Bangalore, India and East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA - July 19, 2016:
Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) today announced financial results under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for its first quarter ended June 30, 2016.
Highlights of the Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2016:
Performance for the quarter ended June 30, 2016
Abidali Z. Neemuchwala, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board, said, “ We have delivered Revenues in line with our guidance. Our early investments in areas such as our Digital practice and cognitive intelligence, notably Wipro HOLMES is positioning as the partner of choice for customers in the CHANGE side of their business. We expect the trajectory of growth to build gradually over the course of the year as we drive execution on our strategic themes and make progress towards achieving a sustainable growth trajectory”
Jatin Dalal, Chief Financial Officer, said – “IT Services margins reflect the investments in rewarding our employees as well as the impact of consolidation of our acquisitions for the full quarter. We continue to expand the reach of our automation programs to harness efficiency gains.”
Outlook for the Quarter ending September 30, 2016
We expect Revenues from our IT Services business to be in the range of $ 1,931 million to $ 1,950 million*.
* Guidance is based on the following exchange rates: GBP/USD at 1.46, Euro/USD at 1.13, AUD/USD at 0.74, USD/INR at 67.12 and USD/CAD at 1.29
The IT Services segment had a headcount of 173,863 as of June 30, 2016.
Wipro continued its momentum in winning Large Deals globally as described below:
A US-based Fortune 500 organization, specializing in food processing solutions, has awarded an IT infrastructure transformation and managed services contract to Wipro. The company will set up an IT service desk, and enable data center infrastructure consolidation, operations management, end user services and enterprise security management as part of the project. The engagement will enable the client to improve the agility of its IT organisation and drive efficiencies by standardizing global processes, improving asset utilization and accelerating innovation in IT.
Wipro was awarded an IT infrastructure services deal by a Europe-based global dairy co-operative. The project, which leverages Wipro's LiVE Workspace solution, will provide End User Computing, Helpdesk and Security services for nearly 17,000 of the company's users in over 30 countries. Wipro will enable the customer's digital workspace journey, drive greater automation and compliance, and enhance user experience by providing secure, anywhere, anytime access to applications on devices of their choice.
A top 5 Australian bank has awarded a four-year application maintenance and support contract to Wipro. The company has been working with the bank to modernize their core banking platform and the new engagement will strengthen Wipro's existing relationship with the customer.
Wipro has won a multi-year BPaaS engagement with a leading diversified financial services firm in the US for providing end-to-end mortgage origination services including platform and operations. The deal further strengthens Wipro's leadership position in mortgage platform, process, operations and Quality Control solutions.
Wipro has won a multi-year engagement with a large US-based pharmaceutical company to design and implement customized end-to-end procure-to-pay services by reimagining their customers' digital purchasing experience. Wipro will deploy Robotic Process Automation to reduce manual intervention, enable BOT assisted self-help functionalities for a superior user experience and leverage Wipro Holmes Artificial Intelligence PlatformTM to improve processes and facilitate rapid business-critical decision making.
Wipro has been chosen by a large media company to transform its multi-channel experience. The program will improve the user experience for the company's customers across set top boxes, web and mobile properties and enable new revenue opportunities for the media company.
Wipro has won an engagement with a leading global payments technology company to set-up an innovation lab which will develop new product-service experiences in global payments. Wipro will partner with the client's innovation team to build a collaborative and scalable model for the lab. Once ready, the lab will draw on Wipro's digital, design, data science and technology expertise.
A global pharmaceutical company has hired Wipro and Designit to establish a Digital Innovation Lab. This lab will identify opportunities in patient-centric digital health innovation and support the development of new product-service experiences.
Designit has been selected by a leading German car manufacturer to define their future retail concept. The project will focus on implementation and re-designing the digital customer journey and brand experience at select touch points.
We have had more than 10 cloud wins this quarter and a few of the notable ones are as follows:
A leading Australian broadband provider has selected Wipro to transform its customer service processes using a leading SaaS based solution. The company is in the process of transforming its service operations in line with its growth plans.
A North American commercial bank has selected Wipro to implement its loan origination processes using a leading SaaS solution. The solution will enable the bank to track a loan through its entire life cycle while ensuring regulatory compliance, reducing risk, increasing transparency and efficiency, and creating new revenue opportunities.
As part of a large complex IT Transformation program for a leading African Bank, Wipro has been chosen to deploy a cloud-based Human Capital Management solution.
Wipro has been chosen by a global healthcare major to create a single global Source-to-Pay platform to enable improved collaboration with its supplier community and an enhanced user experience. The solution is based on a SaaS based platform.
Wipro has been selected to develop a Collaborative Care platform by a global pharma company to enable patient segmentation, higher engagement & retention rates and optimize healthcare costs.
