Cognizant's Q4 Net up 16 pc; meets 2012 revenue guidance

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Cognizant today posted 16 per cent rise in net profit at USD 278.77 million on the back of USD 1.94 billion revenues, maintaining its lead over Infosys for the third consecutive quarter.

The NASDAQ-listed firm has, however, forecast a lower revenue growth of 17 per cent for 2013 to "at least USD 8.6 billion", compared to 20 per cent growth achieved in fiscal year 2012.

The net profit of the company, which follows January- December fiscal, stood at USD 240.12 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Revenues of the company increased 17 per cent to USD 1.94 billion in October-December 2012 quarter from USD 1.66 billion a year ago, in line with its guidance of "at least USD 1.94 billion".

For the first quarter of 2013, Cognizant expects its revenues to be "at least USD 2 billion".

The results are in line with the performance of rivals -- Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys, which reported better-than-expected earnings earlier this month on back of client additions and higher IT spending by existing customers.

TCS' revenues in the October-December 2012 quarter stood at about USD 3 billion, while that of Infosys and Wipro stood at USD 1.9 billion and USD 1.57 billion, respectively.

Though it is not listed in India, about 75 per cent of Cognizant's over 1.56 lakh employees are based in India and is often referred to as an Indian entity.

Cognizant said it acquired US-headquartered MediCall, a medical management services firm with operations in the Philippines, in middle of October-December 2012 quarter.

"This small but strategic acquisition adds about 600 employees to our headcount, and is expected to contribute an incremental USD 15 million in revenue in 2013," Cognizant President Gordon Coburn said.

Earlier in the year, Cognizant also announced its intent to acquire six companies of Germany-based consulting and IT services firm C1 Group. "The full-year revenue guidance of 17 per cent growth includes anticipated acquisition revenue of USD 90 million," he said.

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