CGI Group Inc.

CGI Group Inc.

July 25, 2012 06:30 ET

CGI Reports Strong Organic Revenue Growth in Q3 and Books $1.5 Billion in New Contracts

Generates $251 million in cash from operations

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 25, 2012) - (TSX:GIB.A)(NYSE:GIB)

Q3-F2012 highlights

  • Bookings of $1.5 billion or a book-to-bill of 139% of revenue;
  • Backlog of $13.6 billion;
  • Revenue of $1.1 billion;
  • Adjusted EBIT of $136.3 million;
  • Adjusted EBIT margin of 12.8%;
  • Net earnings of $87.2 million;
  • Net earnings margin of 8.2%;
  • Diluted EPS of 33 cents;
  • Cash provided by operating activities of $251.0 million or 94 cents per diluted share;
  • Investment of $9.4 million in share buyback;
  • Reduced debt by $152.5 million;
  • Return on equity of 15.4%; return on invested capital 11.8%;
  • Bookings over the last twelve months of $5.1 billion, or 123% of revenue.

Note: All figures are in Canadian dollars. Q3-F2012 MD&A, financial statements and accompanying notes can be found at and have been filed with both SEDAR in Canada and EDGAR in the U.S. All non-GAAP measures are outlined on page 3. The Company reports its results under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A)(NYSE:GIB) reported fiscal 2012 third quarter revenue of $1.1 billion compared with $1.0 billion in the year ago period, representing an increase of $52.0 million or 5.1%, driven primarily by strong year-over-year growth in the Company's US operations.

Adjusted EBIT was $136.3 million, representing a margin of 12.8%, compared with $139.2 million and 13.7% in the same period last year.

Net earnings were $87.2 million or 8.2% of revenue and diluted earnings per share were 33 cents in Q3-F2012. Compared with same period last year, both net earnings and EPS were negatively impacted by the costs related to the acquisition of Logica plc, additional financing costs and the execution of a real estate optimization initiative, while last year's results benefited from favourable tax adjustments.

The Company generated $251.0 million in cash from operating activities during the quarter, or 23.6% of revenue including the positive impact of changes in working capital. Over the last twelve months CGI has generated $690.5 million or $2.57 in cash per diluted share.

In millions of Canadian dollars except earnings per share and where noted
Q3-F2012 Q3-F2011
Revenue 1,064.9 1,012.8
Adjusted EBIT 136.3 139.2
Margin 12.8 % 13.7 %
Net earnings 87.2 123.2
Margin 8.2 % 12.2 %
Earnings per share (diluted) 0.33 0.45
Weighted average number of outstanding shares (diluted) 267,418,867 274,373,191
Finance costs 9.4 4.2
Net debt to capitalization ratio 19.4 % 28.7 %
Cash provided by operating activities 251.0 93.2
Days of sales outstanding (DSO) 49 52
Return on equity 15.4 % 20.5 %
Return on invested capital 11.8 % 15.7 %
Bookings 1,478 1,442
Backlog 13,610 12,587

During the quarter, the Company booked $1.5 billion in new contract wins, extensions and renewals, bringing the total bookings over the last twelve months to $5.1 billion, for a book-to-bill of 123%. At the end of June 2012, the Company's backlog of signed orders stood at $13.6 billion, up $1.0 billion compared with the same period last year. The backlog represents approximately 3.3 times revenue on a trailing twelve-month basis.

"We continue seeing a positive growth trend particularly in the US which grew by 18.4% year-over-year in Q3," said Michael E. Roach, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our continuing ability to generate significant cash from operations positions us to fully meet our strategic and financial commitments, including the transformational business combination with Logica which we expect to close in the current quarter."

The Company reduced its net debt by $295.6 million for a net debt of $633.4 million at the end of the quarter, representing a net debt to capitalization of 19.4%. At the end of Q3-F2012, the Company had approximately $4.5 billion in committed liquidity.

Normal Course Issuer Bid

The Company purchased 453,000 CGI shares during the quarter for $9.4 million at an average price of $20.82 as part of its program, renewed on February 1, 2012, allowing the purchase of up to 10% of the Company's public float of Class A subordinate shares, or approximately 22 million shares over the next year.

During the first nine months of fiscal 2012, approximately 5.4 million shares have been purchased at an average price of $19.16 for a total investment of $102.8 million.

Logica acquisition

Following a General Meeting held in London on July 16, Logica's shareholders voted 99.54% in favour of CGI's recommended cash offer of 105 pence per share.

Subject to the sanction of the Court and the satisfaction or waiver of certain other conditions, it is presently expected that the acquisition will be completed on August 20, 2012, subject to the remaining conditions being fulfilled.

Third quarter F2012 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 dialling (866) 226-1798 or on the Web at 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

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI provides end-to-end services with approximately 31,000 professionals located in offices and global delivery centers in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. As at June 30, 2012, CGI's annualized revenue was approximately $4.3 billion and its order backlog was approximately $13.6 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index.Website:

Non-GAAP financial metrics used in this release: Constant currency growth, adjusted EBIT, net debt to capitalization, DSO, ROE and ROIC

CGI reports its financial results in accordance with IFRS. However, management believes that these 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. Additional details for these non-GAAP measures can be found on page 3 of our MD&A which is posted on CGI's website, and filed with SEDAR and EDGAR.

Forward-looking statements

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 Canadian securities laws. These statements and this information represent CGI's 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 but 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 IT industry; general economic and business conditions; foreign exchange and other risks identified in the press release, in CGI's annual and quarterly Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A"), in CGI's Annual Report, in CGI's Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (filed on EDGAR at, and in the Company's Annual Information Form filed with the Canadian securities authorities (filed on SEDAR at, 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.

Contact Information

  • Lorne Gorber
    Senior Vice-President
    Global Communications and Investor Relations


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