Fiserv, Inc.
Feb 2, 2016
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Fiserv Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results

Internal revenue growth of 5 percent for the quarter and 4 percent for the year;
Adjusted EPS increase of 12 percent for the quarter and 15 percent for the year;
Company expects 2016 internal revenue growth of 5 to 6 percent and adjusted EPS growth of 12 to 15 percent

BROOKFIELD, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV), a leading global provider of financial services technology solutions, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2015.

GAAP revenue in the fourth quarter was $1.37 billion compared with $1.32 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014. Adjusted revenue was $1.28 billion in the fourth quarter compared with $1.23 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of 5 percent. For the full year, GAAP revenue was $5.25 billion compared with $5.07 billion in 2014. Adjusted revenue was $4.95 billion for the full year compared with $4.74 billion in 2014, an increase of 4 percent.

GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations in the fourth quarter was $0.81 compared with $0.73 in the fourth quarter of 2014. GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations for the full year was $2.99 in both 2015 and 2014. The full year 2015 GAAP earnings per share included debt extinguishment and refinancing costs of $0.25 per share. The full year 2014 GAAP earnings per share included a $0.20 per share gain on the sales of subsidiary businesses at StoneRiver Group, L.P. ("StoneRiver"), a joint venture in which the company owns a 49% interest.

Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations increased 12 percent in the quarter to $1.00 compared with $0.89 in the fourth quarter of 2014. Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations for the year grew 15 percent to $3.87 compared with $3.37 in 2014.

"We delivered solid results in 2015 including internal revenue growth within our long-term outlook and our 30th consecutive year of double-digit adjusted earnings per share growth," said Jeffery Yabuki, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fiserv. "The organization generated record financial performance while delivering value for clients, associates and shareholders."

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015

Recent Developments: January

Outlook for 2016

Fiserv expects internal revenue to grow in a range of 5 to 6 percent. The company also expects adjusted earnings per share in a range of $4.32 to $4.44, which would represent growth of 12 to 15 percent over $3.87 in 2015.

"We expect to deliver accelerated internal revenue growth in 2016 consistent with our strategic focus on high-quality revenue and innovation-based growth," said Yabuki.

Earnings Conference Call

The company will discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2015 results on a conference call and webcast at 4 p.m. CT on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. To register for the event, go to www.fiserv.com and click on the Q4 Earnings webcast link. Supplemental materials will be available in the "Investor Relations" section of the website.

About Fiserv

Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) enables clients to achieve best-in-class results by driving quality and innovation in payments, processing services, risk and compliance, customer and channel management, and business insights and optimization. For more than 30 years, Fiserv has been a leader in financial services technology, and today is among FORTUNE® magazine's World's Most Admired Companies and Forbes magazine's America's Best Employers. For more information, visit www.fiserv.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this earnings release, we supplement our reporting of information determined in accordance with GAAP, such as revenue, operating income, operating margin, income from continuing operations, earnings per share and net cash provided by operating activities, with "adjusted revenue," "internal revenue growth," "adjusted operating income," "adjusted operating margin," "adjusted income from continuing operations," "adjusted earnings per share" and "free cash flow." Management believes that adjustments for certain non-cash or other items and the exclusion of certain pass-through revenue and expenses enhance our shareholders' ability to evaluate our performance because such items do not reflect how we manage our operations. Therefore, we exclude these items from GAAP revenue, operating income, operating margin, income from continuing operations, earnings per share and net cash provided by operating activities to calculate these non-GAAP measures.

Examples of non-cash or other items may include, but are not limited to, non-cash deferred revenue adjustments arising from acquisitions, non-cash intangible asset amortization expense associated with acquisitions, non-cash impairment charges, gains or losses from unconsolidated affiliates, severance costs, charges associated with early debt extinguishment, merger and integration costs related to acquisitions, and certain costs associated with the achievement of our operational effectiveness objectives. We exclude these items to more clearly focus on the factors we believe are pertinent to the management of our operations, and we use this information to allocate resources to our various businesses.

