Infosys (NYSE: INFY) Announces Results for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2017

Infosys (NYSE: INFY) Announces Results for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2017

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BENGALURU, India, January 12, 2018

BENGALURU, India, January 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Reported year-on-year revenue growth of 8.0% in USD terms for the quarter and 24.3% operating margin

1. Highlights of financial results for the quarter and nine months ended December 31, 2017

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Financial Highlights        

Consolidated results under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the quarter ended December 31, 2017


During the quarter, on account of the conclusion of an APA with the US IRS, net profit has increased which has led to an increase in Basic EPS by $ 0.10 for the quarter


Consolidated results under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the nine months ended December 31, 2017


During the nine months period ended December 31, 2017, on account of the conclusion of an APA with the US IRS, net profit has increased which has led to an increase in Basic EPS by $ 0.09


"It is a privilege for me to be appointed as the CEO & MD of Infosys, helping our clients navigate the digital future and employees build new skills and capabilities. Our Q3 performance is strong. We had 8% year-on-year growth and 24.3% operating margin with US$ 593 million of free cash flow," said Salil Parekh, CEO & MD. "We are progressing towards stability and are well positioned to serve our clients in the new areas of demand," he added.

"Increased adoption of our digital offerings and new services helped stabilize price realization. We were able to grow client relationships across revenue categories," said Pravin Rao, COO. "During the quarter, we provided compensation increases and higher variable payouts to our employees. Our investments in employees continues to deliver results as reflected in lower attrition."

"Our operating margins were stable on the back of broad-based improvement in operational efficiency parameters. Our cash generation continued to be robust during the quarter," said M.D. Ranganath, CFO. "We successfully executed the share buyback of Rs. 13,000 crores in line with our capital allocation policy."

2. Outlook for FY 2018


The Company's outlook (consolidated) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, under IFRS is as follows:

*FY 17 constant currency rates - AUD/USD - 0.75; Euro/USD - 1.09; GBP/USD - 1.30 

**Currency rates as of December 31, 2017 - AUD/USD - 0.78; Euro/USD - 1.20; GBP/USD - 1.35 

3. Board and Management Changes


Based on the recommendations of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, the Board in its meeting held on December 2, 2017 appointed Salil Parekh as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Company with effect from January 2, 2018 for a period of 5 years, subject to the approval of shareholders and other regulatory requirements, if any. The Board re-designated Pravin Rao as the Chief Operating Officer and Whole Time Director with effect from January 2, 2018 upon stepping down as the interim Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in accordance with the terms of his appointment. Further, Pravin Rao shall hold the office of Whole Time Director up to August 17, 2022.

The postal ballot notice dated January 3, 2018 seeking the approval of shareholders including the terms of appointment of the above changes is available on the Company's website at the following link- https://www.infosys.com/investors/Documents/postal-ballot-jan2018.pdf

Rajesh K. Murthy, President, has resigned from the company for personal reasons.  His last date with Infosys will be January 31, 2018. The Board places on record its deep appreciation for his commitment to Infosys over the last 26 years and wishes him the very best for his future endeavours.

4. Committee of Directors


The Committee of Directors was formed on April 13, 2017 to support and advise the management in executing the Company's strategy. With the appointment of Salil Parekh as the CEO and Managing Director of the Company, the Committee of Directors stands dissolved with effect from January 12, 2018.

5. Update on Shareholders consultation by SRC


The Company has completed the previously announced shareholder consultation. The feedback received was presented and taken on record by the Board on January 11, 2018

6. Signing of the Advance Pricing Agreement ("APA") with the US Internal Revenue Service


Infosys has concluded an Advance Pricing Agreement ("APA") with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"). Under the APA, Infosys and the IRS have agreed on the methodology to allocate revenues and compute the taxable income of the Company's U.S. operations. This agreement covers financial years from 2011 to 2021. The APA will enhance predictability of Infosys' tax obligations in respect of its U.S. operations.

In accordance with the APA, Infosys has reversed tax provisions of approximately US$ 225 million made in previous periods which are no longer required (both under International Financial Reporting Standards and Indian Accounting Standards). Further, in line with the APA, Infosys expects to payout approximately US$ 233 million due to the difference between the taxes payable for prior periods as per the APA and the actual taxes paid for such periods. This amount is expected to be paid over the next few quarters.

The reversal of the tax provisions of approximately US$ 225 million had a positive impact on the consolidated Basic EPS for the quarter ending December 31, 2017 by approximately US$ 0.10. Further, on account of the APA methodology, Infosys expects its overall effective tax rate to be lower by about 100 basis points for future periods covered under the APA.

