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Third quarter 2014 revenue

  • Revenue: € 2,209 million; up +5.9% year-on-year
  • Book to bill ratio*: 101%; Strong backlog: € 16.3 billion
  • Net cash position: € 762 million
  • € 80 million cost synergies with Bull integration fully confirmed
  • Double-digit revenue growth for innovative offerings in Cloud, Big Data and Cyber-security
  • With revenue expected to be circa +5% in 2014 (nearly stable organically), full year objectives reaffirmed

Bezons, November 07, 2014

Atos, an international leader in digital services, today announces its revenue for the third quarter of 2014. Revenue was € 2,209 million, up +5.9% year-on-year and down -0.9% organically compared to the third quarter of 2013. Order entry was € 2,222 million, representing a book to bill ratio* of 101%. At the end of September 2014 the Group backlog was € 16.3 billion and the full weighted pipeline was € 5.4 billion. The Group generated € 2 million free cash flow in the third quarter of 2014. Net cash position was € 762 million at the end of September 2014.

Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos, said: “Since the beginning of 2014, the Group reported an improved revenue evolution which we expect to accelerate in the fourth quarter. Leveraging the new capabilities provided by Bull, we strengthen our focus on the strategic growth areas for Cloud computing, Big Data & Cyber-security, and Digital transformation as the Group continues its journey to higher value added services and differentiating offerings. The Group is mobilized to quickly integrate Bull’s operations in order to deliver faster the planned cost synergies. The first nine months of 2014 have been very active, Atos teams having deeply transformed the Company from IT services to payment with Worldline and Big Data with Bull. With 2014 revenue expected at circa +5%, in line with its 2016 Ambition, the Group reaffirms its financial objectives for profitability and cash generation.”

Revenue at constant scope and exchange rates

 

Further to the acquisition of Bull in August 2014 through the successful tender offer on Bull’s capital, Atos consolidates Bull operations from September 1st, 2014.

In € Million Q3 2014 Q3 2013 % change
Statutory revenue 2,209 2,086 +5.9%
Scope effect

 
121

 
Exchange rates effect

 
23

 
Revenue at constant scope and exchange rates 2,209 2,230 -0.9%


Scope effect resulted from the acquisitions of Bull and Cambridge Technology Partners. Exchange rates effect resulted mainly from the British pound strengthening against the euro.

Q3 2014 revenue performance by Service Line

 

Following the consolidation of Bull, the Service Lines “Managed Services” and “Consulting & Systems Integration” include the related activities of Bull since September 1st, 2014.

Figures below for “Big Data & Cyber-security” include the related activities acquired from Bull and the ones from “Consulting & Systems Integration”, starting September 1st, 2014.

In € Million Q3 2014 Q3 2013* % yoy % organic
Managed Services 1,124 1,147 +4.4% -2.1%
Consulting & Systems Integration 764 766 +5.3% -0.2%
Big Data & Cyber-security 49 43 N/A +13.9%
Total IT Services 1,937 1,957 +6,9% -1.0%
Worldline **
272 273 -0.7% -0.5%
TOTAL GROUP 2,209 2,230 +5.9% -0.9%

* at constant scope and exchange rates
** Worldline reported +2.5% organic growth on a stand alone basis


Managed Services

Managed Services revenue including BPO activities was € 1,124 million, up +4.4% year-on-year and down -2.1% organically compared to the third quarter of 2013. UK & Ireland posted strong growth thanks to new major contracts, particularly in BPO. The business also grew in Asia Pacific and in North America with higher volumes and revenue from transition projects. The activity contracted in Germany, France, and Benelux & The Nordics, as a result of price pressure and continued ramp down of contracts already mentioned in the first half. The large contracts signed at the end of the first half of the year were in a transition phase in the third quarter and are expected to contribute to revenue as of the fourth quarter of the year.

Consulting & Systems Integration

Revenue in Consulting & Systems Integration was € 764 million, up +5.3% year-on-year and stable organically compared to the third quarter of 2013. The activity was strong in Public & Health across all geographies and particularly with new projects in Germany with the Ministry of Defense and in Iberia with Correos. While the business was almost flat in Manufacturing, Retail & Transportation, Financial Services declined in France due to the conditions surrounding the renewed contract with LCH Clearnet. Telcos, Media & Utilities was impacted in Germany and in Benelux & The Nordics, mainly by the ramp down of contracts with KPN as reported in the first half of the year.

Big Data & Cyber-security

Figures for “Big Data & Cyber-security” are reported, based on related activities acquired from Bull and the ones from Consulting & Systems Integration. In September 2014, revenue was € 49 million a strong increase compared to September 2013 pro forma revenue. The activity grew with large customers in line with the strong demand for the highly innovative products and services in the fields of Big Data & Cyber-security.

