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This quarter is all about consolidation of growth momentum – TCS

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

On Monday, NIFTY ended higher at 17,946 (+0.3%) as it closed near the intraday high level of 18,041. All the sectoral indices were gainers, led by AUTO (+3%), REALTY (+1.7%), and METAL (+1.5%) except IT which was down by (-3.3%). Among the stocks, TATAMOTORS (+9.1%), COALINDIA (+4.4%), and MARUTI (+3.4%) led the gainers while TCS (-6.3%), TECHM (-2.7%), and INFY (-1.8%) led the losers. 

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO and MD, of TCS  with Business Standard on 11th October 2021:

  • TCS believes that this is one of the best quarters they have had. The growth was broad-based. From a deal win standpoint, every vertical has come back strongly.
  • Large verticals like retail and manufacturing have all done well.
  • Growth has been driven by three aspects: increased outsourcing, building a digital core, and growth and transformation agenda of clients.
  • This growth is evident in customer metrics as the numbers are above pre-pandemic baselines and each layer of the customer pyramid has grown.
  • This growth momentum is expected to continue as the demand is strong but there could be seasonality of demand and operations which are specific to industries and regions. How this seasonality pans out remains to be seen.
  • Two years ago, TCS experimented by taking in 32,000-35,000 freshers in the first two quarters and this model proved to be successful. They plan to do this in FY22 as well, as their approach to providing fresher training is modified.
  • Fresher training is no longer looked at as a standalone activity. Rather, it is deeply integrated into business units themselves. The training is more aligned to where demand is and the focus of the curriculum is in tune with the business units.
  • By participating in G&T (Growth and Transformation) projects, TCS has been trying to be aware of which part of the customer agenda they were partnering with. Creating awareness and articulating what TCS does, both internally and externally are the key part.
  • What matters is that TCS is relevant to its customer base. They have over 1,000 customers and 98% of its business is repeat business’s relevance to customers should continue and increase.

Asset Multiplier Comments

  • TCS like the entirety of the IT Industry has been facing the brunt of attrition-related margin pressures. Strong brand building and employee satisfaction have helped it keep attrition at an industry low.
  • We expect these input pressures to sustain over the next 2-3 quarters post which TCS’ long-term growth levers would kick in and help the company venture into the next phase of growth.

 Consensus Estimate: (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of TCS was ₹ 3,686/- as of 11-Oct-2021. It traded at 38x/33x/30x the consensus earnings per share estimate of ₹ 105/119/132 for FY22E/FY23E/FY24E respectively.
  • The consensus target price of ₹ 3,978/- implies a PE multiple of 30x on FY24E EPS of ₹/132-.

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.”

Looking to maintain double-digit growth over FY23-24E – TCS

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

After a mid-week break, markets continued to remain volatile as Nifty started the day lower but managed to close 0.5% higher at 14,581. Within the index, TCS (4.0%), WIPRO (3.5%) and CIPLA (3.3%) charged the index higher while GRASIM (-3.1%), EICHERMOT (-3.0%) and MARUTI (-2.5%) led the losers. Among the sectoral indices, PHARMA (1.4%), METAL (1.4%), and FIN SERVICES (1.2%) were some of the winners while PSU BANK (-1.3%), AUTO (-1.3%), and MEDIA (-0.7%) closed in the red. 

Excerpts of an interview with Mr. Rajesh Gopinathan, MD & CEO, NG Subramaniyam, COO, V Ramakrishnan, CFO, and Milind Lakkad, Executive VP of Tata Consultancy Ltd (TCS) with CNBC -TV18 dated 13th April 2021:

  • During the Mar-21 quarter, almost all the markets and verticals reported sequential growth. The hospitality and travel areas are still under stress. In response, the company is coming up with new ways of investments and then preparing for the post-pandemic era. 
  • The technology shift is moving as per the expected trajectory. The industry is witnessing overall growth in the transformation agenda.
  • With the deal momentum of US$ 9.2bn, a mixture of smaller and big deals, and an improving economic outlook, the company has set the target of maintaining double-digit growth in revenues over FY23-24E.
  • As per the full-year plans for TCS, the company completed 19,400 hires. The number includes hiring for FY22E as well. Additionally, the company has made investments for taking business from consulting.
  • The margin profile for large deals is eroding due to competition. From here on, innovative solutions will drive the sustainability of margins.
  • The company expects a positive trend in both emerging and developed markets. There are lots of opportunities in manufacturing, telecom, retail, and media.

