Here's why Infosys' Q2 results threw a few surprises
There was an even bigger surprise which was the announcement that the management saying that there was no merit on the allegations of wrongdoing after reviewing the earlier investigations on the Panaya acquisition.
- Infosys' Q2 results beat analysts' estimates as it reported Rs 3,726 crore net profit
- The company lowered its annual revenue guidance for fiscal 2017-18
- The management saying that there was no merit on the allegations of wrongdoing in Panaya deal
Infosys' second quarter (Q2) results on Tuesday beat analysts' estimates as it reported Rs 3,726 crore net profit for the quarter under review (Q2), registering 3.4% yearly and 7% quarterly growth in rupees.
Consolidated revenue at Rs 17,567 crore is up 1.5 % yearly and 2.9 % quarterly. Operating profit at $659 million grew 2.4% yearly and 3.4% quarterly.
This comes just after the recent issues the company has been suffering since the former CEO Vishal Sikka quit and so did the chairman R Seshasayee following the accusations made by Infosys founder Narayan Murthy. It was only a few weeks later that Infosys appointed Nandan Nilekani back at the helm as the newly appointed non-executive chairman.
However, the results came as welcome news to investors who tried to put the past issues away. This was seen as Infosys shares were up 1.62% or Rs 15, at Rs 941.75 per piece at 11:44 hours on BSE.
The surprising part of Infosys' result announcement was that despite this robust growth during their most turbulent time, the company lowered its annual revenue guidance for fiscal 2017-18 in dollar and rupee terms.
Consolidated revenue for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018 is expected to grow 6.5-7.5% in dollar terms and 3-4% in rupee terms as on September 30 exchange rate of $1 equals Rs 65.29, the company said in a statement.
The revised outlook for FY18 is less than 7.1-9.1% growth in dollar and 3-5% in rupee projected on July 14 and 6.1-8.1 % in dollar and 2.5-4.5 % in rupee estimated in April.
In constant currency, revenue is projected to grow 5.5-6.5%.
This lowering of its revenue expectation comes as a disappointment as the cut is much steeper than expected.
There was an even bigger surprise which was the announcement that the management saying that there was no merit on the allegations of wrongdoing after reviewing the earlier investigations on the Panaya acquisition and the severance payment to the former CFO.
This was the main issue which had resulted in Sikka and the top management of the company quitting the Infosys in August this year. In fact, the Murthy had even raised questions regarding the corporate governance of the company.
The quick investigation by the company and Nilekani's statement is expected to put the clamour of corporate governance to rest.
Sikka's resignation in August had wiped off over Rs 22,500 crore from Infosys' market cap. The share price of Infosys touched a four-year low of Rs 884.40 per piece – a level which was last seen on August 21, 2014.
So with the new investigation of the company showing that there was no foul play in the Panaya deal, it opens up the question on what was the reason behind Murthy's attacks on Sikka which caused the whole issue to blow up.