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FIS Posts Strong First Quarter Rise in Revenue and Profits - FIS™, the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology, today reported strong first quarter gains in revenue and earnings from continuing operations (NYSE: FIS) - FISglobal.com
FIS Posts Strong First Quarter Rise in Revenue and Profits

 

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Jacksonville, FL, United States, 2013/04/30 - FIS™, the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology, today reported strong first quarter gains in revenue and earnings from continuing operations (NYSE: FIS) - FISglobal.com. NYSE: FIS

   
 
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• 5% Organic Revenue Growth;
• 17% Growth in Adjusted Earnings per Share.

• Revenue of $1.5 billion
• Margin expansion of 110 basis points, as adjusted
• Adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $0.62, up 17.0%

Revenue increased 4.6% to $1.5 billion, compared to $1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2012. GAAP net earnings from continuing operations attributable to common stockholders rose to $148 million or $0.50 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $91 million, or $0.31 per diluted share in the prior-year quarter.

First quarter revenue increased 4.8% on an organic basis, excluding the impact of acquisitions and foreign currency. Non-GAAP adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to common stockholders increased to $182 million compared to $157 million in the first quarter of 2012. Adjusted net earnings per diluted share increased 17.0% to $0.62 compared to $0.53 in the prior-year quarter.

“We are very pleased with our strong first quarter results. We are consistently delivering on our financial targets and executing our strategy to optimize performance through organic revenue growth, margin expansion and double-digit increases in earnings per share,” said Frank Martire, chairman and chief executive officer of FIS.

Non-GAAP Results
Organic revenue growth, which adjusts for the impact of acquisitions and foreign currency, remained strong at 4.8%, with growth in International Solutions accelerating to 10.8%. EBITDA increased 8.5% to $428 million in the first quarter of 2013, as adjusted, compared to $395 million in the 2012 quarter. The EBITDA margin increased 110 basis points to 29.0%.

First quarter 2013 non-GAAP results exclude after-tax acquisition related amortization of $41 million, or $0.14 per share and a gain of $6 million, or $0.02 per share after-tax, resulting from the purchase of the remaining interest in shares of mFoundry. The gain represents the difference between the fair value and the carrying value of the previously held minority interest investment in mFoundry. First quarter 2012 non-GAAP results exclude after-tax acquisition related purchase amortization and other items totaling $65 million, or $0.22 per diluted share. These excluded items are detailed in Exhibit E of the press release schedules.

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
The following is a discussion of first quarter results by segment:

• Financial Solutions: First quarter 2013 Financial Solutions revenue increased 6.8% to $575 million compared to $539 million in the 2012 quarter and rose 4.6% on an organic basis, driven by growth in consulting revenue, global commercial services and eBanking solutions. Financial Solutions EBITDA increased 9.5% to $228 million compared to $208 million in the first quarter of 2012. The EBITDA margin expanded 100 basis points to 39.6% compared to the prior-year quarter.
• Payment Solutions:First quarter 2013 Payment Solutions revenue increased 2.5% to $612 million compared to $597 million in the 2012 quarter driven by continued growth in network solutions, electronic bill payment and output solutions. Payment Solutions revenue increased 3.8%, excluding the check-related businesses, which totaled $104 million and $108 million in the first quarters of 2013 and 2012, respectively. Payment Solutions EBITDA rose 8.6% to $258 million compared to $238 million in the first quarter of 2012. The EBITDA margin expanded 240 basis points to 42.2% compared to the prior-year quarter.
• International Solutions: First quarter International Solutions revenue increased 5.3% to $292 million compared to $277 million in the 2012 quarter. Revenue increased 10.8% on an organic basis, excluding an unfavorable currency impact of $15 million, driven by growth across all major regions. International Solutions EBITDA increased 15.0% to $59 million compared to $51 million in the prior-year quarter. The EBITDA margin expanded 170 basis points to 20.3% compared to 18.6% in the 2012 quarter.
• Corporate/Other:Corporate costs, as adjusted, totaled $117 million in the first quarter 2013 compared to $102 million in the prior-year quarter. The increase was due primarily to higher investments associated with information security. Interest expense, net of interest income, declined to $52 million in the first quarter of 2013 compared to $59 million in the 2012 quarter. The effective tax rate was approximately 33% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to approximately 34% in the first quarter of 2012.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Cash and cash equivalents totaled $591 million as of March 31, 2013. Debt outstanding totaled approximately $4.6 billion as of March 31, 2013.

