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Edited Transcript of TEMN.S earnings conference call or presentation 17-Jul-19 4:30pm GMT

Q2 2019 Temenos AG Earnings Call

Genève Jul 20, 2019 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of Temenos AG earnings conference call or presentation Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 4:30:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* Max Chuard

Temenos AG - CEO

* Panagiotis Spiliopoulos

Temenos AG - CFO

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Conference Call Participants

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* Alexander William Tout

Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division - Research Analyst

* Antonin Baudry

HSBC, Research Division - Analyst

* Chandramouli Sriraman

MainFirst Bank AG, Research Division - MD

* Charles Brennan

Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division - Research Analyst

* Hannes Leitner

UBS Investment Bank, Research Division - Equity Research Analyst of Software

* James Arthur Goodman

Barclays Bank PLC, Research Division - Research Analyst

* Michael Foeth

Bank Vontobel AG, Research Division - Head of Industrials Team

* Mohammed Essaji Moawalla

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division - Equity Analyst

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Presentation

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Operator [1]

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Temenos Q2 2019 Results Conference Call and Live Webcast. I am Sandra, the chorus call operator. (Operator Instructions) At this time, it is my pleasure to hand over to Mr. Max Chuard, CEO. Please go ahead, sir.

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Max Chuard, Temenos AG - CEO [2]

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Good afternoon and thank you for joining today's call. I hope you've been able to access results presentation on our website or through the webcast, which we'll be talking through on this call. I will start with some comments on our Q2 performance, and then I will hand over to Takis for an overview of the financials before giving some concluding remarks.

Starting on Slide 7. We delivered a strong second quarter across all our KPIs. In Q2, we grew total software licensing by 21%. Total revenue grew by 17%, EBIT by 20% and EPS by 18%. This builds on the momentum from the first quarter and means that for the first half, we've delivered total software licensing growth of 24% and EBIT growth of 23%.

I'm very pleased with the strong set of results for the first half of the year. We hosted our Capital Market Day in May where we outlined the market dynamics and our 6 drivers of growth. We are in the strongest position we have ever been, both from a market perspective, our leadership within that market; and our product portfolio. All of these factors are contributing to the success we've seen this quarter and in the previous quarters. And our sales momentum is underpinning our confidence in 2019.

Our plans are engaged as ever if not more so, and consistently tell us that IT renovation is not an option, but it is essential to the future of the businesses. Our leadership position across all our products was once again recognized by both Forrester and IBS. We were the #1 ranked vendor in both the Forrester and the IBS League Tables. And Forrester also recognized Temenos Infinity as the leader in the latest assessment of Digital Banking Engagement Platforms. These third-party endorsements reflect our belief that we have the best products in the market.

On Slide 8, I'd like to give you some insight on our sales performance in the quarter. Our clients continue to make buying decisions to solve the intense digital, regulatory and cost pressure they are under. They are facing new competition and need to adapt the approach to IT applications and infrastructure in the era of open banking.

Demand was broad-based across all geographies in Q2, with Asia and Americas particularly strong. I was very pleased with our U.S. performance where we had significant license sales across all our products. In the last 12 months, the Americas have contributed 25% of the mix compared to 20% in the LTM 2018 with most of the growth coming from the U.S.

We cannot announce or name all the deals we signed in any one quarter, but I'd like to highlight a couple, in particular. We sold Temenos T24 Transact to a European-based payments company that is expanding into banking services. We also sold Temenos Infinity to 2 global Tier 1 banks: one in the U.S. and one in Europe. We had strong sales into the installed base in the quarter, reflecting our focus on growing our wallet share in our existing client base. And finally, we also had 20 new customer wins in the quarter, and we continued to invest in sales and marketing to support the 6 drivers of growth across our products.

On Slide 9, we had 22 new implementations go live in the second quarter. Key go-lives included ABN Amro who implemented Temenos WealthSuite to power the international operations for private and corporate banking. The bank has initially gone live in Belgium with a roadmap to roll out across other countries. We also took Grasshopper Bank live in the U.S. on the Temenos Cloud. Grasshopper is the new challenger bank, targeting high-growth entrepreneurial companies for SME banking services. The bank highlighted our cloud-native package software, our API-first strategy and our open architecture as key to the decision to work with Temenos.

