Wipro

Combined proposition with CAPCO is a game changer – WIPRO

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Monday, NIFTY closed 1.1% down at 15,752. Top gainers in NIFTY50 were NTPC (+2.0%), BPCL(+1.6%), and DIVISLAB (+1.0%). The top losers were HDFCBANK (-3.3%), INDUSINDBK (-2.8%), and HDFCLIFE (-2.7%). The only sectors to gain wereREALTY (+0.4%), and PHARMA (+0.2%) while the top sectoral losers were PRIVATE BANK(-2.0%), FINANCIAL SERVICES (-1.9%), and BANK (-1.9%).

Combined proposition with CAPCO is a game changer – WIPRO

Excerpts of an interview with the Management (CEO, CFO, and Chief Human Resources Officer) of Wipro, aired on CNBC TV18 dated 16th July 2021:

  • WIPRO has guided to an annual revenue run rate of US$ 10 bn.
  • Management said they will focus on driving consistent progression for growth and take a quarterly view. For 2QFY22, management has guided to a sequential growth of 5%-7%.
  • WIPRO has taken some steps in the last 12 months in terms of a simpler operating model, greater focus on growth, more focused strategy, focus on talent acquisition and development. The company has executed on these streams and customers and partner ecosystems have started responding to these improvements.
  • Management has created a buzz by saying that they would make a significant announcement in relation to their Cloud business over the next few weeks. Without giving any further details, the management has only said that the announcement would set their ambition in the cloud space more clearly.
  • WIPRO saw margin pressure in 1QFY22. Management has reiterated that capturing the growth momentum remains their priority, so they will continue to undertake investments.
  • Management had earlier guided for the margins to be in the band of 17% to 17.5%. 1QFY22 margins were well ahead of that at 18.8%.
  • 2QFY22 will also have some margin headwinds as the company will continue making investments to recapture demand, focus on talent retention by way of salary increase, and full quarter integration impact of CAPCO deal. However, the management remains optimistic regarding the quality of operating leverage that company can create in the growth phase going ahead.
  • WIPRO’s attrition in 1QFY22 was higher than industry levels. The management is confident that the supply chain processes have been finetuned to ensure demand servicing so they won’t face any issues.
  • Management is tackling the high attrition issue by focusing on fresher intake, salary hikes, quality of work, rescaling, and engagement. As a result of all these interventions, attrition will come to a much more manageable number moving forward.
  • As an update on the CAPCOdeal, management said that while these are still early days of the integration, the partnership is moving in the right direction. The way the two teams are connecting and complementing each other is good. Management has identified severalclients where they are offering the combined proposition. The level of response from clients is also very good and the teams have had several deal wins together.

 

Asset Multiplier comments:

  • Companies across the IT industry have been facing a talent supply crunch. While this is a good sign as the supply is chasing the higher demand, it is not without its drawbacks.
  • Lower talent availability leads to higher demand, better opportunities, and hence higher attrition. Attrition beyond control may put a roadblock in deal ramp-ups as there is a time lag that goes into new hire training. In addition, talent retention begins to cost more, thus limiting the operating margins.

 

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

 

  • The closing price of WIPRO was ₹ 575/- as of 18-July-2021.  It traded at 26x/ 23x/ 21x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 22.0/ 24.5/ 27.2for FY22E/23E/24E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 545/- which trades at 20x the earnings estimate for FY24E of ₹ 27.2/-

 

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Greater need for technology across enterprises led to growth – Wipro

Update on the Indian Equity Market:
On Thursday, after another volatile session, Nifty 50 ended at 14,596 (+0.2%). Among the sectoral gainers, PHARMA (+0.8%), FMCG (+0.8%), and AUTO (+0.3%) led the gainers, while METAL (-1.0%), MEDIA (-0.2%), and BANK (-0.2%) led the losers. UPL (+3.7%), BPCL (+3.2%), INDUSINDBK (+3.0%) led the index higher while HCLTECH (-2.4%), GRASIM (-1.8%), and JSWSTEEL (-1.7%) led the laggards.

