Our financial report
We delivered outstanding, broad-based financial results in fiscal 2018, driving superior shareholder value.
Twelve months ended August 31, 2018
An increase of 10.5 percent in local currency and 14 percent in US dollars from fiscal 2017. Includes $23 billion from digital, cloud and security services—up about 25 percent in local currency
An increase of 12 percent in local currency and 15 percent in US dollars from fiscal 2017
Diluted Earnings Per Share
After excluding $0.40 in charges related to tax law changes in fiscal 2018 and a $0.47 pension settlement charge in fiscal 2017, adjusted EPS of $6.74 increased 14 percent from $5.91 in fiscal 2017
Consistent with adjusted operating margin of 14.8 percent for fiscal 2017, which excludes a 150 basis-point impact from the pension settlement charge in fiscal 2017
Free Cash Flow
Defined as operating cash flow of $6.0 billion net of property and equipment additions of $619 million
Cash Returned to Shareholders
Defined as cash dividends of $1.7 billion plus share repurchases of $2.6 billion
Comparison of cumulative total return
August 31, 2013—August 31, 2018
Accenture vs. S&P 500 Stock Index and S&P 500 Information Technology Sector Index
The performance graph to the right shows the cumulative total shareholder return on our Class A shares for the period starting on August 31, 2013, and ending on August 31, 2018, which was the end of fiscal 2018. This is compared with the cumulative total returns over the same period of the S&P 500 Stock Index and the S&P 500 Information Technology Sector Index. The graph assumes that, on August 31, 2013, $100 was invested in our Class A shares and $100 was invested in each of the other two indices, with dividends reinvested on the ex-dividend date without payment of any commissions. The performance shown in the graph represents past performance and should not be considered an indication of future performance.
Index prices as of August 31
Awards and recognitions
FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies
for 16 consecutive years; ranked No. 1 in IT Services category for five years
Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies
for 11 consecutive years
RANKED NO. 1 ON THE
Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index
marking three consecutive years
RANKED NO. 34 ON
Interbrand’s Best Global Brands
marking 17 consecutive years
RANKED NO. 288 ON
Forbes’ Global 2000
marking 15 consecutive years
RANKED NO. 316 ON
FORTUNE’s Global 500
marking 17 consecutive years
RANKED NO. 2 ON
CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens
marking 10 consecutive years
Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America and FTSE4GOOD Global Index
for 14 consecutive years
CDP’s Climate Change Report
as a leading company for reducing emissions and mitigating climate change
RANKED NO. 6 ON
JUST Capital’s America’s Most JUST Companies
marking two consecutive years; ranked No. 1 in our industry for two consecutive years
INCLUDED ON NEW
Bloomberg Gender Equality Index
FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For
marking 10 consecutive years
RANKED NO. 9 ON
DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity
marking 12 consecutive years
Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies
marking 16 consecutive years in the US and three consecutive years in India
RECEIVED A PERFECT SCORE ON
Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index
each year since 2008
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Reconciliation of non-GAAP measures
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