Verifone Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PAY), the global leader in secure electronic payment solutions, today announced financial results for the three months ended July 31, 2008.
Net revenues for the three months ended July 31, 2008, were $258.7 million, 12% higher than the net revenues of $231.7 million for the comparable period of 2007. Net revenues from Verifone's International business increased 26% while net revenues from Verifone's North America business decreased 6%.
Non-GAAP Gross margins were 37.6%, for the three months ended July 31, 2008, compared to 41.4% for the comparable period of 2007. GAAP gross margins for the three months ended July 31, 2008, were 34.2% compared to 36.9% for the three months ended July 31, 2007.
Operating expenses for the three months ended July 31, 2008, were $83.1 million compared to $63.8 million for the comparable period of 2007. This increase was primarily due to external professional and consultancy expenses of approximately $15.4 million related to the restatement of our fiscal 2007 interim financial statements and completion of financial statements for fiscal 2007 and subsequent interim periods as well as tax consultancy expenses.
GAAP Net loss per share for the three months ended July 31, 2008, was $(0.09) per diluted share, compared to $(0.51) per diluted share, for the comparable period of fiscal 2007.
Non-GAAP Net income, for the three months ended July 31, 2008, was $0.32 per diluted share, compared to $0.34 per diluted share, for the comparable period in 2007. We are now reporting Non-GAAP Net income after deducting depreciation and amortization of PP&E and capitalized software and other charges; therefore, our Non-GAAP Net income per share is consistent with the guidance given on our August 19th, 2008 conference call.
"I am pleased to report the results for our third quarter," said Douglas G. Bergeron, Chief Executive Officer. "Our international business continued to grow nicely as we enjoyed very favorable conditions in our emerging markets. While macro-economic trends slowed our North American business during the quarter, we had robust sales of our wireless solutions and strong performance in our multi-lane vertical," continued Bergeron.
Guidance – Fourth Quarter 2008 & Fiscal Year 2009 Outlook
For the fourth quarter ending October 31, 2008, Verifone expects to record net revenues of between $260 and $268 million, compared to $238 million in the comparable period of 2007. Non-GAAP net income, per share is projected to be in the range of $0.33 to $0.36.
For fiscal 2009, Verifone expects to achieve annual net revenue growth in the 10 to 15% range, consistent with its long-term growth targets. Verifone is projecting continued improvements to gross margins as the year progresses as a result of product cost reduction initiatives and improved pricing strategies.
For fiscal 2009, Verifone expects Non-GAAP net income, per share, to be in the range of $1.23 to $1.43.
Third Quarter Highlights
- Verifone was awarded a multi-year contract to provide the U.S. Postal Service with electronic payment solutions for use across the U.S. Verifone will provide the Vx 570 countertop payment solution with dual communications capabilities to provide both traditional dial-up and IP connectivity for 18,000-20,000 customer windows. Verifone's payment platforms provide the USPS with PCI PED (Payment Card Industry PIN Entry Device) support and conform to the most stringent security standards around the world.
- Verifone announced that it has developed an EMV certified integrated transportation payment system in conjunction with Bank Asya (ISE: ASYAB) of Turkey. The transportation payment system was designed to enable municipalities to transition their bus systems from cash to bank cards and credit cards.
- Canada Post selected Verifone to install more than 7,000 Verifone MX870 multimedia payment systems over the next two years. Approximately 2,200 systems are expected to be installed this calendar year, with the balance to be deployed during 2009. Verifone's PCI PED approved MX870 meets the most stringent security requirements for the payment industry while enabling the display of multimedia content to customers at the point-of-sale.
- Cabcharge Australia Limited (ASX: CAB) awarded Verifone a multimillion dollar contract to supply 20,000 units of the Verifone Vx 810 full-function PIN entry system with contactless payment module. The Cabcharge non-cash fare management system is offered in approximately 96 percent of all taxis in Australia, as well as in other transport systems such as limousines and water taxis. About 400 taxi companies accept Cabcharge facilities across Australia, representing around 18,000 taxis.
