Fiserv Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

GAAP revenue growth of 10% and organic revenue growth of 11%; GAAP EPS increased 127% and adjusted EPS increased 20%; Full year 2022 guidance affirmed

BROOKFIELD, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV), a leading global provider of payments and financial services technology solutions, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2022.

First Quarter 2022 GAAP Results

GAAP revenue for the company grew 10% to $4.14 billion in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the prior year period, with 18% growth in the Acceptance segment, 6% growth in the Fintech segment and 4% growth in the Payments segment.

GAAP earnings per share was $1.02 in the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 127% compared to the prior year period. GAAP operating margin was 20.5% in the first quarter of 2022, compared to 12.6% in the prior year period. The first quarter of 2022 includes a $147 million pre-tax gain from the previously disclosed sale of certain merchant contracts from a merchant alliance joint venture. Net cash provided by operating activities was $815 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared to $952 million in the prior year period.

“We had a strong start to the year as we posted double-digit organic revenue and adjusted earnings per share growth, both above the outlook range we provided for the year,” said Frank Bisignano, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fiserv. “We delivered these results while continuing our strategy of investing in innovation for growth.”

  • First Quarter 2022 Non-GAAP Results and Additional Information
  • Adjusted revenue increased 10% to $3.91 billion in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the prior year period.
  • Organic revenue growth was 11% in the first quarter of 2022, led by 20% growth in the Acceptance segment, 6% growth in the Fintech segment and 5% growth in the Payments segment.
  • Adjusted earnings per share increased 20% to $1.40 in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the prior year period.
  • Adjusted operating margin increased 60 basis points to 32.0% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the prior year period.
  • Free cash flow was $603 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared to $821 million in the prior year period.
  • The company repurchased 5.1 million shares of common stock for $500 million in the first quarter of 2022.
  • In March 2022, Fiserv was named among the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company for the second consecutive year.
  • In April 2022, the company completed its previously announced acquisition of Finxact, Inc., a developer of cloud-native banking solutions powering digital transformation throughout the financial services sector.

Outlook for 2022

Fiserv continues to expect organic revenue growth of 7% to 9% and adjusted earnings per share in a range of $6.40 to $6.55, representing growth of 15% to 17%, for 2022.

“We remain confident in our 2022 outlook in spite of challenging macroeconomic factors that create some uncertainty,” said Bisignano. “We believe the resilience of our business, the strength and breadth of our assets and our robust pipeline of innovation provide the tools to deliver value in any environment.”

Earnings Conference Call

The company will discuss its first quarter 2022 results in a live webcast at 7 AM CT on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. The webcast, along with supplemental financial information, can be accessed on the investor relations section of the Fiserv website at investors.fiserv.com. A replay will be available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the live webcast.

About Fiserv

Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) aspires to move money and information in a way that moves the world. As a global leader in payments and financial technology, the company helps clients achieve best-in-class results through a commitment to innovation and excellence in areas including account processing and digital banking solutions; card issuer processing and network services; payments; e-commerce; merchant acquiring and processing; and the Clover® cloud-based point- of-sale and business management platform. Fiserv is a member of the S&P 500® Index, the FORTUNE® 500, and has been recognized as one of FORTUNE World’s Most Admired Companies® for 11 of the past 14 years and named among the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company for two consecutive years. Visit fiserv.com and follow on social media for more information and the latest company news.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this news release, the company supplements its reporting of information determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), such as revenue, operating income, operating margin, net income attributable to Fiserv, earnings per share and net cash provided by operating activities, with “adjusted revenue,” “organic revenue,” “organic revenue growth,” “adjusted operating income,” “adjusted operating margin,” “adjusted net income,” “adjusted earnings per share,” “adjusted earnings per share growth,” and “free cash flow.” Management believes that adjustments for certain non-cash or other items and the exclusion of certain pass-through revenue and expenses should enhance shareholders’ ability to evaluate the company’s performance, as such measures provide additional insights into the factors and trends affecting its business. Therefore, the company excludes these items from its GAAP financial measures to calculate these unaudited non-GAAP measures. The corresponding reconciliations of these unaudited non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measures are included in this news release, except for forward-looking measures where a reconciliation to the corresponding GAAP measures is not available due to the variability, complexity and limited visibility of the non-cash and other items described below that are excluded from the non-GAAP outlook measures. See page 14 for additional information regarding the company’s forward- looking non-GAAP financial measures.

