Amdocs Limited ( DOX) F1Q12 Earnings Call February 1, 2012 5:00 PM ET Executives Elizabeth Grausam – VP, IR Eli Gelman – CEO Tamar Rapaport-Dagim – CFO Analysts Shaul Eyal – Oppenheimer Tom Roderick – Stifel Nicolaus Ashwin Shirvaikar – Citi Jason Kupferberg – Jefferies & Company Julio Quinteros – Goldman Sachs Daniel Meron – RBC Capital Markets David Kaplan – Barclays Will Power – Robert W Baird Arvind Ramnani – UBS Dan Cummins – ThinkEquity Suhail Chandy – Wedbush Presentation Operator
Also, this call includes information that constitutes forward-looking statements. Although we believe the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be obtained or that any deviations will not be material. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause future results to differ from those anticipated. These risks include but are not limited to the effects of general economic conditions and such other risks as discussed in our earnings release today and at greater length in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011, filed on December 8, 2011.Amdocs may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, however the company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. Participating on the call today are Eli Gelman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amdocs Management Ltd.; and Tamar Rapaport Dagim, Chief Financial Officer. Following our prepared comments, we’ll open the call to Q and A. With that, let me turn the call over to Eli Gelman. Eli Gelman Thank you, Liz, and good afternoon to everyone on the call. Today we are pleased to announce that our first fiscal quarter results were within our guidance for revenue, EPS, and margins. I would like to discuss our business strengths in two distinct parts. First, I would quickly discuss our business with AT&T in light of the termination of the merger with T-Mobile. We expect this topic is at the top of your minds. Second, I would like to discuss the rest of our business. Altogether, we believe trends remains quite healthy for Amdocs. Starting with AT&T, as we discussed on our last quarterly earning calls in early November, we planned for various scenarios around the pending measures in our outlook for 2012. While we factored in potential for the deal to be delayed or cancelled, to be frank, we were surprised by the timing of the deal termination in mid-December. As a result of this timing, AT&T naturally put certain programs on hold until after the holiday season.
As we speak, we are working with AT&T as the customer is refocusing its aid IT and other priorities. Due to the fact that these discussions are still in progress, the type and level of spending of AT&T is currently one of the largest variables between the low and the high end of our full year guidance range. We expect to have more clarity on this topic next quarter.Now I’ll turn to the discussion of the majority of our business. We continue to see solid demand trends and strong signings during the first quarter. Let me provide some color on the emerging markets, European and managed services components of our business which continues to be particular in bright spot. In Q1, our presence and reputation in the emerging markets continued to strengthen after winning several major transformation programs during 2011 and early 2012. This quarter we had especially impressive performance in CALA, our Central and Latin America region, with three strategic wins. These deals spans new and existing customers across the region, both with operating companies that are part of the larger telecom galaxies and with independent operators. We believe these recent wins are another strong proof point that the investment we have been making in the emerging markets are paying off. In Europe, we are seeing good business traction across diverse array of products and services, including a growing willingness to discuss managed services. We’re mindful – we remain mindful of the macroeconomics and the environment in Europe. But to date, we have not observed a slowdown. As a result, we believe that Europe will continue to be a growth engine for us in 2012. As for our managed services practice, we had a good quarter in Q1. We announced today that Comcast has signed a multiyear managed services contract with us. This deal increases our visibility with highly strategic customer and creates a stronger foundation for the evolution of our long term relationship. Additionally, we are engaging with Comcast on other new initiatives within our CES portfolio. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com