SOURCE: National American University Holdings, Inc.

National American University Holdings, Inc.

August 06, 2014 17:45 ET

National American University Holdings, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

Company to Host Conference Call on August 7, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. EDT

RAPID CITY, SD--(Marketwired - Aug 6, 2014) - National American University Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NAUH)

Financial and Operational Highlights

  • Enrollment by headcount decreased 5.4% over the prior-year period to 10,857 students as of May 31, 2014.

  • FY 2014 fourth quarter total revenue was $32.0 million, compared to $33.2 million in the prior-year period. The Company's academic segment's revenue was $31.7 million in the FY 2014 fourth quarter, compared to $32.7 million in the prior-year period.

  • FY 2014 fourth quarter net income attributable to the Company increased 16.5% to $1.3 million from $1.1 million in the prior-year period.

  • FY 2014 annual revenues were $127.8 million, compared to $129.2 million in the prior year. The Company's academic segment's revenue was $126.2 million, compared to $127.9 million in the prior year.

  • FY 2014 annual net income attributable to the Company was $3.5 million, compared to $5.4 million in the prior year.

  • The Board of Directors declared a cash dividend in the amount of $0.045 per share on all shares of the Company's common stock outstanding and of record as of the close of business on June 30, 2014, which was paid on or about July 11, 2014.

  • Balance sheet at May 31, 2014, included cash and cash equivalents and investments of $19.6 million; working capital of $25.7 million; no outstanding lending debt; and stockholders' equity of $51.2 million.

National American University Holdings, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ: NAUH), which through its wholly owned subsidiary operates National American University ("NAU"), a regionally accredited, proprietary, multi-campus institution of higher learning, today reported its unaudited financial results for its FY 2014 fourth quarter and audited financial results for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2014.

Ronald L. Shape, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented, "We began implementing changes in our admissions department during the FY 2014 fourth quarter, which included rolling out the new software we invested in and additional training to help improve the efficiency of our enrollment counselors, and are pleased with the initial results from these efforts. Enrollment for the spring 2014 term declined 5.4% to 10,857 students, which was a result of weaker demand among NAU's targeted student demographic as well as a reduction in enrollment counselors. Lower enrollment impacted revenues for the FY 2014 fourth quarter, but as a result of lower SG&A expenses related to decreased admissions staffing, we were able to achieve $1.3 million in net income attributable to the Company during the period, a 16.5% increase from the FY 2013 fourth quarter. We are now focused on providing our enrollment counselors with improved training and technologies that will help them better manage their time and become more effective in the long run."

Dr. Shape continued, "It has been an overall challenging year for our industry, and we have not been immune to the enrollment issues affecting the majority of institutions. However, we continued working on executing our strategic initiatives and were thrilled to launch our doctoral program in community college leadership in the first half of FY 2014, welcoming our first full cohort of doctoral students in January 2014. We are very pleased to say that we continue to realize 100% retention and look forward to welcoming additional cohorts to the doctoral program in this coming fall term."

Operating Review

NAU currently leases 37 physical properties in the states of Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota and Texas. Several sites operate as hybrid learning centers in strategic geographic locations. These centers utilize physical facilities through which the university provides face-to-face support services as students participate in select, traditional classroom courses while completing their remaining coursework online.

Of NAU's 37 locations, the following sites are pending regulatory approvals:

  • Roueche Graduate Center in Austin, TX
  • Houston, TX

Enrollment Update

Total NAU student enrollment for the spring term of 2014 decreased 5.4% to 10,857 students from 11,472 during the prior spring term. Students enrolled in 93,742 credit hours compared to 99,146 credit hours during the prior spring term. The current average age of NAU's students continues to be in the mid-30s, with those seeking undergraduate degrees remaining the highest portion of NAU's student population.

