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Alight, Inc. (NYSE:ALIT) Q4 2022 Earnings Conference Call February 21, 2023 5:00 PM ET

Company Participants

Jeremy Heaton - Executive Vice President, Finance

Stephan Scholl - Chief Executive Officer

Katie Rooney - Chief Financial Officer

Conference Call Participants

Kyle Peterson - Needham & Company

Kevin McVeigh - Credit Suisse

Scott Schoenhaus - KeyBanc

Tien-Tsin Huang - JPMorgan

Emily Marzo - Bank of America

Operator

Good greeting and convey you for holding. My sanction is Paul, and I will beryllium your convention usability today. Welcome to Alight’s Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, each parties are successful a listen-only mode. As a reminder, today’s telephone is being recorded and a replay of nan telephone will beryllium disposable connected nan Investor Relations conception of nan company’s website.

And now I would for illustration to move nan telephone complete to Jeremy Heaton, Executive Vice President, Finance astatine Alight to present today’s speakers.

Jeremy Heaton

Good afternoon. Thank you for joining us. Earlier today, nan institution issued a property merchandise pinch 4th fourth and afloat twelvemonth 2022 results. A transcript of nan merchandise tin beryllium recovered connected nan Investor Relations conception of nan company’s website astatine investor.alight.com.

Before we get started, please statement that immoderate of nan company’s chat coming will see forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of early performance.

Actual results whitethorn disagree materially from those expressed aliases implied successful nan forward-looking statements owed to a assortment of factors. These factors are discussed successful much item successful nan company’s filings pinch nan SEC, including nan company’s astir caller Form 10-K arsenic specified factors whitethorn beryllium updated from time-to-time successful nan company’s consequent filings pinch nan SEC. The institution does not undertake immoderate responsibility to update forward-looking statements.

Also, passim this convention call, nan institution will beryllium presenting non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of nan company’s humanities non-GAAP financial measures to their astir straight comparable GAAP financial measures look successful today’s net property release.

On nan telephone from guidance coming are Stephan Scholl, CEO; and Katie Rooney, CFO. After their prepared remarks, we will unfastened up nan telephone for questions.

I will now manus nan telephone complete to Stephan.

Stephan Scholl

Thank you, and bully afternoon, everyone. We are excited to stock our Q4 results wherever we vanished nan twelvemonth pinch awesome momentum, delivering different 4th up of expectations, pinch gross up 9% and adjusted EBITDA up 27%. Our beardown decorativeness to 2022 completes twelvemonth 2 of nan three-year scheme we outlined successful 2021 up of expectations.

Our accordant capacity is simply a testament to nan differentiated worth we present for our clients and their labor and nan charismatic marketplace opportunity that Alight is uniquely positioned to meet.

Our BPaaS offerings person accelerated our strategy by connecting nan powerfulness of information pinch our products and capabilities crossed nan spectrum of quality superior solutions to redefine nan early of worker well-being. This strategy has culminated pinch transformational wins for Alight pinch PwC, Shell and nan Federal Thrift and this 4th is nary different.

We signed a institution defining semipermanent agreements pinch GE and different Fortune 10 institution wherever our Alight Worklife level serves arsenic nan beforehand doorway to connecting precocious worth contented and driving worker engagement. With these caller wins, we are accelerating our investments, while delivering double-digit maturation successful 2023. Since going public, we person met aliases exceeded expectations each quarter.

More specifically, successful 2022, afloat twelvemonth full gross accrued 7% to $3.1 billion, driven by 9% maturation successful recurring revenue, which now represents astir 84% of full revenue. On a full statement basis, nan bookings of our technology-led BPaaS solutions grew astir 45% to $871 million, good up of our $680 cardinal to $700 cardinal yearly target. And BPaaS gross for 2022 was $564 million, up 45% versus anterior twelvemonth and now comprises 18% of full revenue, up from 13% successful 2021.

Adjusted EBITDA accrued 6% to $659 million, moreover pinch $38 cardinal of incremental investments successful nan year. And finally, we achieved operating rate travel conversion of 43%, up from 19% successful 2021.

I americium incredibly proud of nan measurement our squad continues to present connected our commitments, while making meaningful advancement connected our transformation. We person focused successful 3 cardinal areas; products and technology; our commercialized go-to-market; and really we present for clients.

First, successful merchandise and technology, we launched an Alight Worklife and migrated each of our clients onto our enterprise-wide worker acquisition platform. This is nan instauration for engagement. Worklife has go nan azygous assets from regular well-being to analyzable attraction and nan Alight Worklife mobile app is cardinal to integer engagement.

In 2022, nan app was downloaded 1.2 cardinal times. Our monthly progressive users accrued 170% and done yearly enrollment, we saw a 200% summation successful integer use enrollments pinch higher wide customer satisfaction.