Free cash flow and internal revenue growth are non-GAAP financial measures and are described on page 10. We believe free cash flow is useful to measure the funds generated in a given period that are available for strategic capital decisions. We believe internal revenue growth is useful because it presents revenue growth excluding the impact of postage reimbursements in our Output Solutions business, acquisitions and dispositions, and including deferred revenue purchase accounting adjustments. We believe this supplemental information enhances our shareholders' ability to evaluate and understand our core business performance.

These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, revenue, operating income, operating margin, income from continuing operations, earnings per share and net cash provided by operating activities or any other amount determined in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP measures reflect management's judgment of particular items and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding anticipated internal revenue growth, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted earnings per share growth. Statements can generally be identified as forward-looking because they include words such as "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "could," "should" or words of similar meaning. Statements that describe the company's future plans, objectives or goals are also forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. The factors that may affect the company's results include, among others: pricing and other actions by competitors; the capacity of the company's technology to keep pace with a rapidly evolving marketplace; the impact of market and economic conditions on the financial services industry; the impact of a security breach or operational failure on the company's business; the effect of legislative and regulatory actions in the United States and internationally; the company's ability to comply with government regulations; the company's ability to successfully identify, complete and integrate acquisitions, and to realize the anticipated benefits associated with the same; the impact of the company's strategic initiatives; and other factors included in the company's filings with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and in other documents that the company files with the SEC. You should consider these factors carefully in evaluating forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.

 
Fiserv, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In millions, except per share amounts, unaudited)
                 
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenue
Processing and services $ 1,110 $ 1,078 $ 4,411 $ 4,219
Product   258     238     843     847  
Total revenue   1,368     1,316     5,254     5,066  
 
Expenses
Cost of processing and services 553 554 2,178 2,164
Cost of product 210 198 731 717
Selling, general and administrative   276     247     1,034     975  
Total expenses   1,039     999     3,943     3,856  
 
Operating income 329 317 1,311 1,210
Interest expense 1 (39 ) (41 ) (169 ) (163 )
Loss on early debt extinguishment 1   -     -     (85 )   -  
 

Income from continuing operations before income taxes and income from investment in unconsolidated affiliate

290 276 1,057 1,047
Income tax provision (98 ) (97 ) (377 ) (384 )
Income (loss) from investment in unconsolidated affiliate   (3 )   2     32     91  
Income from continuing operations 189 181 712 754
Income (loss) from discontinued operations   -     -     -     -  
 
Net income $ 189   $ 181   $ 712   $ 754  
 
GAAP earnings per share - diluted:
Continuing operations $ 0.81 $ 0.73 $ 2.99 $ 2.99
Discontinued operations   -     -     -     -  
Total $ 0.81   $ 0.73   $ 2.99   $ 2.98  
 
Diluted shares used in computing earnings per share 231.6 247.2 238.0 252.7

Earnings per share is calculated using actual, unrounded amounts.

 

1

In May 2015, the company raised $1.75 billion of proceeds in a public offering of senior notes with a weighted average interest rate and term of 3.3% and 7.6 years, respectively. The company used a portion of the proceeds to redeem its $600 million 3.125% senior notes due in 2016 and $500 million 6.8% senior notes due in 2017, which resulted in a pre-tax charge of $92 million ($0.25 per share after-tax) related to the make-whole payments on the early retirement and other costs associated with the transaction, including the reclassification of unamortized losses on settled cash flow hedges to interest expense.
 
