• Shares slump at open up
  • Sees 2021 product sales slipping 2.4% to 10.8 bln euros
  • Running margin found at 4%, under earlier 6% target
  • Warns of detrimental cost-free funds flow
  • Atos CEO: to announce new approach program in Q2

PARIS, Jan 10 (Reuters) – French technologies consulting firm Atos (ATOS.PA) issued a earnings warning on Monday, its next in seven months, causing its shares to slump to their most affordable degree since about mid-2012.

The firm’s newest profit warning also arrived just a number of days right after its new CEO Rodolphe Belmer, appointed in Oct, officially took around the reins.

Atos shares plunged by 15% in early session buying and selling.

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Atos mentioned its fiscal goals said in July could not be met, thanks equally to delays on promotions with buyers and to decrease margins at its hardware and software resales unit.

“I joined the company previous week, at the time when the figures ended up becoming collected and consolidated. The present point out of money insight qualified prospects us to the obligation to challenge a gain warning right now thanks to the considerable variance in the financial KPIs (important general performance indicators),” explained Belmer.

“Nevertheless, most of the goods underlying this significant gap are non-recurring…I am persuaded that the firm has the vital property and all the abilities to run a swift turnaround”, he included.

The tenure of Atos’ prior CEO, Elie Girard, was tainted by accounting problems and by a July 2021 earnings warning. read through additional

The company’s drop from grace noticed Atos exit France’s blue-chip CAC 40 (.FCHI) fairness index and led to speculation about a takeover or the arrival of activist buyers.

Atos stated it now predicted a 2.4% decrease in its 2021 full yr revenues, coming in at 10.8 billion euros ($12.24 billion) – beneath a former forecast for “stable” sales.

Atos also now forecast an working margin at all over 4% for 2021 compared to a concentrate on of all over 6% formerly, and its absolutely free money flow target was now anticipated at a adverse figure of 420 million euros – underneath a prior forecast for beneficial totally free money stream.

Belmer, who beforehand led French satellite organization Eutelsat (ETL.PA), mentioned he will existing a new group of Atos’ board of directors at the end of subsequent thirty day period, and a new strategy program in the next quarter of this calendar year.

Atos, whose shares had also slumped by all over 50% in 2021, will give its 2022 objectives on Feb 28.

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Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten
Enhancing by Christopher Cushing/Sudip Kar-Gupta

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