This excerpt taken from the PBI 8-K filed Jul 30, 2009.
Revised 2009 Guidance
The company is adjusting the guidance it provided on May 5, 2009. The company has not seen indications that economic and business conditions in mail-intensive industries will improve this year and has also seen further declines in some key geographies. Sales cycles for most capital purchase decisions by customers remain long. The changing guidance reflects these factors, including the impact of the sustained economic downturn on high-margin financing, rental, and supplies revenue streams. While the company has been successful in reducing its cost structure across its entire business and is shifting to a more variable cost structure, these actions have not been enough to offset the impact of lower revenue.
Given the persistent decline in business activity and the lack of tangible signs of sustained near-term improvement in the economy, the company now expects 2009 revenue to decline in the range of 4 percent to 7 percent on a constant currency basis. On a reported basis, the company expects revenue to decline in the range of 7 percent to 10 percent, which includes an estimated negative 3 percent impact from currency when compared with 2008. The company expects adjusted earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for the year will be in the range of $2.15 to $2.35. This range includes the expected negative impact of $0.23 to $0.28 per diluted share from currency and incremental pension expense. Adjusted earnings per diluted share from continuing operations excludes an annual estimated 6 cents per diluted share non-cash tax charge associated with out-of-the-money stock options that was recorded in the first half of 2009. On a GAAP basis, the company expects earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for the year will be in the range of $2.09 to $2.29.
The company is reaffirming its free cash flow guidance in the range of $700 million to $800 million for the year, based on its strong cash flow performance year-to-date.
The 2009 earnings guidance is summarized in the table below:
Mr. Martin concluded, “While the economic environment continues to be highly uncertain, we remain focused on the things that we can control. Let me reiterate our commitment to identify and implement structural and process improvements across the organization, as we remain focused on strengthening our long-term ability to generate value for customers and shareholders, while ensuring that the company is in the best possible position to capitalize on an eventual economic recovery.”
Management of Pitney Bowes will discuss the company’s results in a broadcast over the Internet today at 5:00 p.m. EST. Instructions for listening to the earnings results via the Web are available on the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.pb.com/investorrelations.
Pitney Bowes is a $6.3 billion global technology leader whose products, services and solutions deliver value within the mailstream and beyond. For more information about the company, its products, services and solutions, visit www.pitneybowes.com.
The company's financial results are reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, earnings per share, income from continuing operations, and free cash flow results are adjusted to exclude the impact of special items such as transformation initiatives, restructuring charges, tax adjustments, accounting adjustments and write downs of assets. Although these charges represent actual expenses to the company, these charges might mask the periodic income and financial and operating trends associated with our business. The use of free cash flow has limitations. GAAP cash flow has the advantage of including all cash available to the company after actual expenditures for all purposes. Free cash flow permits a shareholder insight into the amount of cash that management could have available for other discretionary uses. It adjusts for long-term commitments such as capital expenditures, as well as special items like cash used for restructuring charges, unusual tax payments and contributions to its pension funds. These items use cash that is not otherwise available to the company and are important expenditures. Management compensates for these limitations by using a combination of GAAP cash flow and free cash flow in doing its planning.
EBIT excludes interest payments and taxes, both cash expenses to the company, and as a result, has the effect of showing a greater amount of earnings than net income. The company uses EBIT for purposes of measuring the performance of its management team. The interest rates and tax rates applicable to the company generally are outside the control of management, and it can be useful to judge performance independent of those variables. Financial results on a constant currency basis exclude the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates since the prior period under comparison and are calculated using the average of the rates in effect during that period. Constant currency measures are intended to help investors better understand the underlying operational performance of the business excluding the impacts of shifts in currency exchange rates over the intervening period.
Pitney Bowes has provided a quantitative reconciliation to GAAP in supplemental schedules. This information may also be found at the company's web site www.pb.com/investorrelations in the Investor Relations section.
This document contains “forward-looking statements” about our expected future business and financial performance. Pitney Bowes assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document as a result of new information or future events or developments. For us forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about possible transformation initiatives; restructuring charges and our future revenue and earnings guidance. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the uncertain economic environment, including adverse impacts on customer demand; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; and changes in postal regulations, as more fully outlined in the company's 2008 Form 10-K Annual Report and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.