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Like Infosys, will TCS also hike dividend payout for shareholders?

The Q4 numbers will be the first quarterly figures after Rajesh Gopinathan took over as CEO & MD

Puneet Wadhwa  |  New Delhi 

Like Infosys, will TCS also hike dividend payout for shareholders?

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is set to announce its results for the fourth quarter ended March 2017 (Q4FY17), and full financial year 2016-17 (FY17) numbers on Tuesday. The numbers will be the first after took over as the chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD) on February 21, 2017 from

Also Read: More losers than gainers in m-cap play; TCS, RIL badly hit



Last week, kick-started the season for IT and disappointed the Street with its guidance. gave an operating profit margin guidance of 23-25 per cent for FY18 compared with 24-25 per cent in FY17, triggering estimate for FY18 across a number of brokerages.

Besides the and FY17 numbers, the guidance for the next financial year and changes (if any) to its capital allocation policy will be equally important factor for the stock’s performance going ahead, analysts say. Here is what leading brokerages and research houses expect from TCS

MOTILAL OSWAL RESEARCH

Watch out for guidance / outlook from At TCS, while the commentary has remained very positive, it remains to be seen what the company guides for revenue growth. Our estimate of 9.5 per cent constant currency (CC) growth in FY18 implies a CC CQGR of 2.5 per cent in FY18.

Also Read: US intensifies H-1B visas scrutiny, heat on freshers

ICICI SECURITIES

We expect EBIT margins to be flattish for TCS, led by currency headwind offset by operational efficiency. We would be monitoring how IT manage margins in the wake of increased US local hiring amid maintaining utilisation.

US dollar revenues may grow 1.2 per cent q-o-q to $4,439.6 million, led by BSFI and some uptick in retail vertical. Constant currency may grow around 1.5 per cent q-o-q while rupee revenues may decline 0.1 per cent to Rs 29,701 crore. EBIT margins may remain unchanged q-o-q to 26 per cent owing to operational efficiency offset by currency headwind. FY18E outlook and margin guidance, IT budget spend pattern, traction in digital business and attrition are among the key things to watch out for.

Also Read: IT stocks catch cold as Trump warms up to outsourcing curbs

KOTAK INSTITUTIONAL EQUITIES

We expect Indian IT to increase payout ratios (dividend + buybacks) and detail their capital allocation strategies. has already taken the initiative on announcing a large and may follow it up with detailing payout ratio in future.

We expect constant currency (c/c) revenue growth of 1.6 per cent and cross-currency tailwind of 25 bps. We expect EBIT margin to expand 30 bps led by operational improvements despite marginal headwind from rupee appreciation. We expect the company to formalise capital allocation and establish payout ratio at minimum of 55 per cent.

Also Read: IT margin pressure likely till 2019-20, says report

We expect investor focus on: (1) demand environment across verticals, sales decision cycle and its implications for FY2018 outlook and impact of in-sourcing to captives, if any, in key clients (2) TCS' positioning in the evolving digital landscape and growth outlook for digital practice, (3) risk mitigation from any potential increase in minimum wages for H-1B workers and (4) margin outlook.

EDELWEISS RESEARCH

EBITDA margin expected to expand 30 bps on account of better realisations. Commentary on client budgets, spends by BFSI clients, investments in digital technologies and H1B visa issues key monitorables.

AMBIT CAPITAL

FY18 outlook will be keenly watched especially due to absence of NASSCOM's guidance. Consensus expects growth acceleration due to improved macro-economic environment but we are sceptical because of poor exit-rate in the March 2017 quarter, and continued pressure on both volume (automation, cloud) and pricing. has already announced a buyback, but we await clarity on the cash return policy. Expect 2.2 per cent quarter-on-quarter (Q-o-Q) revenue growth in CC terms.

ANTIQUE STOCK BROKING

USD revenue growth to be 2.2 per cent q-o-q in reported terms (1.8 per cent in CC) with cross currency benefit of 40 basis points (bps). EBITDA margin at 27.5 per cent, down 20bps q-o-q, largely owing to rupee appreciation against the US dollar, partially offset by operational efficiencies.

Also Read: TCS to articulate capital allocation policy explicitly in next few months

Key things to watch out will be commentary on budget cycles, demand in key verticals and outlook for FY18. Investments in digital and measures to reduce risks surrounding H-1B dependence will be the key monitorable points. Company could formalise its capital allocation policy and higher payout ratio could be in the offering.

