Press Release

For Immediate Release

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

SS&C Technologies Reports 20th Straight Quarter of Revenue Growth in Q1 2017

Q1 GAAP revenue $407.7 million, Fully Diluted GAAP Earnings Per Share $0.23, Adjusted revenue $409.5 million, Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share $0.44

WINDSOR, CT, April 27, 2017 (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 first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

GAAP Results

SS&C reported GAAP revenue of $407.7 million for the first quarter of 2017, up 25.8 percent compared to $324.1 million in the first quarter of 2016. GAAP operating income for the first quarter of 2017 was $89.7 million, or 22.0 percent of GAAP revenue compared to $50.4 million, or 15.6 percent of GAAP revenue in 2016’s first quarter, representing a 77.9 percent increase.  

GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2017 was $48.1 million, up 587.3 percent compared to $7.0 million in 2016’s first quarter. On a fully diluted GAAP basis, earnings per share in the first quarter of 2017 was $0.23 per share, up 666.7 percent compared to $0.03 per share on a fully diluted GAAP basis in the first quarter of 2016.

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

Adjusted revenue was $409.5 million for the first quarter of 2017, up 19.4 percent compared to $343.1 million in the first quarter of 2016. Adjusted operating income for the first quarter of 2017 was $155.4 million, or 38.0 percent of adjusted revenue compared to $135.2 million, or 39.4 percent of adjusted revenue in 2016’s first quarter, representing a 15.0 percent increase.

Adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2017 was $92.9 million, up 23.2 percent compared to $75.4 million in 2016’s first quarter. Adjusted diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2017 was $0.44 per share, up 18.9 percent compared to $0.37 per share in the first quarter of 2016.

Highlights:

  • SS&C adjusted revenue for Q1 2017 was $409.5 million, up 19.4 percent from Q1 2016 adjusted revenue of $343.1 million.
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.44 for Q1 2017, increasing 18.9 percent from Q1 2016’s $0.37 adjusted diluted earnings per share.
  • Q1 2017 net cash from operating activities was $56.5 million, an increase of 203.6 percent.
  • SS&C paid off $60.2 million of debt, bringing our net debt to consolidated EBITDA leverage ratio to 3.74x.
  • Amended our Credit Agreement to reduce the spreads on our Term Loans, effectively reducing our interest rates by 0.75% and saving the Company interest on the outstanding debt over the long term.

“SS&C had a strong start to 2017, with adjusted revenues up 19.4 percent and adjusted diluted earnings per share up 18.9 percent for the first quarter,” says Bill Stone, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our businesses continue to perform, and hedge fund asset flow indicators suggest renewed confidence. We are also actively expanding our service offering for long-only and institutional outsourcing, as well as the creation of our newest SS&C GlobeOp division servicing Real Assets.  We believe real estate, infrastructure, and property management solutions present a big opportunity.”

“We have a number of other key initiatives in process including our new relationship with the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers and extending our Black Diamond marketing efforts to highlight our 1,000th Black Diamond client.”

“We were able to reprice our Term Debt in our Credit Facility and reduce our annual borrowing cost.  We continue to manage our recent acquisitions and we are pleased with the continued margin improvement.”

Annual Run Rate Basis

Annual Run Rate Basis (ARRB) recurring revenue, defined as adjusted recurring revenue on an annualized basis, was $1,548.9 million based on adjusted recurring revenue $387.2 million for the first quarter of 2017. This represents an increase of 22.6 percent from $315.7 million and $1,262.9 million run-rate in the same period in 2016 and an increase of 5.1 percent from $368.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, an annual run rate of $1,473.8 million. We believe ARRB of our recurring revenue is a good indicator of visibility into future revenue.

Operating Cash Flow

SS&C generated net cash from operating activities of $56.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared to $18.6 million for the same period in 2016, representing a 203.6 percent increase.  Cash flow in the first quarter was impacted by the payment of annual employee cash incentive, net debt repayments and an increase in accounts receivables offset by cash flow on earnings and proceeds from the exercise of stock options.  SS&C ended the quarter with $108.8 million in cash and cash equivalents and $2,499.4 million in gross debt, for a net debt balance of $2,390.6 million.  SS&C’s leverage ratio as defined in our credit agreement stood at 3.74 times consolidated EBITDA as of March 31, 2017.

Guidance

    Q2 2017   FY 2017
Adjusted Revenue ($M)   $408.0 – $416.0     $1,664.0 – $1,686.0  
Adjusted Net Income ($M)   $93.7 – $98.0     $399.0 – $412.0  
Cash from Operating Activities ($M)         $485.0  – $500.0  
Capital Expenditures (% of revenue)         2.8% – 3.2%  
Diluted Shares (M)   210.0 – 210.4     210.2 – 211.0  
Effective Income Tax Rate (%)     28%     28%  
                       

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.

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 to the attached Condensed Consolidated Financial Information 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 Q1 2017 earnings call will take place at 5:00 p.m. eastern time today, April 27, 2017. The call will discuss Q1 2017 results and our guidance and business outlook. Interested parties may dial 877-312-8798 (US and Canada) or 253-237-1193 (International), and request the “SS&C Technologies First Quarter 2017 Conference Call”; conference ID #3714534. A replay will be available after 8:00 p.m. eastern time on April 27, 2017, until midnight on May 4, 2017. The dial-in number is 855-859-2056 (US and Canada) or 404-537-3406 (International); access code #3714534. The call will also be available for replay on SS&C’s website after April 27, 2017; access: http://investor.ssctech.com/results.cfm.

Certain information contained in this press release relating to, among other things, our financial guidance for the second quarter and full year of 2017 constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Without limiting the foregoing, the words “believes”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “expects”, “estimates”, “projects”, “forecasts”, “may”, “assume”, “anticipates”, “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, the Company’s ability to finalize large client contracts, fluctuations in customer demand for the Company’s products and services, intensity of competition from application vendors, delays in product development, the Company’s ability to control expenses, terrorist activities, exposure to litigation, the Company’s ability to integrate acquired businesses, the effect of the acquisitions on customer demand for the Company’s products and services, the market price of the Company’s stock prevailing from time to time, the Company’s cash flow from operations, general economic conditions, and those risks discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and can also be accessed on our website. The Company cautions investors that it may not update any or all of the foregoing 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 industry. Founded in 1986, SS&C is headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut and has offices around the world. Some 11,000 financial services organizations, from the world’s largest institutions to local firms, manage and account for their investments using SS&C's products and services. These clients manage an aggregate of over $44 trillion in assets.

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