Cognizant - Quarterly Update

Cognizant - Quarterly Update

Who Is This Quarterly Update For?
NelsonHall’s Quarterly Update on Cognizant provides a snapshot of developments at the company in the last quarter. It accompanies NelsonHall’s more comprehensive Key Vendor Assessment program.
Both programs are designed for:
• Marketing, sales and business managers developing strategies to target service opportunities within the BPO/IT Services markets
• Sourcing managers monitoring the capabilities of existing suppliers of IT Outsourcing and Business Process Services and identifying vendor suitability for these services
• Consultants advising clients on vendor selection
• Vendor marketing, sales and business managers looking to benchmark themselves against their peers
• Financial analysts and investors specializing in the BPO/IT services sector.

Key Findings & Highlights
Changing of Guard; new CEO from April: external hire, as expected
On same day of Q4 results, announced appointment or Brian Humphries as CEO wef April 1. As an external hire, Humphries will bring in a fresh perspective, plus close knowledge of and strong relationships in the Hi-tech and Comms sectors (where Cognizant is seeing strong growth), with a concomitant understanding of new technologies, and experience of operating in global markets.

Francisco D’Souza will become Exec Vice Chair for 3 months to support the succession, and then revert to his Vice-Chair role
Rajeev Mehta to leave.

Q4 Performance in line with guidance
Ongoing sluggishness in banking (3 of top 5 clients still in negative growth) and healthcare (pre-merger uncertainties; ramp down of a contract where Cognizant is a sub-contractor)
Double-digit growth in some smaller sectors, in particular, technology, comms, E&U and manufacturing/logistics.
Margins dip slightly, though full year margins just about meet prior guidance.

Investor Day, broad mid-term plan unveiled

Initial CY 2019 guidance appears muted

This Quarterly Update on Conduent is 16 pages.
For details, contact guy.saunders@nelson-hall.com

Scope of the Report
The report provides a quarterly update on Cognizant, looking at financial performance and key developments during the period.
It accompanies NelsonHall’s Key Vendor Assessment program which looks at Conduent’s BPO offerings, capabilities, and market and financial strengths, including:
• Identification of the company’s strategy, emphases and new developments
• Revenue breakdowns
• Analysis of the company’s offerings and key service components
• Analysis of the profile of the company’s client base including the company’s targeting strategy and examples of current contracts
• Analysis of the company’s strengths, weaknesses and outlook.


Overview
Financials
Recent Contract Awards
M&A and Investments
Partnerships, New Offerings
Immediate Challenges
Appendix A: Financials
Appendix B: Bookings
Appendix C: Employee Data
Appendix D: New Mid-Term Plan

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