The following is a summary of student enrollment at May 31, 2014, and May 31, 2013, by degree level and by instructional delivery method:

             
    May 31, 2014     May 31, 2013  
    No. of Students   % of Total     No. of Students   % of Total  
Continuing Ed   12   0.1 %   0   0 %
                     
Doctoral   37   0.3 %   0   0 %
                     
Graduate   322   3.0 %   397   3.5 %
                     
Undergraduate   10,486   96.6 %   11,075   96.5 %
                     
Total   10,857   100.0 %   11,472   100.0 %
                     
                     
    May 31, 2014     May 31, 2013  
    No. of Students   % of Total     No. of Students   % of Total  
Online   6,481   59.7 %   6,790   59.2 %
On-Campus   2,686   24.7 %   2,661   23.2 %
Hybrid   1,690   15.6 %   2,021   17.6 %
                     
Total   10,857   100.0 %   11,472   100.0 %
                     
                     

Financial Review

The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, operates in two business segments: the academic segment, which consists of NAU's undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral education programs and contributes the primary portion of the Company's revenue; and ownership in multiple apartments and condominium complexes from which it derives sales and rental income. The real estate operations generated approximately 0.9% of revenues for the quarter ended May 31, 2014.

Fiscal 2014 Fourth Quarter Financial Results

  • Total revenues for the FY 2014 fourth quarter were $32.0 million, compared to $33.2 million in the same period last year. The academic segment's total revenue was $31.7 million, compared to $32.7 million in the prior-year period. This decrease in academic segment revenues was primarily a result of a decrease in enrollment, which impacted the number of credit hours and book sales during the period, and was driven by weaker market demand among NAU's targeted student demographic. The decrease in academic segment revenues was partially offset by the 3.5% tuition increase that became effective in September 2013.

  • For the FY 2014 fourth quarter, educational services expense was $7.6 million, or 24.1% of the academic segment's total revenue, compared to $7.5 million, or 22.9%, for the FY 2013 fourth quarter, primarily due to increased expenses associated with the addition of NAU's doctoral programs. The increase in cost of educational services as a percentage of total revenue was the result of fixed facility costs on lower revenues.

    Educational services expense specifically relates to the academic segment, and includes salaries and benefits of faculty and academic administrators, costs of educational supplies, facility costs, faculty reference and support material and related academic costs.

  • During the FY 2014 fourth quarter, SG&A expenses decreased 5.8% to $20.2 million, or 63.2% of total revenues, from $21.4 million, or 64.7%, in the prior-year period.

  • Income before income taxes and non-controlling interest for the FY 2014 fourth quarter increased 9.6% to $2.3 million from $2.1 million for the same period last year.

  • Net income attributable to the Company for the FY 2014 fourth quarter increased 16.5% to $1.3 million, or $0.05 per diluted share based on 25.1 million shares outstanding, from $1.1 million, or $0.05 per diluted share based on 25.5 million shares outstanding, in the prior-year period. EBITDA for the FY 2014 fourth quarter increased 7.6% to $4.1 million from $3.8 million in the prior-year period. A table reconciling EBITDA to net income can be found at the end of this release.

FY 2014 Financial Results

  • Total revenues for FY 2014 were $127.8 million, compared to $129.2 million for FY 2013. The academic segment's total revenue was $126.2 million, compared to $127.9 million in the prior-year period as a result of decreased enrollment during the fall 2013, winter 2014, and spring 2014 terms, which was partially offset by the previously mentioned tuition increase of 3.5%. The Company believes it will achieve increased revenue growth as it continues to execute on its strategic plan, which includes growing enrollments at its current existing locations by investing in new program development and expansion, academic advisor support, and student retention initiatives.

  • NAU's educational services expense for FY 2014 was $29.5 million, or 23.4% of the academic segment's total revenue, compared to $29.2 million, or 22.8%, in the prior-year period. The increase in cost of educational services as a percentage of academic segment revenue was the result of fixed facility costs on lower revenues.

