Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
The company's revenue in 2014 declined 3% to $3.36 billion compared to $3.46 billion in 2013. Foreign currency had a 1-percentage-point negative impact thereby causing 1% of the revenue decline in 2014 compared to 2013. Lower services revenue, particularly lower infrastructure services revenue, contributed to the year over year decline. Income in 2014 was impacted by lower revenue, lower services gross margins and higher investments in new technology offerings. The company reported 2014 net income attributable to Unisys Corporation common shareholders of $44.0 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, which included $73.8 million of pretax pension expense. This compared with 2013 net income attributable to Unisys Corporation common shareholders of $92.3 million, or $2.08 per diluted share, which included $93.5 million in pretax pension expense.
The company's underfunded defined benefit pension plan obligations increased by approximately $750 million to $2.2 billion at December 31, 2014 from $1.5 billion at December 31, 2013, principally due to a decrease in discount rates. This increase in the unfunded position was the principal reason the company's deficit increased by approximately $788 million from $664 million at December 31, 2013 to $1,452 million at December 31, 2014.
During 2014, the company reported net cash from operating activities of $121.4 million and ended the year with $494.3 million in cash and $224.0 million in debt.
Results of operations
Revenue for 2014 was $3.36 billion compared with 2013 revenue of $3.46 billion, a decrease of 3%. Foreign currency had a 1-percentage-point negative impact on revenue in 2014 compared with 2013.
Services revenue in 2014 decreased by 4% compared with 2013. Technology revenue in 2014 increased by 2% compared with 2013.
Revenue for 2013 was $3.46 billion compared with 2012 revenue of $3.71 billion, a decrease of 7%. Foreign currency had a 1-percentage-point negative impact on revenue in 2013 compared with 2012.
Revenue from international operations in 2014, 2013 and 2012 was $1.98 billion, $2.09 billion and $2.25 billion, respectively. Foreign currency had a 1-percentage-point negative impact on international revenue in 2014 compared with 2013, and a 1-percentage-point negative impact on international revenue in 2013 compared with 2012. Revenue from U.S. operations was $1.38 billion in 2014, $1.37 billion in 2013 and $1.46 billion in 2012.
Gross profit percent was 23.2% in 2014, 24.5% in 2013 and 26.3% in 2012. The decline in 2014 from 2013 was primarily attributable to lower Services margins during 2014 as the company faced lower revenue and delivery issues on some projects. The change in 2013 from 2012 principally reflects the relative mix of high-end enterprise server sales.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $554.1 million in 2014 (16.5% of revenue), $559.4 million in 2013 (16.2% of revenue) and $572.8 million in 2012 (15.5% of revenue). In 2012, a gain of $10.6 million related to the sale of a subsidiary was recorded as a reduction of selling, general and administrative expense (see Note 15 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements).
Research and development (R&D) expenses in 2014 were $68.8 million compared with $69.5 million in 2013 and $81.5 million in 2012.
In 2014, the company reported an operating profit of $154.9 million compared with $219.5 million in 2013 and $319.2 million in 2012.
Pension expense for 2014 was $73.8 million compared with $93.5 million in 2013 and $108.2 million in 2012. For 2015, the company expects to recognize pension expense of approximately $111.8 million. The expected increase in pension expense in 2015 compared with 2014 is principally due to higher amortization of net actuarial losses. The company records pension income or expense, as well as other employee-related costs such as payroll taxes and medical insurance costs, in operating income in the following income statement categories: cost of revenue; selling, general and administrative expenses; and research and development expenses. The amount allocated to each category is based on where the salaries of active employees are charged.
Interest expense was $9.2 million in 2014, $9.9 million in 2013 and $27.5 million in 2012. The decline from 2012 was due to the company's debt reduction actions.
Other income (expense), net was expense of $0.2 million in 2014, compared with income of $9.8 million 2013 and expense of $37.6 million in 2012. Included in 2014 were foreign exchange losses of $7.0 million. Included in 2013 were foreign exchange gains of $10.4 million. Included in 2012 were charges of $30.6 million related to the debt reductions and foreign exchange losses of $8.1 million offset in part by interest income of $10.3 million.
Income before income taxes in 2014 was $145.5 million compared with $219.4 million in 2013 and $254.1 million in 2012.
The provision for income taxes in 2014, 2013 and 2012 was $86.2 million, $99.3 million and $97.3 million, respectively. The 2013 and 2012 income tax provisions include charges of $11.4 million and $9.2 million, respectively, due to reductions in the UK income tax rate (see Note 6 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements). The 2012 income tax provision also includes a $5.6 million benefit related to a UK tax credit.
The company evaluates quarterly the realizability of its deferred tax assets by assessing its valuation allowance and by adjusting the amount of such allowance, if necessary. The company will record a tax provision or benefit for those international subsidiaries that do not have a full valuation allowance against their deferred tax assets. Any profit or loss recorded for the company's U.S. operations will have no provision or benefit associated with it due to its full valuation allowance, except with respect to refundable tax credits and withholding taxes not creditable against future taxable income. As a result, the company's provision or benefit for taxes may vary significantly period to period depending on the geographic distribution of income.
The realization of the company's net deferred tax assets as of December 31, 2014 is primarily dependent on forecasted future taxable income within certain foreign jurisdictions. Any reduction in estimated forecasted future taxable income may require the company to record an additional valuation allowance against the remaining deferred tax assets. Any increase or decrease in the valuation allowance would result in additional or lower income tax expense in such period and could have a significant impact on that period's earnings.
Net income attributable to Unisys Corporation common shareholders for 2014 was $44.0 million, or $0.89 per diluted common share, compared with income of $92.3 million, or $2.08 per diluted common share, in 2013 and income of $129.4 million, or $2.84 per diluted common share, in 2012.
