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Paul Hermelin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini Group, comments: “We are demonstrating our ability to deliver continuously a strong increase in earnings, with growth in both revenue and profitability. Momentum remains strong in Europe, where we generate 60% of our revenues, with a remarkable performance in France and the United Kingdom. Digital and Cloud continue to develop at a rapid pace, and for the first time, represent half of our revenues. These excellent results demonstrate the relevance and strength of our strategy.
The first six months also saw the announcement of the proposed friendly takeover of Altran, a major strategic move for both our companies. We complement each other and with the cultural proximity we will create a world leader in digital transformation for industrial companies, what we call the ‘intelligent industry’.”
The Group generated revenues of €7,007 million in H1 2019, up 8.4% on H1 2018 reported revenues and 6.2% at constant exchange rates*. Organic growth* (i.e. excluding the impact of currency fluctuations and changes in Group scope) was 4.9%.
Group momentum continues to be supported by Digital & Cloud activities, which grew around 20% at constant exchange rates in the first half. They now account for around 50% of Group revenues.
Group growth reached 5.7% at constant exchange rates and 4.7% organically in the second quarter.
Bookings totaled €7,101 million in the first six months of 2019, a 4.8% increase at constant exchange rates year-on-year.
The operating margin* is €797 million, or 11.4% of revenues, an increase of 13% or 50 basis points year-on-year. This robust performance reflects the higher gross margin, which has increased at the same rate thanks to the success of innovation offerings. It illustrates the Group’s ability to balance growth and higher profitability.
Other operating income and expenses represent a net expense of €139 million. The €47 million improvement year-on-year is mainly due to a reduction in restructuring costs.
Operating profit rose 26% to €658 million, or 9.4% of revenues.
The net financial expense is stable year-on-year at €39 million. The income tax expense is €232 million and includes €30 million due to the transitional impact of tax reforms in the United States, compared with €18 million last year. Adjusted for these expenses, the effective tax rate is 32.6%, compared with 31.4% in H1 2018 and 33.7% in FY 2018.
Net profit (Group share) increases 23% year-on-year to €388 million for the first six months of the year. Basic EPS (earnings per share) is up 24% year-on-year at €2.34. Normalized EPS* is up 10% to €2.90. Normalized EPS adjusted for the transitional tax expense is up 12% to €3.08.
The Group generated organic free cash flow* of €90 million in the half-year, compared with €11 million in the previous year period.
Returns to shareholders amounted to €431 million in H1 2019, with a dividend payment of €281 million and share buybacks totaling €150 million (excluding the liquidity contract). In addition, bolt-on acquisitions resulted in a net cash outflow of €152 million over the period.
For 2019, the Group targets revenue growth at constant exchange rates of 5.5% to 8.0%, improved profitability with an operating margin of 12.3% to 12.6% and stronger organic free cash flow – on a comparable basis – of over €1.1 billion.
This outlook takes into account the impact of the application of IFRS 16 from January 1, 2019 on the operating margin (around +5 basis points) and on the organic free cash flow definition (around -€50 million), as detailed in the appendix to the press release publishing this outlook, issued on February 14, 2019.
North America revenues (32% of Group revenues) grew 3.8% at constant exchange rates, on a particularly high comparison basis as the region’s growth reached 17.2% in H1 2018. TMT (Telecoms, Media & Technology), Energy & Utilities and Services sectors recorded the strongest momentum. The operating margin rate was 12.9%, compared with 13.2% in the prior-year period.
The United Kingdom & Ireland region (12% of Group revenues) reported a remarkable performance, with growth of 8.0% at constant exchange rates. Revenue growth in the Financial Services, Consumer Goods & Retail and TMT sectors was 10% or higher, while the Public Sector continued the positive trends initiated a year ago. The operating margin jumped to 15.9% from 12.2% a year earlier.
