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Cognizant quarterly profit up 24%, but surprises by trimming full-year revenue guidance

Thursday, 7 August 2014 - 8:21am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA

Cognizant reported a healthy 24% jump in net prof it at $371.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, but the IT services major struck a cautious note as it lowered full year revenue guidance to at least 14% from 16.5% earlier.
In the April-June quarter of 2013 fiscal, it had posted a net profit of $300.4 million.
The New Jersey-headquartered firm also expanded its stock repurchase programme by $500 million to $ 2 billion.
Revenue for the second quarter of 2014 rose by 16.5% to $2.52 billion from $2.16 billion. The results are on GAAP basis. It follows January-December fiscal.
Commenting on the lowered revenue guidance, Cognizant CEO Francisco D'Souza said: "Due to weakness at certain clients and longer than anticipated sales cycles for certain large integrated deals, we are adopting a more conservative stance for the remainder of the year and revising our 2014 revenue guidance to growth of at least 14% over the prior year."
The firm said that third quarter revenue is expected to be between $2.55-2.58 billion, while fiscal 2014 revenue expected to be up at least 14% compared to 2013.
D'Souza added that the firm continues to believe that it has the right strategy and portfolio of services to deliver long-term industry leading growth and also meet the ever changing demands of the market.
On share repurchase, Cognizant said: "Our board of directors approved an increase of the company's stock repurchase program by $500 million, from $1.5 billion to $2 billion and extended the term of programme to December 31, 2015."
Since the inception of the programme, the company has repurchased over $ 1.1 billion of its shares, it added.
Cognizant CFO Karen McLoughlin said: "During the second quarter, we repurchased over $100 million of shares under our stock repurchase programme... Reflecting our ability to generate strong cash flows, confidence in our business, and our commitment to driving shareholder value."
The firm continues to generate healthy profitability during the first half of 2014, as its non-GAAP operating margins came in higher than the targeted range of 19 to 20%, she added.
"We believe this positions us well to absorb our annual wage increases in the third quarter of 2014," McLoughlin said. - PTI




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