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HCL Technologies Ltd expects double-digit revenue growth in constant currency terms for FY22 in view of the positive demand environment and robust deal pipeline. The IT services major said earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) margins will be in the range of 19-20%.

India’s third-largest software services firm by revenue posted a net profit of 2,962 crore in the March quarter, down 25.6% sequentially due to a one-time tax expense. Profit was below the 3,258.10 crore consensus estimate by a Bloomberg survey of 19 analysts. Revenue for the fourth quarter was up 1.8% sequentially to 19,642 crore, driven by its digital business or ‘Mode 2’, which contributed 23.4% to its revenue, growing 25.2% year-on-year (y-o-y) in constant currency terms. Revenue for FY21 stood at 75,379 crore, up 6.7% (y-o-y).

The company’s dollar revenue grew 3% sequentially in constant currency terms to $2.69 billion aided by new deals, which hit an all-time-high total contract value (TCV) of $3.1 billion. In FY21, the new deal TCV stood at $ 7.3 billion, up 18% from a year earlier.

HCL won 19 new large deals in Q4 across industry verticals, including financial services, life sciences and healthcare, consumer goods, and manufacturing. In FY21, HCL had signed a total of 58 large deals.

“The booking and pipeline represent a well-balanced mix of service lines, geographies and industries. I am also proud to share that HCLites’ commitment resulted in a yet another all-time high customer satisfaction index in FY21. With these solid financials, a passionate employee family and a business model that has consistently proven itself to be resilient and relevant, we step confidently into FY22," said C. Vijayakumar, president and chief executive, HCL Technologies.

Ebit margin for the fourth quarter was at 20.4%, excluding the one-time milestone bonus of 728 crore paid out in February.

“HCL Tech reported a largely subdued Q4 versus our expectations. We expect strong new deal TCV to propel double-digit revenue growth in FY22. Additionally, we expect the company to provide specific numerical FY22 revenue growth guidance range in Q1-Q2 FY22. We expect the company to report solid revenue recovery at 11.7% revenue CAGR (compound annual growth rate) over FY21-24 driven by consistent transformation deal wins, multi-decade experience in infrastructure management services/cloud services offerings and rising share of products and platforms business," said Suyog Kulkarni, senior research analyst, Reliance Securities.

HCL Technologies’s attrition rate fell to 9.9% during the fourth quarter from 10.2% in the December quarter, showing that its measures to retain talent were bearing fruit. The company plans to hire 20,000 freshers in FY22 based on the demand environment, said Apparao V.V., chief human resources officer.

As on 31 March, HCL’s full-time headcount stood at 168,977 and localization in the US was at 70.4%.

HCL Technologies declared its earnings after market hours on Friday. Ahead of its results, the shares were down 0.56%, closing at 955.80 on the BSE.

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