Next, our commercialized go-to-market. We person built retired our caller logo team, arsenic good arsenic worth engineering and solution architects to accelerate our growth. Since 2021, we person won complete 700 caller logos, including Navistar, PwC, Sartorius, Shell, Genuine Parts, Siemens Energy and AutoZone successful summation to our awesome Q4 wins. We are conscionable awkward of our three-year BPaaS bookings TCV target by nan extremity of twelvemonth two.

Finally, we are delivering for our clients. As I said before, we judge that ray is successful a class of 1 erstwhile it comes to bringing our level and contented attack mixed pinch decades of services expertise.

In 2022, we onboarded nan Federal Thrift, nan largest transaction of its benignant pinch complete 6 cardinal participants. And done yearly enrollment this past quarter, our integer CSAT aliases customer restitution was up 10 points, while reducing wide unrecorded telephone volumes, a important facet successful really we unit and manage, while delivering for our clients moving forward.

The momentum we person heading into 2023 is because of these attraction areas that bring together nan powerfulness of One Alight and is nan logic we are winning these translator of caller deals that support some nan employer and nan employee.

For nan employee, Alight Worklife simplifies and improves nan acquisition and worth they are capable to deduce from nan analyzable ecosystem crossed employer’s benefits and well-being investments. For nan employer, these solutions thief them execute a higher ROI, while improving worker restitution and engagement.

A existent life illustration we travel crossed often is family planning. In nan accepted exemplary of support and worker needs to navigate aggregate siloed applications to get support pinch aesculapian aliases take planning, security sum options and scheme selection, HSA, FSA and 401(k) decisions and lead management. This places tremendous intelligence accent connected nan worker trying to negociate it each successful what is expected to beryllium an breathtaking clip of life.

Now pinch our integrated Alight Worklife platform, 1 position changed wherever nan worker triggers a proactive, data-driven, personalized connection pinch support and options to reside each dimensions of family planning, moreover surfacing caller well-being programs and resources, they typically wouldn’t person known existed each successful a seamless experience.

Another illustration of a precocious effect life arena is divorcement and nan relationship betwixt employees’ financial accent and worry driving a request for intelligence unwellness support. This worker whitethorn person aggregate 401(k) loans, nary remaining vacation time, typically a institution will not beryllium capable to link each nan dots connected this circumstantial worker unless they person nan information connected them successful 1 connected Alight Worklife platform.

Just 2 examples of many, but this is nan worth of Alight Worklife engagement platform. As we participate 2023, twelvemonth 3 of our transformation, I americium much assured than ever that we are focused successful nan correct areas, and arsenic I said earlier, we will proceed to accelerate our investments, strengthening our competitory advantage and further processing our differentiated solutions, which are winning successful nan market.

With our beardown bookings maturation and highly recurring gross model, we ended nan twelvemonth pinch complete $2.9 cardinal of gross nether statement for 2023, nan highest starting constituent for Alight ever. For context, $2.9 cardinal was our full gross successful 2021.

This gives america assurance that we tin proceed to amended growth, separator and operating rate travel successful 2023, while accelerating our exertion roadmap, contempt what we and others judge will beryllium a tougher macroeconomic backdrop.

For 2023, we will complete our three-year scheme up of nan original outlook. We expect full gross maturation of 11% to 12%, adjusted EBITDA maturation of 12% to 14% and operating rate travel conversion of 45% to 55%.

Importantly, erstwhile you look astatine nan value of nan operation of our business, successful 2023 pursuing nan beardown execution of our translator successful anterior years, we expect a higher worth BPaaS gross dollars to turn complete 25% for nan year.

Now let’s dive much into 2023, truthful I tin stock immoderate cardinal areas of focus. We judge that successful a recessionary environment, employers are nether accrued unit to clasp nan statement connected spending, proving retired nan ROI connected use walk is moreover much critical.

Additionally, we judge that companies pinch genuinely differentiated well-being programs will beryllium those that clasp apical talent during challenging times and yet position themselves good for semipermanent success.

To proceed to execute connected our strategy, we are accelerating our investments crossed 3 priorities. First is nan Alight Worklife platform. Our 2023 merchandise roadmap kicks disconnected pinch nan first merchandise day this month, wherever we will grow entree of Alight Worklife to each family members, which we judge will make it nan first firm level of its kind. The expanded entree will let america to move nan needle successful an moreover much meaningful measurement connected caring for nan well-being of nan full family unit.

Additionally, we are seeing higher engagement done our Alight Worklife AI engine, caller entrants person validated nan value of AI being astatine nan halfway of our level strategy. Last year, our engagement channels, specified arsenic our intelligent virtual adjunct were up 20% and we are seeing importantly higher conversion rates connected campaigns leveraging AI for clients.

Finally, we are accelerating nan move to nan unreality and our backmost agency infrastructure. This will alteration america to amended negociate seasonal peaks and demand, while improving nan worker acquisition for our customers.

Second, we are strengthening our operating exemplary to showcase nan powerfulness of One Alight by shifting our content-aligned attraction and services exemplary to beryllium much standardized and automated. We tin leverage our world capabilities and amended nan customer experience, while reducing nan costs to service for each our clients.

