Shares of Wipro ended nearly 1 per cent lower today as the company offered a muted outlook while announcing its March quarter earnings. The stock, which opened higher, reversed gains and fell by 0.80 per cent to end at Rs 490.60 on BSE. Intra-day, it had declined 1.12 per cent to Rs 489.
On NSE, shares of the company went down by 0.69 per cent to close at Rs 490.85. Its market valuation fell by Rs 899.73 crore to Rs 1,19,320.27 crore. On the volume front, 12 lakh shares of the company were traded on BSE and over one crore shares changed hands at NSE during the day.
“Wipro’s Q4 performance was encouraging, but subdued guidance for Q1 FY18 was a spoiler,” HDFC securities said in a report. Wipro yesterday registered a marginal rise in net profit for the March quarter and offered a muted outlook, but sought to cheer investors by announcing a bonus issue and a likely share buyback.
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India’s third-largest software services firm said it will issue bonus shares within the next two months, a move aimed at encouraging participation of small investors, enhancing liquidity and expanding retail shareholder base.
However, market watchers were disappointed with the outlook of a flat sequential growth for the June quarter.
Wipro registered a negligible rise in the consolidated profit at Rs 2,267 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 2017. The total income rose over 5 per cent to Rs 15,033.8 crore in the said quarter, compared to the year-ago period.
The IT firm attributed the muted guidance to softness in healthcare and retail business. Wipro expects revenues from its IT services — its mainstay — to be in the range of USD 1,915-1,955 million for the April-June 2017 quarter. This is almost similar to March quarter IT services revenue that stood at USD 1,954.6 million. The dollar revenue was 3.9 per cent higher than the year-ago period.