ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 27, 2021--
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) reported financial results today for the three months ended March 31, 2021. First quarter and other recent highlights include:
“Our first quarter results represent a great start to the year with increased momentum in our shift to NCR-as-a-Service,” said Michael Hayford, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our performance included strong recurring revenue growth, margin expansion and cash flow generation. We are benefiting from the successful execution of our strategy and are a stronger company than we were a year ago. We are confident our strategy will drive accelerated profitable growth and deliver long-term value creation for stockholders. Our financial position is strong, and our proposed transaction with Cardtronics remains on track for a mid-year 2021 close, subject to regulatory and Cardtroncs' shareholder approval.”
In this release, we use certain non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP measures include "free cash flow," "adjusted EBITDA," 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.
First quarter revenue of $1,544 million increased 3% year over year. The following table shows revenue for the first quarter:
Banking revenue decreased 1% due to a decline in ATM hardware revenue partially offset by higher software and services revenue.
Retail revenue increased 13% due to growth in self-checkout and point-of-sale revenue, as well as higher services revenue.
Hospitality revenue increased 6% driven primarily by an increase in point-of-sale revenue, as well as higher services revenue.
First quarter gross margin of $414 million increased from $397 million in the prior year period. Gross margin rate was 26.8%, up from 26.4%. First quarter gross margin (non-GAAP) of $425 million increased from $404 million in the prior year period. Gross margin rate (non-GAAP) was 27.5%, up from 26.9%. The increases in gross margin, both GAAP and non-GAAP, were driven by higher revenues and cost-saving actions taken in 2020, partially offset by the shift to recurring revenue.
First quarter operating expenses of $304 million decreased from $320 million in the prior year period. First quarter operating expenses (non-GAAP) of $277 million decreased from $300 million in the prior year period. The decreases in operating expenses, both GAAP and non-GAAP, were driven by cost-saving actions taken in 2020.
First quarter income from operations of $110 million increased from $77 million in the prior year period. First quarter operating income (non-GAAP) of $148 million increased from $104 million in the prior year period. The increases in operating income, both GAAP and non-GAAP, were driven by the impacts to gross margin and operating expenses described above.
First quarter other expense (GAAP) of $62 million increased from $52 million in the prior year period. The increase in other expense (GAAP) was due to increases in acquisition related expenses, partially offset by lower interest income. First quarter other expense (non-GAAP) of $45 million decreased from $52 million. The decrease in other expense (non-GAAP) was due to lower interest expense.
First quarter income tax expense of $17 million increased from $1 million in the prior year period. The first quarter effective income tax rate was 35.4%, compared to 4.0% in the prior year period. First quarter income tax expense (non-GAAP) of $29 million increased from $7 million in the prior year period. The first quarter effective income tax rate (non-GAAP) was 28.2%, compared to 13.5% in the prior year period. The increases in income tax expense, both GAAP and non-GAAP, were primarily driven by higher income before taxes and a decrease in discrete tax benefits.
First quarter net income from continuing operations attributable to NCR of $30 million increased from $23 million in the prior year period. The increase was driven by impacts to gross margin and operating expenses partially offset by higher income tax expense, described above.
First quarter adjusted EBITDA of $258 million increased from $188 million in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin rate increased to 16.7%, compared to 12.5% in the prior year period. The increase in adjusted EBITDA was driven by impacts to gross margin and operating expenses, described above.
First quarter cash provided by operating activities of $155 million increased from cash provided by operating activities of $54 million in the prior year period. First quarter free cash flow was $98 million, compared to free cash outflow of $20 million in the prior year period. The increases in cash provided by operating activities and free cash flow were both driven by higher operating earnings.
