• Revenues of $16.2 billion, an increase of 3% in U.S. dollars and 1% in local currency
  • GAAP operating margin of 15.8%, compared to 16.5% in the first quarter of fiscal 2023; adjusted1 operating margin of 16.7%, an expansion of 20 basis points
  • GAAP EPS of $3.10, an increase of 1% over the first quarter of fiscal 2023; adjusted EPS of $3.27, an increase of 6%
  • New bookings of $18.4 billion, an increase of 14% in U.S. dollars and 12% in local currency
  • Quarterly cash dividend of $1.29 per share, an increase of 15%
  • Accenture confirms business outlook for fiscal 2024; continues to expect revenue growth of 2% to 5% in local currency; GAAP EPS of $11.41 to $11.76, a 6% to 9% increase; and adjusted EPS of $11.97 to $12.32, a 3% to 6% increase

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2024 ended November 30, 2023.

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Julie Sweet, chair and CEO, Accenture, said, “I am pleased that we delivered on our commitments this quarter while strategically investing at scale for future growth. Our deep and trusted client relationships are again reflected in the 30 clients with quarterly bookings of more than $100 million. And we continue to lead our industry in Gen AI – the great accelerator of reinvention – with over $450 million in new bookings. I am incredibly grateful to the 743,000 people of Accenture, who are steadfastly dedicated to helping our clients achieve their ambition to grow and thrive in the years ahead.”

Revenues were $16.2 billion, an increase of 3% in U.S. dollars and 1% in local currency over the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

GAAP operating income was $2.56 billion, compared to $2.59 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2023, and operating margin was 15.8% compared to 16.5% for the first quarter last year. Adjusted operating income was $2.70 billion and adjusted operating margin was 16.7%, an expansion of 20 basis points from the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

GAAP diluted earnings per share were $3.10, compared to $3.08 for the first quarter of fiscal 2023. Adjusted EPS were $3.27, an increase of 6% from the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

New bookings for the quarter were $18.4 billion, with consulting bookings of $8.6 billion and managed services bookings of $9.8 billion.

1Adjusted financial measures presented in this release are non-GAAP financial measures that exclude business optimization costs, as further described in this release.

Financial Review

Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2024 were $16.22 billion, compared with $15.75 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2023, an increase of 3% in U.S. dollars and 1% in local currency.

Revenues for the quarter reflect a foreign-exchange impact of approximately positive 1.5% compared with the positive 2.5% impact previously assumed. Adjusting for the actual foreign-exchange impact, the company’s guided range for quarterly revenues was approximately $15.70 billion to $16.30 billion. Accenture’s first quarter fiscal 2024 revenues were at the top end of this adjusted range.

  • Consulting revenues for the quarter were $8.46 billion, flat in U.S. dollars and a decrease of 2% in local currency compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2023.
  • Managed Services revenues for the quarter were $7.77 billion, an increase of 6% in U.S. dollars and 5% in local currency compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

GAAP diluted EPS for the quarter were $3.10 compared with $3.08 for the first quarter of fiscal 2023. Excluding a $0.17 decrease for business optimization costs, adjusted EPS were $3.27, an increase of 6% from the first quarter of fiscal 2023. The $0.19 increase in EPS on an adjusted basis reflects:

  • a $0.14 increase from higher revenue and operating results;
  • a $0.05 increase from higher non-operating income; and
  • a $0.01 increase from lower share count;

partially offset by

  • a $0.01 decrease from higher noncontrolling interests.

Gross margin (gross profit as a percentage of revenues) for the quarter was 33.6% compared to 32.9% in the first quarter of fiscal 2023. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the quarter were $2.74 billion, or 16.9% of revenues, compared with $2.59 billion, or 16.5% of revenues, for the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

GAAP operating income for the quarter decreased 1%, to $2.56 billion, or 15.8% of revenues, compared with $2.59 billion, or 16.5% of revenues, for the first quarter of fiscal 2023. Adjusted operating income for the quarter was $2.70 billion, or 16.7% of revenues, an expansion of 20 basis points from the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

The company’s GAAP effective tax rate for the quarter was 23.2%, compared with 23.3% for the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

GAAP net income for the quarter was $2.01 billion, compared with $2.00 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2023. Adjusted net income for the quarter was $2.12 billion.

Operating cash flow for the quarter was $499 million, and property and equipment additions were $69 million. Free cash flow, defined as operating cash flow net of property and equipment additions, was $430 million. For the same period last year, operating cash flow was $495 million; property and equipment additions were $99 million; and free cash flow was $397 million.

