KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq:CERN) today announced results for the 2015 fourth quarter and full year that ended January 2, 2016.

Bookings in the fourth quarter of 2015 were $1.35 billion, an increase of 16 percent compared to $1.16 billion in fourth quarter 2014.  Full-year 2015 bookings were a record $5.43 billion, up 28 percent compared to 2014 bookings of $4.25 billion. 

Fourth quarter revenue was $1.175 billion, an increase of 27 percent compared to $926 million in the year-ago period.  Full-year 2015 revenue was $4.43 billion, up 30 percent compared to 2014 revenue of $3.4 billion.

On a U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) basis, fourth quarter 2015 net earnings were $166.1 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.48. Fourth quarter 2014 GAAP net earnings were $147.9 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.42. For the full year, 2015 GAAP net earnings were $539.4 million and diluted earnings per share were $1.54.  Full year 2014 GAAP net earnings were $525.4 million and diluted earnings per share were $1.50.

Adjusted (non-GAAP) Net Earnings

Adjusted net earnings for fourth quarter 2015 were $212.3 million, compared to $163.1 million of adjusted net earnings in the fourth quarter of 2014. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.61 in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 30 percent compared to $0.47 of adjusted diluted earnings per share in the year-ago quarter.  Analysts' consensus estimate for fourth quarter 2015 adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.57.  For the full year 2015, adjusted net earnings were $741.1 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share were $2.11, compared to full year 2014 adjusted net earnings of $576.4 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.65.

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.  Following is a description of adjustments made to net earnings and the resulting adjustment to diluted earnings per share. For more detail, please see the accompanying schedule, titled "Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Results."

Fourth quarter 2015 adjusted net earnings exclude share-based compensation expense, which had a net impact on GAAP earnings of $13.0 million, or $0.04 per diluted share; and expenses related to a voluntary separation plan, which had a net impact on GAAP earnings of $861 thousand, or less than $0.01 per diluted share.  Adjusted net earnings also reflect adjustments related to Cerner's acquisition of the Health Services business, including: Health Services acquisition-related amortization, which reduced GAAP net earnings and diluted earnings per share by $15.4 million and $0.04, respectively; other acquisition-related adjustments, which reduced GAAP net earnings and diluted earnings per share by $4.0 million and $0.01, respectively; and an acquisition-related deferred revenue adjustment, which is not included in GAAP net earnings, but increases adjusted net earnings and diluted earnings per share by $13.0 million and $0.04, respectively. Full-year 2015 share-based compensation expense had a net impact on GAAP earnings of $51.5 million, or $0.15 per diluted share; and expenses related to a voluntary separation plan had a net impact on full-year GAAP earnings of $31.4 million, or $0.09 per diluted share. Health Services acquisition-related amortization reduced full-year GAAP net earnings and diluted earnings per share by $54.5 million and $0.15, respectively; other acquisition-related adjustments reduced full-year GAAP net earnings and diluted earnings per share by $31.0 million and $0.09, respectively; and acquisition-related deferred revenue adjustments, which are not included in GAAP net earnings, increased adjusted net earnings and diluted earnings per share by $33.3 million and $0.09, respectively.

Other 2015 Fourth Quarter Highlights:
  • Fourth quarter operating cash flow of $353.1 million and full-year was $947.5 million.
  • Fourth quarter free cash flow of $186.4 million. For the full year, free cash flow was $320.7 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. For more detail, please see the accompanying schedule, titled "Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Non-GAAP Results."
  • Fourth quarter days sales outstanding of 80 days.
  • Total backlog of $14.2 billion, up 34% over the year-ago quarter.

"Our fourth quarter results reflect a solid finish to a record year," said Zane Burke, Cerner president. "In 2015, we added more than double the number of new EHR clients than any year in our history, including both large health systems and small hospitals. We also continued to advance our cloud-based HealtheIntent™ platform and had a very strong year of selling our population health solutions both inside and outside our EHR installed base."

