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Cognizant Announces First Quarter 2015 Results
First quarter revenue up 6.2% sequentially and 20.2% year-over-year
Raises full year revenue and EPS guidance

TEANECK, N.J., May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSH), a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, today announced its first quarter 2015 financial results.

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Highlights—First Quarter 2015

  • First quarter revenue of $2.91 billion was up 20.2% from the year-ago period and up 6.2% sequentially.
  • GAAP diluted EPS was $0.62, up from $0.57 in the year-ago period.
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.71, up from $0.62 in the year-ago period.
  • Net headcount addition for the quarter was approximately 6,200.

Revenue for the first quarter of 2015 rose to $2.91 billion, up 20.2% from $2.42 billion in the first quarter of 2014. GAAP net income was $382.9 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, compared to $348.9 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2014. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.71 compared to $0.62 in the first quarter of 2014. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was 17.2%. Non-GAAP operating margin was 19.8%, within the Company's target range of 19-20%. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP operating results and diluted EPS are included at the end of this release.

 "The clients we serve are experiencing tremendous change in their businesses and are increasingly turning to Cognizant to navigate that change," said Francisco D'Souza, Chief Executive Officer of Cognizant. "The investments we have made in digital, automation, utility-based delivery models, consulting and industry-specific expertise are clearly paying off.  Given how fast the landscape is changing, clients typically don't have the skillsets to manage this transformation in-house and are turning to Cognizant to help them re-architect their core business and organizational models. As a result, we're building deeper relationships with CEOs and boards, CIOs, and business and functional leaders to help them transform their businesses into digital enterprises."

"The Cognizant approach of helping clients from setting strategy, to implementing and maintaining technology, to transforming and running business operations is enabling us to establish greater mindshare and market leadership," said Gordon Coburn, President. "It's evident across all geographies and industries that businesses are being forced to manage growth, innovation and scale while simultaneously managing costs. The shift to a digital enterprise is driving greater demand for our traditional services and solutions as clients find the need to keep pace with the speed and scale of innovation and maintain their competitive advantage."

2015 Outlook—Second Quarter and Full Year

The Company is providing the following guidance:

  • Second quarter 2015 revenue expected to be at least $3.01 billion.
  • Second quarter 2015 non-GAAP diluted EPS expected to be at least $0.72.
  • Fiscal 2015 revenue expected to be at least $12.24 billion, up at least 19.3% compared to 2014.
  • Fiscal 2015 non-GAAP diluted EPS expected to be at least $2.93.

"Our strong revenue performance this quarter versus our guidance was driven primarily by organic growth of our core businesses and is a reflection that our strategy and offerings are resonating with our clients," said Karen McLoughlin, Chief Financial Officer. "In addition, we are pleased to increase our full year revenue and EPS guidance to reflect the over-performance during the first quarter."

Conference Call  
Cognizant will host a conference call on May 4, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern) to discuss the Company's first quarter 2015 results. To listen to the conference call, please dial (877) 810-9510 (domestic) and (201) 493-6778 (international) and provide conference passcode: Cognizant Call.

The conference call will also be webcast via the Cognizant website at http://investors.cognizant.com/. Please access the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register and download/install any necessary audio software.

A replay of the conference call will be available by dialing (877) 660-6853 (domestic) or (201) 612-7415 (international) and entering 13606631 from two hours after the end of the call until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on Monday, May 18, 2015. The replay will also be available at Cognizant's website http://investors.cognizant.com/ for 60 days following the call.

About Cognizant
Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, dedicated to helping the world's leading companies build stronger businesses. Headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey (U.S.), Cognizant combines a passion for client satisfaction, technology innovation, deep industry and business process expertise, and a global, collaborative workforce that embodies the future of work. With over 100 development and delivery centers worldwide and approximately 217,700 employees as of March 31, 2015, Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world. Visit us online at www.cognizant.com or follow us on Twitter: Cognizant.