Due to inflation rates in recent years, the company's Venezuelan subsidiary has applied highly inflationary accounting beginning January 1, 2010. For those international subsidiaries operating in highly inflationary economies, the U.S. dollar is the functional currency, and as such, nonmonetary assets and liabilities are translated at historical exchange rates, and monetary assets and liabilities are translated at current exchange rates. Exchange gains and losses arising from translation are included in other income (expense), net. Effective February 13, 2013, the Venezuelan government devalued its currency, the bolivar, by resetting the official exchange rate from 4.30 to the U.S. dollar to 6.30 to the U.S. dollar. As a result, the company recorded a pretax foreign exchange loss in 2013 of $6.5 million.
In January of 2014, the Venezuelan government announced that the exchange rate to be applied to the settlement of certain transactions, including foreign investments and royalties, would be changed to the Complementary System of Foreign Currency Administration (SICAD I) auction rate. As a result, the company changed the exchange rate used to remeasure its Venezuelan subsidiary's financial statements in U.S. dollars from the official rate of 6.3 bolivars to the new SICAD I rate. At December 31, 2014, the SICAD I exchange rate used was 12.0 bolivars to the U.S. dollar. The change in the rate resulted in the company recording a pretax foreign exchange loss in 2014 of $7.4 million. The company believes that using the SICAD I exchange rate is economically representative of what it might expect to receive in a dividend transaction.
At December 31, 2014, the company's operations in Venezuela had net monetary assets denominated in local currency equivalent to approximately $8 million. As indicated above, the SICAD I exchange rate is determined by periodic auctions and, therefore, the potential exists for it to change significantly in future quarters. Additionally, the Venezuelan government may make further changes or introduce new exchange rate mechanisms, which could result in further changes in the exchange rate used by the company to remeasure its Venezuelan subsidiary's financial statements in U.S. dollars.
The company has two business segments: Services and Technology. The products and services of each segment are marketed throughout the world to commercial businesses and governments. Revenue classifications by segment are as follows: Services -- systems integration and consulting, outsourcing, infrastructure services and core maintenance; Technology -- enterprise-class software and servers and other technology.
The accounting policies of each business segment are the same as those described in the summary of significant accounting policies. Intersegment sales and transfers are priced as if the sales or transfers were to third parties. Accordingly, the Technology segment recognizes intersegment revenue and manufacturing profit on hardware and software shipments to customers under Services contracts. The Services segment, in turn, recognizes customer revenue and marketing profit on such shipments of company hardware and software to customers. The Services segment also includes hardware and software products sourced from third parties that are sold to customers through the company's Services channels. In the company's consolidated statements of income, the manufacturing costs of products sourced from the Technology segment and sold to Services customers are reported in cost of revenue for Services.
Also included in the Technology segment's sales and operating profit are sales of hardware and software sold to the Services segment for internal use in Services engagements. The amount of such profit included in operating income of the Technology segment for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, was $17.0 million, $6.0 million and $11.5 million, respectively. The profit on these transactions is eliminated in Corporate.
The company evaluates business segment performance based on operating income exclusive of pension income or expense, restructuring charges and unusual and nonrecurring items, which are included in Corporate. All other corporate and centrally incurred costs are allocated to the business segments based principally on revenue, employees, square footage or usage. See Note 14 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
Information by business segment for 2014, 2013 and 2012 is presented below:
|(millions of dollars)||Total ||Eliminations ||Services ||Technology |
|2014|| || || || |
|Customer revenue||$3,356.4|| ||$2,887.7||$468.7|
|Gross profit percent||23.2%|| ||17.5%||56.3%|
|Operating income percent||4.6%|| ||4.2%||19.1%|
|2013|| || || || |
|Customer revenue||$3,456.5|| ||$2,996.1||$460.4|
|Gross profit percent||24.5%|| ||19.7%||53.9%|
|Operating income percent||6.4%|| ||6.2%||21.1%|
|2012|| || || || |
|Customer revenue||$3,706.4|| ||$3,192.4||$514.0|
|Gross profit percent||26.3%|| ||20.0%||63.9%|
|Operating income percent||8.6%|| ||6.4%||33.1%|
Gross profit percent and operating income percent are as a percent of total revenue.
Customer revenue by classes of similar products or services, by segment, for 2014, 2013 and 2012 is presented below:
|Year ended December 31 (millions)||
2014||2013||Percent Change ||2012||Percent|
|Services|| || || || || |
|Systems integration and consulting||
|Technology|| || || || || |
|Enterprise-class software and servers||
In the Services segment, customer revenue was $2.89 billion in 2014, $3.00 billion in 2013 and $3.19 billion in 2012. The decline in 2014 was principally due to infrastructure services. The decline in 2013 was principally due to soft demand in systems integration and consulting. Foreign currency had about a 1-percentage-point negative impact on Services revenue in 2014 compared with 2013, and a 1-percentage-point negative impact in 2013 compared with 2012.
Revenue from systems integration and consulting decreased 1.5% in 2014 compared with 2013, and 2013 revenue declined 11.3% compared with 2012. The decline in 2014 was due to lower demand for project-based services and solutions. The decline in 2013 was due to lower demand for project-based services and solutions, particularly public sector in-period sell and bill revenue.
Outsourcing revenue declined 1.1% in 2014 compared with 2013. In 2013, outsourcing revenue declined 3.2% compared with 2012.
Infrastructure services revenue decreased 18.9% in 2014 compared with 2013 and decreased 3.2% in 2013 compared with 2012. The decline in 2014 compared with 2013 reflects lower volumes on some existing contracts and the conclusion of other contracts that the company did not renew.
Core maintenance revenue increased 1.3% in 2014 compared with 2013. Core maintenance revenue declined 6.6% in 2013 compared with 2012.
Services gross profit percent was 17.5% in 2014, 19.7% in 2013 and 20.0% in 2012. Services operating income percent was 4.2% in 2014 compared with 6.2% in 2013 and 6.4% in 2012. The decline in 2014 from 2013 reflects lower revenue and some delivery challenges on a few projects.
