Highlights:
  • Q4 revenue of $223.3M, up 19% from year-ago quarter, and 6% sequentially
  • Q4 EPS of $1.58 per diluted share, up 32% from year-ago quarter, and 11% sequentially
  • Full year revenue increase of 14% to $824.8M
  • Full year EPS of $5.24 per diluted share
  • 2013 year-ending cash & short term investments of $668.9M
  • Global Headcount of 23,652 on December 31, 2013, up 10% versus prior year

TROY, Mich., Feb. 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Syntel, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNT), a global information technology services and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) company today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year, ended December 31, 2013.

Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

Syntel's revenue for the fourth quarter increased 19 percent to $223.3 million, compared to $187.8 million in the prior-year period, and increased six percent sequentially from $209.9 million in the third quarter of 2013. During the fourth quarter, Applications Outsourcing accounted for 78 percent of total revenue, with Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) at 15 percent, e-Business contributing six percent and TeamSourcing at one percent.

The Company's gross margin was 47.1 percent in the fourth quarter, compared to 45.2 percent in the prior-year period and 46.6 percent in the third quarter of 2013. Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses were 13.3 percent of revenue in the fourth quarter, compared to 15 percent in the prior-year period and 10.7 percent in the previous quarter.

The fourth quarter income from operations was 33.7 percent of revenue as compared to 30.2 percent in the prior-year period and 35.9 percent in the third quarter. The sequential decline in operating margin primarily reflects the impact of currency-related balance sheet translations, and higher employee headcount and compensation expense.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $66.3 million or $1.58 per diluted share, compared to $49.9 million or $1.19 per diluted share in the prior-year period and net income of $59.4 million or $1.42 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2013.

Full Year 2013 Financial Highlights

Revenue for 2013 increased 14 percent to $824.8 million, from $723.9 million in 2012. The Company's 2013 operating margin was 32.4 percent, compared to 29.3 percent in 2012. Net income for the year was $219.7 million compared to $185.5 million in 2012. EPS for 2013 increased 18 percent to $5.24 per diluted share from $4.44 per diluted share in 2012.

During 2013, Syntel spent $20.5 million in CAPEX, largely in support of campus infrastructure, and finished the year with cash and short-term investments of $668.9 million. The Company added 23 new clients during the year and ended 2013 with 23,652 employees globally.

Operational Highlights

"I am pleased with the strong execution that drove our fourth quarter and full year results," said Syntel CEO and President Prashant Ranade. "We will build on these efforts in the coming year as we deepen the relationships we have with our valued customers and forge new relationships that will support our growth over the longer term."

"Syntel distinguishes itself on the strength and merit of our service capabilities, our domain expertise and our singular focus on serving customers," said Ranade. "Our flexible and collaborative approach allows us to deliver unique solutions and this makes us a desirable long-term partner."

"We will continue to invest in our company while fostering customer-centricity as we ready ourselves for future opportunities."

2014 Guidance

Based on current visibility levels and an exchange rate assumption of 62 Indian Rupees to the dollar, the Company currently expects 2014 revenue of $910 to $940 million and EPS in the range of $5.10 to $5.35.

Syntel to Host Conference Call

Syntel will discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2013 results today on a conference call at 10:00 a.m. (EST). To listen to the call, please dial (877) 837-3915 in the US/Canada or (973) 638-3495 internationally. The call will also be broadcast live via the Internet at Syntel's web site: investor.syntelinc.com. Please access the site at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register and download any necessary software. A replay will be available until February 27, 2014 by dialing (855) 859-2056 and entering "88510738". International callers may dial (404) 537-3406 and enter the same passcode.

About Syntel

Syntel (Nasdaq:SYNT) is a leading global provider of integrated information technology and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) solutions spanning the entire lifecycle of business and information systems and processes. The Company is driven by its mission to create new opportunities for clients by harnessing the passion, talent and innovation of Syntel employees worldwide. Syntel leverages dedicated Centers of Excellence, a flexible Global Delivery Model, and a strong track record of building collaborative client partnerships to create sustainable business advantage for Global 2000 organizations. Syntel is assessed at SEI CMMi Level 5, and is ISO 27001 and ISO 9001:2008 certified. As of December 31, 2013, Syntel employed more than 23,000 people worldwide. To learn more, visit us at: www.syntelinc.com.