CAUTION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations or beliefs and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements herein due to changes in economic, business, competitive, technological and/or regulatory factors, and other risks and uncertainties affecting the operation of the business of Verifone Holdings, Inc. These risks and uncertainties include: our ability to identify and complete acquisitions and strategic investments and successfully integrate them into our business, our ability to protect against fraud, the status of our relationship with and condition of third parties upon whom we rely in the conduct of our business, our dependence on a limited number of customers, uncertainties related to the conduct of our business internationally, our ability to effectively hedge our exposure to foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, our dependence on a limited number of key employees, short product cycles, rapidly changing technologies and maintaining competitive leadership position with respect to our payment solution offerings. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Verifone is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.
About Verifone Holdings, Inc. (www.verifone.com)
Verifone Holdings, Inc. (“Verifone”) (NYSE: PAY) is the global leader in secure electronic payment solutions. Verifone provides expertise, solutions and services that add value to the point of sale with merchant-operated, consumer-facing and self-service payment systems for the financial, retail, hospitality, petroleum, government and healthcare vertical markets. Verifone solutions are designed to meet the needs of merchants, processors and acquirers in developed and emerging economies worldwide.
This press release and its attachments include several non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP Net Revenues; non-GAAP Cost of Net Revenues; non-GAAP Gross profit; non-GAAP Operating Expenses; non-GAAP Operating Income; non-GAAP Income before Income Taxes; non-GAAP Provision for Income Taxes, non-GAAP Net Income; non-GAAP Net Income per share as well as these non-GAAP financial measures as a percentage of net revenue. In order to assist investors, this press release provides consolidated statement of operations information on a non-GAAP basis, reflecting the adjustments made in the non-GAAP measures listed above.
Reconciliations for the non-GAAP financial measures presented in this press release are provided at the end of this press release.
Management uses non-GAAP financial measures only in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures help it to evaluate Verifone's performance and to compare Verifone's current results with those for prior periods as well as with the results of peer companies. Verifone's competitors may, due to differences in capital structure and investment history, record certain income and expense items, including interest, tax, depreciation, amortization, and other non-cash expenses ,that differ significantly from Verifone's, in a manner that Verifone's management believes does not reflect underlying operating performance in a manner that is comparable to Verifone's. Management also intends to use these non-GAAP financial measures in Verifone's budget and planning process. Management also believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is useful to investors in comparing Verifone's operating performance in any period with its performance in other periods and with the performance of other companies that represent alternative investment opportunities. These non-GAAP financial measures contain limitations and should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, disclosures made in accordance with GAAP.
These non-GAAP financial measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and may therefore differ from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect all amounts and costs, such as employee stock-based compensation costs, cash that may be expended for future capital expenditures or contractual commitments, working capital needs, cash used to service interest or principal payments on Verifone's debt, income taxes and the related cash requirements, and restructuring charges, associated with Verifone's results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP.
Furthermore, Verifone expects to continue to incur income and expense items that are similar to those that are eliminated in the non-GAAP adjustments described herein. Management compensates for these limitations by also relying on the comparable GAAP financial measures.
Note A: Acquisition related expenses.
Verifone exclude certain expenses that are the result of acquisitions. These expenses include the amortization of purchased intangible assets, inventory step-up, and deferred revenue step-down associated with our acquisitions, which result in Verifone recording expenses or contra-revenue in Verifone's GAAP financial statements that were either reflected in the historical financial statements of the acquired company for periods prior to the acquisition or relate to purchase accounting fair value adjustments and for which there is no cash impact on Verifone as well as acquisition related integration and restructuring charges. Furthermore, in the case of acquired product lines, had Verifone internally developed the products acquired, the amortization of intangible assets and the expenses of uncompleted research and development would have been expensed in prior periods. Acquisition related charges result from events which arise from unforeseen circumstances which often occur outside of the ordinary course of business. Accordingly, Verifone analyzes the performance of its operations without regard to such expenses and contra revenue.
Note B: Other Charges.
