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Cognizant Reports First Quarter 2021 Results
- Revenue of $4.4 billion grew 4.2% year-over-year (2.4% in constant currency(1))
- ~$700 million deployed on acquisitions, share repurchases and dividends in Q1 2021
- Digital revenue up ~15% year-over-year; now 44% of revenue, up from 39% in prior year period
- 2021 revenue growth guidance increased to 7.0-9.0%, or 5.6-7.6% in constant currency

TEANECK, N.J., May 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH), one of the world's leading professional services companies, today announced its first quarter 2021 financial results.

"In the first quarter, we successfully executed our strategy of embracing digital, investing in international expansion and repositioning the Cognizant brand. Cloud migration and digital adoption create a significant opportunity for Cognizant in the coming years," said Brian Humphries, Chief Executive Officer. "The ongoing humanitarian crisis, especially in India, is deeply concerning. We have made a series of investments to support India in this time of need and continue to prioritize the health and safety of our associates while we serve our clients."

   

Q1 2021

 

Q1 2020

Revenue (in billions)

 

$4.4

   

$4.2

 

GAAP operating margin

 

15.2

%

 

13.7

%

Adjusted Operating Margin1

 

15.2

%

 

15.1

%

GAAP diluted EPS

 

$0.95

   

$0.67

 

Adjusted Diluted EPS1

 

$0.97

   

$0.96

 

First Quarter 2021 Performance by Business Segment

Financial Services (33.1% of revenues) revenue grew 0.5% year-over-year, and decreased 1.7% in constant currency, as revenue growth generated by our digital services in both banking and insurance was offset by declining non-digital revenue as our clients continue to optimize the cost of supporting their legacy systems and operations.

Healthcare (29.3% of revenues) revenue grew 7.9% year-over-year, or 7.0% in constant currency. Our healthcare revenue benefited from increased demand for our integrated payer software solutions and continued strong demand among our life sciences clients.

Products and Resources (22.7% of revenues) revenue grew 4.6% year-over-year, or 2.4% in constant currency. Revenue among manufacturing, logistics, energy and utilities clients grew double-digits for the fourth consecutive quarter while retail, consumer goods, travel and hospitality clients continued to be adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Communications, Media and Technology (14.9% of revenues) revenue grew 5.0% year-over-year, or 3.1% in constant currency, including a significant benefit from recent acquisitions. Double-digit year-over-year revenue growth among our technology clients was offset by the impact from our exit of certain content-related services, which negatively impacted year-over-year segment growth by 600 basis points. Additionally, clients exposed to studios and theme parks continued to be adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Return of Capital to Shareholders
During the first quarter, the Company repurchased 3.1 million shares for $234 million at an average price of $75.80 under its share repurchase program. As of March 31, 2021, there was $2.6 billion remaining under the current share repurchase authorization. In May 2021, the Company declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per share for shareholders of record on May 20, 2021. This dividend will be payable on May 28, 2021.

"Our first-quarter performance reflects solid revenue growth in our digital services and consistent execution of our strategy," said Jan Siegmund, Chief Financial Officer, "To support our commercial momentum, we are increasing our investments in recruiting and talent."

Second Quarter and Full Year 2021 Outlook
The Company provided the following guidance:

  • Second quarter revenue is expected to be $4.42-$4.46 billion, or growth of 10.5-11.5% (8.0-9.0% in CC). This assumes an estimated positive 250 basis points foreign exchange impact.
  • Full year 2021 revenue is expected to be $17.8-$18.1 billion, or growth of 7.0-9.0% (5.5-7.5% in CC). This assumes an estimated positive 150 basis points foreign exchange impact.
  • Full year 2021 Adjusted Operating Margin2 is expected to be in the range of 15.2-15.7%
  • Full year 2021 Adjusted Diluted EPS2 is expected to be in the range of $3.90-$4.02

Conference Call
Cognizant will host a conference call on May 5, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the Company's first quarter 2021 results. To listen to the conference call, please dial (877) 810-9510 (domestic) or +1 (201) 493-6778 (international) and provide the following conference passcode: "Cognizant Call."

The conference call will also be available live on the Investor Relations section of the Cognizant website at http://investors.cognizant.com. An earnings supplement will also be available on the Cognizant website at the time of the conference call.

For those who cannot access the live broadcast, a replay will be available. To listen to the replay, please dial (877) 660-6853 (domestically) or +1 (201) 612-7415 (internationally) and enter 13718361 from two hours after the end of the call until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. The replay will also be available at Cognizant's website www.cognizant.com for 60 days following the call.

