NCR reports strong financial services growth; restructuring to cut 200 jobs

Source: NCR

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) reported financial results today for the three months ended June 30, 2014.

"We made expected progress and generated solid results during the second quarter. In particular, I was pleased with software-related revenue growth of 42%, and organic software-related revenue growth of 15%," said Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti. "Our performance was led by Financial Services, where we are seeing continued demand for our branch transformation solutions and our expanded software portfolio following the acquisition of Digital Insight earlier this year."

Nuti continued, "As we enter the second half of our fiscal year we are implementing a restructuring plan focused on reallocating our resources to our highest growth, highest margin opportunities; in essence, aligning our resources to the realities of our transformed revenue streams. This is the right time for NCR to take this step now that we have the operational assets we need for the future, and have had time to assess the impact of our acquisitions and organic investments. This action, beyond being strategically sound, is also economically compelling. As a result of this restructuring program, NCR will achieve run-rate savings of approximately $90 million per year by 2016."

Software-related revenue increased 42% in the second quarter, including 247% growth related to SaaS. Excluding the contribution of Digital Insight, software-related revenue increased 15% and SaaS revenue increased 17%.

Revenue increased 8% compared to the prior year led by strong growth in Financial Services, Hospitality and Emerging Industries. Within Financial Services, branch transformation continued to drive strong growth, and Digital Insight contributed $87 million of revenue in the second quarter of 2014. Retail Solutions results were as expected due to a difficult comparison versus the prior year.

Segment operating income increased 15% and as a percentage of total revenue increased 80 basis points compared to the prior year. The increase was led by Financial Services, where growth was driven by a higher mix of software-related revenue. Retail Solutions operating income was as expected, and improved as a percentage of Retail Solutions revenue compared to Q1 2014. Hospitality operating income was lower than the prior year due to a large software transaction in the prior year period, and improved significantly as a percentage of Hospitality revenue compared to Q1 2014. Emerging Industries operating income was negatively impacted by onboarding costs associated with new managed services contracts and continued investment in Small Business.

2014 Outlook

Income from operations (GAAP) and Diluted earnings per share (GAAP) have been revised to reflect the impact of the expected charge of $150 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, to be incurred in connection with the restructuring plan described below.

NCR expects approximately $200 million of other expense, net including interest expense in 2014 and that its full-year 2014 effective income tax rate will be approximately 26%.

NCR announced a restructuring plan to strategically reallocate resources to position NCR to focus on our highest growth, highest margin opportunities in the software-driven consumer transaction technologies industry. The program is centered on ensuring our people and processes are aligned with our continued transformation and include: rationalizing our product portfolio to eliminate overlap and redundancy; end-of-lifeing older commodity product lines that are costly to maintain and provide little to no return; moving lower productivity services positions to our new centers of excellence due to the positive impact of services innovation; and reducing layers of management and organizing around divisions to improve decision-making, accountability and strategic execution.

NCR expects to incur a related pre-tax charge in the range of approximately $150 million to $200 million that will be included in income from operations, with approximately $150 million recorded in 2014 and the remainder recorded in 2015. The estimate includes both severance and asset related charges. The cash impact of the restructuring plan is expected to be approximately $50 million in 2014 and $50 million in 2015. Annualized savings are expected to reach approximately $90 million by 2016.

Q3 2014 Outlook

For the third quarter of 2014, the Company expects non-pension operating income (NPOI) to be in the range of $215 million to $225 million, compared to $185 million in the third quarter of 2013 and income from operations to be in the range of $50 million to $60 million, compared to $145 million in the third quarter of 2013. Income from operations includes an estimated pre-tax charge of $125 million in the third quarter of 2014 related to the restructuring plan described above. NCR expects its third quarter 2014 effective income tax rate to be approximately 28% and other expense, net including interest expense to be approximately $50 million.

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