Tough Times for Indian IT, But AI Could Be the Game Changer
The future of the IT industry looks uncertain, as analysts predict that demand will be low across some key areas. However, there is hope in the form of AI, with companies beginning to invest in this technology. Although the benefits of these investments may not be seen immediately, they could be the key to long-term success for the industry.
According to Analysts, large IT companies such as TCS, Infosys, LTI Mindtree, Tech Mahindra, and Wipro are struggling the most. They consistently find themselves among the top 10 ‘sell’ calls list among Nifty 50 companies, highlighting the prevailing negative sentiment.
Elara Capital and Kotak Securities have reported a significant downturn in major areas such as BFSI, retail, and manufacturing, which has further exacerbated the IT sector’s challenges.
During Q2, top-tier IT companies experienced their slowest year-over-year growth in the past 12 quarters. Furthermore, enterprises are currently focused on reducing costs and do not anticipate a recovery in discretionary spending in the first half of FY24.
Some experts have identified companies that are worth investing in. According to Kotak Securities, Infosys and HCL Tech are good options because they have been growing well, they cater to both discretionary spending and cost-cutting programs, and their valuations are reasonable.
Elara Capital recommends LTI Mindtree for its investments in generative AI and suggests Cyient and KPIT Technologies for their investments in Engineering Research and development (ER&D). Elara Capital attributes strong ER&D results to the momentum in the transportation sector, particularly passenger cars.
KPIT Technologies saw an impressive 8.4 per cent growth in USD quarter-on-quarter, owing to its 100% exposure to the transportation vertical. Cyient also showed strong performance with 4.7% growth. Although the overall sentiment is gloomy, these companies show potential for investors.
In conclusion, the Indian IT sector is facing a turbulent period, marked by declining demand and economic uncertainties.
However, investments in AI and other promising technologies provide hope for the industry’s future. Though recovery may take time, these investments hold the potential to lead the sector to long-term growth and stability.