TROY, Mich., Feb. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Syntel, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNT), a leading global provider of integrated information technology and knowledge process services, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year, ended December 31, 2017.
Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights
Syntel's revenue for the fourth quarter increased 0.8 percent to $239.8 million from $237.9 million in the prior-year period, and 3.7 percent from $231.3 million in the third quarter of 2017. During the fourth quarter, Banking and Financial Services accounted for 44.4 percent of total revenue, with Healthcare and Life Sciences at 18.2 percent, Retail, Logistics and Telecom at 17.3 percent, Insurance at 15.6 percent, and Manufacturing at 4.5 percent.
The Company's gross margin was 41.3 percent in the fourth quarter, compared to 40.2 percent in the prior-year period and 38.1 percent in the third quarter of 2017. Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses were 12.2 percent of revenue in the fourth quarter, compared to 13.1 percent in the prior-year period and 11.7 percent in the previous quarter.
The fourth quarter income from operations was 29.1 percent of revenue as compared to 27.1 percent in the prior-year period and 26.4 percent in the third quarter of 2017.
Net income for the fourth quarter was $42.4 million or $0.51 per diluted share, compared to $48 million or $0.57 per diluted share in the prior-year period and $48.8 million or $0.58 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2017. During the fourth quarter, following the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Syntel had a one-time impact of approximately $9 million in tax provisions, of which approximately $8 million was related to a repatriation of cash and $1 million was due to an adjustment of deferred tax assets. The combined impact of these provisions reduced fourth quarter EPS by $0.11 per share.
The Company spent $0.1 million to repurchase 5,000 shares of common stock during the fourth quarter.
Full Year 2017 Financial Highlights
Revenue for 2017 decreased 4.4 percent to $923.8 million, from $966.6 million in 2016. The Company's 2017 operating margin was 25.5 percent, compared to 27.1 percent in 2016. Net income for the year was $166.3 million or $1.99 per share. This compares to a net loss of $57.4 million or $0.68 per diluted share in 2016.
During 2017, Syntel spent $8.6 million in CAPEX, largely in support of its global facilities and infrastructure, and finished the year with cash and short-term investments of $122.5 million. The Company spent $16.2 million to repurchase 880,435 shares of common stock. Syntel added 16 new clients during the year and ended 2017 with 22,114 employees globally.
"I am pleased with our Q4 results and the solid progress we made in strengthening our position at our top 50 customer accounts during 2017," said Syntel CEO and President Rakesh Khanna. "Our teams have worked diligently to fortify our client relationships, and to identify and close new opportunities."
"In 2018, we will continue to invest in client engagement and in developing innovative digital and automation-powered services to help our customers transform their businesses and adapt to a dynamic competitive environment," said Khanna. "We still have some work to do, but I am confident that our customer—centric approach will help Syntel make steady progress as we diversify and grow with our customers."
Based on current visibility levels and an exchange rate assumption of 64 Indian rupees to the dollar, the Company currently expects 2018 revenue of $905 million to $950 million and EPS in the range of $1.72 to $1.92.