CSC Delivers Solid Margin Expansion, Profit Growth and Strong Cash Flow Performance in Third Quarter 2015

  • Earnings (Loss) per Share from Continuing Operations of ($2.23) Includes Net Actuarial Pension and SEC Settlement-Related Charges of ($3.43) per Share
  • Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings per Share of $1.18, up 9% YoY
  • Income from Continuing Operations of $172 million, up 3% YoY, Excluding Pension and SEC-Related Charges
  • Operating Income of $332 Million and Operating Income Margin of 11.3%, up 80 basis points YoY
  • Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities of $653 Million, up 23% YoY
  • Free Cash Flow of $498 Million, up 54% YoY

FALLS CHURCH, Va.--()--CSC (NYSE: CSC) today reported results for the third quarter of 2015.

“We are delivering solid profitability improvement through our cost takeout initiatives," said Mike Lawrie, president and CEO. “We returned to top line growth in our public sector business and we expanded the operating margin through tight cost management and good contract performance. We continue to see significant growth from our next-generation offerings. However, these contributions are not yet large enough to offset headwinds in our traditional commercial business. Free cash flow was strong at $498 million due to better working capital management.”

Financial Highlights

  • Earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations was ($2.23) in the third quarter and includes $2.05 from non-cash pension-related charges and $1.38 from a proposed SEC settlement-related charge. Adjusting for these items, non-GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per share was $1.18, up 9% when compared with $1.08 in the third quarter of fiscal 2014.
  • Income (loss) from continuing operations of ($313 million) for the third quarter includes pre-tax pension-related charges of $462 million and a $195 million charge for a proposed SEC settlement and related expenses.
  • Income from continuing operations, excluding these items, was $172 million, up 3% compared with $167 million in the prior year.
  • Operating income of $332 million compares with $338 million in the prior year. Operating margin of 11.3% for the quarter increased from 10.5% in the prior year.
  • Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of $272 million compares with $278 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014. EBIT margin of 9.2% improved from 8.6% in the prior year.
  • Free cash flow of $498 million compares with $324 million in the prior year.

Global Business Services

GBS revenue of $965 million in the quarter compares with $1,093 million in the year ago quarter. Segment revenue decreased by 8.5% in constant currency due to the ongoing repositioning of the consulting business and contract completions, partially offset by growth in big data and applications modernization. Operating margin of 13.3% increased from 12.8% in the prior year and 13.0% in the prior quarter, reflecting the company’s cost takeout actions. New business awards for GBS were $1.2 billion in the quarter.

Global Infrastructure Services

GIS revenue was $984 million in the quarter, a decrease of 10.9% in constant currency from the prior year. Growth in cloud and other next-generation offerings partially offset the impact of price-downs, restructurings, and contract completions. Operating margin was 7.3% compared with 7.9% in the prior year, reflecting investments in new offerings and strategic partnerships. Operating margin was up from 6.6% in the prior quarter, driven by cost takeout benefits. GIS reported new business awards of $1.0 billion in the quarter.

North American Public Sector

NPS revenue was $998 million in the quarter, an increase of 0.8% when compared with $990 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2014. Growth from infrastructure services, business process outsourcing at civil agencies, and healthcare applications offset declines from Department of Defense contracts. Operating margin of 14.5% compares with 12.3% in the prior year and 15.4% in the prior quarter, as the business continues to benefit from cost takeout and better contract performance. New business awards for NPS were $0.5 billion in the quarter.

Returning Capital to Shareholders

During the third quarter, CSC returned $41 million to shareholders consisting of $32 million in common stock dividends and $9 million of share repurchases. CSC repurchased 150,000 shares through open market purchases at an average price of $59.09. CSC had 140,991,870 basic shares outstanding on January 2, 2015.

Conference Call and Webcast

CSC senior management will host a conference call and webcast at 5 p.m. EST today. The dial-in number for domestic callers is 877-548-7914. Callers who reside outside of the United States or Canada should dial 719-325-4824. The passcode for all participants is 5099320. The webcast audio and any presentation slides will be available on CSC’s Investor Relations website.

A replay of the conference call will be available from approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call until February 16, 2015. The replay dial-in number is 888-203-1112 for domestic callers and 719-457-0820 for callers who reside outside of the United States and Canada. The replay passcode is also 5099320. A replay of this webcast will also be available on CSC’s website.

Non-GAAP Measures

In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding the Company’s preliminary results as determined by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company has also disclosed in this press release preliminary non-GAAP information, which management believes provides useful information to investors, including: operating income, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), free cash flow, and non-GAAP results including non-GAAP income (loss) from continuing operations and non-GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations. Reconciliations of the preliminary non-GAAP measures to the respective and most directly comparable GAAP measures, as well as the rationale for management’s use of non-GAAP measures, are included below.

