10-Q 1 d10q.htm FORM 10-Q Form 10-Q

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)

 

    þ QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED November 30, 2009

OR

 

    ¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM         TO

Commission File Number: 001-16565

Accenture plc

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Ireland       98-0627530
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
      (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

1 Grand Canal Square,

Grand Canal Harbour,

Dublin 2, Ireland

(Address of principal executive offices)

(353) (1) 646-2000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes þ No ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes þ No ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer  þ    Accelerated filer  ¨    Non-accelerated filer  ¨        Smaller reporting filer company  ¨
                                       (Do not  check if a smaller reporting company)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ¨ No þ

The number of shares of the registrant’s Class A ordinary shares, par value $0.0000225 per share, outstanding as of December 14, 2009 was 632,423,581 (which number does not include 50,965,518 issued shares held by the registrant). The number of shares of the registrant’s Class X ordinary shares, par value $0.0000225 per share, outstanding as of December 14, 2009 was 81,413,071.

 

 

 


ACCENTURE PLC

INDEX

 

     Page

Part I. Financial Information

   3

Item 1. Financial Statements

   3

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of November 30, 2009 (Unaudited) and August 31, 2009

   3

Consolidated Income Statements (Unaudited) for the three months ended November 30, 2009 and 2008

   4

Consolidated Cash Flows Statements (Unaudited) for the three months ended November 30, 2009 and 2008

   5

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

   6

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

   15

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

   26

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

   26

Part II. Other Information

   26

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

   26

Item 1A. Risk Factors

   27

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

   27

Item 3. Defaults upon Senior Securities

   29

Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

   29

Item 5. Other Information

   29

Item 6. Exhibits

   29

Signatures

   30

 

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PART I — FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

ACCENTURE PLC

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

November 30, 2009 and August 31, 2009

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts)

 

     November 30,
2009
    August 31,
2009
 
     (Unaudited)        
ASSETS     

CURRENT ASSETS:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 4,000,063      $ 4,541,662   

Short-term investments

     5,056        7,904   

Receivables from clients, net

     2,503,615        2,251,341   

Unbilled services, net

     1,291,199        1,110,444   

Deferred income taxes, net

     492,466        479,662   

Other current assets

     636,912        599,501   
                

Total current assets

     8,929,311        8,990,514   
                

NON-CURRENT ASSETS:

    

Unbilled services, net

     66,667        94,496   

Investments

     31,250        29,011   

Property and equipment, net

     685,052        701,144   

Goodwill

     838,818        825,152   

Deferred contract costs

     550,111        531,777   

Deferred income taxes, net

     747,578        745,228   

Other non-current assets

     336,032        338,412   
                

Total non-current assets

     3,255,508        3,265,220   
                

TOTAL ASSETS

   $ 12,184,819      $ 12,255,734   
                
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY     

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

    

Current portion of long-term debt and bank borrowings

   $ 1,734      $ 594   

Accounts payable

     689,769        717,379   

Deferred revenues

     1,747,083        1,725,179   

Accrued payroll and related benefits

     2,425,854        2,423,883   

Accrued consumption taxes

     269,829        231,501   

Income taxes payable

     270,689        261,058   

Deferred income taxes, net

     22,652        21,053   

Other accrued liabilities

     749,559        858,312   
                

Total current liabilities

     6,177,169        6,238,959   
                

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES:

    

Long-term debt

     855        361   

Deferred revenues relating to contract costs

     536,725        536,065   

Retirement obligation

     705,224        678,333   

Deferred income taxes, net

     79,145        71,941   

Income taxes payable

     1,136,229        1,102,589   

Other non-current liabilities

     235,595        241,280   
                

Total non-current liabilities

     2,693,773        2,630,569   
                

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

    

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

    

Class A ordinary shares, par value $0.0000225 per share, 20,000,000,000 shares authorized, 682,912,608 and 677,019,865 shares issued as of November 30, 2009 and August 31, 2009, respectively

     15        15   

Class X ordinary shares, par value $0.0000225 per share, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 81,794,638 and 89,918,808 issued and outstanding as of November 30, 2009 and August 31, 2009, respectively

     2        2   

Restricted share units

     848,502        870,699   

Additional paid-in capital

              

Treasury shares, at cost, 51,168,836 and 54,063,555 shares as of November 30, 2009 and August 31, 2009, respectively

     (1,672,322     (1,755,446

Retained earnings

     3,744,676        3,947,129   

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (111,606     (227,178
                

Total Accenture plc shareholders’ equity

     2,809,267        2,835,221   

Noncontrolling interests

     504,610        550,985   
                

Total shareholders’ equity

     3,313,877        3,386,206   
                

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

   $ 12,184,819      $ 12,255,734   
                

The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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ACCENTURE PLC

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

For the Three Months Ended November 30, 2009 and 2008

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

     2009     2008  

REVENUES:

    

Revenues before reimbursements (“Net revenues”)

   $ 5,382,532      $ 6,019,497   

Reimbursements

     365,155        451,111   
                

Revenues

     5,747,687        6,470,608   

OPERATING EXPENSES:

    

Cost of services:

    

Cost of services before reimbursable expenses

     3,598,578        4,131,689   

Reimbursable expenses

     365,155        451,111   
                

Cost of services

     3,963,733        4,582,800   

Sales and marketing

     621,860        563,192   

General and administrative costs

     412,121        506,739   

Reorganization costs, net

     3,565        3,105   
                

Total operating expenses

     5,001,279        5,655,836   
                

OPERATING INCOME

     746,408        814,772   

Gain on investments, net

     334        1,360   

Interest income

     6,945        22,196   

Interest expense

     (4,481     (3,400

Other income (expense), net

     5,899        (26,407
                

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

     755,105        808,521   

Provision for income taxes

     230,307        215,288   
                

NET INCOME BEFORE NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS

     524,798        593,233   

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in Accenture SCA and Accenture Canada Holdings Inc.

     (73,981     (108,133

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests – other

     (6,000     (5,234
                

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO ACCENTURE PLC

   $ 444,817      $ 479,866   
                

Weighted average Class A ordinary shares:

    

Basic

     631,527,053        622,243,687   

Diluted

     773,696,423        797,586,038   

Earnings per Class A ordinary share:

    

Basic

   $ 0.70      $ 0.77   

Diluted

   $ 0.67      $ 0.74   

Cash dividends per share

   $ 0.75      $ 0.50   

The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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ACCENTURE PLC

CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS STATEMENTS

For the Three Months Ended November 30, 2009 and 2008

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

(Unaudited)

 

     2009     2008  

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

    

Net income attributable to Accenture plc

   $ 444,817      $ 479,866   

Adjustments to reconcile Net income to Net cash provided by operating activities —

    

Depreciation, amortization and asset impairments

     114,898        119,563   

Reorganization costs, net

     3,565        3,105   

Share-based compensation expense

     98,605        87,123   

Deferred income taxes, net

     (9,209     (21,112

Noncontrolling interests

     79,981        113,367   

Other, net

     56,827        1,592   

Change in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions —

    

Receivables from clients, net

     (154,530     (9,418

Unbilled services, current and non-current

     (83,995     (101,760

Other current and non-current assets

     (59,106     25,245   

Accounts payable

     (66,404     (99,287

Deferred revenues, current and non-current

     (76,957     (38,925

Accrued payroll and related benefits

     (60,365     (73,550

Income taxes payable, current and non-current

     28,078        4,807   

Other current and non-current liabilities

     (97,094     (22,484
                

Net cash provided by operating activities

     219,111        468,132   
                

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

    

Proceeds from maturities and sales of available-for-sale investments

     3,245        10,656   

Purchases of available-for-sale investments

     (745     (196

Proceeds from sales of property and equipment

     780        750   

Purchases of property and equipment

     (34,817     (71,876

Purchases of businesses and investments, net of cash acquired

     2,177        (1,307

Proceeds from sale of business, net of cash transferred

            2,200   
                

Net cash used in investing activities

     (29,360     (59,773
                

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

    

Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares

     151,281        131,597   

Purchases of shares

     (451,270     (689,952

Proceeds (repayments) of long-term debt, net

     1,603        (548

Repayments of short-term borrowings, net

            (4,769

Cash dividends paid

     (551,442     (378,446

Excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements

     20,756        17,350   

Other, net

     (2,641     (3,152
                

Net cash used in financing activities

     (831,713     (927,920

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

     100,363        (300,238
                

NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

     (541,599     (819,799

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period

     4,541,662        3,602,760   
                

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period

   $ 4,000,063      $ 2,782,961   
                

The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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ACCENTURE PLC

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts or as otherwise disclosed)

(Unaudited)

1. BASIS OF PRESENTATION

The accompanying unaudited interim Consolidated Financial Statements of Accenture plc and its controlled subsidiary companies (collectively, the “Company”) have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and do not include all of the information and note disclosures required by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”) for complete financial statements. These Consolidated Financial Statements should therefore be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2009 included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on October 19, 2009. The accompanying unaudited interim Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and reflect all adjustments of a normal, recurring nature that are, in the opinion of management, necessary for a fair presentation of results for these interim periods. The results of operations for the three months ended November 30, 2009 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2010.

