SOURCE: H & R Block

H & R Block

September 03, 2014 16:05 ET

H&R Block Announces Fiscal 2015 First Quarter Results

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwired - Sep 3, 2014) - H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, today announced its financial results for the fiscal 2015 first quarter ended July 31, 2014. The company typically reports a first quarter operating loss due to the seasonality of its core U.S. tax business.

First Quarter 2015 Highlights1

  • Total revenues increased $6 million, or 5.0%, to $134 million
  • Net loss from continuing operations improved 4% to $109 million, or $0.40 per share2
  • Non-GAAP adjusted loss per share3 from continuing operations unchanged at $0.40

Revenues increased 5 percent, to $134 million, primarily due to a 5-day extension by the Canadian Revenue Agency of the completion of the Canadian tax season this year from April 30, our fiscal year end, to May 5. Loss per share from continuing operations improved to $0.40. On an adjusted non-GAAP basis, earnings per share from continuing operations was unchanged at $0.40. 

CEO Perspective
"I am pleased with the progress we've made this offseason in preparation for tax season 2015. This year, we'll continue our Tax Plus strategy to drive profitable growth and maximize the value offering to our clients," said Bill Cobb, H&R Block's president and chief executive officer. "I like our competitive position and believe that we have the right people, resources, and expertise to continue to provide best-in-class service to our clients, and to take advantage of the long-term opportunities that lie ahead."

First Quarter Results From Continuing Operations

         
    Actual   Adjusted
(in millions, except EPS)   Fiscal Year
2015
  Fiscal Year
2014
  Fiscal Year
2015
  Fiscal Year
2014
Revenue   $ 134     $ 127     $ 134     $ 127  
EBITDA   $ (128 )   $ (147 )   $ (126 )   $ (139 )
Pretax Loss   $ (176 )   $ (184 )   $ (174 )   $ (176 )
Net Loss   $ (109 )   $ (113 )   $ (108 )   $ (108 )
Weighted-Avg. Shares - Diluted     274.6       273.1       274.6       273.1  
EPS   $ (0.40 )   $ (0.42 )   $ (0.40 )   $ (0.40 )
                                 
                                 

Business Segment Results and Highlights

Tax Services

  • Revenues increased 6 percent to $129 million, driven by the aforementioned extension of the completion of the Canadian tax season
  • Total operating expenses increased 5 percent to $280 million, driven by depreciation and amortization from planned office and technology upgrades, increased wages, and higher occupancy costs, partially offset by lower foreign exchange currency losses and legal fees
  • Adjusted non-GAAP pretax loss increased 4 percent to $149 million

Corporate

  • Total operating expenses declined $16 million to $30 million, primarily due to lower provisions for losses on mortgage loans held for investment and lower expenses related to the pending exit of HRB Bank
  • Pretax loss improved by $15 million to $25 million

Discontinued Operations

  • Net loss of $7 million compared to $2 million in the prior year
  • Sand Canyon Corporation (SCC), a separate legal entity of H&R Block, Inc., continued to engage in constructive settlement discussions with counterparties that represent a significant majority of previously denied and expected future representation and warranty claims. Based on these actions, SCC recorded a provision of $10 million during the first quarter, increasing its accrual for contingent losses related to representations and warranty claims to $194 million at July 31.

Dividends
A previously announced quarterly cash dividend of 20 cents per share is payable on Oct. 1, 2014 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 9, 2014. The October 1 dividend payment will be H&R Block's 208th consecutive quarterly dividend since the company went public in 1962.

Conference Call
In conjunction with the announcement of first quarter fiscal 2015 first quarter results, the company will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 3, 2014. During the conference call the company will discuss fiscal 2015 first quarter results, future outlook and a general business update. To access the call, please dial the number below approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time:

U.S./Canada (888) 895-5260 or International (443) 842-7595
Conference ID: 77437530

The call will also be webcast in a listen-only format for the media and public. The link to the webcast can be accessed directly at http://investors.hrblock.com.

A replay of the call will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 3, 2014, and continuing until Oct. 3, 2014, by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S./Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International). The conference ID is 77437530. The webcast will be available for replay September 4, 2014 at http://investors.hrblock.com.

About H&R Block
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) is the world's largest consumer tax services provider. More than 650 million tax returns have been prepared worldwide by and through H&R Block since 1955. In fiscal 2014, H&R Block had annual revenues over $3.0 billion with 24.2 million tax returns prepared worldwide. Tax return preparation services are provided in approximately 12,000 company-owned and franchise retail tax offices worldwide by professional tax preparers, and through H&R Block Tax Software products. H&R Block Bank provides affordable banking products and services. For more information, visit the H&R Block Newsroom at http://newsroom.hrblock.com/.

