Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADP) reported revenue growth of 7%, 6% organic, to $2.6 billion for the second fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2011, Carlos A. Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer, announced today. Pretax earnings and net earnings increased 20% and 21%, respectively, and included a pretax gain of $66 million, $41 million after tax, on the sale of assets related to rights and obligations to resell a third-party expense management platform. Diluted earnings per share of $0.76 increased 23% from $0.62 a year ago on fewer shares outstanding, including $0.08 per share related to the gain on the sale. Excluding this gain, pretax earnings and net earnings increased 6% and 8%, respectively, and diluted earnings per share of $0.68 increased 10%. ADP acquired 6.3 million shares of its stock for treasury at a cost of about $305 million fiscal year-to-date. Cash and marketable securities were $1.5 billion at December 31, 2011.
Second Quarter Discussion
Commenting on the results, Mr. Rodriguez said,“ADP’s results were solid for the second quarter. I am particularly pleased with our sales execution that drove strong new business sales growth for Employer Services and PEO Services for the quarter. As anticipated, ADP’s year-over-year pretax margin comparison continued to be negatively impacted by the decline in high-margin client interest revenues resulting from lower interest rates, and the impact of recent acquisitions. New business sales for Dealer Services were also strong and better than anticipated during the quarter.
“Employer Services’ revenues grew 7% for the second quarter, 5% organically, compared to last year’s second quarter. The number of employees on our clients' payrolls in the United States increased 2.8% for the quarter as measured on a same-store-sales basis for our clients on our AutoPay platform. Worldwide client retention remained at excellent levels, but declined 0.2 percentage points fiscal year-to-date through December 31, 2011 compared to the same period a year ago. Employer Services’ pretax margin declined 120 basis points for the quarter, primarily due to a drag of about 80 basis points from acquisitions. Additionally, pretax margin was pressured by higher sales and implementation expense, as well as investments in service and product innovation.
“Combined Employer Services and PEO Services worldwide new business sales increased 14% for the quarter. ;New business sales represent annualized recurring revenues anticipated from new orders.
“PEO Services’ revenues increased 16% for the second quarter, all organic, compared to last year’s second quarter. PEO Services’ pretax margin improved 20 basis points for the quarter. Average worksite employees paid by PEO Services increased 13% for the quarter to approximately 251,000.
“Dealer Services’ revenues grew 7% for the second quarter, all organic, compared to last year’s second quarter. Dealer Services’ pretax margin improved 220 basis points for the quarter due in large part to easier year-over-year comparisons as well as a favorable grow-over impact of last year’s acquisition-related costs of 70 basis points.
Interest on Funds Held for Clients
"The safety, liquidity, and diversification of our clients’ funds are the foremost objectives of our investment strategy. Client funds are invested in accordance with ADP’s prudent and conservative investment guidelines and the credit quality of the investment portfolio is predominantly AAA/AA.
“For the second quarter, interest on funds held for clients declined $11.1 million, or 9%, from $129.0 million a year ago to $117.9 million, due to a decline of 50 basis points in the average interest yield to 3.0%, partially offset by an increase of 6% in average client funds balances from $14.7 billion to $15.6 billion.
Fiscal 2012 Forecast
“We moved into the second half of fiscal 2012 with solid performance and good key business metrics in a somewhat mixed economic environment. We anticipate that continued low interest rates will further pressure margins and earnings throughout the remainder of the fiscal year. Our forecasts have been updated as noted below and exclude the gain realized in the second quarter on the sale of assets, and reflect the related lost revenue and earnings streams for the remainder of the year:
• Total revenues – continue to anticipate 7% to 9% growth
• We continue to anticipate that the impact from foreign exchange rates will become unfavorable during the second half of the year and will be about neutral for the full year
- Diluted earnings per share – we anticipate an increase of 8% to 9% from $2.52 earnings per share in fiscal 2011, compared with our prior forecasted range of an 8% to 10% increase. Our updated forecast reflects $0.02 lost earnings per share for the remainder of the year from the sale of assets
- Employer Services – continue to anticipate revenue growth of about 7% with up to 30 basis points expansion in pretax margin compared to our prior forecast of about 50 basis points expansion; updated pretax margin expansion includes higher sales expense from the increased sales growth forecast, slightly lower than anticipated growth in average client funds balances as discussed below, lost earnings from the sale of assets discussed above, and the impact of acquisitions closed since our last update
- Pays per control – up about 2.5% for the year compared with our prior estimate of up about 2%
--PEO Services – continue to anticipate revenue growth of about 17% with slight improvement in pretax margin compared to our prior forecast for flat margins
--Employer Services and PEO Services new business sales – we anticipate about 12% growth compared to $1.1 billion sold in fiscal 2011; this is up from our prior forecast of 8% to 10% growth
--Dealer Services – we anticipate revenue growth of 9% to 10%, up from our prior forecast of 8% to 9% growth due to additional revenues from the acquisition closed in the second quarter; about 3 percentage points of revenue growth is expected to result from current year acquisitions and the full-year effect of last year’s acquisitions; we anticipate pretax margin expansion of at least 50 basis points compared to our prior forecast of about 50 basis points.
"Interest on funds held for clients is expected to decline $45 to $55 million, or 8% to 10%, from $540.1 million in fiscal 2011, and is based on 6% to 7% anticipated growth in average client funds balances. This is updated from our previously forecasted decline of $40 to $50 million, or 7% to 9%, which was based on 7% to 8% growth in average client funds balances. Our forecast continues to anticipate a decline of 40 to 50 basis points in the expected average interest yield to 2.7% to 2.8%. The interest assumptions in our forecasts are based on Fed Funds futures contracts and forward yield curves as of January 23, 2012. The Fed Funds futures contracts do not anticipate any changes during the fiscal year in the Fed Funds target rate. The three-and-a-half and five-year U.S. government agency rates based on the forward yield curves as of January 23, 2012 were used to forecast new purchase rates for the client extended and client long portfolios, respectively.
“I am pleased with the strength in our key business metrics and with our solid execution. Our business model is strong and we are focused on enhancing our market leadership position by continuing to invest in product innovation, as well as our distribution and service capabilities. I am confident in our ability to achieve our fiscal 2012 forecast and am optimistic about ADP’s growth opportunities," Mr. Rodriguez concluded.
The schedules of quarterly and full-year revenue and pretax earnings by reportable segment for fiscal years 2010, 2011, and 2012 have been updated for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 and posted to the Investor Relations home page of our website ADP.com under Reportable Segments Financial Data.
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Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP.com), with about $10 billion in revenues and approximately 570,000 clients, is one of the world's largest providers of business outsourcing solutions. Leveraging over 60 years of experience, ADP offers a wide range of human resource, payroll, tax and benefits administration solutions from a single source. ADP's easy-to-use solutions for employers provide superior value to companies of all types and sizes. ADP is also a leading provider of integrated computing solutions to auto, truck, motorcycle, marine, recreational vehicle, and heavy equipment dealers throughout the world. For more information about ADP or to contact a local ADP sales office, reach us at 1.800.225.5237 or visit the company's Website.
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