Certain prior-period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current-period presentation. In addition, on September 1, 2009, the Company streamlined its approach to capturing time spent on business-development activities. This resulted in a greater amount of payroll costs for the Company’s client-services personnel being recorded in Sales and marketing rather than Cost of services. The Company has not reclassified fiscal 2009 amounts to conform to the fiscal 2010 presentation, as it would be impractical to do so.

The Company has evaluated events and transactions subsequent to the balance sheet date through the time of issuance of these Consolidated Financial Statements on December 18, 2009. Based on this evaluation, the Company is not aware of any events or transactions that occurred subsequent to the balance sheet date but prior to filing that would require recognition or disclosure in its Consolidated Financial Statements.

Allowances for Client Receivables and Unbilled Services

As of November 30, 2009 and August 31, 2009, total allowances for client receivables and unbilled services were $99,524 and $101,517, respectively.

Accumulated Depreciation

As of November 30, 2009 and August 31, 2009, total accumulated depreciation was $1,712,525 and $1,639,873, respectively.

Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

On September 1, 2009, the Company adopted guidance issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) on business combinations. The guidance establishes principles and requirements for: recognizing and measuring the identifiable assets acquired, the liabilities assumed and any noncontrolling interest in the acquiree; recognizing and measuring the goodwill acquired in the business combination or a gain from a bargain purchase; expensing acquisition related costs as incurred; and determining what information to disclose to enable users of the financial statements to evaluate the nature and financial effects of the business combination. The adoption of the guidance on business combinations did not have a material impact on its Consolidated Financial Statements.

On September 1, 2009, the Company adopted guidance issued by the FASB on noncontrolling interests, which establishes accounting and reporting standards for the noncontrolling interest in a subsidiary (previously referred to as minority interest) to be presented as a separate component in the shareholders’ equity section of the consolidated balance sheet. As required, the guidance on noncontrolling interests was applied prospectively with the exception of presentation and disclosure requirements, which were applied retrospectively for all periods presented. For additional information, see Note 6 (Shareholders’ Equity) to these Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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ACCENTURE PLC

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts or as otherwise disclosed)

(Unaudited)

 

2. EARNINGS PER SHARE

Basic and diluted earnings per share are calculated as follows:

Basic Earnings per share

 

     Three Months Ended
November 30,
     2009    2008

Net income available for Class A ordinary shareholders

   $ 444,817    $ 479,866

Basic weighted average Class A ordinary shares

     631,527,053      622,243,687
             

Basic earnings per share

   $ 0.70    $ 0.77
             

Diluted Earnings per share

 

Net income available for Class A ordinary shareholders

   $ 444,817    $ 479,866

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in Accenture SCA and Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. (1)

     73,981      108,133
             

Net income per share calculation

   $ 518,798    $ 587,999
             

Basic weighted average Class A ordinary shares

     631,527,053      622,243,687

Class A ordinary shares issuable upon redemption/exchange of noncontrolling interests (1)

     105,009,653      140,192,669

Diluted effect of employee compensation related to Class A ordinary shares (2)

     37,117,874      34,970,728

Diluted effect of employee share purchase plan related to Class A ordinary shares

     41,843      178,954
             

Weighted average Class A ordinary shares

     773,696,423      797,586,038
             

Diluted earnings per share

   $ 0.67    $ 0.74
             

 

(1) Diluted earnings per share assumes the redemption and exchange of all Accenture SCA Class I common shares and Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares, respectively, 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.

 

(2) Fiscal 2009 diluted weighted average Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares and earnings per share amounts have been restated to reflect the impact of the issuance of an immaterial number of additional restricted share units to holders of restricted share units in connection with the payment of cash dividends.

3. INCOME TAXES

Effective Tax Rate

The Company’s effective tax rates for the three months ended November 30, 2009 and 2008 were 30.5% and 26.6%, respectively. The effective tax rate for the three months ended November 30, 2009 is higher than the effective tax rate for the three months ended November 30, 2008 primarily as a result of higher benefits related to final determinations and adjustments to prior-year tax liabilities recorded during the three months ended November 30, 2008.

 

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ACCENTURE PLC

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts or as otherwise disclosed)

(Unaudited)

 

4. RESTRUCTURING AND REORGANIZATION COSTS, NET

Restructuring

The Company’s restructuring activity was as follows:

 

     2009 Workforce
Realignment
    2009 Space
Abandonment
    Other Space
Abandonment (1)
    Three Months Ended
November 30, 2009
 

Restructuring liability, beginning of period

   $ 142,068      $ 88,811      $ 34,764      $ 265,643   

Payments made

     (72,873     (10,608     (938     (84,419

Other (2)

     (4,120     2,165        755        (1,200
                                

Restructuring liability, end of period

   $ 65,075      $ 80,368      $ 34,581      $ 180,024   
                                

 

(1) Relates to 2002 and 2004 restructurings.

 

(2) Other represents changes in estimates, imputed interest and foreign currency translation.

The restructuring liabilities as of November 30, 2009 were $180,024, of which $95,926 was included in Other accrued liabilities and $84,098 was included in Other non-current liabilities. The remaining workforce realignment liabilities will be paid under contracts of varying lengths. The remaining liabilities represent the net present value of estimated obligations for operating leases on abandoned office space.

Reorganization

In fiscal 2001, the Company accrued reorganization liabilities in connection with its transition to a corporate structure. These liabilities included certain non-income tax liabilities, such as stamp taxes, as well as liabilities for certain individual income tax exposures related to the transfer of interests in certain entities to the Company as part of the reorganization. These primarily represent unusual and disproportionate individual income tax exposures assumed by certain, but not all, of the Company’s shareholders and partners in certain tax jurisdictions specifically related to the transfer of their partnership interests in certain entities to the Company as part of the reorganization. (Prior to fiscal 2005, the Company referred to its highest-level employees with the “partner” title and the Company continues to use the term “partner” to refer to these persons in certain situations related to its reorganization and the period prior to its incorporation.) The Company identified certain shareholders and partners who may incur such unusual and disproportionate financial damage in certain jurisdictions. These include shareholders and partners who were subject to tax in their jurisdiction on items of income arising from the reorganization transaction that were not taxable for most other shareholders and partners. In addition, certain other shareholders and partners were subject to a different rate or amount of tax than other shareholders or partners in the same jurisdiction. When additional taxes are assessed on these shareholders or partners in connection with these transfers, the Company has made and intends to make payments to reimburse certain costs associated with the assessment either to the shareholder or partner, or to the taxing authority. The Company has recorded reorganization expense and the related liability where such liabilities are probable. Interest accruals are made to cover reimbursement of interest on such tax assessments.

 

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ACCENTURE PLC

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts or as otherwise disclosed)

(Unaudited)

 

The Company’s reorganization activity is as follows:

 

     Three Months Ended
November 30,
 
     2009    2008  

Reorganization liability, beginning of period

   $ 296,104    $ 308,694   

Final determinations

            

Changes in estimates

            
               

Benefits recorded

            

Interest expense accrued

     3,565      3,105   

Payments

            

Foreign currency translation adjustments

     15,856      (36,645
               

Reorganization liability, end of period

   $ 315,525    $ 275,154   
               

As of November 30, 2009, reorganization liabilities of $305,723 were included in Other accrued liabilities because expirations of statutes of limitations or other final determinations could occur within 12 months, and reorganization liabilities of $9,802 were included in Other non-current liabilities. Timing of the resolution of tax audits or the initiation of additional litigation and/or criminal tax proceedings may delay final resolution. Final resolution, through settlement, conclusion of legal proceedings or a tax authority’s decision not to pursue a claim, will result in payment by the Company of amounts in settlement or judgment of these matters and/or recording of a reorganization benefit or cost in the Company’s Consolidated Income Statement. It is possible the aggregate amount of such payments in connection with resolution of all such proceedings could exceed the currently recorded amounts. As of November 30, 2009, only a small number of jurisdictions remain that have active audits/investigations or open statutes of limitations, and only one is significant. In that jurisdiction, current and former partners, and the Company, are engaged in disputes with tax authorities in connection with the corporate reorganization in 2001, some of which are expected to result in litigation. These individuals and the Company intend to vigorously defend their positions.

5. BUSINESS COMBINATIONS AND GOODWILL

The changes in the carrying amount of goodwill by reportable operating segment are as follows:

 

     August 31,
2009
   Additions/
Adjustments
    Foreign
Currency
Translation
Adjustments
   November 30,
2009

Communications & High Tech

   $ 154,903    $ (22   $ 4,712    $ 159,593

Financial Services

     140,364      (27     1,626      141,963

Health & Public Service (1)

     274,912             1,252      276,164

Products (1)

     182,442      (48     3,685      186,079

Resources

     72,531      (3     2,491      75,019
                            

Total

   $ 825,152    $ (100   $ 13,766    $ 838,818
                            

 

(1) On September 1, 2009, the Company formed the Health & Public Service operating group by combining various healthcare-related components of its Products operating group with its Public Service operating group. Prior-period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current-period presentation.

