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Paycom (PAYC) Q4 Earnings & Revenues Beat Estimates, Up Y/Y

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Paycom Software (PAYC - Free Report) reported better-than-anticipated fourth-quarter 2021 results, wherein both the top and bottom lines surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate.

The online payroll and human resource technology provider reported non-GAAP earnings of $1.11 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.08 per share. The bottom line improved 32.1% from 84 cents per share reported in the year-ago quarter.

For the fourth quarter of 2021, the company reported revenues of $285 million, beating the consensus mark of $275.8 million and improving 29% year over year. This year-over-year upside was primarily driven by the new client additions and continued focus on cross-selling to the existing clients.

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Quarter in Detail

Paycom’s recurring revenues (representing 98.3% of total revenues) improved 29.2% to $280 million in the fourth quarter.

The adjusted gross profit climbed 26.8% from the year-ago period to $239.7 million. However, the adjusted gross margin contracted 140 basis points (bps) on a year-on-year basis to 84.1%, primarily on the workforce returning to offices and aggressive hiring.

Paycom’s adjusted EBITDA increased 30.2% year over year to $109.6 million. Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 30 bps to 38.4%.

Balance Sheet & Cash Flow

Paycom exited the fourth quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $278 million compared with $230.9 million recorded in the previous quarter.

The company’s balance sheet comprises net long-term debt of $29.2 million compared with the previous quarter’s $27.8 million.

During the full-year 2021, it generated an operating cash flow of $319.4 million.

Full-Year Highlights   

Paycom reported revenues of $1.06 billion in full-year 2021, up 25.4% year over year. Recurring revenues grew 25.5% to $1.04 billion.

Non-GAAP diluted earnings were $4.48 per share, indicating a surge of 28.4% year over year.

For the full-year 2021, adjusted EBITDA (accounting for 39.7% of revenues) increased 26.8% year over year to $419.3 million. Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 40 bps to 39.7%.

Guidance

Paycom forecast 2022 revenues between $1.314 billion and $1.316 billion. The adjusted EBITDA is projected to be $524-$526 million.

For the first quarter of 2022, Paycom estimates revenues between $342 million and $344 million. Management projects an adjusted EBITDA of $161-$163 million.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Paycom currently has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

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