Press Release

FIS Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

November 05, 2019

Key facts

  • FIS increases fourth quarter and full-year 2019 guidance, primarily driven by outperformance in the third quarter, strong business trends and ongoing synergy achievement
  • FIS increases full-year 2020 expense synergy target by $50 million to over $350 million

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., November 5, 2019FIS™ (NYSE: FIS). a global leader in financial services technology, today reported its third quarter 2019 results.

“FIS’ results this quarter exceeded our expectations; demonstrating strong growth across the entire enterprise,” said Gary Norcross, FIS chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We are pleased by the robust demand for our new merchant offerings and are making early progress against our synergy targets and overall integration of Worldpay. These successes combined with the fundamental strength of our business model and ongoing sales success give us confidence that we are well positioned to drive further value for our clients and shareholders.”

On a GAAP basis, revenue increased 35 percent to $2,822 million from $2,084 million in the prior year period, primarily driven by the July 31, 2019 acquisition of Worldpay. Net earnings attributable to common stockholders was $154 million for the quarter or $0.29 per diluted share.

On an adjusted basis, organic revenue increased 5 percent over the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 350 basis points over the prior year period to 42.2 percent. Adjusted net earnings was $751 million or $1.43 per diluted share.

($ millions, except per share data, unaudited) Three Months Ended September 30,
2019 2018 % Change Organic
Revenue $2,822 $2,084 35% 5%
 Merchant Solutions 720 50 * 8%
 Banking Solutions 1,491 1,433 4% 5%
 Capital Market Solutions 611 589 4% 5%
 Corporate and Other - 12 * *
 Corporate and Other - 12 * *
Adjusted EBITDA $1,192 $808 48%  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 42.2% 38.7% 350bps  
Net earnings attributable to FIS common stockholders (GAAP) $154 $154 -  
Diluted EPS (GAAP) $0.29 $0.47 (38)%  
Adjusted net earnings $751 $438 71%  
Adjusted EPS $1.43 $1.33 8%  

* Indicates comparison not meaningful

Segment Information

  • Merchant Solutions:
    Third quarter GAAP revenue increased significantly to $720 million as compared to $50 million in the prior year period, primarily reflecting the Worldpay acquisition. Organic revenue increased 8 percent over the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 51.5 percent.
  • Banking Solutions:
    Third quarter GAAP revenue increased 4 percent to $1,491 million as compared to $1,433 million in the prior year period. Organic revenue increased 5 percent over the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 43.0 percent.
  • Capital Market Solutions:
    Third quarter GAAP revenue increased 4 percent to $611 million as compared to $589 million in the prior year period. Organic revenue increased 5 percent over the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 45.9 percent.

Integration Update

Following the close of the Worldpay acquisition, the Company began realizing revenue and expense synergies during the third quarter of 2019. Teams across the combined Company are working well together and have identified opportunities to accelerate the timing of synergy attainment following the transaction close. These promising early integration efforts further solidify the Company’s confidence in accelerating organic revenue growth, approaching 7 percent in 2020 with a target of 8 to 9 percent in the future.
The Company achieved annual run-rate synergies exiting the third quarter 2019 as follows:

  • Revenue synergies of over $30 million
  • Expense synergies of over $200 million, inclusive of over $100 million of interest expense savings

The Company reiterates full-year 2020 annual run-rate revenue synergy target and increases full-year 2020 annual run-rate expense synergy target to:

  • Revenue synergies of $150 million, which was increased $50 million in the second quarter of 2019
  • Expense synergies of over $350 million, an increase of $50 million

Balance Sheet and Cash Flows

As of September 30, 2019, cash and cash equivalents totaled $1,305 million and debt outstanding totaled $20,193 million with an effective weighted average interest rate of 2.4 percent. Net cash provided by operating activities was $921 million, and free cash flow nearly doubled compared to the prior year period to $640 million. FIS paid dividends of $215 million in the quarter.

