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DST Systems, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2010 Financial Results
Jul 27, 2010 (05:07 PM EDT)
KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Consolidated net income for DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE: DST) was $94.0 million ($2.00 per diluted share) for second quarter 2010 compared to $48.7 million ($0.97 per diluted share) for second quarter 2009. Consolidated net income for the six months ended June 30, 2010 was $170.9 million ($3.57 per diluted share) compared to $121.9 million ($2.44 per diluted share) for the six months ended June 30, 2009. Taking into account certain non-GAAP adjustments explained herein, consolidated net income was $57.6 million ($1.23 per diluted share) for second quarter 2010 compared to $44.8 million ($0.90 per diluted share) for second quarter 2009, and $111.4 million ($2.33 per diluted share) for the six months ended June 30, 2010 compared to $86.4 million ($1.73 per diluted share) for the six months ended June 30, 2009.
The diluted EPS impact of non-GAAP adjustments for second quarter 2010 is summarized as follows:
Second quarter 2010 financial and operational highlights were as follows:
Debt activity during second quarter 2010 was as follows:
The Company recorded a pretax gain of approximately $700,000 in second quarter 2010 related to the repurchase and extinguishment of senior convertible debentures.
Share-related activity during second quarter 2010 was as follows:
Definitive agreement to acquire dsicmm Group Limited
dsicmm has approximately 1,200 employees and annual revenues of approximately $160 million, including annual operating revenues of approximately $120 million. DST management does not expect the transaction to have a material impact on DST's net income or earnings per share for 2010.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
In addition to reporting operating income, pretax income, net income and earnings per share on a GAAP basis, DST has also made certain non-GAAP adjustments which are described in the attached schedule titled "Description of Non-GAAP Adjustments" and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures in the attached financial schedules titled "Reconciliation of Reported Results to Income Adjusted for Certain Non-GAAP Items" that accompany this earnings release. In making these nonGAAP adjustments, the Company takes into account the impact of items that are not necessarily ongoing in nature, that do not have a high level of predictability associated with them or that are nonoperational in nature. Generally, these items include net gains on dispositions of business units, net gains (losses) associated with securities and other investments, restructuring and impairment costs and other similar items. Management believes the exclusion of these items provides a useful basis for evaluating underlying business unit performance, but should not be considered in isolation and is not in accordance with, or a substitute for, evaluating business unit performance utilizing GAAP financial information. Management uses non-GAAP measures in its budgeting and forecasting processes and to further analyze its financial trends and "operational run-rate," as well as making financial comparisons to prior periods presented on a similar basis. The Company believes that providing such adjusted results allows investors and other users of DST's financial statements to better understand DST's comparative operating performance for the periods presented.
DST's management uses each of these non-GAAP financial measures in its own evaluation of the Company's performance, particularly when comparing performance to past periods. DST's non-GAAP measures may differ from similar measures by other companies, even if similar terms are used to identify such measures. Although DST's management believes non-GAAP measures are useful in evaluating the performance of its business, DST acknowledges that items excluded from such measures may have a material impact on the Company's income from operations, pretax income, net income and earnings per share calculated in accordance with GAAP. Therefore, management typically uses nonGAAP measures in conjunction with GAAP results. Investors and users of our financial information should also consider the above factors when evaluating DST's results.
Use of EBITDA
DST defines EBITDA as earnings from operations before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. DST defines EBITDA Margin as EBITDA divided by operating revenues. These supplemental non-GAAP liquidity measures are provided in addition to, but not as a substitute for, cash flow from operations. As a measure of liquidity, the Company believes EBITDA is useful as an indicator of its ability to generate cash flow. EBITDA, as calculated by the Company, may not be consistent with computation of EBITDA by other companies. Historically the Company has analyzed Output Solutions income from operations and operating margin. The Company believes a useful measure of Output Solutions' contribution to DST's results is to focus on cash flow. DST management believes EBITDA is an appropriate measure of cash flow for Output Solutions and will be a primary measurement the Company intends to review going forward. A reconciliation of Output Solutions Segment income from operations to EBITDA is included in a schedule that accompanies this earnings release.
