Press Release

FIS Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

May 07, 2020

  • Revenue increased 50% on a reported basis and 2% on an organic basis to $3,078 million
  • Achieved annual run-rate revenue and expense synergies of approximately $100 million and $580 million, respectively
  • Increased annual run-rate expense synergy target to at least $700 million exiting 2020, an increase of more than $100 million
  • Generated net cash provided by operating activity of $383 million and free cash flow of $539 million

JACKSONVILLE Fla., May 7, 2020FIS™ (NYSE:FIS), a global leader in financial services technology, today reported its first quarter 2020 results.

First Quarter 2020 Results

On a GAAP basis, revenue increased 50% to $3,078 million, primarily driven by the July 31, 2019 acquisition of Worldpay, Inc. (Worldpay). Net earnings attributable to common stockholders was $15 million or $0.02 per diluted share.

On an adjusted basis, organic revenue growth increased 2% over the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded by 510 basis points (bps) over the prior year period to 40.5%, primarily driven by the acquisition of Worldpay and associated expense synergies. Adjusted net earnings was $802 million or $1.28 per diluted share.

“As a critical infrastructure provider to commerce and the financial world, we remain intensely focused on protecting our employees and continuing to meet the needs of our clients during this time of worldwide uncertainty,” said Gary Norcross, FIS chairman, president and chief executive officer. “In challenging times like these, we are very pleased with the strength and durability of our business model. We continue to invest and innovate across our broad portfolio of banking, capital markets and merchant solutions in order to help lift our clients and communities while continuing to deliver value to our shareholders.”

Segment Information

  • Merchant Solutions:
    First quarter revenue increased significantly to $935 million, primarily reflecting the Worldpay acquisition, and excluding $10 million which was reclassified to the Corporate and Other segment. Organic revenue growth was flat compared to the prior year period, primarily attributable to declines in payment processing volumes associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 45.2%.
  • Banking Solutions:
    First quarter revenue increased 6% to $1,462 million, excluding $40 million which was reclassified to the Corporate and Other segment. Organic revenue growth was 1% over the prior year period, including approximately 2 percentage points of negative impact created by non-recurring revenue realized in the prior year period as well as declines in issuer processing, debit network and account transaction volumes associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 42.0%.
  • Capital Market Solutions:
    First quarter revenue increased 10% to $631 million. Organic revenue growth was 7% over the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 44.4%.
  • Corporate and Other:
    As the Company continues to execute on its integration workflows and optimize its portfolio of assets, certain non-strategic businesses were reclassified from Merchant Solutions and Banking Solutions into the Corporate and Other segment. These operations represent less than 2% of first quarter 2020 revenue.
    First quarter revenue decreased 18% to $50 million. Adjusted EBITDA loss was $70 million, including $81 million of corporate expenses.

Integration Update

FIS continued to realize revenue and expense synergies during the first quarter of 2020. Teams across the Company continued to execute on synergy workflows and to identify additional opportunities for both revenue and expense synergies.

The Company achieved annual run-rate synergies exiting the first quarter 2020 as follows:

  • Revenue synergies of approximately $100 million, an increase of $20 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2019
  • Expense synergies of approximately $580 million, inclusive of approximately $275 million in interest expense savings, an increase of $115 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2019

As a result, the Company reiterated its previously-announced revenue synergy targets and increased its expense synergy target as follows:
Revenue synergy targets on an annual run-rate basis:

  • $200 million exiting 2020
  • $550 million exiting 2022

Expense synergy target on an annual run-rate basis:

  • At least $700 million exiting 2020, inclusive of approximately $275 million in interest expense savings, an increase of more than $100 million as compared to the fourth quarter of 2019

Balance Sheet and Cash Flows

As of March 31, 2020, cash and cash equivalents totaled $1,373 million, and debt outstanding totaled $20,377 million with an effective weighted average interest rate of 1.9%.

First quarter net cash provided by operating activities was $383 million, and free cash flow was $539 million. Additionally, FIS paid dividends of $216 million during the quarter.

The Company remains committed to reducing its leverage incurred in the Worldpay acquisition while ensuring ample liquidity. Given the impacts associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Company now expects to extend the time period to achieve its target leverage into 2021.
As of March 31, 2020, the Company had $3,018 million of available liquidity, including $1,373 million of cash and cash equivalents and $1,645 million of capacity available under its revolving credit facility.

