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Accenture Reports Very Strong Second-Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

-- Revenues increase 7% in U.S. dollars and 8% in local currency to $11.1 billion --

-- EPS are $1.91, a 10% increase --

-- Operating income increases 7% to $1.49 billion, with operating margin of 13.4%, an expansion of 10 basis points --

-- Record new bookings of $14.2 billion include consulting bookings of $7.2 billion and outsourcing bookings of $7.0 billion --

-- Company declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.80 per share, a 10% increase over the equivalent quarterly rate last year --

-- Accenture updates business outlook for fiscal 2020 to reflect expected impact of coronavirus pandemic --

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2020, ended Feb. 29, 2020, with revenues of $11.1 billion, an increase of 7% in U.S. dollars and 8% in local currency over the same period last year.

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Diluted earnings per share were $1.91, a 10% increase from the second quarter last year.

Operating income was $1.49 billion, a 7% increase over the same period last year, and operating margin was 13.4%, an expansion of 10 basis points.

New bookings for the quarter were $14.2 billion, with consulting bookings of $7.2 billion and outsourcing bookings of $7.0 billion.

Julie Sweet, Accenture’s chief executive officer, said, "The world is now facing a global health crisis and significant disruption in the global economy. I am incredibly proud of how our leadership team and all our people have rallied to ensure the safety and well-being of each other while continuing to serve our clients at this time of great need. We exited the first half of our fiscal year in a clear position of strength — delivering excellent results, gaining significant market share and continuing to successfully execute our growth strategy. As we move forward, we will focus on helping our clients navigate and succeed in this uncertain period and continue to invest in our business and our people for the long term."

Financial Review

Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 were $11.14 billion, compared with $10.45 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, an increase of 7% in U.S. dollars and 8% in local currency, at the top end of the company’s guided range of $10.85 billion to $11.15 billion. The foreign-exchange impact for the quarter was approximately negative 1%, consistent with the assumption provided in the company’s first-quarter earnings release.

  • Consulting revenues for the quarter were $6.17 billion, an increase of 7% in U.S. dollars and 8% in local currency compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Outsourcing revenues were $4.97 billion, an increase of 6% in U.S. dollars and 8% in local currency compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2019.

Diluted EPS for the quarter were $1.91, compared with $1.73 for the second quarter last year. The $0.18 increase in EPS reflects:

  • a $0.14 increase from higher revenue and operating results; and
  • a $0.04 increase from higher non-operating income.

Gross margin (gross profit as a percentage of revenues) for the quarter was 30.2%, compared with 29.2% for the second quarter last year. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the quarter were $1.87 billion, or 16.8% of revenues, compared with $1.67 billion, or 16.0% of revenues, for the second quarter last year.

Operating income for the quarter increased 7%, to $1.49 billion, or 13.4% of revenues, compared with $1.39 billion, or 13.3% of revenues, for the second quarter of fiscal 2019.

The company’s effective tax rate for the quarter was 17.1%, compared with 17.1% for the second quarter last year.

Net income for the quarter was $1.25 billion, a 10% increase from $1.14 billion for the second quarter last year.

Operating cash flow for the quarter was $1.53 billion and property and equipment additions were $165 million. Free cash flow, defined as operating cash flow net of property and equipment additions, was $1.37 billion for the quarter. For the same period last year, operating cash flow was $1.36 billion; property and equipment additions were $140 million; and free cash flow was $1.22 billion.

Days services outstanding, or DSOs, were 39 days at Feb. 29, 2020, compared with 40 days at Aug. 31, 2019 and 40 days at Feb. 28, 2019.

Accenture’s total cash balance at Feb. 29, 2020 was $5.4 billion, compared with $6.1 billion at Aug. 31, 2019.

New Bookings

New bookings for the second quarter were $14.2 billion and reflect a negative 1% foreign-currency impact compared with new bookings in the second quarter last year.

  • Consulting new bookings were $7.2 billion, or 50% of total new bookings.
  • Outsourcing new bookings were $7.0 billion, or 50% of total new bookings.

Revenues by Operating Group

Revenues by operating group were as follows:

  • Communications, Media & Technology: $2.24 billion, compared with $2.15 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, an increase of 4% in U.S. dollars and 5% in local currency.
  • Financial Services: $2.09 billion, compared with $2.05 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, an increase of 2% in U.S. dollars and 3% in local currency.
  • Health & Public Service: $1.95 billion, compared with $1.71 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, an increase of 14% in U.S. dollars and 15% in local currency.
  • Products: $3.16 billion, compared with $2.91 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, an increase of 9% in U.S. dollars and 10% in local currency.
  • Resources: $1.70 billion, compared with $1.64 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, an increase of 4% in U.S. dollars and 5% in local currency.