Net cash provided by operations increased to $208 million for the first quarter of 2013. Capital expenditures totaled $74 million in the first quarter of 2013 compared to $65 million in the prior-year quarter. Free cash flow, which excludes settlement activity related to the payments businesses, increased to $148 million for first quarter of 2013, compared to $136 million in the 2012 quarter.

In March, FIS completed the acquisition of the remaining interest in shares of mFoundry for approximately $115 million, net of cash acquired. Also during the quarter, the company repurchased 2.7 million shares of its common stock at a total cost of $100 million. Approximately $550 million remains under the existing share repurchase authorization. The company paid cash dividends totaling $65 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $59 million in the 2012 quarter.

2013 Outlook
FIS reiterated its full year 2013 outlook as follows:

• Reported revenue growth of 4% to 6%
• Organic revenue growth of 3% to 5%
• EBITDA margin expansion of 30 to 50 basis points, as adjusted
• EPS from continuing operations of $2.77 to $2.87, as adjusted, an increase of 11% to 15% compared to $2.50 per share in 2012
• Free cash flow is expected to approximate adjusted net earnings.

Webcast
FIS will host a webcast on April 30, 2013, to discuss first quarter 2013 results beginning at 8:30 am. ET. To listen to the live event and to access a supplemental slide presentation, go to the Investor Relations section and click on “News and Events.” A webcast replay will be available on FIS’ Investor Relations Website, and a telephone replay will be available through May 14, 2013 by dialing 800.475.6701 (U.S.) or 320.365.3844 (International). The access code is 287967. To access a .PDF version of this release and accompanying financial tables, go to investor.fisglobal.com/.

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.

These non-GAAP measures include organic revenue, adjusted earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), adjusted net earnings and free cash flow. Organic revenue includes reported revenue plus pre-acquisition revenue for companies acquired during the applicable reporting periods. Organic revenue excludes the impact of foreign currency fluctuation in 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA (2012 comparative data) excludes charges for payments and accelerated vesting of stock option and restricted stock grants associated with the departure or change in role of certain company executives.

Adjusted net earnings (2013 comparative data) exclude the after-tax impact of acquisition related amortization, an after-tax net benefit related to a gain on the mFoundry acquisition and anticipated debt issuance and refinancing costs.

Adjusted net earnings (2012 comparative data) exclude the after-tax impact of acquisition related amortization, debt refinancing costs and charges for payments and accelerated vesting of stock option and restricted stock grants associated with the departure or change in role of certain company executives.

Free cash flow is GAAP operating cash flow less capital expenditures and excludes the net change in settlement assets and obligations.

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 net earnings. 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 are provided in the attached schedules and in the Investor Relations section of the FIS Website.

About FIS
FIS (fisglobal.com) is the world’s largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies. With a long history deeply rooted in the financial services sector, FIS serves more than 14,000 institutions in over 100 countries. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., FIS employs more than 35,000 people worldwide and holds leadership positions in payment processing and banking solutions, providing software, services and outsourcing of the technology that drives financial institutions. First in financial technology, FIS tops the annual FinTech 100 list, is 425 on the Fortune 500 and is a member of Standard & Poor’s 500® Index.

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 revenue, organic revenue, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), earnings per share and margin expansion, 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:

• 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 core processing, card issuer, and transaction processing services;
• failures to adapt our services and products to changes in technology or in the marketplace; internal or external security breaches of our systems, including those relating to the theft of personal information and computer viruses affecting our software or platforms, and the reactions of customers, card associations, government regulators and others to any such events;
• the reaction of our current and potential customers to future communications from us or our regulators regarding information security, risk management and internal audit;
• competitive pressures on product pricing and services 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 in “Risk Factors” and other sections of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 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:
Mary Waggoner, SVP, FIS Investor Relations
P: 904.438.6282 - E: mary.waggoner[.]fisglobal.com.

 
 
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