About CSC

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) is a global leader of next generation information technology (IT) services and solutions. The Company's mission is to enable superior returns on our clients’ technology investments through best-in-class industry solutions, domain expertise and global scale. CSC has approximately 72,000 employees and reported revenue of $12.6 billion for the 12 months ended January 2, 2015. For more information, visit the company's website at www.csc.com.

All statements in this press release and in all future press releases that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements represent the Company’s intentions, plans, expectations and beliefs, and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the Company’s control. These factors could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. For a written description of these factors, see the section titled “Risk Factors” in CSC’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 28, 2014 and any updating information in subsequent SEC filings. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update these forward-looking statements whether as a result of subsequent event or otherwise, except as required by law.

Note: During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, CSC adopted a new mark-to-market pension accounting policy and changed its inter-company accounting policy. The Company’s results from the prior year have been adjusted to reflect these changes.

Business Segment Revenues, Operating Income and Operating Margins
(preliminary and unaudited)

Revenues by Segment

                       
Quarter Ended
(Amounts in millions) January 2, 2015

December 27,
2013

% Change  

% Change in
Constant
Currency

Global Business Services $ 965 $ 1,093 (11.7 )% (8.5 )%
Global Infrastructure Services 984 1,145 (14.1 )% (10.9 )%
North American Public Sector 998   990   0.8 % 0.8 %
Total Revenues $ 2,947   $ 3,228   (8.7 )% (6.5 )%
      Nine Months Ended
(Amounts in millions) January 2, 2015      

December 27,
2013

      % Change        

% Change in
Constant
Currency

Global Business Services $ 3,056 $ 3,169 (3.6 )% (3.7 )%
Global Infrastructure Services 3,151 3,405 (7.5 )% (7.5 )%
North American Public Sector 3,057   3,095   (1.2 )% (1.2 )%
Total Revenues $ 9,264   $ 9,669   (4.2 )% (4.2 )%

Operating Income and Operating Margins by Segment

           
       
Quarter Ended
January 2, 2015 December 27, 2013
(Amounts in millions) Operating Income      

Operating
Margin

Operating Income

Operating
Margin

Global Business Services $ 128 13.3 % $ 140 12.8 %
Global Infrastructure Services 72 7.3 % 91 7.9 %
North American Public Sector 145 14.5 % 122 12.3 %
Corporate (13 ) (15 )
Total Operating Income $ 332   11.3 % $ 338   10.5 %
      Nine Months Ended
January 2, 2015       December 27, 2013
(Amounts in millions) Operating Income      

Operating
Margin

Operating Income      

Operating
Margin

Global Business Services $ 366 12.0 % $ 373 11.8 %
Global Infrastructure Services 211 6.7 % 290 8.5 %
North American Public Sector 456 14.9 % 412 13.3 %
Corporate (48 ) (44 )
Total Operating Income $ 985   10.6 % $ 1,031   10.7 %
 
 

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations
(preliminary and unaudited)

      Quarter Ended       Nine Months Ended
(Amounts in millions, except per-share amounts) January 2, 2015       December 27, 2013 January 2, 2015       December 27, 2013
 
Revenues $ 2,947   $ 3,228   $ 9,264   $ 9,669  
 
Costs of services (excludes depreciation and amortization and restructuring costs) 2,530 2,261 7,101 7,015
Selling, general and administrative (excludes SEC settlement related charges and restructuring costs) 356 318 1,046 920
SEC settlement related charges 195 195
Depreciation and amortization 238 251 762 753
Restructuring costs 12 11 15 33
Interest expense 37 38 112 112
Interest income (4 ) (4 ) (14 ) (11 )
Other (income) expense, net 1   (5 ) 6   16  
Total costs and expenses 3,365   2,870   9,223   8,838  
 
(Loss) income from continuing operations, before taxes (418 ) 358 41 831
Income tax (benefit) expense (105 ) 77   18   227  
(Loss) income from continuing operations (313 ) 281 23 604
(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of taxes   (5 ) (29 ) 91  
Net (loss) income (313 ) 276 (6 ) 695
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interest, net of tax 1   5   11   18  
Net (loss) income attributable to CSC common stockholders $ (314 ) $ 271   $ (17 ) $ 677  
 
