Bangalore, India and East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA - October 21, 2016:
Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) today announced financial results under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for its second quarter ended September 30, 2
Highlights of the Results
Performance for the quarter ended September 30, 2016
"We delivered Revenues in constant currency at the top end of our guidance range", said Abidali Z. Neemuchwala, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board. "I am very excited about Wipro's acquisition of Appirio, a leader in cloud applications especially across Salesforce and Workday implementation services. This acquisition will establish Wipro's dominance in cloud application services and further strengthen Wipro's brand as a Digital Partner of choice."
"We maintained margins in Q2 despite the impact of salary increase for an incremental two months due to strong operational improvements in automation-led productivity, offshoring and utilization." said Jatin Dalal, Chief Financial Officer. "As we look forward, the demand environment is mixed in a seasonally weak quarter affected by furloughs and lower number of working days."
Outlook for the Quarter ending December 31, 2016
We expect Revenues from our IT Services business to be in the range of $ 1,916 million to $ 1,955 million*.
* Guidance is based on the following exchange rates: GBP/USD at 1.26, Euro/USD at 1.11, AUD/USD at 0.76, USD/INR at 67.01 and USD/CAD at 1.31.
The IT Services segment had a headcount of 174,238 as of September 30, 2016.
Wipro has won a multi-year network management product sustenance deal from a Tier-1 network equipment provider. The company has been working with the client to optimize the total cost of ownership, and this end-to-end ownership engagement further strengthens Wipro's relationship with the customer.
A global consumer electronics and technology major headquartered in Europe has awarded an IT application managed services deal to Wipro. As part of the project, Wipro will consolidate and optimize the client's IT application managed services through hyper-automation using the Wipro HOLMES Artificial Intelligence Platform™. The engagement will further strengthen Wipro's existing relationship with the customer.
Wipro has been awarded a three-year IT infrastructure services contract by a prominent Australian oil and gas company with a global presence. The client has chosen Wipro as their strategic partner due to its proven capabilities in the infrastructure services space and expertise in automation. Wipro will also be a partner for the digital transformation of the client's upstream operations.
Wipro has won a multi-year managed services engagement with a large Australian utilities business. The scope of the contract includes Applications, Networks, End User Computing, Service Desk and Data Centre Services. This engagement will see Wipro helping the customer transition to a more scalable and sustainable cost based model, which improves services and functional capabilities through digital initiatives.
Wipro has won a multi-year managed services engagement with a top U.S Department Store Retailer to transform their Quality Centre of Excellence. This deal will enable the client to realize significant savings and achieve quicker ‘Go to Market' through transformation initiatives involving quality engineering and Wipro IP-enabled cognitive automation and robots.
Wipro has won a multi-year engagement with The Highland Council, UK to transform their core IT infrastructure and provide tablet devices to school children. This program will empower the Council to provide robust IT services and transform education in schools in the region.
"Service providers in the digital transformation space need to develop a comprehensive set of capabilities to meet the new client demand effectively. In this context, through strategic acquisitions including Designit, investments in Wipro Digital and studios in key client hubs, and a strong partner ecosystem, Wipro has developed unique competencies that integrate technology and domain to establish industry leading digital delivery capabilities", said Peter Bendor-Samuel, CEO, Everest Group.
Wipro will enable a global contract manufacturing company in its journey of implementing the "SmartFactory" model through advanced automation, machine learning, IoT and data analytics.
A leading provider for electricity distribution, automation and energy management has engaged Wipro to help them develop new business models through the intelligent application of their software and entitlement management systems.
Wipro will enable a biopharmaceutical company transform the online digital experience for its customers. Leveraging expertise from its Digital, Designit, Digital Engineering and Connected Enterprise Services teams, Wipro will deliver a consistent and relevant experience across multiple websites for the company's customers.
A leader in the DIY (Do It Yourself) home space has chosen Wipro and Designit as its partners to help the company define the vision, a new value proposition, product road-map and design products for its Connected Home segment.
Designit was asked by one of the world's leading ICT solution providers to define and design the next innovative application for smart watches. The goal is to assist with developing realizable next-generation functionalities for the product line management at the client's headquarters in Asia. The client seeks an innovative state-of-the-art customization of Android Wear in regards to application interfaces and the necessary programming.
Wipro has secured a Data Discovery Platform win at a western Australian state government-owned corporation. This program will help the organization understand where their predictive asset maintenance capabilities currently lie, and provide a roadmap to develop their analytics capabilities. Wipro's Data Discovery Platform will use the best of breed open source technologies and leverage cognitive capabilities from Wipro HOLMES Artificial Intelligence Platform™ to bring to life the hidden insights in large and diverse data sets.
We have had more than 10 cloud application wins this quarter and a few of the notable ones are as follows:
"We wanted a partner who can think global and act local. Wipro has displayed a deep understanding of our business priorities, organization culture and the ability to challenge and innovate the way of executing the business. Wipro is our trusted partner in this journey and our journey will continue with Wipro in the future as well" said Serhan Ozhan, CIO, CLK Enerji.
"It is key for us in IT to provide consistent and reliable services and we look to Wipro to help us do that. They bring best in class practices to IT that we think we'll be able to leverage over the coming years. Our experience in dealing with Wipro is that they have always been responsive. We trust them as a partner. They are honest and a very high integrity company" said Christopher Krebs, Senior Vice President & CIO, Fruit of the Loom.
Wipro deployed an integrated retail solution across 550 stores for a global retail major enabling central visibility of inventory, price differentials, cash and sales forecast. The retail solution led to the decommissioning of 10 legacy applications and helped reduce stock outage situations by almost 90%, resulting in an increased in-store customer satisfaction.
Awards and accolades
Gartner has identified Wipro Digital as a Representative Provider of all five services - Business Model Innovation, Cybersecurity and Digital Trust, Internet of Things, Industry-Specific Disruptive Technologies and Organizational Culture and Change Management in its Market Guide for Digital Business Consulting Services.*
Wipro has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) - World and Emerging Markets for the seventh time in succession.
Wipro has been cited as a "Leader" by technology global research and advisory firm Forrester Research Inc.
in its report, "The Forrester WaveTM: Services Providers for Next-Generation Oracle Application Projects, Q3 2016.
Wipro won the Teradata Epic Award for ICP Collaborative Revenue category at Teradata Partners Conference & Expo 2016. The Collaborative Revenue award recognizes the Integration and Consulting Partners (ICP) who worked with Teradata to influence the largest year-over-year order revenue growth for Teradata technology and services.
Wipro has been named as a "Leader" in the report "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Oracle Implementation Services 2016 Vendor Assessment".
Wipro has been featured in the "Winner's Circle" by HfS Research in its 2016 blueprint report on Mortgage As-a-Service. HfS said Wipro has one of the most progressive strategies for moving toward Mortgage As-a-Service and is expanding market lead and vision by integrating and building on valuable mortgage industry assets.
Wipro is rated as a "Leader" in the Everest Group PEAK Matrix reports for Capital Markets BPO, Application Outsourcing and FAO Service providers in 2016.
Wipro has been positioned in the "Winner's Circle" by HfS Research in its 2016 blueprint report on Energy Operations. HfS said Wipro is enabling new business models across the value chain with strong capabilities in Digital, automation and domain expertise.
*Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Please refer the table on page 7 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 7 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 September 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. U.S. 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 the following link- http://services.choruscall.eu/links/wipro161021.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
Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) 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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