SOURCE: Ebix, Inc.

Ebix, Inc.

August 08, 2017 07:28 ET

Ebix Q2 Revenues Rose 20.4% to a Record $87.4M, EPS Rose 6% to $0.74 and Operating Income Rose 13% to $26.5M

JOHNS CREEK, GA--(Marketwired - Aug 8, 2017) - Ebix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIX), a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance, financial, e-governance and healthcare industries, today reported results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2017. Ebix will host a conference call to review its results today at 11:00 a.m. EDT (details below).

Ebix delivered the following results for the second quarter of 2017:

Revenues: Q2 2017 revenue rose 20.4% to $87.4 million compared to $72.6 million in Q2 2016 and increased 10.5% over Q1 2017 revenue of $79.1 million. The revenue improvement reflected growth in the Company's Exchange and Risk Compliance channels, with the revenues from the acquisition of ItzCash reflected in the Exchange channel.

On a constant currency basis, Ebix Q2 2017 revenue increased 20% to $87.1 million compared to $72.6 million in Q2 2016. The Exchange channel continued to be Ebix's largest, accounting for 69% of Q2 2017 revenues. Also, on a constant currency basis, year to date revenue increased 15% to $165.5 million as compared to $143.6 million during the same period in 2016.

                   
(dollar amounts in thousands)                  
Channel Q2 2017   Q2 2016   Change   YTD
2017
  YTD
2016
  Change
Exchanges $ 60,373   $ 49,322   +22%   $ 112,987   $ 99,408   +14%
Risk Compliance Solutions (RCS)   22,663     18,662   +21%     44,515     35,413   +26%
Broker Solutions   3,595     3,885   -7%     7,383     7,097   4%
Carrier Systems   756     705   +7%     1,605     1,722   -7%
Total Revenue $ 87,387   $ 72,574   +20%   $ 166,490   $ 143,640   +16%
                               
Total Revenue on Constant Currency Basis $ 87.1M   $ 72.6M   +20%   $ 165.5M   $ 143.6M   +15%
                               

Earnings per Share: Q2 2017 diluted earnings per share increased 6% to $0.74 compared to $0.70 in Q2 2016 due to higher net income and the benefit of ongoing share repurchase activity. Ebix's weighted average diluted shares outstanding decreased to 31.6 million in Q2 2017 compared to 33.0 million in Q2 2016 and 32.0 million in Q1 2017.

Operating Income and Margins: Q2 2017 operating margins decreased to 30% as compared to 32% in Q2 2016. Excluding the impact of the recent ItzCash acquisition, Q2 2017 operating margins would have been 33%. Operating income for Q2 2017 rose 13% to $26.5 million compared to $23.6 million in Q2 2016.

Net Income: Q2 2017 net income increased by 2% to $23.4 million, compared to $23.0 million in Q2 2016.

Operating Cash: Cash generated from operations was $15.5 million in Q2 2017 compared to $20.4 million in Q2 2016 and $15.7 million in Q1 2017. The operating cash in Q2 2017 reflected the increased receivables associated with some of the contracts in Brazil, US and India that have longer payment terms.

Share Repurchases: In Q2 2017, Ebix repurchased 93,000 shares of its outstanding common stock for aggregate cash consideration of $5.2 million.

Q3 2017 Diluted Share Count: As of today, Ebix expects its diluted share count for Q3 2017 to be approximately 31.5 million.

Dividend: Ebix paid its regularly quarterly dividend of $0.075 per share in Q2 2017 for a total cost of $2.4 million.

Ebix Chairman, President and CEO Robin Raina said, "These are record results for the Company in terms of top line and we are pleased to get there with 30.4% in operating margins. These operating margins are significant considering that they include operating margins of less than 10% from the recently acquired ItzCash business. As we implement some of our synergetic initiatives related to ItzCash, we expect the ItzCash operating margins to approach 25% in the next 6 months. Once that happens, our operating margins will accordingly go up substantially."

"Over the next few quarters, we expect substantial revenue growth from a number of areas -- principal amongst them are the revenues expected to be generated from the execution of a large contract with one of the largest insurers in Brazil, a large e-governance contract with a public sector undertaking in India, continued growth from our financial exchange initiatives in India, and many new insurance exchange related contracts in US and Australia."

