The country's third-largest software services firm Wipro Technologies today posted a 28.8 per cent increase in profit to Rs 2,226.5 crore in the quarter ended March 31 on the back of improving global economic sentiment and cost optimisation.
The Bangalore-based firm had registered a profit of Rs 1,728.7 crore in the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2013, Wipro Technologies said in a statement. The results are under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Net sales grew 21.7 per cent to Rs 11,703.6 crore in the quarter from Rs 9,613.1 crore a year earlier.
Revenue from IT services stood at Rs 10,620 crore, up 24 per cent year-on-year. In dollar terms, the segment's revenue was at USD 1.72 billion, up 8.5 per cent year-on-year. This is in line with its projection of USD 1.712 billion to USD 1.745 billion for January-March 2014.
For April-June, Wipro Technologies expects revenue from IT services to be in the range of USD 1,715 million to USD 1,755 million.
"The steady improvement in global economy, coupled with the exciting pace of technological advancements, presents us with opportunities to create innovative solutions to help our customers differentiate, compete and succeed in their respective markets," Wipro Chairman Azim Premji said.
For 2013-14, profit rose 17.5 per cent to Rs 7,796.7 crore, while revenue climbed 16.1 per cent to Rs 43,754.9 crore. The company added 59 customers during the quarter.
IT services revenue for the year was at USD 6.62 billion (up 6.4 per cent y-o-y) or Rs 39,950 crore (up 18 per cent).
Wipro had 1,46,053 employees as of March 31, as part of its IT services business.
"Our focus on process simplification, automation and platform-based delivery continues to deliver results and we are seeing the benefits through improved productivity, reduced timelines in execution and greater business agility," Wipro Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer T K Kurien said.
This focus has enabled improved win ratios and has also enhanced customer satisfaction, he added.
Wipro declared a final dividend of Rs 5 (USD 0.08) per share/ADS, taking the total for the year to Rs 8 (USD 0.13).
The IT products segment delivered revenue of Rs 1,110 crore (USD 185 million) for the quarter, up 3 per cent, while for the full year, it dipped 1 per cent to Rs 3,880 crore (USD 646 million).
Shares of the company, which announced results after market hours, rose 2.39 per cent to