– QoQ revenue growth of 6.7% at $150.1 Mn
– QoQ operating profit growth of 21.5% at ₹1,409 Mn
– QoQ earnings growth of 26.9% at ₹1,114 Mn
– Declared an interim dividend of ₹5.0/Share
HYDERABAD, India, Oct. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cyient (Estd: 1991, NSE: CYIENT), a global provider of engineering, manufacturing, geospatial, network and operations management services to global industry leaders, today reported its consolidated financial results for the second quarter (Q2) of FY 2018 ending September 30, 2017.
- QoQ revenue growth of 6.7% - highest ever at $150.1 Mn, YoY growth of 10.0%
- Services revenue QoQ growth of 4.2% - highest ever at $134.3 Mn, YoY growth of 9.2%
- Operating profit QoQ growth of 21.5% (operating margin up by 181 bps) - highest ever at ₹1,409 Mn
- QoQ earnings growth of 26.9%, YoY growth of 14.6%; at ₹1,114 Mn - highest ever
- ETR for the quarter stands at 28.1%, down 302 bps QoQ
- Cash & cash equivalents at healthy levels; at ₹9,867 Mn
- Company declared an interim dividend of ₹5.0/Share - highest ever, revised the dividend policy to dividend payout of up to 40% from current payout of up to 30%, barring unusual situations
- Well rounded growth across all Business Units and Geographies
- Led by Transportation and Communications at ~31% & ~16% YoY $ terms respectively
- EMEA and APAC posted a robust growth of ~24% &~16% YoY in $ terms respectively
- Attrition at 16.8%; lowest ever in last 15 quarters
- 27 new customers added
Message from the Management
Commenting on the results, Mr. Krishna Bodanapu, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Q2 FY18 was in line with our expectations both on revenue and margin. We recorded the highest ever revenue of $150.1 Mn in the quarter, an increase of 10% YoY and 6.7% QoQ. Our services business recorded a revenue of $134.3 Mn in the quarter, an increase of 4.2% QoQ. The growth in our services business was driven by Communications, Transportation and Aerospace & Defense business units. The Design Led Manufacturing (DLM) business continues to improve in performance and delivered double digit growth YoY. Our operating margin for the quarter stood at 14.6%, an increase of 56 bps YoY & 181 bps QoQ. The services OPM of 16.2% is higher by 163 bps QoQ due to improvements in operational efficiencies.
Building on our strategy of Design, Build, Operate and Maintain, Cyient Defense Services Inc. signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% equity shares in B&F Design Inc. This acquisition adds to our tooling design and manufacturing capability. This quarter we also signed an exclusive software licensing agreement with Elpis, a startup software company from Portland, Oregon in USA, that provides innovative machine learning meter and voltage signature technology. Through this agreement, Cyient and Elpis will jointly pursue utility business opportunities, by leveraging our complementing solutions and technology, respectively.
Our outlook for FY18 is strong, backed by a strong pipeline and order backlog. We expect a double digit growth in our services business while DLM business is expected to grow around 20%. Our margins are expected to improve by 50bps driven by improvements in operational efficiency through the year. We expect to deliver a double digit earnings growth in the year."
Mr. Ajay Aggarwal, Chief Financial Officer, said, "I am pleased to share that Q2FY18 and FY18, respectively, have been and are shaping well towards profitability in line with our expectations. The focus on operating profit has showed up well on operating profit growth and operating margin expansion. Cyient continues to have a healthy cash balance of $150.1 Mn. We signed an agreement to acquire B&F Design Inc. to strengthen our aerospace service offering and also divested our stake in IASI to remain focused in our pursuit. We continue to act on investor feedback and have increased our dividend payout from 30% to 40%. We will continue to focus on organic and inorganic strategic investments. We expect this momentum to continue in FY18. Cyient will continue to focus on growth, improvement in operating margin, cash generation and thus maximizing well rounded focus on the value for our shareholders."
Aerospace & Defense
The Aerospace & Defense BU witnessed a growth of 3.0% YoY and 2.9% QoQ. Our growth was predominantly driven by growth in key engagements specifically in Manufacturing and Aftermarket. The UTC engagement is experiencing short term challenges due to work load rebalancing. However, we are confident that our growth initiatives in the engagement will start yielding results from Q1 FY19.
We are witnessing strong growth in North America and Europe and our pipeline for Design-Build Maintain (DLM) projects continues to get stronger. We have rolled out a new process Integrated Product Development Process (IPDP), a framework that integrates business and technical processes to ensure flawless execution in product design, testing and manufacturing. This will help us with seamless delivery of Design-Build-Maintain projects to global OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.
Despite the seasonal challenges we typically face in Q3, we expect a strong growth through the year driven by continued growth in key accounts and two large project wins with immediate timelines.
The Communication BU witnessed a growth of 16.3% YoY and 6.5% QoQ. Our growth in the business was predominantly driven by growth in key engagements and CAF II program rollout.
Telecom wireless strategy execution is in progress. We see strong growth coming from small cells deployment and 5G planning, and we are putting plans to address this opportunity globally. We are also evaluating inorganic pursuits to build strong capabilities to be an end to end player for "plan-build-operate."
Our outlook for the year continues to be strong we expect the growth to be driven by growth in some of our key client engagements.