Safe Harbor Provision

This news release includes forward-looking statements, including those with respect to the future level of business for Syntel, Inc. These statements are necessarily subject to risk and uncertainty. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 or from other factors not currently anticipated.
SYNTEL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE DATA)
         
  THREE MONTHS ENDED TWELVE MONTHS ENDED
  DECEMBER 31, DECEMBER 31,
  2013 2012 2013 2012
         
Net revenues  $ 223,287  $ 187,773  $ 824,765  $ 723,903
Cost of revenues 118,169 102,918 460,576 408,919
Gross profit 105,118 84,855 364,189 314,984
Selling, general and administrative expenses 29,759 28,131 96,587 103,044
         
Income from operations 75,359 56,724 267,602 211,940
         
Other income (expense), net 9,802 7,280 18,220 27,988
         
Income before provision for income taxes  85,161  64,004  285,822  239,928
         
Income tax expense 18,856 14,077 66,164 54,385
         
Net income  $ 66,305  $ 49,927  $ 219,658  $ 185,543
         
Other Comprehensive Income (loss)        
         
Foreign currency translation adjustments  $ 10,690  $ (18,349)  $ (64,641)  $ (11,910)
Gains (losses) on derivatives:        
Gains (losses) arising during period on net investment hedges  1,116  (324)  (6,796)  (1,558)
         
Unrealized gains (losses) on securities:        
Unrealized holding gains arising during period  2,773  513  5,460  916
Reclassification adjustment for gains included in net income  (311)  (623)  (942)  (269)
   2,462  (110)  4,518  647
         
Defined benefit pension plans:        
Net Profit/ (loss) arising during period  281  (1,038)  280  (1,051)
Amortization of prior service cost included in net periodic pension cost  75  8  146  32
   356  (1,030)  426  (1,019)
         
Other comprehensive income (loss), before tax  14,624  (19,813)  (66,493)  (13,840)
Income tax benefit (expense) related to Other Comprehensive Income (loss)  (951)  382  (1,677)  141
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax  13,673  (19,431)  (68,170)  (13,699)
         
Comprehensive Income   $ 79,978  $ 30,496  $ 151,488  $ 171,844
         
Dividend per share  $ --   $ 2.31  $ --   $ 2.49
         
EARNINGS PER SHARE:        
Basic  $ 1.58  $ 1.20  $ 5.26  $ 4.45
Diluted  $ 1.58  $ 1.19  $ 5.24  $ 4.44
         
Weighted average common shares outstanding:        
         
Basic 41,836 41,739 41,791 41,697
         
Diluted 41,950 41,833 41,882 41,793
         
         
SYNTEL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(IN THOUSANDS)
     
  December 31, December 31, 
   2013   2012 
     
ASSETS    
     
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 178,757  $ 94,622
Short term investments 490,177 326,653
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,022 and $2,168 at December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively  101,974 86,004
Revenue earned in excess of billings 22,275 11,875
Deferred income taxes and other current assets 49,929 51,736
     
 Total current assets  843,112  570,890
     
Property and equipment 198,687 204,151
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization 89,082 85,033
     
 Property and equipment, net  109,605  119,118
     
Goodwill 906 906
     
Non current Term Deposits with Banks 163 14
     
     
Deferred income taxes and other non current assets 43,390 34,908
     
TOTAL ASSETS  $ 997,176  $ 725,836
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
LIABILITIES    
Current liabilities:    
Accrued payroll and related costs  $ 56,308  $ 49,889
Income taxes payable 19,224 8,873
Accounts payable and other current liabilities 36,661 34,950
Deferred revenue 4,729 4,694
Loans and borrowings   7,363 50,029
     
 Total current liabilities  124,285  148,435
     
Other non current liabilities 11,970 11,731
Non Current loans and borrowings 138,375  --
     
TOTAL LIABILITIES  274,630  160,166
     
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
     
     
Total shareholders' equity  722,546  565,670
     
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY  $ 997,176  $ 725,836
     
CONTACT: North America/Europe:         Jon Luebke, Syntel,         248/619-3503, jon_luebke@syntelinc.com                  Asia/Pacific:         Sikta Samantaray,         +91 9167512186, sikta_samantaray@syntelinc.com

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