NCR Announces First Quarter 2016 Results

NCR Corporation reported financial results today for the three months ended March 31, 2016. First quarter revenue of $1.44 billion was down 2% year-over-year. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, first quarter revenue was slightly up. First quarter diluted EPS (non-GAAP) of $0.38 was down from $0.43, and GAAP diluted EPS of $0.16 was down from $0.23. First quarter diluted EPS (non-GAAP) included $0.04 of negative impact relating to unfavorable foreign currency and pension expense.

“Our first quarter results either met or exceeded our expectations and mark a good start to 2016,” said Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti. “We generated revenue growth in Software and Services due to improved traction in our strategic solutions, global Omni-Channel leadership, and getting off to a fast start with regard to our business transformation initiative. We saw significant growth in our self checkout business, despite continued macroeconomic challenges and new product introduction in the remainder of our Hardware segment. Looking ahead, we remain excited about the growing Omni-Channel market and our customers’ focus on solving for the issues they are facing. Our focus remains centered on helping our customers strengthen and grow their businesses by powering how they connect, interact and transact with consumers in continuously evolving markets.”

In this release, we use certain non-GAAP measures including presenting certain measures on a constant currency basis. These measures include operating gross margin, free cash flow and others with the words “non-GAAP” in their titles. These non-GAAP measures are listed, described and reconciled to their most directly comparable GAAP measures under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” later in this release. Additionally, effective January 1, 2016, NCR began management of its business on a solution basis, changing from the previous model of management on a line of business basis, which resulted in a corresponding change to our reportable segments. Prior results have been recast under the new segment model for comparison purposes.

First Quarter 2016 Operating Results

Revenue: First quarter revenue of $1.44 billion was down 2% year-over-year. On a constant currency basis, first quarter revenue was slightly up.

Software: Revenue increased 1% to $419 million from $414 million. On a constant currency basis, first quarter Software revenue was up 3%.

Services: Revenue increased 4% to $543 million from $523 million. On a constant currency basis, first quarter Services revenue was up 8%.

Hardware: Revenue decreased 11% to $482 million from $539 million. On a constant currency basis, first quarter Hardware revenue was down 9%.

Gross Margin :First quarter gross margin of $380 million decreased from $390 million. First quarter gross margin (non-GAAP) of $396 million decreased from $407 million, with a decrease in Hardware partially offset by an increase in Services.

Expenses: First quarter operating expenses of $279 million decreased from $295 million. First quarter operating expenses (non-GAAP) of $257 million decreased from $261 million.

Operating Income: First quarter operating income of $101 million increased from $95 million. First quarter operating income (non-GAAP) of $139 million decreased from $146 million. First quarter operating income (non-GAAP) was negatively impacted by an additional $5 million of pension expense.

Other (Expense): First quarter other (expense) of $56 million increased from $51 million. First quarter other (expense) includes $4 million for the write-off of deferred financing fees as a result of the amendment of the credit facility.

Income Tax Expense: First quarter income tax expense of $13 million increased from $2 million. First quarter income tax expense (non-GAAP) of $22 million increased from $20 million.

Net Income from Continuing Operations Attributable to NCR: First quarter net income from continuing operations attributable to NCR of $32 million decreased from $40 million. First quarter net income from continuing operations attributable to NCR (non-GAAP) of $61 million decreased from $73 million. The decrease is primarily due to an additional $5 million of pension expense and the write-off of $4 million of deferred financing fees.

Free Cash Flow: First quarter cash provided by operating activities of $23 million decreased from $79 million. Free cash outflow was $29 million in the first quarter of 2016 as compared to free cash flow of $24 million. The decrease was due to higher working capital as we plan for increased revenues later in the year.

Share Repurchase Program: NCR repurchased approximately 8.6 million shares of its common stock for approximately $213 million during the first quarter under its previously disclosed authorized share repurchase programs.

2016 Outlook

In 2016, revenue is now expected to be $6.25 billion to $6.35 billion (previous guidance $6.1 billion to $6.2 billion), GAAP diluted earnings per share is expected to be $2.25 to $2.35 (previous guidance $2.20 to $2.30), non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is expected to be $2.90 to $3.00 (previous guidance $2.85 to $2.95), and free cash flow is expected to be $425 million to $475 million (same as previous guidance). The 2016 guidance includes the impact of the pending divestiture of the Interactive Printer Solutions business, expected foreign currency headwinds, and ongoing pension expense.

For the second quarter of 2016, revenue is expected to be $1.56 billion to $1.58 billion, GAAP diluted earnings per share is expected to be $0.42 to $0.47, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is expected to be $0.60 to $0.65. The second quarter 2016 guidance includes the impact of the pending divestiture of the Interactive Printer Solutions business, expected foreign currency headwinds and ongoing pension expense.

NCR will provide additional information regarding its 2016 second quarter guidance during its first quarter first earnings conference call and webcast.