Q3 Earnings Decline Prompts Xerox to Review Strategy
NORWALK, Conn.—October 26, 2015—Xerox (NYSE: XRX) announced third-quarter 2015 adjusted earnings per share of 24 cents. Adjusted EPS excludes 5 cents related to the amortization of intangibles, and 23 cents for the previously announced Health Enterprise charge; resulting in a GAAP loss from continuing operations of 4 cents per share.
The company also announced that its board of directors has authorized a review of the company’s business portfolio and capital allocation options, with the goal of enhancing shareholder value.
“Xerox’s board of directors and management team continually review the company’s strategy and consider a range of opportunities regarding our businesses and operations with the goal of maximizing value for shareholders,” said Ursula Burns, Xerox chairman and CEO. “Although we already have taken steps to accelerate cost reductions and prioritize investments to drive improved productivity and higher margins, our Board determined that undertaking a comprehensive review of structural options for the company’s portfolio is the right decision at this time.”
Burns added, “During the third quarter, the company achieved adjusted earnings in line with our guidance. We continue to focus on strengthening our offering portfolio, improving productivity and targeting our highest-margin segments. We remain focused on serving our clients and leading in the most attractive market segments where we are best positioned to compete and differentiate.”
Third Quarter Financial Results
Following is a breakdown of the company’s results on both a reported and an adjusted basis:
In the third quarter, total adjusted revenue of $4.4 billion was down 4 percent in constant currency. Annuity revenue was 85 percent of total revenue.
On a GAAP basis, revenue from the company’s Services business was $2.4 billion, down 8 percent or 4 percent in constant currency. Services margin was negative 7.6 percent. Adjusted to exclude the Health Enterprise charge, Services revenue, which represented 57 percent of total revenue, was $2.5 billion, consistent in constant currency with the same period last year. Adjusted services margin, was 8.1 percent, down 1.0 percentage point year-over-year.
Revenue from the company’s Document Technology business was $1.8 billion, down 12 percent or 9 percent in constant currency. Document Technology margin was 12.8 percent, down 1.2 percentage points.
Third-quarter operating margin of 8.7 percent was down 0.9 percentage points from the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted gross margin was 30.9 percent, and adjusted selling, administrative and general expenses were 19.2 percent of revenue.
Xerox generated $271 million in cash flow from operations during the third quarter, ending the quarter with a cash balance of $804 million. The company repurchased $691 million in stock in the quarter bringing the total to $1.3 billion through the first nine months of 2015.
Xerox expects fourth-quarter 2015 GAAP earnings of 23 to 25 cents per share and adjusted EPS of 28 to 30 cents per share.
For full-year 2015, Xerox expects GAAP earnings at the low end of 46 to 52 cents per share and adjusted EPS at the low end of $0.95 to $1.01 per share. Xerox expects full-year 2015 cash flow from operations of $1.6 to $1.7 billion and free cash flow from operations of $1.3 to $1.4 billion.
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