ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 27, 2020--
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) reported financial results today for the three months ended September 30, 2020. Third quarter and other recent highlights include:
“Our third quarter performance reflects solid execution of our strategy and the resiliency of our solutions in a difficult operating environment that continues to be impacted by COVID-19,” said Michael Hayford, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We generated healthy recurring revenue growth in the quarter and implemented productivity improvement initiatives to drive accelerated margin expansion. EBITDA margin expanded to 15.7%, representing sequential and year-over-year improvement. In addition, we delivered strong free cash flow and have recently taken steps to reduce our leverage and simplify our capital structure. Looking ahead, we still face a challenging operating environment but we remain confident in our ability to execute our strategy and grow recurring revenue, drive cash flow generation and expand margins. Our liquidity position remains solid and we are focused on finishing the year strong. We are positioning NCR to drive success for our customers and long-term sustainable growth for our stakeholders.”
In this release, we use certain non-GAAP measures, including presenting certain measures on a constant currency basis. These non-GAAP measures include "free cash flow" and others with the words “non-GAAP," or "constant currency" 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.
Third quarter revenue of $1,589 million was down 11% year over year. Foreign currency fluctuations did not have an impact on the revenue comparison. The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact to revenue and the shift from selling perpetual software licenses to recurring revenue lowered revenue by $27 million. The following table shows revenue for the third quarter:
Banking revenue decreased 18% due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic driven by a 40% decline in ATM hardware revenue. An accelerated shift from selling perpetual software licenses to recurring revenue also impacted the year-over-year revenue comparison. Foreign currency fluctuations had an unfavorable impact of 1% on the revenue comparison.
Retail revenue increased 3% due to an increase in self-checkout revenue and services revenue, partially offset by lower point-of-sale revenue. Foreign currency fluctuations had a favorable impact of 1% on the revenue comparison.
Hospitality revenue decreased 20% driven primarily by a decline in hardware revenue. Foreign currency fluctuations did not have an impact on the revenue comparison.
Third quarter gross margin of $427 million decreased from $507 million in the prior year period. Gross margin rate was 26.9%, down from 28.4%. Third quarter gross margin (non-GAAP) of $446 million decreased from $513 million in the prior year period. Gross margin rate (non-GAAP) was 28.1%, down from 28.8%. The decreases in gross margin rate, both GAAP and non-GAAP, were driven by the reduction in revenue impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the impact from the shift to recurring revenue.
Third quarter operating expenses of $309 million decreased from $335 million in the prior year period. Third quarter operating expenses (non-GAAP) of $288 million decreased from $311 million in the prior year period. The decreases in operating expenses, both GAAP and non-GAAP, were primarily due to a reduction from initiatives implemented earlier in the year to address the business impacts from COVID-19, including among others, salary reductions, elimination of certain contractors and curtailing travel, as well as productivity improvement initiatives executed late in the third quarter, partially offset by an increase in account receivable reserves.
Third quarter income from operations of $118 million decreased from income from operations of $172 million in the prior year period. Third quarter operating income (non-GAAP) of $158 million decreased from $202 million in the prior year period. The decreases in operating income, both GAAP and non-GAAP, were driven by impacts to gross margin and operating expenses described above.
Third quarter other expense (GAAP) of $86 million increased from $64 million in the prior year period. The increase in other expense (GAAP) was primarily driven by $20 million associated with the early extinguishment of bonds. Third quarter other expense (non-GAAP) of $66 million increased from $58 million. The increase in other expense, (non-GAAP) was due to $7 million of higher interest expense, partially offset by a decrease in foreign currency losses
Third quarter income tax expense of zero decreased from an income tax expense of $4 million in the prior year period. The third quarter effective income tax rate was 0%, compared to 4% in the prior year period. The decrease in income tax expense (GAAP) was primarily driven by lower income before taxes, partially offset a decrease in discrete tax benefits. In the prior year period, the discrete tax benefits were primarily the release of a $25 million valuation allowance related to certain non-US deferred tax assets.
Third quarter income tax expense (non-GAAP) of $14 million decreased from $34 million in the prior year period. The third quarter effective income tax rate (non-GAAP) was 15%, compared to 24% in the prior year period. The decrease in income tax expense (non-GAAP) was primarily driven by an increase in discrete tax benefits, as well as lower income before taxes.
Third quarter net income from continuing operations attributable to NCR of $31 million decreased from $105 million in the prior year period. The decrease in net income from continuing operations attributable to NCR was driven by impacts to gross margin and operating expenses described above.
Third quarter adjusted EBITDA of $249 million decreased from $278 million in the prior year period. The decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was driven by impacts to gross margin and operating expenses described above.