Utilities & Geospatial
The Utilities & Geospatial BU witnessed a growth of 3.7% YoY and - 0.5% QoQ. Our growth in key engagements was offset by a seasonal drop in revenue from one of our largest clients in North America and from the Cheddar business. Our Cheddar business faced some challenges around data acquisition activity that has pushed revenues to the second half of the year.
We had a couple of new project wins in North America this quarter. We expect stronger revenue growth through the year, driven by the ramp up in key clients, growth in new business and a recovery in our revenue from Cheddar business.
The Transportation BU witnessed a growth of 30.6% YoY and 11.8% QoQ. Our growth was driven by strong momentum in key engagements and new project wins.
We were approved as a potential supplier for two rail operators in Europe and Australia, in addition to two new client acquisitions. This augurs well with our strategy to expand our presence in the operator space as the future growth engine. We were approved as a member of the UK Rail association RSSB (Rail Safety Standards Board) in addition to our active membership in the VDB (Germany), the ARA (Australia).
Our strategy execution continues to gain momentum, especially around Rolling Stock and Signaling solutions. We have also embarked on a journey to accelerate our proactive investments in the emerging areas of Digitalization and Design Led Manufacturing.
Our outlook for the year continues to be positive supported by industry growth in our focus segments of Rolling Stock and Signaling, our strong long term relationships and a healthy opportunity pipeline.
Industrial, Energy and Natural Resources
The IE&NR BU witnessed a growth of 1.0% YoY and 6.1% QoQ. Our growth was driven by strong performance in DLM and Analytics, however, this was offset by challenges in key engagements.
There are signs of recovery in both the Mining and the Oil & Gas sectors. One key highlight for the quarter is the new client partnership that is expected to grow to over 100 people by the end of the fiscal year.
Key areas of focus are continued traction in DLM and continued execution of the connected equipment strategy.
Semiconductor, IoT and Analytics
The Semiconductor, IoT and Analytics BU witnessed a growth of 10.2% YoY, driven primarily by the new service areas such as verification and validation and new customer additions. The QoQ de-growth of 4.8% was a result of one of our customer re-issuing purchase orders at the end of their fiscal year.
The Semiconductor industry is experiencing a strong growth especially in segments like Automotive, Memory and Cloud. We expect a double digit growth through the year driven by new engagements in the areas of mixed signal verification and validation.
Medical & Healthcare
The Medical Technology and Healthcare BU witnessed a growth of 26.0% YoY and 13.6% QoQ. Our growth was driven by increased volumes across multiple key engagements as well as addition of three new clients in the quarter. Our focus continues to be on core services as well as end to end product development. We are also leveraging verification capabilities from our Certon acquisition for our clients. A large number of our projects in product development phase have the potential to transition to manufacturing within the fiscal year.
The industry continues to be strong with most medical technology companies showing robust growth across all markets. We expect strong growth in the business driven by services as well as manufacturing.
The DLM BU witnessed a growth of 17.3% YoY and 33.7% QoQ driven by growth in key segments such as Telecom, Industrial and Defense. We also witnessed growth in key engagements through the year. The revenue from new customers is expected to rise resulting in better margins. We had added a new assembly line in Q1 FY18 to enhance our manufacturing capacity, which has become operational in Q2 FY18.
Our outlook for the year continues to remain strong and we expect to see a double digit growth driven by strong order backlog, growth in the offset segment and new synergy business and a strong pipeline.
- Continue to support 25 Government Schools - supporting underprivileged children; added one more Cyient Digital Centre that provides digital educational resources; and taking the total to 55
- Cyient Foundation joined hands with the Telangana State Government for the "Haritha Haram" initiative - 5000 plants were planted as part of the initiative
- Opening a New center in Hyderabad (Lanco Hills) which is expected to be ready by Q4
- Expanding Center of Excellence with additional capacity of 100 seats for a key Transportation customer
- Cyient won award for "Best Implementation" at the Field Service 2017 Technology Awards
- Certon, our Avionics setup in Florida, USA, awarded the Platinum Premier ranking as part of Trusted Supplier Program from Rockwell Collins
- Boeing Test and Evaluation Excellence in Quality Award in the category of "Use Standard Work for Completing 737-7 Project"
- Winner of 2017 Singapore HEALTH (Helping Employees Achieve Life Time Health) – Merit award
- Initiated IP Based automation tool – Robotic process automation, using open source technology
- Cyient Singapore certified for AS9100C and ISO 9001
- Completed ISO 13485 surveillance audit for medical devices product and service quality
Cyient (Estd: 1991, NSE: CYIENT) provides engineering, manufacturing, geospatial, network and operations management services to global industry leaders. Cyient leverages the power of digital technology and advanced analytics capabilities, along with domain knowledge and technical expertise, to solve complex business problems. As a Design, Build and Maintain partner, Cyient takes solution ownership across the value chain to help clients focus on their core, innovate, and stay ahead of the curve. Relationships form the core of how Cyient works. With nearly 14,000 employees in 21 countries, Cyient partners with clients to operate as part of their extended team, in ways that best suit their organization's culture and requirements. Cyient's industry focus includes aerospace and defense, medical, telecommunications, rail transportation, semiconductor, utilities, industrial, energy and natural resources.
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