India's fourth-largest software services exporter HCL Technologies on Friday reported 28 per cent rise in consolidated net profit at Rs 1,915 crore (Rs 19.15 billion) for the second quarter ended December 2014 on growth in European business as well as life-sciences and healthcare verticals.
The city-based firm, which follows July-June fiscal year, had posted a net profit of Rs 1,496 crore (Rs 14.96 billion) in the year-ago period, it said in a BSE filing.
Consolidated revenues grew by 13.4 per cent at Rs 9,283 crore (Rs 92.83 billion) in the October-December 2014 quarter as against Rs 8,184 crore in the same quarter of the previous fiscal.
Shares of HCL Technologies on Friday surged over 11 per cent after the company reported 28 per cent rise in consolidated net profit for the second quarter ended December 2014.
HCL Tech's shares soared 11.42 per cent to Rs 1,834 -- its 52-week high at the BSE. On the NSE, it jumped 10.37 per cent to touch a one-year peak of Rs 1,820.
In the July-September quarter, the firm had reported a net profit of Rs 1,873 crore (Rs 18.73 billion) and revenues of Rs 8,735 crore (Rs 87.35 billion).
"The global IT industry is undergoing a seismic change as the scope of IT buying expands to capture adjacencies beyond IT. This is not only changing the contours of the traditional buyer as we know it but also bringing technology to the very centre stage of organisational competitiveness," HCL Technologies Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Shiv Nadar said.
In such a scenario, a balanced portfolio, integrated IT services and engineering capabilities have ensured that HCL remains service provider of choice for companies looking for business model transformation, he added.
In dollar terms, the company's net profit rose by 27.3 per cent to $307.2 million in the reported quarter, while revenues grew 12.8 per cent to $1.43 billion.
"Our continued focus in developing next generation propositions around digitalisation, engineering platform services and target operating model for enterprise IT have
allowed us to stay ahead of the innovation curve and gain significant market share in the global IT services market," HCL Technologies President and CEO Anant Gupta said.
For the quarter ended December, HCL Technologies had cash and cash equivalents of Rs 1,221 crore (Rs 12.21 billion).
The company signed 15 transformational engagements during this quarter with more than $1 billion of total contract value (TCV).
Total headcount of the company crossed the one lakh mark to stand at 1,00,240 at the end of December, with gross additions at 11,734 and net at 4,718. The attrition for IT services on LTM basis stood at 16.4 per cent.
In order to expand the retail base, the company's Board has recommended issuance of bonus shares in the ratio of 1 share for every 1 share held.
It also declared an interim dividend of Rs 8 per equity share of Rs 2 each. Shares of the company were trading 9.67 per cent up at Rs 1,805 apiece during morning session on the Bombay Stock Exchange.