Cerner Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

November 03, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — November 3, 2015 — Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq: CERN) today announced results for the 2015 third quarter that ended October 3, 2015.

Bookings in the third quarter of 2015 were $1.59 billion, an all-time high and an increase of 44% compared to $1.1 billion in third quarter 2014.

Third quarter revenue was $1.128 billion, an increase of 34% compared to $840.1 million in the year-ago period.

On a U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis, third quarter 2015 net earnings were $147.3 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.42. Third quarter 2014 GAAP net earnings were $129.0 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.37.

Adjusted (non-GAAP) Net Earnings

Adjusted net earnings for third quarter 2015 were $188.7 million, compared to $145.3 million of adjusted net earnings in the third quarter of 2014. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.54 in the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 29% compared to $0.42 of adjusted diluted earnings per share in the year-ago quarter. Analysts’ consensus estimate for third quarter 2015 adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.54.

Adjusted net earnings and adjusted diluted earnings per share are not recognized terms under GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be substituted for GAAP net earnings or GAAP diluted earnings per share, respectively, as measures of Cerner’s performance, but instead should be utilized as supplemental measures of financial performance in evaluating our business. Following is a description of adjustments made to net earnings and the resulting adjustment to diluted earnings per share. For more detail, please see the accompanying schedule, titled “Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Results.”

Third quarter 2015 adjusted net earnings exclude share-based compensation expense, which had a net impact on GAAP earnings of $13.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share; and expenses related to a voluntary separation plan, which had a net impact on GAAP earnings of $2.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. Adjusted net earnings also reflect adjustments related to Cerner’s acquisition of Health Services, including: Health Services acquisition-related amortization, which reduced GAAP net earnings and diluted earnings per share by $14.6 million and $0.04, respectively; other acquisition-related adjustments, which reduced GAAP net earnings and diluted earnings per share by $4.4 million and $0.01, respectively; and an acquisition-related deferred revenue adjustment, which is not included in GAAP net earnings, but increases adjusted net earnings and diluted earnings per share by $6.2 million and $0.02, respectively.

Other 2015 Third Quarter Highlights:

  • Third quarter operating cash flow of $271.5 million.
  • Third quarter free cash flow of $111.4 million. 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 Results to Non-GAAP Results.”
  • Third quarter days sales outstanding of 85 days.
  • Total backlog of $13.9 billion, up 37% over the year-ago quarter.

“The highlight of our results in the third quarter was our strong bookings, which again included a record number of new clients joining Cerner,” said Neal Patterson, Cerner chairman, CEO and co-founder. “We have signed more new clients in the first three quarters of 2015 than any full-year in our history, and I attribute this success to our strong competitive position in an active marketplace. We also made good progress at advancing our cloud-based HealtheIntent™ solutions that position Cerner to play a major role as health care continues to shift from a fee-for-service model to outcomes-based reimbursement models that incent keeping people healthy.”

Fourth Quarter 2015 Guidance

Cerner currently expects:

  • Fourth quarter 2015 revenue between $1.15 billion and $1.2 billion, with the midpoint reflecting of 27% over the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Fourth quarter 2015 adjusted diluted earnings per share before  compensation expense, voluntary separation plan expense and acquisition-related adjustments between $0.56 and $0.58, with the midpoint reflecting of 21% over the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Fourth quarter 2015 new business bookings between $1.45 billion and $1.55 billion, with the midpoint reflecting 29% growth over the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Share based compensation expense to reduce diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.03 to $0.04 in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Preliminary Comments on 2016

Cerner is also providing preliminary comments on expected 2016 results. Note that these comments should be viewed as preliminary until the Company finalizes its financial plan and provides formal guidance when it reports fourth quarter results. Cerner currently expects 2016 revenue to be over $5 billion, which equates to growth of at least 13% on top of what is projected to be approximately 30% growth in 2015. Cerner currently expects 2016 adjusted diluted earnings per share before share-based compensation and acquisition-related adjustments between $2.30 and $2.40 cents per share, with the midpoint reflecting 13 percent growth over 2015 expected results. This range is below the current consensus estimate of $2.52, which was formed in the absence of Company guidance. Cerner believes the primary potential differences between this preliminary view and the consensus estimate may include higher non-cash expenses and professional services contributions.

Earnings Conference Call

Cerner will host an earnings conference call to provide additional detail on the Company’s results and outlook at 3:30 p.m. CT on November 3. On the call, Cerner will discuss its third quarter 2015 results and answer questions from the investment community. The call may also include discussion of Cerner developments, and forward-looking and other material information about business and financial matters. The dial-in number for the conference call is (678)-509-7542; 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, November 3 through 11:59 p.m. CT, November 6. The dial-in number for the re-broadcast is (855)-859-2056; the passcode is 56358266.

An audio webcast will be available live and archived on Cerner’s website at www.cerner.com under the About Cerner section (click Investor Relations, then Presentations and Webcasts).

About Cerner

Cerner's health information technologies connect people, information, and systems, at more than 18,000 facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients’ clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner’s mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. On February 2, 2015, Cerner Corporation acquired substantially all of the and assumed certain liabilities, of the Siemens Health Services business from Siemens AG. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, visit www.cerner.com, read our blog at www.cerner.com/blog, connect with us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cerner and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cerner.

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All statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of Cerner's management with respect to future events and are subject to a number of significant risks and uncertainties. It is important to note that Cerner's  and actual results, financial condition or business could differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. The words “expects”, “guidance”, “position”, “believe”, “estimate”, “projected”, “opportunity” or the negative of these words, variations thereof or similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the possibility of product-related liabilities; potential claims for system errors and warranties; the possibility of interruption at our data centers or client support facilities; our proprietary technology may be subject to claims for infringement or misappropriation of intellectual property rights of others, or may be infringed or misappropriated by others; material adverse resolution of legal proceedings; risks associated with our -U.S. operations; risks associated with our ability to effectively hedge exposure to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the potential for tax legislation initiatives that could adversely affect our tax position and/or challenges to our tax positions in the United States and -U.S. countries; risks associated with our recruitment and retention of key personnel; risks related to our dependence on third party suppliers; risks inherent with business acquisitions and combinations and the integration thereof, such as difficulties and operational and financial risks associated with integrating the Health Services business into Cerner and failure to realize the synergies and other benefits expected from the acquisition; the potential for losses resulting from asset impairment charges; risks associated with volatility and disruption resulting from global economic conditions; managing growth in the new markets in which we offer solutions, health care devices and services; incurring significant additional expenses relating to the integration of the Health Services business into Cerner; compliance with restrictive covenants in our debt agreements, which may restrict our flexibility to operate our business; changing political, economic, regulatory and judicial influences; government regulation; significant competition and market changes; variations in our quarterly operating results; potential inconsistencies in our sales forecasts compared to actual sales; volatility in the trading price of our common stock and the timing and volume of market activity; and our directors’ authority to issue preferred stock and the anti-takeover provisions in our corporate governance documents. Additional discussion of these and other risks, uncertainties and factors affecting Cerner's business is contained in Cerner's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The reader should not place undue reliance on forward-looking since the statements speak only as of the date that they are made. Cerner undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in future operating results, financial condition or business over time.

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