Revenues by Geographic Region

Revenues by geographic region were as follows:

  • North America: $5.26 billion, compared with $4.75 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, an increase of 11% in both U.S. dollars and local currency.
  • Europe: $3.63 billion, compared with $3.64 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, flat in U.S. dollars and an increase of 2% in local currency.
  • Growth Markets: $2.26 billion, compared with $2.06 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, an increase of 9% in U.S. dollars and 11% in local currency.

Returning Cash to Shareholders

Accenture continues to return cash to shareholders through cash dividends and share repurchases.

Dividend

As previously disclosed, the company has moved from a semi-annual to a quarterly schedule for dividend payments in fiscal 2020. On Feb. 14, 2020, a quarterly cash dividend of $0.80 per share was paid to shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 16, 2020. These cash dividend payments totaled $511 million, bringing dividend payments for the year to date to $1.02 billion.

Accenture plc has declared another quarterly cash dividend of $0.80 per share for shareholders of record at the close of business on Apr. 16, 2020. This dividend is payable on May 15, 2020.

In fiscal 2019, the company paid semi-annual cash dividends of $1.46 per share, equivalent to quarterly payments of $0.73 per share. The quarterly dividend of $0.80 per share this year represents a 10% increase over the equivalent quarterly rate in fiscal 2019.

Share Repurchase Activity

During the second quarter of fiscal 2020, Accenture repurchased or redeemed 4.7 million shares, including 2.7 million shares repurchased in the open market, for a total of $970 million. This brings Accenture’s total share repurchases and redemptions for the first half of fiscal 2020 to 8.5 million shares, including 6.0 million shares repurchased in the open market, for a total of $1.70 billion.

Accenture’s total remaining share repurchase authority at Feb. 29, 2020 was approximately $2.5 billion.

At Feb. 29, 2020, Accenture had approximately 637 million total shares outstanding.

Business Outlook

The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is rapidly evolving and has created a significant amount of uncertainty. Accenture’s third-quarter and full-year 2020 business outlook reflects its assumptions, as of today, regarding the potential effect of the coronavirus pandemic. The extent to which this impacts Accenture’s business, operations, and financial results, including the duration and magnitude of such impact, will depend on numerous factors that the company may not be able to accurately predict, including those discussed in the Risk Factors set forth in Accenture’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and second quarter Form 10-Q filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2020

Accenture expects revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 to be in the range of $10.75 billion to $11.15 billion, or negative 2% to positive 2% growth in local currency, reflecting the company’s assumption of a negative 1.5% foreign-exchange impact compared with the third quarter of fiscal 2019.

Fiscal Year 2020

Accenture’s business outlook for the full 2020 fiscal year now assumes that the foreign-exchange impact on its results in U.S. dollars will be negative 1.5% compared with fiscal 2019. The company previously had assumed a negative 1% foreign-exchange impact.

For fiscal 2020, the company now expects revenue growth to be in the range of 3% to 6% in local currency, compared with 6% to 8% previously.

Accenture now expects operating margin for the full fiscal year to be in the range of 14.7% to 14.8%, an expansion of 10 to 20 basis points from fiscal 2019. The company previously expected operating margin to expand 10 to 30 basis points.

The company continues to expect its annual effective tax rate to be in the range of 23.5% to 25.5%.

The company now expects diluted EPS to be in the range of $7.48 to $7.70, compared with $7.66 to $7.84 previously.

For fiscal 2020, the company now expects operating cash flow to be in the range of $6.15 billion to $6.65 billion, compared with $6.35 billion to $6.75 billion previously; continues to expect property and equipment additions to be $650 million; and now expects free cash flow to be in the range of $5.5 billion to $6.0 billion, compared with $5.7 billion to $6.1 billion previously.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

