Paychex, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results
SECOND QUARTER FISCAL 2010 HIGHLIGHTS
-- Total service revenue decreased 4% to $483.0 million. -- Total revenue was $496.6 million. -- Operating income decreased 9% to $193.1 million, as interest on funds held for clients decreased 31%. -- Operating income excluding interest on funds held for clients decreased 7% to $179.5 million. -- Net income and diluted earnings per share decreased 10% to $125.8 million and $0.35 per share, respectively.
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Paychex, Inc. ("Paychex," "we," "our," or "us") (NASDAQ:PAYX) today announced total revenue of $496.6 million for the three months ended November 30, 2009 (the "second quarter"), a 5% decrease from the same period last year. Net income and diluted earnings per share decreased 10% to $125.8 million and $0.35 per share, respectively.
"Our financial results for the second quarter were in line with our expectations, and our guidance for the full year fiscal 2010 remains unchanged. The economic environment has continued to influence our results causing unfavorable year-over-year comparisons. On a positive note, our key indicators have been stable for the second quarter in a row," commented Jonathan J. Judge, President and Chief Executive Officer of Paychex. "We continue to provide excellent customer service, invest in our business while remaining cost conscious, and are positioned to capitalize on our opportunities as the economy recovers," added Mr. Judge.
Payroll service revenue decreased 7% to $350.8 million for the second quarter from the same period last year as the impact of the weakened economic environment negatively impacted our client base and check volume. Our checks per client decreased 3.7% for the second quarter compared to the same period last year, an improvement from the 5.0% year-over-year decline for the three months ended August 31, 2009 (the "first quarter"). Our client base has been adversely impacted by weak new business starts.
Human Resource Services revenue increased 3% to $132.2 million for the second quarter from the same period last year. The following factors contributed to Human Resource Services revenue growth:
As of: November 30, % November 30, % $ in billions 2009 Change 2008 Change Comprehensive human resource outsourcing services client 468,000 5% 445,000 11% employees served Comprehensive human resource 19,000 8% 17,000 15% outsourcing services clients Workers' compensation insurance 78,000 5% 75,000 11% clients Retirement services clients 50,000 (1%) 50,000 10% Asset value of retirement services $10.3 43% $7.2 (22%) client employees' funds
In addition, Human Resource Services revenue for the second quarter was positively impacted by a 54% increase in health and benefits services revenue and favorability in PEO net service revenue from fluctuations in workers' compensation claims.
Offsetting some of this revenue growth has been the impact from weak economic conditions. The most significant impacts have been to retirement services and comprehensive human resource outsourcing services. The asset value of retirement services client employees' funds has increased 43% from the same period last year to $10.3 billion as of November 30, 2009, as a result of recovery in the financial markets. The positive impact of the market recovery on second quarter revenue was offset by retirement services client employees shifting the mix of assets invested to funds earning lower fees. Also, retirement services revenue growth was impacted by $3.4 million for billings in the second quarter of fiscal 2009 related to statutory required restatements of clients' retirement plans which are not expected to recur for approximately six years.
During the second quarter, we sold Stromberg time and attendance, an immaterial component of Paychex. Human Resource Services revenue growth excluding Stromberg revenue and retirement plan restatement billings would have been 2% for the first quarter, 9% for the second quarter, and 5% for the six months ended November 30, 2009.
Total expenses decreased 3% to $303.5 million for the second quarter compared to the same period last year. This decline was primarily due to overall cost control measures and lower headcount, offset slightly by costs related to continued investment in our sales force for key areas, customer service, and technological infrastructure.
For the second quarter, our operating income was $193.1 million, a decrease of 9% from the same period last year. Operating income excluding interest on funds held for clients (see Note 1 on page 3 for further description of this non-GAAP measure) decreased 7% to $179.5 million for the second quarter as compared to $192.1 million for the same period last year.
For the three months ended For the six months ended November 30, November 30, $ in millions 2009 2008 % Change 2009 2008 % Change Operating income $ 193.1 $ 211.9 (9 %) $ 382.9 $ 433.5 (12 %) Excluding interest on (13.6 ) (19.8 ) (31 %) (27.3 ) (44.0 ) (38 %) funds held for clients Operating income excluding interest on $ 179.5 $ 192.1 (7 %) $ 355.6 $ 389.5 (9 %) funds held for clients
For the second quarter, interest on funds held for clients decreased 31% to $13.6 million due to lower average interest rates earned and lower average investment balances. Average investment balances for funds held for clients decreased 10% for the second quarter compared to the prior year period. This decline was a result of overall economic factors, which have negatively impacted our client base, and the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the "2009 economic stimulus package") generating lower tax withholdings for client employees. Investment income decreased 41% to $1.1 million for the second quarter due to lower average interest rates earned, offset somewhat by higher average investment balances resulting from investment of cash generated from operations.
