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Intuit Grows First-quarter Revenue 12 Percent; Reiterates Full-year Guidance

Small Business Group Revenue Up 18 Percent, Driven By Demandforce and Strong Growth in Online Customers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Nov. 15, 2012 – Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) today announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter, which ended Oct. 31, and reiterated guidance for the full fiscal year 2013.

Unless otherwise noted, all growth rates refer to the first fiscal quarter versus the comparable prior-year quarter. Where applicable, business metrics and associated growth rates refer to worldwide business metrics.

First-quarter 2013 Highlights
  • Increased total revenue 12 percent, to $647 million.
  • Attracted online customers; Demandforce subscribers grew by more than 60 percent, while QuickBooks Online subscribers grew 29 percent.
  • Increased Small Business Group revenue 18 percent overall, including Payment Solutions revenue growth of 21 percent.
  • Grew QuickBooks Online to more than 20,000 paying customers outside the U.S., with free trials in over 150 countries.
  • Reiterated guidance for full fiscal year 2013, including revenue growth of 10 to 12 percent.
Snapshot of First-quarter Results
Change Q1
Revenue $647 $575 12% $647 $575 12%
Operating Loss ($69) ($84) NA ($8) ($20) NA
EPS ($0.06) ($0.21) NA ($0.03) ($0.08)


Dollars are in millions, except earnings per share (EPS). See “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for more information regarding financial measures not prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). All figures in the table above have been reclassified to reflect Intuit Websites as discontinued operations and to exclude its results from non-GAAP EPS. GAAP EPS for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 includes a gain of $0.11 on the sale of Intuit Websites.

CEO Perspective

“We’re off to a strong start in fiscal year 2013. We grew first-quarter revenue 12 percent, and we’re reiterating our guidance of double-digit top-line and bottom-line growth for the full fiscal year,” said Brad Smith, Intuit’s president and chief executive officer. “While we’re not completely insulated from the challenges of the macro-environment, we have proven to be resilient, and we continue to execute against principles that guide us through tough times.”

“We also refreshed our connected services strategy to capitalize on structural shifts occurring in the market that will serve as growth catalysts. Our mobile products are contributing meaningful growth, with around half of our mobile customers new to the franchise, which is expanding our market reach and our category growth.

“Looking ahead, we’re building on a strong foundation while reimagining our products to capitalize on a rapidly changing environment. With big market opportunities in front of us, and the tailwind of technology adoption at our backs, we expect to deliver strong results for quarters and years to come,” Smith said.

Business Segment Results and Highlights

Total Small Business Group revenue grew 18 percent for the quarter, led by strength in Financial Management Solutions and Payment Solutions.

  • Financial Management Solutions revenue increased 20 percent for the quarter. Customer growth in Demandforce and QuickBooks Online continued to drive revenue growth.
  • Demandforce, acquired in May 2012, recorded over 60 percent growth in subscriptions, and QuickBooks Online subscribers grew 29 percent.
  • Employee Management Solutions revenue grew 12 percent, driven by 20 percent growth in online payroll subscribers.
  • Payment Solutions revenue grew 21 percent for the quarter. Card transaction volume grew 11 percent, driven by customer acquisition in Intuit’s GoPayment mobile payment solution
Consumer Tax
  • Consumer Tax revenue declined to $36 million in a seasonally light quarter as customers filed fewer extended returns for the 2011 tax year compared with the year-ago quarter.
  • TurboTax desktop products for 2012 will go on sale in retail stores and be available for download on Nov. 23. TurboTax Online will be available Dec. 3.
Accounting Professionals
  • Accounting Professionals revenue grew 19 percent, to $32 million, in a seasonally light quarter. Recently enhanced QuickBooks Accountant offerings contributed to growth.
    Financial Services
Financial Services
  • Financial Services revenue increased 4 percent for the quarter, led by higher revenue in online and mobile banking. Revenue increased 11 percent when adjusted for the March 2012 sale of the corporate banking business and the addition of Mint revenue.
Other Businesses
  • Other Businesses revenue was up 5 percent for the quarter.
Quarterly Dividend

Intuit paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per share, totaling $50 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Intuit’s board of directors approved a new quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per share to be paid on Jan. 18, 2013, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Jan. 10, 2013.

Stock Repurchase Program

Intuit repurchased $100 million of its common stock during the first quarter of fiscal 2013. At the end of the quarter the current authorization had $1.6 billion remaining for stock repurchases through August 2014.

CFO Perspective

“We delivered a strong financial performance this quarter, with small business reporting customer growth in payments, QuickBooks Online and Demandforce. Our cloud-based subscriptions are really leading the way,” said Neil Williams, Intuit’s chief financial officer. “All of our Small Business segments delivered double-digit growth, even with our own and external indicators pointing to slow growth in the sector.”

“As we’ve said, the tables are set for late tax legislation, which could impact the availability of tax forms and push Consumer Tax and Accounting Professionals revenue from our second fiscal quarter to our third quarter. We’ve assumed the impact is $50 million to $75 million in revenue and $0.10 to $0.15 in earnings per share. To provide additional transparency into our expected results, we are providing revenue and earnings per share guidance ranges for the third and fourth quarters.” said Williams.

