SOURCE: WNS Holdings

WNS Holdings

August 05, 2009 07:23 ET

WNS Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2010 Earnings; Reaffirms Guidance for Fiscal 2010

Quarterly Revenue Increases 11%; Revenue Less Repair Payments Increases 20% Over the Corresponding Quarter in the Prior Fiscal Year

NEW YORK, NY and MUMBAI, INDIA--(Marketwire - August 5, 2009) - WNS (Holdings) Limited (WNS) (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global business process outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced results for the fiscal first quarter 2010 ended June 30, 2009 and reaffirmed its guidance on revenue less repair payments and adjusted net income (or net income attributable to WNS shareholders excluding amortization of intangible assets, share-based compensation, related fringe benefit taxes and loss attributable to noncontrolling interest) for fiscal 2010.

Revenue for the fiscal first quarter 2010 of $136.7 million represented an increase of 11.2% over the corresponding quarter in the prior fiscal year, while revenue less repair payments at $98.5 million increased 19.8% over the corresponding period in the prior fiscal year. The revenue less repair payments growth was largely the result of the acquisition of Aviva Global Services (AGS), which WNS acquired in July 2008.

"We had a strong quarter on all dimensions. We continued to see client additions and organic growth during this past quarter," said Neeraj Bhargava, Group Chief Executive Officer. "As we expand our client base and increase the number of top-tier logos on our client roster, we are better positioning the company for long-term success in the BPO market."

Net income attributable to WNS shareholders for the fiscal first quarter 2010 was $1.0 million compared to $3.3 million during the corresponding quarter in the prior fiscal year. The net income attributable to WNS shareholders in the current quarter was impacted by amortization charges from the acquisition of AGS and higher foreign exchange losses.

Adjusted net income was $12.6 million, an increase of 53% over the corresponding quarter in the prior year. The primary drivers of this increase were revenue growth from new and existing clients, tighter cost management, improved scale benefits and increased income from WNS' acquisitions. This increase was partially offset by higher foreign exchange losses.

WNS recorded a basic income per ADS of $0.02 for fiscal first quarter 2010. Adjusted income per ADS (or net income attributable to WNS shareholders per ADS excluding amortization of intangible assets, share-based compensation, related fringe benefit taxes and loss attributable to noncontrolling interest) was $0.30 for the quarter.

"WNS continued to improve profitability in the first quarter. We have made great progress on our cost management initiatives and are running very efficiently from an operational perspective," said Alok Misra, Group Chief Financial Officer. "We anticipate that FX losses will roll off during the year and that we will continue to realize cost synergies from our acquisitions, which should provide additional support for our bottom line."

Financial Highlights: Fiscal First Quarter Ended June 30, 2009

--  Quarterly revenue of $136.7 million, up 11.2% from the corresponding
    quarter last year.
--  Quarterly revenue less repair payments of $98.5 million, up 19.8% from
    the corresponding quarter last year.
--  Quarterly net income attributable to WNS shareholders of $1.0 million
    compared to $3.3 million from the corresponding quarter last year.
--  Quarterly adjusted net income (or net income attributable to WNS
    shareholders excluding amortization of intangible assets, share-based
    compensation, related fringe benefit taxes and loss attributable to
    noncontrolling interest) of $12.6 million, up 53% from the corresponding
    quarter last year.
--  Quarterly basic income per ADS of $0.02, compared with $0.08 for the
    corresponding quarter last year.
--  Quarterly adjusted basic income per ADS (or net income attributable to
    WNS shareholders per share excluding amortization of intangible assets,
    share-based compensation, related fringe benefit taxes and loss
    attributable to noncontrolling interest) of $0.30, up from $0.19 for the
    corresponding quarter last year.
    

Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP operating results are included at the end of this release.

