Sopra Steria: Revenue for Q3 2015: €845.8m

Solid organic growth: 3.2%

PARIS--()--Regulatory News:

Sopra Steria Group (Paris:SOP) generated revenue of €845.8 million in the third quarter of 2015, representing organic growth of 3.2%.

Sopra Steria: revenue - Q3 2015
€m / %   Q3 2015   Q3 2014

Restated*

  Q3 2014

Reported

 

Organic

growth

  Total

growth

                     
Revenue   845.8   819.2   341.5   3.2%   147.7%
* Revenue at 2015 scope and exchange rates
 

Comments on Q3 2015 business activity

Business activity in Q3 2015 generally followed the trend seen in first-half 2015.

In France, the Group had a good third quarter with revenue of €317.6 million, representing organic growth of 3.4%. It should be noted that the French scope benefited from one additional business day compared to last year.

  • Consulting & Systems Integration showed good momentum (organic growth of 5.6%), with €269.4 million in revenue. This performance confirms the successful integration achieved between Sopra and Steria and illustrates the revenue synergies arising from the Group’s new positioning in the French market. All economic sectors contributed to this performance, including telecommunications, which returned to growth over the quarter. In this context, downtime between projects remained low and recruitment continued at a strong pace: this activity should see around 2,000 new hires by the end of 2015.
  • I2S (Infrastructure & Security Services) posted negative organic growth of 7.8%, with revenue of €48.2 million. In the IT infrastructure management business, for which the Group’s priority remains profitability, work continued on repositioning and increasing contract selectivity with a greater focus on added value. Some contracts were renewed and extended with this in mind over the quarter. The Cybersecurity business was once again boosted by strong momentum and major opportunities in its pipeline.

In the United Kingdom, the Group’s quarterly revenue came to €256.7 million, representing negative organic growth of 2.4%. Growth was strong in the public sector, especially for joint ventures with the UK administration (NHS SBS and SSCL), and sales opportunities in these areas remain promising. In the private sector, the business dipped decreased and some projects were postponed until 2016. For 2015 as a whole, business in the region should be stable given the growth expected in the fourth quarter.

In Other Europe, third-quarter revenue amounted to €162.0 million, representing organic growth of 8.7%. In Germany, the gradual improvement in operating performance continued with several major signings, particularly in the banking sector, enabling the country to post two consecutive quarters of growth for the first time since Q3 2013. Spain and Scandinavia continued to grow at a brisk pace, while Italy and Switzerland posted more modest growth. The BeLux (Belgium/Luxembourg) region was once again affected over the quarter by the end of the Schengen project.

Sopra Banking Software posted revenue of €63.8 million for the third quarter of 2015, representing organic growth of 10.8%. Growth was particularly strong in France, the Middle East / Africa region and the United Kingdom with the “Platform” and “Amplitude” products. This momentum illustrates the major role that products could play in the future in overhauling banks’ IT systems. Banks are looking to reduce their maintenance costs while keeping their systems agile and in step with developments in the digital realm. With this in mind, the Group continued steadily investing in research and development. It should be noted that the base of comparison for Q4 2015 will be high as a result of the contract signed with La Banque Postale in Q4 2014.

The Other Solutions division was buoyant with organic growth of 8.3% for the quarter and €45.7 million in revenue. Growth was strong for both Sopra HR Software and the property management solutions.

Workforce

At 30 September 2015, the Group’s total workforce comprised 37,031 people (37,358 people as of 31 December 2014), with 17.9% assigned to X-Shore zones.

Changes in scope

CIMPA, a company specialising in PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) which joined the Group on 1 October 2015, will be consolidated as of Q4 2015. Revenue for this entity, in Q4 2014, was €27.6 million.

Outlook

At the end of Q3 2015, Sopra Steria confirmed its 2015 targets: organic revenue growth of around 2.0% and an operating margin on business activity of around 6.5%.

Upcoming event

Monday, 29 February 2016: Presentation of 2015 annual results – 9:00 a.m. / Shangri-La Hotel, Paris.

About Sopra Steria

Sopra Steria, a European leader in digital transformation, has one of the most extensive portfolios of offerings available on the market, spanning consulting, systems integration, development of industry-specific solutions, infrastructure management and business process services. It provides end-to-end solutions to address the core business needs of large companies and organisations, helping them remain competitive and grow. Combining added value with innovative high-performance services, Sopra Steria excels in guiding its clients through their transformation projects to help them make the most of digital technology. With 37,000 employees in over 20 countries, Sopra Steria Group had pro forma revenue of €3.4 billion in 2014.

Sopra Steria Group (SOP) is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (Compartment A) – ISIN: FR0000050809

For more information, visit us at www.soprasteria.com

Annexes

Sopra Steria: impact on revenue of changes in scope and exchange rates - 9 months 2015
€m   9M 2015   9M 2014   Growth
             
Revenue 2,613.9 1,063.8 + 145.7%
Change in scope related to the Sopra Steria merger       1,393.3    
Revenue adjusted pro forma for the Sopra Steria merger   2,613.9   2,457.1   + 6.4%
Other changes in scope 14.4
Change in exchange rates       81.7    
Revenue at constant scope and exchange rates   2,613.9   2,553.2   + 2.4%
 
Sopra Steria: revenue by reporting entity - 9M 2015
€m / %   9M 2015   9M 2014

Restated*

  9M 2014

Reported

 

Organic

growth

  Total

growth

                     
France 983.8 961.4 575.9 2.3% 70.8%
United Kingdom 775.0 786.5 64.8 -1.5% NS
Other Europe 508.3 480.9 128.2 5.7% NS
Sopra Banking Software 202.1 186.3 174.3 8.5% 15.9%
Other Solutions   144.7   138.1   120.6   4.8%   20.0%
Total   2,613.9   2,553.2   1,063.8   2.4%   145.7%
* Revenue at 2015 scope and exchange rates
 
Sopra Steria: revenue by reporting entity - Q3 2015
€m / %   Q3 2015   Q3 2014

Restated*

  Q3 2014

Reported

 

Organic

growth

  Total

growth

                     
France 317.6 307.3 182.6 3.4% 73.9%
United Kingdom 256.7 263.1 21.2 -2.4% NS
Other Europe 162.0 149.0 41.9 8.7% NS
Sopra Banking Software 63.8 57.6 53.6 10.8% 19.0%
Other Solutions   45.7   42.2   42.2   8.3%   8.3%
Total   845.8   819.2   341.5   3.2%   147.7%
* Revenue at 2015 scope and exchange rates
 

Contacts

Investor Relations
Sopra Steria
Olivier Psaume, +33 (0)1 40 67 68 16
olivier.psaume@soprasteria.com
or
Press Relations
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Caroline Simon / Simon Zaks
szaks@image7.fr / +33 (0)1 53 70 74 63
caroline.simon@image7.fr / +33 (0)1 53 70 74 65

Contacts

Investor Relations
Sopra Steria
Olivier Psaume, +33 (0)1 40 67 68 16
olivier.psaume@soprasteria.com
or
Press Relations
Image 7
Caroline Simon / Simon Zaks
szaks@image7.fr / +33 (0)1 53 70 74 63
caroline.simon@image7.fr / +33 (0)1 53 70 74 65