Dassault Sytems Lowers its Q1 2020 Guidance: Read-Throughs for the ER&D Service Industry

/ April 7, 2020

Dassault Systems lowered it Q1 2020: the company is now expecting revenue growth in the range of 14%-17%, down from a 20-23% guidance (that includes the acquisition of Medidata). The company has suffered from weaker than expected new license and services revenues. Meanwhile, revenues of Medidata were on a “momentum and license renewals were up too.

Covid-19 Will Mostly Impact the ER&D Onshore Industry

/ March 19, 2020

Since we published our last note on the impact of Covid-19 on ER&D spending, the situation has changed with Covid-19, having now spread to Europe and soon the US. Already, The European Central Bank is predicting a GDP decline of 5% in 2020, based on the impact of three months of confinement.

Tuck-In Acquisitions Continue Despite the Stock Markets Melt-Down

/ March 11, 2020

Despite the stock market melt-down, ER&D vendors have continued to make tuck-in acquisitions in the past two weeks. The acquired firms were of small size and not likely to impact the net debt of their new owners. However, should the Covid-19-China-US trade-war-Stock Markets meltdown-oil price crisis degenerate into a recession, we expect suck tuck-in acquisitions to become scarce.

Akka Launches a Mandatory Offer for Data Respons

/ March 10, 2020

Akka has launched a mandatory offer for Data Respons (DR) that will provide shareholders the opportunity to sell their DR shares. The company has been active on the stock markets since the end of its tender offer on February 13, raising its stake from 72.9% to 78.1%. Akka is hoping to reach 95% of shares and launch a squeeze-out offer later one.

The Head of Tech Mahindra IES Becomes COO at Cyient

/ March 7, 2020

Karthik Natarajan, the former head of Tech Mahindra’s Integrated Engineering Services (IES), has joined Cyient as COO. We think, the appointment of Mr. Natarajan is a welcome move for Cyient, which has faced growth challenges in the past quarters, resulting from its client concentration and its exposure to Boeing and Pratt & Whitney.

What An Economic Recession Means to the ER&D Industry

/ March 4, 2020

The US Federal Reserve yesterday lowered “the target range for the federal funds” by 50 bps to 1%-1.25%. Although the “fundamentals of the US economy remain strong,” “the coronavirus poses evolving risks to economic activity,” communicated the Fed.

Covid-19: Slowdown in ER&D Spending Now Likely

/ February 29, 2020

Currently, Covid-19 has only affected China significantly, although having spread in South Korea, Japan, and Northern Italy.
Several ER&D vendors have been impacted so far: Ricardo has warned that the situation in the Chinese automotive market would have a “material” effect on its profit.

Spotlight on EPAM Systems

/ February 23, 2020

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Bertrandt: Soft Quarter in Q1 FY20

/ February 23, 2020

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.

Altran Suffers from a Temporary Slowdown in Q4

/ February 13, 2020

Altran’s organic growth slowed down to +3.3% yoy in Q4. The company suffered from two main effects: Brexit delaying decision-making in the UK and deteriorating market conditions in the German automotive market. As a result, Altran’s North Europe and Central Europe business units were down by respectively 9.6% and 8.4% yoy in Q4.