Future Period Guidance

Cerner currently expects:
  • First quarter 2016 revenue between $1.15 billion and $1.2 billion.
  • Full year 2016 revenue between $4.9 billion and $5.1 billion.
  • First quarter 2016 adjusted diluted earnings per share before share based compensation expense and acquisition related adjustments between $0.52 and $0.54. 
  • Full year 2016 adjusted diluted earnings per share before share based compensation expense and acquisition related adjustments between $2.30 and $2.40.
  • First quarter 2016 new business bookings between $1.15 billion and $1.25 billion.
  • Share based compensation expense to reduce diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.04 in the first quarter of 2016 and between $0.16 and $0.17 for the year.

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 February 16. On the call, Cerner will discuss its fourth quarter and full-year 2015 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. The re-broadcast of the call will be available from 6:30 p.m. CT, February 16 through 11:59 p.m. CT, February 19. The dial-in number for the re-broadcast is (855)-859-2056; the passcode is 22300264.

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

About Cerner

Cerner's health information technologies connect people, information, and systems, at more than 20,000 facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients' clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner's mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. On February 2, 2015, Cerner Corporation acquired substantially all of the assets, and assumed certain liabilities, of the Siemens Health Services business from Siemens AG.  Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, visit www.cerner.com, read our blog at www.cerner.com/blog, connect with us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cerner and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cerner.  Our website, blog, twitter account and Facebook page contain a significant amount of information about Cerner, including financial and other information for investors.

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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 "expects", "guidance", "position", "believe", "estimate", "projected", "opportunity" or the negative of these words, variations thereof or similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the possibility of product-related liabilities; potential claims for system errors and warranties; the possibility of interruption at our data centers or client support facilities; the possibility of increased expenses, exposure to claims and regulatory actions and reputational harm associated with a cyberattack or other breach in our IT security; 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; material adverse resolution of legal proceedings; risks associated with our global operations; risks associated with fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the potential for tax legislation initiatives that could adversely affect our tax position and/or challenges to our tax positions in the United States and non-U.S. countries; risks associated with our recruitment and retention of key personnel; risks related to our dependence on third party suppliers; difficulties and operational and financial risks associated with successfully completing the integration of the Cerner Health Services (formerly Siemens Health Services) business into our business or the failure to realize the synergies and other benefits expected from the acquisition; risks inherent with business acquisitions and combinations and the integration thereof; the potential for losses resulting from asset impairment charges; risks associated with volatility and disruption resulting from global economic or market conditions; managing growth in the new markets in which we offer solutions, health care devices or services; continuing to incur significant expenses relating to the integration of the Cerner Health Services (formerly Siemens Health Services) business into Cerner; risks inherent in contracting with government clients; risks associated with our outstanding and future indebtedness, such as compliance with restrictive covenants, which may limit our flexibility to operate our business; 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; government regulation; significant competition and our ability to respond to market changes and changing technologies; variations in our quarterly operating results; potential inconsistencies 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; 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 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.

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CERNER CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES            
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS            
For the three and twelve months ended January 2, 2016 and January 3, 2015            
(unaudited)            
             
(In thousands, except per share data)   Three Months Ended   Years Ended
    2015 (1) 2014 (1)   2015 (1) 2014 (1)
Revenues            
System sales   $ 382,128   $ 280,263     $ 1,281,890   $ 945,858  
Support, maintenance and services     775,500     628,295       3,070,575     2,366,959  
Reimbursed travel     17,666     17,473       72,802     89,886  
Total revenues     1,175,294     926,031       4,425,267     3,402,703  
             
Margin            
System sales     261,554     178,113       851,555     631,769  
Support, maintenance and services     714,524     575,074       2,822,931     2,166,557  
Total margin     976,078     753,187       3,674,486     2,798,326  
             
Operating expenses            
Sales and client service     489,102     375,016       1,838,600     1,395,568  
Software development     141,263     106,908       539,799     392,805  
General and administrative     94,363     62,559       423,424     233,393  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles     24,216     3,410       91,527     13,476  
Total operating expenses     748,944     547,893       2,893,350     2,035,242  
             
