COX OUTSOURCES ITS IT DEPARTMENT TO CGI IN 10-YEAR CONTRACT VALUED AT £138 MILLION
Information technology (IT) and business process services firm, CGI Group (Europe) Limited, part of CGI Group Inc. (CGI) (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB) today announced that Cox Insurance Holdings Plc, one of the largest motor insurers in the UK, has signed a full, end-to-end, ten-year IT outsourcing contract with CGI valued at £138 million (CDN $338 million, US $246 million).
As part of the contract, CGI will become the primary manager of all aspects of the insurer's computing infrastructure, providing applications management including support and maintenance, and development activities spanning Cox's entire business. Under this agreement, more than 200 Cox professionals are transferring to CGI under TUPE - Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment). CGI will capitalize upon its position as a global services company by providing Cox with more efficient, cost effective services through the use of its UK and offshore facilities in Canada and India.
Neil Utley, CEO of Cox Insurance Holdings Plc, commented: "Working with CGI, we will be able to stay focused on the core competency of our insurance business while benefiting from CGI's expertise and best-of-breed technology services. CGI is a company able to provide the thought leadership and strategic focus we are looking for in a services provider."
Cox is a long-term customer of CGI's, having worked with its back-office administration solution, Real-time Transaction Manager (RTM), for over 20 years. Gavin Chapman, senior vice-president and managing director of CGI in Europe, said: "Our close working relationship over the years has demonstrated to Cox that CGI is able to provide the necessary expertise, flexibility and risk management to bring significant value to Cox's business through a relationship of this kind. CGI's rapidly expanding UK operations enables us to build our business around key partners, such as Cox."
Utley continued: "Cox will realize a number of benefits from outsourcing its IT services to CGI. Not only will it enable Cox to exploit technology to reduce the cost of its business processes, it will also improve service levels and flexibility and provide Cox with the advantage of having a single point of contact for all IT related issues. The transfer of our professionals to an IT provider that is highly focused on our marketplace will also bring about greater career opportunities for them."
Michael Roach, president and chief operating officer for CGI added: "We are extremely pleased to welcome our new professionals to the team and to broaden our relationship with Cox. This contract further underlines our strength and global capability in the financial services sector, supporting our strategic growth plans within the European insurance industry. In building our critical mass in the UK in insurance, we are strengthening our foothold in areas that are increasingly competitive. Outsourcing provides a clear path for companies wanting to maintain and increase their competitive advantage."
About Cox Insurance Holdings Plc
Cox Insurance Holdings Plc is a leading company in the UK retail insurance market. The group combines the largest motor underwriter at Lloyd's with a growing broking and insurance services business. Cox is the UK's largest insurer of motorcycles and the seventh biggest motor insurer. Cox's integrated business model, its highly selective underwriting criteria and mix of distribution channels are the differentiating factors that will continue to drive growth and deliver shareholder value.
Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in North America. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,000 professionals. 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 India and Canada. CGI's annualized revenue run rate is currently CDN$3.8 billion (US$2.8 billion) and at March 31, 2004, CGI's order backlog was CDN$12.0 billion (US$9.1 billion). CGI's 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.
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