TTEC Holdings, Inc. TTEC, +5.88%, a leading digital global customer experience technology and services company focused on the design, implementation and delivery of transformative solutions for many of the world’s most iconic and disruptive brands, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.
“We delivered record revenue and profit in 2019 and overperformed against many of our internal targets,” commented Ken Tuchman, chairman and chief executive officer of TTEC. “Our journey over the past decade has included significant investments to grow our overall portfolio of technology-rich CX solutions, culminating in a set of integrated capabilities that today allows TTEC to deliver everything from management consulting to recurring technology services and outcome based operational execution. This has optimized our access to the highest growing areas within the customer experience ecosystem. The current CX market tailwinds, combined with our reputation of excellence, history of innovation, and unrivaled CX technology and services, position us to advance our revenue growth and margin expansion in 2020 and beyond.”
FULL YEAR 2019 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Revenue Full year 2019 GAAP revenue increased 8.9 percent to $1.644 billion compared to $1.509 billion in the prior year.Foreign exchange had a $0.8 million positive impact on revenue for full year 2019.
Income from OperationsFull year 2019 GAAP income from operations was $123.7 million, or 7.5 percent of revenue, compared to $92.1 million, or 6.1 percent of revenue in the prior year.Non-GAAP income from operations, excluding $5.5 million in restructuring and impairment charges, was $129.2 million or 7.9 percent of revenue versus 6.9 percent for the prior year.Foreign exchange had a $7.0 million positive impact on income from operations for full year 2019.
Adjusted EBITDA Full year 2019 Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA was $209.1 million, or 12.7 percent of revenue, compared to $188.7 million, or 12.5 percent of revenue in the prior year.
Earnings Per ShareFull year 2019 GAAP fully diluted earnings per share was $1.65 compared to $0.77 for the same period last year.Non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share was $1.89 compared to $1.49 in the prior year.
BookingsDuring full year 2019, TTEC signed an estimated $488 million in annualized contract value. Full year bookings mix was diversified across segments, verticals, and geographies.
FOURTH QUARTER 2019 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Revenue Fourth quarter 2019 GAAP revenue increased 10.1 percent to $461.3 million compared to $419.1 million in the prior year period.Foreign exchange had a $4.0 million positive impact on revenue in the fourth quarter 2019.
Income from OperationsFourth quarter 2019 GAAP income from operations was $42.8 million, or 9.3 percent of revenue, compared to $39.0 million, or 9.3 percent of revenue in the prior year period.Non-GAAP income from operations, excluding $0.3 million in restructuring and impairment charges, was $43.1 million or 9.3 percent of revenue versus 11.0 percent for the prior year period.Foreign exchange had a $2.5 million positive impact on income from operations in the fourth quarter 2019.
Adjusted EBITDA Fourth quarter 2019 Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA was $63.2 million, or 13.7 percent of revenue, compared to $64.0 million, or 15.3 percent of revenue in the prior year period.
Earnings Per ShareFourth quarter 2019 GAAP fully diluted earnings per share was $0.60 compared to $0.44 for the same period last year.Non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share was $0.65 compared to $0.63 in the prior year period.
BookingsDuring the fourth quarter 2019, TTEC signed an estimated $120 million in annualized contract value. Fourth quarter bookings mix was diversified across segments, verticals, and geographies.
STRONG CASH FLOW AND BALANCE SHEET FUND INVESTMENTS AND DIVIDENDSCash flow from operations in the fourth quarter 2019 was $53.6 million compared to $2.2 million for the fourth quarter 2018. For the full year 2019, cash flow from operations was $238.0 million compared to $168.3 million for the same period 2018.Capital expenditures in the fourth quarter 2019 were $16.3 million compared to $11.6 million for the fourth quarter 2018. For the full year 2019, capital expenditures were $60.8 million compared to $43.5 million for the same period 2018.As of December 31, 2019, TTEC had cash and cash equivalents of $82.4 million and debt of $307.5 million, resulting in a net debt position of $225.1 million. This compares to a net debt position of $226.3 million for the same period 2018.As of December 31, 2019, TTEC had approximately $530 million of additional borrowing capacity available under its revolving credit facility compared to $360 million for the same period 2018.Paid a $0.32 per share, or $14.9 million, semi-annual dividend on October 17, 2019. On February 27, 2020, the Board declared the next semi-annual dividend of $0.34 per share, payable on April 16, 2020 to shareholders of record as of April 1, 2020. This dividend represents a 6.3 percent increase over the October 2019 dividend and 13.3 percent over the April 2019 dividend.
SEGMENT REPORTING & COMMENTARY
Effective June 30, 2019, TTEC reports financial results for the following two business segments:TTEC Digital (Digital) – Previously TTEC’s Customer Strategy Services and Customer Technology Services segments.TTEC Engage (Engage) – Previously TTEC’s Customer Growth Services and Customer Management Services segments.
Financial highlights for the two segments are provided below.
