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Feb 01, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Unisys Corp. announced fourth-quarter 2012 net income of $81.8 million, or $1.67 per diluted share, which included $30.4 million of pension expense.
In a release on January 29, for the fourth quarter of 2011, the company reported net income of $94.3 million, or $1.94 per diluted share, which included $6.7 million of pension expense and a $7.6 million debt reduction charge. Excluding pension expense and debt reduction charges, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $2.27 compared with $2.22 in the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth-quarter 2012 revenue declined 1 percent to $979 million from $985 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth-quarter 2012 revenue was flat year-over-year on a constant currency basis.
For the full year of 2012, Unisys reported net income of $129.4 million, or $2.84 per diluted share, which included $105.4 million of pension expense and $30.6 million of debt reduction charges. For the full year of 2011, the company reported net income of $120.5 million, or $2.71 per diluted share, which included $28.0 million of pension expense, $85.2 million of debt reduction charges and an $8.9 million charge related to the settlement of a Brazilian non-income tax matter. Excluding these items, non-GAAP earnings per share for the full year of 2012 was $5.50 compared with $5.18 for the full year of 2011. Full-year 2012 revenue declined 4 percent to $3.71 billion from full-year 2011 revenue of $3.85 billion. On a constant currency basis, full-year 2012 revenue declined 1 percent compared with the full year of 2011.
"We had a good finish to the year driven by a strong performance in our technology business," said Unisys Chairman and CEO Ed Coleman. "Sales of our ClearPath software and servers grew in the quarter and for the year, exceeding our goal, as customers responded positively to continued innovations in our flagship technology platform. In our services business, we were pleased to see our revenue and margins improve in the quarter from a challenging third quarter, although we still have more work to do to meet our services growth and margin targets.
"These results capped off another year of progress for Unisys," Coleman said. "In an uncertain business environment, we increased our profitability and generated significant free cash flow. From a balance sheet perspective, we achieved a major milestone for the company by eliminating the rest of our high-interest debt and completing our multi-year program to reduce debt by $1 billion. We also continued to enhance our solution portfolio to strengthen our competitive profile. We remain focused on driving profitable growth in the year ahead."
Fourth-Quarter Company and Business Segment Highlights
International revenue grew 6 percent in the fourth quarter, largely offsetting a 10 percent decline in U.S. revenue. On a constant currency basis, international revenue grew 7 percent as increases in Europe and Latin America offset declines in Asia Pacific.
The company reported an overall fourth-quarter 2012 gross profit margin of 29.2 percent, up from 28.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. Operating expenses (SG&A and R&D expenses) increased 8 percent from the year-ago period, reflecting higher pension expense and investments in growth programs. Fourth-quarter 2012 operating profit declined to 11.7 percent of revenue from 12.3 percent of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2011. The company reported fourth-quarter 2012 operating profit of $114.6 million, which included $31.5 million of pension expense, compared with a fourth-quarter 2011 operating profit of $121.6 million, which included $8.1 million of pension expense.
Fourth-quarter 2012 services revenue declined 4 percent (3 percent on a constant currency basis) from the prior-year quarter. Fourth-quarter 2012 services gross profit margin improved slightly to 20.2 percent from 20.0 percent a year ago while services operating profit margin declined to 6.6 percent from 7.6 percent a year ago.
Fourth-quarter 2012 services order signings declined from year-ago levels. Services backlog at December 31, was $5.1 billion, an 8 percent decrease from services backlog at December 31, 2011.
Fourth-quarter 2012 technology revenue grew 16 percent from the prior-year quarter driven by strong sales of ClearPath software and servers. Reflecting the higher ClearPath sales, fourth-quarter 2012 technology gross profit margin improved to 68.1 percent from 65.9 percent in the year-ago quarter and technology operating profit margin improved to 43.9 percent from 37.7 percent in the year-ago quarter.
Cash Flow and Balance Sheet Highlights
Unisys generated $154 million of cash from operations in the fourth quarter of 2012, including $26 million of pension contributions. In the fourth quarter of 2011, the company generated $159 million of cash from operations, which included $19 million of pension contributions. Capital expenditures in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $36 million compared with $33 million in the year-ago quarter. The company generated $118 million of free cash flow in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with free cash flow of $126 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Free cash flow before pension contributions was $144 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with $145 million in the year-ago quarter.
Unisys made $202 million in pension contributions in 2012 compared with $83 million of pension contributions in 2011. For the full year of 2012, the company generated free cash flow of $330 million before pension contributions compared with $266 million of free cash flow before pension contributions in 2011.
During 2012 Unisys eliminated all remaining high-interest debt and met, more than a year early, its goal of reducing debt by 75 percent from September 2010 levels. Since 2008 the company has reduced its debt by $1 billion.
At December 31, the company reported a cash balance of $656 million and total debt of $210 million.
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