Emkay Global Financial has given Buy recommendation for eClerx Services with a target price of Rs. 2700 in its research report issued on Dec 15, 2021

Emkay Global Financial’s report on eClerx Services

After five years of muted performance, the post-FY20 recovery in eClerx’s revenue growth appears sustainable, in our view. The recovery is driven by a healthy demand environment, lower roll-offs, stability at top clients and continued growth in emerging clients. We forecast a ~15% revenue CAGR (organic ~11.4%) over FY21-24E. EBITM rebounded strongly by 690bps/340bps YoY in FY21/H1FY22 after a 1560bps fall in FY16-20. EBITM growth was aided by revenue acceleration, WFH savings and other operating efficiencies. We expect WFH-related opex savings to partly normalize. We expect EBITM to moderate during FY22-24 but remain higher than the FY20 level. eClerx has been successful in acquiring digital capabilities, broadening its portfolio and integrating those capabilities with its business, culminating in good upsell and cross-sell opportunities. The Personiv acquisition will add SMB sector clients and offer opportunities to cross-sell automation, analytics and other managed services to SMB clients.

Outlook

We initiate with Buy and a TP of Rs2,700 at 20x on Dec’23E EPS, considering near-term demand tailwinds, overall execution capabilities of the company, steady cash generation and prospects of a 16.6% profit CAGR over FY21-24.

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