Syntel Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

Troy, MI - 16 February 2017

  • Q4 revenue of $237.9M, down 7% from year-ago quarter, and 1% sequentially
  • Q4 EPS of $0.57 per diluted share as compared to $0.88 in the year-ago quarter and a loss of $2.58 in the third quarter. Q3 2016 EPS was negatively impacted by $3.21 per share of one-time tax expense associated with a one-time repatriation of cash.
  • Full year 2016 revenue of $966.6M as compared to $968.6M in the prior-year.
  • Full year 2016 loss per share of $0.68 as compared to EPS of $3.00 in the prior-year. 
  • 2016 year-ending cash & short term investments of $100M 
  • Global Headcount of 23,011 on December 31, 2016, versus 24,537 in the year-ago quarter

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, 2016.

Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

Syntel's revenue for the fourth quarter decreased 6.6 percent to $237.9 million from $254.6 million in the prior-year period, and 1.4 percent from $241.3 million in the third quarter of 2016.  During the fourth quarter, Banking and Financial Services accounted for 48.4 percent of total revenue, with Retail, Logistics and Telecom at 17.6 percent, Healthcare and Life Sciences at 16 percent, Insurance at 13.7 percent, and Manufacturing at 4.3 percent.

The Company's gross margin was 40.2 percent in the fourth quarter, compared to 41.8 percent in the prior-year period and 39.2 percent in the third quarter of 2016.  Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses were 13.1 percent of revenue in the fourth quarter, compared to 11 percent in the prior-year period and 12.2 percent in the previous quarter.

The fourth quarter income from operations was 27.1 percent of revenue as compared to 30.8 percent in the prior-year period and 27 percent in the third quarter.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $48 million or $0.57 per diluted share, compared to $74.2 million or $0.88 per diluted share in the prior-year period and net loss of $217.2 million or $2.58 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2016. In connection with a special cash dividend and the one-time repatriation of cash announced on September 12, 2016, the Company recognized a one-time tax expense of $271 million (net of foreign tax credits) in the third quarter of 2016.

Full Year 2016 Financial Highlights

Revenue for 2016 decreased 0.2 percent to $966.6 million, from $968.6 million in 2015. The Company's 2016 operating margin was 27.1 percent, compared to 29.3 percent in 2015. Net loss for the year was $57.4 million compared to income of $252.5 million in 2015. The Company reported a net loss of $0.68 in 2016 as compared to earnings of $3.00 per diluted share in 2015.  

During 2016, Syntel spent $17.5 million in CAPEX, largely in support of campus infrastructure, and finished the year with cash and short-term investments of $100 million. The Company added 15 new clients during the year and ended 2016 with 23,011 employees globally.

Operational Highlights

"While we were impacted by challenges seen across several industries in the past year, Syntel has started 2017 with a focus on helping our clients build competitive differentiation and gain operational flexibility in an uncertain business climate," said Syntel Interim CEO and President Rakesh Khanna. "Digital enablement and modernizing existing IT assets are increasingly becoming strategic priorities for our customers as they undergo enterprise-wide technology transformations."

"Syntel has developed cutting-edge capabilities to help customers ‘go digital' as well as high-impact solutions to modernize and evolve their core applications and infrastructure," said Khanna. "Ongoing support for core IT assets remains the largest demand on customer resources. Syntel's holistic approach to digital transformation aligns us with the most pressing business and operational needs of our customers."

2016 Guidance

Based on current visibility levels and an exchange rate assumption of 67 Indian rupees to the dollar, the Company currently expects 2017 revenue of $900 million to $945 million and EPS in the range of $1.75 to $2.00.

Syntel (Nasdaq:SYNT) is a leading global provider of integrated information technology (IT) and knowledge process services. Syntel helps global enterprises evolve their core business processes, IT applications and infrastructure to succeed in the digital age. Our intelligent automation, scaled agile and cloud platforms ensure efficient delivery of application development and management, testing, and infrastructure solutions. Syntel's digital services enable companies to engage customers, discover insights through analytics and build a connected enterprise through the internet of things. Syntel's "Customer for Life" philosophy builds collaborative partnerships and delivers long-term client value through investments in intellectual property, domain knowledge and industry solutions.

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