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Should You Buy Infosys Post Quarterly Numbers?

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Infosys reported quarterly numbers late last week and the stock is expected to react to results today. Here is what broking firm Sharekhan says about the stock.

 

Headline numbers were weak

Headline numbers were weak

According to Sharekhan, headline Q4FY22 numbers came in weak for Infosys owing to seasonality. "However, demand trends stay strong as Infosys' hiring of freshers is robust, client metrics are improving, deal wins stay steady along with a strong deal pipeline and rapid spends on cloud and digital transformation programs. The company disappointed with a muted constant currency (CC) revenue growth of 1.2% q-o-q, after clocking excellent revenue growth for the last three quarters. Reported US Dollar revenues grew by 0.7% q-o-q to $4,280 million, below our expectations," the brokerage has said.

Margins contract
 

Margins contract

The EBIT margin at the company contracted by 193 bps q-o-q to 21.6%, much lower than our estimates, owing to lower working calendar days, client contractual provisions, lower utilisation and higher visa expenses.

"Infosys guided for better than expected revenue growth in the range of 13-15% in constant currency, implies revenue CQGR of 2.7-3.4% for the quarters of FY2023E. However, margin guidance remained 100bps below our expectations at 21-23%. Further, attrition continues to rise and will put supply-side pressure in the near-term," the brokerage has said.

Strong digital capabilities

Strong digital capabilities

Sharekhan believes Infosys is well-equipped to deliver industry-leading organic growth among the large peers in the medium term, given strong digital capabilities to participate in clients' digital transformation journey and execute core modernization works.

"We expect Infosys to report USD revenue and earnings growth of 14.2% and 13.7%, respectively, over FY2022-FY2024E. At current market price, the stock trades at 29x/26x its FY2023E/FY2024E earnings, which is justified, given strong growth potential, robust deal pipeline, and market share gains," the brokerage has said.

Price target of Rs 2150 on the stock

Price target of Rs 2150 on the stock

Sharekhan like Infosys because of its strong digital competencies, healthy capital allocation policy and prudent investments in capabilities that will be required in future.

"Hence, we believe any correction in the stock price would offer good investment opportunity from a long-term perspective. Hence, we maintain a Buy rating on the stock with a revised price target of Rs. 2,150," the brokerage has said.

Disclaimer

Disclaimer

The above stock was picked from the brokerage report of Sharekhan. Investing in equities poses a risk of financial losses. Investors must therefore exercise due caution. Greynium Information Technologies, the author, and the brokerage house are not liable for any losses caused as a result of decisions based on the article.

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Story first published: Monday, April 18, 2022, 9:21 [IST]
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