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Jul 13, 2012, 02.07 PM IST
"From bad to worse" is how Kotak Instutional Equities summed up the disappointing results announcement of Infosys.
"From bad to worse" is how Kotak Instutional Equities summed up the disappointing results announcement of Infosys . The India's second largest software services exporter had missed expectations on several parameters -- First quarter net profit rose lower-than-expected 33% year-on-year (down 1% sequentially) to Rs 2,289 crore, while revenue was barely in-line at Rs 9,616 crore, up 29% (up 9% quarter-on-quarter).
Analysts on average were expecting Infosys to report a net profit of Rs 2,448 crore on revenue of Rs 9,665 crore.
For the last quarter, its EBIT margin was down to 28% from 29.9% in Jan-March, with clearly some pressure on pricing.
The biggest surprise, though was on the sharp cut in US dollar revenue guidance for the full year.
Majority of analysts had expected Infosys would reduce its FY13 dollar revenues guidance to 6-8% or 7-9% as against earlier forecast of 8-10%.
However, it forecast just 5% growth in USD revenue for the full year, at least USD 7.34 billion this year.
"Infosys missed guidance for the second consecutive quarter and is reflective of poor execution in addition to weak external environment. Credibility of guidance (whatever little was remaining) has been shattered with multiple cuts," said Kotak Instiutional Equities.
In another surprise, Infosys for the first time refused to provide guidance for the second quarter, citing an unclear client spend environment and uncertainties in key markets of US and Europe.
"Poor set of results both quantitatively and qualitatively. We are surprised by 3.5% pricing decline on reported basis. Moreover we belive the decline in pricing is tied to the sharp decline of 5% in fixed price projects and consulting and systems integration also declining by 5%. Further Infosys decision to stop providing quarterly guidance (after a series miss) is also discomforting.," said Spark Capital Advisors.
Infosys had missed its quarterly guidance in six of the last seven quarters, which may have prompted them to refrain from giving any forecast for the July-September quarter, said Viju George of JP Morgan.
"We are disappointed with the revenue outlook, it says atleast 5% but in light of the Q1 performance it seems that even this might be bit of a challenge. So, we will not be surprised if Infosys comes in below that for the year. It's been a difficult time," George told CNBC-TV18, adding the securities firm is likely to revise its estimates downwards.
Other brokerages like Citigroup and Religare also echoed similar disappointment on the company's earnings and guidance cut.
Meanwhile, Infosys' rival and India's top IT company Tata Consultancy Services will also report its first quarter earnings today post market hours. TCS has outperformed Infosys over the last few quarters and with Infosys failing to meet expectations yet again, the gap between the two could widen further.
Analysts on average expect TCS' profit after tax to grow 11% quarter-on-quarter to Rs 3,250 crore while revenue is seen up by 12% to Rs 14,806 crore.
"if TCS comes out today and maybe even meets expectations...I think you will see money flow towards TCS and probably even increase in the valuation premium," said George of JP Morgan.
"We don't follow TCS but obviously in our view TCS continues to do remarkably well in this difficult environment," said Moshe Katri, MD of Cowen & Co.
While Infosys has struggled some of its rivals have done relatively well, despite the uncertain environment. Accenture last month had reported strong growth. TCS too, at the end of the fourth quarter, at least, had sounded much more positive.
"Going into Q1 I feel much better than what I felt going into Q4...I had commented in January that the discretionary spend is likely to pick-up momentum only a bit later. I think it is beginning to happen. It's eased. We are seeing the projects kicking off. We are seeing the ramp ups," TCS CEO N Chandrasekaran had said post fourth quarter results in April.
So now with the Infosys disappointment behind, investors will be keenly having their eyes and ears pinned on the commentry from the Tata group company.
Infosys shares crashed 10% post the results announcement and at 12:30 hrs, the stock was still down 9% at Rs 2,249.85. TCS shares were down 2.2% at Rs 1,231.30.
As of Wednesday's close, Infosys shares have slipped over 13% so far this financial year, while TCS shares have gained 8% in that period.
Tags: Infosys, Q1, results, guidance, outlook, earnings, information technology, Infy, software services, Tata Consultancy Services, TCS, Nachiket Kelkar
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