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Like Infosys, will TCS also hike dividend payout for shareholders?

The Q4 numbers will be the first quarterly figures after Rajesh Gopinathan took over as CEO & MD

The Q4 numbers will be the first quarterly figures after Rajesh Gopinathan took over as CEO & MD Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is set to announce its results for the fourth quarter ended March 2017 (Q4FY17), and full financial year 2016-17 (FY17) numbers on Tuesday. The numbers will be the first after took over as the chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD) on February 21, 2017 from

Also Read: More losers than gainers in m-cap play; TCS, RIL badly hit

Last week, kick-started the season for IT and disappointed the Street with its guidance. gave an operating profit margin guidance of 23-25 per cent for FY18 compared with 24-25 per cent in FY17, triggering estimate for FY18 across a number of brokerages.

Besides the and FY17 numbers, the guidance for the next financial year and changes (if any) to its capital allocation policy will be equally important factor for the stock’s performance going ahead, analysts say. Here is what leading brokerages and research houses expect from TCS

MOTILAL OSWAL RESEARCH

Watch out for guidance / outlook from At TCS, while the commentary has remained very positive, it remains to be seen what the company guides for revenue growth. Our estimate of 9.5 per cent constant currency (CC) growth in FY18 implies a CC CQGR of 2.5 per cent in FY18.

Also Read: US intensifies H-1B visas scrutiny, heat on freshers

ICICI SECURITIES

We expect EBIT margins to be flattish for TCS, led by currency headwind offset by operational efficiency. We would be monitoring how IT manage margins in the wake of increased US local hiring amid maintaining utilisation.

US dollar revenues may grow 1.2 per cent q-o-q to $4,439.6 million, led by BSFI and some uptick in retail vertical. Constant currency may grow around 1.5 per cent q-o-q while rupee revenues may decline 0.1 per cent to Rs 29,701 crore. EBIT margins may remain unchanged q-o-q to 26 per cent owing to operational efficiency offset by currency headwind. FY18E outlook and margin guidance, IT budget spend pattern, traction in digital business and attrition are among the key things to watch out for.

Also Read: IT stocks catch cold as Trump warms up to outsourcing curbs

KOTAK INSTITUTIONAL EQUITIES

We expect Indian IT to increase payout ratios (dividend + buybacks) and detail their capital allocation strategies. has already taken the initiative on announcing a large and may follow it up with detailing payout ratio in future.

We expect constant currency (c/c) revenue growth of 1.6 per cent and cross-currency tailwind of 25 bps. We expect EBIT margin to expand 30 bps led by operational improvements despite marginal headwind from rupee appreciation. We expect the company to formalise capital allocation and establish payout ratio at minimum of 55 per cent.

Also Read: IT margin pressure likely till 2019-20, says report

We expect investor focus on: (1) demand environment across verticals, sales decision cycle and its implications for FY2018 outlook and impact of in-sourcing to captives, if any, in key clients (2) TCS' positioning in the evolving digital landscape and growth outlook for digital practice, (3) risk mitigation from any potential increase in minimum wages for H-1B workers and (4) margin outlook.

EDELWEISS RESEARCH

EBITDA margin expected to expand 30 bps on account of better realisations. Commentary on client budgets, spends by BFSI clients, investments in digital technologies and H1B visa issues key monitorables.

AMBIT CAPITAL

FY18 outlook will be keenly watched especially due to absence of NASSCOM's guidance. Consensus expects growth acceleration due to improved macro-economic environment but we are sceptical because of poor exit-rate in the March 2017 quarter, and continued pressure on both volume (automation, cloud) and pricing. has already announced a buyback, but we await clarity on the cash return policy. Expect 2.2 per cent quarter-on-quarter (Q-o-Q) revenue growth in CC terms.

ANTIQUE STOCK BROKING

USD revenue growth to be 2.2 per cent q-o-q in reported terms (1.8 per cent in CC) with cross currency benefit of 40 basis points (bps). EBITDA margin at 27.5 per cent, down 20bps q-o-q, largely owing to rupee appreciation against the US dollar, partially offset by operational efficiencies.

Also Read: TCS to articulate capital allocation policy explicitly in next few months

Key things to watch out will be commentary on budget cycles, demand in key verticals and outlook for FY18. Investments in digital and measures to reduce risks surrounding H-1B dependence will be the key monitorable points. Company could formalise its capital allocation policy and higher payout ratio could be in the offering.
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Like Infosys, will TCS also hike dividend payout for shareholders?