Average investment balances and interest rates are summarized below:
For the three months For the six months ended ended November 30, November 30, $ in 2009 2008 % 2009 2008 % millions Change Change Average investment balances: Funds held $ 2,790.8 $ 3,088.3 (10 %) $ 2,849.0 $ 3,154.2 (10 %) for clients Corporate $ 627.1 $ 510.2 23 % $ 622.8 $ 497.3 25 % investments Average interest rates earned (exclusive of net realized gains): Funds held 1.8 % 2.5 % 1.8 % 2.7 % for clients Corporate 0.9 % 1.6 % 0.8 % 2.1 % investments Net realized gains: Funds held $ 0.7 $ 0.4 $ 1.0 $ 0.7 for clients Corporate $ -- $ -- $ -- $ -- investments
We continue to follow our investment strategy of maximizing liquidity and protecting principal. With the turmoil in the financial markets, this has translated to significantly lower yields on high quality instruments, impacting our income earned on our funds held for clients and corporate investments. We invest primarily in high credit quality securities with AAA and AA ratings and short-term securities with A-1/P-1 ratings. We limit the amounts that can be invested in any single issuer. All the investments we held as of November 30, 2009 are traded in active markets. During the past year, our primary short-term investment vehicle has been United States ("U.S.") agency discount notes. We have seen gradual improvements in liquidity in certain money market sectors, and during the second quarter we began to invest in select A-1/P-1-rated variable rate demand notes.
The available-for-sale securities within the funds held for clients and corporate investment portfolios reflected a net unrealized gain of $78.8 million as of November 30, 2009, compared with a net unrealized gain of $66.7 million as of May 31, 2009. During the six months ended November 30, 2009, the net unrealized gain on our investment portfolios ranged from $55.1 million to $78.8 million. The net unrealized gain on our investment portfolios was approximately $79.2 million as of December 11, 2009.
YEAR-TO-DATE FISCAL 2010 HIGHLIGHTS
The highlights for the six months ended November 30, 2009 are as follows:
-- Payroll service revenue decreased 7% to $705.2 million. -- Human Resource Services revenue increased 2% to $264.3 million. -- Total revenue decreased 6% to $996.8 million. -- Combined interest on funds held for clients and investment income, net decreased $19.7 million, or 40%. -- Operating income decreased 12% to $382.9 million, and operating income excluding interest on funds held for clients decreased 9% to $355.6 million. -- Net income and diluted earnings per share decreased 14% to $249.5 million and $0.69 per share, respectively. -- Cash flow from operations was $279.2 million.
Our outlook for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2010 ("fiscal 2010") remains unchanged from the guidance provided at the end of the first quarter. This guidance reflects the impact of current economic and financial conditions, and assumes these conditions will continue through the remainder of the fiscal year. Consistent with our policy regarding guidance, our projections do not anticipate or speculate on future changes to interest rates.
Projected changes in revenue and net income for fiscal 2010 are as follows:
Low High Payroll service revenue (7 %) -- (5 %) Human Resource Services revenue 3 % -- 6 % Total service revenue (5 %) -- (2 %) Interest on funds held for clients (30 %) -- (25 %) Total revenue (5 %) -- (2 %) Investment income, net (35 %) -- (30 %) Net income (12 %) -- (10 %)
Operating income excluding interest on funds held for clients as a percentage of service revenue is expected to range from 34% to 35% for fiscal 2010. The effective income tax rate is expected to approximate 35% throughout fiscal 2010. The higher tax rate in fiscal 2010 is driven by higher state income tax rates resulting from state legislative changes.
Interest on funds held for clients and investment income for fiscal 2010 are expected to be impacted by interest rate volatility, and comparisons to prior year are expected to improve in the second half of fiscal 2010. Interest on funds held for clients will be further impacted by a projected 8% decline in average invested balances for fiscal 2010 compared to the prior year. This decline is the result of overall economic factors, which have negatively impacted our client base, and the 2009 economic stimulus package generating lower tax withholdings for client employees.
