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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.
NelsonHall has posted an analysis of the Capgemini acquisition of Altran. NelsonHall is taking a Capgemini and IT services perspective, whereas, in this blog, we have made comments with our ER&D lenses. Enjoy.
Capgemini is to acquire Altran, for €5.0bn, including €3.6bn in cash and Altran’s net debt of €1.4bn (gross debt of €1.8bn). The company has already secured the 11% stake in Altran that Apax Partners holds and will rely on the financing, on its €1bn cash position and a €4.4bn bond issue.
We usually do not comment on the M&A activities of major PLM ISVs. However, Dassault Systèmes’ acquisition of Medidata, an NYC-headquartered ISV specialized in software to manage clinical trials and commercial launches, is worth a thought or two.
Altran achieved in Q1 2019 a CC/CS growth yoy of 8.1% despite the impact of the decline in revenues of Aricent (-2% at CC/CS) and its cyber-attack (impacting the revenue growth of Altran by 200 bps).
Segula Technologies has opened a new delivery center, close to Montbéliard, in the east of France. Segula will use the delivery center for its offsite projects, targeting the automotive industry (i.e., PSA) and its suppliers initially. Over time, Segula wants to diversify its client base to other sectors.
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
Assystem’s 2018 earnings were in line with its guidance. The company already had communicated its revenue performance, with a disappointing H1 (+0.8% at CC/CS) and a very good H2 (+13.2%).
SII’s growth in Q3 FY19 slowed down a bit: revenues were up 11.8% yoy and up 12.3% yoy at CC/CS (H1: +14.5% at CC/CS). The relative slowdown came from international operations (+16.6% at CC/CS in Q3, vs. H1: +21.2%), while France was stable at +9.0% in Q3 (H1: 9.1%).