Third, we are evolving our BPaaS solutions crossed well-being, driving much differentiation and expanding our gross imaginable arsenic we reside a bigger request for our clients. Today, we person complete $1 cardinal of upside successful our installed guidelines alone, arsenic we activity towards having 90% of our income squad certified connected One Alight and launched nan adjacent shape of our well-being and engagement solutions we will capitalize connected our increasing full addressable market.

Now I will move nan telephone to Katie to dive much into our financial capacity and supply our outlook for nan caller year.

Katie Rooney

Thank you, Stephan, and bully afternoon, everyone. We proceed to thrust affirmative results crossed our business arsenic we adjacent retired nan 2nd twelvemonth of our transformation. I americium pleased to stock our 4th fourth results, capping a twelvemonth successful which we hit nan precocious extremity of our guidance scope for gross and achieved nan precocious extremity of our guidance scope for adjusted EBITDA.

Let maine commencement first pinch our commercialized results. We proceed to transcend our expectations and spot beardown take of our BPaaS offerings, highlighted by institution defining caller logo wins pinch GE, Chipotle and a Fortune 10 customer during nan 4th quarter.

On a full statement basis, BPaaS bookings for nan afloat twelvemonth grew astir 45% to $871 million, good up of our $680 cardinal to $700 cardinal target. This bookings maturation translates into higher contracted gross and accelerating wide gross growth.

Our BPaaS gross for 2022 grew astir 45% to $564 cardinal and comprised 18% of full gross astatine year-end, up from 13% astatine nan extremity of 2021. With our beardown execution, we ended nan twelvemonth pinch complete $2.9 cardinal of 2023 gross nether contract, our highest ever and complete $800 cardinal higher than our starting constituent successful 2021.

Across our consolidated results, we proceed to spot advancement arsenic our investments salary disconnected and nan expanding value of nan operation of our business shows. Full twelvemonth full gross accrued 7.4% to $3.13 billion, driven by 8.6% maturation successful recurring revenue, which now represents astir 84% of full revenue.

Adjusted EBITDA accrued 6.1% to $659 cardinal pinch an adjusted EBITDA separator of 21%, successful statement pinch anterior year, contempt $38 cardinal of incremental investments successful nan year.

While we proceed to accelerate our investments successful Alight Worklife and ample caller deals, we delivered operating rate travel of $286 cardinal for nan year, pinch a free rate travel conversion of 43%, importantly up of past year.

Next, I americium going to talk nan capacity of our 2 superior segments. First, for Employer Solutions. Fourth 4th gross was up 10% pinch recurring gross up 9.3%. Project gross was up 17.4% successful nan quarter, driven by respective larger yearly enrollment projects that we discussed investing successful during our November call.

Fourth 4th gross separator accrued 190 ground points, benefiting from seasonality and nan affirmative return from immoderate of nan investments earlier successful nan year. Fourth 4th adjusted EBITDA accrued 24.4% to $240 cardinal and adjusted EBITDA separator expanded 330 ground points to 28.7%.

Turning to our Professional Services segment. Fourth 4th gross was up 2.2% to $95 million, driven by 3% maturation successful recurring revenue. Importantly, we proceed to spot place successful our income pipeline and backlog heading into 2023. Gross separator was up 380 ground points successful nan 4th fourth to 25.3% arsenic respective larger deals went live. Fourth 4th adjusted EBITDA was $1 million.

In summation to our attraction areas driving translator done exertion and commercial, we cognize that connecting precocious worth contented to our level has nan powerfulness to alteration nan measurement that group interact pinch HR, their benefits and their employer connected immoderate of nan astir important life decisions.

To that end, successful December, we closed connected nan ReedGroup transaction for a nett information of $87 million. This is an important bolt-on acquisition and lead guidance solution that brings captious contented to build upon a ray strategy to support labor and their dependents from prosecute done retire.

Turning to our equilibrium sheet. Our twelvemonth extremity rate and rate equivalents equilibrium was $250 cardinal and our full indebtedness was $2.8 billion. Given nan liking complaint environment, we judge we are good positioned, fixed our hedging strategy pinch complete 70% of our indebtedness portfolio fixed done 2024 and 50% fixed for 2025. In addition, we person nary near-term indebtedness maturities of important size until 2025.

We did not make immoderate stock repurchases successful nan 4th quarter, but we will proceed to opportunistically measure banal buybacks against different charismatic opportunities we person for investing successful nan business organically and inorganically done disciplined M&A.

Now fto maine supply you immoderate colour connected our rate travel capacity and our outlook going forward. In 2022, we invested an incremental $38 cardinal successful technology, commercialized and to support important caller logo wins, including nan Federal Thrift.

We made advancement connected improving our rate travel from operations by generating operating leverage connected nan investments we made and improving moving superior metrics. For nan 12 months ended successful December, we generated $286 cardinal successful operating rate travel versus $115 cardinal complete nan aforesaid play past year.

