Xerox Details Strategy to Expand Earnings at Investor Conference
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Press release from the issuing company
Company plans increased dividend next year and expands share repurchase authorization by $1 billion
NEW YORK – At its annual investor conference to be held here today, Xerox is detailing its strategy to expand earnings and deliver long-term value for shareholders through continued growth in services, market leadership in document technology and its annuity-based business model.
"Transforming Xerox to a services-led business - now accounting for more than half of our revenue - is creating a strong foundation for Xerox's future," said Ursula Burns, chairman and chief executive officer. "Our diverse services portfolio, deep industry expertise and integrated document solutions give our company a competitive advantage and give our clients unparalleled value in simplifying the complex ways work gets done.
"Our investments are aligned with areas of greatest growth opportunity and we're differentiated through our respected strength in innovation," she added. "With a clear view on the market trends in our industries, our focus is on delivering operational improvements that expand margins, increasing our base of recurring revenue and generating strong operating cash - all of which deliver long-term value for shareholders and sustainable success for Xerox."
Building Shareholder Value: 2013 Financial Performance Expectations
During the conference, the company will provide details on its expectations for 2013 financial performance, including approximately 10 percent earnings expansion and revenue in the range of flat to up 2 percent. Full-year 2013 GAAP earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.94 to $1.00. Adjusted earnings per share are expected to be $1.09 to $1.15.
Through its cash-generating annuity revenue, Xerox expects operating cash flow of $2.1 billion to $2.4 billion in 2013. Building on its share repurchase plan, the company's board of directors approved a $1 billion increase to the current authorization. Xerox expects to allocate at least $400 million in cash for share repurchase next year, adding to the $900 million to $1.1 billion in stock buyback planned for this year.
In addition, subject to approval from its board of directors, the company will increase its dividend by 35 percent to 5.75 cents per quarter, beginning with the dividend payable on April 30, 2013.
Fourth-Quarter 2012 Earnings Guidance Includes Restructuring Charge
As stated last month when Xerox announced its third-quarter earnings, the company plans to take a restructuring charge in the fourth quarter, which is estimated to be $100 million or 5 cents a share. The restructuring is primarily focused on improving cost efficiencies in the company's services business. Including the restructuring charge, Xerox now expects fourth-quarter 2012 GAAP earnings per share of 24 to 26 cents or adjusted earnings per share of 28 to 30 cents.
Xerox will host the live video webcast of this year's conference at 9 a.m. ET at http://event.xfactorcom.com/xerox/20121113/. A replay will be available after 5 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Nov. 13.
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