Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (JKHY Quick QuoteJKHY ) reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2021 earnings of $1.04 per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 11.8%. Further, the bottom line increased 9.5% sequentially and 30% year over year.
Revenues improved 10% year over year and 3.8% sequentially to $450.3 million. Further, the top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $441.4 million.
The company’s non-GAAP revenues were $442.05 million, up 10% from the year-ago quarter and 2.9% from the prior quarter.
Top-line growth was driven by strength across the Core, Payments, Complementary and Corporate segments in the reported quarter. Additionally, accelerating processing, and services and support revenues contributed to the results.
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Top Line in Detail
Services & Support: The company generated revenues of $261.7 million from the category (58% of revenues). Notably, the figure rose 6% from the year-ago quarter, owing to 9.1% growth in data processing and hosting fees in the reported quarter. Also, a hike in software usage fees was a tailwind.
Processing: The category yielded revenues of $188.6 million (42% of revenues) in the reported quarter, up 15% year over year. This can be attributed to 22.3% growth in card processing transaction volumes. Also, increasing digital and remittance revenues contributed well.
Segments in Detail
Core: The company generated revenues of $140.8 million from the segment (31.3% of total revenues), increasing 4% year over year.
Payments: The segment yielded revenues of $169.6 million (37.6% of total revenues), increasing 16% from the year-ago quarte! r.
Complementary: The segment generated $128.7 million in revenues (28.6% of total revenues), increasing 7% year over year.
Corporate & Other: The company generated revenues of $11.2 million from the segment (2.5% of total revenues), up 17% from the prior-year quarter.
In fourth-quarter fiscal 2021, total operating expenses were $353.9 million, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 6%. This can primarily be attributed to higher personnel costs and rising expenses related to the company’s card processing platform.
As a percentage of revenues, the figure contracted 270 basis points (bps) year over year to 78.6%.
Notably, the operating margin was 21% in the reported quarter, which expanded 200 bps on a year-over-year basis.
As of Jun 30, 2021, cash and cash equivalents totaled $51 million, which decreased from $70.1 million as of Mar 31, 2021.
Trade receivables were $306.6 million in the reported quarter, down from $207.7 million in the previous quarter.
Further, the current and long-term debt stood at $100.2 million at the end of the fiscal fourth quarter compared with $200.2 million at the end of third-quarter fiscal 2021.
For fiscal 2022, the company expects GAAP revenues between $1.902 billion and $1.911 billion, indicating year-over-year growth of 8.2-8.7%. Notably, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged at $1.87 billion.
The company’s expectation regarding non-GAAP revenues is pegged at $1.866-$1.875 billion, suggesting growth of 7.5-8% from that reported in 2021.
It expects earnings of $4.53-$4.60, indicating year-over-year growth of 10-11.8%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is pegged at $4.55 per share.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Jack Henry currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector include Digital Turbine (APPS Quick QuoteAPPS ) , Advanced Micro Devices (AMD Quick Qu! oteAMD ) ! and ASML Holding N.V. (ASML Quick QuoteASML ) , each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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