Capgemini delivers a record performance in 2021

The Board of Directors of Capgemini SE, chaired by Paul Hermelin, convened today in Paris to review and adopt the accounts[1] of the Capgemini Group for the year-ended December 31, 2021.

Aiman Ezzat, Chief Executive Officer of the Capgemini Group, said: “Capgemini achieved a remarkable performance in 2021 in terms of growth, profitability and cash generation. This is a successful first step in achieving our 2025 ambition, driven by the acceleration of demand in cloud, data and AI.

We are positioned as the strategic partner for our clients to succeed in their digital transformation. Our ability to attract and develop talent is a major asset for our sustained growth. Our recently announced ESG policy enables us to leverage the potential of technology for an inclusive and sustainable future.

Building on a good year in 2021, Capgemini will confirm the enhancement of its growth profile in 2022. I have full confidence in the Group’s ability to meet our targeted ambition.”

KEY FIGURES

(in millions of euros) 2020 2021 Change
Revenues 15,848 18,160 +14.6%
Operating margin* 1,879 2,340 +25%
as a % of revenues 11.9% 12.9% +1.0 pt
Operating profit 1,502 1,839 +22%
as a % of revenues 9.5% 10.1% +0.6 pt
Net profit (Group share) 957 1,157 +21%
Basic earnings per share (€) 5.71 6.87 +20%
Normalized earnings per share (€)* 7.23 a 9.19 a +27%
Organic Free Cash Flow* 1,119 1,873 +€754 million
Net cash / (Net debt)* (4,904) (3,224)  
a Excluding a transitional tax expense of €36 million in 2021, compared to tax income of €8 million in 2020.

In 2021, Capgemini’s results exceeded all its targets as further raised in October. In a context of strong global economic recovery, the past year highlighted the acceleration in the digital transformation of large corporations and organizations. The Group is reaping the benefits of its investment in innovate offerings and its positioning as a strategic partner for its clients. This performance is also supported by the successful integration of Altran, which has strengthened Capgemini’s global leadership in the Intelligent Industry and generated the targeted revenue and cost synergies ahead of plan.

Capgemini reported revenues of €18,160 million in 2021, up +14.6% on 2020 published figures. Constant currency growth* was +15.1%, slightly above the raised target range of +14.5% to +15.0%. Acquisitions had a net impact on growth of 4.9 points, mainly due to the consolidation of Altran from April 1, 2020. Organic growth* (i.e. excluding the impacts of currency fluctuations and changes in Group scope) is therefore +10.2%.

The solid growth momentum observed earlier in the year continued in the last three months across all Group regions, both in terms of constant currency growth (+12.5%) and organic growth (+13.2%).

Digital and Cloud services – which account for around 65%[2] of Capgemini’s activity – accelerated steadily throughout the year, reporting strong double digit growth at constant exchange rates, reflecting the priority given by Group clients to critical digital transformation projects. As expected, the Group also benefited from the synergies generated by the Altran acquisition, in particular in the Intelligent Industry market.

Bookings totaled €19,462 million in 2021, a year-on-year increase of +15.8% at constant exchange rates, representing a book-to-bill ratio for the year of 1.07. Bookings rose +10.3% at constant exchange rates in Q4 to €5,726 million, corresponding to a book-to-bill ratio of 1.17.

The operating margin* is up by +25% to €2,340 million. At 12.9% of revenues, the margin rate is significantly above the minimum targeted rate of 12.7% as raised last October. This is 1.0 point higher than in 2020 and 0.6 point above the pre-pandemic level (12.3% for fiscal year 2019). This significant increase in the operating margin rate is underpinned by an improvement in the gross margin, supplemented by lower operating expenses driven by the Altran cost synergies and certain cost avoidance in context of the pandemic.

Other operating income and expenses represent a net expense of €501 million, up €124 million year-on-year. This increase is mainly due to the €120 million capital gain realized in 2020 on the divestment of Odigo.

Capgemini’s operating profit is therefore up +22% at €1,839 million, or 10.1% of revenues.

The financial expense is €159 million, compared with €147 million in 2020. This slight increase is primarily due to the full-year impact of debt charge associated with the acquisition of Altran.

The income tax expense is €526 million compared with €400 million last year. It includes a transitional tax expense of €36 million as opposed to a €8 million income in 2020. Adjusted for exceptional items, the effective tax rate is 29.2%, compared with 33.0% in 2020.

Net profit (Group share) rises by +21% year-on-year to €1,157 million, while basic earnings per share increase by +20% to €6.87. Excluding the capital gain realized in 2020 on the sale of Odigo, the increase reaches +38% for both financial measures. Normalized earnings per share* is €8.97. Normalized earnings per share adjusted for the transitional tax expense is €9.19, up +27% year-on-year.