Turning to our outlook. As Stephan highlighted, we proceed to spot nan momentum building aft a twelvemonth aliases 2 of our transformation. We judge nan mission-critical products we supply and our beardown customer relationships position america good to withstand economical challenges.

A fewer stats worthy keeping successful mind. We person astir 84% yearly recurring revenue, pinch 98% mean yearly gross retention, up from 97% successful 2021. Our mean statement lengths are 3 years to 5 years and we service a divers customer base, including astir 70% of nan Fortune 100.

With that, I’d for illustration to move to our 2023 outlook for nan year, which is successful statement pinch our stated goals of improving gross growth, separator description and higher operating rate travel conversion. Our outlook is gross of $3.47 cardinal to $3.51 cardinal aliases maturation of 11% to 12%.

Adjusted EBITDA of $735 cardinal to $750 cardinal aliases maturation of 12% to 14%, pinch EBITDA separator description of 15 ground points to 50 ground points, moreover pinch nan $50 cardinal of investments, which I will talk shortly.

Adjusted EPS of $0.62 to $0.67 aliases maturation of 9% to 18%. BPaaS TCV bookings of $900 cardinal to $1 billion. And an operating rate travel conversion complaint of 45% to 55%, up from 43% successful 2022.

Let maine stock nan cardinal factors driving our outlook. First, gross maturation is driven from caller deals going live, including ample One Alight BPaaS wins, nan afloat twelvemonth effect of nan Federal Thrift statement and nan summation of ReedGroup.

Second, fixed nan commercialized successes of nan first 2 years of our transformation, we are continuing our investments successful Worklife and our go-to-market strategy, arsenic good arsenic implementing nan ample caller clients we mentioned earlier. We expect nan walk tied to these initiatives to beryllium astir $50 million.

Next, arsenic we participate nan adjacent shape of our translator to thrust separator description and higher rate flow, we are announcing a two-year restructuring programme successful bid to accelerate our backmost agency infrastructure into nan unreality and toggle shape our operating exemplary pinch really we present for clients each day, leveraging exertion and yet reducing our costs to serve.

Total costs are estimated astatine $140 cardinal for nan program, weighted much towards twelvemonth 1 pinch estimated savings complete $100 cardinal annually, making for a very beardown payback complete time. Even pinch this spend, we will summation our rate travel conversion each twelvemonth and thrust Employer Solutions gross separator description of 50 ground points to 100 ground points successful 2023 and 100 ground points to 150 ground points successful 2024.

Finally, we are cautiously optimistic connected impacts from nan macro situation successful 2023 and its imaginable effect connected our commercialized pipeline and task revenue. We expect nan seasonality floor plan successful 2023 will beryllium mostly accordant pinch 2022.

As mentioned previously, we are hosting our Investor Day astatine nan New York Stock Exchange connected nan day of May 15th and look guardant to sharing cardinal updates and further specifications connected nan adjacent shape of our ongoing transformation.

In closing, we are up of our first plans pinch awesome momentum and are continuing to put successful our maturation arsenic we look to 2023 and beyond. We are assured that our translator travel and dual-pronged engagement level and contented strategy will proceed to win and position america arsenic nan leader successful our industry.

This concludes our prepared remarks and we will now move into nan question-and-answer session. Operator, would you please instruct participants connected really to inquire questions.

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Thank you. Our first mobility is from Kyle Peterson pinch Needham & Company. Please proceed pinch your question.

Kyle Peterson

Thanks for taking nan questions. I wanted to dive a small spot into nan restructuring programme that you guys announced. It seems for illustration you person a bully magnitude of savings and rather a spot of wood to chop. But really should we beryllium reasoning astir nan cadence of these costs savings and really overmuch is successful benignant of that 2023 outlook, really overmuch falls into 2024?

Katie Rooney

Yeah. Kyle, acknowledgment for nan question. And you will see, too, we did put retired successful nan 8-K. You will spot immoderate ranges connected costs, which I deliberation will beryllium adjuvant for you arsenic well. But we said astir two-thirds of nan costs will deed successful 2023. Intentionally arsenic we accelerate nan exertion transformation, peculiarly to service immoderate of these large caller customer wins.

From a separator perspective, arsenic you deliberation astir nan savings astir that, that’s factored into our guidance for 2023, and then, I think, importantly, that’s why I mentioned immoderate of nan stats successful 2024. You will commencement to spot improving operating rate travel and a faster acceleration connected separator betterment successful 2024.

Kyle Peterson

Okay. That’s really helpful. And I conjecture conscionable a speedy follow-up connected nan Professional Services outlook. It seems for illustration that’s coming successful a spot stronger than expected. I cognize you guys benignant of mentioned nan amended pipeline heading into 2023. Have you guys seen immoderate unit aliases effect from benignant of immoderate of nan macro uncertainty aliases has it benignant of been guns blazing and afloat velocity caput connected nan services front?

