Saturday, June 28, 2008

Stock Ideas: Mindtree Ltd., Polaris

MindTree Ltd, an IT and R&D services company, announced its consolidated results for the fourth quarter ending March 31, 2008 and FY08.
For Q4FY08, the company’s total income grew by 37.3% YoY and 14.6% QoQ to Rs.217.80 crore. PAT rose 41.5% YoY and 66.9% QoQ to Rs.34.70 crore. IT services constituted 77.8 per cent of total income and the remaining came from R&D services. Revenue from India increased to 8.9% of total revenue, compared with 4.7% in Q4FY07 while the revenue from USA declined marginally to 62.4% from 64.7%.
For FY08, on a consolidated basis, total income grew by 28.4% over the previous year to Rs.767.78 crore. PAT increased by 14.7% over the previous year to Rs.103.28 crore. The EPS grew to Rs 27.45 against the guidance of Rs 24.50.
102 new customers were added during the year, bringing the current active customer base to 206, including 41 Fortune Global 500 companies. Its employee strength was increased to 5,640 (as on March 31, 2008), a net addition of 1,478 people during the FY. Of this, 934 were recruited from campuses across the country. It also commenced operations from its own SEZ development center in Chennai and the SEZ facility in Bangalore.
For FY09, the company has given a robust guidance. It is expected to earn $228 million to $238 million in software revenue, indicating a growth of 24-29% as compared to that of FY2007-'08. Net profit is expected to be $31.7 million to $33.1 million, representing a growth of 23-29%. EPS is expected to be in the range of Rs 32.7-34.1, a growth of 19-24%. And when the company has issued this guidance, it was made on the basis of Rs 39.40 per US dollar. Since then the rupee has depreciated substantially and this would translate into profits surpassing the given guidance.
Currently at Rs.427, stay invested and buy for long term if it dips below Rs.400-395.

Polaris : For the year ended 31 March 2008, the total income was Rs 1,117.41 crore. Revenues from the sale of the Intellect range of banking products comprised 19.6% of total revenues, with 12 installations in areas like wealth management, credit cards and core banking solutions.

Operating profit (EBITDA) was Rs 136.30 crore and profit after tax (PAT) was Rs 73.21 crore. The company recorded 22% growth in total income in dollar terms. This is quite good considering that the rupee had appreciated during this period. The company posted a net profit of Rs.73.21 crore, and EPS for the year was at Rs.7.42 per share.
For the quarter ended 31 March 2008, total income was Rs 290.06 crore. Operating profit (EBITDA) was Rs 36.21 crore and profit after tax (PAT) was Rs 21.45 crore. The company billed the orders in Q4FY08 at Rs 39.83 a dollar, Rs 4.92 less than that the billing rate in the same quarter in the previous year. It has hedged the revenues for the FY09 at an average rate of Rs 40.07 against the dollar. The dollar is currently hovering in the range of Rs.42.60/42.80. The company has given a guidance of 20% CAGR for the current year.
Polaris bagged 14 new deals in the quarter including a master services agreement with a Fortune 10 bank in North America. It also increased its utilisation rate by 200 basis points to 76.55% on a q-o-q basis.
The board considered a proposal of buy-back of its equity shares and had discussions on this subject. In the course of the discussions, members drew attention to the real estate investments made by the company and suggested that best options to maximise shareholder value from these investments be explored. Accordingly the board decided to defer its decision on the buy-back of equity shares and appointed a committee to give recommendations to enable the board to take a decision at its next meeting.
Currently quoted at Rs.78, best to stay invested, what with the dollar improving against the rupee.



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