Finally, we are driving growth in the number of third-party consultants available to implement Temenos software with over 6,000 in total, including our own consultants.

Moving to Slide 10. I'd like to share some of the highlights from our Capital Market Day, which we had in May. This was a great event with a huge amount of detail on our market and products as well as an excellent presentation from our client bank, Leumi on the digital bank paper. I would encourage you to access the presentation on our website for more details.

In summary, we have a very significant addressable market today of around $57 billion globally, and this is growing. 80% of this is still spent in-house on legacy software. And so there is a massive opportunity as more banks move to packaged software as we've seen in other industries to benefit from economies of scale.

We are the leader in this market, outselling the competition and taking market share with our cloud-native, cloud-agnostic, API-first products. We have over 3,000 customers across 150 countries, and they give us the credibility and references to maintain our leadership position. We benefit from 6 drivers of growth in all areas of a growing market and with product to address each of these and to meet the demands of our clients.

We also have the most dynamic community in banking supported by over 6,000 skilled consultants deploying our software and supporting our clients. And finally, as you've seen over the last few years and even from the announcement today, we have a complementary M&A strategy. We use M&A to accelerate our organic growth by acquiring complementary products and to expand into new geographies and segments.

Turning to Slide 11. One of the key reasons we are so excited about the opportunity is that we benefit from 6 drivers of growth more than we've ever had. The majority of Temenos' growth and success to date has been from core banking where we have 16% market share of annual license globally. Across the other 5 drivers of growth, we have a combined market share of [35%]. We see no reason why we cannot replicate our success in core across these other drivers of growth. For each of these areas, Temenos has an established and credible solution to support the segment. And so our growth in the future will come from more than just T24 Transact, it will also come from Infinity, our digital banking platform, as well as from payment, Front administration, wealth, and our SaaS offering.

On Slide 12, I'd like to look at our competitive positioning here. IBS published the latest League Table in May 2019, and Temenos was ranked the best-selling core banking system for the 14th year as well as the best-selling digital banking and channel system, payment system and risk and compliance system. We also retained our position as the only vendor globally to top both of the Forrester pyramids for new-name business and new and existing clients. Temenos Infinity was recognized as the leading digital banking platform in the first wave, which was published last month.

These League Tables are very important for banks when selecting a strategic partner for renovating their IT platform. They take a lot of comfort knowing they are buying the best-selling banking software globally, which helps cement our position as the market leader in a winner-takes-all market.

Finally, on Slide 15. I'd like to discuss and to give an overview of the very exciting acquisition we announced today with both Logical Glue, a London-based provider of a patented explainable artificial intelligence platform with clients in the U.K. and in Europe. The acquisition accelerates our AI roadmap by bringing a proven explainable AI platform with AI credit scoring models and deep AI and machine learning expertise. Logical Glue explainable AI platform addresses one of the key challenges for banks using AI applications. AI typically operates as a black box with minimal insight into how a decision is reached. Regulators are forcing financial institutions to explain the results of automated decisions to customers.

For example, GDPR in Europe includes a right to explain for all decisions made by AI. And in the U.S., Equal Credit Opportunity Act requires lenders to provide specific reasons when negative decisions have been taken. Through this acquisition, we can help banks explain to the customers and the regulators how AI-based decisions are taken. We will embed the Logical Glue platform across all Temenos software, including Digital Front Office, core banking, wealth management, payments and fund administration product. It will be available on-premise and in the cloud.

In addition to AI credit scoring models, we will use the platform for other use cases, including robo-advisors, intelligent pricing, product recommendation, real-time fraud detection and debt collection products to start with. This is a hugely exciting and highly strategic acquisition for us and will enhance our competitive positioning in the market.

With that, I will now hand over to Takis to take you through the financials.

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Panagiotis Spiliopoulos, Temenos AG - CFO [3]

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Thank you, Max, and welcome from my side as well. Starting on Slide 15, I will walk you through the financial highlights of the quarter. We had a strong performance across tiers, geographies and products in the second quarter with total software licensing growth of 21%. Our maintenance growth continues to accelerate, growing 13% in the quarter. Overall, total revenue growth also accelerated to 17%, driving EBIT growth of 20% and achieving an EBIT margin of 30.9% in Q2.

