Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (EEFT - Free Report) delivered fourth-quarter 2018 earnings of $1.37 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 13.2%. Moreover, the bottom line improved 28% year over year. This upside can mainly be attributed to double-digit revenues and adjusted EBITDA from the company’s segments apart from a beneficial income tax expense.
The company’s reported net income soared 150% to $1.10 earnings per share in the quarter under review.
Its total revenues were $649.4 million, up 7% from the year-ago quarter due to solid contributions by EFT Processing Segment as well as Money Transfer segment. However, the top line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.2%.
Euronet’s total transactions were 2.85 million, having increased 15% year over year.
Adjusted operating income rose nearly 15% to $84.8 million.
EFT Processing Segment’s total revenues grew 10% (15% at constant currency basis) year over year to $161.3 million on the back of higher transactions and a rise in operated ATMs. Adjusted EBITDA amounted to $46.4 million, up 12% (14% at constant currency basis) from the year-ago period. Operating income for the segment was $22.4 million, down 13% year over year (declined 12% on constant currency basis).
The epay Segment’s total revenues dipped 3% year over year to $215 million (no change on constant currency basis). Adjusted EBITDA amounted to $30.7 million, up 12% improvement from the year-earlier quarter’s figure (16% up on constant currency basis). Operating income stands at $29.3 million against year-ago quarter’s operating loss of $6.3 million. This segment reported transactions of 344 million, up 21% year over year.
The Money Transfer Segment’s total revenues climbed 15% (17% at constant currency basis) year over year to $274.1 million, backed by 15% higher transactions. Adjusted EBITDA amounted to $44.6 million, reflecting a 21% improvement (23% increase at constant currency) from the prior-year quarter. Operating income for this segment totaled $29.3 million, up 1% at constant currency. This segment reported total transactions of 28.5 million, up 15% year over year.
Corporate and other Segment reported an expense of $9.8 million for the quarter under review, up from the year-ago period’s expense of $7.6 million.
For the full year, revenues augmented 13% year over year to $2.5 billion (up 10% constant currency basis).
Adjusted operating income of the company totaled $371.6 million, depicting a rise of 22% year over year (18% at constant currency basis). Its adjusted EBITDA came in at $494.4 million, a 19% increase from 2017’s figure (16% at constant currency basis).
Net income of the company was $4.26 per share, up 45.5% from 2017’s figure.
Adjusted earnings per share were $5.53, up 21% year over year.
Euronet expects adjusted earnings per share to be nearly 83 cents per share in the first quarter of 2019, better than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 79 cents.
Total assets at fourth-quarter end were $3.3 billion, up 5.8% from the level at year-end 2017.
Cash and cash equivalents improved nearly 29% to $1.1 billion from the figure at 2017 end.
The company’s total indebtedness decreased 27.8% to $641.5 million from the count as of Sep 30, 2018.
Euronet carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Other Releases From Finance Sector
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