) recently announced that it will acquire the Singapore-based
distributor management and mobility software company NewsPage Pte
Ltd. for an undisclosed amount.
The acquisition is expected to strengthen the Accenture CAS
software platform, which assists in the sales procedure of
companies in the consumer goods industry, particularly with respect
to their distributor management.
The enhancement to Accenture's CAS solution also makes it
compatible with Windows, Android and iOS devices.
Acquisitions have been a key catalyst for Accenture's growth. In
April 2012, Accenture completed the acquisition of Neo Metrics
Analytics, a reputed Spanish consultant for optimization and
predictive analytics. Financial terms of the buyout remained
Neo Metrics' offerings facilitate interaction between companies
and their customers, generating specific data to model future
demand. Accenture's Neo Metrics acquisition underscores its
expansion plan in Spain. Neo Metrics' capabilities will complement
Accenture's Analytics Innovation Center in Barcelona that became
operational in April 2011.
Another important acquisition that the company made in 2011 is
Zenta, a provider of residential and commercial mortgage processing
services. This acquisition has helped Accenture expand its
capabilities in the real estate segment by helping lenders,
services and real estate investment trusts to upgrade and
streamline their operations, improve customer experience and boost
profitability in new markets.
We remain upbeat about deal wins from various industry
verticals. We also believe Accenture's recent acquisitions will
enrich its product portfolio. However, increasing competition from
Cognizant Technology Services
) may dampen growth prospects to some extent.
Currently, Accenture has a Zacks #3 Rank, which implies a
short-term Hold rating.
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