Earnings (loss) per common share
Basic:
Continuing operations $ (2.23 ) $ 1.88 $ 0.08 $ 3.96
Discontinued operations   (0.03 ) (0.20 ) 0.61  
$ (2.23 ) $ 1.85   $ (0.12 ) $ 4.57  
Diluted:
Continuing operations $ (2.23 ) $ 1.84 $ 0.08 $ 3.88
Discontinued operations   (0.03 ) (0.20 ) 0.60  
$ (2.23 ) $ 1.81   $ (0.12 ) $ 4.48  
 
Cash dividend per common share $ 0.23 $ 0.20 $ 0.69 $ 0.60
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding for:
Basic EPS 140.637 146.735 143.141 148.212
Diluted EPS 140.637 149.362 146.323 151.124
 
 

Selected Balance Sheet Data
(preliminary and unaudited)

      As of
(Amounts in millions) January 2, 2015       March 28, 2014
 
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,393 $ 2,443
Receivables, net 2,435 2,759
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 358   426
Total current assets 5,186   5,628
 
Property and equipment, net 1,692 2,031
Software, net 776 650
Outsourcing contract costs, net 330 427
Goodwill 1,669 1,667
Other assets 1,000   986
Total Assets $ 10,653   $ 11,389
 
Liabilities
Short-term debt and current maturities of long-term debt $ 554 $ 681
Accounts payable 339 394
Accrued payroll and related costs 459 592
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 1,186 1,094
Deferred revenue and advance contract payments 625 624
Income taxes payable and deferred income taxes 27   77
Total current liabilities 3,190   3,462
 
Long-term debt, net of current maturities 2,170 2,207
Income tax liabilities and deferred income taxes 547 557
Other long-term liabilities 1,391 1,219
 
Total Equity 3,355 3,944
     
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 10,653   $ 11,389
 
 

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
(preliminary and unaudited)

      Nine Months Ended
(Amounts in millions) January 2, 2015      

December 27,
2013

Cash flows from operating activities:
Net (loss) income $ (6 ) $ 695
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 762 753
Pension & OPEB actuarial & settlement losses (gains) 463 (114 )
SEC settlement related charges 195
Stock-based compensation 54 53
Gain on dispositions (22 ) (95 )
Excess tax benefit from stock based compensation (15 ) (5 )
Unrealized foreign currency exchange gain (19 )
Other non cash charges, net 22 35
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and dispositions:
Decrease in assets 171 122
Decrease in liabilities (481 ) (413 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,143   1,012  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment (283 ) (287 )
Payments for outsourcing contract costs (43 ) (55 )
Software purchased and developed (145 ) (142 )
Payments for acquisitions, net of cash acquired (35 ) (190 )
Business dispositions (13 ) 245
Proceeds from sale of assets 99 25
Other investing activities, net 21   27  
Net cash used in investing activities (399 ) (377 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Borrowings under lines of credit and short-term debt 408
Repayment of borrowings under lines of credit (32 )
Principal payments on long-term debt (193 ) (424 )
Proceeds from stock options and other common stock transactions 151 112
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 15 5
Repurchase of common stock (518 ) (376 )
Dividend payments (95 ) (89 )
Other financing activities, net (7 ) (29 )
Net cash used in financing activities (679 ) (393 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (115 ) (12 )

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(50 ) 230
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 2,443   2,054  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 2,393   $ 2,284  

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following tables reconcile non-GAAP financial measures of operating income, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), and free cash flow, to the respective most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Also presented below are the Company's non-GAAP results, which exclude certain items that management believes are not indicative of the Company's operating performance. CSC management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors regarding the Company's financial condition and results of operations as they provide another measure of the Company's profitability and ability to service its debt, and are considered important measures by financial analysts covering CSC and its peers.

Management uses operating income to evaluate financial performance and it is one of the measures used in assessing management performance. One of the limitations associated with the use of operating income (as compared to reported earnings) is that it does not reflect the complete financial results of the Company. CSC compensates for these limitations by providing a reconciliation between operating income and income from continuing operations, before taxes. Management uses free cash flow as one of the factors in reviewing the overall performance of the business. Management compensates for the limitations of this non-GAAP measure by also reviewing the GAAP measures of operating, investing and financing cash flows. Management uses non-GAAP income from continuing operations and non-GAAP EPS to evaluate the Company's results, excluding the impact of items that management believes are not indicative of the Company's operating performance. CSC compensates for the limitations of these non-GAAP measures by providing a reconciliation from non-GAAP results to reported results.

