ACI Worldwide, Inc. Reports Financial Results for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2020
November 05, 2020 at 06:00 AM EST
ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a leading global provider of real-time digital payment software and solutions, today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.
“During the pandemic, ACI has focused on keeping our employees and their families safe, assuring continuity of service to our customers, and preparing the Company to emerge from this challenging time stronger than before.” said Odilon Almeida, President and CEO of ACI Worldwide. “We are advancing on all of those fronts and continue to drive toward our goal of creating significant value for our shareholders, which is demonstrated by our performance year-to-date. Our net EBITDA margin improved from 26% to 31% over last year, and adjusted EBITDA is up 25% on revenue growth of 6% compared to the same period last year. While our On Premise business – our most profitable segment – continues to be temporarily impacted by COVID-related delays, our team continues to focus on creating value for our shareholders.”
Mr. Almeida continued, “We recently finalized our Three Pillar Strategy and have started implementing it across our business. We are building an agile and nimble organization, focusing our investments on real-time payments, large sophisticated global merchants, and fast-growing emerging markets. We have the right team, assets, and strategy to build an organization well positioned for continuous profitable growth and significant value creation. We look forward to sharing more details of the new ACI strategy at our upcoming virtual analyst day on November 10, 2020.”
Q3 2020 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Total bookings increased 43% compared to Q3 2019 while new bookings were down 5% compared to Q3 2019. Despite new bookings being up 71% in the Company’s On Demand business, new bookings were down 27% in the Company’s On Premise license software business due to COVID-related delays in purchasing decisions by ACI’s bank customers.
Revenue in the quarter was $316 million, down 11% compared to Q3 2019, primarily from lower non-recurring license fee revenue in ACI’s On Premise business, which was impacted by COVID-related delays. Recurring revenue was 77% of total revenue in Q3 2020, compared to 69% of total revenue in Q3 2019.
Net income in the quarter was $16 million, compared to $32 million in Q3 2019. Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter was $87 million, down 13% year-over-year. Net adjusted EBITDA margin was 38% versus 39% in Q3 2019.
Revenue from ACI’s On Demand segment was $190 million, down 1% year-over-year. On Demand segment net adjusted EBITDA margin improved to 32%, compared to 20% in the prior year period. On Demand segment net adjusted EBITDA margin is adjusted for pass through interchange revenue of $88 million and $99 million, for Q3 2020 and Q3 2019, respectively.
Revenue from ACI’s On Premise segment was $126 million, down 23% from Q3 last year primarily from lower non-recurring license revenue. On Premise segment adjusted EBITDA margin was 55% in Q3 2020 versus 61% in Q3 2019.
ACI ended Q3 2020 with a 12-month backlog of $1.1 billion and a 60-month backlog of $5.9 billion.
Cash flows from operating activities in the quarter were $67 million, up 107% from Q3 last year. ACI ended the quarter with $134 million in cash on hand and approximately $340 million available on the Company’s revolver credit facility. The Company paid down $50 million in debt during the quarter and the Company’s net debt leverage ratio declined to 3.3x.
YEAR-TO-DATE 2020 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Total bookings increased 38% and new bookings increased 15% in the nine-months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the same period last year. While new bookings were up 67% in ACI’s On Demand business, new bookings were down 12% in ACI’s On Premise license software business due to COVID-related delays in purchasing decisions by the Company’s bank customers.
Revenue in the nine-months ended September 30, 2020 was $907 million, up 6% compared to the same period last year driven primarily by the acquisition of Speedpay in May 2019. Recurring revenue was 80% of total revenue in the nine-months ended September 30, 2020 compared to 74% of total revenue in the same period last year.
Net income in the nine-months ended September 30, 2020 of $6 million compared to $12 million in the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA in the nine-months ended September 30, 2020 was $203 million, up 25% compared to the same period last year. Net adjusted EBITDA margin was 31% versus 26% in the same period last year, due primarily to cost reduction initiatives, as well as the Speedpay acquisition.
Revenue from ACI’s On Demand segment was $564 million in the nine-months ended September 30, 2020, up 19% from the same period last year. On Demand segment net adjusted EBITDA margin improved to 29% compared to 14% last year. On Demand segment net adjusted EBITDA margin is adjusted for pass through interchange revenue of $252 million and $222 million, for the nine-months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
Revenue from ACI’s On Premise segment was $343 million in the nine-months ended September 30, 2020, down 10% from the same period last year primarily as a result of lower non-recurring license revenue. On Premise segment adjusted EBITDA margin was 46% in the nine-months ended September 30, 2020 versus 48% in the same period last year.
While a significant portion of ACI’s revenues are recurring and the Company is optimistic about its pipeline of deals, the duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty regarding the timing of signing and realizing of revenue from new business. As previously announced, ACI has suspended guidance regarding its financial outlook for the full year 2020.
CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS FINANCIAL RESULTS
Management will host a conference call at 8:30 am ET today to discuss these results. Interested persons may access a real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference at http://investor.aciworldwide.com/ or use the following numbers for dial-in participation: US/Canada: (866) 914-7436, international: +1 (817) 385-9117. Please provide your name, the conference name ACI Worldwide, Inc. and conference code 4956507. There will be a replay of the call available for two weeks on (855) 859-2056 for US/Canada callers and +1 (404) 537-3406 for international participants.
