SOURCE: The First Marblehead Corporation

The First Marblehead Corporation

February 07, 2013 16:01 ET

First Marblehead's Pre-Tax Operating Results Improve 27% Year-Over-Year as Monogram®-Based Loan Originations Climb 134%

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Feb 7, 2013) -  The First Marblehead Corporation (NYSE: FMD) today announced its financial and operating results for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 as well as the six month period ended December 31, 2012. Results for the three and six months ended December 31, 2012 included facilitated loan volumes, income and expenses of our subsidiary Cology LLC ("Cology") since October 19, 2012. 

Total facilitated loan volumes for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, were $66.9 million, including $49.7 million facilitated by Cology. Monogram-based facilitated loan volumes for the quarter totaled $17.2 million, up $5.1 million, or 42%, from the same period a year ago. For the six months ended December 31, 2012, total facilitated loan volumes were $151.4 million, including $101.7 million of Monogram loans, an increase of 134% year-over-year.

"We are very pleased by the substantial increase in our Monogram volumes, a key contributor to our improved financial results," said Daniel Meyers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Combined with originations from Cology and the opportunity to offer additional Monogram-based services to their client base, we believe that First Marblehead continues to strengthen its competitive position in the student loan marketplace," added Mr. Meyers.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company recorded a net loss from continuing operations of $12.3 million, or $(0.12) per common share, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $3.8 million, or $(0.03) per common share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2012. The increase in the net loss from continuing operations was attributable to a $12.6 million income tax benefit recorded in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. The net loss from continuing operations, before income taxes was $11.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, compared to a net loss from continuing operations, before income taxes of $16.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2011, an improvement of 27%.

For the six months ended December 31, 2012, the Company recorded a net loss from continuing operations of $26.2 million, or $(0.25) per common share, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $22.6 million, or $(0.20) per common share, for the same period a year ago. The net loss from continuing operations, before income taxes improved 27%, or $9.5 million, to $25.4 million. The improvement was driven by a $6.1 million, or 34% increase, in revenues attributable in part to increases in net interest income and administrative fee income. During the six month period, total expenses fell $4.8 million, or 9%, on declines in marketing costs of $2.4 million attributable to lower loan acquisition costs as well as $1.7 million in lower expenses associated with special servicing of the NCSLT trusts as the Company transitioned these services to another provider during the quarter ended December 31, 2012.

Company Liquidity
As of December 31, 2012, the Company had $182.5 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments compared to $186.8 million at September 30, 2012.

The decrease of $4.3 million from the prior quarter resulted primarily from $13.7 million to fund operations as well as $4.7 million used in connection with the acquisition of a substantial portion of the operating assets of Cology, Inc. These outflows were offset by the growth in bank deposits, net of purchases of investment securities and funding of education loans, of $14.8 million.

Net operating cash usage* for the six months ended December 31, 2012 was $24.5 million, a $4.8 million, or 16% reduction, from the same six month period a year ago.

* See below under the heading "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Quarterly Conference Call
First Marblehead will host a conference call on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss its operating results. Investors and other interested parties are invited to listen to the conference call via a simultaneous internet broadcast on the Company's website at www.firstmarblehead.com, under "For Investors," or by dialing (888) 317-6003 from the United States or (412) 317-6061 from abroad and entering the pass code 6926004.

A replay will be available approximately one hour after completion of the call on First Marblehead's website or by dialing (877) 344-7529 from the United States or (412) 317-0088 from abroad and entering the pass code 10024783. The replay will be available for two weeks.

About The First Marblehead Corporation First Marblehead helps meet the need for education financing by offering national and regional financial institutions and educational institutions the Monogram® platform, an integrated suite of design, implementation and credit risk management services for private label, customizable private education loan programs. For more information, please see www.firstmarblehead.com. First Marblehead supports responsible lending and is a strong proponent of the smart borrowing principle, which encourages students to access scholarships, grants and federally-guaranteed loans before considering private education loans; please see www.SmartBorrowing.org. Through its subsidiary, Union Federal Savings Bank, First Marblehead offers private education loans, residential and commercial mortgage loans and retail savings, money market and time deposit products. For more information, please see www.unionfsb.com. First Marblehead also offers outsourced tuition planning, billing, payment technology services and refund management services through its subsidiary Tuition Management Systems LLC. For more information, please see www.afford.com. Through its subsidiary, Cology LLC, First Marblehead offers private education loan processing and disbursement services as well as life-of-loan servicing for lenders. For more information, please see www2.cology.com.