In the Technology segment, customer revenue increased 1.8% in 2014 compared with 2013, and 2013 revenue decreased 10.4% compared with 2012. Foreign currency translations had a 1-percentage-point negative impact in 2014 compared with 2013 and a negligible impact on Technology revenue in 2013 compared with 2012.
Revenue from the company's enterprise-class software and servers increased 6.5% in 2014 compared with 2013 and decreased 16.2% in 2013 compared with 2012. The increase or decrease in revenue from enterprise-class software and servers revenue in the respective years was due to either an increase or decrease in revenue from the company's ClearPath product revenue.
Revenue from other technology (which is principally sales of third-party equipment) decreased $18.0 million in 2014 compared with 2013 and increased $24.0 million in 2013 compared with 2012.
Technology gross profit percent was 56.3% in 2014, 53.9% in 2013 and 63.9% in 2012. Technology operating income percent was 19.1% in 2014 compared with 21.1% in 2013 and 33.1% in 2012. The changes were due to the relative mix of ClearPath sales as well as increased investments in new offerings in 2014.
New accounting pronouncements
See Note 4 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for a full description of recent accounting pronouncements, including the expected dates of adoption and estimated effects on the company's consolidated financial statements.
The company's principal sources of liquidity are cash on hand, cash from operations and its revolving credit facility, discussed below. The company and certain international subsidiaries have access to uncommitted lines of credit from various banks. The company believes that it will have adequate sources of liquidity to meet its expected 2015 cash requirements.
Cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2014 were $494.3 million compared with $639.8 million at December 31, 2013.
As of December 31, 2014, $316.4 million of cash and cash equivalents were held by the company's foreign subsidiaries and branches operating outside of the U.S. In the future, if these funds are needed for the company's operations in the U.S., the company may be required to accrue and pay taxes to repatriate these funds. See Note 6 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements regarding the company's intention to indefinitely reinvest earnings of foreign subsidiaries.
During 2014, cash provided by operations was $121.4 million compared with $187.4 million in 2013. Cash provided by operations during 2014 was negatively impacted by lower income and an increase in cash contributions to the company's defined benefit pension plans. During 2014, the company contributed cash of $183.4 million to its defined benefit pension plans, which included $79.6 million to its U.S. qualified defined benefit pension plan, compared with $147.2 million, which included $33.8 million to its U.S. qualified defined benefit pension plan during 2013.
Cash used for investing activities in 2014 was $195.3 million compared with cash used of $162.7 million in 2013. Net proceeds of investments in 2014 were $13.7 million compared with net purchases of $9.9 million in 2013. Proceeds from investments and purchases of investments represent derivative financial instruments used to manage the company's currency exposure to market risks from changes in foreign currency exchange rates. In addition, the investment in marketable software was $73.6 million in 2014 compared with $64.3 million in 2013, capital additions of properties were $53.3 million in 2014 compared with $47.2 million in 2013 and capital additions of outsourcing assets were $85.9 million in 2014 compared with $39.9 million in 2013. The higher capital expenditures largely reflected increased investments in outsourcing assets within the company's IT outsourcing business as the company won a number of new contracts, increased investments in new products, as well as expenditures on automation tools and leasehold improvements that support further consolidation of the company's real estate.
Cash used for financing activities during 2014 was $36.9 million compared with cash used of $23.0 million in 2013. Cash used for common stock repurchases was $35.7 million and $11.7 million in 2014 and 2013, respectively.
On March 1, 2014, all of the outstanding shares of 6.25% mandatory convertible preferred stock (2,587,400 shares) were automatically converted (in accordance with its terms) into 6,912,756 shares of the company's common stock. Because March 1, 2014 was not a business day, the mandatory conversion was effected on Monday, March 3, 2014.
The company has a secured revolving credit facility, expiring in June 2018, which provides for loans and letters of credit up to an aggregate amount of $150 million (with a limit on letters of credit of $100 million). Borrowing limits under the credit agreement are based upon the amount of eligible U.S. accounts receivable. At December 31, 2014, the company had no borrowings and $18.8 million of letters of credit outstanding under the facility. At December 31, 2014, availability under the facility was $100.0 million net of letters of credit issued. Borrowings under the facility will bear interest based on short-term rates. The credit agreement contains customary representations and warranties, including that there has been no material adverse change in the company's business, properties, operations or financial condition. The company is required to maintain a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio if the company's availability under the credit facility falls below the greater of 12.5% of the lenders' commitments under the facility and $18.75 million. The credit agreement allows the company to pay dividends on its capital stock in an amount up to $22.5 million per year unless the company is in default and to, among other things, repurchase its equity, prepay other debt, incur other debt or liens, dispose of assets and make acquisitions, loans and investments, provided the company complies with certain requirements and limitations set forth in the agreement. Events of default include non-payment, failure to comply with covenants, materially incorrect representations and warranties, change of control and default under other debt aggregating at least $50 million. The credit facility is guaranteed by Unisys Holding Corporation, Unisys NPL, Inc., Unisys AP Investment Company I and any future material domestic subsidiaries. The facility is secured by the assets of Unisys Corporation and the subsidiary guarantors, other than certain excluded assets. The company may elect to prepay or terminate the credit facility without penalty.
At December 31, 2014, the company has met all covenants and conditions under its various lending agreements. The company expects to continue to meet these covenants and conditions.
At December 31, 2014, the company had outstanding standby letters of credit and surety bonds totaling approximately $343 million related to performance and payment guarantees. On the basis of experience with these arrangements, the company believes that any obligations that may arise will not be material.