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1 Constant currency ("CC") revenue growth, Adjusted Operating Margin and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share ("Adjusted Diluted EPS") are not measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. See "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Performance Metrics" for more information and, where applicable, reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures at the end of this release.

2A full reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Margin and Adjusted Diluted EPS guidance to the corresponding GAAP measure on a forward-looking basis cannot be provided without unreasonable efforts, as we are unable to provide reconciling information with respect to unusual items. See "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Performance Metrics" for more information and a partial reconciliation at the end of this release.

About Cognizant
Cognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 194 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at www.cognizant.com or follow us @Cognizant.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes statements that may constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the accuracy of which are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. These statements include, but are not limited to, express or implied forward-looking statements relating to our expectations regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, opportunities in the marketplace, our cost structure, investment in and growth of our business, the effectiveness of our recruiting and talent efforts, the impact of the 2020 Fit for Growth Plan, the likelihood and potential terms of any settlement of and exit from our referenced large customer engagement in the financial services segment, our and our clients' shift to digital solutions and services and our anticipated financial performance. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied include general economic conditions, legal, reputational and financial risks resulting from cyberattacks, the impact of and effectiveness of business continuity plans during the COVID-19 pandemic, the competitive marketplace for talent, changes in the regulatory environment, including with respect to immigration and taxes, and the other 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 and Performance Metrics
To supplement our financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, this press release includes references to the following measures defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission as non-GAAP financial measures: Adjusted Income From Operations, Adjusted Operating Margin, Adjusted Diluted EPS, free cash flow, net cash and constant currency revenue growth. These non-GAAP financial 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 financial measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures should be read in conjunction with our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. The reconciliations of our non-GAAP financial measures to the corresponding GAAP measures should be carefully evaluated.

Our non-GAAP financial measures, Adjusted Operating Margin, Adjusted Income From Operations and Adjusted Diluted EPS exclude unusual items. Additionally, Adjusted Diluted EPS excludes net non-operating foreign currency exchange gains or losses and the tax impact of all the applicable adjustments. The income tax impact of each item is calculated by applying the statutory rate and local tax regulations in the jurisdiction in which the item was incurred. Free cash flow is defined as cash flows from operating activities net of purchases of property and equipment. Net cash is defined as cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments less short-term and long-term debt. Constant currency revenue growth is defined as revenues for a given period restated at the comparative period's foreign currency exchange rates measured against the comparative period's reported revenues.

Management believes providing investors with an operating view consistent with how we manage the Company provides enhanced transparency into our operating results. For our internal management reporting and budgeting purposes, we use various GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision-making, to evaluate period-to-period comparisons, to determine portions of the compensation for our executive officers 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 excluding certain costs provides a meaningful supplemental measure for investors to evaluate our financial performance. Accordingly, we believe that the presentation of our non-GAAP measures, 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 financial measures versus financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP is that non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our operating results as determined in accordance with GAAP and may exclude costs that are recurring such as our 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 our non-GAAP financial measures to allow investors to evaluate such non-GAAP financial measures.

Bookings are defined as total contract value (or TCV) of new contracts, including new contract sales as well as renewals and expansions of existing contracts. Bookings can vary significantly quarter to quarter depending in part on the timing of the signing of a small number of large contracts. Our book-to-bill ratio is defined as bookings for the trailing twelve months divided by revenue for the same period. Measuring bookings involves the use of estimates and judgments and there are no independent standards or requirements governing the calculation of bookings. The extent and timing of conversion of bookings to revenues may be impacted by, among other factors, the types of services and solutions sold, contract duration, the pace of client spending, actual volumes of services delivered as compared to the volumes anticipated at the time of sale, and contract modifications, including terminations, over the lifetime of a contract. The majority of our contracts are terminable by the client on short notice often without penalty, and some without notice. We do not update our bookings for material subsequent terminations or reductions related to bookings originally recorded in prior year periods or foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. Information regarding our bookings is not comparable to, nor should it be substituted for, an analysis of our reported revenues. However, management believes that it is a key indicator of potential future revenues and provides a useful indicator of the volume of our business over time.

We disclose digital revenue as management believes it provides additional insights into the Company's business. Measuring digital revenue requires the use of estimates and judgement, there are no independent standards or requirements governing the calculation and our calculation may differ from the calculations underlying similar such metrics disclosed by other companies.