COVID-19 Pandemic

FIS has been carefully monitoring and assessing the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as conditions continue to evolve, and our thoughts are with the individuals and families who have been affected. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Company has taken several actions to protect its employees while maintaining business continuity, including implementing its comprehensive Pandemic Plan. The Pandemic Plan includes site-specific, service and client plans as well as travel restrictions, medical response protocols, work from home strategies and enhanced cleaning within our locations. As a critical infrastructure provider for the global economy, FIS continues to operate around the world to serve our clients.

Prior to the impacts from COVID-19 spreading across the globe, FIS achieved strong revenue growth. As U.S. and foreign governmental authorities imposed social distancing, shelter-in-place or total lock-down orders, spending declined, most notably in travel, restaurants, entertainment, and retail, resulting in a rapid deterioration in payments volume and transaction trends on a worldwide basis beginning in March, 2020 which adversely impacted, and continues to adversely impact, revenue in our payments businesses that earn transaction based fees. Revenue is primarily being impacted by declines in payment processing volumes within our Merchant Solutions segment as well as lower issuer processing, debit network and account transaction volumes within our Banking Solutions segment. However, we have continued to prioritize investments and products that help address the needs of our clients in order to increase the Company’s potential to resume strong revenue growth following the pandemic.

In response to COVID-19, we are taking several actions to manage discretionary expenses, including limiting travel, reducing incentive compensation and decreasing third-party spending as well as accelerating automation and functional alignment across the organization. In addition, the spread of COVID-19 has caused us to modify our business practices (including restricting employee travel, developing social distancing plans for our employees and cancelling physical participation in meetings, events and conferences), and we may take further actions as may be required by government authorities or as we determine are in the best interests of our employees, clients and business partners. Where government lockdowns have prohibited or slowed down certain functions at specific locations, FIS has outfitted employees to provide certain of such services from home or transferred such work to other locations. In addition, we have recently extended higher than usual levels of credit to our merchant clients as part of funds settlement in connection with payments to their customers, for, among other things, refunds for cancelled trips and events. This has not had a material impact on our liquidity or results of operations at this point although certain of our merchant clients have ceased doing business, at least for a period of time, and we continue to monitor its impact on our liquidity, results of operations and financial condition.

We have continued to innovate to help our clients through the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, we have leveraged our Real Time Lending service to help banking clients process loans under the CARES Act and are assisting a number of U.S. states to enable online purchasing of food for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit recipients under a pilot program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). We have also helped our clients and communities through this period by providing virtual terminals, temporarily eliminating minimum transaction amounts and waiving certain fees for small merchants, contributing masks and supplies to the communities in which we do business, and donating prepaid cards to military families and children in need.

For its employees, the Company has expanded sick leave for employees affected by COVID-19, expanded telemedicine internationally, provided special pay for certain employees involved in critical infrastructure who could not work from home, and expanded its FIS Cares program to benefit employees in need around the world.


FIS will sponsor a live webcast of its earnings conference call with the investment community beginning at 8:30 a.m. (EST) Thursday, May 7, 2020. 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 more than 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.

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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 constant currency revenue, organic revenue growth, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net earnings, adjusted EPS, 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 growth measures adjust for the effects of exchange rate fluctuations, while organic revenue growth also adjusts for acquisitions and divestitures, giving investors further insight into our performance. Finally, free cash flow provides 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.

Constant currency revenue represents reported revenue 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 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, as defined above, divided by 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 EPS reflects adjusted net earnings, as defined above, divided by weighted average diluted shares outstanding.

Free cash flow reflects net cash provided by operating activities, adjusted for the net change in settlement assets and obligations and excluding 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, 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, projected revenue or expense synergies, business and market conditions, outlook, foreign currency exchange rates, deleveraging plans, 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 outbreak of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) and measures to reduce its spread, including the impact of governmental or voluntary actions such as business shutdowns and stay-at-home orders;
  • the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts, including the general impact of an economic recession, reductions in consumer and business spending, and instability of the financial markets across the globe;
  • the economic and other impacts of COVID-19 on our clients which affect the sales of our solutions and services and the implementation of such solutions;
  • the risk of losses in the event of defaults by merchants (or other parties) to which we extend credit in our card settlement operations or in respect of any chargeback liability;
  • changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including those resulting from COVID-19 or other pandemics, 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 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 that other 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 other acquisitions may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected;
  • the risks of doing business internationally;
  • 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;
  • 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, 2019, 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, 904.438.6083
Chief Marketing Officer
FIS Global Marketing and Corporate Communications

Nathan Rozof, CFA, 866.254.4811
Executive Vice President
FIS Investor Relations