Forward-Looking Statements  
This press release includes statements which may constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding opportunities in the marketplace and our anticipated financial performance, the accuracy of which are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied include general economic conditions and the factors discussed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Cognizant undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities law.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures 
To supplement our financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, this press release includes the following measures defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission as non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share ("non-GAAP diluted EPS"). These non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures should be read in conjunction with our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. The reconciliations of Cognizant's GAAP financial measures to the corresponding non-GAAP measures should be carefully evaluated. With respect to our expectations in the "2015 Outlook - Second Quarter and Full Year" section above, reconciliation of non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance to GAAP diluted EPS guidance cannot be provided without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the high variability and low visibility with respect to net non-operating foreign currency exchange gains or losses which are excluded from the non-GAAP diluted EPS. 

We seek to manage the company to a targeted operating margin, excluding stock-based compensation costs and acquisition-related charges, of 19% to 20% of revenues.  Acquisition-related charges include, when applicable, amortization of purchased intangible assets included in the depreciation and amortization expense line on our condensed consolidated statements of operations, external deal costs, acquisition-related retention bonuses, integration costs, changes in the fair value of contingent consideration liabilities, charges for impairment of acquired intangible assets and other acquisition-related costs. In addition to excluding stock-based compensation costs and acquisition-related charges, our non-GAAP diluted earnings per share also exclude net non-operating foreign currency exchange gains or losses, inclusive of gains and losses on related foreign exchange forward contracts not designated as hedging instruments for accounting purposes. Management believes providing investors with an operating view consistent with how it manages the company provides enhanced transparency into the operating results of the company. For our internal management reporting and budgeting purposes, we use non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision making, to evaluate period-to-period comparisons and for making comparisons of our operating results to those of our competitors. Therefore, it is our belief that the use of non-GAAP financial measures provides a meaningful supplemental measure for investors to evaluate our financial performance. Accordingly, we believe that the presentation of non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, when read in conjunction with our reported GAAP results, can provide useful supplemental information to our management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to our financial condition and results of operations.

A limitation of using non-GAAP measures versus financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP is that non-GAAP measures do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our operating results as determined in accordance with GAAP and exclude costs that are recurring, namely stock-based compensation, acquisition-related charges, including amortization of purchased intangibles, and net non-operating foreign currency exchange gains or losses. In addition, other companies may calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently than us, thereby limiting the usefulness of these non-GAAP financial measures as a comparative tool. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share to allow investors to evaluate such non-GAAP financial measures.

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COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

(In millions, except per share data)



Three Months Ended
 March 31,


2015


2014

Revenues

$

2,911.4



$

2,422.3


Operating expenses:




Cost of revenues (exclusive of depreciation and amortization expense shown separately below)

1,727.2



1,432.4


Selling, general and administrative expenses

610.8



485.4


Depreciation and amortization expense

73.1



44.5


Income from operations

500.3



460.0


Other income (expense), net:




Interest income

18.0



13.5


Interest expense

(5.0)




Foreign currency exchange gains (losses), net

(2.2)



(1.2)


Other, net

(0.5)



0.9


Total other income (expense), net

10.3



13.2


Income before provision for income taxes

510.6



473.2


Provision for income taxes

127.7



124.3


Net income

$

382.9



$

348.9


Basic earnings per share

$

0.63



$

0.57


Diluted earnings per share

$

0.62



$

0.57


Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Basic

609.6



607.7


Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Diluted

613.9



612.9


 

 

COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(Unaudited)

(In millions)



