Unisys Corporation UIS reported third-quarter 2018 results wherein the bottomline missedthe Zacks Consensus Estimate but the top line beat.
Non-GAAP earnings per share were 39 cents, which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 7 cents but exceeded the prior-year figureof 31 cents.
The company's revenues came in at $688.3 million, topping the consensus estimate of $682 million. The figure was up 3.3% from the prior-year quarter.
Adjusted EBITDA jumped 6.5% to $96.1 million.
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Quarter in Detail
The Services segment generated revenues of $602.5 million, up 4.7% from the prior-year quarter, constituting 87.5% of the total quarterly revenues. Services backlog increased 33% year over year to $4.9 billion.
Unisys' continued focus on increasing the efficiency of its Services delivery engine through increased automation and artificial intelligence is reflected in the quarterly performance of the Services segment.
Technology segment's revenues were $87 million, down 8.6% from the year-earlier quarter. This decline was partly due to currency fluctuations in the Brazilian real.
In the last reported quarter, the company launched Unisys InteliServe, a user-centric service desk platform, which showed momentum in the third quarter. Unisys signed contracts with two key clients in the quarter.
During the third quarter, Unisys launched Unisys TrustCheck service to keep security professionals constantly updated on their organization's cybersecurity position, among other features.
Revenues from Stealth showed strong growth of 90% year over year.
Total contract value (TCV) rallied 46% and new business TCV grew 133% during the quarter.
However, annual contract value (ACV) decreased 9% and new business ACV fell 8%. Several large contracts that the federal business achieved in the year-ago quarter led to a tough year-over-year comparison.
Non-GAAP operating profit for the reported quarter was $52.8 million compared with $50 million in the prior-year quarter. Higher mix of software revenue aided the expansion in margin.
Non-GAAP operating profit margin was 7.7%, up 20 basis points year over year.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of Sep 30, 2018, Unisys had $516.1 million in cash and cash equivalents compared with $584.3 million in the previous quarter.
Long-term debt was $640.1 million compared with $638.1 million witnessed at the end of previous quarter.
During the quarter, the company used $77.4 million of cash for operational activities, as compared to $11.7 million sequentially. Adjusted free cash outflow was $6.4 million.
The company reaffirmed its outlook for 2018. It expects non-GAAP revenues of $2.7-$2.83 billion in the year. Non-GAAP operating margin is expected in the range of 7.8-8.8%. Adjusted EBITDA margin is projected to be 13.7-14.9%.
Unisys' joint venture called iPSL with three large U.K. based banks underwent some restructuring and IT upgrading toward the end of the quarter. The cash benefits of these activities are expected to be included in the fourth-quarter results.
In the fourth quarter, the company expects to generate strong cash flow, like the previous fourth quarters.
Zacks Rank and Other Stocks to Consider
Unisys currently has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Some other top-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector are Stratasys, Ltd. SSYS , CACI International, Inc. CACI , and Science Applications Int'l SAIC , each sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Long-term earnings growth for Stratasys, CACI and Intel Corporation is projected to be 15.75%, 10% and 8.42%, respectively.
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