Strong Demand Drives TCS Q3 Growth Momentum

NEW YORK and MUMBAI, India, Jan. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Tata Consultancy Services (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), the leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, reported its consolidated financial results according to Ind AS and IFRS, for the quarter ending December 31, 2020.

Highlights of the Quarter Ended December 31, 2020

    --  Revenue at $5.702 Bn, +5.1% QoQ, +2.1% YoY
    --  Constant Currency revenue growth: +4.1% QoQ, +0.4% YoY
    --  Net Income at $1.18 Bn, +3.4% QoQ, +3.7% YoY
    --  Operating Margin at 26.6%; Net Margin at 20.7%
    --  Strong Cash Conversion: Net Cash from Operations at $1.62 Bn | 137.4% of
        Net Profit
    --  Consolidated headcount: 469,261 | Net addition: 15,721 | Women in the
        workforce: 36.4%
    --  366K+ employees trained in new technologies; 444K+ on Agile methods
    --  IT Services attrition rate dips to a new all-time low, at 7.6% LTM
    --  Interim Dividend per share: `6.00 | Record date 16/01/2021 | Payment
        date 03/02/2021

Commenting on the Q3 performance, Rajesh Gopinathan, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, said: "Growing demand for core transformation services and strong revenue conversion from earlier deals have driven a powerful momentum that helped us overcome seasonal headwinds and post one of our best performances in a December quarter. We are entering the new year on an optimistic note, our market position stronger than ever before, and our confidence reinforced by the continued strength in our order book and deal pipeline."

He added: "Looking beyond the immediate business growth opportunity, we are tremendously excited by what lies ahead. Cloud is enabling a new class of boundaryless organizations, that can seamlessly partner and collaborate within larger ecosystems to create innovative purpose-driven offerings to customers. This boundaryless value creation, supported by the seamless fabric of technology enabled by cloud together the seamless fabric of talent enabled by our SBWS(TM), will redefine industry after industry over the longer term. Our intimate knowledge of our customers' business contexts, our strong relationships across ecosystems, and our continued investments in research and innovation make us their preferred partner in their growth and transformation journeys."

N Ganapathy Subramaniam, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director, said: "Our Q3 growth is a very satisfactory outcome of our ability to leverage the proactive investments made to capture the strong demand and be meaningful to our clients. It is a strong endorsement of our resilience, way of working and the relative competitiveness of our products and services. We celebrated the accomplishment of our Enterprise Agile by 2020 vision during the quarter, and with SBWS(TM), we have a well-oiled location-independent execution model that brings in the resources just in time, efficient execution, and machine-led delivery governance that are delighting our customers. All these augur well to progress our 25x25 future of work vision."

He added: "We have had healthy deal closures and the growth has been broad based on a sequential basis, setting ourselves well for the future. We also welcome to the TCS fold, the professionals from Pramerica and Postbank Systems, accelerating our growth plans in Ireland, Germany and more broadly in Europe."

V Ramakrishnan, Chief Financial Officer, said: "Strong growth across all our verticals, and operational benefits from our SBWS model allowed us to post the highest operating margin in the last five years, even after rolling out a salary increase this quarter. We also had an all-time high cash conversion in Q3. This and our strong balance sheet position us very strongly to seize the opportunities that the current market offers, and more closely partner our customers in their growth and transformation journeys."

Q3 Segment Highlights**
Industries:
All verticals showed good sequential growth, led by Manufacturing (+7.1%), BFSI (+2%), Life Sciences and Healthcare (+5.2%), Communications & Media (+5.5%) and Retail and CPG (+3.1%). On a year on year, constant currency basis, Life Sciences and Healthcare continued to grow in double digits at 18.2%. BFSI (+2.4%) and Technology & Services (+2.4%) also moved into positive territory.

Markets: Sequential growth was led by North America (+3.3%), India (+18.1%), UK (+4.5%), and Continental Europe (+2.5%). Other markets grew as well, with and Asia Pacific growing +2.6%, MEA +6.7%, and Latin America +3.1%.

Services: Continue to see a strong rebound in growth and transformation services as customers seek to operationalize new models. Growth in the quarter was led by Cloud Services, Analytics & Insights, Cognitive Business Operations, IoT and Quality Engineering & Transformation Platform Services.