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. 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 are 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 continue to evaluate the long-term impact that COVID-19 may have on our business model. 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 first quarter 2021 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 first quarter 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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This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). Forward-looking statements use words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “outlook,” “intend,” “plan,” “confident,” “believe,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “potential,” “proposed,” “objective,” “could,” “may,” and words of similar meaning, as well as other words or expressions referencing future events, conditions or circumstances. We intend these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Act. Statements that describe or relate to NCR’s plans, goals, intentions, strategies, or financial outlook, and statements that do not relate to historical or current fact, are examples of forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, statements regarding NCR’s momentum and acceleration of our NCR-as-a-Service and 80/60/20 strategy, statements regarding our financial position, expectations regarding the closing of the proposed Cardtronics acquisition, expectations regarding growth and long-term value creation for our stockholders, expectations regarding execution of our 80/60/20 strategy and continued growth, statements regarding our plan to continue investing in strategic platforms, statements regarding our plans to mange our business through the COVID-19 pandemic and the health and safety of our employees and helping our customers, the expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, segments and revenues, statements regarding our second quarter 2021 financial outlook including revenue, adjusted EBITDA margin and free cash flow, expectations regarding increasing revenue and cash flow linearity, and expectations regarding cost discipline, operating leverage, margin expansion and return on investment opportunities. 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 coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on our business, financial condition and results of operations; domestic and global economic and credit conditions including, in particular, political, consumer, and unemployment conditions, the imposition or threat of protectionist trade policies or import or export tariffs, global and regional market conditions and spending trends, 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, fluctuations in oil and commodity prices, and our customer responses to the same; the transformation of our business model to an as-a-service company with focus on, among other items, increased software and services revenue, and recurring revenue; our ability grow software and services and expanding our customer base; our ability to successfully develop and introduce new solutions in the competitive, rapidly changing environment in which we do business; defects, errors, installation difficulties or development delays in our products; disruptions in our data center hosting facilities or cloud based hosting; our ability to compete effectively within the technology industry; reliance on third party suppliers; our multinational operations, including in new and emerging markets; our ability to successfully integrate acquisitions or effectively manage alliance activities, including but not limited to, the Cardtronics acquisition; the consummation of the Cardtronics acquisition, including approval by Cardtronics’ shareholders and regulatory approvals; continuous improvement, customer experience, restructuring and cost reduction initiatives; our ability to retain key employees, or attract quality new and replacement employees; financing and liquidity risks including: our level of indebtedness; the terms of the documents governing our indebtedness including financial and other covenants; the incurrence of substantially more debt, including secured debt, and similar liabilities, which would increase the risks described in our risk factors relating to indebtedness and repurchase obligations; sufficiency of our cash flows including to service our indebtedness; interest rate risk, which could cause our debt service obligations to increase significantly; our ability to raise the funds necessary to finance a required repurchase of our senior unsecured notes or our Series A Convertible Preferred Stock; a lowering or withdrawal of the ratings assigned to our debt securities by rating agencies; our pension liabilities; data protection, cybersecurity and privacy risks; intellectual property risks including protection, development and our ability to manage third party claims regarding patents and other intellectual property rights; legal and regulatory risks including unanticipated changes to our tax rates and additional income tax liabilities; environmental exposures from our historical and ongoing manufacturing activities; uncertainties with regard to regulations, lawsuits, claims, and other matters across various jurisdictions; other risks including the impact of the terms of our Series A Convertible Preferred Stock relating to voting power, share dilution and market price of our common stock, as well as rights, preferences and privileges that are not held by, and are preferential to, the rights of our common stockholders; actions or proposals from stockholders that do not align with our business strategies or the interests of our other stockholders; and potential write-down of the value of certain significant assets. 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 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 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 and restructuring charges, among others. NCR uses Adjusted EBITDA to manage and measure the performance of its business segments. NCR also uses Adjusted EBITDA to manage and determine the effectiveness of its business managers and as a basis for incentive compensation. NCR believes that Adjusted EBITDA 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.
is calculated based on Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of total revenue.
NCR defines free cash flow as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities less capital expenditures for property, plant and equipment, less additions to capitalized software plus 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'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.
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, and certain professional services arrangements, as well as term-based software license arrangements that include customer termination rights.
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