We had a strong cash flow in the quarter with $77 million of operating cash flow generated, an increase of 16% year-on-year and on the back of a strong Q2 '18. Our DSOs declined by another 4 days year-on-year to reach 110 days or 6 days pro forma, excluding the impact of Avoka, as we continue to benefit from our continued increase in partner involvement in implementations.

Lastly, our services business continues to perform well with our services margin reaching 11.2% in Q2 as we continue to focus on project governance and are billing more of our services on a time and material basis.

On Slide 16, I will highlight some key figures for the quarter. As a reminder, with the adoption of IFRS 15 at the start of 2018, we are showing year-to-date rather than last 12-month comparisons as we did not restate our 2017 actuals under IFRS 15. Our total software licensing revenues grew 21% in the quarter and 24% in H1 at constant currencies, which we are very pleased with and which reflect the growth demand for IT renovation and package software across the banking sector and across all of our 6 drivers of growth.

Our strong license growth continues to drive our maintenance, which slightly accelerated and grew 13% at constant currency in the quarter. And overall, total revenue grew 17%. We continued to leverage our operational model to deliver growth in revenues and profit, with EBIT up 20% in the quarter and 21 -- 23% in H1 of constant currency. Our EBIT margin increased by 64 basis points at constant currency in Q2 to give an EBIT margin of 30.9%.

On Slide 17, we show like-for-like revenues and costs, adjusting for the impact of M&A and FX. Our last acquisition before today was Avoka in December 2018, which is expected to contribute $50 million of revenues for the full year 2019. In terms of FX, like in Q1, the weaker euro was a headwind on revenue while our cost base benefited from a number of currencies weakening against the U.S. dollar. Taking into account currency movements and hedging, FX was a small tailwind on EBIT this quarter.

Total software licensing delivered 15% like-for-like growth this quarter and maintenance grew 13%, with total like-for-like revenue growth of 12%. Total like-for-like costs increased 6% in the quarter as we continued to invest in sales and marketing to support our 6 drivers of growth.

On Slide 18, net profit grew at 19% in Q2 and 21% in H1. The higher tax was largely due to stronger profit in the quarter as well as the increase in a group tax rate year-on-year. Our tax rate for Q2 was 14.6%, and we still expect our fiscal year 2019 tax rate to be between 15% and 16% as we continue to benefit from unrecognized tax assets in 2019. Our medium-term tax rate of 18% to 20% is a normalized run rate for the business.

Finally, EPS grew 18% in the quarter to reach $0.80 and grew 21% in H1.

Moving to Slide 19. Our DSOs continued to decline in Q2 driven by our strong cash collection, more work with Tier 1 and Tier 2 banks and increasing the amount of services we billed as the time and material. DSOs were down 4 days in the quarter or 6 days pro forma to reach 110 days. We plan to continue decreasing DSOs to reach our long-term target of less than 90 days as announced at our Capital Markets Day.

Turning to Slide 20. Our Q2 LTM cash conversion was 111%. This continues to be significantly above our target of converting 100% of IFRS EBITDA into operating cash.

Slide 21. We showed the key changes to group liquidity. We generated $77 million of operating cash in the quarter and paid a dividend of $52 million. We ended the quarter with $87 million of cash on the balance sheet and our total borrowings at the end of the quarter were $656 million (sic) [$654 million] and our net debt of $567 million with our leverage at 1.5x. We expect our leverage to be below 1x leverage by year-end based on our current plans.

Slide 22. We have given our unchanged 2018 guidance, all on a non-IFRS business as usual. The guidance is constant currencies, and you can find FX rates in the Appendix. We are guiding for full year total software licensing growth of 17.5% to 22.5% and total revenue growth of 16% to 19%. Our EBIT guidance is in the range of $310 million to $315 million, which implies a full year margin of around 31.9%.

We continue to expand our EBIT margin, which is expected to increase 150 basis points organically, excluding the impact of Avoka.

Finally, we expect conversion of over 100% of EBITDA into operating cash and a 2019 tax rate of 15% to 16% as already mentioned. With our strong sales momentum, I'm confident we will deliver at least the midpoint of our 2019 guidance.