Days services outstanding, or DSOs, were 49 days at November 30, 2023, compared with 42 days at August 31, 2023 and 48 days at November 30, 2022.

Accenture’s total cash balance at November 30, 2023 was $7.1 billion, compared with $9.0 billion at August 31, 2023.

New Bookings

New bookings for the first quarter of fiscal 2024 were $18.45 billion, a 14% increase in U.S. dollars and a 12% increase in local currency over the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

  • Consulting new bookings were $8.62 billion, or 47% of total new bookings.
  • Managed Services new bookings were $9.83 billion, or 53% of total new bookings.

Revenues by Geographic Market2

Revenues by geographic market were as follows:

  • North America: $7.56 billion, a decrease of 1% in both U.S. dollars and local currency compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2023.
  • EMEA: $5.80 billion, an increase of 9% in U.S. dollars and 2% in local currency compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2023.
  • Growth Markets: $2.86 billion, an increase of 2% in U.S. dollars and 5% in local currency compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

Revenues by Industry Group

Revenues by industry group were as follows:

  • Communications, Media & Technology: $2.67 billion, a decrease of 10% in U.S. dollars and 11% in local currency compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2023.
  • Financial Services: $3.03 billion, an increase of 2% in U.S. dollars and flat in local currency compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2023.
  • Health & Public Service: $3.38 billion, an increase of 13% in U.S. dollars and 12% in local currency compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2023.
  • Products: $4.86 billion, an increase of 4% in U.S. dollars and 1% in local currency compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2023.
  • Resources: $2.28 billion, an increase of 7% in U.S. dollars and 6% in local currency compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

Returning Cash to Shareholders

Accenture continues to return cash to shareholders through cash dividends and share repurchases.

2Effective September 1, 2023, we revised the reporting of our geographic markets for the movement of our Middle East and Africa market units from Growth Markets to Europe, and the Europe market is now referred to as our EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) geographic market.

Dividend

On November 15, 2023, a quarterly cash dividend of $1.29 per share was paid to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 12, 2023. These cash dividend payments totaled $810 million.

Accenture plc has declared another quarterly cash dividend of $1.29 per share for shareholders of record at the close of business on January 18, 2024. This dividend, which is payable on February 15, 2024, represents a 15% increase over the quarterly dividend rate of $1.12 per share in fiscal 2023.

Share Repurchase Activity

During the first quarter of fiscal 2024, Accenture repurchased or redeemed 3.8 million shares for a total of $1.2 billion, including approximately 3.4 million shares repurchased in the open market.

Accenture’s total remaining share repurchase authority at November 30, 2023 was approximately $5.4 billion.

At November 30, 2023, Accenture had approximately 628 million total shares outstanding.

Business Outlook

Second Quarter Fiscal 2024

Accenture expects revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2024 to be in the range of $15.40 billion to $16.00 billion, or negative 2% to 2% in local currency, reflecting the company’s assumption of a negative 0.5% foreign-exchange impact compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2023.

Fiscal Year 2024

Accenture’s business outlook for fiscal 2024 continues to assume that the foreign-exchange impact on its results in U.S. dollars will be flat compared with fiscal 2023.

For fiscal 2024, the company continues to expect revenue growth to be in the range of 2% to 5% in local currency.

Accenture continues to expect GAAP operating margin for fiscal 2024 to be in the range of 14.8% to 15.0%, an expansion of 110 to 130 basis points from fiscal 2023, and adjusted operating margin, which excludes an estimated $450 million for business optimization costs in fiscal 2024 and $1.1 billion in fiscal 2023, to be in the range of 15.5% to 15.7%, an expansion of 10 to 30 basis points from fiscal 2023.

The company continues to expect both its GAAP and adjusted annual effective tax rate, which excludes the tax impacts of business optimization costs, to be in the range of 23.5% to 25.5%.

The company continues to expect GAAP diluted EPS to be in the range of $11.41 to $11.76, an increase of 6% to 9% over fiscal 2023, and adjusted EPS to be in the range of $11.97 to $12.32, an increase of 3% to 6% over fiscal 2023. This excludes $0.56 for business optimization costs in fiscal 2024 and $1.28 for business optimization costs and $0.38 for a gain on an investment in fiscal 2023.