Third quarter cash provided by operating activities of $212 million increased from cash provided by operating activities of $155 million in the prior year period. Third quarter free cash flow was $150 million, compared to free cash flow of $57 million in the prior year period. The increases in cash provided by operating activities and free cash flow were both driven primarily by working capital improvements.
We are taking steps to reduce our finance leverage and simplify our capital structure. In August, we closed two new bond offerings for $650 million at 5.00% and $450 million at 5.25% with maturities of 8- and 10- years. We used a portion of the proceeds to redeem the $600 million 5.00% senior notes and the $700 million 6.375% senior notes. In total, we redeemed $1.3 billion of debt and issued $1.1 billion of debt to delever by $200 million. At the beginning of the fourth quarter we repurchased 132,000 shares of the outstanding Series A Convertible Preferred Stock for $144 million, which represented approximately 32% of NCR's outstanding convertible preferred stock. Additionally, early in the fourth quarter, we paid down $470 million of the revolver based on the strong free cash flow performance year to date and our confidence in the outlook for our business.
We continue to navigate through the challenging times presented by COVID-19, with a sharp focus on safeguarding our employees and helping our customers. Despite the unprecedented environment, our teams are executing at a high level and we are advancing our strategy.
While it is difficult to project how disruptive and protracted the pandemic will be, we do expect it will negatively impact our business for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021. We expect all of our segment results to be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect our hardware revenues to be most impacted while our recurring revenue streams is expected to be more resilient.
The COVID-19 pandemic is complex and rapidly evolving. The ultimate impact on our overall financial condition and operating results will depend on the currently unknowable duration and severity of the pandemic, as well as any additional governmental and public actions taken in response. We are in the process of evaluating the long-term impact that COVID-19 may have on our business model which may result in charges in the fourth quarter of 2020. These charges may include both cash and non-cash items. There can be no assurance that the measures we have taken or will take will completely offset the negative impact of COVID-19.
A conference call is scheduled for today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the third quarter 2020 results. Access to the conference call and accompanying slides, as well as a replay of the call, are available on NCR's web site at . Additionally, the live call can be accessed by dialing 888-820-9413 (United States/Canada Toll-free) or 786-460-7169 (International Toll) and entering the participant passcode 7622865.
More information on NCR’s Q3 2020 earnings, including additional financial information and analysis, is available on NCR’s Investor Relations website at .
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leading software- and services-led enterprise provider in the financial, retail and hospitality industries. NCR is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., with 36,000 employees globally. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.
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Examples of forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, statements regarding NCR’s plans to manage its business through the novel strain of the coronavirus identified in late 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic and the health and safety of our customers and employees; the expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on NCR’s Banking, Retail and Hospitality segments including the impact on our customers’ businesses and their ability to pay; expectations regarding our operating goals and actions to manage these goals; expectations regarding our cash flow generation, cash reserve, liquidity, financial flexibility, and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our employee base; expectations regarding our ability to capitalize on market opportunities; expectations regarding long-term strategy; NCR’s financial outlook (including the section entitled “Impact from COVID-19”); expectations regarding our continued focus on our long-term fundamentals, including, but, not limited to, execution of NCR's recurring revenue strategy and expected areas of focus to drive growth and create long-term stockholder value. Forward-looking statements are based on our current beliefs, expectations and assumptions, which may not prove to be accurate, and involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are out of NCR’s control. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and there are a number of important factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from the results contemplated by such forward-looking statements, including those factors relating to: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our workforce, operations and financial results, including the impact on our customer’s businesses; manufacturing disruptions, including those caused by or related to outsourced manufacturing or disruptions in our supply chain due to the COVID-19 pandemic; strength of demand for the products we offer or will offer in the future consistent with our strategy and its effect on our businesses; domestic and global economic and credit conditions including, in particular, those resulting from the imposition or threat of protectionist trade policies or import or export tariffs, global and regional market conditions and spending trends in the financial services and retail industries, new tax legislation across multiple jurisdictions, modified or new global or regional trade agreements, execution of the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, uncertainty over further potential changes in Eurozone participation and fluctuations in oil and commodity prices; the transformation of our business and shift to increased software and services revenue, as well as recurring revenue; our ability to improve execution in our sales and services organizations; our ability to successfully introduce new solutions and compete in the technology industry; cybersecurity risks and compliance with data privacy and protection requirements; the possibility of disruptions in or problems with our data center hosting facilities; the impact of the March 2020 tornadoes in the greater Nashville area on an NCR Global Fulfillment Center in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee operated by a third party, including the sufficiency and effectiveness of our or our third-party logistics partner’s business continuity plans, the adequacy of our property damage and business interruption insurance coverage and our ability to recover under the applicable policies; defects or errors in our products; the impact of our indebtedness and its terms on our financial and operating activities; the historical seasonality of our sales; tax rates and tax legislation; foreign currency fluctuations; the success of our restructuring plans and cost reduction savings initiatives; the availability and success of acquisitions, divestitures and alliances; our pension strategy and underfunded pension obligations; reliance on third party suppliers; the impact of the terms of our Series A Convertible Preferred Stock; our multinational operations, including in new and emerging markets; collectability difficulties in subcontracting relationships in certain geographical markets; development and protection of intellectual property; the impact of intellectual property litigation and claims; workforce turnover and the ability to attract and retain skilled employees; uncertainties or delays associated with the transition of key business leaders; environmental exposures from our historical and ongoing manufacturing activities; and uncertainties with regard to regulations, lawsuits, claims, and other matters across various jurisdictions. Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
While NCR reports its results in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States, or GAAP, in this release NCR also uses the non-GAAP measures listed and described below.
