ACI Q3 profits soar

Source: ACI Worldwide

ACI Worldwide, Inc. (ACIW), a leading international provider of electronic payment systems, today announced financial results for the period ended September 30, 2013. Management will host a conference call at 8:30 am EST to discuss these results as well as 2013 guidance.

Q3 non-GAAP revenue of $216 million grew 35%, or $56 million, from last year’s quarter. After adjusting for Online Resources’ $37 million contribution, organic revenue grew 11% in the quarter. Monthly recurring revenue grew to $151 million, up $46 million, and represented 71% of total revenue in the quarter. Excluding Online Resources, recurring revenue grew 9% from Q3 2012.

New sales bookings, net of term extensions (SNET), excluding the contribution from Online Resources, were up 2% compared to last year’s Q3. Consolidated SNET bookings grew 17%, while Online Resources’ specific SNET grew $4 million, or 24% in the third quarter from Q3 2012. Our 12-month backlog dropped from last quarter to $740 million, down $6 million, or $11 million adjusted for foreign currency fluctuations, while our 60- month backlog increased to $3.11 billion, up $28 million, or $8 million adjusted for foreign currency fluctuations.

Q3 non-GAAP operating income was $40 million versus $18 million in last year’s third quarter. Consolidated GAAP operating income was $30 million for the quarter, versus $8 million in Q3 2012. Adjusted EBITDA of $62 million was $28 million above last year’s quarter of $34 million and represented 29% margin versus 21% margin last year. Non-GAAP net income was $21 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, in Q3 2013, versus non-GAAP net income of $12 million, or $0.29 per diluted share in Q3 2012. GAAP net income was $14 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, versus $6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share in Q3 2012.

We ended the third quarter with $167 million in cash on hand. Operating free cash flow (“OFCF”) for the quarter was $27 million, up from a negative $1 million in Q3 of last year. The quarter finished with a debt balance of $764 million, up from $661 million last quarter due to our recent debt offering. We have repurchased $81 million of our stock year-to-date as of November 6th and have approximately $108 million remaining on our current authorization.

Official Payments Acquisition

ACI closed the acquisition of Norcross, GA-based Official Payments on November 5th. Official Payments is a leading provider of electronic bill payment solutions in the U.S., serving federal, state and local governments, municipal utilities, higher education institutions and charitable giving organizations. With more than 3,000 customers representing access to over 100 million end users, the company processes approximately 20 million payments and over $9 billion in volume annually.

Updated Guidance

We are updating our full year financial expectations given the acquisition of Official Payments, which closed November 5th, 2013. We expect Official Payments to contribute approximately $18 to $20 million in non-GAAP revenue and $1 million in adjusted EBITDA. Our new guidance ranges include non-GAAP revenue of $883 to $905 million, non-GAAP operating income of $165 to $175 million, and our adjusted EBITDA range is $257 to $267 million. Additionally, we continue to expect full year 2013 new sales bookings to increase organically (excluding ORCC) in the mid teens from last year’s results.

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