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Amdocs (DOX) Beats on Q1 Earnings, Repeats FY18 EPS View

Amdocs LimitedDOX reported better-than-expected first-quarter fiscal 2018 (ended Dec 31, 2017) earnings.

During the conference call, the company announced that it has inked a deal to acquire Vubiquity Inc. against roughly $224 million. The buyout is likely to close by second-quarter fiscal 2018-end.

Earnings

Quarterly adjusted earnings came in at $1.06 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 97 cents. The bottom line also came in higher than the year-ago tally of 90 cents per share.

Revenues

Revenues in the reported quarter came in at $977.7 million, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $979 million by a whisker. However, the top line came in 2.4% higher than the year-ago figure.

Top-Line Details

Customer Experience Systems revenues were $965.9 million in the reported quarter, up 3% year over year.Systems Directory revenues came in at $11.8 million, plunging 29.8% year over year.

Geographically, revenues from North America were $643 million, up 2.4% from the year-ago period. Europe recorded revenues of $133.7 million, up 12.8% year over year. Nonetheless, Rest of the World generated revenues of $201 million, down 3.5% year over year.

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Margins

Cost of sales in the reported quarter was $643.2 million, up 3.6% year over year. Selling, distribution and administrative expenses totaled $118.7 million compared to $124.1 million incurred in the year-earlier period. Operating margin in the fiscal first quarter came in at 12.5%, contracting 20 bps year over year.

Balance Sheet & Cash Flow

Exiting the reported quarter, Amdocs had cash and cash equivalents of $965.9 million compared with 979.6 million recorded in the prior quarter.

In the first three months of fiscal 2018, the company generated net cash of $164.6 million from its operating activities compared to $168 million cash generated in the year-earlier period.

In the fiscal first quarter, Amdocs purchased property worth $51.8 million compared with $41.7 million property purchased at the end of first-quarter fiscal 2017.

During the reported quarter, the company purchased shares worth $120 million. Also, its board of directors has approved the payment of a quarterly dividend at an increased rate of 25 cents per share. The dividend will be paid on Apr 20 to shareholders on record as of Mar 30, 2018.

Outlook

Amdocs is poised to grow on the back of sturdy sales, robust backlog, well-planned acquisitions and strategic growth-focused investments. The company anticipates to report revenues in the range of $960-$1,000 million and adjusted earnings per share (EPS) in 91-97 cents per share in second-quarter fiscal 2018. The company reiterated its revenue and EPS growth view for fiscal 2018. For fiscal 2018, Amdocs expects adjusted EPS year-over-year growth of 4-8% on revenue growth of 0-4%.

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