DXC Technology (DXC - Free Report) reported first-quarter fiscal 2019 wherein the bottom line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate but the top line missed the same.
At $5.28 billion, revenues marked 1% year-over-year improvement on a reported basis but lagged the prior-year quarter figure in constant currency by 1.8%. It also missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.32 billion.
The company reported non-GAAP earnings of $1.93 per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.75 and increased from $1.23 reported a year ago.
The quarterly results were mainly driven by impressive growth in the cloud business. Additionally, discontinuation of the U.S Public Sector business, 3.7% reduction in headcount and elimination of extra 700,000 square feet of office space contributed significantly to the bottom line.
Segment wise, pro forma revenues from Global Business Services (GBS) fell 2.4% on a year-over-year basis to $2.2 billion owing to the completion of HPE and HPI integration projects and other application contracts.
However, 14% growth in enterprise and cloud applications, along with 18% rise in analytics was a tailwind.
Global Infrastructure Services (GIS) revenues during the fiscal first quarter came in at $3.1 billion, marking 3.4% year-over-year growth on a pro forma combined company basis. The improvement was mainly driven by growth in the company’s cloud infrastructure, security and mobility and workplace.
The ITO business continued to decline but was mitigated by the company’s constant growth driving efforts.
Management noted that demand for multi-cloud solutions resulted in a 42% growth in the company’s cloud business. Improvement in enterprise spending on cloud is driving its Digital revenues which grew 21% in the quarter.
Adjusted EBIT margin was 15.2% compared with 10.9% reported in the prior-year quarter. The robust improvement was mainly driven by the ongoing cost synergies from CSC and HPE’s Enterprise Services division merger.
Non-GAAP income from continuing operations was $564 million during the quarter compared with $369 million reported in the year-earlier period, up 366 basis points.
Balance Sheet and Other Financial Metrics
The company exited the reported quarter with $2.58 billion in cash and cash equivalents compared with $2.59 billion recorded in the previous quarter. Long-term debt balance (net of current maturities) was $4.75 billion.
Net cash provided by operating activities during the fiscal first quarter came in at $473 million compared with $519 million in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted free cash flow for the quarter came in at $321 million.
During the first quarter, the company returned $375 million to shareholders through share buyback and dividend payments.
Fiscal 2019 Outlook
The company issued fiscal 2019 outlook. For the fiscal, it projects revenues of $21.5-$22 billion. The company anticipates non-GAAP earnings per share between $7.75 and $8.15.
DXC Technology is also quite optimistic about the acquisition of Molina Medicaid Solutions, a Medicaid management information systems business, which was announced in the reported quarter. Moreover, the recent collaboration with Amazon Web Services on a new strategic DXC AWS integrated practice looks promising.
Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider
DXC Technology currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
A few stocks worth considering in the broader Computer and Technology sector are Adobe (ADBE - Free Report) , Qualys, Inc. (QLYS - Free Report) and SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (SAIC - Free Report) , each sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Long-term earnings growth for Adobe, Qualys and Science Applications is projected to be 16.20%, 8% and 5%, respectively.
More Stock News: This Is Bigger than the iPhone!
It could become the mother of all technological revolutions. Apple sold a mere 1 billion iPhones in 10 years but a new breakthrough is expected to generate more than 27 billion devices in just 3 years, creating a $1.7 trillion market.
Zacks has just released a Special Report that spotlights this fast-emerging phenomenon and 6 tickers for taking advantage of it. If you don't buy now, you may kick yourself in 2020.
Click here for the 6 trades >>