SOURCE: H & R Block

H & R Block

March 03, 2016 16:20 ET

H&R Block Announces Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter Results

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwired - March 03, 2016) - H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, today released its financial results for the fiscal 2016 third quarter ended January 31, 2016 and key operating data through February 28, 2016. The company typically reports a third quarter operating loss due to the seasonality of its tax business.

Third Quarter 2016 Highlights 1

  • Significant delays seen in U.S. tax industry as consumers modify tax filing behaviors and federal and state governments take new actions to combat tax fraud
  • Total revenues decreased $34.5 million to $474.5 million primarily due to lower client volumes in U.S. assisted offices, the impact of the divestiture of H&R Block Bank, and the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, partially offset by increased pricing and improved form mix
  • Non-GAAP adjusted loss per share from continuing operations of $0.34 2, 3
  • Repurchased approximately 12.0 million shares during the quarter, at an average price of $32.72; fiscal year-to-date repurchases through January 31, 2016 total 52.5 million shares, or approximately 19% of outstanding shares

"This tax season has been marked by the continued impact of fraud on the industry, the continuing trend of taxpayers filing their returns later in the season and tax refunds taking longer to process," said Bill Cobb, H&R Block's president and chief executive officer. "Significant initiatives by both federal and state governments to combat tax fraud are creating material changes in the industry. While we believe that there are additional efforts that need to be taken, such as EITC form parity and minimum standards for tax return preparers, we fully support the efforts being made this season."

The company reported a decrease in revenues of $34.5 million to $474.5 million, primarily due to lower client volumes in its U.S. assisted tax offices, the impact of the divestiture of H&R Block Bank, and the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. The decline in volume was offset by improved pricing and form mix in both assisted and DIY categories. A majority of the company's revenues and all of its fiscal 2016 earnings will occur during its fiscal fourth quarter, and thus fiscal third quarter financial results are not indicative of expected performance for the full year.

The decline in the company's U.S. tax return volumes followed the industry-wide decline in filings through mid-February, which the company believes are primarily the result of the ongoing impact of tax fraud and related prevention measures, delayed refunds, and the effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Total returns prepared by and through H&R Block declined 6.1% percent through February 28, 2016, to 10.6 million, which represented a 0.3% point improvement from the decline as of January 31, 2016, indicating positive momentum in the effort to reduce early season client loss. Additionally, the improved pricing and form mix noted in the fiscal third quarter continued through February 28.

"Despite the impact these challenges have had on our early season volumes, I'm pleased with our monetization efforts as we've seen improvements in both form mix and price. Turning the early season client loss around will take time, but our results are starting to indicate that our efforts are working," said Cobb. "There is still a significant amount of the tax season remaining and we are focused on executing our Tax Plus strategy to help deliver a strong second half."

Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter Results From Continuing Operations

             
    Actual     Adjusted 2  
(in millions, except EPS)   Fiscal Year 2016     Fiscal Year 2015     Fiscal Year 2016     Fiscal Year 2015  
Revenue   $ 475     $ 509     $ 475     $ 509  
EBITDA   $ (78 )   $ (38 )   $ (77 )   $ (37 )
Pretax Loss   $ (147 )   $ (91 )   $ (146 )   $ (89 )
Net Loss   $ (79 )   $ (35 )   $ (79 )   $ (34 )
Weighted-Avg. Shares - Diluted     231.9       275.2       231.9       275.2  
EPS   $ (0.34 )   $ (0.13 )   $ (0.34 )   $ (0.13 )
                                 

CFO Perspective

"As we are no longer regulated as a savings and loan holding company, we have been able to return to our historical practice of repurchasing shares opportunistically to create shareholder value," said Greg Macfarlane, H&R Block's chief financial officer. "In the last two fiscal quarters, we repurchased 52.5 million shares, or $1.9 billion of H&R Block stock, representing 19 percent of total outstanding shares. We are confident in the future of H&R Block and look forward to continuing as the leading tax preparation company for years to come."

"Additionally, Sand Canyon took significant steps toward the resolution of its representation and warranty obligations by settling with some of the counterparties that asserted claims against them," added Macfarlane. "While we believe the wind-down of Sand Canyon will continue to take time, it's positive to see progress."4

Financial Results and Highlights

  • Revenues decreased 6.8% to $475 million, due primarily to lower tax preparation volumes, the impact of the divestiture of H&R Block Bank, and the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. These decreases were partially offset by improved price and return mix in both assisted and DIY categories.
  • Total operating expenses increased $10.2 million, or 1.7%. The increase was primarily due to occupancy costs and amortization expense which increased due to current year acquisitions of independent tax preparation and franchise businesses as well as the annualization of expenses related to acquisitions in the prior year and increased marketing expenses. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in field compensation resulting from lower tax preparation volume.
  • Other income increased $2.8 million primarily due to the accounting changes related to the divestiture of H&R Block Bank discussed above.
  • Interest expense increased $14.5 million from the prior year due to $1 billion of long-term debt issued in September 2015, and an increase in borrowings under the company's line of credit during the fiscal third quarter.
  • Pretax loss increased 61.2% to $147 million.

