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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012
For the transition period from to
Date of event requiring this shell company report
Commission File Number 001-16139
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
(Translation of Registrants name into English)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
(Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
Bangalore, Karnataka 560035, India
(Address of principal executive offices)
Suresh C. Senapaty, Chief Financial Officer and Director
Phone: +91 80 28440055; Fax: +91 80 28440104
(Name, telephone, email and/or facsimile number and address of company contact person)
Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
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Indicate the number of outstanding shares of each of the issuers classes of capital or common stock as of the close of the period covered by the annual report: 2,458,756,228 Equity Shares.
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Currency of Presentation and Certain Defined Terms
In this Annual Report on Form 20-F, references to U.S. or United States are to the United States of America, its territories and its possessions. References to India are to the Republic of India. References to U.K. are to the United Kingdom. Reference to US or US$ or dollars or U.S. dollars are to the legal currency of the United States, references to £ or Pound Sterling or GBP are to the legal currency of United Kingdom and references to Rs. or Rupees or Indian rupees are to the legal currency of India. All amounts are in Indian rupees or in U.S. dollars unless stated otherwise. Our financial statements are presented in Indian rupees and translated into U.S. dollars solely for the convenience of the readers and are prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards and its interpretations (IFRS), as issued by the International Accounting Standard Board (IASB). References to Indian GAAP are to Indian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. References to a particular fiscal year are to our fiscal year ended March 31 of such year.
All references to we, us, our, Wipro or the Company shall mean Wipro Limited and, unless specifically indicated otherwise or the context indicates otherwise, our consolidated subsidiaries. Wipro is our registered trademark in the United States and India. All other trademarks or trade names used in this Annual Report on Form 20-F are the property of their respective owners.
Except as otherwise stated in this Annual Report, all convenience translations from Indian rupees to U.S. dollars are based on the certified foreign exchange rates published by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors on March 30, 2012, which was Rs. 50.89 per US$ 1.00. No representation is made that the Indian rupee amounts have been, could have been or could be converted into United States dollars at such a rate or any other rate. Any discrepancies in any table between totals and sums of the amounts listed are due to rounding. Information contained in our website, www.wipro.com, is not part of this Annual Report.
Forward-Looking Statements May Prove Inaccurate
In addition to historical information, this Annual Report on Form 20-F contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act). Forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead represent our beliefs regarding future events, many of which are, by their nature, inherently uncertain and outside our control. As a result, the forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, and reported results should not be viewed as an indication of future performance. For a discussion of some of the risks and important factors that could affect the firms future results and financial condition, please see the sections entitled Risk Factors, Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, and Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosure About Market Risk.
The forward-looking statements contained herein are identified by the use of terms and phrases such as anticipate, believe, could, estimate, expect, intend, may, plan, objectives, outlook, probably, project, will, seek, target and similar terms and phrases. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning:
We wish to ensure that all forward-looking statements are accompanied by meaningful cautionary statements, so as to ensure to the fullest extent possible the protections of the safe harbor established in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Accordingly, all forward looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to, and are accompanied by, the discussion of certain important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements in this report, including the sections entitled Risk Factors and Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. We caution the reader that this list of important factors may not be exhaustive. We operate in rapidly changing businesses, and new risk factors emerge from time to time. We cannot predict every risk factor, nor can we assess the impact, if any, of all such risk factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect managements analysis only as of the date hereof. In addition, readers should carefully review the other information in this Annual Report on Form 20-F and in the Companys periodic reports and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from time to time.
Selected IFRS financial data for the year ended March 31, 2008 has not been included in this Annual Report on Form 20-F because IFRS financial statements for such period have not previously been prepared and could not be prepared without unreasonable effort and expense. We changed our basis of accounting to IFRS during the year ended March 31, 2009. Prior to adoption of IFRS, we prepared financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for purposes of our SEC reporting.
Summary of Selected Consolidated Financial Data
The selected consolidated financial data should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements, the related notes and operating and financial review and prospects which are included elsewhere in this Annual Report. The selected consolidated statements of income data for the four years ended March 31, 2012 and selected consolidated statements of financial position data as of March 31, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 in Indian rupees have been derived from our audited consolidated financial statements and related notes, which have been prepared and presented in accordance with IFRS, as issued by the IASB. Historical results are not necessarily indicative of future results.
(In millions, except per equity share data)
Fluctuations in the exchange rate between the Indian rupee and the U.S. dollar will affect the U.S. dollar equivalent of the Indian rupee price of our equity shares on the Indian stock exchanges and, as a result, will likely affect the market price of our American Depositary Shares, or ADSs, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and vice versa. Such fluctuations will also affect the U.S. dollar conversion by our depositary for the ADSs, J. P. Morgan, or Depositary, of any cash dividends paid in Indian rupees on our equity shares represented by the ADSs.
The following table sets forth, for the fiscal years indicated, information concerning the amount of Indian rupees for which one U.S. dollar could be exchanged based on the certified foreign exchange rates published by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. The column titled Average in the table below is the average of the certified foreign exchange rates on the last business day of each month during the year.
On May 11, 2012, the certified foreign exchange rate published by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors was Rs. 53.63.
The following table sets forth the high and low exchange rates for the previous six months based on the certified foreign exchange rates published by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors on each business day during the period:
Capitalization and Indebtedness
Reasons for the Offer and Use of Proceeds
This Annual Report contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including those set forth in the following risk factors and elsewhere in this Annual Report. The following risk factors should be considered carefully in evaluating us and our business.
Risks Related to our Company and our Industry
Our revenues and expenses are difficult to predict because they can fluctuate significantly given the nature of the markets in which we operate. This increases the likelihood that our results could fall below the expectation of market analysts, which could cause the market price of our equity shares and ADSs to decline.
Our revenue historically has fluctuated and may fluctuate in the future depending on a number of factors, including:
A significant portion of our total operating expenses in our IT Services and IT Products businesses, particularly personnel and facilities, are fixed in advance of any particular quarter. As a result, unanticipated variations in the number and timing of our projects or employee utilization rates in our IT Services business, excluding Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, Indian IT Services and Infocrossing Inc., may cause significant variations in operating results in any particular quarter. Utilization rates are the proportion of billed resources to total resources. Our total resources for the purpose of computing utilization include resources in administration and general support function excluding corporate activities.
Therefore, we believe that period-to-period comparisons of our results of operations are not necessarily meaningful and should not be relied upon as indications of future performance. Thus, it is possible that in the future some of our periodic results of operations may be below the expectations of public market analysts and investors, and the market price of our equity shares and ADSs could decline.
Our profits attributable to equity holders increased by 5.20% for the year ended March 31, 2012, as compared to the year ended March 31, 2011. There continues to be a high level of global economic uncertainty driven by high levels of sovereign debt, particularly in Europe. Pricing remains competitive and clients remain focused on cost reduction and capital conservation. Consequently, to maximize our revenues, we are investing in developing capabilities in new technology areas and deepening our domain expertise. While we believe that we have a flexible business model which can mitigate the negative impact of an uncertain or slow growing economy, we may not be able to sustain historical levels of profitability. In our BPO business, we are diversifying our service offerings to reduce the proportion of revenues from customer interaction services. Continued attrition levels in our customer interaction services could adversely impact our operating margins.
As a result, there can be no assurance that we will be able to sustain our historic levels of profitability.
If we do not continue to improve our administrative, operational and financial processes and systems to manage our growth, the value of our shareholders investment may be harmed.
Our expected growth will continue to place significant demands on our management and other resources. This will require us to continue to develop and improve our operational, financial and other internal controls, both in India and elsewhere. In particular, our continued growth will increase the challenges involved in:
If we are unable to manage our growth effectively, the quality of our services and products may decline, and our ability to attract clients and skilled personnel may be negatively affected. These factors in turn could negatively affect the growth of all segments of our business and harm the value of our shareholders investment.
Intense competition in the market for IT and ITeS services could adversely affect our cost advantages, and, as a result, decrease our revenues.
The market for IT services is highly competitive. Our competitors include software/IT companies, systems consulting and integration firms, other technology companies and client in-house information services departments. We may also face competition from IT and ITeS companies operating from emerging low cost destinations such as China, the Philippines, Brazil, Romania and Poland. Some of our competitors command significantly greater financial, technical and marketing resources and generate greater revenue than we do. We cannot be reasonably certain that we will be able to compete successfully against such competitors or that we will not lose our key employees or clients to such competitors. Additionally, we believe that our ability to compete also depends in part on factors outside our control, such as the availability of skilled resources, the price at which our competitors offer comparable services and our competitors responsiveness to their clients needs.
We may face difficulties in providing end-to-end business solutions for our clients that could cause clients to discontinue their work with us, which in turn could harm our business.
The increased breadth of our service offerings may result in larger and more complex projects with our clients. This will require us to establish closer relationships with our clients, develop a thorough understanding of their operations, and take higher commercial risks in our contracts with such clients. Our ability to establish such relationships will depend on a number of factors, including the proficiency of our IT professionals and our management personnel. Our failure to understand our clients requirements the domain and country-specific laws and regulations which govern the products and services that we provide, or our failure to deliver services which meet the requirements specified by our clients could result in termination of client contracts and/or imposition of penalties or damages. Additionally, we may experience financial losses in contracts which are linked to our clients future business outcomes or based on assumptions which are not realized.
Larger projects may involve multiple engagements or stages, and there is a risk that a client may choose not to retain us for subsequent stages or may cancel or delay subsequent planned engagements. These terminations, cancellations or delays may result from the business or financial condition of our clients or the economy generally, as opposed to factors related to the quality of our services. Such cancellations or delays make it difficult to plan for project resource requirements, and inaccuracies in such resource planning may have a negative impact on our profitability.
Our success depends in large part upon the strength of our management team and other highly skilled professionals. If we fail to attract and retain these personnel, our business may be unable to grow and our revenue could decline, which may decrease the value of our shareholders investment.
The continued efforts of the senior members of our management team, including of our Chairman and Managing Director, are critical to our success. Our ability to execute project engagements and to obtain new clients depends in large part on our ability to attract, train, motivate and retain highly skilled professionals, especially project managers, software engineers and other senior technical personnel. If we cannot hire and retain additional qualified personnel, our ability to bid on and obtain new projects and to continue to expand our business will be impaired and our revenue could decline. We believe that there is significant competition for professionals with the skills necessary to perform the services we offer. We may not be able to hire and retain enough skilled and experienced employees to replace those who leave. Changes in government policies may also affect our ability to attract, hire and retain personnel. Additionally, we may not be able to reassign or retain our employees to keep pace with continuing changes in technology, evolving standards and changing client preferences. Our profits could be adversely affected if we are unable to manage employee hiring and attrition to achieve a stable and efficient workforce structure.
Our profitability could suffer if we are unable to improve our cost management or such strategies are not as successful as they have been in the past.
Our ability to improve or maintain our profitability is dependent on successful management of our costs. Our cost management strategies include maintaining appropriate alignment between the demand for our services and our resource capacity, optimizing the costs of service delivery and effectively leveraging our sales and marketing and general and administrative costs. We have also taken actions to reduce certain costs, and these initiatives include, deriving greater productivity from fixed costs and relocating non-client-facing employees to lower-cost locations. There is no guarantee that these, or other cost-management efforts will be successful, that our efficiency will be enhanced, or that we will achieve desired levels of profitability. Over time, we have seen a steady improvement in general and administrative costs as a percentage of revenue. Because of the significant steps taken in the past to reduce such costs, we may not be able to maintain such a high level of cost reduction once we have eliminated redundancies and streamlined our processes to maximize efficiency. If we are not able to mitigate rising employee compensation costs by relocating to lower cost locations, passing such increases to customers, or using other measures, our margins and results of operations could be materially adversely affected.
Exchange rate fluctuations in various currencies in which we do business could negatively impact our revenue and operating results.
Our IT Services business is approximately 76% of our revenue. Our revenue from this business is derived from transactions in foreign currencies, while a significant portion of our costs are in Indian rupees. The exchange rate between the Rupee and foreign currencies has fluctuated significantly in recent years and may continue to fluctuate in the future. Appreciation of the Rupee against foreign currencies can adversely affect our revenue and competitive position, and can adversely impact our gross margins. We generate approximately 35% of our IT Services revenues in non-U.S. dollar currencies, and the exchange rate fluctuations between these currencies and the U.S. dollar can affect our revenues and growth, as expressed in U.S. dollar terms. We seek to minimize this risk by entering into forward exchange and option contracts. However, volatility in exchange rate movement and/or sustained Indian rupee appreciation will negatively impact our revenue and operating results.
A significant portion of our debt is in various foreign currencies. We also undertake hedging strategies to mitigate exposure of exchange rate risk relating to foreign currency borrowing, including entering into cross-currency interest rate swaps. As mentioned above, the exchange rate between the Indian rupee and foreign currencies has fluctuated significantly in recent years and will likely continue to fluctuate in the future. Volatility in exchange rate movement and/or Indian rupee depreciation may negatively impact our operating results.
Our revenues are highly dependent on clients primarily located in the United States and Europe, as well as on clients concentrated in certain industries, and economic slowdown or factors that affect the economic health of the United States, Europe or these industries may affect our business.
We derive approximately 52% of our IT Services revenue from the United States and 28% of our IT Services revenue from Europe. If the economy in the United States or Europe continues to weaken and conditions in the global financial market continue to deteriorate, pricing for our services may become less attractive and our clients located in these geographies may reduce or postpone their technology spending significantly. Reduction in spending on IT services may lower the demand for our services and negatively affect our revenues and profitability.
Furthermore, any significant decrease in the growth of the industries in which we focus, or a significant consolidation in any such industry, may reduce the demand for our services and adversely affect our revenue and profitability.
Our IT Services revenue depends to a large extent on a small number of clients, and our revenue could decline if we lose a major client.
We currently derive, and believe that we will continue to derive, a significant portion of our IT Services revenue from a limited number of corporate clients. The loss of a major client or a significant reduction in the service performed for a major client could result in a reduction of our revenue. Our largest client for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012 accounted for approximately 4% of our IT Services revenue. For the same periods, our ten largest clients accounted for approximately 20% of our IT Services revenue. The volume of work we perform for specific clients may vary from year to year, particularly since we typically are not the exclusive external technology service provider for these clients. Thus, any major client during one year may not provide the same level of revenue in a subsequent year.
There are a number of factors other than our performance that could cause the loss of a client and these factors are neither predictable nor under our control. In certain cases, clients have reduced their spending on IT services due to a challenging economic environment, consequently reducing their volume of business with us. If we were to lose one of our major clients or have a significantly lower volume of business with them, our revenue and profitability could be reduced. We continually strive to reduce our dependence on the revenue earned from services rendered to any one client.
Our profitability could suffer if we are not able to maintain favorable utilization rates.
Our profitability and the cost of providing our services are affected by the utilization rate of our professionals. If we are not able to maintain appropriate utilization rates for our professionals, our profit margin and our profitability may suffer. Our utilization rates are affected by a number of factors, including:
Our revenue could also suffer if we misjudge demand patterns and do not recruit sufficient employees to satisfy demand. Employee shortages could prevent us from completing our contractual commitments in a timely manner and cause us to pay penalties or lose contracts or clients.
Restrictions on immigration in the U.S. may affect our ability to compete for and provide services to clients in the U.S., which could hamper our growth and cause our revenue to decline.
Our employees who work onsite at client facilities or at our facilities in the U.S. on temporary or extended assignments typically must obtain visas. If U.S. immigration laws change and make it more difficult for us to obtain H-1B and L-1 visas for our employees, our ability to compete for and provide services to our clients in the United States could be impaired. In response to past terrorist attacks in the United States, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has increased its level of scrutiny in reviewing visa applications and has decreased the number of grants. These restrictions and any further changes could hamper our ability to service our customers and cause our revenue to decline.
A majority of our personnel in the United States hold H-1B visas or L-1 visas. An H-1B visa is a temporary work visa, which allows the employee to remain in the United States while he or she remains an employee of the sponsoring firm. The L-1 visa is an intra-company transfer visa, which only allows the employee to remain in the United States temporarily. There is a limit to the aggregate number of new H-1B petitions that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may approve annually.
Although there is no limit to the number of new L-1 petitions, the L-1 and H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004 precludes foreign companies from obtaining L-1 visas for employees with specialized knowledge if (1) such employees will be stationed primarily at the worksite of another company in the U.S. and the employee will not be controlled and supervised by his employer, or (2) the placement is essentially an arrangement to provide labor for hire rather than in connection with the employees specialized knowledge.
In addition, companies which have obtained H-1B visas on behalf of employees face higher labor, legal and regulatory standards. Investigations by the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor or unannounced random site inspections by the United States Department of Homeland Security also could diminish our ability to compete for and provide services to our clients in the United States.
Immigration laws in the United States and in other countries are subject to legislative changes, as well as to variations in the standards of application and enforcement due to political forces and economic conditions. It is difficult to predict the political and economic events that could affect immigration laws, or the restrictive impact they could have on obtaining or monitoring work visas for our technology professionals.
Although we currently have sufficient personnel with valid H-1B visas, we cannot be assured that we will continue to be able to obtain any or a sufficient number of H-1B visas for our onsite employees on the same time schedule as we have previously obtained.
Our global operations expose us to numerous and sometimes conflicting legal and regulatory requirements, and violation of these regulations could harm our business.
Since we provide services to clients throughout the world, we are subject to numerous, and sometimes conflicting, legal requirements on matters as diverse as import/export controls, content requirements, trade restrictions, tariffs, taxation, sanctions, government affairs, anti-bribery, whistle blowing, internal and disclosure control obligations, data protection and privacy and labor relations. Gaps in our compliance with these regulations in the conduct of our business could result in fines, penalties, criminal sanctions against us or our officers, disgorgement of profits, prohibitions on doing business and adverse impact to our reputation. Gaps in compliance with these regulations in connection with the performance of our obligations to our clients could also result in liability for monetary damages, fines and/or criminal prosecution, unfavorable publicity, restrictions on our ability to process information and allegations by our clients that we have not performed our contractual obligations. Due to the varying degree of development of the legal systems of the countries in which we operate, local laws might be insufficient to defend us and preserve our rights.
We have more than 28,000 employees located outside India. We are subject to risks relating to compliance with a variety of national and local laws including multiple tax regimes, labor laws, employee health safety and wages and benefits laws. We may, from time to time, be subject to litigation or administrative actions resulting from claims against us by current or former employees individually or as part of class actions, including claims of wrongful terminations, discrimination, misclassification or other violations of labor law or other alleged conduct. We may also, from time to time, be subject to litigation resulting from claims against us by third parties, including claims of breach of non-compete and confidentiality provisions of our employees former employment agreements with such third parties. Our failure to comply with applicable regulatory requirements could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.
