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Infy puts off Sept quarter results to October 24

Blames delay on ‘logistics issues’

- AYAN PRAMANIK

Infosys, India’s second-largest informatio­n technology (IT) services firm, has deferred announcing its second-quarter results by nearly two weeks — the first time in recent years. The bellwether IT services firm generally discloses its quarter numbers within 15 days of the beginning of the next quarter but this time, however, it has set October 24 as the date of announceme­nt. Infosys has attributed this delay to “logistics issues” for this quarter.

Infosys, India’s second-largest informatio­n technology (IT) services firm, has deferred announcing its second-quarter (Q2) results by nearly two weeks — the first time in recent years.

The bellwether IT services firm generally discloses its quarter numbers within 15 days of the beginning of the next quarter but this time, however, it has set October 24 as the date of announceme­nt.

Infosys has attributed this delay to “logistics issues”. The following week has holidays on account of Diwali, resulting in a further delay by a week.

Sources aware of the developmen­t said non-executive Chairman Nandan Nilekani had engagement­s on the earlier scheduled dates, and they were fixed before he rejoined the company.

The Infosys numbers are eagerly watched by analysts and investors because its performanc­e indicates the future of the $117-billion technology services sector. “This time certain logistics issues during the early second week (12th or 13th of the month) and the festivitie­s the week after have resulted in a deferment,” said an Infosys spokespers­on.

An analyst with a brokerage pointed to the completion of the share buyback set for the first week of October. “Infosys has announced that the voting window on the share buyback and other resolution­s will remain open till October 8. The shareholde­rs’ voting process will take its own time. So Infosys will require time before it could announce its financials,” said the analyst with a brokerage firm.

The July-September results will be the first after Nandan Nilekani’s return to the company, which he has rejoined as non-executive chairman.

Nilekani returned last month to head Infosys, which he had co-founded with N R Narayana Murthy and five others, after a three-year experiment with an outsider as chief executive officer (CEO) had failed.

Vishal Sikka, the first non-founder CEO, quit Infosys, citing personal attacks on him, for which the company, under its previous chairman R Seshasayee, blamed Murthy.

Murthy had publicly raised concerns over corporate governance in the severance pay given to Rajiv Bansal, former chief financial officer who had raised the red flag in the acquisitio­n of Panaya, an Israeli technology firm. Murthy had also sought making public an investigat­ion report that looked into the Panaya acquisitio­n and had given the company’s management the clean chit. The resulting public spat between the Infosys board and Murthy depressed investor confidence with the stock losing more than ~32,000 crore in market capitalisa­tion in the next two days.

This also made investors and a few board members, along with the founders, to persuade Nilekani to return. When he took charge, Seshasayee and two independen­t board members, Jeffrey Lehman and John Etchemendy, quit the company. Subsequent­ly Nilekani outlined his plan: Hiring executive search firm Egon Zehnder to help in selecting a CEO; and asking board membersD NP rah lad and Ravi V en kate san to take stock of Sikka’s strategy and also to look at the investigat­ion report on Pa na ya.

The results will give an indication whether Nilekani would continue with the software plus services strategy adopted by Sikka, or tweak it to reflect his worldview of the explosion in data and how Infosys could help traditiona­l companies battle competitio­n from start-ups that rely on data to disrupt businesses and sectors.

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