 

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ACCENTURE PLC

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts or as otherwise disclosed)

(Unaudited)

 

6. SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Accenture plc

On September 1, 2009, all of the outstanding Class A and Class X common shares of Accenture Ltd were cancelled and Accenture plc issued Class A and Class X ordinary shares on a one-for-one basis to the holders of the cancelled Accenture Ltd Class A and Class X common shares, as applicable. As a result, Accenture SCA Class I common shares and Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares, which were redeemable for, at the Company’s election, cash or Accenture Ltd Class A common shares based on the market price of the Accenture Ltd Class A common shares at the time of the redemption, are now redeemable for, at the Company’s election, cash or Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares based on the market price of the Accenture plc Class A ordinary share at the time of redemption.

Equity of Subsidiaries Redeemable or Exchangeable for Accenture plc Class A Ordinary Shares

On November 16, 2009, the shareholders of Accenture SCA approved amendments to Accenture SCA’s articles of association that reclassified all of the Class II common shares and Class III common shares (including the Class III letter shares) of Accenture SCA that were held by the Company into Class I common shares. The Class I common shares into which these Class II and III common shares were reclassified have the same rights as the Class I common shares that existed prior to November 16, 2009, including being entitled to the payment of cash dividends.

Material Transactions Affecting Shareholders’ Equity

The Company’s shareholders’ equity activity for the three months ended November 30, 2009 was as follows:

 

     Ordinary Shares,
Restricted Share
Units and
Additional Paid-in
Capital
    Treasury Shares     Retained
Earnings
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
    Total Accenture
plc
Shareholders’
Equity
    Noncontrolling
Interests (1)
    Total
Shareholders’
Equity
 

Balance as of August 31, 2009 (As reported)

   $ 870,716      $ (1,755,446   $ 3,998,501      $ (227,178   $ 2,886,593      $ 587,191      $ 3,473,784   

Adoption of FASB guidance on noncontrolling interests (1)

         (51,372       (51,372     (36,206     (87,578
                                                        

Balance as of August 31, 2009 (As adjusted)

     870,716        (1,755,446     3,947,129        (227,178     2,835,221        550,985        3,386,206   

Net income

         444,817          444,817        79,981        524,798   

Other comprehensive income, net of tax and reclassification adjustments

           115,572        115,572        20,967        136,539   

Purchases of shares (2)

     (178,035     (69,608     (142,977       (390,620     (60,650     (451,270

Share transactions related to employee share programs, net

     94,901        152,732            247,633        20,332        267,965   

Dividends (3)

     34,500          (505,374       (470,874     (80,568     (551,442

Other, net

     26,437          1,081          27,518        (26,437     1,081   
                                                        

Balance as of November 30, 2009

   $ 848,519      $ (1,672,322   $ 3,744,676      $ (111,606   $ 2,809,267      $ 504,610      $ 3,313,877   
                                                        

 

(1) The Company adopted guidance on noncontrolling interests on September 1, 2009 and as a result the Company decreased Retained earnings by $51,372 and Noncontrolling interests by $36,206 related to the fair value of its Avanade Inc. subsidiary’s (“Avanade”) redeemable common stock and the intrinsic value of the options on redeemable common stock as of August 31, 2009 which are now classified as Other accrued liabilities. For additional information, see Note 9 (Commitments and Contingencies) to these Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

(2) During the three months ended November 30, 2009, the Company repurchased 250,000 Class A ordinary shares for $9,327 in the open market; acquired primarily via share withholding 1,721,401 Class A ordinary shares for $60,284; and repurchased 9,851,934 Accenture SCA Class I common shares and Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares for $381,659.

 

(3) On November 16, 2009, a cash dividend of $0.75 per share was paid on Accenture plc’s Class A ordinary shares to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 16, 2009, resulting in a cash outlay of $470,874. On November 16, 2009, a cash dividend of $0.75 per share was also paid on Accenture SCA Class I common shares and on Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares, in each case to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 13, 2009, resulting in cash outlays of $78,953 and $1,615, respectively. The payment of the cash dividends also resulted in the issuance of an immaterial number of additional restricted share units to holders of restricted share units. Diluted weighted average Accenture plc Class A ordinary share amounts have been restated for all periods presented to reflect this issuance.

 

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ACCENTURE PLC

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts or as otherwise disclosed)

(Unaudited)

 

On September 30, 2009, the Board of Directors of Accenture plc approved $4,000,000 in additional share repurchase authority, bringing the Company’s total outstanding authority to approximately $4,851,725. As of November 30, 2009, the Company’s aggregate available authorization was $4,460,739 for its publicly announced open-market share purchase program and the other share purchase programs.

The components of comprehensive income are as follows:

 

     November 30,
2009
    November 30,
2008
 

Net income attributable to Accenture plc

   $ 444,817      $ 479,866   

Unrealized gains (losses) on cash flow hedges, net of tax

     13,921        (29,254

Unrealized losses on marketable securities, net

     (79     (538

Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax

     99,811        (237,694

Defined benefit plans, net of tax

     1,919        (233
                

Comprehensive income attributable to Accenture plc

     560,389        212,147   

Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     100,948        52,638   
                

Total comprehensive income

   $ 661,337      $ 264,785   
                

The activity related to the change in net unrealized (losses) gains on cash flow hedges, net of tax, in Accumulated other comprehensive loss is as follows:

 

     November 30,
2009
    November 30,
2008
 

Net unrealized (losses) gains on cash flow hedges, net of tax, beginning of period

   $ (10,575   $ 11,381   

Change in fair value, net of tax

     16,500        (40,816

Reclassification adjustments into earnings, net of tax

     (418     5,092   
                

Net unrealized gains (losses) on cash flow hedges, net of tax, end of period

   $ 5,507      $ (24,343
                

7. DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

In the normal course of business, the Company uses derivative financial instruments to manage foreign currency exchange rate risk. Derivative transactions are governed by a uniform set of policies and procedures covering areas such as authorization, counterparty exposure and hedging practices. Positions are monitored using techniques such as market value and sensitivity analyses. The Company does not enter into derivative transactions for trading purposes.

Certain derivatives also give rise to credit risks from the possible non-performance by counterparties. Credit risk is generally limited to the fair value of those contracts that are favorable to the Company, and the maximum amount of loss due to credit risk, based on the gross fair value of all of the Company’s derivative financial instruments, was approximately $23,708 as of November 30, 2009. The Company has limited its credit risk by entering into derivative transactions only with highly-rated global financial institutions, limiting the amount of credit exposure with any one financial institution and conducting ongoing evaluation of the creditworthiness of the financial institutions with which it does business.

The Company also utilizes standard counterparty master agreements containing provisions for the netting of certain foreign currency transaction obligations and for set-off of certain obligations in the event of an insolvency of one of the parties to the transaction. These provisions may reduce the Company’s potential overall loss resulting from the insolvency of a counterparty and reduce a counterparty’s potential overall loss resulting from the insolvency of the Company. Additionally, these agreements contain early termination provisions triggered by adverse changes in a counterparty’s credit rating, thereby enabling the Company to accelerate settlement of a transaction prior to its contractual maturity and potentially decrease the Company’s realized loss on an open transaction. Similarly, a decrement in the Company’s credit rating could trigger a counterparty’s early termination rights, thereby enabling a counterparty to accelerate settlement of a transaction prior to its contractual maturity and potentially increase the Company’s realized loss on an open transaction. The aggregate fair value of the Company’s derivative instruments with credit-risk-related contingent features that are in a liability position as of November 30, 2009 was $10,662.

 

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ACCENTURE PLC

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts or as otherwise disclosed)

(Unaudited)

 

The Company classifies cash flows from its derivative programs as cash flows from operating activities in the Consolidated Cash Flows Statement. The notional and fair values of all derivative instruments were as follows:

 

     November 30,
2009
   August 31,
2009
 
     Notional
Value
   Fair
Value
   Notional
Value
   Fair
Value
 

Foreign currency forward contracts:

           

To buy

   $ 1,780,132    $ 12,422    $ 1,913,263    $ (17,018

To sell

     95,877      624      106,962      (403

Cash Flow Hedges

Certain of the Company’s subsidiaries are exposed to currency risk through their use of resources supplied by the Company’s Global Delivery Network. To mitigate this risk, the Company uses foreign currency forward exchange contracts to hedge the foreign exchange risk of the forecasted intercompany expenses denominated in foreign currencies for up to three years in the future. The Company has designated these derivatives as cash flow hedges. As of November 30, 2009, the Company held no derivatives that were designated as fair value or net investment hedges.

For a cash flow hedge, the effective portion of the change in estimated fair value of a hedging instrument is recorded in Accumulated other comprehensive loss as a separate component of Shareholders’ Equity and is reclassified into Cost of services in the Consolidated Income Statement during the period in which the hedged transaction is recognized. The amount reclassified into Cost of services for the three months ended November 30, 2009 was a gain of $418, net of taxes. The ineffective portion of the change in fair value of a cash flow hedge is recognized immediately in Other expense, net in the Consolidated Income Statement and for the three months ended was not material. As of November 30, 2009, amounts related to derivatives designated as cash flow hedges and recorded in Accumulated other comprehensive loss totaled $5,507 net of taxes, of which $4,457 is expected to be reclassified into earnings in the next 12 months. In addition, the Company did not discontinue any cash flow hedges during the three months ended November 30, 2009.