    --  Consulting & Services Integration: Continued robustness in demand, led
        by digital and cloud strategy, enterprise agility, mergers and
        acquisitions, and supply chain and finance transformation.
    --  Cognitive Business Operations: Experiencing strong growth due to
        acceleration of digital adoption and hyper-automation across enterprises
        to enhance agility, customer experience, agility and deliver superior
        business outcomes. Growth in Q3 was led by datacenter services, service
        desk and end-user computing, supply chain operations, and automation
        services.
    --  Digital Transformation Services: There was strong demand for hyperscaler
        cloud services. key areas included mainframe and legacy modernizations,
        data modernization on cloud (MDM, data lakes), augmented analytics for
        in-context insights, risk regulatory & compliance analytics and use of
        cloud platforms for collaboration. Cybersecurity continued to be of the
        highest priority as new work models emerge.

The need to enhance user experience across enterprise functions drove good growth for professional services around Salesforce, SAP S/4 HANA and BPM. Consumer demand for automated and contact-less services led to good growth for TCS Interactive, in design led services, digital marketing and content services. Growth in IoT was led by strong demand for implementing IoT-enabled remote monitoring and self-optimizing plant operations.

New offerings launched in Q3 include TCS CogniX(TM), an AI-driven suite of prebuilt solutions for accelerating digital transformation of operations, ConvertCore(TM) for accelerated S/4HANA transformation assessment & migration and an expanded version of Crystallus(TM), a contextualized preconfigured solution for enterprise transformation, to cover Railways.