As described more fully in Notes 8 and 10 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, at December 31, 2014, the company had certain cash obligations, which are due as follows:
|(millions of dollars)||Total||Less than 1 year||1-3 years||4-5 years||After 5 years|
|Interest payments on long-term debt||40.9||13.6||26.9||0.3||0.1|
As described in Note 16 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, in 2015, the company expects to make cash contributions to its worldwide defined benefit pension plans of approximately $128.8 million, which is comprised of $76.2 million primarily for non-U.S. defined benefit pension plans and $52.6 million for the company's U.S. qualified defined benefit pension plan.
The company has on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission an effective registration statement, expiring in June of 2015, covering debt or equity securities, which enables the company to be prepared for future market opportunities.
The company may, from time to time, redeem, tender for, or repurchase its securities in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions depending upon availability, market conditions and other factors.
On December 10, 2012, the company announced that its Board of Directors had authorized the company to purchase up to an aggregate of $50 million of the company's common stock and mandatory convertible preferred stock through December 31, 2014. Through December 31, 2014, the company repurchased an aggregate of 2.2 million shares of common stock for approximately $47.3 million. At December 31, 2014, the Board's repurchase authorization expired.
The company has exposure to interest rate risk from its short-term and long-term debt. In general, the company's long-term debt is fixed rate and, to the extent it has any, its short-term debt is variable rate. See Note 8 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for components of the company's long-term debt. The company believes that the market risk assuming a hypothetical 10% increase in interest rates would not be material to the fair value of these financial instruments, or the related cash flows, or future results of operations.
The company is also exposed to foreign currency exchange rate risks. The company is a net receiver of currencies other than the U.S. dollar and, as such, can benefit from a weaker dollar, and can be adversely affected by a stronger dollar relative to currencies worldwide. Accordingly, changes in exchange rates, and in particular a strengthening of the U.S. dollar, may adversely affect consolidated revenue and operating margins as expressed in U.S. dollars. Currency exposure gains and losses are mitigated by purchasing components and incurring expenses in local currencies.
In addition, the company uses derivative financial instruments, primarily foreign exchange forward contracts, to reduce its exposure to market risks from changes in foreign currency exchange rates on intercompany balances. See Note 11 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information on the company's derivative financial instruments.
The company has performed a sensitivity analysis assuming a hypothetical 10% adverse movement in foreign currency exchange rates applied to these derivative financial instruments described above. As of December 31, 2014 and 2013, the analysis indicated that such market movements would have reduced the estimated fair value of these derivative financial instruments by approximately $39 million and $48 million, respectively. Based on changes in the timing and amount of interest rate and foreign currency exchange rate movements and the company's actual exposures and hedges, actual gains and losses in the future may differ from the above analysis.
Critical accounting policies
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates, judgments and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. Certain accounting policies, methods and estimates are particularly important because of their significance to the financial statements and because of the possibility that future events affecting them may differ from management's current judgments. The company bases its estimates and judgments on historical experience and on other assumptions that it believes are reasonable under the circumstances; however, to the extent there are material differences between these estimates, judgments and assumptions and actual results, the financial statements will be affected. Although there are a number of accounting policies, methods and estimates affecting the company's financial statements as described in Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, the following critical accounting policies reflect the significant estimates, judgments and assumptions. The development and selection of these critical accounting policies have been determined by management of the company and the related disclosures have been reviewed with the Audit and Finance Committee of the Board of Directors.
Typically, the initial terms of the company's outsourcing contracts are between 5 and 10 years. Revenue under these contracts is recognized when the company performs the services or processes transactions in accordance with contractual performance standards. Customer prepayments (even if nonrefundable) are deferred (classified as a liability) and recognized systematically as revenue over the initial contract term.
Costs on outsourcing contracts are charged to expense as incurred. However, direct costs incurred related to the inception of an outsourcing contract (principally initial customer setup) are deferred and charged to expense over the initial contract term. In addition, the costs of equipment and software, some of which are internally developed, are capitalized and depreciated over the shorter of their life or the initial contract term.
Recoverability of outsourcing assets is subject to various business risks. Quarterly, the company compares the carrying value of the outsourcing assets with the undiscounted future cash flows expected to be generated by the outsourcing assets to determine if the assets are impaired. If impaired, the outsourcing assets are reduced to an estimated fair value on a discounted cash flow approach. The company prepares its cash flow estimates based on assumptions that it believes to be reasonable but are also inherently uncertain. Actual future cash flows could differ from these estimates.
The majority of the company's sales agreements contain standard business terms and conditions; however, some agreements contain multiple elements or non-standard terms and conditions. As discussed in Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, the company enters into multiple-element arrangements, which may include any combination of hardware, software or services. As a result, significant contract interpretation is sometimes required to determine the appropriate accounting, including whether the deliverables specified in a multiple-element arrangement should be treated as separate units of accounting for revenue recognition purposes, and, if so, how the price should be allocated among the elements and when to recognize revenue for each element. The company recognizes revenue on delivered elements only if: (a) any undelivered products or services are not essential to the functionality of the delivered products or services, (b) the company has an enforceable claim to receive the amount due in the event it does not deliver the undelivered products or services, (c) there is evidence of the selling price for each undelivered product or service, and (d) the revenue recognition criteria otherwise have been met for the delivered elements. Otherwise, revenue on delivered elements is recognized as the undelivered elements are delivered. For arrangements with multiple elements involving the licensing or sale of software and software-related elements, the allocation of revenue is based on vendor-specific objective evidence (VSOE), which is based upon normal pricing and discounting practices for those products and services when sold separately. The company's continued ability to determine VSOE of fair value will depend on continued sufficient volumes and sufficient consistent pricing of stand-alone sales of such undelivered elements. In addition, the company's revenue recognition policy states that revenue is not recognized until collectability is deemed probable. Changes in judgments on these assumptions and estimates could materially impact the timing of revenue recognition.
