NCR talks up Q4 momentum

Source: NCR

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) reported financial results today for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2016.

Fourth quarter and full year highlights include:
• Fourth quarter revenue of $1.80 billion, up 7% as reported and up 14% excluding FX and the IPS divestiture; Unfavorable FX impact was $25 million higher than expected
• Fourth quarter software revenue up 9%, software license growth of 21% and cloud growth of 10%; Full year net annual contract value for cloud, a leading indicator of future cloud revenue, of $70 million, up 79% from $39 million in the prior year
• Fourth quarter GAAP diluted EPS of $0.43, up from $0.27 in the prior year, an increase of 59%; Fourth quarter non-GAAP diluted EPS of $1.07, up from $0.89 in the prior year, an increase of 30% constant currency; Unfavorable FX impact was $0.07 higher than expected
• Full year cash flow from operations of $894 million, and free cash flow of $628 million versus free cash flow guidance of $425 to $475 million
• $300 million share repurchase planned for 2017; approximately $70 million completed year-to-date
• 2017 guidance announced; Revenue growth of 1% to 3% as reported and 5% to 7% excluding FX and the IPS divestiture; GAAP diluted EPS growth of 42% to 49%; Non-GAAP diluted EPS growth of 9% to 12% constant currency; free cash flow conversion rate of 95% to 100%

“Continued fourth-quarter momentum led to a highly successful 2016 and ability to exceed revenue, earnings, and free cash flow expectations," said Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti. “We were pleased with our top-line growth in every business, but especially in Software, where revenues continue to expand, particularly for our cloud and software license offerings. Hardware experienced another very strong quarter from ongoing demand for our Self-Checkout and A/ITM edge platforms that deliver channel transformation solutions. Overall, our global omni-channel leadership resulted in strong financial results throughout 2016, and our consistent performance speaks to the value we provide customers as they transform their businesses to effectively compete in the rapidly developing digital economy. We enter 2017 with a focus on maintaining our high level of execution, continuing to enable customer success, and further expanding our omni-channel leadership via investment in innovation. Also, based on our confidence in free cash flow generation, we are pleased to announce our intention to repurchase $300 million of shares in 2017.”

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