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Accenture and Broadridge Jointly Launch Post-Trade Processing Solution to Help Banks Operating in Europe and Asia Transform their Operations

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Accenture and Broadridge Jointly Launch Post-Trade Processing Solution to Help Banks Operating in Europe and Asia Transform their Operations

03:00 EDT Thursday, July 18, 2013

LONDON & PARIS (Business Wire) -- Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Broadridge Financial Solutions (NYSE: BR) have launched Accenture Post-Trade Processing, a solution to help banks operating in Europe and Asia-Pacific reduce post-trade processing costs, adapt to new regulations and technology, and quickly and efficiently launch new products and enter new markets. The solution provides post-trade processing and technology services to support settlement, books and records, asset servicing, operational management and control, real-time data access and administrative accounting.

Accenture Post-Trade Processing, a strategic collaboration between Accenture and Broadridge Financial Solutions, combines Accenture's global business process outsourcing capabilities and global capital markets industry expertise with Broadridge's leading post-trade processing technology. Accenture and Broadridge have designed the solution to also accommodate other technology to support certain functions, such as reconciliations and corporate actions processing, which is provided by SmartStream, another key alliance partner of Accenture.

In conjunction with the launch of Accenture Post-Trade Processing, Accenture is also announcing that Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking (SG CIB) is the first client of the solution. The Accenture Post-Trade Processing solution will be used to optimize and manage back-office securities processing for SG CIB. As part of the initiative, a number of SG CIB employees with post-trade processing skills relevant in more than 50 financial markets are expected to join Accenture.

“The global investment banking industry is at a crossroads, with regulatory, market and technological pressures changing the economics of the business and leading banks to fundamentally reassess their operating models,” said Bob Gach, global managing director of Accenture's Capital Markets industry practice. “Post-trade processing plays a vital role in client service, but represents a significant and often stubbornly fixed cost for banks. Our new solution provides the efficiencies, scalability and regulatory capabilities in post-trade processing that can help banks rebuild their business models around more profitable services and differentiate them from the competition.”

“Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking and Accenture share the same vision of what could be the future model for securities processing among investment banks: industrializing some services by mutualizing processing activities and costs across multiple institutions,” said Christophe Leblanc, Chief Operating Officer, Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking. “We are happy to be the first client of Accenture Post-Trade Processing, a pioneering solution that sets a new industry standard for efficiency in securities post-trade processing, and which will enable us to deliver top quality services to our clients.”

“Investment banks need to transform and are actively seeking solutions that help them enter new markets and comply with regulatory changes, all while meeting client demands,” said Steve Racioppo, Chief Revenue Officer, Broadridge Financial Solutions. “With Broadridge's technology as the engine behind the solution and Accenture's expertise in capital markets, we can see this solution becoming the industry standard for post-trade processing.”

“This collaborative effort, which brings deep market expertise and technology to create a shared service solution for multiple clients, exemplifies the customer-focused thinking that will transform the industry,” said Philippe Chambadal, CEO of SmartStream.

Accenture Post-Trade Processing will offer scalable, cost-efficient securities processing based on Broadridge's proven technology and Accenture and Broadridge's combined industry-leading practices for cash equities, bonds, notes and warrants. By mutualizing activities and costs from multiple institutions, the solution is designed to:

  • Reduce cost-per-trade by leveraging collective trade volumes.
  • Optimize performance with access to real-time information regarding collective trading activity.
  • Reduce the complexity and resources required to comply with current and emerging trading and accounting regimes, including regulations such as TARGET2-Securities (T2S) and Central Securities Depository Regulation (CSDR) /T+2.
  • Provide a common, standardized and highly flexible operating platform that enables clients to quickly and efficiently launch new financial products and enter new markets without the hurdles of legacy IT systems.
  • Process and settle securities transactions for more than 50 financial markets globally.

“Our goal is to set a new industry standard for post-trade processing efficiencies,” said Eugenio Bonomi, senior managing director and head of Accenture Post-Trade Processing. “By mutualizing costs across a large volume of trades from multiple institutions, Accenture Post-Trade Processing will enable banks of all sizes to limit the need for capital investment and affordably address their clients' securities processing needs.”

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 266,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world's most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$27.9 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

Accenture Post-Trade Processing expands Accenture's support for banks, adding a technology and BPO solution for post-trade processing to Accenture Trading Services – a business service within Accenture's Financial Services operating group that provides consulting, technology and BPO services to help banks increase efficiencies at every stage of the trading lifecycle.

