JACKSONVILLE Fla., Oct. 31, 2017 – FIS™ (NYSE: FIS), a global leader in financial services technology, today reported third quarter 2017 results. The Company’s GAAP results were impacted by the recent divestiture of its consulting businesses and costs incurred in connection with its European debt offering. GAAP revenue decreased 4.8 percent to $2,198 million from $2,309 million in the prior year quarter. Operating income decreased to $388 million for the quarter, from $398 million in the prior year quarter, while operating income margin expanded 50 basis points to 17.7 percent. Net earnings from continuing operations attributable to common stockholders was $61 million for the quarter, or $0.18 per diluted share, compared to $0.56 per diluted share in the prior year quarter.
For the third quarter, organic revenue increased 0.8 percent. Adjusted EBITDA, which is impacted by the recent divestiture of our consulting businesses, decreased to $760 million for the quarter, from $766 million in the prior year quarter, while adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 180 basis points to 34.5 percent. Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to common stockholders was $397 million for the quarter, or $1.18 per diluted share, compared to $1.00 per diluted share in the prior year quarter.
“Our emphasis on operational effectiveness enabled us to exceed our expected earnings goal for the quarter,” said Gary Norcross, FIS president and chief executive officer. “We remain focused on our long-term strategy of investing for growth, serving our clients and driving sustained value for our shareholders.”
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of Sept. 30, 2017, cash and cash equivalents totaled $720 million and debt outstanding totaled $9.1 billion. Third quarter net cash provided by operating activities was $534 million and free cash flow was $402 million.
The Company paid dividends totaling $97 million in the third quarter.
Updating Full-Year 2017 Guidance
FIS has not provided a reconciliation of the foregoing forward-looking guidance to the most comparable GAAP measures for Adjusted EBITDA or Adjusted EPS because such measures are not available at this time without unreasonable efforts. The significant impact of the SunGard acquisition, including among other things, the timing and amount of integration and severance costs, and the transition of systems, facilities and personnel, make it difficult to provide meaningful and comparable GAAP guidance.
FIS will sponsor a live webcast of its earnings conference call with the investment community beginning at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) Tues., Oct. 31, 2017. To access the webcast, go to the Investor Relations section of FIS’ homepage, www.fisglobal.com. A replay will be available after the conclusion of the live webcast.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) is the term used to refer to the standard framework of guidelines for financial accounting. GAAP includes the standards, conventions, and rules accountants follow in recording and summarizing transactions and in the preparation of financial statements. In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with GAAP, we have provided certain non-GAAP financial measures.
These non-GAAP measures include adjusted revenue, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, constant currency revenue, organic revenue growth, adjusted net earnings from continuing operations (including per share amounts), adjusted cash flow from operations and free cash flow. These non-GAAP measures may be used in this release and/or in the attached supplemental financial information.
We believe these non-GAAP measures help investors better understand the underlying fundamentals of our business. As further described below, the non-GAAP revenue and earnings measures presented eliminate items management believes are not indicative of FIS’s core operating performance. The “constant currency” and “organic revenue” measures adjust for the effects of exchange rate fluctuations, while organic revenue also adjusts for acquisitions and divestitures, giving investors further insight into our core performance. Finally, the non-GAAP cash flow measures provide further information about the ability of our business to generate cash. For these reasons, management also uses these non-GAAP measures in its assessment and management of FIS’ performance.
Adjusted revenue consists of processing and services revenue, increased to reverse the purchase accounting deferred revenue adjustment made upon the acquisition of SunGard. The deferred revenue adjustment represents revenue that would have been recognized in the normal course of business by SunGard under GAAP but was not recognized due to GAAP purchase accounting adjustments. The deferred revenue adjustment in purchase accounting was made entirely in the Corporate and Other segment; reported GAAP results for the IFS and GFS segments are not affected by this adjustment and, therefore, no adjusted revenue is presented for these segments.
EBITDA reflects earnings from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
Adjusted EBITDA excludes certain costs and other transactions which management deems non-operational in nature, the removal of which improves comparability of operating results across reporting periods. This measure is reported to the chief operating decision maker for purposes of making decisions about allocating resources to the segments and assessing their performance. For this reason, Adjusted EBITDA, as it relates to our segments, is presented in conformity with Accounting Standards Codification 280, Segment Reporting, and is excluded from the definition of non-GAAP financial measures under the Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation G and Item 10(e) of Regulation S-K.
Adjusted EBITDA margin reflects adjusted EBITDA divided by adjusted revenue.
Constant currency revenue represents (i) adjusted revenue in respect of the consolidated results and the corporate and other segment and (ii) reported revenue in respect of the IFS and GFS segments, in each case excluding the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates in the current period.
Organic revenue growth is constant currency revenue, as defined above, for the current period compared to an adjusted revenue base for the prior period, which is further adjusted to exclude the impact of any acquisitions and divestitures by FIS during the applicable reporting period.
Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations excludes the impact of certain costs and other transactions which management deems non-operational in nature, the removal of which improves comparability of operating results across reporting periods. It also excludes the impact of acquisition-related purchase accounting amortization, which is recurring.
Adjusted net earnings per diluted share, or Adjusted EPS, reflects adjusted net earnings from continuing operations divided by weighted average diluted shares outstanding.
Adjusted cash flow from operations reflects GAAP cash flow from operations as adjusted for the net change in settlement assets and obligations, and excludes certain transactions that are closely associated with non-operating activities or are otherwise non-operational in nature and not indicative of future operating cash flows.
Free cash flow reflects adjusted cash flow from operations less capital expenditures. Free cash flow does not represent our residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures, since we have mandatory debt service requirements and other non-discretionary expenditures that are not deducted from the measure.
Any non-GAAP measures should be considered in context with the GAAP financial presentation and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP measures. Further, FIS’ non-GAAP measures may be calculated differently from similarly titled measures of other companies. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to related GAAP measures, including footnotes describing the specific adjustments, are provided in the attached schedules and in the Investor Relations section of the FIS web site, www.fisglobal.com.
FIS is a global leader in financial services technology, with a focus on retail and institutional banking, payments, asset and wealth management, risk and compliance, and outsourcing solutions. Through the depth and breadth of our solutions portfolio, global capabilities and domain expertise, FIS serves more than 20,000 clients in over 130 countries. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., FIS employs more than 53,000 people worldwide and holds leadership positions in payment processing, financial software and banking solutions. Providing software, services and outsourcing of the technology that empowers the financial world, FIS is a Fortune 500 company and is a member of Standard & Poor’s 500® Index. For more information about FIS, visit www.fisglobal.com.
This news release and today’s webcast contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about anticipated financial outcomes, including any earnings guidance of the Company, business and market conditions, outlook, foreign currency exchange rates, expected dividends and share repurchases, the Company’s sales pipeline and anticipated profitability and growth, as well as other statements about our expectations, beliefs, intentions, or strategies regarding the future, are forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events and our future results, and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Any statements that refer to beliefs, expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements.
Actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from those contained in these forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that forward-looking statements are subject to include, without limitation:
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