Syntel Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results


  • Q1 revenue of $241.4M, up 9% from year-ago quarter, down 5% sequentially
  • Q1 EPS of $0.63 per diluted share, up 32% from year-ago quarter, down 29% sequentially
  • Q1 cash & short term investments of $1.08B
  • Global Headcount of 24,496 on March 31, 2016, versus 24,534 in the year ago quarter

TROY, Mich., April 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Syntel, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNT), a global provider of digital transformation, information technology and knowledge process services to Global 2000 companies, today announced financial results for the first quarter, ended March 31, 2016.

First Quarter Financial Highlights

Syntel's revenue for the first quarter increased nine percent to $241.4 million from $220.6 million in the prior-year period, and declined five percent from $254.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. During the first quarter, Banking and Financial Services accounted for 50.3 percent of total revenue, with Retail, Logistics and Telecom at 16.4 percent, Healthcare and Life Sciences at 15.9 percent, Insurance at 12.7 percent, and Manufacturing at 4.7 percent.

The Company's gross margin was 37.2 percent in the first quarter, compared to 35.7 percent in the prior-year period and 41.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015. Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses were 12.3 percent of revenue in the first quarter, compared to 16 percent in the prior-year period and 11 percent in the previous quarter.

The first quarter income from operations was 24.9 percent of revenue as compared to 19.7 percent in the prior-year period and 30.8 percent in the fourth quarter. The sequential decline in operating margin during the first quarter primarily reflects the impact of lower revenue, higher compensation-related expense and currency-related balance sheet translations.

Net income for the first quarter was $53.1 million or $0.63 per diluted share, compared to $40 million or $0.48 per diluted share in the prior-year period and net income of $74.2 million or $0.88 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2015.

During Q1, Syntel spent $3.4 million in CAPEX, largely in support of campus infrastructure, and finished the quarter with cash and short-term investments of $1.08 billion. The Company ended the quarter with 24,496 employees globally.

Operational Highlights

“Our customers remain focused on transforming their businesses, however, the market volatility seen during the first quarter led to elongated decision cycles on full-year budgets,” said Syntel CEO and President Nitin Rakesh. “There is a clear need for partners who can help companies execute strategic initiatives while also managing the cost of ownership of IT investments across their organizations. Syntel’s capabilities in digital enablement and modernization and our SyntBots recursive automation platform are helping customers strike the right balance between these competing priorities.”

"On the strength of our offerings, we expanded our footprint with strategic customers last quarter and identified additional ways to build on these critical relationships. Syntel’s ongoing investments in domain-centric capabilities underscore our commitment to the long-term success of our customers," said Rakesh. "While growth in our insurance industry group remained weak this quarter, the health of the underlying pipeline continues to give us confidence that this segment will begin to recover in a few quarters."

2016 Guidance

Based on current visibility levels and an exchange rate assumption of 66.50 Indian rupees to the dollar, the Company currently expects 2016 revenue of $1,010 million to $1,040 million and EPS in the range of $2.55 to $2.80.

Syntel to Host Conference Call

Syntel will discuss its first quarter 2016 results today on a conference call at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). To listen to the call, please dial (877) 837-3915 in the US/Canada or (973) 638-3495 internationally. The call will also be broadcast live via the Internet at Syntel's web site: Please access the site at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register and download any necessary software. A replay will be available until April 28, 2016 by dialing (855) 859-2056 and entering “89695872". International callers may dial (404) 537-3406 and enter the same passcode.

About Syntel
Syntel (Nasdaq:SYNT) is the global leader in digital modernization services, with a core suite of automation-driven IT and knowledge process services. Syntel helps global enterprises thrive in the Two-Speed World™ by building agile, efficient technology infrastructures that blend legacy business models with disruptive digital innovations. Syntel’s recursive automation platform, SyntBots®, enables clients to manage, migrate, and modernize their business and technology ecosystems. Syntel believes in a "Customer for Life" philosophy to build collaborative partnerships and creates long-term business value for its clients by investing in IP, solutions and industry-focused delivery teams with deep domain knowledge.

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Safe Harbor Provision
This news release may include forward-looking statements, including those with respect to the future level of business for Syntel, Inc. These statements are necessarily subject to risk and uncertainty. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 or from other factors not currently anticipated.

2016 2015
Net revenues$ 241,390 $ 220,599
Cost of revenues 151,666 141,785
Gross profit 89,724 78,814
Selling, general and administrative expenses 29,677 35,382
Income from operations 60,047 43,432
Other income , net 4,096 9,338
Income before provision for income taxes 64,143 52,770
Income tax expense 11,086 12,749
Net income$ 53,057 $ 40,021
Other Comprehensive Income
Foreign currency translation adjustments$ (1,240)$ 10,626
Unrealized gains on securities:
Unrealized holding gains arising during period 1,915 3,440
Reclassification adjustment for gains included in net income (21) (1,868)
1,894 1,572
Defined benefit pension plans:
Net Profit arising during period - -
Amortization of prior service cost included in net periodic pension cost 16 25
16 25
Other comprehensive income, before tax 670 12,223
Income tax expenses related to Other Comprehensive Income (735) (486)
Other comprehensive income (loss) , net of tax (65) 11,737
Comprehensive Income $ 52,992 $ 51,758
Basic$ 0.63 $ 0.48
Diluted$ 0.63 $ 0.48
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 84,112 83,907
Diluted 84,266 84,127

March 31,December 31,
2016 2015
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$ 658,454 $ 500,499
Short term investments 425,683 540,045
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $622 at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively 108,641 136,926
Revenue earned in excess of billings 48,527 30,448
Deferred income taxes and other current assets 50,182 44,575
Total current assets 1,291,487 1,252,493
Property and equipment 221,096 217,922
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization 115,068 112,146
Property and equipment, net 106,028 105,776
Goodwill 906 906
Non current Term Deposits with Banks 229 77
Deferred income taxes and other non current assets 68,489 64,018
TOTAL ASSETS$ 1,467,139 $ 1,423,270
Current liabilities:
Accrued payroll and related costs$ 49,934 $ 60,339
Income taxes payable 11,906 11,305
Accounts payable and other current liabilities 40,326 37,892
Deferred revenue 3,817 7,716
Loans and borrowings 129,977 129,981
Total current liabilities 235,960 247,233
Other non current liabilities 17,899 17,592
TOTAL LIABILITIES 253,859 264,825
Total shareholders' equity 1,213,280 1,158,445

Contacts: North America/Europe: Jon Luebke, Syntel, 248/619-3503, Europe and International: Rani Gill, Flame PR, +44 0203 357 9746,

Source:Syntel, Inc.