Robin added, "We would like to be at a quarterly revenue run rate of $100 million by Q1 of 2018, with at least 30% in operating margins. While there are no guarantees that we will achieve this aspirational goal, you can be sure that we will make a strong endeavor to get there."

Sean Donaghy, Ebix CFO, commented, "Ebix continues to deliver strong operating performance and cash generation. During Q2 2017, we invested a total of $74.2 million related to the ItzCash acquisition, $5.2 million on share buybacks, $2.4 million on dividend payments, $2.3 million on CapEx, $3.1 million on principal payments towards the term loan and $1.2 million on tax payments. We funded these initiatives from existing cash plus operating cash flow of $15.5M during Q2 2017, as well as by drawing $20 million from our Bank credit facilities. Ebix ended the quarter with cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments of $81.3 million, with available cash reserves of approximately $242 million, including the available borrowing capacity and the accordion available to the Company."

Conference Call Details:

Call Date/Time:   Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EDT
Call Dial-In:   +1-877-837-3909 or 1-973-409-9690; Call ID # 13609854
Live Audio Webcast:   www.ebix.com/webcast
Audio Replay URL:   www.ebix.com/result_17_Q2 after 2:00 p.m. EDT on August 8th

About Ebix, Inc.

A leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance, financial, e-governance and healthcare industries, Ebix, Inc. provides end-to-end on-Demand solutions ranging from infrastructure exchanges, front end & back end enterprise systems, outsourced administrative & custom software development solutions, and risk compliance solutions for various entities involved in these industries.

With 40+ offices across Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore, the US and the UK, 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 annually on its platforms. Through its various SaaS-based software platforms, Ebix employs hundreds of domain specific business 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, UK 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   Six Months Ended  
    June 30,   June 30,  
    2017   2016   2017   2016  
Operating revenue   $ 87,387   $ 72,574   $ 166,490   $ 143,640  
                           
Operating expenses:                          
Cost of services provided     30,932     20,579     56,119     40,181  
Product development     8,417     8,285     16,767     16,350  
Sales and marketing     4,142     4,206     8,479     8,539  
General and administrative, net     14,598     13,310     27,282     24,893  
Amortization and depreciation     2,759     2,630     5,614     5,350  
  Total operating expenses     60,848     49,010     114,261     95,313  
                           
  Operating income     26,539     23,564     52,229     48,327  
Interest income     465     441     1,239     584  
Interest expense     (3,018 )   (2,185 )   (5,486 )   (3,459 )
Foreign currency exchange gain (loss)     (391 )   (195 )   3,105     274  
Income before income taxes     23,595     21,625     51,087     45,726  
Income tax (expense) benefit     302     1,418     (567 )   (332 )
Net income including noncontrolling interest     23,897     23,043     50,520     45,394  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest (see Note 8)     463     51     659     243  
Net income attributable to Ebix, Inc.   $ 23,434   $ 22,992   $ 49,861   $ 45,151  
                           
Basic earnings per common share attributable to Ebix, Inc.   $ 0.74   $ 0.70   $ 1.58   $ 1.37  
                           
Diluted earnings per common share attributable to Ebix, Inc.   $ 0.74   $ 0.70   $ 1.57   $ 1.36  
                           
Basic weighted average shares outstanding     31,490     32,688     31,648     32,866  
                           
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding     31,637     32,969     31,805     33,140  
 
 
Ebix, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share amounts)
 
  June 30,
2017
  December 31,
2016
 
ASSETS (Unaudited)      
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents $ 68,449   $ 114,118  
Short-term investments   12,861     3,105  
Restricted cash   14,266     14,394  
Trade accounts receivable, less allowances of $3,356 and $2,833, respectively   83,345     62,713  
Other current assets   15,199     12,716  
  Total current assets   194,120     207,046  
             