Moving to Slide 23. I would like to run through our sustainable annual growth targets that we presented at our Capital Markets Day in May. The key to this target is that we are expecting to deliver compound growth at these rates sustainably in the long term beyond the usual 3-to 5-year period we would consider for medium-term targets. We are confident in this because of very significant market opportunity and our positioning as leader in this market with our fixed drivers of growth. Even taking into account economic cycles, we firmly believe that over 10- to 15-year period, we can deliver these rates of annualized growth. We have introduced a new lower DSO target of 90 days and an EBIT margin of 36-plus percent in the long term. We also expect our tax rate to move up towards 20%.

Our other targets remain consistent, with total licenses expected to grow organically at 15%-plus per annum, total revenue at 10% to 15% per annum and EPS at 15%-plus per annum. We have also retained 2, 3- to 5-year targets of expanding the EBIT market at 100 to 150 basis points per annum and a tax rate in the next 3 to 5 years of 18% to 20%.

With that, I will hand back to Max.

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Max Chuard, Temenos AG - CEO [4]

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Thank you, Takis. So on Slide 25, in conclusion, we've had a strong performance in the second quarter and first half of 2019 across all our KPIs. Banks are under intense pressure from digital regulations, costs and open banking and the [view] investment in the IT platform as an extension to the businesses. We are continuing to invest in sales and marketing to support the 6 drivers of growth and to grow our market share across all of these.

Our acquisition of Logical Glue will significantly enhance the Temenos banking platform and keep us at the forefront of the competition in terms of our AI capabilities. The strength of our sales momentum is underpinning our confidence in 2019, and I look forward to updating you after Q3.

With that, operator, I'd like to open the call for Q&A.

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Questions and Answers

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Operator [1]

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(Operator Instructions) First question is from James Goodman from Barclays.

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James Arthur Goodman, Barclays Bank PLC, Research Division - Research Analyst [2]

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The first one is on the total software licensing guidance for the full year. I think you've said that you're comfortable from the midpoint upwards across your '19 guidance range. But given the 24% delivered in H1, that still looks pretty conservative. So if you could give us some commentary on the outlook for Q3 and phasing into the second half, that would be great.

And the second question is on the EBIT beat. Costs were managed extremely well in the period. Again, could you give us a little bit more background there and how do you expect the cost base to trend sequentially into Q3?

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Panagiotis Spiliopoulos, Temenos AG - CFO [3]

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Okay, thanks, James, for the questions. On the guidance, as we had said in our commentary, we feel very comfortable with the strong start from H1 and the sales momentum we're seeing to basically give you this kind of granularity. We feel comfortable right now with that. Please remember, the first half is usually a 35% to 40%. Second half is still ahead of us. So at this point in time, I think we feel comfortable with that kind of guidance.

On the EBIT, there were a couple of factors playing this one. Yes, we are always strict on costs. However, we continue to make the necessary investments in sales and marketing. Maybe 2 factors contributing or helping us this time, one was Q2 '18 on the G&A had some costs related to Fidessa, which obviously did not occur again in Q2 '19. So that was probably, let's say, $2 million to $3 million impact and the other one was definitely on services where we really focused on governance, time and material, i.e. implementation being done by the partners, so they -- that also helped services profitability. I think these were probably the 2 main factors.

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Operator [4]

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Your next question is from Mohammed Moawalla from Goldman Sachs.

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Mohammed Essaji Moawalla, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division - Equity Analyst [5]

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I just wanted to come back on 2 things. One, you obviously highlighted a lot of the structural drivers in terms of they were helping you and the pressures banks are facing, but we've been hearing some sort of other mixed commentary regarding the financial services sector. But is there anything at the margin in terms of customer behavior that's changing? Perhaps deals getting kind of broken up and still being done with you but perhaps in a more phased manner? Curious to get any perspective on that.

And then on -- just more generally, in terms of some of the Tier 1 customer wins you talked about, maybe if you can sort of comment on the pipeline, which are the kind of products where you see the sort of strongest momentum? And any more color on the size of the win with these sort of European payments vendor that wants to go deeper into banking would be appreciated.

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Max Chuard, Temenos AG - CEO [6]

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Mohammed, yes. On purpose, obviously, I'm bringing these different drivers of growth whereas you know this is key for our sustainable growth for the long term. And clearly, we make significant investment internally to drive for those 6 drivers of growth.