Statements in this press release, including the financial tables, regarding First Marblehead's future financial and operating results and liquidity, including the characteristics, pricing or performance of future Monogram-based private education loan portfolios, and our expectations as to future financial success, as well as any other statements that are not purely historical, constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based upon our historical performance, and on our plans, estimates and expectations as of February 7, 2013. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by us or any other person that the future results, plans, estimates, intentions or expectations expressed or implied by us will be achieved. You are cautioned that matters subject to forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including economic, legislative, regulatory, competitive and other factors, which may cause our actual financial or operating results, facilitated loan volumes and resulting cash flows or financing-related revenues, or the timing of events, to be materially different than those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include: market acceptance of, and demand for, our Monogram platform and fee-based service offerings, including our success in negotiating loan program agreements with additional clients; the successful sales and marketing of Monogram-based loan offerings, including the volume of loan applications and the extent to which loan applications ultimately result in disbursed loans; the volume, timing and performance of disbursed loans; the size and structure of any credit enhancement provided by First Marblehead in connection with our Monogram platform; our success in designing, implementing and commercializing private education loan programs through Union Federal, including receipt of and compliance with regulatory approvals and conditions with respect to such programs; capital markets conditions and our ability to structure securitizations or alternative financings; the size, structure and timing of any such securitizations or alternative financings; any investigation, audit, claim, regulatory action or suit relating to the transfer of the trust certificate of NC Residuals Owners Trust or the asset services agreement between the purchaser and First Marblehead, including any challenge to tax refunds previously received as a result of the audit being conducted by the Internal Revenue Service; resolution of litigation and regulatory proceedings pertaining to our Massachusetts state income tax returns; our success in integrating the operations of Cology LLC and realizing the anticipated benefits of our acquisition of a substantial portion of the operating assets of Cology, Inc., including additional fee-based revenues; the estimates and assumptions we make in preparing our financial statements, including quantitative and qualitative factors used in determining the estimate of the fair value of service revenue receivables; and the other factors set forth under the caption "Part I - Item 1A. Risk Factors" in First Marblehead's quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 8, 2012. Important factors that could cause or contribute to future adjustments to the estimates and assumptions we make in preparing our financial statements include: actual transactions or market observations relating to asset-backed securities, loan portfolios or corporate debt securities; variance between our performance assumptions and the actual performance of the loan portfolios held by the GATE trusts, Union Federal or First Marblehead's clients (the "Portfolios"); economic, legislative, regulatory, competitive and other factors affecting discount, default, recovery and prepayment rates on the Portfolios, including general economic conditions, the consumer credit environment and unemployment rates; management's determination of which qualitative and quantitative factors should be weighed in our estimates, and the weight to be given to such factors; capital markets receptivity to securities backed by private education loans; and interest rate trends. We specifically disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release, even if our estimates change, and you should not rely on those statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

   
   
First Marblehead Corporation and Subsidiaries  
Consolidated Statements of Operations  
For the Three and Six Months Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011  
(Unaudited)  
(dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)  
                         
