Mr. Apurva Prasad, Institutional Research Analyst, HDFC Securities and Mr. Amit Chandra, Institutional Research Analyst, HDFC Securities.
Infosys (INFO) posted a slightly higher revenue growth in Q3 and increased its FY23E revenue guidance. Revenue growth at 2.4% QoQ and 13.7% YoY CC was ahead of consensus, supported by higher pass-through revenue which was linked to integrated deals. INFO's revenue guidance increased from 15-16% CC to 16.0-16.5% CC, implying ~2.5% QoQ for Q4FY23E. Key drivers for INFO include the following: (1) strong large deal bookings with USD 3.3bn TCV in Q3; 9MFY23 net-new large deal bookings that were up 30% and commentary on pipeline supporting growth visibility; (2) recovery expected in North America with 25 of the 32 large deals from NorthAm; (3) acceleration in vendor consolidation and cost take-out deals reflected in growth in core services (vs. historical decline); and (4) strong traction in E&U and manufacturing verticals. On the flipside, however, (1) large deal aggression is getting reflected in higher pass-through component (30% of incremental sequential growth) and (2) BFSI vertical (-1.7% QoQ) underperformed, impacted by higher furlough, some project completion and softness in mortgage & investment banking subsegments. Margin levers include large scope for utilisation increase, following strong fresher hiring. Maintain BUY on INFO with a TP of INR 1,815, based on 25x Sep-24E EPS and supported by 13% EPS CAGR over FY22-25E.
Q3FY23 highlights: (1) Revenue stood at USD 4,659mn, 2.4% QoQ and 13.7% YoY CC. (2) Growth was driven by manufacturing vertical (Europe-led), E&U vertical and life-science vertical posting 6.3/8.1/6.9% QoQ respectively. (3) Large deal bookings were strong at USD 3.3bn (32 deals), including USD 2.2bn renewals and USD 1.1bn net new; 9MFY23 net new large deal bookings stood at USD 3.5bn as compared to USD 2.7bn in 9MFY22. (4) Digital services (63% of revenue) grew 21.7% YoY CC and core services grew 2.4% YoY CC. (5) EBITM was flat at 21.5%, impacted by +40bps from FX, +70bps from cost optimisation including lower sub-contracting, offset by -80bps from higher third-party cost and lower utilisation and -30bps from higher SG&A expense.
Outlook: We have factored in USD revenue growth of +12.9/10.0/10.3% and EBITM is factored in at 21.6/21.5/21.5% for FY23/24/25E.
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