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eClerx Services surges 8% as board considers share buyback proposal

The stock surged 8 per cent to Rs 1,118 on the BSE in intra-day trade so far on Friday after the company announced to consider share buyback proposal in its board meet on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

SI Reporter  |  Mumbai 

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surged 8 per cent to Rs 1,118 apiece on the in intra-day trade so far on Friday after the company announced to consider proposal in its on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

The primary objective of a programme is to arrest the fall in the value of a stock by reducing the supply of the stock, which essentially pushes up the share price through a better P/E multiple.

In the past 10 months, the stock of knowledge and business process outsourcing services provider has underperformed the market by falling 23 per cent, as compared to 4 per cent rise in the S&P till Thursday.

reported weak performance in the December quarter (Q3FY19). While revenue came at US$50.2 million (+0.4 per cent QoQ in USD terms, +0.7 per cent QoQ in CC terms), EBIT (earnings before interest tax) margin plunged by 529bps QoQ to an all-time low of 15.2 per cent. This was owing to increased investments in onshore delivery along with a one-time impact due to facility consolidation in Pune. Poor margin performance along with substantially lower other income led net profit to crack by a massive 44.3 per cent QoQ to Rs 39 crore.

According to analysts at Reliance Securities, eClerx’s business outlook on the revenue front is likely to improve in FY20E led by newer growth areas. However, incremental revenue growth is coming at a lower margin on account of higher onsite proportion and upfront investments required to be made, while revenue follows through with a lag. Thus, margins are likely to be under pressure, and the upside is also not likely to be substantial.

At 11:14 am, was trading 6 per cent higher at Rs 1,098 on the In comparison, the S&P BSE was down 0.19 per cent at 36,655 levels. A combined 58,274 equity shares changed hands on the counter on the BSE and so far.

First Published: Fri, March 08 2019. 11:18 IST