Note 1: In addition to reporting operating income, a U.S. generally accepted accounting principle ("GAAP") measure, we present operating income excluding interest on funds held for clients, which is a non-GAAP measure. We believe operating income excluding interest on funds held for clients is an appropriate additional measure, as it is an indicator of our core business operations performance period over period. It is also the measure used internally for establishing the following year's targets and measuring management's performance in connection with certain performance-based compensation payments and awards. Interest on funds held for clients is an adjustment to operating income due to the volatility of interest rates which are not within the control of management. Operating income excluding interest on funds held for clients is not calculated through the application of GAAP and is not the required form of disclosure by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). As such, it should not be considered as a substitute for the GAAP measure of operating income and, therefore, should not be used in isolation, but in conjunction with the GAAP measure. The use of any non-GAAP measure may produce results that vary from the GAAP measure and may not be comparable to a similarly defined non-GAAP measure used by other companies.
QUARTERLY REPORT ON FORM 10-Q
Our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q ("Form 10-Q") is normally filed by the close of business on the same day as this press release is issued, and is available at www.paychex.com. This press release should be read in conjunction with the Form 10-Q and the related Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations contained in that Form 10-Q.
Interested parties may access the webcast of our Earnings Release Conference Call, scheduled for December 17, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time, at www.paychex.com on the Investor Relations page. The webcast will also be archived on the Investor Relations page for approximately one month. Our news releases, current financial information, SEC filings, and investor presentation are also accessible at www.paychex.com.
Paychex, Inc. is a leading provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. The company offers comprehensive payroll services, including payroll processing, payroll tax administration, and employee pay services, including direct deposit, check signing, and Readychex(R). Human Resource Services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping, health insurance, workers' compensation administration, section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, time and attendance solutions, and other administrative services for business. Paychex, Inc. was founded in 1971. With headquarters in Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices and serves approximately 554,000 payroll clients nationwide as of May 31, 2009. For more information about Paychex, Inc. and our products, visit www.paychex.com.
"SAFE HARBOR" STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995
Certain written and oral statements made by us may constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Reform Act"). Forward-looking statements are identified by such words and phrases as "we expect," "expected to," "estimates," "estimated," "current outlook," "we look forward to," "would equate to," "projects," "projections," "projected to be," "anticipates," "anticipated," "we believe," "could be," and other similar phrases. All statements addressing operating performance, events, or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future, including statements relating to revenue growth, earnings, earnings-per-share growth, or similar projections, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Reform Act. Because they are forward-looking, they should be evaluated in light of important risk factors. These risk factors include, but are not limited to, the following risks, as well as those that are described in our periodic filings with the SEC:
-- general market and economic conditions including, among others, changes in U.S. employment and wage levels, changes in new hiring trends, legislative changes to stimulate the economy, changes in short- and long-term interest rates, changes in the fair value and the credit rating of securities held by us, and accessibility of financing; -- changes in demand for our services and products, ability to develop and market new services and products effectively, pricing changes and the impact of competition, and the availability of skilled workers; -- changes in the laws regulating collection and payment of payroll taxes, professional employer organizations, and employee benefits, including retirement plans, workers' compensation, health insurance, state unemployment, and section 125 plans; -- changes in workers' compensation rates and underlying claims trends; -- the possibility of failure to keep pace with technological changes and provide timely enhancements to services and products; -- the possibility of failure of our operating facilities, computer systems, and communication systems during a catastrophic event; -- the possibility of third-party service providers failing to perform their functions; -- the possible failure of internal controls or our inability to implement business processing improvements; and -- potentially unfavorable outcomes related to pending legal matters.
Any of these factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from our anticipated results. The information provided in this document is based upon the facts and circumstances known at this time. We undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements after the date of issuance of this release to reflect events or circumstances after such date, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
PAYCHEX, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (Unaudited) (In thousands, except per share amounts) For the three months For the six months ended ended November 30, November 30, 2009 2008 % 2009 2008 % Change Change Revenue: Payroll service $ 350,817 $ 376,090 (7 %) $ 705,238 $ 754,548 (7 %) revenue Human Resource 132,207 128,293 3 % 264,277 259,702 2 % Services revenue Total service 483,024 504,383 (4 %) 969,515 1,014,250 (4 %) revenue Interest on funds held for 13,552 19,777 (31 %) 27,275 43,995 (38 %) clients (1) Total revenue 496,576 524,160 (5 %) 996,790 1,058,245 (6 %) Expenses: Operating 162,648 170,675 (5 %) 325,994 339,143 (4 %) expenses Selling, general and 140,863 141,585 (1 %) 287,864 285,617 1 % administrative expenses Total expenses 303,511 312,260 (3 %) 613,858 624,760 (2 %) Operating income 193,065 211,900 (9 %) 382,932 433,485 (12 %) Investment 1,147 1,932 (41 %) 2,052 4,983 (59 %) income, net (1) Income before 194,212 213,832 (9 %) 384,984 438,468 (12 %) income taxes Income taxes 68,362 73,590 (7 %) 135,514 149,517 (9 %) Net income $ 125,850 $ 140,242 (10 %) $ 249,470 $ 288,951 (14 %) Basic earnings $ 0.35 $ 0.39 (10 %) $ 0.69 $ 0.80 (14 %) per share Diluted earnings $ 0.35 $ 0.39 (10 %) $ 0.69 $ 0.80 (14 %) per share Weighted-average common shares 361,392 360,812 361,288 360,710 outstanding Weighted-average common shares outstanding, 361,692 360,977 361,515 360,998 assuming dilution Cash dividends $ 0.31 $ 0.31 - $ 0.62 $ 0.62 - per common share
(1) Further information on interest on funds held for clients and investment income, net, and the short- and long-term effects of changing interest rates can be found in our filings with the SEC, including our Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K, as applicable, under the caption "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and subheadings "Results of Operations" and "Market Risk Factors." These filings are accessible at our website www.paychex.com.
