Press Release

For Immediate Release

SS&C Technologies Releases Q3 2019 Earnings


Q3 2019 GAAP revenue $1,144.2 million, up 15.3 percent, Fully Diluted GAAP Earnings Per Share $0.36, up 56.5%

Adjusted revenue $1,150.8 million, up 14.7 percent, Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share $0.93, up 17.7 percent

WINDSOR, CT, October 31, 2019 (PR Newswire) SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSNC), a global provider of investment and financial software-enabled services and software, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

GAAP Results

SS&C reported GAAP revenue of $1,144.2 million for the third quarter of 2019, up 15.3 percent compared to $992.4 million in the third quarter of 2018.  GAAP operating income for the third quarter of 2019 was $227.6 million, or 19.9 percent of GAAP revenue, compared to GAAP operating income of $180.6 million, or 18.2 percent of GAAP revenue, in 2018’s third quarter.

GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2019 was $95.0 million compared to GAAP net income of $57.0 million in 2018’s third quarter, up 66.7%.  On a fully diluted GAAP basis, earnings per share in the third quarter of 2019 were $0.36 per share compared to earnings per share of $0.23 on a fully diluted GAAP basis in the third quarter of 2018, up 56.5%.

Adjusted Non-GAAP Results (defined in Notes 1-4 below)

Adjusted revenue was $1,150.8 million for the third quarter of 2019, up 14.7 percent compared to $1,002.9 million in the third quarter of 2018.  Adjusted operating income for the third quarter of 2019 was $425.6 million, or 37.0 percent of adjusted revenue, compared to $344.7 million, or 34.4 percent of adjusted revenue, in 2018’s third quarter, representing a 23.5 percent increase and an increase of 260 basis points in adjusted operating margin.

Adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2019 was $245.3 million, up 22.8 percent compared to $199.8 million in 2018’s third quarter.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of 2019 were $0.93 per share, up 17.7 percent compared to $0.79 per share in the third quarter of 2018.

Third Quarter Highlights:

  • Cash flow provided by operations was $755.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, an increase of $432.6 million, or 134.2 percent, from $322.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.
  • Paid down $629.1 million of net debt in the nine months ended September 30, 2019, bringing our net leverage ratio to 4.05 times consolidated EBITDA, and our net secured leverage ratio to 2.98 times consolidated EBITDA.
  • Adjusted operating income margins were 37.0% of adjusted revenue in Q3 2019 compared to 34.4% in Q3 2018.
  • Adjusted consolidated EBITDA increased 21.8 percent to $445.8 million in Q3 2019. Adjusted consolidated EBITDA margin was 38.7 percent of adjusted revenue for the quarter.
  • SS&C’s board approved a $500 million common stock repurchase program on August 8, 2019, and we repurchased 1.3 million shares of SS&C stock at an average price of $45.00 per share.
  • SS&C announced the acquisitions of Investrack on September 12, 2019, and Algorithmics on September 25, 2019.

“SS&C posted strong Q3 results with $1,150.8 million in adjusted revenue, up 14.7 percent, $0.93 adjusted diluted earnings per share, up 17.7 percent and our cash flow for the first nine months was $755.0 million, up 134% from 2018” says Bill Stone, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We had an eventful third quarter, including several management changes, instituting a share repurchase program, and announcing two acquisitions. We are encouraged by the intensity of the newly appointed sales, relationship, and business unit managers, and look forward to closing 2019 strong.”

Operating Cash Flow

SS&C generated net cash from operating activities of $755.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $322.4 million for the same period in 2018, representing a 134.2 percent increase.  SS&C ended the third quarter with $157.5 million in cash and cash equivalents and $7,724.3 million in gross debt, for a net debt balance of $7,566.8 million.  SS&C’s consolidated net leverage ratio as defined in our credit agreement stood at 4.05 times consolidated EBITDA as of September 30, 2019. SS&C’s net secured leverage ratio stood at 2.98 times consolidated EBITDA as of September 30, 2019.