Worldline

On a standalone basis, Worldline revenue grew by +2.5%, including revenue generated with Atos or with Atos customers as part of the sales synergy program. From a contributive perspective, revenue was € 272 million, flat year-on-year.

A detailed review of the revenue of Worldline for the third quarter can be found at worldline.com, in the investors section.

Q3 2014 revenue performance by Business Unit

In € Million Q3 2014 Q3 2013* % yoy % organic
United-Kingdom & Ireland 424 395 +16.5% +7.3%
Germany 390 428 -7.8% -9.0%
France 298 312 +25.0% -4.6%
Benelux & The Nordics 252 273 -5.1% -7.6%
Central & Eastern Europe 206 207 +6.5% -0.2%
North America 147 147 +0.5% +0.1%
Iberia 76 81 +2.4% -6.2%
Other BUs 145 114 +34.0% +26.9%
Total IT Services 1,937 1,957 +6.9% -1.0%
Worldline ** 272 273 -0.7% -0.5%
Total Group 2,209 2,230 +5.9% -0.9%

* at constant scope and exchange rates
** Worldline reported +2.5% organic growth on a stand alone basis


By geography, the Group reported growth in the UK & Ireland, in Asia-Pacific, and in IMEA while North America and Central & Eastern Europe were stable. Revenue declined in Benelux & The Nordics and in France mainly due to the ramp down of several large contracts, while Germany faced a -4.2% base effect related to hardware sales in Q3 2013.

Commercial activity


The Group order entry in the third quarter of 2014 totaled € 2,222 million, representing a book to bill ratio of 101%.

At the occasion of Bull integration, order entry recognition rules have been harmonized after an in-depth review of main the on-going contracts with the Group key clients, to take into account the Atos and Bull track record with their customers. On a stand-alone basis and with former recognition methodology, book to bill would have been 86% compared to 85% in Q3 2013.

During the third quarter, the Group signed several new contracts such as a new 5-years Managed Services contract with a large aircraft manufacturer in France, two contracts with the European Commission in Belgium in Managed Services and in Systems Integration, and two Systems Integration contracts in France in the Public sector.

Several Managed Services contracts were also renewed and extended, for instance in Germany with Carl Zeiss and Unify, and with Symrise including Cloud components and a new project in Systems Integration.

The dynamic was also very positive for the innovative offerings which represent the focus area of the Group. A new contract in Cloud is signed with Schlumberger. LNCC in Brazil agreed for a new contract for an HPC and Big Data related services and the Group signed a new deal with Audi for Digital transformation.

On September 30, 2014, the full backlog was € 16.3 billion including Bull’s contribution of € 0.9 billion. The full qualified pipeline remained healthy at € 5.4 billion, with € 0.6 billion coming from Bull.

Integration of Bull


Following the success of the public offers, Atos now owns more than 95% of Bull (95.6%) allowing its tax consolidation. The Group is now launching a public buy-out offer followed by a squeeze-out of Bull's shares to be completed before the end of 2014.

The Group decided to accelerate the integration of Bull’s operations, leveraging on its proven integration methodology. 14 work streams covering all aspects of the integration (solutions portfolio, human resources, facilities, purchasing...) have already been launched in order to optimize business opportunities, share technological knowledge, and accelerate the realization of the planned synergies. Depending on the timing of implementation, the Group may cash out an additional circa € 20 million during the fourth quarter for the reorganization of the Bull operations.

The tentative timetable of the offer is the following:

  • 25 November 2014: Statement by the AMF certifying that the offer is compliant
  • 02 December 2014: Opening of the buy-out offer period
  • 15 December 2014: Closing of the buy-out offer period
  • 16 December 2014: Implementation of the squeeze-out procedure and last day of trading on Euronext Paris

 

Net cash and free cash flow


The Group free cash flow was € 2 million for the third quarter of the year.

Further to the acquisition of Bull and completion of the Worldline IPO, the Group net cash position as of September 30, 2014 was € 762 million.

Atos has signed a new five year multi-currency revolving credit facility for an amount of € 1.8 billion, maturing in November 2019, with an option for Atos to request the extension of the facility maturity date until November 2021. The facility has been arranged by a syndicate of 13 international banks and was largely oversubscribed, showing the confidence of the market in the credit quality of Atos. It will be available for general corporate purposes and is replacing the former € 1.2 billion facility signed in April 2011 and expiring in April 2016.

The new facility will enable Atos to maintain its financial flexibility and extend the maturity of its financial resources, while being consistent with the Group’s current size, notably after the recent acquisition of Bull. The opening margin is 0.40% per annum above EURIBOR compared to 0.85% per annum for the former facility.

Human Resources


The Atos total headcount was 85,239 at the end of September of 2014, compared to 76,465 at the end of June 2014. 9,054 staff joined the Group from Bull on September 1st, 2014 and 488 people left following the outsourcing of on-site activities in North America.