For long-term fixed price systems integration contracts, the company recognizes revenue and profit as the contracts progress using the percentage-of-completion method of accounting, which relies on estimates of total expected contract revenues and costs. The company follows this method because reasonably dependable estimates of the revenue and costs applicable to various elements of a contract can be made. The financial reporting of these contracts depends on estimates, which are assessed continually during the term of the contracts and therefore, recognized revenues and profit are subject to revisions as the contract progresses to completion. Revisions in profit estimates are reflected in the period in which the facts that give rise to the revision become known. Accordingly, favorable changes in estimates result in additional revenue and profit recognition, and unfavorable changes in estimates result in a reduction of recognized revenue and profit. When estimates indicate that a loss will be incurred on a contract upon completion, a provision for the expected loss is recorded in the period in which the loss becomes evident. As work progresses under a loss contract, revenue continues to be recognized, and a portion of the contract costs incurred in each period is charged to the contract loss reserve. For other systems integration projects, the company recognizes revenue when the services have been performed.
In addition to outright sales, the company sells hardware under bundled lease arrangements which typically include hardware, services and a financing component. Recognizing revenue under these arrangements requires the company to allocate the total consideration received to the lease and non-lease deliverables included in the bundled arrangement, based upon the estimated fair values of each element.
Accounting rules governing income taxes require that deferred tax assets and liabilities be recognized using enacted tax rates for the effect of temporary differences between the book and tax bases of recorded assets and liabilities. These rules also require that deferred tax assets be reduced by a valuation allowance if it is more likely than not that some portion or the entire deferred tax asset will not be realized.
At December 31, 2014 and 2013, the company had deferred tax assets in excess of deferred tax liabilities of $2,244.1 million and $2,112.7 million, respectively. For the reasons cited below, at December 31, 2014 and 2013, management determined that it is more likely than not that $136.3 million and $113.9 million, respectively, of such assets will be realized, resulting in a valuation allowance of $2,107.8 million and $1,998.8 million, respectively.
The company evaluates the realizability of its deferred tax assets by assessing its valuation allowance and by adjusting the amount of such allowance, if necessary. The factors used to assess the likelihood of realization are the company's historical profitability, forecast of future taxable income and available tax-planning strategies that could be implemented to realize the net deferred tax assets. The company uses tax-planning strategies to realize or renew net deferred tax assets to avoid the potential loss of future tax benefits.
Failure to achieve forecasted taxable income might affect the ultimate realization of the net deferred tax assets. Factors that may affect the company's ability to achieve sufficient forecasted taxable income include, but are not limited to, the following: increased competition, a decline in sales or margins, loss of market share, delays in product availability or technological obsolescence. See "Factors that may affect future results."
Internal Revenue Code Sections 382 and 383 provide annual limitations with respect to the ability of a corporation to utilize its net operating loss (as well as certain built-in losses) and tax credit carryforwards, respectively (Tax Attributes), against future U.S. taxable income, if the corporation experiences an "ownership change." In general terms, an ownership change may result from transactions increasing the ownership of certain stockholders in the stock of a corporation by more than 50 percentage points over a three-year period. The company regularly monitors ownership changes (as calculated for purposes of Section 382). The company has determined that, for purposes of the rules of Section 382 described above, an ownership change occurred in February 2011. Any future transaction or transactions and the timing of such transaction or transactions could trigger additional ownership changes under Section 382.
As a result of the ownership change, utilization of the company's Tax Attributes will be subject to an overall annual limitation of $70.6 million. This limitation will be applied first to any recognized built in losses, then to any net operating losses, and then to any other Tax Attributes. Any unused limitation may be carried over to later years. As of December 31, 2013, due to the ownership change in 2011, the Section 382 limitation and accompanying built in losses caused the company to reduce its deferred tax assets and related valuation allowance by $389.6 million. Based on presently available information and the existence of tax planning strategies, the company does not expect to incur a U.S. cash tax liability in the near term. The company maintains a full valuation allowance against the realization of all U.S. deferred tax assets as well as certain foreign deferred tax assets in excess of deferred tax liabilities. See Note 6 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
The company's provision for income taxes and the determination of the resulting deferred tax assets and liabilities involve a significant amount of management judgment and are based on the best information available at the time. The company operates within federal, state and international taxing jurisdictions and is subject to audit in these jurisdictions. These audits can involve complex issues, which may require an extended period of time to resolve. As a result, the actual income tax liabilities in the jurisdictions with respect to any fiscal year are ultimately determined long after the financial statements have been published.
Accounting rules governing income taxes also prescribe a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. The company maintains reserves for estimated tax exposures including penalties and interest. Income tax exposures include potential challenges of intercompany pricing and other tax matters. Exposures are settled primarily through the settlement of audits within these tax jurisdictions, but can also be affected by changes in applicable tax law or other factors, which could cause management of the company to believe a revision of past estimates is appropriate. Management believes that an appropriate liability has been established for estimated exposures; however, actual results may differ materially from these estimates. The liabilities are reviewed quarterly for their adequacy and appropriateness. See Note 6 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
Accounting rules governing defined benefit pension plans require that amounts recognized in financial statements be determined on an actuarial basis. The measurement of the company's pension obligations, costs and liabilities is dependent on a variety of assumptions selected by the company and used by the company's actuaries. These assumptions include estimates of the present value of projected future pension payments to plan participants, taking into consideration the likelihood of potential future events such as salary increases and demographic experience. The assumptions used in developing the required estimates include the following key factors: discount rates, salary growth, retirement rates, inflation, expected return on plan assets and mortality rates.
As permitted for purposes of computing pension expense, the company uses a calculated value of plan assets (which is further described below). This allows that the effects of the performance of the pension plan's assets on the company's computation of pension income or expense be amortized over future periods. A substantial portion of the company's pension plan assets relates to its qualified defined benefit plan in the United States.
