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of Cap Gemini Group’s Preliminary 1999 Business Results
Wimpy 1999 Growth
But Company Expects to Return to Double-digit Growth in 2000, Grow by Acquisitions, Such As That of Ernst & Young Consulting
W. AUSTRALIA, Mar. 10 – After wowing the IT services world with its spectacular revenue and profit surge a year ago, which earned Cap Gemini Group (CGG) a tie with Andersen Consulting for the gold medal in the Annex Research 1999 “IT Services Hexathlon”, this Paris-based competitor produced a wimpy growth figures last year, according to its preliminary 1999 results.
Revenues were up a mere 2% in U.S. dollars, after surging 37% last year (1999 revenues were up 9% and 28% respectively in euro (€) or French Francs).
Echoing some of the IBM-sounding woes from the second half of 1999 (see “A Slam Dunk of Bunk”), CGG blamed the Y2K and the American market for a slowdown in demand. But the U.S. market, which accounted for only 14% of CGG business, has never been much of a driving factor for this Euro-centric IT services competitor. So CGG’s 1999 growth woes may be related, in part, to factors which are uniquely European.
One of them the “euro,” which prompted a surge in spending by governments and businesses before the new European currency basket rang in its presence in the global markets on Jan. 1, 1999. After every upturn, there is a downturn; after every hill, there is a valley. And so, in 1999, CGG rode into a valley after scaling the “euro” peaks the year before.
At least it’s only a valley, rather than a brick wall. Which is why the company’s management seemed brave enough to forecast that, “in 2000, (a) gradual upturn in the market should allow CGG to resume an average two-digit growth figure,” and to achieve (an) operating margin “comparable to that of 1999.”
CGG still has a ways to go from the U.S. shares of revenues which the other top five global competitors claim (EDS, IBM, CSC and Andersen Consulting), but the E&Y acquisition will put CGG on the map of the leading U.S. IT services companies.
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