Top 10 IT Stocks to invest in India

Investing in Stocks - IT Companies

India is recognized internationally as the IT hub of the world and IT professionals from there are in great demand globally. It is therefore no wonder that most IT companies in India are faring very well in the stock market. It may not be wholly wrong to say invest blindfold in any IT stocks in India and you will not regret. Nonetheless, it is worthwhile to prepare a list of the top ten IT companies in India where you can safely invest and expect good returns. If you are not interested in investing in mutual funds, and is willing to go for the share market, investing in the following companies' stocks will be a safe bet.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) belongs to the Tata Group, which is widely respected in India for adhering to business ethics and consistent notable performance. The Mumbai-based TCS is one of the frontline software companies in India. This software giant with a turnover of over US$ 1.50 billion has been in operation since 1968 and has facilities in 34 countries across the globe.

TCS has delivered excellent results for four consecutive quarters during the financial year 2009-10. Tata Consultancy Services announced that the net profit rose by 50.1 per cent to Rs 2,001 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2010.

Infosys Technologies

Infosys Technologies incorporated in 1981 and headquartered in Bangalore has been lauded for creating jobs back in the US, where many of its clients are based. It has over 40 development centers across the globe and boasts of revenues in excess of $ 5 billion and 113796 employees on its payrolls.

The company’s consolidated results for the quarter ended 31st March 10 shows an income of Rs. 5944 crores and the quarter to previous quarter growth rate is 3.5 %. Again, this year’s growth over the previous year is 5.5 %. The company had registered a net profit of Rs 1600 crores after tax and the earnings per share (EPS) is Rs. 28.02. The company has declared a dividend of Rs. 15 per share.

Wipro

Wipro is headquartered at Bangalore and its core business areas covers infrastructure solutions, consumer care and certain professional and business solutions. The company, for long, was known as one of the largest independent R&D Services provider in the world.

Highlights of the Results for the Quarter ended March 31, 2010 speak volumes about the company’s splendid performance. IT Services Revenue in constant currency was $1,180 million, with a sequential increase of 4.7%. On a year to year basis, total Revenues were Rs. 69.83 billion ($1.55 billion1), representing an increase of 8% over the same period last year.

HCL Technologies

HCL Technologies, based in Delhi, offers is engaged in providing software-IT solutions, remote infrastructure management services and business process outsourcing (BPO). Through its global offshore infrastructure, HCL delivers solutions in selected verticals, including financial services, retail and consumer, life sciences and healthcare, hi-tech, telecom, and media and entertainment.

The company’s net profit rose by 57.7% to Rs 344 crore in the quarter ended March 31, 2010. HCL's total revenue in the quarter stood at Rs 3,076 crore, a 7.5% increase over the same quarter a year ago. The company board has proposed an interim dividend of Re 1 on each share with a face value of Rs 2.

NIIT

NIIT Limited is leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest IT trainer.

NIIT Limited reported consolidated annual net revenue of Rs. 1,199.3 Cr, for the year ended March 31, 2010, up 4% over the previous year. The company’s system-wide revenue stood at Rs. 1,796.4 Cr, up 6 %. The earnings per share (EPS) stood at Rs. 4.3. NIIT reported an increase in operating profit to Rs 156.9 Cr, up 32%. The company, in its history of providing IT in schools, has over shot the significant milestone of 15,000 schools during this quarter.

Patni Computer Systems

Patni Computer Systems Ltd, based in Mumbai, is one of the leading global providers of Information Technology services and business solutions. More than15000 professionals from Patni Computers service clients across diverse industries, from 28 international offices across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific, and 20 Global Delivery Centers in strategic locations across the world.

Revenues for the quarter ended 31st March 10 stood at US$ 172.3 million (Rs.7,745.4 million). The operating Income for the quarter at US$ 36.2 million (Rs.1,627.0 million) and this is up by 8.7% when compared quarter to quarter.

Polaris Software

Polaris Software is arguably the world's most sophisticated banking and insurance software company. Polaris offers state-of-the-art, complete solutions for core banking, corporate banking, wealth and asset management as well as insurance. Since inception, Polaris has implemented its solutions and services among hundreds of the world's largest financial institutions.

The company’s Profit after Tax (PAT) grew by 42% to Rs. 45.74 crore for the quarter ended 31st March 2010 from Rs. 32.11 crore compared to the same quarter last year. Revenues were up 4% to Rs. 351.04 crore from Rs. 337.25 crore. The Board of Directors recommended a final dividend of 35% on the paid up capital for fiscal 2010.

L & T Infotech

L & T Infotech is part ofa large multi-crore group of companies in India – the Larsen and Toubro, an Engineering and Construction major. L&T Infotech is a global IT services and solutions provider and the key areas of L & T Infotech are application maintenance and application development, ERP-II implementations and integration of systems within and across enterprises. The company has facilities in Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.

The group has posted 44% rise in consolidated net profit to Rs 5,451 crore for FY10, against Rs 3,789 crore in FY09, while total income has increased from Rs 41,087 crore to Rs 44,729 crore.

MphasiS Limited

MphasiS consistently delivers global Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing, Applications Services Outsourcing and Business Process Outsourcing services through a combination of technology, domain and process expertise.

The MphasiS Group consolidated revenue was at Rs 1,220 crores for the quarter ended 30 April, 2010 as compared to Rs 1,048 crores in the same quarter last year registering an appreciable growth of 16.4%. During the same period, net profit increased by 19.2% from Rs 224 crores to Rs 267 crores. The Earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter was Rs 12.73, an increase of 18.5% over the same period last year.

Tech Mahindra

Satyam, renamed as Mahindra Satyam was bought by Tech Mahindra in April last year after being heavily damaged by India's biggest corporate scandal.

The company is a provider of information technology services to the telecoms industry. Its net profit in January-March, its fiscal fourth quarter, fell to 2.27 billion rupees ($51 million) from 2.30 billion reported a year ago.

Tech Mahindra Ltd (TEML.BO) has reported a 1.3 percent fall in quarterly profit, weighed down by interest costs on borrowings to fund its acquisition of Satyam Computer Services. Although there are some setbacks, the company is in the process of recovery and backed by the powerful and consistently successful Mahindra group and the company will bounce back to add to shareholders wealth.

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