About Non-GAAP Financial Information
This press release and the accompanying tables include non-GAAP financial information. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures, including the reasons management uses each measure, and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, please see the section of the accompanying tables titled "Non-GAAP Financial Information."

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the securities laws. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words or variation of words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "projects," "forecasts," "targets," "would," "will," "should," "could" or "may" or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements provide management's current expectations or predictions of future conditions, events or results. All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future are forward-looking statements. They may include estimates of revenues, income, earnings per share, capital expenditures, dividends, liquidity, capital structure or other financial items, descriptions of management's plans or objectives for future operations, products or services, or descriptions of assumptions underlying any of the above. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and reflect the company's good faith beliefs, assumptions and expectations, but they are not guarantees of future performance or events. Furthermore, the company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions, factors, or expectations, new information, data or methods, future events or other changes, except as required by law. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, a variety of economic, competitive and regulatory factors, many of which are beyond the company's control and which are described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2014 in the section entitled "Risk Factors," as well as additional factors we may describe from time to time in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should understand that it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors and, consequently, you should not consider any such list to be a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties.

1 All amounts in this release are unaudited. Unless otherwise noted, all comparisons refer to the current period compared to the corresponding prior year period.
2 All per share amounts are based on fully diluted shares.
3 The company reports adjusted financial performance, which it believes is a better indication of the company's recurring operations. The company also reports EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), a non-GAAP financial measure, which the company finds relevant when measuring its performance. See "About Non-GAAP Financial Information" below for more information regarding financial measures not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

     
KEY OPERATING RESULTS   (unaudited, in 000s - except per share data)
    Three months ended July 31,
    Revenues   Income (loss)
    2014   2013   2014    2013 
                             
Tax Services   $ 129,080   $ 121,691   $ (150,560 )   $ (144,394 )
Corporate and Eliminations     4,506     5,504     (25,256 )     (40,100 )
    $ 133,586   $ 127,195     (175,816 )     (184,494 )
Income tax benefit                 (66,965 )     (71,224 )
Net loss from continuing operations                 (108,851 )     (113,270 )
Net loss from discontinued operations                 (7,381 )     (1,917 )
Net loss               $ (116,232 )   $ (115,187 )
                             
Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share:                            
  Continuing operations               $ (0.40 )   $ (0.42 )
  Discontinued operations                 (0.02 )     --  
  Consolidated               $ (0.42 )   $ (0.42 )
                             
Basic and diluted shares                 274,575       273,080  
                             
                             
                             
     
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS   (in 000s - except per share data)
As of   July 31, 2014   July 31, 2013   April 30, 2014
    (unaudited)   (unaudited)      
ASSETS                        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 1,429,489     $ 1,163,876     $ 2,185,307  
Cash and cash equivalents -- restricted     71,917       55,477       115,319  
Receivables, net     122,315       121,309       191,618  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     264,666       364,270       198,267  
Investments in available-for-sale securities     403,774       --       423,495  
  Total current assets     2,292,161       1,704,932       3,114,006  
Mortgage loans held for investment, net     259,732       309,681       268,428  
Investments in available-for-sale securities     4,289       487,033       4,329  
Property and equipment, net     314,531       286,584       304,911  
Intangible assets, net     347,890       280,455       355,622  
Goodwill     478,845       435,667       436,117  
Other assets     193,371       258,536       210,116  
  Total assets   $ 3,890,819     $ 3,762,888     $ 4,693,529  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                        
LIABILITIES:                        
  Customer banking deposits   $ 482,975       757,929     $ 769,785  
  Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities     485,205       443,065       569,007  
  Accrued salaries, wages and payroll taxes     30,996       32,926       167,032  
  Accrued income taxes     284,038       215,834       406,655  
  Current portion of long-term debt     400,705       730       400,637  
    Total current liabilities     1,683,919       1,450,484       2,313,116  
  Long-term debt     505,714       905,902       505,837  
  Other noncurrent liabilities     303,986       301,187       318,027  
    Total liabilities     2,493,619       2,657,573       3,136,980  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES                        
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                        
  Common stock, no par, stated value $.01 per share     3,166       3,166       3,166  
  Convertible preferred stock, no par, stated value $0.01 per share     --       --       --  
  Additional paid-in capital     766,014       753,209       766,654  
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     5,483       (257 )     5,177  
  Retained earnings     1,418,124       1,163,651       1,589,297  
  Less treasury shares, at cost     (795,587 )     (814,454 )     (807,745 )
    Total stockholders' equity     1,397,200       1,105,315       1,556,549  
      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 3,890,819     $ 3,762,888     $ 4,693,529  
                         
