VeriFone Systems, Inc. (NYSE: PAY) today announced certain preliminary financial results for its first quarter ended January 31, 2013.
VeriFone expects to report Q1 non-GAAP net revenues in the range of $425 million to $430 million and Q1 GAAP net revenues in the range of $424 million to $428 million. VeriFone expects to report non-GAAP net income per share between $0.47 and $0.50 and GAAP net income per share between $0.07 and $0.10.
The lower than expected results for the first quarter were driven primarily by:
- Continued weak macro-economic conditions in Europe;
- Increased focus and investments throughout 2012 on longer-term service initiatives in multiple jurisdictions at the expense of near-term hardware and software features and customization projects that were reduced or delayed, which resulted in missed revenue opportunities;
- An increase in deferred revenue related to volume shipments made during the quarter to a new mix of customers in the Middle East and Africa. These shipments did not meet first quarter revenue recognition requirements;
- Lower than anticipated revenue from large Brazilian customers, as well as political and economic uncertainty in Venezuela, typically a strong market for VeriFone; and
- Several customers electing to delay major projects beyond the first quarter, as well as the cancelled Washington, D.C. taxi project.
"During the first quarter we faced a number of external headwinds and internal challenges, which impacted our results," said Douglas G. Bergeron, Chief Executive Officer. "While we are disappointed with our performance and execution, we have a firm grasp on the challenges we faced and are taking aggressive steps to strengthen our competitiveness over the long-term. Although the focus on our services efforts impacted some local software and hardware modifications that were required to be competitive, our product platform and architecture are consistently recognized by the industry as being best-in-class. We are confident in our ability and committed to executing against our strategicur strategic priorities to drive shareholder value."
The company is executing steps to address the current challenges, including:
- Conducting a comprehensive review of VeriFone's strategic operating plan to ensure near-term product priorities are provided for, even as the company continues to increase its services offerings.
- Increasing management focus and R&D investment on product development and certifications to accelerate the release of in-demand products throughout fiscal 2013; and
- Driving cost efficiencies, including streamlining and better integrating recently completed acquisitions.
"Our industry remains vibrant and offers tremendous opportunity for growth especially around complexity at the point of sale and EMV mandates," continued Bergeron. "We expect EMV to expand the total addressable market in the U.S., and major industry trends such as growth in retail mobility and the increased need for more sophisticated security systems to create additional opportunities for our industry. As the trusted and innovative partner of merchants worldwide, VeriFone is uniquely positioned to capitalize on these trends."
Bergeron said, "Over the last few years, we have built a portfolio of services, which have gained considerable traction in the market. We are confident this progress will allow us to derive higher overall revenue and margins, develop deeper relationships with our customers and drive more predictable financial results. For example, our Point payments-as-a-service business has enjoyed early success, and we are exporting the model to new regions including Australia, New Zealand, continental Europe and the U.S."
Bergeron concluded, "We are encouraged by the performance of our North America region and payments-as-a-service offerings in the existing Point markets, which both saw quarterly net revenue grow by double-digit percentage points year-over-year. We remain optimistic about our business prospects with upcoming growth drivers such as the U.S. EMV mandate, and we continue to build on our taxi, gas pump and national retailer customer base. We are moving forward and remain committed to expanding our payments-as-a-service business, while continuing to accelerate our product development and certifications. Based upon this, we expect to resume year-over-year net revenue growth in the mid- to high-single digits beginning in fiscal 2014."
The company's updated outlook for the second quarter includes:
- Non-GAAP net revenues in the range of $435 million to $450 million;
- Non-GAAP net income per share in the range of $0.45 to $0.50;
- The company expects that non-GAAP net revenues and non-GAAP net income per share will grow sequentially in the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2013.
The company intends to provide updated full fiscal 2013 guidance when it reports financial results for the first quarter 2013 on March 5, 2013 after the market close.