The Western Union Co. WU second-quarter 2020 operating earnings of 41 cents per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 13.89%. However, the bottom line was down 8.9% year over year.
The year-over-year earnings decline was due to revenue declines associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and lost earnings from the 2019 divestitures, partially offset by productivity savings, additional cost-management measures and lower share count in the current year period.
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Behind the Headlines
Total revenues of $1.11 billion beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.21% but the top line declined 17.2% year over year due to lower transaction levels resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Digital money transfer revenues grew 48% year over year or 50% on constant currency basis to $219 million in the second quarter.
Total expenses of $892.9 million fell 17% year over year owing to reduced cost of services and selling, general and administrative expenses.
Consumer to Consumer (C2C)
Revenues of $976.6 million dropped 12% year over year on a reported basis and 11% in constant currency. Total transactions decreased 8%. Covid-19-led disruption deflated revenues across all regions, except in Europe and CIS. The pandemic took a toll on global economy and remittances.
Digital revenues and transactions represented 22% and 31% of the C2C business in the quarter, respectively. Within the digital money transfer business, westernunion.com revenues surged 33% reportedly and 34% at cc including cross-border revenue growth of 48%.
Operating income of $212.8 million decreased 15% year over year.
Operating margin contracted 70 basis points year over year to 21.8%.
Revenues of $79.4 million deteriorated 17% on a reported basis or 15% on constant currency basis due to softening trends in verticals more exposed to COVID-19 including education, travel and tourism, and small and medium-sized enterprises.
The segment reported operating income of $1.3 million, down 88% year over year. Operating margin shrank 930 basis points year over year to 1.6%.
Balance Sheet (as of Jun 30, 2020)
Cash and cash equivalents were $1.18 billion, down 18.5% from the level at 2019 end.
Borrowings dipped nearly 4.9% to $3.08 billion from the level at 2019 end.
Stockholders' equity was a deficit of $73.4 million, which widened from the deficit of $39.5 million at the end of 2019.
For the first six months of 2020, the company generated net cash worth $347.8 million from operations, down 13.6% year over year.
Western Union carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), currently. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Among other companies in the remittance industry, earnings of MoneyGram International Inc. MGI and PayPal Holdings, Inc. PYPL beat second-quarter estimates by 109.1% and 27.38%, respectively.
Another company Square Inc. SQ is expected to report earnings results, today, after market close.
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