  • In FY 2014, SG&A expenses were $85.3 million, or 66.8% of total revenues, compared to $82.9 million, or 64.2%, in the prior-year period. The increase was primarily due to increased expenses related to the hiring of additional admissions and support staff to maintain the quality of academic programs at newer locations, as well as increased depreciation expense, software costs, and insurance premium costs.

  • Income before income taxes and non-controlling interest for FY 2014 was $5.8 million, compared to $9.2 million in the prior-year period. This decrease was largely due to higher SG&A expenses.

  • Net income attributable to the Company for FY 2014 was $3.5 million, or $0.14 per diluted share based on 25.1 million shares outstanding, compared to $5.4 million, or $0.21 per diluted share based on 25.6 million shares outstanding, in the prior fiscal year.

  • The Company's EBITDA for FY 2014 was $12.8 million, compared to $15.8 million in the prior-year period. A table reconciling EBITDA to net income can be found at the end of this release.

   
   
Balance Sheet Highlights  
   
(in millions except for percentages)   5/31/2014   5/31/2013   % Change  
               
Cash and Cash Equivalents/Investments   $ 19.6   $ 31.9   -38.6 %
Working Capital     25.7     23.8   7.8 %
Total Long-term Debt     0     0   N/A  
Stockholders' Equity     51.2     50.8   0.8 %
                   
                   

Quarterly Dividend

The Board of Directors declared a cash dividend in the amount of $0.045 per share on all shares of the Company's common stock outstanding and of record as of the close of business on June 30, 2014, that was paid on or about July 11, 2014.

FY 2015 Outlook

Dr. Shape concluded, "As we continue working on executing our strategic initiatives and taking full advantage of our current resources, we expect enrollments will return to positive growth rates in the second half of FY 2015. We anticipate the changes we have made in our enrollment counselor system to be fully implemented by December 2014 and will continue to evaluate our counselors' performance to gauge its impact. Going into FY 2015, our goal is to increase enrollments at the newer locations we established over the past few years and regain enrollment stability at our more seasoned campus options. The majority of these locations have developed a strong student base and have yielded excellent results, while others need improvement. We will continue to monitor their progress and are committed to executing on our initiatives, while keeping an eye on our expenditures to ensure that expenses are in line with our revenue projections. As we return to positive enrollment growth, we expect to gain greater efficiencies as economies of scale are realized with NAU's expanded physical footprint and increased student-instructor ratios. But first and foremost, we are committed to serving our students and providing them with the support and academic quality they need to succeed, and we look forward to improving and expanding upon our academic offerings in FY 2015."

Conference Call Information

Management will discuss these results in a conference call (with accompanying presentation) on August 7, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

The dial-in numbers are:
(877) 407-9078 (U.S.)
(201) 493-6745 (International)

Accompanying Slide Presentation and Webcast

The Company will also have an accompanying slide presentation available in PDF format at the "Investor Relations" section of the NAU website at http://www.national.edu/InvestorRelations. The presentation will be made available 30 minutes prior to the conference call. In addition, the call will be simultaneously webcast over the Internet via the "Investor Relations" section of the NAU website or by clicking on the conference call link: http://national.equisolvewebcast.com/q4-2014.

About National American University Holdings, Inc.

National American University Holdings, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, operates National American University ("NAU"), a regionally accredited, proprietary, multi-campus institution of higher learning offering associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in technical and professional disciplines. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, NAU has been providing technical and professional career education since 1941. NAU opened its first campus in Rapid City, South Dakota, and has since grown to multiple locations throughout the United States. In 1998, NAU began offering online courses. Today, NAU offers degree programs in traditional, online, and hybrid formats, which provide students increased flexibility to take courses at times and places convenient to their busy lifestyles.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding the Company's business. Statements made in this release, other than those concerning historical financial information, may be considered forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release and are based on current beliefs and expectations and involve a number of assumptions. These forward-looking statements include outlooks or expectations for earnings, revenues, expenses or other future financial or business performance, strategies or expectations, or the impact of legal or regulatory matters on business, results of operations or financial condition. Specifically, forward-looking statements may include statements relating to the future financial performance of the Company; the ability to continue to receive Title IV funds; the growth of the market for the Company's services; expansion plans and opportunities; consolidation in the market for the Company's services generally; and other statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words "estimate," "plan," "project," "forecast," "intend," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "seek," "target" or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements. Other factors that could cause the Company's results to differ materially from those contained in its forward-looking statements are included under, among others, the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is to be filed on August 8, 2014, and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this release.