Investor Relations Contact:

     

Media Contact:

Tyler Scott

     

Jeff DeMarrais

Senior Director, Investor Relations

     

VP, Corporate Communications

551-220-8246

     

475-223-2298

Tyler.Scott@cognizant.com

     

Jeff.DeMarrais@cognizant.com

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COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

 

 (in millions, except per share data)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

2021

 

2020

Revenues

$

4,401

   

$

4,225

 

Operating expenses:

     

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

2,764

   

2,747

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

827

   

711

 

Restructuring charges

   

55

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

141

   

133

 

Income from operations

669

   

579

 

Other income (expense), net:

     

Interest income

9

   

41

 

Interest expense

(2)

   

(6)

 

Foreign currency exchange gains (losses), net

(9)

   

(102)

 

Other, net

(2)

   

(2)

 

Total other income (expense), net

(4)

   

(69)

 

Income before provision for income taxes

665

   

510

 

Provision for income taxes

(160)

   

(142)

 

Income (loss) from equity method investment

   

(1)

 

Net income

$

505

   

$

367

 

Basic earnings per share

$

0.95

   

$

0.67

 

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.95

   

$

0.67

 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Basic

530

   

546

 

Dilutive effect of shares issuable under stock-based compensation plans

1

   

 

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Diluted

531

   

546

 

 

COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(Unaudited)

 

(in millions, except par values)

March 31,
2021

 

December 31,
2020

Assets

     

Current assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,973

   

$

2,680

 

Short-term investments

185

   

44

 

Trade accounts receivable, net

3,232

   

3,087

 

Other current assets

1,205

   

1,040

 

Total current assets

6,595

   

6,851

 

Property and equipment, net

1,250

   

1,251

 

Operating lease assets, net

980

   

1,013

 

Goodwill

5,219

   

5,031

 

Intangible assets, net

1,110

   

1,046

 

Deferred income tax assets, net

307

   

445

 

Long-term investments

439

   

440

 

Other noncurrent assets

760

   

846

 

Total assets

$

16,660

   

$

16,923

 

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

     

Current liabilities:

     

Accounts payable

$

349

   

$

389

 

Deferred revenue

403

   

383

 

Short-term debt

38

   

38

 

Operating lease liabilities

202

   

211

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

2,158

   

2,519

 

Total current liabilities

3,150

   

3,540

 

Deferred revenue, noncurrent

32

   

36

 

Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent

821

   

846

 

Deferred income tax liabilities, net

204

   

206

 

Long-term debt

654

   

663

 

Long-term income taxes payable

428

   

428

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

334

   

368

 

Total liabilities

5,623

   

6,087

 

Stockholders' equity:

     

Preferred stock, $0.10 par value, 15 shares authorized, none issued

   

 

Class A common stock, $0.01 par value, 1,000 shares authorized, 528 and 530 shares issued and outstanding as of March  31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

5

   

5

 

Additional paid-in capital

44

   

32

 

Retained earnings

10,907

   

10,689

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

81

   

110

 

Total stockholders' equity

11,037

   

10,836

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

16,660

   

$

16,923

 

 

COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited)

 

 (dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

Guidance

 

2021

 

2020

 

Full Year 2021

GAAP income from operations

$

669

   

$

579

     

Realignment charges(a)

   

20

     

2020 Fit for Growth Plan restructuring charges(b)

   

35

     

COVID-19 charges(c)

   

6

     

Adjusted Income From Operations

$

669

   

$

640

     
           

GAAP operating margin

15.2

%

 

13.7

%

   

Realignment charges

   

0.5

   

2020 Fit for Growth Plan restructuring charges

   

0.8

   

COVID-19 charges

   

0.1

   

Adjusted Operating Margin

15.2

%

 

15.1

%

 

15.2% - 15.7%

           

GAAP diluted earnings per share

$

0.95

   

$

0.67

     

Effect of above adjustments to income from operations, pre-tax

   

0.11

   

Non-operating foreign currency exchange (gains) losses, pre-tax(d)

0.02

   

0.19

   

(d)

Tax effect of above adjustments(e)

   

(0.01)

   

(d)

Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share

$

0.97

   

$

0.96

   

$3.90 - $4.02

 

Notes:

(a)

As part of the realignment program, during the three months ended March 31, 2020, we incurred certain retention costs and professional fees. The total costs related to the realignment plan are reported in "Restructuring charges" in our unaudited consolidated statement of operations.

(b)

As part of our 2020 Fit for Growth plan, during the three months ended March 31, 2020, we incurred certain employee separation, employee retention, facility exit costs and other charges. The total costs related to the 2020 Fit for Growth Plan are reported in "Restructuring charges" in our unaudited consolidated statement of operations.

