Wipro Limited Announces Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2017 under IFRS

Business Wire India

  • IT Services Segment Dollar Revenue was above the upper end of the guidance range
  • Board of Directors approved a buyback proposal of Rs 110,000 million

Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) today announced financial results under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for its quarter ended June 30, 2017.
 
Highlights of the Results

  • Gross Revenues of Wipro Limited were Rs 136.3 billion ($2.1 billion1), an increase of 0.2% YoY.
  • IT Services Segment Revenues in dollar terms were $1,971.7 million, a sequential increase of 0.9% (Non-GAAP constant currency increase of 0.3% sequentially) and 2.1% YoY (Non-GAAP constant currency increase of 3.4% YoY).
  • IT Services Segment Profits2 were Rs 21.9 billion ($339 million1), a decrease of 5.8% YoY.
  • IT Services Margins for the quarter was 16.8%.
  • Net Income3 for the quarter was Rs 20.8 billion ($321 million1), an increase of 1.2% YoY.
  • Board approves Buyback proposal of Rs 110,000 million ($1.7 billion1) at a buyback price of Rs 320 ($4.951).

 
Performance for the quarter ended June 30, 2017
“We delivered revenues above the upper end of the guidance range. Our focus on Digital combined with our investments in client mining have resulted in strong growth in Top accounts.” said Abidali Z. Neemuchwala, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board. “The brand refresh is reflective of the transformation we are driving at Wipro and how we are helping our customers in their digital journeys.”
 
“The impact on operating margins by rupee appreciation and salary increases was partially offset by strong business efficiencies. We continue to sustain robust cash generation.” said Jatin Dalal, Chief Financial Officer. “The announcement to buyback equity shares is part of our philosophy to deliver efficient returns to shareholders.”
 
Outlook for the Quarter ending September 30, 2017
We expect Revenues from our IT Services business to be in the range of $1,962 million to $2,001 million*.
* Guidance is based on the following exchange rates: GBP/USD at 1.29, Euro/USD at 1.11, AUD/USD at 0.75, USD/INR at 64.46 and USD/CAD at 1.33.

Capital Allocation

  • The Board of Directors approved a buyback proposal, subject to the approval of shareholders through postal ballot, for purchase by the company of up to 343.75 million equity shares of Rs 2 each (representing 7.06% of total equity capital) from the shareholders of the company on a proportionate basis by way of a tender offer. The buyback price will be Rs 320 ($4.95)1 per equity share payable in cash for an aggregate amount not exceeding Rs 110,000 million ($1.7 billion)1 in accordance with the provisions of Companies Act, 2013 and the SEBI (Buy Back of Securities) Regulations, 1998 (Buyback Regulations). Additional information regarding the terms and conditions of the buyback will be disclosed in due course in accordance with Buyback Regulations.

  • Further to the announcement on April 25, 2017, the Company, during the quarter ended June 30, 2017, allotted Bonus equity shares of Rs 2/- each in the ratio of 1:1 (one bonus share for every one share held) to the shareholders of the Company who were on the Register of Members of the Company as on June 14, 2017, which was the Record Date fixed by the Board of the Directors of the Company for this purpose.

 
IT Services
Wipro continues its momentum in winning large deals globally as described below:
 
Wipro has won a multi-year engagement with a large utility company in the United States to deliver data center, disaster recovery, service desk and end user services.  This program will drive greater automation and improve services to end customers through the use of analytics and the Wipro HOLMES Artificial Intelligence PlatformTM
 
Wipro has won a multi-year contract from a Europe-headquartered oil and gas major to transform their IT infrastructure and security platform. Wipro will support the client in the design and development of a business-aligned IT backbone that will form the foundation of their digitization strategy.
 
Wipro has won a multi-year digital transformation deal to automate and digitize the ‘Order to Entitlement’ operations for a global technology company, headquartered in North America. Leveraging proprietary technology such as the Wipro HOLMES Artificial Intelligence PlatformTM, Data Discovery Platform for analytics and Wipro BASE)))TM, Wipro will implement process digitization, drive process efficiencies and improve customer experience for the client.
 