Key Business Developments

In the past quarter, the following are WNS' key developments:

--  WNS made a voluntary prepayment of $5 million on the $200 million term
    loan associated with the AGS acquisition in April 2009 and another in July
    2009, in addition to the scheduled repayment of $20 million, also in July
    2009.
--  WNS reorganized its industry-specific capabilities to form a new core
    functional service capability called the Global Transformation Practice
    (GTP) and appointed Daniel L. Wollenberg as the head of the GTP.
--  Aviva Global Services (Management Services) Private Limited (AVIVA)
    has agreed to increase the minimum committed volume of business to WNS from
    3,000 to 3,300 full time employees (FTEs) from March 2010 until July 2011,
    and to 3,250 FTEs from August 2011 until January 2012. Thereafter, the
    minimum committed volume of business under the agreement will return to the
    original 3,000 FTEs.
--  WNS has agreed to pay AVIVA approximately £3.18 million for
    liabilities inherited as part of the AGS acquisition in July 2008 in 18
    equal monthly installments commencing December 2009.
    

Fiscal 2010 Guidance

WNS reiterated the following guidance for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010:

--  Revenue less repair payments is expected to be between $385 million
    and $390 million. This assumes an average USD to GBP range of 1.40 to 1.45
    for the full year.
--  Adjusted net income (or net income attributable to WNS shareholders
    excluding amortization of intangible assets, share-based compensation,
    related fringe benefit taxes and loss attributable to noncontrolling
    interest) is expected to range between $50 million and $52 million. This
    assumes an average USD to INR rate of 49 to 50 for the full year.
    

"The British Pound has started to move in our favor over the past few months. If the currency rates maintain their current trajectory, we will have a nice tailwind for the rest of the year and could conceivably beat the top end of our guidance range," continued Misra. "As we demonstrated by pre-paying an additional $5 million on our term loan in July, we remain on track to generate $60 million in free cash in fiscal 2010."

Conference Call

WNS will host a conference call on August 5, 2009 at 8 am (ET) to discuss the company's quarterly results. To participate, callers can dial: +1-800-510-0219; international dial-in +1-617-614-3451; participant passcode 75099526. A replay will also be made available for one week following the call at +1-888-286-8010; international dial-in +1-617-801-6888; passcode 10969592. For a period of three months beginning two hours after the end of the call, a webcast will be available online at www.wns.com.

About WNS

WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS) is a leading global business process outsourcing company. Deep industry and business process knowledge, a partnership approach, comprehensive service offering and a proven track record enables WNS to deliver business value to some of the leading companies in the world. WNS is passionate about building a market-leading company valued by our clients, employees, business partners, investors and communities. For more information, visit www.wns.com.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

For financial statement reporting purposes, the company has two reportable segments: WNS Global BPO and WNS Auto Claims BPO. In the auto claims segment, which includes WNS Assistance and Chang Limited, WNS provides claims-handling and accident-management services, in which it arranges for automobile repairs through a network of third-party repair centers. In its accident-management services, WNS acts as the principal in dealings with the third-party repair centers and clients.

In order to provide accident-management services, the Company arranges for the repair through a network of repair centers. Repair costs are invoiced to customers. Amounts invoiced to customers for repair costs paid to the automobile repair centers are recognized as revenue. The Company uses revenue less repair payments for "fault" repairs as a primary measure to allocate resources and measure segment performance. Revenue less repair payments is a non-GAAP measure which is calculated as revenue less payments to repair centers. For "non fault repairs," revenue including repair payments is used as a primary measure. As the Company provides a consolidated suite of accident management services including credit hire and credit repair for its "Non fault" repairs business, the Company believes that measurement of that line of business has to be on a basis that includes repair payments in revenue.

The Company believes that the presentation of this non-GAAP measure in the segmental information provides useful information for investors regarding the segment's financial performance. The presentation of this non-GAAP information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the Company's financial results prepared in accordance with US GAAP.