A significant element in determining the company's pension income or expense is the expected long-term rate of return on plan assets. The company sets the expected long-term rate of return based on the expected long-term return of the various asset categories in which it invests. The company considers the current expectations for future returns and the actual historical returns of each asset class. Also, because the company's investment policy is to actively manage certain asset classes where the potential exists to outperform the broader market, the expected returns for those asset classes are adjusted to reflect the expected additional returns. For 2015 and 2014, the company has assumed that the expected long-term rate of return on U.S. plan assets will be 6.80% and 7.72%, respectively, and on the company's non-U.S. plan assets will be 6.45% for both years. A change of 25 basis points in the expected long-term rate of return for the company's U.S. and non-U.S. pension plans causes a change of approximately $9 million and $6 million, respectively, in pension expense. The assumed long-term rate of return on assets is applied to a calculated value of plan assets, which recognizes changes in the fair value of plan assets in a systematic manner over four years. This produces the expected return on plan assets that is included in pension income or expense. The difference between this expected return and the actual return on plan assets is deferred. The net deferral of past asset gains or losses affects the calculated value of plan assets and, ultimately, future pension income or expense. At December 31, 2014, for the company's U.S. qualified defined benefit pension plan, the calculated value of plan assets was $3.90 billion and the fair value was $4.07 billion.
At the end of each year, the company determines the discount rate to be used to calculate the present value of plan liabilities. The discount rate is an estimate of the current interest rate at which the pension liabilities could be effectively settled at the end of the year. In estimating this rate, the company looks to rates of return on high-quality, fixed-income investments that (a) receive one of the two highest ratings given by a recognized ratings agency and (b) are currently available and expected to be available during the period to maturity of the pension benefits. At December 31, 2014, the company determined this rate to be 4.09% for its U.S. defined benefit pension plans, a decrease of 93 basis points from the rate used at December 31, 2013, and 3.05% for the company's non-U.S. defined benefit pension plans, a decrease of 110 basis points from the rate used at December 31, 2013. A change of 25 basis points in the U.S. and non-U.S. discount rates causes a change in pension expense of approximately $1 million and $5 million, respectively, and a change of approximately $150 million and $146 million, respectively, in the benefit obligation. The net effect of changes in the discount rate, as well as the net effect of other changes in actuarial assumptions and experience, has been deferred, as permitted.
Gains and losses are defined as changes in the amount of either the projected benefit obligation or plan assets resulting from experience different from that assumed and from changes in assumptions. Because gains and losses may reflect refinements in estimates as well as real changes in economic values and because some gains in one period may be offset by losses in another and vice versa, the accounting rules do not require recognition of gains and losses as components of net pension cost of the period in which they arise.
At a minimum, amortization of an unrecognized net gain or loss must be included as a component of net pension cost for a year if, as of the beginning of the year, that unrecognized net gain or loss exceeds 10 percent of the greater of the projected benefit obligation or the calculated value of plan assets. If amortization is required, the minimum amortization is that excess above the 10 percent divided by the average remaining life expectancy of the plan participants. For the company's U.S. qualified defined benefit pension plan and the company's non-U.S. pension plans, that period is approximately 19 years for each. At December 31, 2014, the estimated unrecognized loss for the company's U.S. qualified defined benefit pension plan and the company's non-U.S. pension plans was $3.11 billion and $1.05 billion, respectively.
For the year ended December 31, 2014, the company recognized consolidated pension expense of $73.8 million, compared with $93.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. For 2015, the company expects to recognize pension expense of approximately $111.8 million. See Note 16 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
Factors that may affect future results
From time to time, the company provides information containing "forward-looking" statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Words such as "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects" and similar expressions may identify such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements rely on assumptions and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from expectations. Factors that could affect future results include, but are not limited to, those discussed below. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which that statement is made. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date on which the statement is made.
Factors that could affect future results include the following:
The company's future results will depend upon its ability to effectively anticipate and respond to volatility and rapid technological innovation in its industry. The company operates in a highly volatile industry characterized by rapid technological innovation, evolving technology standards, short product life cycles and continually changing customer demand patterns. Future success will depend in part on the company's ability to anticipate and respond to these market trends and to design, develop, introduce, deliver or obtain new and innovative products, services and software on a timely and cost-effective basis using new delivery models such as cloud computing. The company may not be successful in anticipating or responding to changes in technology, industry standards or customer preferences, and the market may not demand or accept its services and product offerings. In addition, products and services developed by competitors may make the company's offerings less competitive.
Future results will also depend on the company's ability to maintain and grow its technology business. The company continues to invest in developing new high-end enterprise server products, cybersecurity software, cloud-based products and other offerings to meet client needs, including the
Forward! by Unisys line of fabric servers and the Unisys Stealth family of cybersecurity software. Future results will depend on the company's ability to effectively market and sell these new products while maintaining its installed base for ClearPath and developing next-generation ClearPath products.
Future results will depend on the company's ability to drive profitable growth in consulting and systems integration. The company's ability to grow profitably in this business will depend on the level of demand for systems integration projects and the portfolio of solutions the company offers for specific industries. It will also depend on an efficient utilization of services delivery personnel. In addition, profit margins in this business are a function of both the portfolio of solutions sold in a given period and the rates the company is able to charge for services and the chargeability of its professionals. If the company is unable to attain sufficient rates and chargeability for its professionals, profit margins will be adversely affected. The rates the company is able to charge for services are affected by a number of factors, including clients' perception of the company's ability to add value through its services; introduction of new services or products by the company or its competitors; pricing policies of competitors; and general economic conditions. Chargeability is also affected by a number of factors, including the company's ability to transition employees from completed projects to new engagements, and its ability to forecast demand for services and thereby maintain an appropriate headcount.
The company's future results will depend on its ability to profitably grow its outsourcing business. The company's outsourcing contracts are multiyear engagements under which the company takes over management and support of a client's data center operations, end user devices, business processes or applications. System development activity on outsourcing contracts may require the company to make upfront investments. The company will need to have available sufficient financial resources in order to make these investments. Outsourcing contracts can be highly complex and can involve the design, development, implementation and operation of new solutions and the transitioning of clients from their existing processes to the new environment. Future results will depend on the company's ability to effectively and timely complete these implementations and transitions.