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 GAAP Guidance

($ millions, except share data) Q4 2019 FY 2019
Revenue $3,295 - $3,335 $10,286 - $10,326
Net earnings $125 - $280 $602 - $772
Diluted EPS $0.20 - $0.45 $1.33 - $1.70

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Non-GAAP Guidance

($ millions, except share data) Q4 2019 FY 2019
Revenue (GAAP) $3,295 - $3,335 $10,286 - $10,326
Adjusted EBITDA $1,480 - $1,510 $4,194 - $4,224
Adjusted EPS $1.50 - $1.55 $5.47 - $5.56


FIS will sponsor a live webcast of its earnings conference call with the investment community beginning at 8:30 a.m. (EST) Tues., November 5, 2019. 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.

About FIS
FIS is a leading provider of technology solutions for merchants, banks and capital markets firms globally. Our 55,000 people are dedicated to advancing the way the world pays, banks and invests by applying our scale, deep expertise and data-driven insights. We help our clients use technology in innovative ways to solve business-critical challenges and deliver superior experiences for their customers. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, FIS is a Fortune 500® company and is a member of Standard & Poor’s 500® Index. To learn more, visit

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FIS 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 in the United States. 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, constant currency revenue, organic revenue increase/decrease, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net earnings (including per share amounts), adjusted cash flows 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’ operating performance. The constant currency and organic revenue increase/decrease measures adjust for the effects of exchange rate fluctuations, while organic revenue increase/decrease also adjusts for acquisitions and divestitures, giving investors further insight into our 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 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 other operating segments are not affected by this adjustment and, therefore, no adjusted revenue is presented for these segments.

Constant currency revenue represents (i) adjusted revenue, as defined above, in respect of the consolidated results and the Corporate and Other segment and (ii) reported revenue in respect of the other operating segments, in each case excluding the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates in the current period.

Organic revenue increase/decrease 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 add pre-acquisition revenue of acquired businesses for a portion of the prior year matching the portion of the current year for which the business was owned, and subtract pre-divestiture revenue for divested businesses for the portion of the prior year matching the portion of the current year for which the business was not owned, for any acquisitions or divestitures by FIS.

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

Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA, as defined above, excluding 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.

Adjusted net earnings 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 and equity method investment earnings (loss), both of which are 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 flows from operations reflect net cash provided by operating activities adjusted for the net change in settlement assets and obligations and exclude 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 flows 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 website,

Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings 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 the following, without limitation:

  • the risk that the Worldpay transaction will not provide the expected benefits, or that we will not be able to achieve the cost or revenue synergies anticipated;
  • the risk that the integration of FIS and Worldpay will be more difficult, time-consuming or expensive than anticipated;
  • the risk of customer loss or other business disruption in connection with the Worldpay transaction, or of the loss of key employees;
  • the fact that unforeseen liabilities of FIS or Worldpay may exist;
  • 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 risks of doing business internationally;
  • changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including the possibility of intensified international hostilities, acts of terrorism, changes in either or both the United States and international lending, capital and financial markets, and currency fluctuations;
  • the effect of legislative initiatives or proposals, statutory changes, governmental or other applicable regulations and/or changes in industry requirements, including privacy and cybersecurity laws and 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 or employee error in monitoring our software and platforms may result in the corruption or loss of data or customer information, interruption of business operations, outages, 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 the decreasing number of community banks in the U.S., the development of new disruptive technologies competing with one or more of our solutions, increasing presence of international competitors in the U.S. market and the entry into the market by global banks and global companies with respect to certain competitive solutions, each of which may have the impact of unbundling individual solutions from a comprehensive suite of solutions we provide to many of our customers;
  • the failure to innovate in order to keep up with new emerging technologies, which could impact our solutions and our ability to attract new, or retain existing, customers;
  • the failure to meet financial goals to grow the business in Brazil after the unwinding of the Brazilian Venture;
  • the risks of reduction in revenue from the loss of existing and/or potential customers in Brazil after the unwinding of the Brazilian Venture;
  • an operational or natural disaster at one of our major operations centers;
  • failure to comply with applicable requirements of payment networks or card schemes or changes in those requirements;
  • fraud by merchants or bad actors; and
  • other risks detailed in the “Risk Factors” and other sections of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, in our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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

Ellyn Raftery Chief Marketing Officer FIS Global Marketing and Corporate Communications

Nathan Rozof, CFA, Executive Vice President FIS Corporate Finance and Investor Relations