Now when discussing with banks and we know we are in the market all the time, we've not seen, if you want, a change. We've not seen a change in our pipeline. We've not seen a change in behavior from banks. This is highly strategic decisions. Those highly needed renovation that banks need to go through. Is it through -- because digital is at the core for what you want to achieve? Is it because of the cost pressure, and they want to improve their return on equity? Or -- so there are many different elements that is driving the demand out there, and we've not seen a change in behavior from the banks.

Now from a product momentum as you described, I'm very pleased to say that the Transact T24 continues to be very strong, so it continues to be a very strong engine of growth. We see Infinity, the Digital Front Office, very, very strong as well. So I'm very pleased with how this is developing.

Remember, we bought Avoka, and this is clearly supporting the business and those 2 large customers that we want in Q2. Clearly, Avoka has played a key role there.

And then clearly, Front is one that has quite some skills, so we continue to have a very, very strong pipeline. And the other ones are the opportunity where we need to bid more, where we need to invest more and we continue to build pipeline, and the goal is really to have for the year, double-digit growth in all of those 6 drivers of growth. So that's really the goal for the year. Now from a Tier 1 point of view, as you know, we do a lot with Tier 1. More than 50% of our business is coming from Tier 1, and we continue clearly first to be winning new Tier 1s but as well to try to capture more of the wallet share and to increase our penetration within the Tier 1.

So hopefully, I have addressed all your points, Mohammed.

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Operator [7]

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The next question is from Antonin Baudry from HSBC.

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Antonin Baudry, HSBC, Research Division - Analyst [8]

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Two questions if I may. Will it be possible to have the contribution of Avoka in Q2 on what should we expect for the acquisition you announced today?

My second question is about the contract signed with the European payment company. Is it usual for you to sign with payment company or is it a new area of growth for you?

And finally, I come back on the guidance of operating profit for the year. If my math are well -- are good, if you want to reach the high end of your guidance of operating profit, it would imply a decrease of the margin of the group in H2. Is there any reason to expect a decrease of margins in H2 for the group?

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Max Chuard, Temenos AG - CEO [9]

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So let me take the second of the 3 questions. So around the European payment company. Again, this is a company that has created -- that has a bank and is going to use our system for the lending side, and we've seen something quite similar, if you remember, with PayPal in the U.S. So clearly, we are able to provide our solution for tech type of companies, and I think that's a very exciting development.

Now clearly, we continue to focus 100% on the banking side, but as we see some of those tech companies having also a banking license, we -- because of our technology, because of being cloud-native, cloud-agnostic and API-first, they tend to choose Temenos as a vendor. And I'll leave, Takis, go through the other 2 questions.

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Panagiotis Spiliopoulos, Temenos AG - CFO [10]

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Okay. Thanks for the questions. So first on -- the first one, Avoka. As we said, $50 million is the revenues we are expecting for Avoka for this year, the majority coming from the south line. I think that's as much as we want to give.

On Logical Glue, the revenue generated with Logical Glue will be immaterial. The company has paying customers and this is definitely something we want to expand. And on the cost side or basically the EBIT margin, yes, there were some tailwinds as we just mentioned. We still expect G&A as an example, as we had guided before, to grow 3% to 5%. We still plan to increase spending in sales and marketing. So right now, we feel comfortable with our 31.9% guidance for the full year.

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Operator [11]

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The next question is from Chandramouli Sriraman from MainFirst.

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Chandramouli Sriraman, MainFirst Bank AG, Research Division - MD [12]

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Just a couple of questions from my side. Firstly, on the large deal pipeline, if you can comment something on that. We haven't seen any news on very large deals from you for a while. Is it something that we should be tracking or has the market changed to a different form of signing large deals? That's my first question.

And maybe a quick one on the U.S. It's obviously doing much better now over the last few quarters. Can you give us some more details on how big it is? And is it time to revisit the 25% target for the U.S. anytime soon?

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Max Chuard, Temenos AG - CEO [13]

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Let me take -- let me start with the U.S. one. It's true that we see more momentum in the U.S. And already, I think by the end of last year, we started seeing that we've now -- we started to have scale with almost 500 people in the U.S. in different locations. We started in scale. We started also having customers across all our different products. And we are delivering successfully as well on those. As I mentioned, for instance, Grasshopper, which is a very interesting challenger bank that is using our cloud-native and cloud -- API-first solution. So we feel more and more traction in the U.S., and we've got more credibility. And we've got, now, references as well. So it's true that as we said, the U.S. will be growing faster than the rest of the group, and we are confident that this is going to continue like that and is going to happen.