The fair values of derivative instruments designated as cash flow hedges are recorded in the Consolidated Balance Sheet as follows:

 

     November 30,
2009

Assets

  

Other current assets

   $ 12,729

Other non-current assets

     2,816
      

Total

   $ 15,545
      

Liabilities

  

Other accrued liabilities

   $ 6,741

Other non-current liabilities

     1,287
      

Total

   $ 8,028
      

Other Derivatives

The Company also uses foreign currency forward exchange contracts, which have not been designated as hedges, to hedge balance sheet exposures, such as intercompany loans. These instruments are generally short-term in nature, with typical maturities of less than one year, and are subject to fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. Realized gains or losses and changes in the estimated fair value of these derivatives are recorded in Other income (expense), net in the Consolidated Income Statement and was a net gain of $73,493 for the three months ended November 30, 2009.

 

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ACCENTURE PLC

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts or as otherwise disclosed)

(Unaudited)

 

The fair values of other derivative instruments are recorded in the Consolidated Balance Sheet as follows:

 

     November 30,
2009

Other current assets

   $ 8,163

Other accrued liabilities

     2,634

For additional information related to derivative financial instruments, see Note 6 (Shareholders’ Equity) and Note 8 (Fair Value Measurements) to these Consolidated Financial Statements.

8. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

The Company’s financial assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of November 30, 2009 are as follows:

 

     Level 1    Level 2    Level 3    Total

Assets

           

Short-term investments

   $ —      $ 5,056    $ —      $ 5,056

Investments

     —        8,713      —        8,713

Derivative financial instruments

     —        23,708      —        23,708
                           

Total

   $ —      $ 37,477    $ —      $ 37,477
                           

Liabilities

           

Derivative financial instruments

   $ —      $ 10,662    $ —      $ 10,662
                           

9. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Commitments

The Company has the right to purchase or may be required to purchase substantially all of the remaining outstanding shares of Avanade not owned by the Company at fair value if certain events occur. Holders of Avanade common stock and options to purchase the stock have put rights that, under certain circumstances and conditions, would require Avanade to redeem shares of its stock at fair value. The Company has reflected the fair value of Avanade’s redeemable common stock and the intrinsic value of the options on redeemable common stock in Other accrued liabilities on the Consolidated Balance Sheets as of November 30, 2009 and August 31, 2009.

Indemnifications and Guarantees

In the normal course of business and in conjunction with certain client engagements, the Company has entered into contractual arrangements through which it may be obligated to indemnify clients with respect to certain matters. These arrangements with clients can include provisions whereby the Company has joint and several liability in relation to the performance of certain contractual obligations along with third parties also providing services and products for a specific project. Indemnification provisions are also included in arrangements under which the Company agrees to hold the indemnified party harmless with respect to third party claims related to such matters as title to assets sold or licensed or certain intellectual property rights.

Typically, the Company has contractual recourse against third parties for certain payments made by the Company in connection with arrangements where third party nonperformance has given rise to the client’s claim. Payments by the Company under any of the arrangements described above are generally conditioned on the client making a claim which may be disputed by the Company typically under dispute resolution procedures specified in the particular arrangement. The limitations of liability under these arrangements may be expressly limited or may not be expressly specified in terms of time and/or amount.

As of November 30, 2009 and August 31, 2009, the Company’s aggregate potential liability to its clients for expressly limited guarantees involving the performance of third parties was approximately $570,000 and $508,000, respectively, of which all but approximately $25,000 and $24,000, respectively, may be recovered from the other third parties if the Company is obligated to

 

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ACCENTURE PLC

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts or as otherwise disclosed)

(Unaudited)

 

make payments to the indemnified parties that are the consequence of a performance default by the other third parties. For arrangements with unspecified limitations, the Company cannot reasonably estimate the aggregate maximum potential liability, as it is inherently difficult to predict the maximum potential amount of such payments, due to the conditional nature and unique facts of each particular arrangement.

To date, the Company has not been required to make any significant payment under any of the arrangements described above. The Company has assessed the current status of performance/payment risk related to arrangements with limited guarantees, unspecified limitations and/or indemnification provisions and believes that any potential payments would be immaterial to the Consolidated Financial Statements, as a whole.

Legal Contingencies

As of November 30, 2009, the Company or its present personnel had been named as a defendant in various litigation matters. The Company and/or its personnel also from time to time are involved in investigations by various regulatory or legal authorities concerning matters arising in the course of its business around the world. Based on the present status of these matters, management believes these matters will not ultimately have a material effect on the Company’s results of operations or financial condition.

10. SEGMENT REPORTING

The Company’s reportable operating segments are the five operating groups, which are Communications & High Tech, Financial Services, Health & Public Service, Products and Resources. Information regarding the Company’s reportable operating segments is as follows:

 

     Three Months Ended November 30,
     2009    2008
     Net
Revenues
   Operating
Income
   Net
Revenues
   Operating
Income

Communications & High Tech

   $ 1,159,313    $ 144,380    $ 1,363,818    $ 179,156

Financial Services

     1,104,037      194,867      1,238,078      157,239

Health & Public Service (1)

     946,512      134,962      943,334      126,447

Products (1)

     1,204,060      116,034      1,384,962      189,668

Resources

     964,163      156,165      1,079,228      162,262

Other

     4,447           10,077     
                           

Total

   $ 5,382,532    $ 746,408    $ 6,019,497    $ 814,772
                           

 

(1) On September 1, 2009, the Company formed the Health & Public Service operating group by combining various healthcare-related components of its Products operating group with its Public Service operating group. Prior-period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current-period presentation.

 

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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with our Consolidated Financial Statements and related Notes included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 31, 2009, and with the information under the heading “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 31, 2009.

We use the terms “Accenture,” “we,” “our Company,” “our” and “us” in this report to refer to Accenture plc and its subsidiaries. All references to years, unless otherwise noted, refer to our fiscal year, which ends on August 31. For example, a reference to “fiscal 2009” means the 12-month period that ended on August 31, 2009. All references to quarters, unless otherwise noted, refer to the quarters of our fiscal year.

Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) relating to our operations, results of operations and other matters that are based on our current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections. Words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “likely,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” “believes,” “estimates” and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecast in these forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and other factors that might cause such differences, some of which could be material, include, but are not limited to:

 

   

Our results of operations could be adversely affected by economic and political conditions and the effects of these conditions on our clients’ businesses and levels of business activity.

 

   

Our results of operations could be negatively affected if we cannot expand and develop our services and solutions in response to changes in technology and client demand.

 

   

The consulting, systems integration and technology, and outsourcing markets are highly competitive, and we might not be able to compete effectively.

 

   

Our work with government clients exposes us to additional risks inherent in the government contracting environment.

 

   

Our business could be adversely affected if our clients are not satisfied with our services.

 

   

Our results of operations could be adversely affected if our clients terminate their contracts with us.

 

   

Outsourcing services are a significant part of our business and subject us to operational and financial risk.

 

   

Our results of operations may be affected by the rate of growth in the use of technology in business and the type and level of technology spending by our clients.

 

   

Our profitability could suffer if we are not able to maintain favorable pricing rates.

 

   

Our profitability could suffer if we are not able to maintain a favorable utilization rate.

 

   

Our business could be negatively affected if we incur legal liability in connection with providing our solutions and services.

 

   

If our pricing structures do not accurately anticipate the cost and complexity of performing our work, then our contracts could be unprofitable.

 

   

Many of our contracts utilize performance pricing that links some of our fees to the attainment of various performance or business targets. This could increase the variability of our revenues and margins.

 

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Our alliance relationships may not be successful.

 

   

Our global operations are subject to complex risks, some of which might be beyond our control.

 

   

We could have liability or our reputation could be damaged if we do not protect client data or information systems or if our information systems are breached.

 

   

Our profitability could suffer if we are not able to control our costs.

 

   

If we are unable to keep our supply of skills and resources in balance with client demand, our business and financial results may be adversely affected.

 

   

We could be subject to liabilities if our subcontractors or the third parties with whom we partner cannot deliver their project contributions on time or at all.

 

   

If we are unable to collect our receivables or unbilled services, our results of operations and cash flows could be adversely affected.

 

   

Our services or solutions could infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others or we might lose our ability to utilize the intellectual property of others.

 

   

We have only a limited ability to protect our intellectual property rights, which are important to our success.

 

   

Legislative or regulatory action could materially and adversely affect us.

 

   

We may be subject to criticism and negative publicity related to our incorporation in Ireland.

 

   

If we are unable to manage the organizational challenges associated with our size, we might be unable to achieve our business objectives.

 

   

We may not be successful at identifying, acquiring or integrating other businesses or technologies.

 

   

Consolidation in the industries that we serve could adversely affect our business.

 

   

Our ability to attract and retain business may depend on our reputation in the marketplace.

 

   

Our share price has fluctuated in the past and could continue to fluctuate, including in response to variability in revenues, operating results and profitability, and as a result our share price could be difficult to predict.

 

   

Our share price could be adversely affected if we are unable to maintain effective internal controls.

 

   

We are incorporated in Ireland and a significant portion of our assets are located outside the United States. As a result, it might not be possible for shareholders to enforce civil liability provisions of the federal or state securities laws of the United States.

 

   

Irish law differs from the laws in effect in the United States and might afford less protection to shareholders.

 

   

We might be unable to access additional capital on favorable terms or at all. If we raise equity capital, it may dilute our shareholders’ ownership interest in us.