Wipro has won a five-year engagement with a global pharmaceutical major to provide service desk and end-user computing services, across locations. The project, which will leverage Wipro HOLMES Artificial Intelligence PlatformTM and includes a unique hyper-personalization initiative, will improve productivity and significantly enhance user experience at the client organization.
 
A large North American insurer has awarded an IT infrastructure contract to Wipro. Wipro will provide data center services and Enterprise Command Center services that will manage a wide range of IT operations for the client.
 
Wipro has won a multi-year managed services engagement with a key IT delivery arm of the Government of India (GoI). The program will enable GoI to effectively regulate and monitor e-governance transactions and the implementation of central government sponsored schemes at the grass-roots level.
 
A large state in South India has chosen Wipro to implement IT network infrastructure across 30 districts in the state, as part of the “State Wide Area Network 2.0’ project.
 
A leading telecom major, as part of their managed services engagement renewal, has chosen Wipro for transforming their operations, which includes process simplification and robotic process automation. The program will improve the telecom company’s agility to launch new services, and will help them provide an enhanced customer experience in addition to facilitating process and cost optimization.
 
Digital highlights
Wipro will help an American IT company develop enterprise-grade distributed ledger blockchain solutions. As part of this engagement, Wipro will build an Ethereum-based test bed for scalability and performance testing, and a user interface for smart contracts applications.
 
Wipro has been selected by a global logistics company to set up a joint innovation center that will reimagine the customer’s digital journey. We will start the innovation journey by introducing next generation mobility solutions that the client’s associates and freight drivers will use for pickups and deliveries. Over the next couple of years, we will work through and bring to fruition a number of process transformation ideas.
 
The Latin American entity of one of the largest U.S. Banks has chosen Wipro as their strategic partner to significantly change how it delivers new products and services and integrates with its partner eco-system at a greater speed. Wipro will set up and run an API and Microservices factory as part of their digital transformation journey. Wipro will set up multiple agile teams, bring in two-speed delivery model and complete the work in an output-based model for the bank.
 
Clix Capital Services Pvt. Ltd. has selected Wipro as the primary technology partner to help design, build and maintain their digital channels and digital infrastructure that will connect to underlying transaction systems and provide infrastructure on a cloud model. This engagement is for a term of 5 years.

A few of the notable wins in Cloud Applications leveraging our Appirio cloud services are as follows:

  • A diversified financial services company has chosen Wipro to implement its new cloud-based sales and service transformation program. This follows the successful completion of a comprehensive strategy assessment by Appirio. 
  • A global storage firm has selected Wipro to deploy their Quote-to-Cash, Field Service and Service Management processes.
  • A global pharmaceutical organization has selected Wipro to transform their “Quote-to-Cash” processes.
  • Wipro has been chosen as a partner to digitize the go-to-market processes of a marquee sales consulting firm.
  • One of the world’s leading biotherapeutics organizations has selected Wipro to reimagine their worker experience processes.

Delivery Excellence
Backed by a proven track record in enabling banking technology in India, Wipro enabled the successful roll-out of PayTM Payment Bank’s digital banking operations in May 2017.
 
“Wipro was selected from a strategic partner perspective and what we saw in Wipro was the ability to grab hold of what we were trying to transform. The solution was an end-to-end integrated service across all service towers being IT, Finance and Customer Service. That was critical for us to drive the globalization and the productivity that we felt we could accomplish by bring these groups together.” said Tim Wightman, Vice President – Application & Technology Services, Levi Strauss & Co.
 
“Wipro is a trusted partner and a safe pair of hands who have supported Nisa’s business over a decade with its Oracle Retail Solutions” said Peter Walker, Head of Business Systems, Nisa Retail. “The Wipro relationship has allowed us to remain reactive and meet any industry challenges that have been thrown at us, the close working relationship to our business has been very beneficial to us and ensured that when new opportunities arise we can deliver solutions in a timely manner.”
 
