NCR announces third-quarter results

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- GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $0.09 per diluted share; non-GAAP EPS (1) from continuing operations of $0.19 per diluted share
- Cash provided by operating activities of $51 million; total cash and cash equivalents of $419 million as of September 30, 2009
- 2009 pension cash funding requirement lower than previously anticipated
- Company announces incremental 5 to 10 percent reduction in global workforce to further align cost structure
- 2010 visibility improving with modest growth and margin expansion expected; entertainment kiosk roll-out on track

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) reported financial results today for the three months ended September 30, 2009. Reported revenue of $1.14 billion decreased 18 percent from the third-quarter of 2008 and included approximately 1 percentage point of negative impact from foreign currency translation.

NCR reported third-quarter income from continuing operations (attributable to NCR) of $15 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to income from continuing operations (attributable to NCR) of $82 million or $0.49 per diluted share in the third-quarter of 2008. Income from continuing operations in the third-quarter of 2009 included a $17 million ($11 million after-tax) impairment charge related to an equity investment and a $6 million ($4 million after-tax) litigation charge, totaling $0.10 per diluted share. Income from continuing operations for the third-quarter of 2008 included a $12 million charge ($10 million after-tax), or $0.06 per diluted share, resulting from organizational realignment activities. Excluding these items, non-GAAP income from continuing operations (1) in the third-quarter of 2009 was $0.19 per diluted share compared to $0.55 per diluted share in the prior-year period.

"In the third-quarter, financial services, and especially retail customer investments were negatively impacted by the global economic downturn in most geographies," said Bill Nuti, chairman and chief executive officer of NCR. "The willingness of customers to invest in the second quarter of 2009, which helped NCR deliver solid results in that quarter, did not spill over into the third-quarter. That said, we were more encouraged by the conversations we were having with our customers about the fourth quarter and 2010, as well as our internal execution against our cost programs and strategic priorities. While we will take additional cost reduction actions to right size our enterprise, our early view is that 2010 will be a better year for NCR and for our customers, and should position NCR for moderate growth and margin expansion."

Third-Quarter 2009 Highlights

Financial highlights - Year-over-year revenue comparisons were negatively impacted by global economic conditions and the resulting impact on the global financial services industry and the retail and hospitality industries. Revenues declined 17 percent in the Americas region, primarily due to lower product sales to customers in the financial services industry and the retail and hospitality industries in the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America. In the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) region, the revenue decline of 22 percent was primarily due to lower product sales to customers in financial services across the region. Product sales to the retail and hospitality industries also declined in EMEA, while revenue was also negatively impacted by 3 percent due to foreign currency translation. Revenues fell 10 percent in the Asia-Pacific/Japan (APJ) region, due primarily to lower sales in the financial services industry. Revenue in APJ was positively impacted by 3 percent due to foreign currency translation.

Income from operations was $29 million in the third-quarter of 2009, which included $41 million of pension expense. This compares to $100 million of income from operations in the third-quarter of 2008, which included $5 million of pension expense and $12 million of costs related to organizational realignment activities. Excluding these items and pension expense, non-GAAP income from operations (2) was $70 million in the third-quarter of 2009 compared to $117 million in the third-quarter of 2008.

NCR generated $51 million of cash from operating activities during the third-quarter of 2009 compared to $157 million in the year-ago period. Capital expenditures of $53 million in the third-quarter of 2009 increased from the $37 million in capital expenditures in the year-ago period, primarily due to investments in the entertainment industry. NCR generated negative free cash flow of $2 million (cash from operations less capital expenditures) (3) in the third-quarter of 2009, compared to free cash flow of $120 million in the third-quarter of 2008. Operating cash flow for the third-quarter of 2009 was negatively impacted by lower profitability and larger working capital improvements in the prior-year period. NCR anticipates contributing approximately $100 million to its international and executive pension plans in 2009, lower than the previous estimate of $120 million.