    Three months ended
December 31,
    Six months ended
December 31,
 
    2012     2011     2012     2011  
Revenues:                                
  Net interest income:                                
        Interest income   $ 1,367     $ 726     $ 2,560     $ 1,280  
        Interest expense     (341 )     (231 )     (614 )     (470 )
          Net interest income     1,026       495       1,946       810  
  Provision for loan losses     46       82       120       254  
          Net interest income after provision for loan losses     1,072       577       2,066       1,064  
Non-interest revenues:                                
        Tuition payment processing fees     7,374       7,196       14,798       14,475  
        Administrative and other fees     2,386       2,109       5,801       4,498  
        Fair value changes to service revenue receivables     381       (3,200 )     1,219       (2,252 )
          Total non-interest revenues     10,141       6,105       21,818       16,721  
          Total revenues     11,213       6,682       23,884       17,785  
Non-interest expenses:                                
        Compensation and benefits     10,396       10,188       19,209       21,089  
        General and administrative     13,006       13,532       30,401       33,312  
          Total non-interest expenses     23,402       23,720       49,610       54,401  
Loss from operations     (12,189 )     (17,038 )     (25,726 )     (36,616 )
Other income:     281       639       281       1,763  
Loss from continuing operations, before income taxes     (11,908 )     (16,399 )     (25,445 )     (34,853 )
Income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations     375       (12,631 )     770       (12,292 )
Loss from continuing operations     (12,283 )     (3,768 )     (26,215 )     (22,561 )
Discontinued operations, net of taxes     --       1,198,036       --       1,128,871  
Net (loss) income   $ (12,283 )   $ 1,194,268     $ (26,215 )   $ 1,106,310  
  Net (loss) income per basic common share:                                
      From continuing operations   $ (0.12 )   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.25 )   $ (0.20 )
      From discontinued operations     --       10.85       --       10.23  
    Total basic (loss) net income per share   $ (0.12 )   $ 10.82     $ (0.25 )   $ 10.03  
  Net (loss) income per diluted common share:                                
      From continuing operations   $ (0.12 )   $ (0.03 )   $ (0.25 )   $ (0.20 )
      From discontinued operations     --       10.85       --       10.22  
    Total diluted net (loss) income per share   $ (0.12 )   $ 10.82     $ (0.25 )   $ 10.02  
    Weighted-average common shares outstanding                                
      Basic     104,903       101,492       103,482       101,413  
      Diluted     104,903       110,381       103,482       110,363  
                                 
                                 
                                 
The First Marblehead Corporation and Subsidiaries  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
As of December 31, 2012 and June 30, 2012  
(Unaudited)  
(dollars in thousands)  
             
    December 31,
2012
    June 30,
2012
 
Assets                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 127,408     $ 123,497  
Short-term investments, at cost     55,095       85,007  
Restricted cash     127,793       65,401  
Investments available-for-sale, at fair value     80,068       68,598  
Education loans held-to-maturity, net of allowance of $1,464 and $1,309     50,661       33,095  
Mortgage loans held-to-maturity, net of allowance of $604 and $591     10,313       7,811  
Deposits for participation interest accounts, at fair value     9,637       4,039  
Service revenue receivables, at fair value     16,004       16,341  
Goodwill     20,066       19,548  
Intangible assets, net     25,518       20,922  
Property and equipment, net     5,928       4,570  
Other assets     9,732       8,976  
    Total assets   $ 538,223     $ 457,805  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity                
Liabilities:                
  Deposits   $ 126,680     $ 83,428  
  Restricted funds due to clients     167,447       104,981  
  Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities     14,843       18,133  
  Income taxes payable     24,381       23,414  
  Net deferred income tax liability     1,070       861  
    Total liabilities     334,421       230,817  
Commitments and contingencies:                
Stockholders' equity:                
Preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share; 20,000 shares authorized; 0 and 133 shares issued and outstanding     --       1  
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 250,000 shares authorized; 119,780 and 110,658 shares issued; 111,060 and 102,002 shares outstanding     1,197       1,106  
Additional paid-in capital     454,785       452,726  
Accumulated deficit     (66,842 )     (40,627 )
Treasury stock, 8,720 and 8,656 shares held, at cost     (186,901 )     (186,828 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income     1,563       610  
    Total stockholders' equity     203,802       226,988  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 538,223     $ 457,805  
                 
                 
                 
                 
The First Marblehead Corporation and Subsidiaries
Facilitated and Disbursed Loan Volume Data
For the Three and Six Months Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011
(Unaudited)
(dollars in thousands)
 