Stephan Scholl

It’s guns blazing.

Katie Rooney

Yeah. A small spot of both. What I’d say, you are right, nan squad has done a awesome occupation successful that business, really driving nan strongest backlog we person had heading into 2023 and I deliberation immoderate of that ties into immoderate of nan One Alight deals we are winning wherever we tin play a larger domiciled from a Professional Services position arsenic well.

What I would return really we person talked astir it connected immoderate of nan earlier calls arsenic well. The 1 area wherever we person seen immoderate slowdown is much connected nan world beforehand arsenic we spot a small spot of slowdown there, but truthful far, we person been capable to navigate done that. And again, arsenic I look astatine nan pipeline heading into 2023, it’s still very strong.

Kyle Peterson

All right. It’s awesome color. Thanks, guys. Nice quarter.

Stephan Scholl

Thank you.

Katie Rooney

Yeah.

Operator

Thank you. Our adjacent mobility is from Kevin McVeigh pinch Credit Suisse. Please proceed pinch your question.

Kevin McVeigh

Great. Thanks truthful much. Not only a bully quarter, but really, really bully outlook. So congrats connected that.

Stephan Scholl

Thank you.

Katie Rooney

Thanks, Kevin.

Stephan Scholl

Thanks, Kevin.

Kevin McVeigh

Really good done. Hey. I americium -- I don’t cognize either Stephan aliases Katie, tin you deconstruct nan revenue, because clearly, you are seeing meaningful uptick successful nan gross benignant of 11% to 12%, up from benignant of nan original 6% to 7% erstwhile you group nan 2022. Maybe conscionable immoderate of nan delta connected that, Katie, possibly pricing, obviously, nan bookings benignant of stood retired arsenic well, possibly conscionable pricing versus. And is location immoderate benignant of macro effect because it’s conscionable really, really terrific outcome, peculiarly fixed sometimes you spot immoderate customer hesitancy to switch, fixed macro uncertainty, which it feels for illustration it’s thing astir that, but possibly conscionable effort to understand that a small bit. And past if there’s a measurement to possibly deliberation astir what percent BPaaS should beryllium arsenic a percent of gross successful 2023?

Stephan Scholl

Yeah. Sure, Kevin. Let maine commencement and past Katie you tin springiness immoderate much colour to it. I mean, I think, nan 1 condemnation that I articulated successful nan chat earlier is $2.9 cardinal of backlog, which is nan aforesaid that we had arsenic gross successful full successful 2021.

So it’s that formation to value of everything I person been talking astir nan past fewer years, building retired much ARR, subscription-based business, longer word contracts, higher worth dollars. And arsenic you know, nan gift that keeps giving is if you get these kinds of deals that are nan ARR type deals, you tin really waste and execute aliases trust connected task based type one-time business conscionable becomes little and little arsenic portion of our look moving forward.

Now successful 2023, we still person a large reliance connected a batch of that task work, and arsenic we conscionable -- arsenic you conscionable heard Katie opportunity a fewer minutes ago, our backlog is nan strongest successful nan one-time task based business, we spot resurgence successful that. But nan attraction really has been to your question, successful nan past mates of years, is building retired that beardown recurring gross stream.

And BPaaS is simply a large portion of that. You saw 40%-plus maturation connected that past year, 25% maturation connected that baseline this year, 13% to 20%-plus successful 2023 erstwhile you deliberation astir it. So that’s a beautiful large needle mover.

Katie Rooney

As a percent of revenue.

Stephan Scholl

As a percent of revenue.

Katie Rooney

Yeah. Yeah.

Stephan Scholl

Sorry. Yeah.

Katie Rooney

Yeah.

Stephan Scholl

As a percent of revenue. So those are nan large contributors to nan accordant maturation that we are seeing correct now. What would you add, Katie?

Katie Rooney

No. I mean, I think, that’s good said. It’s nan correct question, Kevin, and I deliberation we person -- I deliberation group person been waiting to see, tin you really accelerate maturation successful this business and I deliberation we are doing it successful nan correct way, arsenic Stephan said, done recurring subscription based gross that is stable, sticky, brings these monolight deals together wherever we tin thief toggle shape our clients, and honestly, that helps our financial floor plan arsenic well. So moving to 20% of our gross successful BPaaS successful 2023, I think, is simply a large milestone for us.

Kevin McVeigh

That’s big. And obviously, disconnected a higher guidelines arsenic well. Stephan, I think, you mentioned like, imaginable upwards of $1 cardinal of gross disconnected nan existing installed base. Any consciousness and possibly hard, but really does that travel in? Is that thing that benignant of -- they spot nan occurrence of nan app and past is that benignant of further modules, is that upsell of benignant of nan type of packages you are taking, conscionable because it’s -- evidently a really large number moreover comparative to benignant of nan existent tally complaint of nan revenue?