And remember, it's a very big opportunity, the U.S. And also with Infinity, remember in the past, our focus was really the top 150 banks more or less. And now with Infinity, we've broadened that to a much larger size of the market. So we can address really now banks from $3 billion and above, which really before, we were focused really on the $10 billion and above. So today, our different markets in the U.S. is anywhere between 1,200 and 1,500 banks. So I think that as well is playing a role.

So I think the U.S. continues to be highly strategic, continues to be highly exciting because there's clearly a need to renovate, and we see Digital Front with Infinity playing extremely well in that market.

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Panagiotis Spiliopoulos, Temenos AG - CFO [14]

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Let me take the one on the large deals. As you've seen, 53% of licenses were from Tier 1 and Tier 2 in the last 12 months. And we are confident that this will continue to be similar like that. Now the pipeline, without giving you a number, is still growing in some markets clearly double digit or even more. So we are clearly not dependent on those very large transformational deals to deliver our growth. And any of our Tier 1 and Tier 2 clients can be very significant in terms of license sales over a certain period of time. We have seen this in the past already. So in terms of those very large transformational deals, we exclude them clearly from our 1-year guidance as they are very complex and unpredictable sales processes. We don't really have control on this.

I would also highlight last year, we delivered full year guidance also without those large transformational deals, which shows actually the strength of our base business and the broad diversity in our customer base.

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Operator [15]

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The next question is from Hannes Leitner from UBS.

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Hannes Leitner, UBS Investment Bank, Research Division - Equity Research Analyst of Software [16]

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I've got 2 topics to discuss. The first one is on service margins. Can you elaborate on how much Avoka contributed or was a headwind so, basically, analyzing the organic margin expansion? And then also, where do you see the margins in the long -- over the long term?

And the second one is can you break down your customer wins? You're tracking well ahead on yearly comparison on H1. Can you break that down between cloud and on-premise and also on the potential overall deal pipeline volume?

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Panagiotis Spiliopoulos, Temenos AG - CFO [17]

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Okay, on the services margin, the impact from Avoka was very slightly dilutive, okay? It's still a small number, the service contribution from Avoka. As we had said, the majority of Avoka revenues are the -- basically the sales and license part.

On your second question, we -- at this point in time, we actually don't want to give that level of granularity.

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Hannes Leitner, UBS Investment Bank, Research Division - Equity Research Analyst of Software [18]

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And was this the long-term margin you can reach in the services business?

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Panagiotis Spiliopoulos, Temenos AG - CFO [19]

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I think that remains unchanged. We're still very comfortable with our long-term targets of getting there into the mid-teens. So we're now at 11%. So mid-teens is I think the one target we are planning to achieve.

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Operator [20]

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The next question is from Michael Foeth from Vontobel.

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Michael Foeth, Bank Vontobel AG, Research Division - Head of Industrials Team [21]

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Just 2 questions from my side. You saw strong growth in the Americas in the quarter again. Any particular product categories that you can highlight supported that growth?

And second question would be you mentioned the revenue impact from Logical Glue is immaterial near term. Can you maybe give some sort of view on the long-term potential that you see there? Will it be sold as a separate sort of product or is it going to be just integrated in your -- basically, in your standard offer and not separated out?

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Max Chuard, Temenos AG - CEO [22]

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Michael, it's Max. We said on the Americas and more specifically in the U.S., as I said, we've seen a lot of traction on the Infinity product. And as we said, we've had one of the two Tier 1 global accounts that we signed with was for Infinity. So that's really our Digital Front Office platform, and we see lots of traction. We see the largest bank having made significant investment in digital, and we see, if you want, the Tier 2, Tier 3 and below that needs to catch up, and that are going for packaged software. So that's, we say, today, where we see a lot of traction on the U.S.

Now about Logical Glue. As we said, this is very exciting because clearly, we are going to embed Logical Glue into our platform, into every product of Temenos. And some of the product that we sell, if you want -- you've got to have today very advanced AI capabilities. And the fact that we bring this expendability as well, it's clearly going to enhance the value of what we are selling.

