Wipro Limited Announces Results for the Quarter and Year Ended March 31, 2017 Under IFRS
- Gross Revenues for the year grew by 7.4%
- IT Services Segment Revenue for the year grew by 7.0% YoY in constant currency
- IT Services Segment Revenue for the quarter grew by 2.7% sequentially
- Board of Directors recommends a Bonus Issue of 1:1
Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) today announced financial results under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for its fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2017.
Highlights of the Results
Results for the Year ended March 31, 2017:
- Gross Revenues were Rs 550.4 billion ($8.5 billion1), an increase of 7.4% YoY.
- Non-GAAP constant currency IT Services Segment Revenue in dollar terms grew 7.0% YoY.
- IT Services Segment Revenue was $7,704.5 million, an increase of 4.9% YoY.
- IT Services Segment Revenue in Rupee terms was Rs 528.4 billion ($8.1 billion1), an increase of 8.4% YoY.
- IT Services Segment Profits3 was Rs 96.1 billion ($1.5 billion1), a decrease of 2.2% YoY.
- IT Services Margins4 was 18.0% for the year.
- Net Income2 was Rs 84.9 billion ($1.3 billion1), a decrease of 4.7% YoY.
Results for the Quarter ended March 31, 2017:
- Gross Revenues were Rs 139.9 billion ($2.2 billion1), an increase of 2.6% YoY.
- Non-GAAP constant currency IT Services Segment Revenue in dollar terms grew 1.7% sequentially and 5.2% YoY.
- IT Services Segment Revenue was $1,954.6 million, an increase of 2.7% sequentially and 3.9% YoY.
- IT Services Segment Revenue in Rupee terms was Rs 134.0 billion ($2.1 billion1), an increase of 4.7% YoY.
- IT Services Segment Profits3 was Rs 25.3 billion ($390 million1), an increase of 0.4% YoY.
- IT Services Margins4 was 18.3% flat as compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2016.
- Net Income2 was Rs 22.6 billion ($349 million1), an increase of 1% YoY.
Outlook for the Quarter ending June 30, 2017
We expect Revenues from our IT Services business to be in the range of $1,915 million to $1,955 million*.
* Guidance is based on the following exchange rates: GBP/USD at 1.24, Euro/USD at 1.08, AUD/USD at 0.78, USD/INR at 66.26 and USD/CAD at 1.33.
- The Board of Directors recommends issue of bonus shares to shareholders (including to ADS holders) in the ratio of one equity share for every one equity share held as on the record date to be decided, subject to approval of shareholders through postal ballot.
- The Board of Directors in its meeting held on January 25, 2017, had declared an interim dividend of Rs 2 per equity share for the year 2016-17. The Board recommends adoption of the interim dividend as the final dividend for the year 2016-17, thus, the total dividend for the year 2016-17 remains at Rs 2 per equity share.
- The Board of Directors will consider a proposal for buyback of equity shares of the Company around July 2017.
Performance for the quarter ended March 31, 2017
“We delivered revenues within the guidance range in our fourth quarter,” said Abidali Z. Neemuchwala, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board. “We are confident that the recovery in Energy & Utilities and our demonstrated strength in Digital will help us improve our growth trajectory during the course of the current financial year.”
“We continue to maintain our focus on operational improvements and productivity enhancements,” said Jatin Dalal, Chief Financial Officer. “We sustained strong cash generation in FY17 even as the currency environment remained highly volatile.”
Wipro completed the sale of its EcoEnergy division on March 1, 2017. The impact of sale of EcoEnergy division is reflected in the financials for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. During the quarter ended March 31, 2017, uncertainties around regulatory changes relating to the Affordable Care Act have led to a revision in estimates of revenue and earnings of HealthPlan Services. This has resulted in revision of carrying values of certain liabilities and assets. The net effect of the above events were 70 basis points favorable to margins4 in the quarter ended March 31, 2017.
Wipro continued its momentum in winning Large Deals globally as described below:
Wipro won a multi-year digital supply chain transformation contract from a leading network equipment provider to conceptualize and run their Order-to-Cash operations. Wipro will leverage its proprietary business platforms and expertise in robotics technology to enable a hyper-automated supply chain, which will be lean, agile and have the flexibility to meet the client’s current business challenges as well as help them stay ahead of future business disruptions.
A UK-based financial services group has chosen Wipro as a strategic partner to manage its global payments platform. Wipro will have the responsibility of running and upgrading the platform to ensure compliance with regulatory directives including PSD2 (Revised Payment Service Directive) and Future Clearing Model.