For a more detailed discussion of these factors, see the information under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 31, 2009 and Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in this Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

 

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Overview

Our results of operations are affected by economic conditions, including macroeconomic conditions, credit market conditions and levels of business confidence. Revenues are driven by the ability of our executives to secure new contracts and to deliver solutions and services that add value relevant to our clients’ current needs and challenges. We add value to clients and drive revenues based on our ability to deliver market-leading service offerings and to deploy skilled teams of professionals quickly and on a global basis.

In the first quarter of fiscal 2010, many of the industries and geographies where we operate continued to be adversely impacted by the economic downturn which began to impact our business in fiscal 2009. Our clients continue to remain cautious in terms of initiating new projects, which is impacting revenues in our consulting and outsourcing businesses. These changing demand patterns had an adverse effect on our new contract bookings and revenue growth, compared to the prior fiscal year. Looking forward, based on current demand, we expect some moderation of this adverse effect in certain areas of our business.

Revenues before reimbursements (“net revenues”) for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were $5.38 billion, compared with $6.02 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, a decrease of 11% in U.S. dollars and 12% in local currency.

In our consulting business, net revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were $3.12 billion, compared with $3.66 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, a decrease of 15% in U.S. dollars and 16% in local currency. The contraction in our consulting revenues year over year reflects the continued impact of lower client demand for consulting services that began in January 2009. Many clients continue to focus on initiatives designed to deliver near- and medium-term cost savings and performance improvement. Some clients remain cautious and are seeking flexibility in launching new large consulting commitments by shifting to a more phased approach to contracting work. At certain clients, the pace of on-going projects continues to be at a lower level than the first quarter of fiscal 2009, as clients remain focused on managing scope. In addition, we are experiencing pricing pressures from some clients and in response, where practical, have shifted to lower-cost resources at reduced price levels, particularly in our systems integration business. Although the changes and challenges in the last year have been significant, market demand has recently improved in certain areas of our consulting business.

In our outsourcing business, net revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were $2.26 billion, compared with $2.36 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, a decrease of 4% in U.S. dollars and a decrease of 5% in local currency. The higher volume of contract terminations and restructuring that affected our business after the first quarter of fiscal 2009 continued to adversely impact our outsourcing revenue growth in the first quarter of fiscal 2010, primarily in Financial Services, and to a lesser extent in Communications & High Tech and Resources. In addition, our outsourcing revenue continued to be affected by our clients’ needs to reduce overall costs through shifting to lower-cost resources at reduced price levels; fewer scope expansions on existing contracts; and contracts operating at lower volume levels. In the near term, we expect these trends to continue to be reflected in year over year comparisons.

As we are a global company, our revenues are denominated in multiple currencies and may be significantly affected by currency exchange-rate fluctuations. If the U.S. dollar weakens against other currencies, resulting in favorable currency translation, our revenues and revenue growth in U.S. dollars may be higher. If the U.S. dollar strengthens against other currencies, resulting in unfavorable currency translation, our revenues and revenue growth in U.S. dollars may be lower. In the first quarter of fiscal 2010 the U.S. dollar weakened against many currencies and resulted in a favorable currency translation and a U.S. dollar revenue decline that was approximately 1% better than our results in local currency. Assuming that exchange rates stay within recent ranges for the remainder of fiscal 2010, we estimate the foreign-exchange impact on our full fiscal 2010 revenue growth will be approximately 5% higher growth in U.S. dollars, compared with our growth in local currency.

The primary categories of operating expenses include cost of services, sales and marketing and general and administrative costs. Cost of services is primarily driven by the cost of client-service personnel, which consists mainly of compensation, sub-contractor and other personnel costs, and non-payroll outsourcing costs. Cost of services as a percentage of revenues is driven by the prices we obtain for our solutions and services, the utilization of our client-service personnel and the level of non-payroll costs associated with the growth of new outsourcing contracts. Utilization represents the percentage of our professionals’ time spent on billable consulting work. Utilization for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was approximately 88%, up from 86% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 and above our target range. This strong utilization reflects a higher than expected demand for resources in our Global Delivery Network as well as in certain countries in the Asia Pacific region. We are actively hiring in these markets to meet current and future demand. Utilization for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was approximately 83%. Sales and marketing expense is driven primarily by compensation costs for business-development activities, the development of new service offerings and client-targeting, image-development and brand-recognition activities. General and administrative costs primarily include costs for non-client-facing personnel, information systems and office space, which we seek to manage, as a percentage of revenues, at levels consistent with or lower than levels in prior-year periods. Operating expenses also include reorganization costs and benefits, which vary substantially from year to year, and were immaterial for both the first quarter of fiscal 2010 and 2009.

 

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Gross margin (Net revenues less Cost of services before reimbursable expenses as a percentage of Net revenues) for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was 33.1% compared with 31.4% for the first quarter of fiscal 2009. As more fully discussed below, the primary driver of the improvement in gross margin is the redirection of resource capacity to sales and marketing activities from cost of services related activities, such as training, recruiting and other administrative tasks. In addition, improved outsourcing contract profitability was offset by declines in consulting contract profitability, including delivery inefficiencies on a small number of contracts.

Our cost-management strategies include anticipating changes in demand for our services and executing cost-management initiatives. We aggressively plan and manage our payroll costs and take actions as needed to address changes in the anticipated demand for our services, given that payroll costs are the most significant portion of our operating expenses. Based on current and projected future demand, we have maintained our headcount at approximately 176,000 as of November 30, 2009, compared with approximately 177,000 as of August 31, 2009. Annualized attrition, excluding involuntary terminations, for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was 12%, compared to 13% in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. We evaluate voluntary attrition, use involuntary terminations and carefully monitor levels of new hiring as a means to keep our supply of skills and resources in balance with client demand. Our margins could be adversely affected if we are unable to manage headcount, attrition and severance costs, recover increases in compensation and/or effectively assimilate and utilize new employees.

Sales and marketing and general and administrative costs as a percentage of net revenues were 19.2% for the first quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with 17.8% for the first quarter of fiscal 2009. In the first quarter of fiscal 2010, we directed a higher percentage of resource capacity to selling and other business-development activities and we streamlined our approach to capturing time spent on business-development activities. The combination of these two factors has resulted in a greater amount of payroll costs for our client-services personnel being directed to sales and marketing rather than to other activities, which are typically captured in cost of services. We have not reclassified fiscal 2009 amounts to conform to the fiscal 2010 presentation, as it would be impractical to do so. In addition, in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, we recorded a bad debt provision of $72 million, which reflected our best estimate of collectibility risks on outstanding receivables, particularly from clients in high-risk industries or with potential liquidity issues.

Operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was $746 million, compared with $815 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2009. Operating margin (Operating income as a percentage of Net revenues) for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was 13.9%, compared with 13.5% for the first quarter of fiscal 2009.

Our Operating income and Earnings per share are also affected by currency exchange-rate fluctuations on revenues and costs. Most of our costs are incurred in the same currency as the related revenues. Where practical, we also seek to manage foreign currency exposure for costs not incurred in the same currency as the related net revenues, by using currency protection provisions in our customer contracts and through our hedging programs. We estimate that the aggregate percentage impact of foreign exchange rates on our operating expenses is similar to that disclosed for Net revenues.

Bookings and Backlog

New contract bookings for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were $5.53 billion, with consulting bookings of $3.51 billion and outsourcing bookings of $2.02 billion.

We provide information regarding our new contract bookings because we believe doing so provides useful trend information regarding changes in the volume of our new business over time. However, new bookings can vary significantly quarter to quarter depending in part on the timing of the signing of a small number of large outsourcing contracts. Information regarding our new bookings is not comparable to, nor should it be substituted for, an analysis of our revenues over time. There are no third-party standards or requirements governing the calculation of bookings. New contract bookings involve estimates and judgments regarding new contracts as well as renewals, extensions and changes to existing contracts. We do not update our new bookings for material subsequent terminations or reductions related to bookings originally recorded in prior fiscal years. New contract bookings are recorded using then-existing currency exchange rates and are not subsequently adjusted for currency fluctuations.

The majority of our contracts are terminable by the client on short notice or without notice. Accordingly, we do not believe it is appropriate to characterize bookings attributable to these contracts as backlog. Normally, if a client terminates a project, the client remains obligated to pay for commitments we have made to third parties in connection with the project, services performed and reimbursable expenses incurred by us through the date of termination.

 

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Revenues by Segment/Operating Group

Our five reportable operating segments are our operating groups, which are Communications & High Tech, Financial Services, Health & Public Service, Products and Resources. On September 1, 2009, we formed the Health & Public Service operating group by combining various healthcare-related components of our Products operating group with our Public Service operating group. Operating groups are managed on the basis of net revenues because our management believes net revenues are a better indicator of operating group performance than revenues. In addition to reporting net revenues by operating group, we also report net revenues by two types of work: consulting and outsourcing, which represent the services sold by our operating groups. Consulting net revenues, which include management and technology consulting and systems integration, reflect a finite, distinct project or set of projects with a defined outcome and typically a defined set of specific deliverables. Outsourcing net revenues typically reflect ongoing, repeatable services or capabilities provided to transition, run and/or manage operations of client systems or business functions.

