Global Payments Inc. ( GPN Quick Quote GPN - Free Report) third-quarter 2020 adjusted earnings of $1.71 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 10.3%. Also, the bottom line improved 8.2% year over year.
Adjusted net revenues declined 4% year over year to $1.75 billion. However, the top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.4%.
Adjusted operating margin was 41.1%, up 250 basis points (bps) year over year.
The company’s results reflect constant market recovery and cost-control efforts, which have been driving margins. However, the results have been partially offset by softer revenues across most segments barring Business and Consumer Solutions.
Segmental Performances Merchant Solutions: Adjusted revenues of $1.1 billion at this segment decreased 6.2% year over year. Operating income of $532.3 million fell 5.3% year over year. Issuer Solutions: Adjusted net revenues of $433.4 million fell 2.5% year over year. Operating income of $187.7 million increased 10.3% year over year. Business and Consumer Solution: The segment reported adjusted net revenues of $204.1 million, up 7.2% year over year. Operating income was $52.3 million, up 48.3% year over year. Balance Sheet Position (as of Sep 30, 2020)
Total cash and cash equivalents were $2.2 billion, which surged 32.3% from the level as of Dec 31, 2019.
Long-term debt was $8.4 billion, down 7.2% from the level at 2019 end.
Net cash provided by operating activities for the first nine months of 2020 was $1.5 billion, up 14.5% from the year-ago comparable period.
Share Repurchase and Dividend Update
The company’s board of directors has enhanced its share repurchase authorization to $1.25 billion backed by its solid balance sheet and robust cash flows.
Concurrent with third-quarter earnings release, the company approved a dividend of 19.5 cents per share, payable Dec 31, 2020 to its shareholders of record as of Dec 17. These shareholder-friendly moves indicate the company’s commitment to return value to shareholders.
Global Payments forged a relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to be its preferred cloud provider for its issuer business.
The company has not only signed a multi-year payments pact with TD Bank Group but has also renewed its agreement with Wells Fargo through its Issuer Solutions business — Total System Services (TSYS).
Moreover, the company anticipates annual run rate expense synergies from the TSYS merger to be $375 million, which indicates an increase from the previous estimate of $350 million. The company is on track to achieve at least $125 million in annual run rate revenue synergies and $400 million in additional annual run rate expense savings in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zacks Rank and Performances of Other Industry Players
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