Discontinued Operations

  • Sand Canyon Corporation (SCC), a separate legal entity from H&R Block, Inc., continued to engage in constructive settlement discussions with counterparties that have made a significant majority of previously denied and possible future representation and warranty claims.
  • SCC's accrual for contingent losses related to representation and warranty claims decreased $89 million from the prior quarter to $65 million as a result of settlements with counterparties. The settlements were fully covered by prior accruals.

Balance Sheet

  • Cash balances decreased from January 31, 2015 mainly due to the net cash payment to the company's bank partner for the transfer of deposit liabilities related to the divestiture of H&R Block Bank and the net impact of capital structure changes, including share repurchases totaling $1.9 billion during the fiscal year.
  • Accounts receivable increased $52 million from January 31, 2015 due to the delayed timing of IRS funding of tax refunds.
  • Upon divestiture of H&R Block Bank in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, available for sale securities, previously held to meet bank regulatory requirements, were liquidated for approximately $388 million. Additionally, certain liabilities, including all customer banking deposits, were transferred to the company's bank partner.
  • Long-term debt increased $1 billion from January 31, 2015 due to the issuance of $650 million of 4.125% Senior Notes and $350 million of 5.250% Senior Notes. Long-term debt also increased as a result of outstanding borrowings under the company's line of credit, which at January 31, 2016 totaled $1.1 billion.
  • Stockholders' equity was impacted by repurchases and subsequent retirements of 52.5 million shares of common stock during the fiscal year for $1.9 billion, or an average price of $36.02 per share.
  • Details regarding the bank divestiture and related agreements, capital structure transactions and share repurchase program can be found in previously filed press releases issued, as well as Forms 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in September and October of 2015.

Share Repurchases and Dividends

During the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the company repurchased and retired approximately 12.0 million shares at an aggregate price of $392 million, or $32.72 per share. As of January 31, 2016, 224.4 million shares were outstanding. 

The company completed these share repurchases under a $3.5 billion share repurchase program approved by the company's board of directors in August 2015. Under this program, the company has repurchased approximately 52.5 million shares of its common stock, or 19% of outstanding shares, for an aggregate purchase price of $1.9 billion.

As previously announced, a quarterly cash dividend of 20 cents per share is payable on April 1, 2016 to shareholders of record as of March 15, 2016. The April 1 dividend payment will be H&R Block's 214th consecutive quarterly dividend since the company went public in 1962.

Conference Call

Discussion of the fiscal 2016 third quarter results, future outlook and a general business update will occur during the company's previously announced fiscal third quarter earnings conference call for analysts, institutional investors, and shareholders. The call is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on March 3, 2016. 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: 18401962

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 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on March 3, 2016, and continuing until April 3, 2016, by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S./Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International). The conference ID is 18401962. The webcast will be available for replay March 4, 2016 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 680 million tax returns have been prepared worldwide by and through H&R Block since 1955. In fiscal 2015, H&R Block had annual revenues of nearly $3.1 billion with 24.2 million tax returns prepared worldwide. Tax return preparation services are provided by professional tax preparers in approximately 12,000 company-owned and franchise retail tax offices worldwide, and through H&R Block tax software products. H&R Block also offers adjacent Tax Plus 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 contains 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, cost savings, capital expenditures, dividends, share repurchases, 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, that are described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2015 in the section entitled "Risk Factors" and additional factors we may describe from time to time in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You may get such filings for free at our website at http://investors.hrblock.com. 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 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).
3 All per share amounts are based on fully diluted shares at the end of the corresponding period.
4 See the company's most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for more information regarding Sand Canyon Corporation and related loss contingencies.