Accenture will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. EDT today to discuss its first-quarter financial results. To participate, please dial +1 (877) 692-8955 [+1 (234) 720-6979 outside the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada] and enter access code 2140478 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 10:30 a.m. EDT today, Mar. 19, and continuing until Thursday, June 25, 2020. The replay will also be available via telephone by dialing +1 (866) 207-1041 [+1 (402) 970-0847 outside the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada] and entering access code 2467991 from 10:30 a.m. EDT today, Mar. 19, through Thursday, June 25, 2020.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all of these services. We combine unmatched experience and specialized capabilities across more than 40 industries — powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. With 509,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture brings continuous innovation to help clients improve their performance and create lasting value across their enterprises. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This news release includes certain non-GAAP financial information as defined by Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation G. Pursuant to the requirements of this regulation, reconciliations of this non-GAAP financial information to Accenture’s financial statements as prepared under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) are included in this press release. Financial results "in local currency" are calculated by restating current-period activity into U.S. dollars using the comparable prior-year period’s foreign-currency exchange rates. Accenture’s management believes providing investors with this information gives additional insights into Accenture’s results of operations. While Accenture’s management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures herein are useful in evaluating Accenture’s operations, this information should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for the related financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Accenture provides full-year revenue guidance on a local-currency basis and not in U.S. dollars because the impact of foreign exchange rate fluctuations could vary significantly from the company’s stated assumptions.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "may," "will," "should," "likely," "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects," "believes," "estimates," "positioned," "outlook" and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. For a discussion of risks and actions taken in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, see "Our results of operations have been adversely affected and could in the future be materially adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19)" under Item 1A, "Risk Factors" in Accenture plc’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended February 29, 2020. Many of the following risks, uncertainties and other factors identified below are, and will be, amplified by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). These risks include, without limitation, risks that: Accenture’s results of operations have been adversely affected and could in the future be materially adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19); Accenture’s results of operations could be adversely affected by volatile, negative or uncertain economic and political conditions and the effects of these conditions on the company’s clients’ businesses and levels of business activity; Accenture’s business depends on generating and maintaining ongoing, profitable client demand for the company’s services and solutions including through the adaptation and expansion of its services and solutions in response to ongoing changes in technology and offerings, and a significant reduction in such demand or an inability to respond to the evolving technological environment could materially affect the company’s results of operations; if Accenture is unable to keep its supply of skills and resources in balance with client demand around the world and attract and retain professionals with strong leadership skills, the company’s business, the utilization rate of the company’s professionals and the company’s results of operations may be materially adversely affected; Accenture could face legal, reputational and financial risks if the company fails to protect client and/or company data from security breaches or cyberattacks; the markets in which Accenture operates are highly competitive, and Accenture might not be able to compete effectively; changes in Accenture’s level of taxes, as well as audits, investigations and tax proceedings, or changes in tax laws or in their interpretation or enforcement, could have a material adverse effect on the company’s effective tax rate, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition; Accenture’s profitability could materially suffer if the company is unable to obtain favorable pricing for its services and solutions, if the company is unable to remain competitive, if its cost-management strategies are unsuccessful or if it experiences delivery inefficiencies; Accenture’s results of operations could be materially adversely affected by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; as a result of Accenture’s geographically diverse operations and its growth strategy to continue to expand in its key markets around the world, the company is more susceptible to certain risks; Accenture’s business could be materially adversely affected if the company incurs legal liability; Accenture’s work with government clients exposes the company to additional risks inherent in the government contracting environment; if Accenture is unable to manage the organizational challenges associated with its size, the company might be unable to achieve its business objectives; Accenture’s ability to attract and retain business and employees may depend on its reputation in the marketplace; if Accenture does not successfully manage and develop its relationships with key alliance partners or fails to anticipate and establish new alliances in new technologies, the company’s results of operations could be adversely affected; Accenture might not be successful at acquiring, investing in or integrating businesses, entering into joint ventures or divesting businesses; if Accenture is unable to protect or enforce its intellectual property rights or if Accenture’s services or solutions infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others or the company loses its ability to utilize the intellectual property of others, its business could be adversely affected; Accenture’s results of operations and share price could be adversely affected if it is unable to maintain effective internal controls; changes to accounting standards or in the estimates and assumptions Accenture makes in connection with the preparation of its consolidated financial statements could adversely affect its financial results; many of Accenture’s contracts include fees subject to the attainment of targets or specific service levels, which could increase the variability of the company’s revenues and impact its margins; Accenture might be unable to access additional capital on favorable terms or at all and if the company raises equity capital, it may dilute its shareholders’ ownership interest in the company; Accenture may be subject to criticism and negative publicity related to its incorporation in Ireland; as well as the risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed under the "Risk Factors" heading in Accenture plc’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this news release speak only as of the date they were made, and Accenture undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made in this news release or to conform such statements to actual results or changes in Accenture’s expectations.