PAYCHEX, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) (In thousands, except per share amount) November 30, May 31, 2009 2009 ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 225,304 $ 472,769 Corporate investments 62,011 19,710 Interest receivable 29,107 27,722 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful 221,711 177,958 accounts Deferred income taxes -- 10,180 Prepaid income taxes -- 2,198 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 27,958 27,913 Current assets before funds held for clients 566,091 738,450 Funds held for clients 2,996,115 3,501,376 Total current assets 3,562,206 4,239,826 Long-term corporate investments 317,430 82,234 Property and equipment, net of accumulated 262,024 274,530 depreciation Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization 71,478 76,641 Goodwill 421,559 433,316 Deferred income taxes 18,488 16,487 Other long-term assets 3,947 4,381 Total assets $ 4,657,132 $ 5,127,415 LIABILITIES Accounts payable $ 36,494 $ 37,334 Accrued compensation and related items 136,777 135,064 Deferred revenue 2,516 9,542 Accrued income taxes 1,739 -- Deferred income taxes 23,683 17,159 Litigation reserve 20,396 20,411 Other current liabilities 42,138 44,704 Current liabilities before client fund obligations 263,743 264,214 Client fund obligations 2,922,986 3,437,679 Total current liabilities 3,186,729 3,701,893 Accrued income taxes 26,580 25,730 Deferred income taxes 7,743 12,773 Other long-term liabilities 43,890 45,541 Total liabilities 3,264,942 3,785,937 STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Common stock, $0.01 par value; Authorized: 600,000 shares; Issued and outstanding: 361,407 shares as of November 3,614 3,610 30, 2009 and 360,976 shares as of May 31, 2009, respectively Additional paid-in capital 485,853 466,427 Retained earnings 853,084 829,501 Accumulated other comprehensive income 49,639 41,940 Total stockholders' equity 1,392,190 1,341,478 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 4,657,132 $ 5,127,415
PAYCHEX, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited) (In thousands) For the six months ended November 30, 2009 2008 OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net income $ 249,470 $ 288,951 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization on property and 43,313 41,678 equipment and intangible assets Amortization of premiums and discounts on 16,801 11,940 available-for-sale securities Stock-based compensation costs 13,310 13,942 Provision for deferred income taxes 4,263 13,089 Provision for allowance for doubtful accounts 1,958 1,084 Net realized gains on sales of available-for-sale (1,014 ) (705 ) securities Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Interest receivable (1,385 ) 4,644 Accounts receivable (44,641 ) (35,836 ) Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,665 5,501 Accounts payable and other current liabilities (1,422 ) (18,712 ) Net change in other assets and liabilities (3,147 ) 2,809 Net cash provided by operating activities 279,171 328,385 INVESTING ACTIVITIES Purchases of available-for-sale securities (756,826 ) (16,284,599 ) Proceeds from sales and maturities of 284,071 17,493,183 available-for-sale securities Net change in funds held for clients' money 697,664 (820,736 ) market securities and other cash equivalents Purchases of property and equipment (23,091 ) (39,207 ) Proceeds from sale of business 13,050 -- Purchases of other assets (9,168 ) (13,445 ) Net cash provided by investing activities 205,700 335,196 FINANCING ACTIVITIES Net change in client fund obligations (514,693 ) (279,002 ) Dividends paid (224,234 ) (223,840 ) Proceeds from and excess tax benefit related to 6,591 5,657 exercise of stock options Net cash used in financing activities (732,336 ) (497,185 ) (Decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents (247,465 ) 166,396 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 472,769 164,237 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 225,304 $ 330,633
Source: Paychex, Inc.
Released December 16, 2009