Atos Origin 2007 First Half Results. Revenues up +7.2%. Operating margin at EUR 118 million and 4.1 % of revenues
01/08/2007
Transformation Plan progressing steadily
Paris, 1 August 2007 -
Atos Origin, an international information technology services company, today announced its 2007 first half results.

  EUR million

H1 2007

H1 2006

Revenues

2,890

2,696 

Operating Margin
% revenues

118 
4,1% 

133 
4,9% 

Operating Income

108 

59 

   Net income Group share

57   

10   



Revenues

The Group achieved consolidated revenues of EUR 2,890 million in H1 2007, up by +7.2% compared to H1 2006 in line with expectations.

At constant scope and exchange rates, revenues organic growth was +2.7%. The services revenues growth excluding purchases for re-selling was +10.1 %, representing an organic growth of +6.0%.

Consulting
saw a decrease in revenues of -6.5% mainly coming from the down-sizing of the operations engaged in Q4 2006 in the United Kingdom. However the utilization rate grew by +4 points between H2 2006 and H1 2007 in the United Kingdom.

While The Netherlands revenues were stable, Iberia and Belgium continued to develop, both achieving strong organic growth. France remained affected by volume capacity and a new CEO was hired and took over the Consulting division last May.

Revenues in Systems Integration saw organic growth of +3.9% driven by The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium with +6%, Spain at +11%, Americas, Mediterranean countries and Asia Pacific above +20%, while revenues were stable in France.

Revenue decreased in the United Kingdom and Italy as the result of restructuring initiated in 2006.


Managed Operations
achieved organic growth of +3.1%, with all the large territories progressing except the United Kingdom affected for the last time by the Metropolitan Police contract. This will be compensated as of H2 2007 by the new large contracts which were ramping up in H1 2007. Atos Worldline continued to develop satisfactorily and the integration of Banksys is well underway.


Operating margin

In H1 2007 the operating margin reached EUR 118 million at 4.1 % of the revenues (EUR 129 million before costs of Transformation Plan) compared to EUR 133 million in H1 2006.

Excluding Transformation costs, the operating margin rate is 4.5% above 4.2% reached in H2 2006 showing effects of the actions launched. A progressive improvement was observed as the operating margin rate increased by more than one point between Q1 and Q2 2007.


Operating income and net income

The operating income reached EUR 108 million after reorganisation and rationalisation charges for EUR 29 million mainly in Italy and in the United Kingdom and a EUR 22 million gain on disposal mainly for the Actis EDI business in Germany.


The net income group share reached EUR 57 million compared with EUR 10 million last year.


Cash Flow

The net debt was at EUR 509 million at the end of June 2007. As anticipated, the level of capital expenditure was EUR 169 million due to start up investment for more than EUR 50 million related to new contracts signed in H2 2006 in Managed Operations, to the consolidation of mainframe and data centres in line with the execution of the Transformation Plan for EUR 20 million, and to the financing policy of the Group to replace operating lease by capital investments.

The full capital expenditure level expected for the total year 2007 is maintained at 4.6% of the revenues.

The impact on cash flow from the increase of capital expenditure in H1 2007 was mitigated by a strong action of the Group to diminish change in working capital, which seasonal increase in the first half of the year was reduced by half compared to H1 2006.


3O3 Transfomation Plan:

The 3O3 Transformation Plan launched in February this year and focused on 7 initiatives is now divided into more than 70 projects involving all the countries of Atos Origin.

During H1 2007 with a very strong internal involvement, the Transformation Plan has already achieved a number of overall measurable results in each initiative including:

  • the opening of Atos University Sales & Markets,
  • the choice of common industrialization tools, processes and organization for all countries,
  • the implementation of a new governance model in India,
  • the start of an aggressive recruitment campaign for offshoring, doubling our monthly net additions in India from January 07 to June 07,
  • the launch of an adaptation plan for 700 staff in System Integration France,
  • the acceleration of consolidation of mainframe activities into one centre in Germany, and the closing of such centre in Italy,
  • the closing of two data centres, three other centres preparing to close,
  • specific global purchasing projects launched on 5 priority categories to provide quick wins.


Outlook 2007

The Group confirms the objective of revenues top line growth at +8.5%.

The Group reached an operating margin rate of 4.5% before Transformation Plan during the first half of 2007 and maintains the objective to be above the 4.6% reached in 2006.

The objectives for 2007 are confirmed despite the announcement on 25 July 2007 by the British Department of Health that the diagnostics services contract with Atos Origin is terminated.

2007 will pave the way to 2009, with a confirmation of our objective to double the operating margin in absolute value in 2009 compared to 2006.