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14 April 2004
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      Highlights
      Results for the quarter ended March 31, 2004

      • Income from software development services and products was Rs1,308.90 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2004, an increase of 28 per cent over comparable income for the corresponding quarter in the previous year.
      • Net profit after tax for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2004 was Rs337.05 crore, an increase of 30 per cent over comparable net profit after tax for the corresponding quarter in the previous year.
      • Earnings per share from ordinary activities increased to Rs50.63 from Rs39.10 for the corresponding quarter in the previous year, an increase of 29 per cent.

      Results for the year ended March 31, 2004

      • Income from software development services and products was Rs. 4,760.89 crore for the year ended March 31, 2004, as compared to Rs. 3,622.69 crore for the previous year, an increase of 31 per cent.
      • Earnings per share from ordinary activities increased to Rs. 187.38 from Rs. 144.68 for the previous year, an increase of 30 per cent.

      Others

      • 38 new clients were added during the quarter by Infosys and its subsidiaries.
      • Net addition of 2,425 employees for the quarter for Infosys and its subsidiaries.
      • Net addition of 9,758 employees for the year for Infosys and its subsidiaries.
      • 25,634 employees as on March 31, 2004 for Infosys and its subsidiaries.
      • The Board of Directors recommended a final dividend of Rs15 per share (300 per cent on par value of Rs5 per share) for fiscal 2004 amounting to Rs99.96 crore.
      • The Board also recommended a one-time special dividend of Rs100 per share (2000 per cent on par value of Rs5 per share), amounting to Rs666.41 crore.

      Business outlook
      "I am very pleased with our achievement of this historical milestone. The new journey has just begun and I am sure Nandan and his team will make it a great success," said N. R. Narayana Murthy, chairman and chief mentor.

      "During the year, our revenues crossed the landmark figure of US$1 billion. We have grown from US$121 million, in 1999, to a consolidated revenue of US$1.06 billion in 2004," said Nandan M. Nilekani, CEO, president and managing director. "Today, we have the required size, brand, compelling value proposition and ambition to build the next generation software services and consulting company."

      The company's outlook for the quarter ending June 30, 2004 and the fiscal year ending March 31, 2005, under Indian GAAP and US GAAP, is as follows:

      Under Indian GAAP
      Outlook for the quarter ending June 30, 2004*

      Infosys consolidated

      • Income is projected to be between Rs1,363 crore and Rs1,371 crore; YoY growth of 25 per cent.
      • Earnings per share is expected to be Rs50.4; YoY growth of 20 per cent.

      Outlook for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2005*

      Infosys consolidated

      • Income is projected to be between Rs5,994 crore and Rs6,041 crore; growth of 24 per cent.
      • Earnings per share is expected to be Rs224; growth of 20 per cent.
        * conversion: 1 US$ = Rs. 43.40
        * Unadjusted for the proposed bonus issue of shares as it is subject to approval by the shareholders in the annual general meeting to be held on June 12, 2004

      Under US GAAP
      Outlook for the quarter ending June 30, 2004*

      • Consolidated net revenues projected to be in the range of $314 million to $316 million; YoY growth of 35 per cent to 36 per cent.
      • Consolidated earnings per American Depositary Share expected to be $0.58; YoY growth of 32 per cent.

      Outlook for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2005*

      • Consolidated net revenues projected to be in the range of $1,381 million to $1,392 million; growth of 30 per cent to 31 per cent.
      • Consolidated earnings per American Depositary Share expected to be $2.61; growth of 27 per cent.

      * Unadjusted for the proposed stock dividend as it is subject to approval by the shareholders in the annual general meeting to be held on June 12, 2004.

      "We have made substantial investments to enhance our end-to-end capability and expand our global footprint to new markets like Australia and China," said S. Gopalakrishnan, member of the board and COO. "Our investment in Infosys Consulting, Inc., will enable us to leverage our 'global delivery model' in the consulting space to offer better value to our clients."

