Cerner Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results
February 07, 2012
Cerner Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results
Record Revenue, Bookings, Earnings and Cash Flow
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Feb. 7, 2012 — Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq: CERN) today announced results for the 2011 fourth quarter and full year that ended Dec. 31, 2011, delivering record levels of bookings, revenue, earnings and cash flow.
Bookings in the fourth quarter of 2011 were $899.0 million, an all-time high for Cerner and an increase of 44 percent compared to fourth quarter 2010 bookings of $626.2 million. Full year 2011 bookings were a record $2.72 billion, up 37 percent compared to 2010 bookings of $1.99 billion.
Fourth quarter revenue was $615.6 million, an increase of 23 percent compared to $500.2 million in the year-ago period. Full year 2011 revenue was $2.20 billion, up 19 percent compared to 2010 revenue of $1.85 billion.
On a U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis, fourth quarter 2011 net earnings were $91.2 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.52. Fourth quarter 2010 GAAP net earnings were $70.6 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.41. For the full year, 2011 GAAP net earnings were $306.6 million and diluted earnings per share were $1.76. Full year 2010 GAAP net earnings were $237.3 million and diluted earnings per share were $1.39.
The number of shares and the per share amounts for all periods presented within reflect the two-for-one stock split effective June 24, 2011.
Adjusted (non-GAAP) Net Earnings
Adjusted net earnings for fourth quarter 2011 were $96.2 million, an increase of 28 percent compared to $75.0 million of adjusted net earnings in the fourth quarter of 2010. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.55 in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $0.44 of adjusted diluted earnings per share in the year-ago quarter. Analysts’ consensus estimate for fourth quarter 2011 adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.53. For the full year 2011, adjusted net earnings were $324.9 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share were $1.87, compared to full year 2010 adjusted net earnings of $252.8 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.48.
Adjusted net earnings is not a recognized term under GAAP and should not be substituted for net earnings as a measure of the Company’s performance but instead should be utilized as a supplemental measure of financial performance in evaluating our business. Following is a description of adjustments made to net earnings. For more detail, please see the accompanying schedule, titled “Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Earnings and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share to GAAP Net Earnings and Diluted Earnings Per Share.”
Adjusted net earnings and diluted earnings per share exclude share-based compensation expense, which reduced fourth quarter 2011 net earnings and diluted earnings per share by $5.0 million and $0.03, respectively, and reduced fourth quarter 2010 net earnings and diluted earnings per share by $4.3 million and $0.03, respectively. Share based compensation expense reduced full year 2011 net earnings and diluted earnings per share by $18.2 million and $0.11, respectively, and reduced full year 2010 net earnings and diluted earnings per share by $15.6 million and $0.09, respectively.
Other 2011 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Highlights:
- Fourth quarter cash collections of $638.4 million and record operating cash flow of $168.5 million. For the full year, cash collections were $2.21 billion and operating cash flow was $546.3 million.
- Fourth quarter free cash flow of $118.2 million, which is an all-time high level of free cash flow. For the full year, free cash flow was a record $358.6 million, up 31 percent from $273.2 million in 2010. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure defined as GAAP cash flows from operating activities less capital purchases and capitalized software development costs. For more detail, please see the accompanying schedule, titled “Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Cash Flow to non-GAAP Free Cash Flow.”
- Fourth quarter days sales outstanding of 83 days, which is down from 87 days in the year-ago quarter.
- Total backlog of $6.11 billion, up 24 percent over the year-ago quarter. This was comprised of $5.40 billion of contract backlog and $706 million of support and maintenance backlog.
“We delivered outstanding results in Q4 and for the year 2011, including record bookings, revenue, earnings, and cash flow,” Neal Patterson, Cerner chairman, CEO, president and co-founder said. “We expect to continue to see a strong market for health care IT solutions and services for years to come as the health care industry undergoes a transition from paper to digital records and shifts from volume-based payment programs to programs based on measurements of quality and outcomes. During this transition and beyond, we believe there is also substantial opportunity to apply our cloud-based Healthe Intent™ platform to help providers leverage the data being captured in order to predict and improve outcomes, control costs, and improve quality.”
Future Period Guidance
Cerner currently expects:
- First quarter 2012 revenue between $565 million and $585 million.
- First quarter 2012 adjusted diluted earnings per share before share based compensation expense between $0.48 and $0.50.
- First quarter 2012 new business bookings between $560 million and $600 million.
- Full-year 2012 revenue between $2.425 billion and $2.5 billion.
- Full-year 2012 adjusted diluted earnings per share before share based compensation expense between $2.20 and $2.30.
- Share based compensation expense to reduce diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.03 in the first quarter of 2012 and between $0.12 and $0.14 for the year.
Earnings Conference Call
Cerner will host an earnings conference call to provide additional detail on these results at 3:30 p.m. CT on Feb. 7. The dial-in number for the conference call is (617) 614-4909; the passcode is Cerner. Cerner recommends joining the call 15 minutes early for registration. The re-broadcast of the call will be available from 6:30 p.m. CT, Feb. 7, through 11:59 p.m. CT, Feb. 10. The dial-in number for the re-broadcast is (617) 801-6888; the passcode is 39851671.
An audio webcast will be available live during the conference call and archived on Cerner’s website at www.cerner.com under the About Cerner section (click Investor Relations, then Presentations and Webcasts).
Cerner is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we’ve learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.
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