Detailed Review of Financial Results
The following discussion of financial results takes into account the non-GAAP adjustments described in the section entitled "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" and detailed in the attached schedule titled "Description of Non-GAAP Adjustments."
Financial Services Segment
Operating revenues for the Financial Services segment excluding out-of-pocket reimbursements ("OOP") for second quarter 2010 increased $2.5 million or 0.9% to $290.2 million as compared to second quarter 2009. The increase in Financial Services operating revenues is attributable to higher revenues at DST Global Solutions and Argus, partially offset by lower revenues at DST Health Solutions.
The increased revenues at DST Global Solutions resulted from higher software license revenues, increased demand for professional services and changes in foreign currency exchange rates (primarily between the U.S. Dollar and the Australian Dollar) which increased operating revenues by approximately $2.2 million. The increase in Argus revenues is due to higher volumes of pharmacy claims paid and related services. These operating revenue increases were partially offset by a decrease in DST Health Solutions professional services attributable to lower client demand for professional services, the expiration of a client processing agreement in July 2009 and the timing of certain client consulting projects. U.S. Investment Recordkeeping Solutions operating revenues during second quarter 2010 were essentially unchanged as increased revenues from a higher volume of subaccounts serviced, defined contribution participants and increased distribution support solutions volumes offset the absence of a $2.1 million client contract termination fee for a full-service processing client recognized in second quarter 2009.
Financial Services segment software license fee revenues are derived principally from DST Global Solutions (investment management), DST Health Solutions (medical claims processing) and AWD (business process management - BPM). Operating revenues include approximately $12.4 million of software license fee revenues for second quarter 2010, an increase of $1.6 million or 14.8% over the same period in 2009. The increase is primarily due to higher investment management license fee revenue, partially offset by lower AWD software license fee revenues. While license fee revenues are not a significant percentage of DST's total operations, they can significantly impact earnings in the period in which they are recognized. Revenues and operating results from individual license sales depend heavily on the timing, size and nature of the contract.
Costs and expenses for second quarter 2010 were $203.5 million, a decrease of $16.1 million or 7.3% from the same period in 2009. Reimbursable operating costs were $10.9 million and $12.9 million during second quarter 2010 and 2009, respectively. Excluding reimbursable operating costs, costs and expenses decreased $14.1 million or 6.8% during second quarter 2010 to $192.6 million. On this basis, the decrease in costs and expenses is attributable to lower deferred compensation costs of $6.5 million (the effect of which is offset as unrealized trading securities losses in other non-operating income) and lower compensation and benefit related costs from lower staffing levels due to the reduction in workforce that began in first quarter 2010, partially offset by higher costs from foreign currency exchange effects between the U.S. Dollar and other currencies (primarily the Australian Dollar) of approximately $2.1 million.
Depreciation and amortization expense for second quarter 2010 was $20.5 million, an increase of $1.4 million as compared to second quarter 2009. The increase in depreciation and amortization is attributable to higher amounts of third party software purchases and capitalized software activity, partially offset by the Company's use of accelerated depreciation methods and lower depreciation from certain assets becoming fully depreciated.
Financial Services segment income from operations for second quarter 2010 totaled $77.1 million as compared to $61.9 million in second quarter 2009, an increase of $15.2 million or 24.6%. Excluding the impact of the $6.5 million decrease in deferred compensation costs described above, income from operations increased $8.7 million. Operating margin for second quarter 2010 was 26.6% as compared to 21.5% for second quarter 2009. Excluding the effect of the deferred compensation costs described above, operating margin would have been 25.7% for second quarter 2010 as compared to 22.9% for second quarter 2009. The primary factors for the increase in operating margin were lower compensation and benefit related costs from lower staffing levels and higher software license revenues.
