Total System Services, Inc.’s (TSS - Free Report) first-quarter 2019 earnings per share of $1.15 surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.9% and also surged nearly 4.5% year over year. Strong performances by all three segments — Issuer Solutions, Merchant Solutions and Consumer Solutions — have contributed to the favorable results.
Total revenues were $1.03 billion, up 5.6% year over year, led by growth across all its three segments. Net revenues (which excludes reimbursable items) of $980.3 million were up 5.6% year over year, but missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.7%.
Total expenses of $811.3 million were up 1.5% year over year, led by 3.1% increase in cost of services.
The company reported adjusted EBITDA of $357.3 million, up 8% from the year-ago quarter.
Total System Services, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Impressive Segment Results
Net revenues for this segment improved 2.3% year over year to $433.5 million, driven by a 7.2% rise in total transaction year over year and 8.6% growth in traditional accounts on file.
Adjusted EBITDA of $204.9 million was up 4.7% year over year.
Net revenues jumped 8.1% to $343 million, mainly backed by 13.8% higher point-of-sale transactions. Dollar sales volume for the segment expanded 8% year over year to $40.2 billion.
Adjusted EBITDA of $128.8 million increased 8.3% year over year.
Net revenues for this segment amounted to $219.2 million, up 4.1%. This upside is attributable to 3.8% growth in GDV (gross domestic value).
Adjusted EBITDA of $63.7 million increased 18.7% year over year.
Strong Financial Position
Total assets increased 4.1% from the level as of Dec 31, 2018 to $7.8 billion as of Mar 31, 2019.
Total shareholders’ equity declined 9% from Dec 31, 2018 levels to $2.59 billion on Mar 31, 2019.
For the quarter, the company generated free cash flow of $147.2 million, down 11% year over year.
2019 Guidance Affirmed
The company backed its earlier provided guidance for 2019 which calls for total revenues on a GAAP basis in the range of $4.19-$4.29 billion, up 4-6%. On a non-GAAP basis, net revenues are anticipated in the $3.99-$4.09 billion band, reflecting 5-7% year-over-year growth.
GAAP EPS will likely be within $3.48-$3.63, up 11-16% from the comparable quarter last year. Adjusted EPS is forecast between $4.75 and $4.90, translating into an improvement of about 6-10%.
Total System Services carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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Stocks to Consider
Some stocks worth considering in the same space are Diebold Nixdorf, Inc. (DBD - Free Report) , FleetCor Technologies, Inc. (FLT - Free Report) and Worldpay Inc. (WP - Free Report) . Each of these stocks carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Diebold Nixdorf’s and FleetCor Technologies’s Earnings ESP of +5.71% and 0.38% and a Zacks Rank #2 makes us confident of an earnings beat this quarter.
Worldpay has surpassed estimates in each of the four reported quarters with an average positive surprise of 5.1%.
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