On Oct. 24, Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI) released earnings for its 2005 third quarter, which ended Sept. 30.

  • EPS of $0.62 includes $0.04 per stub in restructuring costs. Both revenue and EPS figures met Street estimates (excluding the restructuring costs).
  • Management said it repurchased 1 million common shares for $41 million during Q3. $300 million more could be spent on share repurchases over the next 12 to 24 months, continuing the company's tradition of returning cash to shareholders.

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights (What's this?)

Avg. Est.

Q3 2005

Q3 2004

% Change

Sales

$1,350,000

$1,356,434

$1,217,522

+11.4%

Net Profit

--

$144,299

$136,516

+5.7%

EPS

$0.66

$0.62

$0.58

+6.9%



Margin Checkup (What's this?)

Q3 2005

Q3 2004

Change

Gross Margin

55.03%

55.30%

-0.27%

Op. Margin

20.08%

20.04%

+0.04%

Net Margin

10.64%

11.21%

-0.57%



Balance Sheet Highlights (What's this?)

Assets

Q3 2005

Q3 2004

% Change

Cash+ ST Invest.

$345,230

$350,280

-1.4%

Inventory

$228,708

$214,396

+6.7%

Accounts Rec.

$1,998,435

$1,851,141

+8%



Liabilities

Long-Term Debt

$3,351,732

$2,823,286

+18.7%

Accounts Pay.

$1,458,522

$1,320,799

+10.4%



Cash Flow Highlights (What's this?)

Q3 2005

Q3 2004

% Change

Cash From Ops

$432,599

$727,818

-40.6%

Capital Expend.

$215,446

$226,225

-4.8%

Free Cash Flow

$217,153

$501,593

-56.7%



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