Our international operations subject us to risks inherent in doing business on an international level that could harm our operating results.
Currently, we have software development facilities in several countries around the world. The majority of our software development facilities are located in India. As we continue to increase our presence outside India through our strategic development centers worldwide, we are subject to additional risks related to our international expansion strategy, including risks related to complying with a wide variety of national and local laws, restrictions on the import and export of certain technologies and multiple and possibly overlapping tax structures. In addition, we may face competition in other countries from companies that may have more experience with operations in such countries or with international operations in general. We may also face difficulties integrating new facilities in different countries into our existing operations, as well as integrating employees that we hire in different countries into our existing corporate culture. Our international expansion plans may not be successful, and we may not be able to compete effectively in other countries.
Legislation in certain countries in which we operate, including the United States, may restrict companies in those countries from outsourcing work.
Some countries and organizations have expressed concerns about a perceived connection between offshore outsourcing and the loss of jobs domestically. With high domestic unemployment levels and increasing political and media attention on the outsourcing of services internationally by domestic corporations, there have been concerted efforts to enact new legislation to restrict offshore outsourcing or impose restrictions on companies that outsource. Periodically, restrictive outsourcing legislation has been considered by federal and state legislatures in the U.S. In the event any of these measures become law, our ability to do business in these jurisdictions could be adversely impacted, which in turn could adversely affect our revenues and operating profitability.
In addition, from time to time, negative experiences associated with offshore outsourcing, such as theft and misappropriation of sensitive client data has been publicized, including reports involving service providers in India. Our current or prospective clients may elect to perform certain services themselves or may be discouraged from transferring services from onshore to offshore service providers to avoid harmful publicity or any negative perceptions that may be associated with using an offshore service provider. Any slowdown or reversal of existing industry trends towards offshore outsourcing would seriously harm our ability to compete effectively with competitors that provide services from within the countries in which our clients operate.
Our failure to complete fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts within the budget and on time may negatively affect our profitability, which could decrease the value of our shareholders investment.
We offer a portion of our services on a fixed-price, fixed-time frame basis, rather than on a time-and-materials basis. Although we use specified software engineering processes and rely on our past project experience to reduce the risks associated with estimating, planning and performing fixed-price or fixed-time frame projects, we bear the risk of cost overruns, completion delays and wage inflation in connection with these projects. If we fail to accurately estimate the resources and time required for a project, future rates of wage inflation and currency exchange rates, or if we fail to complete our contractual obligations within the contracted timeframe, our profitability may suffer.
If our pricing structures do not accurately anticipate the cost and complexity of performing our work, then our contracts could be unprofitable.
We negotiate pricing terms with our clients utilizing a range of pricing structures and conditions. Depending on the particular contract, these include time-and-materials pricing, fixed-price arrangements, and hybrid contracts with features of both pricing models. Our pricing is highly dependent on our internal forecasts and predictions about our projects and the marketplace, which might be based on limited data and could be inaccurate. If we do not accurately estimate the costs and timing for completing projects, our contracts could prove unprofitable for us or yield lower profit margins than anticipated. The risk is greatest when pricing our outsourcing contracts, as many of our outsourcing projects entail the coordination of operations and workforces in multiple locations, utilizing workforces with different skill sets and competencies and geographically-distributed service centers. Furthermore, when work gets outsourced we occasionally hire employees from our clients and assume responsibility for one or more of our clients business processes. Our pricing, cost and profit margin estimates on outsourced work frequently include anticipated long-term cost savings from transformational and other initiatives that we expect to achieve and sustain over the life of the outsourcing contract. There is a risk that we will under price our contracts, fail to accurately estimate the costs of performing the work or fail to accurately assess the risks associated with potential contracts. In particular, any increased or unexpected costs, delays or failures to achieve anticipated cost savings, or unexpected risks we encounter in connection with the performance of this work, including those caused by factors outside our control, could make these contracts less profitable or unprofitable, which could have an adverse effect on our profit margin.
Disruptions in telecommunications could harm our service model, which could result in a reduction of our revenue.
A significant element of our business strategy is to continue to leverage and expand our offshore development centers at Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune and other cities in India, as well as near-shore development centers outside of India. We believe that the use of a strategically located network of software development centers will provide us with cost advantages, the ability to attract highly skilled personnel from various regions of India and the world, the ability to service clients on a regional and global basis and the ability to provide services to our clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Part of our service model is to maintain active voice and data communications between our main offices in Bangalore, our clients offices, and our software development and support facilities. Although we maintain redundancy facilities and satellite communications links, any significant loss in our ability to transmit voice and data through satellite and telephone communications could result in a disruption in business, thereby hindering our performance or our ability to complete client projects on time. This, in turn, could lead to a reduction of our revenue.
We may be liable to our clients for damages caused by disclosure of confidential information or data security system failures.
We often have access to or are required to collect and store confidential client and customer data. Many of our client agreements do not limit our potential liability for breaches of confidentiality. If any person, including any of our employees or former employees, penetrates our network security or misappropriates sensitive data, we could be subject to significant liability from our clients or from our clients customers for breaching contractual confidentiality provisions or privacy laws. Unauthorized disclosure of sensitive or confidential client and customer data, whether through breach of our computer systems, systems failure, loss or theft of assets containing confidential information or otherwise, could damage our reputation and cause us to lose clients.
We are investing substantial cash assets in new facilities and physical infrastructures, and our profitability could be reduced if our business does not grow proportionately.
We have invested substantially in construction or expansion of software development facilities and physical infrastructure during fiscal year 2012 in anticipation of growth in our business. The total amount of investment made to purchase property, plant and equipment in fiscal year 2012 was Rs. 12,977 million (US$255 million). Additionally, as of March 31, 2012, we had contractual commitments of approximately Rs. 1,673 million (US$33 million) related to capital expenditures on construction or expansion of our software development and other facilities. We may encounter cost overruns or project delays in connection with new facilities and these expansions may increase our fixed costs. If we are unable to grow our business and revenues proportionately, our profitability will be reduced.
Our business will suffer if we fail to anticipate and develop new services and enhance existing services in order to keep pace with rapid changes in technology and the industries on which we focus.
The IT services market is characterized by rapid technological changes, evolving industry standards, changing client preferences and new product and service introductions. Our future success will depend on our ability to anticipate these advances and develop new product and service offerings to meet client needs. We may not be successful in anticipating or responding to these advances on a timely basis, or, if we do respond, the services or technologies we develop may not be successful in the marketplace. Further, products, services or technologies that are developed by our competitors may render our services non-competitive or obsolete. Our failure to address the demands of the rapidly evolving information technology environment, particularly with respect to cloud computing and storage, mobility and applications and analytics, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.
Many of our client contracts can typically be terminated without cause, with little or no notice and without termination charges, which could negatively impact our revenue and profitability.
Our clients typically retain us on a non-exclusive, project-by-project basis. Many of our client contracts, including those that are on a fixed-price, fixed-time frame basis, can be terminated with or without cause, with as little as 90 days notice and without termination-related penalties. Additionally, most of our contracts with clients are typically limited to discrete projects without any commitment to a specific volume of business or future work. Our business is dependent on the decisions and actions of our clients, and there are a number of factors that might result in the termination of a project or the loss of a client that are outside of our control, including:
We may engage in future acquisitions, investments, strategic partnerships or other ventures that may harm our performance, dilute our shareholders ownership and cause us to incur debt or assume contingent liabilities.
We have acquired and in the future may acquire or make investments in complementary businesses, technologies, services or products, or enter into strategic partnerships with parties who can provide access to those assets. In the future, we may not identify suitable acquisition, investment or strategic partnership candidates, or if we do identify suitable candidates, we may not complete those transactions on terms commercially acceptable to us. We could have difficulty in assimilating the personnel, operations, technology or software of the acquired companies. In addition, the key personnel of an acquired company may decide not to work for us. We could also have difficulty in integrating the acquired products, services or technologies into our operations. These difficulties could disrupt our ongoing business, distract our management and employees and increase our expenses. Changes in competition laws in India and abroad could also impact our acquisition plans by prohibiting potential transactions which would otherwise be beneficial for us.
Some of our long-term client contracts contain benchmarking provisions which, if triggered could result in lower contractual revenues and profitability in the future.
As the size and complexity of our client engagements increase, our clients may require further benchmarking provisions in our contracts with them. Benchmarking provisions allow a customer in certain circumstances to request a study prepared by an agreed upon third-party comparing our pricing, performance and efficiency gains for delivered contract services against the comparable services of an agreed upon list of other service providers. Based on the results of the benchmark study and depending on the reasons for any unfavorable variance, we may be required to reduce our pricing for future services to be performed for the remainder of the contract term, which could have an adverse impact on our revenues and profitability.
We may be liable to our clients for damages caused by system failures, which could damage our reputation and cause us to lose customers.
Many of our contracts involve projects that are critical to the operations of our clients businesses and provide benefits to our clients that may be difficult to quantify. Any failure in a clients system could result in a claim for substantial damages against us, regardless of our responsibility for such failure. Although we attempt to limit our contractual liability for consequential damages in rendering our services, we cannot be assured that such limitations on liability will be enforceable in all cases, or that they will otherwise protect us from liability for damages. A successful assertion of one or more large claims against us that exceeds our available insurance coverage or results in changes to our insurance policies, including premium increases or the imposition of a large deductible or co-insurance requirement, could adversely affect our operating results.
Clients may subject us to litigation to seek damages for deficient services or for violating intellectual property rights.
Our clients may subject us to litigation and seek damages for losses caused by allegedly deficient services. Clients may also subject us to litigation and seek damages for violating or misusing their intellectual property rights. Our inability to provide services at contractually-agreed service levels or inability to prevent violation or misuse of the intellectual property of our clients could cause significant damage to our reputation and adversely affect our results of operations.
Compliance with new and changing corporate governance and public disclosure requirements adds uncertainty to our compliance policies and increases our costs of compliance.
Changing laws, regulations and standards relating to accounting, corporate governance and public disclosure, including the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, new SEC regulations, New York Stock Exchange rules, Securities and Exchange Board of India rules and Indian stock market listing regulations, are creating uncertainty for companies like ours. These new or changed laws, regulations and standards may lack specificity and are subject to varying interpretations. Their application in practice may evolve over time as new guidance is provided by regulatory and governing bodies. This could result in continuing uncertainty regarding compliance matters and higher costs of compliance as a result of ongoing revisions to such governance standards.
In particular, continuing compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the related regulations regarding our required assessment of our internal controls over financial reporting requires the commitment of significant financial and managerial resources. With respect to our Form 20-F for the year ended March 31, 2012, our management has performed an assessment of the effectiveness of the internal control over financial reporting. We have determined that the internal controls are effective.
We are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance and public disclosure, and our efforts to comply with evolving laws, regulations and standards in this regard have resulted in, and are likely to continue to result in, increased general and administrative expenses and a diversion of management time and attention from revenue-generating activities to compliance activities. In addition, the new laws, regulations and standards regarding corporate governance may make it more difficult for us to obtain director and officer liability insurance. Further, our board members, chief executive officer and chief financial officer could face an increased risk of personal liability in connection with the performance of their duties. As a result, we may face difficulties attracting and retaining qualified board members and executive officers, which could harm our business. If we fail to comply with new or changed laws or regulations and standards differ, our business and reputation may be harmed.
If we fail to or are unable to implement and maintain effective internal controls over financial reporting, the accuracy and timeliness of our financial reporting may be adversely affected.
We are subject to reporting obligations under U.S. securities laws. The SEC, as required under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, has adopted rules requiring every public company to include a report of management on the effectiveness of such companys internal control over financial reporting in its annual report. In addition, an independent registered public accounting firm must issue an attestation report on the effectiveness of the companys internal control over financial reporting.
If we fail to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting in the future, we and our independent registered public accounting firm may not be able to conclude that we have effective internal control over financial reporting at a reasonable assurance level. This could in turn result in the loss of investor confidence in the reliability of our financial statements. Furthermore, we have incurred and anticipate that we will continue to incur considerable costs and use significant management time and other resources in an effort to comply with Section 404 and other requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. If we are not able to continue to meet the requirements of Section 404 in a timely manner or with adequate compliance, we might be subject to sanctions or investigation by the SEC, the New York Stock Exchange or other regulatory authorities. Any such action could adversely affect the accuracy and timeliness of our financial reporting.
We cannot predict the outcome of the Securities and Exchange Commissions voluntary requests for documents and information, the outcome of which could have a material adverse effect on us.
As we previously disclosed in our Form 20-F for the year ended March 31, 2010, our Audit Committee and KPMG India conducted an investigation into whether financial relationships, business transactions or loans existed between any members of KPMG Indias audit engagement team and Wipro as well as other potential independence matters, including whether any other members of the KPMG India audit engagement team had dealings with any Wipro employees that would compromise KPMG Indias independence from Wipro. KPMG India concluded that it did not lack independence with respect to Wipro. Based on its review of the facts from KMPG Indias investigation and discussions with its external advisors, our Audit Committee concurred with KPMG Indias conclusion.
Subsequently, the SECs Division of Enforcement requested that we provide, on a voluntary basis, certain information and documents concerning, among other things, issues relating to auditor independence. Some of the voluntary requests also relate to the same subject matter we disclosed which the Audit Committee investigated previously, including the appropriateness of certain accounting entries pertaining to our exchange rate fluctuation and outstanding liability accounts. We are cooperating with the SECs requests. The outcome of the SECs review of this matter is uncertain. A conclusion by the SEC that differs with the conclusions reached by KPMG India and our Audit Committee could have a material adverse effect on us.
If we are unable to collect our receivables from or invoice our unbilled services to our clients, our results of operations and cash flows could be adversely affected.
Our business depends on our ability to successfully obtain payment from our clients of the amounts they owe us for work performed. We evaluate the financial condition of our clients and usually bill and collect on relatively short cycles. We maintain provisions against receivables and unbilled services. Actual losses on client balances could differ from those that we currently anticipate and as a result we might need to adjust our provisions. There is no guarantee that we will accurately assess the creditworthiness of our clients. Macroeconomic conditions, such as a potential credit crisis in the global financial system, could also result in financial difficulties for our clients, including limited access to the credit markets, insolvency or bankruptcy. Such conditions could cause clients to delay payment, request modifications of their payment terms, or default on their payment obligations to us, all of which could increase our receivables balance. Timely collection of fees for client services also depends on our ability to complete our contractual commitments and subsequently bill for and collect our contractual service fees. If we are unable to meet our contractual obligations, we might experience delays in the collection of or be unable to collect our client balances, and if this occurs, our results of operations and cash flows could be adversely affected. In addition, if we experience an increase in the time required to bill and collect for our services, our cash flows could be adversely affected.
Our work with government clients exposes us to additional risks inherent in the government contracting environment.
Our clients include national, provincial, state and local governmental entities. Our government work carries various risks inherent in the government contracting process which may affect our operating profitability. These risks include, but are not limited to, the following:
We may incur substantial costs for environmental regulation compliance.
We are subject to various federal, state, local and foreign laws relating to protection of the environment. We may incur substantial fines, civil or criminal sanctions, or third-party claims for property damage or personal injury if we are held liable under environmental laws and regulations. Our current compliance with environmental laws and regulations is not expected to have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations or competitive position.
We are exposed to fluctuations in the market values of our investment portfolio.
Deterioration of the credit as well as debt and capital markets due to economic turmoil could result in volatility of our investment earnings and impairments to our investment portfolio, which could negatively impact our financial condition and reported income.
We are exposed to fluctuations in interest rates for our borrowings.
Turmoil in the financial markets can cause the borrowings rate to go up in the future. Deterioration in the interest rates could negatively impact our financial condition and reported income.
Our financial condition and results of operations may be harmed if we do not successfully reduce market risks through the use of derivative financial instruments.
Since we conduct operations throughout the world, a substantial portion of our assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses are denominated in various currencies other than the Indian rupee. Because our financial statements are denominated in the India rupee, fluctuations in currency exchange rates, especially the U.S. dollar against the Indian rupee, could have a material impact on our reported results.
We also experience other market risks, including changes in the interest rates of the securities that we own. We may use derivative financial instruments to reduce certain of these risks. However, if our strategies to reduce market risks are not successful, our financial condition and operating results may be harmed.
Managements use of estimates may affect our income and financial position.
To comply with IFRS, management is required to make many judgments, estimates, and assumptions. The facts and circumstances on which management bases these estimates and judgments, and managements judgment of the facts and circumstances, may change from time to time, and this may result in significant changes in the estimates, with a negative impact on our assets or income. Current and future accounting pronouncements and other financial reporting standards may adversely affect the financial information we present. We regularly monitor our compliance with all of the financial reporting standards that are applicable to us and any new pronouncements that are relevant to us. Findings of our monitoring activity or new financial reporting standards may require us to change our internal accounting policies and to alter our operational policy so that it reflects new or amended financial reporting standards. We cannot exclude the possibility that this may have a material impact on our assets, income, or cash flows. For a summary of significant accounting policies, refer to Note 3 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements section.
An increasing amount of goodwill and acquisition related intangibles in our financials may lead to significant impairment charges in the future.
The amount of goodwill and intangible assets in our consolidated financial statement has increased significantly in recent years, primarily due to acquisitions. Goodwill and acquisition related indefinite life intangibles are subject to impairment review at least annually. Impairment testing under IFRS may lead to impairment charges in the future. Any significant impairment charges could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.
Risks Related to Investments in Indian Companies and International Operations Generally.
We are incorporated in India, and a substantial portion of our assets and our employees are located in India. Consequently, our financial performance and the market price of our ADSs will be affected by political, social and economic developments affecting India, Government of India policies such as taxation and foreign investment policies, Government of India currency exchange control and changes in exchange rates and interest rates.
Wage increases in India may diminish our competitive advantage against companies located in the United States and Europe and may reduce our profit margins.
Our wage costs in India have historically been significantly lower than wage costs in the United States and Europe for comparably skilled professionals, and this has been one of our competitive advantages. However, wage increases in India may prevent us from sustaining this competitive advantage and may negatively affect our profit margins. We may need to increase the levels of our employee compensation more rapidly than in the past to retain talent. Unless we are able to continue to increase the efficiency and productivity of our employees, over the long term wage increases may reduce our profit margins. Furthermore, increases in the proportion of employees with less experience, or source talent from other low cost locations, like Eastern Europe, China or Southeast Asia could also negatively affect our profits.
We would realize lower tax benefits if the special tax holiday scheme for units set up in Special Economic Zones is substantially modified.
