Intuit, Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter, which ended April 30. Unless otherwise noted, all growth rates refer to the current period versus the comparable prior-year period.
• Recorded third-quarter total revenue of $1.9 billion and increased total revenue 9 percent year to date, to $3.6 billion.
• Grew Consumer Tax revenue 11 percent for the fiscal year to date, with 7 percent growth in paid units for the season.
• Increased Small Business Group revenue 11 percent for the quarter and for the fiscal year to date. Growth continues to be driven by strong adoption of connected services and increasing revenue per customer.
• Grew GAAP earnings per share 19 percent for the fiscal year to date.
• Updated full fiscal year 2012 guidance, including revenue growth of 9 to 10 percent and earnings per share growth of 22 to 25 percent.
“Small business and consumer tax delivered 11 percent revenue growth year to date – a solid performance overall,” said Brad Smith, Intuit’s president and chief executive officer.
“In tax, we continue to be at the center of the shift to digital tax preparation. The digital category grew 5 percent this year, significantly faster than any other method, but slower than we had planned. With the tax season over, we’ll assess our main growth drivers and apply that knowledge as we look toward next tax season.
“Our largest business, the small business group, delivered strong revenue growth in the quarter. Connected services and mobile offerings continue to gain momentum as more small businesses turn to the cloud.
“Long-term, as consumers and small businesses continue to adopt technology, our opportunity to innovate and convert non-consumption remains strong and I remain confident in our strategy and opportunities for growth,” Smith said.
Quarterly Business Segment Results and Highlights
Total Small Business Group revenue grew 11 percent, led by strength in Employee Management Solutions and Payment Solutions.
• Financial Management Solutions revenue increased 8 percent. QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Enterprise reported a combined revenue growth of 29 percent year to date.
• Employee Management Solutions revenue was up 12 percent, led by growth in Intuit Online Payroll and Enhanced Payroll subscribers and improved adoption of direct deposit services. Online payroll subscribers grew 19 percent.
• Payment Solutions revenue increased 14 percent, driven by fee structure changes and double-digit growth in total card transaction volume. Intuit’s GoPayment mobile solution fueled merchant customer growth of 13 percent.
Consumer Tax revenue was up 3 percent for the third fiscal quarter and 11 percent for the fiscal year to date. The IRS was unable to accept certain tax returns until mid-February last season, which contributed to a challenging year-over-year comparison for the third fiscal quarter this year.
Accounting Professionals segment revenue increased 5 percent in the third quarter.
Financial Services revenue grew 2 percent, or 7 percent when adjusted for the sale of the corporate banking business during the third quarter. Financial Services revenue growth continues to be driven by rapid adoption of online and mobile banking capabilities.
Other Businesses revenue was up 6 percent due to growth in global small business revenue.
“We took several steps to evolve our portfolio in the third quarter, which included several transactions in line with our broader financial principles,” said Neil Williams, Intuit’s chief financial officer. “Our pending purchase of Demandforce and the acquisition of AisleBuyer will strengthen our small business segment. We also took steps to address nonstrategic assets with the sale of our corporate banking business to Bottomline Technologies. This transaction will help the Financial Services team focus on innovating for consumers and small businesses.”
Intuit paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share, or $45 million, in the third quarter of fiscal 2012. In May the board of directors approved a new quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share to be paid on July 18 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 10.
Share Repurchase Program
Intuit repurchased $207 million of its common stock in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, bringing repurchases to a total of $793 million for the fiscal year to date. At the end of the quarter the company had authorization from its board of directors to use up to an additional $1.8 billion in cash for stock repurchases through August 2014.
With tax season substantially complete, Intuit updated its full fiscal year guidance. For the fiscal year ending July 31, the company now expects:
• Revenue of $4.205 billion to $4.22 billion, growth of 9 to 10 percent.
• GAAP operating income of $1.18 billion to $1.19 billion, growth of 17 to 18 percent.
• Non-GAAP operating income of $1.4 billion to $1.41 billion, growth of 12 to 13 percent.
• GAAP diluted EPS of $2.44 to $2.49, growth of 22 to 25 percent.
• Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $2.92 to $2.97, growth of 16 to 18 percent.
Intuit also provided fourth quarter revenue and operating income guidance and updated the EPS guidance which it provided last quarter. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the company expects:
• Revenue of $647 million to $662 million, growth of 9 to 12 percent.
• GAAP operating loss of $15 million to $25 million.
• Non-GAAP operating income of $30 million to $40 million.
• GAAP loss per share of $0.05 to $0.07.
• Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.05 to $0.07.
Conference Call Information
Intuit executives will discuss the financial results on a conference call at 1:30 pm. Pacific time today. To hear the call, dial 866-731-8333 in the United States or 973-935-8686 from international locations. No reservation or access code is needed. The conference call can also be heard live via webcast at investors.intuit.com/events.cfm. Prepared remarks for the call will be available on Intuit’s website after the call ends
A replay of the conference call will also be available by calling 888-266-2081, or 703-925-2533 from international locations. The access code for this call is 1577180.
About Intuit, Inc.
Intuit, Inc. (intuit.com) is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and medium-sized businesses; consumers, accounting professionals and financial institutions. Its flagship products and services, including QuickBooks®, TurboTax® and Quicken®, simplify small business management including payment and payroll processing, tax preparation and filing, and personal finance. Lacerte® and ProSeries® are Intuit's leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants. Intuit Financial Services helps banks and credit unions grow by providing on-demand solutions and services that make it easier for consumers and businesses to manage their money.
Founded in 1983, Intuit had annual revenue of $3.9 billion in its fiscal year 2011. The company has approximately 8,000 employees with major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India and other locations.
Intuit and the Intuit logo, among others, are registered trademarks and/or registered service marks of Intuit Inc. in the United States and other countries.
About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and the accompanying tables include non-GAAP financial measures. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures, including the reasons management uses each measure, and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, please see the accompanying Table B and Table E as well as the section titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures." A copy of the press release issued by Intuit today can be found on the investor relations page of Intuit's Website.
Cautions About Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including forecasts of Intuit’s future expected financial results; expectations regarding growth from connected services, mobile offerings and from other current or future products and services; expectations regarding the ability to convert non-consumption; expectations regarding the amount and timing of any future dividends or share repurchases; the impact of acquisitions and divestitures on its business; its prospects for the business in fiscal 2012; and all of the statements under the heading “Forward-Looking Guidance.”
Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, the following: inherent difficulty in predicting consumer behavior; difficulties in receiving, processing, or filing customer tax submissions; consumers may not respond as we expected to our advertising and promotional activities; product introductions and price competition from our competitors can have unpredictable negative effects on our revenue, profitability and market position; governmental encroachment in our tax businesses or other governmental activities or public policy affecting the preparation and filing of tax returns could negatively affect our operating results and market position; we may not be able to successfully innovate and introduce new offerings and business models to meet our growth and profitability objectives, and current and future offerings may not adequately address customer needs and may not achieve broad market acceptance, which could harm our operating results and financial condition; business interruption or failure of our information technology and communication systems may impair the availability of our products and services, which may damage our reputation and harm our future financial results; as we upgrade and consolidate our customer facing applications and supporting information technology infrastructure, any problems with these implementations could interfere with our ability to deliver our offerings; any failure to properly use and protect personal customer information and data could harm our revenue, earnings and reputation; if we are unable to develop, manage and maintain critical third party business relationships, our business may be adversely affected; increased government regulation of our businesses may harm our operating results; if we fail to process transactions effectively or fail to adequately protect against potential fraudulent activities, our revenue and earnings may be harmed; any significant offering quality problems or delays in our offerings could harm our revenue, earnings and reputation; our participation in the Free File Alliance may result in lost revenue opportunities and cannibalization of our traditional paid franchise; the continuing global economic downturn may continue to impact consumer and small business spending, financial institutions and tax filings, which could negatively affect our revenue and profitability; year-over-year changes in the total number of tax filings that are submitted to government agencies due to economic conditions or otherwise may result in lost revenue opportunities; our revenue and earnings are highly seasonal and the timing of our revenue between quarters is difficult to predict, which may cause significant quarterly fluctuations in our financial results; our financial position may not make repurchasing shares advisable or we may issue additional shares in an acquisition causing our number of outstanding shares to grow; our inability to adequately protect our intellectual property rights may weaken our competitive position and reduce our revenue and earnings; our acquisition and divestiture activities may disrupt our ongoing business, may involve increased expenses and may present risks not contemplated at the time of the transactions; our use of significant amounts of debt to finance acquisitions or other activities could harm our financial condition and results of operation; and litigation involving intellectual property, antitrust, shareholder and other matters may increase our costs. More details about these and other risks that may impact our business are included in our Form 10-K for fiscal 2011 and in our other SEC filings. You can locate these reports through our website at investors.intuit.com. Forward-looking statements are based on information as of May 17, 2012, and we do not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statement or other information in these materials.