                         
                         
     
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS   (unaudited, in 000s - except per share amounts)
Three months ended July 31,   2014   2013
                 
REVENUES:                
  Service revenues   $ 115,473     $ 107,800  
  Royalty, product and other revenues     8,814       8,198  
  Interest income     9,299       11,197  
      133,586       127,195  
OPERATING EXPENSES:                
  Cost of revenues:                
    Compensation and benefits     51,855       46,312  
    Occupancy and equipment     83,306       78,736  
    Provision for bad debt and loan losses     4,364       11,491  
    Interest     13,940       14,446  
    Depreciation and amortization     25,085       18,620  
    Other     32,971       40,448  
        211,521       210,053  
  Selling, general and administrative:                
    Marketing and advertising     8,145       7,123  
    Compensation and benefits     60,964       53,047  
    Depreciation and amortization     8,601       4,254  
    Other selling, general and administrative     19,490       32,273  
        97,200       96,697  
      Total operating expenses     308,721       306,750  
Operating loss     (175,135 )     (179,555 )
Other income (expense), net     (681 )     (4,939 )
Loss from continuing operations before income tax benefit     (175,816 )     (184,494 )
Income tax benefit     (66,965 )     (71,224 )
Net loss from continuing operations     (108,851 )     (113,270 )
Net loss from discontinued operations     (7,381 )     (1,917 )
NET LOSS   $ (116,232 )   $ (115,187 )
                 
BASIC AND DILUTED LOSS PER SHARE:                
  Continuing operations   $ (0.40 )   $ (0.42 )
  Discontinued operations     (0.02 )     --  
  Consolidated   $ (0.42 )   $ (0.42 )
                 
                 
                 
     
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS   (unaudited, in 000s)
Three months ended July 31,   2014     2013
                 
NET CASH USED IN OPERATING ACTIVITIES   $ (381,585 )   $ (318,742 )
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:                
  Purchases of available-for-sale securities     (100 )     (45,158 )
  Maturities of and payments received on available-for-sale securities     18,484       32,061  
  Principal payments on mortgage loans held for investment, net     6,250       11,707  
  Capital expenditures     (25,841 )     (34,386 )
  Payments made for business acquisitions, net of cash acquired     (40,533 )     (1,303 )
  Franchise loans:                
    Loans funded     (7,398 )     (6,657 )
    Payments received     18,674       7,164  
  Other, net     4,130       7,482  
      Net cash used in investing activities     (26,334 )     (29,090 )
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                
  Customer banking deposits, net     (287,609 )     (179,364 )
  Dividends paid     (54,852 )     (54,550 )
  Proceeds from exercise of stock options     13,368       21,953  
  Other, net     (19,316 )     (17,294 )
    Net cash used in financing activities     (348,409 )     (229,255 )
                 
Effects of exchange rate changes on cash     510       (6,621 )
                 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents     (755,818 )     (583,708 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period     2,185,307       1,747,584  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period   $ 1,429,489     $ 1,163,876  
                 
SUPPLEMENTARY CASH FLOW DATA:                
  Income taxes paid, net of refunds received   $ 88,924     $ 106,467  
  Interest paid on borrowings     15,415       15,883  
  Interest paid on deposits     201       640  
  Transfers of foreclosed loans to other assets     1,818       2,100  
  Accrued additions to property and equipment     11,988       8,048  
  Transfer of mortgage loans held for investment to held for sale     --       7,608  
                 
                 
                 
     
TAX SERVICES - FINANCIAL RESULTS   (unaudited, amounts in 000s)
Three months ended July 31,   2014     2013
Tax preparation fees:                
  U.S.   $ 25,489     $ 22,026  
  International     41,456       32,094  
      66,945       54,120  
Royalties     7,642       6,562  
Fees from Emerald Card®     14,045       14,611  
Fees from Peace of Mind® guarantees     24,253       27,826  
Other     16,195       18,572  
    Total revenues     129,080       121,691  
                 
