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LENDER PROCESSING Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

November 08, 2010 | About:
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LENDER PROCESSING (LPS) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2010-09-30.

Lender Processing has a market cap of $2.86 billion; its shares were traded at around $30.72 with a P/E ratio of 9.04 and P/S ratio of 1.21. The dividend yield of Lender Processing stocks is 1.3%.LPS is in the portfolios of Murray Stahl of Horizon Asset Management, Lee Ainslie of Maverick Capital, Westport Asset Management, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC, John Keeley of Keeley Fund Management, Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates, George Soros of Soros Fund Management LLC, Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors, Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors.
This is the annual revenues and earnings per share of LPS over the last 10 years. For detailed 10-year financial data and charts, go to 10-Year Financials of LPS.


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According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (“MBA”) current Mortgage Finance Forecast, U.S. mortgage originations (including refinancing) were approximately $2.0 trillion and $1.5 trillion in 2009 and 2008, respectively. The MBA’s Mortgage Finance Forecast currently estimates an approximately $1.4 trillion mortgage origination market for 2010. The MBA further forecasts that this continued low level of activity will result from decreased refinancing and purchase activity, largely driven by current market conditions and tightened loan requirements, such as higher credit score and down payment requirements and additional fees, that have

We have approximately $1,285.5 million in long-term debt outstanding as of September 30, 2010, of which approximately $717.0 million bears interest at a fixed rate ($350.0 million through interest rate swaps), while the remaining portion bears interest at a floating rate. As a result of our current level of debt, we are highly leveraged and subject to risk from changes in interest rates. Having this amount of debt also makes us more susceptible to negative economic changes, as a large portion of our cash is committed to servicing our debt. Therefore, in a bad economy or if interest rates rise, it may be harder for us to attract executive talent, invest in acquisitions or new ventures, or develop new services.

Gross profit was $208.8 million and $210.3 million during the third quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively. Gross profit as a percentage of processing and services revenues (“gross margin”) was 33.4% and 34.0% during the third quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively. The decrease in gross margin during the third quarter of 2010 when compared to the third quarter of 2009 was a result of the factors described above.

Other income and expense, which consists of interest income, interest expense and other items, was $16.8 million and $21.1 million during the third quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively. The decrease during the current year quarter was primarily due to a reduction in interest expense, which totaled $17.1 million and $21.2 million during the third quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively, resulting from lower interest rates and principal balances.

Net earnings were $78.7 million and $75.5 million during the third quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively. Net earnings per diluted share totaled $0.85 and $0.78 during the third quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively. The increase during the third quarter of 2010 when compared to the third quarter of 2009 was a result of the factors described above, as well as from lower share counts due to higher share repurchase activity during the current year period.

Gross profit was $88.5 million and $80.6 million during the third quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively. Gross margin was 44.9% and 43.3% during the third quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively. The increase in gross margin during the third quarter of 2010 when compared to the third quarter of 2009 was a result of the factors described above.

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