Awards and accolades
 
Wipro has been named an IDC Health Insights HealthTech Rankings Enterprise 25 Company. The rankings categorize and evaluate global providers of information technology to healthcare payers and providers.
 
IDC named Wipro as a “Leader” in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Digital Transformation Consulting and Systems Integration Service Providers 2017 Vendor Assessment (doc #US41523517, June 2017). The report recommended end users to consider Wipro when looking for Artificial intelligence–enabled automation and human-centric design approach for digital transformation in their businesses.
 
Wipro was recognized as a “Leader” in the first ever Everest Group PEAK Matrix™ assessment on IT Infrastructure automation. Everest Group said that Wipro enjoys an early mover advantage in the overall services automation space with its HOLMES platform. Wipro’s strong experience in the workplace and cloud services space has helped build a credible automation suite targeting these service areas.
 
Wipro was named as a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Finance and Accounting BPO Services 2017 Vendor Assessment (doc #US41237717, June 2017). The IDC MarketScape said that Wipro is perceived as very competent in its industry, technical, and functional capabilities, with industry-specific breadth and depth of F&A business process services.
 
IT Products

  • Revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 was Rs 6.3 billion ($98 million1), an increase of 7% YoY.

Please refer to the tables at the end for reconciliation between IFRS IT Services Revenue and IT Services Revenue on a non-GAAP constant currency basis
 
About Non-GAAP financial measures
This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G and Item 10(e) of Regulation S-K. Such non-GAAP financial measures are measures of our historical or future performance, financial position or cash flows that are adjusted to exclude or include amounts that are excluded or included, as the case may be, from the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS.
 
The table at the end of the release provides IT Services Revenue on a constant currency basis, which is a non-GAAP financial measure that is calculated by translating IT Services Revenue from the current reporting period into U.S. dollars based on the currency conversion rate in effect for the prior reporting period. We refer to growth rates in constant currency so that business results may be viewed without the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, thereby facilitating period-to-period comparisons of our business performance.
 
This non-GAAP financial measure is not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with IFRS, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition to this non-GAAP measure, the financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS and the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable IFRS financial measure should be carefully evaluated.
 
Results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, prepared under IFRS, along with individual business segment reports, are available in the Investors section of our website www.wipro.com
 

Quarterly Conference Call

We will hold an earnings conference call today at 07:15 p.m. Indian Standard Time (09:45 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time) to discuss our performance for the quarter. The audio from the conference call will be available online through a web-cast and can be accessed at the following link- http://services.choruscall.eu/links/wipro170720.html

 

An audio recording of the management discussions and the question and answer session will be available online and will be accessible in the Investor Relations section of our website at www.wipro.com.

 
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About Wipro Limited 

Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) is a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company. We harness the power of cognitive computing, hyper-automation, robotics, cloud, analytics and emerging technologies to help our clients adapt to the digital world and make them successful. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, we have over 160,000 dedicated employees serving clients across six continents. Together, we discover ideas and connect the dots to build a better and a bold new future.
 

Forward-looking statements

The forward-looking statements contained herein represent Wipro’s beliefs regarding future events, many of which are by their nature, inherently uncertain and outside Wipro’s control. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Wipro’s growth prospects, its future financial operating results, and its plans, expectations and intentions. Wipro cautions readers that the forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results anticipated by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding fluctuations in our earnings, revenue and profits, our ability to generate and manage growth, complete proposed corporate actions, intense competition in IT services, our ability to maintain 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, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies in which we make strategic investments, withdrawal of fiscal governmental incentives, political instability, war, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, unauthorized use of our intellectual property and general economic conditions affecting our business and industry. Additional risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described in our filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, Annual Reports on Form 20-F. These filings are available at www.sec.gov. We 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. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf.