      Bonus issue of shares
      The board of directors at their meeting held on April 13, 2004, recommended an issue of bonus shares (stock dividend) on the company's equity shares in the ratio of 3:1, i.e. three additional equity shares for every one existing equity share held by the members on a date to be fixed by the board, by capitalising a part of the reserves.

      Consequently, the board of directors recommended a stock dividend on the company's American Depositary Shares (ADSs) one additional ADS for every one existing ADS held by the holders of the ADSs as on a date to be fixed by the board. Following the stock dividend on the ADS, the ratio for converting ADS into equity shares shall be fixed at one ADS for one equity share.

      Subject to the approval of these proposals by the members in the company's annual general meeting on June 12, 2004, the board has fixed July 02, 2004 as the record date to determine the shareholders and holders of ADSs who will receive the bonus equity shares and additional ADSs respectively. The bonus equity shares will be credited on July 05, 2004 and the additional ADSs will be credited on July 06, 2004.

      Consequently, after the issue of bonus shares on the company's equity shares and ADSs, the company's issued and outstanding equity shares as of March 31, 2004 consisting of 6,66,41,056 equity shares including 52,90,305 equity shares underlying 1,05,80,610 ADSs will become 26,65,64,224 issued and outstanding equity shares including 2,11,61,220 underlying equity shares representing 2,11,61,220 ADSs.

      As the bonus issue of shares is subject to approval of the shareholders, the same is not reflected in the financial statements as per Indian GAAP for the quarter, half-year and year ended March 31, 2004.

      Dividend declaration
      The board of directors recommended a final dividend of Rs15 per share (300 per cent on par value of Rs5 per share) for fiscal 2004 amounting to Rs99.96 crore. The board also recommended a one-time special dividend of Rs100 per share (2000 per cent on par value of Rs5 per share) amounting to Rs666.41 crore. Including the interim dividend of Rs14.50 per share (290 per cent on par value of Rs5 per share) amounting to Rs96.09 crore, the total dividend recommended for the year is Rs129.50 per share (2590 per cent on par value of Rs5 per share), amounting to Rs862.46 crore.

      Expansion of services and significant projects
      During the quarter, Infosys continued its association with global corporations, helping them realize significant business benefits through the effective leveraging of technology-driven business solutions. Infosys and its subsidiaries added 38 new clients and strengthened its relationship with about 400 clients worldwide, through the implementation of new initiatives.

      Infosys regrouped itself on the basis of industry verticals. This approach has begun yielding results. The retail group saw the addition of a significant number of new corporations to its client portfolio. A leading consumer electronics retailer in the US has chosen Infosys to partner with it in its critical order-management and multi-channel integration initiatives. Infosys also started working with a major apparel retailer, catering mostly to teenagers, to enhance its core merchandise operations.

      In yet another significant win, a leading specialty retailer for children in the US is partnering with Infosys to enhance the company's sales audit application. Other retail wins include the parent corporation of a consumer packaged goods company in the US, who has chosen Infosys to provide information systems services for all of the company's operating divisions. Infosys was selected by a European based multinational retailer to create and sustain sales applications as well as purchase and invoicing systems for the company.

      Infosys saw increased traction in the high-tech and manufacturing space, with the addition of leading corporations to its client list. A leading international trade management solutions provider in the US chose Infosys to assist in the planning of its product development and global deployment. The company will also work with Infosys to ensure quality standards.

      One of the leading infrastructure software product companies also began its relationship with Infosys during the quarter. Infosys is to partner in the design and development of its business service management platform. This exercise is expected to help the company bring together the various parts of its existing product offerings.

      A significant addition to the list of clients in the high-tech space is one of the largest electronic manufacturing services companies in the world. Another leading software product company in the US engaged Infosys in the design, development and implementation of a key product for one of the company's Fortune 500 clients.

      In the Asia Pacific region, the largest Australian based software product company chose Infosys to help them improve functionality and enhance their flagship product offering. In the manufacturing industry, Infosys started working with a continental-Europe based steel manufacturer to upgrade its business critical SAP system. The upgrade will bring the manufacturer increased productivity, and enable it to reduce time-to-market in its production facilities.

