ROSELAND, N.J., Jan. 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADP) reported revenue growth of 9%, 5% organic, to $2.4 billion for the second fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2010, Gary C. Butler, president and chief executive officer, announced today. Revenues were negatively impacted nearly 1% from unfavorable foreign exchange rates during the quarter compared with a year ago. Pretax earnings from continuing operations increased 1% and net earnings from continuing operations declined 2% from a year ago. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.62 were flat with a year ago on fewer shares outstanding. Last year's second quarter included a favorable tax item which reduced the provision for income taxes $12.2 million and contributed approximately $0.02 to earnings per share in that quarter. Excluding last year's favorable tax item, net earnings and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations increased 2% and 3%, respectively. ADP acquired nearly 2.4 million shares of its stock for treasury at a cost of about $102 million fiscal year-to-date. Cash and marketable securities were $1.4 billion at December 31, 2010.
Second Quarter Discussion
Commenting on the results, Mr. Butler said, "I am pleased with ADP's second quarter results and that the trends in our key business metrics continued to be positive. New business sales for Employer Services and PEO Services grew 16% in the quarter; client revenue retention, pays per control, PEO worksite employees, and client funds balances all increased as well. We are pleased with the first quarter acquisitions that we continue to integrate, and we closed three additional transactions during the second quarter. In Dealer Services, the automotive marketplace continued to stabilize.
"Employer Services' revenues grew 7% for the second quarter, 4% organically. In the United States, revenues from our traditional payroll and payroll tax filing business were flat. Beyond payroll revenues grew 16% for the quarter, assisted by acquisitions. The number of employees on our clients' payrolls in the United States grew 2.4% for the quarter, as measured on a same-store-sales basis for our clients on our Auto Pay platform. Worldwide client retention improved 0.8 percentage points for the quarter. Employer Services' pretax margin declined 80 basis points for the quarter. Higher selling expenses from strong sales growth pressured the pretax margin year over year. The pretax margin was also negatively impacted by investments in sales and service headcount made during the second half of last fiscal year. These items offset the scale benefit of higher organic revenue growth in the quarter. Recent acquisitions also negatively impacted the pretax margin.
"As stated above, combined Employer Services and PEO Services worldwide new business sales grew 16% for the second quarter compared with a year ago, with sales in most of our markets increasing double-digits. We were particularly pleased with strong double-digit growth in the large company market in the US, which has been slower to recover as the economy stabilizes. New business sales represent annualized recurring revenues anticipated from new orders.
"PEO Services' revenues increased 15% for the second quarter, all organic. PEO Services' pretax margin declined 40 basis points from last year's second quarter. Higher pass-through revenues continued to pressure the pretax margin. Additionally, higher selling expenses from increased sales, as well as increased headcount also pressured the pretax margin. Average worksite employees paid by PEO Services increased 11% for the second quarter, to approximately 221,000.
"Dealer Services' revenues increased 26%, 4% organically for the second quarter. The automotive marketplace in the U.S. continued to stabilize and transaction revenues increased this quarter compared to a year ago. Dealership closings continued to subside, though revenues continued to be negatively impacted as anticipated by the carry-forward effect of dealership closings. Total revenues benefited primarily from the Cobalt acquisition closed in the first quarter. Dealer Services' pretax margin declined 260 basis points from a year ago, including over 300 basis points from the negative impact of acquisition-related costs. Dealer Services continued to gain market share with strong competitive win rates.
Interest on Funds Held for Clients
"The safety and liquidity 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 increased $1.3 million, or 1.0%, from $127.7 million to $129.0 million, due to an increase of 9.0% in average client funds balances, from $13.4 billion to $14.7 billion, partially offset by a decline of 30 basis points in the average interest yield to 3.5%.
Fiscal 2011 Forecast
"We anticipate no changes in the current economic environment. We continue to expect that the difficult expense and earnings comparisons will ease through the second half of fiscal 2011. Our current forecasts for fiscal 2011 have been updated as follows, and include the three new acquisitions closed in the quarter.
