AMITIAE - Friday 25 July 2014

Cassandra: Xerox Announces Q2 2014 Figures

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By Graham K. Rogers


Xerox Corporation has announced its Second-Quarter 2014 Earnings and reports the following:


  • GAAP EPS from continuing operations of 22 cents
  • Adjusted EPS of 27 cents
  • Total revenue of $5.3 billion, 57 percent from Services
  • Services revenue of $3.0 billion, up 2 percent
  • Cash flow from operations of $325 million
  • Share repurchase of $204 million

More details of the earnings are included in a press release available online where a number of other links, including to a 10am Conference call, are available.

The main content of the news release from Xerox is:

Xerox announced today second-quarter 2014 adjusted earnings per share of 27 cents. Adjusted EPS excludes 5 cents related to amortization of intangibles, resulting in GAAP EPS from continuing operations of 22 cents.

In the second quarter, total revenue of $5.3 billion was down 2 percent or 3 percent in constant currency. Revenue from the company's Services business, which represented 57 percent of total revenue, was $3.0 billion, up 2 percent year-over-year or 1 percent in constant currency. Revenue from the company's Document Technology business, which represented 40 percent of total revenue, was $2.1 billion, down 6 percent or 7 percent in constant currency.

"The second quarter demonstrates progress in executing on our strategy. In our Services business, revenue growth and margin are trending well in commercial services, document outsourcing and internationally. Services segment margin improvement was muted by continued pressure in our government healthcare business including unplanned impairment charges. Our Document Technology business continues to deliver strong profitability through a disciplined and effective approach to operations," said Ursula Burns, Xerox chairman and chief executive officer. "As we enter the second half of the year, we are focused on improving on our progress and capitalizing on opportunities that will shape the success of our business."

Second-quarter operating margin of 9.7 percent improved 0.3 points year- over-year and resulted in operating profit of $514 million, up 1 percent. Gross margin was 30.8 percent, and selling, administrative and general expenses were 18.4 percent of revenue.

The company generated $325 million in cash flow from operations during the second quarter and $611 million for the first half of 2014. In the second quarter, Xerox repurchased $204 million in stock and $479 million in the first half of the year. Additionally, Xerox spent $227 million on acquisitions in the quarter and $281 million in the first half of the year, strengthening our Services portfolio. "Our business continues to deliver strong cash flow that gives us the flexibility to invest in growth, build shareholder value now and in the future, and positions us well to deliver on our expectations," added Burns.

For the third-quarter 2014, Xerox expects GAAP earnings per share to be 21 to 23 cents per share. Third-quarter adjusted EPS is expected to be 25 to 27 cents. The company expects full-year 2014 GAAP earnings per share of 92 to 96 cents and full-year adjusted EPS of $1.09 to $1.13.

Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.



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