Stephan Scholl

Right. I mean if you deliberation astir nan level attack astir what Worklife is, it is that beforehand door. If you deliberation of nan past 2 large wins I announced GE and this ample Fortune 10 institution that will let america to opportunity their sanction publically erstwhile they denote it to their ain labor shortly. Those are conscionable transformational deals that return a batch of contented positive third-party contented and relegated into our Worklife platform.

So nan economics are conscionable a overmuch larger footprint. So erstwhile you deliberation astir GE and nan size of contented that we are rubbing from nan HR broadside of nan house, nan use broadside of nan house. I mean, it is simply a wide sweeping contented furniture and we were capable to person them to springiness america each that contented because of nan Worklife attack and nan level approach.

And arsenic I said this for nan past year, and you tin spot it successful 2023 moreover much heightened and I did about, what, 20, 25 customer calls successful benignant of nan second portion into November, December of past year, each azygous customer connected nan HR broadside is looking to consolidate and simplify and return costs out. They are truthful fatigued pinch 30, 40, 50 and upwards, I said 80 to a 90 constituent solutions and they want 1 beforehand door, 1 level to merge nan data.

So they are people coming to america to say, you beryllium nan aggregator, you beryllium nan integrator, you person nan beardown work transportation capability, we person won immoderate really bully business pinch our partner, Workday to thief thrust immoderate consolidation of immoderate of nan aged PeopleSoft type systems we person seen. So each of that is wrong our purview and our capacity to link nan dots crossed a very immense siloed not only connected nan exertion layer, but nan information broadside into 1 communal level approach.

And that’s why I want to springiness -- if you look astatine nan platform we sent out, nan family readying scenario, nan sharing -- nan starting a family one. If you conscionable look astatine that descent successful our deck, I wanted to item that, erstwhile you look astatine nan disparate systems that are needed coming crossed aggregate vendors and you are capable to travel to 1 spot pinch a Alight Worklife, that’s a powerful communicative that is really resonating successful much of a recessionary type situation pinch our clients correct now.

Kevin McVeigh

Makes batch of sense. Congratulations, again.

Stephan Scholl

Thank you.

Katie Rooney

Yeah.

Operator

Thank you. Our adjacent mobility is from Scott Schoenhaus pinch KeyBanc. Please proceed pinch your question.

Scott Schoenhaus

Hi, team. Congrats connected nan beardown 4th and ongoing execution. So I wanted to excavation in…

Stephan Scholl

Thanks, Scott.

Scott Schoenhaus

Yeah. So I wanted to excavation successful connected nan 2023 gross guidance. Your guidance scope calls for 11% to 12% maturation and conscionable wanted to spot if you could supply colour connected nan breakout betwixt Employer Solutions maturation and Professional Services since you did statement nan task gross rebounding pinch higher starting backlog connected nan Professional Services side?

Katie Rooney

Yeah. Thanks for nan question, Scott. So you are right, we didn’t springiness general guidance benignant of surgery down astatine those levels. But what I’d opportunity is, some Employer Solutions and Professional Services are going to spot accelerating maturation into 2023. So we are expecting a bully rebound successful Professional Services some apical and bottomline, arsenic we spot that backlog now really commencement to materialize into revenue.

Scott Schoenhaus

Okay. That’s helpful. Thanks, Katie. And past connected nan separator side, obviously, you person explained immoderate of nan investments, whether it beryllium nan backmost agency aliases nan investments successful nan Worklife connected nan ongoing ramp-up of caller contracts. But successful this environment, are you besides capable to return up immoderate pricing connected statement renewals arsenic you show ROI, I cognize that’s been ever a pushback. And I conscionable want to benignant of talk astir nan existent situation and really you are reasoning astir renewals pinch contracts? Thanks.

Katie Rooney

Yeah. Thanks, Scott. Listen, it’s a really important mobility and we are going to walk much clip connected it astatine our upcoming Analyst Day. We added a descent Stephan mentioned nan platform we posted to our net website today. There’s a descent successful there, descent 11 that starts to show.

We request to deliberation astir value differently, right? Price successful nan discourse of worth for our customers is really we will evidently beryllium capable to thrust that. So, yeah, there’s incremental solutions and past there’s incremental support successful position of really we thief our clients and thrust those outcomes.

So I deliberation that page is benignant of a bully mentation of really do you really deliberation astir nan underlying worth astatine each levels of nan ecosystem, starting pinch nan level each nan measurement down to nan services we tin provide.

So that erstwhile you do get to a renewal, it’s little astir conscionable value connected existing, really do you really lick a bigger request for that customer wherever you are adding a caller solution and you are capable to thrust much worth for america and for them.

Stephan Scholl

I mean, we are aggressively rising supra nan transaction pricing exemplary and getting more, arsenic Katie conscionable said, into nan outcomes based pricing and you request a level to do that. You request analytics, you request to thief thrust amended decisions and amended outcomes and that’s, again, backmost to that starting a family aliases nan divorcement illustration I gave.

