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See, what Infosys beats TCS, Wipro & HCL in

BANGALORE: Infosys, whose bellwether tag for India's software industry is questioned by faster growing rivals, had better cash flow and receivables than rivals HCL Technologies andTata Consultancy Services over the past nine months. 

At a time when outsourcing customers are delaying decisions and asking for longer credit, investors and experts are beginning to get concerned about a worsening receivables position at TCS and HCL - known more for outpacing Infosys in growing their revenues. 

During the nine-month period from April to December, Infosys' operating cash flow was almost 80% of revenue, compared to less than 50% each for TCS, HCL and Wipro. The days sales outstanding (DSO), which is defined as a ratio of account receivables and total revenue, is another metric where India's second-biggest software exporter scores over domestic rivals. During the third quarter ending December, Infosys' DSO or debtor days was 62 days compared with Wipro's over 90 and TCS' 84 days. Overall, Infosys is able to collect monies due from customers faster than rivals, which helps it maintain a healthy cash flow. 

"If you look at the last two downturns in the business - one in 2001 and another in 2008 - in both the times, we have come out as winners only because of our focus on quality of profits and the financial discipline we have exhibited. We are very particular about not getting into commoditized businesses and make sure we focus on high quality growth," said V Balakrishnan, chief financial officer of Infosys. He denied that this drive for profit and better cash flow is coming at the expense of growth. 

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