CGI reports revenue growth while expanding eps by 19% and signs $1.68 billion in new contracts in Q2-2009
Generates $187.3 million in cash from operations
Q2-2009 year-over-year highlights:
- Revenue of $948.3 million, up 1.9%;
- Bookings of $1.68 billion or 177% of revenue;
- Net earnings of $77.5 million, up 12.7%;
- Net earnings margin of 8.2%;
- EPS of 25 cents, up 19%;
- Cash generated from operating activities of $187.3 million, up 308%;
- Backlog reaches $12.0 billion.
Note: All figures are in Canadian dollars. Q2-2009 MD&A, financial statements and accompanying notes can be found at www.cgi.com and have been filed with both SEDAR in Canada and EDGAR in the U.S.
CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB) reported fiscal 2009 second quarter revenue today of $948.3 million. This represents 1.9% revenue growth compared with the second quarter of 2008. Approximately 44% of the quarter's revenue was generated outside of Canada, up from 36% in the same quarter last year in line with the Company's business strategy.
Earnings from continuing operations before taxes and non-controlling interest were $101.7 million, or 10.7% of revenue, compared with $101.1 in the second quarter of 2008.
Net earnings in Q2-2009 were $77.5 million or 8.2% of revenue compared with earnings of $68.8 million in the same quarter last year, representing a 12.7% year-over-year increase.
Earnings per share in the second quarter were 25 cents up 19%, compared with 21 cents in the same period last year.
The Company generated $187.3 million in cash from its operating activities, or 19.8% of revenue. In the first half of fiscal 2009, CGI has generated $266.9 million or $0.86 in cash per diluted share from its operating activities, or 13.7% of revenue. This represents an improvement of $99.9 million compared with the first half of fiscal 2008.
At the end of the fiscal second quarter, the Company had access to more than $1.5 billion in capital, including $186.4 million in cash and an unused $1.36 billion under its line of credit secured through 2012. Debt repayments in the three month period totaled $213.9 million, leaving net debt at the end of the second quarter at $105.4 million for a net debt to capitalization ratio of 4.0%, reduced from 15.2% in Q2-2008.
During the quarter, the Company booked $1.68 billion in new contract wins, or 177% of revenue. Bookings in each of Canada, the US and Europe exceeded 100% of revenue with the government and healthcare as well as financial services verticals accounting for 89% of worldwide bookings. This brings the value of CGI's signed contracts over the last twelve months to $4.4 billion, or 115% of revenue. At the end of March 2009, the Company's backlog of signed orders stood at $12.0 billion or 3.2 times annual revenue.
"We remain focused on helping clients through these challenging market conditions," said Michael E. Roach, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our managed services offering combined with our business solutions and unique global delivery capabilities continue to deliver incremental value to clients in terms of cost savings and efficiency improvements throughout their operations."
"The market response to our solutions accelerated during the quarter, as evidenced by $1.68 billion in new bookings, up 116% from the first quarter. I was very pleased with the ongoing ability of all business units to execute to our plan in the quarter, improving EPS and generating $187.3 million in cash from operations allowing us to lower our net debt to $105.4 million, our lowest level in 13 quarters. We continue to have the operational and the financial capability to fully realize our profitable growth strategy," concluded Mr. Roach.
Second Quarter F2009 Results Conference Call
Management will host a conference call to discuss results at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time this morning. Participants may access the call by dialing (866) 223-7781 or on the Web at www.cgi.com/investors. Supporting slides for the call will also be available. For those unable to participate on the live call, a podcast and copy of the slides will be archived for download at www.cgi.com/investors.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,500 professionals in over 100 offices across 16 countries. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. CGI's annual revenue run rate stands at $3.8 billion and at March 31, 2009, CGI's order backlog was $12.0 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
CGI reports its financial results in accordance with GAAP. However, management believes that certain non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors regarding the Company's financial condition and results of operations as they provide additional measures of its performance. Explanations as well as a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures with GAAP financial statements are provided in the MD&A which is posted on CGI's website, and filed with SEDAR and EDGAR.
All statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are "forward-looking information" within the meaning of sections 138.3 and following of the Ontario Securities Act, as amended. These statements and this information represent CGI Group Inc.'s ("CGI") intentions, plans, expectations and beliefs, and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, of which many are beyond the control of the Company. These factors could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. These factors include and are not restricted to the timing and size of new contracts, acquisitions and other corporate developments; the ability to attract and retain qualified members; market competition in the rapidly-evolving information technology industry; general economic and business conditions, foreign exchange and other risks identified in the Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") in CGI's Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (filed on EDGAR at www.sec.gov), and in CGI's annual and quarterly MD&A and Annual Information Form filed with the Canadian securities authorities (filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com), as well as assumptions regarding the foregoing. The words "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "foresee," "plan," and similar expressions and variations thereof, identify certain of such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. In particular, statements relating to future performance are forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. CGI disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements or on this forward-looking information.
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