TCS Q1 net profit jumps 23% to Rs 7,340 crore

TCS Q1 net profit jumps 23% to Rs 7,340 crore

Rajesh Gopinathan

The country's largest software exporter TCS on Tuesday posted a 23.4% rise in consolidated net profit to Rs 7,340 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018.

The company had reported a net profit of Rs 5,945 crore in the same period previous fiscal, TCS said in a regulatory filing.

The Tata Group company -- which accounts for a lion's share of the group's overall profit -- saw its income from operations grow at 15.8% to Rs 34,261 crore for the first three months of the current financial year, up from Rs 29,584 crore a year earlier.

"We are starting the new fiscal year on a strong note, with the growth engine firing on all cylinders. Our banking vertical recovered very nicely this quarter, while other industry verticals maintained their momentum," TCS CEO and MD Rajesh Gopinathan said in statement.

Gopinathan exuded confidence that the company is poised "well for the future" given a good set of wins during the quarter, a robust deal pipeline and accelerating digital demand.

The company said it is seeing strong demand in areas like cloud transformation, cyber-security, data privacy, and automation.

TCS CFO V Ramakrishnan said that a disciplined execution, accelerating growth and currency support helped the company mitigate the impact of wage increases during the quarter.

"This strong start gives us greater confidence in our ability to get our operating margin to our preferred range, while continuing to fund the digital investments that are differentiating us in the marketplace," Ramakrishnan said.

TCS declared an interim dividend of Rs 4 per equity share (of Re 1 each).

The results came in after market hours. TCS shares closed 0.56% lower on BSE on Tuesday to Rs 1,877 a piece.

TCS, which today flagged-off the Q1 earnings season for the IT pack, had recently announced a Rs 16,000-crore buyback offer entailing up to 7.61 crore shares or 1.99% of the total paid-up equity share capital at Rs 2,100 a share.

Last year too, TCS had undertaken a buyback offer of a similar size.

Announcing the March quarter results, TCS has also announced a 1:1 bonus share issue.

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