Organic free cash flow* generation totaled €1,873 million, up €754 million on 2020, largely exceeding the €1,700 million target for 2021 as raised twice during the year. This performance primarily reflects the strong growth in Group revenues and the improvement in its operating margin during the year, combined with a marked reduction in working capital.

In 2021, Capgemini invested €369 million net in acquisitions. The Group also paid dividends of €329 million (€1.95 per share) and allocated €200 million to share buybacks under its multi-year program. Finally, the 8th employee share ownership plan, set-up in the second half of the year, led to a gross capital increase of €589 million.

The Board of Directors has decided to recommend the payment of a dividend of €2.40 per share at the Shareholders’ Meeting of May 19, 2022. The corresponding payout ratio is 35% of net profit (Group share), in line with the Group’s distribution policy.

OPERATIONS BY REGION

Change in revenues at constant exchange rates
    Q4 2021 FY

2021

North America   +11.1% +12.0%
United Kingdom and Ireland   +18.0% +18.3%
France   +4.3% +10.3%
Rest of Europe   +12.7% +17.6%
Asia-Pacific and Latin America   +35.8% +27.3%
TOTAL   +12.5% +15.1%

  • For the full year:

All Group regions posted double-digit growth at constant exchange rates in 2021, reflecting the sharp acceleration in the Group’s activities. This acceleration is also visible in most sectors, but particularly in Manufacturing and Consumer Goods which were heavily affected by the pandemic in 2020. Only the Energy & Utilities sector reported muted growth.

Revenues in North America (29% of Group revenues) grew by +12.0% at constant exchange rates, driven mainly by the TMT (Telecom, Media and Technology), Consumer Goods and Manufacturing sectors. The operating margin rate improved further to 15.9%, from 14.8% in 2020.

The United Kingdom and Ireland region (11% of Group revenues) had a particularly strong year, with revenue growth of +18.3% at constant exchange rates. This performance was led by the Public Sector, which remained very dynamic throughout the year, and the strong recovery in Financial Services at the end of the year. The operating margin reached a record 18.0%, compared with 15.5% a year earlier.

France (21% of Group revenues) reported revenue growth of +10.3% at constant exchange rates, largely driven by a strong recovery in the Manufacturing sector, and, to a lesser extent, the Services and Consumer Goods sectors. The operating margin improved by 150 basis points year-on-year to 10.2%.

The Rest of Europe region (31% of Group revenues) grew +17.6% at constant exchange rates, again benefiting from the significant rebound in the Manufacturing sector. This momentum was also supported by a recovery in the TMT and Consumer Goods sectors. The operating margin increased to 12.3% from 11.4% a year earlier.

Finally, revenues in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America region (8% of Group revenues) increased sharply by +27.3% at constant exchange rates. Organic momentum increased steadily throughout the year and was supplemented by Group acquisitions in Asia-Pacific. All major sectors therefore reported double-digit growth at constant exchange rates. The operating margin rate is down to 11.5% from 13.0% in 2020.

  • Q4 2021:

Q4 trends are in line with the previous quarter despite a more demanding comparison basis. At constant exchange rates, the solid underlying momentum in France is partially offset by the impact of the Odigo divestiture.

These regional evolutions are fueled by sector trends that are relatively consistent across regions. All sectors reported growth rates comparable to the previous two quarters, with the Manufacturing (25% of Group revenues), Consumer Goods (13% of Group revenues) and Services (5% of Group revenues) sectors still showing constant currency growth of around 20%. The Public Sector (14% of Group revenues) and TMT (Telecom, Media and Technology, 13% of Group revenues) sectors came next, with constant currency growth of around 10%. Momentum remained strong in Financial Services (22% of Group revenues), while the Energy & Utilities sector (8% of Group revenues) experienced a slight decline.

OPERATIONS BY BUSINESS

Change in total revenues*
at constant exchange rates
    Q4 2021 FY

2021

Strategy & Transformation   +26.0% +27.0%
Applications & Technology   +16.0% +13.1%
Operations & Engineering   +6.8% +18.5%

 

  • For the full year:

All Group business lines also reported double-digit growth rates in 2021 at constant exchange rates.

Strategy & Transformation consulting services (7% of Group revenues) reported a +27.0% rise in total revenues, reflecting the strong recovery in Group client discretionary expenditure. Applications & Technology services (62% of Group revenues and Capgemini’s core business) reported a +13.1% increase in total revenues.

Finally, Operations & Engineering total revenues (31% of Group revenues) grew +18.5% at constant exchange rates, taking into account the acquisition of Altran and the sale of Odigo. Organic growth was primarily driven by the strong recovery in Engineering services during the year. In addition, both Infrastructure and Cloud services and Business Services showed solid growth.

