Accenture sees Q1 revenue below estimates on IT spending cut, higher USD



IT services firm Plc forecast first-quarter revenue below expectations on Thursday, weighed down by IT spending cuts amid high inflation and impact from a stronger dollar.


Foreign exchange headwinds have intensified since Accenture’s third-quarter results, with the U.S. dollar at a two-decade high against a basket of currencies and up about 16% so far this year amid sharp Fed rate hikes and rising geopolitical tensions.


This has impacted with significant overseas operations including Microsoft, Salesforce and IBM.


Analysts worry a protracted economic slowdown could dent robust IT spending with the cracks already showing after Salesforce cut its annual revenue and profit forecast noting “measured” spending from clients.


A strong dollar typically eats into profits of IT that convert foreign currencies into dollars.


The company forecast current-quarter revenue between $15.20 billion and $15.75 billion, compared with analysts’ average estimate of $16.07 billion, according to data from Refinitiv.


The forecast reflects the assumption of about 8.5% negative foreign-exchange impact, the company said.


Revenue for the quarter ended Aug.31 was $15.40 billion compared with analysts’ average estimate of $15.39 billion, according to data from Refinitiv.

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