Infosys is in focus: Q1 results 2020, beats Street estimates

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IT services company Infosys on July 15 reported a 2% decline in June quarter profit at Rs 4,233 crore, ahead of a CNBC-TV18 analysts’ poll that had pegged the number at Rs 3,950 crore, on strong operating performance, as the company surprised the street by giving full-year constant currency revenue growth guidance.

Revenue from operations increased 1.7% sequentially to Rs 23,665 crore in the June quarter and dollar revenue fell 2.4% quarter-on-quarter to $3,121 million for the quarter (against CNBC-TV18 analysts’ estimates of Rs 23,000 crore and $3,038 million, respectively).

Constant currency revenue for the quarter fell 2% on a sequential basis, which was much better than street estimates of 5% decline QoQ.

Infosys expects its constant currency revenue growth in the range of 0-2% and operating margin at 21-23% for FY21 while the deal wins for the June quarter stood at $1.7 billion against $1.65 billion in the previous quarter. Digital revenues at $1,389 million (against $1,341 million QoQ) contributed 44.5 percent to total revenue in June against 41.9 percent in the previous quarter.

Infosys has added two clients in $10 million+ band, 11 clients in $1 million+ category, but lost three clients in $100 million+ band and one client in $50 million+ category. Total active clients at the end of June quarter stood at 1,458, up from 1,411 in the previous quarter.

At the operating level, earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) jumped 8.9 percent sequentially to Rs 5,365 crore and margin expanded 150 bps to 22.7 percent in June quarter, which both were much ahead of CNBC-TV18 poll estimates of Rs 4,773 crore and 20.75 percent respectively. Operating expenses fell 8.5 percent QoQ for the quarter.

The country’s second-largest IT company also announced a strategic partnership with Vanguard, which will deliver a technology-driven approach to plan administration and fundamentally reshape the corporate retirement plan experience for its sponsors and participants. Meanwhile, the company appointed Bobby Parikh as an Independent Director.

The stock gained 22.1 percent in the June quarter and 7 percent year-to-date, outperforming the Nifty IT index, which rallied 15 percent and fell nearly 6 percent in the same periods.

In a statement during the 39th AGM, Parekh said the company was $12.8 billion in size, with 2,40,000 employees across 46 countries.

Infosys Ltd, India’s second-largest IT services impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be visible, investors will closely monitor the revenue growth as well as management commentary on the way forward. Tata Consultancy Services has already indicated that it sees some recovery by Q2 and Q3 driven by optimism in the European markets. While Wipro has not given a recovery timeframe, the company expects a pick-up in demand.

The net profit of Infosys Ltd, India’s second-largest IT services for the quarter ended March was down nearly 3% Qu at 4,335 crores, even as revenues grew 0.8% to 23,267 crores.

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