After its unexpected revenue growth slowdown in Q4, Akka suffered from a disappointing result: it secured only 64% of the shares of Data Repons. Akka has received regulatory clearance from the German cartel office authority, so now has control over Data Response.
In a November blog, we had mentioned that Akka had issued €175m in convertible bonds. Akka acted fast and announced this morning its most expensive acquisition to date, that of Data Respons, a vendor headquartered in Oslo, Norway, for
We don’t usually comment on the financial performance of ER&D service vendors beyond their financials. But this time, this is a little bit different: Akka Technologies raised yesterday EUR 175m in convertible bonds, a significant amount for Akka, which has a market cap of EUR ~EUR 1.2bn.
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%.
Akka has a somewhat soft financial performance in Q1 2019. The company’s organic (CC/CS) revenue growth reached 6.6%, impacted by a lesser number of working days yoy, a 0.5% sequential decrease in its headcount, and by high attrition (20.8%, up by 230 bps yoy).
We are now entering the season for Q1 earnings, and as always we will look into changes in major trends. The state of the automotive industry will be an area we will be closely monitoring.
Akka performed well in full-year 2018: revenues were up 9.5% at CC/CS to EUR 1,505m. The company demonstrates, quarter after quarter, its ability to grow quickly in geographies, large or small
Akka was the last to announce its revenue performance in Q3 2018, after Alten and Altran. The performance of the company was strong with a 12.8% CC/CS yoy growth to EUR 350m, thanks to aerospace, automotive and railways/trains. Demand
Akka’s CC/CS revenue growth in Q2 2018 slowed down to 6.2% (to EUR 358m), despite a flat number of working days during the quarter. This slowdown comes after an impressive Q1 2018, when CC/CS growth had reached 8.3%, despite
Altran, Alten, and Akka have in the past year accelerated their expansion into the US ER&D services market. It is striking to see how they have taken different routes. Altran swallows Aricent and gets scale in the US telecom
Akka Technologies intends to acquire Irving, TX-based PDS Tech, in line with its Clear 2022 ambition plan to develop into the US market. PDS Tech had 2017 revenues of USD 260m, an operating margin reported by a financial analyst
ERDservices is pleased to announce its ranking of the fastest-growing ER&D service vendors in CY 2017. Note that this ranking is based on reported numbers (and not on CC or CC/CS numbers). More about the methodology below the chart.