Alten Finishes 2021 with an Indian-like Growth Rate

/ January 30, 2022

lten finished 2021 with an India-growth rate. For the third consecutive quarter, Alten has an organic (cc/cs) revenue growth close to 20%, reaching 23.2% in Q4. The company benefitted from favorable comps (-17.4% in Q4 2020) and HR decisions.

SII: Simply the Best this Quarter

/ November 10, 2021

II was simply the best this quarter. The France-headquartered ER&D services vendor had its revenues up 24.0% yoy (at cc/cs) in Q3 2021/Q2 FY22. SII matched Alten’s excellent performance (+24.0% at cc/cs) despite relatively demanding comps. Unlike peers, SII had limited exposure to automotive and aeronautics. In FY21, its revenues were only slightly down, by 1.5% at cc/cs. SII, therefore, managed to grow its Q2 FY22 revenues despite relatively demanding comps (-4.5%). Alten’s decline during the same quarter was 9.4% yoy.

More Diversification And Sustainability Ahead For Ricardo

/ November 1, 2021

Ricardo announced in September its priorities for the years to come: further client diversification, a focus on Asia and North America, a continued refresh of its service portfolio, and sustainability in all its forms. These priorities are very much in line with Ricardo’s strategy in the past few years.

Accenture Gets Big in Germany with Umlaut

/ June 15, 2021

Accenture made a big move with the acquisition of Umlaut, an ER&D vendor headquartered in Germany. The transaction comes as a surprise: umlaut brings EUR 350m in revenues. It is the first sizable acquisition that Accenture made for Industry X. Up to now

Assystem Betting on Long-Term with Acquisition in India

/ March 8, 2021

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.

UPDATED: Atos Approaches DXC in a USD 10bn Transaction

/ January 7, 2021

Following a Reuters news release, European IT services vendor Atos confirmed it had submitted to the Board of DXC an unsolicited non-binding offer to acquire the firm. The offer is at a preliminary stage. Reuters estimated Atos’ offer to USD 10bn.

Sweco, Nordics’ Alten, Impressed in Q3!

/ November 7, 2020

The more we get to know Sweco, the more we think it is similar to Alten. Sweco impressed in Q3 2020 by limiting its revenue decline by 2% yoy at cc/cs, to SEK 4,547m (~USD 526m).

Bertrand Does Better than Competitors in Q3

/ September 6, 2020

Bertrandt reported its Q3 FY20 results (calendar Q2 2020). Revenues were EUR 205m, down by a massive-20.9% yoy, and the EBIT margin was -0.9% (Q3 FY19: +2.7%). Yet, Bertrandt’s results were better than those of EDAG ( yoy revenues down by 32.6%) and Akka (-31.4% yoy at CC/CS).

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.

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.

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.

Alten Slows Down in Q4. Points to Market Adjustment

/ February 3, 2020

Alten’s revenues in Q4 slowed down to a growth of +7.3% yoy (at CC/CS ), following double-digit CC/CS growth during Q1-Q3 2019. The company suffered from a demanding comparison basis (+13.7% in Q4 2018), and one lesser working day in several countries (a 0.15% impact on the group’s revenues).

Wipro Still Reinventing its Industrial and Engineering Business in Q3 FY20

/ January 19, 2020

Wipro announced a mild growth in the revenues of its Industrial and Engineering (I&E) business unit in Q3 FY20: I&E revenues were up by 3.1% only (to USD 151m). Revenues included a small contribution from the recent ITI acquisition and were impacted by the market conditions in the semiconductor industry and softness in 5G adoption.

UPDATED: Bertrandt Ends its FY19 with a Low Point

/ December 12, 2019

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).