ST. LOUIS -- Amdocs Limited (NYSE: DOX) today reported that for its fiscal fourth quarter ended September 30, 2009, revenue was $707.4 million, a decrease of 14.3% from last year's fourth quarter and up 2.5% sequentially. Net income on a non-GAAP basis was $109.2 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $117.2 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Non-GAAP net income excludes amortization of purchased intangible assets and equity-based compensation expenses of $23.4 million, net of related tax effects, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 and excludes such amortization, equity-based compensation expenses and restructuring charges of $34.5 million, net of related tax effects, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. The Company's GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 was $85.8 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $82.7 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in the prior year's fourth quarter.
"After experiencing a challenging fiscal year, we are pleased that our fourth quarter results demonstrated stronger-than-expected performance across our four key financial metrics: revenue, profitability, earnings and free cash flow. We believe this reflects positively on the value of Amdocs' market leading offerings and strategic position against the backdrop of steadying economic conditions. While indicators are still mixed across our market and the global economy, we are cautiously optimistic that our business is stabilizing to slightly improving, as reflected in our fiscal first quarter guidance for 2010," said Dov Baharav, chief executive officer of Amdocs Management Limited.
Baharav continued, "Reflecting on our relative successes in 2009, we experienced rising interest and strong signings in managed services which we believe addresses the communications industry's need to streamline cost structures, while concurrently offering the option to modernize systems. Additionally, we performed very well in cable and satellite in a tough economy, and we validated our market position by establishing and expanding important relationships with leading operators. We expect these two growth drivers - managed services and cable and satellite - to continue to perform well and provide a strong foundation for our results again in 2010. On the other hand, our project-oriented activities contracted in 2009 as they naturally reacted more sharply to deteriorating economic conditions. We believe, in aggregate, our project-oriented revenue is showing early signs of stabilization; however, decision cycles remain extended and results may still vary quarter to quarter in individual product areas and geographies."
Baharav concluded, "Lastly, we believe we have made the right investments to drive our future long-term growth. Over the course of the recession, we have deepened our relationships with key customers, led the industry in R&D investment, and continued to streamline our cost structure. As a result, we truly believe we are emerging from the global economic crisis in a stronger competitive position than we entered."
Free cash flow was $166 million for the quarter, comprised of cash flow from operations of $184 million less approximately $18 million in net capital expenditures and other.
Twelve-month backlog, which includes anticipated revenue related to contracts, estimated revenue from managed services contracts, letters of intent, maintenance and estimated on-going support activities, was $2.385 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.