** Growth in QoQ CC

Key Highlights

    --  Selected by a subsidiary of one of the world's largest chemical
        companies, for delivering next generation private cloud services with
        TCS Enterprise Cloud. TCS will migrate and transform existing data
        center workloads and enable flexible cloud infrastructure and services,
        for faster time to market and greater operational efficiencies. TCS will
        also harmonize, integrate the B2B commerce capabilities of the combined
        organization resulting from a merger. This is expected to result in a
        unified customer and distributor experience, ability to drive growth
        through more effective engagement practices and increased order volume
        handling.
    --  Engaged for a strategic cloud-first technology transformation of a
        multinational consumer electronics company. TCS will leverage its cloud
        capabilities and accelerators to migrate its on-premise data centers and
        servers around the world, as well as various software applications, onto
        a leading hyperscale cloud platform. This move will strengthen and
        transform its digital operations globally, expand collaboration and
        innovation capabilities of employees, and enhance its delivery
        effectiveness to customers.
    --  Selected by an Australian Media corporation as the strategic partner for
        its public cloud transformation and data center consolidation
        initiative. TCS will consolidate and cloudify multiple data centers,
        modernize the application landscape, and move a large portfolio of
        applications to a leading public cloud platform enabling higher
        availability, flexibility and reliability to their business
        applications.
    --  Selected by a leading Australian Bank for migrating existing on-premise
        virtualization solutions to a leading hyperscale cloud platform and for
        system configuration upliftment to comply with the bank's standard
        configuration, security and operational management requirements. TCS'
        solution optimizes the IT infrastructure and data centre footprint,
        accelerates migration to public cloud, and significantly enhances
        operating efficiencies.
    --  Selected by a global medical devices company to migrate business
        critical information to a leading digital workplace platform leveraging
        TCS' factory model that offers the combined advantages of a proven
        content migration solution and TCS solution accelerators. This
        engagement will help employees access business critical documents
        seamlessly and securely, thereby achieving better collaboration and
        efficiency.
    --  Selected by an American multinational consumer credit reporting company,
        as the strategic partner for end-to-end vulnerability management
        services. TCS' solution will provide proactive management, better
        flexibility and efficient operations.
    --  Engaged by a Europe-based multinational heavy electrical corporation for
        a strategic and regulatory compliance-led transformation that will be
        enabled by TCS' IdentiFence(TM) Privileged Access Management as a
        managed services platform.
    --  Engaged by a large US-based bank holding company for a 3-year risk
        management program. TCS will undertake consultation and technology
        transformation to further augment and strengthen their Information
        Security & Risk Management function.
    --  Selected by a US-based investment management and advisory services
        provider as the strategic partner for transitioning from mainframe to
        cloud. TCS will migrate its applications to a leading hyperscale cloud
        platform and implement a microservices based architecture to
        significantly enhance computing efficiency, increase business system
        flexibility, and improve overall customer experience.
    --  Selected by a global insurance major, as its partner for designing and
        building a cloud native platform for content management across their
        lines of businesses.
    --  Engaged by an American insurance company to ensure brand consistency and
        improve their NPS scores by adopting a differentiated content strategy
        and enhancing customer communications technology. TCS will also provide
        analytics as a managed service to create a corporate data hub that will
        help drive business insights at scale and help the insurer stay ahead of
        competition by accelerating its data modernization journey.
    --  Chosen by a leading American mattress brand, to define and implement its
        digital marketing strategy to improve customer engagement and digital
        lead conversion, through an effective omni-channel marketing drive.
    --  The T. Marzetti Company has selected Tata Consultancy Services as its
        single strategic IT Service Provider for Infrastructure, Applications
        and Service Desk services. T. Marzetti Company is a wholly owned
        subsidiary of the Lancaster Colony Corporation (LANC) headquartered in
        Columbus, Ohio.
    --  Engaged by a Swiss building materials manufacturer and services provider
        as the strategic partner in a multi-year digital transformation journey.
        TCS will develop and roll out multiple digital solutions across a large
        number of plants to help it achieve market advantage, agility, and
        scalability. TCS will also implement workspace services and products
        leveraging a leading hyperscale platform to facilitate a culture of
        collaboration, harness the collective knowledge of the organization and
        redefine productivity with intelligent workspace apps.
    --  Chosen by a leading American health insurance company to develop a
        claims interoperability platform to enable processing of insurance
        claims efficiently. The program aims to standardize and accelerate
        claims ingestion and processing, and be compliant to regulatory needs.
        In addition, TCS has been engaged to transform its customer engagement
        using a leading health cloud solution, to improve customer experience
        and retention. TCS has also been selected as the Quality Assurance
        partner for enhanced overall quality and faster time to market.
    --  Selected by one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world as
        a strategic partner for their cloud acceleration journey. TCS will
        provide thought leadership and execution in customer experience
        transformation, cloud strategy and fit assessment, to accelerate
        enterprise business value creation by leveraging cloud native services.
    --  Selected by a North American bank holding company to enable its
        integration program of a recent merger. TCS will leverage its consulting
        capabilities support its card transformation, data analytics and digital
        channel for its digital online services for superior customer
        experience.
    --  Selected by a Japanese multinational pharmaceutical and
        biopharmaceutical company for its e-commerce platform modernization and
        cloud adoption journey. Through an Agile methodology, TCS will grow,
        scale, and transform the customer's e-commerce business with new and
        enhanced features, as well as performance improvements. This engagement
        will help expand the customer's product portfolio as well as provide a
        superior end-user experience leading to an increase in revenue
        generation and business growth.
    --  Selected by a Japanese financial services group to modernize its Human
        Resources function. TCS will leverage a leading cloud-based solution for
        the adoption of next generation HR practices for enhanced employee
        engagement, employee satisfaction and talent retention.
    --  Selected by a Nordics-based postal and logistics company for digital
        transformation of its IoT platform to enhance its core production
        operations. TCS is developing an agile, IoT-enabled cloud-based routes
        and scheduling solution that will help optimize delivery schedules for
        last mile delivery and pickup.
    --  Selected by a leading European automotive OEM, as a strategic partner in
        the end-to-end design and development of a next generation Electric
        Vehicle.
    --  Chosen by an American multinational medical technology company, for
        implementing Manufacturing Execution System (MES) across multiple sites.
        The benefits include compliance of regulatory requirements, process &
        cost optimization, and reduced order lead times.
    --  Selected as a long-term digital transformation partner by a global
        leader of swimming pool and wellness equipment, to enhance their
        IoT-enabled connected pools platform that helps to connect remotely and
        ensure that the pool is always ready when the customer needs it. This
        platform ensures convenience, optimal usage and sustainability for the
        pool owners and pool operators.
    --  Selected by a leading US-based engineering, procurement, and
        construction company to create long term efficiencies in their capital
        projects design and execution through Engineering Information Management
        and operations. This engagement will help improve its on-time delivery
        and business function efficiency by ensuring zero downtime in critical
        communications to on-field staff.
    --  Selected by a prominent healthcare chain in the US, to transform its
        revenue management operations. TCS will leverage its MFDM(TM) framework
        and Ignio(TM) to drive end to end process transformation and deliver
        predictability in operations to reduce claims disputes and proactively
        improve customer experience.
    --  Selected by a leading multinational consumer credit reporting agency to
        transform its IT infrastructure. TCS will utilize its MFDM(TM) framework
        to automate processes and deliver integrated real-time visual analytical
        dashboards to drive operational efficiency.
    --  Engaged by a French pharmaceutical company, to transform and manage its
        global IT landscape. This engagement will improve quality of services,
        operating efficiencies and agility. TCS will extend its MFDM(TM) model
        powered by ignio(TM) AIOps platform and develop the next-gen
        transformation roadmap for the customer.
    --  Chosen by a global metal products manufacturer to provide global
        infrastructure and application support, development, and enhancements
        for systems that are aligned with and integrated to its core E-Business
        Suite. TCS will consolidate multiple vendor services, deploy MFDM
        powered by ignio, and develop and deploy next gen digital transformation
        and AMS roadmap. This engagement will significantly reduce complexity
        and cost, drive returns and improve agility.
    --  Engaged by a leading American coal producer to transform its business
        support landscape. This engagement will result in substantially improved
        productivity and better user experience by leveraging the MFDM framework
        in its Finance & Accounting, HR and Procurement functions.
    --  Engaged by an Australian banking and financial services provider for an
        enterprise-wide operating model transformation, while also developing
        the next-gen transformation roadmap for workload automation, batch
        consolidation and predictive capability. TCS is the trusted partner
        chosen for driving the Agile Program across suppliers and managing
        business side changes which will result in consistency, standardization,
        more efficient operations and ultimately better customer outcomes across
        its business.
    --  Chosen by a leading energy company based in the UK, as the partner for
        its test environment management services - to setup environment and data
        services. TCS positioned an innovative operating model and Smart QE
        platform as key enablers for achieving high degree of automation &
        productivity.
    --  Selected by one of the largest supermarket chains in the United Kingdom,
        to modernize its data and analytics technology landscape. TCS will
        leverage one of the leading hyperscaler cloud platforms to set up
        application management, data and cyber security services to improve
        customers' shopping experience, eliminate wasted effort and enable
        business agility.
    --  Chosen by a leading European investment bank and financial services
        company to modernize its data management and analytics programs covering
        data sourcing, transaction monitoring, anti-bribery and corruption,
        investigations toolkit and data retention. TCS will also simplify its
        business operations by modernizing its data estate, thereby enabling it
        to stay agile.
    --  Selected by a leading Nordic bank to improve agility and operational
        efficiency by replacing the existing master data management solution
        with an agile and modern solution. TCS will leverage its DAEzMO(TM)
        framework to enable the client to access quality information across all
        its business functions and improve data-driven decision making.
    --  Selected by a leading Europe-based multinational engineering company as
        its strategic partner to enhance resilience in its business, and enable
        analytics for key processes across business functions including supply
        chain, logistics, asset maintenance, and demand forecasting, by
        implementing a future-ready cloud data platform.