The following tables present certain loan metrics for the three and six months ended December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011:
 
    Three months ended December 31,
    2012   2011
    Partnered Lending   Union Federal   Cology LLC   Total   Partnered Lending   Union Federal   Total
    (dollars in thousands)
Facilitated Loans   $ 13,203   $ 4,009   $ 49,734   $ 66,946   $ 3,015   $ 9,090   $ 12,105
Disbursed Loans     16,129     6,022     58,300     80,451     5,054     9,740     14,794
                                           
                                           
    Six months ended December 31,
    2012   2011
    Partnered Lending   Union Federal   Cology
LLC
  Total   Partnered Lending   Union Federal   Total
    (dollars in thousands)
Facilitated Loans   $ 76,292   $ 25,387   $ 49,734   $ 151,413   $ 17,813   $ 25,571   $ 43,384
Disbursed Loans     49,206     18,947     58,300     126,453     12,310     17,219     29,529
                                           

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to providing financial measurements based on U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company has included in this press release an additional financial metric that it refers to as "net operating cash usage" and that was not prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company defines "net operating cash usage" to approximate cash required to fund its operations. "Net operating cash usage" is not directly comparable to the Company's consolidated statement of cash flows prepared in accordance with GAAP. Legislative and regulatory guidance discourages the use of, and emphasis on, non-GAAP financial metrics and requires companies to explain why a non-GAAP financial metric is relevant to management and investors.

The Company's management and its board of directors use this non-GAAP financial metric, in addition to GAAP financial measures, as a basis for measuring and forecasting the Company's core operating performance and comparing such performance to that of prior periods. The non-GAAP financial measure is also used by the Company in its financial and operational decision-making.

The Company believes that the inclusion of this non-GAAP financial metric helps investors to gain a better understanding of its results, including its non-interest expenses and liquidity position. In addition, the Company's presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure is consistent with how it expects that analysts may calculate their estimates of its financial results in their research reports and with how clients, investors, analysts and financial news media may evaluate its financial results.

There are limitations associated with reliance on any non-GAAP financial measure because any such measure is specific to the Company's operations and financial performance, which makes comparisons with other companies' financial results more challenging. Nevertheless, by providing both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures, the Company believes that investors are able to compare its GAAP results to those of other companies, while also gaining a better understanding of its operating performance, consistent with management's evaluation.

"Net operating cash usage" should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. "Net operating cash usage" excludes the effects of income taxes, acquisitions or divestitures, participation interest account net fundings and changes in other assets and other liabilities that are solely related to short-term timing of cash payments or receipts.

In accordance with the requirements of Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the table below presents the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, loss from continuing operations before income taxes, for the three and six months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 and reconciles the GAAP measure to the comparable non-GAAP financial metric:

   
   
The First Marblehead Corporation and Subsidiaries  
Net Operating Cash Usage, a non-GAAP Financial Measure  
For the Three and Six Month Periods Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011  
(Unaudited)  
(dollars in thousands)  
   
    Three months ended
December 31,
    Six months ended
December 31,
 
    2012     2011     2012     2011  
Loss from continuing operations, before income taxes   $ (11,908 )   $ (16,399 )   $ (25,445 )   $ (34,853 )
Adjustments to loss from continuing operations, before income taxes:                                
  Fair value changes to service revenue receivables     (381 )     3,200       (1,219 )     2,252  
  Cash receipts from service revenue receivables     444       26       1,556       54  
  Depreciation and amortization     988       1,263       1,994       2,497  
  Stock-based compensation     1,081       1,180       2,149       2,522  
  TMS deferred revenue     (2,368 )     (2,874 )     (910 )     (2,093 )
  Other, net of cash flows from FMDS in 2011     (1,527 )     179       (2,634 )     326  
                                   
    Non-GAAP net operating cash usage   $ (13,671 )   $ (13,425 )   $ (24,509 )   $ (29,295 )
                                 

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Dana Arvidson
    Investor Relations
    First Marblehead
    800 Boylston Street, 34th FL
    Boston, MA 02199
    617.638.2065