On COVID-19 disruption, Cognizant withdraws 2020 guidance

Nikhil Varma, DHNS,

  • Apr 09 2020, 17: 00 ist
  • up as much as now: Apr 09 2020, 17: 00 ist

IT well-known Cognizant on Thursday acknowledged that it became withdrawing its 2020 guidance that became launched in February, on the aid of the uncertainties within the commercial ensuing from COVID-19. 

The firm acknowledged that the pandemic has resulted in delays in mission fulfilment as offer, particularly in India and the Philippines has mainly shifted to work-from-dwelling mode.

The firm furthermore foresees reduced client demand, primarily within the creep and hospitality industries. Coming into the 2d quarter, Cognizant expects the pandemic to extra within the good deal of client demand as its societal and economic impact causes broader disruptions at some point soon of industries, the firm acknowledged. 

“The lengthy-term fundamentals of our commercial remain solid. On the alternative hand, given the phenomenal nature of this disaster, uncertainty around its length and its impact on our skill to forecast performance, the firm is withdrawing its 2020 guidance that became offered on February 5, 2020.” Cognizant acknowledged in a press originate. 

Valid by design of the foremost quarter,  Cognizant had performed the acquisitions of Code Zero and Lev and repurchased approximately 8 million shares. Since March 31, it has now not initiated any contemporary half repurchase programs.

Karen McLoughlin, Chief Financial Officer acknowledged, “We’re assured that the mix of our solid steadiness sheet, and our sturdy working and cash generative commercial model, will permit us to weather this disruption.”

The firm acknowledged that first-quarter income is anticipated to be $4.22-$4.23 billion, up 2.7-2.9% (3.4-3.6% in constant currency) from the prior-yr quarter, including a harmful 50 foundation point impact from the exit of particular order services. 

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