7. Share buyback


The Board, at its meeting on August 19, 2017, approved a proposal for the Company to buyback its fully paid-up equity shares of face value of INR 5 each from the eligible equity shareholders of the Company for an amount not exceeding INR 13,000 crore. The shareholders approved the said proposal of buyback of Equity Shares through the postal ballot that concluded on October 7, 2017. The Buyback offer comprised a purchase of 11,30,43,478 Equity Shares aggregating 4.92% of the paid-up equity share capital of the Company at a price of INR 1,150 per Equity share. The buyback was offered to all eligible equity shareholders (including those who became equity shareholders as on the Record date by cancelling American Depository Shares and withdrawing underlying Equity shares) of the Company as on the Record Date (i.e. November 1, 2017) on a proportionate basis through the "Tender offer" route. The Company concluded the buyback procedures on December 27, 2017 and 11,30,43,478 equity shares were extinguished. The Company has funded the buyback from its securities premium and general reserve. In accordance with section 69 of the Companies Act, 2013, the Company has created 'Capital Redemption Reserve' of $ 9 million equal to the nominal value of the shares bought back as an appropriation from general reserve.

About Infosys Ltd.

Infosys is a global leader in technology services and consulting. We enable clients in 45 countries to create and execute strategies for their digital transformation. From engineering to application development, knowledge management and business process management, we help our clients find the right problems to solve, and to solve these effectively. Our team of 200,000+ innovators, across the globe, is differentiated by the imagination, knowledge and experience, across industries and technologies that we bring to every project we undertake.

Visit http://www.infosys.com to see how Infosys (NYSE: INFY) can help your enterprise thrive in the digital age.

Safe Harbor

Certain statements in this release including those concerning our future growth prospects, predictability of the Company's tax obligations in respect of its US operations, the amount and timing of tax payments to be made by the Company, the impact on consolidated Basic EPS, and the Company's overall effective tax rate for future periods, are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the 'safe harbor' under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding the profit margins for client contracts that are executed in whole or in part by the Company's US operations, as well as changes in US tax laws. Additional risks that could cause actual results to differ materially are more fully described in our United States Securities and Exchange Commission filings including our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017. These filings are available at http://www.sec.gov. Infosys may, from time to time, make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our reports to shareholders. In addition, please note that any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on assumptions that we believe to be reasonable as of the date of this press release. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company unless it is required by law.

Infosys Limited and subsidiaries  

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of 
                                           (Dollars in millions except equity share data) 


   
                                                          December 31,
                                                              2017          March 31, 2017

                                                 ASSETS
                                         Current assets
                              Cash and cash equivalents            3,226             3,489
                                    Current investments              389             1,538
                                      Trade receivables            2,057             1,900
                                       Unbilled revenue              573               562
                   Prepayments and other current assets              891               749
                                      Income tax assets               84                 -
                       Derivative financial instruments               13                44
                                   Total current assets            7,233             8,282
                                     Non-current assets
                          Property, plant and equipment            1,853             1,807
                                               Goodwill              583               563
                                      Intangible assets               94               120
                                Investment in associate                -                11
                                Non-current investments              957               984
                             Deferred income tax assets              184                83
                                      Income tax assets              863               881
                               Other non-current assets              122               123
                               Total non-current assets            4,656             4,572
                                           Total assets           11,889            12,854
                                 LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
                                    Current liabilities
                                         Trade payables               79                57
                       Derivative financial instruments                1                 -
                         Current income tax liabilities              397               599
                                        Client deposits               24                 5
                                       Unearned revenue              362               274
                           Employee benefit obligations              227               209
                                             Provisions               71                63
                              Other current liabilities            1,040               954
                              Total current liabilities            2,201             2,161
                                Non-current liabilities
                        Deferred income tax liabilities              100                32
                           Employee benefit obligations                8                 -
                          Other non-current liabilities               36                24
                                      Total liabilities            2,345             2,217
                                                 Equity
      Share capital- INR 5 ($0.16) par value 2,400,000,000
       (2,400,000,000) equity shares authorized, issued
     and outstanding 2,173,143,893 (2,285,655,150), net
       of 10,805,896 (11,289,514) treasury shares as of
       December 31, 2017 (March 31, 2017), respectively              190               199
                                          Share premium              243               587
                                      Retained earnings           11,099            12,190
                                Cash flow hedge reserve                -                 6
                                         Other reserves              161                 -
                             Capital redemption reserve                9                 -
                             Other components of equity          (2,158)           (2,345)
     Total equity attributable to equity holders of the
                                                company            9,544            10,637
                              Non-controlling interests                -                 -
                                           Total equity            9,544            10,637
                           Total liabilities and equity           11,889            12,854

