The way that people make payments has changed dramatically over time, and NCR (NYSE:NCR) has had to adapt to keep up with advances in the payments space. With traditional cash registers now a thing of the past, NCR now provides a variety of equipment, software, and associated services to companies that need to handle payments efficiently and effectively.
Coming into Thursday’s first-quarter financial report, NCR investors wanted to see signs that the company would at least be able to produce modest gains from year-ago levels. NCR did a good job of meeting those expectations, and it believes the future could be even brighter. Let’s look more closely at NCR to see what happened with the payment specialist recently and what lies ahead.
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NCR keeps moving in the right direction
NCR’s first-quarter results were solid and continued the company’s positive momentum. Sales were up 2% to $1.48 billion, and while that was only a small gain, it was larger than the 1% rise that most investors were expecting. On a GAAP basis, NCR lost money during the quarter, but after excluding impacts from the company’s transaction with Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX), adjusted earnings of $0.56 per share were up by nearly half from year-ago levels and were stronger than the $0.46 per share consensus forecast among those following the stock.
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