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by Cerner Corporation
Published on October 25, 2018

Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq: CERN) today announced results for the 2018 third quarter that ended September 29, 2018.

Bookings in the third quarter of 2018 were $1.588 billion, an increase of 43 percent compared to $1.111 billion in the third quarter of 2017.

Third quarter revenue was $1.340 billion, an increase of 5 percent compared to $1.276 billion in the third quarter of 2017.

On a U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis, third quarter 2018 net earnings were $169.4 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.51. Third quarter 2017 GAAP net earnings were $177.4 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.52.

Adjusted Net Earnings for third quarter 2018 were $209.4 million, compared to $205.9 million of Adjusted Net Earnings in the third quarter of 2017. Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share were $0.63 in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $0.61 of Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share in the year-ago quarter. Analysts’ consensus estimate for third quarter 2018 Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share was $0.63.

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. Please see the accompanying schedule, titled “Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Results,” where our non-GAAP financial measures are defined and reconciled to the most comparable GAAP measures.

Other Highlights:

  • Third quarter operating cash flow of $338.5 million.
  • Third quarter Free Cash Flow of $155.3 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. Please see the accompanying schedule, titled “Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Results.”
  • Third quarter days sales outstanding of 82 days, up from 73 days in the year-ago period.
  • Total backlog of $14.70 billion.

“Our third quarter results were solid, with all key metrics in our expected ranges,” said John Peterzalek, Chief Client Officer. “We remain optimistic about our ability to continue delivering solid results and good growth over the long term as health care is still in the early stages of driving value from digitization. We believe we are in a great position to play a significant role in helping health care stakeholders move towards a more efficient and higher quality system of care.”

Future Period Guidance

Cerner currently expects:

  • Fourth quarter 2018 revenue between $1.370 billion and $1.420 billion.
    • The midpoint of this range reflects growth of 6% over the fourth quarter of 2017 and would bring expected full-year 2018 revenue to $5.396 billion, which reflects 5% growth over 2017 and is above the midpoint of Cerner’s previously provided full-year guidance range.
  • Fourth quarter 2018 Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share between $0.62 and $0.64.
    • The midpoint of this range is 9% higher than the fourth quarter of 2017 and would bring expected full-year 2018 Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share to $2.46, which is above the low-end of Cerner’s previously provided full-year guidance range.
  • Fourth quarter 2018 new business bookings between $1.850 billion and $2.050 billion.
    • The midpoint of this range reflects a 16% decrease compared to our record high bookings of $2.329 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017, but it would bring expected full-year 2018 bookings to $6.711 billion, which reflects growth of 6% over 2017.

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 October 25, 2018. On the call, Cerner will discuss its third quarter 2018 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, October 25, 2018 through 6:30 p.m. CT, October 28, 2018. The dial-in number for the re-broadcast is (855) 859-2056; the passcode is 1497566.

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

About Cerner

Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems at more than 27,500 contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit, The Cerner Blog, The Cerner Podcast or connect on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter. Nasdaq: CERN. Smarter Care. Better Outcomes. Healthier You.

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