VeriFone posts Q1 results

Source: VeriFone Systems

VeriFone Systems (NYSE: PAY), the global leader in secure electronic payment solutions, today announced financial results for the three months ended January 31, 2012 ("Q1 FY12").

Non-GAAP net revenues for Q1 FY12 were $425 million, compared to $416 million in the previous quarter and $284 million for the comparable period of fiscal 2011 ("Q1 FY11"), a 50% year-over-year increase. GAAP net revenues were $420 million for the latest quarter, $411 million for the prior quarter and $284 million for Q1 FY11.

Non-GAAP gross margins were 43% for Q1 FY12, compared to 40% in the prior quarter and 41% in Q1 FY11. GAAP gross margins were 37% for the latest quarter, 31% for the prior quarter and 39% for Q1 FY11.

Non-GAAP net income per diluted share for Q1 FY12 was $0.58, compared to $0.53 in the prior quarter and $0.43 for Q1 FY11, a 35% year-over-year increase. GAAP net income per diluted share for the latest quarter was a $0.03 loss, compared to $1.84 income in the prior quarter and $0.35 income in Q1 FY11

"We are delighted with our strong start to fiscal year 2012. We reported record revenues and non-GAAP EPS, the highest non-GAAP operating margin in over five years and continued double-digit organic growth," said Douglas G. Bergeron, Chief Executive Officer. "The Point business is performing ahead of plan. Their 'payment-as-a-service' model is positioned to serve as the new North American paradigm for quickly deploying and maintaining advanced EMV software and mobile wallet software updates for Visa, Isis, Google, PayPal and others."

Highlights Since Last Earnings Release
Today VeriFone announced an agreement with Isis, the joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, to integrate the Isis Mobile Commerce Application in current and future NFC-enabled product lines. The companies have also agreed that their sales, marketing and implementation teams will collaborate to target large retail and petroleum/convenience merchants in previously announced Isis launch markets of Salt Lake City and Austin. VeriFone's leading market share of U.S. retailers, NFC-ready product portfolio and "payment-as-a-service" delivery model will help accelerate the wide-scale adoption of mobile commerce.

On March 1, VeriFone announced the acquisition of LIFT Retail Marketing Technology, the provider of the LIFT Station - a digital marketing system that integrates with leading point-of-sale systems and increases sales by convenience stores and gas station shops. Leveraging an advertiser-funded model, the LIFT Station personalizes the experience for each shopper by determining optimal offers based on the products being scanned, presenting the offers with compelling digital ads on a touchscreen display and providing cashiers with friendly transaction-specific selling scripts. The VeriFone LiftRetail Solutions offering is another way VeriFone is bringing intelligence to retail checkout.

On January 16, at the National Retail Federation Expo, VeriFone highlighted several new payment solutions, including the GlobalBay Mobile POS and Retailing solutions. Global Bay, acquired by VeriFone on November 1, provides technology that, when coupled with VeriFone's secure mobile payment technology, offers the retailer an unparalleled comprehensive and integrated suite of mobile applications that will transform the in-store experience. Mobile retailing is spreading as merchants seek to interact with customers away from the check-out to deliver personalized and interactive service, up-sell and cross-sell, close the sale and accept payment.

On December 30, VeriFone completed the acquisition of Point, Northern Europe's largest provider of payment and gateway services and solutions for retailers. Point, based in Stockholm, with operations in 11 Northern European countries, serves a contracted network encompassing almost 475,000 merchant accounts. VeriFone intends to extend the Point platform throughout the region and beyond, creating the world's largest infrastructure for rapid deployment of alternative payments. VeriFone paid approximately EUR 600 million to acquire all of the equity of Point, and also retired existing Point debt of approximately EUR 190 million at closing.

To finance the Point acquisition and refinance existing debt, VeriFone executed a credit agreement for $1.5 billion led by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Barclays Capital and RBC Capital Markets. The facility provides VeriFone with long-term debt capital at economical interest rates. The debt consists of 5-year Term A Loans for $918 million, a 5-year revolving line of credit for $350 million, and 7-year Term B Loans for $232 million. The company's previously arranged credit facility has been repaid in full; a portion of the proceeds will be used to repay VeriFone's outstanding 1.375% Convertible Notes due June 2012.

Guidance for Second Quarter 2012 and Full Fiscal Year
VeriFone has updated its guidance. For the second fiscal quarter ending April 30, 2012, VeriFone expects to report non-GAAP net revenues in the range of $465 million to $470 million. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share is projected to range from $0.59 to $0.60. For the full year of fiscal 2012, VeriFone expects to report non-GAAP net revenues in the range of $1.900 billion to $1.925 billion. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share is expected to range from $2.60 to $2.66 in FY12. 

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