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Accenture NZ's revenues nearly double after Zag buyout

Net profit falls again in 2021 as Accenture beds down its latest acquisition.
  • Rob O'Neill (New Zealand Reseller News)
  • 13 January, 2022 09:34
Nick Mulcahy (Accenture)

Nick Mulcahy (Accenture)

The true scale of Accenture NZ after its buyout of SAP specialist consultancy Zag is being revealed.

Accenture NZ's financial statements show the company's revenue nearly doubled, from $66.1 million to $120.8 million during the year ended 31 August 2021. Accenture owned Zag for nearly 11 months of that year.

That latest results followed a decline in revenue in 2020, before the $39.8 million acquisition of Wellington-based Soltians, which trades under the name Zag, in early October 2020.

In 2020, Accenture NZ reported total revenues of $66.1 million for the year, down from $76.7 million in 2019. Net profit after tax dropped from $9.5 million to $6.8 million. Net profit declined further in 2021, falling to $2.3 million.

A note said Zag was bought to increase the number of in-demand SAP specialists on staff, especially those with skills related to the latest cloud version of SAP's enterprise resource planning software, S/4 HANA. Around 200 full-time equivalent staff were added.

Accenture NZ's latest financials statements report a very large increase in employee expenses, from $14.5 million to $53.2 million. Subcontractor costs were also well up, from $3.6 million to $10.3 million while the cost of purchased consultancy services also rose, from $24.4 million to $31.7 million.

Ben Morgan, Accenture’s New Zealand managing director, said last year the pairing Accenture’s global expertise with Zag’s local talent and insight would strengthen Accenture's ability to help clients accelerate their business transformation using SAP and cloud technologies and to deliver more value from the new platforms.

"This move demonstrates our ongoing commitment to bringing new thinking, talent and innovation to clients across the region," he said.

Nick Mulcahy, then Zag's CEO and now head of technology and also managing director of Accenture NZ, said Zag had grown from an idea to a thriving business that has helped over 100 organisations to become "stronger, safer and more prosperous" through the use of technology.

"The combination of Accenture and Zag is a great opportunity for our clients and teams, and we look forward to offering an unrivalled SAP offering," he said.

Mulcahy or interests associated with him owned close to 30 per cent of Zag, via Soltians, according to NZ Companies Office records. He joined the the company, then known as Soltius in 2003 as a senior consultant.