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Pitney Bowes Announces Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Press release from the issuing company

Stamford, Conn. – Pitney Bowes Inc., a global technology company that provides commerce solutions in the areas of ecommerce, shipping, mailing and financial services, today announced its financial results for the second quarter 2020.

“I want to acknowledge and thank all of the essential workers, including the Pitney Bowes team, for their dedication to their work in what is an unprecedented time. And, likewise, our hearts go out to all who lost loved ones to this virus,” said Marc B. Lautenbach, CEO and President, Pitney Bowes.

“It is times like these that test the resilience of our business,” Lautenbach continued. “We are fortunate to have taken significant actions over the past several years to move into shipping and invest in our digital capabilities, which now enables us to leverage the benefits of a more agile, flexible and contemporary business. We have momentum and are well positioned to emerge from this time as a better and stronger Company.”

Financial Overview:

  • Revenue of $837 million, growth of 6 percent as reported and 7 percent when adjusted for the impact of currency
  • GAAP EPS loss of $0.02; Adjusted EPS of $0.04
  • GAAP cash from operations of $153 million; free cash flow of $148 million.
  • Given the continued uncertainty around Covid-19 and consistent with direction from the last quarter, the Company has suspended its 2020 annual guidance.

Other Highlights:

  • The Company ended the second quarter with over $1 billion in cash and short-term investments and remains confident in its liquidity position.
  • The Company’s next bond maturity is not due until October 2021 for $172 million.

Second Quarter Results

Revenue totaled $837 million, which was growth of 6 percent over prior year on a reported basis and 7 percent when adjusted for the impact of currency.

GAAP earnings per share was a loss of $0.02, which included charges of $0.07 for taxes on the settlement of certain investment securities, $0.02 for discontinued operations and $0.02 for restructuring and asset impairments, partly offset by a $0.05 gain on sale of an equity investment.

Adjusted earnings per share were $0.04.

GAAP cash from operations was $153 million and free cash flow was $148 million. Free cash flow increased over prior year as a result of higher accounts payable and accrued liabilities driven by growth in Global Ecommerce and higher customer deposits. Free cash flow also benefited from the higher run-off of finance receivables.

During the quarter, the Company used cash to invest $34 million in capital expenditures, pay $9 million in dividends to its common shareholders and make $5 million in restructuring payments.

On a year-to-date basis, GAAP cash from operations is $87 million and free cash flow is $101 million.

Business Segment Reporting

The Commerce Services group includes the Global Ecommerce and Presort Services segments. Global Ecommerce facilitates domestic retail and ecommerce shipping solutions, including fulfillment and returns, and global cross-border ecommerce transactions. Presort Services provides sortation services to qualify large volumes of First Class Mail, Marketing Mail, Marketing Mail Flats and Bound Printed Matter for postal workshare discounts.

The Sending Technology Solutions segment offers physical and digital mailing and shipping technology solutions, financing, services, supplies and other applications for small and medium businesses to help simplify and save on the sending, tracking and receiving of letters, parcels and flats.

Global Ecommerce

Revenue driven by significant growth in Domestic Parcel Delivery services volumes as well as Digital Delivery volumes. EBIT margin improved from the first quarter and versus prior year. EBIT and EBITDA margins benefited from lower transportation and warehousing costs per unit as a result of scale achieved in the quarter, offset by incremental costs associated with Covid-19.

Presort Services

Revenue declined due to lower Marketing Mail and First Class volumes. Marketing Mail Flats and Bound Printed Matter volumes grew significantly over prior year. EBIT and EBITDA margins were impacted by the lower revenue.

Revenue declined driven by lower equipment sales, support services, supplies and financing. Business services revenues grew as clients increased their usage of shipping offerings and capabilities. Covid-19 adversely impacted in-period revenue, particularly equipment sales and supplies. EBIT and EBITDA margins performed relatively in-line with prior year despite the lower revenue.

2020 Guidance

Given the continued level of uncertainty around the depth and duration of Covid-19, and consistent with direction provided last quarter, the Company has suspended its 2020 annual guidance.

Conference Call and Webcast

Management of Pitney Bowes will discuss the Company’s results in a broadcast over the Internet today at 8:00 a.m. ET. Instructions for listening to the earnings results via the Web are available on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s web site at www.pitneybowes.com

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