Currently, we benefit from tax incentives under Indian tax laws. We qualify for a deduction from taxable income on profits attributable to our status as a developer of Special Economic Zones or from operation of units located in Special Economic Zones, or SEZs. The tax deduction for SEZ developers is available for any ten consecutive years out of fifteen years, commencing from the year in which the SEZ is notified. The tax deduction for a unit in an SEZ is equal to 100% of profits from the export of services for the first five years after the commencement of operations in the SEZ and thereafter is equal to 50.0% of profits from the export of services for a subsequent period of ten years, subject to meeting specified re-investment conditions and earmarking of specified reserves in the last five years. This tax deduction will terminate if our operations are no longer located in an SEZ, fail to comply with rules required for an SEZ or fail to meet certain conditions prescribed under the Income Tax Act, 1961 of India. These tax benefits of units are conditioned upon our ability to generate positive net foreign exchange within five years of the commencement of our operations in the SEZ. If we fail to
generate positive net foreign exchange within five years, or thereafter fail to maintain it, we will be subject to penalties under the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992, or the Indian Foreign Trade Act. The maximum penalty that may be imposed is equal to five times the gross value of the goods and services that we purchase with duty exemptions. Effective for financial years beginning April 1, 2011, we are subject to a Minimum Alternate Tax, or MAT, at a fixed rate of approximately 20.0% on its net profits as adjusted by certain prescribed adjustments. Where any tax is paid under MAT, such tax will be eligible for adjustment against regular income tax liability computed under the Income Tax Act, 1961 of India, for the following ten years as MAT credit. We cannot assure you that the Government of India will continue these special tax exemptions or that we will continue to qualify for such tax benefits and other incentives. If we no longer receive these tax benefits and other incentives, or if the MAT rate of taxation is increased, our financial results may be adversely affected.
In the past, there have been demands by legislators and various political parties in India for the Government of India to actively regulate the development of SEZs by private entities. There have also been demands to impose strict conditions which need to be complied with before economic zones developed by private entities are designated as SEZs. If such regulations or conditions are imposed, it would adversely impact our ability to set up new units in such designated SEZs and avail ourselves of the tax benefits associated with SEZs.
In the event that the Government of India or the government of another country changes its tax policies in a manner that is adverse to us, our tax expense may materially increase, reducing our profitability.
In the Finance Bill, 2012, the Government of India has proposed to levy service tax based on a negative list of services. Consequently, all services are likely to become taxable, except notified exempted services.
We are also subject to U.S. taxes on income, taking into account corresponding deductions, attributable to the permanent establishment and operation of our U.S. branch. Such tax is assessed at a rate of up to 35%. In addition, we are subject to a 15% Branch Profit Tax, or BPT, in the U.S. on the dividend equivalent amount as the term is defined under U.S. tax laws. Based on the net profits of our U.S. branch for fiscal year 2012 and the net assets held as of March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011, we are not currently subject to BPT. In the event that BPT is triggered, then such after-tax net profits not represented by an increase in net assets would be treated as a deemed distribution of accumulated profits, and we would be liable to pay additional taxes on all such deemed distributions, thereby increasing our income tax expenses and negatively affecting our profits.
We operate in jurisdictions that impose transfer pricing and other tax related regulations on us, and any failure to comply could materially and adversely affect our profitability.
We are required to comply with various transfer pricing regulations in India and other countries. Failure to comply with such regulations may impact our effective tax rates and consequently affect our net margins. Additionally, we operate in several countries and our failure to comply with the local tax regime may result in additional taxes, penalties and enforcement actions from such authorities. In the event that we do not properly comply with transfer pricing and tax-related regulations, our profitability may be adversely affected.
Terrorist attacks or a war could adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition.
Terrorist attacks, such as the attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States, the attacks of July 7, 2005 in London, U.K., the attacks of June 30, 2007 in Glasgow, U.K., the attacks in November 29, 2008 and July 13, 2011 in Mumbai, India and other acts of violence or war have the potential to directly impact our clients. To the extent that such attacks affect or involve the United States or Europe, our business may be significantly impacted, as the majority of our revenue is derived from clients located in those regions. In addition, such attacks may make business travel more difficult,
may make it more difficult to obtain work visas for many of our technology professionals who are required to work in the United States or Europe, and may effectively curtail our ability to deliver services to our clients. Such obstacles to business may increase our expenses and negatively affect the results of our operations. Furthermore, any terrorist attacks in India could cause a disruption in the delivery of our services to our clients, could have a negative impact on our business, personnel, assets and results of operations, and could cause our clients or potential clients to choose other vendors for the services we provide. Terrorist threats, attacks or war could also delay, postpone or cancel our clients decisions to use our services.
The markets in which we operate are subject to the risk of earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters, the occurrence of which could cause our business to suffer.
Some of the regions that we operate in are prone to earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, flooding and other natural disasters. In the event that any of our business centers are affected by such disasters, we may sustain damage to our operations and properties, suffer significant financial losses and be unable to complete our client engagements in a timely manner, if at all. Further, in the event of a natural disaster, we may also incur costs in redeploying personnel and property. In addition, if there is a major earthquake, as occurred in Japan in March 2011, a flood, as occurred in Thailand in July 2011, or other natural disaster in any of the locations in which our significant customers are located, we face the risk that our customers may incur losses or sustained business interruption which may materially impair their ability to continue their purchase of our products or services. A major earthquake, flood or other natural disaster including as a result of climate changes in the locations in which we operate could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.
Regional conflicts in South Asia could adversely affect the Indian economy, disrupt our operations and cause our business to suffer.
South Asia has from time to time experienced instances of civil unrest and hostilities among neighboring countries, including between India and Pakistan. There have been military confrontations between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region and along the India-Pakistan border. The potential for hostilities between the two countries is high due to recent terrorist activities in India and the aggravated geopolitical situation. Both countries have initiated active measures to reduce hostilities. Military activity or terrorist attacks in the future could harm the Indian economy by disrupting communications and making travel more difficult. Such political tensions could create a greater perception that investments in Indian companies involve a higher degree of risk. This, in turn, could have a material adverse effect on the market for the securities of Indian companies, including our equity shares and our ADSs, and on the market for our services.
Political considerations in the Government of India could delay the liberalization of the Indian economy and adversely affect economic conditions in India in general, which could in return impact our financial results and prospects.
Since 1991, successive Indian Governments have pursued policies of economic liberalization, including significantly relaxing restrictions on the private sector. Nevertheless, the role of the Indian Central and State Governments in the Indian economy as producers, consumers and regulators has remained significant. Although we believe that the process of economic liberalization will continue, the rate of economic liberalization could change, and specific laws and policies affecting technology companies, foreign investment, currency exchange and other matters affecting investment in our securities could change as well. A significant change in Indias economic liberalization and deregulation policies could adversely affect business and economic conditions in India generally and our business in particular.
For instance in April 2007, the Government of India announced a number of changes in its policy relating to SEZs, including specifying a cap on land available for SEZs. The Government of India is also considering making changes in its SEZ policy. We currently have several facilities operating within SEZs and any adverse change in policy relating to SEZs could affect our profitability.
Indian law limits our ability to raise capital outside India and may limit the ability of others to acquire us, which could prevent us from operating our business or entering into a transaction that is in the best interests of our shareholders.
Indian law constrains our ability to raise capital outside of India through the issuance of equity or convertible debt securities. Generally, any foreign investment in, or an acquisition of, an Indian company requires approval from relevant government authorities in India, including the Reserve Bank of India. However, subject to certain exceptions, the Government of India currently does not mandate prior approvals for IT companies such as ours. If we are required to seek the approval of the Government of India and the Government of India does not approve the proposed investment or implements a limit on the foreign equity ownership of IT companies, our ability to seek and obtain additional equity investment by foreign investors will be limited. In addition, these restrictions, if applied to us, may prevent us from entering into a transaction, such as an acquisition by a non-Indian company, which would otherwise be beneficial for our Company and the holders of our equity shares and ADSs.
Our ability to acquire companies organized outside India depends on the approval of the Government of India. Our failure to obtain approval from the Government of India for the acquisition of companies organized outside India may restrict our international growth, which could negatively affect our revenue.
The Ministry of Finance of the Government of India and/or the Reserve Bank of India must approve our acquisition of any company organized outside of India or grant general or special permission for such acquisition. The Reserve Bank of India permits acquisitions of companies organized outside of India by an Indian party without approval in the following circumstances:
We cannot assure you that any necessary approval from the Reserve Bank of India or the Ministry of Finance or any other Government agency can be obtained. Our failure to obtain such approvals from the Government of India for acquisitions of companies organized outside India may restrict our international growth, which could negatively affect our revenue.
It may be difficult for you to enforce any judgment obtained in the United States against us, our directors or executive officers or our affiliates.
We are incorporated under the laws of India and many of our directors and executive officers reside outside the United States. A substantial portion of our assets and the assets of many of these persons are also located outside the United States. As a result, you may be unable to effect service of process upon us outside of India or upon such persons outside their jurisdiction of residence. In addition, you may be unable to enforce against us in courts outside of India, or against these persons outside the jurisdiction of their residence, judgments obtained in courts of the United States, including judgments predicated solely upon the federal securities laws of the United States.
We have been advised by our Indian counsel that the United States and India do not currently have a treaty providing for reciprocal recognition and enforcement of judgments, other than arbitration awards, in civil and commercial matters. Therefore, a final judgment for the payment of money rendered by any federal or state court in the United States on civil liability, whether or not predicated solely upon the federal securities laws of the United States, would not be enforceable in India. However, the party in whose favor such final judgment is rendered may bring a new suit in a competent court in India based on a final judgment that has been obtained in the United States. The suit must be brought in India within three years from the date of the judgment in the same manner as any other suit filed to enforce a civil liability in India. It is unlikely that a court in India would award damages on the same basis as a foreign court if an action is brought in India. Furthermore, it is unlikely that an Indian court would enforce a foreign judgment if it viewed the amount of damages awarded as excessive or inconsistent with Indian practice. A party seeking to enforce a foreign judgment in India is required to obtain approval from the Reserve Bank of India under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999, to execute such a judgment or to repatriate any amount recovered.
The laws of India do not protect intellectual property rights to the same extent as those of the United States, and we may be unsuccessful in protecting our intellectual property rights. Unauthorized use of our intellectual property may result in development of technology, products or services which compete with our products. We may also be subject to third-party claims of intellectual property infringement.
Our intellectual property rights are important to our business. We rely on a combination of patent, copyright and trademark laws, trade secrets, confidentiality procedures and contractual provisions to protect our intellectual property. However, the laws of India do not protect proprietary rights to the same extent as laws in the United States. Therefore, our efforts to protect our intellectual property may not be adequate. Our competitors may independently develop similar technology or duplicate our products or services. Unauthorized parties may infringe upon or misappropriate our products, services or proprietary information.
The misappropriation or duplication of our intellectual property could disrupt our ongoing business, distract our management and employees, reduce our revenue and increase our expenses. We may need to litigate to enforce our intellectual property rights or to determine the validity and scope of the proprietary rights of others. Any such litigation could be time-consuming and costly. As the number of patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights in our industry increases, and as the coverage of these rights increases, we believe that companies in our industry will face more frequent infringement claims. Defending against these claims, even if not meritorious, could be expensive and divert our attention and resources from operating our company.
Although we believe that our intellectual property rights do not infringe on the intellectual property rights of any other party, infringement claims may be asserted against us in the future. If we become liable to third parties for infringing their intellectual property rights, we could be required to pay a substantial damage award and be forced to develop non-infringing technology, obtain a license or cease selling the applications or products that contain the infringing technology. We may be unable to develop non-infringing technology or to obtain a license on commercially reasonable terms, or at all.
Risks Related to the ADSs
Sales of our equity shares may adversely affect the prices of our equity shares and ADSs.
Sales of substantial amounts of our equity shares in the public market, including sales by insiders, or the perception that such sales may occur, could adversely affect the prevailing market price of our equity shares or our ADSs or our ability to raise capital through an offering of our securities. In the future, we may also sponsor the sale of shares currently held by some of our shareholders, or issue new shares. We can make no prediction as to the timing of any such sales or the effect, if any, that future sales of our equity shares, or the availability of our equity shares for future sale, will have on the market price of our equity shares or ADSs prevailing from time to time.
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) recently adopted rules that require publicly listed companies to have at least 25% of their equity shares held publicly by no later than June 2013. Compliance with these SEBI rules could require our promoters to sell to the public their equity shares and reduce their ownership holdings, which could create volatility and impact the market price of our equity shares or ADSs.
The price of our ADSs and the U.S. dollar value of any dividends we declare may be negatively affected by fluctuations in the U.S. dollar to Indian rupee exchange rate.
Our ADSs trade on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in U.S. dollars. Since the equity shares underlying the ADSs are listed in India on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE) and trade in Indian rupees, the value of the ADSs may be affected by exchange rate fluctuations between the U.S. dollar and the Indian rupee. In addition, dividends declared, if any, are denominated in Indian rupees, and therefore the value of the dividends received by the holders of ADSs in U.S. dollars will be affected by exchange rate fluctuations. If the Indian rupee depreciates against the U.S. dollar, the price at which our ADSs trade mayand the value of the U.S. dollar equivalent of any dividend will decrease accordingly.
An active or liquid trading market for our ADSs is not assured.
An active, liquid trading market for our ADSs may not be maintained in the long term. Loss of liquidity could increase the price volatility of our ADSs.
Indian law imposes foreign investment restrictions that limit a holders ability to convert equity shares into ADSs, which may cause our ADSs to trade at a premium or discount to the market price of our equity shares.
Under certain circumstances, the Reserve Bank of India must approve the sale of equity shares underlying ADSs by a non-resident of India to a resident of India. The Reserve Bank of India has given general permission to effect sales of existing shares or convertible debentures of an Indian company by a resident to a non-resident, subject to certain conditions, including the price at which the shares may be sold. Additionally, except under certain limited circumstances, if an investor seeks to convert the Rupee proceeds from a sale of equity shares in India into foreign currency and then repatriate that foreign currency from India, he or she will have to obtain additional approval from the Reserve Bank of India for each transaction. Required approval from the Reserve Bank of India or any other government agency may not be obtained on terms which are favorable to a non-resident investor or may not be obtained at all.
Investors who exchange ADSs for the underlying equity shares and are not holders of record will be required to declare to us details of the holder of record, and the holder of record will be required to disclose the details of the beneficial owner. Any investor who fails to comply with this requirement may be liable for a fine of up to Rs. 1,000 for each day such failure continues. Such restrictions on foreign ownership of the underlying equity shares may cause our ADSs to trade at a premium or discount to the equity shares.
Our ADSs have historically traded at a significant premium to the trading prices of our underlying equity shares on Indian stock exchanges, but may not continue to do so in the future.
Historically, our ADSs have traded at a premium to the trading prices of our underlying equity shares on Indian stock exchanges due to the relatively small portion of our market capitalization represented by ADSs, restrictions imposed by Indian law on the conversion of equity shares into ADSs, and the potential preference of some investors to trade securities listed on U.S. exchanges. The completion of any additional secondary ADS offering will increase the number of our outstanding ADSs. Further, the restrictions on the issuance of ADSs imposed by Indian law may be relaxed in the future. Over a period of time, investor preferences may also change. Therefore, the historical premium of our ADSs as compared to the trading prices of our underlying equity shares on Indian stock exchanges may be reduced or eliminated.
Negative media coverage and public scrutiny may adversely affect the prices of our equity shares and ADSs.
Media coverage, including social media coverage such as blogs, of our business practices, employees, policies and actions has increased dramatically over the past several years. Any negative media coverage, regardless of the accuracy of such reporting, may have an initial adverse impact on our reputation and investor confidence, resulting in a decline in the share price of our equity shares and our ADSs.
An investor in our ADSs may not be able to exercise preemptive rights for additional shares and may thereby suffer dilution of his or her equity interest in us.
Under the Indian Companies Act, a company incorporated in India must offer its holders of equity shares preemptive rights to subscribe and pay for a proportionate number of shares to maintain their existing ownership percentages prior to the issuance of any new equity shares, unless such preemptive rights have been waived by three-fourths of the shares voting on the resolution to waive such rights. Holders of ADSs may be unable to exercise preemptive rights for the equity shares underlying ADSs unless a registration statement under the Securities Act is effective with respect to such rights or an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act is available. We are not obligated to prepare and file such a registration statement, and our decision to do so will depend on the costs and potential liabilities associated with any such registration statement, as well as the perceived benefits of enabling the holders of ADSs to exercise their preemptive rights, and any other factors we consider appropriate at the time. No assurance can be given that we would file a registration statement under these circumstances. If we issue any such securities in the future, such securities may be issued to the Depositary, which may sell such securities for the benefit of the holders of the ADSs. There can be no assurance as to the value, if any, the Depositary would receive upon the sale of such securities. To the extent that holders of ADSs are unable to exercise preemptive rights granted in respect of the equity shares represented by their ADSs, their proportional interests in the Company would be reduced.
ADS holders may be restricted in their ability to exercise voting rights.
At our request, the Depositary will mail to you any notice of shareholders meeting received from us along with information explaining how to instruct the Depositary to exercise the voting rights of the securities represented by ADSs. If the Depositary receives voting instructions from you prior to such shareholders meeting, relating to matters that have been forwarded to you, it will endeavor to vote the securities represented by your ADSs in accordance with such voting instructions. However, the ability of the Depositary to carry out voting instructions may be limited by practical and legal limitations and the terms of the securities on deposit. We cannot assure that you will receive voting materials in time to enable you to return voting instructions to the Depositary in a timely manner. Securities for which no voting instructions have been received will not be voted. There may be other communications, notices or offerings that we only make to holders of our equity shares, which will not be forwarded to holders of ADSs. Accordingly, you may not be able to participate in all offerings, transactions or votes that are made available to holders of our equity shares.
We may be classified as a passive foreign investment company, which could result in adverse United States federal income tax consequence to U.S. holders.
Based on the current price of our ADSs and the composition of our income and assets, we do not believe that we are a passive foreign investment company, or PFIC, for United States federal income tax purposes for our current taxable year ended March 31, 2012. However, a separate determination must be made after the close of each taxable year as to whether we are a PFIC. We cannot assure you that we will not be a PFIC for any future taxable year. If we were treated as a PFIC for any taxable year during which a United States holder held an equity share or an ADS, certain adverse United States federal income tax consequences could apply to the United States holder. See TaxationMaterial United States Federal Tax ConsequencesPassive foreign investment company.
