Accenture plc ACN is scheduled to report second-quarter fiscal 2020 results on Mar 19, before market open.
While the top line is likely to have benefited from strength across all segments, the bottom line is expected to have gained from higher revenues and operating results.
Over the past year, shares of Accenture have declined 8.3% compared with 3.6% loss of the industry it belongs to and 5.2% decline of the Zacks S&P 500 composite.
Let’s check out the expectations in detail.
Strength Across Segments to Boost Revenues
Strength across all the segments — Communications, Media & Technology, Financial Services, Health & Public Service, Products and Resources — is likely to have driven Accenture’s second-quarter fiscal 2020 revenues. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged at $11.10 billion, indicating growth of 6.2% year over year. Notably, the consensus estimate lies within the company guided range of $10.85-$11.15 billion. In first-quarter fiscal 2020, net revenues of $11.36 billion increased 7% year over year.
Going by segments, the consensus estimate for Communications, Media & Technology revenues stands at $2.28 billion, indicating year-over-year growth of 6.4%. The segment is likely to have benefited from strength in Software & Platforms across all geographic regions and Communications & Media in Europe.
The consensus mark for Financial Services revenues is pegged at $2.12 billion, indicating a year-over-year increase of 3.4%. The segment is expected to have benefited from strength in Insurance across all geographic regions and banking & capital markets in Growth Markets and North America, which is likely to have partially offset the decline in banking & capital Markets in Europe.
The consensus estimate for Health & Public Service revenues stands at $1.85 billion, indicating year-over-year growth of 8.1%. The uptick is likely to have come from growth in Public Service and Health in North America.
The consensus estimate for Products revenues is pegged at $3.14 billion, indicating a year-over-year increase of 8%. Segmental revenues are expected to have been driven by strength in Consumer Goods, Retail & Travel Services and Life Sciences across all geographic regions, led by North America.
The consensus mark for Resources revenues stands at $1.69 billion, indicating year-over-year growth of 3.1%. The segment is expected to have been aided by growth in Energy and Utilities across all geographic regions and Chemicals & Natural Resources in Europe and Growth Markets.
Higher revenues and operating results, and higher non-operating income and lower share count are likely to have partially offset higher effective tax rate. This is expected to get reflected in Accenture’s second-quarter fiscal 2020 earnings, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for which is pegged at $1.73 per share, flat year over year.
In first-quarter fiscal 2020, earnings of $2.09 per share came ahead of the year-ago figure by 6.6%.
What Our Model Says
Our proven Zacks model does not predict an earnings beat for Accenture this time around. The combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the odds of an earnings beat. But that’s not the case here. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
Accenture has an Earnings ESP of -0.29% and a Zacks Rank #3.
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