In addition to that, with the Logical Glue platform, we'll be able to generate much faster use case, even different models as we discussed. For instance, the credit scoring, which is already available. So we say this will clearly be incremental to Temenos. So it's very -- that's why I'm saying very exciting. It's highly strategic, and our goal is really to infuse AI in everything that we do. And really to lead and to be way ahead of competition on that technology side. So I hope that answers your question, Michael?

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Michael Foeth, Bank Vontobel AG, Research Division - Head of Industrials Team [23]

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Yes.

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Operator [24]

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The next question is from Charlie Brennan with Crédit Suisse.

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Charles Brennan, Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division - Research Analyst [25]

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I've got 2 quick ones, actually. The first is just a circle back on this discussion on margins and costs. It feels like an underlying 6% increase in costs is relatively modest. I know you called out some one-offs like the Fidessa costs that are distorting that. But was that cost growth in line with your plans or is there any suggestion here you're struggling to recruit high-caliber people fast enough?

And then secondly, on a separate matter, can you just give us some insights into the seasonality you're expecting for Q3 and Q4? If I look at the comps, it looks like Q3 is a tougher comp than Q4. Does that mean we should expect the second half to be back-end loaded to Q4?

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Panagiotis Spiliopoulos, Temenos AG - CFO [26]

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Okay. On the margin again. I think there are various bits and pieces moving around between quarters. I would not read too much into that. There are option costs and social charges which depend on the exercise of stock options, which have an impact. So right now, I think, yes, costs may look a bit low. But still, we've got plans for sales and marketing to deliver our growth, and so we feel comfortable with our guidance right now.

And then on specifically Q3 and Q4, we obviously give no guidance on specific quarters. As you know, for all the software companies, Q4 is the most important quarter. Is it more back-end loaded than any other year? We simply don't know. We -- what we can say is the sales momentum is good also into Q3. So we have not seen any changes to, let's say, normal patterns.

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Operator [27]

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Your next question is from Alex Tout from Deutsche Bank.

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Alexander William Tout, Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division - Research Analyst [28]

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Firstly, just on the absence -- the relative absence of large transformational deals in recent quarters. Is -- does that -- is that reflective of any kind of change in the way that Tier 1 banks are engaging with you? Is it simply that you've signed them but you just can't announce them? I mean is there any change in the pipeline or the structure of the pipeline that's behind that?

And then secondly, is the Commerce Bank implementation still on course for a late 2019 go-live?

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Max Chuard, Temenos AG - CEO [29]

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Alex, it's Max. On the second one, which is a very short one, yes, it's still on track. The implementation step we are still testing right now, so it's really going extremely well, and we are still on track for the end of the year.

On the first question, what we are trying to communicate, and we are trying to tell you that we do a lot of with Tier 1 banks, and we've done a lot. We continue to do a lot with new Tier 1s and with existing Tier 1s. And I think we want to remove this if they sign a large Tier 1 or not. It's not about that.

All our Tier 1 deals that we sign are huge deals over time. I mean that I think, the message is. For us, those Tier 1s, our goal as a partner -- as a strategic partner to those banks, is over time to deliver $50 million, $100 million, $200 million of license over time and to progressively and continuously renovate the banks. And this is why we are moving away from that communication around the transformation deals because I think it's not the right way to look at it. The way to look at it is we first want to expand our wallet share within our existing Tier 1s because there's so much more we can do with them. I -- it's huge, and we only capture less than 5% today. And we want to continue to win those large Tier 1 banks because, with them, we can deliver massive amount of license over a period of time. And that is a strategy, and this is where we are focused, and the pipeline reflects that. And that has not changed, and we continue to have a lot of opportunities for Tier 1 banks, both in Europe but as well on a global basis.

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Operator [30]

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Ladies and gentlemen, that was the last question. I would now like to turn the conference back over to Mr. Max Chuard for any closing remarks. Please go ahead, sir.

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Max Chuard, Temenos AG - CEO [31]

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Well, thank you very much for joining the call. And I look forward to updating you all on the back of Q3. Thank you.

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Operator [32]

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Ladies and gentlemen, the conference is now over. Thank you for choosing chorus call, and thank you for participating in the conference. You may now disconnect your lines. Goodbye.