   
   
NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
   
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
FOR THE THREE MONTHS AND YEAR ENDED MAY 31, 2014 AND MAY 31, 2013  
(In thousands except per share data)  
                         
    Three Months Ended     Year Ended  
    May 31,     May 31,  
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
                                 
REVENUE:                                
  Academic revenue   $ 29,397     $ 30,068     $ 117,099     $ 117,609  
  Auxiliary revenue     2,284       2,610       9,076       10,259  
  Rental income - apartments     287       274       1,138       1,098  
  Condominium sales     0       210       440       210  
                                   
    Total revenue     31,968       33,162       127,753       129,176  
                                 
OPERATING EXPENSES:                                
  Cost of educational services     7,643       7,493       29,478       29,188  
  Selling, general and administrative     20,196       21,441       85,286       82,906  
  Auxiliary expense     1,540       1,745       6,236       6,780  
  Cost of condominium sales     0       192       386       192  
  Loss (gain) on disposition of property     187       37       114       100  
                                   
    Total operating expenses     29,566       30,908       121,500       119,166  
                                 
OPERATING INCOME     2,402       2,254       6,253       10,010  
                                 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):                                
  Interest income     20       22       142       111  
  Interest expense     (203 )     (252 )     (770 )     (1,044 )
  Other income - net     34       31       149       107  
                                   
    Total other expense     (149 )     (199 )     (479 )     (826 )
                                 
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES     2,253       2,055       5,774       9,184  
                                 
INCOME TAX EXPENSE     (909 )     (900 )     (2,306 )     (3,698 )
                                 
NET INCOME     1,344       1,155       3,468       5,486  
                                 
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST     (9 )     (9 )     17       (40 )
                                 
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES     1,335       1,146       3,485       5,446  
                                 
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME, NET OF TAX -                                
  Unrealized losses on investments, net of tax of $1 and $19 for 2014 and 2013, respectively     6       13       (10 )     (31 )
  Reclassification to earnings of realized losses included in other income-net, net of tax of $0 and $(8) for 2014 and 2013, respectively     0       (8 )     0       13  
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME, NET OF TAX     6       5       (10 )     (18 )
                                 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NATIONAL                                
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY HOLDINGS, INC.   $ 1,341     $ 1,151     $ 3,475     $ 5,428  
                                 
Basic net earnings attributable to National American University Holdings, Inc.   $ 0.05     $ 0.05     $ 0.14     $ 0.21  
Diluted net earnings attributable to National American University Holdings, Inc.   $ 0.05     $ 0.05     $ 0.14     $ 0.21  
Basic weighted average shares outstanding     25,113,727       25,492,141       25,093,096       25,556,391  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding     25,126,949       25,499,607       25,094,361       25,561,468  
                                 
                                 
   
   
NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
   
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
AS OF MAY 31, 2014 AND 2013  
(In thousands except share data)  
    May 31,     May 31,  
    2014     2013  
ASSETS                
CURRENT ASSETS:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 4,154     $ 11,130  
  Available for sale investments     15,435       20,748  
  Student receivables - net of allowance of $1,026 and $870 at May 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively     16,532       3,628  
  Other receivables     291       722  
  Income tax receivable     0       122  
  Deferred income taxes     1,688       1,353  
  Prepaid and other current assets     2,180       841  
    Total current assets     40,280       38,544  
                 