For fiscal 2024, the company continues to expect operating cash flow to be in the range of $9.3 billion to $9.9 billion; property and equipment additions to be $600 million; and free cash flow to be in the range of $8.7 billion to $9.3 billion.

The company continues to expect to return at least $7.7 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.

360° Value Reporting

Accenture’s goal is to create 360° value for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Our reporting captures how we deliver unique value across six vital dimensions and offers a comprehensive view of our financial and environmental, social and governance (ESG) measures, and our goals, progress and performance for each. Our full 360° Value Report and online 360° Value Reporting Experience provide customizable reporting. To access, please visit the Accenture 360° Value Reporting Experience at www.accenture.com/reportingexperience.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

Accenture will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. EST today to discuss its first quarter fiscal 2024 financial results. To participate, please dial +1 (877) 692-8955 [or +1 (234) 720-6979 outside the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada] and enter access code 4466414 approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the call. The conference call will also be accessible live on the Investor Relations section of the Accenture website at www.accenture.com.

A replay of the conference call will be available at www.accenture.com, and at +1 (866) 207-1041 [or +1 (402) 970-0847 outside the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada] with access code 2507165, from 11:00 a.m. EST today, through Wednesday, March 20, 2024.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company that helps the world’s leading businesses, governments and other organizations build their digital core, optimize their operations, accelerate revenue growth and enhance citizen services—creating tangible value at speed and scale. We are a talent- and innovation-led company with 743,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Technology is at the core of change today, and we are one of the world’s leaders in helping drive that change, with strong ecosystem relationships. We combine our strength in technology and leadership in cloud, data and AI with unmatched industry experience, functional expertise and global delivery capability. We are uniquely able to deliver tangible outcomes because of our broad range of services, solutions and assets across Strategy & Consulting, Technology, Operations, Industry X and Song. These capabilities, together with our culture of shared success and commitment to creating 360° value, enable us to help our clients reinvent and build trusted, lasting relationships. We measure our success by the 360° value we create for our clients, each other, our shareholders, partners and communities.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This news release includes certain non-GAAP financial information as defined by Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation G. Pursuant to the requirements of this regulation, reconciliations of this non-GAAP financial information to Accenture’s financial statements as prepared under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) are included in this press release. Financial results “in local currency” are calculated by restating current-period activity into U.S. dollars using the comparable prior-year period’s foreign-currency exchange rates. Accenture’s management believes providing investors with this information gives additional insights into Accenture’s results of operations. While Accenture’s management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures herein are useful in evaluating Accenture’s operations, this information should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for the related financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Accenture provides full-year revenue guidance on a local-currency basis and not in U.S. dollars because the impact of foreign exchange rate fluctuations could vary significantly from the company’s stated assumptions.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “likely,” “anticipates,” “aspires,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” “believes,” “estimates,” “positioned,” “outlook,” “goal,” “target,” and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance nor promises that goals or targets will be met, and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. These risks include, without limitation, risks that: Accenture’s results of operations have been, and may in the future be, adversely affected by volatile, negative or uncertain economic and political conditions and the effects of these conditions on the company’s clients’ businesses and levels of business activity; Accenture’s business depends on generating and maintaining client demand for the company’s services and solutions including through the adaptation and expansion of its services and solutions in response to ongoing changes in technology and offerings, and a significant reduction in such demand or an inability to respond to the evolving technological environment could materially affect the company’s results of operations; if Accenture is unable to match people and their skills with client demand around the world and attract and retain professionals with strong leadership skills, the company’s business, the utilization rate of the company’s professionals and the company’s results of operations may be materially adversely affected; Accenture faces legal, reputational and financial risks from any failure to protect client and/or company data from security incidents or cyberattacks; the markets in which Accenture operates are highly competitive, and Accenture might not be able to compete effectively; Accenture’s ability to attract and retain business and employees may depend on its reputation in the marketplace; if Accenture does not successfully manage and develop its relationships with key ecosystem partners or fails to anticipate and establish new alliances in new technologies, the company’s results of operations could be adversely affected; Accenture’s profitability could materially suffer if the company is unable to obtain favorable pricing for its services and solutions, if the company is unable to remain competitive, if its cost-management strategies are unsuccessful or if it experiences delivery inefficiencies or fail to satisfy certain agreed-upon targets or specific service levels; changes in Accenture’s level of taxes, as well as audits, investigations and tax proceedings, or changes in tax laws or in their interpretation or enforcement, could have a material adverse effect on the company’s effective tax rate, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition; Accenture’s results of operations could be materially adversely affected by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; changes to accounting standards or in the estimates and assumptions Accenture makes in connection with the preparation of its consolidated financial statements could adversely affect its financial results; as a result of Accenture’s geographically diverse operations and strategy to continue to grow in key markets around the world, the company is more susceptible to certain risks; if Accenture is unable to manage the organizational challenges associated with its size, the company might be unable to achieve its business objectives; Accenture might not be successful at acquiring, investing in or integrating businesses, entering into joint ventures or divesting businesses; Accenture’s business could be materially adversely affected if the company incurs legal liability; Accenture’s global operations expose the company to numerous and sometimes conflicting legal and regulatory requirements; Accenture’s work with government clients exposes the company to additional risks inherent in the government contracting environment; if Accenture is unable to protect or enforce its intellectual property rights or if Accenture’s services or solutions infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others or the company loses its ability to utilize the intellectual property of others, its business could be adversely affected; Accenture may be subject to criticism and negative publicity related to its incorporation in Ireland; as well as the risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed under the “Risk Factors” heading in Accenture plc’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this news release speak only as of the date they were made, and Accenture undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made in this news release or to conform such statements to actual results or changes in Accenture’s expectations.