               
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS           (unaudited, in 000s - except per share amounts)  
    Three months ended January 31,     Nine months ended January 31,  
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
                                 
REVENUES:                                
  Service revenues   $ 389,502     $ 406,441     $ 621,356     $ 637,356  
  Royalty, product and other revenues     85,041       102,633       119,320       139,932  
      474,543       509,074       740,676       777,288  
OPERATING EXPENSES:                                
  Cost of revenues:                                
    Compensation and benefits     181,915       186,656       300,398       307,892  
    Occupancy and equipment     96,201       92,303       281,107       263,235  
    Provision for bad debt and loan losses     35,734       39,283       38,921       44,032  
    Depreciation and amortization     28,795       29,181       84,237       82,695  
    Other     49,868       47,255       127,759       116,247  
      392,513       394,678       832,422       814,101  
  Selling, general and administrative:                                
    Marketing and advertising     93,708       87,569       115,204       108,227  
    Compensation and benefits     63,653       60,380       179,915       175,697  
    Depreciation and amortization     16,508       14,110       43,509       33,211  
    Other selling, general and administrative     28,003       27,488       97,283       66,991  
      201,872       189,547       435,911       384,126  
      Total operating expenses     594,385       584,225       1,268,333       1,198,227  
                                 
Other income, net     3,055       304       13,993       827  
Interest expense on borrowings     (23,573 )     (9,048 )     (46,329 )     (36,686 )
Other expenses, net     (6,140 )     (6,970 )     (11,335 )     (10,456 )
Loss from continuing operations before income tax benefit     (146,500 )     (90,865 )     (571,328 )     (467,254 )
Income tax benefit     (67,851 )     (55,554 )     (253,656 )     (209,865 )
Net loss from continuing operations     (78,649 )     (35,311 )     (317,672 )     (257,389 )
Net loss from discontinued operations     (3,080 )     (1,637 )     (8,723 )     (7,789 )
NET LOSS   $ (81,729 )   $ (36,948 )   $ (326,395 )   $ (265,178 )
                                 
BASIC AND DILUTED LOSS PER SHARE:                                
  Continuing operations   $ (0.34 )   $ (0.13 )   $ (1.23 )   $ (0.94 )
  Discontinued operations     (0.01 )     -       (0.04 )     (0.03 )
  Consolidated   $ (0.35 )   $ (0.13 )   $ (1.27 )   $ (0.97 )
                                 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE BASIC AND DILUTED SHARES     231,904       275,190       257,979       274,957  
                                 
                                 
       
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS   (unaudited, in 000s - except per share data)  
As of   January 31, 2016     January 31, 2015     April 30, 2015  
                         
ASSETS                        
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 189,511     $ 1,321,134     $ 2,007,190  
  Cash and cash equivalents - restricted     69,649       51,085       91,972  
  Receivables, net     829,774       777,453       167,964  
  Deferred tax assets and income taxes receivable     29,411       167,826       174,267  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     101,169       92,976       70,283  
  Investments in available-for-sale securities     1,145       367,845       439,625  
    Total current assets     1,220,659       2,778,319       2,951,301  
  Mortgage loans held for investment, net     212,106       245,663       239,338  
  Property and equipment, net     290,202       308,805       311,387  
  Intangible assets, net     473,732       443,329       432,142  
  Goodwill     443,418       442,961       441,831  
  Deferred tax assets and income taxes receivable     113,887       13,441       13,461  
  Other noncurrent assets     120,042       146,423       125,960  
    Total assets   $ 2,874,046     $ 4,378,941     $ 4,515,420  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                        
LIABILITIES:                        
  Commercial paper borrowings   $ -     $ 591,486     $ -  
  Customer banking deposits     -       1,286,216       744,241  
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses     205,981       172,328       231,322  
  Accrued salaries, wages and payroll taxes     123,289       118,512       144,744  
  Accrued income taxes and reserves for uncertain tax positions     8,099       1,619       434,684  
  Current portion of long-term debt     817       781       790  
  Deferred revenue and other current liabilities     250,846       300,162       322,508  
    Total current liabilities     589,032       2,471,104       1,878,289  
  Long-term debt     2,626,933       505,460       505,298  
  Deferred tax liabilities and reserves for uncertain tax positions     88,377       144,036       142,586  
  Deferred revenue and other noncurrent liabilities     106,438       111,956       156,298  
    Total liabilities     3,410,780       3,232,556       2,682,471  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES                        
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                        
  Common stock, no par, stated value $.01 per share     2,641       3,166       3,166  
  Additional paid-in capital     758,491       778,845       783,793  
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)     (20,849 )     (1,263 )     1,740  
  Retained earnings (deficit)     (510,000 )     1,158,376       1,836,442  
  Less treasury shares, at cost     (767,017 )     (792,739 )     (792,192 )
    Total stockholders' equity (deficiency)     (536,734 )     1,146,385       1,832,949  
      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 2,874,046     $ 4,378,941     $ 4,515,420  
                         
                         
       