History and Development of the Company
Wipro Limited was incorporated on December 29, 1945, as Western India Vegetable Products Limited under the Indian Companies Act, VII of 1913, which is now superseded by the Companies Act, 1956. We are a public limited
company deemed to be registered under the Companies Act, 1956 (Companies Act) and are registered with the Registrar of Companies, Karnataka, Bangalore, India as Company No. 20800. Our registered office is located at Doddakannelli, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore 560 035, and the telephone number of our registered office is +91-80-2844-0011. In October 2000, we raised gross aggregate proceeds of approximately US$131 million in our initial U.S. public offering of our ADSs on the New York Stock Exchange. The name and address of our registered agent in the United States is CT Corporation System, located at 111 8th Avenue, 13th Floor, New York, New York 10011-5252.
We first began business as a vegetable oil manufacturer in 1945 in Amalner, Maharashtra, India and later expanded into the manufacture of soaps and other consumer care products. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, we further expanded into the IT industry in India. We began selling personal computers in India in 1985. In the 1990s, we leveraged our hardware expertise and began also offering our clients software services. We are one of the pioneers of the offshore development center (ODC) model.
In addition to IT services and products, we have continued to grow into business segments such as Consumer Care and Lighting Products and Infrastructure Engineering.
We are headquartered in Bangalore, India and have operations in North America, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, 93% of our operating income was generated from our IT Services business segment. For the same period, the IT Products business segment represented 3% of our operating income and the Consumer Care and Lighting and the Others business segments, including reconciling items, represented 4% of our operating income.
We incurred capital expenditure of Rs. 12,631 million, Rs. 12,211 million and Rs. 12,977 million during the fiscal years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. These capital expenditures were primarily incurred on new software development facilities in India for our IT Services and IT Products business segments. As of March 31, 2012, we had contractual commitments of Rs. 1,673 million (US$33 million) related to capital expenditures on construction or expansion of software development facilities. We currently intend to finance our planned construction and expansion entirely through our operating cash flows and through cash and investments as of March 31, 2012.
In the last three fiscal years, we have made several acquisitions, including the acquisition of the global oil and gas information technology practice of the Commercial Business Services Business Unit of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in June 2011 and Lornamead FZE (an entity incorporated in Dubai) and Lornamead Personal Care Private Limited (an entity incorporated in India) in December 2009.
Companies are increasingly turning to offshore IT service providers to meet their need for high quality, cost competitive technology solutions and IT services. Spending on global sourcing in 2011 grew twice as fast as global technology spending, according to the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) Strategic Review Report 2012. Offshore IT service providers offer a range of end to end software development, IT business solutions, research and development services, business process outsourcing, or BPO, consulting and related support functions to reduce cycle times for the introduction of new products and services.
Over the past two decades, India has risen to become the leading destination for global sourcing of IT, BPO and R&D services. Established Indian IT services companies have a proven track record for providing business and technology solutions, offering a large, high quality and English-speaking talent pool, and a friendly regulatory environment. These factors, coupled with strong existing client relationships have facilitated Indias emergence as a global outsourcing hub. The following are key factors contributing to the growth of India-based IT services:
While exports remain the focus area for the Indian IT industry, the domestic IT services representing approximately 22% of the total Indian IT industry is expected to be a key growth driver. According to the NASSCOM Strategic Review Report 2012, the Indian IT services market, including hardware, is expected to grow at over 16% in 2012. This growth will be driven by all customer segments, and particularly across government, enterprise consumers and small medium businesses.
According to the NASSCOM Strategic Review Report 2012, the hardware market in India is estimated to account for 40% of the domestic IT industry and is expected to grow over 8% in fiscal 2012. The key components of the hardware industry are servers, desktops and laptops, storage devices, peripherals and networking equipment. Increased use of computing devices in education and consistent demand from enterprises are key factors driving the continued growth of this market. Additionally, the Government of India is promoting initiatives to provide low cost affordable computing, which is expected to also fuel growth. Increased adoption of virtualization and cloud computing technologies, large-scale digitization and the increased importance of big data or analytics have also contributed to growth in the server and storage markets. Demand for networking equipment is increasing as businesses invest in expanding and upgrading their infrastructure, and as penetration of mobile devices, teleconferencing and voice over internet protocol (VOIP) increases.
Increasing demand for data and rising consumer income is leading to an increase in demand for notebook computers, which according to the NASSCOM Strategic Review Report, 2012, was the fastest growing market among all hardware categories.
Consumer Care and Lighting
AC Nielsen estimates that India is amongst the fastest growing geographies for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), with a growth rate of 14.2% for the Moving Annual Total November 2011, or the twelve month period ending in November 2011, for the non-food segment. On the basis of AC Nielsen reports for various Southeast Asian countries titled Market Pulse 2011, we estimate the Indian market to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) between 12% to 15% for the period from 2012-2015. On the basis of similar reports, we estimate household and personal care FMCG market in the other Asian countries in which we operate including Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, to grow at a CAGR of 8% for the period from 2012-2015.
We are one of the leading global IT services providers. We provide a comprehensive range of IT services, software solutions, IT consulting, BPO services and research and development services in the areas of hardware and software design to leading companies worldwide. We combine the business knowledge and industry expertise of our domain specialists and the technical knowledge and implementation skills of our delivery team in our development centers located in India and around the world. We develop and integrate solutions that enable our clients to leverage IT in achieving their business objectives at competitive costs. We use our quality processes and global talent pool to deliver time to development advantages, cost savings and productivity improvements.
Our IT Services business segment provides a range of IT and IT enabled services which include IT consulting, custom application design, development, re-engineering and maintenance, systems integration, package implementation, technology infrastructure outsourcing, BPO services and research and development services in the areas of hardware and software design. Our objective is to be a world leader in providing a comprehensive range of IT services to our clients. The markets we service are undergoing rapid change due to the pace of developments in technology, changes in business models and changes in the sourcing strategies of clients. We believe that these trends provide us with significant growth opportunities.
Our IT Products business segment provides a range of IT products encompassing computing, storage, networking, security and software products. Under this segment, we sell IT products manufactured by us as well as third-party IT products.
Our Consumer Care and Lighting business segment includes personal care products, soaps, toiletries, infant care products, trade and commercial lighting, modular switch lights and modular office furniture. We have a strong brand presence in niche segments and have significant market share in select regions in India. In addition, we have a strong presence in the personal care products market in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Our office solutions include lighting products, modular switches, modular furniture, and security solutions.
Our Competitive Strengths
We believe that the following are our principal competitive strengths:
Comprehensive range of IT services
We provide a comprehensive and integrated suite of IT solutions, ranging from consulting to application development and maintenance, and take end-to-end responsibility for project execution and delivery. We have more than two decades of experience in product engineering, software development, re-engineering and maintenance for our corporate customers and provide managed IT support services at client site through our offshore development centers in India and several near shore development centers located in countries closer to our clients offices. We believe that this integrated approach positions us to take advantage of key growth areas in enterprise solutions, including IT services data warehousing, implementation of enterprise package application software such as enterprise resource planning, or ERP, supply chain management or SCM and customer relationship management or CRM. In many large outsourcing deals, BPO services are an integral part of the total services outsourced. Integrating BPO services into our portfolio of service offerings has provided us with a strong competitive advantage over other IT services providers.
Broad range of research and development services
Due to our strengths in research and development services, we are well positioned to benefit from recovery in global research and development spending. We are one of a few major IT services companies in the world capable of providing an entire range of research and development services from concept to product realization. According to NASSCOMs Strategic Review Report 2012, engineering research and design services exports from India are estimated to pass US$10 billion in fiscal 2012. We provide IT services for designing, enhancing and maintaining platform technologies including servers and operating systems, communication subsystems, local area and wide area network protocols, optical networking systems, Internet protocol based switches, routers and embedded software, including software used in mobile phones, home or office appliances, industrial automation and automobiles.
Global delivery model
One of our strengths is our global delivery model, which includes our offshore development centers, or ODCs, and our near shore development centers. We were among the first India-based IT services companies to implement the offshore development model as a method for delivering high quality services at a relatively low cost to international clients.
Ability to access, attract and retain skilled IT professionals
We have continued to develop innovative methods for accessing and attracting skilled IT professionals. We partnered with a leading Indian university to establish a program for on the job training and a Masters degree in software engineering. We believe that our ability to retain highly skilled personnel is enhanced by our leadership position, opportunities to work with leading edge technologies and focus on training and compensation. As of March 31, 2012, in our IT Services business we had over 125,000 professionals. We expect to grow these numbers in the foreseeable future. One of the keys to attracting and retaining qualified personnel is our variable and performance linked compensation programs. We have had an employee stock purchase program since 1984 and an employee stock option plan and a productivity bonus plan since October 1999.
Broad distribution network and strong sales force in India
We have a large and growing distribution network for our domestic businesses. For our Indian IT Services and Products business segments, our direct sales force targets large corporate clients and our 64 active channel partners focus on medium and small enterprises. For our Consumer Care and Lighting products segment, we have access to more than 1.9 million retail outlets in India. This distribution reach provides us with a significant competitive advantage and allows us to grow our business with minimal increases in personnel.
Strong brand recognition in the Indian market
We believe that our brand is among the most well recognized brands in the Indian market. We have been operating in the Indian market for over 65 years and believe that customers equate our brand with high quality standards and a commitment to customer service. We enhance the value of our brands through aggressive and selective advertising and promotional campaigns.
Overall business strategy
Our goal is to drive sustainable and profitable growth in all of our business segments, including IT services, IT products, consumer care and lighting and others, by executing the following key strategies:
Continuously improve service and delivery efficiencies
We seek to achieve agility and increased efficiencies in our organization by continuously improving the manner in which we develop and deliver our IT services. We develop preconfigured solutions, standardized delivery tools and technology-enabled delivery processes to increase the speed and efficiency of our IT services and provide our clients with faster, more accessible and more cost effective IT solutions. For example, our cloud and hosted service offerings provide clients with standardized and automated solutions that allow them to collect, process and analyze information quickly without the need for extensive consultation and configuration. Where specialized solutions are required, we believe that more experienced and better trained personnel can identify problems, develop solutions and deliver those solutions in a more efficient and cost effective manner. By deploying more experienced and highly trained personnel across our service and product delivery offerings, we intend to further increase our effectiveness and efficiency.
Focus on broad range of services in key industry verticals and develop deep industry knowledge
We continue to build specialized industry expertise in key verticals and offer a broad range of IT services in each of these key verticals. We have invested and continue to invest significant resources in understanding and prioritizing verticals such as banking, financial services and insurance, healthcare, life sciences & services and retail and consumer product goods. Within these verticals, we invest in developing deep industry knowledge, understanding the information and technology needs of major participants and leveraging available technologies to deliver effective solutions and products to our clients and potential clients. We also seek to meet all of the IT services needs of clients in these verticals with a broad range of specialized service offerings that are designed to address the industry specific issues and needs of our clients.
Aggressively build awareness of the Wipro brand name
We continue to aggressively build awareness of the Wipro brand name among clients and consumers both domestically and internationally. We believe we can leverage the strength of our international brand name across all of our business segments by ensuring that our brand name is associated with our position as a market leader committed to high quality. To achieve this objective, we intend to expand our marketing efforts with advertising campaigns and promotional efforts targeted to specific markets. In our IT services business segment, we seek to position ourselves as a strategic solutions provider that has the resources and capabilities to provide a comprehensive range of IT services.
Pursue differentiation and leadership through our people
We believe that our employees are the backbone of our organization and a key differentiator in the global market for IT services and IT products. We are committed to recruiting and developing highly skilled employees, service providers and leaders. Our aim is to build a best in class global leadership team and provide our employees with unlimited opportunities for career enhancement and growth. We continue to design and implement processes and programs to foster people development, leadership development and skill enhancements among our global team. It is our aim to be a diverse global company that not only services clients but also empowers people worldwide to increase their expertise beyond their industry peers.
Pursue selective acquisitions
Acquisitions are an inherent part of our corporate strategy. We believe our acquisition program has the potential to further our strategic objectives, strengthen our competitive position, enhance our domain expertise and contribute to the growth and success of our company. In pursuing acquisitions, we focus on opportunities where we can leverage our domain expertise, specific skill sets and our global delivery model to realize service and product enhancements and higher margins. We also use our acquisition program to increase our presence in select geographies and pursue select business opportunities. For example, we significantly increased our footprint in the United States with the acquisition of Infocrossing, Inc., a then U.S. public listed company, in August 2007. In November 2009, we acquired Lornamead FZE, a personal care products company based in Dubai and Lornamead Personal Care Private Limited in India, and in April 2011, we acquired the global oil and gas information technology practice of the Commercial Business Services Business Unit of Science Applications International Corporation, or SAIC.
Business segment overview
Our IT Services segment provides a range of IT and IT enabled services which include IT consulting, custom application design, development, re-engineering and maintenance, systems integration, package implementation, technology infrastructure outsourcing, BPO services and research and development services in the areas of hardware and software design.
Our IT Services segment accounted for 75%, 75% and 76% of our total revenues for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Our IT Services segment accounted for 92%, 92% and 93% of our total operating income for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively.
IT Services offering
Our IT Services business segment is a leader in providing IT services to companies across the globe. We provide our clients with customized IT solutions to improve their business competitiveness. We offer these services globally through a team of over 125,000 professionals. This business segment accounted for 76% of our revenue and 93% of our operating income for the year ended March 31, 2012.
Our IT Services business segment is organized into six strategic business units by customer industry:
Our service offerings in each of these strategic business units are aligned with the technology needs of our customers which include applications, infrastructure, engineering, business processes, analytics, consulting, cloud and mobility services. Our key service offerings are outlined below:
Our BPO service offerings include:
WCS has nine industry leading consulting practices,Business Transformation, Product Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Finance and Accounting, Human Resources and Organizational Change Management, CRM, Process Excellence, Risk and Regulatory Compliance and Enterprise Architecture. Our consultants are based across North America, Western Europe, India, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific. As a business unit of Wipro, we can follow through on our business analysis with implementation, combining the benefits of proximity and global leverage to provide a technological and timing edge.
Our solutions and services extend across the various cloud layers from business process as a service, software as a service, platform as a service to infrastructure as a service.
Our Global Delivery Model
Our Global Delivery Model allows us to utilize the best talent available where it located to achieve the best financial and delivery results possible. Our Global Delivery Model relies on the following key elements:
We have accelerated the speed to market of our solutions through our globally connected delivery centers and depth of capabilities. We have seven strategic delivery centers outside India located in the United States, Finland, China, Poland, Romania and Mexico. We have over 70 delivery centers globally.
IT Services Clients
We provide IT software solutions to clients from a broad array of industry sectors. Several of our clients purchase our services across multiple service offerings. We seek to expand the level of business with our existing clients by increasing the type and range of services we provide to them. The table below illustrates the size of our client project engagement size as measured by revenues.
The largest client of our IT Services segment accounted for 3%, 3% and 4% of total revenues from the IT Services segment for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012. For the same periods, the five largest clients of our IT Services segment accounted for 11% of our total IT Services revenues.
Sales and Marketing for IT Services
Sales: We believe that the customer always comes first. We believe we can achieve higher levels of client sales and client satisfaction by structuring ourselves based on the following key elements:
Marketing: Our marketing organization complements our sales teams by:
With our global sales operations spread across different parts of the world, we target our efforts towards the worlds largest companies. Our sales efforts are complemented by our marketing team, which assists in brand building and other corporate and field-level marketing efforts.
IT Services Competition
The market for IT services is highly competitive and rapidly changing. Our competitors in this market include consulting firms, big four accounting firms, global IT services companies, such as Accenture, IBM Global Services Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation and Tata Consultancy Services.
These competitors are located internationally as well as in India. We expect that competition will further increase and will potentially include companies from other countries that have lower personnel costs than are found in India. A significant part of our competitive advantage has historically been a wage cost advantage relative to companies in the United States and Europe. Because wage costs in India are presently increasing at a faster rate than those in the United States our ability to compete effectively will increasingly become dependent on our ability to provide high quality, on-time, complex deliverables that depend on increased expertise in certain technical areas. We also believe that our ability to compete will depend on a number of factors not within our control, including:
We believe we compete favorably with respect to each of these factors and believe our success has been driven by quality leadership, our ability to create client loyalty and our expertise in select targeted markets.
Our IT Products segment provides a range of IT products encompassing computing, storage, networking, security and software products. Under this segment, we sell IT products manufactured by us as well as third-party IT products. Our IT Products segment accounted for 14%, 12% and 10% of our total revenues for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. Our IT Products segment accounted for 3% of our operating income for each of the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively.
IT Products Offering
Our range of IT Products is comprised of the following:
IT Products Clients
The clients for our IT Products segment range from single users to large enterprises. We provide our offerings to enterprises under all major industries including the government, defense, IT and ITeS, telecommunications, manufacturing, utilities, education and financial services. We have a diverse range of clients, none of whom account for more than 10% of our IT Products business segment revenues.
IT Products Sales and Marketing
We sell and market our manufactured products through our direct sales force, national distributor network and resellers. Our direct and indirect teams are distributed geographically. We resell the enterprise products through our direct sales force. Our direct sales teams are organized by:
We use an integrated team sales approach that allows us to deliver a complete sales and delivery experience to the customer with a single point of accountability. Global Products receive support from our corporate marketing team to assist in brand building and other corporate level marketing efforts for various market segments.
IT Products Competition
The IT products market is a dynamic and highly competitive market. In the marketplace, we compete with both international and local providers. Our local competition comes from HCL, TCS, CMC and Redington. Our international competitors are IBM, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, Sony and Toshiba.
One of the major challenges we encounter is margin pressure due to competitive pricing. Winning mindshare and market share in a crowded market place requires differentiated strategies on pricing, branding, delivery and products design. We believe we are favorably positioned based on our brand, quality leadership, expertise in target markets and our ability to create client loyalty by delivering value to the customer.
Consumer Care and Lighting
Our Consumer Care and Lighting (CCL) business segment focuses on niche market segments in personal care in specific geographies in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, as well as office solutions in India. We successfully leverage our brands and distribution strengths to sustain a profitable presence in the personal care sector, including personal wash, fragrances, hair and skin care, male toiletries and household lighting and office products. Our office solutions include lighting products, modular switches, modular furniture and security solutions. Our Santoor soap brand is the third largest in India in the soap category, and our Safi brand is the largest Halal toiletries brand in Malaysia. Our Yardley brand gives us a stronger presence in the Middle East in the luxury segment of personal care. We are among the top 15 companies in personal care in India, and the third largest company in personal care in Malaysia and the fourth largest company in personal care in Vietnam.
Our Consumer Care and Lighting segment accounted for 8%, 9% and 9% of our total revenue for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. Our Consumer Care and Lighting segment accounted for 6% of our operating income for each of the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Personal care products. Our range of personal care products includes deodorants and fragrances, hair care, bath and shower, skin care and other personal care products. We have focused on consolidating our brand portfolio and now have about 34 brands including Yardley, Enchanteur, Safi, Eversoft and Romano. We expect to further consolidate our portfolio.
