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Edited Transcript of FIS earnings conference call or presentation 5-Nov-19 1:30pm GMT

Q3 2019 Fidelity National Information Services Inc Earnings Call

JACKSONVILLE Nov 9, 2019 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of Fidelity National Information Services Inc earnings conference call or presentation Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 1:30:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* Gary Adam Norcross

Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO

* James W. Woodall

Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO

* Nathan A. Rozof

Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - EVP

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Conference Call Participants

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* Ashwin Vassant Shirvaikar

Citigroup Inc, Research Division - Director and U.S. Computer and Business Services Analyst

* Brett Richard Huff

Stephens Inc., Research Division - MD

* Damian Justus Wille

Barclays Bank PLC, Research Division - Research Analyst

* Daniel Rock Perlin

RBC Capital Markets, Research Division - Analyst

* Darrin David Peller

Wolfe Research, LLC - MD & Senior Analyst

* David John Koning

Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division - Associate Director of Research and Senior Research Analyst

* David Mark Togut

Evercore ISI Institutional Equities, Research Division - Senior MD

* Georgios Mihalos

Cowen and Company, LLC, Research Division - MD & Senior Research Analyst

* Jason Alan Kupferberg

BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division - MD in US Equity Research & Senior Analyst

* Joseph Dean Foresi

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., Research Division - Analyst

* Lisa Ann Dejong Ellis

MoffettNathanson LLC - Partner

* Matthew Casey O'Neill

Autonomous Research LLP - Partner of Payments and Financial Technology

* Robert Paul Napoli

William Blair & Company L.L.C., Research Division - Partner and Co-Group Head of Financial Services & Technology

* Tien-Tsin Huang

JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division - Senior Analyst

* Vasundhara Govil

Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods, Inc., Research Division - Research Analyst

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Presentation

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Operator [1]

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Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the FIS Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Call (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to our host, Head of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations. Nate Rozof. Please go ahead.

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Nathan A. Rozof, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - EVP [2]

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Good morning and thank you for joining us today for the FIS Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. The call is being webcasted. Today's news release, corresponding presentation and webcast are all available on our website at fisglobal.com.

Beginning on Slide 2. Gary Norcross, our Chairman, President and CEO, will discuss our third quarter 2019 business highlights and FIS' growth strategy. Woody Woodall, our Chief Financial Officer, will then review FIS' third quarter financial results, synergy performance and provide updated guidance for the fourth quarter and full year.

Turning to Slide 3. Today's remarks will contain forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties as described in the press release and other filings with the SEC. The company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Please refer to the safe harbor language.

Also, throughout this conference call, we will be presenting non-GAAP information, including adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share. These are important financial performance measures for the company but are not financial measures as defined by GAAP. Reconciliation of our non-GAAP information to the GAAP financial information are presented in our earnings release.

With that, I'll turn the call over to Gary.

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [3]

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Thank you, Nate. Good morning, and welcome to today's call.

Beginning on Slide 5. I'm very pleased to be able to share our outstanding third quarter performance with you. Our financial results were excellent with revenue, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS all significantly exceeding our expectations. We also got off to a very fast start with both revenue and cost synergies, especially considering we operated for only 2 months as a combined company. As a result, we are raising our fourth quarter and full year guidance for revenue, EBITDA and EPS as well as our 2020 cost synergy target. The strength of our third quarter performance and raised outlook clearly demonstrates the power of this combination and our overall growth strategy.

Including 2 months of Worldpay contribution, we generated more than $2.8 billion in revenue and approximately $1.2 billion in adjusted EBITDA. This represents 35% revenue growth on a GAAP basis, over 5% organic growth and 350 basis points of margin expansion. We generated $1.43 of adjusted EPS, which was well above our expectations.

In the third quarter, sales were up more than 25%, increasing our backlog 9% organically, accelerating from 7% growth last quarter. This gives us clear line of sight to continued revenue growth throughout 2020.

FIS has successfully generated 7 consecutive quarters of exceptionally strong sales. Merchant Solutions also saw continued strong sales momentum within our e-commerce portfolio, including 23 cross-sell wins in the quarter, accelerating from 14 wins in the second quarter. We think these cross-sell wins are another strong indicator of the success and scale that our newly combined company can deliver.

Turning to our early synergies from the Worldpay integration that clearly show that the combination of our 2 companies is paying significant dividends. Our combination is strategically differentiated on 3 main fronts. First, we have a unique strategy to accelerate organic growth by aggressively investing in innovative technologies and automating complexity. Second, we are combining premier assets in the industry to create leading solutions focused on secular high-growth markets. Third, we are bringing value to our clients with our world-class scale.

We exited the quarter generating more than $30 million in annualized run rate revenue synergies with significant future opportunity. I'm excited to announce that we have already signed agreements with 2 of our bank clients to expand our relationships into merchant services. This includes a merchant referral agreement with an $11 billion bank in the United States as well as an agreement with a large banking client in Brazil. With this agreement, we are now enabling merchant processing in Brazil at the point-of-sale for over 500,000 merchants. This step forward demonstrates the power of our new company's global reach as neither company would have won these transactions on their own.

These early wins illustrate the power of our end-to-end value proposition. And we have a solid plan and execution time line that will drive our results to achieve our $500 million revenue synergy goal.

With regard to cost synergies, our team began executing immediately and upon close, and generated well over $200 million in savings on an annualized run rate basis, exiting the third quarter. Woody will go into more detail regarding cost synergies, but given the outstanding results to date and our current plans, we are very confident in delivering more than $500 million in total cost synergies.

The integration of these large transformational M&A transactions continues to be a core competency. And we will utilize it as part of our strategy and further accelerate our organic growth and shareholder value.

