2015 Letter to
Our Shareholders

From Our Chairman & CEO

Accenture's excellent fiscal 2015 financial
results reflect the successful execution
of our strategy across the dimensions
of our business and the investments we
are making in new, high-growth areas.

Pierre Nanterme

Chairman & CEO

Our financial Report

We were very pleased with our financial results for fiscal 2015, which delivered on every metric in our initial business outlook for the year. 

Twelve months ended August 31, 2015

Net Revenues
Diluted Earnings per Share
Free Cash Flow
New Bookings
Operating Margin
Cash Returned to Shareholders

By the Numbers

Comparison of Cumulative Total Return

August 31, 2010 to August 31, 2015
Accenture vs. S&P 500 Stock Index and S&P 500 Information Technology Sector Index

Indexed Prices as of August 31
The performance graph to the left shows the cumulative total shareholder return on our Class A shares for the period starting on August 31, 2010, and ending on August 31, 2015, which was the end of fiscal 2015. This is compared with the cumulative total returns over the same period of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Information Technology Sector Index. The graph assumes that on August 31, 2010, $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.

Additional Information

Stock listing

Accenture plc Class A ordinary shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ACN.

Available information

Our website address is www.accenture.com. We use our website as a channel of distribution for company information. We make available free of charge on the Investor Relations section of our website (investor.accenture.com) our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to those reports as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is electronically filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). We also make available through our website other reports filed with or furnished to the SEC under the Exchange Act, including our proxy statements and reports filed by officers and directors under Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act, as well as our Code of Business Ethics. Financial and other material information regarding us is routinely posted on and accessible at investor.accenture.com. We do not intend for information contained in this letter or on our website to be part of the Annual Report on Form 10-K. This letter and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2015, together constitute Accenture’s annual report to security holders for purposes of Rule 14a-3(b) of the Exchange Act.

Trademark references

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Forward-looking statements and certain factors that may affect our business

We have included in this letter “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Exchange Act relating to our operations, results of operations and other matters that are based on our current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections. Words such as “will,” “expect,” “believe” and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecast in these forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and other factors that might cause such differences, some of which could be material, include, but are not limited to, the factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q (available through the Investor Relations section of our website at investor.accenture.com) under the sections entitled “Risk Factors.” Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this letter or as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update them.

Reconciliation of non-GAAP measures

This letter contains certain non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) measures that our management believes provide our shareholders with additional insights into Accenture’s results of operations. The non-GAAP measures in this letter are supplemental in nature. They should not be considered in isolation or as alternatives to net income as indicators of company performance, to cash flows from operating activities as measures of liquidity, or to other financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of this non-GAAP financial information to Accenture’s financial statements as prepared under GAAP are included in this letter.

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10-K FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015                [PDF, 3.6 MB]