The company's future results will depend in part on its ability to attract, motivate and retain experienced and knowledgeable personnel in key positions. The success of the company's business is dependent upon its ability to employ and train individuals with the requisite knowledge, skills and experience to execute the company's business model and achieve its business objectives. The failure of the company to retain key personnel or implement an appropriate succession plan could adversely impact the company's ability to successfully carry out its business strategy and retain other key personnel.
The company faces aggressive competition in the information services and technology marketplace, which could lead to reduced demand for the company's products and services and could have an adverse effect on the company's business. The information services and technology markets in which the company operates include a large number of companies vying for customers and market share both domestically and internationally. The company's competitors include consulting and other professional services firms, systems integrators, outsourcing providers, infrastructure services providers, computer hardware manufacturers and software providers. Some of the company's competitors may develop competing products and services that offer better price-performance or that reach the market in advance of the company's offerings. Some competitors also have or may develop greater financial and other resources than the company, with enhanced ability to compete for market share, in some instances through significant economic incentives to secure contracts. Some also may be better able to compete for skilled professionals. Any of these factors could lead to reduced demand for the company's products and services and could have an adverse effect on the company's business. Future results will depend on the company's ability to mitigate the effects of aggressive competition on revenues, pricing and margins and on the company's ability to attract and retain talented people.
The company's future results will depend on its ability to retain significant clients. The company has a number of significant long-term contracts with clients, including governmental entities, and its future success will depend, in part, on retaining its relationships with these clients. The company could lose clients for such reasons as contract expiration, conversion to a competing service provider, disputes with clients or a decision to in-source services, including contracts with governmental entities as part of the rebid process. The company could also lose clients as a result of their merger, acquisition or business failure. The company may not be able to replace the revenue and earnings from any such lost client.
The company's contracts may not be as profitable as expected or provide the expected level of revenues. In a number of the company's long-term contracts for infrastructure services, outsourcing, help desk and similar services, the company's revenue is based on the volume of products and services provided. As a result, revenue levels anticipated at the contract's inception are not guaranteed. In addition, some of these contracts may permit termination at the customer's discretion before the end of the contract's term or may permit termination or impose other penalties if the company does not meet the performance levels specified in the contracts.
The company's contracts with governmental entities are subject to the availability of appropriated funds. These contracts also contain provisions allowing the governmental entity to terminate the contract at the governmental entity's discretion before the end of the contract's term. In addition, if the company's performance is unacceptable to the customer under a government contract, the government retains the right to pursue remedies under the affected contract, which remedies could include termination.
Certain of the company's outsourcing agreements require that the company's prices be benchmarked if the customer requests it and provide that those prices may be adjusted downward if the pricing for similar services in the market has changed. As a result, revenues anticipated at the beginning of the terms of these contracts may decline in the future.
Some of the company's systems integration contracts are fixed-price contracts under which the company assumes the risk for delivery of the contracted services and products at an agreed-upon fixed price. Should the company experience problems in performing fixed-price contracts on a profitable basis, adjustments to the estimated cost to complete may be required. Future results will depend on the company's ability to perform these services contracts profitably.
Cybersecurity breaches could result in the company incurring significant costs and could harm the company's business and reputation. The company's business includes managing, processing, storing and transmitting proprietary and confidential data, including personal information, intellectual property and proprietary business information, within the company's own IT systems and those that the company designs, develops, hosts or manages for clients. Cybersecurity breaches involving these systems by hackers, other third parties or the company's employees, despite established security controls, could disrupt these systems or result in the loss or corruption of data or the unauthorized disclosure or misuse of information of the company, its clients or others. This could result in litigation and legal liability for the company, lead to the loss of existing or potential clients and adversely affect the market's perception of the security and reliability of the company's products and services. In addition, such breaches could subject the company to fines and penalties for violations of laws and result in the company incurring other significant costs. This may negatively impact the company's reputation and financial results.
A significant disruption in the company's IT systems could adversely affect the company's business and reputation. We rely extensively on our IT systems to conduct our business and perform services for our clients. Our systems are subject to damage or interruption from power outages, telecommunications failures, computer viruses and malicious attacks, cybersecurity breaches and catastrophic events. If our systems are damaged or fail to function properly, we could incur substantial repair or replacement costs, experience data loss and impediments to our ability to conduct our business, and damage the market's perception of our products and services. In addition, a disruption could result in the company failing to meet performance standards and obligations in its client contracts, which could subject the company to liability, penalties and contract termination. This may adversely affect the company's reputation and financial results.
The company may face damage to its reputation or legal liability if its clients are not satisfied with its services or products. The success of the company's business is dependent on strong, long-term client relationships and on its reputation for responsiveness and quality. As a result, if a client is not satisfied with the company's services or products, its reputation could be damaged and its business adversely affected. Allegations by private litigants or regulators of improper conduct, as well as negative publicity and press speculation about the company, whatever the outcome and whether or not valid, may harm its reputation. In addition to harm to reputation, if the company fails to meet its contractual obligations, it could be subject to legal liability, which could adversely affect its business, operating results and financial condition.
Future results will depend in part on the performance and capabilities of third parties with whom the company has commercial relationships. The company maintains business relationships with suppliers, channel partners and other parties that have complementary products, services or skills. Future results will depend, in part, on the performance and capabilities of these third parties, on the ability of external suppliers to deliver components at reasonable prices and in a timely manner, and on the financial condition of, and the company's relationship with, distributors and other indirect channel partners, which can affect the company's capacity to effectively and efficiently serve current and potential customers and end users.
