• Q1 revenue of $219.5M, up 16% from year-ago quarter, down 2% sequentially
  • Q1 EPS of $1.39 per diluted share, up 25% from year-ago quarter, down 12% sequentially
  • Q1 cash & short term investments of $712.9M
  • Global Headcount of 24,207 on March 31, 2014, up 9% versus prior year

TROY, Mich., April 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Syntel, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNT), a global information technology services and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) company today announced financial results for the first quarter, ended March 31, 2014.

First Quarter Financial Highlights

Syntel's revenue for the first quarter increased 16 percent to $219.5 million, compared to $189.1 million in the prior-year period, and decreased two percent sequentially from $223.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. During the first quarter, Banking and Financial Services accounted for 49% of total revenue, with Healthcare and Life Sciences at 17%, Retail, Logistics and Telecom at 16%, Insurance at 15% and Manufacturing at 3%.

The Company's gross margin was 43.7 percent in the first quarter, compared to 41.1 percent in the prior-year period and 47.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses were 14.7 percent of revenue in the first quarter, compared to 13.6 percent in the prior-year period and 13.3 percent in the previous quarter.

The first quarter income from operations was 29.1 percent of revenue as compared to 27.5 percent in the prior-year period and 33.7 percent in the fourth quarter. The sequential decline in operating margin primarily reflects the impact of higher employee headcount and compensation-related expense and currency-related balance sheet translations.

Net income for the first quarter was $58.1 million or $1.39 per diluted share, compared to $46.4 million or $1.11 per diluted share in the prior-year period and net income of $66.3 million or $1.58 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2013.

During Q1, Syntel spent $3.8 million in CAPEX, largely in support of campus infrastructure, and finished the quarter with cash and short-term investments of $712.9 million. The Company also added 555 net employees, ending the quarter with 24,207 employees globally.

Operational Highlights

"Syntel started 2014 on a solid footing and we look forward to building on this in the months ahead," said Syntel CEO and President Prashant Ranade. "Our focus on our core strengths has never wavered and our customers rely on our consistency to manage through the constant change they face in their businesses."

"We have built our company around serving the needs of our customers; this is evident in the depth of our domain expertise and our commitment to providing high value solutions tied to their evolving businesses," said Ranade. "Our commitment to our clients' long-term success guides many of our investments as we collaborate to achieve mutual success."

"I am optimistic about the future opportunities this long-term view affords us and our aim is to target investments in strategic areas that will further differentiate our service offerings."

2014 Guidance

Based on current visibility levels and an exchange rate assumption of 60 Indian Rupees to the dollar, the Company currently expects 2014 revenue of $915 to $940 million and EPS in the range of $5.10 to $5.28.

Syntel to Host Conference Call

Syntel will discuss its first quarter 2014 results today on a conference call at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). 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 April 24, 2014 by dialing (855) 859-2056 and entering "29148363". 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 March 31, 2014, Syntel employed more than 24,000 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, 2013 or from other factors not currently anticipated.
  MARCH 31,
  2014 2013
Net revenues  $ 219,523  $ 189,106
Cost of revenues 123,500 111,329
Gross profit 96,023 77,777
Selling, general and administrative expenses 32,221 25,693
Income from operations 63,802 52,084
Other income, net 11,785 8,804
Income before provision for income taxes  75,587  60,888
Income tax expense 17,439 14,464
Net income  $ 58,148  $ 46,424
Other Comprehensive Income (loss)    
Foreign currency translation adjustments  $ 24,847  $ 1,865
Gains (losses) on derivatives:    
Gains (losses) arising during period on net investment hedges  724  90
Unrealized gains (losses) on securities:    
Unrealized holding gains arising during period  2,724  211
Reclassification adjustment for gains included in net income  (1,855)  (823)
   869  (612)
Defined benefit pension plans:    
Net Profit (loss) arising during period  --   6
Amortization of prior service cost included in net periodic pension cost  2  8
   2  14
Other comprehensive income (loss), before tax  26,442  1,357
Income tax benefit (expense) related to Other Comprehensive Income (loss)  (252)  197
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax  26,190  1,554
Comprehensive Income   $ 84,338  $ 47,978
Dividend per share  $ --   $ -- 
Basic  $ 1.39  $ 1.11
Diluted  $ 1.39  $ 1.11
Weighted average common shares outstanding:    
Basic 41,840 41,742
Diluted 41,972 41,839
  March 31, December 31,
   2014   2013 
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 221,839  $ 178,757
Short term investments 491,046 490,177
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,033 and $2,022 at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively  105,109 101,974
Revenue earned in excess of billings 33,262 22,275
Deferred income taxes and other current assets 65,437 49,929
 Total current assets  916,693  843,112
Property and equipment 207,240 198,687
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization 95,533 89,082
 Property and equipment, net  111,707  109,605
Goodwill 906 906
Non current Term Deposits with Banks  -- 163
Deferred income taxes and other non current assets 45,574 43,390
TOTAL ASSETS  $ 1,074,880  $ 997,176
Current liabilities:    
Accrued payroll and related costs  $ 46,176  $ 56,308
Income taxes payable 21,636 19,224
Accounts payable and other current liabilities 38,622 36,661
Deferred revenue 3,096 4,729
Loans and borrowings   7,724  7,363
 Total current liabilities  117,254  124,285
Other non current liabilities 12,816 11,970
Non Current loans and borrowings 136,500 138,375
TOTAL LIABILITIES  266,570  274,630
Total shareholders' equity  808,310  722,546
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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