Other expense was $24 million in the third-quarter of 2009 compared to other income of $5 million in the prior-year period. Other expense in the third-quarter of 2009 included the $17 million ($11 million after-tax) impairment charge related to an equity investment and a $6 million ($4 million after-tax) litigation charge, as referenced above.

Income tax represented a benefit of $12 million in the third-quarter of 2009 compared to income tax expense of $17 million in the third-quarter of 2008. The income tax benefit in the third-quarter of 2009 was due to the closure of certain audits and tax years in various jurisdictions. NCR expects its full year 2009 effective income tax rate to be approximately 20 percent.

NCR ended the quarter with $419 million in cash and cash equivalents, a $12 million increase from the $407 million balance as of June 30, 2009. As of September 30, 2009, NCR had a debt balance of $11 million.

Business highlights - In the third-quarter of 2009, NCR began the seamless integration of its services business into its existing Industry Solutions Group operating model which is comprised of the Financial, Retail, Entertainment, Travel and Gaming, and Healthcare lines of business. In the third-quarter, NCR also deployed its industry-leading self-service technologies across the entertainment, airline and retail markets and drove increased penetration of its core ATM solutions.

NCR further advanced its entertainment kiosk strategy during the third-quarter and remains on track to roll out the first 2,500 DVD-rental kiosks by year-end. In August, NCR and BIG Y, a grocery chain, reached an agreement under which NCR will deploy its Blockbuster Expressä DVD-rental kiosks in Big Y grocery stores throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut . Kiosks were up and running in early September in all Big Y locations. NCR also accelerated the deployment of Blockbuster Expressä DVD-rental kiosks in Publix Super Markets and expects to complete installation in most Florida-area Publix stores by November 1st. Installations have begun in select Publix stores in various other markets including Atlanta, GA; Savannah, GA; Birmingham, AL; Greenville, SC; and Charleston, SC.

US Airways became the first airline to deploy NCR's TouchPort 80 self-service kiosk, which supports passenger check-in at outdoor locations. A total of 54 TouchPort 80 kiosks will be deployed across 15 U.S. cities and St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands). These NCR kiosks provide an easy and rapid curbside check-in option for airline passengers, who continue to demonstrate a growing preference for self-service technologies.

In the retail market, NCR completed its first U.S. convenience store deployment of self-service checkout at Quick Chek, an operator of over 120 stores throughout New Jersey and southern New York. Quick Chek is planning two more installations as part of its self-checkout pilot.

NCR continued to secure global market share for its core ATM solutions in key emerging markets. The State Bank of India (SBI) agreed to purchase 3,800 NCR ATMs, as well as a seven-year ATM services contract. NCR will undertake ATM deployment, site implementation services (SIS), second line maintenance (SLM) and managed services for SBI. The contract also results in the further penetration of NCR's DVSS (Digital Video Surveillance Systems) technology.

2009 Outlook

NCR expects full-year 2009 revenues to be in the range of 12 to 14 percent lower on a constant currency basis compared with 2008. Based on average exchange rates for September, this would translate to reported revenue being down in the range of 14 to 16 percent for the year. Including the previously announced $60 million investment in the entertainment portfolio, the company expects its full-year 2009 Non-pension operating income (NPOI) (2) to be in the range of $270 million to $290 million and non-GAAP earnings from continuing operations to be in the range of $0.45 to $0.55 per diluted share. (1) The 2009 EPS guidance includes pension expense of $170 million, an increase of approximately $145 million compared to 2008. In addition, the company announced plans to reduce its global workforce by an incremental 5 to 10 percent by year-end 2009. "We are taking actions to further align our cost structure," said Mr. Nuti. "The reduction in our global workforce will result in additional structural efficiencies and position NCR for sustainable, long-term growth."

2009 Third-Quarter Earnings Conference Call

A conference call is scheduled today at 8:00 a.m. (EST) to discuss the company's 2009 third-quarter results and guidance for full-year 2009. Access to the conference call, as well as a replay of the call, is available on NCR's Web site at http://investor.ncr.com/. Supplemental financial information regarding NCR's third-quarter 2009 operating results is also available on NCR's Web site.
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