Press Release

FIS Reports First Quarter 2016 Results

May 03, 2016

Key facts

  • Revenue of $2.2 billion, 4.2 percent organic revenue growth
  • EPS from continuing operations of $0.17, or $0.79 on an adjusted basis, a 22% increase
  • SunGard integration ahead of plan
  • Free cash flow of $338 million

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 3, 2016FIS (NYSE: FIS), a global leader in financial services technology, today reported that first quarter revenue increased to $2.2 billion from $1.6 billion in the first quarter of 2015. GAAP net earnings from continuing operations attributable to common stockholders was $55 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to $114 million, or $0.40 per diluted share in the prior year quarter.

Organic revenue growth was 4.2 percent in the quarter. Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to common stockholders was $259 million for the quarter, or $0.79 per share compared to $0.65 per share in the prior year period, an increase of 22 percent. Adjusted EBITDA increased to $637 million in the first quarter 2016, from $589 million adjusted combined EBITDA in the prior year quarter, while adjusted EBITDA margin was 28.2 percent.

“We are pleased with our strong performance to start the year, which was driven by solid sales execution, high-quality recurring revenues, and earnings,” said Gary Norcross, president and chief executive officer, FIS. “The addition of solutions from the SunGard portfolio and synergy attainment significantly expanded margins. These gains underscore our commitment to delivering top-line growth with margin expansion to create long-term value for FIS shareholders.”

Definitions of non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to related GAAP measures are provided in subsequent sections of the press release narrative and supplemental schedules.

Segment Information

Certain items within our prior period segment results have been recast to reflect the manner in which the business is currently operated and managed.

  • Integrated Financial Solutions:
    First quarter revenue grew to $1.1 billion. Organic revenue growth was 5.4 percent in the quarter. Adjusted EBITDA increased to $426 million and adjusted EBITDA margin was 38.0 percent.

  • Global Financial Solutions:
    First quarter revenue increased to $990 million. Organic revenue growth was 4.4 percent in the quarter. Adjusted EBITDA increased to $251 million and adjusted EBITDA margin was 25.4 percent.

  • Corporate / Other:
    The Corporate and Other segment now includes: the public sector & education, retail check processing, and commercial service businesses. First quarter revenue was $70 million. Adjusted EBITDA loss was $40 million and is inclusive of $76 million of corporate expenses.

    First quarter interest expense, net of interest income was $93 million. The effective tax rate on an adjusted basis was 35.0 percent in the first quarter.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of March 31, 2016, cash and cash equivalents totaled $702 million and debt outstanding totaled $11.3 billion.

Net cash provided by operations was $385 million and adjusted cash flow from operations was $483 million for the first quarter. Capital expenditures were $145 million and free cash flow was $338 million.

The company paid dividends in the first quarter totaling $85 million.

2016 Outlook

FIS maintains its 2016 outlook as follows:

  • Organic revenue growth of 3 to 4 percent
  • Adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $3.70 to $3.80, an increase of 15 to 18 percent compared to $3.22 per share in 2015
  • Free cash flow is expected to approximate adjusted net earnings


FIS will announce first quarter 2016 financial results on Tuesday, May 3rd prior to market open. The company will sponsor a live webcast of its earnings conference call with the investment community, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (EST) Tuesday, May 3rd. To access the webcast, go to the Investor Relations section of FIS’ homepage, 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, the company has provided non-GAAP financial measures, which it believes are useful to help investors better understand its financial performance, competitive position and prospects for the future. For these reasons, management also uses these measures in part to assess its performance.

These non-GAAP measures include: adjusted revenue, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted combined revenue, adjusted combined EBITDA, adjusted combined EBITDA margin, EBITDA, 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.

Adjusted revenue includes reported revenue and is increased to adjust for the purchase accounting deferred revenue adjustment to estimated fair value, determined as fulfillment cost plus a normal profit margin. The deferred revenue adjustment represents revenue that would have been recognized in the normal course of business by SunGard but was not recognized due to GAAP purchase accounting adjustments.

Adjusted EBITDA excludes certain costs and other transactions which management deems non-recurring or unusual in nature, the removal of which improves comparability of operating results across reporting periods.

Adjusted EBITDA margin reflects adjusted EBITDA divided by adjusted revenue.

Adjusted combined revenue includes reported revenue for FIS and SunGard combined for periods in 2014 and 2015 and excludes the impacts of SunGard businesses that were divested prior to being purchased by FIS.

Adjusted combined EBITDA includes EBITDA for FIS and SunGard combined for periods in 2014 and 2015 and excludes certain costs and other transactions which management deems non-recurring or unusual in nature, such as purchase accounting amortization, acquisition, integration and severance costs and restructuring costs, the removal of which improves comparability of operating results across reporting periods.

Adjusted combined EBITDA margin reflects adjusted combined EBITDA divided by adjusted combined revenue.

EBITDA reflects earnings from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

Constant currency revenue is reported revenue excluding the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates in the current period.

Organic revenue growth includes reported revenue, adjusted to exclude revenue of any divestitures, include pre-acquisition revenue for companies acquired during the applicable reporting period and exclude the impact of foreign currency fluctuations.

Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations excludes the after tax impact of certain costs and other transactions which management deems non-recurring or unusual in nature, the removal of which improves comparability of operating results across reporting periods. It also excludes the after tax 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-recurring or unusual 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,

About FIS

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, consulting, 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 55,000 people worldwide and holds global 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

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Forward-Looking Statements

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, hopes, 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:

  • the risk that acquired businesses will not be integrated successfully, or that the integration will be more costly or more time-consuming and complex than anticipated;
  • the risk that cost savings and other synergies anticipated to be realized from acquisitions may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected;
  • the risk of doing business internationally;
  • changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including the possibility of intensified international hostilities, acts of terrorism, and changes in either or both the United States and international lending, capital and financial markets;
  • the effect of legislative initiatives or proposals, statutory changes, governmental or other applicable regulations and/or changes in industry requirements, including privacy regulations;
  • the risks of reduction in revenue from the elimination of existing and potential customers due to consolidation in, or new laws or regulations affecting, the banking, retail and financial services industries or due to financial failures or other setbacks suffered by firms in those industries;
  • changes in the growth rates of the markets for our solutions;
  • failures to adapt our solutions to changes in technology or in the marketplace;
  • internal or external security breaches of our systems, including those relating to unauthorized access, theft, corruption or loss of personal information and computer viruses and other malware affecting our software or platforms, and the reactions of customers, card associations, government regulators and others to any such events;
  • the risk that implementation of software (including software updates) for customers or at customer locations may result in the corruption or loss of data or customer information, interruption of business operations, exposure to liability claims or loss of customers;
  • the reaction of current and potential customers to communications from us or regulators regarding information security, risk management, internal audit or other matters;
  • competitive pressures on pricing related to our solutions including the ability to attract new, or retain existing, customers;
  • an operational or natural disaster at one of our major operations centers; and
  • other risks detailed under “Risk Factors” and other sections of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 and other filings with the SEC.

Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are inherently subject to uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Except as required by applicable law or regulation, we do not undertake (and expressly disclaim) any obligation and do not intend to publicly update or review any of these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For More Information

Kim Snider, +1 904.438.6278 Senior Vice President FIS Global Marketing and Communications

Peter Gunnlaugsson, +1.904.438.6603 Senior Vice President FIS Investor Relations