SOURCE: Ebix, Inc.

EBIX, Inc.

May 09, 2016 07:28 ET

Ebix Q1 Revenues Rose 11% to a Record $71.1M and Diluted EPS Rose 30% to $0.67

JOHNS CREEK, GA--(Marketwired - May 9, 2016) - Ebix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIX), a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance, financial and healthcare industries, today reported results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016. Ebix will host a conference call to review its results today at 11:00 a.m. EDT (details below).

Revenues: Total Q1 2016 revenue rose 11% to $71.1 million compared to Q1 2015 revenue of $63.8 million and rose 1% over Q4 2015 revenue of $70.2 million. The revenue improvements reflected growth in the Company's Exchange channel, including revenues from its contract to deploy and manage an insurance exchange for electronic placement of insurance across the London marketplace, as well as higher Risk Compliance Solutions revenue.

On a constant currency basis, Ebix Q1 2016 revenue increased 14% to $72.8 million as compared to $63.8 million in Q1 2015. Ebix's Exchange channel continued to be the largest channel for Ebix accounting for 70% of Q1 2016 revenues.

         
         
(dollar amounts in thousands)        
Channel   Q1 2016   Q1 2015   Change
Exchanges   $ 50,086   $ 46,678   +7 %
Risk Compliance Solutions (RCS)     16,751     12,175   +38 %
Broker Solutions     3,212     3,736   -14 %
Carrier Systems     1,017     1,164   -13 %
Total Revenue   $ 71,066   $ 63,753   +11 %
                   
Total Revenue on Constant Currency Basis   $ 72.8M   $ 63.8M   +14 %
                   
                   

Earnings per Share: Q1 2016 diluted earnings per share increased 30% to $0.67 compared to $0.51 in Q1 2015, reflecting higher net income and the benefit of ongoing share repurchase activity. Ebix's weighted average diluted shares outstanding decreased to 33.3 million in Q1 2016 compared to 36.0 million in Q1 2015 and 33.9 million in Q4 2015.

Operating Cash: Cash generated from operations rose to $10.5 million in Q1 2016 compared to ($7.3 million) in Q1 2015. Q1 2015 reflected a one-time cash payment of $20.5 million for the resolution of an IRS audit of Ebix's income tax returns for 2008 through 2012, while Q1 2016 included tax payments of around $7 million.

Operating Income and Margins: Q1 2016 operating margins rose to 35% compared to 32% in Q1 2015. Operating income for Q1 2016 rose 21% to $24.8 million compared to $20.5 million in Q1 2015.

Net Income: Q1 2016 net income rose 21% to $22.2 million, compared to Q1 2015 net income of $18.3 million. The improvement principally reflected the benefit of both higher revenues as well as higher gross and operating margins.

Share Repurchases: In Q1 2016 Ebix repurchased 465,560 shares of its outstanding common stock for aggregate cash consideration of $14.0 million. Subsequent to March 31 and through May 6, 2016 the Company has repurchased an additional 217,487 shares for cash consideration of $9.1 million.

Q2 2016 Diluted Share Count: As of today, Ebix expects its Q2 2016 diluted share count to be approximately 33.0 million.

Dividend: Ebix paid its regularly quarterly dividend of $0.075 per share in Q1 2016 for a total of $2.4 million.

Ebix Chairman, President and CEO Robin Raina said, "Ebix entered 2016 as fundamentally stronger and a more diversified platform with an increasing array of growth opportunities. Our Q1 results reflect that strength along with our success in advancing some of our major growth initiatives such as PPL and our e-governance initiatives in India. Importantly, our focus on cost management and operational discipline enabled us to improve our operating margin to 35% at the same time we drove revenue increases."

Robin added, "Ebix today has scale and momentum on its side and has emerged as a serious contender for very large and potentially transformative contracts. We believe that Ebix's recent achievements, such as our launch of a new insurance exchange in London, have created important precedents for the ongoing transformation of the worldwide insurance industry, and we are extremely well positioned to play a leadership role in future large scale projects."