  • Q4 2021:

All Group business lines maintained solid momentum in the final quarter of 2021. Strategy & Transformation services and Applications & Technology services continued to benefit from robust Digital and Cloud demand, reporting growth at constant exchange rates of +26.0% and +16.0%, respectively. Operations & Engineering services again reported double-digit growth after adjusting for the scope effect of the Odigo divestiture. This performance was again driven by strong double-digit growth in Engineering services, while Infrastructure and Cloud Services and Business Services continued to enjoy solid organic momentum.

 

HEADCOUNT

At December 31, 2021, the Group’s total headcount stood at 324,700. This 20% increase year-on-year, in a tight skilled labor market, demonstrates Capgemini’s ability to attract talent to fuel its growth.

In particular, 189,000 employees work in offshore centers, some 58% of the total headcount, up 4 points on the end of 2020 and above the level reached before the Altran integration.

ALTRAN INTEGRATION & SYNERGIES

Capgemini successfully completed the operational integration of Altran, which began when the Group took effective control in April 2020, with particularly great results notably in terms of talent retention, joint offerings development and commercial momentum.

As a testimony to the strong strategic and operational rationale of this acquisition and its successful integration, the Group has already achieved the expected revenue and cost synergies, ahead of the targeted three-year timeframe. Cost and operating model synergies reached a run rate of more than 80 million euros at the end of 2021, compared with a target of 70 to 100 million euros after three years. Similarly, revenue synergies already exceeded 350 million euros in 2021, compared with a target of 200 to 350 million euros after three years.

BALANCE SHEET

Capgemini’s balance sheet structure changed little in 2021.

Given its strong gross cash position, the Group completed the early redemption of two bond tranches in 2021. A €500 million tranche maturing in November 2021 was redeemed in August and a €500 million tranche maturing in April 2022 was redeemed in December.

At December 31, 2021, the Group had cash and cash equivalents and cash management assets of €3.5 billion. After accounting for borrowings of €6.7 billion and derivative instruments, Group net debt* is €3.2 billion at December 31, 2021, down significantly compared with €4.9 billion at December 31, 2020.

CORPORATE SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

In a health context still marked by the pandemic, Capgemini continued its corporate, social and environmental efforts in 2021.

In December 2021, the Group presented its ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) policy, in line with commitments made at the beginning of the year. Building on a long history of initiatives, Capgemini has set through this policy a framework of 8 priorities and 11 ambitious objectives, covering each of the ESG pillars and impacting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals relevant to its business.

Capgemini continued the rollout of its Net Zero strategy, with action plans executed across the entire organization. In 2021, Capgemini reduced its total CO2 emissions by 33% year-on-year. This decrease was primarily driven by a reduction in travel-related emissions, given the restrictions caused by the health context. Among carbon reduction initiatives, Capgemini has also significantly reduced its office and data center emissions combining in particular additional efficiency actions and the increased use of renewable electricity. Renewable energies accounted for 57% of the Group’s power consumption in 2021 compared to 46% in 2020.

The Group has also stepped up its human capital development initiatives: nearly 13 million training hours were provided to Group employees in 2021, an annual average of 45.7 hours per employee. This represents an annual increase of more than 5%, in line with the Group’s commitment.

Finally, Capgemini continued its diversity and inclusion efforts: in particular, the proportion of women in the total workforce reached 35.8% at the end of 2021 compared with 33.7% a year earlier, and 22.4% among the Group’s executive leaders compared with 20.3% at the end of 2020, representing an improvement of over 2 points for both measures.

OUTLOOK

The Group’s financial targets for 2022 are:

  • Revenue growth of +8% to +10% at constant currency;
  • Operating margin of 12.9% to 13.1%;
  • Organic free cash flow above €1,700 million.

The inorganic contribution to growth should be of 1 point at the lower end of the target range and 2 points at the upper end.

CONFERENCE CALL

Aiman Ezzat, Chief Executive Officer and Carole Ferrand, Chief Financial Officer, will present this press release during a conference call in English to be held today at 6.00 p.m. Paris time (CET). You can follow this conference call live via webcast at the following link. A replay will also be available for a period of one year.

All documents relating to this publication will be posted on the Capgemini investor website at https://investors.capgemini.com/en/.

PROVISIONAL CALENDAR

April 28, 2022       Q1 2022 revenues

May 19, 2022       Shareholders’ Meeting

July 28, 2022        H1 2022 results

The payment schedule of the dividend that will be submitted to the Shareholders’ Meeting for approval would be:

June 1, 2022        Ex-dividend date on Euronext Paris

June 3, 2022        Payment of the dividend

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