From time to time, our operating groups work together to sell and implement certain contracts. The resulting revenues and costs from these contracts may be apportioned among the participating operating groups. Generally, operating expenses for each operating group have similar characteristics and are subject to the same factors, pressures and challenges. However, the economic environment and its effects on the industries served by our operating groups affect revenues and operating expenses within our operating groups to differing degrees. The mix between consulting and outsourcing is not uniform among our operating groups. Local currency fluctuations also tend to affect our operating groups differently, depending on the geographic concentrations and locations of their businesses.

While we provide discussion about our results of operations below, we cannot measure how much of our revenue growth in a particular period is attributable to changes in price or volume. Management does not track standard measures of unit or rate volume. Instead, our measures of volume and price are extremely complex, as each of our services contracts is unique, reflecting a customized mix of specific services that does not fit into standard comparability measurements. Pricing for our services is a function of the nature of each service to be provided, the skills required and outcome sought, as well as estimated cost, risk, contract terms and other factors.

 

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Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended November 30, 2009 Compared to the Three Months Ended November 30, 2008

Net revenues (by operating group, geographic region and type of work) and reimbursements were as follows:

 

     Three Months Ended
November 30,
   Percent
Increase
(Decrease)
US$
    Percent
Decrease
Local
Currency
    Percent of Total Net Revenues for the
Three Months Ended
November 30,
 
     2009    2008        2009     2008  
     (in millions)                         

OPERATING GROUPS

              

Communications & High Tech

   $ 1,159    $ 1,364    (15 %)    (17 %)    22   23

Financial Services

     1,104      1,238    (11   (12   20      20   

Health & Public Service (1)

     947      943              18      16   

Products (1)

     1,204      1,385    (13   (14   22      23   

Resources

     964      1,079    (11   (12   18      18   

Other

     4      10    n/m      n/m             
                              

TOTAL NET REVENUES (2)

     5,383      6,019    (11 %)    (12 %)    100   100
                      

Reimbursements

     365      451    (19      
                      

TOTAL REVENUES (2)

   $ 5,748    $ 6,471    (11 %)       
                      

GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS

              

Americas

   $ 2,229    $ 2,576    (13 %)    (14 %)    42   43

EMEA (3)

     2,550      2,873    (11   (12   47      48   

Asia Pacific

     603      570    6      (2   11      9   
                              

TOTAL NET REVENUES (2)

   $ 5,383    $ 6,019    (11 %)    (12 %)    100   100
                              

TYPE OF WORK

              

Consulting

   $ 3,120    $ 3,657    (15 %)    (16 %)    58   61

Outsourcing

     2,262      2,362    (4   (5   42      39   
                              

TOTAL NET REVENUES (2)

   $ 5,383    $ 6,019    (11 %)    (12 %)    100   100
                              

 

n/m = not meaningful

 

(1) On September 1, 2009, we formed the Health & Public Service operating group by combining various healthcare-related components of our Products operating group with our Public Service operating group. Prior-period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current-period presentation.

 

(2) May not total due to rounding.

 

(3) EMEA includes Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Net Revenues

Consulting and outsourcing net revenues both declined in local currency compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2009, with consulting declines of 16% in local currency and outsourcing declines of 5% in local currency. The following discusses specifics by operating group:

 

   

Communication & High Tech net revenues decreased 17% in local currency. Consulting revenues declined significantly in local currency due to declines across all industry groups in all geographic regions. Outsourcing revenues declined in local currency, driven by a decline in Communications across all geographic regions. Clients continue to be very cautious in initiating new work and expanding the scope on existing projects. Also, client strategy changes which began in fiscal 2009, particularly in Communications, resulted in a number of contract modifications, which had a negative impact on revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 and will continue to have a negative impact on our revenue growth in the near term.

 

   

Financial Services net revenues decreased 12% in local currency. Consulting revenues declined in local currency, primarily due to declines in Banking in the EMEA region and in Capital Markets in the Americas region and in Insurance in the EMEA and America regions. These declines were partially offset by consulting growth in Banking in the Americas and Asia Pacific regions. Outsourcing revenues declined significantly in local currency, primarily due to declines in Banking and Capital Markets in the EMEA and America regions. Client consolidations and strategy changes that resulted in contract terminations in fiscal 2009 continued to have a negative impact on our outsourcing revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 and we expect this trend to continue in the near term.

 

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Health & Public Service net revenues were flat in local currency. Consulting revenues declined slightly in local currency, primarily driven by a decline in Health across all geographic regions and flat growth in Public Service in the Americas region due to the impact of a few contract delivery inefficiencies as well as slower growth in consulting projects. This was partially offset by growth in Public Service in the EMEA region. Outsourcing revenues increased modestly in local currency, primarily driven by growth in Health in the Americas region, partially offset by a decline in Public Service in the Americas region.

 

   

Products net revenues decreased 14% in local currency. Consulting revenues declined significantly in local currency, primarily due to significant declines in the EMEA region across all industry groups and the Americas region across all industry groups except Consumer Goods & Services. The consulting revenue decline reflects a continuation of the more conservative spending patterns of our clients which began in the second quarter of fiscal 2009. In addition, consulting revenues were negatively impacted by a significant reduction in revenues at two large clients as a result of completing several large projects and transitioning from front end consulting to outsourcing services. Outsourcing revenues increased modestly in local currency, primarily driven by growth in Consumer Goods & Services and Life Sciences across all geographic regions and in Industrial Equipment in the EMEA region, partially offset by a decline in Retail across all geographic regions.

 

   

Resources net revenues decreased 12% in local currency. Consulting revenues declined significantly in local currency, primarily driven by declines in Utilities across all geographic regions and in Natural Resources and Chemicals in the Americas and EMEA regions. Consulting revenues were impacted by our clients’ continued caution in launching new programs as well as their focus on slowing the pace of existing projects. Outsourcing revenues decreased slightly in local currency, primarily driven by contracts operating at lower volume levels in Chemicals in the Americas region and contract restructuring in Utilities in the Americas and EMEA regions, offset by growth in Natural Resources in the Asia Pacific region.

In the Americas region, net revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were $2,229 million, compared with $2,576 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, a decrease of 13% in U.S. dollars and 14% in local currency. In general, we experienced declines in local currency across the Americas region, driven by declines in the U.S. and Brazil.

In the EMEA region, net revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were $2,550 million, compared with $2,873 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, a decrease of 11% in U.S. dollars and 12% in local currency. In general, we experienced declines in local currency across much of the EMEA region, led by decreases in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, France and Belgium.

In the Asia Pacific region, net revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were $603 million, compared with $570 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, an increase of 6% in U.S. dollars and a decrease of 2% in local currency. We experienced a decline in local currency in Japan. This decline was partially offset by strong growth in Singapore and Malaysia.

Operating Expenses

Operating expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were $5,001 million, a decrease of $655 million, or 12%, from the first quarter of fiscal 2009, and decreased as a percentage of revenues to 87.0% from 87.4% during this period. Operating expenses before reimbursable expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were $4,636 million, a decrease of $569 million, or 11%, from the first quarter of fiscal 2009, and decreased as a percentage of net revenues to 86.1% from 86.5% during this period.

Cost of Services

Cost of services for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was $3,964 million, a decrease of $619 million, or 14%, from the first quarter of fiscal 2009, and decreased as a percentage of revenues to 69.0% from 70.8% during this period. Cost of services before reimbursable expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was $3,599 million, a decrease of $533 million, or 13%, from the first quarter of fiscal 2009, and decreased as a percentage of net revenues to 66.9% from 68.6% during this period. Gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 increased to 33.1% from 31.4% over this period. For additional information on Gross margin see “—Overview.”

 

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Sales and Marketing

Sales and marketing expense for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was $622 million, an increase of $59 million, or 10%, over the first quarter of fiscal 2009, and increased as a percentage of net revenues to 11.6% from 9.4% over this period. This increase was primarily driven by increased selling and other business-development activities. See “—Overview.”

General and Administrative Costs

General and administrative costs for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were $412 million, a decrease of $95 million, or 19%, from the first quarter of fiscal 2009, and decreased as a percentage of net revenues to 7.7% from 8.4% during this period. This decrease was primarily due to the bad debt provision of $72 million recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2009.

Operating Income and Operating Margin

Operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was $746 million, a decrease of $68 million, or 8%, from the first quarter of fiscal 2009, and increased as percentage of net revenues to 13.9% from 13.5% over this period. Operating income and operating margin for each of the operating groups was as follows:

 

     Three Months Ended November 30,     Increase
(Decrease)
 
     2009     2008    
     Operating
Income
   Operating
Margin
    Operating
Income
   Operating
Margin
   
     (in millions)  

Communications & High Tech

   $ 144    12   $ 179    13   $ (35

Financial Services

     195    18        157    13        38   

Health & Public Service (1)

     135    14        126    13        9   

Products (1)

     116    10        190    14        (74

Resources

     156    16        162    15        (6
                          

Total (2)

   $ 746    13.9   $ 815    13.5   $ (68
                          

 

(1) On September 1, 2009, we formed the Health & Public Service operating group by combining various healthcare-related components of our Products operating group with our Public Service operating group. Prior-period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current-period presentation.

 

(2) May not total due to rounding.