Wipro limited and subsidiaries
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
(Rupees in millions, except share and per share data, unless otherwise stated)
       
 As of March 31, As of June 30,
  2017 2017 2017
       Convenience translation into US dollar in millions (unaudited) – Refer footnote 1
ASSETS      
Goodwill                       125,796                        126,488                          1,957
Intangible assets                          15,922                          15,518                             240
Property, plant and equipment                          69,794                         71,023                          1,099
Derivative assets                              106                              497                                8
Investments                            7,103                           9,769                             151
Investment in equity accounted investee                                353                                5
Trade receivables                            3,998                           3,998                              62
Non-current tax assets                          12,008                         14,585                             226
Deferred tax assets                            3,098                           3,930                              61
Other non-current assets                          16,793                         19,172                             297
Total non-current assets                        254,618                        265,333                          4,106
       
Inventories                            3,915                           3,434                              53
Trade receivables                          94,846                         97,954                          1,516
Other current assets                          30,751                         31,571                             489
Unbilled revenues                          45,095                         46,509                             720
Investments                        292,030                        317,718                          4,917
Current tax assets                            9,804                           8,526                             132
Derivative assets                            9,747                           5,233                              81
Cash and cash equivalents                          52,710                         54,317                             841
Total  current assets                        538,898                        565,262                          8,749
TOTAL ASSETS                        793,516                        830,595                        12,855
       
EQUITY      
Share capital                           4,861                           9,731                             151
Share premium                              469                           2,043                              32
Retained earnings                        490,930                        506,940                          7,844
Share based payment reserve                            3,555                           2,151                              33
Other components of equity                          20,489                         19,850                             307
Equity attributable to the equity holders of the Company                        520,304                        540,715                          8,367
Non-controlling interest                            2,391                           2,439                              38
Total equity                        522,695                        543,154                          8,405
       
LIABILITIES      
Long – term loans and borrowings                          19,611                         32,487                             503
Deferred tax liabilities                            6,614                           7,630                             118
Derivative liabilities                                  2                                –                                 –  
Non-current tax liabilities                            9,547                           8,545                             132
Other non-current liabilities                            5,500                           4,429                              69
Provisions                                  4                                 2                               –  
Total non-current liabilities                         41,278                         53,093                             822
       
Loans, borrowings and bank overdrafts                        122,801                        113,712                          1,760
Trade payables and accrued expenses                          65,486                         73,905                          1,146
Unearned revenues                          16,150                         15,921                             246
Current tax liabilities                            8,101                         12,083                             187
Derivative liabilities                            2,708                           2,626                              41
Other current liabilities                          13,027                         14,911                             230
Provisions                            1,270                           1,190                              18
Total current liabilities                        229,543                        234,348                          3,628
TOTAL LIABILITIES                        270,821                        287,441                          4,450
       
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES                        793,516                        830,595                        12,855

 

Wipro limited and subsidiaries
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INTERIM STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Rupees in millions, except share and per share data, unless otherwise stated)
      
   Three Months ended June 30,  
 2016 20172017 
     Convenience translation into US dollar in millions  (unaudited) Refer footnote 1  
Gross revenues           135,992                        136,261                       2,109 
Cost of revenues           (96,389)                        (97,111)                      (1,503) 
Gross profit           39,603                        39,150                          606 
      
Selling and marketing expenses           (10,141)                        (10,146)                        (157) 
General and administrative expenses             (7,599)                          (7,264)                        (112) 
Foreign exchange gains/(losses), net                 984                              353                             5 
      
Results from operating activities            22,847                          22,093                          342 
      
Finance expenses             (1,336)                          (1,474)                          (23) 
Finance and other income               5,200                           6,200                            96 
Share of profits/(loss) of equity accounted investee                                 (1)  
Profit before tax             26,711                          26,818                          415 
Income tax expense             (6,122)                         (5,994)                          (93) 
Profit for the period             20,589                         20,824                          322 
      
Attributable to:     
Equity holders of the company             20,518                          20,765                          321 
Non-controlling interest                   71                                59                             1 
Profit for the period             22,073                          20,824                          322 
      
      
Earnings per equity share:     
Attributable to equity share holders of the company     
Basic                4.17                             4.29                         0.07 
Diluted                4.16                             4.28                         0.07 
      