Turning to Slide 6 to discuss our growth strategy. We continue to aggressively invest in new technologies across all 3 of our segments. Investing in future innovation to benefit our clients started more than 3 years ago. It's part of everything we do at FIS, and will continue to drive our client value proposition. These significant innovations are now coming to market and not only driving our sales results, but leading to our accelerated growth. Our clients depend on us to stay ahead of the market and make investments that enable them to run their operations more efficiently, connect with their customers and grow their businesses. With the addition of Merchant Solutions, our growth rate will expand to 6% in the fourth quarter. We see numerous secular growth opportunities in all 3 segments, and our clients and partners are excited about the potential value we can bring to them by solving their current and future needs.

Turning to our segment performance. Our merchant segment continues to benefit from its exposure to secular high-growth markets and ability to win market share through superior client service. For example, a leading global coffee chain selected FIS for in-store payment technology across more than 600 locations in the U.K. and Europe. Our global reach, innovative capabilities and differentiated approach resonated with the iconic coffee giant as it expands into new markets. In addition to this marquee new client win, merchant renewed its important strategic relationship with Kroger to continue providing our innovative suite of omnichannel payment solutions. While we typically do not highlight renewals, this is one of the largest clients of the former Worldpay business, and we were thrilled with the early commitment Kroger showed in extending our long-standing partnership.

In our banking segment, our clients are reinventing their business models to create seamless digital experiences for their customers using our advanced technologies. For example, we expanded our relationship with a global bank to implement a real-time payment solution for their corporate clients in 9 countries. The bank chose to partner with us due to our proven capabilities and expertise as well as our ability to move quickly to meet Europe's regulatory requirements. In addition, a large regional bank in the U.S. decided to switch to our outsourced suite of core banking solutions after acquiring one of our clients. The combined company now has assets approaching $50 billion and represents a consistent theme of large financial institutions looking to FIS to solve their complex core banking business challenges. The decision was driven by our scalability and our consistent investment in new products as well as our tremendous scale in the large regional banking market.

Similarly, in our Capital Markets segment, our investments to automate complex processes using advanced end-to-end technologies are resonating with clients. For example, a large institutional broker signed an agreement to implement our consolidated audit trail solution to effectively meet new regulatory requirements for monitoring securities trading. Regulatory compliance is critical for our capital markets clients and our ability to automate these processes is a true differentiator. This is our 12th consolidated audit trail win this year and shows our ability to work at scale to simplify the complex. We also expanded our strategic relationship with a large global financial services corporation. In this instance, we are bundling several FIS cloud-based solutions to help this organization's global travel services, enhance treasury controls, optimize cash visibility and reduce fraud.

These impressive client wins across our segments demonstrate the strength of our business model and powerful client value proposition. I'm very proud of the team's sales and operational execution, especially given the backdrop of the significant integration activities occurring throughout the company.

With such strong results and revenue synergies already starting to ramp, I am increasingly confident in our expectation for organic growth to approach 7% next year and to further expand to 8% to 9% in the future.

I will now turn the call to Woody to round out the financial discussion before he opens the call to questions. Woody?

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [4]

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Thank you, Gary. I'll begin with our results on Slide 8. We had an outstanding quarter. Revenue increased 5.4% on an organic basis to $2.8 billion, with strong top line performances from all 3 of our segments. Adjusted EBITDA increased to $1.2 billion during the quarter, and our margins expanded 350 basis points to 42%. We expanded margins by generating operating leverage, driving data center consolidation and achieving cost synergies. We also benefited from the inclusion of high-margin merchant revenue for the last 2 months. As a result, adjusted EPS was $1.43 per share, reflecting our strong revenue and EBITDA performance.

Turning to Slide 9. We accelerated the timing of both revenue and cost synergies. In only 2 months, we have already achieved revenue synergies of more than $30 million on an annualized run rate basis, primarily due to benefits from debit card routing. We expect revenue synergies to ramp up from here, giving us clear line of sight to our $150 million target by the end of 2020. This fast start gives us confidence to increase the fourth quarter revenue guidance and gives us an early lead on achieving our revenue synergy goals. In addition to the debit card routing benefits, we also expect to achieve revenue synergies through cross-selling our combined portfolio, improving authorization rates, reducing fraud and expanding our geographic presence.

For example, our first joint loyalty as a currency client is on track to go live during the first half of next year. Completing the integration of this solution into the Worldpay platform will mark a significant milestone. It will streamline the onboarding process for future clients, allowing us to significantly ramp up sales and distribution in order to accelerate revenue synergies. At this early point in the integration, we are ahead of our planned revenue goals, which puts us clearly on track to achieve our $500 million revenue synergy goal by the end of 2022.

Turning to cost synergies. We achieved more than $200 million in annualized run rate cost synergies exiting the third quarter. As a result of our rapid progress, I'm very pleased to increase our 2020 cost synergy target by $50 million to more than $350 million in annual run rate savings. The team has been working hard to drive cost out of the business and started executing day 1. We drove cost synergies in the third quarter by reducing duplicative corporate costs as well as by achieving interest expense savings that we announced last quarter.

Moving forward, we will achieve our cost synergy targets, primarily by consolidating our merchant and issuer processing businesses as well as by streamlining operating and technology costs, while maintaining a focus on accelerating revenue growth. We feel very confident about our ability to achieve or exceed our synergy expectations and look forward to continuing to update you on our progress each quarter.

Moving to Slide 10. I'd like to add some color on our segment results. Merchant Solutions grew 8% organically, including 2 months of Worldpay during the quarter. We expect Merchant Solutions to accelerate to 10% growth in the fourth quarter as we realize additional revenue synergies and we expect similar growth levels in 2020. Turning to adjusted EBITDA. The merchant segment generated $371 million in the quarter, representing a very healthy 52% margin.

Our Banking Solutions segment increased 5% organically. This strong performance was primarily driven by continued new sales over the past several quarters, as Gary described earlier. As a reminder, it takes several quarters to convert new sales to revenue, giving us great line of sight to our organic growth targets through 2020. Our strategy to accelerate growth by investing in technology and innovation is clearly paying off. Banking generated $641 million in adjusted EBITDA, driving a 43% margin.