"We remain focused on delivering continued growth in our business, along with a modest dividend, and we continue to see the potential for excellent long-term returns from the ongoing repurchase of our common stock." Robin said, "In addition to organic growth initiatives, we also intend to make further strategic acquisitions in complementary geographies and areas of domain expertise. Our preference is to finance such initiatives with available cash and increased bank borrowing, rather than equity, unless there is a compelling specific strategic reason to do otherwise. Following these core guideposts, we believe Ebix has the potential to deliver substantial returns to our shareholders over the long term."

Conference Call Details:

     
 Call Date/Time:   Monday, May 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. EST
 Call Dial-In:   +1-877-837-3909 or 1-973-409-9690; Call ID # 2124802
 Live Audio Webcast:   www.ebix.com/webcast
 Audio Replay URL:   www.ebix.com/result_16_q1 after 2:00 p.m. EDT on May 9th
     

About Ebix, Inc.

A leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance, financial and healthcare industries, Ebix, Inc., (NASDAQ: EBIX) provides end-to-end solutions ranging from infrastructure exchanges, carrier systems, agency systems and risk compliance solutions to custom software development for all entities involved in the insurance industry.

With 40+ offices across Brazil, Singapore, Australia, the US, UK, New Zealand, India and Canada, Ebix powers multiple exchanges across the world in the field of life, annuity, health and property & casualty insurance while conducting in excess of $100 billion in insurance premiums on its platforms. Through its various SaaS-based software platforms, Ebix employs hundreds of insurance and technology professionals to provide products, support and consultancy to thousands of customers on six continents. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.ebix.com

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As used herein, the terms "Ebix," "the Company," "we," "our" and "us" refer to Ebix, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and its consolidated subsidiaries as a combined entity, except where it is clear that the terms mean only Ebix, Inc.

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Our actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such a difference, include, but are not limited to those discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports filed with the SEC, as well as: the risk of an unfavorable outcome of the pending governmental investigations or shareholder class action lawsuits, reputational harm caused by such investigations and lawsuits, the willingness of independent insurance agencies to outsource their computer and other processing needs to third parties; pricing and other competitive pressures and the Company's ability to gain or maintain share of sales as a result of actions by competitors and others; changes in estimates in critical accounting judgments; changes in or failure to comply with laws and regulations, including accounting standards, taxation requirements (including tax rate changes, new tax laws and revised tax interpretations) in domestic or foreign jurisdictions; exchange rate fluctuations and other risks associated with investments and operations in foreign countries (particularly in Australia and India wherein we have significant operations); equity markets, including market disruptions and significant interest rate fluctuations, which may impede our access to, or increase the cost of, external financing; and international conflict, including terrorist acts.

Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any such factors, or to publicly announce the results of, or changes to any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future events, developments, changed circumstances, or for any other reason.

Readers should carefully review the disclosures and the risk factors described in the documents we file from time to time with the SEC, including future reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K, and any amendments thereto.

You may obtain our SEC filings at our website, www.ebix.com under the "Investor Information" section, or over the Internet at the SEC's web site, www.sec.gov.

   
   
Ebix, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income  
(In thousands, except per share data)  
(Unaudited)  
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2016     2015  
Operating revenue   $ 71,066     $ 63,753  
                 
Operating expenses:                
Cost of services provided     19,602       19,485  
Product development     8,065       7,047  
Sales and marketing     4,333       3,379  
General and administrative, net     11,583       10,746  
Amortization and depreciation     2,720       2,597  
  Total operating expenses     46,303       43,254  
                 
  Operating income     24,763       20,499  
Interest income     143       61  
Interest expense     (1,274 )     (719 )
Foreign currency exchange gain     469       892  
Income before income taxes     24,101       20,733  
Income tax expense     (1,750 )     (2,397 )
Net income including non-controlling interest     22,351       18,336  
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest     192       --  
Net income attributable to Ebix, Inc.   $ 22,159     $ 18,336  
                 
Basic earnings per common share attributable to Ebix, Inc.   $ 0.67     $ 0.51  
                 
Diluted earnings per common share attributable to Ebix, Inc.   $ 0.67     $ 0.51  
                 
Basic weighted average shares outstanding     33,043       35,708  
                 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding     33,310       35,954  
                 
                 
   
   
Ebix, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(In thousands, except share amounts)  
    March 31,
 2016
    December 31,
 2015
 