GAAP Reconciliations

Operating Income
(preliminary and unaudited)

CSC defines operating income as revenue less costs of services, depreciation and amortization expense, restructuring costs and segment selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense, excluding corporate G&A, actuarial and settlement charges related to CSC's pension and other post-employment benefit (OPEB) plans, and the SEC settlement related charges. Operating margin is defined as operating income as a percentage of revenue. A reconciliation of consolidated operating income to income from continuing operations, before taxes is as follows:

      Quarter Ended       Nine Months Ended
(Amounts in millions)

January 2,
2015

     

December 27,
2013

January 2,
2015

     

December 27,
2013

Operating income $ 332 $ 338 $ 985 $ 1,031
Corporate G&A (59 ) (65 ) (182 ) (197 )
Pension & OPEB actuarial & settlement (losses) gains (462 ) 114 (463 ) 114
SEC settlement related charges (195 ) (195 )
Interest expense (37 ) (38 ) (112 ) (112 )
Interest income 4 4 14 11
Other income (expense), net (1 ) 5   (6 ) (16 )
(Loss) income from continuing operations, before taxes $ (418 ) $ 358   $ 41   $ 831  
 
Operating margin 11.3 % 10.5 % 10.6 % 10.7 %
 
 

Earnings Before Interest and Taxes
(preliminary and unaudited)

CSC defines EBIT as income (loss) from continuing operations less actuarial gains (losses) and settlement charges related to CSC's pension & other post-employment benefit (OPEB) plans, the SEC settlement related charges, interest expense, interest income and income tax benefit (expense). EBIT margin is defined as EBIT as a percentage of revenue. Reconciliation of EBIT to (loss) income from continuing operations is as follows:

      Quarter Ended       Nine Months Ended
(Amounts in millions) January 2, 2015      

December 27,
2013

January 2, 2015        

December 27,
2013

Earnings before interest and taxes $ 272 $ 278 $ 797   $ 818
Pension & OPEB actuarial & settlement (losses) gains (462 ) 114 (463 ) 114
SEC settlement related charges (195 ) (195 )
Interest expense (37 ) (38 ) (112 ) (112 )
Interest income 4 4 14 11
Income tax benefit (expense) 105   (77 ) (18 ) (227 )
(Loss) income from continuing operations $ (313 ) $ 281   $ 23   $ 604  
 
EBIT margin 9.2 % 8.6 % 8.6 % 8.5 %
 
 

Free Cash Flow
(preliminary and unaudited)

CSC defines free cash flow as equal to the sum of (1) operating cash flows, (2) investing cash flows, excluding business acquisitions, dispositions and investments (including short-term investments and purchase or sale of available for sale securities), and (3) payments on capital leases and other long-term asset financings. A reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities is as follows:

      Quarter Ended       Nine Months Ended
(Amounts in millions) January 2, 2015      

December 27,
2013

January 2, 2015      

December 27,
2013

Net cash provided by operating activities $ 653 $ 529 $ 1,143 $ 1,012
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (101 ) (301 ) (399 ) (377 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired 163 35 190
Business dispositions (13 ) 13 (245 )
Short-term investments (5 )
Payments on capital leases and other long-term asset financings (54 ) (54 ) (193 ) (174 )
Free cash flow $ 498   $ 324   $ 599   $ 401  
 
 

Non-GAAP Results
(preliminary and unaudited)

Non-GAAP income from continuing operations is calculated as reported income (loss) from continuing operations less actuarial gains (losses) and settlement charges related to CSC's pension & other post-employment benefit (OPEB) plans, and the SEC settlement related charges. Non-GAAP EPS is calculated as non-GAAP net (loss) income attributable to CSC common stockholders divided by weighted average common shares outstanding. A reconciliation of non-GAAP results to reported results is as follows:

      Quarter ended January 2, 2015
(Amounts in millions, except per-share amounts) As reported      

Pension &
OPEB actuarial
& settlement
losses

     

SEC
Settlement
related
charges

     

Non-GAAP
results

Costs of services (excludes depreciation and amortization and restructuring costs) $ 2,530   $ (418 ) $   $ 2,112  
 
Selling, general and administrative (excludes SEC settlement related charges and restructuring costs) $ 356   $ (44 ) $   $ 312  
 
(Loss) income from continuing operations, before taxes $ (418 ) $ (462 ) $ (195 ) $ 239
Income tax (benefit) expense (105 ) (171 ) (1 ) 67  
(Loss) income from continuing operations (313 ) (291 ) (194 ) 172
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes        
Net (loss) income (313 ) (291 ) (194 ) 172
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest, net of tax 1   (2 )   3  
Net (loss) income attributable to CSC common stockholders $ (314 ) $ (289 ) $ (194 ) $ 169  
 