Infosys Limited and subsidiaries  

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income 
                             (Dollars in millions except share and per equity share data) 


   
                                       Three months Three months  Nine months  Nine months
                                              ended        ended        ended        ended
                                       December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31,
                                               2017         2016         2017         2016

                              Revenues        2,755        2,551        8,134        7,639
                         Cost of sales        1,773        1,601        5,208        4,832
                          Gross profit          982          950        2,926        2,807
                   Operating expenses:
        Selling and marketing expenses          136          131          405          402
               Administrative expenses          177          179          555          519
              Total operating expenses          313          310          960          921
                      Operating profit          669          640        1,966        1,886
                     Other income, net          149          121          413          347
         Share in associate's profit /
                                (loss)            -            -            -          (1)
           Write-down of investment in
                             associate            -            -         (11)            -
            Profit before income taxes          818          761        2,368        2,232
                    Income tax expense           22          214          453          635
                            Net profit          796          547        1,915        1,597
            Other comprehensive income
                Items that will not be
          reclassified subsequently to
                       profit or loss:
    Re-measurements of the net defined
               benefit liability/asset            2          (1)            3         (10)
      Cumulative impact on reversal of
        unrealized gain on quoted debt
      securities on adoption of IFRS 9            -            -            -          (5)
      Equity instruments through other
             comprehensive income, net            -            -            -            -

       Items that will be reclassified
       subsequently to profit or loss:
    Fair valuation of investments, net          (4)            -            2            -
     Fair value changes on derivatives
    designated as cash flow hedge, net            1            4          (6)            4
          Foreign currency translation          229        (189)          182        (243)
     Total other comprehensive income,
                            net of tax          228        (186)          181        (254)
            Total comprehensive income        1,024          361        2,096        1,343

               Profit attributable to:
                 Owners of the Company          796          547        1,915        1,597
             Non-controlling interests            -            -            -            -
                                                796          547        1,915        1,597
            Total comprehensive income
                      attributable to:
                 Owners of the Company        1,024          361        2,096        1,343
             Non-controlling interests            -            -            -            -
                                              1,024          361        2,096        1,343
             Earnings per equity share
                             Basic ($)         0.35         0.24         0.84         0.70
                           Diluted ($)         0.35         0.24         0.84         0.70
        Weighted average equity shares
        used in computing earnings per
                          equity share
                              Basic 2,275,074,804 2,285,651,730 2,282,186,771 2,285,638,678
                                                                                
                           Diluted  2,276,381,570 2,286,229,042 2,284,287,492 2,286,076,462
                                                                              

NOTES:  

1. The unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance sheets and Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the three months and nine months ended December 31, 2017 have been taken on record at the Board meeting held on January 12, 2018  


2. A Fact Sheet providing the operating metrics of the company can be downloaded from http://www.infosys.com


3. Other income for three months  and nine months ended  December 31, 2017 includes interest on income tax refund of $ 31 million and $ 41 million respectively 


4. During the quarter ended December 31, 2017, on account of the conclusion of an Advance Pricing Agreement ("APA") with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), the Company has in accordance with the APA, reversed income tax expense provision of $ 225 million which pertains to previous periods which are no longer required. Consequently, profit for the period  has increased and therefore has led to an increase in  Basic earnings per equity share by $0.10 for quarter ended December 31, 2017 and $0.09 for nine months ended December 31, 2017 

5. During the quarter ended June 30, 2017, the Company has written down the entire carrying value of the investment in its associate DWA Nova LLC, an Infosys Innovation Fund Investment. The impact of write down on Q1 18 net profit is $ 11 million 


IFRS-INR Press Release: https://www.infosys.com/investors/reports-filings/quarterly-results/2017-2018/q3/Documents/IFRS-USD-press-release.pdf  

Fact Sheet: https://www.infosys.com/investors/reports-filings/quarterly-results/2017-2018/q3/Documents/fact-sheet.pdf

Contacts
Investor Relations
Sandeep Mahindroo
+91-80-3980-1018
Sandeep_Mahindroo@infosys.com 

Media Relations    
Sarah Vanita Gideon
+91-80-4156-3998
Sarah_Gideon@infosys.com 

Chiku Somaiya
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Chiku.Somaiya@infosys.com


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