About ACI Worldwide
ACI Worldwide powers digital payments for more than 6,000 organizations around the world. More than 1,000 of the largest financial institutions and intermediaries, as well as thousands of global merchants, rely on ACI to execute $14 trillion each day in payments and securities. In addition, myriad organizations utilize our electronic bill presentment and payment services. Through our comprehensive suite of software solutions delivered on customers’ premises, through the public cloud or through ACI’s private cloud, we provide real-time, immediate payments capabilities and enable the industry’s most complete omni-channel payments experience.
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To supplement our financial results presented on a GAAP basis, we use the non-GAAP measures indicated in the tables, which exclude significant transaction-related expenses, as well as other significant non-cash expenses such as depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation, that we believe are helpful in understanding our past financial performance and our future results. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to our GAAP results and are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Management generally compensates for limitations in the use of non-GAAP financial measures by relying on comparable GAAP financial measures and providing investors with a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures only in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP.
We believe that these non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way to view aspects of our operations that, when viewed with our GAAP results, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting our business. Certain non-GAAP measures include:
ACI is also presenting adjusted operating free cash flow, which is defined as net cash provided by operating activities and net after-tax payments associated with significant transaction-related expenses, less capital expenditures. Adjusted operating free cash flow is considered a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by SEC Regulation G. We utilize this non-GAAP financial measure, and believe it is useful to investors, as an indicator of cash flow available for debt repayment and other investing activities, such as capital investments and acquisitions. We utilize adjusted operating free cash flow as a further indicator of operating performance and for planning investment activities. Adjusted operating free cash flow should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, net cash provided by operating activities. A limitation of adjusted operating free cash flow is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the cash balance for the period. This measure also does not exclude mandatory debt service obligations and, therefore, does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures. We believe that adjusted operating free cash flow is useful to investors to provide disclosures of our operating results on the same basis as that used by our management.
ACI backlog includes estimates for SaaS and PaaS, license, maintenance, and services revenue specified in executed contracts but excluded from contracted revenue that will be recognized in future periods, as well as revenue from assumed contract renewals to the extent that we believe recognition of the related revenue will occur within the corresponding backlog period. We have historically included assumed renewals in backlog estimates based upon automatic renewal provisions in the executed contract and our historic experience with customer renewal rates.
Backlog is considered a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by SEC Regulation G. Our 60-month backlog estimates are derived using the following key assumptions:
Estimates of future financial results require substantial judgment and are based on several assumptions, as described above. These assumptions may turn out to be inaccurate or wrong for reasons outside of management’s control. For example, our customers may attempt to renegotiate or terminate their contracts for many reasons, including mergers, changes in their financial condition, or general changes in economic conditions (e.g. economic declines resulting from COVID-19) in the customer’s industry or geographic location. We may also experience delays in the development or delivery of products or services specified in customer contracts, which may cause the actual renewal rates and amounts to differ from historical experiences. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates may also impact the amount of revenue recognized in future periods. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that amounts included in backlog estimates will generate the specified revenues or that the actual revenues will be generated within the corresponding 60-month period. Additionally, because certain components of Committed Backlog and all of Renewal Backlog estimates are operating metrics, the estimates are not required to be subject to the same level of internal review or controls as contracted but not recognized Committed Backlog.
Backlog estimates should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, reported revenue and contracted but not recognized revenue (including deferred revenue).
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains forward-looking statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Generally, forward-looking statements do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and may include words or phrases such as “believes,” “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” and words and phrases of similar impact. The forward-looking statements are made pursuant to safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, expectations regarding: (i) our focus on and advancement of keeping our employees and their families safe, assuring continuity of service to our customers and preparing the Company to emerge from this challenging time stronger than before, (ii) the temporary impact of the COVID-19 related delays, (iii) building an agile and nimble organization, focusing our investments on real-time payments, large sophisticated global merchants, and fast-growing emerging markets, and (iv) our belief that we have the right team, assets, and strategy to build an organization well positioned for continuous profitable growth and significant value creation.
All of the foregoing forward-looking statements are expressly qualified by the risk factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such factors include, but are not limited to, increased competition, the success of our Universal Payments strategy, demand for our products, consolidations and failures in the financial services industry, customer reluctance to switch to a new vendor, failure to obtain renewals of customer contracts or to obtain such renewals on favorable terms, delay or cancellation of customer projects or inaccurate project completion estimates, the complexity of our products and services and the risk that they may contain hidden defects or be subjected to security breaches or viruses, compliance of our products with applicable legislation, governmental regulations and industry standards, our compliance with privacy regulations, our ability to protect customer information from security breaches or attacks, our ability to adequately defend our intellectual property, exposure to credit or operating risks arising from certain payment funding methods, business interruptions or failure of our information technology and communication systems, our offshore software development activities, risks from operating internationally, including fluctuations in currency exchange rates, exposure to unknown tax liabilities, adverse changes in the global economy, worldwide events outside of our control, failure to attract and retain key personnel, litigation, future acquisitions, strategic partnerships and investments, integration of and achieving benefits from the Speedpay acquisition, impairment of our goodwill or intangible assets, restrictions and other financial covenants in our debt agreements, our existing levels of debt, replacement of LIBOR benchmark interest rate, the accuracy of management’s backlog estimates, exposure to unknown tax liabilities, the cyclical nature of our revenue and earnings and the accuracy of forecasts due to the concentration of revenue-generating activity during the final weeks of each quarter, volatility in our stock price, and the COVID-19 pandemic. For a detailed discussion of these risk factors, parties that are relying on the forward-looking statements should review our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
(1) The cost of revenue excludes charges for depreciation but includes amortization of purchased and developed software for resale.