Continued today … Atos – 15/07/2022 at 08:12

(AOF) – Atos sold 4.56% on Thursday for 10.56 euros. In a statement on Wednesday night, Atos revealed that S&P Global had downgraded its credit rating from “BBB- with a negative outlook” to “BB with a negative outlook”. This rating change is expected to have only a limited impact on its operations and financing, the company says.

According to her, the impact of this change in rating on the structure and cost of debt is very limited. The only one of its existing debt instruments, the cost of which is subject to a covenant linked to its credit rating, is the $ 2.4 billion revolving credit facility. EUR, which so far is almost completely unused. The terms and conditions of the bonds remain unchanged.

On June 14, 2022, Atos presented its project to study the separation of two listed companies and the implementation of “an ambitious transformation plan”.

“This project, which has already generated significant motivation and commitment from the group’s employees and has been very well received by customers, is not affected by today’s rating change, just as the medium-term financial objectives communicated on June 14 are not affected,” Atos explains.

As stated in S & P Global’s press release, Atos’ liquidity is strong and its financial policy is appropriate. In particular, S&P Global specifies that the Group’s expected level of liquidity should enable it to implement its transformation plan with a € 1.5 billion maturity loan, a € 900 million revolving credit facility, lower use of commercial paper and € 700 million for planned divestments. -strategic assets.

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Key points

– International leader in digital transformation established in 1997, European leader in cloud, cyber security and supercomputers;

– € 10.8 billion activity, divided into 3 divisions – infrastructure & data management for 54% of sales, business and platform solutions for 34% and big data & cybersecurity for 10%;

– Geographical balance between revenue: 23% of sales in North America, 25% in Northern Europe, 23% in Central Europe and 22% in Southern Europe;

– Sustainable digital transformation business model;

– Open capital (9.96% for Siemens Pension Fund and 2.2% for employees), Bertrand Meunier as Chairman of the Board of 13 members, Rodolphe Belmer as CEO;

– Solid balance with debt / equity ratio of 28% and leverage of 1.9, which is why management excludes any capital increase.

Challenges

– New strategy: refocus on digitization, decarbonisation, security and the cloud, which should contribute to 65% of medium-term revenue / recovery in Germany / towards the sale of on-site infrastructure and traditional data center activities, ie. 1/5. of income;

– Innovation strategy developed in 18 R & D centers with a portfolio of 3,000 patents: open innovation through partnerships with university centers (quantum computers, exascale computers, artificial intelligence, HPC, multicultural leadership, etc.), with alliances with other actors (AWS, Dell, Google, Huma, Microsoft, OVHCloud, Sparkle, etc.) and with customers / 2 scientific communities of expert collaborators in the group / Scaler program for collaboration with 50 start-ups;

– Environmental strategy supported by Digital Transformation Factory, Hybrid Cloud, “Business Accelerators” solutions, “Connected Intelligence” and “Digital Workplace” and aims to meet 3 major challenges: CO2 neutrality from 2028 and halving emissions by 2025 vs 2021 / sale of decarbonisation solutions, reinforced by the acquisition of EcoAct / investment in hydrogen supercomputers and quantum technologies / launch of the 1st “green” loan;

– Strengthening security with the acquisition of the British company Cloudreach and the opening of a sovereign security center in Bulgaria;

Visibility of the activity with an order book corresponding to 2.1 years of turnover.

Challenges

– Slowing down order intake and reducing the duration of new contracts;

– Russia-Ukraine war: low income impact (0.4%) but high in terms of workforce, services previously provided by Russia have been transferred to India and Turkey;

– Expected rapid recovery after the loss in 2021 based on rumors of takeover bids from Airbus, Orange, etc. and the listing of BDA and security activities;

– After a start to the year marked by a decline in sales, the 2022 target was confirmed, with revenues from +0.5 to + 1.5%, an operating margin of 3 to 5% and free cash flow between + € 150 million . and € 200 million.

Maximum staff turnover

Companies in the IT services sector have experienced the departure of more than 20% of their workforce in twelve months. This trend is not unusual in the sector, but it reaches an unprecedented extent in a context of strong growth and good recruitment dynamics. In addition, employees have new demands and hopes. The main criterion is the flexibility of the work and the way it is implemented in the company. The US-Indian company Cognizant saw about 35% of its 330,000 engineers leave the company in one year. Capgemini, which groups 32,000 French employees, recently suffered its first strike since 2008 with a demand for a collective increase in pay.

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