Chennai: Sify Technologies, a Fortune 500 India company and India’s most comprehensive ICT service and solution provider, has reported revenue of Rs 24,320 million for financial year 2020-21.

Performance Highlights:

  • Revenue for the year was Rs 24,320 Million, an increase of 6 per cent over last year.
  • EBITDA for the year was Rs 5085 Million, an increase of 25 per cent over last year.
  • Profit before Tax for the year was Rs 1599 Million, an increase of 57 per cent over last year.
  • Net Profit for the year was Rs 1585 Million.
    • Deferred Tax Asset of Rs 600 Million has been recognised at the end of the year based on assessment of reasonable certainty of future taxable income in the individual entities of the group. In future, Tax expense comprising Current tax and Deferred tax would be in line with the effective tax rate.
  • CAPEX spent for the year was Rs 3483 Million.
  • Cash balance at the end of the year was Rs 5438 Million

“India is in the grip of the second wave of the COVID pandemic and governments have reintroduced lockdowns to deal with the calamity. The first wave was a wakeup call for large companies to increase their investment in automation, and that has helped insulate them to a large measure this time around. Now that the merits of automation have been firmly established, we should see more mid-sized businesses adopt automation aggressively. The new normal has blurred the lines between work and home environment, calling for businesses to invest in security of their data over public networks. The challenge is in ensuring public networks are as secure and resilient as corporate networks. That said, we wish for the scourge of the pandemic to be eradicated so that people and livelihoods can return to the old normal.”

Raju Vegesna
Chairman

Kamal Nath, CEO said, “A year into the pandemic, all the industries – small, medium or large have accelerated their digital transformation and cloud adoption drive to be able to sustain and grow their businesses in a changed environment. Work from anywhere, movement to hybrid cloud platform, strengthening of disaster recovery plans to enable business continuity, application modernization – all these market trends find a natural solution in Sify’s “[email protected]” model and offerings. The other important highlight is the growth of Hyperscale CSPs and OTT players in India which on one hand is accelerating our Data Centre colocation business and on the other hand strengthening our hybrid cloud offerings.  Overall, we are absolutely on the right side of the trend curve”.

M P Vijay Kumar, CFO, said, “We continue to show steady growth through 2020-21 despite the challenges that the pandemic has posed. The healthy EBITDA growth has increased our confidence to spend on ramping up both people and tools to increase our digital transformation service capabilities. We expect contracts to take slightly longer to conclude as clients take time to regain momentum. Our focus is on insulating the organization as we carefully manage our costs, while ensuring that there is no lag in services delivery and customer experience. We are firm on our commitment to our data center, cloud and network centric expansion plans, and will exercise due caution in terms of both timing and cost structure of these projects. Considering the resurgent pandemic and the uncertainty on pace of economy recovery, the Board did not recommend the payment of dividend this year and instead advised that capital be conserved. Following shareholders’ approval, we have given effect to Business Transfer Agreements entered into, during the quarter, for the transfer of Data Center business and Digital Services business to wholly owned subsidiary companies. Cash balance at end of the year was INR 5438 Million”.

SIFY TECHNOLOGIES FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

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Financial Highlights Sify

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Revenue from Data Center centric IT Services grew by 22 per cent over last year.
  • Segment-wise, revenue from Data Center Services grew by 45 per cent, Cloud and Managed Services grew by 21 per cent and Technology Integration Services grew by 19 per cent while Applications Integration Services fell by 19 per cent over last year.
  • Revenue from Network centric services fell by 7 per cent over last year.
  • Segment-wise, revenue from Data and Managed Services grew by 4 per cent and Voice business fell by 35 per cent over last year.

GROWTH DRIVERS

The pandemic has accelerated the primary growth drivers in the market for cloud adoption, led by digital initiatives and transformation. This trend is triggering movement of workloads from on-premise Data Centers to Hyperscale Public Cloud and hosted Private Cloud in varied degrees, based on the digital objectives of the Enterprises. This results in transformation of the traditional network architecture and transformation at the edge which connects the end user. The need for digital services like analytics, data lakes, IoT, etc are shifting the focus toward adoption of Hybrid and Public Cloud vs Private Cloud. Collectively, these trends are generating opportunities for full scale Cloud, DC and Network service providers with digital services skills.

KEY WINS

  • Customers choosing Sify for migration of their on-premise data center to multi-cloud platforms like Cloudinfinit, AWS, Azure and Oracle. They also entrusted Sify with management and security.
  • Customers choosing Sify as their DC Hosting partner as they embrace hybrid cloud strategy.
  • Customers choosing Sify as their multi-service Digital Transformation partner.
  • Customers choosing Sify as their Network Transformation and Management partner as they migrate to Cloud-ready networks.

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

For Data Center Centric IT Services

  • 4 customers signed up to have their workload migrated from their on-premise DC to multiple Cloud platforms, including Cloudinfinit and AWS. These cover key verticals such as Automotive Finance, Personal care, Automobile and Heavy engineering.
  • 7 major clients signed up for greenfield Cloud implementation from verticals such as Steel, Media, Chemicals, Application development, Online Financial services, Online Gaming and Hosiery Manufacturing.
  • 4 major customers, from verticals such as Asset Management, NBFC, Digital entertainment and IT, moved from competitor DC to Sify DC, while 4 customers moved from their on-premise DC to Sify DC across the Banking, Beverages and Heavy Engineering verticals.
  • A major Public Sector Insurance client contracted for a complete refresh and augmentation of their DC and DR.
  • Multiple clients contracted for Managed Services, among them a State Government, an Insurance major and an MNC logistics company.
  • 4 customers signed up for Digital Services, among them India’s largest B2B eCommerce marketplace, a dairy cooperative and the country’s largest banker.
  • The online test platform saw more than 300,000 tests being conducted for clients from Education, Heavy Engineering, State government and the Health sector.

For Network Centric Services

  • Network Centric Services added 236 new customers in the year across various verticals and segments.
  • In what is the biggest win of the year, the country’s largest bank signed a multi-year contract for setting up next generation NOC and management of network across 4 Data Centers in India, 24,000 branches in India and 120 branches outside India.
  • With Cloud interconnects gaining momentum, significant contracts were concluded with a global content delivery network, private and public sector banks, automobile manufacturers, a retail chain and a couple of insurance players.
  • Customers from several verticals including IT, Retail, Banking and Digital Wallets signed up for MPLS Network builds while a retail major signed up for pan-India SD-WAN service.
  • During the year, there was significant investment and expansion of the next generation fibre access networks across 6 key markets covering Data Centers, SEZs and Commercial Business Districts. Revenue growth has largely been driven by customer and network acquisition on fibre.

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