NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) reported financial results today for the three months ended December 31, 2015.
"Our overall fourth quarter results were in-line with our expectations and concluded a successful year for NCR and our customers,” said Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti. “Performance across our business was solid, particularly in Retail Solutions where we capitalized on an improving industry environment and in Hospitality where we generated strong fourth quarter and full year software and cloud growth. While Financial Services faced more difficult currency and geographic headwinds this year, we offset some of those challenges through growth in our high-value software offerings which led to improving margins. We were particularly pleased with the growth in free cash flow for the year, which exceeded our guidance and is a top area of investor focus. Looking ahead, we are riveted on strengthening our omni-commerce leadership across all markets and further executing our sales and services transformation to take advantage of the expected widespread increase in connected devices and continued shift in consumer transaction preferences.”
Q4 Financial Summary
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In this release, we use the non-GAAP measures non-pension operating income (NPOI), non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and free cash flow, and we present certain measures on a constant currency basis. These non-GAAP measures are described and reconciled to their most directly comparable GAAP measures elsewhere in this release.
Q4 Operating Segment Results
Financial Services Constant currency revenue decreased due primarily to declines in China and Russia. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, operating income increased due to a more favorable mix of revenue and expense management.
Retail Solutions Constant currency revenue growth was driven by growth in North America and Europe. Operating income increased due to higher revenue and expense management.
Hospitality Constant currency revenue growth was driven by improvements in software-related revenue in the Americas. The increase in operating income was driven by higher software-related revenue, including cloud and professional services revenue.
Emerging Industries Constant currency revenue growth was driven by our Telecom & Technology business. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, operating income decreased due to an unfavorable mix of revenue.
Free Cash Flow
Free cash flow was lower in the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2014 due to lower cash provided by operating activities. Full year free cash flow increased 31% mainly due to improvements in cash provided by operating activities and lower capital expenditures. Quarterly linearity of free cash flow improved significantly in 2015.
In 2016, revenue is expected to be $6.1 billion to $6.2 billion, GAAP diluted earnings per share is expected to be $2.07 to $2.17, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is expected to be $2.72 to $2.82, and free cash flow is expected to be $425 million to $475 million. The 2016 guidance includes expected foreign currency headwinds, the impact of the pending divestiture of the Interactive Printer Solutions business, and ongoing pension expense.
For the first quarter of 2016, revenue is expected to be $1,440 million to $1,450 million, GAAP diluted earnings per share is expected to be $0.10 to $0.15, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is expected to be $0.30 to $0.35. The first quarter 2016 guidance includes expected foreign currency headwinds and ongoing pension expense.
NCR will provide additional information regarding its 2016 first quarter and full-year guidance during its fourth quarter 2015 earnings conference call and webcast.