Safe Harbor Statement under the provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about our Company and our industry. The forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "will," "project," "seek," "should" and similar expressions. Those statements include, among other things, the discussions of our business strategy and expectations concerning our market position, future operations, margins, profitability, liquidity and capital resources. We caution you that reliance on any forward-looking statement involves risks and uncertainties, and that although we believe that the assumptions on which our forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, any of those assumptions could prove to be inaccurate, and, as a result, the forward-looking statements based on those assumptions could be materially incorrect. These factors include but are not limited to worldwide economic and business conditions; political or economic instability in the jurisdictions where we have operations; regulatory, legislative and judicial developments; our ability to attract and retain clients technological innovation; telecommunications or technology disruptions; future regulatory actions and conditions in our operating areas; our dependence on a limited number of clients in a limited number of industries; our ability to expand our business or effectively manage growth; our ability to hire and retain enough sufficiently trained employees to support our operations; negative public reaction in the US or the UK to offshore outsourcing; increasing competition in the BPO industry; our ability to successfully grow our revenue, expand our service offerings and market share and achieve accretive benefits from our acquisition of Aviva Global Services Singapore Pte. Ltd. (which we have renamed as WNS Customer Solutions (Singapore) Private Limited following our acquisition), or Aviva Global, and our master services agreement with Aviva Global Services (Management Services) Private Limited; and our ability to successfully consummate strategic acquisitions. These and other factors are more fully discussed in our annual report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission which is available at www.sec.gov. In light of these and other uncertainties, you should not conclude that we will necessarily achieve any plans, objectives or projected financial results referred to in any of the forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, we do not undertake to release revisions of any of these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

References to "$" and "USD" refer to the United States dollars, the legal currency of the United States; references to "GBP" refer to the British Pound, the legal currency of Britain; and references to "INR" refer to Indian Rupees, the legal currency of India.

                          WNS (HOLDINGS) LIMITED
         CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)
         (Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

                                                  Three months ended
                                            ------------------------------
                                            June 30, 2009   June 30, 2008
                                            --------------  --------------
Revenue
   Third parties                            $      135,893  $      122,036
   Related parties                                     802             908
                                            --------------  --------------
                                                   136,695         122,944
Cost of Revenue (a)                                 99,509          98,487
                                            --------------  --------------
Gross Profit                                        37,186          24,457
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative
 expenses (a)                                       20,766          18,195
Amortization of intangible assets                    8,200           1,469
                                            --------------  --------------
Operating income                                     8,220           4,793
Other expense, net                                   2,824           1,514
Interest expense                                     4,116             147
                                            --------------  --------------
Income before income taxes                           1,280           3,132
Provision (benefit) for income taxes                   327            (208)
                                            --------------  --------------
Consolidated net income                                953           3,340
Less: Net loss attributable to
 noncontrolling interest                              (114)             --
                                            --------------  --------------
Net income attributable to WNS (Holdings)
 Limited shareholders                       $        1,067  $        3,340
                                            --------------  --------------

Earnings per share of ordinary shares
Basic                                       $         0.02  $         0.08
Diluted                                     $         0.02  $         0.08
Basic weighted average ordinary shares
 outstanding                                    42,733,867      42,406,786
Diluted weighted average ordinary shares
 outstanding                                    43,352,373      43,502,669

Note:
(a) Includes the following share-based
 compensation amounts:
Cost of revenue                                        876             798
Selling, general and administrative
 expenses                                            2,420           2,266



Reconciliation of revenue less repair
 payments (non-GAAP) to revenue (GAAP)            Three months ended
                                           --------------------------------
                                            June 30, 2009    June 30, 2008
                                           ---------------  ---------------

Revenue less repair payments (Non-GAAP)         98,487           82,220
Add: Payments to repair centers                 38,208           40,724
Revenue (GAAP)                                 136,695          122,944




Reconciliation of cost of revenue
 (non-GAAP to GAAP)                               Three months ended
                                           --------------------------------
                                            June 30, 2009    June 30, 2008
                                           ---------------  ---------------

Cost of revenue (Non-GAAP)                      61,301           57,763
Add: Payments to repair centers                 38,208           40,724
Cost of revenue (GAAP)                          99,509           98,487