Soaps and toiletries. Our product lines include soaps and toiletries, as well as baby products, all produced using ethnic ingredients. Our umbrella brands include Santoor, Chandrika, Wipro Active and Wipro Baby Soft, a line of infant and child care products that includes soap, talcum powder, oil, diapers and feeding bottles and wellness products.
Lighting. Our product line includes modular switches, incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps and luminaries. We operate both in commercial and retail markets. We have also developed commercial lighting solutions for pharmaceutical production centers, retail stores, software development centers and other industries. We also offer security solutions for household and institutional consumers.
Modular office furniture. Our modular furniture is for office use and includes workstations, storage and chairs. Our product range includes premium workstations and seating systems designed by reputable international designers. We operate both in commercial and retail markets. We sell our products to software development centers, banks and financial institutions, insurance companies and manufacturing companies who are in the process of setting up new facilities or expanding their current workspaces.
CCL Sales and Marketing
We market and sell our personal care products through a host of distribution channels which include modern retail outlets, hypermarts, supermarts, traditional retailers, van operators and wholesalers. We sell and market our consumer care products primarily through our distribution network in India, which has access to over 4,000 distributors and approximately 1.9 million retail outlets throughout the country. We sell a significant portion of our lighting products to major industrial and commercial customers through our direct sales force, from 34 sales offices located throughout India.
In India, we leverage our brand recognition by successfully incorporating the Wipro name in our consumer brands. We intend to expand our marketing efforts with the aid of advertising campaigns and promotional efforts targeted at specific regions of India. We intend to introduce acquired personal care product brands to further establish our presence in the markets for personal care products in India.
In our other geographies, led by Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and China, we have direct access to over 230,000 retail outlets.
In the personal care, soaps and toiletries products market, we face competition primarily from multinational companies like Unilever, Proctor and Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, LOreal, ITC (FMCG), Reckitt Benckiser and Godrej among others. In the office solutions and lighting products market we face competition primarily from multinational companies like Philips, General Electric, Havells, Bajaj, Crompton, Godrej and BP Ergo among others. Certain competitors have recently focused on sales strategies designed to increase sales volumes through lower prices. Sustained price pressures by competitors may require us to respond with similar or different pricing strategies. We cannot be certain that we will be able to compete successfully against such competitors or that continued competition may not adversely affect our gross and operating profits.
Raw Materials and Manufacturing for CCL
The primary raw materials for our soap and personal care products are agricultural commodities, such as vegetable oils. We purchase these raw materials domestically and internationally through various supplier contracts. Prices of vegetable oils and other agricultural commodities tend to fluctuate due to seasonal, climate and economic factors. Our packaging materials are primarily paper derivatives and petroleum based plastics, which fluctuate in line with their commodity source, due to similar factors.
Our lighting products are manufactured from glass and industrialized parts. We purchase these parts from various domestic and foreign distributors and manufacturers, pursuant to a combination of requirement and other supply contracts.
Our furniture products are manufactured from wood in the form of particle or medium density fiber boards, steel, aluminum, fabric, plastics and glass. We purchase these items from various domestic and foreign distributors and manufacturers, pursuant to a combination of requirement and other supply contracts.
We have 13 manufacturing locations, with eight factories in India, two in Malaysia and one each in Vietnam, Indonesia and China. We also contract with over 60 third-party manufacturers to source our extensive product range.
Others Business Segment
Our Others business segment includes our infrastructure engineering business. Our Others segment is centered on our mobile construction equipment business and our material handling business. We manufacture and sell cylinders and truck hydraulics, and we also distribute hydraulic pumps, motors and valves for international companies. We have a global footprint in terms of manufacturing facilities in Europe, Brazil, China and India and sell to customers across the globe. We also expanded this business segment to provide water solutions that address the entire spectrum of treatment solutions and systems for water and waste water.
Our strategy is to increase our global market share through strengthening relationships with global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who are likely to seek stable suppliers like Wipro to partner with, and diversification into newer segments organically and/or inorganically through acquisitions. Our main domestic competitors include, UT Limited (India), Dongyong, Pacoma, Sundaram Hydraulics and Dantal and overseas suppliers such as the Kayaba, Precision Hydraulics Company and Hyva.
Our Others business segment also includes our Wipro Eco Energy business unit, which provides intelligent, sustainable alternatives for energy generation, distribution and consumption. We help customers reduce their energy footprint, increase energy efficiency and replace conventional with renewable energy sources.
Our Others segment, including reconciling items accounted for 3%, 4% and 5% of our total revenues for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. Our Others segment, including reconciling items accounted for (1)%, (1)% and (2)% of our operating income for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Raw Materials and Manufacturing for Others Segment
The primary raw materials for our hydraulic cylinder products are steel tubes, rods, casting and cylinder bottoms. We purchase these raw materials domestically and internationally through various supplier contracts. Prices of most raw materials vary due to various economic factors.
We have ten manufacturing facilities across the globe with three facilities in India, four in Sweden and one each in Finland, China and Brazil.
Investment in Affiliates
In 1990, we formed a joint venture with General Electric called Wipro GE Medical Systems Private Limited to learn new technologies and management processes from world class companies like General Electric and to enter new markets. General Electric currently holds 51% of the equity in the joint venture, and we hold 49%. GE and Wipro have equal representation on the board of directors and the chairman of the joint venture is the chairman of Wipro Limited. The joint venture provides customers in the South Asian markets with after-sales services for all GE Medical Systems products sold to them. Products offered in this market consist of GE Medical Systems products manufactured worldwide and portable ultrasound equipment manufactured in India by this joint venture for global markets. This venture also leverages our strength in software development to develop embedded software for medical equipment designed and developed by General Electric for its global product portfolio. The main competitors of Wipro GE Medical Systems Private Limited include Siemens and Philips.
Markets and Sales Revenue
Our revenues for the last three fiscal years by business segment are as follows:
Our revenues for the last three fiscal years by geographic areas are as follows:
Our intellectual property rights are important to our business. We rely on a combination of patent, copyright, trademark and design laws, trade secrets, confidentiality procedures and contractual provisions to protect our intellectual property. We require employees, independent contractors and, whenever possible, vendors to enter into confidentiality agreements upon the commencement of their relationships with us. These confidentiality agreements generally provide that any confidential or proprietary information being developed by us or on our behalf be kept confidential. These agreements also provide that any confidential or proprietary information disclosed to third parties in the course of our business be kept confidential by such third parties. However, our clients usually own the intellectual property in the software we develop for them.
Our efforts to protect our intellectual property may not be adequate. Our competitors may independently develop similar technology or duplicate our products and/or services. Unauthorized parties may infringe upon or misappropriate our products, services or proprietary information. In addition, India has now complied with all World Trade Organization (WTO) requirements with respect to intellectual property protection, which means that India meets the international mandatory and statutory requirements regarding the protection of intellectual property rights.
We could be subject to intellectual property infringement claims as the number of our competitors grows and our product or service offerings overlap with competitive offerings. In addition, we may become subject to such claims since we may not always be able to verify the intellectual property rights of third parties from which we license a variety of technologies. Defending against these claims, even if not meritorious, could be expensive and divert our attention from operating our company. If we become liable to third parties for infringing their intellectual property rights, we could be required to pay substantial damage awards and be forced to develop non-infringing technology, obtain a license or cease selling the applications that contain the infringing technology. The loss of some of our existing licenses could delay the introduction of software enhancements, interactive tools and other new products and services until equivalent technology could be licensed or developed. We may be unable to develop non-infringing technology or obtain a license on commercially reasonable terms, if at all.
As of March 31, 2012, we hold more than 1,100 registered trademarks including registered community trademarks in India, Japan, the United States, Malaysia and the British Virgin Islands. We also have 101 registered patents, 18 registered copyrights and 11 registered designs. We have approximately 58 patent applications, 12 design applications and 5 copyright applications pending for registration in various jurisdictions across the world.
We have more than 255 registrations completed with respect to WIPRO and the Flower logo trademarks in over 84 territories across the world (including Madrid Protocol countries) and more than 145 trademark applications pending registration. These overseas registrations also include our applications in the EU (via the Community Trade Mark). We have more than 145 trademark applications pending in India, Iran, Vietnam, Iraq, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and other countries. We cannot guarantee that we will obtain registration for trademarks including service marks, patent, design and copyright registration for any of our pending applications.
Effect of Government Regulation on our Business
Regulation of our business by the Government of India affects our business in several ways. We benefit from certain tax incentives promulgated by the Government of India, including a ten-year tax holiday from Indian corporate income taxes for the operation of most of our Indian facilities and a partial taxable income deduction for profits derived
from exported IT services under Indian tax laws and tax holiday for operations in notified economic zones. The tax holiday for all of our STP/EOU units expired in fiscal year 2011. As a result of these incentives, our operations have been subject to relatively insignificant Indian tax liabilities. We have also benefited from the liberalization and deregulation of the Indian economy by successive Indian Governments since 1991, including the current Indian Government. Further, there are restrictive parts of Indian laws that affect our business, including that we are generally required to obtain approval under the Factories Act and the Shops and Establishment Act, from the Reserve Bank of India and/or the Ministry of Finance of the Government of India to acquire companies organized outside India, and we are generally required, subject to some exceptions, to obtain approval from relevant government authorities in India in order to raise capital outside India. The conversion of our equity shares into ADSs is governed by guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank of India.
Finally, we are subject to several legislative provisions relating to the prevention of food adulteration, weights and measures, drugs and cosmetics, storage of explosives, environmental protection, pollution control, essential commodities and operation of manufacturing facilities. Non-compliance with these provisions may lead to civil and criminal liability.
Please see the section titled Risk Factors in Item 3, Key Information, as well as the section titled Additional Information in Item 10, for more information on the effects of governmental regulation on our business.
Our subsidiaries as of March 31, 2012 are listed in the table below.
As of March 31, 2012, the Company also held 49% of the equity securities of Wipro GE HealthCare Private Limited that is accounted for as an equity method investment.
a) All the above subsidiaries are 100% held by the Company except Shubido Pacific Sdn Bhd in which the Company holds 62.55% of the equity securities.
The list of controlled trusts are:
Property, Plant and Equipment
Our headquarters and corporate offices are located at Doddakannelli, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore, India. The offices are approximately 300,000 square feet. We have approximately 1.3 million square feet of land adjoining our corporate offices for future expansion plans.
In addition, we have approximately 40 million square feet of land, approximately 9.6 million square feet of owned software development facilities in India and over 1 million square feet of leased software development premises in India. We have approximately 1.1 million square feet of leased software development facilities in 11 countries outside India. We have approximately 647,841 square feet of leased data center facilities at various locations in the U.S.
We incurred capital expenditures of Rs. 12,631 million, Rs. 12,211 million and Rs. 12,977 million during the fiscal years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. These capital expenditures were primarily incurred on new software development facilities in India for our IT Services and IT Products business segments.
We have sales and marketing offices located in each of the following countries: Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Luxemburg, Singapore, Australia, Dubai, Sharjah, Oman, Kenya and China. In addition, we have 16 sales and marketing offices in the United States.
We operate 16 manufacturing sites, aggregating approximately 1.4 million square feet and approximately 4.2 million square feet of land. We own eight of these facilities, located in Amalner, Tumkur, Bangalore, Mysore, Hindupur, Mumbai, Chennai and Pondicherry, India. We have leased on a long-term basis four facilities located in Waluj, Haridwar, Kotdwar and Baddi, India. We own approximately 1 million square feet of production and warehousing facilities in Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Malaysia. We also own approximately 344,000 square feet of production facilities in Sweden and Finland and approximately 90,000 square feet of production facilities in Brazil.
Our software development and manufacturing facilities are equipped with a world class technology infrastructure that includes networked workstations, servers, data communication links, captive power generators and other plants and machinery.
We believe that our facilities are optimally utilized and that appropriate expansion plans are being developed and undertaken to meet our future growth.
Material Plans to Construct, Expand and Improve Facilities
As of March 31, 2012, we have capital commitments of Rs. 1,673 million (US$33 million) related to the construction or expansion of our software development facilities. We currently intend to finance our additional expansion plans entirely through our operating cash flows and through cash and investments as of March 31, 2012.
In the ordinary course of business, we may from time to time become involved in certain legal proceedings. As of the date of this Annual Report on Form 20-F, we are not party to any pending legal proceedings whose resolution could have a material impact on our financial position. Please see the description of our tax proceedings before the Deputy Commissioner of Income, Tax, Bangalore, India, under the section titled Income Taxes under Item 5 of this Annual Report.
(in millions, except share data and where otherwise stated)
Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
As discussed elsewhere in this report, in addition to historical information, this Annual Report on Form 20-F contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act). Forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead represent our beliefs regarding future events, many of which are, by their nature, inherently uncertain and outside our control. As a result, the forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, and reported results should not be viewed as an indication of future performance. For a discussion of some of the risks and important factors that could affect the firms future results and financial condition, please see the sections entitled Risk Factors.
The forward-looking statements contained herein are identified by the use of terms and phrases such as anticipate, believe, could, estimate, expect, intend, may, plan, objectives, outlook, probably, project, will, seek, target and similar terms and phrases. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, all of the statements set forth above under the heading Forward-Looking Statements May Prove Inaccurate.
We wish to ensure that all forward-looking statements are accompanied by meaningful cautionary statements, so as to ensure to the fullest extent possible the protections of the safe harbor established in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Accordingly, all forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to, and are accompanied by, the discussion of certain important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements in this report, including the section entitled Risk Factors and this section.
We caution the reader that this list of important factors may not be exhaustive. We operate in rapidly changing businesses, and new risk factors emerge from time to time. We cannot predict every risk factor, nor can we assess the impact, if any, of all such risk factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements.
We are a leading global information technology, or IT, services company, headquartered in Bangalore, India. We provide a comprehensive range of IT services, software solutions and research and development services in the areas of hardware and software design to leading companies worldwide. We use our development centers located in India and around the world, quality processes and global resource pool to provide cost effective IT solutions and deliver time-to-market and time-to-development advantages to our clients. We also provide BPO services.
Our IT Products segment is a leader in the Indian IT market and focuses primarily on meeting requirements for IT products of companies in India and the Middle East region.
We also have a notable presence in the markets for consumer products and lighting and infrastructure engineering.
Results of Operation
Our revenue and profit for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012 are provided below.
Our revenue and operating income by business segment expressed in terms of percentages are provided below for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively:
This Annual Report on Form 20-F contains, and future filings with the SEC may contain, non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G and Item 10(e) of Regulation S-K, under which GAAP and non-GAAP for a foreign private issuer means the principles under which its primary financial statements are prepared, or IFRS and non-IFRS. Such non-GAAP financial measures are measures of our historical or future performance, financial position or cash flows that are adjusted to exclude or include amounts that are excluded or included, as the case may be, from the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS.
The following table provides our adjusted profit for the year, which is a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes the impact of accelerated amortization in respect of stock options that vest in a graded manner. This non-GAAP financial measure is not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with IFRS. In addition to this non-GAAP financial measure, readers should carefully review and evaluate our financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS as well as the reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure with the most directly comparable IFRS financial measure.
A reconciliation of adjusted non-GAAP profit, which excludes the impact of accelerated amortization in respect of stock options that vest in a graded manner, with profit as calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS, is as follows:
The Company believes that the presentation of this non-GAAP adjusted profit, when shown in conjunction with the corresponding IFRS measure, provides useful information to investors and management regarding financial and business trends relating to the Companys profit for the period. The Company considers a stock option award with a graded vesting schedule to be a single award and not multiple stock option awards. Further, the Company considers the services of the employee in each year covered by the stock option award to be equally valuable and accordingly believes that straight line amortization reflects the economic substance of the stock awards. However, under IFRS, the Company records the related stock compensation expenses on an accelerated basis. Therefore, we believe that making available an adjusted profit number that excludes the impact of accelerated amortization from profit provides useful supplemental information to both management and investors about our financial and business trends.
For our internal budgeting process, our management also uses financial statements that do not include the impact of accelerated amortization relating to stock options that vest in a graded manner. The management of the Company also uses non-GAAP adjusted profit, in addition to the corresponding IFRS measures, in reviewing our financial results.
A material limitation associated with the use of non-GAAP profit as compared to the IFRS measure of profit is that it does not include costs which are recurring in nature and may not be comparable with the calculation of profit for
other companies in our industry. The Company compensates for these limitations by providing full disclosure of the effects of non-GAAP measures, by presenting the corresponding IFRS financial measure and by providing a reconciliation to the corresponding IFRS measure.
Results of operations for the years ended March 31, 2012 and 2011
Results of operations for the years ended March 31, 2011 and 2010
Our IT Services segment provides a range of IT and IT enabled services which include IT consulting, custom application design, development, re-engineering and maintenance, systems integration, package implementation, technology infrastructure outsourcing, BPO services and research and development services in the areas of hardware and software design.
Our IT Services segment accounted for 75%, 75% and 76% of our total revenue for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. Our IT Services segment accounted for 92%, 92% and 93% of our total operating income for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively.
In our segment reporting only, management has included the impact of exchange rate fluctuations in revenue. Excluding the impact of exchange rate fluctuations, revenue, as reported in our statements of income, is Rs. 202,990, Rs. 234,286 and Rs. 280,718 for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Results of operations for the years ended March 31, 2012 and 2011
The increase of 13.41% was primarily due to a 57% increase in revenue from energy and utilities services, a 13% increase in revenue from financial services, a 11% increase in revenue from retail and transportation services, a 6% increase in revenue from manufacturing and Hi-tech services, a 6% increase in revenue from healthcare services and a 4% increase in revenue from global media and telecom services. The increase in revenue from energy and utilities services includes revenue from the acquisition of SAIC amounting to Rs. 6,792. In our IT Services segment, we added 173 new clients during the year ended March 31, 2012.
Our average utilization of billable employees declined from 69.9% for the year ended March 31, 2011 to 68.3% for the year ended March 31, 2012. The increase in personnel cost by 1.2% is due to increased compensation as part of our annual compensation review and also due to increased compensation arising out of the annual progression cycle. Further, integration of our acquisition of SAIC from June 2011 has contributed to a decline in gross margin by 0.5%.
Further our onsite price realization has increased by 2.3% during the year ended March 31, 2012 as compared to year ended March 31, 2011 and our offshore price realization increased by 0.6% during the year ended March 31, 2012 as compared to year ended March 31, 2011.