ASSETS     (Unaudited)          
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 69,020     $ 57,179  
Short-term investments     2,308       1,538  
Trade accounts receivable, less allowances of $1,046 and $3,388, respectively     56,503       47,171  
Other current assets     11,423       10,942  
  Total current assets     139,254       116,830  
                 
Property and equipment, net     34,154       34,088  
Goodwill     403,210       402,259  
Intangibles, net     50,141       51,848  
Indefinite-lived intangibles     30,887       30,887  
Capitalized software development costs, net     3,226       3,489  
Deferred tax asset, net     23,892       23,732  
Other assets     12,636       12,856  
Total assets   $ 697,400     $ 675,989  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $ 14,687     $ 23,043  
Accrued payroll and related benefits     5,747       4,932  
Current portion of long term debt and capital lease obligations, net of discount of $0 and $3, respectively     608       606  
Current deferred rent     246       232  
Contingent liability for accrued earn-out acquisition consideration     2,143       1,706  
Deferred revenue     20,557       20,519  
Other current liabilities     248       228  
  Total current liabilities     44,236       51,266  
                 
Revolving line of credit     226,465       206,465  
Long term debt and capital lease obligations, less current portion     33       35  
Other liabilities     3,324       3,332  
Contingent liability for accrued earn-out acquisition consideration     1,599       2,571  
Deferred revenue     3,275       1,968  
Long term deferred rent     1,269       1,381  
Total liabilities     280,201       267,018  
                 
Stockholders' equity:                
Preferred stock, $0.10 par value, 500,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015     --       --  
Common stock, $0.10 par value, 60,000,000 shares authorized, 32,977,713 issued and outstanding, at March 31, 2016 and 33,416,110 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2015     3,298       3,342  
Additional paid-in capital     43,806       57,120  
Treasury stock (no shares as of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015)     --       --  
Retained earnings     398,524       378,787  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (28,621 )     (30,278 )
Total Ebix, Inc. stockholders' equity     417,007       408,971  
Non-controlling interest     192       --  
Total stockholder's equity   $ 417,199     $ 408,971  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 697,400     $ 675,989  
                 
                 
   
   
Ebix, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
(In thousands)  
(Unaudited)  
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2016     2015  
Cash flows from operating activities:                
Net income attributable to Ebix, Inc.   $ 22,159     $ 18,336  
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest     192       --  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization     2,720       2,597  
Benefit for deferred taxes     (165 )     (161 )
Share based compensation     647       458  
Provision for doubtful accounts     (241 )     9  
Debt discount amortization on promissory note payable     --       7  
Unrealized foreign exchange gain     (48 )     (672 )
Reduction of acquisition earnout accruals     (511 )     --  
Amortization of capitalized software development costs     326       --  
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions:                
Accounts receivable     (8,669 )     (4,689 )
Other assets     (220 )     (1,250 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     (7,563 )     (21,215 )
Accrued payroll and related benefits     717       (564 )
Deferred revenue     1,258       308  
Deferred rent     (80 )     (68 )
Reserve for potential uncertain income tax return positions     50       87  
Liability - securities litigation settlement payment     --       (690 )
Other liabilities     (38 )     165  
  Net cash provided by operating activities     10,534       (7,342 )
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Acquisition of Via Media Health, net of cash acquired     --       (1,000 )
Capitalized software development costs     (144 )     --  
Purchases of marketable securities     (596 )     --  
Capital expenditures     (1,028 )     (5,778 )
  Net cash used in investing activities     (1,768 )     (6,778 )
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Proceeds from revolving line of credit, net     20,000       15,000  
Repurchases of common stock     (14,787 )     (22,282 )
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation     --       31  
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options     29       1,117  
Forfeiture of certain shares to satisfy exercise costs and the recipients income tax obligations related to stock options exercised and restricted stock vested     (66 )     (1,117 )
Dividend payments     (2,422 )     (2,729 )
Principal payments of debt obligations     --       (12 )
  Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     2,754       (9,992 )
Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash     321       (991 )
  Net change in cash and cash equivalents     11,841       (25,103 )
  Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period     57,179       52,300  
  Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period   $ 69,020     $ 27,197  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:                
Interest paid   $ 1,987     $ 2,335  
Income taxes paid   $ 7,015     $ 20,163  
                 
                 

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