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Cognizant - Quarterly Update

Quarterly Update

by Rachael Stormonth

published on Feb 09, 2018

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Report Overview:

NelsonHall’s Quarterly Update on Cognizant provides a snapshot of developments at Cognizant in the last quarter.

Who is this Report for:

NelsonHall’s Quarterly Update on Cognizant provides a snapshot of developments at the company in the last quarter. It accompanies NelsonHall’s more comprehensive Key Vendor Assessment program.

Both programs are designed for:

  • Marketing, sales and business managers developing strategies to target service opportunities within the BPO/IT Services markets
  • Sourcing managers monitoring the capabilities of existing suppliers of IT and BPO services and identifying vendor suitability for these services
  • Consultants advising clients on vendor selection
  • Vendor marketing, sales and business managers looking to benchmark themselves against their peers
  • Financial analysts and investors specializing in the BPO/IT services sector.

Scope of this Report:

The report provides a quarterly update on Cognizant, looking at financial performance and key developments during the period.

It accompanies NelsonHall’s Key Vendor Assessment program which looks at Cognizant’s IT and BPO offerings, capabilities, and market and financial strengths, including:

  • Identification of the company’s strategy, emphases and new developments
  • Revenue breakdowns
  • Analysis of the company’s offerings and key service components
  • Analysis of the profile of the company’s client base including the company’s targeting strategy and examples of current contracts
  • Analysis of the company’s strengths, weaknesses and outlook.

Key Findings & Highlights:

Q4 2017 Performance: Strong end to Year; Revenues Again at Upper End of Guidance, Margin Continues to Strengthen

  • Revenue growth is supported by acquisition
  • Second quarter of y/y adjusted operating margin expansion: the drive to reduce corporate costs is taking effect

Solid performance throughout 2017 as Cognizant executes on 2020 Plan

  • Revenues within guidance
  • Non-GAAP operating margin tops guidance

Positive outlook for 2018

Guidance includes:

  • Revenue growth similar to 2017, will again include some inorganic growth
  • Significant margin expansion

Two acquisitions in Europe to expand Cognizant Digital Business


In U.S., announces formation of The Cognizant Foundation 

Table of contents:

Table of contents:

  • Overview
  • Financials
  • M&A and Investments
  • Immediate challenges include:
  • Appendix A: Financials
  • Appendix B: Key Accounts
  • Appendix C: Employee Data
  • Appendix D: 2020 Plan

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