Results of operations for the years ended March 31, 2011 and 2010
The increase of 18.93% was primarily due to a 24% increase in revenue from energy and utilities services, a 23% increase in revenue from financial services, a 22% increase in revenue from retail and transportation services, a 21% increase in revenue from telecom services, a 17% increase in revenue from manufacturing services and a 15% increase in revenue from healthcare services. In our IT Services segment, we added 155 new clients during the year ended March 31, 2011.
The increase in personnel cost by 1.6% is due to increased compensation as part of our annual compensation review and also due to increase compensation arising out of organization wide band change and annual progression cycle. Our average utilization of billable employees declined from 71.5% for the year ended March 31, 2010 to 69.9% for the year ended March 31, 2011.
Further our onsite price realization has reduced by 2.7% during the year ended March 31, 2011 as compared to year ended March 31, 2010. This is partially offset by a 0.7% increase in our offshore price realization during the year ended March 31, 2011 as compared to year ended March 31, 2010.
Our IT Products segment provides a range of Wipro personal desktop computers, Wipro servers and Wipro notebooks. We are also a value added reseller of desktops, servers, notebooks, storage products, networking solution and packaged software. Our IT Products segment accounted for 14%, 12% and 10% of our total revenue for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. Our IT Products segment accounted for 3% of our operating income for each of the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively.
In our segment reporting only, management has included the impact of exchange rate fluctuations in revenue. Excluding the impact of exchange rate fluctuations, revenue, as reported in our statements of income, is Rs. 38,361, Rs. 37,036 and Rs. 38,040 for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Results of operations for the years ended March 31, 2012 and 2011
Results of operations for the years ended March 31, 2011 and 2010
Consumer Care and Lighting
We have been in the consumer care business since 1945 and the lighting business since 1992. Our consumer care business has historically generated surplus cash. Our consumer care business includes personal care products, soaps, toiletries, infant care products, trade and commercial lighting, modular switch lights and modular office furniture. We have a strong brand presence in niche segments and have significant market share in select regions in India. In addition, we have a strong presence in the personal care products market in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. With the acquisition of Unza and Yardley, our strategy is to sustain and expand our market share in Southeast Asia and the Middle East and to introduce premium personal care products of Unza and Yardley in the Indian markets. Our office solutions include lighting products, modular switches, modular furniture, and security solutions.
We leverage our brand name and distribution strengths to sustain a profitable presence in niche markets in the areas of soaps, toiletries and lighting products. With the acquisitions of Unza group and Yardley, we are increasing our presence in the personal care products sector in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Our Consumer Care and Lighting segment accounted for 8%, 9% and 9% of our revenue for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. Our Consumer Care and Lighting segment accounted for 6% of our operating income for each of the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
In our segment reporting only, management has included the impact of exchange rate fluctuations in revenue. Excluding the impact of exchange rate fluctuations, revenue, as reported in our statements of income, is Rs. 22,591, Rs. 27,248 and Rs. 33,425 for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Results of operations for the years ended March 31, 2012 and 2011
The growth in revenues in Indian markets is primarily due to an increase in revenue from toilet soap products, domestic lighting and institutional business.
Results of operations for the years ended March 31, 2011 and 2010
The growth in revenues in Indian markets is primarily due to an increase in revenue from toilet soap products, domestic lighting and institutional business.
Others, including reconciling items
Our Others segment includes our infrastructure engineering business, specifically the mobile construction equipment business and material handling business. We are also in the clean technology business, seeking to provide intelligent, sustainable alternatives for energy generation distribution and consumption. We are also in the water solutions business, and provide treatment solutions, systems, and plants for water and waste water treatment.
Our Others segment, including reconciling items, accounted for 3%, 4% and 5% of our total revenue for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. Our Others segment, including reconciling items, accounted for (1)%, (1)% and (2)% of our operating income for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011, and 2012, respectively.
Results of operations for the years ended March 31, 2012 and 2011
Results of operations for the years ended March 31, 2011 and 2010
An active acquisition program is an important element of our corporate strategy. In the last three fiscal years, we have invested in the aggregate over Rs. 9,800 to acquire companies including the acquisition of Lornamead FZE and Lornamead Personal Care Private Limited. On June 10, 2011, we acquired the global oil and gas information technology practice of the Commercial Business Services Business Unit of Science Applications International Corporation Inc along with 100% of the share capital in SAIC Europe Limited and SAIC India Private Limited. On July 2, 2011 we also acquired 100% of the share capital of SAIC Gulf LLC (hereafter the acquisitions are collectively referred to as oil and gas business of SAIC). The oil and gas business of SAIC provides consulting, system integration and outsourcing services to global oil majors with significant domain capabilities in the areas of digital oil field, petro-technical data management and petroleum application services, addressing the upstream segment. Typically the significant majority of our integration activities relating to an acquisition are substantially completed within three to six months after the Acquisition Date.
We believe our acquisition program supports our long-term strategic direction, strengthens our competitive position, particularly in acquiring new domain expertise, expands our customer base, increases our ability to expand our service offerings and provides a greater scale to grow our earnings and increase stockholders value. See Note 6 of our Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information related to our acquisitions.
We routinely review potential acquisitions. We currently expect to finance our acquisitions through cash generated from operations, cash and cash equivalents and investments in liquid and short-term mutual funds as of March 31, 2012. However, for strategic acquisitions, we could decide to or be required to obtain additional debt or equity financing. We cannot be certain that additional financing, if needed, will be available on favorable terms, or if at all.
Foreign exchange gains / (losses), net
Our foreign exchange gains / (losses), net for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012 were Rs. (383), Rs. 445 and Rs. 3,278 respectively.
Our foreign exchange gains/(losses), net, comprise of:
Although our functional currency is the Indian rupee, we transact a significant portion of our business in foreign currencies, in particular the U.S. dollar. The exchange rate between the Rupee and the dollar has changed substantially in recent years and may fluctuate substantially in the future. Consequently, the results of our operations are affected as the Rupee fluctuates against the U.S. dollar. Our exchange rate risk primarily arises from our foreign currency revenues, cash balances, payables and debt. We enter into derivative instruments to primarily hedge our forecasted cash flows denominated in certain foreign currencies, foreign currency debt and net investment in overseas operations. Please refer to Notes 12 and 15 of our Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional details on our foreign currency exposures.
Our finance expense is comprised of interest expense on borrowings, impairment losses recognized on financial assets, gains / losses on translation or settlement of foreign currency borrowings and changes in fair value and gains / losses on settlement of related derivative instruments, except foreign exchange gains/losses on short-term borrowings which are considered as a natural economic hedge for the foreign currency monetary assets which are classified as foreign exchange gains/losses, net within results from operating activities. Borrowing costs are recognized in the statement of income using the effective interest method.
Finance and other income
Our finance and other income comprises interest income on deposits, dividend income and gains on disposal of available-for-sale financial assets. Interest income is recognized using the effective interest method. Dividend income is recognized when the right to receive payment is established.
Equity in Earnings/Losses of Affiliates
Wipro GE Medical Systems Private Limited. (Wipro GE). We hold a 49% equity interest in Wipro GE Medical Systems Private Limited, a venture in which General Electric, USA holds the balance of 51%. Our share of profits of Wipro GE for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012 was Rs. 530, Rs. 648 and Rs. 335, respectively.
Our profit for the period earned from providing services at client premises outside India is subject to tax in the country where we perform the work. Most of our taxes paid in countries other than India can be applied as a credit against our Indian tax liability to the extent that the same income is subject to taxation in India.
Currently, we benefit from certain tax incentives under Indian tax laws. These tax incentives currently include a tax holiday from payment of Indian corporate income taxes for our businesses operating from specially designated Software Technology and Hardware Technology Parks and Special Economic Zones. We are currently also eligible for exemptions from other taxes, including customs duties. The tax holiday for all our Software Technology and Hardware Technology Park ended in fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.
Software Technology and Hardware Technology Parks. There is an income tax deduction of 100% for profits derived from exporting information technology services for the first ten years from the commencement of provision of services. The tax holiday for all our Software Technology and Hardware Technology Park ended in fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.
Special Economic Zone. Under this scheme, units in designated Special Economic Zones which began providing services on or after April 1, 2005, will be eligible for a deduction of 100% of profits or gains derived from the export of services for the first five years from commencement of provision of services and 50% of such profits or gains for a further five years. Certain tax benefits are also available for a further five years subject to the unit meeting defined conditions.
As a result of the above schemes, a substantial portion of our pre-tax income has not been subject to a significant tax in India in recent years. When our tax holiday and income tax deduction exemptions expire or terminate, our costs will increase. The Government of India could enact laws in the future, which could reduce or eliminate the tax incentives which benefit our business.
The Company had received tax demands aggregating to Rs. 40,040 (including interest of Rs. 10,616) arising primarily on account of denial of deduction under section 10A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 in respect of profit earned by the Companys undertaking in the Software Technology Park at Bangalore for the years ended March 31, 2001 to March 31, 2008. The appeals filed against the said demand before the Appellate authorities have been allowed in favor of the Company by the second appellate authority for the years up to March 31, 2004 and further appeals have been filed by the Income tax authorities before the Honorable High Court. The first appellate authority has granted relief for the year ended March 31, 2005 and further appeal has been filed by the Income tax authorities before the Income-tax Appellate Tribunal. The Company is in appeal before the Income-tax Appellate Tribunal for the years ended March 31, 2006 and March 31, 2007 after receiving the assessment orders following the directions of the Dispute Resolution Panel. For the year ended March 31, 2008, the objections against the draft assessment order is pending before the Dispute Resolution Panel.
Considering the facts and nature of disallowance and the order of the appellate authority upholding our claims for earlier years, we believe that the final outcome of the above disputes should be in our favor and there should not be any material impact on the consolidated financial statements.
Although we currently believe we will ultimately prevail in our appeals, the result of such appeals, and any subsequent appeals, cannot be predicted with certainty. Should we fail to prevail in our appeal, or any subsequent appeals, in any reporting period, the operating results of such reporting period could be materially adversely affected.
Pursuant to the changes in the Indian income tax laws, Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) has been extended to income in respect of which a deduction is claimed under Sections 10A and 10B; consequently, we have calculated our domestic tax liability after considering MAT and accordingly, a deferred tax asset of Rs. 488 and Rs. 1,223 has been recognized in the statement of financial position as of March 31, 2011 and 2012, respectively. The excess tax paid under MAT provisions over and above normal tax liability can be carried forward for a period of ten years and set-off against future tax liabilities computed under normal tax provisions.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
The Companys cash flow from its operating, investing and financing activities, as reflected in the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows on page 106, is summarized in the table below:
As of March 31, 2012, we had cash and cash equivalent and short-term investments of Rs. 119,627. Cash and cash equivalent and short-term investments, net of debt was Rs. 60,669. In addition we have unused credit lines of Rs. 32,747. To utilize these lines of credit we require the consent of the lender and compliance with certain financial covenants. We have historically financed our working capital and capital expenditures through our operating cash flows and through bank debt, as required.
Cash provided by operating activities for the year ended March 31, 2012 decreased by Rs. 361, while profit for the year increased by Rs. 2,666 during the same period. The decrease in cash provided by operating activities is primarily due to an increase in current receivables including unbilled, attributable higher revenue from IT Services segment without any corresponding change in Receivable Days in the IT Services segment. Receivable days for IT Services segment remained unchanged at 70 days in March 2012 and Receivable Days in the IT Products segment increased from 131 days in March 2011 to 155 days in March 2012. Further, operating cash flow is decreased due to increase in inventory days for consumer
care and lighting and infrastructure services by 12 days and 32 days, respectively and also due to increase in finance lease receivables by Rs. 463, primarily relating to large projects and increase in prepaid expenses and deposits by Rs. 1,886 and Rs. 451, respectively. This is partially offset by the increase in trade payables and accrued expenses on account of better management of payment terms. Receivable Days as of a particular reporting date is the proportion of receivables, adjusted for unbilled and unearned revenue to the revenues for the respective fiscal quarter multiplied by 90.
Cash provided by operating activities for the year ended March 31, 2011 decreased by Rs. 10,561, while profit for the year increased by Rs. 7,205 during the same period. The decrease in cash provided by operating activities is primarily due to an increase in current receivables including unbilled, attributable to an increase in the number of Receivable Days in the IT Services segment from 61 days in March 2010 to 70 days in March 2011 and an increase in Receivable Days in the IT Products segment from 119 days in March 2010 to 131 days in March 2011. Further, operating cash flow is decreased due to increases in inventory days for consumer care and lighting and infrastructure services by 2 days and 4 days, respectively and also due to increases in finance lease receivables by Rs. 2,808, primarily relating to large projects. This is partially offset by the increase in trade payables and accrued expenses on account of better management of payment terms.
Cash used in investing activities for the year ended March 31, 2012 was Rs. 8,056. Cash provided by operating activities was utilized for the payment for business acquisitions amounting to Rs. 7,920. We also sold (net of purchases) available for sale investments and inter-corporate deposits amounting to Rs. 4,057. We purchased property, plant and equipment amounting to Rs. 12,977, which was primarily driven by the growth strategy of the Company.
Cash used in investing activities for the year ended March 31, 2011 was Rs. 17,239. Cash provided by operating activities was utilized for the net purchase of investments and inter-corporate deposits amounting to Rs. 11,772. We also purchased property, plant and equipment amounting to Rs. 12,211, which was primarily driven by the growth strategy of the Company.
Cash used in financing activities for the year ended March 31, 2012 was Rs. 17,397 as against Rs. 26,378 for the year ended March 31, 2011. This decrease is primarily due to net proceeds from loans and borrowings amounting to Rs. 712 and payment of dividend amounting to Rs. 17,229.
Cash used in financing activities for the year ended March 31, 2011 was Rs. 26,378 as against Rs. 601 for the year ended March 31, 2010. This increase is primarily due to an increase in the net repayment of loans and borrowings amounting to Rs. 10,122 and payment of dividend amounting to Rs. 15,585.
On April 25, 2012, our Board proposed a cash dividend of Rs. 4 (US$0.08) per equity share and ADR. The proposal is subject to the approval of shareholders at the Annual General Meeting to be held on July 23, 2012, and if approved, would result in a cash outflow of approximately Rs. 11,431, including corporate dividend tax thereon.
We maintain a debt/borrowing level that we have established through consideration of a number of factors including cash flow expectations, cash required for operations and investment plans. We continually monitor our funding requirements, and strategies are executed to maintain sufficient flexibility to access global funding sources, as needed. Please refer to Note 12 of our Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements for additional details on our borrowings.
As discussed above, cash generated from operations is our primary source of liquidity. We believe that our cash and cash equivalents along with cash generated from operations will be sufficient to meet our working capital requirements as well as repayment obligations in respect of debt / borrowings.
As of March 31, 2012, we had contractual commitments of Rs. 1,673 (US$33) related to capital expenditures on construction or expansion of software development facilities, Rs. 14,838 (US$292) related to non-cancelable operating lease obligations and Rs. 6,378 (US$125) related to other purchase obligations. Plans to construct or expand our software development facilities are dictated by business requirements.
In relation to our acquisitions, a portion of the purchase consideration is payable upon achievement of specified earnings targets in the future. We expect that our cash and cash equivalents, investments in liquid and short-term mutual funds and the cash flows expected to be generated from our operations in the future will generally be sufficient to fund the earn-out payments and our expansion plans.
In the normal course of business, we transfer accounts receivables, net investment in sale-type finance receivable and employee advances (financial assets). Please refer Note 15 of our Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
Our liquidity and capital requirements are affected by many factors, some of which are based on the normal ongoing operations of our businesses and some of which arise from uncertainties related to global economies and the markets that we target for our services. We cannot be certain that additional financing, if needed, will be available on favorable terms, if at all.
As of March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, our cash and cash equivalent were primarily held in Indian Rupees, U.S. Dollars, Pound Sterling, Euros, Japanese Yen, Singapore Dollars and Saudi Riyals. Please refer to Financial risk management under Note 15 of our Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements for more details on our treasury activities.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
We have not entered into any off-balance sheet arrangements as defined by SEC Final Rule 67 (FR-67), Disclosure in Managements Discussion and Analysis about Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements and Aggregate Contractual Obligations.
The table of future payments due under known contractual commitments as of March 31, 2012, aggregated by type of contractual obligation, is given below:
Our purchase obligations include all commitments to purchase goods or services of either a fixed or minimum quantity that meet any of the following criteria: (1) they are non-cancelable, or (2) we would incur a penalty if the agreement was terminated.
Research and Development
Research and Development investment is directed towards developing solutions that have broad applications across various industry segments and developing expertise in emerging technologies. Our Research and Development focus is to strengthen the portfolio of Applied Research, Centers of Excellence (CoE), cloud, mobility, analytics, Solution Accelerators and Software Engineering Tools & Methodologies.
Our activities in Applied Research are focused on inclusive innovation which is aimed at discovering where and how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can address effective delivery of G2C and B2B services to rural citizens in education, health, agriculture and rural development sectors. The Applied Research in Intelligent Systems Engineering (ARISE) lab initiative was set up this year jointly with IMEC, the worlds leading applied research organization in Nano-technology and Nano-electronics. It provides a collaborative platform for customers to co-innovate and build affordable solutions for emerging market needs.
CoEs goal is to create competencies in emerging areas of technologies and industry domain and incubate new practices for business growth. Big Data, Machine to Machine, Natural User Experience, Web Science, and Nano electronics were the technology themes identified for the year and investments in these technology themes have resulted in development of industry application prototypes in the area of augmented reality, sensor networks and Big Data visualization.
The Integrated Cloud Services (ICS) group was created this year to provide end-to-end business solutions to customers using cloud technologies. We focused on creating industry relevant vertical cloud solutions for the various industries by building a strong value network of partners, creating IP, frameworks, and accelerators.
We continue to invest in reusable IP and solution accelerators (components, tools, frameworks) which help in accelerating the implementation of solutions in customer engagements. We have integrated various accelerator assets to create integrated stacks and solution.
We continue to invest in in-house development of software engineering tools to improve productivity and quality. These tools have been widely deployed across our business segments. We have also developed a tool called Wipro Portfolio Analysis Tool (PAT) for use in transition services. We have also developed a tool for flex delivery for managed services for effective queue, capacity, and productivity management at reduced cost. We have developed an in-house Known Error Data Base (KEDB) tool that will help in faster ticket resolution in managed services projects.
Our research and development expenses for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012 were Rs. 993, Rs. 1,656 and Rs. 1,904 respectively.
IT Services. The realm of Information Technology (IT) is a fast changing one. IT is setting the pace at which the world around us is changing. At the turn of the first decade of 21st century, the challenges and opportunities facing the customers and consumers of IT are very different than what they were a decade ago. As the world becomes a web of connected devices and better tools are available for making better decisions, the world is looking to leverage and integrate technology more than ever before.
