New York, April 28, 2011 -- ACI Worldwide, Inc. (Nasdaq:ACIW), a leading international provider of payment systems, today announced financial results for the period ended March 31, 2011. We will hold a conference call on April 28, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. EDT to discuss this information. Interested persons may also access a real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference at www.aciworldwide.com/investors .
"First quarter sales and backlog growth over prior-year quarter continues to demonstrate the appeal of ACI's strategy and product solutions suite as we increase the number of new payment applications owned by each of our existing customers. The company is executing better quarterly performance as underscored by our growth in operating income and improvement in operating EBITDA," said Chief Executive Officer Philip Heasley.
Sales bookings in the quarter totaled $122.9 million which was an increase of $41.8 million, or 52%, as compared to the March 2010 quarter. The stronger quarter was driven by two large renewals with add-on business in Canada as well as large renewals in the Netherlands, Ireland, Mexico, Indonesia, USA and South Africa. Notable changes in the mix of sales compared to last year's quarter included a rise of $17 million and $9 million in add-on and new application sales, respectively.
As of March 31, 2011, our estimated 60-month backlog was $1.613 billion, an increase of $47 million as compared to $1.566 billion at December 31, 2010. The growth was primarily attributable to the impact of foreign exchange translation as well as to the acquisition of ISD Corporation. As of March 31, 2011, our 12-month backlog was $391 million, an increase of $10 million as compared to $381 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010.
Revenue was $104.5 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2011, an increase of $16.8 million, or 19%, over the prior-year quarter revenue. The growth in 2011 revenue over the prior-year quarter includes higher recurring revenue with an increase of $14.0 million, or 22%, over prior-year quarter resulting in $77.3 million in recurring revenue.
Operating expenses were $97.0 million in the March 2011 quarter compared to $88.6 million in the March 2010 quarter, a rise of $8.4 million, or 9%. Operating expense growth was led primarily by increased sales & marketing expenses and by expenses related to the acceleration of product development.
Operating income was $7.5 million in the March 2011 quarter, an increase of approximately $8.4 million as compared to an operating loss of $0.9 million in the March 2010 quarter.
We had $168.9 million in cash on hand as of March 31, 2011. As of March 31, 2011, we also had $75.0 million in unused borrowings under our credit facility.
Operating Free Cash Flow
Operating free cash flow ("OFCF") for the quarter was $12.3 million as compared to $8.2 million for the March 2010 quarter. The improvement in OFCF was driven by higher operating income as well as by lower cash taxes year-over-year.
Other expense for the quarter was $0.7 million, essentially flat compared to other expense of $0.6 million in the March 2010 quarter.
Income tax expense in the quarter was $5.2 million, or a 76% effective tax rate, compared to $0.6 million in the prior-year quarter. The increase in income tax expense is primarily the result of higher pre-tax income. In addition, the effective tax rate is negatively impacted by our inability to recognize income tax benefits on losses sustained in certain tax jurisdictions.
Net Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share
Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 was $1.6 million, compared to net loss of $2.1 million during the same period last year, an improvement of $3.7 million.
Earnings per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 was $0.05 per diluted share compared to a loss of $0.06 per diluted share during the same period last year. The improvement was largely due to stronger operating income.
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding
Total diluted weighted average shares outstanding were 34.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 as compared to 33.7 million shares outstanding for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.
We do not presently anticipate changes to our annual guidance based upon what we are seeing in our business markets to date. Hence, guidance remains as indicated on February 15, 2011 with calendar year guidance as follows: Revenue to achieve a range of $440-450 million, Operating Income of $62-65 million and Operating EBITDA of $98-101 million.
About ACI Worldwide
ACI Worldwide powers electronic payments for more than 750 financial institutions, retailers and processors around the world. The company has a broad, integrated suite of electronic payment software in the market. More than 75 billion times each year, ACI's solutions process consumer payments. On an average day, ACI software manages more than US$12 trillion in wholesale payments. And for more than 150 organizations worldwide, ACI software helps to protect their customers from financial crime. To learn more about ACI and understand why we are trusted globally, please visit www.aciworldwide.com . You can also find us on www.paymentsinsights.com or on Twitter @ACI_Worldwide.
April 29, 2011 09:43 AM Eastern Daylight Time
PURCHASE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE: MA) today announced the election of Rima Qureshi to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. With this appointment, the MasterCard Board of Directors is now comprised of 12 members.
“Her appointment further enhances the truly global perspective of our Board. I look forward to working with Rima and the entire Board of Directors as MasterCard continues to create payment solutions that benefit consumers, businesses and governments around the world.”
“Rima’s expertise in the mobile, telecommunications and information technology industries and her proven leadership capabilities will certainly benefit MasterCard,” said Richard Haythornthwaite, chairman of the MasterCard Board of Directors. “Her appointment further enhances the truly global perspective of our Board. I look forward to working with Rima and the entire Board of Directors as MasterCard continues to create payment solutions that benefit consumers, businesses and governments around the world.”
Ms. Qureshi, 46, is senior vice president and business unit head, CDMA Mobile Systems at Ericsson, the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Prior to her appointment to this position in January 2010 as head of one of Ericsson’s four business units, she served as vice president, AT&T Improvement Program Manager for Ericsson North America from 2008 until 2009, and vice president, Service Sales for Ericsson Canada in 2008. She served as vice president and head of Product Area Customer Support for Ericsson AB in Stockholm from 2004 until 2008. Ms. Qureshi also has served as head of Ericsson Response since 2006. Ms. Qureshi has held positions of increasing seniority within Ericsson in Canada and Sweden since joining the company in 1993. Before joining Ericsson, Ms. Qureshi served as an IT consultant at DMR Group Inc.
About MasterCard Incorporated
As a leading global payments company, MasterCard Incorporated prides itself on being at the heart of commerce, helping to make life easier and more efficient for everyone, everywhere. MasterCard serves as a franchisor, processor and advisor to the payments industry, and makes commerce happen by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, governments, businesses, merchants, and cardholders worldwide. In 2010, $2.7 trillion in gross dollar volume was generated on its products by consumers around the world. Powered by the MasterCard Worldwide Network – the fastest payment processing network in the world – MasterCard processes over 23 billion transactions each year and has the capacity to handle 160 million transactions per hour, with an average network response time of 130 milliseconds and with 99.99 percent reliability. MasterCard advances global commerce through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro®, and Cirrus®; its suite of core products such as credit, debit, and prepaid; and its innovative platforms and functionalities, such as MasterCard PayPass™ and MasterCard inControl®. MasterCard serves consumers, governments, and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information, please visit us at www.mastercard.com.