Capital Markets also generated very strong organic growth of 5%. This top line growth was primarily driven by a significant increase in recurring revenue, while license revenue remained relatively flat. We continue to shift the revenue mix of this segment from license fees to a recurring or SaaS-based subscription revenue model. Our growing recurring revenue base is building a strong foundation for future revenue growth as well as providing more visibility into our go-forward revenue expectations. The Capital Markets segment generated $280 million in adjusted EBITDA, representing a 46% margin.

Turning to our capital allocation strategy on Slide 11. This quarter, we saw a 23% conversion of revenue into free cash flow, up from 20% last quarter. As a result, we generated $640 million in free cash flow with only 2 months of Worldpay, which is nearly double the amount that we achieved in the prior year period. We use the strength of our third quarter cash flow to aggressively repay debt. We've already paid down more than $700 million of outstanding debt since closing, even as we continue to fund integration. We also doubled our quarterly dividend payment to approximately $215 million following the increased share issuance related to the Worldpay transaction. We are committed to our investment-grade credit ratings, and we will quickly delever to achieve our 2.7x leverage target by the end of 2020. Even as we delever, the strength of our balance sheet gives us flexibility to continue to invest in innovation for the benefit of our clients as well as to execute tuck-in acquisitions to further enhance growth.

Moving to our fourth quarter and full year guidance on Slide 12. We are raising our revenue, adjusted EBITDA and EPS guidance ranges for both the fourth quarter and full year. At the midpoint, we are increasing our revenue guidance by $7.5 million for the fourth quarter and by approximately $40 million for the full year. We are raising our adjusted EBITDA guidance by $10 million for the fourth quarter and approximately $50 million for the full year. Finally, we are increasing our adjusted EPS guidance at the midpoint by $0.03 for the fourth quarter and by $0.12 for the full year. The increase to our fourth quarter guidance primarily reflects current business trends and ongoing synergy achievement, while our higher full year ranges reflect both the outperformance that we generated in the third quarter as well as our increased fourth quarter expectations. Our results and outlook demonstrate the strength of our business model and the power of our growth strategy.

This concludes our prepared remarks. Operator, you may now open the line for questions.

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Questions and Answers

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Operator [1]

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(Operator Instructions) Our first question comes from the line of Dan Perlin with RBC Capital Markets.

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Daniel Rock Perlin, RBC Capital Markets, Research Division - Analyst [2]

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Nice results. I wanted to ask a little bit about kind of the modernization of your banks. In the past, you talked about where they had to kind of go down this pathway in order to really implement a lot of the new technologies. And I'm just wondering what you saw now you've got this combined entity and those kind of conversations and just where we are in that process?

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [3]

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Yes. No, Dan. Thanks. It's a great question. I think we're in the early innings of the transformations going on. At FIS, we're in the later innings of that. Obviously, we started well over 3 years ago, modernizing all of our technology stack and pushing our compute into our own private cloud. We then also started modernizing all of our application layer and bringing on next-generation digital experiences and, frankly, next-generation capabilities across all of our segments, and that's resonating well with our clients. And you're seeing that in our quarterly results with 7 strong quarters of revenue sales. But we think we're very early in the process. Frankly, as we've discussed on prior calls, I think the industry held on too long to legacy-based technologies. And really, we're seeing our clients now have to make that transformation. So we're excited about the investment that we started years ago. We are excited about our timing for where the market is and really puts us in a really good spot as we look to the future.

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Daniel Rock Perlin, RBC Capital Markets, Research Division - Analyst [4]

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And just as a quick follow-up. Can I just ask about the geographic mix as you're thinking about the demand environment? And specifically, we've just heard concerns around Europe kind of intra-quarter. And so anything on that would be great.

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [5]

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Yes. No, it's -- when we look across Europe and, frankly, the U.K., what we're seeing in the U.K. with Brexit, specifically, we've already seen that volume kind of go down the recessionary period. So anything that would show any kind of improvement, it would actually be a tailwind for us.

I would agree, Europe has been a little slow for us across the broader banking and Capital Markets as well. But we've had some nice wins here recently. Other areas like Brazil, we've seen some nice growth out of. We continue to see Asia strong. So our geographic footprint continues to be a very good differentiator for us from a global perspective. But when we look at Europe and what he talks about our guidance and where we're seeing coming in, we're really keeping Europe from broader U.K. at current levels.

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Operator [6]

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Our next question comes from Lisa Ellis with MoffettNathanson.

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Lisa Ann Dejong Ellis, MoffettNathanson LLC - Partner [7]

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Nice overall results here. Just one clarification on -- yes, on the Merchant Solutions side. Can you -- I realized Worldpay is only in that number for 2 months out of the quarter. Can you give us a sense for, one, what the -- whether or not that legacy business is still running at that sort of 10% organic growth number it's been running at? And then also just within that, can you give a sense for how e-com and integrated or tracking e-comm, in particular, just -- I realized that's a small piece of the business, but just so critical to the overall growth?

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [8]

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Yes, it's a great question. As we tried to highlight last quarter, we expected a little noise related to the transaction in the third quarter, and we only had 2 months in there. That probably impacted it by roughly 1 point negatively in the quarter. We also saw technology solutions in the old Worldpay nomenclature mid- to high teens with continued momentum and expectation is that mid- to high teens type level, both e-com and integrated had very strong quarters as we expected, and we continue to see that through both the fourth quarter with a call out of expecting 10% growth for the Merchant Solutions group in the fourth quarter and continuing with that momentum into 2020.

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [9]

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Yes, Lisa, and to build on that, we kind of highlighted in the prepared remarks on our e-commerce sales success. We saw a really nice sales win in -- and those sales wins accelerating from a cross-sell standpoint with 23 wins this quarter compared to last quarter. So everything, I would tell you, we're seeing good, strong results. And actually, to your point, e-commerce is very, very important to the overall growth strategy and continued leadership in that space.

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Operator [10]

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Your next question comes from the line of George Mihalos with Cowen.

