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Fiserv Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

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Company completed its acquisition of First Data in the quarter;

GAAP revenue growth of 122% in the quarter and 44% year to date;

GAAP EPS decrease of 40% in the quarter and 36% year to date;

Internal revenue growth of 6% in both the quarter and year to date;

Adjusted EPS increase of 17% in the quarter and 16% year to date;

Company now expects 2019 internal revenue growth of 6%

and adjusted EPS growth of 16% to 17% for the full year

Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISV), a leading global provider of payments and financial services technology solutions, today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2019.

Completion of First Data Corporation Acquisition

On July 29, 2019, Fiserv, Inc. ("Fiserv") completed the acquisition of First Data Corporation ("First Data") in an all-stock transaction. The company filed a Form 8-K on October 3, 2019 with detailed financial information to provide historical results on a combined company basis with First Data.

Third Quarter 2019 GAAP Results

On a GAAP basis, the financial results of First Data are included in the consolidated results of Fiserv from the date of acquisition. GAAP revenue for the company increased 122% to $3.13 billion in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the prior year period, with $1.61 billion from the First Data segment, 10% growth in the Payments segment and 4% growth in the Financial segment. For the first nine months of 2019, GAAP revenue increased 44% to $6.14 billion compared to the prior year period, with $1.61 billion from the First Data segment, 9% growth in the Payments segment and 1% growth in the Financial segment.

GAAP earnings per share was $0.33 in the third quarter and $1.39 in the first nine months of 2019, decreasing 40% and 36%, respectively, compared to the prior year periods. GAAP earnings per share in the third quarter and the first nine months of 2019 included transaction costs associated with the First Data acquisition and acquired intangible asset amortization from the application of purchase accounting. GAAP earnings per share in the first nine months of 2018 included a gain on the sale of a 55% interest of the company's Lending Solutions business (the "Lending Transaction").

GAAP operating margin was 12.0% in the third quarter and 18.4% in the first nine months of 2019 compared to 25.2% in the third quarter and 31.0% in the first nine months of 2018. GAAP operating margin in the third quarter and the first nine months of 2019 included the operating margin impacts from transaction costs and acquired intangible asset amortization associated with the acquisition of First Data. GAAP operating margin in the first nine months of 2018 included a $227 million gain resulting from the Lending Transaction.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $1.6 billion in the first nine months of 2019 compared to $981 million in the first nine months of 2018.

"We delivered strong financial and sales results in the third quarter while focusing on providing differentiated value for clients across the new Fiserv," said Jeffery Yabuki, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fiserv. "Our primary market focus is to enhance the manner in which consumers and business engage in banking, commerce and financial services to produce meaningful value for all of our stakeholders."

Third Quarter 2019 Non-GAAP Results and Additional Information

On an adjusted non-GAAP basis, the company's financial performance measures in this news release, including adjusted revenue, internal revenue, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share and free cash flow, have been recalculated to provide current and historical results on a combined company basis to enhance investors' ability to evaluate Fiserv's operating performance on a combined basis with First Data.

  • Adjusted revenue increased 5% to $3.62 billion in the third quarter and 4% to $10.73 billion in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the prior year periods.
  • Internal revenue growth, on a constant currency basis, was 6% in the third quarter, with 7% growth in the First Data segment, 6% growth in the Payments segment and 4% growth in the Financial segment.
  • Internal revenue growth, on a constant currency basis, was 6% in the first nine months of 2019, with 7% growth in the First Data segment, 5% growth in the Payments segment and 4% growth in the Financial segment.
  • Adjusted earnings per share increased 17% to $1.02 in the third quarter and 16% to $2.87 in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the prior year periods.
  • Adjusted operating margin increased 130 basis points to 29.8% in the third quarter and increased 100 basis points to 29.1% in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the prior year periods.
  • Free cash flow increased 13% to $2.3 billion in the first nine months of 2019 compared to $2 billion in the prior year period.
  • Actual sales results were up 15% in the quarter and up 8% in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the prior year periods.
  • The company reinstated its share repurchase program late in the third quarter and repurchased 341 thousand shares in the quarter, and 2 million shares in the first nine months of 2019, for $35 million and $156 million, respectively.

Outlook for 2019

Fiserv now expects internal revenue growth of 6% for the full year and expects adjusted earnings per share in a range of $3.98 to $4.02, or growth of 16% to 17% for the period.

"We believe our financial performance along with early synergy benefits should translate to strong full year results and set a foundation for an even better 2020," said Yabuki.

Earnings Conference Call

The company will discuss its third quarter 2019 results on a conference call and webcast at 4 p.m. CT on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. To register for the event, go to fiserv.com and click on the Q3 Earnings webcast link. Supplemental materials will be available in the "Investor Relations" section of the website.

About Fiserv

Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISV) aspires to move money and information in a way that moves the world. As a global leader in payments and financial technology, the company helps clients achieve best-in-class results through a commitment to innovation and excellence in areas including account processing and digital banking solutions; card issuer processing and network services; payments; e-commerce; merchant acquiring and processing; and the CloverTM cloud-based point-of-sale solution. Fiserv is a member of the S&P 500® Index and the FORTUNE® 500, and is among the FORTUNE Magazine World's Most Admired Companies®. Visit fiserv.com and follow on social media for more information and the latest company news.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Due to the financial impact of the First Data acquisition, the company's non-GAAP financial performance measures have been recalculated in this news release on a combined company basis for both the third quarter and first nine months of 2019 and 2018. The combined financial information has been prepared by making certain adjustments to the sum of historical First Data financial information determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and historical Fiserv financial information determined in accordance with GAAP. The historical combined financial information includes various estimates and is not necessarily indicative of the operating results of the combined companies had the transaction been completed at the assumed dates or of the combined companies in the future. The historical combined financial information does not reflect any cost savings or other synergies anticipated as a result of the acquisition. In addition, the historical combined financial information does not reflect the impact of any purchase accounting adjustments that may arise from the acquisition as those impacts would be excluded in the preparation of the combined financial information. The combined financial information is not pro forma information prepared in accordance with Article 11 of Regulation S-X of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the preparation of information in accordance with Article 11 would result in a significantly different presentation.