- Total revenues – excluding acquisitions closed to date during fiscal 2011, we anticipate about 5% revenue growth, up from our prior forecast of 3% to 5% growth, due to positive results achieved during the second quarter. Including acquisitions closed to date during fiscal 2011, we anticipate about 9% revenue growth for the year, up from our prior forecast of 7% to 8% growth.
- Diluted earnings per share – we anticipate about 5% growth in earnings per share from continuing operations, compared with $2.37 earnings per share from continuing operations in fiscal 2010, which excludes favorable tax items. This is up from our prior forecast of 3% to 5% growth. Acquisition-related costs are anticipated to be dilutive to Employer Services' and Dealer Services' pretax margins as the reportable segments' results include a cost of capital charge related to the funding of acquisitions. This charge is eliminated in consolidation, and we therefore continue to anticipate no significant impact to diluted earnings per share from the acquisitions closed to date during fiscal 2011.
- Employer Services – excluding acquisitions closed to date during fiscal 2011, we anticipate about 5% revenue growth, up from our prior forecast of 4% growth, due to continued positive trends in our key business metrics. Including acquisitions closed to date during fiscal 2011, we anticipate 6% to 7% revenue growth, up from our prior forecast of about 5% growth. Excluding acquisitions closed to date during fiscal 2011, we continue to anticipate up to 50 basis points of pretax margin improvement. Including acquisitions closed to date during fiscal 2011, we anticipate up to 20 basis points of pretax margin improvement.
- Pays per control – up approximately 2.0% for the year, up from our prior forecast of up at least 1.0%
- Client revenue retention – up over 0.5 percentage points, up from our prior forecast of up approximately 0.5 percentage points
- PEO Services – about 15% revenue growth driven by higher benefits pass through revenues, compared with our prior forecast of 13% to 15% revenue growth. We continue to anticipate a decline in pretax margin due to increased benefits pass through revenues and the grow-over impact of last year's $9 million favorable state unemployment tax settlement.
- Employer Services and PEO Services new business sales – continue to anticipate high single-digit growth compared to $1.0 billion sold in fiscal 2010.
- Dealer Services – excluding acquisitions closed to date during fiscal 2011, we anticipate 2% to 3% revenue growth, up from our prior forecast of up to 2% growth due to the positive results achieved during the second quarter. Excluding acquisitions, we anticipate at least 50 basis points of pretax margin improvement, up from our prior forecast of slight improvement in pretax margin. Including acquisitions closed to date during fiscal 2011, we continue to anticipate revenue growth of over 20%. We anticipate a decline in pretax margin of 150 to 200 basis points, compared with our prior forecast of up to 200 basis points decline.
"Interest on funds held for clients is expected to decline $15 to $20 million, or 3% to 4%, from $542.8 million in fiscal 2010. This is based on an approximate 30 to 40 basis point decline in the expected average interest yield to about 3.2% to 3.3%, partially offset by 7% to 8% growth in average client funds balances. This is updated from our previously forecasted decline of $20 to $25 million, or 4% to 5%, based on a 40 basis point decline in the average interest yield and growth in average client funds balances of 5% to 7%. The interest assumptions in our current forecasts are based on Fed Funds futures contracts and forward yield curves as of January 24, 2011. 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 24, 2011 were used to forecast new purchase rates for the client extended and client long portfolios, respectively.
"We remain keenly focused on executing against our 5-point strategic growth program. The strength of ADP's business model is evident in our results through the first half of fiscal 2011. We continue to make the right investments in new solutions, in our salesforce and client service, all of which support ADP's leading market position. I am pleased with our results and am confident in our ability to deliver strong revenue and earnings growth over our strategic planning horizon." Mr. Butler concluded.
The schedules of quarterly and full-year revenue and pretax earnings by reportable segment for fiscal years 2009, 2010 and fiscal 2011 have been updated for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 and have been posted to the Investor Relations home page () of our website under Financial Data.
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Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADP), with nearly $9 billion in revenues and about 550,000 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 HR, payroll, tax and benefits administration solutions from a single source. ADP's easy-to-use, cost-effective 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 and recreational vehicle 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 Web site at .
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