Examples of non-cash or other items may include, but are not limited to, non-cash intangible asset amortization expense associated with acquisitions; non-cash impairment charges; restructuring costs; severance costs; net charges associated with debt financing activities; merger and integration costs; gains or losses from the sale of businesses, certain assets or investments; certain discrete tax benefits and expenses; and non-cash deferred revenue adjustments arising from acquisitions. The company excludes these items to more clearly focus on the factors management believes are pertinent to the company’s operations, and management uses this information to make operating decisions, including the allocation of resources to the company’s various businesses.

The company adjusts its non-GAAP results to exclude amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets as such amounts are inconsistent in amount and frequency and are significantly impacted by the timing and/or size of acquisitions. Management believes that the adjustment of acquisition-related intangible asset amortization supplements GAAP information with a measure that can be used to assess the comparability of operating performance. Although the company excludes amortization from acquisition-related intangible assets from its non-GAAP expenses, management believes that it is important for investors to understand that such intangible assets were recorded as part of purchase accounting and contribute to revenue generation.

Management believes organic revenue growth is useful because it presents adjusted revenue growth excluding the impact of foreign currency fluctuations, acquisitions, dispositions and the company’s Output Solutions postage reimbursements and including deferred revenue purchase accounting adjustments. Management believes free cash flow is useful to measure the funds generated in a given period that are available for debt service requirements and strategic capital decisions. Management believes this supplemental information enhances shareholders’ ability to evaluate and understand the company’s core business performance.

These unaudited non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, revenue, operating income, operating margin, net income attributable to Fiserv, earnings per share and net cash provided by operating activities or any other amount determined in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding anticipated organic revenue growth, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted earnings per share growth and other statements regarding our future financial performance. Statements can generally be identified as forward-looking because they include words such as “believes,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “could,” “should,” or words of similar meaning. Statements that describe the company’s future plans, objectives or goals are also forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. The factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially include, among others, the following, many of which may continue to be amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic: the duration and intensity of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how quickly the global economy recovers from the impact of the pandemic; governmental and private sector responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of such responses on the company; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the company’s employees, clients, vendors, supply chain, operations and sales; the company’s ability to compete effectively against new and existing competitors and to continue to introduce competitive new products and services on a timely, cost-effective basis; changes in customer demand for the company’s products and services; the ability of the company’s technology to keep pace with a rapidly evolving marketplace; the success of the company’s merchant alliances, some of which are not controlled by the company; the impact of a security breach or operational failure on the company’s business including disruptions caused by other participants in the global financial system; the failure of the company’s vendors and merchants to satisfy their obligations; the successful management of credit and fraud risks in the company’s business and merchant alliances; changes in local, regional, national and international economic or political conditions and the impact they may have on the company and its customers; the effect of proposed and enacted legislative and regulatory actions affecting the company or the financial services industry as a whole; the company’s ability to comply with government regulations and applicable card association and network rules; the protection and validity of intellectual property rights; the outcome of pending and future litigation and governmental proceedings; the company’s ability to successfully identify, complete and integrate acquisitions, and to realize the anticipated benefits associated with the same; the impact of the company’s strategic initiatives; the company’s ability to attract and retain key personnel; volatility and disruptions in financial markets that may impact the company’s ability to access preferred sources of financing and the terms on which the company is able to obtain financing or increase its costs of borrowing; adverse impacts from currency exchange rates or currency controls; changes in corporate tax and interest rates; and other factors included in “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and in other documents that the company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at http://www.sec.gov. You should consider these factors carefully in evaluating forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release.