Compensation and benefits:                
  Field wages     45,997       39,904  
  Other wages     38,717       34,735  
  Benefits and other compensation     18,822       15,937  
      103,536       90,576  
Occupancy and equipment     83,098       78,550  
Marketing and advertising     7,387       7,017  
Depreciation and amortization     33,683       22,802  
Other     51,936       67,140  
      Total expenses     279,640       266,085  
Pretax loss   $ (150,560 )   $ (144,394 )
                 
                 
                 
     
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES   (unaudited, in 000s - except per share amounts)
    Three months ended July 31, 2014
    Revenues   Expenses   EBITDA   Pretax loss   Net loss   EPS
                                             
As reported - from continuing operations   $ 133,586   $ 308,721   $ (128,190 )   $ (175,816 )   $ (108,851 )   $ (0.40 )
                                             
Adjustments:                                            
  Loss contingencies - litigation     --     228     228       228       141       --  
  Severance     --     813     813       813       504       --  
  Professional fees related to HRB Bank transaction     --     25     25       25       15       --  
  Asset impairments     --     --     941       941       583       --  
  Discrete tax items     --     --     --       --       (49 )     --  
      --     1,066     2,007       2,007       1,194       --  
As adjusted - from continuing operations   $ 133,586   $ 307,655   $ (126,183 )   $ (173,809 )   $ (107,657 )   $ (0.40 )
     
    Three months ended July 31, 2013
    Revenues   Expenses   EBITDA   Pretax loss   Net loss   EPS
                                             
As reported - from continuing operations   $ 127,195   $ 306,750   $ (147,174 )   $ (184,494 )   $ (113,270 )   $ (0.42 )
                                             
Adjustments:                                            
  Loss contingencies - litigation     --     373     373       373       229       --  
  Severance     --     1,105     1,105       1,105       677       --  
  Professional fees related to HRB Bank transaction     --     7,024     7,024       7,024       4,306       0.02  
  Discrete tax items     --     --     --       --       157       --  
      --     8,502     8,502       8,502       5,369       0.02  
As adjusted - from continuing operations   $ 127,195   $ 298,248   $ (138,672 )   $ (175,992 )   $ (107,901 )   $ (0.40 )
                                             
                                             
                                             
           
    Three Months Ended
 July 31,
EBITDA   2014   2013
                 
Net loss - as reported   $ (116,232 )   $ (115,187 )
                 
Add back:                
  Discontinued operations     7,381       1,917  
  Income taxes     (66,965 )     (71,224 )
  Interest expense     13,940       14,446  
  Depreciation and amortization     33,686       22,874  
      (11,958 )     (31,987 )
                 
EBITDA from continuing operations   $ (128,190 )   $ (147,174 )
                 
    Three Months Ended
 July 31,
Supplemental Information   2014   2013
                 
Stock-based compensation expense:                
  Pretax   $ 7,459     $ 4,552  
  After-tax     4,620       2,791  
Amortization of intangible assets:                
  Pretax   $ 11,244     $ 6,071  
  After-tax     6,965       3,722  
                 
                 
                 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
The accompanying press release contains non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Because these measures are not measures of financial performance under GAAP and are susceptible to varying calculations, they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures for other companies.

We consider non-GAAP financial measures to be a useful metric for management and investors to evaluate and compare the ongoing operating performance of our business on a consistent basis across reporting periods, as it eliminates the effect of items that are not indicative of our core operating performance.

The following are descriptions of adjustments we make for our non-GAAP financial measures:

  • We exclude losses from settlements and estimated contingent losses from litigation and favorable reserve adjustments. This does not include legal defense costs.
  • We exclude non-cash charges to adjust the carrying values of goodwill, intangible assets, other long-lived assets and investments to their estimated fair values.
  • We exclude severance and other restructuring charges in connection with the termination of personnel, closure of offices and related costs.
  • We exclude the gains and losses on business dispositions, including investment banking, legal and accounting fees from both business dispositions and acquisitions.
  • We exclude the gains and losses on extinguishment of debt.
  • We exclude the effects of discrete income tax reserve and related adjustments recorded in a specific quarter.

We may consider whether other significant items that arise in the future should also be excluded from our non-GAAP financial measures.

We measure the performance of our business using a variety of metrics, including EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted pretax income of continuing operations. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted pretax income eliminate the impact of items that we do not consider indicative of our core operating performance and, we believe, provide meaningful information to assist in understanding our financial results, analyzing trends in our underlying business, and assessing our prospects for future performance. We also use EBITDA and pretax income of continuing operations, each subject to permitted adjustments, as performance metrics in incentive compensation calculations for our employees.

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