Infosys seeks shareholders’ nod to amend articles of association

Infosys has been under pressure from investors to go for a share buyback or a generous dividend


Two of Infosys’ former CFOs—T.V. Mohandas Pai and V. Balakrishnan—recently exhorted institutional investors to raise questions about the huge cash pile on the company’s books. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint
Two of Infosys’ former CFOs—T.V. Mohandas Pai and V. Balakrishnan—recently exhorted institutional investors to raise questions about the huge cash pile on the company’s books. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

New Delhi: Infosys has sought shareholders’ approval to change the company’s Articles of Association, which may include a provision for buyback.

“The board has recommended the adoption of new Articles of Association of the company in conformity with the Companies Act, 2013 to the shareholders for approval,” Infosys said in a BSE filing.

Infosys, which had liquid assets, including cash and cash equivalents and investments worth Rs35,697 crore (about $5.25 billion) on its books at the end of December 2016, has been under pressure from investors to utilise the amount either through a share buyback or a generous dividend.

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There were reports that Infosys may consider a Rs12,000 crore share buyback, but the company has maintained that it “periodically” reviews the capital allocation policy. It had added that the management will take a decision on share buyback at an “appropriate time”.

Two of Infosys’ former CFOs—T.V. Mohandas Pai and V. Balakrishnan—recently exhorted institutional investors to raise questions about the huge cash pile on the company’s books, saying investors have an obligation to protect their investment.

The pressure has grown further after Infosys’ industry peers Cognizant and Tata Consultancy Services announced their buyback offers worth $3.4 billion and Rs16,000 crore, respectively.

Besides, the Infosys board on Thursday also approved the recommendations of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee for revising the remuneration to COO and whole-time director, U.B. Pravin Rao. It also sought shareholders’ approval to appoint D.N. Prahlad as an independent director.

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