Infosys' shares tank 9% on revenue outlook worries

Infosys' shares tank 9% on revenue outlook worries

Infosys' shares tank 9% on revenue outlook worries

Shares of IT major Infosys tanked 9 per cent today as the company expects sluggish growth in the January-March quarter due to muted spending by clients, especially in the retail sector.

Reacting to this, shares of the IT firm made a weak opening at the BSE and further plunged 9 per cent to Rs 3,340.

At the NSE, the stock also plummeted by 9 per cent to Rs 3,340.

The bellwether scrip was the worst-hit among the blue-chips on both the key indices -- Sensex and Nifty -- during the early trade.

Infosys CEO and Managing Director S D Shibulal said muted growth in the fourth quarter of 2013-14 may spill over to the next financial year also.

"At the beginning of the quarter (Q4) we gave guidance for FY 2014, several factors may result our revenues to be near the lower end of guidance," he said at a Barclays investor meet.

"At the broad level some of our clients have seen slowdown in their business, these are across various verticals leading to unanticipated project ramp downs and cancellations in Q4.

"We have also seen some challenges in skill miss-matches between skills that clients need and what we have which has led to slowdown in ramp-ups. These factors are leading to decline in business momentum for us during the quarter," Shibulal added.

Infosys had raised revenue growth forecast to 24.4-24.9 per cent for the financial year ending March 31, 2014 from 21-22 per cent estimated earlier.

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