Activity was strong in France (22% of Group revenues), with revenues up 6.9% year-on-year. The Manufacturing sector was the most buoyant during the period, growing in excess of 10%. By business, growth was driven by Applications & Technology services and Digital and Cloud demand. The operating margin improved 120 basis points year-on-year to 9.6% of revenues.
Growth momentum remained robust in the Rest of Europe (27% of Group revenues), with a 6.2% increase in revenues at constant exchange rates. The Energy & Utilities, Consumer Goods & Retail and Services sectors were the strongest over the period. The region reported a slightly lower operating margin at 11.3%, from 12.0% a year earlier.
Finally, the Asia-Pacific and Latin America region (7% of Group revenues) was particularly dynamic. Revenues grew 12.2%, with Financial Services and Manufacturing the main drivers. Overall, the region’s operating margin was slightly down to 11.4%, compared with 11.7% in H1 2018.
Strategy & Transformation consulting services (7% of Group total revenues*), now grouped under Capgemini Invent, recorded a 19.4% increase at constant exchange rates in their total revenues. Growth was driven primarily by the TMT sector and, with the contribution of the acquisitions, by Financial Services.
Applications & Technology services (71% of Group total revenues), the Group’s core business, reported total revenue growth of 6.6% at constant exchange rates. These services are heavily involved in client projects for the large-scale roll-out of their digital strategy.
Finally, Operations & Engineering services (22% of Group total revenues) grew 3.5% at constant exchange rates. The stabilization of the Infrastructure Services and Business Services (Business Process Outsourcing and platforms) activities observed at the beginning of the year was confirmed, while Digital Manufacturing and Engineering business is buoyant.
Q2 revenues totaled €3,566 million, up 5.7% at constant exchange rates and 4.7% at constant Group scope and exchange rates.
Activity accelerated slightly in Europe and notably in France (+8.9% year-on-year at constant exchange rates), as well as in the United Kingdom & Ireland region (+9.5%), while momentum remained strong in the Rest of Europe (+6.1%). The North America region slowed (+0.8%), as expected, due to a comparison basis that peaked in the second quarter with growth of 19.4% reported in Q2 2018. This region’s growth is therefore expected to accelerate from Q3. Finally, the Asia-Pacific and Latin America region growth remained in double digits during the period, growing +10.9%.
Bookings rose 6.7% at constant exchange rates to €3,734 million.
At June 30, 2019, the Group’s total headcount stood at 216,800, up 5.5% year-on-year, with an increase in employees in offshore centers to 125,100 (58% of the total headcount).
The Group had €1,663 million in cash and cash equivalents (net of bank overdrafts) at June 30, 2019. After accounting for borrowings (excluding lease liabilities) of €3,491 million, cash management assets and derivative instruments, Group net debt* is €1,621 million at the end of H1 2019, compared with €1,104 million at January 1, 2019 and €2,192 million at June 30, 2018 (i.e. before the application of IFRS 162 from January 1, 2019).
The proposed acquisition of Altran did not impact the Group’s balance sheet structure at June 30, 2019.
On June 24, 2019, Capgemini and Altran Technologies (Euronext Paris: ALT), the global leader in Engineering and R&D services, jointly announced they had entered into an agreement for exclusive negotiations whereby Capgemini would acquire Altran, through a friendly public offer at €14.00 per Altran share, payable in cash. This project seeks to create a global digital transformation leader for industrial and tech companies. The agreement was unanimously approved by the Capgemini and Altran Boards of Directors.
Capgemini has secured a bridge financing of €5.4 billion, covering the purchase of securities (€3.6 billion) as well as the gross debt (€1.8 billion).
Additionally, on July 2, 2019, Capgemini announced that it held 29,378,319 Altran shares following settlement and delivery of the off-market acquisition of a block of shares from the concert formed around Apax Partners. This transaction follows the signature on June 24, 2019 of a definitive agreement to acquire this block, representing 11.43% of Altran’s share capital.