Fiserv, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Income and
Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations
(In millions, except per share amounts, unaudited)
               
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
 
GAAP income from continuing operations $ 189 $ 181 $ 712 $ 754
Adjustments:
Merger, integration and other costs 1 9 2 37 13
Severance costs 11 6 24 21
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets 45 51 194 204
Debt extinguishment and refinancing costs 2 - - 92 -
Tax impact of adjustments 3 (23 ) (20 ) (122 ) (83 )
StoneRiver transactions 4 3 - (29 ) (87 )
Tax impact of StoneRiver transactions 4 (1 ) - 13 36
Tax benefit 5   -     -     -     (6 )
Adjusted income from continuing operations $ 233   $ 220   $ 921   $ 852  
 
GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations $ 0.81 $ 0.73 $ 2.99 $ 2.99
Adjustments - net of income taxes:
Merger, integration and other costs 1 0.02 0.01 0.10 0.03
Severance costs 0.03 0.01 0.06 0.05
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets 0.13 0.13 0.53 0.52
Debt extinguishment and refinancing costs 2 - - 0.25 -
StoneRiver transactions 4 0.01 - (0.07 ) (0.20 )
Tax benefit 5   -     -     -     (0.03 )
Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations $ 1.00   $ 0.89   $ 3.87   $ 3.37  

1

  Merger, integration and other costs include incremental expenses incurred in conjunction with the achievement of the company's operational effectiveness objectives, including incremental costs related to data center and real estate consolidation activities such as move expenses, third party fees and non-cash impairment charges; a non-cash expense related to the modification of certain employee equity award agreements; and costs associated with the Open Solutions acquisition.

2

See footnote on page 5.

3

The tax impact of adjustments is calculated using a tax rate of 35 percent.

4

Represents the company's share of (gains) losses associated with capital transactions at StoneRiver, including sales of subsidiary businesses and related expenses.

5

The tax benefit represents certain discrete income tax benefits that have been excluded from adjusted earnings per share.
 
See page 3 for disclosures related to the use of non-GAAP financial measures.
Earnings per share is calculated using actual, unrounded amounts.
 
Fiserv, Inc.
Financial Results by Segment
(In millions, unaudited)
                 
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Total Company
Revenue $ 1,368 $ 1,316 $ 5,254 $ 5,066
Output Solutions postage reimbursements (85 ) (89 ) (313 ) (327 )
Open Solutions deferred revenue adjustment   1     1     4     4  
Adjusted revenue $ 1,284   $ 1,228   $ 4,945   $ 4,743  
 
Operating income $ 329 $ 317 $ 1,311 $ 1,210
Merger, integration and other costs 9 2 37 13
Severance costs 11 6 24 21
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets   45     51     194     204  
Adjusted operating income $ 394   $ 376   $ 1,566   $ 1,448  
Operating margin 24.0 % 24.1 % 24.9 % 23.9 %
Adjusted operating margin 30.7 % 30.6 % 31.7 % 30.5 %
 
Payments and Industry Products ("Payments")
Revenue $ 751 $ 719 $ 2,862 $ 2,747
Output Solutions postage reimbursements   (85 )   (89 )   (313 )   (327 )
Adjusted revenue $ 666   $ 630   $ 2,549   $ 2,420  
 
Operating income $ 224   $ 202   $ 840   $ 768  
Operating margin 29.8 % 28.1 % 29.3 % 28.0 %
Adjusted operating margin 33.6 % 32.1 % 33.0 % 31.7 %
 
Financial Institution Services ("Financial")
Revenue $ 630 $ 609 $ 2,443 $ 2,367
Open Solutions deferred revenue adjustment   1     1     4     4  
Adjusted revenue $ 631   $ 610   $ 2,447   $ 2,371  
 
Operating income $ 195   $ 192   $ 826   $ 773  
Operating margin 31.0 % 31.6 % 33.8 % 32.6 %
Adjusted operating margin 31.0 % 31.5 % 33.8 % 32.6 %
 
Corporate and Other
Revenue $ (13 ) $ (12 ) $ (51 ) $ (48 )
 
Operating loss $ (90 ) $ (77 ) $ (355 ) $ (331 )
Merger, integration and other costs 9 2 37 13
Severance costs 11 6 24 21
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets   45     51     194     204  
Adjusted operating loss $ (25 ) $ (18 ) $ (100 ) $ (93 )
See page 3 for disclosures related to the use of non-GAAP financial measures.
Operating margin percentages are calculated using actual, unrounded amounts.
 