Weighted average number of equity shares used in     
computing earnings per equity share     
Basic   4,914,727,772               4,845,115,238           4,845,115,238 
Diluted   4,926,794,736               4,851,070,943           4,851,070,943 
      
Additional Information     
Segment Revenue     
IT Services Business Units     
BFSI             33,630                          34,934                          541 
HLS             19,928                          19,150                          296 
CBU             20,725                          20,535                          318 
ENU             17,356                          17,464                          270 
MNT             29,538                          29,342                          454 
COMM               9,911                           8,831                          137 
IT SERVICES TOTAL           131,088                        130,256                       2,016 
IT PRODUCTS               5,930                           6,343                            98 
RECONCILING ITEMS                 (42)                                15                            –   
TOTAL           136,976                        136,614                       2,114 
      
Segment Result     
IT Services Business Units     
BFSI               6,994                           5,441                            85 
HLS               2,855                           2,734                            42 
CBU               3,775                           2,934                            45 
ENU               3,025                           3,651                            57 
MNT               5,954                           5,175                            81 
COMM               1,502                           1,449                            22 
OTHERS                   –                                  –                              –   
UNALLOCATED                (837)                              532                             8 
TOTAL IT SERVICES             23,268                          21,916                          340 
IT PRODUCTS                (368)                                31                            –   
RECONCILING ITEMS                 (53)                              146                             2 
TOTAL             22,847                          22,093                          342 
FINANCE EXPENSE             (1,336)                          (1,474)                          (23) 
FINANCE AND OTHER INCOME               5,200                           6,200                            96 
SHARE OF PROFIT/(LOSS) OF EQUITY ACCOUNTED INVESTEE                                (1)                            –   
PROFIT BEFORE TAX             26,711                          26,818                          415 
INCOME TAX EXPENSE             (6,122)                         (5,994)                          (93) 
PROFIT FOR THE PERIOD             20,589                         20,824                          322 
Segment result represents operating profits of the segments and dividend income and gains or losses (net) relating to strategic investments, which are presented within “Finance and other income” in the statement of Income.
The Company is organized by the following operating segments; IT Services and IT Products.

The IT Services segment primarily consists of IT Service offerings to customers organized by industry verticals. The industry verticals are as follows: Banking,Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), Healthcare & Lifesciences (HLS), Consumer Business Unit (CBU), Energy, Natural Resources & Utilities (ENU), Manufacturing & Technology (MNT), Communications (COMM). IT Services segment also includes Others which comprises dividend income relating to strategic investments, which are presented within “Finance and other income” in the statement of Income. Key service offerings to customers includes software application development and maintenance, research and development services for hardware and software design, business application services, analytics, consulting, infrastructure outsourcing services and business process services.In the IT Products segment, the Company is a value added reseller of desktops, servers, notebooks, storage products, networking solutions and packaged software for leading international brands. In certain total outsourcing contracts of the IT Services segment, the Company delivers hardware products, software licenses and other related deliverables.
 

Reconciliation  of Non-GAAP Constant Currency IT Services Revenue to IT Services Revenue as per IFRS ($MN)
Three Months ended June 30,2017
IT Services Revenue as per IFRS $        1,971.7 IT Services Revenue as per IFRS $       1,971.7
Effect of Foreign currency exchange movement $          (12.1) Effect of Foreign currency exchange movement $            24.2
Non-GAAP Constant Currency IT Services Revenue based on previous quarter exchange rates $       1,959.6 Non-GAAP Constant Currency IT Services Revenue based on previous year exchange rates $      1,995.9

 


  1. For the convenience of the reader, the amounts in Indian Rupees in this release have been translated into United States Dollars at the noon buying rate in New York City on June 30, 2017, for cable transfers in Indian Rupees, as certified by the Federal Reserve Board of New York, which was US $1= Rs 64.62. However, the realized exchange rate in our IT Services business segment for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 was US$1= Rs 66.06
  2. Segment Profit refers to Segment Results Total.
  3. Net Income refers to ‘Profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the Company’

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