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WNS (HOLDINGS) LTD filed this Form 6-K on 01/31/2019
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(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)


Uncertain tax positions are reflected at the amount likely to be paid to the taxation authorities. A liability is recognized in connection with each item that is not probable of being sustained on examination by taxing authority. The liability is measured using single best estimate of the most likely outcome for each position taken in the tax return. Thus, the provision would be the aggregate liability in connection with all uncertain tax positions. As at December 31, 2018, the Company has provided a tax reserve of $11,555 primarily on account of the Indian tax authorities’ denying the set off of brought forward business losses and unabsorbed depreciation.

As at December 31, 2018, corporate tax returns for years ended March 31, 2016 and onward remain subject to examination by tax authorities in India.

Based on the facts of these cases, the nature of the tax authorities’ disallowances and the orders from appellate authorities deciding similar issues in favor of the Company in respect of assessment orders for earlier fiscal years and after consultation with the Company’s external tax advisors, the Company believe these orders are unlikely to be sustained at the higher appellate authorities. The Company has deposited $12,531 of the disputed amounts with the tax authorities and may be required to deposit the remaining portion of the disputed amounts with the tax authorities pending final resolution of the respective matters.


On March 21, 2009, the Company received an assessment order from the Indian service tax authority, demanding payment of $4,989 of service tax and related penalty for the period from March 1, 2003 to January 31, 2005. The assessment order alleges that service tax is payable in India on BPM services provided by the Company to clients based abroad as the export proceeds are repatriated outside India by the Company. In response to the appeal filed by the Company with appellate tribunal against the assessment order in April 2009, the appellate tribunal has remanded the matter back to lower tax authorities to be adjudicated afresh. After consultation with Indian tax advisors, the Company believes this order of assessment is more likely than not to be upheld in favor of the Company. The Company intends to continue to vigorously dispute the assessment.



Earnings per share

The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share:


     Three months ended December 31,      Nine months ended December 31,  
     2018      2017      2018      2017  



Profit after tax

   $ 28,583      $ 26,286      $ 75,761      $ 61,908  



Basic weighted average ordinary shares outstanding

     49,950,547        50,238,903        50,182,306        50,397,032  

Dilutive impact of equivalent share-based options and RSUs

     1,729,230        1,732,016        1,972,188        2,201,016  

Diluted weighted average ordinary shares outstanding

     51,679,777        51,970,919        52,154,494        52,598,048  

The computation of earnings per ordinary share (“EPS”) was determined by dividing profit after tax by the weighted average ordinary shares outstanding during the respective periods.

The Company excluded from the calculation of diluted EPS options and RSUs to purchase 35,625 and 29,875 shares for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively, because their effect would be anti-dilutive.