The contraction in our consulting revenues, due to the continuing global economic downturn, has resulted in lower operating income during the first quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2009. In addition, during the first quarter of fiscal 2009 each operating group recorded a portion of the $72 million bad debt provision. The operating group commentary below provides additional insight into operating group performance and operating margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2009, exclusive of this impact.

 

   

Communications & High Tech operating income decreased primarily due to revenue declines as well as higher selling costs as a percentage of net revenues.

 

   

Financial Services operating income and margin increased, primarily due to improved utilization and an increased proportion of high-margin consulting contracts, partially offset by outsourcing and consulting revenue declines.

 

   

Health & Public Service operating income remained flat primarily due to delivery inefficiencies on a few contracts, offset by higher outsourcing revenue and improved outsourcing margins.

 

   

Products operating income decreased due to a decline in higher margin consulting revenues, delivery inefficiencies on a few contracts and higher selling costs as a percentage of net revenues, partially offset by improved outsourcing contract margins.

 

   

Resources operating income decreased due to revenue declines and higher selling costs as a percentage of net revenues.

 

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Interest Income

Interest income for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was $7 million, a decrease of $15 million, or 69%, from the first quarter of fiscal 2009. The decrease was primarily due to lower interest rates.

Other Income, net

Other income, net for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was $6 million, an increase of $32 million over the first quarter of fiscal 2009. The change was driven by significant foreign exchange losses during the first quarter of fiscal 2009.

Provision for Income Taxes

The effective tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was 30.5%, compared with 26.6% for the first quarter of fiscal 2009. The effective tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 is higher than the effective tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 primarily as a result of higher benefits related to final determinations and adjustments to prior-year tax liabilities recorded during the first quarter of fiscal 2009.

Our provision for income taxes is based on many factors and subject to volatility year to year. We expect the fiscal 2010 annual effective tax rate to be in the range of 30% to 32%. The fiscal 2009 annual effective tax rate was 27.6%.

Noncontrolling Interests

Noncontrolling interests for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 was $80 million, a decrease of $33 million, or 29%, from the first quarter of fiscal 2009. The decrease was due to a reduction in the Accenture SCA Class I common shares and Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares average noncontrolling ownership interest to 14% for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 from 18% for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 and a decrease in Net income before noncontrolling interests of $68 million.

Earnings Per Share

Diluted earnings per share were $0.67 for the first quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with $0.74 for the first quarter of fiscal 2009. The $0.07 decrease in our earnings per share was primarily due to: decreases of $0.07 from lower revenues and operating income in local currency and $0.04 from a higher effective tax rate. These decreases were partially offset by increases of $0.02 from lower weighted average shares outstanding and $0.01 from favorable foreign currency exchange rates, compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2009, and an increase of $0.01 from non-operating items. For information regarding our earnings per share calculations, see Note 2 (Earnings Per Share) to our Consolidated Financial Statements under Item 1, “Financial Statements.”

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Our primary sources of liquidity are cash flows from operations, debt capacity available under various credit facilities and available cash reserves. We may also be able to raise additional funds through public or private debt or equity financings in order to:

 

   

take advantage of opportunities, including more rapid expansion;

 

   

acquire other businesses or technologies;

 

   

develop new services and solutions;

 

   

respond to competitive pressures; or

 

   

facilitate purchases, redemptions and exchanges of Accenture shares.

As of November 30, 2009, cash and cash equivalents totaled $4.0 billion, compared with $4.5 billion as of August 31, 2009, a decrease of approximately $500 million.

 

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Cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities, as reflected in the Consolidated Cash Flows Statements, are summarized in the following table:

 

     Three Months Ended November 30,     Change (1)  
     2009     2008    
           (in millions)        

Net cash provided by (used in):

      

Operating activities

   $ 219      $ 468      $ (249

Investing activities

     (29     (60     30   

Financing activities

     (832     (928     96   

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

     100        (300     401   
                        

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

   $ (542   $ (820   $ 277   
                        

 

(1) May not total due to rounding.

Operating Activities. The $249 million decrease in cash provided by operating activities was primarily due to an increase in net client balances (receivables from clients, current and non-current unbilled services and deferred revenues), other changes in operating assets and liabilities and lower net income.

Investing Activities. The $30 million decrease in cash used was primarily due to a decrease in spending on property and equipment partially offset by a decrease in the proceeds from maturities and sales of available-for-sale investments.

Financing Activities. The $96 million decrease in cash used was primarily due to a decrease in net share repurchases, partially offset by an increase in cash dividends paid. For additional information, see Note 6 (Shareholders’ Equity) to our Consolidated Financial Statements under Item 1, “Financial Statements.”

We believe that our available cash balances and the cash flows expected to be generated from operations will be sufficient to satisfy our current and planned working capital and investment needs for the next twelve months. We also believe that our longer-term working capital and other general corporate funding requirements will be satisfied through cash flows from operations and, to the extent necessary, from our borrowing facilities and future financial market activities.

Borrowing Facilities

As of November 30, 2009, we had the following borrowing facilities and related borrowings, including the issuance of letters of credit, for general working capital purposes:

 

     Facility Amount    Borrowings
Under
Facilities
     (in millions)

Syndicated loan facility

   $ 1,200    $

Separate bilateral, uncommitted, unsecured multicurrency revolving credit facilities

     350     

Local guaranteed and non-guaranteed lines of credit

     193     
             

Total

   $ 1,743    $
             

Under the borrowing facilities described above, we had an aggregate of $171 million of letters of credit outstanding as of November 30, 2009. In addition, we had total outstanding debt of $3 million as of November 30, 2009.

Share Purchases and Redemptions

The Board of Directors of Accenture plc has authorized funding for our publicly announced open-market share purchase program for acquiring Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares and for purchases and redemptions of Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares, Accenture SCA Class I common shares and Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares held by our current and former senior executives and their permitted transferees.

 

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On September 30, 2009, the Board of Directors of Accenture plc approved $4.0 billion in additional share repurchase authority, bringing Accenture’s total outstanding authority to approximately $4.9 billion. During the first quarter of fiscal 2010, Accenture repurchased or redeemed 11,823,335 shares for a total of $451 million, including $9 million for 250,000 shares repurchased in the open market. As of November 30, 2009, Accenture’s aggregate available authorization was approximately $4,461 million for Accenture’s publicly announced open-market share purchase program and the other share purchase programs.

For a complete description of all share purchase and redemption activity for the first quarter of fiscal 2010, see Part II, Item 2, “Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.”

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

In the normal course of business and in conjunction with some client engagements, we have entered into contractual arrangements through which we may be obligated to indemnify clients with respect to certain matters. These arrangements with clients can include provisions whereby we have joint and several liability in relation to the performance of certain contractual obligations along with third parties also providing services and products for a specific project. Indemnification provisions are also included in arrangements under which we agree to hold the indemnified party harmless with respect to third party claims related to such matters as title to assets sold or licensed or certain intellectual property rights.

Typically, we have contractual recourse against third parties for certain payments made by us in connection with arrangements where third party nonperformance has given rise to the client’s claim. Payments by us under any of the arrangements described above are generally conditioned on the client making a claim which may be disputed by us typically under dispute resolution procedures specified in the particular arrangement. The limitations of liability under these arrangements may be expressly limited or may not be expressly specified in terms of time and/or amount.

For arrangements with unspecified limitations, we cannot reasonably estimate the aggregate maximum potential liability, as it is inherently difficult to predict the maximum potential amount of such payments, due to the conditional nature and unique facts of each particular arrangement.

To date, we have not been required to make any significant payment under any of the arrangements described above. For further discussion of these transactions, see Note 9 (Commitments and Contingencies) to our Consolidated Financial Statements under Item 1, “Financial Statements.”

Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

On September 1, 2009, we adopted guidance issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) on business combinations. The guidance establishes principles and requirements for: recognizing and measuring the identifiable assets acquired, the liabilities assumed and any noncontrolling interest in the acquiree; recognizing and measuring the goodwill acquired in the business combination or a gain from a bargain purchase; expensing acquisition related costs as incurred; and determining what information to disclose to enable users of the financial statements to evaluate the nature and financial effects of the business combination. The adoption of the guidance on business combinations did not have a material impact on our Consolidated Financial Statements under Item 1, “Financial Statements.”

On September 1, 2009, we adopted guidance issued by the FASB on noncontrolling interests, which establishes accounting and reporting standards for the noncontrolling interest in a subsidiary, previously referred to as minority interest, to be presented as a separate component in the shareholders’ equity section of the consolidated balance sheet. As required, the guidance on noncontrolling interests was applied prospectively with the exception of presentation and disclosure requirements, which were applied retrospectively for all periods presented. For additional information, see Note 6 (Shareholders’ Equity) to our Consolidated Financial Statements under Item 1, “Financial Statements.”

New Accounting Pronouncements

In September 2009, the FASB issued amended revenue recognition guidance for arrangements with multiple deliverables. The new guidance eliminates the residual method of allocation in previous guidance and requires that arrangement considerations be allocated at the inception of the arrangement to all deliverables using the relative selling price. The new guidance requires that a vendor use estimates of a selling price developed in a manner that is consistent with that used to determine the price to sell the deliverable on a stand alone basis for all deliverables that meet the remaining separation criteria when vendor-specific objective evidence and third party evidence, respectively, do not exist as estimates of selling price. This guidance is effective prospectively for revenue arrangements entered into or materially modified in fiscal years beginning on or after June 15, 2010. We are currently assessing the potential impact of this new guidance, but do not expect a material impact on our Consolidated Financial Statements under Item 1, “Financial Statements.”