There continues to be a high level of global economic uncertainty and volatility, driven by high levels of sovereign debt and unemployment, particularly in Europe and the U.S. However, there is also more stability in customer organizations and the demand for IT services is growing. Customer organizations are re-aligning their budgets with spends more dominated by business users as customers use IT to differentiate themselves in the market place.
In this rapidly evolving and growing environment, we expect increased competition among IT companies, which may limit our ability to increase prices. However, we continually strive to differentiate ourselves from the competition and sustain prices and profits by developing innovative service delivery models, providing better industry solutions, adopting new pricing strategies and demonstrating our value proposition to clients. We have also acquired businesses to augment our existing services and capabilities.
Gross profit as a percentage of revenue in our IT Services segment for the year ended March 31, 2012 is 32.57%. We anticipate difficulties in significantly improving our gross profits due in part to the following reasons:
In response to the possible reduction in demand for IT services, pressure on gross margins and the increased competition from other IT services companies, we are focusing on;
IT Products. In our IT Products business segment, we have experienced pricing pressures due to increased competition among IT companies. Large multinational corporations like IBM, HP and Dell have identified India as a key focus area. Our gross margin in this business segment is also impacted by the proportion of our business derived from the sale of traded and manufactured products.
Our IT Products business segment is also subject to seasonal fluctuations. Our revenue in this business segment is driven by the capital expenditure budgets and spending patterns of our clients, who often delay or accelerate purchases in reaction to tax depreciation benefits on capital equipment.
Consumer Care and Lighting. Revenue for our Consumer Care and Lighting business segment is also subject to seasonal and commodity price fluctuations.
Our quarterly revenue, operating income and profit for the period have varied significantly in the past and we expect that they are likely to vary in the future. You should not rely on our quarterly operating results as an indication of future performance. Such quarterly fluctuations may have an impact on the price of our equity shares and ADSs.
Dividends. Final dividends on common stock are recorded as a liability on the date of declaration by the stockholders and interim dividends are recorded as a liability on the date of declaration by the board of directors.
New accounting standards adopted
We adopted IAS 24 (revised 2009) Related Party Disclosures (IAS 24) effective April 1, 2011. The purpose of the revision is to simplify the definition of a related party, clarifying its intended meaning and eliminating inconsistencies from the definition. Adoption of IAS 24 (revised 2009), did not have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements.
New accounting standards not yet adopted
In October 2010, the IASB issued an amendment to IFRS 7 DisclosuresTransfers of financial assets. The purpose of the amendment is to enhance the existing disclosures in IFRS 7 when an asset is transferred but is not derecognized and introduce new disclosures for assets that are derecognized but the entity continues to have a continuing exposure to the asset after the sale. The amendment is effective for fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2011. Earlier application is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact these amendments will have on our consolidated financial statements.
In December, 2011, the IASB issued an amendment to IFRS 7 Disclosuresoffsetting financial assets and financial liabilities. The amended standard requires additional disclosures where financial assets and financial liabilities are offset in the balance sheet. These disclosures would provide users with information that is useful in (a) evaluating the effect or potential effect of netting arrangements on an entitys financial position and (b) analyzing and comparing financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRSs and U.S. GAAP. The amendment is effective retrospectively for fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. Earlier application is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact these amendments will have on our consolidated financial statements.
In November 2009, the IASB issued the chapter of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments relating to the classification and measurement of financial assets. The new standard represents the first phase of a three-phase project to replace IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement (IAS 39) with IFRS 9 Financial Instruments (IFRS 9). IFRS 9 uses a single approach to determine whether a financial asset is measured at amortized cost or fair value, replacing the many different rules in IAS 39. The approach in IFRS 9 is based on how an entity manages its financial assets (its business model) and the contractual cash flow characteristics of the financial assets. In October 2010, the IASB added the requirement relating to classification and measurement of financial liabilities to IFRS 9. Under the amendment, an entity measuring its financial liability at fair value, can present the amount of fair value change in the liability attributable to change in the liabilities credit risk in other comprehensive income. Further the IASB also decided to carry-forward unchanged from IAS 39 requirements relating to de-recognition of financial assets and financial liabilities. IFRS 9 is effective for fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2015. Earlier application is permitted. We are currently determining the impact these amendments will have on our consolidated financial statements.
In May 2011, the IASB issued IFRS 10Consolidated Financial Statements. The new standard establishes principles for the presentation and preparation of consolidated financial statements when an entity controls one or more other entities. IFRS 10 replaces the consolidation requirements in SIC-12 ConsolidationSpecial Purpose Entities and IAS 27 Consolidated and Separate Financial Statements. IFRS 10 builds on existing principles by identifying the concept of control as the determining factor in whether an entity should be included within the consolidated financial statements of the parent company. The standard provides additional guidance to assist in the determination of control where this is difficult to assess. IFRS 10 is effective for fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. Earlier application is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact these amendments will have on our consolidated financial statements.
In May 2011, the IASB issued IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement. The new standard defines fair value, sets out in a single IFRS a framework for measuring fair value and requires disclosures about fair value measurements. IFRS 13 applies when other IFRSs require or permit fair value measurements. It does not introduce any new requirements to measure an asset or a liability at fair value, change what is measured at fair value in IFRSs or address how to present changes in fair value. IFRS 13 is effective for fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. Earlier application is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact these amendments will have on our consolidated financial statements.
In June 2011, the IASB issued Amendment to IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements that will improve and align the presentation of items of other comprehensive income (OCI) in financial statements prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs). The amendments require companies preparing financial statements in accordance with IFRSs to group together items within OCI that may be reclassified to the profit or loss section of the income statement. The amendments will also reaffirm existing requirements that items in OCI and profit or loss should be presented as either a single statement or two consecutive statements. The amendment is effective for fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2012. Earlier application is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact these amendments will have on our consolidated financial statements.
In June 2011, the IASB issued IAS 19 (Amended) Employee Benefits. The new standard has eliminated an option to defer the recognition of gains and losses through re-measurements and requires such gain or loss to be recognized through other comprehensive income in the year of occurrence to reduce volatility. The amended standard requires immediate recognition of effects of any plan amendments. Further it also requires asset in profit or loss to be restricted to government bond yields or corporate bond yields, considered for valuation of Projected Benefit Obligation, irrespective of actual portfolio allocations. The actual return from the portfolio in excess of such yields is recognized through Other Comprehensive Income. The amendment is effective retrospectively for fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. Earlier application is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact these amendments will have on our consolidated financial statements.
In December, 2011, the IASB issued an amendment to IAS 32 Offsetting financial assets and financial liabilities. The purpose of the amendment is to clarify some of the requirements for offsetting financial assets and financial liabilities on the balance sheet. This includes clarifying the meaning of currently has a legally enforceable right to set-off and also the application of the IAS 32 offsetting criteria to settlement systems (such as central clearing house systems) which apply gross settlement mechanisms that are not simultaneous. The amendment is effective retrospectively for fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2014. Earlier application is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact these amendments will have on our consolidated financial statements.
Critical accounting policies
Critical accounting policies are defined as those that in our view are the most important for portrayal of the Companys financial condition and results and which place the most significant demands on managements judgment. For a detailed discussion on the application of these and other accounting policies, please refer to Note 3 to the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
While preparing financial statements we make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amount of assets, liabilities, disclosure of contingent liabilities at the date of financial statements and the reported amount of revenues and expenses for the reporting period. Such critical accounting estimates could change from period to period and have a material impact on the Companys results of operation, financial position and cash flows. Actual results may differ from estimates. Revision to accounting estimates are recognized in the period in which estimate is revised and future period affected.
We derive revenue primarily from:
Unbilled revenues represent cost and earnings in excess of billings as at the end of the reporting period. Unearned revenues included in other current liabilities represent billing in excess of revenue recognized.
In certain projects, a fixed quantum of service or output units is agreed at a fixed price for a fixed term. In such contracts, revenue is recognized with respect to the actual output achieved till date as a percentage of total contractual output. Any residual service unutilized by the customer is recognized as revenue on completion of the term.
Revenues are shown net of sales tax, value added tax, service tax and applicable discounts and allowances. Revenue includes excise duty and shipping and handling costs.
Income tax comprises current and deferred tax. Income tax expense is recognized in profit or loss except to the extent it relates to items directly recognized in equity, in which case it is recognized in equity.
Current income tax for the current and prior periods are measured at the amount expected to be recovered from or paid to the taxation authorities based on the taxable income for that period. The tax rates and tax laws used to compute the amount are those that are enacted or substantively enacted by the reporting date.
The measurement of deferred tax assets involves judgment regarding the deductibility of costs not yet subject to taxation and estimates regarding sufficient future taxable income to enable utilization of unused tax losses in different tax jurisdictions. We consider the expected reversal of deferred tax liabilities and projected future taxable income in making this assessment. All deferred tax assets are subject to review of probable utilization.
Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are measured at the tax rates that are expected to apply in the period when the asset is realized or the liability is settled, based on tax rates (and tax laws) that have been enacted or substantively enacted at the reporting date.
We recognize deferred income tax liabilities for all taxable temporary differences except in respect of taxable temporary differences associated with investments in subsidiaries and associates where the timing of the reversal of the temporary difference can be controlled and it is probable that the temporary difference will not reverse in the foreseeable future.
Share based payment transaction:
Our employees receive remuneration in the form of equity instruments for rendering services over a defined vesting period. Equity instruments granted are measured by reference to the fair value of the instrument at the date of grant. Since these are granted at a nominal exercise price, the intrinsic value on the date of grant approximates the fair value. The expense is recorded by a compensating increase to the share based payment reserve, a component of equity.
The equity instruments generally vest in a graded manner over the vesting period. The fair value determined at the grant date is expensed over the vesting period of respective tranches (accelerated amortization). The stock compensation expense is determined based on our estimate of equity instruments that will eventually vest.
In accounting for amortization of stock compensation, we estimate stock option forfeitures. Any revisions of our estimates could impact our results of operations and our financial position.
Derivative financial instruments
Although our functional currency is the Indian rupee, we transact a significant portion of our business in foreign currencies, particularly the U.S. dollar. The exchange rate between the Rupee and the dollar has changed substantially in recent years and may fluctuate substantially in the future. Consequently, the results of our operations are affected as the Rupee fluctuates against the U.S. dollar. Our exchange rate risk primarily arises from our foreign currency revenues, cash balances, payables and debt. We enter into derivative instruments to primarily hedge our forecasted cash flows denominated in certain foreign currencies, foreign currency debt and net investment in overseas operations.
Changes in fair value of derivatives not designated as hedging derivatives and ineffective portions of the hedging instruments are recognized in consolidated statements of income of each period. We assess the hedge effectiveness at the end of each reporting period generally using the dollar offset method.
Hedge ineffectiveness could result from forecasted transactions not happening in the same amounts or in the same periods as forecasted or changes in the counterparty credit rating. Further, change in the basis of designating derivatives as hedges of forecasted transactions could alter the proportion of derivatives which are ineffective as hedges. Hedge ineffectiveness increases volatility of the consolidated statements of income since the changes in fair value of an ineffective portion of derivatives is immediately recognized in the consolidated statements of income.
As of March 31, 2012, there were no significant gains or losses on derivative transactions or portions thereof that have become ineffective as hedges or associated with an underlying exposure that did not occur.
Derivatives are recognized initially at fair value and attributable transaction costs are recognized in the statement of income when incurred. Subsequent to initial recognition, derivatives are measured at fair value, and changes therein are accounted for as described below.
Business combination, goodwill and intangible assets:
Business combinations are accounted for using the acquisition method. The cost of an acquisition is measured as the fair value of the assets given, equity instruments issued and liabilities incurred or assumed at the date of exchange. We exercise judgment in identifying whether an identifiable intangible asset is to be recorded separately from goodwill. Identifiable assets acquired and liabilities and contingent liabilities assumed in a business combination are measured initially at fair values at the date of an acquisition, based on information available at the acquisition date and based on expectations and assumptions that are deemed reasonable by management. Transaction costs incurred in connection with a business combination are expensed as incurred.
The cost of an acquisition also includes the fair value of any contingent consideration. Any subsequent changes to the fair value of contingent consideration classified as liabilities are recognized in the consolidated statement of income.
Goodwill is tested for impairment at least annually and when events occur or changes in circumstances indicate that the recoverable amount of the cash generating unit is less than its carrying value. The goodwill impairment test is performed at the level of cash-generating unit or groups of cash-generating units which represent the lowest level at which goodwill is monitored for internal management purposes.
We use market related information and estimates (generally risk adjusted discounted cash flows) to determine the fair values. Cash flow projections take into account past experience and represent managements best estimate about future developments. Key assumptions on which management has based its determination of fair value less costs to sell and value in use include estimated growth rates, weighted average cost of capital and tax rates. These estimates, including the methodology used, can have a material impact on the respective values and ultimately the amount of any goodwill impairment
Intangible assets with finite lives are amortized over the estimated useful life and assessed for impairment whenever there is an indication that the intangible asset may be impaired. The amortization of an intangible asset with a finite useful life reflects the manner in which the economic benefit is expected to be generated and consumed. These estimates are reviewed at least at each financial year end. Intangible assets with indefinite lives are not amortized, but instead tested for impairment at least annually and written down to the fair value as required.
The estimated useful lives of the amortizable intangibles assets are as follows:
We make estimates of the uncollectability of our accounts receivable by analyzing historical payment patterns, customer concentrations, customer credit-worthiness and current economic trends. If the financial condition of a customer deteriorates, additional allowances may be required.
We provide for inventory obsolescence, excess inventory and inventories with carrying values in excess of market values based on our assessment of the future demands, market conditions and our specific inventory management initiatives. If market conditions and actual demands are less favorable than our estimates, additional inventory write-downs may be required. In all cases inventory is carried at the lower of historical cost or market value.
Goodwill Impairment Testing
We test goodwill and indefinite life intangibles for impairment annually in accordance with our procedure for determining the recoverable value of such assets. For the purpose of impairment testing, goodwill is allocated to the cash generating unit (CGU) representing the lowest level within the group at which goodwill is monitored for internal management purposes, and which is not higher than the groups operating segment. The useful life of the trademark and brand in respect of the acquired Wipro Yardley FZE, Wipro Yardley Consumer Care Private Limited, Chandrika and Northwest has been determined to be indefinite life intangible assets. For the purpose of impairment testing, indefinite life intangibles in Wipro Yardley FZE and Wipro Yardley Consumer Care Private Limited are allocated to the Yardley businesses, the intangibles in Chandrika and Northwest are allocated to Consumer Care India businesses. The recoverable amount of the CGU is the higher of its fair value less cost to sell (FVLCTS) and its value-in-use (VIU). The FVLCTS of the CGU is determined based on the market capitalization approach, using the turnover and earnings multiples derived from observed market data. The VIU is determined based on discounted cash flow projections. Key assumptions used by us to determine the VIUs include:
Based on the above, no impairment was identified as of March 31, 2012, as the recoverable value of the CGUs exceeded the carrying value. Further, none of the CGUs tested for impairment as of March 31, 2012 was at risk of impairment. An analysis of the calculations sensitivity to a change in the key parameters (revenue growth, operating margin, discount rate and long term growth rate) based on reasonably probable assumptions, did not identify any probable scenarios where the CGUs recoverable amount would fall below its carrying amount.
Directors and Senior Management
Our directors and executive officers, their respective ages and positions as of March 31, 2012 were as follows:
As of March 31, 2012, we had nine non-executive directors and three executive directors, of which one executive director is also Chairman of our Board. All of the nine non-executive directors are independent directors or independent of management and free from any business or other relationship that could materially influence their judgment. All the independent directors satisfy the criteria of independence as defined under the listing agreement with the Indian Stock Exchanges and the New York Stock Exchange Corporate Governance standards. The profiles of our directors as of March 31, 2012 are set forth below.
Azim H. Premji has served as our Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and Managing Director (designated as Chairman) since September 1968. In 2011, Mr. Premji was honored with the Padma Vibhushan award by the Government of India for his contribution in trade and industry. Mr. Premji is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, USA.
Dr. Ashok Ganguly has served as a director on our Board since 1999. He is the Chairman of our Board Governance & Nomination Committee and Compensation Committee. He is currently the Chairman of ABP Pvt. Ltd (Ananda Bazar Patrika Group). Dr. Ganguly also currently serves as a non-executive director of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited and Dr Reddy Laboratories Limited. Dr Ganguly is on the advisory board of Diageo India Private Limited. Dr. Ganguly is the chairman of Research and Development Committee of Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, Member of Nomination, Governance & Compensation Committee and Chairman of Science, Technology & Operations Committee of Dr Reddys Laboratories Ltd. He is a member of the Prime Ministers Council on Trade and Industry and the India-USA CEO Council, established by the Prime Minister of India and the President of the USA. Dr. Ganguly is a Rajya Sabha Member. He is a former member of the Board of British Airways Plc (1996-2005) and Unilever Plc/NV (1990-97) and Dr. Ganguly was formerly the Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Limited (1980-90). Dr. Ganguly was on the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India (2000-2009). In 2006, Dr. Ganguly was awarded the CBE (Hon) by the United Kingdom. In 2008, Dr. Ganguly received the Economic Times Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Ganguly received the Padma Bhushan award by the Government of India in January 1987 and the Padma Vibhushan award in January 2009.
B.C. Prabhakar has served as a director on our Board since February 1997. He has been a practicing lawyer since April 1970. Mr. Prabhakar holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology and a BL. from Mysore University, India. Mr. Prabhakar serves as a non-executive director of Automotive Axles Limited and 3M India Limited. He is also a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and Chairman of the Administrative and Shareholder Investor Grievances Committee of Wipro Limited.
Dr. Jagdish N. Sheth has served as a director on our Board since January 1999. Dr. Sheth has been a professor at Emory University since July 1991. Previously, Dr. Sheth served on the faculty of Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois, and the University of Southern California. Dr. Sheth also serves on the board of Manipal Acunova Ltd. Dr. Sheth holds a B.Com (Honors) from Madras University, a M.B.A. and a Ph.D in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sheth is also the Chairman of Academy of Indian Marketing Professionals.
Narayanan Vaghul has served as a director on our Board since June 1997. He is the Chairman of our Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, a member of the Board Governance & Nomination Committee and a member of the
Compensation Committee. He was the Chairman of the Board of ICICI Bank Limited from September 1985 to April 2009. Mr. Vaghul is also on the Boards of Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., Mahindra World City Developers Limited, Piramal Healthcare Limited, and Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited. Mr. Vaghul is on the boards of Hemogenomics Pvt. Ltd., Universal Trustees Pvt. Ltd., and IKP Trusteeship Services Limited. Mr. Vaghul is the Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Mahindra and Mahindra Limited and Piramal Healthcare Limited. Mr. Vaghul is also a member of the Audit Committee in Nicholas Piramal India Limited. Mr. Vaghul is a member of the Remuneration Committee of Mahindra World City Developers Limited and Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited. Mr. Vaghul is also the lead independent director of our Company. Mr. Vaghul holds Bachelor (Honors) degree in Commerce from Madras University. Mr. Vaghul was the recipient of the Padma Bhushan award by the Government of India in 2010. Mr. Vaghul also received the Economic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.