      Yet another client added in Europe this quarter was a leading software vendor. Infosys was selected to design and build a best of breed web-enabled client reporting solution.

      Aerospace and automotive corporations are also increasingly relying on technology to enhance efficiency. A leading member airline of the One World Alliance from Asia Pacific has engaged Infosys to build an 'internet based booking engine'. A data analysis and visualization solutions provider in this space also established a partnership with Infosys during the quarter. Yet another win Infosys Technologies Limited in this industry is a prominent global company in the US, which provides technical support to moulders and OEMs.

      In the telecom space, Infosys continued to support telecom service providers and products companies in their efforts to improve efficiency as well as reduce time-to-market. Infosys completed a project for consolidating network inventory systems across multiple geographies, for a leading global telecommunication service provider.

      In the energy and utilities space, Infosys is partnering with a solutions provider to improve and streamline the customer service systems of a large electric and gas utility company in North America.

      The health and insurance sector is also actively using technology to enhance customer service efficiency. Infosys enhanced its presence in this space by establishing a relationship with Australasia's leading general insurance group. Infosys was chosen to advise on the reengineering of its insurance system, as well as to provide high-impact business and technological solutions.

      Other prestigious wins in this sector include one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, a contract/clinical research organization in Asia and a leading US company  involved in global reinsurance and related risk assessment.

      During the quarter, Progeon added two new clients, to increase its client base to 14. A life and pension service provider in the UK chose Progeon to provide investigation and actuarial support services. In another partnership initiated this quarter, Progeon will provide database analysis and knowledge enrichment to a provider of integrated solutions to automobile retailers in the US.

      "Our universe of Fortune 1000 clients has expanded, with 3 clients providing revenues of  US$ 50 million each," said Basab Pradhan, head - world-wide sales and senior vice president. "There is a strong desire among large corporations worldwide to leverage the offshore model. Our solutions and alliance strategy have evoked deep interest from our clients."

      "We added and successfully assimilated over 11,900 employees (gross) during the year. This is the highest addition so far. At over 25,600 employees, we have built the scale required to leverage our client relationships," said K. Dinesh, member of the board and head - human resource development, information systems, quality and productivity and communication design group.

      "Our initiatives to enhance efficiency, to increase offshore effort, and also to create systems and processes to support rapid growth have been successful," said S. D. Shibulal, member of the board and head - world-wide customer delivery.

      Banking Products
      Infosys' banking business unit (BBU) made significant headway in several countries this quarter. One of the premier banks headquartered in Thailand chose to deploy FinacleŽ. Infosys has also achieved breakthroughs in the Philippines and UAE, key markets in South East Asia and Middle East respectively.

      Two of the top banks in South Asia have chosen Finacle for their operations worldwide. Additionally, two of the leading public sector banks in India also signed up with Infosys. Currently, of the seven public sector banks that have decided to deploy centralised banking solutions, five are powered by Finacle.

      As on March 31, 2004, the FinacleŽ footprint extends to 94 banks in 27 countries.

      Liquidity and capital expenditure
      Cash and cash equivalents, including investments in liquid mutual funds, increased by Rs. 285.08 crore during the quarter, from Rs2,483.92 crore to Rs2,769 crore, after incurring capital expenditure of Rs217.48 crore. Operating cash flows for the quarter ended March 31, 2004 were Rs497.32 crore (Rs252.87 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2003).

      "We have successfully maintained our margins, despite the drop in price realization during the year and an appreciating rupee. Free cash flows have been the highest on record. We have absorbed the cost of a 52 per cent increase in our employee base," said T. V. Mohandas Pai, member of the board and chief financial officer. "We continue to balance the cash required for growth with that of enhancing returns to the shareholders. Our special one-time dividend payment is a reflection of our focus in this direction."

      Corporate Governance Rating
      Standard & Poor's governance services said today that it assigned a corporate governance score (CGS) of 'CGS-8.6' to Infosys. The overall CGS is a result of four component scores with a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high):

      • Ownership structure and influence 9.0
      • Financial stakeholder rights and relations 8.3
      • Financial transparency and information disclosure 9.2
      • Board structure and process 8.0
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