Cognizant Discusses Growth Strategy and Multi-Year Outlook at 2021 Investor Briefing
- Highlights company's momentum in its growth strategy and establishing digital leadership
- Introduces 2022-2024 outlook: annual constant currency revenue growth of 8% to 11% and annual operating margin expansion of 20 to 40 basis points
TEANECK, N.J., Nov. 18, 2021
TEANECK, N.J., Nov. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH), a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process services, today hosted a virtual Investor Briefing to provide an update on its growth strategy and financial targets.
"We continue to make strong progress in positioning the company for sustained revenue growth and margin expansion," said Brian Humphries, Chief Executive Officer. "By executing a growth strategy, which includes strengthening our digital portfolio, partnerships, and commercial engine, while investing in our global delivery network, people, and capabilities, we can help clients with their most strategic initiatives across their transformation journeys. I am excited about the global opportunities that lie ahead to accelerate our growth, expand margins, and deliver enhanced long-term shareholder value."
During the Investor Briefing, CEO Brian Humphries provided an update on Cognizant's strategy to drive growth and long-term shareholder value, including:
- Accelerating digital, shifting of the portfolio toward high-growth digital services
- Globalizing Cognizant, scaling internationally
- Increasing relevance to clients, investing in industry expertise to help clients be successful
- Repositioning the brand, strengthening Cognizant's brand credentials
The company also provided an update on ongoing initiatives to support its people and strengthen its operations.
2022-2024 Financial Targets
Cognizant believes that the strategic levers outlined during the company's Investor Briefing will drive accelerated long-term growth. As part of today's event, CFO Jan Siegmund shared additional detail on Cognizant's updated financial framework and capital deployment priorities, including the following targets for 2022-2024:
- Revenue growth of 8% to 11% annually, in constant currency1
- Operating margin expansion of 20 to 40 basis points annually
- Free cash flow expected to be deployed as follows:
- 50% to strategic acquisitions
- 25% to share repurchases
- 25% to dividends
A replay of the webcast and a copy of the presentation is available on Cognizant's Investor Relations website at http://investors.cognizant.com.
Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH) engineers modern businesses. We help our clients modernize technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead in our fast-changing world. Together, we're improving everyday life. See how at www.cognizant.com or @cognizant.
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About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
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Tyler Scott, Vice President, Investor Relations
Jeff DeMarrais, Vice President, Corporate Communications
1 A full reconciliation of constant currency revenue growth to the corresponding GAAP measure on a forward-looking basis cannot be provided without unreasonable efforts, as Cognizant is unable to predict changes in foreign currency exchange rates. See "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for more information.
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