Infosys Technologies Announces Results for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2008
January, 13th 2009
Consolidated results for the quarter ended December 31, 2008
-- Income was Rs. 5,786 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2008; YoY growth was 35.5%
-- Net profit after tax was Rs. 1,641* crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2008; YoY growth was 33.3%
-- Earnings per share increased to Rs. 28.66* from Rs. 21.54 in the corresponding quarter in the previous year; YoY growth was 33.1%
-- The net profit for the quarters ended December 31, 2008 and December 31,2007 includes a net tax reversal pertaining to earlier periods amounting to Rs. 62 crore and Rs. 50 crore respectively. Excluding this reversal, the earnings per share for the quarters ended December 31, 2008 and December 31, 2007 would have been Rs. 27.58 and Rs. 20.66 respectively, resulting in a YoY growth of 33.5%.
-- 30 new clients were added during the quarter by Infosys and its subsidiaries
-- Gross addition of 5,997 employees (net 2,772) for the quarter by Infosys and its subsidiaries
-- 1,03,078 employees as on December 31, 2008 for Infosys and its subsidiaries
In a challenging environment, our focus is on creating value for clients, running an optimized business, and evolving our business model that will allow us to emerge stronger when the global economy starts recovering, said S. Gopalakrishnan, CEO and Managing Director.
The companys outlook (consolidated) for the quarter ending March 31, 2009 and for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009, under Indian GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), is as follows:
Outlook under Indian GAAP consolidated
Quarter ending March 31, 2009*
-- Income is expected to be in the range of Rs. 5,494 crore and Rs. 5,699 crore; YoY growth of 21.0% 25.5%
-- Earnings per share is expected to be Rs. 26.49; YoY growth of 21.4%**
Fiscal year ending March 31, 2009*
-- Income is expected to be in the range of Rs. 21,552 crore and Rs. 21,757 crore; YoY growth of 29.1% 30.3%
-- Earnings per share*** is expected to be Rs. 102.92; YoY growth of 26.2%
* Conversion 1 US$ = Rs. 48.71
** Including net tax reversal of Rs. 20 crore pertaining to earlier period for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. Excluding the tax reversal, the YOY growth is expected to be 23.4%
*** Including tax reversal pertaining to earlier periods of Rs. 93 crore in fiscal 2009 and Rs. 121 crore in fiscal 2008 respectively. Excluding the tax reversal, the earnings per share is expected to be Rs.101.30 for the year ending March 31, 2009; YoY growth of 27.6%
Outlook under IFRS#
Quarter ending March 31, 2009
-- Consolidated revenues are expected to be in the range of $ 1,128 million and $ 1,170 million; YoY decline of 1.2% to growth of 2.5%; in constant currency, growth of 4.7% 8.6%
-- Consolidated earnings per American Depositary Share are expected to be $ 0.55; same as last year@
Fiscal year ending March 31, 2009
-- Consolidated revenues are expected to be in the range of $ 4.67 billion and $ 4.71 billion; YoY growth of 11.8% 12.8%; in constant currency 15.6% 17.6%
-- Consolidated earnings per American Depositary Share@@ are expected to be $ 2.23; YoY growth of 9.9%
# Exchange rates considered for major global currencies: AUD / USD 0.69; GBP / USD 1.45; Euro / USD 1.41
@ Including tax reversal pertaining to earlier period of $ 5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. Excluding the tax reversal, the YOY decline is expected to be 1.8%
@@ Including net tax reversal pertaining to earlier periods of $ 19 million in fiscal 2009 and $ 30 million in fiscal 2008 respectively. Excluding the tax reversal, the earnings per share is expected to be $ 2.20 for the year ending March 31, 2009; YoY growth of 11.1%
Awards and recognition
Industry leaders and customers commended Infosys endeavor to enhance customer experience and achieve organizational excellence.
We won the Outsourcing Institute and Vantage Partners first-ever customer relationship management award. We were recognized in the Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) study for our excellence in knowledge management through content sharing, collaboration and professional networking. NASSCOM acclaimed the best practices of Infosys Womens Inclusivity Network (IWIN) to promote gender empowerment and leadership development.
Infosys solution won the Hitachi Data Systems Diamond Award for 'Best Virtualization Strategy', and the Platinum Award for 'Best Green Strategy for a Data Center'. Infosys is now a member of The Global Dow, an index that measures blue chips by size, reputation and importance.
Infosys BPO won the 2008 Six Sigma and Business Improvement Award for Organizational Business Improvement in Transactional Services at the third Annual Global Lean, Six Sigma & Business Improvement Summit, USA. Infosys BPO was also conferred the 'Group Excellence in Business Continuity Management' award at the second Asia Business Continuity Awards ceremony held in Singapore.
Expansion of services and significant projects
Infosys is increasingly focusing on value-based pricing models for its offerings. After the successful launch of our retail solution ShoppingTrip360, Infosys partnered with Bharti Airtel to provide a superior experience to customers of its Direct-To-Home TV service through Infosys Digital Convergence Platform.