ACCENTURE PLC
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

February 29,
2020

 

% of
Revenues

 

February 28,
2019

 

% of
Revenues

 

February 29,
2020

 

% of
Revenues

 

February 28,
2019

 

% of
Revenues

REVENUES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

$

11,141,505

 

 

100.0

%

 

$

10,454,129

 

 

100.0

%

 

$

22,500,463

 

 

100.0

%

 

$

21,059,675

 

 

100.0

%

OPERATING EXPENSES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of services

 

7,782,334

 

 

69.8

%

 

7,399,780

 

 

70.8

%

 

15,493,533

 

 

68.9

%

 

14,707,901

 

 

69.8

%

Sales and marketing

 

1,162,653

 

 

10.4

%

 

1,020,036

 

 

9.8

%

 

2,353,776

 

 

10.5

%

 

2,090,052

 

 

9.9

%

General and administrative costs

 

707,573

 

 

6.4

%

 

647,687

 

 

6.2

%

 

1,396,946

 

 

6.2

%

 

1,246,084

 

 

5.9

%

Total operating expenses

 

9,652,560

 

 

 

 

9,067,503

 

 

 

 

19,244,255

 

 

 

 

18,044,037

 

 

 

OPERATING INCOME

 

1,488,945

 

 

13.4

%

 

1,386,626

 

 

13.3

%

 

3,256,208

 

 

14.5

%

 

3,015,638

 

 

14.3

%

Interest income

 

21,386

 

 

 

 

19,081

 

 

 

 

48,805

 

 

 

 

38,712

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

(8,567

)

 

 

 

(5,619

)

 

 

 

(14,041

)

 

 

 

(10,124

)

 

 

Other income (expense), net

 

7,792

 

 

 

 

(23,834

)

 

 

 

19,231

 

 

 

 

(57,488

)

 

 

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

 

1,509,556

 

 

13.5

%

 

1,376,254

 

 

13.2

%

 

3,310,203

 

 

14.7

%

 

2,986,738

 

 

14.2

%

Income tax expense

 

257,474

 

 

 

 

235,534

 

 

 

 

682,953

 

 

 

 

554,694

 

 

 

NET INCOME

 

1,252,082

 

 

11.2

%

 

1,140,720

 

 

10.9

%

 

2,627,250

 

 

11.7

%

 

2,432,044

 

 

11.5

%

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest in Accenture Canada Holdings Inc.

 

(1,532

)

 

 

 

(1,649

)

 

 

 

(3,273

)

 

 

 

(3,537

)

 

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests – other (1)

 

(15,810

)

 

 

 

(14,622

)

 

 

 

(32,269

)

 

 

 

(29,338

)

 

 

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO ACCENTURE PLC

 

$

1,234,740

 

 

11.1

%

 

$

1,124,449

 

 

10.8

%

 

$

2,591,708

 

 

11.5

%

 

$

2,399,169

 

 

11.4

%

CALCULATION OF EARNINGS PER SHARE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Accenture plc

 

$

1,234,740

 

 

 

 

$

1,124,449

 

 

 

 

$

2,591,708

 

 

 

 

$

2,399,169

 

 

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest in Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. (2)

 

1,532

 

 

 

 

1,649

 

 

 

 

3,273

 

 

 

 

3,537

 

 

 

Net income for diluted earnings per share calculation

 

$

1,236,272

 

 

 

 

$

1,126,098

 

 

 

 

$

2,594,981

 

 

 

 

$

2,402,706

 

 

 

EARNINGS PER SHARE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Basic

 

$

1.94

 

 

 

 

$

1.76

 

 

 

 

$

4.07

 

 

 

 

$

3.76

 

 

 

-Diluted

 

$

1.91

 

 

 

 

$

1.73

 

 

 

 

$

4.00

 

 

 

 

$

3.69

 

 

 

WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Basic

 

637,485,626

 

 

 

 

638,639,729

 

 

 

 

636,594,169

 

 

 

 

638,750,881

 

 

 

-Diluted

 

648,833,880

 

 

 

 

649,170,699

 

 

 

 

649,210,807

 

 

 

 

650,732,700

 

 

 

Cash dividends per share

 

$

0.80

 

 

 

 

$

 

 

 

 

$

1.60

 

 

 

 

$

1.46

 

 

 

ACCENTURE PLC
SUMMARY OF REVENUES
(In thousands of U.S. dollars)
(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 29,
2020

 

February 28,
2019 (2)

 

Percent
Increase U.S. Dollars

 

Percent
Increase Local
Currency

OPERATING GROUPS (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications, Media & Technology

 

$

2,239,368

 

 

$

2,145,607

 

 

4%

 

5%

Financial Services

 