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Georgios Mihalos, Cowen and Company, LLC, Research Division - MD & Senior Research Analyst [11]

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Let me add my congrats on a strong quarter. If we can just dig in a little bit on that last question, specific to the tech solutions, I think what you said it was growing kind of in the mid- to high teens. That would seem to suggest that e-com, I would think e-com is kind of still growing in that 20-ish percent range. So one, is that the right way to think about it?

And then you had a lot of momentum with cross-sells and the like. Just curious, is servicing marketplace is a big opportunity for that e-com business? Or is it more kind of blocking and tackling and getting sort of a full suite for merchants that you might be servicing off-line and trying to get the online business.

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [12]

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Yes, I'll get the first question and maybe let Gary catch the second half of it.

We talked about integrated or the old technology solutions growing roughly mid- to high teens within -- if you break that down even further, we would anticipate e-com in the fourth quarter and into 2020 to stay at close to that 20% level, and feel very good about the momentum in that business right now. Within the third quarter, specifically, it was in the mid- to high teens when you normalize some wins from last year, but very pleased with the overall growth of that business and anticipate to continue to stay at those nearly 20% levels in the e-com.

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [13]

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Yes. And George, to build on that. I think it's important when we talk about e-com, we're talking about really pure-play level online acquiring. So when you think about brick-and-mortar moving to online, that really falls up under our omnichannel deployment. So no, our e-com business, which is pure-play, really is growing very, very high; as Woody just said, greater than 20%. I think the cross-sell wins are important indicators. You're talking about first quarter, we did 16 of those. Second quarter came in at 14 wins. And then Q3 at 23 wins. So Mark, Shane and the group are really doing a nice job continuing to grow that business.

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Georgios Mihalos, Cowen and Company, LLC, Research Division - MD & Senior Research Analyst [14]

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That's great. Really appreciate that. And just one more, if I can kind of sneak in. When you look at kind of the synergies on the revenue side, is there any way to think about that opportunity near term, kind of domestic U.S. versus international? Maybe where you might be seeing some more momentum?

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [15]

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Yes, I would anticipate -- we expect it to come out of the gate strong. We highlighted debit routing is some of it. I'll tell you more of that's in the U.S. right now. But I would tell you, we're actually slightly ahead of plan on our revenue synergies coming out of the first couple of months and feel very good about executing that. But more of that in the run rate right now would have been in the U.S.

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [16]

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Yes. I mean, I think, George, just building on that. If you look at our revenue stream, more than 70% of our revenue stream is in the U.S. So naturally, our cross-sells, naturally, our revenue synergies is just going to be heavily weighted towards the U.S. but I think you're going to see our revenue synergies really pretty much in alignment with the way the revenue falls as the company so we'll see nice opportunities outside the U.S. as well. We highlighted the Brazil opportunity that we just signed, and there'll be more that come online. But just given where the book falls, in general, and all of these revenues are going to be cross sell, upsell, pull-through data utilization, et cetera, the revenue synergies will predominantly fall in the same manner as our current revenue.

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Operator [17]

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Our next question comes from Jason Kupferberg with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

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Jason Alan Kupferberg, BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division - MD in US Equity Research & Senior Analyst [18]

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So just wanted to ask, following up from last quarter when I think you had indicated that the deal should be modestly accretive to adjusted EPS in 2020, and that was relative to the stand-alone FIS number of, I believe, $6.16, I just wanted to see if you wanted to put a finer point on the magnitude of accretion we should be thinking about in 2020, especially since you've now raised the expense synergy target for next year?

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [19]

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Yes, I'm not going to give 2020 guidance today on the call, but I would tell you that gives us incremental confidence on both remarks I made last quarter, which were approaching 7% organic revenue growth. I have incremental confidence on that coming out of the gate with strong revenue synergies. And then accretive to that $6.16 number you mentioned there, I have incremental confidence on that when we look at the overall increase in the cost synergies next year. But not giving a finer point on it at this point. We'll give more color in February when we actually outline the 2020 guide specifically.

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Jason Alan Kupferberg, BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division - MD in US Equity Research & Senior Analyst [20]

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Okay. Fair enough. Just as a follow-up, wanted to get your latest observations in terms of some of the smaller competitors in the market that tend to be turned more to the cloud-based competitors. In core banking, there was a bit of chatter on that topic at Money20/20 last week, so just wanted to get your perspective, especially as more of the neo-banks keep popping up?

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [21]

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Yes. No, I think we keep highlighting every -- throughout our calls. And obviously, we would say we feel we're the leader in cloud-based computing today at this point in time in financial services, given all of our data center consolidation and us consolidating the vast, vast majority of all that work to the cloud today. Some of the things we're doing with technology really hasn't been seen in the industry before. When you look at our application stack of bringing online, our next-generation cloud-based applications, you're seeing success, and we've announced several wins on the call. And we have several more coming on specifically core banking. So whether you're looking at our omnichannel digital experience is Digital One, full cloud-based type technology. You're also -- we've announced several wins on our core banking -- next-generation core banking platform and actually have one of those online as well. So we think we respect that there's always going to be competitors in the industry. But given our position, given our scale, given our historical investment and timing, we think we're well positioned to take advantage of the next generation of technology and computing in the industry.

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Jason Alan Kupferberg, BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division - MD in US Equity Research & Senior Analyst [22]

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Okay. Congrats on the quarter.

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Operator [23]

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Our next question comes from David Togut with Evercore ISI.

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David Mark Togut, Evercore ISI Institutional Equities, Research Division - Senior MD [24]

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Good to see the strong sales growth and bookings growth, Gary and Woody.

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [25]

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Thanks, David.

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [26]

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Thanks, David.

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David Mark Togut, Evercore ISI Institutional Equities, Research Division - Senior MD [27]

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Given the strength you've seen in bookings, and this looks to be the third consecutive quarter of core FIS in the mid-single digits, should we expect this mid-single-digit growth rate in Banking Solutions to be sustainable into 2020, given the 7 consecutive quarters of strong bookings you put up?

