Pitney Bowes' Q4 earnings fall 18% to US$90.1M as income from discontinued operations slips 57%; revenue up 2% year-over-year to US$1.0B

STAMFORD, Connecticut , January 30, 2014 (press release) – Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2013.

HIGHLIGHTS

Results for the quarter:

  • Revenue of $1.0 billion, growth of 2 percent over prior year
  • Adjusted EPS of $0.53
  • GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $0.39; GAAP EPS of $0.44
  • SG&A expenses of $365 million, a decline of $27 million year-over-year
  • Free cash flow of $195 million; cash from operations of $131 million
  • Board of Directors approved first quarter 2014 dividend of $0.1875 per share for the Company’s common stock

“We delivered an excellent fourth quarter, both in terms of our financial performance and meeting our overall strategic objectives to transform our business,” said Marc Lautenbach, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Revenue grew in the quarter and our full year results were within or exceeded our guidance.

“I am encouraged by our solid progress in 2013, but there is more to do,” Lautenbach continued. “Going forward, we will continue to focus on our strategic objectives to transform our business, while at the same time invest in areas that will ensure our long-term growth. As we head into 2014, I am confident that we are on the right track and are well-positioned to continue to capitalize on the opportunities to further unlock the value of Pitney Bowes for our clients, shareholders and employees around the world.”

FOURTH QUARTER 2013 RESULTS

Revenue in the fourth quarter totaled $1.0 billion, growth of 2 percent on both a reported and constant currency basis, when compared to the prior year. The revenue results in the fourth quarter reflected a continuation of the year-over-year improving trends that the Company delivered throughout 2013, resulting in a return to growth. Revenue for the quarter benefited from 17 percent growth on a reported basis and 18 percent growth on a constant currency basis in the Digital Commerce Solutions segment. Revenue also benefited from 3 percent growth in the Enterprise Business Solutions group. In the Small and Medium Business (SMB) Solutions group, revenue declined 3 percent on a reported basis and 2 percent on a constant currency basis. However, the decline was less than in prior years and reflected further stabilization in the SMB business.

Adjusted earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for the fourth quarter were $0.53, which includes a $0.04 per share benefit related to the favorable resolution of certain tax matters.

Fourth quarter earnings per diluted share from continuing operations, on a Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis were $0.39, which includes a restructuring charge of $0.11 per share and a charge related to net costs associated with the early retirement of debt of $0.02 per share. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the fourth quarter were $0.44, which includes income of $0.05 per share from discontinued operations.

FULL YEAR 2013 RESULTS

For the full year, revenue totaled $3.9 billion, a decline of one percent when compared to the prior year.

Adjusted earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for the full year were $1.88, which includes a $0.15 per share benefit related to the favorable resolution of certain tax matters realized during the year.

For the full year, GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations were $1.49, which includes a restructuring charge of $0.21 per share, an asset impairment charge of $0.08 per share and extinguishment of debt costs of $0.10 per share. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the full year were $0.70, which includes a $0.78 per share loss from discontinued operations.

FREE CASH FLOW RESULTS

Free cash flow during the quarter was $195 million and $635 million for the year. On a GAAP basis, the Company generated $131 million in cash from operations for the quarter and $625 million for the year. Free cash flow benefited throughout the year from aggressive actions to improve working capital. The Company used cash to pay $38 million in dividends to its common shareholders in the quarter and $189 million for the year. The Company has used its cash during the year primarily to reduce debt, pay dividends, reduce costs and invest in the business.

BUSINESS SEGMENT REPORTING

The Company’s business segment reporting reflects the clients served in each market and the way it manages these segments for growth and profitability. The reporting segment groups are: Small & Medium Business (SMB) Solutions group; Enterprise Business Solutions group; and the Digital Commerce Solutions segment.

The Small and Medium Business (SMB) Solutions group offers mailing equipment, financing, services and supplies for small and medium businesses to efficiently create mail and evidence postage. This group includes the North America Mailing and International Mailing segments. North America Mailing includes the operations of U.S. and Canada Mailing. International Mailing includes all other SMB operations around the world.

The Enterprise Business Solutions group provides mailing equipment and services for large enterprise clients to process mail, including sortation services to qualify large mail volumes for postal worksharing discounts. This group includes the global Production Mail and Presort Services segments.

