Xerox Equipment Sales Revenue Down 17%, Q3 2012 Earnings
Xerox Q3 Earnings are out. =Earning and Sales were soft and the tone of the call was somber.
Here are some highlights of the earnings report, followed by the earnings release:
Equipment (copiers/printers) Sales Revenue -17%
Q3 Profit -12%
Equipment Financing Interest -13%
Research and Development -12%
Supplies Sales -8%
Mid Range Color Installs -7%*
Mid Range B&W Installs -14%*
High-End B/W Installs -31%
Digital Pages -3%
Color Revenue -6%
A4 Color MFD Installs 46%
A4 B/W MFD Installs 38%
Color Pages 9%
High-End Color Installs 32%
*59% of Technology Revenue is “Mid Range” Copiers/MFPs
NORWALK, Conn., Oct. 23, 2012 – Xerox (NYSE: XRX) announced today third- quarter 2012 adjusted earnings per share of 25 cents, which excludes 4 cents related to the amortization of intangibles, resulting in GAAP earnings of 21 cents per share.
In the third quarter, total revenue of $5.4 billion was down 3 percent or down 1 percent in constant currency.
Revenue from the company’s services business was up 6 percent in constant currency, partially offsetting a 7 percent constant currency decline in technology revenue, which represents the sale of document systems, supplies, technical service and financing of products.
During the third quarter, upfront investments in new services contracts as well as the impact of government budgetary pressures on existing contracts led to an 8.6 percent operating margin, down 1 point from third-quarter 2011. Gross margin was 31 percent, and selling, administrative and general expenses were 19.4 percent of revenue.
“Our third-quarter performance aligns with shifts in our business as services become a larger proportion of our revenue, and reflects the dynamics of a challenging economy that is creating cost pressures for large enterprises and governments,” said Ursula Burns, Xerox chairman and chief executive officer.
“Steady growth in services is consistent with our strategy. Scaling our offerings in business process, IT and document outsourcing gives us a diversified portfolio that helps mitigate declines in equipment sales and supplies,” she added. “In our technology business, we benefit from healthy operating margins that support our bottom-line performance. We’re accelerating growth in print-related markets that are expanding, like serving more small and mid-size businesses through indirect channels, and we’re maintaining our profitable leadership in markets that are contracting.”
In the company’s services business, constant currency revenue from business process outsourcing grew 9 percent, IT outsourcing grew 6 percent and document outsourcing, which includes the company’s leading managed print services offerings, was up 4 percent.
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“While we’re pleased with the continued revenue growth trajectory in services, the profitability of a few contracts has been hampered by constraints in government spending, delaying implementation on committed projects that required our upfront investments,” said Burns. “We believe this is a short-term consequence of current macro and political conditions. But, we remain cautious, and we are focused on reducing costs to absorb the impact and improve margins while investing in key areas of growth and delivering strong cash flow.”
The company generated $594 million in cash from operations and is on track to deliver full-year operating cash flow of $2 billion to $2.3 billion as well as repurchase $900 million to $1.1 billion in Xerox stock during the year.
During the fourth quarter, Xerox is planning to take a restructuring charge in the range of $50 million to $100 million. Until the plans are finalized, the company’s EPS guidance excludes this charge. Xerox expects fourth-quarter GAAP earnings of 29 cents to 31 cents per share. Fourth-quarter adjusted EPS is expected to be 33 cents to 35 cents per share. As a result, full-year 2012 GAAP earnings per share are expected to be 92 cents to 94 cents and full-year adjusted earnings per share are expected to be $1.07 to $1.09.
With sales approaching $23 billion, Xerox (NYSE: XRX) is the world’s leading enterprise for business process and document management. Its technology, expertise and services enable workplaces – from small businesses to large global enterprises – to simplify the way work gets done so they operate more effectively and focus more on what matters most: their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Xerox offers business process outsourcing and IT outsourcing services, including data processing, healthcare solutions, HR benefits management, finance support, transportation solutions, and customer relationship management services for commercial and government organizations worldwide. The company also provides extensive leading-edge document technology, services, software and genuine Xerox supplies for graphic communication and office printing environments of any size. The 140,000 people of Xerox serve clients in more than 160 countries. For more information, visit http://www.xerox.com, http://news.xerox.com or http://www.realbusiness.com. For investor information, visit http://www.xerox.com/investor.
Non- GAAP Measures:
This release refers to the following non-GAAP financial measures:
Adjusted EPS (earnings per share) for the third quarter 2012 as well as for the fourth quarter and full year 2012 guidance that excludes certain items.
Operating margin for the third quarter 2012 that excludes certain expenses.
Constant Currency revenue growth for the third quarter 2012 that excludes the effects of currency translation.Refer to the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section of this release for a discussion of these non-GAAP measures and their reconciliation to the reported GAAP measure.
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