Xerox reports sales decline and plans to split company

January 29, 2016 byThe Associated Press
Xerox reports sales decline and plans to split company
In this March 16, 2010, file photo, financier Carl Icahn poses for photos upon arriving for the 32nd annual New York City Police Foundation Gala in New York. Xerox announced Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, it is separating into two independent publicly traded companies. The planned breakup follows pressure from Icahn. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)

Xerox reported its 15th consecutive quarter of declining sales on Friday and announced plans to split the company into two businesses.

The move will reverse a six-year-old effort by the printer and copier maker to boost sales by providing outsourced services to corporate customers. Xerox said Friday that it will spin off the services operation it acquired when it bought Affiliated Computer Services Inc. for nearly $6 billion in 2010.

Xerox reported better-than-expected for the quarter that ended Dec. 31, but revenue fell 8 percent from a year earlier.

The Norwalk, Connecticut-based company said net income rose 43 percent to $285 million, on sales of $4.6 billion. Earnings amounted to 27 cents per share, or 32 cents a share after adjusting for amortization costs. Analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research were expecting earnings of 29 cents a share.

Xerox has been under pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn, who has argued that its business outsourcing service would be more valuable as a stand-alone company. Xerox said Friday that it will split into two independent companies by the end of the year.

One will consist of Xerox's core printer and copier business, known as "document technology," which had 40,000 workers and about $11 billion in sales last year. The other will focus on " outsourcing," or providing back-office functions like payment processing and other services. The latter has about 104,000 employees and produced about $7 billion in revenue last year.

Names and leadership of the new companies are still to be determined.

Xerox and Icahn reached a deal on the governance of the business outsourcing company. Under the breakup, Icahn will get to name three of the nine directors on that company's board. A search is also going to be started for an external candidate to serve as CEO of the business. Icahn will be allowed to choose an individual to observe and advise the committee that is performing the search.

Icahn said in a written statement that he believes the independent business process outsourcing company will enhance shareholder value.

Xerox also announced plans to cut spending by at least $600 million, on top of earlier cost-cutting efforts.

Xerox bought ACS at a time when leading technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard and Oracle, were attempting to expand through large acquisitions and become "one-stop" providers of tech hardware and services to big .

But the rise of rise of "cloud computing" allowed smaller competitors to offer online services with more flexibility and lower costs than traditional outsourcing. Printing and copying has also suffered from the growing reliance on email, smartphones and tablets, which make it easy to view documents electronically.

Hewlett-Packard split into two companies last year.

Xerox profits have fallen in all but three of the last 15 quarters.

For the current quarter ending in April, Xerox expects its per-share earnings to range from 21 cents to 24 cents. It forecast full-year earnings in the range of $1.10 to $1.20 per share.

Xerox shares rose 54 cents, or 5.9 percent, to $9.77 in afternoon trading. Its shares have fallen 28 percent over the past year.

Explore further: Xerox in $6B deal to expand tech services business

Related Stories

Xerox in $6B deal to expand tech services business

September 28, 2009

(AP) -- Xerox Corp. said Monday it will buy Affiliated Computer Services Inc. for $6.4 billion in cash and stock, joining the expensive race among technology companies to broaden their offerings.

Cost cuts boost 4Q profit for Xerox during slump

January 21, 2010

(AP) -- Xerox Corp. said Thursday that cost cutting boosted its fourth-quarter earnings. And it forecast a bigger-than-expected profit for this year, when it will fuse with Affiliated Computer Services Inc. to try to jump-start ...

Xerox earns soar following ACS buyout, shares pop

July 22, 2010

(AP) -- Xerox Corp.'s net income jumped 62 percent in the second quarter as the company reaped the benefits of its $6 billion acquisition of outsourcer Affiliated Computer Services and notched strong printer sales.

Restructuring dents Xerox's 4Q earnings

January 26, 2011

(AP) -- Xerox said its fourth-quarter earnings dipped 5 percent from a year ago, largely due to the costs of restructuring. A tepid outlook and the departure of long-time Chief Financial Officer Lawrence A. Zimmerman sent ...

Recommended for you

Inferring urban travel patterns from cellphone data

August 29, 2016

In making decisions about infrastructure development and resource allocation, city planners rely on models of how people move through their cities, on foot, in cars, and on public transportation. Those models are largely ...

How machine learning can help with voice disorders

August 29, 2016

There's no human instinct more basic than speech, and yet, for many people, talking can be taxing. 1 in 14 working-age Americans suffer from voice disorders that are often associated with abnormal vocal behaviors - some of ...

Apple issues update after cyber weapon captured

August 26, 2016

Apple iPhone owners on Friday were urged to install a quickly released security update after a sophisticated attack on an Emirati dissident exposed vulnerabilities targeted by cyber arms dealers.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.