Paris: French IT services group Atos enjoyed a big increase in 2012 profits, but the group's consulting revenue fell.
- Revenue up 0.75 percent at EUR 8,844 million
- Net income up 23 percent to EUR 224 million
- EUR 10 billion order entry
- Book to bill ratio: 113 percent
- "Carve-out" of payment and merchant transaction activities
Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO at Atos commented, "In 2012, we continued to create a European competitive company with global reach. We invested to deliver innovation and enhance our partnerships in key areas such as cloud services, enterprise social networks, e-payments
"Looking ahead, the company remains well-positioned to continue delivering significantly value for our customers and shareholders and in this context I am glad to announce the decision to carve-out payment and merchant transactional activities by mid-2013."
2012 operational performance
The group's revenue was flat at EUR 8,844 million, reflecting:
- Managed Services: +2.4 percent
- Specialized Businesses: +2.7 percent
- Systems Integration: -2.3 percent
- Consulting & Technology Services: -5.0 percent
The revenue performance was driven mostly by North America (+8.9 percent) and the UK (+7.5 percent), by a continued growth increase of Atos Worldline (+2.2) and to a lesser extent by Germany (+0.6 percent).
Benelux, France and Iberia continued to be "impacted by a difficult economic situation", especially in cyclical activities such as consulting.