Group reported 2017 global revenues of EUR 12.8 billion.

Visit us at www.capgemini.com. People matter, results count.

APPENDIX

IFRS 15

IFRS 15 on revenue recognition entered into effect on January 1, 2018. In this press release, unless otherwise stated, 2017 revenues are restated for IFRS 15.

 

Revenues

(In millions of euros)

Q1 2017
reported

IFRS 15
Impact

Q1 2017

restated IFRS 15

North America

972

(11)

961

United Kingdom and Ireland

435

(18)

417

France

666

(4)

662

Rest of Europe

841

(10)

831

Asia Pacific and Latin America

257

(12)

245

TOTAL

3,171

(55)

3,116

 

 

 

 

Consulting services

145

(1)

144

Technology & Engineering Services

496

(4)

492

Application services

1,936

(20)

1,916

Other managed services

594

(30)

564

TOTAL

3,171

(55)

3,116

 

DEFINITIONS

Organic growth, or like-for-like growth, in revenues is the growth rate calculated at constant Group scope and exchange rates. The Group scope and exchange rates used are those for the published fiscal year. Exchange rates for the published fiscal year are also used to calculate growth at constant exchange rates.

Reconciliation of growth rates

Q1

2018

Organic growth

+6.1%

Changes in Group scope

+1.1pt

Growth at constant exchange rates

+7.2%

Exchange rate fluctuations

-6.0pt

Reported growth

+1.2%

Q1 currency impacts are linked to the appreciation of the euro against most other currencies and primarily the U.S. dollar.

 

RESULTS BY REGION

 

Revenues

(In millions of euros)

Change

 

Q1 2017

Q1 2018

At current exchange rates

At constant exchange rates

North America

961

960

-0.1%

+14.8%

United Kingdom and Ireland

417

386

-7.3%

-4.7%

France

662

698

+5.4%

+5.4%

Rest of Europe

831

888

+6.9%

+8.3%

Asia Pacific and Latin America

245

221

-10.1%

+1.4%

TOTAL

3,116

3,153

+1.2%

+7.2%

 

RESULTS BY BUSINESS

 

% of revenues

Change

 

Q1 2017

Q1 2018

At constant exchange rates

Consulting services

5%

5%

+21.6%

Technology & Engineering Services

16%

16%

+4.2%

Application services

61%

63%

+10.4%

Other managed services

18%

16%

-5.0%

TOTAL

100%

100%

+7.2%

 

UTILIZATION RATES

 

Q1 2017

Q2 2017

Q3 2017

Q4 2017

Q1 2018

Consulting services

71%

72%

69%

72%

72%

Technology & Engineering Services

82%

84%

85%

84%

83%

Application services

81%

81%

82%

83%

81%

Infographic - Capgemini Q1 2018 performance