Guidance

 

 

 

Q4 2019

 

FY 2019

Adjusted Revenue ($M)

 

$1,154.0 – $1,184.0

 

$4,610.6 – $4,640.6

 

Adjusted Net Income ($M)

 

$247.0 – $264.0

 

$973.3 – $990.3

 

Cash from Operating Activities ($M)

 

 

$1,160.0 – $1,200.0

 

Capital Expenditures (% of revenue)

 

 

2.7% – 3.0%

 

Diluted Shares (M)

 

267.0 – 265.0

 

264.7 – 264.4

 

Effective Income Tax Rate (%)

 

26%

 

26%

 


SS&C does not provide reconciliations of guidance for Adjusted Revenues and Adjusted Net Income to comparable GAAP measures, in reliance on the unreasonable efforts exception provided under Item 10(e)(1)(i)(B) of Regulation S-K.  SS&C is unable, without unreasonable efforts, to forecast certain items required to develop meaningful comparable GAAP financial measures.  These items include acquisition transactions and integration, foreign exchange rate changes, as well as other non-cash and other adjustments as defined under the Company’s Credit agreement, that are difficult to predict in advance in order to include in a GAAP estimate.  The unavailable information could have a significant impact on Q4 2019 and FY 2019 GAAP financial results.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted revenue, adjusted operating income, adjusted consolidated EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share are non-GAAP measures.  See the accompanying notes for the reconciliations and definitions for each of these non-GAAP measures and the reasons our management believes these measures provide useful information to investors regarding our financial condition and results of operations.

Earnings Call and Press Release

SS&C’s Q3 2019 earnings call will take place at 5:00 p.m. eastern time today, October 31, 2019.  The call will discuss Q3 2019 results and our guidance and business outlook.  Interested parties may dial 844-343-4183 (US and Canada) or 647-689-5128 (International), and request the “SS&C Technologies Third Quarter 2019 Conference Call”; conference ID #9085246.  In connection with the earnings call, a presentation will be available on SS&C’s website at http://investor.ssctech.com/results.cfm. A replay will be available after 10:00 p.m. eastern time on October 31, 2019, until midnight on November 7, 2019.  The replay dial-in number is 800-585-8367 or 416-621-4642; access code #49085246.  The call will also be available for replay on SS&C’s website after October 31, 2019; access: http://investor.ssctech.com/results.cfm.

Certain information contained in this press release relating to, among other things, the Company’s financial guidance for the fourth quarter and full year of 2019 constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, expectations, intentions, projections, developments, future events, performance, underlying assumptions, and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts.  Without limiting the foregoing, the words “believes”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “expects”, “estimates”, “projects”, “forecasts”, “may”, “assume”, “intend”, “will”, “continue”, “opportunity”, “predict”, “potential”, “future”, “guarantee”, “likely”, “target”, “indicate”, “would”, “could” and “should” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements are accompanied by such words.  Such statements reflect management’s best judgment based on factors currently known but are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated.  Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the state of the economy and the financial services industry and other industries in which the Company’s clients operate, the Company’s ability to realize anticipated benefits from its acquisitions, including DST Systems, Inc.,  the effect of customer consolidation on demand for the Company’s products and services, the increasing focus of the Company’s business on the hedge fund industry, the variability of revenue as a result of activity in the securities markets, the ability to retain and attract clients, fluctuations in customer demand for the Company’s products and services, the intensity of competition with respect to the Company’s products and services, the exposure to litigation and other claims, terrorist activities and other catastrophic events, disruptions, attacks or failures affecting the Company’s software-enabled services, risks associated with the Company’s foreign operations, privacy concerns relating to the collection and storage of personal information, evolving regulations and increased scrutiny from regulators,  the Company’s ability to protect intellectual property assets and litigation regarding intellectual property rights, delays in product development, investment decisions concerning cash balances, regulatory and tax risks, risks associated with the Company’s joint ventures, changes in accounting standards, risks related to the Company’s substantial indebtedness, the market price of the Company’s stock prevailing from time to time, and the risks discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and can also be accessed on our website.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

About SS&C Technologies

SS&C is a global provider of investment and financial software-enabled services and software for the global financial services and healthcare industries.  Founded in 1986, SS&C is headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut and has offices around the world.  Financial services and healthcare organizations, from the world’s largest institutions to local firms, manage and account for their investments using SS&C's products and services.  

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Contact(s):

  Patrick Pedonti
  Chief Financial Officer
  Tel: +1-860-298-4738

  Justine Stone
  Investor Relations
  Tel: +1- 212-367-4705
  E-mail: InvestorRelations@sscinc.com