Accenture plc Consolidated Income Statements (In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts) (Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

November 30, 2023

 

% of Revenues

 

November 30, 2022

 

% of Revenues

REVENUES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

$

16,224,303

 

 

100.0

%

 

$

15,747,802

 

 

100.0

%

OPERATING EXPENSES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of services

 

 

10,776,362

 

 

66.4

%

 

 

10,561,660

 

 

67.1

%

Sales and marketing

 

 

1,709,891

 

 

10.5

%

 

 

1,550,019

 

 

9.8

%

General and administrative costs

 

 

1,033,499

 

 

6.4

%

 

 

1,043,023

 

 

6.6

%

Business optimization costs

 

 

139,664

 

 

0.9

%

 

 

 

 

%

Total operating expenses

 

 

13,659,416

 

 

 

 

 

13,154,702

 

 

 

OPERATING INCOME

 

 

2,564,887

 

 

15.8

%

 

 

2,593,100

 

 

16.5

%

Interest income

 

 

101,980

 

 

 

 

 

44,705

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

 

(14,495

)

 

 

 

 

(7,280

)

 

 

Other income (expense), net

 

 

(35,719

)

 

 

 

 

(28,907

)

 

 

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

 

 

2,616,653

 

 

16.1

%

 

 

2,601,618

 

 

16.5

%

Income tax expense

 

 

606,672

 

 

 

 

 

605,318

 

 

 

NET INCOME

 

 

2,009,981

 

 

12.4

%

 

 

1,996,300

 

 

12.7

%

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest in Accenture Canada Holdings Inc.

 

 

(2,016

)

 

 

 

 

(2,085

)

 

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests – other (1)

 

 

(34,521

)

 

 

 

 

(29,265

)

 

 

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO ACCENTURE PLC

 

$

1,973,444

 

 

12.2

%

 

$

1,964,950

 

 

12.5

%

CALCULATION OF EARNINGS PER SHARE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Accenture plc

 

$

1,973,444

 

 

 

 

$

1,964,950

 

 

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest in Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. (2)

 

 

2,016

 

 

 

 

 

2,085

 

 

 

Net income for diluted earnings per share calculation

 

$

1,975,460

 

 

 

 

$

1,967,035

 

 

 

WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

627,996,111

 

 

 

 

 

630,137,262

 

 

 

Diluted

 

 

637,398,361

 

 

 

 

 

638,766,821

 

 

 

EARNINGS PER SHARE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

3.14

 

 

 

 

$

3.12

 

 

 

Diluted

 

$

3.10

 

 

 

 

$

3.08

 

 

 

Cash dividends per share

 

$

1.29

 

 

 

 

$

1.12

 

 

 

(1)

 

Comprised primarily of noncontrolling interest attributable to the noncontrolling shareholders of Avanade, Inc.

(2)

 

Diluted earnings per share assumes the exchange of all Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares for Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares on a one-for-one basis. The income effect does not take into account “Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests — other,” since those shares are not redeemable or exchangeable for Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares.