Those are 2 really basal and elemental that -- everybody tin understand really analyzable those worlds are. And erstwhile you spot really we utilized to do it to now really we do it done Worklife, it is simply a very different script that’s overmuch much complete and that’s worthy a different economical floor plan successful position of helping clients return costs retired and getting a different economical worth for level versus conscionable transaction pricing.

Scott Schoenhaus

Thanks truthful overmuch for each that color.

Stephan Scholl

Helpful Scott.

Scott Schoenhaus

Congrats, again.

Stephan Scholl

Yeah.

Scott Schoenhaus

Yes. Very much.

Katie Rooney

Thanks, Scott.

Stephan Scholl

Yeah. Great. Thanks.

Operator

Thank you. Our adjacent mobility is from Tien-Tsin Huang pinch JPMorgan. Please proceed pinch your question.

Tien-Tsin Huang

Hi. Good afternoon. I wanted to inquire connected nan gross outlook arsenic well. I heard you connected nan -- Katie, connected nan accelerating gross maturation for some segments. But is location timing that we request to salary attraction to successful position of clients converting to revenue, I don’t cognize if that’s beforehand half, backmost half. And did you springiness nan acquired gross arsenic well, conscionable trying to deliberation astir really overmuch of this caller woody limited versus organic? Thanks.

Katie Rooney

Yeah. Thanks, Tien-Tsin. So possibly a mates of things. In position of nan phasing of revenue, akin to past year, it will ramp, but not to nan grade we saw past year, right, because remember, we didn’t have, for instance, immoderate of our larger contracts went unrecorded successful nan backmost half of past year.

Now you person a much benignant of moreover profile. So you won’t spot a ton of volatility. You do spot for illustration Professional Services that will, again, still person that ramp into nan 4th fourth conscionable arsenic you spot much of those deals going live.

In position of nan acquisition, what I’d opportunity is, it didn’t person a worldly effect connected our 2022 results. I mean we would person exceeded our expectations moreover without nan acquisition. So we are accelerating topline separator and rate travel moreover without nan acquisition, which I think, is an important constituent to nan communicative here.

Tien-Tsin Huang

Got you. And past conscionable my follow-up is to your translator program. Any consequence present successful position of customer transportation arsenic you spell done nan translator displacement to nan cloud, standardization, that benignant of thing. It makes consciousness successful position of really you described it, but conscionable nan consequence floor plan of initiating nan alteration and it sounds for illustration there’s going to beryllium immoderate rate savings arsenic well. So did you quantify nan rate spell superior savings from nan woody from program?

Stephan Scholl

And Tien-Tsin, possibly I will reside nan consequence piece. If you retrieve past year, I said, there’s ever defining moments passim nan twelvemonth and 1 of them was getting Worklife adopted by each our clients. So industrializing getting distant from civilization standardizing each our clients and that was accomplished successful May.

So that has really group nan level of nan instauration for little risk, because we are nary longer limited upon nan wins of nan customer wanting to instrumentality individual customized solutions. So that was number one.

And number two, arsenic I said to you erstwhile we were together past time, which is really galore companies would you put connected nan database that tin instrumentality a monolithic programme for Thrift, nan Federal Government astatine that size and standard and nan names typically -- primitively you wouldn’t person put america successful location and we did that, right, successfully connected clip and it’s a tremendously successful programme today.

So fixed nan backdrop of industrialized standardized level arsenic a starting constituent for implementing these large end-to-end solutions and past conscionable our standard of transportation capability, programme management, staffing capacity -- each nan worldly is still existing wrong nan Alight.

I consciousness really bully because these 2 caller wins are going to lend for america aggregate points of maturation for america successful nan early years. They are not large contributors astatine each successful 2023 to revenue, because we person to do for illustration pinch Thrift, large investments this year. So, but we consciousness really bully astir nan programs connected these caller mega projects that we have.

Katie Rooney

Yeah. I think…

Tien-Tsin Huang

Very good.

Katie Rooney

… that’s good said. I deliberation we person navigated nan consequence well. In position of rate savings, Tien-Tsin, we did opportunity it will consequence successful $100 cardinal of savings. I mean that is cash. I deliberation besides different constituent of that is CapEx, right, being capable to accelerate this twelvemonth into adjacent twelvemonth that will besides past consequence successful benignant of little CapEx arsenic a percent of gross aft that arsenic well.

Tien-Tsin Huang

Got it. If you don’t mind maine asking a 3rd one. Just connected nan $50 million…

Stephan Scholl

Yeah. Of course.

Tien-Tsin Huang

Yeah. Thank you. The $50 cardinal successful investments versus nan $38 cardinal that we saw successful 2022, really overmuch of that is incremental Worklife investments versus nan caller woody implementation and I americium assuming erstwhile you get done this translator program, we should spot little incremental investments arsenic it relates to caller woody limitation, is that benignant of nan byproduct of nan program. Just to clarify. Thank you. Go ahead.