A multinational pharmaceutical company has awarded Wipro a contract to modernize and virtualize their end-user computing services, globally. Wipro will leverage its proprietary Desktop-as-a-service solution – VirtuaDesk to deliver a fully managed modular service on cloud that will significantly enhance user experience at the client organization and boost cross-functional collaboration across geographies in a secure manner.
Wipro won a multi-year engagement with Harte Hanks, a US-based global marketing services company specializing in omni-channel marketing solutions. As part of this engagement, Wipro will upgrade Harte Hanks’ data analytics and applications platform, create a scalable operating model and simplify the company’s IT related processes.
Wipro won a multi-year engagement with a global leader in internet related services and digital media. As part of this engagement, Wipro will enable end-to-end data operations for the client as well as support their strategy for new markets, product feature enhancements and customer feedback management.
An American medical technology company has chosen Wipro as its preferred partner to enable its advanced analytics journey. Wipro will leverage its Data Discovery Platform (DDP) to build data lakes and analytical use cases for the client. This engagement exemplifies Wipro’s vision of domain-led consulting, IP-based selling and the digital enablement of business decision making.
Wipro won a multi-year engagement with a leading North American insurance company to provide application management services. Wipro has also been empanelled as a preferred partner by the client for application development services.
A leading global independent software vendor and cloud platforms company has renewed a Technical Support Services engagement with Wipro. The engagement will support all of the customer’s strategic products across Americas, EMEA and APAC.
In an IDC Perspective on Wipro Digital, Future Services: Wipro Digital, IDC wrote “Wipro Digital is one example of how service companies of the future are being built on the dimensions of leadership, talent, tooling, and delivery model and a customer go-to-market focus demanded by the DX economy. Under the mantra of “Think it. Design it. Build it. Run it,” Wipro Digital is becoming more business transformation focused by expressing and using its own digital transformation and global scope to deliver holistic change to clients.”
“HfS Research launched this Blueprint to explore and share how the human-centered, action-oriented principles and method of Design Thinking are being integrated into the way service providers work in business operations and outsourcing,” explained Barbra McGann, Chief Research Officer, HfS Research. “Where in the past, Wipro would often come in with a technology solution, now it brings together designers, engineers, and the client to better understand the business problem and the experience of the end user and explore how the technology can address it in a more iterative approach. Clients we talked to appreciate how the designers help, for example, in understanding what goes on in the end user’s mind and how that drives decisions and actions that help shape a relevant solution. We can see how Wipro is on a path to integrating Design Thinking more broadly into the way it works with clients to transform and ‘digitize’ operations.”
“Wipro stood out for its service delivery excellence combined with a smart automation and acquisition strategy. We also found that Wipro is one of the early movers for intelligent automation in this space, aspiring to use its HOLMES platform to apply intelligent automation to digital marketing automation,” said Melissa O’Brien, Research Director, HfS Research.
A cleaning solutions and hygiene company has awarded Wipro multiple projects, which draw upon Wipro’s full range of digital services. Wipro’s Digital Command Center will support the client’s ‘build and run’ digital and IoT initiatives. Designit will also transform and enhance the multi-channel customer experience for the client.
An international airport operator has awarded an engagement to Wipro that involves research on passengers and various stakeholders involved in airport operations, creating passenger journey maps and the identification of opportunity spaces to improve the overall airport experience.
Wipro will enable a global bank to roll out 200+ APIs / Microservices over the course of one year and support the bank’s larger digitization program.
Wipro will develop an integrated solution for a North American manufacturer of building materials. The solution will leverage the combined strength of Designit’s experience-led approach and an agile ecommerce rollout plan by Wipro.
A few of the notable wins in Cloud Applications are as follows:
- A global provider of food, facilities and services across industries has chosen Appirio, a Wipro company, for a strategic assessment of their sales processes, recommend improvements in worker experience, followed by a buildout of new functionality in preparation for their national sales kickoff.
- Appirio has been selected to implement a retail franchisee solution for a leading convenience store company to enable the merchandising team to collect franchisee experience and store performance data.
- Appirio was selected to transform the ‘Quote to Cash’ processes for a global industrial conglomerate across multiple lines of business.
- A global provider of money movement and payment services selected Appirio to reimagine their processes to manage invoices and payments across 40 currencies.
