Why ExlService Holdings Shares Nosedived
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What: Shares of ExlService Holdings (NAS: EXLS) , an outsourcing and transformation company, crashed through the floor this morning, down as much as 27% at one point, following its first-quarter results.
So what: For the quarter, EXL reported strong revenue growth of 43% to $104.6 million due to strong new client and organic growth, as well as expense reductions. Adjusted earnings rose 10% to $0.36. Both of these figures were in line with what Wall Street had been expecting, as was the company's EPS guidance for the remainder of the year, which it left unchanged at $1.50 to $1.55. Where EXL did fall short was on its revenue guidance, where it noted that it would likely come in at the bottom end of previous guidance: $445 million to $455 million. The company cited rupee depreciation and delays from its clients as the primary reasons for the expected shortfall.
Now what: This wasn't a stellar earnings report, but it wasn't loaded with damning figures, either. Currency fluctuations aren't very controllable, so I'd be more concerned with the project delays from EXL's customers. Overall, revenue grew like a weed, and profits were up year over year despite the rupee's depreciation. With EXL now down only 9% as of this writing, the move lower makes considerably more sense (more so than a 27% drop). I still can't say I'm a fan of outsourcing companies, but this might deserve a spot on My Watchlist.
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