The company supplements its and First Data's historical reporting of information determined in accordance with GAAP, such as revenue, operating income, operating margin, net income, earnings per share and net cash provided by operating activities, with "combined revenue," "adjusted revenue," "internal revenue," "internal revenue growth," "combined operating income," "adjusted operating income," "adjusted operating margin," "combined net income attributable to Fiserv," "adjusted net income," "combined earnings per share," "adjusted earnings per share," "combined net cash provided by operating activities," and "free cash flow." Management believes that providing combined historical financial information, making adjustments for certain non-cash or other items and excluding certain pass-through revenue and expenses with respect to such combined information should enhance shareholders' ability to evaluate the combined company's performance, including providing a reasonable basis of comparison with its results for post-acquisition periods and providing additional insights into the factors and trends affecting the combined company's business. Therefore, the company excludes these items from its and First Data's historical combined revenue, combined operating income, combined net income attributable to Fiserv, combined earnings per share and combined net cash provided by operating activities to calculate these non-GAAP measures. The corresponding reconciliations of these adjusted financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measures are included in this news release, except for forward-looking measures where a reconciliation to the corresponding GAAP measures is not available due to the variability, complexity and limited visibility of the non-cash and other items described below that are excluded from the non-GAAP outlook measures. See page 18 for additional information regarding the company's forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures.

Examples of non-cash or other items may include, but are not limited to, non-cash deferred revenue adjustments arising from acquisitions; non-cash intangible asset amortization expense associated with acquisitions; non-cash impairment charges; severance and restructuring costs; net charges associated with debt financing activities including foreign currency transaction gains, early debt extinguishment and bridge financing costs; merger and integration costs; gains or losses from the sale of businesses; and certain discrete tax benefits and expenses. The company excludes these items to more clearly focus on the factors management believes are pertinent to the company's operations, and management uses this information to make operating decisions, including the allocation of resources to the company's various businesses.

The company adjusts its non-GAAP results to exclude amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets as such amounts are inconsistent in amount and frequency and are significantly impacted by the timing and/or size of acquisitions. Management believes that the adjustment of acquisition-related intangible asset amortization supplements the GAAP information with a measure that can be used to assess the comparability of operating performance. Although the company excludes amortization from acquisition-related intangible assets from its non-GAAP expenses, management believes that it is important for investors to understand that such intangible assets were recorded as part of purchase accounting and contribute to revenue generation.

Management believes internal revenue growth is useful because it presents combined adjusted revenue growth including deferred revenue purchase accounting adjustments and excluding the impact of foreign currency fluctuations, acquisitions, dispositions and the company's Output Solutions postage reimbursements. Management believes free cash flow is useful to measure the funds generated in a given period that are available for debt service requirements and strategic capital decisions. Management believes this supplemental information enhances shareholders' ability to evaluate and understand the company's core business performance.

These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, revenue, operating income, operating margin, net income, earnings per share and net cash provided by operating activities or any other amount determined in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding anticipated internal revenue growth, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted earnings per share growth. Statements can generally be identified as forward-looking because they include words such as "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "could," "should," or words of similar meaning. Statements that describe the company's future plans, objectives or goals are also forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. The factors that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially include, among others: the possibility that the company may be unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies from the acquisition of First Data within the expected time frames or at all or to successfully integrate the operations of First Data into the company's operations; such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; profitability following the transaction may be lower than expected, including due to unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the transaction; operating costs, customer loss and business disruption (including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers, clients or suppliers) may be greater than expected following the transaction; unforeseen risks relating to the company's liabilities or those of First Data may exist; the company's ability to meet expectations regarding the accounting and tax treatments of the transaction; the company's ability to compete effectively against new and existing competitors and to continue to introduce competitive new products and services on a timely, cost-effective basis; changes in customer demand for the company's products and services; rapid technological developments and changes, and the ability of the company's technology to keep pace with a rapidly evolving marketplace; the successful management of the company's merchant alliance program which involves several alliances not under its sole control; the impact of a security breach or operational failure on the company's business including disruptions at other participants in the global financial system; the failure of the company's third party vendors and merchants to satisfy their obligations; the successful management of credit and fraud risks in the company's business units and merchant alliances; changes in local, regional, national and international economic or political conditions and the impact they may have on the company and its customers; the effect of proposed and enacted legislative and regulatory actions affecting the financial services industry as a whole and/or the company and its subsidiaries individually or collectively; the company's ability to comply with government regulations and applicable card association and network rules; the protection and validity of intellectual property rights; the outcome of pending and future litigation and governmental proceedings; the company's ability to successfully identify, complete and integrate acquisitions, and to realize the anticipated benefits associated with the same; the impact of the company's strategic initiatives; the company's ability to attract and retain key personnel; changes in the interest rate environment that increase interest on the company's borrowings or the interest rate at which the company can refinance its borrowings; adverse impacts from currency exchange rates or currency controls imposed by any government or otherwise; and other factors included in "Risk Factors" in the company's and First Data's Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, and in other documents that the company files with the SEC, which are available at http://www.sec.gov. You should consider these factors carefully in evaluating forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release.

Fiserv, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In millions, except per share amounts, unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Processing and services

$

2,608

 

 

$

1,223

 

 

$

5,229

 

 

$

3,668

 

Product

520

 

 

189

 

 

913

 

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