2,086,448

 

 

2,052,720

 

 

2

 

3

Health & Public Service

 

1,947,982

 

 

1,709,099

 

 

14

 

15

Products

 

3,161,376

 

 

2,906,851

 

 

9

 

10

Resources

 

1,701,311

 

 

1,640,627

 

 

4

 

5

Other

 

5,020

 

 

(775

)

 

n/m

 

n/m

Total

 

$

11,141,505

 

 

$

10,454,129

 

 

7%

 

8%

GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North America

 

$

5,257,431

 

 

$

4,753,796

 

 

11%

 

11%

Europe

 

3,628,625

 

 

3,638,332

 

 

 

2

Growth Markets

 

2,255,449

 

 

2,062,001

 

 

9

 

11

Total

 

$

11,141,505

 

 

$

10,454,129

 

 

7%

 

8%

TYPE OF WORK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consulting

 

$

6,171,303

 

 

$

5,786,965

 

 

7%

 

8%

Outsourcing

 

4,970,202

 

 

4,667,164

 

 

6

 

8

Total

 

$

11,141,505

 

 

$

10,454,129

 

 

7%

 

8%

 

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 29,
2020

 

February 28,
2019 (2)

 

Percent
Increase
U.S. Dollars

 

Percent
Increase Local
Currency

OPERATING GROUPS (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications, Media & Technology

 

$

4,484,816

 

 

$

4,280,183

 

 

5%

 

6%

Financial Services

 

4,276,361

 

 

4,172,882

 

 

2

 

4

Health & Public Service

 

3,916,819

 

 

3,463,589

 

 

13

 

14

Products

 

6,378,081

 

 

5,835,361

 

 

9

 

11

Resources

 

3,434,844

 

 

3,292,166

 

 

4

 

6

Other

 

9,542

 

 

15,494

 

 

n/m

 

n/m

Total

 

$

22,500,463

 

 

$

21,059,675

 

 

7%

 

8%

GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North America

 

$

10,545,243

 

 

$

9,610,098

 

 

10%

 

10%

Europe

 

7,418,282

 

 

7,352,164

 

 

1

 

4

Growth Markets

 

4,536,938

 

 

4,097,413

 

 

11

 

12

Total

 

$

22,500,463

 

 

$

21,059,675

 

 

7%

 

8%

TYPE OF WORK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consulting

 

$

12,548,554

 

 

$

11,754,337

 

 

7%

 

8%

Outsourcing

 

9,951,909

 

 

9,305,338

 

 

7

 

9

Total

 

$

22,500,463

 

 

$

21,059,675

 

 

7%

 

8%

_________

  1. As announced on January 13, 2020, effective March 1, we began managing our business under a new growth model through our three geographic regions, which will become our reportable segments in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
  2. Effective September 1, 2019 we revised the reporting of our geographic regions for the movement of one country from Growth Markets to Europe. Prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform with the current period presentation.

ACCENTURE PLC
OPERATING INCOME BY OPERATING GROUP
(In thousands of U.S. dollars)
(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

February 29, 2020

 

February 28, 2019

 

 

 

Operating
Income

 

Operating
Margin

 

Operating
Income

 

Operating
Margin

 

Increase
(Decrease)

OPERATING GROUPS (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications, Media & Technology

$

375,375

 

 

17%

 

$

368,338

 

 

17%

 

$

7,037

 

Financial Services

230,100

 

 

11

 

269,214

 

 

13

 

(39,114

)

Health & Public Service

200,633

 

 

10

 

145,649

 

 

9

 

54,984

 

Products

414,047

 

 

13

 

375,179

 

 

13

 

38,868

 

Resources

268,790

 

 

16

 

228,246

 

 

14

 

40,544

 

Total

$

1,488,945

 

 

13.4%

 

$

1,386,626

 

 

13.3%

 

$

102,319

 

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

 

February 29, 2020

 

February 28, 2019

 

 

 

Operating
Income

 

Operating
Margin

 

Operating
Income

 

Operating
Margin

 

Increase
(Decrease)

OPERATING GROUPS (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications, Media & Technology

$

766,532

 

 

17%

 

$

755,359

 

 

18%

 

$

11,173

 

Financial Services

546,332

 

 

13

 

630,062

 

 

15

 

(83,730

)

Health & Public Service

452,625

 

 

12

 

343,085

 

 

10

 

109,540

 

Products

936,025

 

 

15

 

812,763

 

 

14

 

123,262

 

Resources

554,694

 

 

16

 

474,369

 