Financial Services Segment Account Statistics:
The following table summarizes mutual fund shareowner accounts serviced (in millions):
Registered accounts serviced increased 300,000 accounts or 0.3% from the comparable amount at March 31, 2010. The net increase was attributable to new client conversions of 1.2 million and growth in existing clients of 200,000, partially offset by the conversion of 600,000 accounts to non-DST subaccounting platforms and 500,000 accounts to DST's subaccounting platform. Tax-advantaged accounts were 47.0 million at June 30, 2010, an increase of 400,000 accounts or 0.9% as compared to March 31, 2010. Tax-advantaged accounts represent 43.8% of total registered accounts serviced at June 30, 2010 as compared to 42.1% at June 30, 2009.
Subaccounts serviced were 17.6 million at June 30, 2010, an increase of 2.5 million subaccounts or 16.6% as compared to March 31, 2010. New client conversions of 1.6 million subaccounts, conversions of 500,000 registered accounts from TA2000 and net increases in existing client subaccounts of 400,000 comprise the increase.
During second quarter 2010, DST received new client commitments that will result in approximately 100,000 new registered accounts in fourth quarter 2010. The Company had previously announced client commitments of approximately 300,000 registered accounts that are scheduled to convert in the second half of 2010.
The Company also expects 7.2 million registered accounts will convert to subaccounting platforms during the remainder of 2010 of which 500,000 accounts will convert to TA2000 Subaccounting.
The Company's subaccounting clients have indicated they plan to convert a total of 1.0 million new subaccounts to TA2000 Subaccounting from non-DST platforms during the second half of 2010.
As previously announced, two existing subaccounting clients of the Company, as a result of mergers, have announced their intention to terminate their processing agreements with DST and convert approximately 6.1 million subaccounts to non-DST subaccounting platforms. The Company expects that 4.9 million subaccounts will convert in third quarter 2010 and 600,000 subaccounts will convert in first quarter 2011.
The third quarter 2010 subaccounting deconversion is expected to result in a contract termination payment to the Company of approximately $9.0 million. The Company will incur charges of approximately $1.5 million to $2.0 million in connection with the termination. The Company expects to record in the third quarter 2010 a net pretax gain of approximately $7.0 million to $7.5 million related to this contract termination.
The following table presents mutual fund shareowner accounts at June 30, 2010 and summarizes the remainder of 2010 conversion activities described above (and without taking into account any other changes in accounts serviced during 2010) to arrive at an estimated total accounts at December 31, 2010.
The actual number of accounts estimated to convert to and from various DST platforms, as well as the timing of those events, is dependent upon a number of factors. Actual results could differ from the Company's estimates.
Defined contribution ("DC") participants were 3.8 million at June 30, 2010, a decrease of 500,000 participants or 11.6% from March 31, 2010 and an increase of 400,000 participants or 11.8% from June 30, 2009. The decline in participants during second quarter 2010 represents the annual removal of prior year terminated participants. The increase from second quarter 2009 is primarily from conversions of new participants and from increases in participants of existing clients. As previously reported, the Company has new client commitments for approximately 500,000 new participants which are expected to convert in fourth quarter 2010.
Pharmacy claims paid by Argus during second quarter 2010 were 95.8 million, an increase of 900,000 claims or 0.9% as compared to first quarter 2010 and an increase of 1.0 million claims or 1.1% from second quarter 2009.
DST Health Solutions covered lives were 23.2 million at June 30, 2010, an increase of 300,000 covered lives or 1.3% as compared to March 31, 2010 and a decrease of 300,000 covered lives or 1.3% as compared to December 31, 2009.
Active AWD workstations during second quarter 2010 were 195,600 an increase of 800 workstations or 0.4% as compared to first quarter 2010 and an increase of 2,100 workstations or 1.1% compared to December 31, 2009.
Output Solutions Segment
Output Solutions segment operating revenues (excluding OOP reimbursements) for second quarter 2010 were $113.7 million, a decrease of $3.8 million or 3.2% as compared to second quarter 2009. Out-of-pocket reimbursements increased $1.0 million or 0.7% in second quarter 2010 to $138.8 million.
