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Analysis of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young’s Preliminary 2000 Results

Solid Growth after Merger

Profit Up, Stock Down; Market Cap Ebbs after Surging for Five Years

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Serge Kampf, CGEY chairman
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, Mar. 16 - Just over a year ago (on Feb. 29, 2000), Cap Gemini announced that it was planning to acquire Ernst & Young Consulting, whereby boosting its U.S. market share (see Annex Bulletin 2000-08, Mar. 10, 2000).  The Paris Bourse investors cheered the news and rewarded the company with an all-time high market capitalization - about $35 billion, a 23-fold increased since 1995.  The Cap Gemini stock price jumped by 686% during the same period - for an 89% compound annual growth.

The stockmarket and the CGEY stock have both cooled off quite a bit since then (market cap is down 48% this year), but some financial benefits of the E&Y acquisition are beginning to show in the company’s business fundamentals.  The merged firm (Cap Gemini Ernst & Young - CGEY) has just reported its preliminary 2000 results.  And the news was good.  Both revenues and profits were up in double digits.  Revenues in U.S. dollars were up 49% (up 61% in euros/FFr), while the dollar-denominated earnings surged by 50% (up 62% in euros/FFr).

About five-sixths of the revenue growth, and over half of the profit increase, was attributable to the E&Y acquisition that was completed in late May 2000.  Adjusted for the full year’s E&Y results, the CGEY growth was more moderate, but still in double digits.  Revenues were up 10% (in euros/FFr), while net profit jumped by 26% (in euros/FFr).

The fact that CGEY has gone from losses in 1992-1994, to a meager profit ($11 million) in 1995, to $775 million in net earnings five years later, makes this Paris-based services company arguably the IT industry’s most successful turnaround story.

Happy bargain hunting!

Bob Djurdjevic















































Volume XVII, No. 2001-06
March 16, 2001

Editor: Bob Djurdjevic
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