UPDATE 2-Accenture raises full-year revenue forecast after strong 1st-qtr

jueves 18 de diciembre de 2014 11:56 GYT

(Adds CFO and analyst's comments, updates share movement)

By Lehar Maan and Abhirup Roy

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Consulting and outsourcing company Accenture Plc raised its revenue forecast for fiscal 2015 after contract wins helped the company post better-than-expected first-quarter earnings and revenue.

The company said it expects revenue growth of 5-8 percent on a local currency basis for the year ending August, up from the 4-7 percent growth it had estimated earlier.

Accenture's shares rose as much as 6 percent to a fresh life-high of $90.99 on Thursday.

"I think what you are seeing there is that they had some very big deals last year and those big deals are waterfalling to revenue this year," Susquehanna analyst James Friedman said.

Accenture, however, cut its earnings forecast, citing a larger-than-expected impact from a strong dollar.

The company, which gets about 56 percent of its revenue from outside North America, said it expects earnings $4.66-$4.80 per share for the period, down from its previous forecast of $4.74-$4.88.

Accenture's gross margins slipped in the first quarter, which the company said was due to variable costs such as hiring and training.   Continuación...