Ricardo Suffers from its Exposure to Automotive in FY20

/ September 14, 2020

Ricardo paid the price for its exposure to the automotive sector, which represents 55% of total revenues. After a stable H1 FY20 (the ending June 30, 2020), H2 collapsed with revenues down 23% at cc/cs (our estimate). Surprisingly, Ricardo performed worse than an automotive pure-play such as EDAG (-14.8% during the same period) and Akka (-20.3% at cc/cs).

Assystem Bounced Back in June

/ August 29, 2020

As expected, Assystem suffered in Q2 2020: revenues declined by 13.7% yoy CC/CS during the quarter. Staffing was down by 16.3%, while Energy & Infrastructure did somewhat better (-13.3%). The core nuclear engineering business was down by 10.1% (our estimate).

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.

Accenture Acquires Two Firms in October YTD

/ October 20, 2019

It has been almost three years since Accenture launched Industry X.0, and we estimate that Accenture acquired nine competitors in these 36 months. The pace is accelerating with Accenture having five competitors in 2019, YTD.

Cognizant wins a large PES contract at AVEVA

/ May 11, 2019

ERDservices.org rarely reports about Cognizant, the NJ-headquartered but India-centric IT services giant in the space of ER&D services. Despite its size (2018 revenues of USD 16.1bn) and high-growth, Cognizant is little-visible in the ER&D area and is not a significant player in this industry.

Ricardo renews and expands its engine manufacturing contract with McLaren

/ February 21, 2019

British ER&D service vendor Ricardo has renewed and expanded its engine manufacturing contract with McLaren. The company will manufacture engines for McLaren’s Track 25 plan. McLaren is expanding its car portfolio and as part of Track 25, will design 18 new models or derivatives of existing models.

Belcan continues to acquire in the UK

/ February 4, 2019

Belcan made its second acquisition in the UK, since it was taken over by PE AE Industrial Partners. The acquired firm is Sitec, through its two units Sitec Design and Sitec Recruitment.