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS   (unaudited, in 000s)  
Nine months ended January 31,   2016     2015  
                 
NET CASH USED IN OPERATING ACTIVITIES   $ (1,426,949 )   $ (1,247,200 )
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:                
  Sales, maturities of and payments received on available-for-sale securities     436,380       68,013  
  Principal payments on mortgage loans held for investment, net     24,664       18,098  
  Capital expenditures     (66,418 )     (98,876 )
  Payments made for business acquisitions, net of cash acquired     (85,329 )     (112,163 )
  Franchise loans:                
    Loans funded     (21,377 )     (48,013 )
    Payments received     22,234       34,164  
  Other, net     3,887       6,079  
      Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities     314,041       (132,698 )
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                
  Repayments of commercial paper     -       (457,576 )
  Proceeds from issuance of commercial paper     -       1,049,062  
  Repayments of long-term debt     (225,000 )     (400,000 )
  Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt     2,346,831       -  
  Customer banking deposits, net     (326,705 )     515,015  
  Transfer of HRB Bank deposits     (419,028 )     -  
  Dividends paid     (157,530 )     (164,905 )
  Repurchase of common stock, including shares surrendered     (1,888,595 )     (10,355 )
  Proceeds from exercise of stock options     25,803       16,026  
  Other, net     (43,972 )     (15,993 )
      Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     (688,196 )     531,274  
                 
Effects of exchange rate changes on cash     (16,575 )     (15,549 )
                 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents     (1,817,679 )     (864,173 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period     2,007,190       2,185,307  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period   $ 189,511     $ 1,321,134  
                 
SUPPLEMENTARY CASH FLOW DATA:                
  Income taxes paid, net of refunds received   $ 157,691     $ 201,374  
  Interest paid on borrowings     32,772       43,561  
  Transfers of foreclosed loans to other assets     2,515       3,240  
  Accrued additions to property and equipment     4,385       1,986  
  Conversion of investment in preferred stock to available-for-sale common stock     -       5,000  
  Accrued purchase of common stock     21,167       -  
                 
                 
             
FINANCIAL RESULTS         (unaudited, in 000s - except per share amounts)  
    Three months ended January 31,     Nine months ended January 31,  
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
Tax preparation fees:                                
  U.S. assisted   $ 268,775     $ 283,692     $ 332,463     $ 341,107  
  International     8,575       10,021       79,633       94,308  
  U.S. digital     39,251       36,720       45,899       42,545  
      316,601       330,433       457,995       477,960  
Royalties     40,387       52,284       59,245       68,508  
Revenues from Refund Transfers     49,419       50,899       54,782       56,472  
Revenues from Emerald Card®     13,356       13,910       38,853       39,479  
Revenues from Peace of Mind® Extended Service Plan     15,736       13,492       62,764       54,308  
Interest and fee income on Emerald Advance     31,603       30,288       32,334       31,439  
Other     7,441       17,768       34,703       49,122  
    Total revenues     474,543       509,074       740,676       777,288  
Compensation and benefits:                                
  Field wages     154,098       161,921       253,561       264,822  
  Other wages     48,786       45,983       136,782       131,544  
  Benefits and other compensation     42,684       39,132       89,970       87,223  
      245,568       247,036       480,313       483,589  
Occupancy and equipment     96,157       92,855       280,953       260,231  
Marketing and advertising     93,708       87,569       115,204       108,227  
Depreciation and amortization     45,303       43,291       127,746       115,906  
Bad debt     35,734       39,283       38,921       44,032  
Supplies     6,219       6,981       13,346       17,582  
Other     71,696       67,210       211,850       168,660  
    Total operating expenses     594,385       584,225       1,268,333       1,198,227  
Other income, net     3,055       304       13,993       827  
Interest expense on borrowings     (23,573 )     (9,048 )     (46,329 )     (36,686 )
Other expenses, net     (6,140 )     (6,970 )     (11,335 )     (10,456 )
Pretax loss     (146,500 )     (90,865 )     (571,328 )     (467,254 )
Income tax benefit     (67,851 )     (55,554 )     (253,656 )     (209,865 )
Net loss from continuing operations     (78,649 )     (35,311 )     (317,672 )     (257,389 )
Net loss from discontinued operations     (3,080 )     (1,637 )     (8,723 )     (7,789 )
Net loss   $ (81,729 )   $ (36,948 )   $ (326,395 )   $ (265,178 )
                                 
Basic and diluted loss per share:                                
  Continuing operations   $ (0.34 )   $ (0.13 )   $ (1.23 )   $ (0.94 )
  Discontinued operations     (0.01 )     -       (0.04 )     (0.03 )
  Consolidated   $ (0.35 )   $ (0.13 )   $ (1.27 )   $ (0.97 )
                                 
