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14 May 2013 | Education | Capita Plc

Capita plc Releases Interim Management Statement

Capita plc, the UK's leading customer and business process management company, has issued its interim management statement covering trading and financial progress to date in 2013.

​Update on performance

Capita has made a positive start to the year securing £660m of new major sales wins including contracts with the Cabinet Office, Carphone Warehouse and the University of Strathclyde. The bid pipeline of the company remains strong and comprises opportunities across their target markets, particularly in central and local government and in the private sector, primarily in retail, utilities and financial services. To date in 2013, Capita have acquired 7 complementary businesses for a total consideration of £165m, enhancing propositions to their clients in their existing and developing markets and supporting the delivery of further organic growth.

The Group is making good progress across key financial metrics as anticipated in the preliminary results statement issued on 28 February 2013. Due to strong major sales performance in 2012 and to date in 2013, Capita are placed to achieve organic growth in line with expectations for the full year 2013.

Delivering organic growth

In the first 19 weeks of 2013, Capita secured 4 new major contracts with an aggregate value of £660m (2012 Q1 IMS: 6 new contracts totalling £823m). These include:

  • Cabinet Office - selected to form a joint venture with the CabinetOffice to deliver and commercialise the Government's proprietary portfolio of leading and globally renowned best management practice training tools, including PRINCE2®, an established and proven project management methodology, and ITIL®, the most widely accepted approach to IT service management in the world.
  • The JV, in which Capita holds 51%, will own in perpetuity the intellectual property (IP) of the portfolio and assume the management of the ecosystem of accredited service organisations through which revenue is currently generated. It is anticipated that the JV will triple revenues of approximately £40m per annum by year 10, through further commercialising and developing the product portfolio in existing and new markets in the UK and internationally, and will generate healthy margins.
  • Civil Service Learning agreement - extension to existing contract with the Cabinet Office, worth at least £60m over 2 years to end March 2016.
  • Carphone Warehouse - contract to provide all non-store customer contact in a number of different areas across the business and support all aspects of customer service strategy. The contract is worth around £160m over 10 years and commenced on 1 April 2013.
  • University of Strathclyde - secured a major contract in the university sector. Capita have been selected as strategic technology partner to support the delivery of significant communications and technology improvements in a contract estimated to be worth up to £40m over 5 years. Capita will work with the University of Strathclyde to design and deliver a long term ICT strategy to integrate and rationalise ICT processes and resources to better support the University.

Bid pipeline: This pipeline is a snapshot of major bid opportunities, worth £25m or above and capped at £1bn, where Capita have been shortlisted by the client to the last 4 bidders or fewer. As at February 2013, the bid pipeline stood at £5.2bn (£4.8bn Nov 12) comprised of 27 bids of which 98% related to new contracts and 2% to renewals. 

Securing value enhancing acquisitions

The acquisition of small to medium sized businesses supports Capita's long term organic growth by providing entry into new markets and enhancing their sales offering by adding further scale and complementary capabilities to the Group's service offering.

To date in 2013, 7 companies have been acquired across a number of areas including justice and emergency services, customer management, education and workplace services for a total cash consideration of £165m. These include:

  • Northgate Managed Services (NMS) - provider of cloud-based, infrastructure solutions and specialist managed services to public, private and third sector organisations, acquired for an enterprise value of £65m. By combining NMS's managed IT services with Capita's complementary business process and IT outsourcing capabilities, Capita will enhance its offering to public and private sector clients.
  • iQor UK - provider of outsourced debt collection services to both the public and private sectors in the UK, helping companies and organisations to manage high risk customers and ensure revenue collection. Acquired for an enterprise value of £42m, iQor UK will sit within our Customer Management division alongside Capita's existing debt management capability.
  • KnowledgePool Group - provider of learning managed services, including its three core service components of supplier management, training administration and learning consultancy. The company, acquired for £24.5m, manages all learning activity and operations through a single channel that maximises return on training investment for its clients.
  • G2G3 - provider of immersion and simulation-based training for corporations in the UK and overseas. Acquired for £3.5m. The application of game dynamics and game thinking to non-game activities is a rapidly growing method for training employees. The company will sit within Capita’s expanding Justice & Secure Services division and will continue to develop simulations for global corporations as well as for the police, emergency services, justice, security, nuclear and oil and gas industries.

Outlook

The market for customer management and BPM remains very active in the UK with government and commercial organisations under pressure to maintain and develop efficient operational models which deliver quality services while achieving value for money.

This buoyant sales environment underpins the board’s confidence in the Group's long term performance and growth prospects. The Group remain on track to deliver strong growth in 2013 as a result of major contract wins and acquisitions completed during 2012 and to date in 2013 and anticipate continued strong progress into 2014 and beyond.

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