FLORHAM PARK, N.J., May 10, 2017 - Conduent (NYSE: CNDT), the world's largest provider of diversified business services, today announced its first quarter 2017 financial results.

“First quarter results were in line with our expectations, reflecting the seasonality of our business and the continued ramp of our strategic transformation initiative,” said Ashok Vemuri, CEO of Conduent. “We made meaningful progress on a number of fronts in our first quarter as a stand-alone public company, including completing the build out of the management team, realigning our vertical and horizontal offerings and launching a more disciplined and purposeful new go-to-market strategy.  We continue to stay focused on growing profitable revenue streams and executing on a plan that positions us to achieve our goals in 2017 and beyond.”

First Quarter 2017 Results

First quarter 2017 revenues were $1.55 billion, down (8)%, or (7)% in constant currency, compared to Q1 2016. Pre-tax income was $(22) million compared to $(54) million in Q1 2016. The company reported EPS from continuing operations of $(0.06) versus $(0.12) in the same period last year.

First quarter adjusted operating income was $89 million, with an adjusted operating margin of 5.7% as compared to $71 million, with a margin of 4.2% in Q1 2016.  Adjusted EBITDA improved 5% at $153 million, with an adjusted EBITDA margin of 9.9%, as compared with $146 million, with a margin of 8.7% in the prior year period.  The company reported adjusted earnings per share of $0.16 compared to $0.22 in Q1 2016.

Conduent used $(106) million in cash flow from operations during the first quarter and ended the first quarter 2017 with a cash balance of $255 million.  Total debt was $2.1 billion as of March 31, 2017.

Headcount of approximately 90,000 as of March 31, 2017 compared with approximately 96,000 as of March 31, 2016, and approximately 96,000 as of December 31, 2016.

Total TCV signings of $931M for 1Q included:

  • a five year agreement with a Fortune 100 multinational  company to provide benefit administration services
  • contracts with two state agencies focused on capabilities in customer experience and expertise in the Medicaid eligibility and benefits services, respectively
  • a significant expansion of business with one of the largest global technology brands

Financial and Strategic Outlook

Conduent is providing the following guidance ranges for calendar year 2017:

(in millions, except Revenue ($B)

 

FY 2016

 

FY 2017E

Revenue

 

$

6.4

   

Down 4.5-6.5% (CC)

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

635

   

Up 5%-6%

Free Cash Flow

 

$

(81

)

 

20-30% of Adj. EBITDA

“We achieved adjusted operating income and adjusted EBITDA growth in the first quarter and improved our margin profile. We also re-priced our Term Loan B, reducing the interest rate by 150 basis points.  We are rebalancing investments into the business, optimizing our portfolio and taking appropriate actions to align with our disciplined go-to-market strategy,” said Brian Webb-Walsh, Conduent CFO.