OMAHA, Neb., Feb 4, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --
West Corporation (Nasdaq: WSTC) or "West", a leading provider of integrated customer contact solutions focused on helping Fortune 1000 companies acquire, manage, retain and grow their customer relationships, today announced its fourth quarter and full-year 2002 results.
Financial Summary (unaudited) (In millions, except per share amounts and percentages) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended Dec 31 Dec 31 Percent Percent 2002 2001 Change 2002 2001 Change Total Revenue $215.7 $203.1 6.2% $820.7 $780.2 5.2% Operating Income $19.6 $31.0 -36.8% $106.5 $120.8 -11.9% Net Income $12.2 $19.7 -38.4% $68.6 $75.8 -9.4% Earnings per share (basic) $0.18 $0.30 $1.04 $1.17 Earnings per share (diluted) $0.18 $0.29 $1.01 $1.11
"It was a difficult and challenging year for West," said Thomas B. Barker, President and Chief Executive Officer of West Corporation. "We continue to focus on meeting the needs of our clients and are well positioned for continued growth once the economy begins to recover. We are pleased with the level of profitability we delivered while adapting to changing market conditions."
For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2002, revenues were $215.7 million compared to $203.1 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of 6.2%. Fourth quarter operating income was $19.6 million, compared to $31.0 million for the same quarter last year, a decrease of 36.8%. Net income was $12.2 million, compared to $19.7 million in the same quarter last year, a decrease of 38.4%. Diluted earnings per share were 18 cents versus 29 cents in the same period of 2001.
For the fiscal year 2002, revenues were $820.7 million, 5.2% higher than 2001 revenues of $780.2 million. Operating income was $106.5 million compared to $120.8 million in the prior year. Net income was $68.6 million, versus $75.8 million in 2001. The company earned $1.01 per diluted share during the year, compared to $1.11 in 2001. For the full-year 2002 EBITDA totaled $169.8 million, consistent with the 2001 number of $169.6 million.
The company reported fourth quarter 2002 operating margins of approximately 9.1%, compared to 15.3% in the comparable period of 2001. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2002, operating margins were 13.0%, versus 15.5% in fiscal 2001. As a percentage of revenues, SG&A expense increased from 33.7% in the fourth quarter of 2001 to 41.7% in the fourth quarter of 2002. The increase in fourth quarter SG&A was related to $12.3 million of bad debt expense, a $3.1 million increase related to depreciation and amortization costs and a one-time charge of $2.5 million related to closing outbound contact centers. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2002, SG&A expense as percentage of revenue increased to 38.4% from 33.4% in the previous year.
At December 31, 2002, West Corporation had cash and cash equivalents totaling $137.9 million. Over the past year, the company's current ratio has improved from 3.5-to-1 at the end of 2001 to 4.4-to-1 on December 31, 2002. West Corporation continues to maintain its strong financial position and there are no outstanding borrowings under the company's lines of credit.
The company announced the opening of a contact center in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Operations will begin in April 2003, with approximately 150 workstations. The center can accommodate up to 500 workstations.
"This new state of the art center is being opened to provide additional inbound customer service support for an existing client," said Paul Mendlik, Chief Financial Officer of West Corporation. "With these additions, West will have approximately 14,400 workstations in operation by the start of the second quarter."
The company will hold a conference call to discuss earnings on February 5th at 10:00 AM Central Time. Investors may access the call by visiting the Investor Relations section of the West Corporation website at www.west.com and clicking on the Live Webcast icon. If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, a replay of the call will also be available on the website.
About West Corporation
West Corporation is a leading provider of integrated customer contact solutions, focused on helping Fortune 1000 companies acquire, manage, retain and grow their customer relationships.
West's customized solutions include large volume agent based transaction processing, interactive voice response and Web-enabled customer contact solutions. The company's operational strength and proprietary technology enables it to develop long-term partnerships with its clients and drive greater value from each customer interaction.
Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, West has a team of approximately 23,000 employees, occupying thirty-five state-of-the-art contact centers and seven interactive automated voice and data processing centers across North America and India.
For more information, please visit www.west.com .
Statements which are not historical facts contained in this release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: planned expansion of operating facilities; labor market conditions; mergers, acquisitions, or joint ventures, including their execution; customer concentrations; technological innovation; and general economic conditions. Further information regarding the factors that could cause actual results to differ from expected or projected results can be found in documents filed by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").
WEST CORPORATION CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS Unaudited ($ in thousands except per share amounts and selected operating data) Three Months Ended 31-Dec 2002 2001 % change Revenue $215,687 $203,143 6.2% Cost of services 106,066 103,714 2.3% Selling, general and administrative expense 90,035 68,428 31.6% Operating Income 19,586 31,001 -36.8% Other Income (expense) 597 496 20.4% Income before tax and minority interest 20,183 31,497 -35.9% Income tax expense 7,928 11,577 31.5% Minority interest 97 197 -50.8% Net income $12,158 $19,723 -38.4% Earnings per common share Basic $0.18 $0.30 Diluted $0.18 $0.29 Weighted average number of shares outstanding (in 000's): Basic common shares 65,987 65,110 Diluted common share 67,329 67,868 Selected operating data: Operating margin 9.1% 15.3% Number of workstations 14,230 11,675 (end of period) Number of ports 151,759 78,287 (end of period) WEST CORPORATION CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS Unaudited ($ in thousands except per share amounts and selected operating data) Twelve Months 31-Dec 2002 2001 % change Revenue $820,665 $780,159 5.2% Cost of services 399,276 398,892 0.1% Selling, general and administrative expense 314,886 260,426 20.9% Operating Income 106,503 120,841 -11.9% Other Income (expense) 2,145 81 2548.1% Income before tax and minority interest 108,648 120,922 -10.2% Income tax expense 39,706 44,633 -11.0% Minority interest 300 503 -40.4% Net income $68,642 $75,786 -9.4% Earnings per common share Basic $1.04 $1.17 Diluted $1.01 $1.11 Weighted average number of shares outstanding (in 000's): Basic common shares 65,823 64,895 Diluted common share 68,129 68,130 Selected operating data: Operating margin 13.0% 15.5% Number of workstations 14,230 11,675 (end of period) Number of ports 151,759 78,287 (end of period) Current assets: 31-Dec-02 31-Dec-01 % change Cash and cash equivalents $137,927 $151,520 -9.0% Accounts & notes receivable, net 121,868 135,631 -10.1% Other current assets 29,790 41,621 -28.4% Total current assets 289,585 328,772 -11.9% Property and equipment, net 213,641 202,671 5.4% Goodwill 114,146 41,942 172.2% Other assets 53,450 18,050 196.1% Total assets $670,822 $591,435 13.4% Current liabilities $66,322 $93,592 -29.1% Other liabilities & minority interest 54,908 29,684 85.0% Stockholders' equity 549,592 468,159 17.4% Total liabilities and stockholders equity $670,822 $591,435 13.4%
SOURCE West Corporation
Investor Relations, Carol Padon of West Corporation, +1-402-963-1500
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