Cerner Reports First Quarter 2019 Results

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq: CERN) today announced results for the 2019 first quarter that ended March 30, 2019.

Bookings in the first quarter of 2019 were in-line with the Company’s expectations at $1.242 billion.

First quarter 2019 revenue was $1.390 billion, an increase of 8 percent compared to $1.293 billion in the first quarter of 2018. 

On a U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis, first quarter 2019 net earnings were $166.2 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.51.  First quarter 2018 GAAP net earnings were $160.0 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.48.   

Adjusted Net Earnings for first quarter 2019 were $198.5 million, compared to $193.9 million of Adjusted Net Earnings in the first quarter of 2018.  Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share were $0.61 in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $0.58 of Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share in the year-ago quarter.    

Adjusted Net Earnings and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share are not recognized terms under GAAP.  These non-GAAP financial measures should not be substituted for GAAP net earnings or GAAP diluted earnings per share, respectively, as measures of Cerner’s performance, but instead should be utilized as supplemental measures of financial performance in evaluating our business.  Please see the accompanying schedule, titled “Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Results,” where our non-GAAP financial measures are defined and reconciled to the most comparable GAAP measures.

Other Highlights:

  • First quarter operating cash flow of $317.3 million.
  • First quarter Free Cash Flow of $123.5 million.  Free Cash Flow is a non-GAAP financial measure defined as GAAP cash flows from operating activities less capital purchases and capitalized software development costs.  Please see the accompanying schedule, titled “Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Results.”
  • First quarter days sales outstanding of 76 days, down from 79 days in the fourth quarter of 2018 and up from 73 days in the year-ago quarter.
  • Total backlog of $14.87 billion. 

“I am pleased with our first quarter results, which were in line with our expectations,” said Brent Shafer, Chairman and CEO.  “During the quarter, we rolled out a refined operating model, which is designed to improve our operating efficiency and speed value creation for our clients.  These refinements are foundational to significant improvements in profitably we expect to deliver as part of recently announced operational improvement initiatives.  Collectively, our operational improvement initiatives, recently announced dividend program, and expanded share repurchase program underscore our commitment to creating value for clients and shareholders.”

Future Period Guidance
Cerner currently expects:

  • Second quarter 2019 revenue between $1.410 billion and $1.460 billion.
  • Full year 2019 revenue between $5.650 billion and $5.850 billion, consistent with previously provided full year guidance.
  • Second quarter 2019 Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share between $0.63 and $0.65.*
  • For full-year 2019 Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share, the Company expects to benefit from the operational improvement initiatives and expanded share repurchase program announced on April 9, 2019.  The amount of the benefit will depend on the timing of operational improvements and share repurchases, but based on preliminary estimates, the Company expects full-year 2019 Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share to be between $2.64 and $2.72*, which is above the previously provided guidance range of $2.57 to $2.67.* 
  • Second quarter 2019 new business bookings between $1.250 billion and $1.450 billion.

    *Future period non-GAAP guidance includes adjustments for items not indicative of our core operations, which may include, without limitation, share-based compensation expense, organizational restructuring and other expense and acquisition-related expenses.  Such adjustments may be affected by changes in ongoing assumptions and judgments, as well as nonrecurring, unusual or unanticipated charges, expenses or gains or other items that may not directly correlate to the underlying performance of our business operations.  The exact amounts of these adjustments are not currently determinable, but may be significant.  It is therefore not practicable to provide the comparable GAAP measures or reconcile this non-GAAP guidance to the most comparable GAAP measures.

Earnings Conference Call
Cerner will host an earnings conference call to provide additional detail on the Company’s results and outlook at 3:30 p.m. CT on April 25, 2019.  On the call, Cerner will discuss its first quarter 2019 results and answer questions from the investment community.  The call may also include discussion of Cerner developments, and forward-looking and other material information about business and financial matters.  The dial-in number for the conference call is (678)-509-7542; the passcode is Cerner.  Cerner recommends joining the call 15 minutes early for registration.  

An audio webcast will be available live and archived on Cerner’s website at under the About Us section (click Investor Relations, then Presentations and Webcasts).

About Cerner
Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems at more than 27,500 contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit, The Cerner Blog or connect on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or The Cerner Podcast Nasdaq: CERN. Smarter Care. Better Outcomes. Healthier You.

Certain trademarks, service marks and logos set forth herein are property of Cerner Corporation and/or its subsidiaries.

All statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of Cerner’s management with respect to future events and are subject to a number of significant risks and uncertainties. It is important to note that Cerner's performance, and actual results, financial condition or business could differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. The words “expect”, “expected”, “expectations”, “believe”, “belief,” “plans”, “anticipate,” “opportunities,” “continue,” “potential,” “should,” “could”, “will,” “target,” “view,” “estimates”, “guidance”, “designed”, “position”, “targets”, “projected”, “intend”, “forecast” or the negative of these words, variations thereof or similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. For example, our forward-looking statements include statements regarding future period guidance. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: possibility of significant costs and reputational harm related to product related liabilities; potential claims for system errors and warranties; the possibility of interruption at our data centers or client support facilities, or those of third parties with whom we have contracted (such as public cloud providers), that could expose us to significant costs and reputational harm; the possibility of increased expenses, exposure to legal claims and regulatory actions and reputational harm associated with a cyberattack or other breach in our IT security or the IT security of third parties on which we rely; our proprietary technology may be subject to claims for infringement or misappropriation of intellectual property rights of others, or may be infringed or misappropriated by others; potential claims or other risks associated with relying on open source software in our proprietary software solutions or technology-enabled services; material adverse resolution of legal proceedings or other claims; risks associated with our global operations, including without limitation greater difficulty in collecting accounts receivable; risks associated with fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; changes in tax laws, regulations or guidance that could adversely affect our tax position and/or challenges to our tax positions in the U.S. and non-U.S. countries; the uncertainty surrounding the impact of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union (commonly referred to as Brexit) on our global business; risks associated with the unexpected loss or recruitment and retention of key personnel or the failure to successfully develop and execute succession planning to assure transitions of key associates and their knowledge, relationships and expertise; risks associated with failure to timely or effectively manage publicity related to harassment or discrimination claims and legal proceedings if such claims are raised against key personnel; risks related to our dependence on strategic relationships and third-party suppliers; risks inherent with business acquisitions and combinations and the integration thereof into our business or relating to disputes involving such acquisitions or combinations; risks associated with volatility and disruption resulting from global economic or market conditions; significant competition and our ability to quickly respond to market changes, changing technologies and evolving pricing and deployment methods and to bring competitive new solutions, devices, features and services to market in a timely fashion; managing growth in the new markets in which we offer solutions, health care devices or services; long sales cycles for our solutions and services; risks inherent in contracting with government clients, including without limitation, complying with strict compliance and disclosure obligations, navigating complex procurement rules and processes and defending against bid protests; risks associated with our outstanding and future indebtedness, such as compliance with restrictive covenants, which may limit our flexibility to operate our business; changes in accounting standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or other standard-setting bodies may adversely affect our financial statements; the potential for losses resulting from asset impairment charges; changing political, economic, regulatory and judicial influences, which could impact the purchasing practices and operations of our clients and increase costs to deliver compliant solutions and services; non-compliance with laws, government regulation or certain industry initiatives or failure to deliver solutions or services that enable our clients to comply with laws or regulations applicable to their businesses; variations in our quarterly operating results; potential variations in our sales forecasts compared to actual sales; volatility in the trading price of our common stock and the timing and volume of market activity; inability to reduce expenses and costs to the extent currently anticipated; risks that Cerner’s revenue growth may be lower than anticipated and/or that the mix of revenue shifts to low margin revenue; risks that our stock repurchase program or quarterly dividend program will not be fully implemented or enhance long-term shareholder value; risks that Cerner’s business may be negatively affected as a result of future proxy fights or the actions of activist shareholders; and our directors’ authority to issue preferred stock and the anti-takeover provisions in our corporate governance documents. Additional discussion of these and other risks, uncertainties and factors affecting Cerner’s business is contained in Cerner’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The reader should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, since the statements speak only as of the date that they are made. Except as required by law, Cerner undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or changes in our business, results of operations or financial condition over time.

Investor Contact:  Allan Kells, (816) 201-2445,
Media Contact:  Misti Preston, (816) 299-2037,  
Cerner’s Internet Home Page:  

For the three months ended March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2018
(In thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended
Revenues $1,389,877 $1,292,861 
Costs of revenue  253,204  231,278 
Margin  1,136,673  1,061,583 
Operating expenses   
Sales and client service  640,187  589,948 
Software development  180,361  161,617 
General and administrative  96,196  92,294 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles  21,985  22,509 
Total operating expenses  938,729  866,368 
Operating earnings  197,944  195,215 
Other income, net  8,432  4,864 
Earnings before income taxes  206,376  200,079 
Income taxes  (40,157) (40,078)
Net earnings $166,219 $160,001 
Basic earnings per share $0.51 $0.48 
Basic weighted average shares outstanding  324,573  332,395 
Diluted earnings per share $0.51 $0.48 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding  327,003  336,534 
Note 1: Our revenues by business model for the three months ended March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2018 were as follows:
(In thousands) Three Months Ended
Licensed software $154,477 $134,819 
Technology resale  55,540  63,376 
Subscriptions  84,291  76,636 
Professional services  490,439  441,268 
Managed services  304,393  268,305 
Support and maintenance  276,963  284,564 
Reimbursed travel  23,774  23,893 
Total revenues $1,389,877 $1,292,861 


For the three months ended March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2018
(In thousands) Three Months Ended
Operating expenses (GAAP) $938,729 $866,368 
Share-based compensation expense  (21,589) (26,457)
Health Services acquisition-related amortization  (21,097) (21,208)
Organizational restructuring and other expense  (2,392)  
Adjusted Operating Expenses (non-GAAP) $893,651 $818,703 
(In thousands) Three Months Ended
Operating earnings (GAAP) $197,944 $195,215 
Share-based compensation expense  21,589  26,457 
Health Services acquisition-related amortization  21,097  21,208 
Organizational restructuring and other expense  2,392   
Adjusted Operating Earnings (non-GAAP) $243,022 $242,880 
Operating Margin (GAAP)  14.24% 15.10%
Adjusted Operating Margin (non-GAAP)  17.49% 18.79%
(In thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended
Net earnings (GAAP) $166,219 $160,001 
Pre-tax adjustments for Adjusted Net Earnings:   
Share-based compensation expense  21,589  26,457 
Health Services acquisition-related amortization  21,097  21,208 
Organizational restructuring and other expense  2,392   
After-tax adjustments for Adjusted Net Earnings:   
Income tax effect of pre-tax adjustments  (8,771) (9,548)
Share-based compensation permanent tax items  (3,997) (4,189)
Adjusted Net Earnings (non-GAAP) $198,529 $193,929 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding  327,003  336,534 
By: Nasdaq / GlobenewsWire - 25 Apr 2019
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