Asset Multiplier Comments:

  • Backed by deal wins in both small and big pockets and continued momentum in cloud and data, the company looks set to achieve its target of double-digit growth over FY23-24E.
  • Record employee addition of 19,400 hirings along with record low attrition of 7.2% strengthens the growth opportunity prospects over the next two years. 

Consensus Estimates (Source: market screener website):

  • The closing price of TCS was ₹ 3223/- as of 15-April-2021.  It traded at 30x/ 27x the consensus EPS estimate of ₹ 108/ 119 for FY22E/23E respectively.
  • The consensus price target is ₹ 3,401/- which trades at 29x the EPS estimate for FY23E of ₹ 119/-

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.”


BFSI and retail will drive growth in the medium and long term: TCS

Update on the Indian Equity Market:

The markets continued the downward trajectory on Tuesday with the Nifty falling 55 points to close at 12,170. Monday’s fall was on the back of a combination of selling pressure from the DII and muted participation by FIIs. Within the index, some of the stock movements were a reaction to the quarterly results declared by the company. Within the sectoral indices, only Media (2.2%) closed the day in green while REALTY (-1.5%), AUTO (-1.4%) and METAL (-1.4%) led the laggards. Within the index stocks, INFRATEL (8.6%), ZEEL (4.5%) and BPCL (1.4%) were the top gainers whereas TATASTEEL (-3.3%), M&M (-2.9%) and TATAMOTORS (-2.4%) were the top stocks that ended in the negative.

Excerpts from an interview with Mr Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO – TCS. The interview aired on CNBC-TV18 on 20th January 2020.

  • TCS declared 3QFY20 results with a YoY increase of 0.2% in consolidated net profit at ₹ 81,180 mn. In this interview, he discussed the third quarter performance and the outlook in detail.
  • He is hopeful of sustaining margins at around 25 percent going forward on back of their strong delivery model. The company has been investing continuously in the organic talent building capability and over time, the investment into the group of 5-12 year old people has been significant. This has been going for on for last five- six years. He believes that the pool is now very strong and there is an opportunity to expand the base.
  • The company is aspiring to achieve margins of 26%. To achieve the target, the combination of operational elements and the currency needs to be supportive. Both the things came together in the 3QFY20. The currency will remain volatile. However, he believes that the way things are moving, probably that will also be supportive of the medium-term.
  • He said that the medium to long term growth trends will be based on BFSI and retail because the rest of the verticals are firing all cylinders. They are all well into the double digit space. In BFSI & retail, the company is observing very diverse performance across geographies and sub-segments. The weakness can be isolated down to the large banks and the large retailers in US and UK. The company is not losing wallet share in these geographies but it is the sub-segment that forms large part of the base business.
  • In terms of addition to headcount, he said that it is 23,500 this year, same as last year. The hiring was front-loaded during the current year.
  • In the retail space, more traditional retailers seem to be finding their groove. In the US, the players like Best Buy and Walmart are doing significantly better and standing up to the pure online players very well. He believes that the company will revert back to double digit growth in the retail segment.

Consensus Estimate (Source: market screener website)

  • The closing price of TCS ₹ 2,170/- as of 21-January-2020. It traded at 25x / 23x / 21x the consensus EPS for FY20E / 21E / 22E of ₹ 88.0/ 96.1/ 104.0 respectively.
  • Consensus target price of TCS ₹ 2,108/- implies a PE multiple of 20x on FY22E EPS of ₹ 104.0.