1. TCS trips on BFSI, retail slowdown, misses profit, revenue estimates, but says FY18 to be positive

TCS trips on BFSI, retail slowdown, misses profit, revenue estimates, but says FY18 to be positive

Trips on slowdown in BFSI and retail but says FY18 to be incrementally positive

By: | Mumbai | Published: April 19, 2017 6:57 AM
TCS trips on BFSI, retail slowdown, misses profit, revenue estimates, but says FY18 to be positive. (PTI)

The country’s largest software services exporter, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Tuesday missed analysts’ estimates on both the profit and revenue front with negative growth in the BFSI and retail segments. The company, which does not give a guidance, said FY18 should be incrementally positive as it expects BFSI or banking, financial services and insurance to bounce back, but retail would continue to be volatile.

During the quarter, net profit fell 2.5% sequentially to ` 6,608 crore, while revenues declined 0.3% to `29,642 crore. Bloomberg estimates on net profit were `6,654 crore and revenues `29,893 crore. However, revenue in dollar terms increased 1.5% to $4,452 million compared with the preceding quarter and grew 1% in constant currency terms.
TCS lost 1.3% in revenue and 40 basis points in margin during Q4 due to currency fluctuation, Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO and MD, said at a post-earnings press conference. He added that constant currency revenue growth would have been 3.4% if BFSI and retail are excluded.

“BFSI had negative growth due to cyclical factors and retail industry has been facing structural challenges but we see strong traction in BFSI and expect it to bounce back strongly from cyclic lows in 2018,” Gopinathan said, adding that retail was expected to to remain volatile and soft during the current year as well.

“We see FY18 as incrementally positive and (are) quite confident about the demand outlook that we see,” he added.
Revenue from its BFSI segment fell 1.6% sequentially to `11,828 crore while retail and consumer business revenue declined 2.9% to `4,993 crore during the quarter.

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