Syntel Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results


  • Q2 revenue of $226.8M, down 8% from year-ago quarter and up 0.4% sequentially
  • Q2 EPS of $0.44 per diluted share, down 37% from year-ago quarter and 5% sequentially
  • Q2 cash & short term investments of $87M
  • Global Headcount of 21,850 on June 30, 2017, versus 23,773 in the year-ago quarter

TROY, Mich., July 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Syntel, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNT), a leading global provider of integrated information technology and knowledge process services, today announced financial results for the second quarter, ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter Financial Highlights

Syntel's revenue for the second quarter decreased 7.8 percent to $226.8 million from $246 million in the prior-year period, and rose 0.4 percent from $225.9 million in the first quarter of 2017. During the second quarter, Banking and Financial Services accounted for 45.6 percent of total revenue, with Retail, Logistics and Telecom at 18.1 percent, Healthcare and Life Sciences at 17.5 percent, Insurance at 14.6 percent, and Manufacturing at 4.2 percent.

The Company's gross margin was 35.9 percent in the second quarter, compared to 37 percent in the prior-year period and 36.5 percent in the first quarter of 2017. Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses were 12.7 percent of revenue in the second quarter, compared to 7.4 percent in the prior-year period and 13.4 percent in the previous quarter.

The second quarter income from operations was 23.3 percent of revenue as compared to 29.6 percent in the prior-year period and 23.1 percent in the first quarter 2017.

Net income for the second quarter was $36.7 million or $0.44 per diluted share, compared to $58.8 million or $0.70 per diluted share in the prior-year period and $38.4 million or $0.46 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2017.

During Q2, Syntel spent $1.8 million in CAPEX, largely in support of campus infrastructure, and finished the quarter with cash and short-term investments of $87 million. The Company ended the quarter with 21,850 employees globally.

Operational Highlights

"Our customer relationships are strong and we are committed to growing revenue with all clients by supporting their changing technology needs," said Syntel CEO and President Rakesh Khanna. "We expect faster growth from clients 4 to 50 given our relative penetration, the size of the opportunity and our plans to increase revenue from this segment."

"The demand for digital services remained high during the second quarter and our Insurance segment continued to benefit from healthier industry trends,” said Khanna. “The broader environment was largely unchanged from last quarter and it will take some time for growth to return across all of our segments. We continue to focus on deal closures, invest in digital and automation-driven services and are encouraged by our strong pipelines.”

2017 Guidance

Based on current visibility levels and an exchange rate assumption of 64.5 Indian rupees to the dollar, the Company currently expects 2017 revenue of $865 million to $900 million and EPS in the range of $1.62 to $1.77.

Stock Repurchase Plan

The Syntel Board of Directors has authorized a stock repurchase plan under which the Company may repurchase shares of common stock with a total value not to exceed $60,000,000.00. The stock repurchase plan is effective on July 25, 2017 and is authorized to continue through December 31, 2018. Repurchases under the Company’s new program may be made in open market or privately negotiated transactions in compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 10b-18, subject to market conditions, applicable legal requirements, and other relevant factors. Any repurchased common stock will be available for use in connection with the Company's incentive plan and for other corporate purposes. Syntel had 83,675,545 shares of common stock issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2017.

Syntel to Host Conference Call

Syntel will discuss its second quarter 2017 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 July 27, 2017 by dialing (855) 859-2056 and entering “47210731." International callers may dial (404) 537-3406 and enter the same passcode.

About Syntel
Syntel (Nasdaq:SYNT) is a leading global provider of integrated information technology and knowledge process services. Syntel helps global enterprises evolve the core by leveraging automation, scaled agile and cloud platforms to build efficient application development and management, testing and infrastructure solutions. Syntel’s digital services enable companies to engage customers, discover new insights through analytics, and create a more connected enterprise through the internet of things. Syntel’s "Customer for Life" philosophy builds collaborative partnerships and creates long-term client value 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, 2016, the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 or from other factors not currently anticipated.

JUNE 30, JUNE 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Net revenues$226,811 $246,018 $452,680 $487,408
Cost of revenues 145,351 155,033 288,798 306,699
Gross profit 81,460 90,985 163,882 180,709
Selling, general and administrative expenses 28,699 18,265 58,990 47,942
Income from operations 52,761 72,720 104,892 132,767
Other income (expense):
Interest Expense (3,216) (575) (6,592) (1,145)
Other income 462 5,450 958 10,116
Other income (expense), net (2,754) 4,875 (5,634) 8,971
Income before provision for income taxes 50,007 77,595 99,258 141,738
Income tax expense 13,355 18,804 24,226 29,890
Net income$36,652 $58,791 $75,032 $111,848
Other Comprehensive Income
Foreign currency translation adjustments$937 $(16,094) $7,112 $(17,334)
Gains/(Losses) on derivatives:
Gains (losses) arising during period on cash flow hedges (672) - 291 -
Unrealized gains/(losses) on securities:
Unrealized holding gains arising during period 198 970 241 1,803
Reclassification adjustment for gains included in net income (89) (1,130) (81) (69)
109 (160) 160 1,734
Defined benefit pension plans:
Net profit arising during period - - 6 -
Amortization of prior service cost included in net periodic pension cost 24 19 32 35
24 19 38 35
Other comprehensive Income (Loss), before tax 398 (16,235) 7,601 (15,565)
Income tax benefit (expenses) related to Other comprehensive income (loss) 224 22 (179) (713)
Other comprehensive Income/(loss), net of tax 622 (16,213) 7,422 (16,278)
Comprehensive Income $37,274 $42,578 $82,454 $95,570
Basic$0.44 $0.70 $0.90 $1.33
Diluted$0.44 $0.70 $0.89 $1.33
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 83,818 84,140 83,807 84,126
Diluted 83,853 84,278 83,844 84,272

(Unaudited) (Audited)
June 30, December 31,
2017 2016
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$57,447 $78,332
Short term investments 29,562 21,614
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,143 at June 30, 2017 and $801 at December 31, 2016, respectively 106,060 118,299
Revenue earned in excess of billings 21,319 25,039
Other current assets 33,352 36,306
Total current assets 247,740 279,590
Property and equipment 237,700 227,056
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization 130,495 120,580
Property and equipment, net 107,205 106,476
Goodwill 906 906
Non current Term Deposits with Banks 237 225
Deferred income taxes and other non current assets 78,018 67,346
TOTAL ASSETS$ 434,106 $ 454,543
Current liabilities:
Accrued payroll and related costs$49,131 $56,650
Income taxes payable 19,611 15,195
Accounts payable and other current liabilities 30,920 31,559
Deferred revenue 4,827 7,973
Loans and borrowings 20,449 21,264
Total current liabilities 124,938 132,641
Deferred income taxes and other non current liabilities 28,953 26,373
Non Current loans and borrowings 377,468 478,616
TOTAL LIABILITIES 531,359 637,630
Total shareholders' (deficit)/equity (97,253) (183,087)

Contacts: North America/Europe: Jon Luebke, Syntel, 248/619-3503,

Source:Syntel, Inc.