VeriFone Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2007 Results
VeriFone Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PAY), the global leader in secure electronic payment solutions, today announced financial results for the three months ended April 30, 2007.
Net revenues, for the three months ended April 30, 2007, were $217.2 million, 53% higher than the net revenues of $142.2 million for the comparable period of 2006. VeriFone’s International business increased 97% and VeriFone’s North America business increased 19%. The significant increase in sales was driven largely by the acquisition of Lipman, which closed November 1, 2006.
Subsequent to the end of the quarter, management determined that booked orders of approximately $4 million could not be recognized as revenue due to incomplete sales administration requirements in our international operations. These orders were largely sourced from VeriFone’s new Israeli and Turkish facilities and all were headed to high growth markets in Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. The Company is confident that the shortcomings in applying these field processes have now been remedied. All of this revenue has now been fully recognized and is reflected in guidance for the third quarter.
Gross margins, excluding non-cash acquisition related charges and stock-based compensation expense, expanded to a record 48.1%, for the three months ended April 30, 2007, compared to 45.7% for the comparable period of 2006. GAAP gross margins for the three months ended April 30, 2007, were 41.5%, compared to 44.6% for the three months ended April 30, 2006, as a result of increased amortization of purchased technology assets, the step-up in inventory and stock-based compensation.
GAAP operating expenses for the three months ended April 30, 2007, were $72.9 million compared to $37.8 million for the comparable period of 2006. In addition to the effect of the Lipman acquisition and related integration expenses, the Company incurred higher non-cash stock compensation expenses and amortization of purchased intangible assets. Stock based compensation for the three months ended April 30, 2007 was $9.8 million compared to $1.0 million for the comparable period of 2006. This increase was primarily due to the acceleration of the vesting of options of Lipman executives, the increase in the number of option holders following the Lipman acquisition and the grant of performance-based restricted stock units to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. Amortization of purchased intangible assets for the three months ended April 30, 2007 was $6.1 million compared to $1.2 million for the comparable period of 2006, primarily due to the Lipman acquisition.
EBITDA, as adjusted, margins for the three months ended April 30, 2007, expanded for the eleventh consecutive quarter and reached a record level of 26.3%, compared to the 21.6% recorded in the three months ended April 30, 2006.
GAAP EPS for the three months ended April 30, 2007, was $0.06 per diluted share, compared to $0.22 per diluted share, for the comparable period of fiscal 2006, due to acquisition related non-cash charges, higher stock-based compensation expense primarily related to the Lipman acquisition and to a significantly higher GAAP tax rate driven by an increase in the valuation allowance related to Lipman. Net income, as adjusted, which excludes non-cash acquisition related charges and debt issuance costs, as well as non-cash stock-based compensation expense and Lipman integration costs, for the three months ended April 30, 2007, increased 50% to $0.39 per diluted share, compared to $0.26 per diluted share, for the three months ended April 30, 2006.
“I am pleased to report on another very successful quarter for VeriFone as we once again achieved record profitability,” said Douglas G. Bergeron, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “During the quarter, our record margins drove our robust EPS growth, and also resulted in strong cash flow,” continued Bergeron. “We were especially pleased with our continuing success of our wireless products and were delighted with the resurgence of our North American business which grew sequentially 8 percent from the previous quarter.”
“Based on these results and the $4 million of revenue which has been recognized in the third quarter, we are increasing our third quarter internal expectations for net revenue to $225 - $227 million and increasing our guidance for net income, as adjusted, per share to a range of $0.39 - $0.40. We remain confident of our prospects for the remainder of fiscal 2007.”
Second Quarter Highlights
-- In the UK, VeriFone had continued success with the Tesco
contract, where the VeriFone Secura outdoor payment system is
enabling easy integration with ECRs, pumps and a range of
unattended devices in a Wincor Nixdorf-led project.
-- In Mexico, VeriFone completed a successful pilot with American
Express for its Vx 670 Pay at the Table solution and looks
forward to demand creation from the related American Express
-- VeriFone announced wins at Ahold Group members Stop & Shop and
Giant-Landover food stores. These organizations have embraced
a strategy to install MX870’s in all new and remodeled stores
as well as to replace legacy products over time. In addition,
VeriFone also announced other significant wins including
Wegman’s Food Markets, a high end supermarket in the northeast
US region, which began its rollout of the MX870 with RFID to
replace a competitive product; and Brookshires Grocery, a
Texas based supermarket chain, which passed the Texas WIC
certification and began a chain wide rollout with the MX870.
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