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [28]

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Yes, I think that's right, David. I mean, the way the business flows, we anticipate sales growth driving revenue growth. So as we're seeing that sales growth for several quarters, gives us good visibility, and we would expect that mid-single-digit growth that we highlighted last quarter in the banking segment to continue through 2020 and have a high level of confidence and visibility into that as we continue to click off months of sales.

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David Mark Togut, Evercore ISI Institutional Equities, Research Division - Senior MD [29]

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Understood. And then the big win you called out, Gary, in Brazil in merchant, how does the pipeline look for cross-selling merchant business in Brazil going into 2020?

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [30]

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I would say, holistically, the pipeline for cross-sell for merchant across all of our customers, looks very good, right? I mean, we were excited about the Brazil win. And so -- but when I look more holistically on a global basis and some of the things that we have going on in the sales channel with regards to merchant, I'm very excited about that overall business and our ability to cross-sell into our customer base. The response has been very strong since the closure.

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David Mark Togut, Evercore ISI Institutional Equities, Research Division - Senior MD [31]

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Understood. Just a quick housekeeping question. For the third quarter, what would total revenue and EBITDA have been if Worldpay were included for the full quarter?

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [32]

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I don't have the dollar amounts of revenue, David. I would tell you, they will be slightly under the 6% number as we had some of the noise from the transaction in there. We do still anticipate full year pro forma revenue as if Worldpay would have been in since January at right at 6%.

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Operator [33]

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Our next question comes from Darrin Peller with Wolfe Research.

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Darrin David Peller, Wolfe Research, LLC - MD & Senior Analyst [34]

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Maybe just touch a little more on the drivers supporting the strong growth in the legacy FIS side for a minute, just because I know bookings have been good, but just more particularly, what's driving that 5% of cap markets. I know that you expected it to accelerate. Again, it was definitely a rate we haven't seen much in a while on that segment, so that's great to see. But that segment as well as even the banking side, I mean, I know you just said it would be sustainable. Maybe a little bit more detail around what's driving that sustainability now? And I just want to hone in on one follow-up. Go ahead, Gary.

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [35]

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Go, go ahead, Darren, get your follow-up questions.

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Darrin David Peller, Wolfe Research, LLC - MD & Senior Analyst [36]

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Yes. I mean, really just trying to understand, when you combine that, if that's stable, if you combine that with the traction we're seeing on the cross-sells you went through on the merchant side, right, whether it's the cross-sells Vantiv and the Worldpay and some of those synergies, just talk about timing on when we would expect those to come on? When do you expect the revenue from legacy cross-sells Vantiv, Worldpay deals you did to actually start showing up in revenue, some of the clients you won last year. And then, where are we on the rewards and NYCE in the card production build out?

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [37]

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Okay. So look, a lot in there. Let's back up to the base banking business, Capital Markets business and acceleration Capital Markets, specifically. We talked about last quarter that we were seeing acceleration in Capital Markets. One of the things that we're really pleased with is actually license fee in Capital Markets were flat. We actually saw an acceleration. We've been telling the market for some time that we're seeing this movement from licensing on-premise to deploying our technologies in our SaaS model. That's back to our investment in innovation and back to investment in technology and leveraging cloud-based computing technology. So all of that is paying huge dividends for us when you look at our scale. So we expect to see Capital Markets continue to accelerate in Q4 based on that investment. Banking as well. We're at an interesting inflection point in the industry. We really have a lot of legacy technologies end market. And frankly, we started those investments, as I said, more than 3 years ago, where FIS started investing heavily in new innovation where we really pivoted our spend from legacy technologies to the future. You saw that impact our growth rates in the short-term because, frankly, we were spending our capital dollars in areas where we didn't have product to deploy against. But now you're seeing the timing work out very well for FIS, where our customers are looking to take advantage of some of these -- lower their total cost of ownership, improve their overall digital experience across their end customers and that's all resonating, not only in our sales pipeline, but you're seeing our closings. I mean, those are very strong results on sales now for 7 consecutive quarters. So whether you're looking at merchant where we're leading in e-commerce -- high-value e-commerce, high-value technology integration, banking or Capital Markets, that key theme plays out very well and is really playing into our accelerated growth rate significantly.

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [38]

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If you're looking at the specifics on timing of revenue synergies, they'll ramp over the course of the year, next year. We're starting to see some of those cross sales from the Worldpay Vantiv flow into the actual results now, and they were built into our expectations as we outlined those last quarter, and we'll see the new revenue synergies sort of flowing through over the course of the year, next year.

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Darrin David Peller, Wolfe Research, LLC - MD & Senior Analyst [39]

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Okay. All right. Just one last quick follow-up. I mean, the RFPs that we're hearing about on e-com, it sounds like they've accelerated, maybe even 2 to 3x what they were last year for gateway consolidation. Are you seeing the same thing?

And it seems like there's maybe only 4 or 5 key players winning a lot of that bulk of those RFPs. What kind of win rates are you seeing? Obviously, the 23 you announced is a good sign of that.

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [40]

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Yes. No, look, I mean, we're seeing, obviously, increased demand for our solution set. I mean, e-commerce is doing very well. We think there's really 3 significant players in the space today. And clearly, we're the lead global player in that mix. And you're seeing that in our cross sell wins. And the team's just doing a really nice job of selling into this key high-growth secular market, and you'll continue to see us ramping that up and also the revenue associated with that driving into the results as Woody talked about.

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Our next question comes from Ashwin Shirvaikar with Citi.

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Ashwin Vassant Shirvaikar, Citigroup Inc, Research Division - Director and U.S. Computer and Business Services Analyst [42]

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These are good results. Appreciate the raise, very solid. Let me -- can I start with -- I know you're not providing 2020 guidance, but investors are clearly focused on the future. So perhaps maybe I can start by asking, are there things investors should watch out for from a modeling perspective as they put down more granular numbers, any quarterly trends, the cadence of synergies coming in any comps, things to watch out for?

