Syntel, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNT), a global provider of digital transformation, information technology and knowledge process services to Global 2000 companies, today announced financial results for the third quarter, ended September 30, 2015.
Third Quarter Financial Highlights
Syntel’s revenue for the third quarter rose to $253.6 million from $228.3 million in the prior-year period and $239.8 million in the second quarter of 2015. During the third quarter, Banking and Financial Services accounted for 49.6 percent of total revenue, with Healthcare and Life Sciences at 16.8 percent, Retail, Logistics and Telecom at 16.3 percent, Insurance at 12.9 percent, and Manufacturing at 4.4 percent.
The Company’s gross margin was 42.4 percent in the third quarter, compared to 41.4 percent in the prior-year period and 38 percent in the second quarter of 2015. Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses were six percent of revenue in the third quarter, compared to 11.6 percent in the prior-year period and 9.1 percent in the previous quarter.
The third quarter income from operations was 36.5 percent of revenue as compared to 29.8 percent in the prior-year period and 28.9 percent in the second quarter. The sequential rise in operating margin during the third quarter primarily reflects higher revenue, the impact of currency-related balance sheet translations, lower visa and immigration-related expenses, as well as an ongoing focus on operational efficiency.
Net income for the third quarter was $77.7 million or $0.92 per diluted share, compared to $61.6 million or $0.73 per diluted share in the prior-year period and net income of $60.6 million or $0.72 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2015.
During Q3, Syntel spent $3.7 million in CAPEX, largely in support of campus infrastructure, and finished the quarter with cash and short-term investments of $980.5 million. The Company ended the quarter with 23,814 employees globally.
“We are very pleased with Syntel’s third quarter performance,” said Syntel CEO and President Nitin Rakesh. “Our Healthcare and Life Sciences segment garnered record revenues, aided by the stepped up investments we’ve made in this strategic industry.”
“Our robust digital and automation capabilities and managed services offerings are resonating with customers and helping us access new channels and broaden our market reach,” said Rakesh. “We have readied our organization to meet the challenges presented by rapid shifts in the technology landscape, and expect to turn these into profitable growth opportunities.”
“Through a relentless focus on innovation and service quality, we strengthened long-term customer relationships this quarter. We also added meaningful new ones that can rely on Syntel as a committed partner to help them navigate change in their businesses.”
Based on current visibility levels and an exchange rate assumption of 65 Indian rupees to the dollar, the Company currently expects 2015 revenue of $972 million to $977 million and EPS in the range of $2.80 to $2.90.
Syntel to Host Conference Call
Syntel will discuss its third quarter 2015 results today on a conference call at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). To listen to the call, please dial (877) 837-3915 in the US/Canada or (973) 638-3495 internationally. The call will also be broadcast live via the Internet at Syntel’s web site: investor.syntelinc.com. Please access the site at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register and download any necessary software. A replay will be available until October 28, 2015 by dialling (855) 859-2056 and entering “49590221”. International callers may dial (404) 537-3406 and enter the same pass code.
Syntel (NASDAQ:SYNT) is a global provider of digital transformation, information technology and knowledge process services to Global 2000 companies. Syntel’s mission is to create new opportunities for clients by harnessing our passion, talent and innovation. We combine technology expertise, industry knowledge and a global delivery model to drive business value creation. Syntel’s “Customer for Life” philosophy drives our relentless focus to build long-term, collaborative client partnerships. To learn more, visit us at: www.syntelinc.com
Safe Harbor Provision
This news release may include forward-looking statements, including those with respect to the future level of business for Syntel, Inc. These statements are necessarily subject to risk and uncertainty. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 or from other factors not currently anticipated.