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WNS (Holdings) Ltd Company News Alert WNS acquires Aviva Global Services; FY 2009 guidance revised upwards ADR
Fundamental Stock Ticker: Target price: Current price: Price change since last report: WNS US$20.26 US$16.46 (5.9%)

11 July 2008

BUY

Direct access to the full reportcompany, Aviva Global Services (AGS) for US$228 mn. purchase its business process offshoring free of charge at Following the announcement, WNS acquired all the shares of AGS and has taken control over the http://www.iirgroup.com/researchoracle/viewreport/show/20289 has company’s operations in Banaglore, Colombo, Pune and Chennai. As a result of the contract, WNS
revised its revenue and net income guidance for FY 2009 upwards. Despite the decline in the ADR price, we remain optimistic regarding WNS given the Aviva acquisition and the revision of FY 2009 outlook. We will reassess the ADR rating for WNS after the company announces its 1Q 09 results in August 2008. As we continue to anticipate a significant positive currency impact on the European ADR over the medium term we do not anticipate a change in our current rating.

On 10 July 2008, WNS (Holdings) Ltd (WNS) announced a multi-year US$1.0 bn contract with Aviva to

European ADR¹
Ticker: Target price: Current price: Price change since last report:

BUY
W9Ny.F €15.01 €9.86 (14.1%)

We will reassess the rating and target price for the European ADR after the company announces its 1Q 09 results in August 2008.

Supervisor: Meera Patil Analyst: Reshma Jamadar Editor: Shem Pennant Global Research Director: Satish Betadpur, CFA Next news due: 2Q 08 results, August 2008

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On 10 July 2008, WNS announced a multi-year US$1.0 bn contract with Aviva (the world's fifth largest insurance group) to purchase its business process offshoring company, Aviva Global Services (AGS) for a total consideration of GBP115 mn or US$228 mn. Pursuant to the agreement, WNS acquired all the shares of AGS and will take over the company’s operations in Bangalore in India, Colombo in Sri Lanka as well as the Pune and Chennai operations in India which together comprise over 5,800 seats. Under the terms of the contract, WNS will provide a comprehensive spectrum of life and general insurance processing functions to Aviva. As a result of the contract with Aviva and the subsequent acquisition of AGS, WNS revised upwards its revenue guidance for FY 2009. The company now expects FY 2009 revenues to be in the range of US$425 mn – US$435 mn indicating y-o-y growth of between 46.2% 49.6 mn compared to the previous range of US$373 mn – US$378 mn. Net income (excluding amortization of intangible assets, share-based compensation and related fringe benefit taxes) is expected to be between US$46 mn – US$49 mn, up from the previous guidance of between US$44 mn - US$46 mn. Following this announcement, WNS stock price witnessed a single day increase of 3.9% to close at US$16.46 on 10 July 2008. In our 4Q 08 and FY 2008 update report dated 23 June 2008 we rated the WNS ADR a BUY with a target price of US$20.26. Since then the ADR has declined 5.9%. We believe the majority of the decline in the ADR is attributable to global weakness across major equity indices due to increasing oil prices coupled with the recessionary trends witnessed in the US economy. In light of the Aviva acquisition and the company’s revised guidance for FY 2009, we continue to view the WNS ADR as a positive investment opportunity.

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