Wex, Inc. (WEX) Misses Q4 EPS by 1c, Revenues Beat

February 24, 2021 6:32 AM EST

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Wex, Inc. (NYSE: WEX) reported Q4 EPS of $1.45, $0.01 worse than the analyst estimate of $1.46. Revenue for the quarter came in at $399 million versus the consensus estimate of $384.57 million.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Performance Metrics

  • Average number of vehicles serviced was 15.8 million, an increase of 6% from the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • Total fuel transactions processed decreased 5% from the fourth quarter of 2019 to 147.7 million.
  • Payment processing transactions decreased 7% to 118.3 million.
  • U.S. retail fuel price decreased to $2.26 per gallon from $2.80 per gallon in the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • Travel and Corporate Solutions' purchase volume decreased 48% to $5.0 billion from $9.6 billion for the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • Health and Employee Benefit Solutions' average number of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) accounts in the U.S. grew 8% to 14.5 million from 13.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.

“This year proved to be a year like no other as the world faced a number of challenges. Nevertheless, WEX remained resilient as we continued to advance our strategic objectives. The fourth quarter played out better than expected and we began to see some encouraging trends as customer demand slowly returned despite renewed lockdowns across many parts of the world. Our over-the road, corporate payments and U.S. health businesses remained bright spots, each posting another quarter of top-line growth,” said Melissa Smith, WEX’s Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “We also closed the eNett and Optal transactions at the end of 2020, which increases our flexibility and opportunities going forward. While the travel market will be volatile in the short term, it remains an area of long term opportunity for WEX.”

Ms. Smith continued, “Our solid execution in 2020 underpins the strength and diversification of WEX’s business model. We continued to innovate and advance our products, reflected by the significant number of contract signings and renewals, as well as the achievement of running approximately two thirds of our volume in the cloud. Advancements like this, combined with our customer-centric focus, will continue to differentiate WEX in the marketplace going forward. While the pace of recovery will vary, the anticipated return of volumes from existing customers coupled with new customer additions positions us well to succeed post-pandemic. These factors, bolstered by our continued strategic investments, give me confidence that our next chapter of growth will be our best.”

“While fourth quarter and full year results continued to be impacted by the pandemic, we were encouraged by continued sequential improvement across much of the business. As in prior quarters, we successfully executed against our strategic pillars, drove efficiencies, invested in high-growth areas, maintained high retention rates, and signed new business across all segments,” said Roberto Simon, WEX’s Chief Financial Officer. “We are proud of the resilience WEX demonstrated in 2020, and believe we are well positioned to capture future growth as the economy continues to improve.”

Financial Guidance

On May 7, 2020, the Company withdrew all previously-issued full fiscal year 2020 financial guidance due to COVID-19. Given the continued uncertainty related to COVID-19, the Company is not providing any further financial guidance at this time. WEX continues to carefully monitor the pandemic and the impact on its business; however, given the uncertainty regarding the pandemic's spread, duration, and impact, the Company is currently unable to predict the precise extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic will impact its future operations and financial results.

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