Bengaluru: IT services major Wipro posted a 7.2 percent rise in consolidated net profit for the September quarter, meeting street expectations, but warned for a tepid third quarter due to furloughs in the US and Europe.
The city-headquartered firm’s net profit (after tax, minority interest and share of profit of associates) stood at Rs 2,235.4 crore for the quarter ended September 30 as against Rs 2,084.8 crore in the same quarter last year.
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Net sales of the country’s third largest software services firm rose by 6.3 percent to Rs 12,566.8 crore in the reported quarter from Rs 11,816 crore in the year-ago period.
“In Q2, our IT services revenue grew 3.1 percent sequentially in constant currency, ahead of the mid point of our guidance. It has been a quarter of all-round growth. As we look forward, we are seeing a stable demand environment,” Wipro Chief Executive Officer T K Kurien told reporters here.
Revenue from IT services registered a quarter-on-quarter growth of 2.1 percent at USD 1.83 billion, in line with its guidance of USD 1.82 billion to USD 1.85 billion.
However, for the October-December quarter, Wipro expects its revenues from IT services business to be in the range of USD 1.84 billion to USD 1.87 billion, impacted by the holiday season in Europe and the US and a slower ramp-up in deals closed.
“The one component that is still difficult for us to estimate in this quarter is the impact of furloughs…Normally for us as Wipro, Q3 is stronger than all the other quarters… The second reason is the fact we have lesser number of working days which has has been the case with the industry itself. So that is the real big reason for giving the guidance of 0.5-2.5 percent because we don’t know where it will end up,” he said.
“It is not a few specific verticals. We would see it in financial services and manufacturing… We are also seeing furloughs coming in from some parts of retail but we are not sure. Early guidance may not pan out towards the end of the quarter,” he said.
Wipro’s larger rivals TCS and Infosys have also warned of a slower third quarter on account of lesser number of working days and furloughs.
The company announced its results after the markets closed. Wipro’s shares closed at Rs 577.90, up 1.04 percent from previous close on BSE.
Kurien said there was pricing pressure with new deals.
“We continue to see strong competition around large deals and there is pressure on pricing with respect to new deals. The deal sizes are getting smaller and number of multi-million dollar deals have reduced in the market place,” he said.
Kurien said the company’s digital business showed strong traction with seven deal wins this quarter. Overall, Wipro added 67 new customers during the second quarter.
“While our digital business offers clients a differentiated service we expect the downstream business multiplier to be in the range of 5-10X, leveraging the traditional technologies as well as SMAC, based on the stage at which we get engaged,” he added.
Wipro has launched a focussed programme to train around 10,000 employees in digital technologies during the year.
During the quarter, Wipro’s IT services segment added 6,607 people taking the total headcount to 168,396 employees as of September 30, 2015.
Wipro’s IT products segment delivered revenue of Rs 540 crore (USD 83 million) in the reported quarter. P