Property and equipment, net   40,939     37,061  
Goodwill   557,502     441,404  
Intangibles, net   49,076     41,336  
Indefinite-lived intangibles   30,887     30,887  
Capitalized software development costs, net   6,602     5,955  
Deferred tax asset, net   35,328     31,345  
Other assets   8,875     8,721  
Total assets $ 923,329   $ 803,755  
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 39,665   $ 44,855  
Accrued payroll and related benefits   6,123     7,474  
Short term debt, net of deferred financing costs of $136, respectively   12,364     12,364  
Capital lease obligations   9     9  
Current deferred rent   286     281  
Contingent liability for accrued earn-out acquisition consideration   6,022     1,921  
Deferred revenue   21,731     22,564  
Other current liabilities   244     244  
  Total current liabilities   86,444     89,712  
             
Revolving line of credit   214,029     154,029  
Long term debt and capital lease obligations, less current portion, net of deferred financing costs of $401 and $452, respectively   99,619     105,824  
Other liabilities   9,188     6,070  
Contingent liability for accrued earn-out acquisition consideration   33,438     6,589  
Deferred revenue   1,338     1,886  
Long term deferred rent   834     1,009  
Total liabilities   444,890     365,119  
             
             
Stockholders' equity:            
Preferred stock, $0.10 par value, 500,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016   --     --  
Common stock, $0.10 par value, 120,000,000 shares authorized, 31,443,622 issued and outstanding, at June 30, 2017 and 60,000,000 shares authorized, 32,093,294 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016   3,144     3,209  
Retained earnings   464,963     457,364  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (30,419 )   (33,677 )
Total Ebix, Inc. stockholders' equity   437,688     426,896  
Noncontrolling interest   40,751     11,740  
Total stockholders' equity   478,439     438,636  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 923,329   $ 803,755  
 
 
Ebix, Inc. and Subsidiaries
 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
    Six Months Ended  
    June 30,  
    2017   2016  
Cash flows from operating activities:              
Net income attributable to Ebix, Inc.   $ 49,861   $ 45,151  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest     659     243  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:              
Amortization and depreciation     5,614     5,350  
Benefit for deferred taxes     (5,877 )   (6,635 )
Share based compensation     1,243     1,331  
Provision for doubtful accounts     723     457  
Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss     365     (187 )
Amortization of capitalized software development costs     790     654  
Reduction of acquisition earnout accruals     --     (511 )
Purchase accounting adjustment     (948 )   --  
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions:              
Accounts receivable     (14,266 )   (6,065 )
Other assets     455     (2,417 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     (7,254 )   (4,189 )
Accrued payroll and related benefits     (1,694 )   (931 )
Deferred revenue     (1,622 )   (1,136 )
Deferred rent     (195 )   (83 )
Reserve for potential uncertain income tax return positions     3,280     50  
Other liabilities     66     (106 )
  Net cash provided by operating activities     31,200     30,976  
               
Cash flows from investing activities:              
Acquisition of beBetter, net of cash acquired     (1,000 )   --  
Acquisition of ItzCash, net of cash acquired     (70,184 )   --  
Funding of escrow account for possible future contingent earn-out payment related to business acquisition     (3,998 )   --  
Capitalized software development costs     (1,345 )   (694 )
Maturities (Purchases) of marketable securities     1,626     (994 )
Capital expenditures     (4,956 )   (2,190 )
  Net cash used in investing activities     (79,857 )   (3,878 )
               
Cash flows from financing activities:              
Proceeds from revolving line of credit, net     60,000     (87,427 )
Proceeds from term loan     --     125,000  
Principal payments of term loan obligation     (6,250 )   --  
Repurchases of common stock     (45,732 )   (37,657 )
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options     52     29  
Forfeiture of certain shares to satisfy exercise costs and the recipients income tax obligations related to stock options exercised and restricted stock vested     (237 )   (77 )
Dividend payments     (4,800 )   (4,911 )
Principal payments of debt obligations     --     (600 )
Payments of capital lease obligations     (6 )   --  
  Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     3,027     (5,643 )
Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash     (39 )   (620 )
  Net change in cash and cash equivalents     (45,669 )   20,835  
  Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period     114,118     57,179  
  Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period   $ 68,449   $ 78,014  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:              
Interest paid   $ 5,173   $ 3,115  
Income taxes paid   $ 7,958   $ 10,869  

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