- A leading foodservices distributor in the US has chosen Appirio to transform their customer and worker experiences across their lines of business.
- Appirio was selected to transform the ‘Record to Report’ processes of a leading provider of advanced software services. The solution will be delivered using a leading cloud based ERP platform.
“I am very happy with the services that Wipro provides to NBN. Wipro’s delivery approach, consistency, responsiveness, ability to provide SLA based response, resolution, excellent account, and relationship team that works with NBN have contributed to their success in NBN. Wipro has been always transparent, ethical and prompt in their approach and working with NBN. They are always looking for Win-Win solutions. Working with Wipro, we get a true business partner who is invested in the long term success of my business,” said Gordon Macmillan, Executive General Manager, IT Operations and Infrastructure support, CIO organization, NBN.
Awards and accolades
Wipro has been recognized with the ‘Challenge the Future® 2017 award by Information Services Group (ISG), a leading global technology research and advisory firm. e-KYC, Wipro’s enterprise-Know Your Customer (KYC) solution, built on the Wipro HOLMES Artificial Intelligence PlatformTM, has been recognized in the ‘Best Outcome Delivered through Automation’ award category for its innovative, best-in-class smart automation capabilities.
Wipro is featured as a representative vendor in the “Gartner Market Guide for Blockchain Consulting and Proof-of-Concept Development Services” February 22, 2017, Jacqueline Heng et al.*
Wipro is positioned as a Leader in the NelsonHall NEAT Evaluation on RPA & AI for Banking 2017. The report features Wipro HOLMES as the cornerstone of Wipro’s RPA & AI offering to the banking industry and acknowledges Wipro’s strength in extensive proprietary RPA and AI solutions portfolio. NelsonHall recognizes that “Wipro is now starting to expand its automation capabilities into increasingly complex processes such as underwriting, reconciliation, and disbursements. Wipro is also beginning to increase its go to market focus on AI using its proprietary HOLMES platform to support clients which want to create on-premise AI capabilities and processing, rather than primarily cloud based AI capabilities.”
Appirio, a Wipro company, is positioned in the “Winner’s Circle” in Hfs research Blueprint Report on Salesforce services because of unique cloud services capabilities, end-user focus, and industry-sector approach. Hfs says, “Appirio also received excellent reference client feedback, which highlighted industry sector understanding, analytics capabilities and vision as particular strengths.”
- Revenue for the year ended March 31, 2017 was Rs 25.9 billion ($400 million1).
- Revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was Rs 6.6 billion ($102 million1).
Please refer the table 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 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 and year ended March 31, 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/wipro170125.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 information technology, consulting and business process services company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360-degree view of “Business through Technology.” By combining digital strategy, customer centric design, advanced analytics and product engineering approach, Wipro helps its clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, strong commitment to sustainability and good corporate citizenship, Wipro has a dedicated workforce of over 170,000, serving clients across 6 continents. For more information, please visit www.wipro.com
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, 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 March 31,|
|Convenience translation into US dollar in millions (unaudited) – Refer to footnote 1|
|Property, plant and equipment||64,952||69,794||1,076|
|Non-current tax assets||11,751||12,008||185|
|Deferred tax assets||4,286||3,098||48|
|Other non-current assets||15,828||16,793||259|
|Total non-current assets||221,178||15,828||3,928|
|Other current assets||32,894||30,751||474|
|Current tax assets||7,812||9,804||151|
|Cash and cash equivalents||99,049||52,710||813|
|Total current assets||502,825||538,898||8,309|
|Share based payment reserve||2,229||3,555||55|
|Other components of equity||18,242||20,489||316|
|Equity attributable to the equity holders of the Company||465,172||520,304||8,023|
|Long – term loans and borrowings||17,361||19,611||302|
|Deferred tax liabilities||5,108||6,614||102|
|Non-current tax liabilities||8,231||9,547||147|
|Other non-current liabilities||7,225||5,500||85|
|Total non-current liabilities||38,058||41,278||636|
|Loans, borrowings and bank overdrafts||107,860||122,801||1,894|
|Trade payables and accrued expenses||68,187||65,486||1,010|
