TCS, Infosys Have Highest Exposure To US Regional Banks, Says JPMorgan

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys, top Indian information technology (IT) companies, have the highest exposure to regional banks in the United States that are gripped by a financial turmoil, analysts at J P Morgan said on Friday.

According to a report by news agency Reuters, the regional banks in the United States account for 2-3 per cent of their revenue, JP Morgan said in a note, adding that the exposure to the recently collapsed Silicon Valley Bank could be 10-20 basis points for TCS, Infosys, and smaller rival LTIMindtree, with Tata Group company in the lead.

According to the report, all three companies might need to set aside provisions in the fourth quarter due to their exposure to SVB, J P Morgan said in a note.

“The collapse of SVB, Signature Bank and concerns of liquidity across US and the European Union can further soften tech spends by banks over the short term in a year with slowing growth in bank tech budgets,” J P Morgan, which has an “underweight” rating on the sector, said.

India’s IT industry is already facing a challenging macroeconomic environment in its key markets of Europe and the United States, where technology spending is contracting amid delays in decision-making on long-term deals as the pandemic-led surge in demand faded.

The banking crisis could delay deal ramp-ups, impacting revenue conversions over the next two quarters, and push back new order closures that could hurt revenue over the next four quarters, J P Morgan said.

Indian IT firms draw the bulk of their revenue from the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector. Within BFSI, their exposure to the US banks is on average 62 per cent and Europe 23 per cent, J P Morgan said.

LTIMindtree this week said it had negligible exposure to US regional banks, including SVB.

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