Accenture plc Summary of Revenues (In thousands of U.S. dollars) (Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Percent Increase (Decrease) U.S. Dollars

 

Percent Increase (Decrease) Local Currency

 

 

November 30, 2023

 

November 30, 2022

 

 

GEOGRAPHIC MARKETS (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North America

 

$

7,562,902

 

$

7,622,820

 

(1)

 

(1)

EMEA

 

 

5,803,642

 

 

5,312,899

 

9

 

2

Growth Markets

 

 

2,857,759

 

 

2,812,083

 

2

 

5

Total Revenues

 

$

16,224,303

 

$

15,747,802

 

3%

 

1%

INDUSTRY GROUPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications, Media & Technology

 

$

2,669,448

 

$

2,980,203

 

(10)%

 

(11)%

Financial Services

 

 

3,033,578

 

 

2,963,396

 

2

 

Health & Public Service

 

 

3,377,466

 

 

3,000,019

 

13

 

12

Products

 

 

4,859,987

 

 

4,665,788

 

4

 

1

Resources

 

 

2,283,824

 

 

2,138,396

 

7

 

6

Total Revenues

 

$

16,224,303

 

$

15,747,802

 

3%

 

1%

TYPE OF WORK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consulting

 

$

8,456,506

 

$

8,444,367

 

—%

 

(2)%

Managed Services

 

 

7,767,797

 

 

7,303,435

 

6

 

5

Total Revenues

 

$

16,224,303

 

$

15,747,802

 

3%

 

1%

(1)

 

Effective September 1, 2023, we revised the reporting of our geographic markets for the movement of our Middle East and Africa market units from Growth Markets to Europe, and the Europe market is now referred to as our EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) geographic market. Prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform with the current period presentation.

Accenture plc Operating Income by Geographic Market (In thousands of U.S. dollars) (Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

November 30, 2023

 

November 30, 2022

 

 

 

Operating Income

 

Operating Margin

 

Operating Income

 

Operating Margin

 

Increase (Decrease)

North America

$

1,256,708

 

17

%

 

$

1,309,883

 

17

%

 

$

(53,175

)

EMEA (1)

 

823,601

 

14

 

 

 

726,883

 

14

 

 

 

96,718

 

Growth Markets (1)

 

484,578

 

17

 

 

 

556,334

 

20

 

 

 

(71,756

)

Total Operating Income

$

2,564,887

 

15.8

%

 

$

2,593,100

 

16.5

%

 

$

(28,213

)

(1)

 

Effective September 1, 2023, we revised the reporting of our geographic markets for the movement of our Middle East and Africa market units from Growth Markets to Europe, and the Europe market is now referred to as our EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) geographic market. Prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform with the current period presentation.

 Accenture plc Reconciliation of Operating Income (GAAP) to Operating Income As Adjusted (Non-GAAP) (In thousands of U.S. dollars) (Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

November 30, 2023

 

November 30, 2022

 

 

 

As Reported (GAAP)

 

Business Optimization (1)

 

Adjusted (Non-GAAP)

 

Operating Margin (Non-GAAP)

 

As Reported (GAAP)

 

Operating Margin (GAAP)

 

Increase (Decrease)

North America

$

1,256,708

 

$

45,929

 

$

1,302,637

 

17

%

 

$

1,309,883

 

17

%

 

$

(7,246

)

EMEA (2)

 

823,601

 

 

70,804

 

 

894,405

 

15

 

 

 

726,883

 

14

 

 

 

167,522

 

Growth Markets (2)

 

484,578

 

 

22,931

 

 

507,509

 

18

 

 

 

556,334

 

20

 

 

 

(48,825

)

Total Operating Income

$

2,564,887

 

$

139,664

 

$

2,704,551

 

16.7

%

 

$

2,593,100

 

16.5

%

 

$

111,451

 

(1)

 

Costs recorded in connection with our business optimization initiatives, primarily for employee severance.

(2)

 

Effective September 1, 2023, we revised the reporting of our geographic markets for the movement of our Middle East and Africa market units from Growth Markets to Europe, and the Europe market is now referred to as our EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) geographic market. Prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform with the current period presentation.

