- Infosys reported a net profit of Rs. 3,690 crore in Q4
- This was mostly in line with market estimates
- For FY19, Infosys guided revenue growth of 6-8% in constant currency
Infosys, India's second biggest outsourcer, today reported earnings for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2018. This is the first full quarterly numbers under its new CEO Salil Parekh, who took charge of the Bengaluru-based IT major in early January. Infosys reported a net profit of Rs 3,690 crore in Q4, mostly in line with market estimates. Analysts polled by news agency Reuters had on average expected Infosys to post a net profit of Rs 3,709 crore. The profit for the March quarter was lower compared to the previous quarter (October-December), during which profit was boosted by reversal of an income tax provision of Rs 1,432 crore. Infosys had reported a net profit of Rs 5,129 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2017.
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For the March quarter, Infosys's revenue from operations rose to Rs 18,083 crore, a quarter-on-quarter growth of 1.6 per cent. Operating margin in the March quarter improved to 24.7 per cent from 24.3 per cent in Q3.
For FY19, Infosys guided for a revenue growth of 6-8 per cent in constant currency, in line with market estimates. This is higher than the 5.8 per cent revenue growth recorded in FY18 in constant currency terms. Infosys expects operating margin at 22-24 per cent range in FY19.
"I am pleased with our healthy revenue growth, profitability, and cash generation in Q4. Our robust performance is a reflection of the strong impact we have with our clients and the dedication of our employees. 'Navigating Your Next' is our aspiration of how we will partner with each one of our clients." said CEO Salil Parekh.
The Infosys board recommended a final dividend of Rs 20.50 per share and a special dividend of Rs 10 per share. The board has decided to retain the current policy of "returning up to 70 per cent of the free cash flow of the corresponding financial year in such manner, as may be decided by the Board from time to time, subject to applicable laws and requisite approvals, if any".
With improving economic outlook in key markets like the US and higher adoption of outsourcing in Europe and digital services gaining scale, fiscal year 2018-19 looks better for Indian IT companies, say analysts. Shares of Infosys, which reported earnings after market hours on Friday, ended 0.60 per cent higher at Rs 1,169, extending their gains to a fourth straight day.
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