Katie Rooney

Yeah. I deliberation that’s a bully measurement to look astatine it. I almost don’t abstracted nan 2 betwixt Worklife and those circumstantial clients, because…

Tien-Tsin Huang

Okay.

Katie Rooney

… successful principle we are accelerating a batch of nan exertion to support those clients and others, right? It’s almost benignant of innovating pinch them. So and remember, connected immoderate of those larger clients, we do defer immoderate of those costs.

So immoderate of that is deferred, but past you person nan upfront exertion walk that we are evidently building retired nan -- immoderate of nan level and analytics capacity to service them. I deliberation of that much broadly crossed our customer base. We conscionable request to accelerate it, obviously, to bring these cardinal deals on.

Stephan Scholl

And I deliberation that, that past sentence, Katie conscionable said, Tien-Tsin, which is if it wasn’t for these 2 deals, we could person streamlined and taken much clip complete nan adjacent 2 years and that’s why we want to telephone it nan $50 million.

These 2 monolithic deals really thief accelerate our level playbook and we request nan functionality and nan features to spell unrecorded pinch those 2 cardinal clients. And truthful it’s each a bully thing, but it accelerates it into a overmuch shorter timeframe than we had primitively planned, so.

Katie Rooney

I americium sorry, I americium conscionable going to opportunity 1 past portion connected that, Tien-Tsin, which I deliberation is important. That’s why we person been really thoughtful though and we are still doing this, while being capable to amended separator and operating rate flow. I mean I deliberation that’s nan discourse to make judge we are doing this successful a disciplined way.

Tien-Tsin Huang

As good as, I would think, use nan installed guidelines pinch nan improvements arsenic well. I tin understand.

Katie Rooney

Right.

Stephan Scholl

Right.

Katie Rooney

Yeah.

Stephan Scholl

That’s right.

Tien-Tsin Huang

Thank you.

Stephan Scholl

Yeah. Thank you.

Tien-Tsin Huang

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our adjacent mobility is from Heather Balsky pinch Bank of America. Please proceed pinch your question.

Emily Marzo

Hi. This is Emily Marzo connected for Heather Balsky. Thank you for taking my question. Congrats first connected nan quarter. Second, you person previously…

Stephan Scholl

Hi, Emily.

Emily Marzo

… laid retired a semipermanent 30% EBITDA target. With this incremental walk -- yeah, pinch this incremental walk and these caller BPaaS customer wins, really should we beryllium reasoning astir that and is that still nan semipermanent target?

Katie Rooney

Absolutely. It’s perfectly nan semipermanent target. I deliberation that’s why we person tried to beryllium much intentional astir showing nan way guardant and why we are making immoderate of these investments, why we are doing nan restructuring program.

So and erstwhile I mentioned to you, there’s a bully descent successful nan platform astatine descent 19 that starts to show, right? What do complete nan adjacent mates of years? How tin you measurement us, right, against that separator betterment and we are going to proceed to talk astir that, I cognize location person been a number of questions connected that front.

But nan full intent of nan investments we are making is evidently to thrust amended result financially, but much importantly, to amended service our clients, right, to person a much roadmap, we tin move faster connected from a exertion standpoint to service them better, to simplify nan acquisition and make it a amended process for their employees. So that’s perfectly still nan intent.

Emily Marzo

Okay. Great. And conscionable arsenic a follow-up, really should we beryllium reasoning astir your superior allocation strategy complete nan adjacent fewer years. You person nan repurchase plan. You person a successful acquisition and this finance program. So really should we beryllium reasoning astir that?

Katie Rooney

Yeah. What I would opportunity is our superior allocation priorities are beforehand and center. I mean, we spent a batch of clip connected them and we look astatine them each day, right? It has to thrust a return connected superior that makes consciousness for america and our clients.

And our privilege has been and continues to beryllium finance into nan business organically and inorganically. And what we person said is if we don’t spot nan correct return connected those opportunities, and we tin beryllium opportunistic astir buyback, that will beryllium wherever we spell next.

So successful nan 4th quarter, we didn’t extremity up doing buyback, arsenic I mentioned, because we recovered benignant of nan correct inorganic opportunity, but we will ever beryllium evaluating those benignant of against each different from a return connected superior perspective.

Emily Marzo

Okay. Thank you. Thanks for taking nan question.

Katie Rooney

Thanks, Emily.

Stephan Scholl

Thanks, Emily.

Operator

Thank you. There are nary further questions astatine this time. I’d for illustration to manus nan level backmost complete to Stephan Scholl for closing comments.

Stephan Scholl

Great. Thanks everybody for joining america today. Really admit your time. Obviously, hopefully, you tin spot we are executing connected our strategy, expanding relationships pinch caller and existent clients and delivering connected our commitments and we look guardant to seeing galore of you successful May astatine our Investor Day successful New York City. Thank you and each nan best.

Operator

This concludes today’s conference. You whitethorn disconnect your lines astatine this time. Thank you for your participation.

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