The company has significant pension obligations and may be required to make additional significant cash contributions to its defined benefit pension plans. The company has unfunded obligations under its U.S. and non-U.S. defined benefit pension plans. In 2014, the company made cash contributions of $183.4 million to its worldwide defined benefit pension plans. Based on current legislation, recent interest rates and expected returns, in 2015 the company estimates that it will make cash contributions to its worldwide defined benefit pension plans of approximately $128.8 million, which is comprised of $52.6 million for the company's U.S. qualified defined benefit pension plan and $76.2 million primarily for non-U.S. defined benefit pension plans.
Deterioration in the value of the company's worldwide defined benefit pension plan assets, as well as discount rate changes, could require the company to make larger cash contributions to its defined benefit pension plans in the future. In addition, the funding of plan deficits over a shorter period of time than currently anticipated could result in making cash contributions to these plans on a more accelerated basis. Either of these events would reduce the cash available for working capital and other corporate uses and may have an adverse impact on the company's operations, financial condition and liquidity.
The company's future results will depend on its ability to continue to simplify its operations and provide services more cost efficiently. Over the past several years, the company has implemented significant cost-reduction measures and continues to focus on measures intended to further improve cost efficiency. Future results will depend on the success of these efforts as well as on the company's continued ability to focus its global resources and simplify its business structure.
The company's business can be adversely affected by global economic conditions, acts of war, terrorism or natural disasters. The company's financial results have been impacted by the global economic slowdown in recent years. If economic conditions worsen, the company could see reductions in demand and increased pressure on revenue and profit margins. The company could also see a further consolidation of clients, which could also result in a decrease in demand. The company's business could also be affected by acts of war, terrorism or natural disasters. Current world tensions could escalate, and this could have unpredictable consequences on the world economy and on the company's business.
The company's contracts with U.S. governmental agencies may subject the company to audits, criminal penalties, sanctions and other expenses and fines. The company frequently enters into contracts with governmental entities. U.S. government agencies, including the Defense Contract Audit Agency and the Department of Labor, routinely audit government contractors. These agencies review a contractor's performance under its contracts, cost structure and compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards. The U.S. government also may review the adequacy of, and a contractor's compliance with, contract terms and conditions, its systems and policies, including the contractor's purchasing, property, estimating, billing, accounting, compensation and management information systems. Any costs found to be overcharged or improperly allocated to a specific contract or any amounts improperly billed or charged for products or services will be subject to reimbursement to the government. In addition, government contractors, such as the company, are required to disclose credible evidence of certain violations of law and contract overpayments to the federal government. If the company is found to have participated in improper or illegal activities, the company may be subject to civil and criminal penalties and administrative sanctions, including termination of contracts, forfeiture of profits, suspension of payments, fines and suspension or prohibition from doing business with the U.S. government. Any negative publicity related to such contracts, regardless of the accuracy of such publicity, may adversely affect the company's business or reputation.
More than half of the company's revenue is derived from operations outside of the United States, and the company is subject to the risks of doing business internationally. More than half of the company's total revenue is derived from international operations. The risks of doing business internationally include foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, currency restrictions and devaluations, changes in political or economic conditions, trade protection measures, import or export licensing requirements, multiple and possibly overlapping and conflicting tax laws, new tax legislation, weaker intellectual property protections in some jurisdictions and additional legal and regulatory compliance requirements applicable to businesses that operate internationally, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and non-U.S. laws and regulations.
Financial market conditions may inhibit the company's ability to access capital and credit markets to address its liquidity needs. Financial market conditions may impact the company's ability to borrow, to refinance its outstanding debt, or to utilize surety bonds, letters of credit, foreign exchange derivatives and other financial instruments the company uses to conduct its business. Although the company primarily uses cash on hand to address its liquidity needs, its ability to do so assumes that its operations will continue to generate sufficient cash.
The company's services or products may infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others. The company cannot be sure that its services and products do not infringe on the intellectual property rights of third parties, and it may have infringement claims asserted against it or against its clients. These claims could cost the company money, prevent it from offering some services or products, or damage its reputation.
Pending litigation could affect the company's results of operations or cash flow. There are various lawsuits, claims, investigations and proceedings that have been brought or asserted against the company, which arise in the ordinary course of business, including actions with respect to commercial and government contracts, labor and employment, employee benefits, environmental matters, intellectual property and non-income tax and employment compensation in Brazil. See Note 13 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for more information on litigation. The company believes that it has valid defenses with respect to legal matters pending against it. Litigation is inherently unpredictable, however, and it is possible that the company's results of operations or cash flow could be materially affected in any particular period by the resolution of one or more of the legal matters pending against it.
The company could face business and financial risk in implementing future dispositions or acquisitions. As part of the company's business strategy, it may from time to time consider disposing of existing technologies, products and businesses that may no longer be in alignment with its strategic direction, including transactions of a material size, or acquiring complementary technologies, products and businesses. Potential risks with respect to dispositions include difficulty finding buyers or alternative exit strategies on acceptable terms in a timely manner; potential loss of employees or clients; dispositions at unfavorable prices or on unfavorable terms, including relating to retained liabilities; and post-closing indemnity claims. Any acquisitions may result in the incurrence of substantial additional indebtedness or contingent liabilities. Acquisitions could also result in potentially dilutive issuances of equity securities and an increase in amortization expenses related to intangible assets. Additional potential risks associated with acquisitions include integration difficulties; difficulties in maintaining or enhancing the profitability of any acquired business; risks of entering markets in which the company has no or limited prior experience; potential loss of employees or failure to maintain or renew any contracts of any acquired business; and expenses of any undiscovered or potential liabilities of the acquired product or business, including relating to employee benefits contribution obligations or environmental requirements. Further, with respect to both dispositions and acquisitions, management's attention could be diverted from other business concerns. Adverse credit conditions could also affect the company's ability to consummate dispositions or acquisitions. The risks associated with dispositions and acquisitions could have a material adverse effect upon the company's business, financial condition and results of operations. There can be no assurance that the company will be successful in consummating future dispositions or acquisitions on favorable terms or at all.