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CTSH Cognizant Technology Solutions

Participants
Katie Royce Global Head, Investor Relations
Brian Humphries Chief Executive Officer
Jan Siegmund Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Ellis MoffettNathanson
Bryan Bergin Cowen
Keith Bachman BMO
Rod Bourgeois DeepDive Equity Research
Ashwin Shirvaikar Citi
Tien-Tsin Huang JPMorgan
Matt O'Neill Goldman Sachs
Maggie Nolan William Blair
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Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, and to the Cognizant Technology Solutions Q4 2020 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. [Operator instructions] Thank you. I would now like to turn this conference over to Ms. of at Head Global Royce, Investor Cognizant. Relations Katie go ahead. Please

Katie Royce

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Brian Humphries

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Jan Siegmund

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Operator

At this question [Operator question-and-answer we will time, a of Instructions] the Our line be from first comes session conducting MoffettNathanson. Lisa Ellis with

with proceed your may You question.

Lisa Ellis

my Thanks in both a for Cognizant highlighted Terrific. your prepared progress taking number question. you areas Brian, of strategic remarks, of transformation, operational. the in and

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Brian Humphries

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Lisa Ellis

Terrific. Thank you.

Operator

of line Our Bryan next question comes from with the Bergin Cowen.

with question. proceed your may You

Bryan Bergin

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Jan Siegmund

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Brian Humphries

Yes.

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Bryan Bergin

Thank you.

Operator

of the with Keith Bachman comes question next BMO. from line Our

your proceed question. with may You

Keith Bachman

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Jan Siegmund

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Keith Bachman

Yes.

Jan Siegmund

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for Brian that end So and as in a -- Services. we're the I anticipate that services going to up fiscal be stabilized throughout and I Financial we're indicated way stabilizing performance year financial

Keith Bachman

incremental is that charges in taken the incremental Okay. there with Or any QX? associated is -- And all that? margins,

Jan Siegmund

should in taken be There in impact more QX. 'XX. all no They’re

Keith Bachman

Okay.

Brian Humphries

a it's COVID Brian the the here of media and the talked of mainstream bit started where rest Maybe That's being March. here. about in in for QX, you year. know, quarters us. Keith, of Jan compare is because a really the year wasn't flavor more than tougher as last beyond just little behind month

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Keith Bachman

Okay. All Brian. right. you, Thank

Operator

Equity Our next the Research. Bourgeois line Rod question with comes of DeepDive from

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Rod Bourgeois

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Jan Siegmund

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Brian Humphries

if made. Maybe comments those I just we could Hello, Rod. that embellish Yes.

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Rod Bourgeois

you. Thank

Operator

Our question Ashwin Shirvaikar of comes Citi. from next line the with

your with question. proceed may You

Ashwin Shirvaikar

Thank you.

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Brian Humphries

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Ashwin Shirvaikar

Thank it. you. Got

Operator

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

may with question. your You proceed

Tien-Tsin Huang

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Brian Humphries

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Tien-Tsin Huang

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Operator

O'Neill comes line question next Our with of Goldman the Sachs. Matt from

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Matt O'Neill

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Matt O'Neill

very you Thank much. it. Got

Operator

We more have one question. for time

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may proceed with question. your You

Maggie Nolan

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Brian Humphries

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Maggie Nolan

you. Thank

Operator

closing turn Ladies session. would have to question-and-answer the to end like for I over comments. and gentlemen, we management back floor of today's reached the

Katie Royce

and This thank speaking forward we call, coming look is Thanks. time taking for the with joining Katie. the I'd you to in just you all to days. and the like

Operator

today's XXXX Technology conference concludes Cognizant This Solutions call. QX earnings

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