Operating earnings     227,134     205,294       781,136     763,084  
             
Other income, net     798     3,182       244     11,090  
             
Earnings before income taxes     227,932     208,476       781,380     774,174  
Income taxes     (61,824 )   (60,604 )     (242,018 )   (248,741 )
Net earnings   $ 166,108   $ 147,872     $ 539,362   $ 525,433  
             
Basic earnings per share   $ 0.49   $ 0.43     $ 1.57   $ 1.54  
             
Basic weighted average shares outstanding     340,852     341,862       343,178     342,150  
             
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.48   $ 0.42     $ 1.54   $ 1.50  
             
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding     347,892     350,197       350,908     350,386  
             
Note 1: Operating expenses for the three and twelve months ended January 2, 2016 and January 3, 2015 include share-based compensation expense. The impact of this expense on net earnings and diluted earnings per share is presented below:
 
(In thousands, except per share data)   Three Months Ended   Years Ended
    2015 2014   2015 2014
             
Sales and client service   $ 8,316   $ 8,724     $ 36,150   $ 31,343  
Software development     3,752     3,695       16,254     13,791  
General and administrative     5,777     4,575       22,522     17,831  
Total share-based compensation     17,845     16,994       74,926     62,965  
Amount of related income tax benefit     (4,840 )   (5,965 )     (23,435 )   (22,101 )
Net impact on net earnings   $ 13,005   $ 11,029     $ 51,491   $ 40,864  
             
Decrease to diluted earnings per share   $ 0.04   $ 0.03     $ 0.15   $ 0.12  
             

 
CERNER CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES            
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP RESULTS TO NON-GAAP RESULTS 1            
For the three and twelve months ended January 2, 2016 and January 3, 2015            
(unaudited)            
             
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET EARNINGS TO GAAP NET EARNINGS 1
             
(In thousands)   Three Months Ended   Years Ended
    2015 2014   2015 2014
Net Earnings            
Net earnings (GAAP)   $ 166,108   $ 147,872     $ 539,362   $ 525,433  
Health Services acquisition-related amortization, net of tax 2     15,388           54,460      
Acquisition-related deferred revenue adjustment, net of tax 3     12,972           33,349      
Other acquisition-related adjustments, net of tax 4     3,986     4,216       30,970     10,138  
Voluntary separation plan expense, net of tax 5     861           31,438      
Share-based compensation expense, net of tax     13,005     11,029       51,491     40,864  
Adjusted net earnings (non-GAAP) 6   $ 212,320   $ 163,117     $ 741,070   $ 576,435  
             
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE TO GAAP DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE 1
             
    Three Months Ended   Years Ended
    2015 2014   2015 2014
Diluted Earnings Per Share            
Diluted earnings per share (GAAP)   $ 0.48   $ 0.42     $ 1.54   $ 1.50  
Health Services acquisition-related amortization, net of tax 2     0.04           0.15      
Acquisition-related deferred revenue adjustment, net of tax 3     0.04           0.09      
Other acquisition-related adjustments, net of tax 4     0.01     0.02       0.09     0.03  
Voluntary separation plan expense, net of tax 5               0.09      
Share-based compensation expense, net of tax     0.04     0.03       0.15     0.12  
Adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP) 6   $ 0.61   $ 0.47     $ 2.11   $ 1.65  
             
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FREE CASH FLOW TO GAAP OPERATING CASH FLOW 1
             
(In thousands)   Three Months Ended   Years Ended
    2015 2014   2015 2014
Cash flows from operating activities (GAAP)   $ 353,095   $ 223,448     $ 947,526   $ 847,027  
Capital purchases     (106,757 )   (76,212 )     (362,132 )   (276,584 )
Capitalized software development costs     (59,948 )   (47,039 )     (264,656 )   (177,800 )
Free cash flow (non-GAAP) 7   $ 186,390   $ 100,197     $ 320,738   $ 392,643  
             
             
Note 1: The presentation of adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted net earnings and free cash flow, non-GAAP financial measures, are not meant to be considered in isolation, nor as a substitute for, or superior to, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) results and investors should be aware that non-GAAP measures have inherent limitations and should be read only in conjunction with Cerner's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted net earnings and free cash flow may also be different from similar non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies and may not be comparable to similarly titled captions of other companies due to potential inconsistencies in the method of calculations. We believe that adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted net earnings and free cash flow are important to enable investors to better understand and evaluate our ongoing operating results and allows for greater transparency in the review and understanding of our overall financial, operational and economic performance.
             