Weighted average basic and diluted shares     231,904       275,190       257,979       274,957  
                                 
                                 
                             
U.S. TAX OPERATING DATA                         (in 000s)  
    Fiscal Year-to-Date         Fiscal Year-to-Date      
    January 31,         February 28,      
    2016   2015   % Change     2016   2015   % Change  
Tax Returns Prepared: (1)                            
  Company-Owned Operations   1,413   1,600   (11.7 )%   4,266   4,643   (8.1 )%
  Franchise Operations   766   879   (12.9 )%   2,316   2,500   (7.4 )%
    Total H&R Block Assisted   2,179   2,479   (12.1 )%   6,582   7,143   (7.9 )%
  Desktop   189   180   5.0 %   825   875   (5.7 )%
  Online   1,075   1,027   4.7 %   2,801   2,876   (2.6 )%
    Total H&R Block Tax Software   1,264   1,207   4.7 %   3,626   3,751   (3.3 )%
  Free File Alliance   127   129   (1.6 )%   377   383   (1.6 )%
    Total H&R Block U.S. Returns   3,570   3,815   (6.4 )%   10,585   11,277   (6.1 )%
                             
                             
(1) Amounts have been reclassified between company-owned and franchise for offices which were refranchised or repurchased by the company during either year.
   
       
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES      
Three months ended January 31,   2016     2015  
    EBITDA     Loss     EBITDA     Loss  
                                 
As reported - from continuing operations   $ (77,626 )   $ (78,649 )   $ (38,302 )   $ (35,311 )
                                 
Adjustments (pretax):                                
  Loss contingencies - litigation     328       328       337       337  
  Professional fees related to HRB Bank and recapitalization transactions     (96 )     (96 )     6       6  
  Gain on sales of tax offices/businesses     (101 )     (101 )     1,451       1,451  
  Tax effect of adjustments     -       (129 )     -       (683 )
      131       2       1,794       1,111  
                                 
  As adjusted - from continuing operations   $ (77,495 )   $ (78,647 )   $ (36,508 )   $ (34,200 )
                         
Adjusted EPS           $ (0.34 )           $ (0.13 )
                                 
Nine months ended January 31,   2016     2015  
    EBITDA     Loss     EBITDA     Loss  
                                 
As reported - from continuing operations   $ (397,075 )   $ (317,672 )   $ (314,153 )   $ (257,389 )
                                 
Adjustments (pretax):                                
  Loss contingencies - litigation     1,017       1,017       609       609  
  Severance     -       -       1,051       1,051  
  Professional fees related to HRB Bank and recapitalization transactions     20,722       20,722       120       120  
  Gains on AFS securities, net     (8,138 )     (8,138 )     (24 )     (24 )
  Gain on sales of tax offices/businesses     (127 )     (127 )     552       552  
  Tax effect of adjustments     -       (5,129 )     -       (877 )
      13,474       8,345       2,308       1,431  
                                 
  As adjusted - from continuing operations   $ (383,601 )   $ (309,327 )   $ (311,845 )   $ (255,958 )
                                 
Adjusted EPS           $ (1.20 )           $ (0.94 )
                                 
    Three months ended January 31,     Nine months ended January 31,  
EBITDA   2016     2015     2016     2015  
                                 
Net loss - as reported   $ (81,729 )   $ (36,948 )   $ (326,395 )   $ (265,178 )
                                 
Add back :                                
  Discontinued operations     3,080       1,637       8,723       7,789  
  Income taxes     (67,851 )     (55,554 )     (253,656 )     (209,865 )
  Interest expense     23,571       9,272       46,507       37,195  
  Depreciation and amortization     45,303       43,291       127,746       115,906  
      4,103       (1,354 )     (70,680 )     (48,975 )
                                 
EBITDA from continuing operations   $ (77,626 )   $ (38,302 )   $ (397,075 )   $ (314,153 )
                                 
                                 
    Three months ended January 31,     Nine months ended January 31,  
Supplemental Information   2016     2015     2016     2015  
                                 
Stock-based compensation expense:                                
  Pretax   $ 7,230     $ 6,090     $ 21,106     $ 20,689  
  After-tax     4,396       3,678       13,073       12,763  
Amortization of intangible assets:                                
  Pretax   $ 20,153     $ 16,743     $ 54,632     $ 41,206  
  After-tax     12,279       10,197       33,839       25,420  
                                 
                                 

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 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.

Contact Information

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