Verifone excludes certain expense that are the result of either unique or unplanned events including the following: (i) impairment charges; (ii) post-restatement incremental professional services fees; (iii) legal fees for significant litigation and similar matters and gain or loss on legal settlements, net of related costs; (iv) restructuring charges; (v) foreign currency translation gains or losses related to income or expenses which are excluded in the non-GAAP financial measures and (vi) the income tax effect on our financial statements of excluding items related to our non-GAAP financial measures and changes in the valuation allowance of deferred tax assets. It is difficult to estimate the amount or timing of these items in advance. Although these events are reflected in our GAAP financials, these expenses may limit the comparability of our on-going operations with prior and future periods. Post-restatement incremental professional services fees include those fees that are incurred for incremental procedures for preparation, review and audit of financial information prior to remediation of any deficiencies, including material weaknesses, in our internal control over financial reporting, and to assist in remediation. These incremental fees enable management to conclude that our consolidated financial statements are in accordance with GAAP. In the case of legal fees for significant litigation and gain or loss on legal settlements, these fees and gains or losses are typically recorded in or around the period in which the matter is concluded or resolved even if the subject matter of the underlying dispute may relate to multiple or different periods. As such, we believe that including these expenses would not necessarily reflect the underlying performance of our continuing operations for the periods in which they are incurred. Restructuring charges, which result from unforeseen circumstances and typically occur outside of the ordinary course of continuing operations, are excluded from cost of net revenues and operating expenses. Although these events are reflected in our GAAP financials, excluding the effect of these transactions promotes comparability of our non-GAAP financial results with prior and future periods and best reflects our on-going operations. Foreign currency translation gains or losses related to income or expenses which are excluded in the non-GAAP financial measures are excluded from other income (expense). We believe that it is appropriate to be consistent in the treatment of the underlying transaction and related currency gains or losses. Verifone also believes providing financial information with and without the income tax effect of excluding items related to our non-GAAP financial measures, provides our management and users of the financial statements with better clarity regarding the on-going performance and future liquidity of our business. Because of these factors, we assess our operating performance with these amounts included and excluded, and by providing this information, we believe that users of our financial statements are better able to understand the financial results of what we consider to be our continuing operations.
Note C: Restatement Expense.
Our Non-GAAP financial measures eliminate the impact of restatement expenses. On December 3, 2007, we announced that our management had identified errors in accounting related to the valuation of in-transit inventory and allocation of manufacturing and distribution overhead to inventory for our fiscal year ended October 31, 2007. Restatement expenses include the cost of the Audit Committee's independent investigation and professional services expenses incurred to prepare, review and audit restated financial statements for our fiscal year ended October 31, 2007. Verifone believes excluding these expenses in our Non-GAAP measures promotes comparability of our non-GAAP financial results with prior and future periods and best reflects our on-going operations.
Note D: Stock Based Compensation Related Items.
Our non-GAAP financial measures eliminate the effect of expense for stock-based compensation because they are non-cash expenses that management believes are not reflective of ongoing operating results. In particular, because of varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of award types which effect the calculations of stock-based compensation, we believe that the exclusion of stock-based compensation allows for more accurate comparisons of our operating results to our peer companies. Stock-based compensation is very different from other forms of compensation. A cash salary or bonus has a fixed and unvarying cash cost. In contrast the expense association with an award of an option is unrelated to the amount of compensation ultimately received by the employee; and the cost to the company is based on valuation methodology and underlying assumptions that may vary over time and does not reflect any cash expenditure by the company. Furthermore, the expense associated with granting an employee an option is spread over multiple years and may be reversed based on forfeitures which may differ from our original assumptions unlike cash compensation expense which is typically recorded contemporaneously with the time of award or payment.
Note E: Non-GAAP Net Income per Share Items.
Verifone provides basic non-GAAP net income per share and diluted non-GAAP net income per share. The basic non-GAAP net income per share amount was calculated based on our non-GAAP net income and the weighted average number of shares outstanding during the reporting period. The diluted non-GAAP income per share included additional dilution from potential issuance of common stock, except when such issuances would be anti-dilutive.
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