Infosys jumps 5% ahead of September quarter earnings

Infosys jumps 5% ahead of September quarter earnings



Shares of Infosys rallied 4.7 percent intraday on October 11 ahead of its September quarter earnings scheduled to be announced later today.

The stock has surged 10 percent in the September quarter and 22 percent year-to-date. It was quoting at Rs 819.40, up Rs 36.50, or 4.66 percent on the BSE at 1506 hours IST.

The country’s second largest software services provider is expected to report strong earnings growth, with likely upward revision in full year revenue guidance, when it announces results for the September quarter on October 11.

Brokerages expect the IT major to report sequential growth across its parameters. They expert more than 4 percent rise in Q2 profit and 3.5 percent increase in constant currency (CC) revenue compared to the previous quarter, partly supported by Stater acquisition and strong deal wins.

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The dollar revenue may grow by 3 percent and rupee revenue by around 4 percent compared to the April-June period.

“We expect Infosys to deliver 3.6 percent QoQ constant currency revenue growth for Q2FY20 (2.8 percent organic revenue growth and rest owing to one and half month consolidation of Stater acquisition). Cross currency movement would be a headwind of around 50bps for the quarter. Hence, reported USD revenues could grow by 3.1 percent QoQ,” Centrum Broking said.

Apart from quarterly revenue growth, the key thing to watch out for would be its full year topline growth guidance, expected to see around 50 bps increase over the earlier projection, but earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margin forecast may be retained.

Infosys had guided for 8.5-10 percent constant currency revenue growth for FY20 and EBIT margin guidance of 21-23 percent for FY20.

Prabhudas Lilladher expects Infosys to raise its full year constant currency revenue growth guidance to 9-10 percent, as strong large-deal momentum will help raise the guidance.

According to HDFC Securities, Infosys could increase the guidance to 9-10.5 percent for FY20 and EBIT margin guidance of 21 to 23 percent is expected to be maintained.

On the operating front, EBIT margin is likely to see expansion of 80-100 bps over the previous quarter, driven by lower visa cost and rupee depreciation.

Key things to watch out for would be commentary of US and European BFSI vertical, attrition levels, TCV pipeline momentum, revenue conversion of past deals, benefits on margin due to localisation efforts and benefits from the corporate tax cuts.Get access to India’s fastest growing financial subscriptions service Moneycontrol Pro for as little as Rs 599 for first year. Use the code “GETPRO”. Moneycontrol Pro offers you all the information you need for wealth creation including actionable investment ideas, independent research and insights & analysis For more information, check out the Moneycontrol website or mobile app.

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