Cerner's future period guidance in this release includes adjustments for items not indicative of our core operations, which may include, without limitation share-based compensation expense, voluntary separation plan expense and acquisition-related expenses, such as integration expenses, and may be affected by changes in ongoing assumptions and judgments relating to the Company's acquired businesses, and may also be affected by nonrecurring, unusual or unanticipated charges, expenses or gains, all of which are excluded in the calculation of non-GAAP adjusted net earnings and adjusted diluted earnings per share as described in this press release.  The exact amount of these adjustments are not currently determinable, but may be significant.  It is therefore not practicable to reconcile this non-GAAP guidance to the most comparable GAAP measures.
             
Note 2: The Health Services acquisition-related amortization is presented net of income tax benefits of $5.7 million and $24.5 million, respectively for the three and twelve months ended January 2, 2016.
             
Note 3: The Health Services acquisition-related deferred revenue adjustment is presented net of income tax benefits of $4.8 million and $14.7 million, respectively, for the three and twelve months ended January 2, 2016.
             
Note 4: Other acquisition-related adjustments (includes acquisition and employee separation costs) are presented net of income tax benefits of $1.4 million and $14.8 million, respectively, for the three and twelve months ended January 2, 2016; and $2.2 million and $5.7 million, respectively, for the three and twelve months ended January 3, 2015.
             
Note 5: The voluntary separation plan expense is presented net of income tax benefits of $0.3 million and $15.0 million, respectively, for the three and twelve months ended January 2, 2016.
             
Note 6: Cerner provides earnings with and without share-based compensation expense, voluntary separation plan expense and acquisition-related adjustments because earnings excluding these items are used by management along with GAAP results to analyze Cerner's business, make strategic decisions, assess long-term trends on a comparable basis, and for management compensation purposes.
             
Note 7: Cerner provides free cash flow because it takes into account the capital expenditures necessary to operate our business. Free cash flow is used by management along with GAAP results to analyze our earnings quality and overall cash generation of the business.
             

 
CERNER CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES        
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS        
As of  January 2, 2016 (unaudited) and January 3, 2015        
         
(In thousands) 2015   2014  
         
Assets        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $ 402,122     $ 635,203    
Short-term investments   111,059       785,663    
Receivables, net   1,034,084       672,778    
Inventory   15,788       23,789    
Prepaid expenses and other   264,780       209,278    
Deferred income taxes, net         22,075    
Total current assets   1,827,833       2,348,786    
         
Property and equipment, net   1,309,214       924,260    
Software development costs, net   562,559       420,199    
Goodwill   799,182       320,538    
Intangible assets, net   688,058       126,636    
Long-term investments   173,073       231,147    
Other assets   202,065       158,999    
Total assets $ 5,561,984     $ 4,530,565    
         
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $ 215,510     $ 160,285    
Current installments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations   41,797       67,460    
Deferred revenue   278,443       209,655    
Accrued payroll and tax withholdings   184,225       140,230    
Other accrued expenses   57,891       56,685    
Total current liabilities   777,866       634,315    
         
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations   563,353       62,868    
Deferred income taxes and other liabilities   324,516       256,601    
Deferred revenue   25,865       10,813    
Total liabilities   1,691,600       964,597    
         
Shareholders' Equity:        
Common stock   3,503       3,470    
Additional paid-in capital   1,075,782       933,446    
Retained earnings   3,457,843       2,918,481    
Treasury stock   (590,390 )     (245,333 )  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net   (76,354 )     (44,096 )  
Total shareholders' equity   3,870,384       3,565,968    
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 5,561,984     $ 4,530,565    
         
Investor Contact:  Allan Kells, (816) 201-2445, akells@cerner.com Media Contact:  Dan Smith, (913) 304-3991, dan.smith1@cerner.com  Cerner's Internet Home Page:  www.cerner.com

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