Banking and Capital Markets continue to provide us significant projects. A leading bank engaged Infosys in multiple projects including customization of services, running targeted advertisement campaigns to improve cross-sell rates, and streamlining the companys online product application process. A credit rating agency engaged Infosys to implement and support its CRM to analyze campaigns and segment its customers better. Infosys partnered with a financial information firm to accelerate its product innovation cycle. A financial services firm sought Infosys expertise for a multi-year governance, risk and compliance implementation program.
Customers across industries continue to repose trust in Infosys to improve their businesses and operations. An energy major sought Infosys help to transform its IT shared services organization supporting its oil, gas and power businesses across Europe, America, and Asia. A manufacturing firm chose Infosys to support its global sales and distribution SAP platform. An aircraft company engaged Infosys in software acceptance testing and quality measurements of its applications. An auto financial services firm consulted Infosys for setting up its Business Process Outsourcing office. A firm in the document management industry partnered with Infosys to address the performance and scalability of its data warehousing systems. Infosys' performance engineering services will address performance prediction, capacity planning, performance engineering and a governance framework for performance management. A high tech major engaged Infosys to implement a complex identity and access management platform.
Clients sought our engineering services. An aero-structures company engaged Infosys to design, develop and analyze aircraft structures. For an aerospace company, we are developing fuselage structures and for another, we are engineering aircraft structure, systems, interiors and wiring harness.
We continue to make inroads into new markets. Infosys will manage the transition of applications for an insurance and banking company that is restructuring its core systems to improve overall efficiency. A bank engaged Infosys to implement Microsoft CRM. A Middle Eastern company consulted Infosys to set up the business process of its insurance division which includes developing the companys business requirements, detailed process maps, and planning for business analysis.
On a constant currency basis, pricing declined by 1.8% during the quarter, said S.D. Shibulal, Chief Operating Officer. We are comfortable with the current pricing environment and believe that the pricing could get impacted if the situation worsens further.
With its transformational capabilities and wide array of modular solutions, Finacle, our universal banking solution, continues to see high traction with banks globally with a strong momentum in Europe, Middle East and Australia (EMEA) and The Americas. Finacle added six customers this quarter - two from EMEA and four from Asia Pacific (APAC). This includes one of the largest international banking groups in Central and Eastern Europe as well as the recently announced contract for Punjab National Banks six regional rural banks (RRBs). Seven banks went live on Finacle this quarter. This includes three each in EMEA and APAC and one from The Americas.
Infosys BPO is providing customer service support for order handling and resolution to a telecom company. A reinsurer is working with Infosys BPO to achieve a flexible business model for its premium accounting cash management operations.
During the quarter, Infosys applied for an aggregate of 25 patents in the U.S. and India. With this, Infosys has an aggregate of 196 patent applications (pending) in both countries and has been granted two patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Liquidity and capital expenditure
Cash and cash equivalents, including investments in liquid mutual funds and certificate of deposits, as on December 31, 2008 was Rs. 9,686 crore (Rs. 7,933 crore as on December 31, 2007).
Our robust and flexible operating and financial models position us well in the current uncertain economic environment, said V. Balakrishnan, Chief Financial Officer. Our operating margins during the quarter increased primarily due to depreciation of rupee which was to some extent offset by the depreciation of other major currencies against the US dollar.
During the quarter, Infosys and its subsidiaries added 5,997 employees (gross). The net addition during the quarter was 2,772.
We have seen a decline in attrition this quarter, said T. V. Mohandas Pai, Member of the Board and Head HRD and Education & Research. We have enhanced our investment in training and certification as part of our efforts to improve productivity and capability.
About Infosys Technologies Ltd.
Infosys (NASDAQ: INFY) defines, designs and delivers IT-enabled business solutions that help Global 2000 companies win in a Flat World. These solutions focus on providing strategic differentiation and operational superiority to clients. With Infosys, clients are assured of a transparent business partner, world-class processes, speed of execution and the power to stretch their IT budget by leveraging the Global Delivery Model that Infosys pioneered. Infosys has over 103,000 employees in over 50 offices worldwide. Infosys is part of the NASDAQ-100 Index and The Global Dow. For more information, visit www.infosys.com.
Certain statements in this release concerning our future growth prospects are forward-looking statements, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding fluctuations in earnings, our ability to manage growth, intense competition in IT services including those factors which may affect our cost advantage, wage increases in India, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, time and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on immigration, industry segment concentration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks or system failures, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies in which Infosys has made strategic investments, withdrawal of governmental fiscal incentives, political instability and regional conflicts, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, and unauthorized use of our intellectual property and general economic conditions affecting our industry. Additional risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described in our United States Securities and Exchange Commission filings including our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008 and on Form 6-K for the quarters ended June 30, 2008 and September 30, 2008. These filings are available at www.sec.gov. Infosys may, from time to time, make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our reports to shareholders. The company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the company.