Reconciliation of selling, general and
 administrative expense (non-GAAP to GAAP)        Three months ended
                                           --------------------------------
                                            June 30, 2009    June 30, 2008
                                           ---------------  ---------------

Selling, general and administrative
 expenses (excluding share-based
 compensation expense and related
 FBT(1)) (Non-GAAP)                             18,189           15,559
Add: Share-based compensation expense            2,420            2,266
Add: Related FBT(1)                                157              370
Selling, general and administrative
 expenses (GAAP)                                20,766           18,195



Reconciliation of operating income
 (non-GAAP to GAAP)                               Three months ended
                                           --------------------------------
                                            June 30, 2009    June 30, 2008
                                           ---------------  ---------------

Operating income (excluding amortization
 of intangible assets, share-based
 compensation expense and related FBT(1))
 (Non-GAAP)                                     19,873            9,696
Less: Amortization of intangible assets          8,200            1,469
Less: Share-based compensation expense           3,296            3,064
Less: Related FBT(1)                               157              370
Operating income (GAAP)                          8,220            4,793

(1) FBT means the fringe benefit taxes on options and restricted share
    units granted to employees under the WNS 2002 Stock Incentive Plan
    and the WNS 2006 Incentive Award Plan (as applicable) payable by WNS
    to the government of India.



Reconciliation of net income attributable
 to WNS Shareholders (non-GAAP to GAAP)           Three months ended
                                           --------------------------------
                                            June 30, 2009    June 30, 2008
                                           ---------------  ---------------

Adjusted net income (excluding amortization
 of intangible assets, share-based
 compensation expense, related FBT(1)
 and loss attributable to noncontrolling
 interest)  (Non-GAAP)                          12,606            8,243
Less: Amortization of intangible assets          8,200            1,469
Less: Share-based compensation expense           3,296            3,064
Less: Related FBT(1)                               157              370
Add: Loss attributable to noncontrolling
 interest                                          114                -
Net income attributable to WNS shareholder
 (GAAP)                                          1,067            3,340



Reconciliation of basic income per ADS
 (non-GAAP to GAAP)                               Three months ended
                                           --------------------------------
                                            June 30, 2009    June 30, 2008
                                           ---------------  ---------------

Basic adjusted net income per ADS
 (excluding amortization of intangible
 assets, share-based compensation expense,
 related FBT(1) and loss attributable to
 noncontrolling interest) (Non-GAAP)              0.30             0.19
Less: Adjustments for amortization of
 intangible assets, share-based
 compensation expense, related FBT(1) and
 loss attributable to noncontrolling
 interest                                         0.28             0.11
Basic income per ADS (GAAP)                       0.02             0.08



Reconciliation of diluted income per ADS
 (non-GAAP to GAAP)                               Three months ended
                                           --------------------------------
                                            June 30, 2009    June 30, 2008
                                           ---------------  ---------------

Diluted adjusted net income per ADS
 (excluding amortization of intangible
 assets, share-based compensation expense,
 related FBT(1) and loss attributable to
 noncontrolling interest) (Non-GAAP)              0.29             0.19
Less: Adjustments for amortization of
 intangible assets, share-based
 compensation expense, related FBT(1) and
 loss attributable to noncontrolling
 interest                                         0.27             0.11
Diluted income per ADS (GAAP)                     0.02             0.08

(1) FBT means the fringe benefit taxes on options and restricted share
    units granted to employees under the WNS 2002 Stock Incentive Plan
    and the WNS 2006 Incentive Award Plan (as applicable) payable by WNS
    to the government of India.



