BLUE BELL, Pa., October 23, 2007 -- Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today reported improved financial results for the third quarter of 2007 as the company continues to make progress in its multi-year repositioning program. Highlights of the quarter include:
* Operating profit increased to $43.6 million compared to an operating loss of $42.9 million a year ago;
* Services operating profit margin improved to 3.6 percent, up from a negative 1.3 percent a year ago; and
* Services orders showed continued growth.
Tax expense in the quarter increased to $36.8 million from $16.0 million in the third quarter of 2006. The company's third-quarter 2007 results also included $19.3 million in Other Expense, compared with $0.4 million of Other Income in the year-ago quarter. Including these items, Unisys reported a third-quarter 2007 net loss of $31.0 million, or 9 cents per share. These results compared with a third-quarter 2006 net loss of $77.5 million, or 23 cents per share, which included a pre-tax restructuring charge of $36.4 million. Pre-tax retirement-related expense in the third quarter of 2007 was $22.8 million compared with $47.5 million a year ago.
Revenue for the third quarter of 2007 declined 1 percent to $1.39 billion from $1.41 billion in the year-ago quarter. Foreign currency exchange rates had an approximately 3 percentage-point positive impact on revenue in the quarter.
Comments from President and CEO Joseph W. McGrath
"We continue to make progress in enhancing the profitability of our business," said Joseph W. McGrath, Unisys president and chief executive officer. "Our operating profit rose to $44 million in the quarter, an $87 million improvement year-over-year. In our services business, which represented 87 percent of our revenue in the quarter, we achieved an operating profit margin of 3.6 percent. This is a 490 basis-point improvement from the third quarter of 2006. Equally important, our services orders continued to grow, and we enter the fourth quarter with a strong pipeline of opportunities.
"We are laying the foundation for improved revenue trends in 2008," McGrath said. "We are focused on continuing to enhance our profitability in the fourth quarter and we continue to drive toward our goal of an 8-10 percent operating profit margin, excluding retirement expense."
Major wins in the third quarter included:
A five-year global outsourcing contract with Ciba Specialty Chemicals, under which Unisys will provide a comprehensive range of IT services to 12,000 Ciba employees throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia; the services include end-user services and data center services;
* A five-year, multi-million dollar contract with Sprint to help the communications leader enhance its voicemail infrastructure; under the contract, Unisys will develop a next-generation platform that will give Sprint the flexibility to deliver enhanced services to its millions of customers;
* A four-year contract extension from Malayan Bank Berhad (Maybank) under which Unisys will expand the check processing outsourcing services that it provides to the bank; Unisys will establish additional processing centers in Malaysia and help Maybank transition to an image-based, paperless environment.
Third-Quarter Company Results
Unisys reported low single-digit growth in its services orders in the third quarter. The company reported order gains in outsourcing and infrastructure services, offset by order declines in systems integration and consulting and in core maintenance. Year to date in 2007, services orders are also up low single-digits over the first nine months of 2006.
U.S. revenue declined 5 percent in the quarter to $608 million, while revenue in international markets increased 2 percent to $785 million. On a constant currency basis, international revenue declined 4 percent in the quarter.
The company's gross profit margin and operating profit margin in the third quarter of 2007 improved to 22.2 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively. These compared with gross and operating profit margins of 18.3 percent and (3.0) percent, respectively, in the third quarter of 2006, including the year-ago restructuring charge.
Third-Quarter Business Segment Results
Unisys has a long-standing policy to evaluate business segment performance on operating income exclusive of restructuring charges and unusual and non-recurring items. Therefore, the comparisons below exclude the third-quarter 2006 restructuring charge.
Customer revenue in the company's services segment was flat in the third quarter of 2007 compared with the year-ago period. The company reported continued revenue growth in outsourcing, which was offset by revenue declines in infrastructure services and in core maintenance. Gross profit margin in the services business improved to 17.7 percent compared with 13.9 percent a year ago. Services operating margin improved to 3.6 percent compared with (1.3) percent a year ago.
Customer revenue in the company's technology segment declined 9 percent from the third quarter of 2006. Gross profit margin in the technology business declined to 44.6 percent from 46.3 percent a year ago while operating margin declined to 4.0 percent compared to 5.5 percent a year ago. The revenue and margin declines reflected lower volume of enterprise server sales.
Cash Flow and Balance Sheet Highlights
Unisys generated $7 million of cash from operations in the third quarter of 2007 compared with $27 million in the year-ago quarter. The company used approximately $37 million of cash in the third quarter of 2007 for restructuring payments compared to approximately $71 million in the year-ago period.
Capital expenditures in the third quarter of 2007 increased to $71 million compared to $60 million in the year-ago quarter due to increased investments in outsourcing assets related to new outsourcing engagements. After deducting for capital expenditures, Unisys used $64 million of free cash in the quarter compared with free cash usage of $33 million in the third quarter of 2006. The company ended the third quarter with $449 million of cash.
Unisys will hold a conference call today at 8:15 am EDT to discuss its results. The listen-only Webcast, as well as the accompanying presentation materials, can be accessed via a link on the Unisys Investor Web site at www.unisys.com/investor. Following the call, an audio replay of the Webcast, and accompanying presentation materials, can be accessed through the same link.
Unisys is a worldwide information technology services and solutions company. We provide consulting, systems integration, outsourcing and infrastructure services, combined with powerful enterprise server technology. We specialize in helping clients use information to create efficient, secure business operations that allow them to achieve their business goals. Our consultants and industry experts work with clients to understand their business challenges and create greater visibility into critical linkages throughout their operations. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.
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