Fidelity National Information Services Inc.’s FIS third-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations came in at $1.18, surpbading the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.06. Earnings improved 18% from the year-ago quarter figure of $1.00.
Fidelity’s results reflect lower expenses and a strong liquidity position. Further, the company raised its 2017 earnings per share guidance. However, decline in revenues remains a headwind.
Net earnings were $61 million or 18 cents in the reported quarter compared with $185 million or 56 cents in the prior-year quarter.
Revenues and Expenses Decline
Revenues of $2.20 billion declined 4.8% year over year and lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.23 billion.
Organic revenue growth was 0.8% in the quarter.
Selling, general and administrative expenses came in at $327 million, down 14.8% year over year.
Segment wise, Integrated Financial Solutions’ revenues grew 0.5% year over year to $1.12 billion while revenues from Global Financial Solutions declined 6.7% to $997 million.
Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) fell nearly 1% year over year to $760 million while adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 180 basis points to 34.5%.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
As of Sep 30, 2017, cash and cash equivalents were $720 million compared with $701 million as of Sep 30, 2016. Debt outstanding was nearly $9.1 billion.
In the quarter, net cash provided by operations was $534 million and free cash flow was $402 million.
Fidelity paid dividends worth $97 million in the quarter.
Guidance for 2017
Fidelity expects organic revenue growth to be in the range of 2-3% while reported revenue growth is expected to remain stable or decline 1%.
Adjusted earnings per share are expected to be in the band of $4.38-$4.43 compared with $4.22-$4.32 previously provided by the company.
Adjusted EBITDA is expected in the range of $3.04-$3.07 billion.
Fidelity enjoys a dominant position in financial and payments solutions business, backed by its robust product portfolio. We believe that the company is well positioned to benefit from increasing investment in mobile banking. However, increasing consolidation in the banking sector, challenging environment for the Payments Solutions business and an uncertain regulatory environment are the primary headwinds.
Currently, Fidelity has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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