 

14

 

80,325

 

Total

$

3,256,208

 

 

14.5%

 

$

3,015,638

 

 

14.3%

 

$

240,570

 

_________

  1. As announced on January 13, 2020, effective March 1, we began managing our business under a new growth model through our three geographic regions, which will become our reportable segments in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. As a result of these changes, Accenture will begin reporting Operating income by geographic region, rather than operating group, in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

ACCENTURE PLC
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

 

 

 

February 29,
2020

 

August 31,
2019

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

5,436,456

 

 

$

6,126,853

 

Short-term investments

 

3,643

 

 

3,313

 

Receivables and contract assets

 

8,517,949

 

 

8,095,071

 

Other current assets

 

1,447,245

 

 

1,225,364

 

Total current assets

 

15,405,293

 

 

15,450,601

 

NON-CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

Contract assets

 

56,503

 

 

71,002

 

Investments

 

284,261

 

 

240,313

 

Property and equipment, net

 

1,425,432

 

 

1,391,166

 

Lease assets

 

3,181,659

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

6,698,690

 

 

6,205,550

 

Other non-current assets

 

6,451,592

 

 

6,431,248

 

Total non-current assets

 

18,098,137

 

 

14,339,279

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$

33,503,430

 

 

$

29,789,880

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt and bank borrowings

 

$

6,697

 

 

$

6,411

 

Accounts payable

 

1,526,135

 

 

1,646,641

 

Deferred revenues

 

3,594,142

 

 

3,188,835

 

Accrued payroll and related benefits

 

4,101,115

 

 

4,890,542

 

Lease liabilities

 

737,781

 

 

 

Other accrued liabilities

 

1,211,705

 

 

1,329,467

 

Total current liabilities

 

11,177,575

 

 

11,061,896

 

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

13,183

 

 

16,247

 

Lease liabilities

 

2,652,548

 

 

 

Other non-current liabilities

 

3,739,318

 

 

3,884,046

 

Total non-current liabilities

 

6,405,049

 

 

3,900,293

 

TOTAL ACCENTURE PLC SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

15,474,589

 

 

14,409,008

 

NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS

 

446,217

 

 

418,683

 

TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

15,920,806

 

 

14,827,691

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

$

33,503,430

 

 

$

29,789,880

 

ACCENTURE PLC
CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS STATEMENTS
(In thousands of U.S. dollars)
(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

February 29,
2020

 

February 28,
2019

 

February 29,
2020

 

February 28,
2019

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

1,252,082

 

 

$

1,140,720

 

 

$

2,627,250

 

 

$

2,432,044

 

Depreciation, amortization and other

 

442,116

 

 

219,598

 

 

841,574

 

 

431,283

 

Share-based compensation expense

 

372,305

 

 

346,762

 

 

647,234

 

 

593,278

 

Change in assets and liabilities/other, net

 

(535,862

)

 

(347,430

)

 

(1,798,506

)

 

(1,069,447

)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

1,530,641

 

 

1,359,650

 

 

2,317,552

 

 

2,387,158

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(165,370

)

 

(139,797

)

 

(260,433

)

 

(217,488

)

Purchases of businesses and investments, net of cash acquired

 

(474,456

)

 

(314,665

)

 

(584,304

)

 

(515,082

)

Proceeds from the sale of businesses and investments

 

40,000

 

 

1,368

 

 

79,200

 

 

1,809

 

Other investing, net

 

2,537

 

 

1,419

 

 

2,355

 

 

6,218

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

(597,289

)

 

(451,675

)

 

(763,182

)

 

(724,543

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares

 

200,000

 

 

180,095

 

 

500,400

 

 

446,277

 

Purchases of shares

 

(970,056

)

 

(1,007,807

)

 

(1,699,267

)

 

(1,796,134

)

Cash dividends paid

 

(511,238

)

 

 

 

(1,019,619

)

 

(932,838

)

Other financing, net

 

(7,982

)

 

(4,211

)

 

(19,014

)

 

(11,396

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

(1,289,276

)

 

(831,923

)

 

(2,237,500

)

 

(2,294,091

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

(18,157

)

 

25,047

 

 

(7,267

)

 

35,005

 

NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

 

(374,081

)

 

101,099

 

 

(690,397

)

 

(596,471

)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period

 

5,810,537

 

 

4,363,790

 

 

6,126,853

 

 

5,061,360

 

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period

 

$

5,436,456

 

 

$

4,464,889

 

 

$

5,436,456

 

 

$

4,464,889

 

 

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Contacts

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