 Accenture plc Reconciliation of Net Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share, as Reported (GAAP), to Net Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share, as Adjusted (Non-GAAP) (In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

 

November 30, 2023

 

November 30, 2022

 

As Reported (GAAP)

Business Optimization (1)

Adjusted (Non-GAAP)

 

As Reported (GAAP)

Operating Income

$

2,564,887

 

$

139,664

 

$

2,704,551

 

 

$

2,593,100

 

Operating Margin

 

15.8

%

 

0.9

%

 

16.7

%

 

 

16.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

2,616,653

 

 

139,664

 

 

2,756,317

 

 

 

2,601,618

 

Income tax expense

 

606,672

 

 

33,978

 

 

640,650

 

 

 

605,318

 

Net Income

$

2,009,981

 

$

105,686

 

$

2,115,667

 

 

$

1,996,300

 

Effective tax rate

 

23.2

%

 

24.3

%

 

23.2

%

 

 

23.3

%

Diluted earnings per share

$

3.10

 

$

0.17

 

$

3.27

 

 

$

3.08

 

(1)

 

Costs recorded in connection with our business optimization initiatives, primarily for employee severance.

 Accenture plc Consolidated Balance Sheets (In thousands of U.S. dollars)

 

 

November 30, 2023

 

August 31, 2023

ASSETS

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

7,140,841

 

$

9,045,032

Short-term investments

 

 

4,597

 

 

4,575

Receivables and contract assets

 

 

13,241,359

 

 

12,227,186

Other current assets

 

 

2,668,779

 

 

2,105,138

Total current assets

 

 

23,055,576

 

 

23,381,931

NON-CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

Contract assets

 

 

121,563

 

 

106,994

Investments

 

 

198,074

 

 

197,443

Property and equipment, net

 

 

1,467,896

 

 

1,530,007

Lease assets

 

 

2,576,198

 

 

2,637,479

Goodwill

 

 

16,236,442

 

 

15,573,003

Other non-current assets

 

 

7,875,605

 

 

7,818,448

Total non-current assets

 

 

28,475,778

 

 

27,863,374

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$

51,531,354

 

$

51,245,305

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt and bank borrowings

 

$

104,819

 

$

104,810

Accounts payable

 

 

2,574,700

 

 

2,491,173

Deferred revenues

 

 

4,459,593

 

 

4,907,152

Accrued payroll and related benefits

 

 

7,260,479

 

 

7,506,030

Lease liabilities

 

 

683,628

 

 

690,417

Other accrued liabilities

 

 

2,197,019

 

 

2,309,456

Total current liabilities

 

 

17,280,238

 

 

18,009,038

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

 

42,309

 

 

43,093

Lease liabilities

 

 

2,249,466

 

 

2,310,714

Other non-current liabilities

 

 

4,473,904

 

 

4,423,867

Total non-current liabilities

 

 

6,765,679

 

 

6,777,674

Total Accenture plc shareholders’ equity

 

 

26,676,751

 

 

25,692,839

Noncontrolling interests

 

 

808,686

 

 

765,754

Total shareholders’ equity

 

 

27,485,437

 

 

26,458,593

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

$

51,531,354

 

$

51,245,305

Accenture plc Consolidated Cash Flows Statements (In thousands of U.S. dollars) (Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

November 30, 2023

 

November 30, 2022

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

2,009,981

 

 

$

1,996,300

 

Depreciation, amortization and other

 

 

521,400

 

 

 

506,229

 

Share-based compensation expense

 

 

423,000

 

 

 

425,469

 

Change in assets and liabilities/other, net

 

 

(2,455,830

)

 

 

(2,432,600

)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

 

498,551

 

 

 

495,398

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

 

(68,933

)

 

 

(98,830

)

Purchases of businesses and investments, net of cash acquired

 

 

(788,025

)

 

 

(686,460

)

Proceeds from the sale of businesses and investments

 

 

 

 

 

596

 

Other investing, net

 

 

1,528

 

 

 

2,620

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

 

(855,430

)

 

 

(782,074

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares

 

 

477,434

 

 

 

465,707

 

Purchases of shares

 

 

(1,191,128

)

 

 

(1,418,702

)

Cash dividends paid

 

 

(810,056

)

 

 

(705,567

)

Other financing, net

 

 

(28,163

)

 

 

(18,298

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

 

(1,551,913

)

 

 

(1,676,860

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

 

4,601

 

 

 

(26,594

)

NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

 

 

(1,904,191

)

 

 

(1,990,130

)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period

 

 

9,045,032

 

 

 

7,889,833

 

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period

 

$

7,140,841

 

 

$

5,899,703

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Frey Accenture Media Relations +1 917 452 4421 rachel.frey@accenture.com

Katie O’Conor Accenture Investor Relations +1 973 301 3275 catherine.m.oconor@accenture.com

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