March 31,
 2015


December 31,
 2014

                                              Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,271.4



$

2,010.1


Short-term investments

2,078.4



1,764.6


Trade accounts receivable, net of allowances of $31.5 and $36.9, respectively

2,059.9



1,968.7


Unbilled accounts receivable

388.2



324.6


Deferred income tax assets, net

271.7



329.7


Other current assets

336.9



352.6


Total current assets

6,406.5



6,750.3


Property and equipment, net

1,268.0



1,247.2


Goodwill

2,403.6



2,413.6


Intangible assets, net

928.4



953.7


Deferred income tax assets, net

153.3



144.4


Other noncurrent assets

223.6



209.7


Total assets

$

11,383.4



$

11,718.9


                                           Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

181.4



$

145.7


Deferred revenue

330.9



224.1


Short-term debt

150.0



700.0


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

1,221.8



1,522.3


Total current liabilities

1,884.1



2,592.1


Deferred revenue, noncurrent

47.3



81.0


Deferred income tax liabilities, net

237.3



251.7


Long-term debt

925.0



937.5


Other noncurrent liabilities

111.2



116.4


Total liabilities

3,204.9



3,978.7


Total stockholders' equity

8,178.5



7,740.2


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

11,383.4



$

11,718.9



Note:


The March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014 condensed consolidated statements of financial position reflect a preliminary allocation of purchase price for our acquisition of TriZetto completed on November 20, 2014. The finalization of our purchase accounting assessment may result in changes, which could be material, in the valuation of assets and liabilities acquired, particularly with respect to intangible assets. We will finalize the purchase price allocation as soon as practicable within the measurement period, but in no event later than one year following the date of acquisition.

 

COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited)

(In millions, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended
 March 31,


2015


2014

GAAP income from operations

$

500.3



$

460.0


Add: Stock-based compensation expense (a)

45.8



35.8


Add: Acquisition-related charges (b)

30.7



8.0


Non-GAAP income from operations

$

576.8



$

503.8






GAAP operating margin

17.2

%


19.0

%

Effect of above adjustments to income from operations

2.6

%


1.8

%

Non-GAAP operating margin

19.8

%


20.8

%





GAAP diluted earnings per share

$

0.62



$

0.57


Effect of above operating adjustments, net of tax

0.09



0.05


Effect of non-operating foreign currency exchange gains (losses), net of tax (c)




Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share

$

0.71



$

0.62


 

Notes:




(a)   

For the three months ended March 31, 2015, the $45.8 million adjustment to exclude stock-based compensation from income from operations includes $9.4 million, which was reported in cost of revenues and $36.4 million, which was reported in selling, general and administrative expenses in our unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations.




For the three months ended March 31, 2014, the $35.8 million adjustment to exclude stock-based compensation from income from operations includes $6.3 million, which was reported in cost of revenues and $29.5 million, which was reported in selling, general and administrative expenses in our unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations.



(b) 

Acquisition-related charges include the following when applicable: amortization of acquired intangible assets, external deal costs, acquisition-related retention payments, changes in the fair value of contingent consideration liabilities, integration costs and other acquisition-related costs.



(c)  

Non-operating foreign currency exchange gains and losses are inclusive of gains and losses on related foreign exchange forward contracts not designated as hedging instruments for accounting purposes. Per share impacts for the periods presented rounds to zero.



 

The above tables serve to reconcile the Non-GAAP financial measures to comparable GAAP measures. Please refer to the "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section of our press release for further information on the use of these Non-GAAP measures.

 

COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

Schedule of Supplemental Information

(Unaudited)

(In millions)



Three Months Ended March 31, 2015






Growth %


$


% of total


Sequential


Year over Year

Revenues by Segment:








Financial Services

$

1,161.1



39.9

%


3.6

%


13.4

%

Healthcare

879.1



30.2

%


13.8

%


42.7

%

Manufacturing/Retail/Logistics

548.9



18.9

%


2.7

%


7.2

%

Other

322.3



11.1

%


2.6

%


19.0

%

Total Revenues

$

2,911.4





6.2

%


20.2

%









Revenues by Geography:








North America

$

2,292.0



78.7

%


7.4

%


24.8

%

United Kingdom

285.1



9.8

%


2.3

%


2.7

%

Rest of Europe

190.8



6.6

%


(2.9)

%


(0.9)

%

Europe - Total

475.9



16.3

%


0.2

%


1.2

%

Rest of World

143.5



4.9

%


7.6

%


23.7

%

Total Revenues

$

2,911.4





6.2

%


20.2

%

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SOURCE Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation

For further information: David Nelson, VP, Investor Relations & Treasurer, 201-498-8840, david.nelson@cognizant.com