 

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ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

During the first quarter of fiscal 2010, there were no material changes in our market risk exposure. For a discussion of our market risk associated with foreign currency risk, interest rate risk and equity price risk as of August 31, 2009, see “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk” in Part II, Item 7A, of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 31, 2009.

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

An evaluation was performed under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our chief executive officer and our chief financial officer, of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of the end of the period covered by this report. Any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving the desired control objectives. Based on that evaluation, the chief executive officer and the chief financial officer of Accenture plc have concluded that, as of the end of the period covered by this report, our disclosure controls and procedures are effective at the reasonable assurance level.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

There has been no change in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the first quarter of fiscal 2010 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

PART II — OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

We are involved in a number of judicial and arbitration proceedings concerning matters arising in the ordinary course of our business. We and/or our personnel also from time to time are involved in investigations by various regulatory or legal authorities concerning matters arising in the course of our business around the world. We do not expect that any of these matters, individually or in the aggregate, will have a material impact on our results of operations or financial condition.

As previously reported, in April 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) intervened in a civil “qui tam” action previously filed under seal by two private individuals in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas against Accenture and several of its indirect subsidiaries. The complaint as amended alleges that, in connection with work we undertook for the U.S. federal government, we received payments, resale revenue or other benefits as a result of, or otherwise acted improperly in connection with, alliance agreements we maintain with technology vendors and others in violation of our contracts with the U.S. government and/or applicable law or regulations. Similar suits were brought against other companies in our industry. The suit alleges that these amounts and relationships were not disclosed to the government in violation of the Federal False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Act, among other statutes. The DOJ complaint seeks various remedies including treble damages, statutory penalties and disgorgement of profits. While the complaint does not allege damages with specificity, the amount sought by the DOJ will depend on the theories it pursues, and could be significant. The suit could lead to other related proceedings and actions by various agencies of the U.S. government, including potential suspension or debarment proceedings. We intend to defend such matters vigorously and do not believe they will have a material impact on our results of operations or financial condition. The DOJ has advised that the previously disclosed additional investigation has now been closed.

As previously reported, in July 2003, we became aware of an incident of possible noncompliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and/or with Accenture’s internal controls in connection with certain of our operations in the Middle East. In 2003, we voluntarily reported the incident to the appropriate authorities in the United States promptly after its discovery. Shortly thereafter, the SEC advised us it would be undertaking an informal investigation of this incident, and the DOJ indicated it would also conduct a review. Since that time, there have been no further developments. We do not believe that this incident will have any material impact on our results of operations or financial condition.

 

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We currently maintain the types and amounts of insurance customary in the industries and countries in which we operate, including coverage for professional liability, general liability and management liability. We consider our insurance coverage to be adequate both as to the risks and amounts for the businesses we conduct.

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

For a discussion of our potential risks and uncertainties, see the information under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 31, 2009. There have been no material changes to risk factors disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August  31, 2009.

ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

Purchases and redemptions of Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares and Class X ordinary shares

The following table provides information relating to our purchases of Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares and redemptions of Accenture plc Class X ordinary shares during the first quarter of fiscal 2010.

 

Period

 

    Total Number of Shares    
Purchased

 

Average Price
    Paid per Share (1)    

 

    Total Number of Shares    
Purchased as Part of

Publicly Announced

Plans or Programs (2)

 

    Approximate Dollar Value    
of Shares that May Yet Be
Purchased Under Publicly
Announced Plans or
Programs (3)

                (in millions)

September 1, 2009 — September 30, 2009

       

Class A ordinary shares

  101               $        33.86           —               $4,852            

Class X ordinary shares

  —               —           —               —            

October 1, 2009 — October 31, 2009

       

Class A ordinary shares

  1,599,271               $        34.84           —               $4,678            

Class X ordinary shares

  3,630,852               $0.0000225           —               —            

November 1, 2009 — November 30, 2009

       

Class A ordinary shares

  372,029               $        37.34           250,000               $4,461            

Class X ordinary shares

  4,493,318               $0.0000225           —               —            

Total

       

Class A ordinary shares (4)

  1,971,401               $        35.31           250,000              

Class X ordinary shares (5)

  8,124,170               $0.0000225           —              

 

(1) Average price per share reflects the total cash outlay for the period, divided by the number of shares acquired, including those acquired by redemption or purchase and any acquired by means of employee forfeiture.

 

(2) Since August 2001, the Board of Directors of Accenture plc has authorized and periodically confirmed a publicly announced open-market share purchase program for acquiring Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares. During the three months ended November 30, 2009, we repurchased 250,000 Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares under this program for an aggregate price of $9.3 million. The open-market purchase program does not have an expiration date.

 

(3) As of November 30, 2009, our aggregate available authorization for share repurchases and redemptions was $4,461 million, which management has the discretion to use for either our publicly announced open-market share purchase program or the other share purchase programs. As of November 30, 2009, the Board of Directors of Accenture plc has authorized an aggregate of $15.1 billion for repurchases and redemptions of Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares, Accenture SCA Class I common shares or Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares.

 

(4) During the three months ended November 30, 2009, Accenture purchased 1,721,401 Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares in transactions unrelated to publicly announced share plans or programs. These transactions primarily consisted of acquisitions of Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares via share withholding for payroll tax obligations due from employees and former employees in connection with the delivery of Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares under our various employee equity share plans.

 

(5) During the first quarter of fiscal 2010, we redeemed 8,124,170 Accenture plc Class X ordinary shares pursuant to our articles of association. Accenture plc Class X ordinary shares are redeemable at their par value of $0.0000225 per share.

 

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Purchases and redemptions of Accenture SCA Class I common shares and Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares

The following table provides additional information relating to our purchases and redemptions of Accenture SCA Class I common shares and Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares during the first quarter of fiscal 2010. We believe that the following table and footnotes provide useful information regarding the share purchase and redemption activity of Accenture. Generally, purchases and redemptions of Accenture SCA Class I common shares and Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares reduce shares outstanding for purposes of computing diluted earnings per share.

 

Period

  

    Total Number of Shares    
Purchased (1)

  

Average Price
    Paid per Share (2)    

  

    Total Number of Shares    
Purchased as Part of

Publicly Announced Plans
or Programs

  

    Approximate Dollar Value    

of Shares that May Yet Be
Purchased Under Publicly
Announced Plans or

Programs

Accenture SCA

           

September 1, 2009 — September 30, 2009

           

Class I common shares

   —                —            —                    —                

October 1, 2009 — October 31, 2009

           

Class I common shares

   4,510,687                $38.36            —                    —                

November 1, 2009 — November 30, 2009

           

Class I common shares

   5,335,347                $39.06            —                    —                

Total

           

Class I common shares (3)

   9,846,034                $38.74            —                    —                

Accenture Canada Holdings Inc.

           

September 1, 2009 — September 30, 2009

           

Exchangeable shares

   —                —            —                    —                

October 1, 2009 — October 31, 2009

           

Exchangeable shares

   5,900                $39.20            —                    —                

November 1, 2009 — November 30, 2009

           

Exchangeable shares

   —                —            —                    —                

Total

           

Exchangeable shares (3)

   5,900                $39.20            —                    —                

 

(1) During the first quarter of fiscal 2010, we acquired a total of 9,846,034 Accenture SCA Class I common shares and 5,900 Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares from current and former senior executives and their permitted transferees. This includes acquisitions by means of redemption or purchase, or employee share forfeiture, as applicable.

 

(2) Average price per share reflects the total cash outlay for the period, divided by the number of shares acquired, including those acquired by purchase and any acquired by means of employee share forfeiture.

 

(3) As of November 30, 2009, our aggregate available authorization for share purchases and redemptions was $4,461 million, which management has the discretion to use for either our publicly announced open-market share purchase program or the other share purchase programs. To date, the Board of Directors of Accenture plc has authorized an aggregate of $15.1 billion for purchases and redemptions of Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares, Accenture SCA Class I common shares or Accenture Canada Holdings Inc. exchangeable shares.

 

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ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

None.

ITEM 4. SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS

None.

ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION

(a) None.

(b) None.

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

Exhibit Index:

 

Exhibit

Number

  

Exhibit

3.1    Memorandum and Articles of Association of Accenture plc (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to Accenture plc’s 8-K12B filed on September 1, 2009)
10.1    Form of Articles of Association of Accenture SCA, updated as of November 16, 2009
31.1    Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or 15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
31.2    Certification of the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or 15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.1    Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.2    Certification of the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
101    The following financial information from Accenture plc’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended November 30, 2009, formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (i) Consolidated Balance Sheets as of November 30, 2009 (Unaudited) and August 31, 2009, (ii) Consolidated Income Statements (Unaudited) for the three months ended November 30, 2009 and 2008, (iii) Consolidated Cash Flows Statements (Unaudited) for the three months ended November 30, 2009 and 2008, and (iv) the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, tagged as blocks of text.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: December 18, 2009

 

ACCENTURE PLC
By:   /s/ Pamela J. Craig
Name:     Pamela J. Craig
Title:   Chief Financial Officer

 

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