The majority of the hirings made in the third quarter were in offshore locations and in the UK while around 500 staff were restructured, mostly in continental Europe. At the end of September 2014, the Group offshore capability was 17,111 staff, representing 20% of the Group total headcount (including Bull).

2014 objectives


The Group reaffirms its objectives for 2014:

Revenue
Taking into account 4 months of Bull contribution, the Group expects to grow circa +5% year-on-year (nearly stable organically).

Operating margin
The Group confirms its objective to reach an operating margin rate between 7.5% and 8.0% of revenue, including 4 months of Bull consolidation.

Free cash flow
The Group expects to achieve a free cash flow above 2013 level (before circa € 20 million potential additional cash-out to accelerate the Bull reorganization as mentioned above).

Conference call


Today, November 07, 2014, Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Global Operations Charles Dehelly along with Chief Financial Officer Michel-Alain Proch, and Patrick Adiba, Chief Commercial Officer, will comment on Atos’ third quarter 2014 revenue and answer questions from the financial community during a conference call in English starting at 8:00 am (CET - Paris).

The audio conference numbers are:

France dial-in : +33 1 70 99 32 08 code 948756
UK dial-in : +44 20 71 62 00 77 code 948756
US dial-in : +1 334 323 6201 code 948756


The conference (audio and webcast) and the presentation will also be available on our website.

Forthcoming event

 

February 19, 2015 Full year 2014 results

 

Contacts

 

Investor Relations:
Gilles Arditti
Tel +33 (0) 1 73 26 00 66
gilles.arditti@atos.net

Press:
Caroline Crouch
Tel +44 77 333 100 86
caroline.crouch@atos.net

Josephina de Vries
Tel +31 (0) 6 30 27 26 11
jose.devries@atos.net

Appendix

 

Q3 2014 revenue by Market

In € million Q3 2014 Q3 2013* % organic
Manufacturing, Retail & Transportation 752 781 -3.7%
Public & Health 568 533 +6.7%
Telcos, Media & Utilities 495 508 -2.7%
Financial Services 395 408 -3.4%
TOTAL GROUP 2,209 2,230 -0.9%

* at constant scope and exchange rates

 

9 months revenue by Service Line

In € Million 9M 2014 9M 2013* % organic
Managed Services 3,262 3,337 -2.2%
Consulting & Systems Integration 2,267 2,301 -1,5%
Big Data & Cyber-security 49 43 +13.9%
Total IT Services 5,579 5,681 -1.8%
Worldline 807 807 -0.0%
TOTAL GROUP 6,385 6,488 -1.6%

* at constant scope and exchange rates

 

9 months revenue by Business Unit

In € Million 9M 2014 9M 2013* % organic
United-Kingdom & Ireland 1,236 1,192 +3.7%
Germany 1,174 1,237 -5.1%
France 803 828 -3.0%
Benelux & The Nordics 752 819 -8.1%
Central & Eastern Europe 595 607 -2.1%
North America 439 445 -1.5%
Iberia 221 229 -3.1%
Other BUs 359 325 +10.5%
Total IT Services 5,579 5,681 -1.8%
Worldline 807 807 -0.0%
TOTAL GROUP 6,385 6,488 -1.6%

* at constant scope and exchange rates

 

9 months revenue by Market

In € million 9M 2014 9M 2013* % organic
Manufacturing, Retail & Transportation 2,193 2,282 -3.9%
Public & Health 1,579 1,501 +5.2%
Telcos, Media & Utilities 1,431 1,504 -4.9%
Financial Services 1,183 1,200 -1.4%
TOTAL GROUP 6,385 6,488 -1.6%

* at constant scope and exchange rates

 

About Atos


Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a digital services leader with 2013 pro forma annual revenue of € 10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Cyber-security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications, and Transportation.

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline.

Disclaimers


This document contains further forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning the Group's expected growth and profitability in the future. Actual events or results may differ from those described in this document due to a number of risks and uncertainties that are described within the 2013 Reference Document filed with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) on April 2, 2014 under the registration number: D14-0272 and its update filed with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) on August 5, 2014 under the registration number: D.14-0272-A01.

Business Units include Germany, France, United-Kingdom & Ireland, Benelux & The Nordics (BTN: The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Estonia), Worldline, Central & Eastern Europe (CEE: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Turkey), North America (USA and Canada), Iberia (Spain, Portugal, and Andorra), and Other Business Units including Major Events, Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Uruguay), Asia-Pacific (Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand), India, Middle East & Africa (IMEA: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Gabon, India, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa and UAE), and Cloud & Enterprise Software.

Revenue organic growth is presented at constant scope and exchange rates.



[*] See “Commercial activity”

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