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Fidelity National raises full year guidance

29 July 2009  |  1148 views  |  0 Source: Fidelity National Information Services

Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE: FIS), a leading global provider of technology services to financial institutions, today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.

Consolidated revenue of $834.8 million declined 4.0% in U.S. dollars and 0.4% in constant currency compared to $869.7 million in the second quarter of 2008. Non-GAAP adjusted net earnings increased 23.5% to $0.42 per share in U.S. dollars, compared to $0.34 in the prior year, and increased 26.5% in constant currency. The increase is due to improved operating performance across all major business lines and lower net interest expense. GAAP net earnings from continuing operations attributable to common stockholders totaled $59.6 million, or $0.31 per share, compared to $0.07 per share in the prior period. Free cash flow (cash from operations less capital expenditures) was $124.6 million compared with $86.0 million in the prior year quarter.

"FIS reported another quarter of excellent growth in earnings, margin expansion and strong free cash flow. Our management team has done an excellent job navigating through the current difficult market conditions, and in further strengthening FIS's position as a premier global organization," stated William P. Foley, II, executive chairman. "Importantly, despite the difficult market environment, we remain highly focused on expanding customer relationships, and we continue to pursue growth opportunities that leverage our existing operations and drive long-term value for our shareholders."

"We are very pleased with our strong second quarter performance, which included a 250 basis point improvement in margin and once again, outstanding free cash flow. The strategic initiatives implemented over the last several quarters are producing tangible results, and we remain confident in our ability to continue to generate strong operating efficiencies and leverage," added Lee A. Kennedy, president and chief executive officer. "Based on results to date and our outlook for the remainder of 2009, we are increasing our full year earnings outlook to $1.71 to $1.75 per share from our previous guidance of $1.60 to $1.66 per share."

Supplemental Information

Consolidated revenue in the second quarter of 2009 was $834.8 million, compared with $869.7 in the prior year quarter, a decrease of 4.0% in U.S. dollars. Excluding a $31.2 million unfavorable impact of foreign currency resulting from a strengthening of the U.S. dollar, consolidated revenue declined 0.4%.

- Financial Solutions revenue declined 1.4% to $277.0 million compared to $280.8 million in the prior period, as increased demand for risk management and technology outsourcing services was offset by lower software license and professional services revenue.

- Payment Solutions revenue declined 0.9% to $380.0 million compared to $383.4 million in the 2008 quarter, as growth in debit was offset by declines in item processing, credit card and retail check services.

- International revenue declined 13.7% to $178.4 million in U.S. dollars, compared to $206.8 million in the prior year quarter. The decline was driven by the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and exceptionally strong revenue in the second quarter of 2008. International revenue increased 1.4% in constant currency, driven by 5.1% growth in payments. Financial solutions revenue declined 4.3% due to a reduction in license and professional services revenue related to significant new customer implementations in the second quarter of 2008.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 6.9% to $211.6 million in the second quarter of 2009 compared to $198.0 million in the 2008 quarter. The adjusted EBITDA margin improved 250 basis points to 25.3% compared to 22.8% in the prior-year quarter, driven by increased operating leverage and ongoing expense management across all operating segments.

- Financial Solutions EBITDA increased 15.0% to $119.4 million, and the margin improved 610 basis points to 43.1% compared to 37.0% in the prior year.

- Payment Solutions EBITDA increased 8.2% to $105.2 million, and the margin increased 230 basis points to 27.7%.

- International EBITDA increased 29.4% to $29.5 million. Productivity improvements more than offset a decline in high margin software sales and a $6.5 million unfavorable currency impact. The EBITDA margin improved 550 basis points to 16.5% compared to 11.0% in the prior year.

The effective tax rate in the second quarter of 2009 was 34.5% compared to 32.0% in the second quarter of 2008.

Balance Sheet

FIS had $227.9 million in cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2009. The company repaid $168.4 million of debt during the second quarter, reducing total debt outstanding to $2.3 billion, of which $2.1 billion has been swapped to fixed interest rates. The effective interest rate was 5.5% as of June 30, 2009.

Capital expenditures totaled $50.9 million in the quarter, compared to $52.0 million spent in the prior year.

Acquisition Update

On April 1, 2009, FIS announced plans to acquire Metavante Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:MV - News). FIS expects to complete the transaction in the fourth quarter of 2009, subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

2009 Outlook

Based on FIS's results in the first six months and the outlook for the remainder of the year, management expects to achieve adjusted net earnings of $1.71 to $1.75 per share in 2009, compared to the previous guidance of $1.60 to $1.66 per share. The company expects constant currency revenue to increase modestly in 2009 compared to 2008, and expects reported revenue to decline slightly compared to 2008. Free cash flow is expected to exceed the high end of management's previous guidance of $410 million to $430 million. This guidance does not include Metavante's operating results. FIS will update its fiscal 2009 guidance to include Metavante following the completion of the transaction.

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