Wipro has successfully completed a complex transformation program involving the Utilities stack from a leading enterprise software provider at NRGi Denmark. This helps NRGi realize its vision to provide Digital Utility as a Service for superior customer experience, readily deployable Customer Care and Billing (CC&B) & Meter Data Management (MDM) platforms implementation accelerators and digitization of customer communications.
Wipro developed a “Common Imaging Framework” for Olympus to optimize the time and effort spent on new product development activities. This led to 15-20% cost savings depending on the complexity of the new product and an overall reduction of 20% in R&D expenses for the client.
Wipro helped a leading telecom services provider in Asia to improve the performance of their Distribution Management System to meet the surge in demand for recharge vouchers. This enabled the client to increase revenue with reduced churn rate.
The transformation of POS systems across 1900 stores for a leading US Oil and Lubes client has yielded higher instore customer experience and potential revenue growth. Wipro has successfully brought a 15% reduction in the run costs by transitioning the ERP/POS system to cloud.
Awards and accolades
Wipro received the Citi Lean Partner award for 2015, in recognition of its high levels of service and performance. The Lean Partner Award recognizes a supplier that has supported Citi in the execution of its re-engineering objectives and supported its effort to drive client-centric process redesign throughout the company – improving the way Citi operates. The award also recognizes the supplier who has most embodied the spirit of Lean, a continuous improvement program with tangible and measurable benefits as it relates to purpose (rapid and consistent turnaround time for services delivered), quality, efficiency, controls and overall customer experience.
Wipro was recognized with the Best Global Healthcare and Life Sciences IT Consultancy & Outsourcing Company Award 2016 at Global Health and Pharma's 2016 International Life Sciences Awards. The company was also awarded the Product Innovation Award for the Wipro 360 Digital Patient Centricity Suite.
Wipro is positioned as a “Leader” in Everest Group's 2016 PEAK Matrix™ for Independent Testing Services for the second consecutive year. Everest Group has lauded Wipro for its comprehensive portfolio in Testing Services (consulting, applications and infrastructure) across verticals, technologies and geographies and called out proprietary solutions like Wipro Intelligent Quality tools, Digital Assurance Platform, QA analytics and Managed QA framework.
Wipro is positioned as a “Leader and Star Performer” in Everest Group's 2016 PEAK Matrix™ for Workplace Services. Everest Group has commended Wipro on key offerings and tools including Wipro Holmes Artificial Intelligence PlatformTM, LiVE Workspace and Virtuadesk and Wipro's strong deal traction in Europe cutting across multiple industries.
Wipro is recognized as a “Star Performer and Leader” in the Everest Group Banking BPO PEAK Matrix. Everest Group says that Wipro capitalizes on its wide bouquet of technology capabilities, including its Wipro Holmes Artificial Intelligence PlatformTM to deliver strong growth rate and remarkable market success.
Wipro featured in the “Winner's Circle” by HfS Research in its 2016 Blueprint report on Telecom Operations As-a-Service. The report acknowledges Wipro's progress towards As-a-Service with design thinking, intelligent automation, data analytics and collaborative pricing models.
Previously, Wipro had announced, on December 23, 2015, the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Viteos Group. However, due to inordinate delays in completion of closing conditions that exceeded the target closing date and expiration date under the terms of the agreement, both parties have decided not to proceed ahead with the acquisition.
Changes to the Board of Directors
Dr Jagdish N Sheth retires from the Board with effect from July 18, 2016 on completion of his term. The Board places on record its sincere appreciation for the valuable contributions made by Dr Jagdish N Sheth as Board member and as a member of the Strategy Committee.
Mr Vyomesh Joshi, Director resigns from the Board with effect from close of business hours of July 19, 2016, due to his other commitments. The Board places on record its sincere appreciation for the valuable contributions made by Mr Vyomesh Joshi as Board member and as a member of the Strategy Committee.
As per the provisions of Section 139 of the Companies Act, 2013 and the Rules thereunder, Audit Committee has proposed and the Board of Directors of the Company have recommended the appointment of Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP as statutory auditors of the Company for a term of five years, subject to the approval of shareholders of the Company, for the audit of financial statements, with effect from the Financial Year 2017-18.
About Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP : Deloitte Haskins & Sells was constituted on October 11, 1997. On November 20, 2013, Deloitte Haskins & Sells was converted to Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP (the “Firm”) which is incorporated under the Limited Liability Partnership Act 2008. The Firm is registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (Registration No. 117366W/W-100018). The Firm has 136 Partners as on April 1, 2016.
Please refer the table on page 8 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 on page 8 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 ended June 30, 2016, 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. US 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 this link- http://services.choruscall.eu/links/wipro160719.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.
About Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT)
Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) 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
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