Fiserv, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In millions, except per share amounts, unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Revenue

 

 

Processing and services

$

3,364

 

$

3,054

 

Product

 

774

 

 

701

 

Total revenue

 

4,138

 

 

3,755

 

Expenses

 

 

Cost of processing and services

 

1,436

 

 

1,397

 

Cost of product

 

536

 

 

510

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

1,467

 

 

1,373

 

Gain on sale of assets

 

(147

)

 

 

Total expenses

 

3,292

 

 

3,280

 

Operating income

 

846

 

 

475

 

Interest expense, net

 

(168

)

 

(176

)

Other (expense) income

 

(4

)

 

21

 

 

Income before income taxes and income from investments in unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

 

674

 

 

 

 

 

320

 

 

Income tax provision

 

(98

)

 

(18

)

Income from investments in unconsolidated affiliates

 

106

 

 

16

 

 

Net income

 

 

 

682

 

 

 

 

 

318

 

 

Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

13

 

 

14

 

 

Net income attributable to Fiserv

 

$

 

669

 

 

 

$

 

304

 

 

 

GAAP earnings per share attributable to Fiserv – diluted

 

$

 

1.02

 

 

 

$

 

0.45

 

 

Diluted shares used in computing earnings per share attributable to Fiserv

657.2

679.9

Earnings per share is calculated using actual, unrounded amounts.

Fiserv, Inc.

Reconciliation of GAAP to

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share

(In millions, except per share amounts, unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

GAAP net income attributable to Fiserv

 

$

 

669

 

 

 

 

 

$

 

304

 

 

 

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

Merger and integration costs 1

 

22

 

 

125

 

Severance costs 2

 

52

 

 

10

 

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets 3

 

475

 

 

506

 

Non wholly-owned entity activities 4

 

(56

)

 

 

Gain on sale of assets 5

 

(147

)

 

 

Tax impact of adjustments 6

 

(94

)

 

(148

)

Adjusted net income

$

921

 

$

797

 

GAAP earnings per share attributable to Fiserv

$

1.02

 

$

0.45

 

Adjustments – net of income taxes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merger and integration costs 1

 

0.03

 

 

0.14

 

Severance costs 2

 

0.06

 

 

0.01

 

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets 3

 

0.57

 

 

0.57

 

Non wholly-owned entity activities 4

 

(0.07

)

 

 

Gain on sale of assets 5

 

(0.21

)

 

 

Adjusted earnings per share

$

1.40

 

$

1.17

 

See pages 3-4 for disclosures related to the use of non-GAAP financial measures. Earnings per share is calculated using actual, unrounded amounts.

1

Represents acquisition and related integration costs incurred in connection with various acquisitions, including those related to the First Data acquisition. Merger and integration costs in the first quarter of 2022 includes $10 million of share-based compensation attributable to various acquisitions. First Data integration costs in the first quarter of 2021 primarily include $52 million of third-party professional service fees associated with integration activities; $18 million of incremental share- based compensation, including the fair value of stock awards assumed by Fiserv; and $45 million of other integration- related compensation costs.

2

Represents severance costs associated with the achievement of expense management initiatives which, in the prior year period, included costs related to the First Data acquisition.

3

Represents amortization of intangible assets acquired through various acquisitions, including customer relationships, software/technology and trade names. This adjustment does not exclude the amortization of other intangible assets such as contract costs (sales commissions and deferred conversion costs), capitalized and purchased software, and financing costs and debt discounts. See additional information on page 13 for an analysis of the company’s amortization expense.

4

Represents the company’s share of amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets at its unconsolidated affiliates, as well as the minority interest share of amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets at its subsidiaries in which the company holds a controlling financial interest. This adjustment in the first quarters of 2022 and 2021 also includes net gains totaling $91 million and $40 million, respectively, primarily related to certain equity investment transactions.

5

Represents a gain associated with the sale of certain merchant contracts in conjunction with the mutual termination of one of the company’s merchant alliance joint ventures.

6

The tax impact of adjustments is calculated using a tax rate of 21% and 23% in the first quarters of 2022 and 2021, respectively, which approximates the company’s anticipated annual effective tax rates, except for the $9 million actual tax effect on the gain on sale of assets in the first quarter of 2022.

Fiserv, Inc.