Wipro recently declared strong 3QFY21 numbers. Mr. Jatin Dalal, President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) explained that a greater need for technology by clients across enterprises led to growth. The interview was published in Business Standard on 14th January 2021:

• A greater need for technologies like cloud, cybersecurity, and data analytics contributed to a strong set of numbers. With most business models becoming virtual has meant that greater investment in technology is taking places across Wipro’s customer base.
• Of Wipro’s seven business units, five delivered over 4 % sequential growth which suggests broad based growth.
• Over 92 percent staff is still working from home, which is not going to change in 4QFY21. About 2.5 percent staff is working from office, and about 5 percent staff is working from customer locations.
• Depending on the situation in April vis-à-vis Covid, they will think about the eventual model for employees working from home or office.
• There was double digit growth in order bookings in 3QFY21 and Wipro is entering the March quarter with a good set of pursuits.
• There is a significant momentum in clients’ spend, driven by cloud transformation, digital transformation, and investment in cybersecurity. Overall, there is an increase in IT spend.
• 3,000 freshers were added in 3Q and Wipro will continue to add more in 4QFY21.
• They do not foresee any adverse outcomes of Brexit on their European business. They expect more decision making around the future architecture and future scheme of things that customers will have post-Brexit.
• The sector-specific initiatives by the new Biden administration in US needs to be watched out.

Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)
• The closing price of Wipro was ₹ 453/- as of 14-January-2021. It traded at 24x/ 23x/ 21x the consensus earnings estimate of ₹ 18.8/ 19.4/ 21.2 per share for FY21E/FY22E/FY23E respectively.
• The consensus target price of ₹ 459 implies a PE multiple of 22x on FY23E EPS of ₹ 21.2/-.

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5 focus areas to reinvigorate the company – Wipro

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Thursday, Nifty closed 2.4% lower at 11,680. Within NIFTY50, ASIANPAINT (+0.4%), JSWSTEEL (+0.2%), and COALINDIA (+0.1%) were the only gainers, while BAJFINANCE (-5.0%), TECHM (-4.4%), and ICICIBANK (-4.1%) were the top losing stocks. All the sectoral indices closed with losses led by BANK (-3.4%), PVT BANK (-3.3%), and FINANCIAL SERVICES (-2.9%).

5 focus areas to reinvigorate the company – Wipro

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Thierry Delaporte, MD & CEO, Wipro, published in the Business Standard on 14th October 2020:
● Out of the impacted sectors, Wipro is now seeing a good volume of deals in the BFSI, retail, and consumer sectors. The manufacturing sector is still impacted by the pandemic. However, the need for transformation will lead to growth coming back in the next couple of quarters. The aerospace and automobile sectors are still under pressure.
● Clients have intent on reducing expenses. But in reality, spending on technology actually increases. Spending on technology is a business requirement now. Not just the CIO but also the chief marketing officer, chief of the supply chain, chief digital officer are all asking for technology. The reduction will be in terms of spending on legacy processes.
● Wipro is focusing on five main areas. They are-
1. Focus on large clients and large deals as opposed to going after new clients
2. Focus on more markets and sectors where Wipro can claim leadership
3. Refine offerings by creating more vertical differentiation
4. Invest in talent to acquire the best domain and technology expertise
5. Refine the operating model to drive simplicity and nimbleness
● In order to chase and win large deals, Wipro plans to enhance and reinforce the global client partners’ power so they can have a bigger impact on clients.
● Due to the pandemic, Wipro has now learned that employees can work from home productively. On the other hand, they also need to connect with the rest of the organization for the culture and sense of belonging. Mr. Delaporte is of the view that going forward there will be a hybrid model where employees will have more flexibility without any judgment on where they choose to work from.
Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener website)
● The closing price of WIPRO was ₹ 342/- as of 15-October-2020. It traded at 20.3x/ 19.0x/ 17.9x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 16.8/18.0/19.1 for FY21E/ FY22E/ FY23E respectively.
● The consensus target price of ₹ 283/- implies a PE multiple of 14.8x on FY23E EPS of ₹19.1/-.

Disclaimer: “The views expressed are for information purposes only. The information provided herein should not be considered as investment advice or research recommendation. The users should rely on their own research and analysis and should consult their own investment advisors to determine the merit, risks, and suitability of the information provided.”