Effective Tax Rate 25.1 % 37.0 % 0.5 % 28.0 %
 
Basic EPS from continuing operations $ (2.23 ) $ (2.05 ) $ (1.38 ) $ 1.20
Diluted EPS from continuing operations $ (2.23 ) $ (2.02 ) $ (1.36 ) $ 1.18
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding for:
Basic EPS 140.637 140.637 140.637 140.637
Diluted EPS 140.637 142.852 142.852 142.852
      Nine months ended January 2, 2015
(Amounts in millions, except per-share amounts) As reported      

Pension &
OPEB actuarial
& settlement
losses

     

SEC
Settlement
related
charges

     

Non-GAAP
results

Costs of services (excludes depreciation and amortization and restructuring costs) $ 7,101   $ (418 ) $   $ 6,683  
 
Selling, general and administrative (excludes SEC settlement related charges and restructuring costs) $ 1,046   $ (45 ) $   $ 1,001  
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations, before taxes $ 41 $ (463 ) $ (195 ) $ 699
Income tax expense (benefit) 18   (171 ) (1 ) 190  
Income (loss) from continuing operations 23 (292 ) (194 ) 509
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes (29 )     (29 )
Net (loss) income (6 ) (292 ) (194 ) 480
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest, net of tax 11   (2 )   13  
Net (loss) income attributable to CSC common stockholders $ (17 ) $ (290 ) $ (194 ) $ 467  
 
Effective Tax Rate 43.9 % 36.9 % 0.5 % 27.2 %
 
Basic EPS from continuing operations $ 0.08 $ (2.03 ) $ (1.36 ) $ 3.47
Basic EPS from discontinued operations $ (0.20 ) $ $ $ (0.20 )
Diluted EPS from continuing operations $ 0.08 $ (1.98 ) $ (1.33 ) $ 3.39
Diluted EPS from discontinued operations $ (0.20 ) $ $ $ (0.20 )
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding for:
Basic EPS 143.141 143.141 143.141 143.141
Diluted EPS 146.323 146.323 146.323 146.323
      Quarter ended December 27, 2013
(Amounts in millions, except per-share amounts) As reported      

Pension
actuarial gains

     

Non-GAAP
results

Costs of services (excludes depreciation and amortization and restructuring costs) $ 2,261   $ 80   $ 2,341  
 
Selling, general and administrative (excludes restructuring costs) $ 318   $ 34   $ 352  
 
Income from continuing operations, before taxes $ 358 $ 114 $ 244
Income tax expense 77     77  
Income from continuing operations 281 114 167
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes (5 )   (5 )
Net income 276 114 162
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interest, net of tax 5     5  
Net income attributable to CSC common stockholders $ 271   $ 114   $ 157  
 
Effective Tax Rate 21.5 % % 31.6 %
 
Basic EPS from continuing operations $ 1.88 $ 0.78 $ 1.10
Basic EPS from discontinued operations $ (0.03 ) $ $ (0.03 )
Diluted EPS from continuing operations $ 1.84 $ 0.76 $ 1.08
Diluted EPS from discontinued operations $ (0.03 ) $ $ (0.03 )
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding for:
Basic EPS 146.735 146.735 146.735
Diluted EPS 149.362 149.362 149.362
      Nine months ended December 27, 2013
(Amounts in millions, except per-share amounts) As reported      

Pension
actuarial gains

     

Non-GAAP
results

Costs of services (excludes depreciation and amortization and restructuring costs) $ 7,015   $ 80   $ 7,095  
 
Selling, general and administrative (excludes restructuring costs) $ 920   $ 34   $ 954  
 
Income from continuing operations, before taxes $ 831 $ 114 $ 717
Income tax expense 227     227  
Income from continuing operations 604 114 490
Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes 91     91  
Net income 695 114 581
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interest, net of tax 18     18  
Net income attributable to CSC common stockholders $ 677   $ 114   $ 563  
 
Effective Tax Rate 27.3 % % 31.7 %
 
Basic EPS from continuing operations $ 3.96 $ 0.77 $ 3.18
Basic EPS from discontinued operations $ 0.61 $ $ 0.61
Diluted EPS from continuing operations $ 3.88 $ 0.75 $ 3.12
Diluted EPS from discontinued operations $ 0.60 $ $ 0.60
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding for:
Basic EPS 148.212 148.212 148.212
Diluted EPS 151.124 151.124 151.124

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Contacts

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
Corporate Media Relations
Richard Adamonis, 862-228-3481
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or
Investor Relations
George Price, 703-641-3842
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Release Summary

CSC Delivers Solid Margin Expansion, Profit Growth and Strong Cash Flow Performance in Third Quarter 2015

Contacts

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
Corporate Media Relations
Richard Adamonis, 862-228-3481
radamonis@csc.com
or
Investor Relations
George Price, 703-641-3842
gprice4@csc.com