Priya Mohan Sinha became a director of our Company on January 1, 2002. He is a member of our Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, Board Governance & Nomination Committee and Compensation Committee. He has served as the Chairman of PepsiCo India Holdings Limited and President of Pepsi Foods Limited since July 1992. From October 1981 to November 1992, he was on the Executive Board of Directors of Hindustan Lever Limited (currently Hindustan Unilever Limited). From 1981 to 1985, he also served as Sales Director of Hindustan Lever Limited (currently Hindustan Unilever Limited). Currently, he is also on the board of Lafarge India Private Limited. He is also a member of Audit and Board and Governance Committee Lafarge India Private Limited. He was also the Chairman of Reckitt Coleman India Limited and Chairman of Stephan Chemicals India Limited. Mr. Sinha is also on the Advisory Board of Rieter India. Mr. Sinha holds a Bachelor of Arts from Patna University, and he has also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
William Arthur Owens has served as a director on our Board since July 1, 2006. He is also a member of the Board Governance and Nomination Committee. He has held a number of senior leadership positions at large multinational corporations. From April 2004 to November 2005, Mr. Owens served as Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nortel Networks Corporation, a networking communications company. From August 1998 to April 2004, Mr. Owens served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Teledesic LLC, a satellite communications company. From June 1996 to August 1998, Mr. Owens served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a research and engineering firm. Presently, Mr. Owens serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Polycom Inc., Intelius, Flow Mobile, Prometheus, and Chairman of Century Link Inc., a communications company. Mr. Owens holds an M.B.A. (Honors) degree from George Washington University, a B.S. in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy and a B.A. and M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.
Suresh C. Senapaty has served as our Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director since April 2008 and served with us in other positions since April 1980. He is a member of the Administrative/Shareholders & Investor Grievance Committee. Mr. Senapaty holds a B. Com. from Utkal University in India, and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Mr. Senapaty is on the boards of the following of our Indian subsidiaries: Wipro Trademarks Holding Limited, Wipro Chandrika Limited, Wipro Travel Services Limited, Cygnus Negri Investments Private Limited, Wipro Technology Services Limited, Wipro Consumer Care Limited and Wipro GE Healthcare Private Limited. Mr. Senapaty is also the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Wipro Technology Services Limited.
T. K. Kurien has served as our Chief Executive Officer-IT Business and Executive Director since February 2011 and has served with us in other positions since February 2000. He is a member of the Administrative/Shareholders & Investor Grievance Committee. Mr. Kurien is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelors Degree in Engineering. Mr. Kurien is also a member of the Board of Wipro GE Healthcare Private Limited.
Shyam Saran became a director of our Company on July 1, 2010. He has been a director of Indian Oil Corporation Limited since March 2012. He is a career diplomat who has served in significant positions in the Indian government for over three decades. He joined Indian Foreign Service in 1970. He last served as the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India (October 2006 to March 2010) specializing in nuclear issues, and he also was the Indian envoy on climate change. Prior to this he was the Foreign Secretary of the Government of India from 2004 to 2006. He also served as the Ambassador of India to Nepal, Indonesia, Myanmar and Mauritius. His diplomatic stints have taken him to Indian missions in Geneva, Beijing and Tokyo. He has been a Fellow of the United Nations Disarmament Program in Geneva, Vienna and New York, U.S.A. Mr. Saran holds a Post Graduate degree in Economics. Mr. Saran has been honored with the Padma Bhushan award by the Government of India for his contribution in civil services.
Dr. Henning Kagermann became a director of the Company on October 27, 2009. He served as Chief Executive officer of SAP AG until 2009. He has been a member of the SAP Executive Board since 1991. He is also President of Acatech (German Academy of Science and Technology) and currently a member of supervisory boards of Deutsche Bank AG, Munich Re, Deutsche Post, BMW Group in Germany and Nokia. Dr. Kagermann is a professor of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Magdeburg, Germany.
M K Sharma became a director of the Company on July 1, 2011. He is a member of our Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. He served as Vice Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Limited from 2000 to 2007. He served as a whole-time director of Hindustan Unilever Limited from 1995 to 2000. He is currently on the boards of ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co. Limited, Fulford India Limited (Indian affiliate of MSD), Thomas Cook (India) Limited, Birla Corporation Limited, KEC International Limited and The Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills Limited. Mr. Sharma is a member of the Audit Committee of Fulford (India) Limited and Thomas Cook (India) Limited. Mr. Sharma is the Chairman of Remuneration Committee of Fulford (India) Limited. Mr. Sharma is a member the Shareholders Grievance Committee of Thomas Cook (India) Limited. Mr. Sharma is the Chairman of the Board Governance and Nomination Committee, Compensation Committee of ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co. Limited.
Anurag Behar has served as the Chief Sustainability Officer since July 2010 and has served with us in other positions since May 2002. Mr. Behar holds an M.B.A from XLRI-Jamshedpur and Bachelors degree in Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Trichy.
Vineet Agrawal has served as President of Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting since July 2002 and has served with us in other positions since December 1985. Mr. Agrawal holds a B.Tech. from IIT, New Delhi, India and an M.B.A from Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, India.
Pratik Kumar has served as our President of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering since July 2010, Executive Vice-President of Human Resources since April 2002, and has served with us in other positions since November 1991. Mr. Kumar holds a B.A. from Delhi University and an M.B.A. from Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, India.
Our Compensation Committee determines and recommends to our Board of Directors the compensation payable to our directors. All board-level compensation is subject to approval by our shareholders. Each of our non-employee directors receive an attendance fee per meeting of US$393 during the current year for every Board and Committee meeting they attend. Our directors are reimbursed for travel and out-of-pocket expenses in connection with their attendance at Board and Committee meetings. Additionally, we also compensate non-employee directors by way of commission, which is limited to a fixed sum payable as approved by the Board subject to a maximum of 1% of the net profits of the Company as approved by the shareholders.
During the year ended March 31, 2012, we paid an aggregate of US$0.59 million (Rs. 30.01 million) as commission to our non-employee directors.
The annual compensation of our executive directors is approved by our Compensation Committee, within the parameters set by the shareholders at the shareholders meetings, and the annual compensation of our other executive officers is approved by our Compensation Committee. Remuneration of our executive officers, including our employee directors, consists of a fixed component, performance bonus and a variable performance linked incentive. The variable performance linked incentive portion is earned under our Quarterly Performance Linked Scheme. This is a variable pay program for all employees, including executive officers, which is deemed to be part of each employees salary. Variable payments are made to employees based on the individual or combined performance of the business unit, division or segment or the Company as a whole. Generally, the profit targets for each department are set quarterly, and payment amounts vary based on actual achievements. These payments are made on a quarterly basis for all employees except for certain members of senior management who receive payouts on a quarterly basis but adjusted at the end of the year based on the performance for the full year.
The following tables present the annual and long-term compensation earned, awarded or paid for services rendered to us for the fiscal year 2012 by our Executive Directors and members of our administrative, supervisory or management bodies. For the convenience of the readers, the amounts in the below table have been translated into U.S. dollars based on the certified foreign exchange rates published by Federal Reserve Board of Governors on March 30, 2012, which was Rs. 50.89 per US$1.00.
We operate in numerous countries and compensation for our officers and employees may vary significantly from country to country. As a general matter, we seek to pay competitive salaries in all the countries in which we operate.
Our Articles of Association provide that the minimum number of directors on our board of directors shall be four and the maximum number shall be fifteen. As of March 31, 2012, we had twelve directors on our Board. Our Articles of Association provide that at least two-thirds of our directors shall be subject to retirement by rotation. One third of these directors must retire from office at each Annual General Meeting of the shareholders, but each retiring director is eligible for re-election at such meeting. Dr. Jagdish N Sheth, Dr. Henning Kagermann and Mr. Shyam Saran retire by rotation and are proposed for re-election at Annual General Meeting of shareholders to be held on July 23, 2012. In addition to retiring directors, up to one third of our directors are non-retiring directors. Currently, Mr. Azim H. Premji and Mr. T. K. Kurien are non-retiring directors. The tenure of appointment of Mr. Suresh C. Senapaty and Mr. T. K. Kurien is for a period of five years from the date of their original date of appointment as members of the Board. The terms and expiration date of each director is as follows:
There were no option grants to our Chairman and Managing Director (designated as Chairman) in the fiscal years 2011 and 2012. Mr. T. K. Kurien was granted with effect from April 1, 2011, 30,000 Restricted Stock Units under Wipro Employee Restricted Stock Unit Plan 2005 and 30,000 Stock Options under Wipro Employee Stock Option Plan, 2000. Details of options granted to other senior management executives as of March 31, 2012 are reported elsewhere in this Item 6 under the section titled Share Ownership.
Option Exercises and Holdings
Our Chairman did not exercise or hold any options during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. The details of stock options held and exercised through March 31, 2012 with respect to other senior management executives are reported elsewhere in this Item 6 under the section titled Share Ownership.
Terms of Employment Arrangements and Indemnification Agreements
Under the Companies Act, our shareholders must approve the salary, bonus and benefits of all employee directors at a General Meeting of Shareholders. Each of our employee directors have signed an agreement containing the terms and conditions of employment, including a monthly salary, performance bonus and benefits including vacation, medical reimbursement and pension fund contributions. These agreements have varying terms ranging from a two to five year periods, but either we or the employee director may generally terminate the agreement upon six months notice to the other party.
The terms of our employment arrangements with Azim H. Premji, Pratik Kumar, Suresh C. Senapaty, Anurag Behar, T.K. Kurien and Vineet Agrawal provide for up to a 180-day notice period, up to 21 days of leave per year in addition to statutory holidays, and an annual compensation review. Additionally, employees are required to relocate as we may determine, and to comply with confidentiality provisions. Service contracts with our executive directors provide for our standard retirement benefits that consist of a pension and gratuity which are offered to all of our employees, but no other benefits upon termination of employment except as mentioned below.
Mr. T. K. Kuriens terms of appointment regarding severance payment are as follows:
If the Company terminates this Agreement, the Company will communicate the same in writing to the Director who will be eligible for Severance Benefits as follows:
In the event the Company terminates Mr. Kurien for Cause, such termination shall be with immediate effect and Mr. Kurien will not be eligible for the Severance Benefits specified above.
We also have entered into agreements to indemnify our directors and officers for claims brought under any rule of law to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law. These agreements, among other things, indemnify our directors and officers for certain expenses, judgments, fines and settlement amounts incurred by any such person in any action or proceeding, including any action by or in the right of the Company, arising out of such persons services as our director or officer, including claims which are covered by the directors and officers liability insurance policy taken by the Company.
Board Committee Information
Audit/Risk and Compliance Committee
The Audit Committee of our Board of Directors, which was formed in 1987, reviews, acts on and reports to our Board of Directors with respect to various auditing and accounting matters. The primary responsibilities include overseeing:
All members of our Audit/Risk and Compliance Committee are independent non-executive directors who are financially literate. The Chairman of our Audit/Risk and Compliance Committee has accounting or related financial management expertise.
Independent Auditors as well as Internal Auditors always have independent meetings with the Audit/Risk and Compliance Committee and also participate in the Audit/Risk and Compliance Committee meetings.
Our Chief Financial Officer and Director and other corporate officers make periodic presentations to the Audit/Risk and Compliance Committee on various issues.
The Audit/Risk and Compliance Committee is comprised of the following four non-executive directors:
During the fiscal year 2012, our Audit/Risk and Compliance Committee held six meetings including meetings held over teleconferencing. The charter of the Audit/Risk and Compliance Committee is available under the investor relations section on our website at www.wipro.com.
Board Governance and Nomination Committee
In April 2009, the Board Governance and Compensation Committee was split into two separate committees and reconstituted as the Board Governance & Nomination Committee and the Compensation Committee. The charter of the Board Governance and Nomination Committee is available on our website under www.wipro.com. The Board Governance & Nomination Committee is comprised of the following four non-executive directors:
The primary responsibilities of the Board Governance and Nomination Committee are:
During the fiscal year 2012, our Board Governance and Nomination Committee held four meetings.
The members of the Compensation Committee are as follows:
The charter of the Compensation Committee is available on our website under www.wipro.com. The primary responsibilities of the Compensation Committee are:
Our Executive Vice President-Human Resources makes periodic presentations to the Compensation Committee on compensation reviews and performance linked compensation recommendations. All members of the Compensation Committee are independent non-executive directors. During the fiscal year 2012, our Compensation Committee held four meetings.
As of March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, we had over 108,000, 120,000 and over 130,000 employees, including our subsidiaries and over 87,000, 87,000 and over 95,000 IT professionals, respectively. As of March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012, more than 13,000, 21,000, and more than 28,000 of these employees were located outside India. Highly trained and motivated people are critical to the success of our business. To achieve this, we focus on attracting and retaining the best people possible. A combination of strong brand name, a congenial working environment and competitive compensation programs enables us to attract and retain these talented people.
Our human resources department is centralized at our corporate headquarters in Bangalore and functions across all of our business segments. We have implemented corporate-wide recruiting, training, performance evaluation and compensation programs that are tailored to address the needs of each of our business segments.
Our relationship with employees and employee groups are based on mutual trust and respect and we continue to maintain the same spirit at all times. We continue to fulfill all requirements and commitments which could arise out of collective bargaining as required across various development centers and manufacturing facilities and other such agreements in specific geographies across Americas, Europe and Asia.
We hire entry level graduates from both the top engineering and management universities in India, as well as more experienced lateral hires through employee referral programs, advertisements, placement consultants, our website postings and walk-ins. To facilitate employee growth within the Company, all new openings are first offered to our employees. The nature of work, skill sets requirements and experience levels are highlighted to the employees. Applicants undergo the regular recruitment process and, if selected, get assigned to their new roles.
Each of our new recruits must attend an eight week intensive training program when they begin working with us. New or recent graduates must also attend additional training programs that are tailored to their area of technology. We also have a mandatory continuing education program that requires each IT professional to attend at least 40 hours of continuing education classes to improve their understanding and competency with new technologies, as well as to develop leadership and personal self-development skills. We supplement our continuing education program for existing employees by sponsoring special programs at leading educational institutions, such as the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bangalore and others, to provide special skill set training in areas such as business skills and project management to any of our IT professionals who choose to enroll and meet the eligibility criteria of these Institutes.
Employees receive written performance objectives that they develop in cooperation with their respective managers. They are measured against these criteria annually in a formal review process which includes self-reviews and reviews from peers, managers and subordinates.
We continually strive to provide our employees with competitive and innovative compensation packages. Our compensation packages include a combination of salary, stock options, pension, and health and disability insurance. We measure our compensation packages against industry standards and seek to match or exceed them. We adopted an employee stock purchase plan in 1984, employee stock option plan in 1999 and 2000 and restricted stock unit option plan in 2004, 2005 and 2007. We have devised both business segment performance and individual performance linked incentive programs that we believe more accurately link performance to compensation for each employee. For example, we link cash compensation to a business segments quarterly operating margin objectives.
The following table sets forth, as of March 31, 2012, for each director and executive officer, the total number of equity shares, ADSs and vested and unexercised options to purchase equity shares and ADSs. Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information with respect to the beneficial ownership of any principal shareholder has been furnished by such shareholder and, unless otherwise indicated below, we believe that persons named in the table have sole voting and sole investment power with respect to all the shares shown as beneficially owned, subject to community property laws, where applicable. The shares beneficially owned by the directors include the equity shares owned by their family members to which such directors disclaim beneficial ownership. The number of shares beneficially owned includes equity shares, equity shares underlying ADSs and the shares subject to vested options that are currently exercisable. Our directors and executive officers do not have a differential voting right with respect to their equity shares, ADSs, or options to purchase equity shares or ADSs. For the convenience of the readers, the stock option grant price has been translated into U.S. dollars based on the certified foreign exchange rates published by Federal Reserve Board of Governors on March 30, 2012, which was Rs. 50.89 per US$1.00. The share numbers and percentages listed below are based on 2,458,756,228 equity shares outstanding as of March 31, 2012.
EMPLOYEE STOCK OPTION PLANS
We have various employee stock option and restricted stock unit option plans (collectively referred to as stock option plans). Our stock option plans provide for grants of options to eligible employees and directors. Our stock option plans are administered by our Compensation Committee (the Committee) appointed by our Board of Directors. The Committee has the sole power to determine the terms of the units granted, including the exercise price, selection of eligible employees and directors, the number of equity shares to be covered by each option, the vesting and exercise periods, and the form of consideration payable upon such exercise. In addition, the Committee has the authority to amend, suspend or terminate the stock plan with the approval of the shareholders, provided that no such action may adversely affect the rights of any participant under the plan.
Our stock option plan generally does not allow for the transfer of options and only the optionee may exercise an option during his or her lifetime. The vesting period for the options under the plan(s) range from 12 months to not more than 84 months. An optionee generally must exercise any vested options within a prescribed period as per the respective stock option plans generally before the termination date of the stock option plan. A participant must exercise any vested options prior to termination of the services with us and within a specified post-separation period generally within seven days or six months from the date of the separation depending on the reason for separation. If an optionees termination is due to death, disability or retirement, his or her option will fully vest and become exercisable.
The salient features of our stock plans are as follows:
Wipro Equity Reward Trust
We established the Wipro Equity Reward Trust, or WERT, in 1984 to allow our employees to acquire a greater proprietary stake in our success and growth, and to encourage our employees to continue their association with us. The WERT, which is administered by a Board of Trustees is designed to give eligible employees the right to receive restricted shares and other compensation benefits at the times and on the conditions that we specify. Such compensation benefits include voluntary contributions, loans, interest and dividends on investments in the WERT and other similar benefits.
Shares from the WERT are issued in the joint names of the WERT and the employee until such restrictions and obligations are fulfilled by the employee. After the four-year vesting period, complete ownership of the shares is transferred to the employee.
If employment is terminated by death, disability or retirement, the employees restricted shares are transferred to his or her legal heirs or continue to be held by the employee, as applicable, and such individuals may exercise any rights to those shares for up to ninety days after employment has ceased. The Trustees of the WERT have the authority to amend or terminate the WERT at any time and for any reason.
The following table sets forth certain information regarding the beneficial ownership of our equity shares as of March 31, 2012, of each person or group known by us to own beneficially 5% or more of our outstanding equity shares.