Paycom (PAYC) Q4 Earnings and Revenues Surpass Estimates
Paycom Software PAYC ended 2022 on a strong note by delivering solid fourth-quarter results, wherein the top and bottom lines surpassed the respective Zacks Consensus Estimate and rose year over year.
The online payroll and human resource technology provider reported non-GAAP earnings of $1.73 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.46. The bottom line improved 55.9% from the $1.11 per share reported in the year-ago quarter.
For the fourth quarter of 2022, Paycom reported revenues of $370.6 million, beating the consensus mark of $367.1 million and improving 30% year over year. This year-over-year upside was primarily driven by strong demand, new business wins and the adoption of recent new product offerings.
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Quarter in Detail
Paycom’s recurring revenues (representing 98.2% of the total revenues) improved 30% to $364 million in the fourth quarter.
Adjusted gross profits climbed 30.4% from the year-ago period to $312.5 million. Moreover, the adjusted gross margin expanded 20 basis points (bps) on a year-over-year basis to 84.3%.
Paycom’s adjusted EBITDA increased 49.6% year over year to $163.9 million. The adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 580 bps to 44.2%.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
Paycom exited the fourth quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $400.7 million compared with the $317.2 million recorded in the previous quarter. The company’s balance sheet comprised net long-term debt of $29 million, which remained flat sequentially.
In the fourth quarter of 2022, PAYC generated operating cash flow of $128.5 million. During the full-year 2022, the company generated $365.1 million worth of operating cash flow.
For the first quarter of 2023, Paycom forecasts revenues and adjusted EBITDA in the ranges of $443-$445 million and $210-$212 million, respectively.
For the full-year 2023, Paycom forecasts revenues and adjusted EBITDA in the ranges of $1.700-$1.702 billion and $700-$702 million, respectively.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Currently, Paycom carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Shares of PAYC have risen 2.9% over the past year.
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