Images produced during second quarter 2010 were 2.8 billion, a decrease of 9.7% as compared to second quarter 2009. Items mailed during second quarter 2010 were 556.4 million, a decrease of 2.2% as compared to the same period in 2009. The decrease in images produced and items mailed is primarily due to the previously mentioned client contract termination and lower volumes from existing customers, partially offset by higher volumes from new clients. Revenue per unit (packages and images) declined during the quarter attributable to higher relative volumes from clients with lower unit pricing. These operating revenue decreases were partially offset by foreign currency exchange effects of approximately $900,000 between the U.S. Dollar and other currencies (primarily the Canadian Dollar).
During second quarter 2010, Output Solutions received three new client commitments representing, when fully transitioned, approximately 110 million of aggregate packages annually, based on current volume levels. Full conversion activities related to these new clients is expected to be completed by in the first half of 2011. In connection with the third quarter 2010 deconversion of 4.9 million subaccounts mentioned above, the Output Solutions Segment expects to receive a contract termination payment of approximately $1.3 million.
Costs and expenses for second quarter 2010 were $233.9 million, a decrease of $5.5 million or 2.3% from the same period in 2009. Excluding reimbursable operating costs of $138.8 million in second quarter 2010 and $137.8 million in second quarter 2009, costs and expenses decreased $6.5 million or 6.4% to $95.1 million. On this basis, the decrease in costs was mostly attributable to lower material costs and staffing levels resulting from lower volumes. These decreases were partially offset by higher costs related to the effect of foreign currency exchange rates of approximately $400,000.
Depreciation and amortization increased $100,000 as compared to second quarter 2009.
Output Solutions segment income from operations for second quarter 2010 totaled $8.5 million, an increase of $2.6 million or 44.1% as compared to second quarter 2009, primarily from lower operating costs. Operating margin for second quarter 2010 was 7.5% as compared to 5.0% for second quarter 2009.
For the quarter, Output Solutions EBITDA was $18.6 million, an increase over 2009 of $2.7 million or 17.0%. EBITDA operating margin was 16.4% in second quarter 2010 as compared to 13.5% for second quarter 2009, an increase of 2.9% primarily attributable to lower operating costs.
Investments and Other Segment
Investments and Other segment operating revenues, primarily rental income, were $14.7 million for second quarter 2010, unchanged from second quarter 2009. Income from operations increased $400,000 to $3.1 million attributable to reductions in occupancy expenses.
Other Financial Results
Equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated affiliates
The following table summarizes the Company's equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated affiliates (in millions):
DST's equity in BFDS earnings for second quarter 2010 increased $1.0 million as compared to second quarter 2009 primarily from the release of a previously established income tax valuation allowance and improvements in operations. BFDS derives investment earnings related to cash balances maintained on behalf of customers. Average daily balances invested by BFDS were $910 million during second quarter 2010 compared to $770 million during second quarter 2009 from higher levels of transaction activity. Average interest rates earned on the balances increased from 0.16% in second quarter 2009 to 0.20% in second quarter 2010. The aggregate effect of these fluctuations resulted in an approximate $150,000 increase in interest earnings by BFDS.
DST's equity in IFDS earnings for second quarter 2010 increased $1.8 million as compared to second quarter 2009. The increase in equity in earnings resulted primarily from higher levels of shareowner accounts serviced at IFDS U.K. from both new and existing clients and improvements in operations. Shareowner accounts serviced by IFDS U.K. were 7.0 million at June 30, 2010, an increase of 300,000 accounts from March 31, 2010 and an increase of 900,000 accounts from June 30, 2009. Shareowner accounts serviced by IFDS Canada were 10.8 million at June 30, 2010, an increase of 300,000 accounts from both March 31, 2010 and June 30, 2009, respectively.