Forward-looking Guidance

Intuit reiterated guidance for full fiscal year 2013, which ends July 31, and expects:

  • Revenue of $4.55 billion to $4.65 billion, growth of 10 to 12 percent.
  • GAAP operating income of $1.315 billion to $1.345 billion, growth of 12 to 14 percent.
  • Non-GAAP operating income of $1.57 billion to $1.60 billion, growth of 12 to 14 percent.
  • GAAP diluted EPS of $2.76 to $2.82, growth of 6 to 8 percent.
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $3.32 to $3.38, growth of 12 to 14 percent.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, Intuit expects:

  • Revenue of $1.02 billion to $1.04 billion.
  • GAAP operating income of $130 million to $150 million.
  • Non-GAAP operating income of $190 million to $210 million.
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.27 to $0.30.
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.40 to $0.43.

Intuit also provided revenue and earnings per share guidance ranges for the second half of the fiscal year to provide additional transparency into expected results.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2013, Intuit expects:

  • Revenue of $2.155 billion to $2.215 billion.
  • GAAP diluted EPS of $2.65 to $2.70.
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $2.78 to $2.83.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, Intuit expects:

  • Revenue of $728 million to $748 million.
  • GAAP loss per share of $0.01 to GAAP diluted EPS of $0.01.
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.12 to $0.14.
Conference Call Information

Intuit executives will discuss the financial results on a conference call at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time on Nov. 15. To hear the call, dial 866-854-3163 in the United States or 973-935-8679 from international locations. No reservation or access code is needed. The conference call can also be heard live via webcast at Prepared remarks for the call will be available on Intuit’s website after the call ends.

Replay Information

A replay of the conference call will also be available for one week by calling 888-266-2081, or 703-925-2533 from international locations. The access code for this call is 1594316. The audio webcast will remain available on Intuit’s website for one week after the conference call.

About Intuit Inc.

Intuit Inc. is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses; financial institutions, including banks and credit unions; consumers and accounting professionals. Its flagship products and services, including QuickBooks®, Quicken® and TurboTax®, simplify small business management and payroll processing, personal finance, and tax preparation and filing. ProSeries® and Lacerte® are Intuit's leading tax preparation offerings for professional accountants. Intuit Financial Services helps banks and credit unions grow by providing on-demand solutions and services that make it easier for consumers and businesses to manage their money.
    Founded in 1983, Intuit had annual revenue of $4.15 billion in its fiscal year 2012. The company has approximately 8,000 employees with major offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India and other locations. More information can be found at

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About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the accompanying tables include non-GAAP financial measures. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures, including the reasons management uses each measure, and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, please see the section of the accompanying tables titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" as well as the related Table B and Table E. A copy of the press release issued by Intuit today can be found on the investor relations page of Intuit's Web site.

Cautions About Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including forecasts of Intuit’s future expected financial results; expectations regarding growth from connected services and from current or future products and services; expectations regarding the amount and timing of any future dividends and share repurchases; its prospects for the business in fiscal 2013; and all of the statements under the heading “Forward-looking Guidance.”

Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, the following: inherent difficulty in predicting consumer behavior; difficulties in receiving, processing, or filing customer tax submissions; consumers may not respond as we expected to our advertising and promotional activities; product introductions and price competition from our competitors can have unpredictable negative effects on our revenue, profitability and market position; governmental encroachment in our tax businesses or other governmental activities or public policy affecting the preparation and filing of tax returns could negatively affect our operating results and market position; we may not be able to successfully innovate and introduce new offerings and business models to meet our growth and profitability objectives, and current and future offerings may not adequately address customer needs and may not achieve broad market acceptance, which could harm our operating results and financial condition; business interruption or failure of our information technology and communication systems may impair the availability of our products and services, which may damage our reputation and harm our future financial results; as we upgrade and consolidate our customer facing applications and supporting information technology infrastructure, any problems with these implementations could interfere with our ability to deliver our offerings; any failure to properly use and protect personal customer information and data could harm our revenue, earnings and reputation; if we are unable to develop, manage and maintain critical third party business relationships, our business may be adversely affected; increased government regulation of our businesses may harm our operating results; if we fail to process transactions effectively or fail to adequately protect against potential fraudulent activities, our revenue and earnings may be harmed; any significant offering quality problems or delays in our offerings could harm our revenue, earnings and reputation; our participation in the Free File Alliance may result in lost revenue opportunities and cannibalization of our traditional paid franchise; the continuing global economic downturn may continue to impact consumer and small business spending, financial institutions and tax filings, which could negatively affect our revenue and profitability; year-over-year changes in the total number of tax filings that are submitted to government agencies due to economic conditions or otherwise may result in lost revenue opportunities; our revenue and earnings are highly seasonal and the timing of our revenue between quarters is difficult to predict, which may cause significant quarterly fluctuations in our financial results; our financial position may not make repurchasing shares advisable or we may issue additional shares in an acquisition causing our number of outstanding shares to grow; our inability to adequately protect our intellectual property rights may weaken our competitive position and reduce our revenue and earnings; our acquisition and divestiture activities may disrupt our ongoing business, may involve increased expenses and may present risks not contemplated at the time of the transactions; our use of significant amounts of debt to finance acquisitions or other activities could harm our financial condition and results of operation; and litigation involving intellectual property, antitrust, shareholder and other matters may increase our costs. More details about these and other risks that may impact our business are included in our Form 10-K for fiscal 2012 and in our other SEC filings. You can locate these reports through our website at Forward-looking statements are based on information as of November 15, 2012, and we do not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statement or other information in these materials.