TTEC Digital – Design, build and operate tech-enabled, insight-driven CX solutionsFourth quarter 2019 GAAP revenue for TTEC Digital increased 18.4 percent to $82.4 million from $69.6 million for the year ago period. Income from operations was $11.8 million or 14.3 percent of revenue compared to operating income of $12.5 million or 17.9 percent of revenue for the prior year period.Non-GAAP income from operations was $11.9 million, or 14.4 percent of revenue compared to operating income of $12.7 million or 18.3 percent of revenue in the prior year period.
TTEC Engage – Digitally-enabled customer care, acquisition, and fraud prevention servicesFourth quarter 2019 GAAP revenue for TTEC Engage increased 8.4 percent to $379.0 million from $349.6 million for the year ago period. Income from operations was $31.0 million or 8.2 percent of revenue compared to operating income of $26.5 million or 7.6 percent of revenue for the prior year period.Non-GAAP income from operations was $31.2 million, or 8.2 percent of revenue compared to operating income of $33.2 million or 9.5 percent of revenue in the prior year period.Foreign exchange had a $4.1 million positive impact on revenue and $2.5 million positive impact on income from operations.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
This press release contains a discussion of certain Non-GAAP financial measures that the Company includes to allow investors and analysts to measure, analyze and compare its financial condition and results of operations in a meaningful and consistent manner. A reconciliation of these Non-GAAP financial measures can be found in the tables accompanying this press release.GAAP metrics are presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.Non-GAAP – As reflected in the attached reconciliation table, the definition of Non-GAAP may exclude from operating income, EBITDA, net income and earnings per share restructuring and impairment charges, among other items.
“2019 was a milestone year for us, exceeding many of our key goals,” commented Regina Paolillo, chief financial and administrative officer. “We achieved record financial results, completed a strategic acquisition, entered into new and expanded technology channel partnerships, significantly grew our CX cloud market share, and added a meaningful number of new hypergrowth and Global 1000 clients across our expanded global footprint. We expect these positive developments alongside the size and diversity of our bookings, revenue backlog and sales pipeline to enable revenue growth and profit margin expansion in 2020.”
Paolillo continued, “With regard to any impact from the coronavirus, we have reflected our initial assumptions in our guidance. Given the diversity of our industry coverage and client delivery footprint, alongside our virtual Digital and Engage services capabilities, we currently do not expect a material impact to our 2020 financial and business results.”
Our full-year 2020 outlook, which excludes restructuring and impairment charges, is as follows:
Revenue between $1.757 and $1.773 billion, an increase of 6.9 and 7.9 percent over the prior year.
Operating Income margins between 8.2 and 8.4 percent.Margins of approximately 12.9 percent for TTEC Digital and 7.3 percent for TTEC Engage
Adjusted EBITDA margins between 13.3 and 13.5 percent.Margins of approximately 18.4 percent for TTEC Digital and 12.4 percent for TTEC Engage
Earnings Per Share between 2.03 and 2.10 cents.
Capital expenditures are estimated to between 3.6 and 3.8 percent of revenue, of which approximately 65 percent is growth oriented.
Effective tax rate for the full year is estimated between 25 and 27 percent.
Diluted share count for the full year is estimated between 46.9 and 47.1 million.
We estimate the first half – second half 2020 mix as follows:Revenue: 48 percent first half, 52 percent second halfOperating Income: 45 percent first half, 55 percent second halfAdjusted EBITDA: 47 percent first half, 53 percent second halfEarnings Per Share: 45 percent first half, 55 percent second half
We estimate the Digital – Engage 2020 mix as follows:Revenue: 17 percent Digital, 83 percent Engage, of which 51 percent of Digital and 48 percent of Engage in the first half, respectively.Operating Income: 26 percent Digital, 74 percent Engage, of which 56 percent of Digital and 41 percent of Engage in the first half, respectively.Adjusted EBITDA: 23 percent Digital 77 percent Engage, of which 54 percent of Digital and 44 percent of Engage in the first half, respectively.
TTEC Holdings, Inc. TTEC, +5.88% is a leading global customer experience technology and services company focused on the design, implementation and delivery of transformative customer experience for many of the world’s most iconic and disruptive brands. The Company delivers outcome-based customer engagement solutions through TTEC Digital, its digital consultancy that designs and builds human centric, tech-enabled, insight-driven customer experience solutions for clients and TTEC Engage, its delivery center of excellence, that operates customer acquisition, care, fraud prevention and detection, and content moderation services. Founded in 1982, the Company’s 49,500 employees operate on six continents across the globe and live by a set of customer-focused values that guide relationships with clients, their customers, and each other. To learn more about how TTEC is bringing humanity to the customer experience,
This earnings release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on the current beliefs and expectations of TTEC Holding, Inc.’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Specifically, we would like for you to focus on risks related to our strategy execution, our ability to innovate and introduce technologies that are sufficiently disruptive to allow us to maintain and grow our market share, cybersecurity risk and risks inherent to our equity structure. Actual results may differ from what is expressed in the forward-looking statements. Risk Factors that could cause TTEC’s results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in TTEC’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, which has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
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