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Western Union (WU) Q2 Earnings Miss Estimates, Down Y/Y

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The Western Union Company (WU - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2018 operating earnings per share of 46 cents, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 47 cents. Moreover, the bottom line declined 8% year over year due to weak performances by the Business Solutions and Other segments.

The Western Union Company Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Behind the Headlines

Total revenues of nearly $1.4 billion increased 2% on a year-over-year basis and 3% on a constant currency basis. The top-line growth was driven by the company’s global consumer money transfer business and

Western Union generated operating income of $283.6 million, up nearly 32% year over year.

Adjusted operating margin of 20.1% declined 160 basis points (bps) year over year due to the timing of marketing and expenditure due to compliance.

Segment Update

Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C)

Revenues for the segment rose 4% on a reported basis and 3% on constant currency to $1.1 billion, led by higher transactions. Total transactions grew 5%, driven by strength at

Revenues from C2C improved 22% on a reported basis and 21% on a constant currency basis. Revenues rose on the back of 26% transaction growth. Notably, represented 11% of total C2C revenues in the quarter under review.

Operating income dipped 1.5% year over year to $266.2 million. Operating margin contracted 130 bps to 23.6%

Business Solutions

Revenues decreased 4% on a normal basis and 6% on a constant currency basis year over year to $93.1 million due to decline in some parts such as Europe.

The segment reported operating income of $1.1 million in the second quarter, down 79.2% year over year.

Its operating margin fell 430 bps to 1.2%.


Other segment primarily consists of the U.S. and Argentina bill payments businesses. Revenues slipped 2% but increased 9% on a constant currency basis to $190.5 million.

Operating income declined 31.2% to $16.3 million and operating margin contracted 360 bps to 8.5%, both on a year-over-year basis.

Balance Sheet

Cash and cash equivalents as of Jun 30, 2018 were $938.3 billion, up 12% from 2017-end level.

At quarter-end, borrowings rose nearly 10% to $3.3 billion from year-end 2017.

As of Jun 30, 2018, stockholders' equity was a deficit of $451.3 million compared with stockholder’s equity deficit of $491.4 million at year-end 2017.

Net cash from operations totaled $298.7 million compared with $24 million net cash used in operating activities.

Share Repurchase &Dividend Update

In the reported quarter, the company returned $86 million in dividends and $250 million in share buybacks to its shareholders.

Zacks Rank and Performance of Other Stocks

Western Union carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Among other Financial Transaction Services providers, Visa Inc. (V - Free Report) , Total System Services, Inc. (TSS - Free Report) and Alliance Data Systems Corp. (ADS - Free Report) came out with flying colors as the bottom line of each beat the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate in the second quarter.

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