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [43]

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Yes, it's a good question. We continue to add color. I would tell you first quarter comps next year have some challenge in them. If you remember this year, banking had a very strong first quarter of 2019 that had some tailwinds in it. So there's some comps in there. We anticipate revenue synergies to increment over the course of the year as they take form from achieved to realizing them in the P&L. So we'll see that. We tried to give some color around merchant being at roughly 10% going into 2020 with good line of sight, banking to be mid-single digits. And the Capital Markets Group to be low single digits, with some optimism on Capital Markets as we continue to see the quality of that revenue and recurring nature of that revenue continue to increase. But we have incrementally more confidence in a 7% or approaching 7% organic growth in 2020 and certainly have incremental more confidence on the comment regarding it being accretive to the $6.16 that I mentioned last quarter. So those would be some incremental color points, Ashwin, as we go into 2020.

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Ashwin Vassant Shirvaikar, Citigroup Inc, Research Division - Director and U.S. Computer and Business Services Analyst [44]

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Got it. No. And then the -- I know, as a company, both you guys and legacy Worldpay always have been sort of focused on reinvesting. So when you talk of increased synergy, is that a gross number? Is that a net number? And if the reinvestments, what are the focus areas for you now?

And then a sort of clarification. Obviously, you guys have announced new headquarters. Can you just kind of provide the capital allocation on that?

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [45]

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Yes. The synergy number is a number net of dissynergies, if you will. So things that we would have to invest related to the transaction specifically would be netted into that number. To the extent we decided to invest further in other areas, we would obviously call that out in a different way. But that synergy number is net of dissynergies within the overall guide for 2020.

We are -- or just announced that we will be building a new headquarters here in Jacksonville. It's effectively consolidating existing -- 3 existing spaces that we have today in Jacksonville, and we'll expand and grow some incremental jobs as we continue to grow the overall company. It is in our overall guidance. It is our overall capital allocation, and would not change anything that we've outlined already.

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Your next question comes from the line of Brett Huff with Stephens.

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Brett Richard Huff, Stephens Inc., Research Division - MD [47]

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Two questions. One, to follow-up on Brazil. We're pretty excited about that opportunity given the limited U.S. presence there. Gary, you talked about a big bank referral win, which is great. Can you tell us a little bit about your strategy going forward? Are we going to lead with e-com? Are we going to lead with sort of integrated? Are we going to lead by trying to leverage the issuing relationships we have down there? Can you kind of give us a sense of that?

And then number two question is, the 25% sales increase or bookings increase, was that organic, including Worldpay, kind of just -- I want to make sure that I understand what that number is?

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [48]

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Yes. The first -- let's get the second question first. The 25% is an organic growth number, right? So been very consistent on the quarters that we disclosed.

Back to Brazil, obviously, what we'll continue to focus on, we've been driving heavily into e-commerce, and we want to continue to make sure that we leverage e-commerce where we can appropriately and Brazil is certainly a great opportunity for us on that. But with that being said, we also want to make sure that we take advantage of -- we've got a really good strong client base in Brazil. We want to make sure that we're partnering with those clients in a way and adding value to them through cross-sells and upsells as well. So it will be a combination of both. But I would tell you, in general, given what we're seeing in that high-growth secular market, we prefer to lead with e-commerce in any point we can on the merchant side.

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Our next question comes from the line of Dave Koning with Baird.

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David John Koning, Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division - Associate Director of Research and Senior Research Analyst [50]

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Good job. Yes. And I guess, just first of all, on the merchant segment, is it easiest just to think about the legacy tech solutions, high teens and the legacy merchant part, low single digits, and that just blends to about 10 over time. And then as part of that is merchant growing low single digits? And can that actually get better, like the merchant, the old legacy merchant segment?

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [51]

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That's a rough way to think about it, Dave. I mean, some pieces that were moved around. As you know, we certainly saw very good growth in both integrated and e-com and trying to highlight some color on that. One of the theories we had is that the traditional business, we could improve and grow faster. And I think we'll see that over time as it flows into the numbers. I think it's a rough way to think about it. We tried to highlight that merchant on a go-forward basis. We anticipate Q4 to be about 10%, and in 2020 to be roughly a 10% number, which aligns with that high single, low double-digit comment that we've talked about over the past couple of quarters. But feel very good about where the business is, health of the very strong growers and our ability to drive some incremental growth in some of the slower business.

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [52]

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Yes. I mean, in general, Dave, I think the way to think about it is, obviously, we're going to focus on high-growth secular trends that are occurring across our various market segments, right? And so, naturally, we're going to be focusing heavily in merchant, on technology and high-valued e-commerce because there's a very strong secular growth trends there.

With that being said, Royal and the team -- broader team are doing an excellent job as well with the traditional merchant business. So we're not going to turn our back on these other businesses, but you will see us continue to focus on where we see high secular growth. Capital Markets, we're seeing a lot going on in RegTecH, which is why we highlighted the consolidated audit trail success there. So anywhere we see these high secular growth trends, we're going to sell into them. We think we got excellent technology to deliver against them. And you'll absolutely see those just grow at a much higher growth rate.

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David John Koning, Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division - Associate Director of Research and Senior Research Analyst [53]

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Great. And then just one follow-up. On Q4, it seems like the guidance implies growth to be reasonably similar to Q3, unless I'm mistaken, but I know you talked about merchant accelerating, I think Capital Markets accelerating. Is banking about the same? and maybe just so you can kind of take the 3 segments and say which one is accelerating, decel relative to the total company Q4 guidance?

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [54]

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Yes, I think you've got merchant continue to accelerate off of Q3. We anticipate capital Markets to continue to accelerate off of Q3. And banking closer to the Q3 number because it faces a little more difficult comps in the fourth quarter.

Net-net, you're seeing the increase in the fourth quarter on the guide, basically being driven by revenue synergies. And we already had some of those -- that revenue and cost synergies baked into the original Q4 guidance overall, and we believe it's a balance, Dave.

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Our next question comes from Bob Napoli with William Blair.