                          WNS (HOLDINGS) LIMITED
                  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
         (Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)

                                                    June 30,     March 31,
                                                      2009         2009
                                                  -----------  -----------
ASSETS                                            (Unaudited)
Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents                      $    50,347  $    38,931
   Bank deposits and marketable securities                  -        8,925
   Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $2,087
    and $1,935, respectively                           72,416       61,257
   Accounts receivable -- related parties                 344           64
   Funds held for clients                               7,418        5,379
   Employee receivables                                 1,098          745
   Prepaid expenses                                     3,014        2,082
   Prepaid income taxes                                 6,239        5,768
   Deferred tax assets                                  1,691        1,743
   Other current assets                                29,080       38,647
                                                  -----------  -----------
       Total current assets                           171,647      163,541
Goodwill                                               91,179       81,679
Intangible assets, net                                212,808      217,372
Property and equipment, net                            57,335       55,992
Other Assets                                           11,944       11,449
Deposits                                                6,963        6,309
Deferred tax assets                                    18,152       15,584
                                                  -----------  -----------
TOTAL ASSETS                                      $   570,028  $   551,926
                                                  ===========  ===========

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
   Account payable                                $    33,411  $    30,879
   Accounts payable -- related parties                     --           42
   Current portion of long term debt                   45,000       45,000
   Short term line of credit                            4,552        4,331
   Accrued employee cost                               20,859       23,754
   Deferred revenue                                     5,229        5,583
   Income taxes payable                                 3,916        3,995
   Accrual for earn out payment                         1,168           --
   Accrued expenses                                    36,016       31,194
   Other current liabilities                           23,952       22,932
                                                  -----------  -----------
       Total current liabilities                      174,103      167,710
Long term debt                                        150,000      155,000
Deferred revenue                                        4,314        3,561
Other liabilities                                       5,403        1,967
Accrued pension liability                               2,857        2,570
Deferred tax liabilities                               10,029        9,946
Derivative contracts                                   21,232       23,163
                                                  -----------  -----------
TOTAL LIABILITIES                                     367,938      363,917
WNS (Holdings) Limited shareholders' equity:
   Ordinary shares, $0.16 (10 pence) par value,
    authorized: 50,000,000 shares;
    Issued and outstanding: 42,819,656 and
    42,607,403 shares, respectively                     6,699        6,667
   Additional paid-in capital                         187,256      184,122
   Retained earnings                                   47,984       46,917
   Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)             (39,740)     (49,710)
                                                  -----------  -----------
       WNS (Holdings) Limited shareholders' equity    202,199      187,996
   Noncontrolling interest                               (109)          13
   Total Equity                                       202,090      188,009
                                                  -----------  -----------
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                      $   570,028  $   551,926
                                                  ===========  ===========



                        WNS (HOLDINGS) LIMITED
            CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
                       (Amounts in thousands)


                                              Three months ended June 30,
                                            ------------------------------
                                                 2009            2008
                                            --------------  --------------
Cash flows from operating activities
Net cash provided by (used in) operating
 activities                                 $        7,417  $       (2,012)

Cash flows from investing activities
Acquisitions, net of cash received                      --         (26,851)
Facility and property cost                          (3,766)         (2,429)
Proceeds from sale of assets, net                      301             102
Marketable securities and deposits sold              9,226           4,816
                                            --------------  --------------
          Net cash provided by (used in)
           investing activities                      5,761         (24,362)
                                            --------------  --------------

Cash flows from financing activities
Proceeds from exercise of stock options                107             641
Excess tax benefits from share-based
 compensation                                          498             506
Repayment of long term debt                         (5,000)             --
Payment of debt issuance cost                          (47)             --
Principal payments under capital leases                (45)             (3)
Repayment of short term line of credit                (439)         (1,210)
                                            --------------  --------------
          Net cash used in financing
           activities                               (4,926)            (66)
                                            --------------  --------------

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and
 cash equivalents                                    3,164          (2,920)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents             11,416         (29,360)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of
 period                                             38,931         102,698
                                            --------------  --------------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $       50,347  $       73,338
                                            ==============  ==============

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Investors:
    Alan Katz
    VP -- Investor Relations
    WNS (Holdings) Limited
    +1 212 599-6960 ext. 241
    Email Contact

    Media:
    Emily Cleary
    CJP Communications
    +1 212 279 3115 ext. 257
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