EPAM Systems’ EPAM reported first-quarter 2021 non-GAAP earnings of $1.81 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate $1.68. The figure also grew 19.9% year over year.
Revenues came in at $780.8 million, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 19.9%. The top line also surpassed the consensus mark $765.9 million. On a constant currency (cc) basis, revenues were up 17.8%.
The company is benefiting from growth across all geographies and multiple industry verticals. Digital transformation, focus on customer engagement and product development have been key catalysts.
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Segment wise, Business Information & Media, grew 6.5% year over year to $148 million and accounted for 19% of the company’s revenues.
Financial Services increased 28.3% on a year-over-year basis to $169 million and accounted for 21.6% of revenues.
While Software & Hi-Tech was up 20.7% to $147 million, Travel & Consumer grew 16.3% to $139 million. Software & Hi-Tech and Travel & Consumer accounted for 18.8% and 17.8% of revenues, respectively.
Life Science & Healthcare climbed 31% year over year to $91 million and accounted for 11.7% of revenues. The Emerging segment improved 23.6% year over year to $87 million and contributed 11.1% to revenues.
Geographically, EPAM Systems generated 60.2% of total revenues from North America, up 20.6% year on year. Revenues from Europe, contributing 33.3% to total revenues, jumped 16.3% year on year.
CIS, representing 3.8% of revenues, increased 21.2% year over year, driven mainly by clients in financial services and materials.
APAC was up 53.9% and accounted for 2.7% of revenues.
Notably, the total headcount was approximately 43,500 as of Mar 31, 2021.
EPAM Systems’ non-GAAP operating income increased 31.6% year over year to $136.9 million. Operating margin expanded 130 basis points (bps) to 17.5%.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of Mar 31, 2021, EPAM Systems had cash and cash equivalents of $1.37 billion, up from $1.32 billion as of Dec 31, 2020.
As of Mar 31, 2021, long-term debt was $25 million, flat sequentially.
EPAM Systems generated cash flow from operating activities of $12.8 million compared with the year-ago quarter’s $63.3 million.
Citing a stronger demand environment, EPAM raised its full-year outlook. The company now projects revenue growth of at least 29% on a reported basis, which includes a 1% favorable impact of foreign currency translation on revenues. Earlier, management had anticipated a 23% increase.
It raised its non-GAAP earnings guidance range to $7.54-$7.76 per share from the $7.20-$7.41 forecasted previously. However, EPAM reiterated the non-GAAP operating margin guidance of 16.5%-17.5%.
For the second quarter of 2021, EPAM Systems expects revenues between $853 million and $861 million, suggesting year-over-year growth of 35.5% at the mid-point of the range. The company expects foreign currency translation to have a 3% favorable impact on year-over-year revenue growth during the quarter.
Management projects non-GAAP operating margin in the 16.5-17.5% range. Non-GAAP earnings are expected to be in the $1.88-$1.95 per share band.
Zacks Rank and Other Stocks to Consider
EPAM currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Other better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector include Lam Research Corporation LRCX, ASML Holding N.V. ASML and NVIDIA NVDA. While Lam Research and ASML Holding sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), NVIDIA carries a Zacks Rank #2, at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
The long-term earnings growth rate for Lam Research, ASML Holding, and NVIDIA is currently pegged at 32.8%, 29.8% and 15.1%, respectively.
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