Bangalore, India and East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA – January 25, 2017 -- Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO) today announced financial results under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for its third quarter ended December 31, 2016.
Highlights of the Results
Performance for the quarter ended December 31, 2016
“Our bold investments in Digital, BPaaS and cloud applications position Wipro as the partner of choice for the Digital businesses of our clients. Digital eco-system grew by 9.9% sequentially in the quarter and now constitutes 21.7% of our revenues”, said Abidali Z. Neemuchwala, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board. “In the last year, we have invested almost $1 billion in acquisitions, made 6 investments through Wipro Ventures, funded 8 ideas through our Horizon program, and continued to invest aggressively in our cognitive platform, Wipro HOLMES and in our stated localization strategy.”
“We expanded operating margins by 50 basis points in a seasonally weak quarter and generated strong operating cash flows by disciplined execution.” said Jatin Dalal, Chief Financial Officer. “We are significantly leveraging HOLMES, our automation suite to drive efficiencies in our operations.”
Outlook for the Quarter ending March 31, 2017
We expect Revenues from our IT Services business to be in the range of $ 1,922 million to $ 1,941 million*.
* Guidance is based on the following exchange rates: GBP/USD at 1.23, Euro/USD at 1.04, AUD/USD at 0.74, USD/INR at 67.73 and USD/CAD at 1.34.
The IT Services segment had a headcount of 179,129 as of December 31, 2016.
Wipro has won a multi-year engagement with a leading Engineering & Construction major to transform their services business by modernizing their facility management platform and back office operations, leveraging Wipro’s digital and platform-as-a-service offerings. This program will enable the client to be competitive in the market place and deliver value to their end-customers.
Wipro has won a multi-year engagement with a large financial services company in Australia to provide application support, development and testing services. This program, which will leverage Wipro’s IP, DevOps and Agile frameworks, will help transform the client’s delivery capabilities across services.
A leading Australian Banking Group that has retail, commercial and wealth management products has chosen Wipro as a key transformation partner for Testing, Test Environment management and Digital Assurance. The engagement involves the convergence of the testing and engineering functions across multiple domains and a progressive automation approach that aligns to the multi-speed operating model of the Bank.
A leading UK-based bank has renewed an ongoing engagement with Wipro for a period of 3 years. Wipro will continue to provide core banking operations-related services for the client’s investment banking, corporate banking and wealth management operations.
A leading manufacturer of paint products in Australia has selected Wipro as its strategic IT partner to manage and transform its IT landscape as part of its digital journey. Wipro will leverage its digital and Wipro HOLMES Artificial Intelligence PlatformTM capabilities in the manufacturing domain to deliver services and solutions to help achieve the customer’s business goals.
A leading Latin America-based retailer has extended a multi-year application management services (AMS) contract with Wipro. The engagement involves the transformation of the retailer’s applications landscape through standardization and automation of processes.
Wipro has won an IT infrastructure services engagement with the North Lanarkshire Council in Scotland. This program will enable the Council to provide innovative and improved services to its customers.
A large restaurant franchise chain in Latin America has awarded a multi-process, multi-year Business Process Services engagement to Wipro to support its Finance and accounting (F&A) and HR-Payroll functions.
Wipro has been cited as a Leader in The Forrester WaveTM: BPM Service Providers, Q4 2016. The Forrester report recognizes Wipro for cutting edge design practices to large-scale process transformation, next-generation capabilities for helping clients undertake large-scale transformation for digital business automation, innovative methodologies that combines design thinking and customer experience design concepts and an instant infusion of top design talent to help extend its BPM consulting engagements.
Wipro has been ranked as a “leader” in the ‘Zinnov Zones for Digital Services in Retail – 2016’ research report by Zinnov Management Consulting. Wipro was ranked in the leadership Zone and was ranked as one of the top digital services providers for retailers in the assessment done basis capabilities and client feedback.
Wipro Digital has been engaged to lead a DevOps transformation initiative at a global bank. Wipro will support Process Consulting, Training & Coaching, DevOps engineering and Enterprise Architecture, and Blueprint definition and implementation.
A large US-based publishing company has selected Wipro to identify new market segments and develop differentiated digital offerings.
Wipro Digital and Designit will develop a Small-Medium Enterprise proposition for a global, Europe-based bank to identify the needs and opportunities for this market segment.
