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Ricardo announced mixed results for full-year FY19. Revenues were up 2% to £384m, with flat CC/CS growth. We estimate that revenues declined slightly (flat to -1%) in H2, impacted by a collapse in Technical Consulting (TC), it ER&D unit.
Jacobs Engineering, a US infrastructure giant, is to acquire the nuclear engineering business of (another infrastructure giant in the UK) Wood. Jacobs is paying an enterprise value of USD 300m.
KPIT published its Q1 FY20, its second quarterly earnings since it became an automotive ER&D pure-play, since the sale of its IT service business to Birlasoft, last year.
PSA finalized its outsourcing contract with Segula, almost one year after it was announced. Looking at the details, the scope of the contract is much smaller than expected, with the people transfer initially involving 700 employees, rather than the 2,000 expected. Segula has agreed to take over the new engineers and guaranteed similar wages and benefits and also purchasing buildings and facilities.
The performance of major ER&D service vendors showed great diversity in Q2. Alten showed, as always, very solid growth (+ 12.4% at CC/CS) and so did HCL Tech (+13.3% at CC).
After the profit warning of EDAG in July, Germany’s largest automotive ER&D pure-play, Bertrandt, also issued a profit warning. The company lowered its EBIT margin range guidance to 5%-7.5%, down from 7%-9% previously. Bertrandt is suffering from project delays and low utilization rates.
Akka surprised investors with a CC/CS revenue growth slowdown in Q2 2019: revenues were up 5.1% yoy at CC (vs. 6.6% in Q1). Utilization declined by 50 bps yoy, and attrition (excluding PDS Tech) was up by a massive 530 bps, to 23.3%.
Still aiming to take control of Altran, Capgemini is open to show flexibility in its ownership structure. The company targets at least 50.1% of the shares of Altran and will accommodate large minority shareholders.
EDAG issued last night a profit warning for its full-year 2019 operations. The company is now expecting revenue growth by approximately 1% (previous guidance 5%), an adjusted EBIT margin of 4%-5% (previously 5%-7%), and a net profit of EUR 10m.