The Digital Commerce Solutions segment leverages digital and mobile channels that make the Company’s clients’ customer-facing functions more effective. This segment includes software, marketing services, Volly™ and ecommerce solutions.

Within the North America Mailing results, U.S. equipment sales revenue grew 2 percent versus the prior year, in part benefiting from the new go-to-market strategy. This growth was offset by lower, non-mail equipment sales of multi-functional devices in Canada. Recurring revenue streams declined at a lesser rate than prior year, continuing a year-over-year improvement in trend. Overall, North America Mailing revenue declined at the lowest rate in more than 2 years.

During the quarter, North America Mailing made substantial progress implementing the new go-to-market model, which is enhancing the client experience and improving the sales process while reducing costs. EBIT margin increased versus the prior year as a result of improved gross margins and ongoing cost reduction initiatives.

International Mailing revenue benefited from growth in equipment sales and recurring revenue streams as the international markets continued to experience improving meter population trends. EBIT margin declined versus the prior year due to the mix of products and higher equipment costs related to currency.

Production Mail revenue benefited from increased production print installations globally as well as the installation of sortation equipment in Europe. Revenue also benefited from ongoing growth in supplies. EBIT margin was impacted by the proportion of printer sales this quarter, which are lower-margin products.

Presort Services revenue was flat versus the prior year, which is the net result of an increase in new business being offset by a decline in revenue per piece of mail processed. Additionally, EBIT margin declined versus the prior year in part due to increased labor costs associated with processing year-end mail volumes.

Digital Commerce Solutions revenue benefited from continued strong growth in the Company’s ecommerce solutions for cross-border package delivery, as well as growth in services-related software revenue. Revenue growth was partially offset by a decline in marketing services revenue. EBIT margin increased as a result of operating leverage related to the scaling of the ecommerce business, which was partially offset by the continued investment in infrastructure and software development. EBIT margin also benefited from the lower net investment in Volly™.

2014 GUIDANCE

This guidance discusses future results which are inherently subject to unforeseen risks and developments. As such, discussions about the business outlook should be read in the context of an uncertain future, as well as the risk factors identified in the safe harbor language at the end of this release and as more fully outlined in the Company's 2012 Form 10-K Annual Report and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Company expects to further align its business performance in 2014 with the strategy that was outlined at its 2013 Analyst Day. Also the Company expects that there will be no significant changes in the economic or postal environments in 2014 as compared to 2013.

The Company expects:

Revenue growth improvement in Digital Commerce Solutions, benefiting from the continued growth in ecommerce and growth in software solutions;
Flat to modest revenue growth in Enterprise Business Solutions against a strong 2013 Production Mail comparable;
Continued moderation in the revenue decline in SMB Solutions as a result of improving trends in equipment sales and recurring revenue streams;
Ongoing reductions in SG&A costs, which are expected to more than offset incremental expenses associated with the investment in a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system;
A tax rate in the range of 29 to 31 percent as a result of the Company’s changed business portfolio and business mix.
The Company expects free cash flow in 2014 to be lower than 2013 primarily due to:

Less cash from operations as a result of the sale of the Management Services business;
Further stabilization of finance receivables;
Incremental capital investment related to a new ERP system.
Based on the above assumptions, the Company’s 2014 guidance is as follows:

Revenue, excluding the impacts of currency, to be in the range of a one percent decline to two percent growth when compared to 2013;
GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations to be in the range of $1.75 to $1.90, which includes $0.10 per share in expenses related to the implementation of a new ERP system;
Free cash flow to be in the range of $475 million to $575 million.
This guidance excludes any unusual items that may occur or additional restructuring actions as the Company implements plans to further streamline its operations and reduce costs.

Conference Call and Webcast

Management of Pitney Bowes will discuss the Company’s results in a broadcast over the Internet today at 8:00 a.m. EST. Instructions for listening to the earnings results via the Web are available on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s web site at www.pb.com.

About Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes provides technology solutions for small, mid-size and large firms that help them connect with customers to build loyalty and grow revenue. Many of the company’s solutions are delivered on open platforms to best organize, analyze and apply both public and proprietary data to two-way customer communications. Pitney Bowes includes direct mail, transactional mail and call center communications in its solution mix along with digital channel messaging for the Web, email and mobile applications.

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