Fiserv, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In millions, unaudited)
         
Year Ended
December 31,
2015 2014
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income $ 712 $ 754
Adjustment for discontinued operations - -

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and other amortization 223 200
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets 194 204
Share-based compensation 65 49
Excess tax benefits from share-based awards (38 ) (18 )
Deferred income taxes 20 3
Income from investment in unconsolidated affiliate (32 ) (91 )
Loss on early debt extinguishment 85 -
Dividends from unconsolidated affiliate 36 110
Other operating activities 5 -
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Trade accounts receivable (2 ) (42 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets (66 ) (39 )
Accounts payable and other liabilities 148 168
Deferred revenue   (4 )   9  
Net cash provided by operating activities   1,346     1,307  
 
Cash flows from investing activities
Capital expenditures, including capitalization of software costs (359 ) (292 )
Net proceeds from investments 1 7
Other investing activities   (2 )   (1 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (360 )   (286 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities
Debt proceeds 3,121 604
Debt repayments, including redemption and other costs (2,707 ) (653 )
Proceeds from issuance of treasury stock 71 53

Purchases of treasury stock, including employee shares withheld for tax obligations

(1,522 ) (1,148 )
Excess tax benefits from share-based awards 38 18
Other financing activities   (6 )   -  
Net cash used in financing activities   (1,005 )   (1,126 )
 
Change in cash and cash equivalents (19 ) (105 )
Net cash flows to discontinued operations - (1 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year   294     400  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year $ 275   $ 294  
 
Fiserv, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In millions, unaudited)
     
December 31,
2015 2014
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 275 $ 294
Trade accounts receivable - net 802 798
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   429   352
Total current assets 1,506 1,444
 
Property and equipment - net 396 317
Intangible assets - net 1,872 2,003
Goodwill 5,200 5,209
Other long-term assets   366   335
Total assets $ 9,340 $ 9,308
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 1,024 $ 905
Current maturities of long-term debt 5 92
Deferred revenue   473   489
Total current liabilities 1,502 1,486
 
Long-term debt 4,288 3,698
Deferred income taxes 726 700
Other long-term liabilities   164   129
Total liabilities 6,680 6,013
Shareholders' equity   2,660   3,295
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 9,340 $ 9,308
 
Fiserv, Inc.
Selected Non-GAAP Financial Measures

($ in millions, unaudited)

           
Internal Revenue Growth 1    

Three Months Ended
December 31, 2015

 

Year Ended
December 31, 2015

Payments Segment 6% 5%
Financial Segment 4% 3%
Total Company 5% 4%
1   Internal revenue growth is measured as the increase in adjusted revenue (see page 7) for the current period excluding acquired revenue, divided by adjusted revenue from the prior year period excluding revenue attributable to dispositions. There was no acquired revenue in the fourth quarter or for the full year of 2015. Revenue in the comparable prior year periods attributable to dispositions was $1 million and $2 million, respectively (all in the Financial segment).
       
Free Cash Flow 2    

Year Ended
December 31,

2015     2014
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 1,346 $ 1,307
Capital expenditures 3 (359 ) (292 )
Other adjustments 3,4   19     (50 )
Free cash flow $ 1,006   $ 965  

2

  Free cash flow is calculated as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures, and excludes the net change in settlement assets and obligations; tax-effected severance, merger and integration payments; certain cash distributions from StoneRiver; cash tax benefits on early debt extinguishment; and other items which management believes may not be indicative of the future free cash flow of the company.
 

3

2015 includes $70 million of capital expenditures, primarily leasehold improvements, associated with the construction of a new building related to the company's Atlanta facility consolidation, of which $25 million is offset by landlord reimbursements reported in net cash provided by operating activities and $45 million of non-reimbursable building expenditures is included in "other adjustments."
 

4

"Other adjustments" removes cash distributions from StoneRiver less related tax payments of $20 million and $55 million in 2015 and 2014, respectively.
 
See page 3 for disclosures related to the use of non-GAAP financial measures.

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