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Pitney Bowes Q4 Profit and Revenue Decline

Friday, February 01, 2013

Press release from the issuing company

STAMFORD, Conn., -- Pitney Bowes Inc. today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2012.

Highlights

  • Fourth quarter revenue of $1.3 billion; Adjusted EPS of $0.56; GAAP EPS of $0.55.
    • Year-over-year revenue growth in Management Services; first since 2008.
    • Year-over-year revenue growth in International Mailing, Software and Mail Services.
    • Revenue trends continue to improve in the SMB group.
  • Full year revenue of $4.9 billion; Adjusted EPS of $2.18, which includes a first quarter $0.11 per share tax benefit; GAAP EPS of $2.21.
  • Full year free cash flow of $769 million.
  • Results reflect International Mail Services (IMS) as a discontinued operation.
  • The Board of Directors approved a first quarter 2013 dividend of $0.375 per share for the Company’s common stock.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marc Lautenbach, commented, “In my brief tenure here, I have been impressed by the Company’s assets and our opportunities to deliver long-term value to shareholders and customers. I am working with the management team to develop strategies for driving growth and on-going profitability as the Company continues to transform.”

Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

Revenue in the fourth quarter totaled $1.3 billion, a decline of one percent compared to the prior year period, on both a reported and constant currency basis. The year-over-year revenue comparison this quarter is an improvement in the revenue trends as a result of growth in four of the business segments.

Earnings per diluted share (EPS), as reported under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), for the fourth quarter were $0.55, which includes a net charge of $0.07 per share for restructuring. GAAP earnings per share also include income of $0.06 per share from discontinued operations, which is the net of $0.07 per share of income from the resolution of tax matters and a loss of less than $0.02 per share associated with the expected sale of the International Mail Services (IMS) business. GAAP EPS for the fourth quarter 2011 were $1.28, which included charges totaling $0.72 per share for goodwill, restructuring and asset impairments, as well as income of $1.03 per share in discontinued operations, which was primarily related to a net tax benefit from the resolution of tax matters.

Adjusted earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2012 and 2011 exclude any goodwill, restructuring and asset impairment charges. For the fourth quarter 2012, adjusted EPS were $0.56 per share, as compared with $0.98 in the same period in the 2011. In comparison, 2011 fourth quarter adjusted EPS from continuing operations also included a $0.37 per share benefit related to favorable tax settlements. Excluding this tax benefit, the comparable 2011 fourth quarter adjusted EPS from continuing operations were $0.61 per share.

Full Year 2012 Results

For the full year, revenue totaled $4.9 billion, a decline of 4 percent compared with the prior year on a reported basis and a decline of 3 percent excluding the impact of currency fluctuations.

Earnings per diluted share on a GAAP basis for 2012 were $2.21, which includes $0.08 per share net charge for restructuring, as well as a net benefit of $0.06 per share from the sale of leveraged lease assets. GAAP earnings per share also include income of $0.05 per share from discontinued operations, which is the net of $0.17 per share of income from the resolution of tax matters and a loss of $0.12 per share associated with the IMS business. GAAP EPS for 2011 were $3.05 per share, which included charges totaling $0.89 per share for goodwill, restructuring and asset impairments; a tax charge in continuing operations of $0.02 per share; a net benefit of $0.13 per share related to the sale of leveraged lease assets; as well as income in discontinued operations of $1.07 per share which was the net of $1.31 per share of income from the resolution of tax matters primarily related to the former Capital Services business and a loss of $0.24 per share associated with IMS.

Adjusted EPS per diluted share from continuing operations exclude goodwill, restructuring and asset impairment charges; the net benefit from the sale of leveraged lease assets; and net tax charges. For 2012 adjusted EPS were $2.18 per share, which includes a first quarter $0.11 per share net tax benefit. 2011 adjusted EPS per diluted share from continuing operations were $2.75 per share, which included a $0.44 per share net tax benefit. Excluding these benefits in adjusted EPS, comparable adjusted EPS from continuing operations for 2012 were $2.07 per share versus $2.31 per share for 2011.

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