Wipro shares tumble nearly 6 pc after Q3 earnings

The stock tanked 5.61 percent to Rs 652.55 on the BSE. At the NSE, it tumbled 5.61 percent to Rs 652.50.

Shares of Wipro Ltd on Thursday declined nearly 6 percent after the company’s December 2021 quarter failed to cheer investors.

The stock tanked 5.61 percent to Rs 652.55 on the BSE. At the NSE, it tumbled 5.61 percent to Rs 652.50.

IT services major Wipro Ltd on Wednesday posted a consolidated net profit of Rs 2,969 crore for the December 2021 quarter, almost flat compared to the year-ago period, but said the demand environment continues to be “robust”.

“Wipro Ltd India’s third-largest information technology outsourcing company reports quarterly earnings in-line with street expectation… Revenues wise Wipro missed street expectations and margins were in-line as expected while net profit was almost flat when compared with Rs 2,968 crore reported in the year-ago period,” according to Prashanth Tapse, Vice President (Research) at Mehta Equities Ltd.

The company has decided to close its offices globally for the next four weeks “as a proactive measure” in the backdrop of the fast-spreading Omicron variant of coronavirus, Wipro CEO and Managing Director Thierry Delaporte said.

For the March 2022 quarter, the company expects revenue from the IT services business to be in the range of USD 2,692 million to USD 2,745 million, translating into a sequential growth of 2-4 percent.

The revenue from operations grew 29.6 percent to Rs 20,313.6 crore, from Rs 15,670 crore in the quarter ended December 2020. Seen sequentially, it was 3.2 percent higher.

“We have guided for a revenue growth of 2-4 percent, which will translate into a full-year growth of 27 percent to 28 percent. The demand environment continues to be robust, and our growth path over the last few quarters reflects this,” Delaporte said.

Wipro, which gets a bulk of its topline (revenue) from IT services, said it expects revenues from that business to be in the range of USD 2,692 million to USD 2,745 million in March 2022 quarter, a sequential growth of 2 percent to 4 percent.

“Given the strong performance by Wipro over the last few quarters, along with positive demand commentary from the management, the guidance was underwhelming and would act as a drag on near-term share price performance,” according to a note by Motilal Oswal Research.