About Broadridge

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) is the leading provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions for broker-dealers, banks, mutual funds and corporate issuers globally. Broadridge's investor communications, securities processing and operations outsourcing solutions help clients reduce their capital investments in operations infrastructure, allowing them to increase their focus on core business activities. With 50 years of experience, Broadridge's infrastructure underpins proxy voting services for over 90% of public companies and mutual funds in North America, and processes more than $4.5 trillion in fixed income and equity trades per day. Broadridge employs approximately 6,200 full-time associates in 13 countries.

For more information about Broadridge, please visit www.broadridge.com.

About SmartStream

SmartStream provides Transaction Lifecycle Management (TLM®) software solutions and Managed Services to dramatically transform the middle and back-office operations for financial institutions. Over 1,500 clients, including more than 70 of the World's top 100 banks, 8 of the top 10 asset managers, and 8 of the top 10 custodians rely on SmartStream's solutions.

SmartStream delivers greater efficiency, automation and control to critical post trade operations including: Reference Data Operations, Trade Process Management, Confirmations and Reconciliation Management, Corporate Actions Processing, Fees and Invoice Management, Cash & Liquidity Management and Compliance solutions. Used independently or as a suite of solutions and services, clients gain a lower cost-per-transaction while reducing operational risk, aiding compliance while improving customer service levels.

For more information about SmartStream and our solutions visit: www.smartstream-stp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. These include, without limitation, risks that: the transaction might not achieve the anticipated benefits for the company; the company's results of operations could be adversely affected by negative or uncertain economic or geopolitical conditions and the effects of these conditions on the company's clients' businesses and levels of business activity; the company's results of operations and ability to grow could be materially negatively affected if the company cannot adapt and expand its services and solutions in response to changes in technology and client demand; the consulting and outsourcing markets are highly competitive and the company might not be able to compete effectively; work with government clients exposes the company to additional risks inherent in the government contracting environment, including risks related to governmental budget and debt constraints; clients may not be satisfied with the company's services; results of operations could be materially adversely affected if clients terminate their contracts with the company; outsourcing services are a significant part of the company's business and subject the company to additional operational and financial risk; results of operations could materially suffer if the company is not able to obtain favorable pricing; if the company is unable to keep its supply of skills and resources in balance with client demand around the world, the company's business, the utilization rate of the company's professionals and the company's results of operations may be materially adversely affected; the company's business could be materially adversely affected if it incurs legal liability in connection with providing its services and solutions; if the company's pricing estimates do not accurately anticipate the cost and complexity of performing work, then the company's contracts could be unprofitable; many of the company's contracts include performance payments that link some of the company's fees to the attainment of performance or business targets and this could increase the variability of the company's revenues and margins; the company's ability to attract and retain business may depend on its reputation in the marketplace; the company's alliance relationships may not be successful or may change, which could adversely affect the company's results of operations; the company's Global Delivery Network is increasingly concentrated in India and the Philippines, which may expose it to operational risks; as a result of the company's geographically diverse operations and its growth strategy to continue geographic expansion, the company is more susceptible to certain risks; revenues, revenue growth and earnings in U.S. dollars may be lower if the U.S. dollar strengthens against other currencies, particularly the Euro and British pound; the company could have liability or the company's reputation could be damaged if the company fails to protect client data and company data or information systems as obligated by law or contract or if the company's information systems are breached; the company could be subject to liabilities or damage to its relationships with clients if subcontractors or the third parties with whom the company partners cannot meet their commitments on time or at all; the company's services or solutions could infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others or the company might lose its ability to utilize the intellectual property of others; the company has only a limited ability to protect its intellectual property rights, which are important to the company's success; changes in the company's level of taxes, and audits, investigations and tax proceedings, could have a material adverse effect on the company's results of operations and financial condition; the company's profitability could suffer if its cost-management strategies are unsuccessful; if the company is unable to collect its receivables or unbilled services, the company's results of operations, financial condition and cash flows could be adversely affected; the company may be subject to criticism, negative publicity and legislative or regulatory action related to its incorporation in Ireland; if the company is unable to manage the organizational challenges associated with its size, the company might be unable to achieve its business objectives; the company may not be successful at identifying, acquiring or integrating other businesses; consolidation in the industries the company serves could adversely affect its business; the company's share price could fluctuate and be difficult to predict; as well as the risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed under the “Risk Factors” heading in Accenture plc's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this news release speak only as of the date they were made, and Accenture undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made in this news release or to conform such statements to actual results or changes in Accenture's expectations.

Accenture
Melissa Volin, + 215-990-4647
melissa.volin@accenture.com
or
Francois Luu + 33-153-23-68-55
francois.luu@accenture.com
or
Broadridge
Linda Namias, + 631-254-7711
linda.namias@broadridge.com
or
Mike West, + 44-20-7551-3224
mike.west@broadridge.com

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