The Q4 numbers will be the first quarterly figures after Rajesh Gopinathan took over as CEO & MD

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is set to announce its results for the fourth quarter ended March 2017 (Q4FY17), and full financial year 2016-17 (FY17) numbers on Tuesday. The numbers will be the first after took over as the chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD) on February 21, 2017 from

Also Read: More losers than gainers in m-cap play; TCS, RIL badly hit

Last week, kick-started the season for IT and disappointed the Street with its guidance. gave an operating profit margin guidance of 23-25 per cent for FY18 compared with 24-25 per cent in FY17, triggering estimate for FY18 across a number of brokerages.

Besides the and FY17 numbers, the guidance for the next financial year and changes (if any) to its capital allocation policy will be equally important factor for the stock’s performance going ahead, analysts say. Here is what leading brokerages and research houses expect from TCS

MOTILAL OSWAL RESEARCH

Watch out for guidance / outlook from At TCS, while the commentary has remained very positive, it remains to be seen what the company guides for revenue growth. Our estimate of 9.5 per cent constant currency (CC) growth in FY18 implies a CC CQGR of 2.5 per cent in FY18.

Also Read: US intensifies H-1B visas scrutiny, heat on freshers

ICICI SECURITIES

We expect EBIT margins to be flattish for TCS, led by currency headwind offset by operational efficiency. We would be monitoring how IT manage margins in the wake of increased US local hiring amid maintaining utilisation.

US dollar revenues may grow 1.2 per cent q-o-q to $4,439.6 million, led by BSFI and some uptick in retail vertical. Constant currency may grow around 1.5 per cent q-o-q while rupee revenues may decline 0.1 per cent to Rs 29,701 crore. EBIT margins may remain unchanged q-o-q to 26 per cent owing to operational efficiency offset by currency headwind. FY18E outlook and margin guidance, IT budget spend pattern, traction in digital business and attrition are among the key things to watch out for.

Also Read: IT stocks catch cold as Trump warms up to outsourcing curbs

KOTAK INSTITUTIONAL EQUITIES

We expect Indian IT to increase payout ratios (dividend + buybacks) and detail their capital allocation strategies. has already taken the initiative on announcing a large and may follow it up with detailing payout ratio in future.

We expect constant currency (c/c) revenue growth of 1.6 per cent and cross-currency tailwind of 25 bps. We expect EBIT margin to expand 30 bps led by operational improvements despite marginal headwind from rupee appreciation. We expect the company to formalise capital allocation and establish payout ratio at minimum of 55 per cent.

Also Read: IT margin pressure likely till 2019-20, says report

We expect investor focus on: (1) demand environment across verticals, sales decision cycle and its implications for FY2018 outlook and impact of in-sourcing to captives, if any, in key clients (2) TCS' positioning in the evolving digital landscape and growth outlook for digital practice, (3) risk mitigation from any potential increase in minimum wages for H-1B workers and (4) margin outlook.

EDELWEISS RESEARCH

EBITDA margin expected to expand 30 bps on account of better realisations. Commentary on client budgets, spends by BFSI clients, investments in digital technologies and H1B visa issues key monitorables.

AMBIT CAPITAL

FY18 outlook will be keenly watched especially due to absence of NASSCOM's guidance. Consensus expects growth acceleration due to improved macro-economic environment but we are sceptical because of poor exit-rate in the March 2017 quarter, and continued pressure on both volume (automation, cloud) and pricing. has already announced a buyback, but we await clarity on the cash return policy. Expect 2.2 per cent quarter-on-quarter (Q-o-Q) revenue growth in CC terms.

ANTIQUE STOCK BROKING

USD revenue growth to be 2.2 per cent q-o-q in reported terms (1.8 per cent in CC) with cross currency benefit of 40 basis points (bps). EBITDA margin at 27.5 per cent, down 20bps q-o-q, largely owing to rupee appreciation against the US dollar, partially offset by operational efficiencies.

Also Read: TCS to articulate capital allocation policy explicitly in next few months

Key things to watch out will be commentary on budget cycles, demand in key verticals and outlook for FY18. Investments in digital and measures to reduce risks surrounding H-1B dependence will be the key monitorable points. Company could formalise its capital allocation policy and higher payout ratio could be in the offering.

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