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Robert Paul Napoli, William Blair & Company L.L.C., Research Division - Partner and Co-Group Head of Financial Services & Technology [56]

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With the acquisition now of Worldpay, I was just wondering what the thoughts were on your M&A. I understand you're very tied in right now with integrating and cross-selling. But I would imagine that you're generating so much cash flow, you're thinking about -- I'm sure you're thinking about an M&A strategy. I just wondered if there's any change or any thought on how you're thinking about M&A in the future as you get more into the integration of the 2 companies.

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [57]

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Yes, Bob, at the highest level, there's really no change. I mean, obviously, we're very focused on integrating the Worldpay transaction. With that being said, we'll do -- even now, we'll do small tuck-in type acquisitions to augment growth in areas that we're seeing going on in the segments. As you said, we've got plenty of cash flow to not only pay down the debt as Woody described, also, not only to continue to maintain our dividend going forward, but also to make small tuck-in acquisitions. Once we feel like we've got the integration of Worldpay behind us, we want to make sure that we drive accelerated growth. We're looking for also drive an accelerated shareholder value. We'll then look to see if there's some broader M&A activity. But M&A is going to continue to play an important role in our strategy as we look for ways to accelerate our growth further.

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Robert Paul Napoli, William Blair & Company L.L.C., Research Division - Partner and Co-Group Head of Financial Services & Technology [58]

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And just a follow-up on the outlook for EBITDA margins by segment. As you think about that over -- not only into 2020, but long term, any thoughts on how we should think about which areas we'll see the most expansion in margins?

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [59]

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Yes, I think you'll see expansion across all -- every segments, particularly as corporate costs get leveraged into those segments. You'll see incremental probably in merchant and banking and some of the -- most of the revenue synergies are driven out of those 2 segments. But you'll see margin expansion across all.

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Our next question comes from Vasu Govil with KBW.

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Vasundhara Govil, Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods, Inc., Research Division - Research Analyst [61]

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Congratulations on a great quarter. I guess, the first question on the Worldpay and Vantiv cost synergies, are you still tracking in line to deliver that $250 million number that you had called out?

And then as we think about the revenue synergies, do you have any updated thoughts, given that you've seen this acceleration in deal signings. So could we be tracking better than the $100 million number that you've thrown out there before?

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [62]

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Yes. On the cost side, we really kind of closed that out last quarter at the $250 million number. So most of the tracking at this point of that is behind us, and we're focused on integrating the new Worldpay with FIS.

With regard to the $100 million of revenue synergies that was previously outlined, we anticipated more of that to flow into 2020, but I think that's roughly in line with the original expectations, as you're seeing us call out those cross-sells and feel very confident that, that's still a good number.

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Vasundhara Govil, Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods, Inc., Research Division - Research Analyst [63]

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Great. And just a quick follow-up on the strong new sales number. Can you give us a little bit color maybe on sort of what the composition of that new sales looks like, where you're seeing more strength?

And then you also noted the backlog accelerated to 9%. I think it was 7% last quarter. Does that mean we're running ahead of drag for 2020? Or is there a different sort of interpretation of that?

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [64]

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Yes. No, most of our sales success, what we're seeing, obviously, we highlighted a number of key wins, but you're really seeing it around our new technology, new innovation, new solutioning, right? We highlighted the merger of 2 very large regional banks coming together to form almost $50 billion institution, and they selected to come with FIS, even though the other bank that was acquiring our bank. So -- and that's all just based on the innovations around core bank processing, which was a question highlighted earlier and also our omnichannel digital experience. We're also seeing it across all of our real-time faster payments type solutions. We've highlighted a lot on this call around merchant. Certainly, in Capital Markets, we're seeing strong growth in RegTech and some of the other areas.

What I'm really excited about is just how much of it is really now coming into our full-blown SaaS models, right? We've talked a lot about this. On this quarter, it was really nice to see Capital Markets' growth with actually flat license fees and accelerated -- significant acceleration on the SaaS deployment of software. And so it really gives us high confidence as we lean in into -- going into next year and as Woody talked about, our accelerated growth targets. So all of that makes us feel really good about what we're seeing going into 2020.

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Our next question comes from Matt O'Neill with Autonomous Research.

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Matthew Casey O'Neill, Autonomous Research LLP - Partner of Payments and Financial Technology [66]

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Most of the detailed questions have been asked and answered. I was wondering though if we could bring it back to, I think, it was the final slide of the merger deck where you talked about the promise of the end-to-end connectivity between issuer data and acquiring. And I think the view that this could bring a durable competitive advantage to [auth] rates and fraud rates longer term. And so I know it's only a few months in, but have the teams kind of met? Have the data pools been sort of discussed and shared? Or maybe you could articulate kind of how that longer-term synergy process is starting to take shape?

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [67]

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Yes. No, I think it's a great question, Matt. Absolutely, the teams have met. We've got a full plan around improving our auth rates and reducing our fraud rates, the whole end-to-end. We're evaluating, does even close loop makes sense. So there's a lot of opportunities here that the combined asset pool of the combined company can drive into the future.

As we've talked about on prior calls, really need to look to those things starting to come online, 18 months and after because there's work. I mean, Woody highlighted, even our loyalty as a currency, where we're bringing that online in a fully integrated manner in the first half of next year. So we do have to do work as we pull these together, but the quick answer is, the teams are highly engaged and we've got a lot of governance around that, and we'll continue to drive to that because we think there's a lot of opportunity on that beyond -- in the 18 months out time frame.

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Our next question comes from the line of Ramsey El-Assal with Barclays.

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Damian Justus Wille, Barclays Bank PLC, Research Division - Research Analyst [69]

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This is Damian on for Ramsey. I wanted to ask on the PIN debit routing, you called that out as the driver of the revenue synergies this quarter. Is that opportunity largely complete now? Or is there more to go there? And what would you view as the sort of next synergy driver that you'll focus on?

