Wipro profits up 18 pct on strong demand

Jan 18, 2013 by Erika Kinetz

Wipro reported an 18 percent rise in December quarter profits Friday, beating expectations as global cost-cutting drives global businesses to Indian outsourcing companies.

India's third-largest said it earned 17.2 billion rupees ($313 million) in the October to December quarter on revenue of 110.3 billion rupees ($2.0 billion), a rise of 10 percent from a year ago.

Analysts polled by FactSet had forecast net profit of $301 million on revenue of $2.0 billion.

Wipro's rivals and Infosys also reported strong earnings this quarter, fueling hopes of revival in technology spending, despite global uncertainties.

"While the overall mood on economic growth continues to be muted, global corporations continue to leverage technology to drive revenues and productivity," chairman Azim Premji said in a statement.

Europe was a bright spot for Wipro, with growth from the region up 7.5 percent from the prior quarter, while business from the Americas slid 0.7 percent.

Wipro said revenue from its core business grew 4.8 percent from a year ago, to $1.58 billion. The company predicted those revenues would rise a further zero to 3 percent this quarter, over the December quarter, weighed on by political uncertainty over the U.S. .

Executives said volumes slid in the December quarter from the prior quarter, but pricing increased over 3 percent.

The stock was down nearly 4 percent in early trading in Mumbai, reversing gains made earlier this week.

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