Continued High Organic Growth for SII SII truly impressed us with its high organic growth in
ER&D Acquisitions – Capgemini, Accenture, and Now IBM!
IBM Consulting, formerly IBM Global Business Services, will acquire Dialexa, a product engineering services (PES) vendor headquartered in Dallas, TX.
Ricardo – New CEO, New Strategy, New Priorities
New Ricardo CEO Reshuffled its Strategy Ricardo announced a new strategy and priorities under its new
Assystem Puts an End to its Oil & Gas Debacle
Assystem has put an end to its oil & gas debacle with the end of 51% of MPH to its management.
Bertrandt (Modestly) Shifts its Portfolio to Digital with Philotech
Bertrandt announced its first acquisition in years: Philotech will help the firm to (modestly) shift its portfolio. The company had an estimated EUR40m in revenues and is headquartered in Taufkirchenn, close to Munich, Germany.
Assystem Divests Assystem Care To Improve Its Growth Profile
Assystem Sells Assystem Care to Expleo to Accelerate Growth As disclosed during its H1 2021 results,
Alten Now Positioned on Mid-Sized Acquisitions
Alten Using Mid-Sized Acquisitions to Counterbalance the Pandemic Impact Alten had told investors it would increase
Assystem To Accelerate its Transformation By Selling Assets
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Will Alten Be A Significant Clinical Trials CRO?
ER&D services largest pure-play, Alten, has ambitions as a clinical trials contract research organization (CRO). During Q2 2021, the company completed the acquisition of Cmed. Cmed, a clinical trial CRO based in the UK. It is a small firm with EUR 20m in revenues and 180 consultants. It has specialized in oncology, immuno-oncology, cell therapy, and rare disease.
When Will Sweco Make A Significant Acquisition?
It has been five years since Sweco made its last significant acquisition. In 2015, the company took over Grontmij, which brought 6,000 employees and revenues of EUR 659m.
M&As: Many Tuck-In Acquisitions and Cognizant ESG
ER&D vendors continue to be very active in M&As, with many tuck-in acquisitions. AFRY is now in full acquisition mode with six transactions in 2021 YTD. Competitor Sweco has also accelerated with four transactions. Accenture has made an unusual transaction by taking over a manufacturer of industrial automation and robots in Brazil for Accenture Industry X. Finally, Cognizant acquired a significant German automotive ER&D vendor, ESG.
Assystem Betting on Long-Term with Acquisition in India
Assystem is betting on the long-term with its 99% acquisition of an Indian engineering firm, STUP Consultants. STUP is headquartered in Mumbai, had revenues of approximately EUR 20m and a headcount of 1.1k. It provides transport infrastructure engineering services, mostly around highways, railways, metros, and airports. The company is also present in water treatment and energy engineering.
Segula Acquires the Automotive Engineering Unit of Safran in Spain
French ER&D service vendor, Segula Technologies, acquired the automotive unit of Safran Engineering Services in Valladolid, Spain. The acquired unit is small (with a headcount of 81 engineers). It mostly services Renault.
With Softvision, Cognizant Is Building A New EPAM
In the past three years, Cognizant has been building Softvision as a new EPAM. Like EPAM, Softvision has grown very fast: Softvision 10-12k employees currently, from 2.8k employees at the time of its acquisition in late 2018.
Charles River Gains Large Molecules Expertise, Targeting Biotechs
Charles River Labs (CRL) will gain further expertise for biotechs. The company is to acquire San Francisco-based Distributed Bio, a large molecules specialist firm focusing on antibody discovery. Distributed Bio will become part of CRL’s core R&D business, Discovery & Safety Assessment.
NNIT Shows A Path to Growth in Pharma
We rarely talked about Denmark-based NNIT. The company is the former IT captive of Danish pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk, thus the name NNIT, which stands for Novo Nordisk IT.
More Tuck-In M&As Despite the Pandemic! Belcan, AFRY, and Semcon
Tuck-in M&As continued despite the pandemic and the pending US elections today, with Belcan, AFRY, and Semcon active in the past week.
Sweco’s Latest Acquisition Raises Many Questions
Sweco’s latest acquisition raises many questions. The company acquired a Norwegian architect firm, TAG Arkitekter (TAG).
Wipro Acquires A Semiconductor Engineering Specialist
Wipro joined many competitors in acquiring a semiconductor engineering specialist. ER&D service vendors are rushing into this market, attracted by its long-term growth potential. Indeed, we estimate to ten the number of semi-conductor M&As since 2015. Altran, through the Aricent, GlobalEdge, and SciConTech transactions, has been the most acquisitive. However, all the industry’s brand names have been active, e.g., Tech Mahindra, HCL Tech, Alten, LTTS, and Cyient.
Accenture Strengthens Industry X in Supply Chain
Accenture made another acquisition for Industry X. The new firm acquired by Accenture is named Myrtle Consulting and is headquartered in Houston, TX. We estimate its headcount to below 200. It is a consultancy firm.
Alten Accelerates its M&A Activity
Alten will accelerate its M&A activity in 2020. This is one of the tactical changes that the company announced during its H1 2020 results presentation. The company is also shifting its commercial effort to financial services, energy, and life science, and slightly accelerating its offshore deployment.
Infosys Gains Product Design & Engineering Capabilities with Kaleidoscope
Infosys made a rare acquisition in the world of ER&D with Kaleidoscope Innovation. Kaleidoscope is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, has a headcount of 60 and revenues of USD 21m in calendar 2019. Infosys is paying USD 42m.
Charles River Acquires Cellero for its HemaCare Business
In August, CRL acquired a small firm, Cellero, headquartered close to Boston for USD 38m. Cellero brought a geography presence to HEMA (which is based in California).
Cyient Acquires An Onshore Mining Consulting Unit in Australia
Cyient is to acquire Melbourne-based Integrated Global Partners (IG Partners) for AUD 12m in cash (USD 9m) + earn-outs. IG Partners is a mining business and organizational consulting firm. The company has a specialty in enterprise asset management. It had in FY20 revenues of AUD 15m (USD 11m) and a headcount of 40.
Ricardo Exits the Automotive Engine Testing Business
Ricardo divested, as expected, its engine testing and prototype facility in Belleville, MI. The company had looked for a buyer for more than one year and even bought the property to make the sale of the facility easier.