Wipro has been chosen as a digital partner by a global fashion brand to implement an end-to-end B2C IoT solution on wearable technology. The solution will also be used for online transactions, branding, and various customer loyalty programs.
Wipro Digital has been selected by a leading digital and technology company to develop a customer engagement app for use within the retail environment. This app will be used by hundreds of employees to record sales and customer interactions.
A few of the notable wins in Cloud Applications are as follows:
“We told Wipro we want to be the first company after liberalization in the market with a new solution. That gave us 5 months to implement the solution. Wipro acted as a leader from day one of the project. They were ready with project deliverables and project teams, which made it easier for my team and our organization to follow. We have now the most competitive digital solution in the Danish market” said Jesper Bak Olesen, CEO, NRGi Elsalg
Wipro has deployed a Master Data Management (MDM) for one of the largest multi-channel specialty retailers of home furnishings and gourmet cookware. The solution helped the retailer realize $10 Million savings and enabling improved customer marketing campaigns, cross-selling and up-selling across brands, reduced marketing costs and better customer service.
Wipro successfully delivered Data Lineage reports for BCBS 239 compliance for a bank in the US. In this engagement, Wipro leveraged its IP tool Next Gen DI, which provides ability to calculate and generate the end-to-end data lineage after ingesting metadata from data management applications. As part of this engagement, Wipro delivered 95% automation in the compliance reporting process and cut down the delivery cycle time for compliance reports significantly.
Awards and accolades
Wipro was recognized as the ‘Best Collaboration Partner’ by Land Transport Authority (LTA), Singapore at the Land Transport Excellence Awards 2016. The award recognizes the partner who has demonstrated the highest level of commitment to collaborate and deliver smart solutions that contribute towards land transport transformation with LTA.
Wipro and Asahi Beverages, the Australia New Zealand business of the Japanese beverage giant, were jointly recognized for the ‘Best BPO Sourcing’ partnership of 2016 by the ANZ Paragon Awards™, presented by Information Services Group, a leading technology insights, market intelligence and advisory services company.
Wipro has been recognized as a ‘Leader’ in the report ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Datacenter Transformation Consulting and Implementation Services 2016 Vendor Assessment’. As per IDC, Wipro's DCT portfolio includes consulting, transformation, cloud, and managed services within the company's datacenter and cloud practice, which is built around its BoundaryLess Data Center (BLDC) framework.
Wipro was positioned in the ‘Winner’s Circle’, as a leading PLM service provider, by HfS Research – a leading analyst firm - in its report ‘HfS Blueprint Report on PLM services 2016’. The 'Winner's Circle' of the HfS blueprint represents organizations that demonstrate excellence in both execution and innovation in PLM services. The report acknowledges Wipro’s compelling vision, strategy and commitment to deliver business outcome for PLM services.
Wipro has been positioned in the ‘Winner's Circle’ by HfS Research in its 2016 blueprint report on Digital Marketing Operations. HfS says Wipro is one of the early movers for intelligent automation, aspiring to use its HOLMES platform to apply intelligent automation to digital marketing automation.
Wipro is a Leader for the Third Consecutive Year in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Application Testing Services, Worldwide.* Gartner said Wipro is a good fit for large clients looking for a partner that can approach testing requirements with breadth and depth of practice and that can transform and manage large testing engagements.
Wipro was cited as a Leader in The Forrester WaveTM: B2C Mobile Services Providers, Q4 2016. The Forrester report has recognized Wipro for thousands of resources that it can bring to mobile B2C projects around the globe, including hundreds of designers and UX specialists and thousands of developers and testers and broad capabilities for related services - such as security - that it can tap into, which sets it apart from many of the smaller mobile-oriented shops.
Wipro has been rated as the leading player in the ‘Zinnov Zones 2016 Product Engineering Services report’ by Zinnov Management Consulting for the seventh consecutive year. This Zinnov study evaluated more than 35 global engineering service providers across the globe in 15 major industry segments. It analyzed responses from participants across key parameters like product development capabilities & innovation, client relationships, human capital, financials, ecosystem linkages, infrastructure, non-linear strategy and business sustainability.
Revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was 5.7 billion ($84 million1).
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 December 31, 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 (08:45 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/wipro170125.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 .
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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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