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CTSH Cognizant Technology Solutions

Participants
David Nelson Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.
Francisco D'Souza Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.
Rajeev Mehta Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.
Karen McLoughlin Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.
James Schneider Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
Tien-Tsin Huang JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Bryan C. Keane Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.
Edward S. Caso Wells Fargo Securities LLC
Brian Essex Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC
Bryan C. Bergin Cowen & Co. LLC
Ashwin Shirvaikar Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
Joseph Foresi Cantor Fitzgerald Securities
Amit Singh Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Moshe Katri Wedbush Securities, Inc.
Joseph A. Vafi Loop Capital Markets LLC
Harshita Rawat AllianceBernstein L.P.
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Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Cognizant Technology Solutions Second Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. Thank you. I would now like to turn the conference over to David Nelson, Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer at Cognizant. sir. ahead, go Please

David Nelson

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Francisco D'Souza

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Rajeev Mehta

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Karen McLoughlin

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to full-year revenue in of the $XX.X which of XX%. to range XXXX, $XX.XX billion, we the to growth represents expect For X.X% billion be

for the and based course are the Our guidance at is over to does fluctuations time from of the be approximately favorable which not full-year full-year we exchange forecast rates at on XX guidance the points positive currency currency the current on realized versus Based providing year. revenue the currency year-to-date, XXXX. current basis impact the potential is exchange rates expected and the impact

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to the adjustments amortization, Tax realignment income expense one-time to tax losses, Our currency non-GAAP and EPS Reform related charges, and net guidance future our initial and expenses to the Act XXXX foreign U.S. acquisition-related excludes contribution any exchange compensation, the Foundation. gains stock-based Cognizant incremental non-operating

or the revenue does business, areas In and Our guidance positioned deliver has earnings call the impact such in XXXX. along can for as for shifts regulatory of in well also immigration to continued investment us tax. Operator, solid our QX, from account execution in growth the not solid in we summary, another open environment, including with year questions. the

Operator

you. Thank

We conducting Thank session. a will now be you. question-and-answer

Our first Goldman question your Schneider Please of proceed from question. comes line the with with Jim Sachs.

James Schneider

Good my specifically, little morning question. was I wondering seeing more thanks bit taking you if and banks. with for respect and could color to maybe environment a give you're us large the on financials

about talked larger you give the – continued kind us on accounts. slides some in at pressure talked your you about I the of spend demand signs incremental run-the-bank of You think some can the seeing of but maybe

you fast can might of those in that increased So maybe how demand terms any firm color services us of how a kind give kind that of maybe is, develop? from, about what sense you're seeing and

Rajeev Mehta

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turn. turn, also we're to predict but will they that will when hard those optimistic So it's

James Schneider

out, play end follow-up, in Thanks. margins then that doing down. in attrition outlook, cost the to about to a address going color. whether making kind elevated or margin at terms you half you're making quick at the increases tailwind is just of then reductions the how And kind of half? wage whatever as both back terms bottom and of the the the top the ASC you're maybe increases in you on back of can will get the of end? XXX back you're a offset helpful be talked That's Karen, margin Maybe, that And pyramid, what still

Karen McLoughlin

pyramid, promotions bottom happen timeframe. year raises split as one we remarks, the in the Typically, we promotions, for folks the negative we're for the for – that currently a impact timing operating senior will and to promotions, the half more which, This when for reduction do and margin, you'll approximately to continue obviously, Jim, back raises obviously, point prepared XX% see target the in actually we've as – the in QX more the of will folks we the announced, a non-GAAP So, we and just does happen of year. suggest about two QX; said quarter. raises so in junior points half of the the in the

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Operator

you. Thank

question with next your line Huang the JPMorgan. proceed Tien-Tsin Our question. with from of comes Please

Tien-Tsin Huang

Thanks. Good morning.

it margin here, revenue end good lower peers. of looks upside came at the like growth So in but

revisit you're what So targets your aiming growth you relative growth or your wanted at goals to trying your versus the What margin when going for balancing revenue how half setting level growth. I'm how as into to are of your the peers guess, revenue revenue industry? get executing benchmarking you're margin you're of I second growth is to strategy.

Francisco D'Souza

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Operator

you. Thank

with next Keane the your from Our of Please question. comes question Deutsche Bank. line proceed with Bryan

Bryan C. Keane

Hi.

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Francisco D'Souza

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Operator

you. Thank

the Caso Wells Edward from with your question. comes of proceed Our next Please with question Fargo. line

Edward S. Caso

expanded disclosure. My Hi. Congrats appreciated. Much around Good morning. the on question is BPO.

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Francisco D'Souza

and Ed, ask add then I'll start to if Karen they to Raj, want and it. anything

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Rajeev Mehta

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Operator

Thank you.

Please comes Morgan question your with of the proceed next Stanley. Our Essex question. Brian from line with

Brian Essex

morning for you. question Karen, had Hi. taking you Maybe I thank question. the and Good a for

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Karen McLoughlin

don't we've from clients' perspective. I think Brian, So, really a any change seen

other are got work got more clients who the to on-site. who keep You've willing, you've prefer some of more clients

really in haven't client shift we seen any perspective. behavior a from So

of to think, from others when there so types say do any clients about talked that I in now, are a some today I to in market and looking any the wouldn't immigration more on-site heavy you're due overall, that development talked we've ratio. some as concerns. seen like are consulting heavier have forth. changes environment time of the But transformation and for we behavior a then more tends clients and a And lot work more that to certain we've about have on-site, agile were in

Operator

Thank you.

question. line your and from of comes proceed question the Please next Bryan of Our Company. with Cowen Bergin

Bryan C. Bergin

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Rajeev Mehta

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Operator

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Ashwin Shirvaikar

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Karen McLoughlin

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Operator

Thank you.

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Joseph Foresi

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Francisco D'Souza

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Operator

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Amit Singh

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Karen McLoughlin

Yeah.

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material it's the for at company not level, a year. So

Operator

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Moshe Katri

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Rajeev Mehta

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Francisco D'Souza

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Operator

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Joseph A. Vafi

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Rajeev Mehta

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David Nelson

think have Yeah. we time question. more for I one Operator,

Operator

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Harshita will Rawat AllianceBernstein. Our from come your with of final line proceed Please question question. the with

Harshita Rawat

Thank my Hi. you for Good taking morning. question.

acquisitions. for revenue So looks adjust I revenue organic the a have weak, It you growth Healthcare year-over-year question once on growth. very was like

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Karen McLoughlin

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that So organic is revenue growth.

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David Nelson

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