NCR’s non-GAAP diluted EPS, gross margin (non-GAAP), gross margin rate (non-GAAP), operating expenses (non-GAAP), operating income (non-GAAP), operating margin rate (non-GAAP), other (expense) (non-GAAP), income tax expense (non-GAAP), effective income tax rate (non-GAAP), and net income from continuing operations attributable to NCR (non-GAAP) are determined by excluding, as applicable, pension mark-to-market adjustments, pension settlements, pension curtailments and pension special termination benefits as well as other special items, including amortization of acquisition related intangibles and transformation and restructuring activities, from NCR’s GAAP earnings per share, gross margin, gross margin rate, expenses, income from operations, operating margin rate, other (expense), income tax expense, effective income tax rate and net income from continuing operations attributable to NCR, respectively. Due to the non-operational nature of these pension and other special items, NCR's management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate year-over-year operating performance. NCR also uses operating income (non-GAAP) and diluted EPS (non-GAAP), to manage and determine the effectiveness of its business managers and as a basis for incentive compensation. NCR believes these measures are useful for investors because they provide a more complete understanding of NCR's underlying operational performance, as well as consistency and comparability with NCR's past reports of financial results.
NCR believes that Adjusted EBITDA (adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) provides useful information to investors because it is an indicator of the strength and performance of the Company's ongoing business operations, including its ability to fund discretionary spending such as capital expenditures, strategic acquisitions and other investments. NCR determines Adjusted EBITDA for a given period based on its GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to NCR plus interest expense, net; plus income tax expense (benefit); plus depreciation and amortization; plus other income (expense); plus pension mark-to-market adjustments, pension settlements, pension curtailments and pension special termination benefits and other special items, including amortization of acquisition related intangibles.
NCR defines free cash flow as net cash provided by/used in operating activities and cash flow provided by/used in discontinued operations less capital expenditures for property, plant and equipment, additions to capitalized software, discretionary pension contributions and pension settlements. NCR's management uses free cash flow to assess the financial performance of the Company and believes it is useful for investors because it relates the operating cash flow of the Company to the capital that is spent to continue and improve business operations. In particular, free cash flow indicates the amount of cash generated after capital expenditures, which can be used for, among other things, investment in the Company's existing businesses, strategic acquisitions, strengthening the Company's balance sheet, repurchase of Company stock and repayment of the Company's debt obligations. Free cash flow does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures since there may be other nondiscretionary expenditures that are not deducted from the measure. Free cash flow does not have uniform definitions under GAAP and, therefore, NCR's definitions may differ from other companies' definitions of these measures.
NCR presents certain financial measures, such as period-over-period revenue growth, on a constant currency basis, which excludes the effects of foreign currency translation by translating prior period results at current period monthly average exchange rates. Due to the overall variability of foreign exchange rates from period to period, NCR’s management uses constant currency measures to evaluate period-over-period operating performance on a more consistent and comparable basis. NCR’s management believes that presentation of financial measures without this result is more representative of the company's period-over-period operating performance and provides additional insight into historical and/or future performance, which may be helpful for investors.
NCR's definitions and calculations of these non-GAAP measures may differ from similarly-titled measures reported by other companies and cannot, therefore, be compared with similarly-titled measures of other companies. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered as substitutes for, or superior to, results determined in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP measures are reconciled to their most directly comparable GAAP measures in the tables below.
Recurring revenue includes all revenue streams from contracts where there is a predictable revenue pattern that will occur at regular intervals with a relatively high degree of certainty. This includes hardware and software maintenance revenue, cloud revenue, payment processing revenue, certain professional services arrangements as well as term-based software license arrangements that include customer termination rights.
(1) The following table presents the other adjustments for NCR:
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