Editorial by Bertrand Meunier
Positive results and trends
From a strategic perspective and regarding the financial results,, 2019 was a very important year for our Company.
The total revenue reached €11,588 million, up +1.4% organically, and the operating margin rised to €1,190 million, i.e. 10.3% of revenue, compared to 9.8% in 2018 at constant scope and exchange rates.
Order entry reached €12.2 billion and a full qualified pipeline amounted to €7.4 billion, compared to €6.9 billion at the end of 2018, demonstrating our business dynamism.
Clear strategic orientations
These positive results reflect the Company’s strategic vision.
The acquisition of Syntel in the second half of 2018 was a major event in the Company’s progress towards creating a comprehensive digital transformation company, which has world-class technology, an obsessive outcome-based focus and the agility to deliver exceptional results for our customers. The sale of Atos’s stake in Worldline has given the Company increased financial flexibility to develop its strategic ambitions, while enhancing shareholder returns.
In the era of Data Management, and despite the Covid-19 crisis, Atos is well positioned, as far as technological skills are concerned, based on its outstanding expertise, and also commercially through its increased customer centricity thanks to the Spring program launched earlier this year, and also financially through its strengthened balance sheet, to contribute to the post-crisis reconstruction, to benefit from the many opportunities it is facing and, in consequence, to drive shareholder and stakeholder value.
Towards a safe, secure and sustainable digital space
Atos’s strategic intentions are underpinned by its sense of purpose, its raison d’être, which was presented to shareholders in 2019.
It is the Company’s sense of purpose to contribute fully and actively to making the digital space safe, secure and sustainable for our customers and all who work in the Company, in line with its stated fiduciary and social responsibility.
During 2019, Atos received a number of awards for its efforts in sustainability and its willingness to provide transparent, standardized and commonly accepted indicators.
This transparency is a long-standing commitment made by Atos to its clients, employees, and the communities in which it operates. It is a critical time for the technology industry, for the environment and for society as a whole which makes this commitment as important as ever.