(c)

During the three months ended March 31, 2020, we incurred costs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a one-time bonus to our employees at the designation of associate and below in both India and the Philippines, certain costs to enable our employees to work remotely and costs to provide medical staff and extra cleaning services for our facilities. Substantially all of the costs related to the pandemic are reported in "Cost of revenues" in our unaudited consolidated statement of operations.

(d)

Non-operating foreign currency exchange gains and losses, inclusive of gains and losses on related foreign exchange forward contracts not designated as hedging instruments for accounting purposes, are reported in "Foreign currency exchange gains (losses), net" in our unaudited consolidated statements of operations. Non-operating foreign currency exchange gains and losses are subject to high variability and low visibility and therefore cannot be provided on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable efforts.

(e)

Presented below are the tax impacts of each of our non-GAAP adjustments to pre-tax income for the three months ended March 31: 

   

(in millions)

2021

 

2020

Non-GAAP income tax benefit (expense) related to:

     

Realignment charges

$

   

$

5

 

2020 Fit For Growth Plan restructuring charges

   

9

 

COVID-19 charges

   

2

 

Foreign currency exchange gains and losses

   

(10)

 

 

Reconciliations of net cash

 

(in millions)

 

March 31, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

1,973

   

$

2,680

 

Short-term investments

 

185

   

44

 

Less:

       

Short-term debt

 

38

   

38

 

Long-term debt

 

654

   

663

 

Net cash

 

$

1,466

   

$

2,023

 

The above tables serve to reconcile the Non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. 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

Revenue by Business Segment and Geography

(Unaudited)

 

 (dollars in millions)

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021

         

Year over Year

 

$

 

 % of total

 

 % Change

 

Constant
Currency %
Change (a)

Revenues by Segment:

             

Financial Services

$

1,458

   

33.1

%

 

0.5

%

 

(1.7)

%

Healthcare

1,288

   

29.3

%

 

7.9

%

 

7.0

%

Products and Resources

998

   

22.7

%

 

4.6

%

 

2.4

%

Communications, Media and Technology

657

   

14.9

%

 

5.0

%

 

3.1

%

Total Revenues

$

4,401

       

4.2

%

 

2.4

%

Revenues by Geography:

             

North America

$

3,283

   

74.6

%

 

2.9

%

 

2.7

%

United Kingdom

370

   

8.4

%

 

9.8

%

 

2.7

%

Continental Europe

456

   

10.4

%

 

4.3

%

 

(3.7)

%

Europe - Total

826

   

18.8

%

 

6.7

%

 

(0.9)

%

Rest of World

292

   

6.6

%

 

11.9

%

 

8.9

%

Total Revenues

$

4,401

       

4.2

%

 

2.4

%

   

Notes:

(a)

Constant currency revenue growth is not a measure of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. See "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Performance Metrics" for more information.

 

COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

 

(in millions)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

2021

 

2020

Cash flows from operating activities:

     

Net income

$

505

   

$

367

 

Adjustments for non-cash income and expenses

325

   

316

 

Changes in assets and liabilities

(649)

   

(186)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

181

   

497

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

     

Purchases of property and equipment

(88)

   

(112)

 

Net (purchases) of investments

(140)

   

(74)

 

Payments for business combinations, net of cash acquired

(310)

   

(86)

 

Net cash (used in) investing activities

(538)

   

(272)

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

     

Repurchases of common stock

(240)

   

(511)

 

Repayment of term loan borrowings and finance lease and earnout obligations

(15)

   

(13)

 

Proceeds from borrowings under the revolving credit facility

   

1,740

 

Dividends paid

(128)

   

(121)

 

Issuance of common stock under stock-based compensation plans

43

   

40

 

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(340)

   

1,135

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(10)

   

(119)

 

(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(707)

   

1,241

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

2,680

   

2,645

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

1,973

   

$

3,886

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION

 

(in millions)

 

Three Months Ended

Stock Repurchases under Board of Directors' authorized stock repurchase program:

 

March 31, 2021

 

March 31, 2020

Number of shares repurchased

 

3.1

   

8.5

 
         

Remaining authorized balance as of March 31, 2021

 

$

2,581

     
               

 

Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow Non-GAAP Financial Measure

 

(in millions)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

2021

 

2020

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

181

   

$

497

 

Purchases of property and equipment

(88)

   

(112)

 

Free cash flow

$

93

   

$

385

 

 

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