Research and Innovation
TCS Access Infinity platform, developed by the Accessibility Center of Excellence, won the Zero Project's 2021 Award for Innovations related to ICT. The platform allows publishers to generate real-time accessible content for persons with visual impairment or printing disabilities, enabling one-click conversion into multiple formats. It powers Sugamya Pustakalaya, an online accessible library that today hosts over 200,000 pages of university study material and over 450,000 titles in 17 languages.

As on December 31st, 2020, the company has applied for 5,634 patents, including 134 applied during the quarter, and has been granted 1,713 patents.

Human Resources
TCS' consolidated headcount stood at 469,261 as of December 31, 2020, with a diverse workforce comprising 147 nationalities, and women constituting 36.4% of the base.

TCS' investments in skilling and developing its workforce, and the use of innovative training methods, continue to deliver industry-leading outcomes. Over 366,000 employees have been trained on multiple new technologies, and over 444,000 have been trained on Agile methods.

The company's people culture, and world-leading HR practices have made it the global industry benchmark in talent retention. In Q3, its IT services attrition rate (LTM) was at 7.6%.

"While continuing to stay closely focused on employee engagement and morale, we are now gearing up for growth. Our sustained investment in organic talent development is now paying rich dividends, helping us support our business growth. We are also continuing along our journey to reimagine and transform the HR value chain, leveraging technology innovatively to digitize processes, virtualize interactions, and enhance responsiveness. These initiatives for entry-level hiring, training and onboarding were so successful, we are now rolling out similar models for mid-level hiring and incremental reskilling. All this has resulted in a superior employee experience, while materially driving up our throughput," said Milind Lakkad, Chief Human Resources Officer.