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [70]

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No, I wouldn't say it's complete at all. I think Woody was just trying to highlight something that drove a big piece of the early synergies win that we highlighted. There were other things that were in that number as well. But as we look for opportunities to leverage our scale, whether it's in debit routing merchant referral services even some of the things we talked about on the last question that will continue to drive and accelerate the revenue.

We really have identified 6 major areas that we're focused on today. The teams have rallied around those. We built detailed plans around that, whether it's investment in software for development purposes, et cetera, or just sales plans and sales tactics and execution. And I can tell you, we're way down the path on all of those major categories. And as we come into future quarters, we'll give you more and more highlights as we see that revenue ramp.

But last quarter, we increased the amount of revenue for next year from a cross-sell standpoint. Given the quick out-of-the-shoot successes we've had, we're actually very excited and feel that number is -- we're certainly much more confident in that number as we go into it. And then in future quarters, we'll give more and more detail for you.

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Damian Justus Wille, Barclays Bank PLC, Research Division - Research Analyst [71]

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Yes. That's great. And then a follow-up, actually, we've been talking a lot about Brazil today. Maybe we could talk -- zero in a little bit more on India. I know you called that out originally as a focus area. Maybe if you could give us more color on just what exists in your India business today? How much of it is ATM versus core versus card processing? And then which of those businesses you expect to lever the most in the context of this Worldpay cross-sell?

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [72]

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Yes. Look, I mean, we've talked a lot in the past. Obviously, we've got a large ATM business in India. We've got a lot of large now and growing core banking business in India. We were very successful in leveraging a lot of the new charters that were launched in India as a mandate by the government. So we've successfully launched those. We'll leverage, obviously, those customers to cross-sell further payment capabilities in it. We've talked about e-commerce, which we think there's a real opportunity to leverage more e-com in India as well. But it's really going to be a combination of all of our capabilities that will continue to allow us to accelerate our India growth rates.

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Our next question comes from the line of Tien-Tsin Huang with JPMorgan.

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Tien-Tsin Huang, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division - Senior Analyst [74]

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It looks like a great start to Worldpay. I heard the 9% organic growth in the backlog, Gary. How about underlying retention and pricing. Is that moving up or holding up as well in driving your acceleration comment next year?

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [75]

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Yes. What I would tell you, Tien-Tsin, we've talked about this in the past. We're not seeing any acceleration in loss rates or pricing compressions been a fact for years in our banking and Capital Markets business. So we -- and we're not seeing really an acceleration of that as well. I mean, it seems to be pretty consistent. I would tell you, I don't think it's necessarily slowing, but we feel great about the share we're winning and feel great about our competitive positions. But we don't see that as an accelerating headwind going into next year and gives us that much more confidence as we look into next year.

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Tien-Tsin Huang, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division - Senior Analyst [76]

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Good. That's encouraging. Just 2 quick clarifications. The merchant bank deals, the U.S. and Brazil and maybe just the short-term pipeline as well. I'm curious, so this is mostly de novo merchant bank deals? Just curious how quickly those things can ramp?

And then also on Capital Markets, can we say that you've reached an inflection there with converting from licensing to SaaS deals?

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [77]

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Well, let's go to the first one that is both of the merchant deals were competitive takeaways. And so we're excited about that.

When you look at the Capital Markets opportunity that we talked about, I don't know that we're at the inflection point. Q4 naturally has a heavy license component and always has been. We talked about how we've got to balance from a sales standpoint of our license grow over compared to our SaaS model. We think this quarter was just a great execution by the team. They really did just a really nice job with that management. And so it's certainly is a strong indicator, you'll see reoccurring revenue and Capital Markets continue to accelerate. But we're still -- it will still be next couple of years before we get truly license fees down in a range, what you're seeing in banking, which is a very small percentage.

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And our last question today comes from the line of Joseph Foresi with Cantor Fitzgerald.

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Joseph Dean Foresi, Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., Research Division - Analyst [79]

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Just 2 quick ones to wrap up. Maybe you could give us a little bit more color of your on the ground conversation with banks, particularly in the merchant services. How that conversation is going? What pricing looks like? Because, obviously, it's been coming down over a long period of time?

And then I'll ask my second one upfront as well. Just the delta on the upside on the cost synergies. When we get to that top end of the range, where do you think you might be able to extend the cost synergies? And what functions would you be looking at?

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [80]

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I'll take the first one on the merchant conversations. I think if you look, one of the things that we were excited about when we put the combination Worldpay together, was just how much they have spent on next-generation technologies themselves, right? So you look at FIS, we've talked a lot about our modernization efforts, our transformation efforts. I would tell you, Worldpay, what the very similar process, whether it's their acquiring platform in the U.K. or, frankly, stuff they've done with high-value and integrated payments and then e-commerce. And so when we're talking to the -- to our bank referrals for merchant referral programs, they see the benefits of that investment, they see the technology and what it can drive and how it can help them differentiate and actually grow their revenue streams.

From a pricing standpoint, like all the industries, it's price competitive out there. And we think our scale allows us to compete and the investments we've made, we think allows us to compete in that category very, very effectively. And are we seeing increases in price competition? Honestly, I'm not from my chair, but I would tell you, it's always been price competitive, right? And I think FIS is in a real good position to compete on that.

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James W. Woodall, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Corporate EVP & CFO [81]

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On the cost synergy side, I think we're really pleased with where we are. An announcement that we started out with roughly $400 million of cost synergies, we increased that to $500 million on the second quarter call. We increased that to greater than $500 million today. While we're not to end of job, we continue to focus. I think the teams are very good. It continued to drive costs out of the business. And we've got a long history of being able to overdrive our synergy targets.

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Gary Adam Norcross, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. - Executive Chairman, President & CEO [82]

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I'm excited by the strength of our performance following the Worldpay acquisition and the progress we've made in bringing our 2 great teams together. I'd like to thank our more than 55,000 associates across the globe who are working hard every day to deliver exceptional results for our clients and shareholders.

If you have any questions following today's call, please reach out to our Investor Relations team. I couldn't be more excited about the future of FIS, and I want to thank you for joining us today.

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