Total property and equipment - net     43,258       44,944  
                 
OTHER ASSETS:                
  Condominium inventory     744       1,778  
  Land held for future development     312       312  
  Course development - net of accumulated amortization of $2,421 and $2,066 at May 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively     1,000       1,107  
  Note receivable - tenant improvements     1,308       0  
  Deposit on property and equipment     200       0  
  Other     1,355       1,397  
Total other assets     4,919       4,594  
TOTAL   $ 88,457     $ 88,082  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                
  Current portion of capital lease payable   $ 206     $ 66  
  Accounts payable     3,411       5,403  
  Dividends payable     1,134       1,004  
  Student accounts payable     969       1,067  
  Income tax payable     1,158       0  
  Deferred income     341       195  
  Accrued and other liabilities     7,347       6,966  
    Total current liabilities     14,566       14,701  
                 
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES     4,168       5,720  
                 
OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES     6,431       6,479  
                 
CAPITAL LEASE PAYABLE, NET OF CURRENT PORTION     12,097       10,394  
                 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES                
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                
  Common stock, $0.0001 par value (50,000,000 authorized; 28,177,827 issued and 25,117,454 outstanding as of May 31, 2014; 28,090,269 issued and 25,047,086 outstanding as of May 31, 2013)     3       3  
  Additional paid-in capital     59,191       57,656  
  Retained earnings     11,573       12,610  
  Treasury stock, at cost (3,060,373 shares at May 31, 2014 and 3,043,183 shares at May 31, 2013)     (19,423 )     (19,359 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, net of taxes - unrealized (loss) gain on available for sale securities     (3 )     7  
Total National American University Holdings, Inc. stockholders' equity     51,341       50,917  
Non-controlling interest     (146 )     (129 )
Total stockholders' equity     51,195       50,788  
TOTAL   $ 88,457     $ 88,082  
                 
                 

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income attributable to the Company to EBITDA:

             
    Three Months Ended
May 31,
    Year Ended
May 31,
 
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
    (dollars in thousands)  
Net Income attributable to the Company   $ 1,335     $ 1,146     $ 3,485     $ 5,446  
(Income) Loss attributable to non-controlling interest     9       9       (17 )     40  
Interest Income     (20 )     (22 )     (142 )     (111 )
Interest Expense     203       252       770       1,044  
Income Taxes     909       900       2,306       3,698  
Depreciation and Amortization     1,622       1,485       6,356       5,650  
                                 
EBITDA   $ 4,058     $ 3,770     $ 12,758     $ 15,767  
                                 
                                 
                                 

EBITDA consists of income attributable to the Company, less income from non-controlling interest, plus loss from non-controlling interest, minus interest income, plus interest expense (which is not related to any debt but to the accounting required for the capital lease), plus income taxes, plus depreciation and amortization. The Company uses EBITDA as a measure of operating performance. However, EBITDA is not a recognized measurement under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, and when analyzing its operating performance, investors should use EBITDA in addition to, and not as an alternative for, income as determined in accordance with GAAP. Because not all companies use identical calculations, the Company's presentation of EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies and is therefore limited as a comparative measure. Furthermore, as an analytical tool, EBITDA has additional limitations, including that (a) it is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow, as it does not consider certain cash requirements such as tax payments; (b) it does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, its working capital needs; and (c) although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized often will have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements, or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments. To compensate for these limitations, the Company evaluates its profitability by considering the economic effect of the excluded expense items independently as well as in connection with its analysis of cash flows from operations and through the use of other financial measures.

The Company believes EBITDA is useful to an investor in evaluating its operating performance because it is widely used to measure a company's operating performance without regard to certain non-cash expenses (such as depreciation and amortization) and expenses that are not reflective of its core operating results over time. The Company believes EBITDA presents a meaningful measure of corporate performance exclusive of its capital structure, the method by which assets were acquired and non-cash charges, and provides us with additional useful information to measure its performance on a consistent basis, particularly with respect to changes in performance from period to period.

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