|Current tax liabilities||7,015||8,101||125|
|Other current liabilities||13,821||13,027||201|
|Total current liabilities||218,561||229,543||3,541|
|TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES||724,003||793,516||12,237|
|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 March 31,||Year ended March 31,|
|Convenience translation into US dollar in millions (unaudited) Refer to footnote 1||Convenience translation into US dollar in millions (unaudited)|
|Cost of revenues||(95,843)||(100,771)||(1,554)||(356,724)||(391,544)||(6,038)|
|Selling and marketing expenses||(8,983)||(11,836)||(183)||(34,097)||(40,817)||(629)|
|General and administrative expenses||(7,796)||(7,267)||(111)||(28,626)||(32,021)||(493)|
|Foreign exchange gains/(losses), net||1,093||745||11||3,867||3,777||58|
|Other operating income||–||4,082||63||4,082||63|
|Results from operating activities||24,795||24,828||383||96,860||93,879||1,448|
|Finance and other income||5,710||5,636||87||23,655||21,660||334|
|Profit before tax||29,221||29,411||454||114,933||110,356||1,702|
|Income tax expense||(6,648)||(6,742)||(104)||(25,366)||(25,213)||(389)|
|Profit for the period||22,573||22,669||350||89,567||85,143||1,313|
|Equity holders of the company||22,380||22,611||349||89,075||84,895||1,309|
|Profit for the period||22,573||22,669||350||89,567||85,143||1,313|
|Earnings per equity share:|
|Attributable to equity share holders of the company|
|Weighted average number of equity shares used in|
|computing earnings per equity share|
|IT Services Business Units|
|IT SERVICES TOTAL||127,968||134,021||2,066||487,316||528,440||8,148|
|IT Services Business Units|
|OTHER OPERATING INCOME||–||4,082||63||–||4,082||63|
|TOTAL IT SERVICES||25,179||25,269||390||98,253||96,065||1,482|
|FINANCE AND OTHER INCOME||5,710||5,636||87||23,655||21,660||334|
|PROFIT BEFORE TAX||29,221||29,411||454||114,933||110,356||1,702|
|INCOME TAX EXPENSE||(6,648)||(6,742)||(104)||(25,366)||(25,213)||(389)|
|PROFIT FOR THE PERIOD||22,573||22,669||350||89,567||85,143||1,313|
|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. Effective April 1, 2016, we realigned our industry verticals. The Communication Service Provider business unit was regrouped from the former GMT industry vertical into a new industry vertical named “Communications”. The Media business unit from the former GMT industry vertical has been realigned with the former RCTG industry vertical which has been renamed as “Consumer Business Unit” industry vertical. Further, the Network Equipment Provider business unit of the former GMT industry vertical has been realigned with the Manufacturing industry vertical to form the “Manufacturing and Technology” industry vertical.The revised industry verticals are as follows: Finance Solutions (BFSI), Healthcare, Lifesciences & Services (HLS), Consumer (CBU), Energy, Natural Resources & Utilities (ENU), Manufacturing & Technology (MNT), Communications (COMM). IT Services segment also includes Others which comprises dividend income and gains or losses (net) 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 Mar 31, 2017||Three Months ended Mar 31, 2017|
|IT Services Revenue as per IFRS||$ 1,954.6||IT Services Revenue as per IFRS||$ 1,954.6|
|Effect of Foreign currency exchange movement||$ (19.3)||Effect of Foreign currency exchange movement||$ 25.2|
|Non-GAAP Constant Currency IT Services Revenue based on previous quarter exchange rates||$ 1,935.3||Non-GAAP Constant Currency IT Services Revenue based on previous year exchange rates||$ 1,979.8|
|Year ended Mar 31, 2017|
|IT Services Revenue as per IFRS||$ 7,704.5|
|Effect of Foreign currency exchange movement||$ 155.3|
|Non-GAAP Constant Currency IT Services Revenue based on previous year exchange rates||$ 7,859.8|
- 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 March 31, 2017, for cable transfers in Indian Rupees, as certified by the Federal Reserve Board of New York, which was US $1= Rs 64.85. However, the realized exchange rate in our IT Services business segment for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was US$1= Rs 68.57
- Net Income refers to ‘Profit for the period attributable to equity holders of the Company’
- Segment Profit refers to Segment Results Total which includes Other Operating Income. Other Operating Income is being included to present the effect from the sale of EcoEnergy division in the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Effective April 1, 2016, the segment results are measured after including the amortization charge for acquired intangibles to the respective segments. Such costs were classified under reconciling items until the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. Comparative information has been restated to reflect this change.
- Margins for the quarter and year ended March 31, 2017 have been computed by dividing Segment Results Total as per footnote 3 by an aggregate of Segment Revenue and Other Operating Income.