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Infosys shares end nearly 3% higher on buyback, revenue growth forecast

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Shares of Monday rose nearly 3 per cent after the company approved a Rs 8,260-crore share and also raised its revenue growth forecast.

The scrip gained 2.52 per cent to end at Rs 700.90 on BSE. Intra-day, it jumped 3.70 per cent to Rs 709.

On NSE, shares of the company went up by 2.60 per cent to close at Rs 701.30.

In terms of equity volume, 19.01 lakh shares of the company were traded on BSE and over one crore shares changed hands on NSE during the day.

India's second largest IT firm Friday reported a 30 per cent drop in its December quarter net profit on higher expenses even as it approved a Rs 8,260-crore share -- the second in less than 13 months' time.

Its net profit slumped to Rs 3,610 crore in October-December 2018 from Rs 5,129 crore in the same period a year ago, the company said in a statement.

In spite of the drop in quarterly profit, the company raised its revenue growth forecast for the fiscal year ending March 2019 to 8.5-9 per cent in constant currency terms, from 6-8 per cent previously. Revenue from operations rose 20.3 per cent to Rs 21,400 crore.

said it will buy back 10.32 crore shares, or 2.36 per cent, for no more than Rs 800 per share -- 17 per cent higher than the closing price of Rs 683.70 per share on the BSE.

also declared a special dividend of Rs 4 per share.

Sanjeev Hota, AVP Research at Sharekhan by said, Infosys' performance surprised positively with strong top-line growth for the quarter, though margin performance missed the mark.

"Increase in revenue guidance and better exit rate for FY19 provides comfort on double digit growth in FY20. quantum seems to be below than expectation, however, will support the stock performance in medium term," he added.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 16:55 IST
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