Pitney Bowes Inc. PBI will redeem all of its outstanding 6.25% senior notes due 2019 on Aug 2, 2018. Per the company, the 2019 notes will be redeemed at a price that is 100% of the principal amount of the notes to be redeemed plus accrued interest.
The inflow would increase cash and cash equivalents in Pitney Bowes’ balance sheet. This proves that the company remains focused on its goal of achieving positive cash generation.
The said notes were issued on Feb 14, 2005, under an agreement between the company and The Bank of New York Mellon, successor to Citibank, N.A.
Pitney Bowesended the first quarter of fiscal 2018 with $775.5 million in cash and cash equivalents versus $1.06 billion in the previous quarter. Cash flow from operations was $83 million, while free cash flow was $65 million.
The companyrecently completed the deal with Platinum Equity to divest its Document Messaging Technologies (“DMT”) production mail and supporting software business.
The company expects to utilize the proceeds to finance growth initiatives andrepay debts.
The Global Ecommerce business continues to be one of the strongest growth drivers of the company. In less than five years, Global Ecommerce has grown from $20 million business to a worth of over $400 million. Going forward, the company anticipates this segment’s growth rate to accelerate, in light of expansion in overall retail volumes and customer wins.
Further, the company’s committed lookout for strategic acquisitions, like building channel partnerships with systems integrators and other technology companies, is likely to reinforce competitive position in the software business.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
The stock carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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