Financial Results by Segment

(In millions, unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Total Company

 

Revenue

$

4,138

 

$

3,755

 

Adjustments:

 

 

Output Solutions postage reimbursements

 

(239

)

 

(205

)

Deferred revenue purchase accounting adjustments

 

7

 

 

7

 

Adjusted revenue

$

3,906

 

$

3,557

 

Operating income

$

846

 

$

475

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merger and integration costs 1

 

22

 

 

125

 

Severance costs

 

52

 

 

10

 

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets

 

475

 

 

506

 

Gain on sale of assets

 

(147

)

 

 

Adjusted operating income

$

1,248

 

$

1,116

 

Operating margin

 

20.5

%

 

12.6

%

Adjusted operating margin

 

32.0

%

 

31.4

%

Merchant Acceptance (“Acceptance”) 2

 

 

Revenue

$

1,653

 

$

1,397

 

Operating income

$

470

 

$

387

 

Operating margin

 

28.4

%

 

27.7

%

Financial Technology (“Fintech”) 2

 

 

Revenue

$

778

 

$

736

 

Operating income

$

275

 

$

246

 

Operating margin

 

35.4

%

 

33.4

%

Payments and Network (“Payments”)

 

 

Revenue

$

1,462

 

$

1,405

 

Adjustments:

 

 

Deferred revenue purchase accounting adjustments

 

7

 

 

7

 

Adjusted revenue

$

1,469

 

$

1,412

 

 

Operating income

 

$

 

618

 

 

 

$

 

578

 

 

Adjustments:

 

 

Deferred revenue purchase accounting adjustments

 

7

 

 

7

 

Adjusted operating income

$

625

 

$

585

 

 

Operating margin

 

 

 

42.3

 

%

 

 

 

41.1

 

%

Adjusted operating margin

 

42.5

%

 

41.4

%

Fiserv, Inc.

Financial Results by Segment (cont.)

(In millions, unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Corporate and Other

 

 

Revenue

$

245

 

$

217

 

Adjustments:

 

 

Output Solutions postage reimbursements

 

(239

)

 

(205

)

Adjusted revenue

$

6

 

$

12

 

Operating loss

$

(517

)

$

(736

)

Adjustments:

 

 

Merger and integration costs

 

15

 

 

118

 

Severance costs

 

52

 

 

10

 

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets

 

475

 

 

506

 

Gain on sale of assets

 

(147

)

 

 

Adjusted operating loss

$

(122

)

$

(102

)

See pages 3-4 for disclosures related to the use of non-GAAP financial measures. Operating margin percentages are calculated using actual, unrounded amounts.

1

Includes the deferred revenue purchase accounting adjustments in the Payments segment.

2

 

 

For all periods presented in the Acceptance and Fintech segments, there were no adjustments to GAAP measures presented and thus the adjusted measures are equal to the GAAP measures presented.

Fiserv, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 1

(In millions, unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

Net income

$

682

 

$

318

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and other amortization

 

313

 

 

276

 

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets

 

486

 

 

521

 

Amortization of financing costs and debt discounts

 

11

 

 

13

 

Share-based compensation

 

61

 

 

66

 

Deferred income taxes

 

(183

)

 

(70

)

Gain on sale of assets

 

(147

)

 

 

Income from investments in unconsolidated affiliates

 

(106

)

 

(16

)

Distributions from unconsolidated affiliates

 

19

 

 

3

 

Non-cash impairment charges

 

 

 

6

 

Other operating activities

 

3

 

 

(18

)

Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions:

 

 

Trade accounts receivable

 

(60

)

 

(129

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

(130

)

 

(39

)

Contract costs

 

(88

)

 

(92

)

Accounts payable and other liabilities

 

(78

)

 

102

 

Contract liabilities

 

32

 

 

11

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

815

 

 

952

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

Capital expenditures, including capitalized software and other intangibles

 

(331

)

 

(234

)

Proceeds from sale of assets

 

175

 

 

 

Payments for acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired

 

 

 

(281

)

Distributions from unconsolidated affiliates

 

61

 

 

32

 

Purchases of investments

 

(8

)

 

(227

)

Proceeds from sale of investments

 

3

 

 

2

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(100

)

 

(708

)

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

Debt proceeds

 

705

 

 

2,182

 

