Software services major HCL Technologies on Thursday reported a 68.5 per cent jump in its net profit at Rs. 964.7 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, driven by growth in infrastructure and financial services.

The company’s net profit stood at Rs. 572.7 crore in the October-December quarter of 2011, HCL Technologies said in a statement. It follows July-June fiscal year.

HCL Technologies also announced that Anant Gupta has been elevated to the position of president and CEO, replacing Vineet Nayar. He was earlier serving as the president and COO.

Mr. Nayar would, however, continue his role as vice-chairman of the company.

HCL Tech’s revenues stood at Rs. 6,273.8 crore during the reported quarter, up 19.6 per cent from Rs. 5,245.2 crore in the same quarter of FY12.

Also see: Post placement, HCL Technologies throws a googly

“Our growth this quarter was driven by infrastructure and financial services, both growing in excess of 10 per cent sequentially. Six large transformational deals have once again given us a billion dollar booking quarter,” Mr. Gupta said.

HCL won 12 multi-year, multi-million dollar deals this quarter with total contract value (TCV) of deals won aggregating to $1 billion.

“In the October-December quarter, we grew 3.6 per cent quarter-on-quarter, our highest over the last 5 quarters...Our net margin has improved for five straight quarters to reach 15.4 per cent… All in all, this has been a quarter of great impetus which has placed HCL in a position of advantage for leveraging the changing market dynamics,” Mr. Nayar said.

The board has declared an interim dividend of Rs. 2 per equity share of Rs. 2 face value.

“The cash generation, backed by higher profitability and efficient working capital management, continued to be robust… This quarter, HCL completes 10 straight years of quarterly dividend payout,” HCL Tech CFO Anil Chanana said.

During the quarter, the company had lost 395 employees, taking the total headcount to 85,194.