H1 2020 revenue
Health crisis has limited impact
First signs of recovery
Paris, 29 July 2020
Health crisis has limited impact on Group activities
After growing 5% in the first quarter, revenue decreased, as anticipated, by 11.8% in the second quarter, of which two months (April and May) were particularly hard hit as a result of the pandemic. That said, the overall decline in revenue was limited to 3.2% in H1.
The Services business recorded 5% growth in the first quarter followed by a 12.2% decline in the second quarter, limiting the decrease to 3.4% over the first-half period as a whole.
During the first half of the year, performances differed widely between business sectors.
The two main sectors hit by the pandemic have been:
- Industry, in which Infotel recorded a very slight decrease despite the slump in business activity at Airbus (-11% in H1). Revenue from PSA was stable. This sector now accounts for 26.2% of total revenue compared with 27.8% in H1 2019;
- Services/Transport, with a sharp slump at Air France (-44%). This sector now accounts for 17.4% of total revenue, compared with 21.9 % in 2019.
In the Banking/Finance sector, revenue increased and now accounts for 39.8% of the Group total, compared with 35.7% in H1 2019. Infotel notably gained from strong growth at two clients in this sector (BPCE: +23%, and Banque de France: +31%).
Insurance/Pensions sector revenue increased to 13.6% of the Group total, compared with 12.7%, while that from the Administration sector rose 3%, compared with 2% in H1 2019.
Infotel’s efficient human resources management, which saw substantial numbers of staff work from home, helped it better manage fluctuations in business activity. The inter-contract rate was low, at an average of 3.2% for the first-half period, and subsidised leave under COVID job retention scheme represented less than 10% of Group full time employees in June.
The Software business chalked up satisfactory growth of 2.9%, with IBM royalties totalling €2.38 million (compared to €2.34 million a year earlier). Infotel is seeing a tendency for clients to extend their maintenance contracts. New purchasing decisions were scored for the Orlando suite, though the signature date will depend largely on how the current situation pans out.
Infotel has been seeing signs of a revival in business activity and continues to enjoy an extremely healthy financial position. The Group therefore remains optimistic about its profitability and is expecting a brisk end to the year thanks to the dynamism of its teams.
First-half 2020 results: 16 September 2020
Analyst meeting: 17 September 2020 – 11:30 a.m.
Listed on Compartment B of Euronext Paris since January 1999 (ISIN code FR0000071797) Infotel is specialised in key account information management systems, from mobile to very large volume databases (Big Data). At the forefront of technological innovations, Infotel develops its expertise around two complementary business lines: computer services and software editing. Infotel posted revenue of €248.4m in 2019 and employs over 2,400 people.