Debt repayments

 

(1,086

)

 

(1,725

)

Net proceeds from (repayments of) commercial paper and short-term borrowings

 

218

 

 

(56

)

Proceeds from issuance of treasury stock

 

43

 

 

43

 

Purchases of treasury stock, including employee shares withheld for tax obligations

 

(544

)

 

(742

)

Settlement activity, net

 

(400

)

 

(82

)

Distributions paid to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests

 

(13

)

 

(10

)

Other financing activities

 

 

 

(3

)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(1,077

)

 

(393

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

(10

)

 

(8

)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

 

(372

)

 

(157

)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning balance

 

3,205

 

 

2,569

 

Cash and cash equivalents, ending balance

$

2,833

 

$

2,412

 

1

The company revised, for comparable purposes with the current period’s presentation, the consolidated statement of cash flows presentation for the three months ended March 31, 2021 to include cash and cash equivalents within settlement assets as a component of total cash and cash equivalents.

Fiserv, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions, unaudited)

 

 

March 31,

2022

December 31,

2021

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

863

 

$

835

Trade accounts receivable – net

 

2,911

 

2,860

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

1,429

 

1,523

Settlement assets

 

13,240

 

13,652

Total current assets

 

18,443

 

18,870

Property and equipment – net

 

1,729

 

1,742

Customer relationships – net

 

9,482

 

9,991

Other intangible assets – net

 

3,960

 

4,018

Goodwill

 

36,538

 

36,433

Contract costs – net

 

840

 

811

Investments in unconsolidated affiliates

 

2,579

 

2,561

Other long-term assets

 

1,899

 

1,823

Total assets

$

75,470

$

76,249

Liabilities and Equity

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

$

 

3,327

 

$

 

3,550

Short-term and current maturities of long-term debt

 

552

 

508

Contract liabilities

 

611

 

585

Settlement obligations

 

13,240

 

13,652

Total current liabilities

 

17,730

 

18,295

Long-term debt

 

20,518

 

20,729

Deferred income taxes

 

3,983

 

4,172

Long-term contract liabilities

 

230

 

225

Other long-term liabilities

 

867

 

878

Total liabilities

 

43,328

 

44,299

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

 

164

 

278

Fiserv shareholders’ equity

 

31,272

 

30,952

Noncontrolling interests

 

706

 

720

Total equity

 

31,978

 

31,672

Total liabilities and equity

$

75,470

$

76,249

Fiserv, Inc.

Selected Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Additional Information

(In millions, unaudited)

Organic Revenue Growth 1

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Growth

Total Company

 

 

 

 

Adjusted revenue

$

3,906

 

 

$

3,557

 

 

Currency impact 2

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition adjustments

 

(11

)

 

 

 

 

Divestiture adjustments

 

(6

)

 

 

(17

)

 

Organic revenue

$

3,920

 

 

$

3,540

 

11

%

 

Acceptance

 

 

 

 

Adjusted revenue

$

1,653

 

 

$

1,397

 

 

Currency impact 2

 

22

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition adjustments

 

(11

)

 

 

 

 

Divestiture adjustments

 

 

 

 

(5

)

 

Organic revenue

$

1,664

 

 

$

1,392

 

20

%

 

Fintech

 

 

 

 

Adjusted revenue

$

778

 

 

$

736

 

 

Currency impact 2

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

Organic revenue

$

779

 

 

$

736

 

6

%

 

Payments

 

 

 

 

Adjusted revenue

$

1,469

 

 

$

1,412

 

 

Currency impact 2

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

Organic revenue

$

1,477

 

 

$

1,412

 

5

%

 

Corporate and Other

 

 

 

 

Adjusted revenue

$

6

 

 

$

12

 

 

Divestiture adjustments

 

(6

)

 

 

(12

)

 

Organic revenue

$

 

 

$

 

 

Contacts

Media Relations:
Britt Zarling

Corporate Communications

Fiserv, Inc.

414-526-3107

britt.zarling@fiserv.com

Investor Relations:
Shub Mukherjee

Investor Relations

Fiserv, Inc.

212-266-3565

shub.mukherjee@fiserv.com

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