Accenture Reports Solid Third-Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results,
With Record Quarterly Revenues and EPS
— Revenues increase 6% in U.S. dollars and 9% in local currency, to $7.2 billion —
— EPS up 11%, to $1.03 —
— Operating income increases 12%, to $1.06 billion, with operating margin of 14.8% —
— New bookings are $7.3 billion, with consulting bookings of $4.05 billion
and outsourcing bookings of $3.24 billion —
— Company continues to expect full-year revenue growth in range of
10% to 12% in local currency —
NEW YORK; June 28, 2012 — Accenture (NYSE: ACN) reported financial results in line with its guided range for the third quarter of fiscal 2012, ended May 31, 2012. Net revenues were $7.2 billion, an increase of 6 percent in U.S. dollars and 9 percent in local currency over the same period last year. Diluted earnings per share were $1.03, an increase of $0.10 over the same period last year, driven principally by higher revenue and operating results.
Operating income was $1.06 billion, an increase of 12 percent over the same period last year, and operating margin was 14.8 percent, compared with 14.1 percent for the same period last year.
New bookings for the quarter were $7.29 billion, with consulting bookings of $4.05 billion and outsourcing bookings of $3.24 billion.
Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chief executive officer, said, “We are pleased with our third-quarter performance. Our revenue growth in local currency was broad-based across all five operating groups and all three geographic regions, with particularly strong growth in outsourcing revenues. Quarterly new bookings of $7.3 billion took us to $23 billion for the first three quarters of the year, positioning us very well to achieve our annual outlook. Our balance sheet remains very strong, with a cash balance of $5.6 billion.
“While we continue to monitor the global economic environment, our highly diversified portfolio of business continues to position us well to drive profitable growth and deliver value to our clients and shareholders.”
Revenues before reimbursements (“net revenues”) for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 were $7.2 billion, compared with $6.7 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2011, an increase of 6 percent in U.S. dollars and 9 percent in local currency.
Diluted EPS for the quarter were $1.03, compared with $0.93 for the third quarter last year, an increase of $0.10, or 11 percent. The $0.10 increase in EPS reflects:
partially offset by:
Gross margin (gross profit as a percentage of net revenues) for the quarter was 33.1 percent, compared with 34.4 percent for the third quarter last year. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the third quarter were $1.31 billion, or 18.3 percent of net revenues, compared with $1.36 billion, or 20.2 percent of net revenues, for the third quarter last year. SG&A costs in the third quarter last year included a $75 million provision, with an impact of 110 basis points, for litigation matters.
Operating income for the quarter was $1.06 billion, or 14.8 percent of net revenues, compared with $949 million, or 14.1 percent of net revenues, for the third quarter of fiscal 2011, an expansion of 70 basis points.
The company’s effective tax rate for the quarter was 28.5 percent, compared with 27.0 percent for the third quarter last year. The higher rate in the third quarter this year was primarily due to a net increase in reserves and a change in the geographic mix of income.
Net income for the quarter was $763 million, compared with $699 million for the third quarter last year, an increase of 9 percent.
Operating cash flow for the quarter was $1.22 billion, and property and equipment additions were $90 million. Free cash flow, defined as operating cash flow net of property and equipment additions, was $1.13 billion. For the same period last year, operating cash flow was $1.35 billion; property and equipment additions were $113 million; and free cash flow was $1.24 billion.
Days services outstanding, or DSOs, were 30 days, compared with 30 days at Aug. 31, 2011 and 32 days at May 31, 2011.
Accenture’s total cash balance at May 31, 2012 was $5.6 billion, compared with $5.7 billion at Aug. 31, 2011.
Utilization for the quarter was 87 percent, compared with 87 percent for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 and 85 percent for the third quarter of fiscal 2011. Attrition for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 was 13 percent, compared with 12 percent for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 and 15 percent for the third quarter of fiscal 2011.
New bookings for the third quarter were $7.29 billion and reflect a negative 4 percent foreign-currency impact compared with new bookings in the third quarter last year.
Net Revenues by Operating Group
Net revenues by operating group were as follows:
Net Revenues by Geographic Region
Net revenues by geographic region were as follows:
Returning Cash to Shareholders
Accenture continues to return cash to shareholders through cash dividends and share repurchases.
On May 15, 2012, a semi-annual cash dividend of 67.5 cents per share was paid on Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 13, 2012, and on Accenture SCA Class I common shares to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 10, 2012.
Combined with the semi-annual cash dividend of 67.5 cents per share paid on Nov. 15, 2011, this brings the total dividend payments for the fiscal year to $1.35 per share, for total cash dividend payments of $951 million.
Share Repurchase Activity
During the third quarter of fiscal 2012, Accenture repurchased or redeemed 10.7 million shares, including 9.8 million shares repurchased in the open market, for a total of $653 million. This brings Accenture’s total share repurchases and redemptions for the first three quarters of fiscal 2012 to 24.7 million shares, including 19.7 million shares repurchased in the open market, for a total of approximately $1.4 billion.
Accenture’s total remaining share repurchase authority at May 31, 2012 was approximately $4.8 billion.
At May 31, 2012, Accenture had approximately 697 million total shares outstanding, including 639 million Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares and 58 million Accenture SCA Class I common shares and Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares.
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2012
Accenture expects net revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 to be in the range of $6.60 billion to $6.85 billion. This range assumes a foreign-exchange impact of negative 7 percent compared with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.
Full Fiscal Year 2012
Accenture’s business outlook for the full 2012 fiscal year now assumes a foreign-exchange impact of negative 2 percent compared with fiscal 2011; its previous outlook for full-year foreign-exchange impact was negative 1 percent.
For fiscal 2012, the company continues to expect revenue growth to be in the range of 10 percent to 12 percent in local currency.
The company has updated and narrowed its range for diluted EPS for fiscal 2012 to $3.80 to $3.84 from its previously guided range of $3.82 to $3.90. The update is primarily due to the company’s revised foreign-exchange assumption, which reduced the range by approximately $0.04.
Accenture continues to expect operating margin for the full fiscal year to be in the range of 13.7 percent to 13.9 percent, an expansion of 10 to 30 basis points.
The company now expects operating cash flow to be $3.55 billion to $3.85 billion and property and equipment additions to be $350 million and continues to expect free cash flow to be in the range of $3.2 billion to $3.5 billion. The company continues to expect its annual effective tax rate to be in the range of 27 percent to 28 percent.
Accenture expects new bookings for the full fiscal year to be toward the upper end of its previously guided range of $28 billion to $31 billion.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
Accenture will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. EDT today to discuss its third-quarter fiscal 2012 financial results. To participate, please dial +1 (888) 276-0010 [+1 (612) 332-0720 outside the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada] approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the call. The conference call will also be accessible live on the Investor Relations section of the Accenture Web site at www.accenture.com.
A replay of the conference call will be available online at www.accenture.com beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT today, Thursday, June 28, and continuing until Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. A podcast of the conference call will be available online at www.accenture.com beginning approximately 24 hours after the call and continuing until Wednesday, Sept. 26. The replay will also be available via telephone by dialing +1 (800) 475-6701 [+1 (320) 365-3844 outside the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada] and entering access code 248732 from 7:00 p.m. EDT today, Thursday, June 28, through Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 249,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$25.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
Non-GAAP Financial Information
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