) has posted a net loss (including pension expenses) of $12.4
million or 28 cents per share in the third quarter of 2012
compared with a net income of $46.6 million or 99 cents per share
in the previous quarter and a net income of $78.6 million, or
$1.63 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter.
Excluding these charges and expenses, net income for the
quarter came in at 85 cents per diluted share, easily beating the
Zacks Consensus Estimate of 57 cents per share. Reported net
income was down from $1.77 per diluted share earned in the
year-earlier quarter and $1.41 per diluted share in the previous
The quarterly results were negatively impacted by lower
services revenue, higher pension expense and debt reduction
Net revenue stood at $877 million in the third quarter of
2012, down 14% from the year-ago quarter and 4.7% sequentially.
Foreign currency fluctuations negatively affected revenues by 4%
in the quarter. On a constant currency basis, revenue was down
Revenue in the third quarter was affected by softer demand in
the services business particularly for shorter-term project
business sold and billed within the quarter.
On a domestic basis, U.S. revenue plummeted 24% in the quarter
with about half of the revenue decline credited to the company's
U.S. Federal government business. International revenue declined
6% in the quarter.
Services revenues declined 15% year over year to $748.0
million. In the reported quarter, services orders were down but
flat on a constant currency basis. As of September 30, 2012,
services backlog was $5.1 billion, flat with the previous quarter
but down 8% from December 31, 2011.
Technology revenue in the quarter declined 10% from the
prior-year quarter to $129.4 million as growth in enterprise
servers was offset by lower sales of other technology.
Gross margin came in at 24.9% versus 26.4% in the previous
quarter and 27.9% in the year-ago quarter. Services gross profit
margin declined to 19.9% from 21.6% in the year-ago quarter.
Technology gross profit margin came in at 59.9% versus 57.4% in
the year-ago quarter, driven by higher percentage of
enterprise-class software and server sales in the
Operating margin came in at 7.0%, down from 8.6% in the
previous quarter and 11.1% in the year-ago quarter.
Balance Sheet/Cash Flow
Cash provided by operating activities amounted to $16.9
million in the third quarter of 2012 compared with $93.8 million
in the year-ago quarter. Capital expenditures incurred were $32
million in the third quarter of 2012 versus $29 million in the
previous year quarter.
During the quarter, Unisys executed the previously announced
actions to eliminate remaining high-interest debt as part of its
debt reduction program. Unisys retired $293.7 million aggregate
principal amount of 12.5% and 12.75% senior notes of debt by
issuing $210 million of 6.25% senior notes due 2017.
At September 30, 2012, the company had a cash balance of
$542 million and total debt of $211 million.
Unisys ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of
$541.6 million, down from $659.7 million at the end of the
previous quarter. Long-term debt was $210.1 million, down from
$291.8 million at the end of the previous quarter.
Management was encouraged with the margin improvement in the
company's technology business, continuously improving service
quality, and the early achievement of its debt reduction goal
targeted for 2013.
The macroeconomic conditions continue to be challenging for
Unisys, which competes with bigwigs like
). Hence, we continue to have a Zacks #3 Rank on the stock, which
translates into a short-term rating of Hold. In the long run, we
have a Neutral recommendation on the stock.
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