For 2017, the Group forecasts revenue growth at constant exchange rates of 3.0%, an operating margin of 11.7% to 11.9% and organic free cash flow generation in excess of €950 million.
• The impact of currency movements on revenues on a full-year basis is now expected to be negative by slightly more than 1 point (compared with a positive but negligible impact expected at the start of the year), following the strengthening of the Euro against the Group’s main currencies;
• As announced in February 2017, the Group has decided to discontinue its equipment resale activity in Brazil, which represented approximately €60 million in 2016; to ensure comparable analysis of quarterly trends, organic growth and growth at constant exchange rates are presented after removing this activity from 2016 and 2017 revenues;
• The impact of acquisitions on revenue growth is estimated at this stage to be a few tens of basis points.
OPERATIONS BY BUSINESS
Consulting Services (4% of Group revenues) grew 10.7% at constant exchange rates, with strong growth in Continental Europe. The operating margin increased 20 basis points year-on-year to 10.6% of revenues.
Technology & Engineering Services (15% of Group revenues) grew 3.5% in H1, bolstered by strong growth in France and Scandinavia. The operating margin increased 90 basis points year-on-year to 12.2% for the half-year.
Application Services (62% of Group revenues) fully benefit from new demand driven by Digital and Cloud, recording revenue growth of 5.6% at constant exchange rates in the first-half. Growth is approaching or exceeding 10% in many European countries (France, Germany, Sweden, Italy) but also in Asia. The operating margin increased 50 basis points to 11.9%.
Other Managed Services (19% of Group revenues) reported a 6.6% decrease in revenues. This was mainly attributable to Infrastructure Services and reflects notably the anticipated decline in the UK public sector. The operating margin is 7.7% compared with 9.2% in H1 2016.
OPERATIONS BY REGION
In H1, as planned, North America (30% of Group revenues) began to restore its growth momentum, reporting a slight increase of 0.4% at constant exchange rates. In this region, the Energy & Utilities sector confirmed its recovery, with a fourth quarter of sequential revenue stability, while the Financial Services and Manufacturing sectors were the most dynamic. The operating margin fell 190 basis points to 13.2%, impacted by strong price pressure on large contract renewals and investments to boost growth in the region.
The United Kingdom and Ireland (14% of Group revenues) reported revenues down 5.9%, reflecting a decline in the public sector in line with our forecast and a healthy private sector (62% of region revenues), particularly in Financial Services and Energy & Utilities. The operating margin increased 60 basis points year-on-year to 15.1%.
France (21% of Group revenues) grew 4.7%, driven by Application Services and Technology & Engineering Services. The Financial Services, Manufacturing and Retail & Consumer Goods sectors were the most dynamic over the period. The operating margin improved 50 basis points year-on-year to 7.1%.
The Rest of Europe (27% of Group revenues) reported revenue growth of 7.9% at constant exchange rates, with all geographies and sectors contributing. The Group reported double-digit growth in Germany and Italy and in the Retail & Consumer Goods and Manufacturing sectors. The operating margin increased 220 basis points to 11.1% for the half-year.
Asia-Pacific and Latin America (8% of Group revenue) grew 11.1% at constant exchange rates. In Asia-Pacific, which now accounts for three-quarters of activity in this region, growth momentum continues to be buoyant, fueled by the Financial Services and Retail & Consumer Goods sectors. Activity in Latin America continues to decline with a challenging economic environment in Brazil. The operating margin increased 220 basis points to 6.0%.
Year-on-year revenue growth accelerated in Q2 to reach 3.3% at constant exchange rates, 50 basis points above Q1. Q2 year-on-year organic growth was 2.9%.
As anticipated, North America returned to growth in Q2 (+1.0% year-on-year at constant exchange rates), while France slowed slightly (+4.1%) with some unfavorable calendar effects. The United Kingdom & Ireland reported slightly improved momentum (-4.2%), while Brazil slowed further penalizing the Asia-Pacific & Latin America region (+9.0%). Finally, the Rest of Europe continued its sustained growth (+8.1%).
At June 30, 2017, the Group’s total headcount exceeded 196,000, an increase of 6% year-on-year, with nearly 112,000 employees in offshore centers (57% of the total headcount compared with 55% at June 30, 2016).
The Group had €1,315 million in cash and cash equivalents (net of bank overdrafts) at June 30, 2017. After including borrowings of €3,472 million, mainly comprising IGATE acquisition financing secured in 2015, cash management assets and derivative instruments, Group net debt* totals €1,929 million at the end of H1 2017, compared with €1,413 million at the end of 2016. The increase in net debt in the first-half is mainly attributable to the dividend payment and the share buyback program.
FUTURE APPLICATION OF IFRS 15
IFRS 15 on revenue recognition becomes effective on January 1, 2018. The Group has been working with international sector peers and within Syntec Numérique in France on its implementation terms.
The Group can resell hardware, software and services purchased from third-party suppliers to its clients. The new standard amends the principles and indicators determining whether the Group should present these transactions on a gross or net basis (i.e. revenues invoiced to clients are presented net of amounts invoiced by suppliers). Based on preliminary analyses, the Group expects more transactions to be presented on a net revenue basis, resulting in a decrease in revenues estimated to date at around 2%.
The Group will further specify the application impact of this standard when it publishes its 2017 financial statements.
Paul Hermelin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Aiman Ezzat, Chief Financial Officer and Rosemary Stark, Global Sales Officer, will present this press release during a conference call in English to be held today at 8 a.m. Paris time (CET). You can follow this conference call live via webcast at the following link
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October 25, 2017 Publication of 2017 Q3 revenues
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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.
As announced on the publication of the outlook for 2017, organic growth and growth at constant exchange rates are presented after removing the Brazilian equipment resale activity from 2016 and 2017 revenues, to enable comparable presentation of quarterly trends:
H1 currency impacts primarily concern the depreciation of the pound sterling and the appreciation of the U.S., Canadian and Australian dollars and the Brazilian real. The impact of discontinued operations reflects changes in the Brazilian equipment resale business, which generated revenues of €36 million in H1 2016.
Operating margin is one of the Group’s key performance indicators. It is defined as the difference between revenues and operating expenses. 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, 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 in companies acquired, and the effects of curtailments, settlements and transfers of defined benefit pension plans.
Normalized net profit is equal to profit for the year (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 adjusted for cash out relating to net interest cost.