Paul Hermelin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Carole Ferrand, Chief Financial Officer and Rosemary Stark, Chief Sales Officer, will present this press release during a conference call in English to be held today at 8.00 a.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://investors.capgemini.com/en/financial-results/.
October 24, 2019 Q3 2019 revenuesFebruary 13, 2020 FY 2019 resultsApril 28, 2020 Q1 2020 revenues
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As previously announced, the classification of the Group’s business lines was simplified and standardized from January 1, 2019:
The Group set-out the expected impacts of the application of IFRS 16 from January 1, 2019, when presenting its objectives for 2019 on February 14, 2019.
As a result of the entry into effect of this standard, the Group applies a new accounting treatment to all its leases (primarily real estate leases), similar in substance to that currently applied to finance leases.
Essentially, the Group:
As announced, the Group does not believe this new accounting treatment modifies the operating nature of the majority of its leases. Consequently, to ensure the Group’s performance measures continue to best reflect its operating performance, as the distinction between different lease types disappears with the introduction of IFRS 16, the Group considers, from January 1, 2019, all repayments of lease debt as operating items. Accordingly:
Elsewhere, the impact of application of IFRS 16 on the Group’s income statement is generally neutral for the main performance measures, whose definitions remain unchanged (estimates based on the 2018 accounts):
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 reported period. Exchange rates for the reported period are also used to calculate growth at constant exchange rates.
H1 2019 currency impacts are mainly linked to the appreciation of the US dollar against the euro.
When determining activity trends by business and in accordance with internal operating performance measures, growth at constant exchange rates is calculated based on total revenue, i.e. before elimination of inter-business billing. The Group considers this to be more representative of activity levels by business. As its businesses change, an increasing number of contracts require a range of business expertise for delivery, leading to a rise in inter-business flows (for information, approximately 7% of total revenues in 2018).
Operating margin is one of the Group’s key performance measures. It is defined as the difference between revenues and operating costs. It is calculated before “Other operating income and expenses” which include amortization of intangible assets recognized in business combinations, the charge resulting from the deferred recognition of the fair value of shares granted to employees (including social security contributions and employer contributions), and non-recurring revenues and expenses, notably impairment of goodwill, negative goodwill, capital gains or losses on disposals of consolidated companies or businesses, restructuring costs incurred under a detailed formal plan approved by the Group’s management, the cost of acquiring and integrating companies acquired by the Group, including earn-outs comprising conditions of presence, and the effects of curtailments, settlements and transfers of defined benefit pension plans.
Normalized net profit is equal to profit for the period (Group share) adjusted for the impact of items recognized in “Other operating income and expense”, net of tax calculated using the effective tax rate. Normalized earnings per share is computed like basic earnings per share, i.e. excluding dilution.
Organic free cash flow is equal to cash flow from operations less acquisitions of property, plant, equipment and intangible assets (net of disposals) and repayments of lease liabilities, adjusted for cash out relating to the net interest cost. Finance lease payments were included in repayments of borrowings until December 31, 2018. From January 1, 2019, with the adoption of IFRS 16, these payments are now included in the new definition of organic free cash flow as repayments of lease liabilities.
The Group recognized an income tax expense in respect of the transitional impact of the tax reform in the U.S. of €18 million in H1 2018 and €30 million in H1 2019. This reduced basic, diluted and normalized earnings per share by €0.18 in H1 2019.
Adjusted for this tax expense, normalized earnings per share is €3.08 in H1 2019:
* The terms and Alternative Performance Measures marked with an (*) are defined and/or reconciled in the appendix to this press release.
 Limited review procedures on the interim consolidated financial statements have been completed. The auditors are in the process of issuing their report. The impacts of the application of IFRS 16 at January 1, 2019 and the resulting change in the organic free cash flow and net debt definitions are presented in the appendix to this press release. Altrafin Participations, Mr Alexis Kniazeff and Mr Hubert Martigny. Note that in the appendix, certain totals may not equal the sum of amounts due to rounding adjustments.
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