Other income, net
Other income, net during second quarter 2010 decreased $4.8 million over second quarter 2009. The decrease in other income is attributable to unrealized depreciation on trading securities (the effect of which is offset as decreased deferred compensation costs included in costs and expenses in the Financial Services Segment), partially offset by the absence of accounts receivable securitization program costs which are recorded in interest expense beginning January 1, 2010.
Interest expense was $11.7 million for second quarter 2010, an increase of $2.2 million from second quarter 2009. The increase is attributable to higher average interest rates on the Company's syndicated revolving credit facility which was renewed on April 16, 2010 and from recording accounts receivable securitization program costs as interest expense beginning January 1, 2010, partially offset by lower average debt balances during second quarter 2010.
The Company's tax rate was 32.1% for second quarter 2010, a decrease of 7.6% from second quarter 2009. The decrease in the Company's income tax rate over 2009 is attributable to lower levels of international operating losses requiring valuation allowances during 2010 and higher utilization of foreign tax credits in 2010. Excluding the effects of discrete period items, the Company expects its tax rate to be 36.4% for the remainder of 2010, but this rate will likely vary on a quarterly basis between 34.5% and 38.0% depending on the timing of estimated 2010 sources of taxable income (e.g. domestic consolidated, international, and/or joint venture).
Earnings Per Share Proposed Accounting Standard
In August 2008, the FASB issued a revised exposure draft, that would amend current earnings per share accounting guidance to clarify guidance for mandatorily convertible instruments, the treasury stock method, contingently issuable shares, and contracts that may be settled in cash or shares. The final statement has yet to be issued. In April 2009, the FASB decided to pause the earnings per share project. DST is currently evaluating the impact of this proposed accounting standard and currently believes that this proposed amendment would impact the way the Company treats the incremental shares to be issued from the assumed conversion of the convertible debentures in calculating diluted earnings per share. The proposed amendment would require the use of the "if-converted" method from the date of issuance of the convertible debentures. The proposed amendment would remove the ability of a company to support the presumption that the convertible securities will be satisfied in cash and not converted into shares of common stock. Under this "if converted" method, GAAP diluted earnings per share would have been $1.69 and $0.84 (versus GAAP reported earnings of $2.00 and $0.97) for the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively, and $3.02 and $2.05 (versus GAAP reported earnings of $3.57 and $2.44) for the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively. The above information presents only the effect on diluted earnings per share of the "if converted" method included in the exposure draft, but does not include any other computational changes (e.g., treasury stock method considerations) discussed in the exposure draft. DST is continuing to monitor the FASB's progress towards finalizing this proposed accounting standard.
The proposed change in accounting principles would affect the calculation of diluted earnings per share during the period the debentures are outstanding, but would not affect DST's ability to ultimately settle the convertible debentures in cash, shares or any combination thereof.
The information and comments in this press release may include forward-looking statements respecting DST and its businesses. Such information and comments are based on DST's views as of today, and actual actions or results could differ. There could be a number of factors, risks, uncertainties or contingencies that could affect future actions or results, including but not limited to those set forth in DST's periodic reports (Form 10-K or 10-Q) filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All such factors should be considered in evaluating any forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect future events.
In addition to reporting operating income, pretax income, net income and earnings per share on a GAAP basis, DST has also made certain non-GAAP adjustments that are described below and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures in the attached financial schedules titled "Reconciliation of Reported Results to Income Adjusted for Certain Non-GAAP Items" that accompany this earnings release. DST's use of non-GAAP adjustments is further described in the section entitled "Use of NonGAAP Financial Information."
The following items, which occurred during the quarter ended June 30, 2010, have been treated as non-GAAP adjustments:
In addition to the items that occurred in the quarter ended June 30, 2010 as described above, the following items, which occurred during the quarter ended March 31, 2010, have been previously reported as non-GAAP adjustments:
The following items, which occurred during the quarter ended June 30, 2009, have been treated as non-GAAP adjustments:
In addition to the items that occurred in the quarter ended June 30, 2009 as described above, the following items, which occurred during the quarter ended March 31, 2009, have been previously reported as non-GAAP adjustments:
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