Bertrandt had a soft quarter in Q1 FY20 (corresponding to calendar Q4 2019): revenues were flat (+0.4%) to EUR 263m, impacted by project delays, and reduced utilization rates in its Digital Engineering (DE) unit (-3.0%). DE, Bertrandt’s largest unit (55% of revenues), suffered from Germany OEMs shifting their R&D spending to digital.
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
Bertrandt had a mixed Q4 FY19 performance with revenues up 2.6% and an EBIT margin of 5.2% (down 330 bps). For the full year, revenues reached EUR 1,060m, up 3,8%, within the guidance range the company had provided (EUR 1,041-1,071m).
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.
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.
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.
Accenture continues to deploy its M&A strategy and has made its fifth acquisition for Industry X.0. The company acquired Zielpuls, an ER&D vendor servicing the German automotive industry. Zielpuls is an embedded systems specialist.
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
As expected, Volkswagen and Ford have provided some detail on their long-awaited partnership. Ford will design and build mid-sized pickups for Volkswagen, with the first vehicles ready in 2022. It will also build large commercial vans, while Volkswagen will develop a city van. In addition, the two firms intend to work together on mobility services, EVs and autonomous vehicles.
It is striking to see how few onshore ER&D service vendors have built a significant Indian or nearshore presence. Onshore vendors do acknowledge that the Indian ER&D service vendors grow faster than they do but argue that most of the Indian vendors service U.S. clients or industries (mostly, ISVs, technology vendors and telecom equipment manufacturers) they do not quite address.