Amdocs Limited (DOX - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2018 results, wherein the bottom line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate and the top line matched the same.
Quarterly non-GAAP earnings came in at 99 cents per share compared with 94 cents in the year-ago quarter. The bottom line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 98 cents.
Revenues in the reported quarter came in at $1 billion matching the Zacks Consensus Estimate and marking year-over-year improvement of 2.3%.
Continued flow of new customers, penetration into new regions and a number of awards for projects and managed services drove revenue growth. However, a sequential impact of nearly $5 million in foreign currency movements was a dampener.
Fiscal 2018 Results
Revenues for the full fiscal year came in at $3.97 billion compared with $3.87 billion a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings per share for fiscal 2018 were up 6.1% year over year to $4.03.
Non-GAAP Operating income was $687 million, up 3.3% year over year.
In fiscal 2018, the company generated net cash of $557.2 million from its operating activities compared with $636.1 million in fiscal 2017.
Customer Experience Systems revenues were up 2.6% and reached $992.5 million in the reported quarter. Customer Experience Directory revenues were down 15.8% year over year to $10.1 million.
Geographically, revenues from North America (64% of total) were $644.8638.2 million, down 0.9% from the year-ago quarter due to customer fluctuations. Europe (15%) recorded revenues of $150.6 million, up 16%, marking the best quarter in more than 10 years. Rest of the World (21%) generated revenues of $213.8 million, up 3.9%.
During the quarter, Amdocs bagged its first transformation award with Italian telecommunications provider TIM. This further boosted its foothold in Europe.
Moreover, it entered into a six-year deal with PLDT (PHI - Free Report) on managed IT infrastructure. With this agreement, Amdocs expanded its association with the telecom company with which it had already signed a $300 million managed transformation deal earlier this year.
Management is optimistic about the 12-month backlog that reached $3.336 billion at the end of the quarter. The company continued to aid digital, media and network transformations of its clients, which improved its revenue growth rate.
The company’s recent partnership with Comcast (CMCSA - Free Report) , which was materialized in the fourth fiscal quarter, is expected to help drive software defined wide area networks (SD-WAN) service.
Margins and Operating Metrics
The company reported non-GAAP operating expenses of $829.98 million, up 2.3% from the year-ago quarter.
Non-GAAP operating income increased 2.6% and came in at $172.61 million.
Operating margin of 17.2% for the quarter remained flat year over year.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
As of Sep 30, 2018, Amdocs had cash, cash equivalents and short-term interest-bearing investments of $519.2 million compared with $979.6 million recorded in the prior quarter.
During the reported quarter, the company repurchased shares worth $90 million. Also, its board of directors approved the payment of a quarterly dividend of 25 cents per share. The dividend will be paid on Jan 18, 2019.
For first-quarter fiscal 2019, Amdocs expects revenues in the range of $990-$1,030 million and adjusted earnings per share in the range of 95 cents to $1.01.
For fiscal 2019, the company expects revenues to grow 1-5% year over year on a reported basis and 2-6% on constant currency basis. This guidance takes into account the impact of foreign exchange fluctuations.
Zacks Rank and a Key Pick
Amdocs currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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