Awards and Recognition
Business Leadership:

    --  Ranked number one for customer satisfaction in Germany as well as in
        Switzerland in the country editions of Whitelane Research 2020 IT
        Sourcing Study, based on a survey of CXOs and senior IT executives from
        the top IT spending enterprises in these two countries.
    --  Awarded the Best Patents Portfolio in the Large Enterprises (Information
        and Communications Technology and Services) category at the
        Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Industrial Intellectual Property
        Awards 2020.
    --  Won the CIO Magazine Innovation Award jointly with Damen Shipyards, in
        the 'Most Innovative B2B Project or Program' category, for Triton,
        Damen's connected vessel platform, designed and built by TCS.
    --  OmniStore(TM), part of TCS Algo Retail(TM) suite, was named the Point of
        Sale Technology of the Year at the Retail Systems Awards 2020.
    --  TCS Connected Clinical Trials solution, part of TCS ADD platform, won
        the 2020 Citeline Award in the category 'Best Patient-facing Technology
        Initiative' for providing a positive experience to patients in clinical
        trials and driving efficiency.
    --  Named a Superbrand in the US and in the UK, on the strength of its brand
        reputation, business performance, industry-leading job creation, scale
        of employee training and development, and commitment to corporate social
        responsibility initiatives.
    --  Won the Business Culture Award in the category Best Use of Innovation
        for Business Culture, for building a culture of innovation that welcomes
        new ideas from across the organization, resulting in an industry-leading
        portfolio of intellectual property.
    --  Ranked at second place for the Analyst Relations Team of The Year award
        by the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations, based on their poll of
        over 100 top industry analysts.
    --  Listed among the Top 10 in five categories - Customer Favourite, Best AR
        Team, Biggest Improver, Analyst Advocacy Award and Overall Champion, in
        a survey covering over 300 analysts globally, by The Analyst Observatory
        at the University of Edinburgh Business School. Notably, this is an
        unaided measure of analyst mindshare of the larger universe of software
        vendors, technology providers, hyperscalers, telecom companies and
        system integrators.
    --  Won the Top Women Award for Corporate Citizenship in South Africa,
        hosted by Standard Bank, in recognition of its role in advancing women
        to leadership roles.
    --  Recognized as a Solution Plus Partner by Intel's Winners' Circle
        Program, for contributions to the acceleration of #5G and virtual
        network transformation.

IFRS Financial Statements




                                                  
         
              Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

                                         
          
        For the three-month periods ended December 31, 2019, and December 31, 2020

                                              
        
           (In millions of 
              $
              , except per share data)




                                                                      
            
              Three-month periods                
      
              Three-month periods
                                                                                ended December 31,                               ended December 31,
                                                                                                               2019                                             2020

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              Revenue                                                                                    5,586                                            5,702

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       Cost of revenue                                                                                       3,275                                            3,329

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              Gross margin                                                                               2,311                                            2,373

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       SG & A expenses                                                                                         913                                              856

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              Operating income                                                                           1,398                                            1,517

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       Other income (expense), net                                                                              83                                               68

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              Income before income taxes                                                                 1,481                                            1,585

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       Income taxes                                                                                            340                                              402

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              Income after income taxes                                                                  1,141                                            1,183

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       Non-controlling interests                                                                                 3                                                3

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              Net income                                                                                 1,138                                            1,180

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              Earnings per share in                                                  $
            
              0.30                                             0.31

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                                    Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

                                     As of March 31, 2020, and December 30, 2020

                                     (In millions of 
                $
                )




                                                        As of March 31,           As of December
                                                                                      31, 2020
                                                                   2020

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     Assets

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          Property and
           equipment                                              1,583                     1,640

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          Right-of-
           use Assets                                             1,060                     1,054

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          Intangible
           assets and
           Goodwill                                                 547                       602

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          Accounts
           Receivable                                             4,057                     4,102

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          Unbilled
           Revenues                                               1,398                     1,286

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          Investments                                             3,494                     6,891

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          Cash and
           Cash
           equivalents                                            1,146                       988

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          Other
           current
           assets                                                 1,976                     2,123

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          Other non-
           current
           assets                                                 1,048                     1,054

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          Total Assets                                           16,309                    19,740

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     Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

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           Shareholders'
           Funds                                                 11,433                    11,244

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          Other
           current
           liabilities                                            3,587                     7,216

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          Other non-
           current
           liabilities                                            1,204                     1,187

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          Non-
           controlling
           interests                                                 85                        93

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          Total
           Liabilities                                           16,309                    19,740

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About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS)
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world's largest businesses in their transformation journeys for over 50 years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions. This is delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile(TM) delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development.

A part of the Tata group, India's largest multinational business group, TCS has over 453,000 of the world's best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $22 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS' proactive stance on climate change and award-winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

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